Paul Books

Paul Books

Founder & President

Paul is the President of Palisade Partners, which he founded in 2009 amid an economic downturn.  During that time, he seized the opportunity to apply his contrarian investment philosophy by acquiring real estate.  He began by purchasing and renovating existing multifamily real estate and quickly moved on to developing new construction apartments and townhomes.


In 2013, he began working extensively in Five Points, where he found his passion for community-centered development. Paul joined the Five Points Business District board in 2014 and was instrumental in creating the Five Points Business Improvement District, of which he’s now the president. Since completing several projects in Five Points, he’s delivered much needed affordable housing, daytime activation, and inclusive retail uses, all of which preserve and showcase the rich African American history and culture of the community. Paul continues to work in Five Points and has formed partnerships with many neighborhood residents on future developments.


Concurrently in 2013, Paul began overseeing the development of Summit Sky Ranch, a $280 million, 416-acre, 240-unit, high-end single family residential development in Summit County, Colorado.  Paul continues to apply his passion for community-focused development projects with Summit Sky Ranch, which is designed to bring together the majesty of the mountain landscape, the active mountain lifestyle, and a tight-knit mountain community.


Mr. Books graduated from the University of Denver: Daniels College of Business with a Master of Science in Real Estate and Construction Management.  Mr. Books received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Math with a Finance Sequence from Claremont McKenna College.



  • 2013 Project of the Year – Emerging Developer – Paul Books | Palisade Partners | B Street LoHi
  • 2015 ULI Impact Awards Rising Star Award Winner
  • 2016 Downtown Denver Partnership Award Winner – The Wheatley
  • 2016 NAIOP Capital Markets Transaction of the Year – The Lydian



  • President, Five Points Business Improvement District
  • Member, Urban Land Institute
  • Member, Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Board Member and Chairman of Historic Denver
  • Board Member, Patrick/Bennett Reservoir Company

Tim Wellend

Tim Welland

Corporate Secretary &
Development Manager

Tim Welland has worked in real estate development since joining Palisade Partners in 2013.  Tim is the Development Manager for Palisade and oversees all facets of development for Palisade’s Denver projects, playing a major role in developments at 2100 Decatur, a for-sale townhome project, 2460 Welton, a mixed-use project, and 2560 Welton, a mixed-use project, as well as Palisade’s upcoming projects.  He also serves as the Finance Director for Summit Sky Ranch, a 240-unit single family home development in Silverthorne, Colorado.  He has become actively involved in the Denver real estate community and has been a part of the Urban Land Institute’s Young Leaders Group since 2014.  Tim is also involved in the broader Denver community, having served on the board of YouthRoots since 2015 and the University of Michigan Alumni Club of Denver Board since 2008.


Tim has a background in finance and economics including an A.B. in economics from the University of Michigan.  He previously worked at Analysis Group, an economic consulting firm, and HomeAdvisor, a home services company.

Matt Mueller

Director of Design and Construction, Palisade

Matt is the Director of Design and Construction at Palisade Partners. Joining the team in 2016 he provides design and construction direction on all planning, civil, architecture, interior design, sales, branding/marketing, and general contracting work for Palisade’s projects in Denver and in the Colorado mountain communities.


He has navigated the design and construction industry for 20 years on numerous project types across the United States and internationally, serving as Development Director, Architect, Contractor, and Owner’s Representative across the following project types and aspects:


  • Multi-Family
  • Mixed-Use
  • Large Planned Unit Communities
  • Affordable Housing
  • Hospitality
  • Entitlements
  • Infrastructure
  • Recreation/Trails
  • Residential Home Sales
  • Project Branding/Marketing
  • Single Family Custom


Matt has a background in art and design, architecture, and construction including an B.A. in Art/English from Coe College and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Colorado.

Sara White

Sara White

Development Project Manager, Palisade

Sara manages all aspects of Palisade’s projects, including design and construction. She has a background in urban planning and worked for cities in Michigan and Colorado, including the City and County of Denver, prior to joining Palisade Partners. Her background in long-range planning, zoning regulation, community engagement and placemaking brings a valuable perspective to growth and development in the Denver market.


Sara holds a B.S. in Architecture and a Master’s in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan. Outside of work, she enjoys exploring Colorado with her husband and two huskies, skiing, pub trivia, and cheering for the Michigan Wolverines.

Krystal Shores

Krystal Shores

Executive Assistant to the President, Palisade

Krystal joins Palisade Partners to help propel the team and its President in their day to day initiatives. She has spent the last 6 years in multi-family real estate as a Project Manager and Executive Assistant traveling all over the US to help manage many multi-million dollar assets. Previous to this she served in our very own US Air Force as an Aerospace Medical Service person. Her wide ranging skill set has proven important to our ever changing needs.


In her spare time, she enjoys traveling the world and feeding the adrenaline junkie inside with mountain biking, dirt biking and kite surfing.

Cate Siegel Hamlin

Cate Siegel Hamlin

Development Project Manager

Cate originally joined the team back in 2016 as the lead Development Project Manager at Summit Sky Ranch. Since then Cate has helped to oversee all facets of Palisade Partner’s developments from entitlements, land planning, architecture, civil design and finance to sales, marketing, HOA and amenity development. Recently, she has expanded her role to aid in the asset management of Palisade’s stabilized projects in the Denver area.


Cate holds a B.A. in Psychology and Economics from Bucknell University and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Real Estate and the Built Environment at the University of Denver. Originally a New York City native, these days you can find Cate exploring Colorado’s mountains whether on skis, a mountain bike or in a pair of trail running shoes.