Community & Society
He’s the director of Monfort Companies, a Colorado real estate investment and development firm (which just so happens to be the primary owner of the Colorado Rockies baseball team), and runs the company’s subsidiary, Cactus Land Company, LLC, whose real estate projects focus on underserved communities.
“These are places similar to where I grew up,” Monfort says, describing the types of projects Cactus Land Company, LLC develops. “I graduated high school with 90 kids. When [our town] got our first McDonald’s I remember how well it did. I want to create jobs for smaller communities and create a value for markets similar to where I grew up.”
Born in Greeley, CO, Monfort moved to the Mile High to attend college at the University of Denver and has called this city his home ever since.
“When I went to DU, it opened my eyes to greater opportunities. That’s what’s kept me in Denver; there’s a lot to do here. But I toy with the idea of moving back there [to Greeley] when I have a family,” Monfort says.
He’s also in charge of the West Lot development, a project which will turn the three-acre parking lot adjacent to Coors Field into a mixed-use area complete with a hotel, business offices, residential spaces and more.
With business soaring skyscraper high, perhaps Monfort would choose to take it easy outside of office hours.
His list of extracurriculars is long enough to give this writer carpal tunnel, but a quick synopsis includes co-founding the Denver Angels investment group, being a partner at venture capital firm Blake Street Partners, serving as a Board member of the University of Denver Advancement Committee, involvement with the Butterfly Pavilion, the Denver Energy Network, the Denver Ballpark Neighborhood Association, the Stronger Cord program at the Denver Rescue Mission, and the YESS Children’s Institute within Denver Public Schools, just to name a few.
Did we mention he is 25?
Then, of course, there is Monfort’s dedication to Denver Active 20-30, a nonprofit, fundraising organization in support of disadvantaged and at-risk children. He has been an active member for four years, and each year has taken on greater responsibilities and leadership roles.
This year, he serves as the New Member Chairman and the Friday Night Polo Chair.
“Membership has really been my baby,” Monfort says. “I’ve done a lot to change the process and make sure it’s quality over quantity [in regards to members]. I’ve helped make it a group that’s highly sought after so that we have to manage 50 applications for 12 spots [available for DA 20-30 membership]. It’s a good problem to have as far as I’m concerned.”
Full disclosure: We are a proud sponsor of DA 20-30’s three-day Denver Polo Classic, which also happens to be the nation’s largest charitable polo tournament. This year, the event kicks off with a black-tie dinner on Friday evening, June 22 followed by a weekend of polo—complete with food, champagne, ladies in big hats, divot stomping and more.
And while DA 20-30 members all tend to be outstanding members of the community, they are also the guys who will be working this event.
“All 105 members are volunteers at the event. So instead of everything being hired out, it’s charming that it’s our guys who are taking out trash and delivering beverages to our guests and doing all the dirty work to make our event go on,” Monfort points out. “We are conserving every dollar we can by doing the work ourselves.”
Denver’s finest gentlemen donning tuxedos to serve us bubbly beverages all while supporting a good cause? Count us in.
CE: What do you do to relax?
KM: I’m drawn to water. I grew up on a lake as a kid. I love to just be on or near the water. I also love to travel. I love to see new places and do new things. Or, of course, watching a good, old-fashioned Rockies game.
CE: Favorite Denver eatery?
KM: Barcelona in RiNo.
CE: What was your last major splurge?
KM: I bought a drone that I subsequently crashed within two weeks. I still haven’t bought the parts to fix it.
CE: Favorite TV show to binge watch?
CE: Dogs or cats?
CE: Best vacation or trip you’ve ever been on.
CE: What would surprise people about you?
KM: That I got my pilot license when I was 16 years old. It’s since expired, but I did get it when I was 16.
CE: Who or what inspires you?
KM: Elected government officials.
CE: You are so tied to Colorado. What has been your most notable Denver moment?
KM: Probably the 2007 World Series that the Rockies made it to.
Stephanie Richards holds a master's degree in Journalism. When she is not writing or editing, she is competing her horses around the country or traveling with her husband and their two dogs.
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