Jay M. Soneff, MBA
Jamis Companies, Inc
2140 Arapahoe Street
Denver, CO 80205
Serving Denver and surrounding areas since 1978.
Beyond Commercial Brokerage, Jay generates the maximum possible income for your enterprise.
Jay Soneff was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. The third generation Denverite attended John F. Kennedy High School. He earned a Division 1 baseball scholarship to The University of Colorado under Coach Irv Brown. In four years, Jay graduated with a Business Degree in Finance and Real Estate with a minor in Economics.
Jay was the first to take advantage of the new real estate commission that allowed for a real estate degree to replace the two years of Salesman status requirement for broker licensing. At age 22, Jay was the youngest broker in the state.
Jay went back to school and received his Master’s degree in Construction Finance and Management from University of Denver in 1995.
As a developer, agent and investor in multiple real estate platforms, Jay has tremendous experience dealing with a variety of commercial development, investment, leasing and management situations.
Jay has developed extensive experience in all aspects of the real estate business. He has experience in sales and acquisitions, land development, construction, construction management and complex joint venture agreements. He is a survivor of several market swings from the late 70's boom to the late 80's crash. The market swings have taught him that the market will ultimately separate the conservative and stable projects from the speculative and over leveraged properties. This experience serves all his clients in his ability to help protect and maintain properties for long term success.
Jay is married to his elementary school sweetheart, Jan. Jay and Jan have two children, Jay Jr. and Jaclyn. He is an avid vintage car enthusiast.
Amy Garris, BA
With Jamis since 2016
Amy Garris was born in Boulder, CO and she grew up on the grounds of the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park. She began working full time at the camp as a member of the summer staff at age 12. By 18, she became the youngest member in the camp’s 100-year history to receive a 7-year employment pin. She attended her freshman year of college at Texas A&M University, and she graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1995 with a BS in Political Science and a minor in Theater. She spent 10 years as a professional singer touring the country with several rock & roll, blues, bluegrass, and swing bands before she moved to Steamboat Springs in 2000.
Amy spent 7 years in Steamboat as a Hotel GM and another 5 years as the President of a Commercial Property Management Company identifying, restoring, remodeling, leasing, and managing several large downtown commercial buildings for a single owner. She coordinated construction projects that included numerous tenant finishes, large scale structural repairs, and a 7-million-dollar refit of a bookstore into a night club and music venue. Her vast experience in evaluating investment property, identifying capital improvements, and overseeing construction projects has given her a unique perspective in the commercial real estate industry.
After moving to Denver in 2012, Amy spearheaded the formation of a commercial brokerage division at the Keller Williams downtown office, which had previously held only residential agents. She joined the KW Commercial platform where she executed a wide variety of deals: a 10,000sf retail to office conversion, coordinated the $400,000 tenant finish, handled industrial land sales for development in Commerce City, and oversaw the purchase and subsequent sale of two 120-year-old Ballpark Buildings.
Her time at Jamis Companies has put Amy at the forefront of Commercial Brokerage in Ballpark, Arapahoe Square, Whittier, and Park Hill neighborhoods. In January of 2019, she represented the seller on an assemblage at 21st and Arapahoe that resulted in one of the highest price-per-square foot transactions in all of greater LoDo at $496 per square foot.
Specializing in off-market opportunities, Amy has successfully brokered several multi-tenant deals on East Colfax, including an acquisition by Jamis Companies at 5022 East Colfax known as Fairfax Plaza that is now home to one of Mayfair’s favorite neighborhood bars—The Owl Saloon.
Landlord and tenant rep successes include the placement of Wurk, a cannabis tech company, in a 12,000sf creative office building at 2162 Market St., as well as connecting two bar owners for the rebranding of the Curtis Club on 21st St. to Rock Steady in Arapahoe Square. She represented the Landlord in relocating Mammoth American Tattoo from Tennyson St. in the Highlands to their new location on 26th Ave. in Whittier and is currently consulting on a mixed-use new construction project next door on High St. with a projected delivery date in late 2020.
Amy is an avid sports fanatic and an obsessive skier and golfer. She is a Denver team super fan and spends much of her free time playing or watching sports. You can often catch her singing with her band, Corduroy Tiger, at neighborhood bars in Park Hill. She lives with her Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Mack, downtown amidst the Union Station redevelopment and is proud to be a part of Denver’s amazing downtown renaissance.
Property Management Division Director/
With Jamis Companies since 2004
Marsha was born in Denver, CO and has spent her life in the area. Marsha started out working in the banking industry before moving over to the mortgage industry. When she was first hired by Jay Soneff, she headed the Mortgage and Finance Division. She specialized in Commercial Lending and fulfilling long term goals of the Jamis Companies’ clientele. During this time, Marsha assisted Jay in his real estate and development division. Before the housing crisis of 2008, Jay and Marsha made a joint decision that the Mortgage and Finance Sector was far too unsettled to offer great service to their clients, closing down that section of the business.
During Marsha’s time with Jamis Companies, she has tackled many different positions to assist Jay in his businesses. From taking over and increasing the bottom line of the Property Management division by 30% to being the operations manager of 2 bars, to being the bookkeeper for 5 companies to operations manager for Jay’s restaurant, Marsha has done a little bit of everything. Through everything she has attempted, what she loves most, is the relationships she has built with her employees, tenants, landlords, and clientele.
In 2014, after 10 years in the real estate industry, Marsha took the real estate test and became an associate broker to better serve Jamis Companies’ needs to grow. Currently, Marsha heads the Property Management Division and assists Jamis Companies’ agents, employees and clients.
Marsha has expertise in understanding the long term goals of a client, and helping the client achieve those goals. Marsha has established strong relationships with her clientele by excellent customer service and her knowledge of the Real Estate field.
Marsha is an avid Broncos fan and a single mother of 4 now young adults.
Marketing and Communications Director
With Jamis since 2017