About Team


Our mission is providing the most accurate background reports available and building long-term relations with our clients by investing in the latest technology, research team and knowledge.


Our vision is to increase our market share by producing high quality products, while helping our clients mitigate risk within their specialized markets.


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


Our Knowledgable Team Sets Us Apart


Suzanne Bury

Chief Executive Officer | Chief Marketing Officer

Sue oversees the strategic direction, business operations and marketing of the Denver based holding company, 1STWEST Background Due Diligence and its affiliates. She has been instrumental to the success of 1STWEST since its founding in 1991. Sue was named 1STWEST’S Chief Executive Officer in 2014 and until then, Ms. Bury served as Chief Marketing Officer where she was responsible for the company’s product development, marketing, public relations and new business development for 1STWEST’s corporate finance division.

Building on 1stWEST’S strong foundation and brand allegiance in the corporate finance industry, Sue’s leadership has engineered the expansion of 1STWEST’s risk intelligence operations to a dynamic full-service platform. This has driven initiatives to move the brand footprint into other vertical market opportunities. Through the organic expansion of 1STWEST’s highly experienced management team, the brand now offers specialized report products that cater to client needs in the following core competencies:  1STWEST Corporate Finance Background Due Diligence; 1STWEST Small Business Background Due Diligence;  1STWEST Executive Hire Background Due Diligence; and employment risk screening, through 1STWEST’s affiliate company, IGNITE DILIGENCE™.

Sue is backed by more than 25 years of business experience, including great achievements as President of her results-based international marketing communications consulting practice. Clients included global top tier and middle market brands in diverse industries.

Sue is very active with numerous industry associations, with whom she frequently submits articles and participates on industry panels in matters relating to her specialized presentation topics and relevant industry discussions regarding background due diligence.

Graduate of the University of Iowa

E-mail: s.bury@1stwest.com | Tel: (866) 670-3443

Debbie Allbritten

President | Executive Operating Officer

Debbie supervises order intake for 1STWEST Corporate Finance Background Due Diligence and 1STWEST Small Business Background Due Diligence. Ms. Allbritten’s responsibilities also include the management of 1STWEST’s proprietary comprehensive investigative processes and methodology platform and national and international vendor relations. Ms. Allbritten was one of the original co-founders of 1STWEST Financial Corporation in 1991, an affiliate company of 1STWEST Background Due Diligence, along with former CEO and Chairman, Jerry Oldham. Debbie’s unrivaled commitment to enhanced proprietary multi-tier methodology in the investigation process continues to set the standard by which all others are measured.

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. Debbie frequently participates on industry panels.

Graduate of the Colorado School of Banking
E-mail: d.allbritten@1stwest.com | Tel: (800) 411-6975

Kelli Clayton

Executive Vice President | Chief Operating Officer

1STWEST Background Due Diligence, Corporate Finance Division | World-Wide

Kelli manages the comprehensive background investigations division in 1STWEST’S Kansas City production office. Ms. Clayton has significant experience in financial background investigations, banking, and operations management. She leads an advanced team of highly skilled risk intelligence analysts who strictly adhere to internal proprietary processes and methodology, nationally and internationally, and who continue to earn 1STWEST the trust of top tier lenders in the corporate finance industry, as well as hiring professionals making critical decisions in the executive hire process.

Before joining 1STWEST, Ms. Clayton held positions in senior management in the commercial banking industry.
E-mail: k.clayton@1stwest.com | Tel: (888) 803.9378

Earl David

Chief Information Officer | Security Officer

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: e.david@1stwest.com | Tel: (866) 670-3443

Lynn Anderson

Chief Compliance Officer | 1STWEST Background Due Diligence | Ignite Diligence

Chief Operations Officer | Employment Risk Screening 1STWEST Exec Hire & Ignite Diligence™

(An affiliate company of 1STWEST Background Due Diligence)
Lynn supervises the intake process for 1STWEST Executive Hire Background Due Diligence and for Ignite Diligence™ and spearheads 1STWEST’s compliance team as Chief Compliance Officer in regard to lender and employment background due diligence ensuring compliance with regulations, federal and state laws and FCRA related matters.

Lynn has been with 1STWEST since 2003 and during her tenure excelled as a Lead Senior Research Analyst. Ms. Anderson possesses extensive experience in financial, corporate and legal investigations, as well as significant experience in business process analysis and improvement. Prior to joining 1STWEST, Ms. Anderson held positions as operations manager for a background investigations firm where she developed and implemented new processes and streamlined procedures to improve productivity, customer service and return on investment. She also has held management positions at a high profile corporate investigations firm and a legal investigations firm.

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.

Graduate of the University of Northern Colorado and the Denver Paralegal Institute
National Association of Professional Background Screeners | FCRA Basic Certification
E-mail: l.anderson@1stwest.com | Tel: (866) 670-3443