Aptive Environmental, Provo
BORN: New Canaan, Conn.
TITLE: Founder + chairman
David Royce has had a lifetime of wins — and he’s just getting started. His recently-sold company, Alterra, earned $75 million in revenue in 2015, created a thousand-plus jobs in three short years, and raised $105,000 to fight Malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year winner has a brand new venture, Aptive Environmental, which will open its doors in 24 states this year.
The RED Talking “I dream big, drive hard and celebrate accomplishments with our team. We love big goals and achieving what others before us could not.”
Favorite Accomplishment “Becoming an entrepreneur right out of college.”
Key To Success “Relentless work ethic. Talent is directly proportionate to desire and how hard someone is willing to work for something.”
Motivation At Work “I love helping employees grow into leaders. We show them we care through actions — incredible culture, amazing amenities (basketball court, golf simulator, ping pong, foosball, pool table, movie room, etc.), even our own company basketball league.”
Youthful Advice “Think big and be disruptive in your industry. This helps you differentiate, gets you noticed, and allows you to become a frontrunner.”