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30 Women to Watch

Devin Felix, Di Lewis, Heather Stewart | Photography by Eric Delpenich

May 6, 2013

Mastakas began her post-collegiate career managing multi-million-dollar portfolios at Eagle Gate Securities as a financial consultant. In 2005, she earned her real estate license and joined Metro Commercial Finance as finance director. During her time there, the company tripled revenue in five years.

She also serves on committees to raise funds for the St. Sophia Hellenic Orthodox School and has implemented an initiative at IBS that facilitates employees volunteering at local charities.

Heather Coyle
Director – Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis, C. R. England, Inc.

Heather Coyle says, “What I enjoy most about work (or anything) is diversity, ability to make positive change, problem solve and an environment that allows for spreadsheets/calculations and the ability to bring in desktop design elements.” Those passions have allowed Coyle to thrive at C. R. England, Inc. as the director of corporate financial planning and analysis.

Coyle and her team cut their month-end close process almost in half, provided more structure to budgeting and forecasting processes, and worked to turn their corporate focus to whole financial health by focusing on return on investments, not just profit margin. Because of these accomplishments, Coyle has been a leading force in the company’s success.

To those entering the workforce, Coyle says it’s important to always behave with integrity and honesty and “remember that every day is a job interview.” It’s also important to be compassionate, and also be able to stand up for yourself while being respectful. And perhaps most important, she says, “Persevere, persevere, persevere.”

Erica VanAmen Brown
Vice President of Marketing, Thanksgiving Point Institute

Erica VanAmen Brown has shaped the future of Thanksgiving Point, first as director of communications in 2006, then as vice president of marketing, a role she took on last year. Now she’s working to bring the Museum of Natural Curiosity through a capital campaign to its projected opening in 2014. She’s also seen great success with the “Two Buck Tuesdays” campaign that brought in new visitors, more revenue and filled slow times.

Brown says there’s never a slow day at the institute. “Thanksgiving Point offers such a range of things to work on, from a Tulip Festival to a dinosaur museum to a working farm to shopping and dining, it’s hard to get bored,” she says. “The reality of working for a nonprofit of Thanksgiving Point’s size and scope is that the sky is the limit to what you want to focus on.”

Brown is also on the advisory board for Latinos in Action, is a board member at the Utah Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau, and previously served on the board for the Sunshine House.

Ema Ostarcevic
Partner, SEARCH Group Partners

“I’m in the business of people,” says Ema Ostarcevic, who in 2012 launched SEARCH Group Partners, a boutique recruiting firm. Prior to making this entrepreneurial leap, she was a managing director within Robert Half International’s executive retained search division based in New York City. At Robert Half, she specialized in senior level and C-suite searches across the globe.

“I’m a little bit of an entrepreneur at heart,” she says of her decision to leave Robert Half to co-found her own firm. “I graduated high school when I was 15 years old and started early college; managed my first group of 20 people when I was 20 years old that were 20 years older than me—just living that entrepreneurial spirit and deciding to contribute to my community and to my business one job at a time.”

Ostarcevic is also passionate about the arts and is an active member of the Ballet West Ambassadors and Ballet West development committee.

Erin M. Stone
Shareholder, Prince, Yeates & Geldzahler; Board Chair-Elect, Girl Scouts of Utah

Highly successful in her legal career, Erin Stone dedicates much of her free time to mentoring Girl Scouts, law students and young lawyers. Stone has been a board member of Girl Scouts of Utah since 2009 and was elected to serve as the 2013-2015 board chair.

Recently, Stone was instrumental in negotiating a complex land deal for GSU. The organization purchased 236 acres of land adjacent to its Camp Cloud Rim, with a conservation easement over the land that will preserve the land for future generations of Girl Scouts. She has also chaired GSU’s fundraiser, the International Women’s Day celebration, for two years in a row, raising thousands of dollars for programs that serve more than 8,000 girls in the state.

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