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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

As Chief Operating and Financial Officer, Julie oversees all accounting, finance, operations, human resources, and risk functions. Julie also serves on our Board of Directors.

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.

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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.

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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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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.

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.

Chuck Watts

Chuck Watts

As Regional President for Arizona, Chuck Watts is responsible for building and strengthening new and existing client relationships in Arizona.

Matt Gorr

Matt Gorr

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

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.

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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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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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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.

Brian Weldon

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.

Joe O'Brien

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.

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.

Heath Kinsland

Heath Kinsland

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

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Paula Campos

As Market President of First Western Trust’s Scottsdale office, Paula 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 East Valley, Arizona office, David is responsible for building and strengthening new and existing client relationships.

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Joe Ballestrasse

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

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