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Our Leaders

We are dedicated to our clients, our fellow associates, and the ongoing strength and growth of the company.

At First Western, we share an uncommon entrepreneurial edge, possessing diverse backgrounds and impressive credentials. Our ability to think creatively and build a solid plan for execution supports a thriving culture and promotes continued success throughout our organization.

With an innate desire and ability to inspire and motivate others to achieve success, we are dedicated to our clients, our fellow associates, and the ongoing strength and growth of the company.

Senior Leadership Team

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Scott Wylie

In 2002 recognizing the need for an integrated approach for delivering financial services to the growing affluent market Scott Wylie co-founded First Western Trust.

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Julie Courkamp

As Chief Financial Officer, Julie oversees all accounting, finance, operations, and risk functions. Julie works directly with our board of directors and banking regulators relative to current financial position and forecasted performance.

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John Sawyer, CFA

As Chief Investment Officer, John is responsible for developing First Western’s overall investment strategy and leading the company’s Investment Policy Committee.

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Scott Lawley

As Chief Credit Officer, Scott is responsible for our asset quality, including private banking, commercial and real estate loans.

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Josh Wilson

As Regional President, Josh is responsible for managing the operations and associates of First Western Trust’s regional offices. Josh proactively seeks new business solution opportunities and strengthens relationships with current clients.

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Theodore Gerbick

As Director of Marketing, Theodore is responsible for developing our strategy and approach for marketing, advertising, public relations, communications, and charitable giving activities.

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Chris Pixler

As Director of Operations and Technology, Chris is responsible for developing and driving our strategy to align our associates, our processes, and our technology to provide best in class service to our clients.

Matt Cassell

Formerly led Simmons Bank’s Colorado banking presence, and the members of Simmons’ current Colorado-based banking team have agreed to join First Western to help ensure a smooth transition for the Bank’s new clients.

Presidents & Chairmen

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Michael Glass

As Market President of First Western Trust’s Vail office, Michael is responsible for building and strengthening new and existing client relationships.

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Joe Short

As RiNo Market President, Joe is responsible for building and strengthening new and existing client relationships.

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Nick Lepetsos

As Lone Tree Market President, Nick is responsible for building and strengthening new and existing client relationships.

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Alan Schrum

As President, Residential Mortgage, Alan oversees the sales and service operations for First Western’s residential mortgage division across Colorado, Arizona, Wyoming, and California.

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Joe O’Brien

As Downtown Denver Market President, Joe is responsible for the overall direction and strategy of the Downtown Denver team and is involved with all aspects of client relationship management.

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Brian Weldon

As Market President of First Western Trust’s Cherry Creek office, Brian is responsible for building and strengthening new and existing client relationships.

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Bonifacio Sandoval

As Broomfield Market President , Bonifacio is responsible for building and strengthening new and existing client relationships.

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Daniel C. Thompson

As Regional President of Arizona, Dan is responsible for the overall direction and strategy of the Arizona team and is involved with all aspects of client relationship management.

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Matt Gorr

As Northern Colorado Regional President and Market Chairmen, Matt is responsible for building and maintaining client relationships in the Northern Colorado community.

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Charles Bantis

As Market President of our Aspen office, Charles is responsible for the day-to-day operations and business development of the Aspen team.

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Suzanne Johnson

As Denver Metro Regional President, Suzanne Johnson is responsible for building and strengthening new and existing client relationships.

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Timothy Stack

As Market President of First Western Trust’s DTC/Cherry Hills office, Timothy is responsible for building and strengthening new and existing client relationships.

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Tom Behr

As Market President of First Western Trust’s Northern Colorado office, Tom is responsible for building and strengthening new and existing client relationships.

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Mike Eden

As Market President of First Western Trust’s Jackson Hole office, Mike is responsible for building and strengthening new and existing client relationships.

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Christine Joseph

As Market President of First Western Trust’s Phoenix office, Christine is responsible for building and strengthening new and existing client relationships.

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