Chris Heaton: Forty Under 40
Congratulations to Chris Heaton, director of finance and operations at RizePoint. He was named one of Utah Business’ 2018 Forty Under 40 honorees.
As a developer, a consultant, and now as the director of finance and operations for RizePoint, Chris Heaton has shown that taking risks and innovating pays off. At HP, he developed a dynamic pricing model that improved profit margins and added millions of dollars in profit. At RizePoint, he served as interim CFO for seven months, and in that short time negotiated a successful debt round, reduced days of sales outstanding from 75 to 41, and reduced cash burn to the lowest level in three years.
“Take chances. I think my best successes have come through not trying to replicate the way that other people have solved a problem, but to find [my] own way to solve it,” says Heaton. “It’s both more motivating and more rewarding to find a solution that is uniquely yours.”
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Heaton founded the BYU chapter of the American Red Cross. He also volunteers for the Utah Tech Council and participates in RizePoint’s community outreach program, Rize and Shine. “When I moved to Utah two years ago, I was surprised by the strength of the culture of Utah technology. I’d worked in other places with thriving technology companies, but Utah is uniquely dedicated to growing its ‘Utah’ culture,” he says.