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George L. Thorn
President & Founder, Mile High Development LLC
Executives in Residence, Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management
George L. Thorn

Biography at a Glance

George L. Thorn is the President & Founder of Mile High Development LLC (MHD). MHD is a veteran of large scale mixed use projects such as the Colorado Center and office project developments such as the Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building in downtown Denver. MHD has the ability to work in a complex political environment to maximize these opportunities by working closely with land owners, local municipalities, the Regional Transportation District (RTD), Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), and other governmental entities. Thorn Co-Chaired the Finance Committee for the Guide the Ride Campaign, and led the Downtown Denver Partnership fundraising efforts for both the successful Southeast Corridor/TREX Campaign and the FasTracks Campaign, and has been active in transit issues and related legislation for the past twenty five years.

In 2011, Thorn was the co-recipient (with Mr. Buz Koelbel) of the inaugural Transit Alliance Leadership Award as Outstanding Leader in the Private sector. In 2001, Thorn was named Honorary Dean of the Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management at the University of Denver, and is currently serving DU as Executive in Residence.


  • BS in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (Cum Laude), University of Arizona