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.


Our Knowledgeable 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. Ms. Bury’s bonds to 1STWEST span over the past 26 years, starting with her initial role as a marketing consultant in transitioning 1STWEST Background Due Diligence’s affiliate, 1stWEST Financial Corporation, from an asset search service business in 1991, to also a front-end background investigations company.  Ms. Bury landed 1stWEST Financial’s first tier of key business relationships that secured a solid foundation for its ongoing resilient brand positioning within the corporate finance industry. During her expansive tenure with 1stWEST, Ms. Bury served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer prior to replacing Chairman and CEO, Jerry Oldham in 2014.  Jerry Oldham was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in 2013 and later passed away in 2015.

Building on the strong foundation and brand allegiance of 1stWEST Financial in the corporate finance industry, Ms. Bury formed 1STWEST Background Due Diligence to expand on strategic business opportunities for the 1STWEST brand. Sue’s leadership and expertise in sweeping improvements to efficiency has enhanced 1STWEST’s risk intelligence platform, elevating 1STWEST’s time-tested foundation that has earned an impeccable reputation as a sustained forerunner in background due diligence since 1991.

Ms. Bury is a big picture visionary and has extensive experience in the conceptualization and execution of strategic plans to achieve mission critical results, raising capital, contract negotiations, licensing, product design, global   product launches, media relations, operations, sales and marketing.  Ms. Bury has held executive business and marketing positions with public and small to mid-sized companies as well as award-winning achievements as a highly-specialized business and marketing consultant to many prominent global brands.   Ms. Bury has extensive experience as an effective on-air lifestyle host and expert/media spokesperson representing diverse industry brands both nationally and internationally.

Ms. Bury is a strong activist of mitigating reputation risk with quality background due diligence and actively engages in speaking opportunities, contributes as an industry expert panel participant and submits blogs/articles with numerous industry associations in specialized subject matters.

B.S. Degree – University of Iowa

E-mail: s.bury@1stwest.com 

Debbie Allbritten

President | Executive Operations Officer – 1STWEST Corporate Finance Division

Lender & Business Due Diligence

Debbie supervises order intake for 1STWEST’s Corporate Finance Division. Ms. Allbritten’s responsibilities also include the oversight of 1STWEST’s proprietary comprehensive risk intelligence platform for 1STWEST’s corporate finance lender and business products as well as 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 owner, CEO and Chairman, Jerry Oldham, who passed away of Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS)  in 2015.

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: d.allbritten@1stwest.com 

Kelli Clayton

Executive VP | Chief Operations Officer – 1STWEST Corporate Finance Division

Kelli manages the elite team of background investigation specialists 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 start to finish and report quality control. The 1STWEST Team is dedicated to exceeding expectations in delivering the most accurate, compliant and timely background reports available today.

Before joining 1STWEST in 1996, Ms. Clayton held positions in senior management in the commercial banking industry.

 E-mail: k.clayton@1stwest.com

Earl David

Chief Information Officer | Security Officer – 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: e.david@1stwest.com 

Lynn Anderson

Chief Compliance Officer | 1STWEST Background Due Diligence LLC

Executive Operations Officer | 1STWEST Employment Risk Screening Division

As Chief Compliance Officer, Ms. Anderson supervises 1STWEST’s compliance teams for all 1STWEST divisions, ensuring compliance with regulations, federal and state laws and FCRA related matters.

Ms. Anderson oversees 1STWEST’s Executive Hire and Employment Risk Intelligence Platform.  Lynn also manages new client onboarding, HR platform migrations, integrations, training and order intake for 1STWEST’s Executive Hire and Employment Background 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 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.

Graduate of the University of Northern Colorado and the Denver Paralegal Institute
National Association of Professional Background Screeners – FCRA Advanced Certification
E-mail: l.anderson@1stwest.com