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Eight outstanding CEOs of Utah companies were honored at Utah Business magazine’s CEO of the Year event Thursday morning.
The CEOs are united by their innovation in difficult economic times, dedication to the community and recognition of the importance of their employees and good company culture, said Gregory Lindley, Salt Lake managing partner at Holland & Hart.
Amy Rees Anderson, MediConnect Global CEO, said she feels like she is best doing her job when she can see employees pushing to do things they think they can’t or doing the right thing in a difficult situation. She also started a daily CEO blog to keep in touch with employees and said it’s been a huge success. “It’s gotten everyone on the same page.”
Recognizing that a good leader goes nowhere without great employees, CEO of The Larry H. Miller Group of Companies Greg Miller said, “Most, if not all, of the employees are better at their jobs than I’ll ever be.”
Spencer Kirk, CEO of Extra Space Storage, echoed that sentiment saying the culture at his company can be summed up with the phrase, “None of us is as good as all of us.
Four people were chosen from private companies and four from public companies.
Complete list of Honorees:
M. Truman Hunt, Nu Skin Enterprises
Spencer F. Kirk, Extra Space Storage, Inc.
Tim Sullivan, Ancestry.com
Robert G. Pedersen II, ZAGG Inc
Greg Miller, The Larry H. Miller Group of Companies
Kip Wadsworth, Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Company, LLC
Mike Cameron, Christopherson Business Travel
Amy Rees Anderson, MediConnect Global