Charles P. Spickert, MS, MPH, CBI – President/Managing Broker
Mr. Spickert is a seasoned and accomplished entrepreneur, with over 30 years of hands-on experience in business ownership, operations and equity & asset transactions. Charlie established Touchstone Business Advisors in 2003. He operates out of offices in Golden and Aspen/Basalt.
Prior to forming Touchstone Business Advisors, Mr. Spickert held President, CEO, COO, VP of Marketing and Product Management positions with companies in the education, healthcare, Internet/e-commerce, manufacturing, publishing and real estate sectors. He has served as a Director of public, non-profit and private companies. He is presently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Basalt Chamber of Commerce and an appointed Commissioner for Eagle County on the Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission. He formerly served on the Boards of Colorado Association of Business Intermediaries, Online System Services, Inc., Medical Education Collaborative, Inc., Jobson Publishing, LLC, RVision Corporation and as a Trustee of Colorado Academy, a private K-12 school.
Mr. Spickert holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard College, as well as Master’s degrees in Microbiology and Public Health from Harvard University and University of Hawaii, Schools of Public Health, respectively. He also holds a Colorado Real Estate Employing Broker’s license and is a member of the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA) and a member and Past-President of the Colorado Association of Business Intermediaries (CABI). Mr. Spickert holds the Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) designation from the IBBA.
Greg Wills – Broker Associate/Castle Rock
Mr. Wills has more than 30 years of experience in the publishing, telecommunications, printing and financial services industries. Greg received his B.S. degree in business administration from Arizona State University and has served in a management capacity with Dow Jones publishers of The Wall Street Journal, Deluxe Corporation, Bankers Systems and Aragon Consulting Group.
Prior to joining Touchstone, Greg was founder and president of Mosaic Development Systems, Inc.; a firm that specializes in sales effectiveness and service quality delivery. Mr. Wills worked with hundreds of companies throughout North America and was a frequent guest speaker and facilitator before transferring ownership of the firm in 2012.
Greg and his wife Mary live in Castle Rock, Colorado and have 4 children.
Gregory Green, JD, LL.M, MBA, MA, RFC – Broker Associate/Denver
Mr. Green has accumulated a wide range of skills and experiences over the past 22 years both as a business intermediary and as a financial/business advisor. He operates out of offices in Denver and Houston.
After college, he worked as an assistant controller for the American General companies in charge of corporate acquisitions. During his tenure for AIG, he assisted in 300 corporate acquisitions. Greg also served as the acquisition director for a medium sized institutional real estate investment firm and was involved in approximately $200 million in real estate/multifamily acquisitions. These unique experiences has helped Greg develop into a distinguished and skillful business intermediary.
Greg has served as a mediator and arbitrator with the Financial Industry Regulary Authority (FINRA) and is a fully licensed and registered investment advisor. Greg is also a business owner. He currently owns and operates three assisted living centers. He has owned and operated hospitals, restuarants, long-term acute care centers, cath labs, sugical centers and cardiac rehab centers. He has years of experience in operations, acquisitions and administration. Greg currently serves as an affiliate professor at the School of Business and Leadership at Colorado Christian University. Greg teaches classes in business acquisitions, investment and portfolio management, business law and advanced finance.
Greg holds a J.D. in law from Pepperdine University School of Law, a post doctorate LL.M. in business and tax from the University of Houston College of Law, an MBA in business acquisitions from the Cameron School of Business at the University of St. Thomas and a MA in Dispute Resolution from the Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University. He is a Registered Financial Consultant, an honorary member of the American Academy of Financial Management, a certified Mediator/Arbitrator, a registered investment advisor and holds a series 67 securities/investment advisors license, series 6 variable products license, a life and health insurance license and a Colorado Real Estate license.
Originally from Lake Forest, IL, Steve Hitchcock’s family has four generations of connection to Yampa Valley in Colorado dating back to the 1940s when his grandparents began vacationing in the region. In 1977 Steve first worked in northwest Colorado as a river guide and the connection was re-confirmed. After graduating from Macalester College and working in West Berlin for two years followed by another two years in Minneapolis, he moved to Colorado in 1988 and to Steamboat Springs with his wife Denise and their two children in 1999.
Steve’s professional background includes 30 years working in the outdoor, fly fishing and ski industries in roles including sales management, marketing, senior management, retail operations, site location and leasing. Steve was a part of the management/employee group that purchased the premier outdoor brand “Marmot” in 1992 and, as Senior VP of that company, oversaw worldwide sales, product development and production. He served on that company’s board until his departure in 1999 and was a shareholder until the successful sale of the company to K2 Corp.
In 2000 Steve joined the outdoor brand leader “Patagonia”. At Patagonia, he directed a national sales force, developed product launch strategies and visual merchandising programs, mentored sales managers, conducted site selection studies, identified retail sites and negotiated leases. He left Patagonia in 2006.
Steve started his work as a business broker in 2007 and in 2010 completed the course of instruction and passed the exam from the Institute of Business Appraisers for the Certified Business Appraiser (CBA) credential. He has worked with buyers and sellers and in business valuation since that time with a wide variety of retail, service, restaurant and manufacturing businesses.
In addition to his other business experiences, Steve has nearly two decades of restaurant ownership and eight years of retail ownership. Steve volunteers as a S.C.O.R.E. counselor working with small businesses, and is a current or former member of the board of directors of several local organizations including MainStreet, the Chamber Resort Assoc. and the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club where he is a past president. He is also a past board member of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association.
Steve specializes in business opportunity brokerage, commercial property sales and leasing and business valuation. He brings his business experience as a resource for buyers and sellers seeking a clear understanding of a business’s value, performance and potential.
Mr. Faus has worked as a senior executive in several high tech companies along the front range for the past 30 years. Bob has strong multi-disciplinary skills honed from working with multiple stakeholders, managing financials and involvement in several diverse industries. After direct involvement in the preparation and sale of a $15M instrument company, he later became the General Manager and a board member of the new corporate division with full financial responsibility. He and his wife owned and operated a successful consulting business, Aesthetic Design Alternatives, Inc., in the 1980’s. He has served as chairman of the Denver chapter of IEEE, served on a community advisory board for Roche pharmaceuticals and led corporate fundraising and food drives for the Boulder Community Food Share from 2004-2013.
Bob earned his undergraduate degree in engineering from Kansas State University and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Colorado State University. He has worked for Ball Aerospace, Valleylab, Analytical Spectral Devices, PANalytical and Trimble Navigation in various roles of increasing management and financial responsibility (Engineer, Director, VP, General Manager). Bob has a Colorado Real Estate license and a Professional Engineering license as well as five US Patents and has taken additional education in solar/wind energy. He continues to be a member of IEEE and is a member of the Colorado Association of Business Intermediaries (CABI).
Bob is a high energy, goal driven executive with vast experience in technology and general business operations. He and his wife have two adult children and live in Niwot where he enjoys cycling, camping, working on cars, inventing, and alternative energy.
Andrew is a Colorado native with a fresh perspective on business brokerage and online marketing. He earned his undergraduate degree in Geology (BA) from Whitman College in 2013 and his Master’s Degree in Applied Geosciences (MS) from the University of Washington in 2014. In addition to his interests in Geology, throughout his college and graduate school years, Andrew pursued and incorporated interests in filmmaking, social media and entrepreneurial ventures.
After graduating, Andrew established worked as a geotechnical engineer while maintaining a part-time career as a Ski Pro teaching for Aspen Skiing Company, and a freelance artist. For the past two years he has been contracting with Touchstone as an in-house photographer/videographer. He officially joins Touchstone with a diverse set of skills in marketing, education, and science.
Outside of work, Andrew splits his time between Basalt and Golden with his partner Maggie and their dog Kona. In his free time he can be found skiing, backpacking, mountain biking, and working on photography and filmmaking.
Mr. Wright earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in Biological Sciences from Cal State Fullerton in 1986 and has over 30 year’s experience in a variety of positions in sales, marketing and management working for Fortune 500 companies and as an entrepreneur. Wayne has received several awards and recognition including; Master Council, Achievers Club and the President’s Advisory Council in his career. He earned his Colorado Real Estate Brokers license in 2005 and has facilitated the successful transfer of over a dozen businesses in one year.
He understands both, the sell and buy side of business as he has owned, operated and sold several businesses; including a large commercial painting company in 2016.
In addition to Business Brokerage, Wayne enjoys coaching business owners with his “simple system for proven results” that help business owners create businesses that successfully run with or without them. This is a solid strategy for both business owners that want to hold onto their businesses or for business owners to properly prepare their businesses for sale in the future.
Wayne is best described as a competitor, achiever and communicator and has been happily married for over 30 years and has two adult children. He lives in Arvada where he enjoys being outdoors including; hiking, fly fishing, and mountain biking. He loves working with his hands tinkering on automotive and construction projects and enjoys food, wine and touring micro-breweries.
Mr. Trevon Hunt Thornton been involved with business from a financial services perspective for many years. After an initial tour in the United States Air Force he compled a BS in Management from Lewis University Romeoville outside of Chicago, IL. His background and experience includes aviation, real estate, investment advisory services and banking as well as Sports Bars. He is a veteran, retired from the military with 29 years combined Air Force/Air National Guard service.
Over the years Trevon has received training and certification from the Air Force in Electronics, Aircraft maintence, Non-Destructive Testing in Ultrasound & X-Ray Technology. It is because of these technical backgrounds, along with his knowledge of business and financial services that has given him a great insight and a deep understanding of any business with their foundation in Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics, Software and Technical type services such as Aviation, Auto, Equipment companies. His other area of passion is Sports Bars & Grills having manaed one back in Atlanta.
After college he completed an internship with a Chicago stock broker, earned his series 7, 24, 63 and 65 investment licenses and worked as an investment advisor for several money management firms until making the transition to bank lending. He moved from a loan processor, to a loan officer and finally underwriter and then senior Underwriter. It is this very unique perspective that allows Trevon to provide insight into how lenders analyze a borrowers financials to repay debt service and to get transactions closed.