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Buck Blessing

CEO, Griffis/Blessing

Since founding Griffis/Blessing, Inc. in 1985, Mr. Blessing has been instrumental in all aspects pertaining to the company's dramatic growth and has directed the acquisition of properties valued at nearly $2 billion. He is an authority in the real estate field and has extensive expertise in investment strategy and real estate markets.

In 1997, Mr. Blessing was appointed by Governor Romer to the Colorado Real Estate Commission, re-appointed by Governor Owens in 2000, and served for six years, including two years as its Chairman. In 2009, he was appointed to the Colorado State Land Board by Governor Ritter, reappointed by Governor Hickenlooper in 2012 and currently serves as its President.

He is active in the Colorado community as a Director of UMB Bank, a member of the Children's Hospital of Colorado Foundation's Board of Directors, and a member of WPO/YPO. His past involvement includes President of the Board—and subsequently Co-Chairman of the Capital Campaign—for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; Co-Chair of the Pikes Peak United Way Alexis De Tocqueville Foundation; Chairman of the Pikes Peak Region Better Business Bureau; President of the Downtown Partnership; Chairman of the Community Development Advisory Board; President of the Southern Colorado Chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management; Chairman of the Colorado College Business and Community Alliance; and President of the Business of Arts Center Board.

Mr. Blessing’s professional and civic recognitions include the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce "Small Business Person of the Year," one of Colorado Springs Business Journal's "Colorado Climbers" recognizing "40 New Leaders 40 and Under,” and recipient of Colorado College Business and Community Alliance Partner in Service Award.

Mr. Blessing graduated from The Colorado College in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.