Preston Sumner is the ideal executive to oversee the Nevada office of CEO Focus. He has led the development, financing and management of entrepreneurial businesses for more than four decades. During that time, the common denominator across his career has been the development and growth of entrepreneurial ventures. Whether the role has been conceptualization, financing, operations, strategy or general management, he has thrived on the challenge of solving the myriad problems associated with growth. Preston brings this wide range of skills to the entrepreneurial community via his Nevada CEO Focus mastermind groups.

WORK HISTORY

President-CEO Focus of Nevada

March 2015 – Present (1 year 9 months) Las Vegas, Nevada Area

President CEO Focus of Nevada

CEOs and business owners committed to taking their businesses to the next level can benefit greatly from the experience of others who have taken or are taking the same journey. CEO Focus uses peer groups and individual focusing sessions to access this wealth of experience to accelerate business growth and integrate work/life activities.

Founder, Board Member, Chief Operating Officer, EVP-StarTek

June 1987 – December 2004 (17 years 7 months) Greater Denver Area

Founder, Board Member, Chief Operating Officer, EVP StarTek

Founder of company while at Stephenson Merchant Banking. Came onboard as COO prior to IPO. Responsible for all operating units (supply chain management, teleservices, e-commerce, international), human resources, and information technology during company’s growth from $72 million to $208 million in revenue. Responsible for creation, development, and implementation of a client-focused, process-centered management system based on the Lean Enterprise principles.

(Open) 5 honors and awards

(Open) 3 recommendations, including:

Managing Director Stephenson-Merchant Banking

1986 – December 1994 (8 years) Greater Denver Area

Managing Director Stephenson Merchant Banking

Responsible for identification of acquisition and startup business opportunities including negotiating transactions and financing, management recruitment, corporate development, and operational management.

Principal-Antifragile Solutions

January 2005 – Present (11 years 11 months)

Principal Antifragile Solutions

Advising businesses on strategic and tactical issues; managing personal investment portfolio

VP Corporate Development-Merrick & Company

January 1995 – February 1997 (2 years, 2 months) Greater Denver Area

VP Corporate Development Merrick & Company

Responsible for identification, financing, development, and operational management of high growth business opportunities for this $50 million annual revenue engineering, GIS and architectural services firm.

Principal-Rocky Mountain Ventures

1983 – 1986 (3 years) Greater Denver Area

Principal Rocky Mountain Ventures

Provided investment sourcing and analysis services to venture capital firms investing in Colorado high technology companies. Served as Investment Advisor to Minority Enterprise Small Business Investment Company.

Vice President-United Bank of Denver (now Wells Fargo)

1975 – 1983 (8 years) Greater Denver Area

Vice President United Bank of Denver (now Wells Fargo)

Formed and managed the bank’s high technology lending activity; helped form and subsequently managed the bank’s asset-based lending activity.