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Innovation, inspiration, drive and dedication.

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

Our senior leadership team consists of five leading individuals from across the organization who provide significant experience in wealth management, private banking, financial services, and strategy.

Scott Wylie

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.

Julie Courkamp

Julie Courkamp

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

John Sawyer, CFA

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

Josh Wilson

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.

Daniel C. Thompson, CFP®

Daniel C. Thompson, CFP®

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.

Presidents & Chairmen

Our presidents and chairmen are experts in the private banking, wealth management, and investment management and provide strategic direction for our local offices.

 Kay Jones

Kay Jones

As Chairman of our Jackson Hole office, Kay is responsible for growing and maintaining client relationships in wealth planning, investment management, private banking, and trust and estate planning.

Matt Gorr

Matt Gorr

As Chairman of our Boulder office, Matt is responsible for building and maintaining client relationships in the Boulder community.

Suzanne Johnson

Suzanne Johnson

As President of our Denver office, Suzanne Johnson is responsible for building and strengthening new and existing client relationships.

Chad Maze

Chad Maze

As President of our Phoenix office, Chad is responsible for building and strengthening new and existing wealth, investment management, trust, and private banking client relationships for First Western Trust. 

Charles Bantis

Charles Bantis

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

Jim Gersack, CFP®

Jim Gersack, CFP®

As President of our Jackson Hole office, Jim is involved in all aspects of client relationships, wealth and investment management, business development, and the day-to-day operations of the office.

Omar Chyou, AWMA®

Omar Chyou, AWMA®

As President of our Cherry Creek office, Omar Chyou is responsible for building and strengthening client relationships in wealth planning, investment management, commercial and consumer lending, and private banking.

Timothy Stack

Timothy Stack

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