Bill Kleven is an experienced business leader with over 30 years in the financial services industry. He started his career with Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh, and then moved to Huntington Bank in Columbus, Ohio, before founding DaVinci Capital, a private equity company based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This business focused on advising and funding start-up and early stage growth companies, as well as several economic development initiatives. Most recently he joined Rocky Mountain Bank, a western Wyoming community bank. Bill has a BS in Finance and an MBA from Ohio State University. Bill believes that listening to his customers’ challenges and future plans, and delivering value added services have been keys to success in each endeavor throughout his career.
Small Business Champion of the Year, Pamela (Pam) Thayer, Executive Director, Rawlins Downtown Development Authority/Main Street, Rawlins, WY.
Pam’s work with the Rawlins Downtown Development Authority/Mainstreet (DDA) involves Pam working one-on-one with 96 business owners to improve their businesses through assisting with computer classes, counseling them on improving/restoring their historic buildings, providing customer service trainings and so much more due to the individual needs of the individual businesses. Pam also brings an extra level of consulting to these businesses from her background as a Marketing & Customer Service Consultant for Bausch & Lomb’s Eyewear Division, Esprit de Corp and Gap Incorporated. True to Pam’s helpful nature, she does not limit her assistance to just the downtown district, but I often find her assisting businesses and organizations across the whole county beyond Rawlins’ city limits.