Echo Summit Advisory Board
Mrs. Deborah Wapensky » Chief Financial Officer of Vectra Bank Colorado
Mrs. Wapensky oversees all aspects of managing bank performance, including evaluating operations, pricing and structuring products, building and leveraging the bank's retail network through property acquisitions, development and sales, and investing in key businesses. Known for her approachable demeanor, she's well respected by the employees and contractors she manages.
In 2008, the Denver Business Journal recognized Mrs. Wapensky's leadership by awarding her with its prestigious CFO of the Year for Large Private Companies award. The newspaper also lauded her work outside the office to support community nonprofits. Mrs. Wapensky's passion for education led her to serve as chair of the board of the Children's Museum of Denver. She is also a member of the Women's Vision Foundation, for which she spearheaded the 10th annual Women’s Success Forum in 2007, a leadership conference attended by more than 1,200 corporate women.
Mrs. Wapensky has worked in finance for over 20 years. She is a certified public accountant and earned her master's of business administration degree from New York University. She earned her undergraduate business degree from the University of Colorado.
Mrs. Wapenski assists Echo Summit in strategic business planning, and in general, enjoys poking holes in the Echo business plan.
Mr. David J. Steiner » Principal at Ehrhardt, Keefe, Steiner & Hottman PC (EKS&H)
Mr. Steiner is a Principal at EKS&H. He has been involved in public accounting servicing private and public companies since 1975. He has extensive experience in a variety of industries including manufacturing, franchising, wholesale distribution, real estate development and publicly-held companies. His expertise encompasses issues in privately held companies including succession of management and structuring of capital needs relative to growth and succession ... plans, and the SEC requirements for public companies. Mr. Steiner graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration with emphasis in accounting from the University of Colorado. His professional affiliations include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants; member of AICPA Peer Review Committee. He is active in various community organizations.
Mr. Steiner assists Echo Summit in all aspects of accounting, tax strategy, and strategic planning.
Mr. Lon Welsh » Founder of Your Castle Real Estate
Your Castle Real Estate (YCRE) provides brokerage and lending services to residential and commercial clients. To help clients obtain maximum value, Mr Welsh developed a proprietary software package that evaluates all of the properties for sale in a market and determines which 2% represent the best values. The enables, for example, first time buyers to get homes with nothing down without appraisal problems, contractors to find fix and flip projects with substantial upside, and investors to find rentals with better cash flow. The pricing engine has several patents pending. The Denver Business Journal awarded Mr. Welsh the Commercial Heavy Hitter Award for his achievement of personally selling over $10 million in commercial real estate per year, in both 2004 and 2005.
Mr. Welsh and his team of more than 250 brokers complete several hundred transactions per year for their clients and their personal portfolios. His is author of four books: “Fundamentals of Real Estate Investing” and “Advanced Real Estate Investing.” Mr. Welsh is a frequent speaker at real estate investing clubs and on investing radio shows. He also frequently contributes articles on real estate trends to the six Realtor boards in the Denver metro area.
Prior to founding YCRE, Mr. Welsh spent eight years working as a consultant, first with Deloitte & Touche and later with Arthur Andersen (Accenture). At Deloitte, he managed merger and acquisition strategy and integration engagements. At Accenture, Mr. Welsh was a senior manager providing strategy and operations consulting services to communications and high tech clients. Mr. Welsh earned a BBA in Finance from the University of Iowa and an MBA in Finance from Vanderbilt.
Mr. Welsh assists Echo Summit in ensuring its property management services are properly aligned with the needs of investors, realtors, and their client base.
Mr. Ned Minor » President and Founder: Minor & Brown PC
Mr. Ned Minor is a nationally recognized transaction attorney in the field of mergers and acquisitions. Since 1977, he has guided business owners through the necessary steps to grow their companies and enable them to reap top dollar at the closing table. His book, Deciding to Sell Your Business The Key to Wealth and Freedom, provides a unique perspective on the decision making process that entrepreneurs struggle with when deciding to exit their companies. He has also authored numerous articles on exit strategies that have appeared in The Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Business Journal.
He has appeared on Bloomberg Financial as well as many other local and national radio programs. He has been featured and quoted in articles by Forbes.com, Associated Press, Business Week, Entrepreneur Magazine, and the New York Times. Ned is a nationally recognized speaker. Mr. Minor was a recipient of the David E. Bailey Business Advocate Award sponsored by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce for his support and dedication to business and the entrepreneurial spirit. He has also received the Gold Leadership Award from Junior Achievement, its highest national honor
A resident of Denver since 1972, Ned is actively involved in many charitable and community causes. He has served on the Board of:
- Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce (Past Chair of Board)
- Denver Metro Chamber Foundation (Past Chair of Board)
- Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (Director)
- Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain, Inc. (Past Chair of Board)
- Denver Area Boy Scouts (Director)
- St. Joseph Hospital Foundation (Director)
- Cherry Hills Country Club (Director)
- Venturing/Denver Area Council (District Chairman)
- Mile High Chapter of the American Red Cross (Director)
- Colorado State University’s, Global Leadership Council (Member)
Ned was a recipient of the David E. Bailey Business Advocate Award sponsored by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce for his support and dedication to business and the entrepreneurial spirit. He has also received the Gold Leadership Award from Junior Achievement, its highest national honor.
Mr, Minor ensures that Echo Summit is on the forefront of current business law as well as advises us on best practices for business growth strategies.