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Our Leaders

Dedicated to our clients, our fellow associates, and the evolving strength and growth of First Western Trust.

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.

Named a Denver Business Journal Most Admired CEO. Read the article here.

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Julie Courkamp

Julie Courkamp presently holds the role of President and Chief Operating Officer, where she is also a member of the Board of Directors. Julie leads a dedicated team of more than 150 professionals committed to assisting high-net-worth individuals, families, and institutions in the growth, preservation, and management of their wealth. Her strategic leadership is pivotal in realizing our mission to be the premier private bank for Western wealth management clients.

Matt Cassell

As Chief Banking Officer, Matt translates client goals into leading solutions and outcomes by applying a progressive and modified approach to tried and true legacy principles. His two passions are positioning people to achieve great things and theme parks. He even graduated from the Disney Institute of Business.

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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James Scott

As Chief Experience Officer, James is responsible for overseeing and improving the overall experience that clients, associates, and other stakeholders have with First Western.

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Bill Gilbert

As the Executive Director of Enterprise Technology, Bill is responsible for overseeing and managing the technology infrastructure, systems, and strategies at First Western Trust.

Regional Leaders

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Suzanne Johnson

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

Matt Gorr

Matt Gorr

As Northern Colorado Regional President and Market Chairman, Matt establishes trust in the community, and uses a wholistic approach to work with clients to satisfy all facets of their financial needs.

Presidents & Chairmen

Christy Joseph

Christine Joseph

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

Tanaya Carter

As Market President of First Western Trust’s Bozeman office, Tanaya 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.

Brian Weldon

Brian Weldon

As Market President of First Western Trust’s Cherry Creek office, Brian structures unique banking and lending solutions for clients, working, and growing with them at every stage of their journey.

Joe O'Brien

Joe O’Brien

As Denver Market President, Joe O’Brien applies his industry knowledge to solve problems, provide successful outcomes, stay in communication with clients, and proactively anticipate what lies ahead.

Todd Whittemore

Todd Whittemore

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

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Joe Short

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

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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.

Tim Morphy

Tim Morphy

As Director of Wealth Management for First Western Trust’s Los Angeles office, Tim is responsible for building and strengthening new and existing client relationships.

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Alex Rassmussen

As Market President of First Western Trust’s Denver Tech Center office, Alex is responsible for building and strengthening new and existing client relationships.

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David Matthews

As Market President of First Western Trust’s Scottsdale office, Dave takes in the full breadth of a client’s desired goals and develops a practical effective plan to add the most value for the client, no matter the complexity of the transaction.

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Joe Ballestrasse

As Market President of First Western Trust’s Broomfield office, Joe connects with clients to under their needs and engages his team of talented professionals to help clients achieve their goals.

 

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