Signed by 56 men at a time of incredible promise, the Declaration of Independence allowed for new freedoms and a bright future. 56 Capital Partners crafts honest and skilled advice so that you can enjoy that same freedom in your financial life. We are with you, through hard and good times, in your pursuit of happiness.

Derek Martin

Derek Martin

Investment Advisor Representative &
Commodities Trading Advisor

Derek is a Michigan native and enjoyed working on his family's farms: cattle and grain on his father's side, and fruits and vegetables on his mother's. With a Bachelor's degree in Finance and Economics and Health Sciences from Kalamazoo College and an MBA with a specialization in Corporate Finance from Walden University, Derek worked with small blue-collar business owners to help manage their finances after working on the farm. Feeling the need to serve the country he loves, Derek earned the title U.S. Marine and served active duty in the Marines as an officer for five years. Derek is married with no kids (yet), enjoys being a lifetime NRA member, and loves the beautiful outdoors of Colorado!

Derek leads with his conscious persona as a reforming observer, blue meaning give me details and his second persona of red meaning be brief, be bright, be gone.

Erin Watkins

Erin Watkins

Investment Advisor Representative and COO

Erin is a Georgia native, a "true southern belle", but is now happy to call Colorado home. After receiving her Bachelor's of Business Administration in Finance with an emphasis in Risk Management and Insurance, Erin and her husband packed up everything and moved to Colorado where her husband served in the Army. She is currently working on obtaining her MBA from Colorado State University (Go Rams!). Erin has many hobbies ranging from skiing, climbing, photography and playing with her animals. She loves to create a relationship with clients, so do not be surprised when she remembers all of your kids names or requests a cute baby picture! 

Erin leads with her conscious persona as a motivating inspirer, yellow, meaning involve her and her second persona, red, meaning be brief, be bright, be gone.

Rodolfo Ayala-Fuentes

Investment Advisor Representative

Rodolfo was born and raised in San Salvador, El Salvador where he grew up attending a German School and playing various sports. He came to the United States on an academic scholarship and attended the University of the Ozarks, in Clarksville, AR where he graduated with a major in Finance and Economics. He later attended Strayer University to pursue his MBA in Government Acquisitions and Contracts. Rodolfo has 12 years of experience in the banking industry and 10 years in investments. Rodolfo moved from the East Coast to Colorado to enjoy the beautiful outdoors. In his free time you can find him chasing fresh powder on the slopes. Rodolfo is married with three kids and is happy to call Colorado Springs his forever home.