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Michael Aden

COO & Employing Broker

Colorado Home Realty

Location: Littleton, CO

Founded: 2005

Industry: Residential Real Estate

Michael Aden knew from an early age he wanted to impact people in a genuine way. His parents, who found success in business and education, served as models for his future business behavior.

Upon graduating with a master’s degree in organizational communication with an emphasis in business, Aden launched his career in the management training and consulting world. he accepted a position with a respected Denver-based training organization where as a young professional, he was meeting with executive teams with companies such as Coors Brewing Company, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Lucent Technologies and Avaya Communications, helping them build their most valuable asset, their employees.

Aden helped craft internal training initiatives, including management and leadership lessons. He also created an adult literacy program for employees of a manufacturing company. The literacy program was recognized nationally and featured in The New York Times.

He launched a leadership and training company, which grew to 15 trainers who delivered a range of development services to companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500s. After 10 years, Aden transitioned to real estate. He built a business that resulted in annual sales ranging from $30–40 million. Eventually, he took a leadership role in a brokerage that grew its volume to more than $900 million in sales yearly. Leading a team of more than 115 agents, the brokerage was recognized as the fastest-growing brokerage in Denver. That success led to Aden’s current position — COO and employing broker — with Colorado Home Realty.

“I have approached my career, the companies that I’ve started, and the positions that I’ve held from an entrepreneurial mindset,” Aden said. “I bring talents of my own but recognize fully that success is never accomplished alone, it is only achieved by building and partnering with those that you surround yourself with! My drive has always been to help people recognize their skills, talents and gifts, even when they aren’t able to see them themselves!”

Colorado Home Realty was recognized in 2022 as one of the top workplaces in Denver. Aden’s vision for the company over the next five years is to be the highest-producing real estate company in the nation, with the highest transaction volume per agent for a company its size. The company has 120 agents and the goal is to grow to 150.

“We work hard. We play hard. We’re skiers, hikers, joggers and cyclists. We’re tenacious. We’re deeply connected … and we connect to others as moms, dads, lovers and friends,” the company said. “It’s these personal experiences and unique passions that allow us to better understand our clients’ varied needs and to serve them.”

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As a young man growing up on a family farm in the heart of the Midwest, I knew there were experiences beyond my current surroundings that I wanted to explore. As I worked the fields and tended to the livestock, I would watch the jets fly overhead at 30,000+ feet and dream of traveling the world. I ventured from the small-town life many years ago, created my career in the city, traveled the world, and experienced the beauty that it has to offer, all the while, never forgetting the foundation that those formative small-town roots allowed me to flourish in my gifts and hopefully impact those that I am lucky enough to cross paths with.


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