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401kWire Names Paula Hendrickson Among Top 50 Most Influential Advisors in Defined Contribution

DENVER – March 27, 2012 – First Western Trust (“First Western”) is pleased to announce that Paula Hendrickson is named among the top 50 advisors in the 2012 edition of 401kWire’s annual “500 Most Influential Advisors in Defined Contribution” list. She was among the top 300 advisors in both 2009 and 2010.

“Paula’s rapid rise on this list highlights her dedication to client service and helping them meet their long-term goals,” said Scott Wylie, CEO of First Western. “This is great recognition from industry peers and a true statement to her knowledge and experience in this ever-changing industry.”

As Director of Retirement Consulting Services at First Western, Hendrickson spearheads the sale, maintenance and growth of the firm’s retirement plan practice. She engages with clients in investment monitoring and consultation, updating compliance regulations and plan benchmarking, among other plan-related areas. Hendrickson’s retirement planning experience crests 25 years and included a prior position overseeing consulting relationships of Fortune 500/1000 companies in Colorado and Utah.

401kWire is a leading online resource for defined contribution executives, and its “500 Most Influential Advisors in Defined Contribution” list is based on internal editorial research and the input of thousands of 401(k) industry insiders nationally. As appropriate, objective criteria, such as statistics about the advisors’ practices, are analyzed and weighed into list decisions.

About First Western Trust

First Western Trust strives to be the best private bank for the Western wealth management client by providing comprehensive, tailored solutions in the areas of wealth planning, private banking, investment management, and trusts and estates. First Western also offers expertise in retirement services, mortgages, insurance, and business banking. First Western’s services are integrated through ConnectView, a proprietary approach that focuses on a client’s entire financial picture. Built specifically for clients based in the West, the firm has offices in Arizona, California, Colorado, and Wyoming.

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