Another CEO has killed himself, but this time it’s the unusual circumstances surrounding this man’s death that are making headlines. Richard M. Talley, 57, was found dead in his own garage with 7 or 8 nail wounds to the head and chest from a nail gun, apparently self-inflicted. A family member made the gruesome discovery.
Talley was founder and CEO of American Title Services, currently under investigation by the Colorado Division of Insurance, which regulates title companies. American Title Services, founded in 2001, has nine officers, including its headquarters in Centennial.
The division is a part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies.
The Denver Post reports that Talley had formed a number of companies, some now defunct, according to the Colorado secretary of state’s office. Among them: American Escrow, Clear Title, Clear Creek Financial Holdings, Swift Basin, Sumar, American Real Estate Services, and the American Alliance of Real Estate Professionals. In addition to its headquarters in the Peakview Tower near Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in the Denver Tech Center, American Title has offices in Pueblo, Brighton, Boulder, Westminster, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge and Fort Collins, according to its website.
Talley’s 1989 wedding announcement in the Chicago Tribune noted he was a graduate of the University of Miami and had a graduate degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. It also said he was “a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic swimming team.” A spokeswoman for USA Swimming on Thursday said Talley was not on the team.
Why Talley’s business concerns were under investigation is not yet clear as no government agency has made a public statement regarding the investigation. Talley was married for 25 years and was the father of two children.
A funeral mass was held Saturday at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Centennial.