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Utah’s rising stars in business were honored at Utah Business’ annual Forty Under 40 awards banquet Thursday.
“You have all achieved something very great today, those of you who are being honored,” said Cameron Hancock of Kirton McConkie, a presenting sponsor of the event. “You actively made wise choices along the way.”
Sam Urie, publisher of Utah Business magazine, noted several businesspeople who had made a mark on the state—Larry H. Miller, Jon M. Huntsman, Sr., Spencer Eccles and Earl Holding—as well as past Forty Under 40 honorees—Josh Coates of Mozy and Instructure, and Brandon Fugal of Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors—and said this year’s honorees were the next generation of that excellence in business.
“In this room, I recognize that there are likely people here who will achieve that same level of success. Today, we’re honoring men and women who’ve accomplished a lifetime’s worth of success—all by the age of 40,” he said. “What is next for these young, ambitious executives and entrepreneurs? What change will they bring to the world? What empires will they create? We are expecting greater triumphs from you. You are at a mid-point in your careers, and you’ve already proven you dare aim for the stars.”
Mark Koebel of KUTV2, who emceed the event, reflected on his 87-year-old father, who is a veteran of the Korean War, and how the world has changed since his father was young and fighting for his country. While many things have changed, he said, if the Forty Under 40 honorees were any indication of things to come, the world should be in good shape.
“I’m always amazed at the great people in our state and what they do,” he said. “Generations come and go but we all leave our footprint. You guys are leaving a great footprint in the state of Utah.”
The 2015 Forty Under 40 honorees are:
In addition to Kirton McConkie, other presenting sponsors of the event were MassMutual Intermountain West and Big-D Construction. Premier sponsors were Peterson Partners, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, The Summit Group, Digital Bytes Production & Design and Webb Audio Visual Communications. Primary sponsors were Mountain Crane Service, Young Living Essential Oils, Larry H. Miller and Pikus Concrete & Construction.
For more information on each of the winners, check out the February issue of Utah Business.