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1031X Company Information & Leadership

Our clients don’t stress about the unintuitive IRS rules or complicated investment deal structures.
We pair each investor (and their advisors) with a designated Exchange Officer and smart, digital solutions.

Founded in 1994 in Denver, CO

Attorney and investor Steven Hickox paired with broker Christopher Sayre and started “1031x.com, LLC” as an online exchange shop in the early days of the Internet.

Today, 1031X is a top-ranked national Qualified Intermediary in ColoradoMissouri, Texas, and Ohio. For nearly 30 years, 1031X has dedicated itself to a client-obsessed business model: simplicity, trust, expertise, and on-time results.

Whether you are a first-time investor with a single rental property or a business managing hundreds of assets nationwide, our team is here for you.







attorney and investor Steven Hickox and broker Christopher Sayre

Our Founders

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Christopher T. Sayre

Co-Founder / Vice President Emeritus

Christopher Sayre has an MBA in Business Administration specializing in finance from the University of Denver and is a licensed Realtor in Colorado. In the past, Chris has worked in financial planning for both start-up ventures and fortune 100 companies. Chris co-founded 1031x.com, Inc. (1031X) in 1994 and has financed small and large commercial real estate projects–helping clients defer their capital gains taxes.

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Steven W. Hickox

Co-Founder / Attorney / President Emeritus

Steven Hickox emigrated to Colorado in 1973 attending Colorado State University and graduating with a degree in Economics in 1977. He then attended University of Colorado Law School and received a JD in 1980. In 1981, He was admitted to the Federal and Colorado Bar. In 1994, he founded 1031x.com, Inc. (1031X), Inc. and holds an active law and real estate broker license in the State of Colorado.

Our Officers

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Sean M. Ross

CEO

Christopher Sayre has an MBA in Business Administration specializing in finance from the University of Denver and is a licensed Realtor in Colorado. In the past, Chris has worked in financial planning for both start-up ventures and fortune 100 companies. Chris co-founded 1031x.com, Inc. (1031X) in 1994 and has financed small and large commercial real estate projects–helping clients defer their capital gains taxes.

Paul Hart

Executive Vice President & General Counsel

Prior to joining 1031X, Paul was VP/EVP and General Counsel of several software, technology, and sports-media companies, several of which went on to be acquired. He has nearly a decade of “big law” firm experience in Silicon Valley as a corporate securities attorney doing venture capital financing deals, IPO’s, M&A, as well as contracts, licensing, and general corporate representation. He earned a JD and an MBA from UCLA. For many years, Paul has been an angel investor and an LP in multiple angel funds. Paul served as a panelist judge for many angel investor pitch events and a mentor at a start-up accelerator. Paul served as a Board member of the Good Samaritan Medical Center Foundation in Lafayette, CO. He has also previously held real estate broker licenses in Colorado and California. Paul loves the challenges at 1031X, which exist at the crossroads of his almost 40 years of legal, real estate, business, tax, executive management, strategy, business development, marketing, risk management and operations experience. In his free time, Paul enjoys hiking, skiing, and traveling.

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Jeremy M.H. Fahl

Strategic Implementation Manager

Jeremy cut his teeth in the real estate industry by representing banks at foreclosure sales while working through a Cleveland-based law firm in 2003. Jeremy pivoted to the title industry working mainly as a workflow analyst and product manager in residential and commercial title. Jeremy turned his attention to the 1031 exchange industry in 2012 to help streamline and simplify the process for taxpayers and their advisors. Since that time, Jeremy has successfully and personally facilitated over 5,000 exchanges nationally.

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Denise Warfield

Operations Manager / Exchange Officer

Denise grew up in Long Island, New York and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Jacksonville University, Florida. Upon graduation, she received a commission in the US Navy serving eight years as a Naval Officer. Following her military career, she worked as a Consumer Credit/Financial Counselor. Denise now oversees the forward exchange operations at 1031X.

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Scott A. Davis

Exchange Officer

Growing up in the Midwest, Scott earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Winona State University, Minnesota. He has decades of experience in the capital markets, including mortgage lending, commercial title, and commercial property spaces. Before joining 1031X, Scott worked for Bank One N.A, Stewart Title of Denver, Acopia Capital Group, and New Penn Financial Group.

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