Charles P. Spickert, MS, MPH, CBI – President/Managing Broker
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.
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.
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 worked as a petroleum geologist and geotechnical engineer while maintaining a part-time career as a Ski Pro teaching for Aspen Skiing Company, and a freelance artist. All throughout, he contracted with Touchstone as an in-house photographer/videographer. He provides Touchstone with a diverse set of skills in marketing, education, and science.
Outside of work, Andrew splits his time between Basalt and Wheat Ridge with his wife Maggie and their dog Kona. In his free time he can be found skiing, backpacking, mountain biking, and working on photography and filmmaking.
Wayne has over 30 years of business experience and understands both, the buy and sell side of business, as he has owned, operated and sold his own businesses throughout the years. Wayne received his Colorado Real Estate Brokers license in 2005 where he began his Business Brokerage practice. He is a member of the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA) and has earned the coveted Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) designation. He has facilitated the successful transfer of a variety of companies and has strong sales, management and leadership experience working for Fortune and Global 500 companies. Wayne has received several awards and recognition including; Achievers Club, Master Council, and the President’s Advisory Council in his career.
He is a hard-working, high-touch business broker and business coach, that values the trust his client’s place in him and aims to exceed their expectations. He believes in the “Golden Rule” of treating others the way he desires to be treated. In addition to Business Brokerage, Wayne is a Business Coach (brokerandcoach.com) and is passionate about coaching, counseling and mentoring business owners. He helps entrepreneurs bridge the gap from where they are and where they want to be by creating enjoyable and profitable businesses that run well with or without themselves.
Wayne is also a volunteer and 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 Colorado, where he enjoys being outdoors including; hiking, fly fishing, mountain biking and skiing.
Ken Monblatt’s experience includes a unique combination of diverse management consulting and corporate operational experience, coupled with expertise in small & medium size business launch, accelerated growth and transition readiness. For over 15 years, Mr. Monblatt has focused on helping entrepreneurs launch new & emerging businesses, manage through accelerated growth, assist with succession planning and support transition/sale of businesses. Through his company, RCH, Inc., Ken developed a nationwide brand, new business launch program, business operations model, technology system, KPI & business analysis consulting program and back-office managed services including IT support, advertising, marketing and book-keeping. He led in the launch of 27 new small to medium sized businesses across north America and guided the successful sale and transition of 10 high value businesses including mergers & acquisition, asset purchase, commercial real-estate and Intellectual Property (IP). Prior to RCH, Inc., Mr. Monblatt held CEO, CIO and SVP positions with Iron Mountain, Rhythms NetConnections and McLeod Communications. Ken holds an undergraduate BS degree in Management Information Systems and Services from University of Maryland College Park, and has completed Executive Management Programs at Yale University and Stanford University.
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.