Dave Ness, Real Estate Advisor

About Dave

Dave has a colorful history in business primarily focused in the start-up world. Dave’s startup ventures began with Fortis Riders in 2000 where he served in Atlanta, GA as Vice President of Sales & Marketing and helped grow the new company to over a million dollars in revenue. Today, Fortis Riders is one of the largest companies of it’s kind and has debuted on the INC 500 list several times. Dave remains one of it’s largest shareholders.

Dave left Fortis Riders in 2004 to help start Modern Downtown Developers, Inc. in Denver, Colorado. “Modo” quickly became one of the largest and most active Condo Conversion companies in Denver with over 40 investors and over 130 units developed. With the real estate market downturn in 2009, Modo Developers was shelved, and Dave made the lateral move to become a real estate agent.

In 2011 Dave founded Thrive Real Estate Group. Since then, Thrive has sold over a billion dollars of real estate, has earned over 1500 Five Star reviews, and is currently ranked #1 in the nation by Zillow for Client Experience. Thrive currently has offices in Cherry Creek North and Platt Park.

Dave is father to 3 amazing children and a beautiful, ever-talented wife. In his non-real estate hours Dave sits on the Board of Advisors for 2 startup companies – Thrive Workspaces, Denver’s premier co-working office and Empact Bars, a high-end snack bar designed for women. In his off-hours, Dave loves exploring Denver via bike with his family, road-tripping to Steamboat Springs, CO, skiing double black diamonds, climbing Colorado’s peaks, camping, reading business books – and drinking good whiskey.

Favorite Quote

"I can picture a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world because they'd never expect it." - Jack Handey

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