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Innovation, inspiration, drive and dedication.

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First Western Denver

Investment Management 

Debra has more than 35 years of experience in securities analysis and portfolio management. Debra joined First Western through the merger of Sterling Partners in March 2005. She was a founding partner of Sterling Partners and was responsible for the investment management efforts of the firm, participating in both securities research and the management of client portfolios. Prior to founding Sterling Partners, Debra was the director of research and securities analyst at both Hanifen, Imhoff Inc. and Boettcher & Company. Previously, she was a vice president of research in the Risk Arbitrage department of Salomon Brothers in New York.

Getting to Know Debra

What do you like most about your job?
The combination of using both my analytical and interpersonal skills on a daily basis. Working with the financial markets means the environment is always changing.  Work can never be boring.  Also I value my ability to impact both the firm and our clients.

What person, living or deceased, would you most like to meet?
Albert Einstein

What is your most treasured possession?
My goldendoodle Tucker.


  • Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Cornell University
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation


  • National Jewish Hospital
  • UCH
  • Jewish Family Services
  • Jewish Colorado

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