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James Olson, Managing Director

Mr. Olson has more than 20 years in the financial services industry, and possesses a range of experience specializing in the marketing and product development arenas.

Olson was a Principal and Founder of Aspire Financial Services, and contributed to the growth of the company into a nationally recognized leader in the retirement plan industry, with more than $10 billion of recordkeeping assets, approximately 250,000 participants.

Prior to ASPire, Olson worked with Decimal, Inc., as Senior Vice President of Strategic Development and mPower as VP of Product Development. Previously, Olson began his career with Charles Schwab as a Senior Marketing Manager, focusing on developing retirement products for the small business market with over $30 billion in assets through these products.

Scott Pearson, President and CEO

Mr. Pearson has dedicated more than 30 years of his career to the financial services industry. He excels in long-term planning, creating business efficiencies and managing strategic initiatives. He began his career in broker operations at Piper Jaffray before moving to Universal Pensions, Inc. (now Ascensus), where he served as Vice President of Operations and was responsible for significant growth in the company’s retirement plan services. As Vice President of Matrix Settlement and Clearance and then President of its affiliate, MG Trust Company, Mr. Pearson increased revenue by focusing on infrastructure and product development. He currently serves on the Board of Colorado Associations of Trust Companies and is the Chairman and a co-founder of Denver Golfer’s Against Cancer, a charity dedicated to cancer research. As President/CEO, he is responsible for product development, strategic relationships, financials and operational oversight.

Chris Pernicano, SVP Client Relationships

Mr. Pernicano has more than 20 years in the FinTech space, with experience in all aspects of small and medium company operation, including executive management, technology, operations, human resources, and sales. In 1996, Pernicano co-founded his first startup, the Internet Broadcasting Company (IBC) in Pompano Beach, FL. IBC developed a high-fidelity solution for the presentation of mutual fund statements on the internet. In 2000, Pernicano co-founded Blue Frog Solutions after the sale of IBC to INSCI, Inc. FPBlue Frog focused on software-as-a-service point-of-sale solutions for the annuities marketplace. At Blue Frog, Pernicano was involved in solution design, operations, and in sales and relationship management for fortune 500 clients. In 2008 Blue Frog was acquired by Bluff Point acquisition and was rebranded to Aplifi, Inc. and expanded the product offering to address the life insurance marketplace. In 2013 Internet Pipeline, Inc. “IPipeline” acquired Aplifi from Bluff Point. In January 2014, Pernicano transitioned to the Bluff Point Associates team as an executive for the FPS Group, LLC. As SVP Strategic Relationships, Pernicano serves as business stakeholder for client and partner relationships, and also manages the Planning Services and Testing Services groups.

Brandy Walters, Vice President, Operations

Ms. Walters’ focus at FPS Trust is on identifying industry needs and trends, and developing products that lead the market. Her extensive professional experience includes product development and management for a number of financial institutions in Colorado. Most recently, she led the Charles Schwab Trust Services training department, where she served as a client consultant on business efficiencies and platform development projects. Prior to her tenure at Charles Schwab, Ms. Walters served in multiple positions at MG Trust Company, where she built and maintained its automatic IRA rollover platform and led the trust operations team. She is an expert in the fields of automation and technology, and in building and maintaining strategic relationships.


Who We Are

  • Problem Solvers

    We have a “we can do that” attitude to problem-solving and solution-building.
  • Experts

    We are experts in our field. We offer a team of professionals who focus on offering unique solutions, personalized customer service and the flexibility meet clients’ needs through customization.
  • Collaborators

    We bring creativity and collaboration to every product we build and every service we offer.
  • Process Improvers

  • We offer products that will improve processes, reduce costs and, by enhancing the value of our clients’ services, increase their revenue.