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Forty Under 40

Celebrating Utah’s Rising Stars

By Utah Business editors | Photos by Eric Delphenich

February 18, 2014

Christopher Mismash | President, Jux.Com

Christopher Mismash has a long history of helping companies get better online. As a 19-year-old in 1996, in the early days of the internet, he started a web development company and was contracted by Boeing. He went on to work with startup companies to raise venture capital and improve the design and function of their digital services. He later worked in advertising as vice president of digital strategy for MRM//McCann, where he transformed the company’s digital practices and applied his experience to help several Fortune 100 companies solve their digital content and marketing challenges. In 2013 he left to start Jux.com., a social media company.

Those who work with him praise Mismash for his ability to adapt and anticipate changes in the swiftly changing digital world. “He has shown great intuition about where trends are headed and how to get in front of them,” says Nate Checketts of CPIF. “We have often looked to Chris for guidance, inspiration and innovative thinking as we have worked to launch our new apparel company.”

Brady Murray | President, MassMutual Intermountain West

Brady Murray serves as the president of financial services firm MassMutual, where he oversees the organization’s Intermountain West region. His primary goal has been to attract top talent and to ultimately help the company become the largest financial services firm in the West. Under his leadership, the company has exceeded its recruiting expectations by 104 percent during 2013. “We’ve been fortunate to bring on some of the region’s brightest and most talented financial professionals.”

Beyond his work at MassMutual, Murray founded Racing for Orphans with Down Syndrome (RODS Racing), a nonprofit organization that relies on athletes located throughout the U.S., Canada and U.K. “Our athletes race in endurance races ranging from a 5K to full Ironman to raise funding and awareness for orphaned children who have Down syndrome,” he explains. “Since our inception in 2012, we have raised over $230,000 and helped 10 orphans find loving homes.”

Richard A. Murray | President, CarrierSales.com

Richard Murray believes that in business, everyone needs to win, including the customer, the provider, the employees and the company. “I believe in negotiating hard but leaving enough at the table for everyone to walk away fulfilled,” he says.

Murray has worked for CarrierSales.com since 2001 and recently became the company’s sole owner. “I feel a huge sense of responsibility to my employees, my sales partners and our customers to understand where the industry is headed and lead as best I can to the right technologies and the right providers,” he says.

Murray earned a seat on the board of directors for the Agent Alliance in 2006, and in June 2013, he was named chairman of the board. Murray has also been named to several advisory councils for major telecom carriers such as Windstream, inContact, CenturyLink and Integra. In this role, he meets with executives throughout the industry to advocate for the independent channel and end-user customers.

Sherilyn A. Olsen | Partner, Holland & Hart LLP

Sherilyn Olsen’s dream of becoming an attorney began at the early age of nine. “I did not know a single lawyer, but I knew that I wanted to become one,” she says. Olsen never lost sight of that goal and graduated magna cum laude from BYU’s J. Reuben Clark School of Law in 2002.

Today, Olsen serves as a leading bankruptcy lawyer. Her role focuses on helping clients resolve problems with commercial loans in default. “I have amazing clients. I love working with them to help them solve complex problems and to help them accomplish their company goals,” she says.

Olsen says strong mentorship has been vital to her growth, and she thanks Holland & Hart colleague Mona Burton for helping her along the way. Now, Olsen hopes to serve as a mentor to younger attorneys. She participates in many mentorship programs, including the firm’s Women’s Leadership Forum and speaks regularly at BYU, where she encourages women and minorities to consider legal careers.

Kreg Peeler | Founder/CEO, SpinGo

Kreg Peeler pitched SpinGo to hundreds of investors before getting his dream funded in 2012. “I learned to be totally committed to a vision and not let anyone discourage me [and to be] open to good feedback—all while being brutally honest with myself about the realities,” he says of the experience. His perseverance through the countless disappointments paid off. Today, the event engine serves more than 125,000 events each month and processes 100,000 content sources, 60,000 venues and 6,000 event submissions every day. SpinGo boasts clients like New York Daily News and Los Angeles Times.

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