FORMATIV principals Sean Campbell and Josh Marinos first met in Jackson Hole, WY, in 2008. Sean was investing in new media companies, after a successful career in trading and finance in New York, and Josh was growing his expertise and leadership in action sports media, events and production. With a shared industry focus, they soon found themselves working together and it quickly became apparent that they not only shared an entrepreneurial spirit, but they approached business with the same spirit: work hard, pursue excellence, be true to yourself, and have fun.
In 2010 Sean moved to Denver and Josh followed a year later to join the co-founding team behind Battery 621, a shared office space dedicated to the outdoor/active lifestyle industry. With its success, the team was approached by the Mayor and Denver’s Office of Economic Development to expand this vision and develop a creative office space for technology-focused businesses, emerging companies, and entrepreneurs in Denver.
After looking at sites and opportunities around the metro, the team was drawn to the River North (RiNo) neighborhood and the Mayor’s bold vision for Brighton Blvd, the South Platte River improvements and the new National Western Complex and in 2012, Sean, Josh and team acquired 10-acres at 29th and Brighton Boulevard to develop their new venture: INDUSTRY. The first INDUSTRY was delivered in 2014 and has become known as a world-class coworking space for technology, digital, and creative businesses, winning the 2017 ULI Impact Award for Innovation. The space features more than 153,000 SF of shared office, meeting room, and event space, as well as a number of hip restaurants and bars.
With the success and timing of INDUSTRY, Sean and Josh suddenly found themselves as community and development leaders in Denver’s number one emerging neighborhood, the RiNo Art District. With the spark ignited in Denver’s hot real estate market, and having built a reputation for developing some of the city’s most in innovative, community-centric projects, the two formed FORMATIV in 2016 to build a business centered around the core values that initially drew them together.
Today, FORMATIV focuses on catalytic, mixed-use real estate developments and operates a host of affiliated businesses rooted in people, innovation, and placemaking. The FORMATIV team are active leaders within the Denver’s entrepreneurial and business ecosystem and are passionate about their people, projects and positively impacting community.
CEO / Principal
Sean Campbell is a passionate entrepreneur, real estate developer, community builder and former Wall Street executive with a strong background in finance, real estate, media, and business development. Campbell spent twelve years in New York’s financial community before following his passion to create, develop, and fund new business ventures.
Campbell is one of the co-founders and co-developers of INDUSTRY, Denver’s premier shared workplace for the technology, creative, and digital business communities. INDUSTRY won the 2014 Historic Denver Award for Preservation, the Greenway Foundation’s Award for Best New Development 2014, the 2015 Mayor’s Design Award, and the 2017 ULI Impact Award for Innovation.
His vision for founding FORMATIV was to creating a boutique firm centered around transformative, urban projects and catalytic business ventures. Currently, FORMATIV is developing the new World Trade Center Denver complex as well as an adaptive-reuse development and a for-sale condominium project in Denver’s River North (RiNo) neighborhood.
A graduate from the University of Maryland, Campbell is on the Board of Directors of the Denver Athletic Club, 10.10.10., The Denver Zoo, Prime Health , House of Genius, and the Advisory Board of Blackstone Entrepreneurial Network. Campbell lives in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood with his wife, Kimberly.
COO / principal
A Salt Lake City native, Marinos spent much of his youth in the Western United States focusing his time on action sports, media, and events. After graduating, he landed in the Dominican Republic managing the world’s first action sports-based Hotel, Extreme Hotels. Redeveloping the hotel’s programming sparked his entrepreneurial spirit, love of real estate, and passion for developing experiences and ecosystems.
Marinos has been in real estate development since 2011, having co-founded, co-developed, and managed multiple, city-shaping projects in Denver, Colorado. Battery621 is a 30,000 square foot collaborative office space that won the 2012 CBCA Workspace of the Year Award, 2013 Top Ten Small Business Workspaces, 2014 Denver Business Journal’s “Top 5 Tech Spaces in Colorado.” INDUSTRY is a 9.5-acre site that has won the 2014 Historic Denver Award for Preservation, the 2015 Mayor’s Design Award, and the 2017 ULI Impact Award for Innovation. The INDUSTRY site includes a 153,000 square foot collaborative office space that houses many of Denver’s top companies including the corporate offices for UBER, Core Power Yoga, Velocity Global, and Cloud Elements.
Marinos graduated from the University of Utah and lives with his wife, Hadley, and daughters, Tatum and Presley, in Denver’s Berkley neighborhood.
director finance & development
Jeff Jones has cultivated a deep-understanding of the complete development cycle for large-scale projects in the U.S. and abroad with over 14 years of real estate development and finance experience. His passion lies with boutique development firms that focus on additive projects for their communities and working with teams to approach each project and challenge creatively.
Jones got his start with The Concord Group in San Francisco, a leading real estate consultancy, where he advised on over 150 major residential, commercial, hospitality and mixed-use projects. In 2010, an opportunity to play a critical role in the development of an upscale boutique hotel, Fazenda Catuçaba located in Brazil’s countryside, answered not only his thirst for adventure, but his desire to work with small, transformative organizations. Jones then spent four years leading the strategy and finance initiatives for an urban, mixed-use development firm in São Paulo, Brazil, an extremely challenging and developing market. Most recently, Jones was the Finance and Development Director for the team behind INDUSTRY, who develop and manage some of Denver’s most acclaimed creative office spaces.
Jones, originally from Wilmington, North Carolina, received his B.A. from Duke University with dual majors in Economics and Philosophy. He lives in Denver’s Highlands neighborhood with his wife, Suzanna, and two kids, Adelyn and Becker.
Director construction & Pre-development
Born and raised outside of Pittsburgh, PA, Doug Smith graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering/Construction Management and moved to Denver in 1998. Smith brings 20+ years of engineering and construction management to the FORMATIV team.
After moving to Colorado, he started his career at Mortenson Construction and was involved in Denver’s Pepsi Center, the Broadmoor Hotel, and the JW Marriott in Cherry Creek to name a few projects. In 2008, Smith joined The Opus Group to broaden and sharpen his skills in Design/Build and Development. During this time, he directly managed and was responsible for over 1 million square-feet of office building products, including The TriZetto Headquarters, which won NAIOP Office of the Year in 2013. Most recently, Smith served as the Director of Construction for Brinkman Construction’s Denver operations, overseeing INDUSTRY RiNo Station and the Hilton Garden Inn Arvada.
An outdoor enthusiast, Smith, his wife, Jilayne, daughter, Emerson and son, Crosby, are often found outside on the weekends whether it’s skiing or cycling or simply enjoying time with friends. When not on an adventure, Smith enjoys exercising and playing guitar. He lives with his family in Stapleton.
director marketing & Community development
A Boston native, Alison Nestel-Patt moved out west to pursue a lifestyle that aligned with her passion for exploration. Nestel-Patt spent almost a decade at some of the nations leading marketing agencies within the outdoor/active lifestyle, travel and hospitality industries. During this time she was instrumental in overseeing and developing integrated marketing strategies, media relations, and driving new business growth.
Her experience working with global and start-up brands, including Eddie Bauer, Klean Kanteen, Monarch Mountain, Breckenridge Tourism Office, and national restaurant and hotel groups has been centered around developing unique experiences, ones that establish a long-standing relationship between brand and consumer to drive ROI. Nestel-Patt will be focused on the branding, marketing strategy, tenant curation and programming for FORMATIV’s projects.
Nestel-Patt graduated from Bates College, in Lewiston, ME, with a B.A. in psychology and lives in Denver’s Highlands neighborhood with her husband, Webb.
Director Innovation & Principal at solve
Jeff Joerling is a veteran of the workspace industry, having spent 14-years as a workplace consultant at Steelcase Inc., the leader in innovative furniture solutions for offices. A certified Stratgyzer Business Model Trainer and Steelcase Innovation Fellow, Joerling earned an Incubator Manager Certificate from InBIA (International Business Innovation Association) and is a USGBC LEED accredited professional. Joerling also sits on the board of LExC coworking founders group.
In his tenure in the industry, Joerling has been published in Entrepreneur online, Work Design magazine, Yahoo Small Business, and featured on the “All Things Coworking” podcast. Joerling is passionate about workplace innovation, incubators/accelerators, and coworking. His expertise has taken him all over North America helping to create collaborative, energetic communities that foster creativity and create a sense of “startup culture.”
Joerling will serve as the president of FORMATIV’s new venture, Solve, an offsite meeting space collaborative aimed at disrupting the industry by combining strategically designed meeting rooms with a hospitality-driven experience to enable teams to have their best meeting ever. Solve’s first location is set to open in Denver in 2019.
Joerling, a St. Louis native and life-long Cardinals fan, lives in Denver’s Virginia Village neighborhood and earned his B.S. in Marketing and Management from Miami University of Ohio.
Associate, Development & Leasing
A Denver, CO native, Willy Strazza graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Leeds School of Business with a B.S. in Finance and Certificate in Real Estate.
Upon graduation, Willy followed his passion for real estate and started his career at Legend Partners. As a licensed broker, Willy gained experience in all facets of commercial real estate including acquisitions, leasing, sales, entitlement, development, & construction project management. He quickly rose within the organization to work with leading national brands including Public Storage, Chipotle, HCA Urgent Care, Tocabe American Indian Eatery, and Panera Bread. In 2015, Willy was nominated as the Colorado/Wyoming State Chair for the NextGen International Council of Shopping Centers, whose mission is to ensure the retail real estate industry is broadly recognized for the integral role it plays in the social, civic and economic vibrancy of communities across the globe.
While at CU Boulder, Willy was a four-year varsity letterman on the team responsible for running and caring for the 1,200-pound buffalo mascot, Ralphie, as well as the president of a non-profit organization The Ability Experience, that coordinated events to raise money and awareness for people with special needs. When he's not working, he can usually be found camping, skiing, fishing, or spending time with his family and friends.