100 years of History
— Reimagined for
the Next Century

About Five Points Development Corporation

Above all else, we are placemakers first, carefully considering the WHY and HOW of every place and property we touch. We believe placemaking is about creating places with real character while preserving and enhancing existing neighborhood spaces.

In fact, we chose our company’s name as an homage to the original Five Points Development Corporation, which was founded in the 1920s and played an influential role in the neighborhood. As a Black-owned company responsible for most of the Black-led development work in the Five Points neighborhood during the 1920s through the 1950s, the original Five Points Development Corporation serves as an inspiration for our modern-day mission.

We thoughtfully examine every detail of a project to ensure its distinction and legacy in the community. And our core values—Integrity, Diversity, Quality, Sustainability, and Innovation—are carried through to every place we build.

Five Points Development Corporation was founded by Matthew Burkett and is a subsidiary of The Flyfisher Group.

Our Team

The passion and hands-on approach to placemaking that Five Points Development Corporation is known for starts with our people.

Haroun Cowans

Managing Director

Haroun Cowans is part of the Five Points Development Corporation’s Chief Real Estate Officer.

He brings to the team his extensive experience in community engagement, development, placemaking in urban environments and adaptive reuse. He is a proven entrepreneur founding, operating and divesting numerous times at a micro level. He has a combined 20+ years of experience in the real estate investment and financing industry.

Haroun has been a resident for many years in Five Points and has watched it evolve  “It’s a blessing to live, work and enjoy the neighborhood that holds such great heritage and culture. And it is an honor to continue to preserve and continue that rich legacy into our present day and future.”

Haroun has a wealth of experience in the financial world. He began his career as a mortgage broker before moving into financial services at Merrill Lynch. At WAA Consulting he raised capital for startups and developed the relationships necessary to become a financial advisor for high net worth individuals and family offices at Waddell & Reed. Haroun managed two branches for a national commercial bank leading one branch from subpar to the top performing branch in the country. His greatest passion is his work as an associate pastor at Church in the City Beth Abraham.

Haroun is also committed to giving back to the community. He lends his time to two Mayor Appointed Boards, the Denver Department of Human Services and the Denver Housing to Those Experiencing Homelessness.

He also sits on the board of Historic Denver and the Denver Health Foundation. And he volunteers with the Denver Department of Human Services, Children’s Cabinet Subcommittee, Colorado Enterprise Fund, Denver African American Philanthropists, Impact Empowerment Group, Denver District Attorney Advisory Council, 5280 High School, Denver Health, and he was a participant in the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce Chamber Connect class in 2008.

Alison Dorsey

Construction Project Executive

Alison Dorsey, Five Points Development Corporation’s Construction Project Executive for the Flyfisher Group, is new to Denver, Colorado and excited to bring more than 15 years of experience to the team. Of all the neighborhoods to move to in Denver she intentionally chose the Five Points area and is eager to work and  contribute to the community.

Having had experience and exposure working in the 2nd largest city in the country, Los Angeles, California, Alison is excited to influence the evolution of a rich historical neighborhood like Five Points. She’s thrilled to be part of a team that values culture. “I’ve worked on to numerous projects around the worldand I’m happy and honored to bring that experience to the FPDC team, the construction team specifically, as we revive many of the beloved historic structures including the Rossonian. We aim to bring out the best of the best.”

Alison recently received the New Black Business Leaders award presented by the Denver Metro Black Chamber of Commerce. She has also been added to the Five Points Development team in the Historical area in Denver.
She loves traveling, arts and designing. She is an active member in the 9 Percent Group (Female percentage in construction) serves as Board Chair for the God Cares Charity in the Los Angeles, California.

Norman Harris

Community Engagement

Norman Harris’ love for the Five Points neighborhood is generations deep. Four generations, to be exact.

Born and raised in Denver he attended Colorado Academy from middle school to high school and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University.

From the age of 8, Norman worked for and with his grandfather, Norman Harris Sr. at Wise Harris Liquors, a family owned liquor store at 24th & Welton Street. There, Norman learned valuable lessons about running a business and interacted with businessmen and property owners in the neighborhood who were friends and associates of his grandfather.

After graduation from Colorado State University, Norman started working as investment professional and began to develop businesses including a t-shirt printing business and an entertainment company.

In 2012, Norman took his entrepreneurial spirit back to his roots in Five Points and lead the rejuvenation of Denver’s Juneteenth celebration attracting crowds that the celebration hadn’t seen since the late 1990’s.

In 2013, Norman started working with the Five Points Jazz Festival, helping the celebration reach new heights in attendance and community participation.

Norman is dedicated to the Five Points neighborhood and is eager to bring his innovative ideas, energy and community engagement skills to the Five Points Development Corporation team.

“I’m excited because it’s given me an opportunity to establish a new legacy on Five Points.”

Tamara Banks

Media and Communications

Emmy Award winning journalist Tamara Banks has lived in Five Points for more than 12 years. One of the best spots to watch the Juneteenth celebration and the Five Points Jazz Festival is from her balcony above Coffee at the Point.

Tamara is committed to excellence in journalism, civic engagement and community and brings these values to the Five Points Development Corporation team.

She is a freelance correspondent, producer, talk show host and documentary filmmaker focusing on social justice and dedicated to creating transformative social change through excellence in journalism.

Her areas of expertise include social justice and political issues, locally, nationally and internationally, particularly in South Sudan, Darfur, East Africa, Haiti and other parts of the globe where there is little or no news coverage about crimes against humanity and genocide.

“As an international storyteller a story near to my heart is the one here in Five Points in Denver. I’m thrilled to be part of a team whose focus is on community and connectablity not just bricks and mortar.”

Tamara’s work has been featured on numerous news networks including PBS, CNN, ABC News, HDNet’s World Report, BBC, NPR, Al Jazeera America, Al Jazeera, WB 2 News, FOX News, as well on as a number of radio stations and digital news for more than 20 years.

Dr. Ryan Ross

Business Development

Dr. Ryan E. Ross is a sought after speaker, educator, leadership coach, and servant leader. His expertise in equity and inclusion, educational access, and the development of leaders enhances the Five Points Development Corporation’s commitment to community engagement and community development.

“I am extremely excited to be a part of the FPDC! People aspire to be a part of something great in their lifetime and this is definitely one of those things. The proposition of fusing community, history, future, an opportunity in the public’s interest is something I have always looked for and now it’s something I am thrilled to add to my lived experience. ”Dr. Ross’s background is the perfect fit for nurturing the future of Five Points.

Ryan’s passion for community, leadership, and education is directly related to his experiences growing up and desire to pay it forward to the community that afforded him many opportunities.  Ryan’s innovative work can be witnessed through his leadership in programs such as the Kappa League Leadership development program, the Urban Male Initiative, the Urban Leadership Foundation of Colorado, and in collaboration with many community partners such as Denver Public Schools, the Ethnic College Counseling Center, Gilliam Youth Services, Jack and Jill of America Denver Chapter, Colorado Beautillion Inc., and the Center for Multicultural Excellence centers at the University of Denver and Colorado State University to name a few.

Dr. Antwan Jefferson

Education Initiatives

Dr. Antwan Jefferson is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver.

He’s been committed to community in a variety of ways throughout his life and career. After six years of teaching in Providence, Rhode Island; Norfolk, Virginia; and in Denver he left the classroom to work in a local church as a youth pastor.  He says he saw that move as a chance to give himself a “bit of a reprieve from the physical and emotional costs” of working with five sets of 25-30 students a day.

Since he made that career move nearly 15 years ago, he realized that both students and families are important to him, and education remains his professional focus.

Dr. Jefferson is looking forward to working in the culturally historic neighborhood. “Five Points is among the most important communities in Denver’s history, and I believe that we’d all do well to learn from, in, and through this community; it’s current pace and style of development offers lots of opportunities for us to learn. Alongside the historical role of Five Points, engaging this community as a text for learning can teach us so much about ourselves and the places we occupy.”

Dr. Jefferson completed a PhD in Educational Leadership and Innovation from the University of Colorado, Denver because he engages with communities across Denver that experience several social and educational challenges. He also earned a PhD for his great grandmother, grandmothers and mother, each of whom worked hard to make sure he had everything he needed to be a successful man, contributing to society. He believes they deserve having a PhD in their lineage.

Dr. Jefferson brings this commitment to families and community to the Five Points Development Corporation team. His research on how families and community members experience schools and organizations in their neighborhoods and communities including the implications of space, voice, and power in decision-making and not-for-profit organizations and schools will help guide FPDC’s efforts in building and developing/enhancing the Five Points neighborhood.

Our Partners

Five Points Development Corporation is only as strong as our people and partnerships, and we are tremendously proud of our local partners that help bring our mission to life.

Lincoln Hills Cares

Lincoln Hills Cares develops the next generation of young leaders through outdoor education and recreation, cultural history exploration and workforce advancement. Thier programs empower youth who may not otherwise have the opportunity, due to economic, social or family circumstances.


Haroun Cowans, Ascendant Realty

Broker and Property Manager

Haroun brings to the team his extensive experience in community engagement, development, placemaking in urban environments and adaptive reuse. He is a proven entrepreneur founding, operating and divesting numerous times at a micro level. He has a combined 20+ years of experience in the real estate investment and financing industry.


Impact Empowerment Group

Lead by Nick Dawkins, Impact Empowerment Group continues the mission of the Prodigal Son Initiative of strengthening and building communities by providing youth and families the positive tools and knowledge they need to succeed. Their vision is to see thousands of children will grow up in safe, beautiful communities where they can become highly successful leaders of peace by helping build their community through Servant Leader principles.


Junior Achievment

Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain, Inc. (JA) is part of the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, JA provides programs for students which focus on entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness. Their goal is to teach concepts through experiential learning, allowing young people to put their new knowledge and skills into practice.


NEXUS Summer Programs

NEXUS Summer Programs exist to provide college bound teens with the tools needed to thrive on campus. Alongside a focus of both academic and career development, NEXUS also provides immersive experiences in self-discovery including socio-emotional development techniques that embolden each student’s confidence in themselves.


Urban Leadership Foundation

The Urban Leadership Foundation of Colorado 501(c)(3) non-profit is one of Colorado’s most recognized and accomplished leadership organizations within the Denver metro area. ULF Colorado has a rich history of not only providing quality leadership training but also facilitating the advancement of our future business, political and community leaders.