MEET THE CATCHFIRE FUNDING TEAM

We are a team of dedicated professionals, ready to do whatever it takes to make your business a success.

William Seagraves

William Seagraves

President and Founder

Having been dubbed the “Midcareer Entrepreneur Expert,” Bill Seagraves specializes in helping aspiring business owners make the leap from the restraints of corporate America to discover the freedom that small business and franchise ownership can provide. With more than 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and financial funding expert, Bill is expertly positioned to offer sound advice that has seen hundreds of small business owners not only succeed, but flourish.

In addition to running three of his own companies in the computer services and small business financing arenas, Bill has helped clients establish themselves, growing businesses in retail, restaurant, entertainment, manufacturing, business consulting firms and many other industries.

Bill Seagraves started his career as a successful product development and sales manager in 1984 in the defense industry. Bill had extensive success in large-scale engineering projects and with sales and marketing to the U.S. government. As an entrepreneur at heart, however, Bill moved from California to the Denver area and purchased a small business providing information technology consulting and services. Bill’s company provided services to small and large businesses for eight years, until he successfully transferred that business to one of his employees.

In 2004 with a partner, Bill co-founded a successful company providing self-directed 401k and other lending services. After helping to establish that company, Bill decided to pursue a broader vision of business services, funding and entrepreneur education. Following this vision, Bill founded CatchFire Funding, in 2008.

Despite the timing of CatchFire’s launch (just six weeks before the stock market crash of 2008 which saw the credit markets dry up) Bill and his nimble team were able to rapidly grow the company into a market leader – basically beating the recession against tremendous odds.

Bill continues to manage this growing staff of extraordinarily capable small business experts, many of them having startup business or franchise experience of their own. Everyone on the CatchFire Funding team is passionate about helping mid-life entrepreneurs grow to be just as successful.

In addition to managing daily operations at CatchFire, Bill is a member of a private, international roundtable of highly successful entrepreneurs. As a recognized expert in the field of small business funding and financing, Bill is regularly invited to share his insights as a speaker and panel presenter at franchise and financing events. Bill’s company specializes in not only sharing information about wealth building with funding and financing strategies, but also in educating his clients on the best practices for building their own businesses.

Outside the office, Bill and his wife Theresa enjoy taking in all that the Denver area has to offer – from professional sporting events to the tranquility of the nearby mountains. They also get a kick out of watching their adult son and daughter as they figure out their own professional paths.

Theresa L. Seagraves

Theresa L. Seagraves

Vice President and Co-Founder

Theresa has more than 15 years of experience as an entrepreneur. Within her first three years, she established herself as an expert consultant in measuring the effectiveness of both training and development metrics. She rapidly grew her consulting firm to handle large-scale, multi-year contracts with Fortune 500 companies. An experienced career coach, Theresa has also coached individuals on career choices, interviewing and sound communication skills.

In 2004, Theresa wrote a groundbreaking book for the training, development and human resource communities. Entitled, “Quick! Show Me Your Value! A Trainer’s Guide to Communicating Value and Connecting to the Bottom Line” became an international bestseller. Theresa became an invited speaker at numerous conferences, led an international return on investment committee for the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) and was hand-picked to sit on the prestigious selection committee for the ASTD 2007 annual international conference, attended by over 10,000 individuals.

Theresa’s consulting expertise centers on helping others identify, talk and write about why their efforts are valuable. She has taught others to communicate their value by using the language of “bottom line” results.

Theresa’s entrepreneurial career began rather unexpectedly.

During her 18-year career with a top Fortune 25 company, Theresa was tasked with managing the training of a start-up sales team in North America. This team went from almost no tangible sales experience to being named the “Best in the World” by leading high-tech industry analysts—after just two short years. The team’s sales manager always cited their disciplined training program as the single most important factor of their success. A few months after being personally recognized for this effort by her company’s CEO, and with no warning, Theresa was caught up in a massive downsizing operation. Thrown into the world of entrepreneurship, Theresa began her own consulting firm and never looked back.

Theresa is passionate about helping other mid-life entrepreneurs be wildly successful. In 2008, along with her husband, Bill, Theresa co-founded CatchFire Funding. Theresa has turned her considerable expertise in entrepreneurship, sales training, communication and financial returns to assisting other mid-life entrepreneurs make the most of their investment, whether that be business-related or personal.

Andrew Nieb

Andrew Nieb

Business Development Manager

Favorite thing about CatchFire Funding:
“Witnessing the immense power one can create when they decide to make their dreams of business ownership come true.”

Andrew has been an instrumental member of the CatchFire Funding team since 2009. As the business has evolved, so too has Andrew’s role within it. Originally brought on to assist with business development, Andrew transitioned to sales manager while maintaining a sharp focus on strategic growth.

From there he received training as a franchise and small business consultant and in 2012, completed the transition to his current, dual role as CatchFire Client Manager & Business Consultant.

Today, Andy assists aspiring entrepreneurs with identifying and assessing business opportunities, ensuring that a well-rounded investigation is concluded prior to moving forward with a business. He believes the business should suit the owner, and not the other way around.

A small business owner himself, with nearly 15 years of entrepreneurial experience, Andrew possesses a truly unique perspective that clients both admire and appreciate. He’s able to pass along firsthand wisdom and insight to help others reach their dreams of business ownership while achieving personal and professional goals along the way.

Andrew resides in Denver, CO with his wife, their two adorable daughters and the family’s two rambunctious dogs.

Cassie Ciardullo

Cassie Ciardullo

Project Manager / Client Services

Favorite thing about CatchFire Funding:
"Being able to walk alongside each client as doors they once thought were permanently closed, are opened. It’s fulfilling for me to be a part of the journey that allows life dreams to become a reality."

Cassie contributes significantly to the CatchFire Funding family. As a former owner and operator of two small businesses, a contract mortgage processing company and a construction/remodeling company, she can provide insightful and practical guidance to all her clients. Cassie once a client of CatchFire Funding, utilized the self-directed 401K program to fund a retail business. And now, she knows firsthand what it is like to be in our client’s shoes as they set out on this exciting, new business endeavor.

Previously, Cassie worked as an escrow officer, which allowed her to gain valuable residential title experience. She also has experience with reverse mortgages, including processing FHA mortgage loans. Cassie says working with clients both young and old helped give her the insight necessary to reassure those embarking on a business journey, while simultaneously easing their minds about the funding process.

Born and raised in Colorado, Cassie currently resides in the city of Parker. She has two adult children. She enjoys a good baseball game, gardening, going for walks with the family dogs and anything else that involves getting some extra sunshine.

Angela Slizowski

Angela Slizowski

Client Manager and Plan Manager

Favorite thing about CatchFire Funding:
“Hearing the extreme excitement for the client’s business idea and helping them through one of the most exciting times of their lives.”

Angela brings extensive knowledge in business operations to CatchFire Funding. Angela knows firsthand, the commitment and drive it takes to run your own business. She and her husband own and operate a successful machine shop, and Angela also single-handedly developed her own subscription-based business. She also brings mortgage processing skills, escrow experience and social media marketing expertise to the CatchFire team.

Angela was born and raised in Colorado. She and her husband have two boys and two, sometimes three dogs! In her free time, she enjoys attending her boys’ baseball, football and basketball games. Angela also enjoys a good concert, baking and outdoor adventures.

Angela is a well-rounded, quick-witted individual. There is never a project too small or too big for her. She has a positive, overachiever attitude. She is a self-motivated team player and CatchFire Funding is proud to have her onboard.

Amber Fife

Amber Fife

Plan Manager

Favorite thing about CatchFire Funding:
"My favorite thing about Catchfire Funding is getting to know our clients. It’s an honor to hear how far their business has come and helping further their knowledge along the way."

Amber has over a decade of customer service experience, making her a great asset to the Plan Services department. Not only does Amber always have a smile for everyone, but she also has an exceptional eye for detail.

Her extensive experience helps her make connections with her clients and build trusted relationships. Amber says it is those relationships that are critical to ensuring that all regulatory requirements are met and 401K administrative work is completed promptly. Her dedication to helping clients understand their retirement plans is endearing. Plus, it makes everyone’s day a little bit nicer to have a pleasant chat.

Amber lives in Parker with her two beautiful children. In her free time, she enjoys family camping trips, swimming and watching her kids play sports.

Debi Barton

Debi Barton

Plan Manager

Favorite thing about CatchFire Funding:
“My favorite thing about CatchFire Funding is being part of an amazing team. I enjoy being able to have valuable relationships with clients and colleagues.”

Debi spent most of her career working in the mutual fund industry, so she’s no stranger to 401Ks and retirement plans. After more than a decade in the field, she wanted to find a workplace that really focused on building quality connections with its clients. That’s how she found us! And we think she’s a wonderful addition to our Plan Services team.

One of Debi’s greatest qualities is that she always has a smile on her face, even on the phone (because it really does make a difference). She says she enjoys building rapport with her clients and is always sure to keep a clear mind and positive attitude, no matter how distressed they may be.

When she’s not at work, Debi definitely knows how to keep things interesting, too. The proud Colorado native rides her ATV and goes on adventures with her dog every chance she gets. And she always makes time for her beloved family and friends.