Don Peters – Wichita
Don Peters is Vice President – Investment Strategy for Freestate Advisors, based in the Wichita, KS office. He began his career as a Certified Public Accountant and later served as Senior Vice President and economist for Bank IV in Wichita where he supervised the investment decisions for more than $1.5 billion in assets. Subsequently, Don was the Senior Partner in the Wichita firm of Peters, Gamm, West, & Vincent where he managed more than $1 billion in assets. In 1990, Don retired from PGWV. After realizing he wasn’t suited for retirement, Don joined Central Plains Advisors as a partner. He later acquired the firm in 1998 and served as its CEO, where he extended his long and successful investing track record. Don is a graduate of Emporia State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a minor in Economics, and holds the Series 65 Investment Advisors series registration.
Ben Pratt – Wichita
Ben Pratt is senior vice president of Market-Based Management LLC, a Koch Industries Inc. company that provides management consulting services to a diverse group of Koch-owned companies involved in refining, chemicals, biofuels, forest and consumer products, fertilizers, polymers and fibers, process and pollution control technologies, electronics, information systems, commodities trading, minerals, energy, glass, ranching, and investments. Ben started his career at Koch Industries in 1995 with Koch Supply & Trading as their Chief Information Officer. Prior to Koch he worked for the Phibro Commodities Trading division of Salomon Brothers, and prior to that he was a staff scientist with IBM Research. He holds a B.S. in Philosophy of Science from the University of Utah. His graduate studies were in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Utah, with post-graduate studies in Management Science at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Graduate School of Business and MIT’s Sloan. His current consulting practice is focused on vision and strategy development, change management, and leadership development.
Colby Sandlian – Wichita
Colby B. Sandlian has been in the commercial investment real estate business for a career spanning over 57 years. His real estate career includes activities as a broker and investor/developer involved in all aspects of the real estate brokerage industry. He received the professional designation Certified Commercial Investment Member in 1969. Mr. Sandlian has been a member of the Society of Exchange Counselors since the early 1970’s, and served as its President in 1981. The U-Stor mini-storage division of Sandlian Realty and Investments currently comprises 73 projects in twelve states, totaling in excess of four million square feet of self-storage facilities. In 2005 he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kansas CCIM Chapter and the Wichita State University Center for Real Estate.