February 9, 2015

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Forty under 40

Utah’s Rising Stars

By Utah Business editors

February 9, 2015

Decker is currently the chair of the Fabian Women’s Group of Lawyers. In that role, she successfully lobbied the firm’s board of directors to adopt a paid maternity leave for female attorneys. She also helped spearhead the firm’s cutting-edge part-time program for women attorneys.

“Successful people know how to get things done; they produce results, not excuses.”

Mircea Divricean 37
President/Chief Executive Officer
Kostopulos Dream Foundation

Mircea Divricean never intended to devote his career to the nonprofit world. But while studying business administration, he spent a summer working as a camp counselor at Kostopulos Dream Foundation and became passionate about the nonprofit’s mission. He joined the organization full time in 2001, became CFO in 2003 and was named executive director in 2013.

Under his leadership, the camp’s balance sheet value has grown from $1 million to $3.3 million. Revenue was less than $500,000 per year and is now $1.3 million. Additionally, Divricean oversaw a successful $2 million capital campaign to build its Sorenson Legacy Foundation Equestrian Park, which opened in 2014. Also in 2014, Divricean was the first to be admitted and graduate from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program representing a charity.

“Mircea could find success (and make more money) in the private sector, but instead he is dedicating his career to the nonprofit world—specifically to helping provide meaningful educational and recreational opportunities for the disabled population,” says Layne Smith, partner at Dorsey & Whitney and vice chair of the Kostopulos Dream Foundation’s board.

“The more successful we are, the more impact we have on our participants and their families and their individual lives—that translates into greater positive impact on our community.”

Chris Falk 34
Principal/Vice President
Newmark Grubb ACRES

Chris Falk has risen through the ranks of Newmark Grubb ACRES over the last decade, and during that time he’s handled more than 600 transactions exceeding $400 million in value. He’s represented clients like Weber State University, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Pluralsight and CenturyLink.

Falk believes the secret to business success is to listen with intent, regardless of how large a property a client needs. “I like collaborating with companies and individuals in regards to major business decisions surrounding real estate. I enjoy dissecting opportunities and presenting them in a manner that clients can identify with—beyond the dollars and cents,” he says.

Falk, with his wife, Michelle, is also founder of the Team Mason Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises funds to benefit childhood cancer patients and their families. The foundation works closely with Primary Children’s Hospital and its immune-compromised ward to provide education, assistance and support to families in financial need.

“I don’t think I ever let myself or those around me get too serious or stressed out—I try to always see the brighter side and maintain a good sense of humor in all things.”

Justin Fawson 39
Director of Marketing and Business Development
Mountain Alarm

Justin Fawson served for nine years in the Utah National Guard as an Arabic linguist, with some of that time spent deployed in New York City, Afghanistan and Iraq. This experience served him well in his later business pursuits. “For the past 10 years, my goal has been to play a key role in doubling the size of the Utah businesses I’ve worked with. The outcome of team effort has been very rewarding to me personally as well as the other stakeholders in the business,” he says.

In addition to heading up marketing and business development for Mountain Alarm, Fawson owns a 3D printing shop, Apprintus, in Ogden. Three years ago, he was elected to the city council in North Ogden, and he was recently appointed to the Utah House of Representatives.

“Service is fundamental to what I consider success. I serve on the board of directors of the Ogden Rotary Club and have served as a director on the Ogden/Weber Chamber and Venture Academy Charter School,” he says.

“My management philosophy is based on the development of human capital. When we properly invest time and resources in people and help them to attain self-actualization, we see a strong correlation to business performance.”

Matthew Glover 37
Glover Services

Matthew Glover is a planner. He gets a thrill out of crafting the plan for where his company is headed and putting resources in place to achieve that plan. This trait has served him well. In the last three years, Glover Services has added 72 jobs and has had a 738 percent sales growth. The company also earned more than $16 million in revenue in 2013.

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