About BDD

Company Background

Branch Design and Development, Inc. (BDD) is a Real Estate Planning, Design, Entitlement, Development and Construction Management firm which was formed to compliment the brokerage services provided by its sister company Columbus Capital. BDD specializes in the planning, design, entitlement, and development of projects that contain certain challenges or limitations to the standard methods of real estate development. Columbus Capital specializes in real estate investment, acquisition and brokerage. This combination of expertise within the two companies allows for a full compliment of services from project inception to brokerage. Since its inception in 2004 BDD has entitled over 500 Residential Lots, 429 Rental Units and over 300,000 Square Feet of Commercial Space.



The founders of Branch Design and Development, Inc. have many years of experience in Real Estate Brokerage, Planning, Development and Project Management for both the residential and commercial sectors.

Jeff Branch – Owner/CEO

Jeff graduated from Arizona State University with an Urban Planning degree and a minor in Real Estate Finance. In 1985, Jeff along with his father Michael founded Branch Realty Commercial Real Estate Advisors. Since 1985 Jeff has been involved in over $350,000,000 in sales and development projects throughout the southwest. During his tenure with Branch Realty he was responsible for several major commercial development projects in Santa Fe. They include The Plaza Santa Fe, Home Depot, Whole Foods and the Hotel Santa Fe. In 2002, he started Columbus Capital, LLC a full service commercial real estate company. Development and leasing projects include the Plaza Fiorina, Plaza Entrada, and Sabino Plaza at the DeVargas Mall. Two of the newest development projects are the San Isidro Village and Colores del Sol/Plazas del Sol in Santa Fe. The San Isidro Village project is unique in that it is an assemblage of 35 different properties. This mixed use project will include a Lowe’s Home Improvement Center, Regal Theatres, restaurants, and numerous other retail stores. The residential within the project ranges from live/work, single family detached, townhomes, apartments, and senior housing. The Colores del Sol/Plazas del Sol is a mixed use project with a neighborhood commercial center, live/work housing, and single family detached housing.

Greg Gonzales – Director of Construction & Development

Greg has a degree in Construction Management from the University of New Mexico. He has over 20 years of experience in construction management and construction estimating. He has spent most of his career working on various size projects ranging from small retail stores to multiple story hotel projects throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada. Prior to moving back to New Mexico, Greg was a project manager in San Diego, California for a large construction company. Since joining Columbus Capital, Greg has over seen approximately $19 million dollars of new ground-up construction, with approximately $3 million dollars spent on renovation and tenant improvement funds. In the past few years Greg has focused on the development and construction of Medical Facilities. Primarily Greg has been upgrading older buildings to accommodate modern medical facilities. Projects include Christus St Vincent’s Regional Medical Center, De Vargas North Clinic located at 510 Guadalupe, a professional Dental office for Dr. Ieva Wright DDS located at 1651 Galisteo, Quest Diagnostics Laboratory located at 435 St Michaels Drive and Christus St Vincent’s Geriatrics clinic located at 465 St Michaels Drive.

Eduardo Ramirez – Project Manager

Eduardo Ramirez was born and raised in a Santa Fe construction family. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture degree from the University of New Mexico, Eduardo joined the State of New Mexico Construction Industries Division where he worked as a plans reviewer, accessibility and building inspector, building and energy codes instructor, and field operations director. Eduardo developed and implemented processes and procedures for the State that are still in use today, including the Alternative Methods and Materials in Construction process. He authored the New Mexico Earthen Building Materials Code for the State, the base of which was adopted by the country of Spain for rammed earth construction in that country. Using his experiences in Architecture and State government, Eduardo moved on to the program, project and construction management fields, where he was personally responsible for developing approximately $80 million in K-12 school and public works projects for Santa Fe Public Schools, The Trust for Public Land and Santa Fe County. Eduardo joined Branch Design & Development in 2014 as a Project Manager.

Mark Ruhlman – Managing Partner

Mark was a senior level Real Estate executive for many national development companies. With over 20 years in management, his primary focus was achieving real estate sales, and closings goals that ensured the maximum return to shareholders. He was involved with planning of both large and small scaled master planned communities which incorporate both commercial and residential. Mark’s experience with communication skills complemented by a deep understanding of the psychology of buying and the art of negotiation compliments the rest of the Branch Design & Development team.