John Kyle is a Business Banker in Colorado Springs, CO. For over a decade, his work has been focused on coaching and connecting businesses and business owners with information, resources and solutions that allow them to achieve and exceed their business goals. Aside from being a Banking Professional, John is an accomplished Martial Artist. He began his training back in 1982, was a champion kickboxer, owned 3 successful martial arts schools and earned the rank of 7th Degree Black Belt. John also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Finance and is a Certified Risk and Compliance Management Professional (CRMCP). He resides in Colorado Springs with his wife Mary and their four rescue dogs: Daphne, Scrappy, Bailey and Wally.
Shane Sherman is the president of 18 Sierra Financial, a private business lending and financial consulting firm. After aiding businesses at the start of the Covid pandemic, he continued to raise capital through 18 Sierra which is invested into business across Colorado.
Prior to his current role, he was a senior leader at Danaher, a fortune 150 firm where he led one of Danaher’s business units to double-digit growth, including assisting merger and acquisition efforts. Prior to his time at Danaher, he co-founded a leadership development startup that trained NFL players and coaches.
His career started in the U.S. military serving as an Army Green Beret, with most of his career at Ft. Carson, Colorado Springs. He conducted multiple global deployments where he led fellow Green Berets and Allied soldiers. Shane has received numerous military awards for his valor on the battlefield.
Shane currently serves on the Pikes Peak Hospice Board of Trustees and Colorado Springs Leadership Institute. He is an adjunct faculty at UCCS, a Colorado Governor’s Fellow, an SBDC consultant and was a committee member for Exponential Impact providing businesses with bridge loans during the Covid-19 outbreak. Shane received his bachelor of science in economics at Santa Clara University and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Becky Hager joined Pikes Peak SBDC as the Administrative and Program Assistant in October 2017. Becky comes to the SBDC with 20 years of customer service and seven years of admin experience. Prior to the SBDC, Becky worked for Discover Goodwill for five years. In the last four years with Goodwill, her position was the Community Liaison for Possibilities. Possibilities is a day program for disabled adults within Goodwill, it is the heart of Goodwill’s mission. As the Community Liaison, it was Becky’s job to listen to the dreams and aspirations of the participants. She would then work with community partners to help make those dreams a reality. Becky is excited to continue her passion for helping others achieve their dreams within the SBDC.
JoAnn Schmitz founded her first law firm, Schmitz Law Firm, in 2002. In 2012, Paul Lewis joined her to form Schmitz Lewis, PC, a regional law firm focused on corporate clients. In 2014, the law firm expanded again and invited Michael Kuhn and Andrew Swan to join as shareholders forming Schmitz | Lewis | Kuhn | Swan PC. Before beginning the practice of law, JoAnn was employed for 18 years with two high-tech Fortune 100 companies in numerous roles encompassing product management, marketing, operations, executive speech writing, manufacturing, purchasing, and human resources for leading edge technology products. During her last year of law school, JoAnn worked on the Compaq/HP merger analyzing their respective computer storage business units.
JoAnn has represented numerous companies from single person start-ups to multi-million dollar privately-held entities. Her present practice emphasizes general counsel, contracts, commercial and IP litigation, capitalization, business formation and owner agreements, mergers and acquisitions, and IP protection and licensing – particularly software licensing. JoAnn knows that it is critical for the economic vitality of Colorado Springs to create a business-friendly environment and currently volunteers her time as a Small Business Development Center Advisory Board Member and Consultant.
Consulting Expertise Includes:
- Business Litigation
- Legal Contracts
- Legal Issues
- Non-Profits & B-Corps
- Business Insurance
- Business Planning
- Entity Formation
- Business Acquisition
- Ownership Agreements (Bylaws, Shareholder, Operating)
My professional experience has included 20 years in the insurance industry; 15 years in the legal industry; and over 20 years of business management in various industries, including construction management; as well as 15 years of bookkeeping and payroll experience. I specialize in Commercial Insurance, representing over 30 of todays top rated insurance carriers. I protect your most important investment by analyzing and protecting your risks appropriate while finding affordable solutions.
My educational background includes computer operations, business management, and a Bachelors Degree in Social Work at CSU-Pueblo. A history in the social work industry drives my passion for helping others thrive, both professionally and personally. My contributions to our local populace shows through my commitment to community volunteerism and making sure that my clients receive exemplary service, and doing whatever it takes to help them achieve success. My business is your business!
I am blessed with a supportive and loving husband and children who keep me busy with all their extracurricular activities. I am also dedicated to being an active and involved parent, and love to volunteer regularly at their schools.