About Us

Developing & Building Unique Properties that Enrich the
Communities Around Them, and the Lives Within Them

Poudre Bay specializes in the development, acquisition and redevelopment of commercial real estate assets for the betterment of communities across Northern Colorado and beyond. We focus on generating attractive risk-adjusted returns and long-term value for our partners.

Poudre Bay was founded in 2015, but our story starts long before. Prior to founding one of northern Colorado’s leading real estate development companies, Brian Smerud gained the wealth of his experience in the oil and gas industry, as well as the commercial real estate industry. Brian combines savviness and expert skill to achieve success in all his ventures.

With more than a decade of entrepreneurial experience under his belt, Brian built a solid foundation for Poudre Bay. The Poudre Bay mission is to execute on emergent real estate investment opportunities along the fast-growing front range of Colorado.

Brian Smerud

Founder & CEO

Brian Smerud is the founder and CEO at Poudre Bay, where he is responsible for fundraising, directing acquisitions and financing, and leading project implementation and execution. Brian has been a leading commercial broker in northern Colorado with Wheeler Management Group since 2014 and holds the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation. Prior to Poudre Bay, Brian worked in the oil and gas industry as Director of Business Development for CNG 4 America, a startup in the Compressed Natural Gas space.  Prior to that he spent 8 years with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, where he collaborated on upstream and midstream projects throughout the Rocky Mountain region and in Africa. He made his mark in the corporate world participating in the development a $20 billion-dollar Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) project in Mozambique, Africa.

Brian completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Colorado, where he obtained a B.S. in Finance as well as a B.A. in Spanish and Portuguese. He is also currently completing a Master’s in Science in Real Estate and the Built Environment at the University of Denver.

Through his past endeavors, Brian acquired specialized knowledge of the Colorado real estate market and overarching financial landscape. A trilingual business professional, Brian has extensive knowledge in commercial real estate as a broker, developer and investor.