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A company rarely succeeds without an innovative and visionary CEO at its helm. Utah Business magazine honored eight of Utah’s most valuable CEOs Thursday at its annual CEO of the Year awards luncheon.
Mike Falk, president and CEO of Newmark Grubb Acres, acknowledged that most CEOs understand the reason why they are so successful—because others are smarter than they are.
“I think one of the things that’s in common with everyone here, is we’re all just smart enough to know that there’s a lot of people a hell of a lot smarter than we are,” he said. “And if we can find ways to empower those people, then we can make some good things happen.”
Michael Weinholtz, CEO of CHG Healthcare Services, Inc., agreed and said giving credit to company employees is important because it’s at the core of most companies’ success.
“It’s others who do the majority of the heavy lifting and great work that goes on in our businesses,” he said.
Sarah Lehman, CEO of Enve Composites, said a guiding mantra she discovered in college by Mahatma Gandhi, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world,” has helped her company to achieve success over the last few years.
“It’s honorable to be here with such accomplished CEOs,” she said. “My guiding mantra is a mantra I discovered when I was in college and I decided to embrace that on all levels. If I want others to have candid conversations, I have to have candid conversations. If I want others to hold themselves accountable, I have to hold myself accountable. If I want others to work hard and put their egos aside, I have to work hard and put my ego aside.”
The eight CEOs honored for 2014 were:
Scott Douglas Barlow, CEO, Central Utah Clinic
Lance Clark, president and CEO, Spillman Technologies, Inc.
Mike Falk, president and CEO, Newmark Grubb Acres
Sarah Lehman, CEO, Enve Composites
Jeff Pedersen, chairman and CEO, PW Companies
Scott Quist, president and CEO, Security National Financial Corporation
Jeffery Smith, CEO, Alliance Health (formerly Ingram Medical)
Michael Weinholtz, CEO, CHG Healthcare Services, Inc.
Read more about each of the honorees’ accomplishments in the March issue of Utah Business.