From 1973 through 1980, Chuck was an on-site building manager for an apartment complex in Boulder. While working as a rental manager, he opened the Sidewalk Surfshop on the Pearl Street Mall. The Sidewalk Surfshop went on to become well known among boarders, rollerbladers and snow boarders. In fact, the Surfshop was one of the first Burton Board dealers in the state of Colorado. After selling the store in 1981, Chuck began working in the life insurance industry and ultimately, utilizing his degrees in economics and accounting became a Certified Financial Planner licensee. He formed Financial Resource Management Group and continued to work in that field until the late 1990's.
In 1995, he and a partner started Shadowbrook Homes LLC and built high quality custom and semi-custom homes in the north metro area. In 2003, when legislative changes made it difficult for the small homebuilder to thrive, he obtained his real estate license order to remain involved in the industry. He had the privilege of being trained by and working for one of the top agents in the north metro area. He remained with that company until starting Champagne Properties in 2008. In addition to real estate sales, he has experience in property management, real estate investing, and rehabilitation/restoration projects.
Yates was born in Denver Colorado and grew up in the Broomfield area. At age 13, he got his first job in real estate working weekends for his father as an open house host at an upscale custom home development. While he was attending the University of Colorado, he founded a lawn maintenance and landscaping company and continued running the company after graduation. The company was very successful, growing to a ten-man operation serving the northern metro Denver area. After nine years in business, he sold the company in order to pursue a career in real estate. His experience in landscape maintenance, sales and marketing, employee hiring and management, subcontractor selection and his extensive knowledge of the north metro Denver area have greatly aided his transition into real estate.
While Yates was growing up, Chuck Craig, his dad, was usually involved in some aspect of real estate, such as home building, rehabilitating homes or investing in rental property, enabling Yates to see numerous aspects of the industry first
hand. Now working in the industry himself as an agent at Champagne Properties, Yates is dedicated to increasing his real estate knowledge and is continuously taking classes in subjects such as negotiating, staging and marketing. Yates’ goal
is to provide all of his clients with high quality, individualized service based on Champagne Properties’ credo: Knowledge, Integrity, Dedication.