40 under 40: Ryan Crafts

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Ryan Crafts

Ryan Crafts

Culinary Crafts, Pleasant Grove

AGE: 34
BORN: Provo
TITLE: Chief operations officer

Ryan Crafts comes from Utah Valley’s first family of food. And as COO of Culinary Crafts — a 13-time Best of State Winner — Crafts has employed his meticulous eye for detail and enthusiasm for perfection throughout his 15-year catering career.

The RED Talking “I love when someone challenges my ideas with even more meticulously worked out thought. I admit it’s no easy task, but I love working with people who can make me change my mind.”

Biggest Accomplishment “Leading the team that won the 2013 Caterer of the Year award from the International Caterer’s Association.”

Favorite Accomplishment “Figuring out how to work with my family while preserving those relationships.”

First Job “At 13, I worked on a cutting horse ranch. My first month, I spent every single day doing nothing but shoveling manure.”

In 10 Years “We’ll still be serving delicious food at awesome events and making Utah a great place to live, work and throw a party.”

Youthful Advice “Don’t be afraid to buck the trends of the business world, no matter how entrenched or universally accepted they may be.”

Meet the rest of the “40 under 40” here.

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