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!

Vice President
Molly Fitzpatrick

Middle Market Investor and Investment Banker

Partnered with management teams across five portfolio companies and worked together on add-on acquisitions for each.  Successfully completed 9 sell-side M&A and equity deals during investment banking career.

YPD Board Member, Special Olympics of Colorado and Rocky Mountain Junior Achievement.

What is your favorite childhood memory?

Visiting Colorado on family vacations - in the summer and winter. The mountains are beautiful and majestic year-round!

What has been your most defining life experience?

Definitely growing up with 7 siblings! They have taught me so much - both when we were kids and now as adults - and they have helped make me who I am today. I'm so proud of them, who they are, and all of their accomplishments.

What has been your toughest life experience?

My first job out of college was at a bank that was failing during the financial crisis and for months I feared losing my first full-time job and not being able to pay my rent and student loan repayments. Through this first year in the "real world", I also learned how downsizing impacts employees, culture, and morale and that a company can lose its best employees if they don't provide development and growth opportunities.

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

Listening. It takes courage and humility to admit you don't have all of the answers and to truly listen to those around you and then heed their advice.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Being godmother of my niece and nephew. My sisters trusting me with this monumental responsibility is truly an honor.

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Rally Advisor
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
Kimberly Rath

As president of TalentPlus, the world's leading talent discovery company with a client base that has included the Ritz Carlton, Kimberly has helped leaders create talent-based organizations through science perfected during her 30 years of serving growing organizations.

With a belief that organizations are only as good as their talent at all levels, she has built systems and processes to empower this belief at scale across industries globally. She has a calling to help individuals discover their unique strengths, and organizations to find the strength they need to reach their full—and perhaps unknown—potential.

Why are you inspired to work with Rallyday Partners as a Strategic Jedi?
An opportunity to humanize the acquisition experience of growing leaders and companies by focusing on their talent.

Where do you think you can add the most value to companies as an individual and as a company? What is the secret sauce?
Helping leaders discover what they are really good at and enjoy

How would you describe the best kind of client you enjoy working with?
A boundaryless partnership. Both parties care deeply about helping each other achieve success.

What leadership skills do you admire and why?
I admire leaders who visualize a bright future for their leaders, managers, team members, families and communities. They help others prosper.

Why are you so passionate about people? What drives you?
I am obsessed with creating organizational cultures where people tap dance to work - where they get to work with great leaders, mentors, team members, customers and a great brand.

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.

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.