Meet Christopher Pelley

By:Adam Cohen Issue: Conscious Capitalism Section: Advisory Board

Managing Director, Capital Investment Management

Meet Christopher Pelley

Contact Christopher Pelley

Capital Investment Management 8055 E. Tufts Ave. Suite 1350 Denver, CO 80237

P: 303.221.1000 x8220 E: w:


Here’s what you should know about Chris Pelley…

Three Passions and Time

Chris devotes seemingly endless passion and time to what is important to him. He serves as managing director of CIMCO, the private wealth management firm he founded in 1994. He is also committed to promoting social entrepreneurship (using entrepreneurial principles to organize, create and manage a venture to make social change). And, last but not least, Chris is active in ACG, a global association for professionals in corporate growth, development, mergers and acquisitions. Rising before dawn to fit in his exercise routine, Chris is often still sending e-mails late into the night.

Capital Investment Management

Chris founded CIMCO as a result of his almost three decades of experience working as an investment adviser in London, New York and Denver. With a talented team of recognized independent experts in law, tax, banking and other proficiencies, CIMCO embraces the Japanese proverb: “None of us are as smart as all of us.” The firm serves clients nationwide and in Europe in a process “to invest your time before you invest your money.” They are prepared to ask, listen, understand and advise in order to pursue real investment solutions for their clients. CIMCO is now one of the largest financial advisory practices in Colorado.

Social Entrepreneurship

In helping CIMCO clients make decisions about their personal transitions (and in raising two daughters of his own) Chris learned that people’s legacy, children and charity are important and significant. He decided four years ago that he could either work at improving his golf game or do something meaningful. That something meaningful quickly became social entrepreneurship and being the Paul Revere of a new, big idea: serving as change agent for society, seizing opportunities others miss and improving systems, inventing new approaches and creating solutions to change society for the better.

Passion Meets Synergy

After attending the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in Oxford, England along with his daughters the past few years, Chris saw a synergy between his clients’ need to share not just their money, but their talents, and the concept of becoming a social entrepreneur. He now introduces his clients to this rewarding way to leave a legacy. And, never one to think small, he is aligned with Ashoka, the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, as well as University of Denver, Colorado State University, Regis and University of Colorado to make Denver a leader in the movement.

Chris has a BA in Psychology and a BS in Economics from the University of Missouri. He also earned a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designation from the American College and is a Registered Principal with Securities Service Network, Inc., member NASD/SIPC.