Month: September 2020

Lewis Hagler


Colorado Enterprise Fund

As Director of Credit, Lewis monitors portfolio and credit quality. He also manages our Northern Colorado lending activity including consulting with potential applicants about their business plans, performing credit analysis and loan underwriting, and providing ongoing business advisory services to borrowers. Prior to joining CEF in 1994, Lewis was the Director of the Small Business Development Center in Boulder. He is an entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience owning and operating a variety of successful business ventures with special knowledge of the restaurant and food service industry.

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Lisa Leviellee

Lisa Leveillee




Lisa Leveillee is Senior Business Advisor with First National Bank. She has been in banking for 9 years and was recruited to the team based on her experience in personal banking, small business banking as well as commercial banking.

In addition to 19 years in the restaurant industry, she has successfully started, owned and operated several businesses and in her current role as a Senior Business Advisor, she helps business owners gain access to capital and advise them on business financial matters by working closely with them to understand short and long term goals.

Her networking skills have been extremely effective in helping business owners connect with the resources they need to thrive. In addition to being an ambassador to the Fort Collins and Loveland Chambers of Commerce, she is also on the NoCo Manufacturing Trade Show Planning Committee, Citizen Advisory Committee of the Climate Action Plan for the City of Fort Collins as well as a member of the Loveland Downtown Partnership Business Alliance and a graduate of the Leadership Loveland Class of 2019.

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Tina Todd


Human Resources

Tina’s work experience has ranged from learning all parts of administration while working for small businesses and non-profit organizations, to honing in on HR skills and expertise while working for corporations in HR roles.  She has 11 years of Human Resources experience including being an HR Generalist to an advisor, consulting business owners in all 50 states on topics ranging from wage and hour compliance to employee relations.  Through those relationships, she realized that her passion and the biggest need is helping businesses with HR right here in beautiful Northern Colorado!   

While not working, Tina loves spending time with her husband and twin boys along with family and friends, running, hanging out in Old Town Fort Collins, and getting into the Colorado outdoors any way possible.  

Tina Todd, PHR-CA, SHRM-CP is a trainer, consultant, and co-founder of simplyHR and Define the Line. Her work has ranged from non-profit organizations to large corporations as an HR generalist to advisor and consultant. As a trainer and speaker, she has helped individuals and teams understand what it means to speak up and define the line for themselves and others. The Define the Line team’s work has been featured in media outlets such as NPR, SHRM, HR Dive, HR Bartender, and Workforce Magazine.  

While not working with amazing teams, Tina loves spending time with her family and friends and getting into the Colorado outdoors any way possible. 

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Samantha Peaslee

Samantha Peaslee



Legal Navigator

Samantha Brown d/b/a Samantha Peaslee serves as general counsel for small- to medium-sized businesses. Within that, she specializes in international transactions and intellectual property law. Her practice focuses on entity formation, copyright registration and litigation, trademark registration and litigation, business transactions (cross-border and local), negotiations, trade secret protection, licensing, international transactions, international commercial arbitration, and commercial and civil alternative dispute resolution and litigation. Within Colorado, she works in Denver, the North Metro area, and Northern Colorado. 

Samantha has a J.D. from University of Denver Sturm College of Law, an M.A. from Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and a B.A. from Middlebury College. She placed first in the 5th Annual Shanghai International Commercial Arbitration Pre-Moot in 2015 and was a quarterfinalist in the 12th Annual William C. Vis (East) International Commercial Moot, where she also was the fourth best oralist overall. At Sturm College of Law, Samantha was Senior Managing Editor of Denver Journal for International Law and Policy. Upon graduation, Samantha was awarded the Order of St. Ives and the Order of the Coif. 

Originally from Alexandria, LA, Samantha has also lived in Vermont, Maine, North Carolina, France, and South Korea. She speaks proficient French and can read Italian and some Korean. She has taught English as a second language in Paris at Montmartre After-School studies and in Seoul at Chungdahm April (Mapo).  

Samantha is also a member of the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, World Trade Center Denver, the Organization of Women in International Trade (Virtual), the Colorado Bar Association, and Colorado Attorneys for the Arts. She is a consultant with the North Metro and Larimer Small Business Development Centers. 

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