About

First Business Partners was founded by experienced finance executives with a mission of bringing large-company financial acumen to small businesses.  FBP management brings a unique combination of experience ranging from operating company to investor.  We know how to successfully grow companies.

Peter Shepard, Managing Director

Peter has spent his career helping small and medium sized companies get to the next level of operational and financial growth, often working through difficult periods of distress or restructuring in the interim. Prior to founding First Business Partners, Peter held senior positions with Venture Capital Funds and a Family Office and was CFO and CEO of several VC and PE backed operating companies including CapTerra, MVG Development, and Daptiv. He has worked in a variety of industries including business services, software, energy, financial services, and commercial real estate.   Peter has an MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a JD from Cornell Law School, and a BA from New York University.

James R. Nollsch, Managing Director

Jim Nollsch has nearly two decades of experience as an operator, investment banker, and management consultant. Jim has helped companies gain strategic insight on the challenges they face throughout his career and has provided leadership on mergers and acquisitions, product development, and corporate strategy.  He was a co-founder of eCollege and has held operational roles with McDATA and the Fuel Team (now a division of PR Newswire).  Jim has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a BA in Biochemistry from the University of Colorado.

Colin Thomas, Director of Sales and Account Management

Colin is an accomplished professional with over 14 years of experience leading teams in finance and accounting. His real drive stems from enabling entrepreneurs to focus on what inspires their passion. He believes this is accomplished through working with individuals and teams in helping them understand their talents and delegating or outsourcing the rest. Colin joined First Business Partners from a large bookkeeping firm and brings a wealth of industry knowledge and best practices. Previously, Colin was a wealth management adviser, founded a mortgage bank in Mexico, and worked in the finance industry as a mortgage banker. He has a BS in Business Administration from Leeds School of Business in Boulder and a BS in International Spanish for the Professions from the University of Colorado in Boulder.