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Eight Utah CEOs were honored for their strong, visionary leadership at Utah Business magazine’s CEO of the Year event Thursday afternoon.
Utah Business Publisher Tyler Dabo said each CEO being honored has an inspiring story and it’s part of the magazine’s mission to tell their stories and to help inspire others to succeed.
Instructure CEO Josh Coates said for the first few years after he moved from California to Utah, he struggled with the answer when people asked where he was from. Now he has no hesitation. “I’m from Utah and I’m proud of that. Utah has been an incredible place to grow businesses,” he said.
Utahns are smart and diverse and have created a unique place for business, Coates said.
Other CEOs also praised their teams, saying their success would not have been possible without great people. Cementation USA CEO Mike Nadon said it has been his hardworking employees who really set the stage for the company’s success. Early on, the employees brought in projects on time and under budget, making sure clients knew Cementation was a good company to do business with, Nadon said.
Drew Peterson, Veracity Networks CEO, said the quality of people who work there is evident in the passion they have to help customers. He said too many companies in telecommunications aren’t able to provide what they promise, but Veracity’s employees have made sure that isn’t something they do.
“We wanted to make sure what we promise and what we sell to customers is what we deliver,” he said.
Not only are employees hard workers, Peterson said they’re just good people. “I can honestly say I have a lot of best friends that work there.”
Eric Maxfield, administrative partner at Holland & Hart, said the firm is seeing a lot of good things happen in the state. “We want to congratulate everyone here who’s being honored and trying to improve the business community,” he said.
The 2013 CEOs of the Year are featured in the March issue of Utah Business magazine.