Jim Swaeby In Memoriam

Jim Swaeby had a unique background that merged both his extensive commercial real estate experience and committed public service.  He joined the Colorado Group in 1990 and served the Boulder community with dedication, both professionally and personally.


Swaeby received his BS in business and MBA from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  Jim also attended Stonier Graduate school of Banking.

Activities and Organizations (Past and Present):

  • University of Colorado Real Estate Council, Founding Member, Executive Committee
  • Boulder Urban Renewal Authority, Chair (During development of St. Julien Hotel and redevelopment of 29th Street Regional Center)
  • Boulder Crossroads Community Consortium, Chair
  • Technical Assistance Center, Chair
  • The Denver Foundation Community Cash Flow Fund Endowment Campaign, Chair
  • Grace Lutheran Foundation, Chair
  • Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountain, Chair
  • Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountain Foundation, Trustee
  • Boulder Rotary Club Foundation, Trustee
  • Boulder Historical Society, President
  • Boulder Museum of History, President
  • Historic Boulder, President
  • H.B. Arnett-Fullen House Capital Campaign, Co-chair
  • Boulder Rotary Club, Board
  • Rotary International Foundation, Dist 5450 Committee
  • Colorado Music Festival Legacy Society, Founder
  • Colorado Ballet, Executive Committee
  • CU Boulder Alumni Association Board, Executive Committee
  • Dean’s Advisory Board, Leeds School of Business
  • 1999 Boulder Daily Camera Pacesetter’s Award for Business
  • Boulder County Open Space Task Force for Initial sales tax campaign
  • Scientific and Cultural Facilities District Organizing and Campaign Task Force
  • University of Colorado Historic Resources Advisory Committee
  • Colorado Society of CPAs Awards and Career Education Committees, Chair (He became a Certified Public Accountant in 1974 and currently does not hold an active license)
  • Boy Scouts Distinguished Citizen Dinner, Co-chair
  • Extensive consulting and fund raising for educational and nonprofit organizations
  • Member of local, state, and national real estate and CPA professional Associations, and local Chambers of Commerce and economic development groups

National Service:

  • Peace Corps Volunteer, Kingdom of Tonga, South Pacific Ocean
  • Served in Vietnam with US Army First Air Cavalry Division, Air Mobile, Two awards each of the Bronze Star and the Air Medal

Personal Interests:

Jim enjoyed exploring Colorado’s grasslands and prairies, natural and built historic sites.  Jim (Fairview Class of ’63) and his wife Susan (Boulder High School Class of ’63) grew up in Boulder, are CU grads, and Buff Fans.