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Utah’s Rising Stars in Business Honored at Forty Under 40 Event

by Lisa Christensen

February 27, 2015

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:

  • Burke Alder, VP of Marketing, Lendio
  • Brett Allred, COO, NUVI
  • Nate Ballard, General Manager, Wadsworth Development Group
  • Miranda Barnard, Vice President, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
  • Carrie Brinton, COO/Founder, Elase Medical Spas and National Institute of Medical Aesthetics
  • Mike Criddle, Tax Senior Manager, Eide Bailly LLP
  • Jennifer E. Decker, Attorney, Fabian and Clendenin
  • Mircea Divricean, Executive Director, Kostopulos Dream Foundation
  • Chris Falk, Principal/Vice President, Newmark Grubb ACRES
  • Justin Fawson, VP of Marketing (Founder and President), Mountain Alarm and Apprintus
  • Matt Glover, Owner, Glover Maintenance
  • Dan Griffiths, Director of Strategic Planning, Tanner LLC
  • Lindsay Hadley, CEO/Founder, Hadley Impact Consulting
  • Jed J. Hancock, Civil Space Division Director, Space Dynamics Laboratory
  • Amy Haran, Director of Communications, USANA
  • Andrew L. Howell, Principal, Partner and Managing Director, York Howell and Guymon
  • Jeff Kluge, Employee Benefits Consultant, GBS Benefits
  • John Knotwell, Vice President, AtTask
  • Alex Koritz, Partner/Executive Vice President, Method Communications
  • Jacob Levine, Director/Head Coach, Team Utah Park City
  • Joshua Lindsey, Managing Partner, American Business Brokers
  • Don Markland, COO, Launch Leads
  • Joshua Martin, President of Sales, Mountain Crane
  • Andrew Melchior, Co-founder and Vice President, Avalaunch Media
  • Wallace Vigo Nelson, President, Beneficial International
  • Kimberly Neville, Partner, Dorsey and Whitney
  • Saum Noursalehi, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Overstock
  • Curtis Oscarson, CEO/Partner, Kunzler Law Group
  • Ema Ostarcevic, CEO, SEARCH Group Partners
  • Rob Pikus, Owner, Pikus Concrete
  • Ryan Poelman, CEO, BuyPD/Nudge
  • Heidi Prokop, Senior Vice President, Zions Bank
  • Travis Snyder, CEO, The Color Run
  • Sarah Starkey, General Counsel, Larry H. Miller Dealerships
  • Michael Thatcher, Co-founder, Xima Software
  • Nathan Thomas, Attorney, Jones Waldo
  • Jared Turner, CMO, Young Living
  • Isaac Westwood, President, Outbox Systems
  • Amelia Wilcox, CEO, Incorporate Massage
  • Catherine Wong, SVP Engineering, Domo

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.

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