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First Western Financial, Inc.
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Board of Directors

Julie Caponi
Ms. Caponi, is a Certified Public Accountant. She retired in 2017 from Arconic, Inc. (formerly known as Alcoa Inc.), a manufacturer of engineered products from aluminum and other lightweight metals, after serving in a number of finance leadership roles. In her seventeen years at Arconic, Ms. Caponi served as Assistant Treasurer, Vice President-Audit and Assistant Controller. Before joining Arconic, she was an audit partner at Deloitte, principally serving clients in the financial services industry. Since 2007, she has served as a director of First Commonwealth Financial Corporation, an NYSE-listed financial holding company, where she chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Compensation and Human Resources Committee. She is also a director of First Commonwealth Bank. Ms. Caponi earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Caponi’s qualifications for service on our board of directors include her leadership, audit and public bank holding company board experience. Her knowledge of financial accounting, auditing and internal controls is also beneficial to our board of directors.
Julie Courkamp
Ms. Courkamp has served as Chief Operating Officer of the Company since 2022 and Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of the Company and First Western Trust Bank since 2013. She joined the Company in 2006 as its Controller and was promoted to Director of Finance and Accounting in 2010. Ms. Courkamp oversees the Company’s operations across the bank, mortgage, trust and investment management businesses, as well as the finance, accounting, human resources, legal/governance, and compliance departments. She also oversees the activities related to corporate development and mergers and acquisitions, information technology and enterprise risk management. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Courkamp held positions with PwC in Denver researching issues related to SEC reporting, and coordinating and supervising audits and interim quarterly reviews of public and private companies. Ms. Courkamp holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
David Duncan
Mr. Duncan has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Silver Oak Cellars since 2002. He is also a Managing Partner of Twomey Cellars and the Proprietor of Ovid Winery. He also is President of Denver-based Duncan Oil, Inc. where he has served since 1988. Mr. Duncan is the former Chapter Chairman and member of the Northern California Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization. Mr. Duncan is also involved in the community serving as Chairman of the board of the St. Helena Hospital Foundation, Co-Chair of the capital campaign for the Saint Helena Montessori School and has been on the board the Napa Valley Vintners, serving as Chairman in 2014. Mr. Duncan earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Denver. Mr. Duncan’s qualifications for service on our board of directors include his experience as an entrepreneur, business leader, board member and manager in private equity and growth company investments. He also has extensive experience and knowledge of the operation of family businesses.
Thomas Gart
Mr. Gart is President of The Gart Companies, which is a private equity investment company focusing on real estate and specialty retail that he co-founded in 1993. Mr. Gart’s career started with Gart Brothers Sporting Goods Company, a three generation family owned and operated business founded in 1927 by Mr. Gart’s grandfather, where Mr. Gart was President and Chief Operating Officer from 1985 until the company’s sale in 1992. Mr. Gart currently serves on the board of National Jewish Hospital and is an emeritus board member of the Colorado Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Mr. Gart is a member of the World Presidents Organization (WPO), holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Stanford University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University Graduate School of Business. Mr. Gart brings a sophisticated financial background with leadership experience in family businesses and private equity investing across a broad range of industries. He also has a deep background in real estate and specialty retail.
Patrick Hamill
Mr. Hamill is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Oakwood Homes, LLC, which he founded in 1991 and sold to Berkshire Hathaway in 2017. Mr. Hamill’s other interests include Bright Door Properties, PHH Equipment Leasing, Green Valley Ranch Golf Club, and GVR Landscape. Mr. Hamill founded the BuildStrong Foundation, which focuses on early childhood education, along with work force development. BuildStrong founded the Colorado Homebuilding Academy which trains workers for careers in the housing industry. Mr. Hamill has served in various civic positions including: Vice-Chair of Metropolitan Football Stadium District, Trustee at the University of Denver, Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver, and National Trustee of First Tee of America. Mr. Hamill has been recognized over the years for various honors and recognitions; Professional Achievement Award through the University of Denver’s Founders Day in 1999, Champion for Youth Boys & Girls Club in 2007, Urban Nights Benefits Homeless Youth Award in August 2016, Colorado “I Have a Dream” Foundation Award in September 2017, Bill Daniels Ethical Leader of the Year Award in October 2017, St. Jude Hope Award in May 2018, and the Hearthstone Builder Humanitarian Award in May 2018, to name a few. Mr. Hamill received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Denver’s School of Real Estate and Construction Management. Mr. Hamill’s qualifications for service as a director include his entrepreneurial success in business, community leadership and his expertise in real estate, homebuilding and economic development.
Luke Latimer
Mr. Latimer has served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of R&L Development, a heavy construction company in New Alexandria, Pennsylvania since 2015. He previously served as Executive Vice President and Treasurer of R&L Development from 1999 to 2015. Mr. Latimer is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Derry International LTD, Incorporated, a mining company based in New Alexandria, Pennsylvania, and is a General Partner of SML Limited Partnership, a real estate holding and development partnership in New Alexandria, Pennsylvania. Since 2011, he has served as a director First Commonwealth Financial Corporation, a NYSE-listed financial holding company. He is also a director of First Commonwealth Bank. Mr. Latimer previously served as Chairman of First National Bank of Santa Fe and a director of New Mexico Banquest Corporation, a bank and bank holding company in Santa Fe, New Mexico, until May 2013. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Saint Vincent College. Mr. Latimer’s qualifications for service as a director include his leadership in his family business as well as his experience on multiple bank and bank holding company boards, including a publicly held bank holding company.
Scott Mitchell
Scott Mitchell is President of U.S. Engineering, Metalworks, a full-service mechanical contractor providing solutions for the life of a facility in a vast range of industries such as healthcare, education, office, government, and industrial. Prior to his current position, Mr. Mitchell served as President of a number of other successful manufacturing companies including Mercury Products, a provider of custom metal-stamped and fabricated parts, Intertech Plastics & Intertech Medical, a high-speed, high-volume manufacturer of custom injection molded plastic products and turnkey solutions, and Sylarus Technology, an early-stage, start-up solar company. Earlier in his career, Mr. Mitchell was a partner at Accenture, where he initiated a series of operational excellence initiatives to increase margins while enhancing client service, and also served as Senior Vice President of First Data and Western Union Corporation, where he led a team of Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma specialists in driving business development and operational improvements around the world. Mr. Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Southern Illinois University and an MBA from the University of Denver. Mr Mitchell is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Lean Manufacturing Facilitator, and has served as a board member of the Governor of Colorado’s Leaders Initiative and the Denver Convention Center Hotel Authority.
Mark Smith
Mr. Smith is a Principal of Slifer Smith and Frampton, which he founded in 1989 and he has over 45 years of experience in real estate development, sales and marketing. He was also a founding principal of both East West Partners and Union Station Neighborhood Company. Mr. Smith was the founder of the Youth Foundation (now Youth Power 365), Platte Forum and the Riverfront Park Community Foundation. Current board affiliations include the Clyfford Still Museum, Colorado Forum, the Riverfront Park Community Foundation and Slifer Smith and Frampton Foundation. Mark was named Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Rocky Mountain Region in 2001, received the first ever Friend of the River award from the Greenway Foundation in 2011, received the Colorado Business Magazine CEO of the Year award in 2014 and has been the recipient of numerous other awards. Mr. Smith holds an undergraduate degree in real estate from Florida International University and a master’s degree in management from Nova University. Mr. Smith’s qualifications for service as a director include his entrepreneurial success in business, community leadership and expertise in real estate development and economic development. He also has extensive knowledge of the Colorado markets that we serve.
Eric Sipf
Mr. Sipf has more than thirty years of experience running public and private health care services organizations. Retired since 2009, he served as a division president for one of America’s largest managed health care companies, PacifiCare (which was acquired by United Healthcare in 2005). Mr. Sipf is on the Board of Trustees of Association for Choice in Education and a member of the Development Committee for Colorado Uplift. Mr. Sipf is a former President of the Colorado HMO Association and a past board member of the Comprecare Foundation, the Southeast Business Partnership, the South Metro Chamber, Aurora Economic Development Council, BankOne Colorado, The TriZetto Group, Intrado, Northern Trust Bank of Colorado, Imerica Life and Health, The Rocky Mountain Adoption Exchange, The Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and The Denver Museum of Nature and Science. He was also past Chairman of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Sipf is a graduate of Indiana University and a United States Army veteran having served in Vietnam. As a Certified Public Accountant (inactive), Mr. Sipf’s qualifications for service as a director include his extensive experience in the areas of asset management, finance, accounting, control systems, banking relationships, information technology projects and strategic planning. He also has experience serving on several bank and bank holding company boards and has significant merger and acquisition experience.
Joseph Zimlich
Mr. Zimlich has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Bohemian Companies since 1997. Bohemian Companies, a private family financial office, includes the Bohemian Foundation, a family foundation, and Bohemian Asset Management, an investment management company with public equity, fixed income securities and private equity holdings. Mr. Zimlich provides leadership and oversight to the major program areas of the Bohemian Foundation, including its community programs, civic programs, contemporary music programs and global impact programs; steers the investment and management of more than $1.0 billion in financial assets; and directs the development and management of a family portfolio of early stage value investments and global real estate assets, primarily in eastern Europe. Mr. Zimlich has held board of director-level positions in the following industries: technology, semi-conductors, water filtration, trust, private and commercial banking, food service and venture capital funds. He currently serves as a director of the Bohemian Foundation, Ampt, LLC, Indotek Group and Third Way, and is a member of the Colorado Forum. Mr. Zimlich graduated from the University of Iowa with of Bachelor of Business in Accounting. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and a Human Resources Professional. Mr. Zimlich’s qualifications for service as a director include his substantial experience in financial, accounting, governance and human resource matters, as well as his leadership experience developed while serving on numerous boards. He also has an extensive background in investment management and private equity investing.
Scott Wylie
Mr. Wylie has served as the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company and First Western Trust Bank since founding the Company in 2002. Mr. Wylie served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Northern Trust Bank of Colorado from 1998 to 2002 after selling his prior institution, Trust Bank of Colorado, to Northern Trust in 1998. He previously led the acquisition in 1994 of Equitable Bankshares of Colorado, a Denver-based bank holding company with two subsidiary banks now known as Colorado Business Bank. His first bank, Universal Trust, started as a subsidiary of the First Boston Corporation. He organized a 1998 management buyout of that bank, which he renamed The Bank and Trust of Puerto Rico. He also led the buyout of a software company, American Fundware, which, as Chairman, he sold at a significant premium to Intuit in 2001. Mr. Wylie is involved in an array of community organizations and he currently serves on the boards of the Denver Convention Center Hotel Authority, Colorado Succeeds, Roundup River Ranch and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Mr. Wylie earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan, a Master of Arts in Economic Development from the School of International Service at American University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Graduate School of Business. As our founder and Chief Executive Officer since the inception of the Company, Mr. Wylie’s extensive banking, leadership and board experience, as well as his entrepreneurial activities in the financial services and software industries, qualify him to serve on our board of directors.