February 19, 2013

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Forty under 40

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Celebrating the Past, Present and Future Forty Under 40

Sarah Ryther Francom

February 19, 2013

One of Utah’s economic strengths has long been its youthful workforce. The Beehive State, in fact, boasts the nation’s youngest population with a median age of 29.6, while the nation’s is 37.3.

In this issue of Utah Business, we celebrate 40 of the state’s youngest leaders in our annual Forty Under 40 special recognition feature. Each individual has been greatly influential to his or her company and industry. These entrepreneurs, business execs and community leaders are already making a difference in Utah and are quickly on their way to becoming the major players of tomorrow. We proudly applaud their achievements. Find their stories on page 62.

Since we launched the Forty Under 40 program 11 years ago, we’ve enjoyed celebrating and sharing the many accomplishments of Utah’s brightest and most promising professionals. As we look back at those we’re honored with the Forty Under 40 distinction, it’s astounding to see the impacts they have had over the years. Many have continued breaking new ground in their industries, inventing innovative products and leading new companies. 

For example, in 2003 we honored PC Laptops Founder Dan Young, who had just launched the computer sales and repair company. Today, Young has built PC Laptops into a successful brand that is now a household name. In 2006, we honored Amy Rees Anderson, who in 2012 sold her company, MediConnect, for $348.6 million. Anderson now runs REES Capital, where she assists up-and-coming entrepreneurs. Josh Coates, who sold his startup Mozy to EMC in 2007, recently launched another highly successful company, Instructure. This Sandy-based learning management firm is growing rapidly and plans to hire 600 Utahns this year. Pretty amazing. And what’s even more amazing is that we could go on and on describing the accomplishments of the Forty Under 40 alumni. It’s evident that there’s no shortage of talent, innovation and ambition in Utah.

While we’re inspired by the many accomplishments of our past and present Forty Under 40 honorees, we’re also excited to think of the next generation of Forty Under 40. Who will they be? What will they accomplish? How will they improve the world?

The Great Recession impacted everyone but it’s been argued that today’s college-aged youth will feel the effects for years, as many lost valuable time and opportunities to launch their careers. As a business leader, you have an opportunity and a responsibility to support Utah’s up-and-coming leaders—and there are many ways you can help. Offer internships or part-time work. Encourage mentorship from experienced employees to less experienced employees throughout your organization. Volunteer to speak at a local college or university.

By providing opportunities and mentorship, you can play an invaluable role in someone’s professional life. Who knows who you might inspire by sharing your experience and insights—you just might be helping a future Forty Under 40 reach his or her potential.

From the Editor,

Sarah Ryther Francom

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