People


We rally for good.

People first, everything else second.

Our founding partners united through a desire to help companies elevate their industry by first elevating the people in the organization. Each with unique experiences leading different organizations to operational and financial success, we are Founders, CEOs and COOs ready to inspire and empower the leaders of the next great company.    


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Managing Partner
Nancy Phillips

Multi-company Founder, Entrepreneur, CEO/COO

Founded ViaWest startup to $1.7B exit (12 add-on acquisitions)

Chair NCWIT.org, Chair Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network Steering Committee, Board Member National Cyber Security Center, DU Trustee

What is your favorite childhood memory?
Getting my first set of skis when I was 12 years old. It was the beginning of a lifetime of glorious and unforgettable ski days to come. 

What has been your most defining life experience?
My 3-year “walk about” after college—soaking up everything the world had to offer and (sometimes) throw at me. That experience is ultimately what gave me the courage and life skills to become an entrepreneur.

What has been your toughest life experience?
Living through the secular headwinds of the “dot com” implosion in the early 2000’s. That’s when I truly learned the hard lessons of what it takes to become an “all weather” company.

What do you believe to be the most important leadership skill?
GRIT. It is what I appreciate about entrepreneurship—the ability to persevere through fear and failure, knowing it is just part of the journey.

What is your proudest accomplishment?
Easy. My daughter—she inspires me every day.

Managing Partner
Mark Hopkins

Fortune 100 Executive, Entrepreneur, Engineer

Founded Peak Industries. Grew organically to $75M in sales and a $44M exit.

Ironman 140.6 Triathlete, Former Chair Rocky Mountain YPO, Member Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network Steering Committee

What is your favorite childhood memory?
I was 15 years old at a cottage on the Finger Lakes in upstate New York. I didn’t have a driver’s license, but a little 16’ boat opened the door to a summer I’ll never forget.

What has been your most defining life experience?
The moment as an overwhelmed 25-year-old when I realized that if I was willing to work hard enough, there wasn’t much that wasn’t possible.

What has been your toughest life experience?
When my top customer (55% of sales) decided to kill a product and almost killed my dream with it. That was the first time I realized that opportunities are born from life’s biggest gut punches.

What do you believe to be the most important leadership skill?
CAREFRONTATION. If people know you care about them, there is no out of bounds, and they’ll climb any mountain with you.

What is your proudest accomplishment?
My kids—they’re so much cooler than me!

Managing Partner
Ryan Heckman

PE Investor, Healthcare CEO

Formed EVP EyeCare with <$0.7M EBITDA to $155M exit (9 add-on acquisitions + 2 De Novo’s)

Two-time Olympian, Founding Board Member Endeavor Global CO, Chair CiviCO Leadership Foundation, DU Trustee

What is your favorite childhood memory?
Riding horses, skiing and hiking with my family in the mountains where I grew up.

What has been your most defining life experience?
I was a private equity investor and made a tough choice to become a CEO. It was as difficult and rewarding as our first child.

What has been your toughest life experience?
I was an athlete growing up and skipped some years after high school, and then I really struggled catching up in college.

What do you believe to be the most important leadership skill?
COURAGE. With strength of heart, everything good naturally follows.

What is your proudest accomplishment?
Competing as a skier for the United States in the Olympics when I was 17.  It was the first time I really felt patriotism.

Partner
Travis Conway

Middle Market Investment Banker and Investor

President of SDR Ventures and Co-Founder of Coulton Creek Capital 100+ closed deals

Seasoned and highly systematic deal sourcing and underwriting platform leader, Board Member InBank, collegiate baseball player

What is your favorite childhood memory?
I was 10 years old in Aurelia, Iowa at the CABA World Series. We lived with local families, experienced small town America and played baseball amongst the corn. It was my version of Field of Dreams, which, coincidentally, came out that summer.

What has been your most defining life experience?
Building an award-winning, mid-market investment bank from nothing—because I viewed the entrepreneurial path as too risky. In hindsight, I can look back on that journey and see all the pitfalls and risks that my focus and confidence helped block from sight.

What has been your toughest life experience?
In my first pitching start as a sophomore in college, I suffered a career-ending injury. At 20 years old, I lost a big piece of my identity.

What do you believe to be the most important leadership skill?
FOCUS. Leaders are the aperture of an organization and create clarity in vision, strategy and culture.

What is your proudest accomplishment?
Marrying my high school sweetheart and raising our three amazing kids!

Director of Operations
Jennifer Connelly

JC is the glue. She does anything and everything to help Rallyday deliver upon its promises. With a particular interest in our human capital, JC has worked with leadership teams to facilitate the elevation of their culture, their people and strategy.

You will always hear “my pleasure” as she serves our community with a warm smile and unrelenting commitment to the good in life.

What is your favorite childhood memory?
Going to the library. I loved the smell of the old books and opening them up to unimaginable new adventures.

What has been your most defining life experience?
As a fashion intern I was responsible for cold-calling boutiques to set sales appointments each season. After weeks of rejection, I finally learned the art of the cold call. This experience changed what I thought I was capable of and I still use those cold call skills today.

What has been your toughest life experience?
Growing up without a mom and dad. Being raised by my grandparents helped me learn to value being different than others.

What do you believe to be the most important leadership skill?
EMPATHY. It’s the foundation of strong leadership. Leslie Jamison says, “Empathy requires knowing that you know nothing.”

What is your proudest accomplishment?
Getting married to my talented husband.

Vice President
John Trinquero

Middle Market Investor and Investment Banker

7+ year career in middle market private equity and investment banking prior to joining RDP. Executed organic and inorganic growth strategies with 3 different portfolio companies and successfully completed 3 add-on acquisitions and 4 separate buy-side / sell-side transactions.

Seasoned deal executive, Eagle Scout, University of Georgia graduate, and football fanatic

What is your favorite childhood memory?

Annual ski trips to Utah with my family! Growing up in Georgia we obviously didn’t have very much skiing nearby, so it was always an exciting time to head out west in the winter and ski a real mountain.

What has been your most defining life experience?

As a young college kid, I made the tough choice to accept an unpaid summer internship with a small, no-name firm in the profession I was interested in rather than a top-paying internship with a Fortune 500 company in a corporate role that was less desirable for me as a full-time job. It was a tough financial decision at the time, but it ended up paying huge benefits for me professionally as I gained an incredible amount of relevant experience that ultimately helped me get where I am today.

What has been your toughest life experience?

Shortly after starting my first job out of college, I began recruiting for a job in private equity. I found myself in a highly competitive job market with an education pedigree that was well below most of my competition. It was really tough to try and prove myself & stand out, and I probably was unsuccessful interviewing with over 15 different firms before I finally landed the job I was looking for. It definitely took a lot of determination to keep trying despite all the failures, and I think it ultimately made me not just a better candidate, but a stronger person, by the time it was all over.

What do you believe to be the most important leadership skill?

INTEGRITY. Before success comes trust, and without integrity, there is no trust. “With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt.” – Zig Ziglar

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Becoming an Eagle Scout. It’s a rank only 2% of all Boy Scouts reach, and it takes an incredible amount of hard work and determination, particularly at an age when you’re not exactly winning any popularity contests with your peers along the way. Looking back though, few things teach you so much about leadership, teamwork and integrity at such a young age.

Vice President
Sanjay Gulati

Experienced Investment Professional with a demonstrated history of working in the private equity & hedge fund industry. Skilled in Public/Private Equity, Growth Equity, Credit, Private Debt, Special Situations, Distressed, Trading, Structured Finance, and Financial Analysis.

Seasoned deal executive,  finance professional, The University of Texas at Austin graduate, and tennis fanatic

What is your favorite childhood memory?

Family road trips to tennis tournaments across Texas.  These were largely our only vacations growing up and an opportunity for family bonding, so I cherished them.  And win or lose, I could always look forward to the post-match McDonald’s apple pies and triple-thick strawberry milkshakes!

What has been your most defining life experience?

Seeing my parents, as immigrants to this country, each work two jobs at a time instilled within me a lifelong sense of work ethic. I started working odd jobs at 14 years old – some more humbling than others, like being the annual female Easter bunny!

What has been your toughest life experience?

Less than a year out of college, my dad had a stroke that left him permanently bed-ridden.  As the oldest sibling, overnight I had to take on responsibilities that I was not ready for.  I learned a lot about my own resiliency and mental fortitude.

What do you believe to be the most important leadership skill?

CHARACTER. It is the foundation of trust and respect that relationships and reputations are built upon. “Character is doing the right thing even when it costs more than you want to pay,” Michael Josephon.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Buying my parents a house – I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity and capability to support my family when they needed me.

Rally Advisor - Culture
Brian Kight

Brian Kight is an entrepreneur, global keynote speaker, advisor to the Fortune 500, high-growth businesses, pro and college sports teams.

He has spent the last 15 years serving clients to create leadership, build culture, and align behavior to produce results.

His ability to help people understand and execute simple skills with elite discipline, both personally and professionally, is what makes his message so practical and powerful. Brian simplifies the complex so you can focus on doing what works for you.

Why are you inspired to work with Rallyday Partners as a Strategic Jedi?
The chance to work with an aligned team of absolute committed rockstars — within client companies and the Rallyday team.

Where do you think you can add the most value to companies as an individual and as a company? What is the secret sauce?
My craft and my gift is to simplify the complexity around leadership, culture, and personal behavior. Simple wins because simple executes and improves.

How would you describe the best kind of client you enjoy working with?
A client who does the work, not just of the business, but of improving themselves and the way they operate their business.

What leadership skills do you admire and why?
I admire aggressive humility and patient urgency in a leader.

Why are you so passionate about culture? What drives you?
I am passionate about culture because of (1) how misunderstood it is and (2) how subtly powerful it is to build or crush a business. What drives me is to make the truth obvious and outlast the cynics.

Rally Advisor - Strategy
George Olive

George Olive is a McKinsey alum, ex-COO, and Rhodes Scholar who helps shape the enterprise strategy of Rallyday companies. As a senior advisor to Transom Consulting Group on growth strategy, George counsels clients in CPG, financial services, fintech, and non-bank lending on achieving their next horizons of growth. He serves primarily mid- and small-cap companies.

Formerly, George served as the Chief Operating Officer of Everytable, a QSR chain focused on nutritional inequality, and as VP of Sales at DipJar, a fundraising platform for charities. George has an M.Phil. in Economic and Social History from Oxford University, and a B.A. in Economics and Environmental Science from Columbia University.

Why are you inspired to work with Rallyday Partners as a Strategic Jedi?

To work with Rallyday and its partners is to sit in the catbird seat of strategy work, for three reasons: the outright quality of the Rallyday folks themselves, the unlimited potential of the companies with which they partner, and the fact that Rallyday invests at the exact moment when a company’s strategic decisions are most crucial.

Where do you think you can add the most value to companies as an individual and as a company? What is the secret sauce?

When companies undertake strategic planning, they systematically underinvest in two things: ensuring that the leadership team is fully aligned and committed to the strategy, and thoughtfully communicating the strategy to the full organization. The secret sauce is simple: nail the strategic vision, drive passionate executive alignment around it, AND communicate it boldly and clearly.

How would you describe the best kind of client you enjoy working with?

The best clients are curious, brave, passionate, and pragmatic, not dogmatic. Most importantly, they care deeply about the people around them.

What leadership skills do you admire and why?

Great leaders have mastered two things, both of which are “art” not “science”. They pick their battles, and they delegate masterfully to empower passionate people.

Why are you so passionate about people? What drives you?

Turn the question around — how could you not be? Why are we here, if not to enjoy the people around us and help them achieve their dreams?

Rally Advisor - Accounting
Cathy O’Dorisio

Cathy has spent more than 20 years as a CPA and has experience in public and private accounting. She worked in healthcare prior to running her own private practice. She most recently was the CFO of a rapidly growing healthcare services organization. Cathy leads the accounting, finance and financial forecasting operations.

Why are you inspired to work with Rallyday Partners as a Strategic Jedi?
The word “Partners” is super meaningful to me. Rallyday is passionate about helping companies succeed. They are driven to make the relationship meaningful and rewarding. When you have a true “partnership”, the sky is the limit. There is no judgement. Nothing but trust and a common goal. Participating in this type of environment is authentic.

Where do you think you can add the most value to companies as an individual and as a company? What is the secret sauce?
I can add value from prior experiences. I’ve been in the trenches, I have worked long and dreadful hours. I want others to work smarter, not harder and help companies scale their business. If I can give someone that ingredient to limit their stress and drive greater success, I am all in. The secret sauce is to listen. Listen to what associates are telling you and adapt! They are instinctive. Be truthful and honest to the business and guide your decisions based on that foundation.

How would you describe the best kind of client you enjoy working with?
The best client is one that is customer oriented and driven for growth and success, is openminded for change, and values the growth in individuals.

What leadership skills do you admire and why?
I most admire honesty and integrity. That is a guiding principle that has never failed me. When you are principled to do the right thing for the right reasons, good things will follow.

Why are you so passionate about people? What drives you?
We all have gifts and talents. Some are more visible than others. I am passionate about finding what someone can bring to me to make me a better person but most importantly, how that person can bring out the best in themselves. I love to watch others succeed, especially when I can help navigate that success with them. That is the ultimate reward.

Executive Assistant
Katelyn Fritcher

Katelyn joins Rallyday Partners from CiviCO, where she was the Director of Marketing and Membership. She graduated from University of Iowa with dual degrees: B.S. Recreation and Sports Business B.A. Communication Studies.

Katelyn’s bucket-list items include cage diving with sharks and going on a safari in Africa, backpacking in Europe, and someday forming a family of her own.

What is your favorite childhood memory?

As a child, I loved spending time with my grandma (Meme) and grandpa. I attended half day kindergarten just so I could spend the rest of the day going to parks, baking, playing dress up, beauty shop, and so much more. Grandparents are truly the best! I also loved growing up on a lake in Okoboji, Iowa. Days were filled with fishing, jet-skiing, waterskiing, camping, catching snakes and frogs, and all things outdoors.

What has been your most defining life experience?

My most defining life experience was making the decision to move out to Denver five years ago. The first three years were filled with lots of hardships and let downs, but I was beyond determined to experience the greatness that Denver has to offer. I am beyond thankful I made the decision to stay here. I now have a profound appreciation for investment in workplace culture and finding a team that makes going to work fun.

What has been your toughest life experience?

Although moving to Denver has been rewarding in so many ways, being away from friends and family when they are severely ill has been extremely tough. With every hardship, you gain a new sense of gratitude for life and the people that are in it and I truly do believe these experiences did just that.

What do you believe to be the most important leadership skill?

Authenticity. I believe to be an effective leader you have to be authentic; you really have to know yourself. Know your strengths, know your weaknesses and be willing to be a lifelong learner.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Choosing to study abroad my Junior year of college. I had never lived more than 2 hours away from home but decided to move to Australia. Not only were those the best days of my life, but the lessons learned throughout those six months, along with the adventures gained have provided me with a wider lens on how I want to live my life. It also gave me the courage to make the move to Denver!

Chief Compliance Officer
Susan Chamberlain

Prior to joining Rallyday Partners, Susan served as CCO and COO to several registered investment advisory firms. With over 30 years experience, her expertise spans private equity, hedge funds, real estate, mutual funds and institutional investment managers.

What is your favorite childhood memory?
Overhearing my parents discuss whether I was reading too much.

What has been your most defining life experience?
Establishing a new career in finance while working full-time and enrolled in the Executive MBA program at Denver University focused on developing entrepreneurial skills.

What has been your toughest life experience?
Accomplishing all of the above as a single mom to two teenagers!

What do you believe to be the most important leadership skill?
INITIATIVE.  Always looking for opportunities to learn and to lead.

What is your proudest accomplishment?
Seeing my two daughters establish successful careers in healthcare – one as a nurse and the other as a director of patient advocacy.