We are a locally owned & operated, full-service real estate company. Our innovative business model integrates the customer service and management disciplines of the institutional property management industry at a local level. This unique approach and our commitment to hiring the very best professionals have resulted in strong business growth and our long-lasting tenure in the area, making us one of the most respected and trusted local real estate agency & property management companies in our community.

We provide the highest level of service to our clients. Whether working with Buyers, Sellers, Rental Owners or Tenants, everyone is treated with absolute professionalism and timeliness.

Patriot Real Estate provides world class service for Residential Sales and Property Management in Colorado’s Central Region with our main office in Colorado Springs.

Meet the Team


Ron Craig

(719) 651-6859

Ron & Susan Craig (Managing Broker)

The company was originally founded by Ron and Susan Craig. Susan became a REALTOR® in 1996 and Ron became licensed in 2001, at which time they formed the Craig Team. In 2012, they founded the Patriot Real Estate Group and grew their property management portfolio to over 105 residential properties.

Ron and Susan decided to split their company in early 2016, with their daughter Christina and Jason Poisson taking ownership of the Patriot Real Estate Group. At this time, Ron and Susan formed a new company, Patriot Real Estate and Property Management, and continued to operate a full service Real Estate provider with residential sales and property management.

Ron and Sue sold their new company to one of their agents, Tim Smith, in September 2017. After the sale, Ron has stayed on with the company as the Managing Broker with oversight and responsibility of the company operations. Susan had to retire from the Real Estate business in 2014 for medical reasons, but continues to provide background support for the team.

Ron and Susan have personally owned investment property in Colorado Springs since 1984.

Timothy Smith (Owner, Broker/Associate, Property Manager)

Tim lived in Colorado Springs for most of his childhood and teenage years before venturing out to live in other parts of Colorado, the US and Asia. After many years of living away, he was eventually drawn home by the desire of living next to the mountains, 300+ days of yearly sunshine, his family, and his love for the Colorado Spring’s community vibe.

Tim has been lifelong friends with the founders of Patriot Real Estate and Property Management, Ron & Susan Craig. Their shared values of building long lasting relationships and providing exceptional customer service made it an easy decision for Tim to join their team when he became a licensed agent.

Tim eventually purchased the company from Ron & Sue in September of 2017. He now focuses on running the Property Management operation and serving his buyer & seller clients for residential sales.

Prior to his career in real estate, Tim spent many years in leadership roles for technology teams in the financial services industry. He left that industry at the height of his career, running a global group of technology professionals as a Technology Director for the world’s largest investment management firm having over $5T in assets under management. The teams that he led operated with a high degree of integrity and commitment to exceptional customer service. He brings the same values in his real estate service to his clients.


Jon Vennes

(719) 233-7188

Jon Vennes (Broker/Associate)

Jon Vennes came to us from the retail sales side of business. He’s originally from Minot North Dakota and has now lived in Colorado Springs for over 25 years. He was the Sales Manager for the largest RV dealer in Colorado Springs for 11 years.  Jon also has a strong background in the restaurant business doing everything from manager to executive chef. So, working with the public is his strong suit.

He’s an avid sports fan and enjoys bowling (was on the professional circuit for a couple years), golfing, hockey, football and others. Being from North Dakota he’s a big Minnesota Viking fan as well as Denver Bronco’s and Air Force Falcons.

Jon was previously responsible for managing Patriot’s Property Management division, managing over $12 million of residential properties. He now focuses on residential sales as a licensed Broker Agent and can assist with your buying or selling needs. Feel free to give him a call at 719-233-7188.