About Team



Our mission is to provide accurate, compliant and timely enhanced background reports with the most advanced risk intelligence and information security platform while employing a client-first philosophy with unparalleled customer service.


Our vision is to maintain client alliances and increase our market share by producing quality market-demand products, assisting our clients to mitigate risk.


Our strategy is constantly improving our process by investing in the best data intelligence and risk analysts, including their skills and ongoing training in compliance.


Senior Management Team


Suzanne Bury
President | Chief Executive Officer 
1STWEST Background Due Diligence LLC
Sue oversees the strategic direction, operations, and marketing of Denver based 1STWEST Background Due Diligence.  Ms. Bury has over 25 years of experience in the background screening industry.  As as a big picture visionary, Ms. Bury and her team have created a leading-edge proprietary Risk Intelligence Platform to enhance 1STWEST ‘s position as an industry leader in risk mitigation solutions.

Ms. Bury is a comprehensive strategist and innovation specialist. She is a strong advocate for brand protection by moderating reputation-risk through enhanced background due diligence and routinely conducts webinars, frequently speaks as an industry expert on panels, and authors blogs/articles with numerous industry associations and publications.

Professional work history includes a successful track record as an entrepreneur in numerous ventures and she has held senior executive marketing, operations and sales positions with public and mid-market companies garnering award-winning achievements for prominent global brands. Ms. Bury has extensive experience in brand positioning, concept to market product development, investor development & relations, public relations, as an on-air lifestyle host as well as an effective company spokesperson.

Ms. Bury actively networks within the following organizations:  Commercial Finance Association, Association for Corporate Growth, Turnaround Management Association, Small Business Alliance Association, International Factoring Association, Society for Human Resource Management and the Women Business Enterprise National Council.

B.S. Degree – University of Iowa

E-mail: [email protected] 

Debbie Allbritten
President | Executive Operations Officer
1STWEST Corporate Finance Division | Comprehensive Due Diligence
Debbie manages order intake, client relations and report quality for commercial lending transactions in 1STWEST’s Corporate Finance Division. Ms. Allbritten is also responsible for vendor relations relating to 1STWEST’s comprehensive due diligence global investigations and directly interfaces with 1STWEST’s internal compliance team to ensure all domestic and international research methodology and reporting is conducted within the scope of all relative compliance protocols.

Ms. Allbritten has over 25 years of financial background due diligence and asset investigations and a broad background in commercial bank operations, corporate and real estate finance, title insurance and fraud investigations.

Graduate of the Colorado School of Banking |  NAPBS FCRA Basic Certification

E-mail: [email protected] 

Kelli Clayton
Executive Vice President | Chief Operations Officer
1STWEST Corporate Finance Division | Comprehensive Due Diligence

Kelli manages the elite team of comprehensive due diligence investigation analysts for 1STWEST’s Corporate Finance Division.  Ms. Clayton has significant experience in financial background investigations, banking and operations management.  Ms. Clayton supervises client case management, client communications and report quality control. Her team also interfaces with 1STWEST’s internal compliance team to ensure compliant research methodology & reporting.  All 1STWEST’s Research Analysts are FCRA-NAPBS ( National Association of Professional Background Screeners) certified. Ms. Clayton has been a valuable team member since 1996.
 E-mail: [email protected]

Earl David
Chief Information Officer | Corporate IT Security
1STWEST Background Due Diligence LLC

Earl manages the IT environment and related technical infrastructure information security for offices of 1STWEST Background Due Diligence and its affiliates. Mr. David also interfaces with clients to facilitate data security requests as it relates to client relationship operations. Earl has extensive technology sales, marketing, account relationship management and operations experience in the commercial lending industry.

Prior to joining 1STWEST, Earl’s 25 years of diverse experience included project management, software development and outsource management. He also has extensive experience in all phases of project planning and third party interfaces, networking hardware/software and contract negotiations.

E-mail: [email protected] 

Lynn Anderson
Chief Compliance Officer All 1STWEST Divisions
EOO | 1STWEST Executive Hire – Employment Risk Screening Division

As Chief Compliance Officer, Ms. Anderson supervises 1STWEST ‘s comprehensive internal and external compliance network for all 1STWEST divisions. Ms. Anderson also manages the operations and research team of 1STWEST’s Executive Hire and Employment Risk Screening Division.

Lynn has been with 1STWEST since 2003. Prior to joining 1STWEST, Ms. Anderson held numerous senior operations positions with high-profile financial, corporate and legal investigations firms where she was instrumental in the development and implementation of compliance procedures, new processes and streamlined procedures to improve productivity, customer service and return on investment.

Lynn served eight years as an officer in the USAF, culminating as a team chief with the Air Combat Command Inspector General, where she was responsible for conducting worldwide audits, investigations, assessments and inspections to evaluate unit efficiency and ensure compliance with federal directives. During her time in the Air Force Lynn’s assignments also included Chief of Combat Readiness and Resources at a Strategic Air Command base where she oversaw the deployment of personnel and equipment during Desert Storm; Chief of Aerial Port Operations at the largest airbase in the Republic of South Korea; a division chief at Headquarters Air Mobility Command responsible for managing the operational readiness as well as contingency and humanitarian airlift support staffing of personnel and equipment at multiple worldwide locations; as head of base wide process analysis and improvement at an Air Combat Command base; and as head of vehicle maintenance operations at an Air Combat Command base.

B.A. Degree – University of Northern Colorado and Graduate – Denver Paralegal Institute
National Association of Professional Background Screeners – FCRA Advanced Certification
E-mail: [email protected]  

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