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Paul Tamburello

Owner, GENERATOR Development

Paul Tamburello’s name has become synonymous with creative design and transformative, value-­driven development throughout Denver’s unique neighborhoods. A project with Paul’s stamp on it is sure to be a thoughtfully integrated, pedestrian­‐friendly space which enhances the community by catering to the needs of those living and working in the area.

Paul has developed and consulted on numerous well-­known projects around the city and in particular the Highland neighborhood including: Highland Lofts; Osage 36; Tejon 34; Root Down and Linger restaurants; developed the LoHi Market Place (Olinger); and is now working on five adaptive reuse projects in the Sunnyside neighborhood and the renovation of the Historic AireDale building in Arapahoe Square. Paul also owns Little Man Ice Cream, a popular Denver Highland ice cream shop. His efforts dubbed him the name “Godfather” of Highland.

Paul is extremely dedicated to not just building structures but building community with every project. Recently his commitment to philanthropy earned him the 2013 Georgia Imhoff Philanthropist of the Year award for his “Scoop for Scoop” program at Little Man Ice Cream in which $100,000 has been donated to charitable causes and highland community nonprofits and schools since the shop’s inception in 2008. Today, Paul continues to build community near and far and has served in the following capacities:

  • Member of the Highland Land Use committee
  • Member of the Highland United Neighborhood, Inc. (HUNI)
  • Member of the Downtown Denver Partnership House Counsel Committee
  • Member of the LiveWell Colorado Board of Directors
  • Member of the Basic Human Needs Committee (Denver Foundation)
  • Member of the Strengthening Neighborhoods Committee (Denver Foundation)
  • Team Leader for International Medical Relief leading trips to Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal, Burma, Haiti and Cambodia
  • Co-founder of the GrowHaus nonprofit interactive urban farm serving Denver’s Elyria-Swansea community

Paul’s mission is simple: develop buildings that will endure for residents, visitors and the community at large. The goal is always to assemble a talented and visionary team and then provide them the tools, resources and support to execute that vision. Paul’s formula for success is straightforward: communicate through every challenge, work to never overlook the details and always make every effort to deliver on on time.

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Rene Doubleday

Project Manager

At GENERATOR, Rene manages each development project and acts in the capacity of owner’s representative. She is adept at managing complex projects through to fruition, on schedule and on budget. Prior to Generator she was a partner in a Denver advertising agency for more than 15 years. Rene also brings her extensive experience in marketing, advertising and brand management strategies to each Generator project. For her leadership skills, Rene was the recipient of the Downtown Denver Partnership’s John Parr Leadership Award in 2011. Rene graduated cum laude from the University of Denver with a BA in Mass Communications in 1990.

Nancy Olsen


By way of California and the Vail Valley, Nancy moved to Denver 4 years ago. Her expertise is in client services, which she has employed across several diverse industries including film development, interior design, internet technology, bistro management, and consistently carries through into everything she does. As Paul’s direct assistant, helping him organize and realize his goals, she is an integral piece and the heartbeat of Generator. Nancy’s degree is in Humanities with a minor in Philosophy. Her mind is on nature, creating community, and the arts; she currently creates jewelry that is sold online and in unique stores around Denver. She loves running and playing tennis with her fiancé Rob, finding wild places to connect in nature, and heartfelt gatherings with friends old and new.