Brett graduated with a BS in Finance and a minor in Real Estate from the University of Colorado – Boulder in 2007. During the summer of 2005, Brett was a member of the Journey of Hope North team riding his bike from San Francisco to Washington, DC. He was the top fundraiser collecting over $10,000 in donations that were granted along the Journey to help raise awareness for and support people with disabilities. During his junior and senior year, Brett co-founded and ran a marketing and events company called Sway Marketing that focused on connecting local area businesses to CU students more effectively.
After graduating, Brett went to work as an Analyst in the Private Placements Group at the investment bank Piper Jaffray. Brett helped private, growing companies in the technology, consumer goods, healthcare, financial services and restaurant industries raise between $10-$100 million of growth capital from institutional investors.
Brett was then hired as the first employee of the Denver-based consumer product startup UrgentRx. During Brett’s three years and ten months in business development and operations roles, he helped launch the initial product line, develop and launch three additional products, reach 20,000 Facebook fans, add a second manufacturer, reach $3 million in sales, grow to 16 employees, sell into 20,000 retail locations including Walmart, Walgreens and CVS and raise $10 million in capital through three rounds of fundraising. Brett is most proud of being solely responsible for the idea to enter into, then develop and expand, the EMS market. UrgentRx is now carried by EMS units in all 50 states and has helped save many lives.
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