February 19, 2013

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By Utah Business editors | Photography by Eric Delphenich

February 19, 2013

“The political bug bit me at an early age,” says Luke. “I loved the issues and strategy required, but mostly I loved the thought of helping people and improving their lives through public policy.”

This service also extends to his leadership role for the Utah Association of Community Services. The association consists of 40 private provider agencies that serve more than 5,000 people with developmental and other types of disabilities throughout Utah.

Jen Mascaro | 37 - Owner, Who Moves You Team/Keller Williams South Valley Parkway

Jen Mascaro is passionate about her work as a realtor and broker. “Times are tough for a lot of people right now,” she says. “The ups and downs are excruciating. One minute the world is falling apart because of a bank or an appraisal, a house isn’t selling fast enough [or] the buyer backs out…the next we have figured out a way to make it work. The tears have been replaced with smiles and we close the deal.”

In 2011, Mascaro founded the Who Moves You Team, which sells both residential and commercial real estate in Utah. Her team sold more than $43 million in housing in 2011. She has also been a major partner in the acquisition, development and sale of several large-scale development projects, like the West Park Village in Vernal.

Mascaro was named the Professional Woman of the Year in Real Estate by the National Association of Professional Women in 2011.

Kevin Mitchell | 32 - Vice President of Operations, inthinc Technology Solutions

“We make our customers safer, and our product has saved the lives of dozens of people. To have that kind of impact is very motivating,” says Kevin Mitchell of inthinc, a company that develops save driving systems.

Before earning his MBA and joining inthinc, Mitchell worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency as an Iraq terrorism liaison and counterterrorism intelligence officer. At inthinc, he works to develop regional support partnerships for the company’s global efforts in Australia, Canada and South America. He also formed relationships with global cellular providers to increase the company’s communications footprint to 111 countries.

“I try to put the good of the company ahead of my own interests, and I believe in creating long-term rather than short-term value,” he says. “As a result, building strong, lasting relationships is critical. Few things (if any) in business should be handled as one-time transactions.”

Adam Morgan | 38 - Executive Creative Director, ThomasARTS

A self-described “idea guy,” Adam Morgan has been in the marketing and advertising industry since the mid ‘90s. Spending that much time in an ever-changing industry has been a learning experience for Morgan, who is now executive creative director for ThomasARTS. Morgan is also the president of the American Advertising Federation Utah.

“Early in my advertising career, I was part of a 60-person reduction in force. It was a terrible blow to my hopes and ego,” he says. “The harsh lesson I learned is that there is no job security in today’s economy. The only security you have is in yourself—constantly building your skill set, finding ways to grow, seeking out opportunities and hopefully getting lucky every once in a while.”

Today, Morgan oversees a creative department with more than 30 writers, designers and other artists. In his time at ThomasARTS, he has worked with numerous notable clients, such as Zions Bank, Ken Garff, Intel, Microsoft, Vail Resorts and Morgan Jewelers.

Michael P.  Petrogeorge | 37 - Vice President and Shareholder, Parsons Behle & Latimer

Michael Petrogeorge was elected to the board of directors of Parsons Behle & Latimer at the remarkably young age of 36. But his legal acumen surfaced earlier than that, when he graduated No. 1 in his class from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah.

His practice involves real estate and civil litigation, and he has served the firm in various leadership capacities, including chair of the associate relations committee and chair of real estate litigation practice group.

Petrogeorge says a good leader “seeks to empower those he or she leads by giving them frequent opportunities to gain new experiences and expertise, encouraging them to go outside of their comfort zone and try new things, yet remaining readily available to discuss ideas and provide guidance along the way.” 

Petrogeorge is involved with several community organizations, including Salt Lake CAP Head Start, United Way of Salt Lake and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Utah, among many others. He also serves as a mentor in the Utah State Bar’s New Lawyer Training Program.

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