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Marki Hinkle, account manager for Jakob Marketing Partners, isn’t surprised by these numbers. “Matt leads by example,” she says. “His keen ability to determine the strengths in others enables him to make wise choices when delegating responsibility.”
Glover feeds off the importance of his employees, and considers them his main motivation—the thing that gets him excited for work every day. “Knowing that I have nearly 100 people that rely on the positive results of this business to make ends meet for them and their family [motivates me],” he says.
Glover also serves as president of his local Business Networking International chapter and as a board member for the Entrepreneur’s Organization.
“Don’t get caught thinking in terms of ‘either/or’—expand the possible solutions.”
Dan Griffiths 35
Director of Strategic Planning
Ever since getting his masters of accountancy with high distinction from Brigham Young University, Dan Griffiths has worn many hats. He is currently the director of strategic planning at Tanner LLC, was elected in 2013 to serve as Utah’s member of the AICPA Governing Council, and currently chairs the West Jordan Chamber Government Actions Council. Griffiths also worked with the Utah Association of CPAs to create Financial Ready Utah, a nonprofit organization promoting fiscal responsibility. He was also selected by Gov. Gary Herbert to serve on the Utah Board of Education in 2013.
Griffiths says he’s learned throughout his career that numbers alone are not what makes a business successful, but effective leadership is. “Business is simply a means of organizing resources to allow people to do things that they might never be able to accomplish alone,” he says. “My guiding philosophy in business is to focus on the accomplishment of good things that make a positive difference for the greatest number of people.”
“True professionals give first. They pay it forward without any expectation that their sacrifices will be rewarded.”
Lindsay Hadley 31
Co-founder/Chief Development Officer
At the age of 17, Lindsay Hadley traveled to Kenya on a humanitarian trip. She returned with a determination to spend her life helping others. Early in her career, she facilitated dozens of humanitarian projects in places like Kenya, Peru and Mexico. Later, she was executive producer of The End of Polio Concert in Perth, Australia, which leveraged $118 million for polio eradication. She was also executive producer of The Global Citizen Festival in Central Park in 2012 and 2013. This concert raised $1.3 billion in new funding commitments and reached 3 billion people worldwide.
In 2013, Hadley founded Hadley Impact Consulting, a social impact consulting agency that works with organizations, high-profile individuals and philanthropists to ensure their projects have the greatest social impact possible.
“My current passion is my tech startup, Time Machine LLC,” she says. “As it’s co-founder, I’ve poured everything I’ve learned about strategic partnerships into its development.”
“To me, a leader is not so much the person standing in the front, but more often the person who inspires others to move by demonstrating sincere love for and confidence in their teammates. They may even be cheering you on from behind the scenes.”
Jed J. Hancock, Ph.D. 37
Director of Civil Space Division/Optical Scientist
Space Dynamics Laboratory, Utah State University
As director of the civil space division of the Space Dynamics Laboratory, Jed Hancock faces a challenging climate of reduced government funding for scientific research. But even in these headwinds, Hancock has cultivated relationships with NASA and others in the space research community, landing major contracts exceeding $20 million in revenue in just the last two years.
The funded projects are “at the vanguard of science and exploration,” says Niel Holt, director of SDL. The projects include the first U.S. mission to return samples from an asteroid to Earth and large-scale astronomy via the James Webb Space Telescope—the successor to the Hubble Telescope.
“A great leader focuses on strengths and commits his time and energy to help others build upon their strengths,” says Hancock, who demonstrates this through his work with students at Utah State University. He is also active in developing science, technology, engineering and math activities for youth via summer camps and tours of the facilities of SDL.
“I love the challenge of working on our nation’s most challenging problems with the hardworking, dedicated staff at SDL. We work in a team environment doing our best to further scientific research and enhance our national security.”