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Utah Business Honors Champions of the C-Suite

by Heather Stewart

June 26, 2015

Utah Business on Thursday honored a group of C-level executives who have made an extraordinary impact in their organizations and industries. Those honored come from a range of industries and carry various titles, but each has demonstrated innovation, prudent risk-taking and strategic thinking in their vital roles.

One theme that emerged during the awards program was the importance of mentorship. Many of the honorees thanked their mentors for helping them achieve success. Some also noted the importance of now using their c-level leadership to mentor and coach junior team members.

“I have been extremely grateful for mentors and coaches who have helped me along the way,” said Sam Funk, president of home services and corporate CFO for CLEARLINK. He encouraged all of the CXO of the Year honorees to look for ways to help their team members learn and grow.

James Grierson, COO of Bluehost, an Endurance International Group company, agreed.

“One of my greatest roles is being a mentor and coach,” he said.

Michael J. Noble, Ph.D., chief learning officer for Allen Communication Learning Systems, flipped it around, saying he continues to learn from his co-workers.

“If you can choose who you work with, pick people whose strengths fit against your skill weaknesses. … It’s strategic to choose people who you can learn from,” he said.

Having a C-level title isn’t necessary to be a leader and a mentor, said Ryan Sanders, COO and co-founder of BambooHR.

“Lead from where you are,” he said. “You can contribute at any level.”

You can read more about the 2015 CXO of the Year honorees in the June issue of Utah Business.

The 2015 CXO of the Year honorees are:

Matthew S. Davis, Co-Owner and COO, Walker Edison Furniture Company

Sean Davis, President and COO, Brahma Group, Inc.


James Grierson, COO, Bluehost, an Endurance International Group company

Kristi Knight, Chief Marketing Officer, InMoment

Justin Leavitt, CFO, Alliance Health

Michael J. Noble, Ph.D., Chief Learning Officer, Allen Communication Learning Services

Jared Olsen, COO, Xima Software

Jon Pexton, CFO, Progrexion

Regina (Gege) Pikus, CFO, Pikus Concrete & Construction, LLC

Kevin Porter, COO, Ogden Clinic

Derrick Royce, Chief Customer Officer, Alterra

Ryan Sanders, COO and co-founder, BambooHR

Clint Sanderson, Chief Operations Officer, Nudge, LLC

Michael Shehan, CMO, SecurityNational Mortgage Co.

Mikko Valimaki, CTO and co-founder, Needle

Scott Wright, CFO, Molio, Inc.

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