40 under 40: Sam Bernards

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Sam Bernards

Sam Bernards

Peak Ventures, Provo

AGE: 39
BORN: Brigham City
TITLE: Principal

Sam Bernards’ career has been full of peaks and … more peaks. After working on stellar startups and international giants like Walmart (and everything in between), Bernards has become a capital captain with his role at Peak Ventures.

The RED Talking “I’m a servant leader. First one in, last one out. I’ve got my teammates’ backs — always.”

Biggest Accomplishment “Led the execution of the $80-billion growth strategy I co-authored for Walmart US, which entailed creating an internal startup within Walmart, raising $200 million in capital, growing the team to 300 and sales to $10 million a month — from which emerged Walmart Express, WMT Online Grocery, WMT Curbside Pickup, and the WMT Drive Thru Pickup.”

First Job “Alpine Floral Arts cashier and rose de-thorner (parents’ entrepreneurial endeavor) at 8 years old.”

Key To Success “You can achieve anything you want as long as you don’t care who gets the credit.”

In 10 Years “At the heart of entrepreneurialism, surrounded by scores of companies I helped launch and scale, being deeply scarred by the challenges, intensely satisfied with the world-changing results, and filled with gratitude for relationships created along the way.”

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

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