February 9, 2015

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Forty under 40

Utah’s Rising Stars

By Utah Business editors

February 9, 2015

“Seek to have good mentors, and to put yourself in situations that challenge you mentally. Success comes in small increments, rarely in huge ‘lottery’ type wins.”

Alex Koritz 38
Executive Vice President/Partner
Method Communications

In a public relations career that spans over a decade, Alex Koritz has worked with both industry giants like Adobe and Intermountain Healthcare, and fast-growing startups like Kiip and Domo. Koritz came to Method after the company acquired his firm, Koritz Communications, in 2010. In addition to his professional work, Koritz is active with nonprofit and humanitarian organizations and has done pro bono work for several groups.
Koritz says the key to business success is to have clear objectives that are supported by market realities and finding ways to turn missteps into success. He enjoys being a leader because of the opportunities to help employees on both professional and personal levels. “The most successful professionals are those who never stop learning and are willing to teach those around them what they are learning,” he says. “I’ve come to realize that you don’t have to join a nonprofit to make a difference.”

“When it comes to building a team, I seek to hire the most capable people I can find, and I value diverse backgrounds and experience because of the out-of-box thinking it can bring.”

Jacob Levine 34
Executive Director
Team Utah Snowboarding, Inc.

In the last 14 years in the snowboard industry, Jacob Levine has worn a lot of hats—athlete, judge, event organizer, coach. Now, as executive director of Team Utah Snowboarding, Levine still hits the slopes daily as he shares his passion for snowboarding and helps build the culture and accessibility of the sport for professionals and amateurs alike.
Levine has been working on developing a new operating model for competitive sports clubs in the snow sports industry, to help competitors not only strive to do the best in the next competition, but to also look beyond that to more long-term goals. He takes his passion for the sport outside of the office in his work with nonprofit organizations that facilitate youth snowboarding in Utah.
Levine also believes in having a continuous desire for progression and learning, and is one class shy of graduating with an MBA with an entrepreneurship certificate from Westminster College.

“You should never waste your time on a job that you don’t enjoy doing while waiting for something better to come along.”

Joshua Lindsey 33
Chief Executive Officer, PHX Private Equity
Managing Partner, American Business Brokers

Joshua Lindsey knows buying or selling a business can be one of the biggest financial decisions a person can make—he’s sold five of his own and bought others. For that reason, he says, he can empathize with clients on both ends of the deal and tries to treat every deal as if it were his own.

While Lindsey believes in confidence and being competitive in everything he does, he also believes in sticking to his core values of honesty and integrity.

“True successful professionals out there know that they don’t need to compromise oneself in order to gain monetary success,” he says. “It’s much more difficult to rebuild trust than it is to make more money.”
Over the last eight years, Lindsey has sold 20 companies for more than $24 million in total sales, excluding his own business dealings. Lindsey is also involved with several volunteer groups, including the Read Today Program and St. Vincent de Paul Society, and is a board member for the Kruger Society.

“Instead of making excuses, focus on solving the problems. They probably won’t get fixed right away, but as long as you are making improvements, you’ll eventually get there.”

Don Markland 33
Chief Operating Officer
Launch Leads

When it comes to operational excellence, Don Markland knows his stuff. He spent the bulk of his career at Focus Services, where he wrote the company’s leadership handbook, implemented leadership development workshops, and created a mentoring program to slow attrition within the company.

Since joining Launch Leads in 2013, Markland has been promoted several times, most recently to COO. During a recent leave by the company’s CEO, Markland had 100 percent of the company under his guidance and leadership, but continued to add new clients and grow the company at a record pace. Markland has also created systematic training processes that develop sales skills for all employees and managers. Because of this, performance output increased 550 percent in just one year.

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