40 Under 40: Brandon C. Batt

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Company: Four Foods Group
Title: Director of People Operations
Age: 31
City: American Fork

A Hire Purpose Brandon Batt is a top-tier recruit. After a career in the hospitality industry (seven years at Marriott, two years at the St. Regis), Batt moved over to the savory side with Four Foods Group (one of Utah Valley’s fastest-growing companies that helps grow and expand brands like Kneaders, Swig, Mo’ Bettahs, and Little Ceasers). In fact, Batt has seen the employee count grow from 1,000 to 4,500 — with a 43 percent increase in head count over the last 12 months alone. (!!!) Thankfully, Batt is heads up, Swig up — and he has been instrumental in implementing leading edge technology to the company’s recruiting and hiring processes.

Childhood Vision “I wanted to be a veterinarian, mostly because of Jim Carrey’s ‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.'”

Growing Up “I was shy, but at the same time liked making people laugh when I knew they needed it.”

School of Thought “I was a huge procrastinator, but I always did the things that needed to be done … just at the last minute!”

Hindsight is 20/20 “The one thing I would have done differently is listen to Andrew K. Smith and take his coaching a lot earlier than I did.”

Clearing The Mind “The best cure for a long day is coming home to my family and making them laugh.”

A Visionary Is “Someone who has changed the world, even if just for one person.”

Out Of Sight! “I was a guest judge on ‘The Celebrity Apprentice.'”

Ultimate Vision “To say that I have helped hundreds of people achieve their goals, not only in business, but in their personal lives as well. If I help enough people get what they want, I will never have to worry about getting what I want. It’ll happen naturally. So … I am actually IN my dream career position now. Why change? I’m going to stick right here.”

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