The Bailey Program for Family Enterprise

Advisory Board

Bailey Program Advisory Board Members

The Bailey Program for Family Enterprise Advisory Board provides expertise in the world of family business and family office, from their perspective as owners and advisors. Their experience, network, and insights help guide the vision and strategy of our director to ensure that we continue to support families connecting and upskilling in the Rocky Mountain region. We are currently recruiting for several new board members to serve three year terms—please contact Helena Karchere if interested in applying.

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Jordon Bailey Schultz

Chief Operating Officer, The Erie County Investment Company

About Jordan
Emerging leader in a single family owned enterprise. Skilled in governance, strategic planning, organizational development and processes.

Jordan Schultz is lucky enough to call Golden her hometown. Jordan is the Chief Operating Officer and third generation family member of her family’s business The Bailey Company. The Bailey Company has also been located in Golden for the past 30 years. She received her B.A from the University of Colorado and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver. Growing up in the Golden area and living in Colorado for her whole life has made her passionate about seeing Golden thrive for future generations. Jordan is now raising the 4th generation of her family in Golden, with her husband and two young kids.

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Taylor Merrit

CEO, Merritt Aluminum Products Company, Merritt Family Enterprise

About Taylor
Taylor Merritt is Chairman and CEO of the Merritt Family Enterprise, a values-driven organization in its third generation of stewardship by the Merritt family. The organization consists of manufacturing companies, as well as diverse investment holdings, primarily in commercial real estate and private equity. Taylor is also the Chairman and CEO of Merritt Trailers, Inc. and Merritt Aluminum Products Company, each a Top 50 Family Owned Business in Colorado and the leading manufacturers of transportation solutions for agriculture and aftermarket accessory products for the heavy-duty truck industry in North America.

His passion for finance, investments and business development helped grow the family business to the point that the business blossomed into two separate entities in 2016 to keep up with growth and demand. Taylor navigates both business paths by adhering to the core values of integrity, trust, excellence, respect and teamwork, as well as focusing on building a strong foundation centered on company culture. Taylor is a life-long learner with an unquenchable thirst for self-improvement and professional development. He earned dual BSBA degrees in Management and Finance from the University of Denver Daniels College Of Business, then went on to complete the Owner President Management Program at Harvard Business School. He is also a member of YPO Boulder.

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Glenn Mueller, PhD

Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management

About Glenn
Glenn Mueller, PhD, has 48 years of real estate industry experience, including 41 years of research, with 100+ published articles in areas of real estate market cycle analysis, real estate securities analysis (REITs), public and private market investment strategies, real estate capital markets, portfolio, investment and diversification analysis.  

He received the David Ricardo Medal for thought leadership in Real Estate Cycles by the American Real Estate Society in 2019, the Richard Radcliff Award for Groundbreaking Research in Real Estate Market Cycles by the American Real Estate Society in 2010, the Graaskamp Award for Research Leadership from the American Real Estate Society in 2004, and the Graaskamp Award for Research Excellence from the Pension Real Estate Association in 2001. He was the co-editor of the Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management 2000-2014.

Prior to DU and FORE, Glenn was a professor at Johns Hopkins University and Colorado State University. He has held top research positions at Black Creek Group, Legg Mason, Price Waterhouse, ABKB/LaSalle Investment Management and Prudential Real Estate Investors. He was also a developer/builder in New England. He holds a BSBA from the University of Denver, MBA from Babson College and PhD in Real Estate from Georgia State University, Former research positions at Black Creek Group Legg Mason, Inc., Price Waterhouse Coopers, ABKB/ Jones Lange LaSalle Real Estate Investors and Prudential Real Estate Investors.

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Erin Flaherty

Executive Director of Executive Education, Daniels College of Business

About Erin
Results-oriented leader with over 20 years of deep experience in the functional areas of human resources, sales, and marketing. The common thread? My deep belief that a company’s biggest asset is its people. I thrive in roles where I identify opportunities and challenges, and then design solutions that are human-centered and scalable. My multidisciplinary experiences uniquely allow me to have a holistic organizational view by understanding different business objectives, building cross-functional relationships, and integrating seemingly disparate objectives into effective strategies.

With a grad certificate in Organizational Development, I drive change through collaboration and using data. Being a certified Strength’s coach, I excel at developing individuals to find professional success, and building high-performing teams that exceed expectations.

Judith Pearson

Family Office and Trustee Liability Group Leader, Woodruff Sawyer

About Judith
Judith is a seasoned insurance and risk management expert who leads the Family Office & Trustee Liability Resource Group at Woodruff Sawyer. Trust laws and structures are changing, complex, and contradictory, creating fiduciary responsibility and personal liability. Judith educates trustees and other fiduciaries to reduce risk and implements insurance solutions to protect personal wealth and family legacies. Her clients range from individual and professional trustees, trust companies, law firms and CPAs as well as family offices and private trust companies.

Judith’s background includes serving as founder and CEO of Nomadx Solutions, LLC, which provided risk management solutions to fiduciaries. She was also senior executive vice president of AON’s Financial Services Group and its intellectual property division, and held underwriting management positions at AIG and Chubb, where she specialized in intellectual property liability, directors & officers liability, fidelity and similar coverage forms and underwriting for US-based Fortune 500 and equivalent foreign-based corporations.

Taylor KirkPatrick

CEO, Babson Farms, Inc.

About Taylor
Taylor is President & CEO of Babson Farms, a single-family office overseeing operating businesses in agriculture, manufacturing, logistics, and insurance, diverse real estate investments, energy interests, and public and private equity investments.

Prior to managing Babson Farms, Taylor was involved in mergers and acquisitions as a Principal and a VP for 13 years. He started his career in financial services working in executive management and consulting roles for mutual fund companies based in Boston, Paris, and Denver.

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Richa Singh

Consultant, Family Business Consulting Group

About Richa

Richa is a consultant with The Family Business Consulting Group, specializing in conflict resolution, communication, organizational behavior and human resources. Her experience includes educating and creating awareness amongst business families, facilitating family meetings, designing structures and creating and implementing family charters. Her most recent work and area of interests are Legacy conversations around values, family philosophy and succession. She is an Adjunct faculty for the Bailey Program for Family Enterprise at the University of Denver, and is a global family enterprise consultant.

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Sarah Treadway

CEO, Stout Street Hospitality

About Sarah

Award Winning Executive Leader with over 20 years of experience in Real Estate and Hospitality. Maintained 95% retention during Covid19 motivating the team through buying an RV and driving 5,300 miles across 17 states to visit 6 properties and each of the 65 managers. Chair of the Board, Co-CEO and Owner with oversight of seven P&L’s with $75M in revenue and 700 employees.

Owned and managed 6 hotels and successfully negotiated loan modifications for each through the pandemic with Wells Fargo, Rialto, and Midland. Franchise ownership and experience with Marriott, Starbucks and IHG. Led complete renovations of five Historic Buildings, transforming them into 150 – 330 room boutique hotels, resulting in AAA 4 Diamond and International Design awards in New Orleans, Denver, Houston, St. Louis and Omaha. Successfully transacted a $45 Million real estate deal 9 days after the property was hit by a multimillion-dollar natural disaster and orchestrated management contracts, insurance claims, legal, investors, and banks to close the deal on time all during the pandemic.

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Christina Raya, CFP®

SVP & Market Leader, PNC Private Bank®

About Christina

As a senior vice president and a market leader for the PNC Private BankSM, Christina oversees a team of professionals striving to achieve the highest level of client satisfaction. Her top priority is that the team not only meets, but also exceeds the client’s
expectations. Through Christina ‘s leadership and commitment, she helps ensure that the client benefits from a full complement of investment, trust, financial planning and private banking services to help them achieve their financial goals.

Christina has extensive experience in the financial services sector, primarily working with high-net worth families. Her prior role was as the regional head for the Mid-Atlantic with TD Wealth. She has dedicated over 18 years to the industry.

Christina holds the Certified Financial PlannerTM designation. She serves as a board of trustee for the Colorado Ballet, , Florence Crittenton and the Colorado Ballet Foundation and is currently completing her executive MBA at Kellogg School
of Management.

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