I studied economics in school and after graduating worked at a financial services firm in New York. It was there that I fell in love with Diane Carlson, who was working for the NY Federal Reserve. We were married in April 1988.
I pursued my MBA at Columbia University where I spent my days in classes, service projects and playing on the rugby team. Afterwards I joined a leading firm which financed technology companies and relished in becoming an expert in data and information companies. I became a leader in this field and was recruited to create a technology corporate finance practice for a Denver company. Diane and I visited Colorado and were smitten. We decided right then and there to give up our New York life for an uncertain future in the West.
After many successful years working for larger businesses a few colleagues and I felt that there was a better way to do things and started our own firm, St Charles Capital. Over the 10 years that we operated St. Charles Capital, we grew it to become Denver’s leading firm for raising capital and advising growth companies in Colorado, employing scores of talented professionals. I am most proud of the opportunities we gave to our young employees and that early on my Partners and I decided to give back to the community in a meaningful way, committing a significant portion of our profits to charitable causes. Over the years we contributed our time and money to over 75 non-profits. In 2014, we were approached by a few companies to join them and we completed a deal with the world wide advisory firm KPMG. Since then I have been a senior member of KPMG’s Technology, Media and Telecom team.
Early in our move to Colorado I became a Board Member of the Colorado Technology Association. During this experience, a few of us recognized the “digital divide” between kids with access to technology and those without. We decided to do something about it and founded KidsTek, which has served over 15,000 kids through innovative in and after school technology education programs. I was the Chairman of the Board for five years and am still a board member today.
I have also volunteered with the Boy Scouts, eventually joining their Board of Directors, with our local schools, our church, the Colorado Republican party and as a youth sports coach.
With the passage of Amendment 64 in 2012, Diane and I and others formed Smart Colorado to protect the health, safety and well-being of Colorado youth as marijuana becomes increasingly available and commercialized.
Diane and I have raised 4 boys and a daughter here. Two are now on their own, the oldest married and working in New York, the second teaching 1st grade in Aurora, two in college, and the youngest still in high school, playing on the school’s basketball and tennis teams. We couldn’t have raised them to be the people they are without so many teachers, coaches, Sunday school teachers, scout leaders and other caring adults in their lives. We are so grateful to have raised them in Colorado and to all of you along the way.
Copyright 2019 by 501 Auctions LLC. All rights reserved.