As president of ProTerra, Jerry Biggs serves as the company's visionary. That ability was honed during Jerry's twenty-five years at the helm of the CPA and management consulting firm he co-founded. As the firm grew to be the third largest in Colorado Springs, Jerry was instrumental in providing tax and business guidance to its real estate and construction clients. He developed an expertise in formulating deal structures that were both innovative and technically sound. When the firm's clients faced challenges during downturns in the real estate market, Jerry served as their advocate by facilitating the negotiation of favorable workout solutions. By the time Jerry relinquished control of the firm to a successor in 2007, he had solidified his reputation as an accomplished real estate consultant.
As a complement to his consulting activities, Jerry has been an active real estate investor for his own account for decades. Jerry has continued his investment activities since leaving the firm, leading to his co-founding of ProTerra in 2013. Jerry is also an investor in a number of other privately held companies that operate in the real estate and construction industries and is actively involved in providing management oversight to those ventures.
Jerry continues to serve on the boards of various trade and charitable organizations and has served in key positions in economic development entities at both the local and state level. In addition, Jerry has received numerous awards for community service, including being named the 2010 El Paso County Community Leader of the Year.
Jerry's vision for the future of ProTerra is centered on deliberate strategic growth designed to maximize market opportunities and provide valuable solutions to its customers, while safeguarding the interests of the company's stakeholders.
A graduate of Colorado State University's construction management program, Andrew Biggs began his career as a project manager for a Denver-based construction subcontractor whose focus was residential subdivision. That position allowed Andrew to gain valuable practical experience in construction management, including estimating, scheduling, budgeting, and job costing, as well as field supervision. Andrew parlayed that experience when he joined his father in investing in a company that specialized in the spraying of trees to protect them from infestation by the mountain pine beetle. During their period of ownership, Andrew was integrally involved in expanding the company's operations beyond Colorado into multiple surrounding states and achieving a resulting threefold increase in the number of trees serviced. Upon the profitable sale of the company in 2013, Andrew once again teamed up with his father as a co-founder of ProTerra.
Andrew brings youthful energy and passion to his position as the Chief Operating Officer for ProTerra. In addition to overseeing and coordinating field operations, Andrew is instrumental in securing necessary entitlements for the company's projects as well as sourcing and determining the feasibility of potential projects. Andrew looks with confidence toward the company's future and his continued role in managing the profitability and timely completion of its projects.
Tamrin joined the ProTerra team in February 2019 as Chief Financial Officer. She holds a BS in Accounting from UCCS, obtained her CPA license in 1991, and brings over 30 years of accounting and leadership experience in varied industries and roles.Tamrin gained a solid foundation in accounting principles and practices during her 8 years in public accounting. Working for a Colorado Springs-based regional firm, she assisted clients in real estate, manufacturing, agriculture, retail, professional services, casinos, and other tourism-related businesses. Tamrin continued her career with 20+ years in privately-held and non-profit CFO roles. She developed strengths in negotiating financing for real estate acquisition and renovation, creating relevant financial dashboard reporting, contracts administration, strategic planning and implementation, risk management, and human resources. Tamrin studied Lean principles and is experienced in leading continuous improvement projects to create efficiencies and cost savings as well as developing effective systems, processes, and procedures.
Tamrin continues to be very active in the Colorado Springs community serving on boards, participating in high-school and college-based mentorship programs, and volunteering with non-profit organizations and through Rotary International. She enjoys being outdoors and especially hiking, gardening, and camping.
Joseph W. DesJardin, PE, an expert in Civil Engineering, is the Director of Entitlements at ProTerra Properties, LLC. Joe is a seasoned professional with more than 40 years of experience in the plan, design, construction and operation of land development and public works projects. He is passionate about building relationships and mentoring staff. He has demonstrated leadership skills and guides projects to a successful completion.
At ProTerra Properties, Joe is an integral member of the evaluation team, performing feasibility analysis for prospective projects. Once a property is selected for development, Joe assembles a team of high qualified consultants to prepare the design and obtain entitlements from local, state and federal review agencies. The leaders at ProTerra take a proactive approach to secure approvals in the minimum length of time.
Representative projects include Wagons West Subdivision in Monument, Colorado. The development consists of 54 attached single-family residences and 77 multifamily townhomes on approximately 18 acres. While the goal of the project is to provide the community with affordable and contemporary housing options, a unique feature is the additional 17 acres set aside as open space. The open space is a passive amenity including ecologically sensitive areas along Teachout Creek.
Joe earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and is a Professional Engineer registered in Colorado, Wyoming and Arizona. He serves as Council President of his church and is past President, and interim Executive Officer for Mountain Spirit Habitat for Humanity in Park County, Wyoming.
Charlie Williams, Director of Development
Charlie Williams began his construction career in Marietta, Georgia. He was involved in all facets of home building from clearing of the lot, footing layout, and framing, to the final landscape. This hands-on learning approach to home building gave him an appreciation for doing things right. Charlie worked in construction while obtaining his degree in accounting from Kennesaw College.
After graduation, Charlie moved to Tucson, Arizona and took a position as a construction superintendent with National Homebuilder Pulte Home Corporation. Charlie relocated with Pulte Homes, taking him to North Carolina, Utah, and finally landing in Colorado Springs in 2000. Pulte Homes afforded Charlie the opportunity to be involved with all facets of construction, from land acquisition, entitlement, and development, to project management. After 15 years in the production ranks, Charlie focused on land development opportunities in the Colorado Springs area.
As a member of the Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs (HBA), Charlie has served as board member and chair of the Utility Technical Committee and the Tri-Lakes Committee. In 2006 he was voted as Builder of the Year by his peers at the HBA.
Charlie brings over 30 years of construction knowledge to the ProTerra team. He is able to look at land development from the builder’s perspective in order to minimize cost and decrease production times.
Connie Miller, Project Management/Sales/Commercial Property Management
Connie is a Colorado native who enjoys all the benefits the beautiful state of Colorado has to offer and a graduate from University of Northern Colorado. Growing up, Connie’s family owned and operated an excavation and commercial construction company. Connie has worked in the real estate industry since 2003 and completed the Emerging Leaders program with the HBA in 2020. A ProTerra Properties teammate since 2019, her role has expanded to include Project Management, Sales and Commercial Property Management.
Mindy Anderson, Controller
Mindy attended University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and earned her bachelor’s degree in Accounting as well as her MBA. She has over 10 years of experience in profit and non-profit companies. She has a passion to learn how the company works to better understand how the business decisions will affect the financials and the financial outcomes. Mindy is constantly looking for ways to improve accounting processes to help the department function more efficiently.
Mary Leutwiler, Bookkeeper
Mary joined the ProTerra team in July of 2019 as bookkeeper and is looking forward to learning and growing with the company. She has an Associate Degree from Pikes Peak Community College and over 20 years of bookkeeping and payroll experience here in Colorado Springs.
Mary has been in Colorado Springs since 1985 and has worked in payroll and accounting in various types of businesses from concrete construction to manufacturing to hospitality over the last 20 years. Also during this time, she bartends and manages a restaurant/bar on weekends in the evenings for the last 15 years. Mary enjoys traveling and visiting her family along with camping.
Kim McGuire, Executive Assistant
Kim is the executive assistant and office manager here at ProTerra. She supports the CEO and the rest of the team on various projects and tasks. Kim also oversees the coordination of meetings and manages all aspects of the ProTerra office. She has had over 18 years of office experience and enjoys helping local businesses grow. Kim is a graduate of Bob Jones University and has lived in Colorado since 2007. She enjoys baking and scrapbooking, and is a fan of the car races in Calhan and Dacono.