Forty Under 40 Bring Energy, Kindness with Success

The rising stars of Utah’s business world have a few things in common—they’re a bunch of hard-working, focused, passionate individuals. But beyond that, they’re as diverse as the state they represent.

Utah Business magazine recognized the 2016 Forty Under 40 honorees at a luncheon Friday at the Grand America Hotel. From law firm partners to leaders at nonprofit organizations to financial company executives to business owners, awardees came from a variety of fields and backgrounds. Sam Urie, publisher of Utah Business, said the early success of this year’s Forty is impressive, and speaks to great things to come.

“You’re not newbies anymore. You’ve got some valuable experience under your belt. You’ve matured, learned some hard lessons and became leaders. Through all of this, you’ve pinpointed your strengths and worked to minimize your weaknesses,” Urie said. “You’re at a midpoint in your life’s journey and I’m sure you still have some exciting and terrifying adventures in store farther up the slope.

“It’s incredible to think about the impact you will have in the coming decades on your industries, your companies and the people who look up to you as mentors. What change will you bring to the world? What new products, services and thriving businesses will you create? I can’t wait to see how your careers take off from here,” he added.

Cam Hancock, vice president at presenting sponsor Kirton McConkie, said often success comes to those crazy enough to think they can achieve something great—so they do.

“Some of you here today were probably crazy enough to think you could change the world, and you’re well on your way in your respective careers,” he said. “You’ve made wise choices that have brought about your success—the reason you’re here today.”

Jim Duke, senior partner at the event’s other presenting sponsor, Mass Mutual Intermountain West, said beyond being recognized strictly for success in the business community, the honorees also showed a commitment to giving back to their community and for helping pull up others along the way—traits that help make them shine as people, as well as in their profession.

“Your graciousness and generosity does not go unnoticed,” he said. “The time you take, the respect you give—people appreciate that.”

KUTV2 anchor Shauna Lake, who emceed the event, said she, too, was touched by the stories of the honorees. The typical successful businessperson, especially someone who has achieved so much success early on in their career, is thought to be driven, tightly focused on business and not easily distracted by anything outside of their career goals, she said. In the interviews of the honorees played at the luncheon, however, she said, most spoke about family and giving back to the community and helping others reach their goals.

“I am so impressed with your success. It means you held fast to an idea and an ideal for yourself,” she said. “As usual, I leave here inspired.”

More coverage of Forty Under 40, including the videos of the honorees’ interviews, can be found here.

The 2016 Forty Under 40 are:

Angelina Tsu, Vice President, Legal Council for Zions Bancorporation

Clint Gordon-Carroll, Co-founder of Space Monkey

Darren Reid, Partner at Holland & Hart, LLP

Blake L. Hansen, Senior Partner at MassMutual Intermountain West

Eric Evans, Director – Tax at PwC

Jacob Moon, Co-Founder, Executive Vice President for Method Communications

Dave Grow, Chief Revenue Officer for Lucid Software

Tim Brown, Jr., President of Rain Gutter Specialities/RGS Construction and Exteriors

Adam J. Grow, Senior Vice President, General Manager for Rakuten Marketing

Alec Wilkins, Senior Vice President Product Development and Chief Architect for

David R. Gill, Executive Vice President, Corporate Services for Zions Bank

David Royce, Founder and Chairman for Aptive Environmental

Jeff Rossi, Executive Director for Cushman & Wakefield | Commerce

Jess Phillips, Owner of Auric Solar

Joe Salisbury, Partner at Candlelight Homes

Jon Grover, Vice President of Product Management for InMoment

Nate Walkingshaw, Chief Product Officer for Pluralsight

Scott Wilson, President of Beehive Broadband

Ryan Creamer, CEO of sPower

Amberlie Phillips, Chief Development Officer for YWCA Utah

Bubba Page, Founder & CEO of QuotaDeck and Founder & Chairman of LaunchLeads

David Goar, Wealth Advisor for Research Financial Strategies

Heather Mercier, Senior Vice President of Finance and Talent for Experticity

Jared Hamilton, Founder & CEO of DrivingSales, LLC

Kelly C. Johnson, Marketing Director/Autism Advocate for Scopious Marketing

Matt Krull, Co-founder/Managing Partner of Olympus Wealth Management

Scott A. Bird, Co-founder/Managing Partner of Olympus Wealth Management

Scott Poelman, Co-founder/Managing Partner of Olympus Wealth Management

Neal Gatherum, Vice President/General Manager of Lamar Advertising

Stephen A. Wright, Director of Strategic Communications of R&R Partners

Wick Udy, Senior Vice President at JLL

Chad Moore, Managing Director at Mountain West Retail & Investment

Chad Bennett, Founder & CEO of HEROIC

Chase T. Harrington, CEO of Entrata

Ibi Guevara, Vice President, Business Development and Marketing/Shareholder of Hunt Electric

Josh Baxter, Executive Vice President, Global Services of LANDESK Software, Inc.

Kurt A. Richards, Executive Vice President of ASEA, LLC

Reed W. Chase, Audit Partner at Tanner, LLC

Adelaide Maudsley, Shareholder at Kirton McConkie, PC

Emily Rushton, Executive Vice President at PrincePerelson

Cori Swisher Anderson, Marketing Manager at R&O Construction

Brian P. Rosander, Shareholder at Parsons Behle & Latimer