Our Team

Lamar D. Breshears Marine Corps Veteran
Chairman of the Board for APSC

Major Lamar Breshears is a native of Seattle, WA and was commissioned in 2001 from the NROTC at the University of Washington.  In 12 years, he has served in a wide range of billets to include command positions of an infantry platoon, infantry company command and Joint Command Training Teams.

Lamar served separate combat tours in Iraq with Alpha Company, 1st Bn, 4th Marines (2003-2004), & Weapons Company, 1st Bn, 4th Marines (2004-2005).  He served as the commanding officer of Charlie Company, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance in Afghanistan (2009-2010).

After retiring from the Marine Corps, Major Breshears served as a volunteer National Service Officer for the Marine Corps League for 4 years, assisting veterans and their widows with their Dept of VA applications for benefits.  Lamar currently serves as a non-paid volunteer on the Board of American Patriot Service Corp. a nonprofit corporation dedicated to assisting Veterans, surviving spouses, and their families.

His personal decorations include the Bronze Star, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with Valor, Combat Action Ribbon with 2nd award, Joint Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal with Valor, National Defense Service Medal, and the OIF OEF participation medals.

Since retiring from service, Lamar has focused on raising his family in Salt Lake City, UT and building a successful financial planning practice.

His pastimes include shooting, working out, outdoor activities, and motorcycle riding.  His participation in these pastimes are currently dictated by his kids soccer game schedules.

Lamar is the son of Maj Larry Breshears, a retired Army Armor Officer and the grandson of both Sgt Albert Breshears, a retired USMC Korean War Veteran, and Cpl Stan Wolf, a US Army veteran.  He lives in Millcreek, Utah with his wife Sarah Breshears and their 3 sons.

Richard A. Neslon
Executive Director, Board Member

Mr. Nelson is an original founder of American Patriot Service Corporation and has served for over ten (10) years as its President and chief executive. Mr. Nelson has over thirty (30) years of experience providing financial services for individuals and small business, including consulting services, loan originations, and sophisticated financial modeling. His experience includes co-founding CPA Commercial Capital, an emerging national business lending organization designed to help CPAs and other professionals meet the commercial finance needs of their clients. He has served as a consultant for the Utah Small Business Development Center in conjunction with the Small Business Administration and Weber State University, where he assisted several dozen startups and emerging companies in developing their businesses. He was the principal owner of an individual and small business tax practice with over 1,000 clients. He has further counseled hundreds of clients on a wide range of topics, from small business consulting to financial management.

Mr. Nelson received a bachelor’s degree (Cum Laude) in Business Management from the University of Utah School of Business. He has the Chartered Financial Consultant designation from the American College and is an Accredited Small Business Consultant.

David R. Tucker
CPA Board Member Secretary/Treasurer

Mr. Tucker started in public accounting in 1980 with the national firm of Fox and Co.  He obtained his license as a Certified Public Accountant in 1982 and remained with the firm until 1984. At that time, he became the financial controller of FFKR Architects, a professional architecture firm with 75 employees.

In 1987 he partnered with Mark Papanikolas to form the CPA firm of Papanikolas Tucker and Co which continued to operate until December 2010. Partner in the CPA firm of Tucker Theurer & Co. December 2010 to present.   With 32 years in public accounting, Mr. Tucker has served a wide variety of clients that include professional practices, minor league baseball teams, and industrial clients, as well as individuals from all walks of life.  Over the years he has developed a thriving tax and consulting practice.

In August 2003, after nearly 10 years of brokering mortgage loans in his CPA practice, Mr. Tucker co-founded CPA Mortgage Services to network CPA firms together to provide lending services for their clients.   The Company today is known as CPA Mortgage Services.

Mr. Tucker is active in his church and community.  He currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer and as a board member of American Patriot Service Corp., a nonprofit corporation dedicated to helping our military Veterans and their surviving spouses with long-term care and other benefits earned because of wartime service.

Mr. Tucker has been married to Jill Brown for 34 years and loves spending time with his wife and three children. His hobbies include mountain biking, skiing, reading, and playing the violin.

Phillip C. Wright
Board Member

Phill Wright has dedicated his professional career to the financial services industry since 1984.  The majority of his career was centered on consumer and mortgage services.

He has worked for fortune 100 and 500 companies such as Chase, Sears Savings Bank, and Home Federal Savings of California. He has owned his own mortgage brokerage and served as president of a Mortgage Company. Phill also served as Vice President of Government Affairs for Entrata, an international seller of software products.

Phill served in several nonprofit positions, including Executive Director of Keep My Voice, an organization dedicated to protecting First Amendment Rights. He managed a case all the way to the US Supreme Court.  He was elected Ethics Chairman,  Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Davis County Republican Party in Utah, and Vice-Chair for the Utah State Republican Party.

In 2016 Phill was chosen by Texas Senator Ted Cruz to Chair his Utah US Presidential Campaign. He was also elected a National Delegate by the 4,000 Utah Republican State Delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention and then elected as Chairman of the Utah National Delegation to the event.

He attended Brigham Young University and performed undergraduate work in Public Relations and Marketing. He is an accomplished public speaker and motivator. Phill is a published author who continues to write books.  He has been married to his wife Shaun since 1982, and they are parents of seven children and fourteen grandchildren. Phill is active in his community and his Church.

Nicole Goodwill
Board Member

Nicole Goodwill is the owner of Goodwill Benefits Group, a full-service brokerage for medical, dental, life, and various ancillary employee benefits. Prior to starting her own agency in 2016, she spent several years as a broker at one of the largest agencies in Utah and at a PEO. Before becoming a broker, Nicole spent more than 15 years in roles of progressively more responsibility on the carrier side of the business where she was Director of Sales for Opticare of Utah, driving the expansion of Opticare into other states while managing the Utah market. In this role, she created new partnerships, and oversaw system expansions, provider relations and reporting tools–growing Opticare over 4 ½ years from 300 groups to over 600. Prior to joining Opticare, Nicole was the top Account Executive at EMI Health and played a crucial role in expanding EMI’s school district exclusive business to the commercial market. During this expansion, she assisted in creating many new start-up self-funded pools for specific groups. Nicole began her career in the industry 25 years ago at Dental Select where she was top Account Executive for the last 5 of her 7 years, working closely with underwriting, reporting and customer service.

Nicole joined the APSC Board in 2022 and currently focuses her efforts on leading the organization’s fundraising activities.

She and her husband Steve, who is also a member of the APSC Board, live in Herriman, Utah, and have seven children and seven grandchildren. In addition to supporting APSC, they enjoy golfing and spending time with family and friends.

Steve Goodwill
Board Member

Steve Goodwill is an attorney in private practice focusing on estate planning for individuals and
families and providing legal and strategic business counsel to new and growing businesses.
Steve has broad and deep expertise in all facets of business law and governance, regulatory
compliance, and risk identification and mitigation.

For more than a decade, Steve served as a senior executive, General Counsel, and Secretary for
a corporation in Salt Lake City, Utah, strategizing, managing, directing, and providing
comprehensive and responsive legal and business advice to the board, executives, and staff. In
this role, he also led teams comprised of anywhere from seven to sixty-five employees. Prior to
this experience, Steve served for four years as an Administrative Law Judge for the State of

Steve began his legal career in 1997 as a Judge Advocate with the United States Air Force.
Throughout his Air Force career, Steve advised senior leaders around the globe at organizations
such as The Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; the North Atlantic Treaty
Organization; Headquarters, Air Force; Air Force Space Command; and the United States Air
Force Warfare Center. In addition to providing legal and operational advice, Steve spent several
years as a military prosecutor and judge. In 2017, he retired at the rank of Colonel after 30
years of service.

Steve earned his JD from the University of Utah College of Law, Salt Lake City, Utah, and holds
an MA in Political Science and a BS in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University,
Syracuse, New York.

He is a member of the Utah State Bar, licensed to practice in Utah, and before the United States
District Court for the District of Utah, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is also a
Patent Attorney, registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Steve and his wife, Nicole, live in Herriman, Utah, and have seven children and seven
grandchildren. In addition to supporting and advising APSC, they enjoy travel, golf, and
spending time with family and friends.

Robert L. Payne
Executive Vice President General Counsel

Mr. Payne has over thirty (30) years of legal experience, specializing in corporate law, commercial transactions, contracts, real estate and banking. Mr. Payne currently serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for APSC. Mr. Payne worked twelve (12) years as an attorney with a Salt Lake City law firm where he was an equity shareholder specializing in corporate law, commercial transactions, real estate, and litigation. He has served as real estate development counsel for several large western regional and national retailer clients, including Smith’s Food & Drug Centers, Fred Meyer/Kroger’s, Quaker State, Pennzoil/Jiffy Lube and Kmart.

Mr. Payne served as Senior Corporate Counsel for Flying J Inc., a Forbes top twenty largest privately held company with over ninety subsidiaries, with business operations in the United States and Canada, $16 billion in annual revenues, and 12,300 + employees. He was Flying J’s lead attorney in the negotiation and formation of major international joint ventures in Canada and India. He further negotiated and authored over $1.5 billion in secured and unsecured capital project and line of credit financings.

Mr. Payne served as Associate General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer for Transportation Alliance Bank, an industrial loan bank with over $670 million in assets, 225+ employees and nationwide operations. He has also served as managing attorney for multiple in-house corporate legal departments, managed litigation nationwide, and served on numerous corporate Boards of Directors. Mr. Payne founded Payne Law Offices, a law firm focusing on corporate law, real estate, commercial transactions, and estate planning. He served nine years as Chairman, Vice Chairman, and Trustee for the Board of Trustees of Davis Hospital and Medical Center in Layton, Utah.

Mr. Payne holds a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, from Brigham Young University in Business Finance, and obtained his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the J. Rueben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.