Jim Laub: A Legacy of Integrity and Progress

As the third-generation CEO of Cache Valley Electric, which recently marked a century in business, Jim Laub has reaped the benefits sown by hard work and consistency, a family tradition that started when his grandfather first tacked a sign advertising electrical services to a humble Logan storefront on April 1, 1915. ...   Read More

Tiffany Arcaris: Taking on the Tech World

In her role as vice president of worldwide sales for Xi3 Corporation, Tiffany Arcaris is helping the Salt Lake City-based computer company to thrive in an industry that’s dominated by big players such as Dell, HP and Lenovo. But Arcaris hasn’t always been a techie—in fact, she originally planned on j...   Read More

Joel LaSalle: Serial Restaurateur

Joel LaSalle has carved out a niche by purchasing struggling restaurants and providing financial and operational footing to turn them around—all while helping aspiring restaurateurs fulfill their dream of restaurant management and even ownership. LaSalle, president of LaSalle Restaurant Group, owner of Oasis...   Read More

Kelly Slone: Elevating the Life Sciences in Utah

After a successful career in Washington D.C., Kelly Slone never expected to find the perfect job back home in Utah. When it started its search, BioUtah never expected find a president and CEO with Slone’s level of expertise. For both sides it seems to be a perfect—if unexpected—match.  After...   Read More

Jay Bean: The Accidental Marketer

Sixteen years ago, Jay Bean may not have known a thing about online marketing, but he knew what opportunity was, and he wasn’t about to ignore that quiet little knock. It was 1999. Bean had been working for a marketing software company when he realized he needed a change, so he quit his job and started his own o...   Read More

Virginia Pearce: Creating ‘Reel’ Opportunities for Utah’s Film Industry

Movies, both big budget and independent, have been a part of Utah’s economy since Hollywood was enamored by the state’s rugged Western landscapes during the John Wayne era. As the recently appointed director of the Utah Film Commission, Virginia Pearce brings more than a dozen years of experience to her ne...   Read More

Gene England: The Driving Force behind His Family Legacy

The C.R. England trucking company is more than just a business to Gene England—it’s a family legacy. A legacy he, his father and brother raised from the ground up. Involved in trucking and farming his whole life, England remembers assisting his father, Chester Rodney England, as a trucker in Plain City...   Read More

Laura Michalski: Putting Healthcare First for the Homeless

Laura Michalski is passionate about healthcare—so much so that she has devoted a majority of her career working tirelessly to advocate for high-quality healthcare for the homeless. Michalski worked at the largest free health clinic in Chicago before moving to Salt Lake City a few months ago to take over the rein...   Read More

Kimberly Henrie: Bringing Business to the Beehive State

Kimberly Henrie, Ph.D., took over as the deputy director and COO of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) in October. Before joining the agency, she worked at Salt Lake Community College, where she oversaw the school’s operational budget. Henrie has always believed Utah has one of the most b...   Read More

Noah Cahoon: Taking Flight as a Young Entrepreneur

Last October, then 13-year-old Noah Cahoon and his father, Brian, wooed the sharks on popular ABC television show Shark Tank and landed a deal. The panel of five millionaire entrepreneur-investors was impressed with the company Cahoon is CEO of: Paper Box Pilots. Created in the summer of 2013, the Utah County-based co...   Read More

Kathy Philpot: 30 Years of Leadership

By Mike Fondario

Kathy Philpot is the director of propulsion systems process engineering at ATK and recent recipient of the Technology Innovator award presented by the Women Tech Council. During a decorated career spanning 30 years, Philpot was a member of the team earning TIME magazine’s Top Invention of the Year in 2009. She a...   Read More

Terrel Bird: Technology Pioneer and Business Innovator

Terrel Bird is the founder and CEO of TCN, Inc., a provider of cloud-based call center technology for companies worldwide. Bird helped bring Voice over IP communication to the marketplace in 1999, using the internet to revolutionize customer service. Today, TCN’s clients range from local small businesses to seve...   Read More

Fiona Volmrich: A Fearless Serial Entrepreneur

Some people think the American dream is dead—but South African native Fiona Volmrich clearly disagrees. “I believe in the American dream. I live it. I chase it. I am grateful for every day I live in the U.S.,” she says. Considering Volmrich’s track record as an American entrepreneur, it&rsq...   Read More

Levi Rogers: Building a Coffee Business from the Grounds Up

Not long after moving to Salt Lake City from Portland, Ore., Levi Rogers fired up the barbecue grill in his backyard and cooked up quite a sensation. But Rogers wasn’t grilling up steak or ribs—he was roasting coffee beans. Before long, Rogers’ home-roasted and brewed delight was available to family ...   Read More

Devoted to Service

How Sharon Goodrich’s Summer Job Turned into Her Dream Career

Sharon Goodrich, the foundation director of annual and corporate giving for Primary Children’s Medical Center, didn’t find her dream job at the children’s hospital. It found her. Looking back on the events that led to her first position with Primary Children’s—a secretary job she wasn...   Read More

Lee Fromson: Tapping into the Power of People

Lee Fromson recently joined the team at portable solar power company Goal Zero as president and COO. He was previously at REI, serving as senior vice president of merchandising. During his time at REI, Fromson helped drive the retailer’s revenue to over $2 billion by overseeing merchandising strategy, financial ...   Read More

Sara Jones: Championing the Value of Women in Technology

Sara Jones has a knack for helping people achieve their potential, which explains why she’s spent a good part of her career as a self-proclaimed social entrepreneur. Jones has also earned a law degree at Brigham Young University—where she taught as an adjunct professor for five years—as well as a che...   Read More

Greg Mason: Pioneering New Paths for Internet Innovation

By Emma Penrod

You may not have heard of Purch, but you’ve probably visited one of its many websites: Top Ten Reviews, Tom’s Guide, Newsarama, Live Science or As CEO, Greg Mason is one of the central forces behind Purch, a company that oversees digital brands that consistently rank among the top 50 overall web...   Read More

Keith Stubbs: Bringing Laughs to Utah

Keith Stubbs is arguably one of the busiest men in Utah’s entertainment industry. The radio personality and stand-up comedian hosts two radio shows each weekday in Salt Lake City—from 6 to 10 a.m. on 101.5 The Eagle and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on ESPN 700 for the Keith Stubbs Sports show. He also owns WiseG...   Read More

Derek Miller: Working Toward International Economic Prosperity

Derek Miller, recently appointed president and CEO of World Trade Center Utah, has spent a lot of time studying Utah’s business and economic trends. He previously served as Gov. Gary Herbert’s chief of staff, and before that he worked as the deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Develo...   Read More

Tiger Shaw: Carving Out a Ski and Snowboard Pipeline

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), a privately funded national organization in Park City, is responsible for half of the world’s Olympic Winter Games and the preparation of hundreds of top-notch athletes who represent the United States. Tiger Shaw, former Olympian, entrepreneur, international busines...   Read More

Michael Bartholomeusz: Shifting the Paradigm

Michael Bartholomeusz was hired as CEO of Draper-based company HZO in July 2013 to manage the company’s growth and operational excellence. HZO has created a product that protects electronic devices from corrosion and extended liquid immersion, virtually making worrying about water damaging electronic devices a t...   Read More

Mai Nguyen: Diversifying Utah’s Restaurant Scene

Mai Nguyen owns multiple restaurants in the Salt Lake Valley and is also one of the area’s busiest business developers. She was recently awarded the 2014 Outstanding Asian Business Owner award by the Asian Chamber of Commerce and the Women Business Owner of the Year award from the National Association of Women B...   Read More

Kimberly Page: Flying High in the Aviation Industry

A love of travel influenced Kimberly Page to first take a job with Keystone Aviation in 1999. Page booked a flight to the top, becoming the COO in 2013 after spending many years as the Salt Lake-based company’s CFO. We sat down with her recently to reflect on her first year as COO. Since your appointment as ...   Read More

Zealand Stroud: At the Corner of Business and Art

Zealand Stroud, owner of Stroud Jewelers, has spent more than 15 years working in the jewelry business. His father started the business in 1991, operating at ZCMI, and Stroud moved the store to Sugar House in 2001. Here, Stroud explains why creating jewelry is “an art and a talent.”  Your father i...   Read More

Chris Bray: Engaging Hearts and Minds—and Wallets

Chris Bray is the CEO of Utah Nonprofits Association (UNA) and also serves on many committees such as the United Way of Salt Lake board of directors, the Lt. Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteers, the Governor’s Legislative Compensation Commission, the Utah Economic Council and the National Counc...   Read More

Clair A. Rood: Problem Solver in Chief

Clair Rood is the new senior managing director of the Salt Lake office of CBIZ, a firm that provides accounting and tax, benefits and insurance and consulting services. Rood has more than 25 years of public accounting experience, including working for the international accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. What ...   Read More

Dan Farr: Comic Con Crusader

Dan Farr long suspected that Utah would be a great place for a comic con. He grew up in Salt Lake and knew that people here take their science fiction and fantasy very seriously. But even he couldn’t foresee the powder keg of fandom he was about to ignite when he formed Dan Farr Productions and began assembling ...   Read More

Scott Querry: Satisfying Utah’s Sweet Tooth

Scott Querry, the owner of Solstice Chocolate, has spent the last 15 years perfecting his bean-to-bar chocolates. He started making the treat as just a hobby, but last year he turned it into a thriving business. How did you get interested in making chocolate bars? I have always been interested in strange thing...   Read More

Ryan Lowder: Cooking Up Something New

Ryan Lowder left a successful corporate career to explore his passion for cooking. It started a journey that has transformed him into an award-winning chef and owner of The Copper Onion. Lowder worked in some of the finest culinary outlets in the world before opening The Copper Onion and Plum Alley, one of Bon App&eac...   Read More

Sarah George, Ph.D.: Executive Director, Natural History Museum of Utah

Often, the good things in life take time. No one knows this better than Sarah George, executive director of the Natural History Museum of Utah. As the overseer of a museum dedicated to educating visitors on the region’s geophysical processes and anthropological legacies that span centuries, even millions of year...   Read More

Shauna Sloan: Growing Kid to Kid from Concept to 100 Stores

Shauna Sloan, along with her husband, Brent, is the founder of Kid to Kid. From its one-store beginning in 1992, Kid to Kid has grown into a franchise of 100 stores, with the 100th location opening last December in Frisco, Texas.  Plato said “necessity is the mother of invention.” That sounds like...   Read More

Patti Case: Helping Businesses Go Green

Patti Case is the principal and vice president of ETC Group, an energy-efficiency engineering firm in Salt Lake City. Case was recently honored at the 10th Annual Southwest Regional Energy Efficiency Workshop for her leadership in the industry. How did you become interested in energy efficiency? I wasn’t...   Read More

Joyce Sibbett: Education through a Child’s Lens

Joyce Sibbett is the president of Dancing Moose Montessori School, which she founded in 2007 in West Valley City. The school recently expanded to a second location in South Jordan. Each center has the capacity to serve about 240 students and serves students from 18 months through second grade. What challenges have...   Read More

Arrius Sorbonne, Nathan Balli and Ellesse Balli: Rising Filmmakers Steal the Spotlight

Salt Lake filmmakers Arrius Sorbonne and Nathan and Ellesse Balli were named winners of director Ron Howard’s Project Imagination Film Contest this fall for their short film, Dominus. All three have experience creating films and commercials for local companies, but this experience was clearly unique. Where d...   Read More

Gail Miller: Stepping into the Spotlight

Gail Miller is the owner of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. Starting from an auto dealership her late husband founded in 1979, the company has grown to encompass more than 80 businesses and properties operating in 45 states—including, most notably, the Utah Jazz. Automotive dealerships, a chain of movie ...   Read More

Brad Petersen: Outdoor Enthusiast Responds to Call from Governor

In the early months of 2013, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert publicized the creation of the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation. Now, this innovative department has a leader to implement its vision: Brad Petersen, an outdoor enthusiast with two decades of corporate leadership experience. The Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation...   Read More

Teresa Whitehead: Helping People Live the American Dream

The mortgage industry is stressful, but you wouldn’t know it from talking to Citywide Home Loans CEO Teresa Whitehead. As far as Whitehead is concerned, she has the best job in the world—a job that brings her happiness and allows her to help others. “I’m passionate about this job because wh...   Read More

Sheridan Mordue: An Eye for the Art of Business

If there’s one thing Hip & Humble owner Sheridan Mordue loves, it’s color. Customers can see it in everything she does, from her stores’ wall paint to her urban-style displays to her diverse product offerings. Mordue and her business partner (and sister), Suzette Eaton, believe that visual stimul...   Read More

Lee Perry: Motivated by a Sense of Mission

As the newly appointed dean of Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management, Lee Perry has many objectives he wants to achieve. But the one that compels him the most is to serve others—including the school’s students, faculty, alumni, mentors and community members. “I have a sen...   Read More

Nan Seymour: Strong Willed and Fiercely Independent

At 22 years old, Nan Seymour discovered entrepreneurship in a job that was only intended to get her through college. Soon after becoming manager of the Great Harvest Bread Co. store in Holladay, the owner offered her the store. Seymour was an English major, with an emphasis in poetry, but this passion took a back seat...   Read More

Shane Robison: A Visionary with His Head in the Cloud

Countless devices are connected to the internet and often have their applications hosted in the cloud. Tablets, mobile phones and many computers use the cloud to help users access their applications. Shane Robison, newly appointed CEO of Fusion-io, sees the importance of providing a more stable cloud network. Serv...   Read More

Heather Zynczak: Bringing Data Analysis to Marketing

Heather Zynczak has had a love for all things data and numbers since she can remember. Growing up, she spent evenings discussing business ventures with her father, a serial entrepreneur, and the rest of her family around the dinner table. That entrepreneurial spirit stuck with her and is one of the factors that landed...   Read More

Jack Pelo: Bottling a Winning Team

The country’s third-largest Coca-Cola bottler, Swire Coca-Cola, has been operating in Utah since 1978. Standing at the helm of this 1,800-employee force is CEO Jack Pelo. Pelo was appointed CEO in 1996 and has overseen a period of growth and expansion. Recently, Swire Coca-Cola was granted the territory of e...   Read More

David Hoopes: Putting People First

In today’s business world of deadlines, long hours and demanding responsibilities, it might be easy to lose sight of what could very well be the most important ingredient in any industry: teamwork. But David Hoopes knows the value of treating his clients and his colleagues with professionalism and respect. H...   Read More

Candice Davis: In the Driver’s Seat

Candice Davis became a business owner almost by accident. She and her husband were in search of a motorcycle in her favorite brand, BigDog. When they visited the local BigDog store, Davis proposed an entirely new purchase—buying the store itself. “How would you feel if I bought the whole store?” ...   Read More

Hoby Darling: Amplifying What Skullcandy Does Best

Headquartered in Park City, Skullcandy has emerged as a global leader in performance audio and gaming headphones. The company markets and sells its products and accessories throughout the United States and, impressively, in more than 70 countries throughout the world. And now it has a new man in charge. Hoby Darli...   Read More

Reed Beus: Entering the Mix at Blendtec

Long before he took over leadership from Blendtec founder Tom Dickson in February, Reed Beus was well aware of both the company and its founder’s reputation. As chairman and CEO of Enspark, an international company that focused on e-learning software and tools, which Beus sold a few months ago, he had enjoyed sh...   Read More

Brian Nelson Ford: Sharing Financial Wellness Secrets

For most people, personal finance is a necessary evil. But to Brian Nelson Ford, it’s a passion. “I was one of those nerdy kids in high school that could pick up and devour a textbook about finance,” Ford says. As he grew up, he began to see how financial difficulties led to problems like depress...   Read More

Carine Clark: Serving Customers and Empowering Employees

Describing Carine Clark as a rockstar CEO is a natural thing to do. And it isn’t just because she plays the keyboard in a band. Clark possesses a vision not always common in the CEO community. Her focus is to ensure each customer feels that they are her organization’s priority and to help each employee...   Read More

Fernanda and Vivien Bohme: Success from Humble Beginnings

In 2008, Bohme Boutique launched with one storefront in Orem’s University Mall. Now, sisters Fernanda and Vivien Bohme have overseen the development of locations in nearly every local mall as well as the expansion of their business into several other states, effectively molding Bohme Boutique into a company that...   Read More

Matt Eyring: An Authority on Disruptive Innovation and Growth

Although Matt Eyring grew up in Bountiful and graduated from the University of Utah, he left the state more than 20 years ago and never really thought about returning. It took an offer from local powerhouse Vivint to bring Eyring back to the West again. He joined the company in January as chief strategy and innovation...   Read More

Ashish Arora: Bridging the Gap Between Craft and Technology

It might seem surprising to hear of a high-level VP of computer-accessory giant Logitech moving to Utah craft company Provo Craft, but for those who know Ashish Arora, and his passion for consumer products, the career move makes perfect sense. Prior to joining Provo Craft as its president and CEO, Arora admittedly...   Read More

Sophia DiCaro: Working to Keep Utah's Economy Growing

As a younger woman, Sophia DiCaro, deputy director of the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), wanted to work for the U.S. State Department. She adored political science and studied abroad, but instead destiny led DiCaro to discover she had a way with numbers and budgets. “I kept gett...   Read More

Kyle McSlarrow: Creating a Great Customer Experience

When the opportunity to serve as Comcast’s vice president of the Mountain Region arose, it didn’t take long for Kyle McSlarrow to decide. “When the opportunity came along, I leapt at it,” says McSlarrow, who accepted the appointment in October 2012. After working in policy for years, Mc...   Read More

Sarah Pearce and Laurie Hopkins: Taking Center Stage

While most people associate the Sundance Institute with movie stars jet-setting to Park City for a couple of weeks in January, the organization has a much broader reach than just the film festival. It takes an active role in advancing the work of independent artists and storytellers worldwide. It’s been more...   Read More

Sabrina Stover: Instilling a Culture of Recognition and Reward

In any job, it’s important to do what you love and love what you do. This philosophy has helped Sabrina Stover take local business BidSync from a small operation to a thriving leader in the e-procurement industry. Founded in 1999, BidSync provides high-quality electronic bid notification and e-procurement solu...   Read More

Roger Andrus: Helping Utah Businesses Find Their Niche

Roger Andrus found his professional calling early in his career, when he worked as a financial planner. He developed a strong desire to help professionals with both their business and personal finances. That led him into the commercial lending sector, and soon he was helping new business people bring their dreams to f...   Read More

Kelle Stephens: A Focus on Dixie’s Future

Recently appointed campus president of the Dixie Applied Technology College (DXATC), Kelle Stephens’ roots run deep when it comes to her involvement with the college. She has been a key part of the growth and progress of the college since its establishment in 2001. Shortly after her arrival in St. George 21 ...   Read More

Dan England: Moving Full Speed Ahead

From a simple one-man trucking outfit established in 1920 to a burgeoning, nationally recognized company, C.R. England has seen a lot of changes over the years. But one constant has been strong leadership. The Salt Lake City-based company is a leading provider of global transportation. With more than 7,000 employe...   Read More

Tori Baker: Leading Lady of Salt Lake’s Art House Theater

Every movie buff has an Apocalypse Now moment, a turning point when a film becomes a perspective-altering experience, says Tori Baker, executive director of the Salt Lake Film Society (SLFS). “These moments change you as an individual and this is what we reach for in our programming.” Baker has had a f...   Read More

Mark Meadows: Enjoying the Journey

Mark Meadows was always bound for medicine—he started his career as an ambulance attendant just after graduating high school. Almost 30 years later, Meadows’ role has shifted from bedside care to business, but helping patients is still his primary concern. In April, Meadows was appointed CEO of the growing...   Read More

Robert Bowen: Steering a Course for Continued Success

As the newly appointed president of Brighton Bank, Robert Bowen’s goal is simple: stay the course. “Brighton Bank has always been successful and you don’t need to disturb success when it’s already in place. My goal and challenge is to keep it going,” Bowen says. Bowen has served a...   Read More

Katy Welkie: Working with Care

Any parent who has had to send a child to Primary Children’s Hospital knows that child is getting the best possible care. Now, families can be assured the excellence will continue under the direction of new CEO Katy Welkie. Welkie has a wealth of healthcare experience to prepare her for her role of ensuring ...   Read More

Abby Albrecht

A Strong Leader in a Challenging Industry

Since 1922, Granite Construction has made its mark in Utah. From roads, highways and bridges to transit systems and airports, Granite has been a fixture in helping to build Utah’s transportation infrastructure. Experience and leadership are among Granite’s assets. One of those leaders is Abby Albrecht. ...   Read More

Martin Plaehn

Making Waves in a Growing Industry

With two decades of experience leading companies in the technology industry and with a proven track record as an innovative, hard-working executive, Martin Plaehn is the perfect CEO for Utah-based Control4. A provider of an operating system for the “smart home,” Control4 delivers intelligent control ov...   Read More

Karen Sendelback

A Business Approach to Philanthropy

Karen Sendelback’s heart is with humanitarianism. Sendelback, the new CEO of the Utah Food Bank in Salt Lake City, has worked for various for-profit and nonprofit organizations but her passion always brings her back to helping those in need with her fundraising and business skills. Her approach is that a...   Read More

David Bradford

Outworking the Competition

David Bradford wakes up early in the morning to catch a flight out of Salt Lake City to attend a series of six meetings with corporate giants Apple, Cisco and LinkedIn, among others, in California’s Silicon Valley. He then makes a quick trip to Texas to attend a board meeting. Then, without a breather, it’...   Read More

Robert Workman

Zero Apathy, Zero Boundaries

Robert Workman’s ideas just keep growing and growing.             As the president and founder of TIFIE Humanitarian (Teaching Individuals and Families Independence Through Enterprise), Workman hopes to instruct people in third world countries on how to ...   Read More

Nate Alder

Klymbing to the Top

Nate Alder’s path to the executive office began in childhood. “I’ve been starting little businesses ever since I can remember, from the typical lemonade stand and lawn-mowing service to teaching swim lessons and snowboard lessons,” says the founder and CEO of Klymit, a three-year-old company th...   Read More

Bruce Bingham

Business and Community Builder

It’s tough to choose which of Bruce Bingham’s many accomplishments have made the most impact on Utah’s business community. It might be his time on the Salt Lake Chamber’s executive committee. Or perhaps it was his service as president of the Days of ’47 Pioneer Celebration, or when he recently headed the Downtown Allianc...   Read More

Kris Mecham

Plowing Forward With Experience

Kris Mecham is driven in more ways than one. Whether in his role as president and CEO of Deseret First Credit Union (DFCU), or on the golf course with his sons, Mecham is committed to whatever is required of him. “One of the things that golfers like to do is hit the driver off the tee,” says Mecham. But, he adds, in bus...   Read More

Kelly Saunders

Controlling His Destiny

In Kelly Saunders’ mind, safety comes first—every time. As president and CEO of Kennecott Utah Copper, Saunders can explain how the company bounced back after copper prices dropped from an all time high of $4.20 in June 2008 to $1.30 just six months later, leading into Kennecott’s most productive year ever. But that’s n...   Read More

Bishop Carolyn Tanner Irish

Serving Utah’s Community and Businesses

In a figurative sense, a giant is a person of great power and importance: a major figure or legend. It is also the word that the Salt Lake Chamber uses to honor “giants in our city,” individuals who have enjoyed success in business and made great contributions to the community. But the most recent recipient of this awar...   Read More

Eric Morgan

Leading at the Right Time

In the business world you can’t put a price on the “right time.” Whether it is the right idea at the right time or the right person at the right time, it would seem Eric Morgan has a knack for both. Approaching his two-year anniversary as CEO with health-care software provider AdvancedMD, Morgan continues being th...   Read More

Kent Thomas

Growing up, Kent Thomas could go to bed whenever he pleased. Some people might find these parenting skills appalling, but for Thomas’ father, it was simply a matter of consequences. No matter what time young Kent arrived home, he still needed to get up early to work the family farm. “[My father] didn’t care when you wen...   Read More

Alicia Ridley

Fluent in the Language of Business

At first glance, it might seem like ballet and hip-hop have nothing to do with business. Alicia Ridley would beg to differ. “I was always the leader of the team,” says Ridley of the time in her youth when she was involved in dance. “There I picked up leadership skills. I enjoy the team camaraderie, working toward a com...   Read More

Ed Kalbach

A piece of climbing cord and a length of rubber gas-line tubing off a motorcycle engine. Who would have thought that success was to be found in the combination of these two seemingly innocuous materials? Ed Kalbach for one. And as president and CEO of EK Ekcessories, a world leader in outdoor accessories, Kalbach has bee...   Read More

Russ Warner

Looking to the Future

When ContentWatch CEO Jack Sunderlage announced his retirement, the Salt Lake-based company began to search for its new chief. Luckily the company didn’t have to look far. The first person to come to mind was Russ Warner, who was currently serving as managing director of SageCreek, a local consulting company that Content...   Read More

James William

Designing Utah

To say that James Williams started out young in the architectural and construction business is an understatement. Before he had graduated from high school, he had already designed homes that were built near the Cascade Golf Course in Orem. As a child, Williams was interested in art and drawing and while he was i...   Read More

Phillip Yates

Mentoring By Example

Although he wears chef’s attire instead of a suit and a tie, you won’t find many differences between Grand America Executive Chef Phillip Yates and other executives running successful organizations. For one thing, Yates leads 47 chefs with a key ingredient rarely found in today’s competitive marketplace: the belief that ...   Read More

Robert Hatch

Called to Serve

Lucky: That’s Robert Hatch for you. He’s lucky, he’ll tell you, to have grown up in Bountiful when there were still plenty of orchards and open space, and extremely lucky to have had parents who loved, nurtured and encouraged him to go out in to the world to compete. “If you’re lucky enough to have [that],” says Hatch,...   Read More

Heidi Walker

Returning to Utah

They say if you love something, let it go, and if it comes back to you…well, let’s hope she’s ours forever. For nine years, Heidi Walker (then Heidi Ballif) served the Salt Lake Chamber, overseeing business development, events, outreach programs and more. Shortly after getting married three years ago, she and her husba...   Read More

Steven Morrison

Premium Leadership

At one point in his life, Steven Morrison considered a career as a medical doctor but was talked out of it by his father, who was an ear, nose and throat specialist. His father told Morrison the medical field was getting too socialized and insurance companies were extremely difficult to work with. Ironically, Morrison no...   Read More

Susan Preator

Unlocking the Doors to Learning

Susan Preator believes in the infinite worth of every individual. And as the CEO and co-founder of Imagine Learning, she feels a huge responsibility to prepare students for academic success. “I’ve always been passionate about education for everyone,” she says. “I remember having a discussion as a senior in high school ...   Read More

Fraser Nelson

Building a Strong Community

Working for the common good has always been part of Fraser Nelson’s philosophy. From working on political campaigns after college to serving as the executive director for the Community Foundation of Utah, Nelson has championed the cause of social justice in one form or another throughout her career. “I have always been p...   Read More

Spencer P. Eccles

Spearheading an Economic Recovery

A strong business background that includes experience with tech startups, venture capital, nonprofits and international companies made Spencer Peterson Eccles an obvious choice for the position of executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) when the position became open last year. His famil...   Read More

Maria Farrington

A Catalyst for Education

Maria Farrington, CEO of the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum in Salt Lake City, has a strong vision for the future of the museum and will not compromise those goals. After only two and a half years as the head of the museum, Farrington has already accomplished a great deal and shows no signs of slowing down. “I don...   Read More

Dr. Ed Ashwood

Focusing on the Patient

Before Dr. Edward Ashwood, ARUP Laboratories president and CEO, ever put on a pathology lab coat, he was wearing cowboy boots and was downright comfortable in them. “I really did grow up on my family’s ranch in Colorado, [which was] owned by my grandparents,” he says. “I spent 13 summers there. Even in college and med...   Read More

Patricia Hall

Tech Leader with a Global Perspective

Patricia Hall heads Goldman Sachs’ Salt Lake-based technology division—the office’s largest department. She relocated to the Beehive State from New York two years ago to build the Salt Lake tech division and now serves as managing director, co-leading a crew of approximately 200 technology profession...   Read More

Peter Stang

Pioneering Scientist

For Peter Stang, it all started with experiments on a home chemistry set. Growing up in 1950s Hungary, Stang had access to any chemical he wanted from his local drugstore. As a teenager, he was already producing his own slow-burning gun powder. Fast forward a few decades, and experimenting and discovery are still ...   Read More

Gary Cornia

Maintaining BYU’s Legacy

Legacy. There may not be a college campus in America where that word is more important than at Brigham Young University. Setting his sights on maintaining the school’s history of being ranked among the top business management schools in the nation is what Gary Cornia feels is his largest responsibility as the new dea...   Read More

Con Wadsworth

A Highway to Success

Learning how to work hard on his father’s farm is just one of many character traits Con Wadsworth says paved the way to his success with the family-run construction company. Wadsworth is the newly named president of Draper-based Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Company (RLW). “My dad taught us to work h...   Read More

Mark Tuffin

Staying a Step Ahead of Change

Mark Tuffin loves challenges. He also loves the food industry. So it was a perfect match when Tuffin was named president of the Smith’s Food and Drug Stores division of Kroger in July. By that time, he’d already completed a formidable assignment for Kroger—implementing an organizational restructuring...   Read More

David Golden

Leading the Business Community

David Golden’s first job in the banking industry was distributing belt buckles to new account holders at First Security Bank. It’s been more than 30 years since then, but he says he’s never been bored with his job a day in his life. Golden currently serves as executive vice president and manager of W...   Read More

Teri Klug

Telling Utah’s Story

As the senior business development manager for the Economic Development Corporation of Utah, Teri Klug is all about building strategic relationships with companies that are considering bringing their business to Utah. “In business, relationships matter; and when companies come to the state, they need to see ...   Read More

Sean Whalen

Fearless in an Uncertain Market

It’s no secret that the real estate market hasn’t been friendly lately. But don’t tell that to Sean Whalen. Under Whalen’s direction and ownership, Orem-based Property23 seeks out foreclosed properties and helps clients turn them into profits. Though the company was founded at the outset of...   Read More

Linda Martinez Saville

Creating a Safe Haven

Linda Martinez Saville operates a place in Sandy where kids are safe and protected. At The Sandy Club: A Safe Place for Boys & Girls, children, parents and grandparents have a resource to develop life skills and create a better home environment. Saville understands how important it is to teach children to resp...   Read More

Taylor Randall

Bringing Spirit to the Classroom and Community

Last season, Taylor Randall could be found cheering in the stands at every U of U home football game. Well, all but one. He made that game up by traveling to the University of Notre Dame for an away game. Fall 2010 also represented the first bowl game he missed in eight years, says Randall, dean of the University ...   Read More

Tarang Amin

Building a Global Strategy

Whether he’s selling Clorox, kitty litter or cosmetics, Schiff Nutrition CEO Tarang Amin believes that success in building brands is about inspiring teamwork. At just 45, Amin comes to Schiff Nutrition after working as general manager of The Clorox Company. Before that, he worked at Procter & Gamble, hel...   Read More

Kris Rudarmel

Taking Risks and Modeling Success

Don’t be frustrated when someone tells you “no”—just think of it as being one step closer to that eventual “yes,” says Kris Rudarmel, co-owner of Anchor Water Damage & Restoration. This optimistic attitude is likely the reason for her company’s success, and Rudarmel was ho...   Read More

Alex Lawrence

Serial Entrepreneur Now Helping Others

Enthusiasm, passion, energy—and a little bit of luck. That’s Alex Lawrence’s recipe for success in any business endeavor. Lawrence, who considers himself a “serial entrepreneur,” was recently named vice-provost of innovation and economic development at Weber State University, where he wil...   Read More

Jenni Smith

At Home on the Slopes

Park City Mountain Resort feels like a second home to Jenni Smith. She grew up skiing the mountain’s slopes each winter and hiking its trails in the summer. While in college, she took a part-time job at the resort. Once Smith started working behind the scenes, she never left. Smith just completed her first y...   Read More

Greg Winegardner

Taking Wells Fargo’s Regional Reins

As a boy growing up on a farm in Waynesfield, Ohio (population 803), Greg Winegardner dreamed of being a cowboy, and moving out West to ride the range. Little did he know that instead of taming the wilderness, he’d be taking the reins of Wells Fargo Bank during a time of national economic upheaval. On Sept. 1, Winega...   Read More

Parnell Black

Setting the Valuation Course

Parnell Black’s career plan was centered on accounting, right through the time he earned his MBA from the University of Utah. Upon graduation, he worked in finance—which he thought was his professional passion. But his journey changed directions when he decided to “get into the education business.” Today, Black is ...   Read More

Rich Allen

Enjoying the Ride

Ironically, Rich Allen, former COO and recently appointed CEO of Logan-based S&S Worldwide, Inc., one of the top roller coaster manufacturing companies in the world, doesn’t enjoy riding coasters that much—at least not like he once did. For him, the real ride is managing people and processes. His background is in t...   Read More

Doug Anderson

Fulfilling a Global Dream

Timing is everything. But when opportunity knocks at an inconvenient time, you may just have to open that door and walk in. Just ask Doug Anderson. The day after committing himself to an additional five years with The Center for Executive Development, a Boston-based executive company focusing on strategy and leadership, ...   Read More

Dell Brown

Creating Opportunities

Dell Brown knows a lot about making dough. As president and chief operating officer of MonaVie, Brown has overseen incredible growth and success at the South Jordan-based company. But the dough he really loves to get his hands into is in the kitchen. Brown recalls a time when he shared a loaf of his homemade bread wi...   Read More

Heather Granata and Jenny Farnsworth

Crafting Dreams

It only takes four words for Heather Granata to describe Little Adventures, a company of dress up-style clothing she runs with Jenny Farnsworth. “Washable, comfortable, affordable and adorable,” says Granata. “That’s what really sets us apart from the competition.” Eight years ago, the Utah County moms and neighb...   Read More

Luz Robles

Focusing on the Community

It takes about 30 seconds to catch the enthusiasm epidemic Luz Robles spreads around. Give her 30 seconds more, and her knowledge and abilities will captivate you. It’s hard to know which is more impressive, Robles’ knowledge or abilities, but one thing’s for sure—together they are an amazing combination. As the dir...   Read More

Peter Csathy

Leading with Passion

For Peter Csathy, life is all about passion and one might say that having passion is what makes the CEO of Sorenson Media tick. Whether he’s spending time with his family, playing outdoors surfing or skiing, or leading the Salt Lake-based company, Csathy does it all with the same amount of excitement and enthusiasm. ...   Read More

Robert Pedersen II

Executing with Enthusiasm

At age five, Robert Pedersen II knew a good thing when he saw it. Spring blossoms on local trees were more than a show of nature to him; they were a money-making opportunity. Going door to door, Pedersen sold the blossoms to neighbors and became a self-made salesman before he was a full-time elementary school student. ...   Read More

Timothy Hunt

Going the Distance

Timothy Hunt doesn’t let fear stand in his way. Whether finding himself in the middle of riots in Pakistan, or arriving in Thailand at 1 a.m. with no hotel room and no ability to communicate in the local language, Hunt has made it a point to do whatever it takes to accomplish the task at hand. “We all have fears of the u...   Read More

David Petersen

Preserving the Legacy

Three men have guided O.C. Tanner since it started 80 years ago to the international company it is today. The first was Obert C. Tanner, who began the company by selling jewelry from the back of his car. Don Ostler and Kent Murdock were to later follow him. The fourth man to take the CEO mantle is David Petersen. He ...   Read More

D. Clark Turner

A Visionary Entrepreneur

Starting a medical device company was somewhat a daunting, intimidating experience for Dr. D. Clark Turner, CEO and president of Aribex, a company that manufactures portable, battery-powered handheld X-ray devices for the dental and veterinary industries. But he says he overcame it by hiring very experienced people. “So,...   Read More

Robert S. Conlee

Distributing New Opportunities

If XanGo CEO and President Robert Conlee could pick one word to describe his life and work, it would probably be kaizen—a Japanese word meaning continual improvement that not only defines his work ethic, but also the global experience he brings to this latest appointment. “It’s a cliché business term [in Japanese],...   Read More

Jack Buttars

Passing On the Gifts

On any given weekend, you might find University of Utah Federal Credit Union CEO Jack Buttars in his self-made woodshop teaching his children a craft he loves. He knows the value of being groomed and taught by someone influential in life, since former credit union CEO Phil Janovak helped prepare him for the biggest job o...   Read More

Val Christensen

Filling in the Gaps

As newly appointed president of EnergySolutions, Val Christensen sees himself as a problem solver. From serving as a lawyer, an executive at Franklin/Covey Co., and as executive vice president and general counsel and secretary at EnergySolutions, Christensen has spent his life negotiating difficult transactions, merging ...   Read More

Rob Galloway

Succeeding from the Ground Up

Rob Galloway has always had his eyes set upward. Perhaps that’s why in his free time, Galloway can be found hiking, camping or rock climbing in the mountains of central Utah—always seeming to be moving toward the sky. A 42-year-old married man and father of three small children (and one due this summer), Galloway alw...   Read More

The Epic Life of Larry H. Miller

Greg Miller recalls countless memories of his father, the late Larry H. Miller, but says one in particular sums up his father’s keen business sense. After driving a short distance to Salt Lake to grab a bite to eat, the elder Miller drove past a parking spot available right in front of the restaurant. “My dad drove ...   Read More

Ryan Ashton

Forging New Territories

Few things in life are as grueling as waiting for medical test results. Whether anticipating a minor illness or serious disease, the sit-and-wait game is a scenario the majority can relate to—including Ryan Ashton, president and CEO of Great Basin Scientific, a startup life sciences company that’s paving the way in devel...   Read More

Darin McDaniel and Daren Smith

Blending Technology and Talent

Around Lumenas Animation Studios, they are affectionately known as Little D and Big D, due to a simple height differential. But, when it comes to producing animated films, Darin McDaniel and Daren Smith are creative equals who complement each other in every way. When Pixar’s computer-generated (CG) film “Toy Story” h...   Read More

Ronald Jibson

Fueling Questar and the Community

Ronald Jibson loves his job. Really. He’s been working for the same company, Questar Gas Co. (formerly Mountain Fuel) for 28 years. Once a design engineer fresh out of Utah State University, Jibson now steers the utility company as president and CEO. His wideopen office door is symbolic of his philosophy about work and l...   Read More

Tom Carlin

Building Experience Upon Experience

Many business executives say hard work, determination and putting employees first is essential in a leadership role. Tom Carlin, who recently became president of electronics manufacturer Inovar, a division of inthinc, is no exception. The 37-year-old leader and Ohio native is considered a role model and someone who g...   Read More

Jonathan E. Johnson

Jack of all Trades

When hired Jonathan E. Johnson in 2002 as its general counsel, the company got three for the price of one: a businessman, lawyer and political lobbyist all in one man. In July of 2008, Johnson was appointed president of and his resident jack-of-all-trades status continues to be put to good use...   Read More

Jim Thornton

Crafting a New Niche

The first summer Jim Thornton served as president of Provo Craft and Novelty, Inc., he invited his senior team to observe 2,000 company employees having a picnic at Provo Canyon park because, he says, his work begins with people. “Every day, as I make crucial decisions for this company, I am reminded of the people wh...   Read More

Mark DeYoung

Propelling Utah's Aviation Industry

Known in the industry as a turnaround artist, Mark DeYoung thrives in situations where other executives might panic. Or at least, watch the pitch go by. “When I see a curve ball coming, I like to swing,” says DeYoung. One particular curve ball took shape when he was tasked in 2001 to lead the acquisition of several c...   Read More

Prescott Muir

Designing Utah's Landscape

Don’t expect to ever find Prescott Muir boxed in with his designs, his building drafts or his perspective on Utah’s future. As president of Prescott Muir Architects for 32 years, Muir has his hands on many tables besides the drafting board, which this year earned him membership in the College of Fellows of The American I...   Read More

Andrew K. Smith

Making His Pointe

Even though 32-year-old Chicago native Andrew K. Smith grew up surrounded by medical practitioners, he wanted to prove he could be successful taking a different career path, and he’s certainly proven his point with AxisPointe. As president and founder of the technology-based, post-construction customer service and f...   Read More

Ray Pickup

Continuring a Secure Legacy

When Ray Pickup received a promotion at work, family and friends had the same response: “Be careful out there.” Pickup’s work may not be deemed physically dangerous, but as the newly appointed president and chief executive officer of Utah’s Workers Compensation Fund (WCF), he believes in being careful, as well as in t...   Read More

Jim Rennert

Shaping the Art of the Deal

Jim Rennert has found that determination and persistence are ingredients for success in athletic, artistic and business endeavors. Before becoming an artist, Rennert was a BYU wrestling scholarship recipient who later worked in business arenas such as sales, investment banking and stock brokering. “I had always visualize...   Read More

Janis Kline

On the Road Toward Success

As early as age 10, Janis Kline steered a motorcycle along the washboard roads and highways of southern Utah. A ranch girl who grew up in the shadow of Bryce Canyon, she rode back and forth from her parents’ Henryville house to the farm, checking the fields, changing the water, and wrangling lost cattle from the honey-co...   Read More

Russ Behrmann

Promoting and Protecting

When the St. George Chamber of Commerce hired Russ Behrmann to take over as president, it wasn’t a matter of fixing a broken organization. The chamber had been a strong, functioning group for almost 100 years, involving hundreds of small businesses. It was basically Behrmann’s job not to mess it up. His predecessor, ...   Read More

Pat Richards

Barrier Breaker

When Pat Richards first moved to Utah in the early 70s, officer positions in the banking industry were rare for women. Although she was well qualified, only one financial institution, First Security Bank, now Wells Fargo, even extended an interview. Oh, how times have changed. Now as the senior vice president and...   Read More

Brock Blake

Linking Ideas and Capital

Some people spend their lives trying to “find themselves.” Then there’s the type who can tell you who they are without hesitation—like Brock Blake. “Five things describe me,” says the 25-year-old CEO of FundingUniverse, “Church and family, which tie for first, business, sports and travel.” And he seems to find passion an...   Read More

Jill Miller

Celebrating the Stories

She has witnessed both the excessive indulgence of celebrities in the United States and the heart-breaking poverty of families in Africa. From somewhere in the middle of those opposites, Jill Miller helps emerging filmmakers realize their dreams. As managing director of the Sundance Institute, Miller plays a key role in ...   Read More

Mick Hagen

Recruitment Reinventor

When you meet the president of Zinch, after climbing the stairs of a slightly run-down, mid-century shopping center in downtown Provo, entering a debris-filled reception room and being directed to shake the hand of a kid with spiked black hair and the confident shrugginess of a high school quarterback, you’ll probably fe...   Read More

Rob Behunin

Directing the Uintah Basin Scene

In Shakespeare’s “Henry V,” King Henry displays extraordinary resolve once he sets a goal. Using every resource available, Henry creates a remarkable force to help him carry out his objective. Henry was a leader who loved his family and felt he was doing the best he could for his subjects. Enter Robert Behunin. Behun...   Read More

Natalie Gochnour

Cultivating Opportunities

Whether spending Thanksgiving Day in Plymouth, MA, or schussing through Utah powder, Natalie Gochnour believes in living a life rich in experiences. Currently COO of the Salt Lake Chamber, Gochnour also spent two years in Washington, D.C. by the side of Michael Leavitt, former Utah governor, now serving as Secretary of H...   Read More

Jeff Thredgold

The Optimistic Economist

Jeff Thredgold hated his economics classes in college and decided to avoid the field altogether. Now, more than 35 years later, he is one of the most respected and sought-after economists in the nation. While the media paints a dire financial picture for the country, Thredgold’s optimistic economic forecasts are a breath...   Read More

Allen Bostrum

A Universal Turnaround

As the CEO of a company that helps turn around struggling businesses, it helps to have some first-hand experience. Allen Bostrom, CEO of Universal Accounting Center (UAC), has the resume for the job. Bostrom worked for more than a decade to turn his father’s three-employee accounting advising business into one of the fas...   Read More

Jeff Alexander

Leading Across Many Fronts

For sixteen years, Jeff Alexander led a double life. The owner of commercial digital printer Alexander’s Print Advantage in Lindon, Alexander successfully grew his 28-year-old company from a retail copy center into a global authority on digital printing processes. During the other half of his time, Alexander served a...   Read More

Lori Chillingworth

Banking on Success

Lori Chillingworth doesn’t forget who keeps her in business – and who keeps her successful. “It’s the people around me,” says Chillingworth. “Surround yourself with great people – above you and those that work with you. They are the ones that drive your success.” As the senior vice president and manager of the Zio...   Read More

Mike Lawson

Listening and Guiding in the Right Place

As a young man, Mike Lawson promised himself he wouldn’t have a career that required he wear a tie. “I was so wrong,” he says with a laugh. Now president and CEO of Commerce CRG, Utah’s largest real estate firm, and with 25 years as an economic development specialist behind him, Lawson is as comfortable in the co...   Read More

Carol Fineagan

A Leading Light

When Carol Fineagan, CIO of EnergySolutions, tells people she was in the Girl Scouts for 20 years, she invariably endures the comment that she must have been held back. “It’s not that I failed, but because I really loved it,” she says. “Girl Scouts got me out of my house and that was really important.” Fineagan gr...   Read More

William A. Sederburg

Taking Education to the Next Level

With a distinguished 30-year career as a state senator and later as the president of a state university, the average person might be ready to rest on his laurels. Not so for William A. Sederburg. “My wife and I were walking in front of the Capitol in Lansing [Michigan], and a lawmaker came up to me and asked how we did i...   Read More

W. Don Whyte

Shining Through the Real Estate Storms

There’s a new exodus to the West. But instead of covered wagons, Audis are transporting settlers as they begin to inhabit the West Bench Project designed by Kennecott Land and Rio Tinto. The foothills of the Oquirrh Mountains are the final frontier in the Salt Lake Valley and Kennecott Land President W. Don Whyte has bee...   Read More

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