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Utah’s Rising Stars Honored at Forty Under 40 Event

By Rachel Madison

February 28, 2014

Salt Lake Ctiy — When it comes to being young, talented and successful, Utah Business’ 2014 Forty Under 40 honorees fit the bill to a T. These 40 up-and-comers in the business world were honored Thursday at the 12th annual Utah Business Forty Under 40 awards luncheon.

Each of these honorees has experienced monumental success, all before the age of 40. They come from numerous industries, including technology, healthcare, non-profit organizations, finance and government.

Jacob Tippets, executive director and founder of CoLegacy, discussed some of the challenges he’s had in his career and how his drive has helped him to succeed.

“I was born an entrepreneur,” he said. “I was born with the drive to be doing something. I’ve just got that drive in me that just tells me to get up and go. I’ll do whatever it takes to accomplish what I want. The sky’s the limit.”

Rudy Larsen, owner of The Lawn Butler, Smart Rain and Rubicon Contractors, said if he could offer an entrepreneur any advice, it would be to never quit.

“It’s hard. Don’t quit, because you’re going to think you’re down and out and you’ve got nothing more to give and you need to quit,” he said. “The difference between people who make it and those who don’t are the people who just keep pushing.”

The 2014 Forty Under 40 honorees are:

  • Scott Abbott, CEO, Five Star Franchising
  • Ken Anderson, vice president of sales and business development, Universal Synaptics Corporation
  • Jim Balderson, senior vice president, Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Jeffery R. Bray, CEO, MedQuest Pharmacy
  • Josh Case, CEO, Energy Capital Group, LLC
  • Michael G. Dash, President and CEO, Parallel HR Solutions, Inc.
  • Dave Decker, President, Complete Merchant Solutions
  • Carol Lynn George, Ph.D., state science adviser, Governor’s Office of Economic Development
  • Samantha Hammock, vice president and chief learning officer, American Express Banking
  • Brandon Harrison, COO, C.R. England
  • Jodie Hewitson, tax partner, Tanner LLC
  • Keri Jones-Fonnesbeck, chief program officer, YWCA Utah
  • Kyle LaMalfa, senior analyst, Allegiance, Inc.; 2013 Salt Lake City council chair, Salt Lake City Corporation
  • Rudy Larsen, owner, The Lawn Butler, Smart Rain and Rubicon Contractors
  • Reed Laws, president, Your Employment Solutions
  • Mike Leavitt, attorney, Durham Jones & Pinegar, P.C.
  • Michael Lunt, managing partner, Bennett Capital; venture partner, Intrepid Equity Partners
  • Ross McGarvey, founder and CEO, Avant8
  • Jeff Miller, general manager, Mark Miller Subaru Midtown/Mark Miller Subaru South Towne
  • Ginger Miller, vice president of clinical operations, Verisk Health, Inc.
  • David Mink, CEO, Avalaunch Media
  • Christopher Mismash, president, Jux.com
  • Brady Murray, president, MassMutual Intermountain West
  • Richard Murray, president, CarrierSales.com
  • Sherilyn Olsen, partner, Holland & Hart LLP
  • Kreg Peeler, founder and CEO, SpinGo
  • Ben Peterson, CEO, BambooHR
  • Shaun Ritchie, CEO, Ender Labs
  • Phil Robinson, CEO, i.t.NOW
  • Jason Rogers, senior vice president of branch administration, Mountain America Credit Union
  • Brian Slagle, CFO, Lifetime Products, Inc.
  • Leslie Snavely, vice president of marketing and corporate sales, CHG Healthcare Services
  • Chad Tingey, M.D., physician of dermatology, Department of Dermatology, Ogden Clinic
  • Jacob Tippetts, executive director and founder of CoLegacy, LLC
  • Brigham Tomco, CEO, Zylun
  • Ryan Westwood, CEO, PcCareSupport; CEO, Outbox Systems
  • Kevin Williams, founder and managing director, Claim Resolutions
  • Brandon Wood, principal and executive vice president of the investment division, Newmark Grubb ACRES
  • Bryan Wrigley, president and managing partner, Lotus Equities Group
  • Holly Yocum, executive director, Utah Film Center

Read more about each of the honorees in the February issue of Utah Business.

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