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Don Silversmith

Chairman | Cherry Creek

Don is Chairman of First Western Trust, Cherry Creek, where he is primarily responsible for managing the bank’s financial goals and expanding their presence in the Cherry Creek market.  Don is also a shareholder in the First Western Trust banks in Arizona, California, Colorado and Wyoming.

Don joined First Western Trust in 2005, through the merger of Sterling Partners, the wealth management firm he founded in 1986.  At Sterling Partners, he was primarily responsible for helping clients who require advice on wealth transfer planning and business continuity planning. He brings more than 30 years of experience in real estate to First Western Trust.

First Western Trust strives to be the best private bank and trust company for the Western wealth management client, providing comprehensive tailored solutions and access to a local team of experts. With over $4 billion in affiliated assets under management or advice, First Western offers a unique combination of institutional quality investment management and a variety of financial services including wealth planning, investment management, private banking, personal trust, philanthropic services, retirement consulting, insurance and mortgage services.

In 1998, Don formed Denver City Lofts; to own and develop multifamily projects in the Denver central business district.  Over the next four years, he completed 3 projects of adaptive reuse that converted “Class C” office buildings into rental loft properties.  These projects can be viewed by going to Don at

Getting to Know Don

What person, living or deceased, would you like most to meet?
Elon Musk.

What is your most treasured possession?
My road bike.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Perfect turn on a snowboard on a fresh powder day.


Bachelor of Science in Economics from University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School

Chartered Life Underwriter – The American College


Both he and his wife were honored as Grand Marshalls of the Beaux Arts Ball – National Jewish Health

Both he and his wife were honored as Business People of the Year – Jewish Family Service at Colorado


• Board of Directors for the Denver Scholarship Foundation
• Vice-Chair of the Board at National Jewish Health
• Past Campaign Chair and Treasurer for the Allied Jewish Foundation
• Past Board Member of Jewish Family Service at Colorado
• Past Board of Directors for the Colorado Ballet
• Past Co-Chairman of the Rose Hospital Professional Advisory Committee
• Past Co-Chairman of the Graland Country Day Planning Giving Committee