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.