February 19, 2013

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By Utah Business editors | Photography by Eric Delphenich

February 19, 2013

Redgie Probst | 36 - President & CEO, Probst Electric, Summit Line Construction and 3 String Cattle Company

Ask Redgie Probst to detail his professional accomplishments and he will not only mention founding and running three companies, but he will add that he is a master electrician, journeyman, substation technician and lineman. No position, no task is insignificant for this entrepreneur, who was raised on a ranch and whose first job was operating a commercial sheep operation. “I learned then that it takes many different skills to run a successful business,” he says.

Probst founded Probst Electric in 2004 with two employees; since that time, the company and its subsidiary, Summit Line Construction, have grown to employ more than 200 people in the United States and Canada.

“It has been a long-time personal dream of mine to be one of the largest and most sought-after line contractors in the nation. Each day we become closer to fulfilling this dream,” he says. “The challenge of doing something bigger and better each day is what drives me.”

Richard ‘RJ’ Pupunu | 31 - Partner & CFO, LDD Partners

RJ Pupunu has been breaking new ground from a young age. As a first-generation American, Pupunu watched his parents work hard to reach high levels of achievement and followed their example. While going to school, Pupunu began building his history of entrepreneurialism when he started a mortgage company.

He later started Alpine Auto Transporters with his mother, and was key to keeping the company successful despite the decline of the auto industry and economic recession. With that company on a high-growth track, Pupunu joined LDD Partners, a strategic consulting firm and business incubator and accelerator, as a partner and CFO.

While he was blazing his career path, Pupunu’s twin children were born prematurely and were hospitalized for weeks with many follow up visits. Their struggles compelled him to become involved with March of Dimes, where he works to support children and their families. Pupunu also gives time and support to the Odyssey House, Crossroads Urban Center and Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Dave Robinson | 39 - Vice President of Global Marketing, Mozy

Dave Robinson leads the worldwide marketing efforts for Mozy, the cloud-services division of EMC. His team has developed joint marketing campaigns with brands like Comcast, Time Warner, McAfee and Lenovo. Robinson’s portfolio encompasses television ad campaigns, radio campaigns and award-winning social media programs. Recently, he spearheaded Mozy’s expansion into the European and Asian markets.

“My time at Mozy has brought numerous challenges as we’ve evolved from a small startup of approximately 10 employees to key division of a large global corporation. These challenges have come in the form of strategic business shifts, competitive threats, evolving technologies and economic uncertainties. I’ve enjoyed the unique challenges each day, week, month and year have presented and embraced them as opportunities to learn, adapt and ultimately grow as a professional,” says Robinson.

Through his guidance, Mozy seamlessly transitioned its focus from consumers to a business clientele, and shifted from direct to indirect sales and marketing strategies.

Lincoln Scoffield | 35 - President, Cornerstone Title Insurance Agency, LLC

Lincoln Scoffield founded Cornerstone Title six years ago and has grown it into the second-largest title agency in Utah. The firm now employs more than 40 workers at six locations.

“The last several years have been extremely difficult for any real estate-related business. Constantly facing the uncertainty while also balancing the need to keep costs down while still keeping quality employees was one of the most significant challenges I have faced,” says Scoffield.

Scoffield has served on the board of the Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity for six years. He was board president of the organization for an unprecedented two years—a time in which it was dramatically reorganized in order to increase the number of families it serves.

Chelsea Élan Sloan | 27 - President, Uptown Cheapskate

Four years ago, Chelsea Sloan and her brother founded Uptown Cheapskate, a buy-sell-trade fashion exchange. Since that time Uptown Cheapskate has grown from a single location to 25 franchises, with 13 more on the way.

Sloan learned tricks of the trade from her parents at Kid to Kid, a children’s resale franchise. She learned the retail business from the ground up.

The long-term goal for Uptown Cheapskate and Sloan is to open 100 stores across the United States within 10 years. “We want to be the market leader in the resale clothing industry with training, systems and customer service that is best in class. We also want to help our owners achieve high levels of profitability so they can get their long-term career goals met.”

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