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Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year

Candace Little

July 1, 2012

Like many entrepreneurs, Christensen says he tends to be optimistic to a fault, and hasn’t really faced any fears yet. “My fear comes down the road when I look back at the path I have taken and realize how precarious it was,” he says.

Erin Trenbeath-Murray
Head Start Director, Salt Lake CAP Head Start

While Erin Trenbeath-Murray has led the Salt Lake CAP Head Start program for 16 years, the program has become the foremost supplier of early childhood services and a frontrunner in the Head Start and nonprofit communities. It currently serves more than 2,500 low-income children and their families throughout Salt Lake and Tooele counties.

Like most nonprofits, expanding the Salt Lake CAP Head Start has not been an easy task, but Trenbeath-Murray always believed in the goal. “I never doubted the organization, but I do re-evaluate the program direction on a regular basis. I want to check in with myself and make sure that we are maintaining a mission-driven program,” she says.

Head Start employees, board members, families and partners recognize her as a tenacious leader who always puts the children and families first. Recently, Trenbeath-Murray raised money to launch Early Head Start, an infant program, without federal funding.

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Tim Sullivan
CEO, Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com digitizes historical documents and makes them available for search online. It has been a leader in the market for more than 20 years and has 1.7 million paying subscribers worldwide. Since Tim Sullivan joined the company six years ago, it has grown to more than 8 billion records and 33 million online family trees. Sullivan says he has always been drawn to the thrill of a growing company: “I have always enjoyed building businesses and evolving them as they grow.”

Through entrusting smart, talented people, focusing on new technologies, and gearing its services to inexperienced and advanced historians, Sullivan has been able to achieve consistent growth even in a down economy—all the while increasing Ancestry.com’s brand recognition throughout Utah and the world. “It’s all about the people, the product and the challenge,” he says.

Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame
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2009
Andrea Anaya, CEO, Career Step
Matthew Heaton, CEO and Owner, BlueHost
Matt Minkevitch, Executive Director, The Road Home
Douglas Sayer, President, Premier Technology, Inc.
Dallin Larsen, Founder, President and Chairman, MonaVie
Charles Freedman, Co-founder, VP, DownEast Outfitters
Jonathan Freedman, Co-founder, VP, DownEast Outfitters
William Freedman, Co-founder, VP, DownEast Outfitters
David Flynn, Founder and Chief Technical Officer, Fusion-io
Rick White, Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Fusion-io
Ryan DeLuca, CEO, Bodybuilding.com

2010
Preston Cochrane, President and CEO, AAA Fair Credit Foundation
Todd Pedersen, CEO, Vivint (formerly APX Alarm Security Solutions)
Rob Moore, President and COO, Big-D Construction Corp
Kate Maloney, CEO, Costume Craze
Burt Matthews, President, Grant Victor
Tim Matthews, CEO, Grant Victor
Jacque Butler, CEO, MedQuest Solutions
Rich Hanks, Chairman and President, Mindshare Technologies, Inc.
John Sperry, CEO, Mindshare Technologies, Inc.
Chet Linton, CEO, School Improvement Network
Cory Linton, Vice President, School Improvement Network
Curtis Linton, Vice President, School Improvement Network
Robert G. Pedersen II, President, CEO, and Co-Founder, ZAGG, Inc.

2011
Paul Morrell, President, Al-Morrell Development, LLC
David Dangerfield, President and CEO, Avalon Health Care, Inc.
David Jenkins, President and CEO, Conservice, LLC
Corbin Church, CEO, Miche Bag LLC
William Haberstock, CEO, Million Air - Salt Lake City
Blake Roney, Chairman, Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc.
Orville Thompson, CEO, Scentsy, Inc.
Heidi Thompson, President, Scentsy, Inc.
Allan Ainsworth, PhD, Executive Director,
Wasatch Homeless Health Care/Fourth Street Clinic
Robert Mendenhall, President, Western Governors University

 

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