The rising stars of Utah’s business world have a few things in common—they’re a bunch of hard-working, focused, passionate individuals. But beyond that, they’re as diverse as the state they represent.
Utah Business magazine recognized the 2016 Forty Under 40 honorees at a luncheon Friday at the Grand America Hotel. From law firm partners to leaders at nonprofit organizations to financial company executives to business owners, awardees came from a variety of fields and backgrounds. Sam Urie, publisher of Utah Business, said the early success of this year’s Forty is impressive, and speaks to great things to come.
“You’re not newbies anymore. You’ve got some valuable experience under your belt. You’ve matured, learned some hard lessons and became leaders. Through all of this, you’ve pinpointed your strengths and worked to minimize your weaknesses,” Urie said. “You’re at a midpoint in your life’s journey and I’m sure you still have some exciting and terrifying adventures in store farther up the slope.
“It’s incredible to think about the impact you will have in the coming decades on your industries, your companies and the people who look up to you as mentors. What change will you bring to the world? What new products, services and thriving businesses will you create? I can’t wait to see how your careers take off from here,” he added.
Cam Hancock, vice president at presenting sponsor Kirton McConkie, said often success comes to those crazy enough to think they can achieve something great—so they do.
“Some of you here today were probably crazy enough to think you could change the world, and you’re well on your way in your respective careers,” he said. “You’ve made wise choices that have brought about your success—the reason you’re here today.”
Jim Duke, senior partner at the event’s other presenting sponsor, Mass Mutual Intermountain West, said beyond being recognized strictly for success in the business community, the honorees also showed a commitment to giving back to their community and for helping pull up others along the way—traits that help make them shine as people, as well as in their profession.
“Your graciousness and generosity does not go unnoticed,” he said. “The time you take, the respect you give—people appreciate that.”
KUTV2 anchor Shauna Lake, who emceed the event, said she, too, was touched by the stories of the honorees. The typical successful businessperson, especially someone who has achieved so much success early on in their career, is thought to be driven, tightly focused on business and not easily distracted by anything outside of their career goals, she said. In the interviews of the honorees played at the luncheon, however, she said, most spoke about family and giving back to the community and helping others reach their goals.
“I am so impressed with your success. It means you held fast to an idea and an ideal for yourself,” she said. “As usual, I leave here inspired.”
More coverage of Forty Under 40, including the videos of the honorees’ interviews, can be found here.
The 2016 Forty Under 40 are:
Angelina Tsu, Vice President, Legal Council for Zions Bancorporation
Clint Gordon-Carroll, Co-founder of Space Monkey
Darren Reid, Partner at Holland & Hart, LLP
Blake L. Hansen, Senior Partner at MassMutual Intermountain West
Eric Evans, Director – Tax at PwC
Jacob Moon, Co-Founder, Executive Vice President for Method Communications
Dave Grow, Chief Revenue Officer for Lucid Software
Tim Brown, Jr., President of Rain Gutter Specialities/RGS Construction and Exteriors
Adam J. Grow, Senior Vice President, General Manager for Rakuten Marketing
Alec Wilkins, Senior Vice President Product Development and Chief Architect for Overstock.com
David R. Gill, Executive Vice President, Corporate Services for Zions Bank
David Royce, Founder and Chairman for Aptive Environmental
Jeff Rossi, Executive Director for Cushman & Wakefield | Commerce
Jess Phillips, Owner of Auric Solar
Joe Salisbury, Partner at Candlelight Homes
Jon Grover, Vice President of Product Management for InMoment
Nate Walkingshaw, Chief Product Officer for Pluralsight
Scott Wilson, President of Beehive Broadband
Ryan Creamer, CEO of sPower
Amberlie Phillips, Chief Development Officer for YWCA Utah
Bubba Page, Founder & CEO of QuotaDeck and Founder & Chairman of LaunchLeads
David Goar, Wealth Advisor for Research Financial Strategies
Heather Mercier, Senior Vice President of Finance and Talent for Experticity
Jared Hamilton, Founder & CEO of DrivingSales, LLC
Kelly C. Johnson, Marketing Director/Autism Advocate for Scopious Marketing
Matt Krull, Co-founder/Managing Partner of Olympus Wealth Management
Scott A. Bird, Co-founder/Managing Partner of Olympus Wealth Management
Scott Poelman, Co-founder/Managing Partner of Olympus Wealth Management
Neal Gatherum, Vice President/General Manager of Lamar Advertising
Stephen A. Wright, Director of Strategic Communications of R&R Partners
Wick Udy, Senior Vice President at JLL
Chad Moore, Managing Director at Mountain West Retail & Investment
Chad Bennett, Founder & CEO of HEROIC
Chase T. Harrington, CEO of Entrata
Ibi Guevara, Vice President, Business Development and Marketing/Shareholder of Hunt Electric
Josh Baxter, Executive Vice President, Global Services of LANDESK Software, Inc.
Kurt A. Richards, Executive Vice President of ASEA, LLC
Reed W. Chase, Audit Partner at Tanner, LLC
Adelaide Maudsley, Shareholder at Kirton McConkie, PC
Emily Rushton, Executive Vice President at PrincePerelson
Cori Swisher Anderson, Marketing Manager at R&O Construction
Brian P. Rosander, Shareholder at Parsons Behle & Latimer