Welcome To Columbus Capital

Columbus Capital is a southwest commercial property company that offers beautiful and functional retail, medical office, professional office, warehouse, residential, junior and large box properties. We also offer attentive and effective property management to our tenants with a full service team to address any need and want.

The founders of Columbus Capital, LLC have many years of experience in Real Estate Brokerage, Planning, Development and Project Management for both the residential and commercial sectors. Columbus Capital believes that our tenants’ success, comfort, and needs make our company succeed. Our vision is that properties will expedite success and convenience for the people that work and reside in these communities, which we hope will facilitate a path to progressive and bright future.

Meet The Team

Jeffrey Branch

Founder & CEO

Columbus Capital founder, Jeffrey Perea Branch, has invested in and developed more than $950 million in commercial real estate for more than 30 years. Jeff is a board member of BorderPlex Community Trust and is a Tony Robbins Platinum Partner. Jeff is a CCIM, as well as a CRX (Certified Retail Property Executive).

Jeff is as passionate about his New Mexican family lineage and the uniqueness of Latino culture in America as he is about consistently creating extraordinary real estate investment opportunities.

Jeff lives with his family in Santa Barbara, CA. In addition to his innovative and timely multicultural approach to real estate development, his family is a multicultural success story. He and his wife, Michelle Madrid-Branch delivered one son through birth, another through adoption in Russia, and a daughter through adoption in Ethiopia. Jeff also has a daughter attending school in San Diego and his eldest daughter, Megan Branch who resides in Santa Fe.

Laura Gonzales

COO

Born and raised in Santa Fe, NM, Laura Gonzales brings over 15 years in client and employee relations to Columbus Capital.

When Laura is not active in the office you can find her and her family out on the football fields and cheer mat or camping and fishing.

Laura and her husband
are the founders and coaches for the Santa Fe Bulldogs. They provide an active lifestyle for the youth of Santa Fe and surrounding areas through flag football, tackle football and cheer. Their organization has over 100+ youth ranging from the ages of 4-13-, as well as 20 volunteer coaches and team moms. Laura and her husband Steve have two beautiful children.

Cody Gajak

Accounting

In late 2017 Cody moved to New Mexico to start a life for himself and his soon to be spouse. Coming from a diverse accounting background Cody has worked for publicly traded companies as an analyst and internal auditor, as well as a private CPA firm involving tax preparation and government compliance. In 2022 Cody joined the Columbus Capital Team to focus his career path on operations improvement by providing timely actionable information to the leadership team. In his free time Cody enjoys being active outdoors by biking, hiking, Kayaking, and camping.

Cherilyn Del Claro

Executive Virtual Assistant

Cherilyn is a highly diversified and skilled executive virtual assistant, customer service professional and works remotely and independently. A graduate of Bachelor of Science in tourism and management. She is a hard-working and creative individual with extensive experience in customer service, administration, and office management.

Cherilyn works directly with the CEO of the company. She manages administrative tasks, coordinate with team members, vendors, taking care of the calendar, research information for delivery content, help in creating company flyers and brochures. She also handles email correspondence, data entry and using software applications to create documents.

Throughout her career, she has held various positions within larger companies. These positions have given her a wide range of experience in the fields of business management, customer service, operations, and project management. She uses her skills and knowledge to find solutions, improve operations and increase overall business performance.

Mark Ruhlman

Qualifying Broker

Mark was a senior level Real Estate executive for many national development companies. With over 20 years in management, his primary focus was achieving real estate sales, and closing goals that ensured the maximum return to shareholders. He was involved with planning of both large and small scaled master planned communities which incorporate both commercial and residential. Mark’s experience with communication skills complemented by a deep understanding of the psychology of buying and the art of negotiation complements the rest of the Columbus Capital team.

Eric Nelson

CPM

Eric Nelson is a Certified Property Manager who serves as the Property Manager for the Columbus Capital portfolio. Eric brings with him over two decades of experience in commercial real estate having started his career residing in Bend, Oregon where he owned a commercial brokerage and property management company. He later relocated to Washington State where he managed commercial portfolios in the cities of Seattle and Bellingham prior to his relocating to Santa Fe.

Eric specializes in finding solutions to the ever-increasing challenges that affect the bottom-line of investment profitability. This includes establishing a baseline that centers on fostering effective, cooperation with building tenants, delivering exceptional service, and having developed a viable understanding the “moving parts” that influence and build property value.   

Having been raised in the Pacific Northwest Oregon, a graduate of the University of Oregon, he enjoys partaking in outdoor activities namely hunting, fishing, hiking, and exploring historical sites that are abundant in New Mexico.

Jordan Moya

Assistant Property Manager

Jordan Moya was born and raised in Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico. She prides herself on her Spanish and Indigenous heritage and loves to give back to her community. Jordan spent two years in Mt. Vernon, Iowa attending Cornell College. Once Covid-19 affected our lives, she decided to not let it control her completely. She received her real estate license, and then shortly after started her career. Jordan is now on the path to becoming a Property Manager. Jordan now lives in Santa Fe with her 1-year-old French bulldog, Jacq.

Ricky Garcia

Maintenance Technician

Greg Gonzales

Director of construction

Greg was born and raised in northern New Mexico.  He attended St Michael’s School where he met Jeff Branch who would be a best friend and future business partner.  Greg received a degree in Construction Management from the University of New Mexico and since then he has accumulated over twenty-five years of experience in construction management and construction estimating. He spent his early career working on commercial projects ranging from small retail centers to multiple story hotel and apartment projects throughout Arizona and California. Prior to moving back to New Mexico, Greg was a  Senior project manager for a large construction company in San Diego, California where he worked on projects such as the San Diego convention center, the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel and the Joan Crock Center at the University of San Diego.

Since joining Columbus Capital, Greg has over seen approximately $26 million dollars of new ground-up construction, consisting of major retail centers, apartment buildings and single family residential subdivisions. He has also overseen approximately $3 million dollars’ worth of building renovation and Tenant Improvement projects.

Greg’s favorite part of his job is working with people to create a vision for a building or project and helping them implement a plan to build it.

Greg currently lives on a small farm within a few miles of where he was raised with his wife Jill and two children Michaela and Luke.  His favorite time is Fall in Santa Fe. He loves the brisk mornings and warm afternoons, hiking to see the beautiful colors and the smell of roasting green chile.

Sharon Abhold

Controller

A native New Mexican, Sharon Abhold is a reliable, organized, hardworking, and detailed accountant.

Sharon is married, has 5 children, and 2 granddaughters. She studied long and hard to obtain her bachelor’s degree from New Mexico Highlands University. Upon completion she decided to continue her education and study for her master’s degree in Business with a concentration in Management.

When she isn’t busy working and studying, she enjoys attending concerts, camping, and spending time with her family.

Elise Martin

Office Administrator / AP

Elise was born in Cincinnati, OH, and graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in 2018. From 2018 through 2022, Elise lived in Blacksburg, Virginia where she taught English and attained her master’s degree from Radford University. She and her husband moved to Santa Fe during the summer of 2022 and have loved living in New Mexico with their cat and dog. In her free time Elise loves hiking, camping, reading, and trying new restaurants in the area.

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