Attollo’s Board of Advisors
Gen. Counsel, Axia Financial & Managing Member, Cluny Media – Seattle, WA
Leo is currently General Counsel of Axia Financial, LLC, an independent mortgage bank with offices in 12 states. He is also Managing Member of Cluny Media LLC, a publisher supporting the New Evangelization. During the last four decades, Leo has been a lawyer in private practice, general counsel of financial services companies, and a law professor. Beginning in 1999, he regularly incorporated Catholic social teaching into his courses on corporate, contract, and commercial law. He has written scholarly articles on topics as diverse as Catholic business ethics, constitutional law, and cyberwar; and he has lectured at conferences throughout the U.S. and in Europe and the Middle East. Leo and Kathleen, his wife of 33 years, live in Tacoma, Washington, with the three youngest of their eight children.
President & CEO, Axia Home Loans – Bellevue, WA
After 15 years building a specialty coffee company with operations on three continents, Gellert turned his efforts to the troubled mortgage industry. Since founding Axia in 2007, Gellert has focused on recruiting talent and directing Axia’s mission to build a sustainable company that helps families fulfill their dreams of home ownership and improve the quality of life in the communities Axia serves. Under his leadership, Axia has developed an innovative production platform for mortgage professionals which builds lasting, trusting relationships, and supports the entrepreneurial spirit while upholding what is in the long-term best interest of their clients.
Gellert and his wife Elizabeth raise their ten children on Mercer Island, WA. In his spare time, Gellert is an avid football player (“real football” AKA soccer) and sits on the board of several nonprofits and universities which focus on bettering our culture through education around the dignity of every human person.”
Chairman, Hercules Industries, Inc. – Denver, CO
Bill Newland is one of four family members that own and manage Hercules Industries, a family business started in 1961. Hercules Industries is a manufacturing and wholesale distribution company serving the construction industry in five western states. It employs approximately 300 people in 13 locations.
Bill holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Denver and a MBA from Regis University. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Regis University in Denver, CO.
Other organizations in which Bill is affiliated and active include Legatus, an international group of Catholic business leaders. Bill also serves as the Director of the Metal of Honor Fund, a metal fabrication industry charitable fund raising group. Bill and his wife Annette reside in Colorado. They find good company with their 5 children and many grandchildren all living in the area.
President of TPC Trainco – Lone Tree, CO
John Schuster is the current President of TPC Trainco and former founder, President and owner of American Trainco, Inc., companies that specialize in live classroom training for industrial and facility maintenance technicians, where a “hands-on” seminar training format is used in conducting over 2,000 live seminars per year in the U.S. and Canada.
John is a native of Colorado, graduate of Metropolitan State University where he studied finance, graduate of Regis Jesuit High School in Denver, and has been a member of St. Thomas More Parish in Centennial Colorado for over twenty years. Meeting the educational needs of both children and adults, in formation of both their personal and spiritual development, is a mission that is close to the hearts of John and his wife Terri. They live in Lone Tree Colorado, have five children all of whom have attended Catholic schools, and enjoy their five grandchildren as a primary form of entertainment.
Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at Catholic University of America’s School of Business & Economics – Washington DC
Professor Andreas Widmer is the director of entrepreneurship programs at Catholic University of America’s School of Business & Economics. He is the author of The Pope & The CEO: Pope John Paul II’s Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard, a new book exploring leadership lessons that Widmer learned serving as a Swiss Guard protecting Pope Saint John Paul II and refined during his career as a successful business executive.
His experience spans the fields of high-tech, international business strategy consulting and economic development. He was an executive in residence at Highland Capital Partners, a venture capital firm. He served as CEO of OTF Group (formerly part of the Monitor Group) and helped lead Eprise Corporation, Dragon Systems and FTP Software. He has worked extensively in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, and has brought more than 100 leading-edge technology products to market.
He was previously the co-founder of SEVEN Fund, a philanthropic organization promoting enterprise solutions to poverty where Andreas and his business partner Michael Fairbanks initiated the Pioneers of Prosperity Awards, a first-of-its-kind industry program that finds and promotes the best entrepreneurs in emerging markets. Andreas Widmer is on the Board of Directors of The Carpenter’s Fund, a senior collateral lender to Small and Medium Size Businesses and Projects in emerging markets.