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Forty Under 40 Honors Utah’s Young Leaders

Dianne Lewis

March 1, 2012

Nearly 400 people came together to recognize community and business leaders at Utah Business magazine’s Forty Under 40 awards event Wednesday afternoon.

The honorees are those in the community who have made great contributions and achievements and are not yet 40 years old.

Emcee Bob Evans said the award winners epitomize the talent and diversity available in the state.

In video presentations, the recipients spoke about success, the advantages of being young in business, valuable advice and other things that have changed their lives.

HireVUE CEO Mark Newman said he was once told, “Ask for money and you’ll get advice. Ask for advice and you’ll get money.” The phrase that was true as a kid hoping to go to a movie is equally applicable when trying to raise another round of capital, Newman said.

Other honorees spoke of how they approach doing business. Carina Gardner, owner of Carina Gardner, Inc., said she integrates her family and business life. While she acknowledges that kind of approach will not work for everyone, she said it allows her to spend plenty of time with family and share the passion for her work with them.

Work is not the only priority though. The Forty Under 40 recipients are active in the community and many spoke of charitable involvement. Suzy Jessen, director of global recruiting for, said she spends a lot of time working with hearing impaired children.

Getting others access to education is what matters most to Steven Starks, executive vice president of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. “I’m passionate about education. I think my life was really blessed by education.” Because of that impact, Starks said he wants to make sure everyone has the same access he did.

It is that type of dedication to the community, family and work that distinguishes the Forty Under 40.

Complete list of award recipients:

Erik Adams, Simplicity, Inc.
Nichole Adams Dunn, Salt Lake County
Brent Andrewsen, Kirton & McConkie
Paul Belcher, Mountain Crane Service
Brian Bowers, Mity-Lite
Sam Bruni,
Tiffany Burnett, Lakeview Hospital
Kim Casaday, Zions Bank
Joel Clark, Kodiak Cakes
Nicole Cottle, West Valley City
Michael S. Davidson, Hess Corporate Travel
Carl Duke, Suburban Land Reserve
Josh England, England Logistics, Inc.
Roger Gardiner, Goldman Sachs & Co.
Carina Gardner, Carina Gardner, Inc.
Jeffrey Harmon, Orabrush
Maxwell Hunter, Strategic Capital Group/Henry Walker Homes
Justin Gale Hyde, The Hyde-Norton Group
Jeremy Jackson, Jackson & LeRoy Remodeling
Aaron D. Jackson, Molt-O-Meal Company
Suzy Jessen,
Trent Kaufman, Cicero Group
Brandon LeRoy, Jackson & LeRoy Remodeling
Scott Linford, Oozle Media
James Locke, Sorenson Communications
Alan Martin,
Mark A. Miller, Holland and Hart
Bart Miller, GOAL ZERO, LLC
Eli Mills, Private Capital Group, CBRE
Brett Mills, Academy Mortgage Corporation
Mark Newman, HireVue
Travis K. Nielson, The Cadence Group
Don Olsen, Provo Craft & Novelty, Inc.
Bassam T. Salem, inContact
Robert Scott, XSI Sports Insurance and XSI Factory
Mark Snihurowych, The Center for Senior Benefits
Steven Starks, Larry H. Miller Group of Companies
Curtis Toone, Sorenson Capital
Alison Wistner, Mercato Partners
Thomas E. Wright, Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

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