Holly Fanah Steele
CEO, Founding Partner
Location: Englewood, CO
Industry: Talent Acquisition
Holly Fanah Steele walks the walk.
A leader who models responsibility in diligence, reliability, care, accountability, dependability and preparedness, Steele, CEO and Founding Partner of GavinHeath, is on a mission to provide unparalleled and inclusive staffing solutions, connecting people, businesses and communities, while equally fulfilling the diverse needs of their customers. Known for her unwavering commitment to expanding Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives within the staffing vertical, Steele is committed to being an industry change agent.
Steele said that it is through change that the most important aspects of life are found. The name GavinHeath is of special significance to the firm as it memorializes the loss of her brother, Gavin Heath Whitrock, as he passed away from a rare and aggressive form of cancer in late 2013 at the young age of 46. Though the loss was sudden and devastating, Gavin’s passing illustrated the most important aspects of life and taught the family to live each day to its absolute fullest. That notion sparked a strong desire for the siblings to do something great together and celebrate Gavin for the man he was: honest, loyal, compassionate, generous, and strong. These characteristics became the pillars of how the firm conducts business.
Driven by passion and her entrepreneurial heart, Steele oversees all day-to-day operations as well as managing the finances of the company. Understanding how to build businesses, Steele strongly focuses on staff retention, appreciating how retaining good ENGLEWOOD, CO FOUNDED 2015 INDUSTRY Talent Acquisition HOLLY FANÁH STEELE CEO, Founding Partner GavinHeath employees directly correlates to consistency and continuity in client service.
“At GavinHeath, every member of the organization understands and supports the mission and the vision,” Steele said. “However, beyond a mission and vision, people need to feel their work has a noble purpose; the shared desire to make a difference which has a positive impact on people’s lives.”
Steele said that her greatest challenge has been competing in an arena primarily dominated by massive staffing firms. Because of these company’s expansive footprints and seemingly endless capital it has been difficult as a small business owner to gain even a fraction of the market. Financially, GavinHeath forecasts substantial revenue increases each year through both internal growth and through expanding GavinHeath’s footprint into additional national markets such as Nashville, Tennessee, Los Angeles, California, Phoenix, Arizona, and Charlotte, North Carolina.
It is her understanding of the complexities and difficulties of navigating the business world where opportunities for career growth and advancement are often insufficient that makes her leadership role thrive.
“We have a strong commitment to multi-cultural and multi-generational hiring, proactively sourcing gender diverse pipelines and implementing fair compensation practices,” Steele said.
In addition to her role with GavinHeath, Steele is involved with several organizations including Girls Inc., Extended Hands of Hope and Hope Academy. She established a Volunteer Time Off (VTO) program, and in 2021, she created The Strategic Partnerships Division. In 2020, GavinHeath was named one of Colorado’s Top Women Owned Companies by CoBiz Magazine, a small business award finalist by the Denver Business Journal and was named an Enterprising Woman of the Year Champion.
In late 2019 and early 2020, the company’s momentum was surging, and the culture shift was readily evident. When COVID-19 hit, GavinHeath’s uphill trajectory was substantially affected. She had to make some quick decisions and chose to keep all employees on payroll.
“The team expressed gratitude for her leadership and doing the right thing. All of the employees pushed hard to rebuild the early 2020 momentum,” Steele said. “For that, I am grateful.”
Holly Fanáh Steele lives each day to its absolute fullest and in true Titan form, she wants to make sure that everyone else has the same opportunity.
"At GavinHeath, every member of the organization understands and supports the mission and the vision. However, beyond a mission and vision, people need to feel their work has a noble purpose; the shared desire to make a difference which has a positive impact on people's lives."