Contact Info

(970) 295-4819

Ryan Schaefer co-founded Chrisland Real Estate Companies (“Chrisland”) in November 2003 and serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer.  In addition to maintaining an active role as a broker on behalf of a select clientele, Ryan oversees Chrisland’s investment and development activities.

Ryan has brokered hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of transactions including residential and commercial land, investment sales, industrial facilities, anchor retailer transactions, restaurants and corporate office and medical buildings.  Notable examples include completed transactions involving the A.G. Spanos Companies, Scheels All Sports, Swire Coca-Cola, Rodelle, Gerrard Development, Thompson Ranch Development Co., UC Health’s Medical Center of the Rockies, and The Promenade Shops at Centerra Lifestyle Center.

Ryan has also overseen Chrisland’s development, investment, and brokerage activities at 2534, a 542-acre master-planned community in Johnstown, Colorado, and he continues to direct Chrisland’s ongoing investment and development activities in Colorado and elsewhere in the United States.

Outside the office, Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife and children, exercising, reading, and attending concerts and sporting events.

Education, Recognition, and Affiliations

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (real estate/finance) from Colorado State University (’00)
  • Licensed Employing Broker in Colorado
  • Graduate, 2018 Class of Water Literate Leaders, CSU’s Colorado Water Institute & Community Foundation of Northern Colorado
  • 2018 Real Estate Entrepreneur of the Year, Everitt Real Estate Center, Colorado State University
  • Member of the 2008 Northern Colorado Business Report’s 40 under Forty list
  • Director, The Erie County Investment Company
  • Director, Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Past President, Northern Colorado Commercial Association of Realtors
  • Past Chairperson, Larimer Humane Society
  • Past Vice Chair of the Board, McKee Medical Center
  • Past Advisory Board Member, Colorado State University’s Ram Club
  • Past Advisory Board Member, Colorado State University’s Everitt Real Estate Center
  • Member, International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Member, Denver Metro Commercial Association of Brokers



The A.G. Spanos Companies hired Chrisland as our real estate broker in Northern Colorado based largely on the strength of a recommendation. We have worked with the Chrisland team over many years - spanning multiple transactions – and their professionalism, expertise, and results have been outstanding. We look forward to continuing to do business with their company for years to come.


I have had the opportunity to work with Ryan and the amazing team at Chrisland for many years now, both professionally and personally in the community. Their vision to move Northern Colorado forward is second to none. Chrisland continues to be about the relationship and not just the individual transaction. The best part is that they are just great people who will do what is right for their clients and invest back into the Northern Colorado community.


Chrisland Companies has been a tremendous business partner, consultant and site selection expert for us for the past 10+ years. The team they have built has extensive knowledge of both the northern Colorado region, as well as the national trends of real estate and new business that may soon make its way to the region. Chrisland spends a considerable amount of time, money and energy to understand the marketplace from every angle to give the most educated advice and guidance available in northern Colorado. The area that I most respect and appreciate in my relationship with Chrisland is the complete honesty and integrity every individual in the company provides. To know that not only do they have my best interests at heart, but they are doing it the right way, for the right reasons every time. Chrisland treats my business and advise for business decisions and negotiations as seriously as if it were their own business. I wouldn't have wanted another company in northern Colorado to represent my company the past for the past 10+ years.

STEVE LAUERAWARD WINNING RESTAURATEUR, Qdoba, TCBY, Subway, numerous de novo restaurants

Chrisland was retained by us early in the planning stages of 2534 for their unique qualifications as both commercial real estate brokers and consultants to advise us on the planning of our 500-acre master planned community. Without their expert advice and knowledge of commercial real estate, 2534 would not be what it is today. As our commercial broker, Chrisland has been instrumental in attracting high value buyers such as the Northern Colorado Rehab Hospital, Aerate Surgery Center, High Country Beverage and Swire/Coca-Cola. These buyers have created a synergy for both medical and high end employment users. Chrisland has also helped Gerrard Companies by locating other, user-matched properties and by analyzing potential real estate opportunities. Over the years Chrisland has earned our trust and respect as one of the premier commercial real estate brokers in northern Colorado.

GARY GERRARDOWNER, Gerrard Companies

Chrisland helped us sell a Berthoud development property and I could not be more pleased with their efforts and the results. Ryan and Jake were extremely well versed in the local market conditions and provided excellent communication throughout the transaction. Love the monthly reports, and also just generally on top of things – great attention to both big picture and detail. I look forward to working with them again soon.


Jake's attention to detail, prompt and knowledgeable communication, and preemptive document redlines has earned Jake our utmost respect and appreciation. Ashley demonstrated competent support and promptly responded to any question or concern. We will use this team again.


Northwestern Mutual has worked with the Chrisland Team for many years. Their professionalism, quality of service, and follow through has been fantastic. We have been very pleased with our office leasing transactions and would very much recommend them as one of the premier commercial brokers in Northern Colorado.


Chrisland has been a beneficial partner for Home State Bank for many years, helping find, buy, sell and lease property. We have found them to be knowledgeable, professional, and we love working with people that we can trust.


We have had the pleasure of working with Ryan and Jake on several land purchases over the past four years. Chrisland’s market insight, professionalism, and hard work on our behalf are always well appreciated.

DAN BERLINOWNER, Rodelle Vanilla

My experience with Andy Smith at Chrisland far exceeded my expectations. Andy was a true professional and helped us find the perfect location for our business. I felt like Andy was definitely looking out for our best interests and was always available to answer any questions we had with his expert advice. His industry knowledge and vast network of contacts helped us find a space and sign a lease sooner than we ever thought possible. I would definitely recommend Andy and Chrisland in the future.


Chisland Companies and Andy Smith did a top-notch job helping us find the right office, despite our unique needs. I recommend them both without hesitation.

Jon Thompson SENIOR PARTNER, Blue Margin