Our People

We pursue our mission through our dedicated full-time staff, our independent, outside investment committee and a select number of partner firms.

All full-time employees have an ownership interest in First Ascent and invest in the same portfolios as our clients.

Our Investment Team

Our investment team consists of an internal investment committee plus an independent, outside investment committee. This structure brings new ideas, fresh perspectives and an additional level of objectivity.

Our Investment Committee

Independent, Outside Investment Committee Members

Mary Kathryn Campion, Ph.D., CFA, AIFA.  President and Founder, Champion Capital Research.  Dr. Campion has decades of experience as a financial economist and portfolio strategist.

Geoff Selzer, CFA.  Geoff has 18 years of financial services industry experience.  He served as a Senior Vice President at Envestnet/PMC and as Director of Consulting Services at Prima Capital.

Shane Morrow, CFP®, CIMA, CAIA, CFA Level II candidate.  Shane has 12 years of financial services industry experience.  He is Managing Partner of IronBridge Wealth Counsel.

Merrill Stillwell, CFA.  Managing Partner, Blue Mountain Investments.  Before founding Blue Mountain Investments, Merrill was an analyst at Denver Investments from 2010-2014.

Our Creative Team

The creative team consists of full-time First Ascent employees supported by talented individuals from some of our partner firms.

Outside Creative Partner Firms

Web Development by CodeGeek
Video Production by Novel Motion Pictures
Graphic and Web Design by Vernon Design
Copy writing and Editing by S. LeBlanc and Company

Our Service Team

The service team consists of full-time First Ascent employees supported by talented individuals from some of our partner firms.

Our Partner Firms

We would like to thank the following firms for their contributions to First Ascent and for their ongoing support:


Morrison Shafroth, Shafroth Consulting
(Public Relations/Social Media/Content Marketing)
CodeGeek (website development)
Davis, Graham and Stubbs (legal services)
Holben, Hay, Lake and Balzer (accounting services)
Novel Motion Pictures (video production)
Orion Advisor Services (cloud-based portfolio accounting platform)
Tech Inc. Solutions (technology support)
S. LeBlanc and Company (copy writing and editing)
TD Ameritrade (custodian)
Vernon Design (graphic and web design)