The LRA Board of Directors has named Montgomery Force as executive director, effective May 31. Force replaces Thomas O. Markham, who is retiring after leading the organization for 15 years.
“Tom provided excellent leadership through the peak years of Lowry’s redevelopment,” said David Herlinger, board chair. “We’re fortunate to have a seamless transition with Monty, who helped navigate all those years and can hit the ground running with the Buckley Annex project.”
Force has 30 years of experience managing large private and public real estate development projects. As executive director he’ll oversee site planning, infrastructure improvements, real estate sales, marketing and overall project administration. Force served as Deputy Director of the LRA from 1998 to 2009. As a consultant, he served as project manager for the new Buckley Annex redevelopment. Force has advised the City and County of Denver on Lowry and Stapleton redevelopment planning and transit-oriented development near Denver International Airport.
He has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, cum laude, from the University of Houston, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver. He is a licensed attorney in Colorado and active in the Association of Defense Communities.
Tom Markham became executive director of the Lowry Redevelopment Authority in 1997 and has overseen most major development milestones, from the community’s grand opening in 1998 to award-winning execution of residential neighborhoods and commercial districts. He is most proud of Lowry’s financial performance.
“The LRA is a nonprofit developer and we had to debt finance all of Lowry,” he said. “We had our share of market ups and downs and development challenges. The fact that we paid off $65 million in revenue bonds four years early is something I’m most proud of. And just driving through Lowry today, and seeing a beautiful, sustainable community—it has been a defining professional experience for everyone involved. Monty has my full support moving forward.”
Markham has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Science in Organizational Management from the University of Colorado. He has served on the board and as president of the Association of Defense Communities.