Top 40 Under 40: Iver L. Retrum

Iver Retrum’s advice to others breaking into the aviation field is “You got to love it.” And love it he does, which is why he has been able to build a successful 20-year career in general and business aviation. His experiences and professional network spans a wide breadth of the industry and he is immensely active in the aviation community.

Retrum’s passion for aviation started early, beginning with a flight to Oshkosh at age 13, that led to flying lessons at age 16, and receiving his private pilot’s license shortly thereafter. Retrum attended Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU) where he studied aviation and attained his commercial and flight instructor certificates. He graduated from MSU in 2001 with a Bachelor’s degree in aviation technology.

This aviation innovator has worked in a variety of aviation sales and leadership roles with such companies as Stevens Aviation, Precision Aircraft, Signature Flight Support and ARINC Direct. Retrum has unique expertise in the support side of the industry, particularly in FBO, communications and flight planning services. Additionally, Retrum has an emergent knowledge in aviation-related real estate through his work over the last six years as the manager of Business Development & Marketing for SunBorne XVI Ltd. in Englewood, Colo. His efforts at SunBorne XVI have concentrated on the development and expansion of the 125-acre mixed-use business park at Centennial Airport known as Centennial InterPort.

Retrum has further continued to extend his expertise by attaining his Colorado real estate brokerage license, and with the formation and ownership of an advanced aviation real estate multi-listing service website called This latest endeavor is changing the way the aviation community communicates and transacts aviation-related real estate. He says he loves the complexity, the creativeness in the position he has, saying: “Every deal we get into is a completely different and unique deal.”

“Iver’s selfless contributions for building a stellar business aviation association, contributing his time to create community PR events, and his innovative thinking using the media, as well as his generosity to all make him a prime candidate for the Top 40 Under 40 award. Someone once said, ‘I never met a person who didn’t like Iver.’ That’s just who he is.”

Jodie Brown, owner/president, Summit Solutions