May 1, 2012

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30 Women to Watch

Di Lewis, Heather Stewart, Sarah Ryther Francom

May 1, 2012

“I love helping to create powerful young women. I love watching sports empower them, build their confidence, and strengthen their belief that they can do anything they put their mind to in this life,” says Barney.

Barney says she admires those who work diligently without needing the credit. “As a coach, I have come to really respect and appreciate my defense—those who work hard, day in and day out and never take or expect any credit. I have a number of those people in my life—people who have no expectation of credit or reward. Those are the people I admire most.”

LaRene Bautner
Owner, Millcreek Gardens

LaRene Bautner exudes passion for her work at Millcreek Gardens. “I jump out of bed every day ready to go to work (my version of play) because I have a real passion for this industry,” she says. Launched in 1955 by her parents, Bautner grew up with the family-owned company and has since helped the business blossom into one of Utah’s premier destination gardens.

Bautner, who has been leading the organization since 1995, recently become sole owner. Today, her vision is to grow the gardens and continue brightening the Salt Lake Valley. “I feel that Millcreek Gardens has become a landmark in the community with a motto of ‘helping to beautify the community one yard at a time.’” she says.

During Bautner’s tenure, Millcreek Gardens has grown from several hundred thousand dollars to more than $3 million in sales. “LaRene is recognized over the country in retail garden centers as a true expert and excellent business woman,” says Thom Sawyer, manager. “LaRene is successful because of her determination to never quit.”

Bonnie K. Baxter, Ph.D.
Director, Great Salt Lake Institute; Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, Westminster College

Bonnie Baxter transformed the way Westminster College provides undergraduate science education by initiating a program in undergraduate research. “Now it has spread campus wide and influenced much of the way we teach,” she says.

Much of the scientific research has focused on the Great Salt Lake, and in 2006 Baxter created Westminster’s Great Salt Lake Institute, an interdisciplinary effort to promote appreciation and knowledge of the lake. The institute has educated thousands of residents with its web-based curriculum, engaged 200 students in undergraduate research and provided more than 1,000 school children with hands-on learning opportunities at the lake.

Another passion for Baxter is keeping young girls excited about math and science. “This is an area of study for me as well as a constant action item,” she says. “I have been involved in numerous ‘pipeline’ camps and programs for middle school girls as this is the age where they drop out of science.”

In 2007, Baxter was awarded the Utah Governor’s Medal for Science & Technology for her Great Salt Lake work.

Cindy Beecher
Principal, Alpine Auto Transporters LLC

After working more than 20 years in the banking industry, Cindy Beecher took a giant leap into entrepreneurship—and never looked back. In 2007, Beecher joined her son to launch Alpine Auto Transporters. Though the auto industry was trending downward at the time, Beecher was able to keep Alpine Auto on the road to success by defining and meeting strategic goals.

“Since our inception we have not only hit our goals but also exceeded them,” she says. “Our biggest goal and accomplishment was our partnership with eBay Motors to provide transportation needs and real-time quotes to all of their users.”

Beecher says customer service has also been key to the company’s success. “If I can do even one thing each day to improve somebody’s life, whether it’s an employee or a customer, I have been successful,” she says. “If each person makes an effort to do the same, we will have a successful business.”

Outside of the office, Beecher has been involved in Habitat for Humanity, Crossroads Urban Center, Odyssey House and the YWCA.

Janice Alyson Garcia Boes
President & CEO, Garboes Group Inc (DBA Pierpont Place & Premier Corporate Events)

California-native Janice Garcia Boes moved to Utah in 1989 to pursue a business education from the University of Utah. After realizing she had a unique knack for event planning, Boes launched Premier Corporate Events. But as her event planning business took off, Boes became frustrated with the lack of a unique, contemporary venue to host events. She viewed the lack of space as an opportunity and in 2006 opened Pierpont Place. She has since hosted and planned events for the Sundance Film Institute, Outdoor Retailers, USANA and others.

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