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.

Mark Ruhlman

Managing Partner

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


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.

Louie Cordova

Maintenance Technician

Greg Gonzales

COO / 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.

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