February 9, 2015

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Forty under 40

Utah’s Rising Stars

By Utah Business editors

February 9, 2015

Snyder has been profiled in the national and international media for his work with The Color Run. The race has maintained an A-rating with the Better Business Bureau under his management and has donated more than $4 million to charity partners.

“Seeing the world and interacting with global communities has been pretty amazing,” says Snyder. “The great thing about this adventure is you can see immediate impact from making smart decisions and working towards a quality outcome. This process is pretty meaningful for me.”

“I think the point of this life is to take what you have been given (nature and nurture) and see how much positive impact you can create with it. …It enables your own happiness through personal growth, but even more, it enhances the relationships around you.”

Sarah M. Starkey 33
General Counsel
Larry H. Miller Dealerships

While attending Southwestern University’s School of Law, Sarah Starkey realized she had a problem. She had chosen the school’s SCALE program because it was accelerated, but had not realized until nearly halfway done that her program’s nature would not allow her to get summer internships. Undeterred, Starkey found a solution. First in her class, she worked hard, sent out more than 400 packets to firms, and had a job lined up by the end of the month.

Starkey brought her intelligence and determination to her current role as general counsel at the Larry H. Miller Dealerships. She provides counsel to Miller Automotive Operations, Saxton Horne Advertising and Total Care Auto, as well as sits on the Regulatory Affairs Committee for the National Automobile Dealers Association.

“Sarah’s value to our organization stems from not only her accomplishments, but in her ability to make those around her more effective and efficient,” says Rourk Kemp, CFO at Larry H. Miller Dealerships.

“I think that to be successful in a business, it is important to be invested in what you do and to be a team player.”

Michael Thatcher 29
Xima Software

Not everyone can say they’ve built a company from nothing into a multi-million dollar business, but Michael Thatcher can. Along with his brother and a former employer, Thatcher built Xima Software in his parents’ basement and has since watched the company take off.

“I am a developer at heart,” Thatcher says. “I love being able to come to work each day and create. I love creating software. I love creating products. I love creating solutions.”

Besides his love for his work, Thatcher has also garnered success by being an effective leader—someone who empowers his team. “Mike Thatcher is one of my heroes,” says Jared Olsen, director of operations at Xima Software. “He has taken big risks in his career and they have paid off big for him and those that work for him.”

Outside of work, Thatcher teaches business skills and life lessons to local youth. He has guest presented at Utah State University, sharing his business story and what students need to know in order to become successful in the business world.

“A great leader iteratively improves the status quo.”

Nathan D. Thomas 37
Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough, P.C.

Work is never dull for Nathan Thomas. One day, a case might require knowledge of the use of timber by railroads at the end of the 19th Century, and the next, another might demand an understanding of contemporary medical devices. And with the diversity of cases and clients, Thomas has found there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the unique problems he’s tasked with solving.

The constant learning curve suits him just fine, as Thomas’ philosophy revolves around continually learning and growing. His professional experience has also helped provide him with a host of new adventures, with educational and vocational stints in England and China.

Thomas is a graduate of the 2013 Salt Lake Chamber Leadership Class, as well as being named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2011 and 2012, and one of the Best Lawyers in America by Commercial Litigation for 2015. He is also on the board of directors for Spy Hop, a nonprofit organization that mentors young people and gives them tools to learn and express themselves in the modern, technology-driven world.

“In my job I know that new issues and new sets of fact are going to arise each and every day. I know that something will happen which is not on my calendar, whether it be a new case or a new development in an existing case. This variety is what keeps me motivated.”

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