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February 18, 2014

She agreed to take the job as a short-term project. Four years later she has found that she’s not just good at it, but she’s also passionate about it. Hammock’s flexibility and adaptability have made her a valuable asset in an industry with changing regulations and many requirements for training and compliance. 

Last year, Hammock developed a global training program and deployed it across American Express—to more than 120,000 employees in more than 30 countries. Her efforts saved the company more than $12 million in productivity costs by eliminating redundancy and implementing new technologies.

“My advice is always work hard,” she says. “Not only do you have to perform your given job, but you should be performing above the job—be a thought leader in all aspects.”

Brandon Harrison | Chief Operating Officer, C.R. England

At the age of 25, Brandon Harrison started as the youngest fleet manager at C.R. England, where he managed a fleet of more than 80 drivers and 60 trucks. Fast forward a decade, and Harrison is now COO of C.R. England.

“Over the course of my 10-year career with C.R. England, I have been given increasing levels of responsibility and earned eight promotions and accompanying titles,” he says. “The success of our organization is predicated on teamwork and my contribution as an individual to the team’s goal. Being there for my team and contributing to the team is a significant motivating factor for me.”

Harrison donates time and resources to several causes, like the Utah Food Bank and Huntsman Cancer Foundation. He is also a strong supporter of local colleges and universities.

“Throughout my career with C.R. England, I have worked with the corporate recruiting department to implement career fairs at local colleges,” he says. “Since this time, C.R. England has greatly increased the number of local Utah graduate applicants and hires at C.R. England.”

Jodie Hewitson | Tax Partner, Tanner LLC

Jodie Hewitson sees her role in the accounting profession as larger than just herself or her company: She wants to serve all women in the industry and help them attain leadership positions.

As a female partner in a Utah accounting firm, Hewitson is a rarity. Nationally, only 21 percent of partner positions at CPA firms are filled by women. In Utah, that number is less than 1 percent. Hewitson serves on the advisory board for the Women Tech Council and was previously president of the Utah affiliate of the American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants (AWSPCA). She has worked with the AWSPCA and the Utah Association of CPAs to form a task force to recruit, retain and develop women in accounting.

Hewitson has experience in all phases of corporate, partnership and individual tax compliance and consulting issues, including mergers and acquisitions, state and local tax issues, not-for-profit reporting, accounting for deferred taxes and expatriate taxation.

“Jodie’s significant contributions to strengthening the business community and expanding the voice of women cannot be overstated,” says Mike Dale, president of New Media Strategies, who nominated Hewitson.

Keri E. Jones-Fonnesbeck | Chief Program Officer, YWCA Utah

Keri Jones-Fonnesbeck is devoted to serving those who have been abused, rejected and overlooked. She has led camps for youth from war-torn countries, support groups for cancer survivors, and interventions for victims of domestic violence. She has served on committees in Salt Lake City dedicated to serving the homeless, defending human rights and fighting racism.

At YWCA Utah, she leads and supervises residential programs for the roughly 225 women and children living at YWCA to escape family violence. In recent years, she guided the organization’s expansion from three buildings to six. She also leads the organization’s development and implementation of other services, including a 24-hour crisis line, affordable housing programs and the Salt Lake Area Family Justice Center. She has become an outspoken public advocate, speaking frequently about domestic violence in media interviews and at events.

“Keri’s expertise in family violence, clinical skills and leadership abilities have strengthened the YWCA and benefited thousands of Utah women and children throughout more than a decade of service,” says Anne Burkholder, YWCA Utah CEO.

Kyle LaMalfa | Senior Analyst, Allegiance, Inc. | 2013 Salt Lake City Council Chair, Salt Lake City Corporation

Kyle LaMalfa is both an accomplished business analyst and an influential leader in Salt Lake City government, and he says these two distinct roles draw on different strengths and skill sets. At Allegiance, LaMalfa helps companies delve into big data sets so they can improve employee morale or better connect with customers. He gets elbow deep in the data and, with his vast experience, has found ways to better tie the technology to the analytical process.

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