Hello, I'm David Jenkins
Regardless of whether he’s building a downtown office tower, racing sports cars, skiing the back slopes of the Rockies, or playing with his grandchildren, David Jenkins lives life abundantly.
Few men rival David in passion for quality and integrity. These core values pervade his work and direct his decisions. Though a strong and influential businessman, David leads with quiet confidence, not requiring recognition or attention. He simply cares that progress is made and is satisfied in a job well done.
Shortly after graduating with a business degree from Colorado State University in 1964, David got his feet wet in the real estate industry as a landlord after moving back to the place he grew up, Colorado Springs. He partnered with Berry Martin, and it was in those humble beginnings of buying, leasing, and selling property that he decided real estate would become his lifelong career. Now, over 50 years later, his fingerprints are on almost every corner of our city.
In 1983, David served as President of the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors, and in 1984, he was awarded their highest honor, Realtor of the Year. A few years prior in 1978, he officially formed Nor’wood Development Group, which today has a long list of development projects including Wolf Ranch, Plaza of the Rockies, First & Main Town Center, Interquest Marketplace, Powers Auto Park, and the Alamo Corporate Center. These structures are more than brick and mortar; they represent new businesses, employment opportunities, homes for families, schools for children, and an investment in our city, “land is a precious and non-renewable resource,” he states, “demanding thoughtful and long-term stewardship.”
In 1986, David and fellow entrepreneur, John Venezia founded Citizens Cablevision and later sold it to Time Warner. Recognizing a need for resources and support for other local businesses, David served as a catalyst in the formation of the Economic Development Corporation, now the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance. More recently, he was an advocate for the Strong Mayor charter initiative in 2010 and has also served on the City Comprehensive Plan Task Force. David is a member of the Urban Land Institute, whose mission is to promote the responsible use of land in creating sustainable communities.
One would be remiss, however, to only focus on David’s professional accomplishments. He married his high school sweetheart, Susie, with whom he has three sons: Chris, Marc, and Chad. Family has always been important to David, and he encourages his staff to take time with their families as well as become involved in the community.
When he’s not in the office, you might find David on the racecar track, atop a horse on a mountain trail, skiing in the high country, or even road biking parts of the Tour de France. In a given year, he might traverse over 10,000 miles of road on his bike. He has ran the Pikes Peak Marathon several times and heli-skied over two million vertical feet in Canada.
David is a 38-year member and past president of the East Colorado Springs Rotary Club and a 37-year member and past president of the Pikes Peak Range Riders. He is also an active member of First Presbyterian Church where he currently serves as an elder trustee, and he supports several other non-profit organizations including Discover Goodwill, United Way, Care and Share, and the YMCA.