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Jackson and his team are also involved in the community through several volunteer projects: the company helped relocate and restore the historic Emery Cabin to This is the Place Heritage Park, remodeled rooms for the local Ronald McDonald House and worked with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for families in Utah with special needs. 

Suzy Jessen
Director of Global Recruiting, Ancestry.com | Age: 39

As director of global recruiting at Ancestry.com, Suzy Jessen is responsible for keeping the company up and running by recruiting the top talent for each position. Jessen says she enjoys the challenge of finding the perfect individual for each opening. “I believe I have achieved tremendous success, specifically as it relates to hiring talent both within and outside the tech industry and bringing them to Ancestry.com and to Utah,” she says. “I enjoy work and get a sense of satisfaction from seeing a challenge and developing a strategy to overcome it. I’m a very goal-oriented person and take a great sense of accomplishment from achieving both professional and personal goals.”

Outside of the office, Jessen volunteers at Camp Taloali, an annual camp for the hearing impaired, and works with a three-year-old hearing-impaired girl once a week.  “I’m proud of her hard work and take great pride in seeing her develop, learn and get excited by accomplishments that many take for granted.” Jessen also plays goalie on a traveling hockey team. “We train three times a week and travel throughout Utah and all of North America competing against other teams.”

Trent Kaufman, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President and Partner, The Cicero Group | Age: 35

Trent Kaufman has had a diverse career, but it all centers around education. He says his biggest challenge in life was a poor primary education. While he mostly blames himself, he graduated high school without understanding how to write, having never read a book cover to cover, and with no ability to apply scientific and mathematic concepts in the real world.

He worked hard to overcome his late start and began his first career in public education as a high school economics teacher and sports coach, eventually becoming a principal. While he was helping educate students, Kaufman kept working on his own education, eventually earning a bachelor’s, two master’s and a doctoral degree. His pursuit of education was a way to make up for what he missed early in life, Kaufman says.

Now in a second career, he is founder and president of Education Direction and executive vice president and partner at The Cicero Group, a market research, analytics and strategy consulting firm. As someone focused on education, Kaufman says he loves the challenge of gaining expertise in new industries for each client.

Brandon LeRoy
Partner, Jackson & LeRoy Remodeling | Age: 35

A competitive spirit drives Brandon LeRoy to create the very best. As a partner at Jackson & LeRoy Remodeling, he remodels and builds very highly designed, complex and finely finished homes for discerning clients. LeRoy’s focus at the company is marketing, sales, estimating and production. But his favorite part of the job is “visually seeing the work we create each day and the joy it brings to our clients.”

LeRoy has been busy in industry organizations as well, and is currently serving as president of the Salt Lake Home Builders Association. He was the 2010 chair of the National Association of Home Builders and Remodelers Utah chapter. His work extends into hundreds of hours of volunteering and charitable donations for many organizations. His professional and charitable achievements are reflected in the many awards for the company during the last several years.

That success springs from LeRoy’s consistently high-quality work and his business philosophy: “Remodeling and building homes that matter—to clients, to the community and to the environment.”

Scott Linford
CEO, Oozle Media | Age: 31     

Under Scott Linford’s leadership, Oozle Media has grown to become a million dollar company just three years after its launch. The Sandy-based company offers cutting-edge internet marketing services, with more than 150 clients across the nation. “Our whole company is based around community since small and medium-sized businesses are a big part of [the company’s] foundation,” says Linford. “We want to help these companies stay relevant and alive. We are on their side, and not on the side of side of advertising that doesn’t provide them with the information they need to succeed.”

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