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Utah’s Rising Stars

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February 1, 2012

As chief operating officer for Mity-Lite, Brian Bowers has infused his team of nearly 200 employees with a spirit of competition that has enabled the company to bring products back to the United States for manufacturing in Utah. “Every day I come to work, and we’re in competition—we’re a manufacturing facility and we’re competing against Asian outsource [companies] and we’re trying to do our very best to be competitive,” he says.

Bowers oversees two manufacturing facilities, logistics, warehouse operations, engineering and the supply chain. Through his leadership, the company has increased its productivity by more than 100 percent, reducing labor costs from13.9 percent of sales to about 9 percent of sales.

As a mentor and coach to his employees, Bowers establishes meaningful goals and rewards that inspire employees to stretch themselves, resulting in a significant impact on the company’s overall performance. Through his reward-for-performance plan, production employee base compensation has increased by 22 percent and incentive compensation has increased by 300 percent.


Sam Bruni
General Manager and Acting Director of Customer Experience, Backcountry.com | Age: 36

Building on a history of success, Sam Bruni is now guiding the complex world at Backcountry.com. After three years at Ancestry.com, Bruni joined Backcountry.com as director of customer service, where he built the company’s service, sales, training and fraud prevention divisions. Bruni later moved into the role of general manager of One-Deal-at-a-Time and then Closeout. Bruni’s team of 270 employees has won multiple awards for great customer service.

Bruni actively gives back to others through GivesLove.org, a nonprofit he and his wife, Jenny, run. By partnering with DropintheBucket.org, GivesLove helps build water wells in Africa. “We know there is much suffering and hardship around the world and even here in the United States, but for many, the most basic necessity to sustain life isn’t available to them. So that’s where we started,” Bruni says.


Tiffany Burnett, MPC
Communications Director, Lakeview Hospital, MountainStar Healthcare | Age: 32

As communications director for Lakeview Hospital, Tiffany Burnett serves as the vital link between the community and the hospital. “By connecting with so many people in our community, I have been able to accomplish a variety of Lakeview Hospital’s strategic goals,” Burnett says. “From a personal perspective, I have made some wonderful friends and been impacted by others in ways I could’ve only imagined.”

Burnett joined the Bountiful-based hospital in 2003 as a marketing coordinator and in just six months was promoted to marketing director. Today, Burnett is responsible for all internal and external communications, public relations, community relations, advertising and marketing.

“I am fortunate to work in an industry that is driven by helping others,” Burnett says. “It is so rewarding to know that at the end of the day I’ve impacted someone, directly or indirectly, by the work that I’ve done.”

Kim Casaday
Mortgage President, Zions Bank | Age: 38

Kim Casaday has held many roles during her 20-year tenure at Zions Bank. She has served in the private banking department and as director of regional credit in the resort banking division. And just last month, she was promoted to president of Zions Bank’s mortgage division, where she now oversees all aspects of the bank’s residential lending.

Casaday took on a particularly difficult challenge for the bank when she worked in its special assets division from April 2009 to February 2010. In this role, she managed a complex portfolio of substandard leases, real estate, commercial, construction and SBA loans. With her knowledge and experience, Casaday was able to formulate and implement strategies to maximize bank returns and minimize loss.

“[It] is the collection of my challenges that has molded me into who I am today. I am grateful for each one of them—great or small—because they allow me the opportunity to recognize areas in need of refining,” she says.

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