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Amy Haran 36
Executive Director of Communications
USANA Health Sciences
At USANA, Amy Haran oversees digital communications for 1,300 employees and more than 300,000 distributors worldwide. She has taken on several major projects for the company, including overhauling distributor websites and rebranding USANA on its 20th anniversary with a new logo, tagline, packaging design and corporate voice.
“Helping employees on a global scale to share information or understand a complex initiative isn’t easy, but it’s always rewarding. The impact—from employee engagement to cost savings—is readily apparent. And the new friends I’ve made around the world are a great bonus,” Haran says.
In 2011, she collaborated with USANA CEO Dave Wentz on a New York Times best-selling book, The Healthy Home. She then worked with the PR and communication teams to help the book make a big splash on a three-month book tour. The effort garnered media attention from CNN, FoxNews.com and others, with a total of 18 television appearances and seven print publication mentions.
“I like puzzles—and I’ve found daily tasks or large projects can be treated like one. My team and I take a lot of pride in solving complex problems or beating difficult deadlines.”
Andrew L. Howell 39
York Howell & Guymon
Howell is a principal, partner and managing director with the Salt Lake City firm of York Howell & Guymon. The firm is one of the fastest growing firms in the state, more than doubling in size from 2013 to 2014. Howell says he’s passionate about creating a technology-savvy law firm that can cut costs for clients and make law a more accessible and creative practice. “The practice of law is returning to its roots, which is for the lawyer to be the artist in creating wonderful results for clients,” says Howell.
He adds that he enjoys getting to meet successful people and hearing “incredible stories of how they have built their businesses and wealth. I also have the privilege of helping them sleep well at night knowing that their estate will pass according to their desires should something happen to them. That is a great result to be able to create in practicing law.”
“I truly believe that upcoming generations have been misled by the phrase ‘work smart as opposed to working hard.’ You need to be doing both.”
Jeffrey Kluge 38
GBS Benefits Inc.
During a trip to Salt Lake’s Winter Olympics in 2002, Jeffrey Kluge was so taken by the city and the state that he promptly moved and became a permanent resident. The Missouri native has since become involved with several local organizations, including Girls on the Run, Park City Sailing and the ALS Association, and has taken advantage of Utah’s diverse outdoor recreation opportunities.
Professionally, Kluge believes in kindness amid ambition, and that there is no substitute for hard work and persistence in the race for success. “There will always be smarter people in our world, but I will work harder than they will,” he says.
Kluge has contributed to an agency growth of 400 percent, and earned the Agency Excellence Award from Leavitt Group in 2010, 2013 and 2014, as well as being named the top insurance agent in the organization in 2011.
“How you take care of employees when they encounter major life challenges—as they have taken care of you—is more important than any business accomplishment an individual could ever receive.”
John Knotwell 37
Vice President, Enterprise Solutions Group
Workfront (formerly AtTask)
John Knotwell believes in practicing what he preaches and leaving ego at the door, and by all accounts, it’s been working for him. In the last two years, Knotwell’s leadership has helped Workfront’s revenue grow by more than 200 percent, and employee numbers have swelled from 225 to nearly 600. Knotwell’s philosophy on leadership is to empower employees and inspire them to pull together.
He believes leading is creating an environment that allows employees to create and succeed. “Good leaders understand that empowering people and putting them before rewards and ego are paramount to achieving goals,” he says. Those leadership skills were put to the test when, at a previous company, Knotwell was put in charge of the worst-performing sales team. Six months later, the team was topping the charts.
Knotwell has also taken his leadership skills beyond the workplace as a state representative, for which he was recently re-elected for a second term.