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Dylana Gross, ‘15

As a Grand Junction native, Dylana Gross grew up in the outdoors. Summers consisted of hiking 14ers and trail running while winters were spent on the ski slopes. This passion, as well as having family nearby, made CMU a great option. Once enrolled at Colorado Mesa University, she worked hard in her studies and in other areas on campus. She was active in the Entrepreneurship Club and even studied abroad in Sweden. That hard work and a nose for adventure led to various job opportunities right out of college. 

Gross began her career with Charles Schwab and then landed a position with Public Trust Advisors in Denver, where she is currently the Vice President of Investment Advisory Services. In this role she manages investment portfolios for the public sector. Public Trust Advisors helps governmental entities and organizations coast to coast, so when she was assigned some clients on the West Slope, she was ecstatic. She feels very fortunate to have the position she does in a big city setting, but still have the opportunity to return to her Grand Valley roots to conduct business, get outdoors and spend time with her 5-year-old niece and 1-year-old nephew. Her future looks bright as she believes there is a lot of room to grow at Public Trust Advisors.

 “Professor Georgann Jouflas always preached that entrepreneurship can be instilled in all areas of life so I’ve tried to be innovative and strategic in everything I’ve put my name on,” said Gross.

That way of thinking has people paying attention. She was asked to speak on the Women in Finance Panel at the Leeds School of Business at CU-Boulder and she has earned her stripes as a trusted advisor for many top-level leaders at large organizations.

“Being so involved with Entrepreneurship Club helped me develop skills at a young age that I’ve been able to take with me and use to build my career,” she said. 

So, whether on a hiking trail or in a board room, you can bet this young alumna is giving it her all.

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Written by Jared Meier