40 Under 40: Collin Kartchner

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Company: Tooth Media + Vibrant Living
Title: Founder
Age: 37
City: Pleasant Grove

#SAVETHEKIDS Collin Kartchner conquered a variety of industries (sales, video production, marketing) before landing on his passion to #SavetheKids and #SavetheParents. With alarming data in hand, Kartchner campaigns to educate parents on how social media/smart phone usage among teens and tweens is at the root of the current epidemic rise in teen anxiety, depression, bullying and suicide. In addition to his vital viral message, Kartchner has used his platform to raise more than $100k for hurricane victims and cancer kids.

Childhood Vision “Third base for the New York Yankees. Playing third base at Timpview was as close as I got, though. We went 1-13 my sophomore year.” *raises arms in triumph*

Growing Up “I was the middle child, so I’d do anything to get people’s attention and make them laugh. I was also the family peacemaker and a total softie.”

School of Thought “I graduated high school with a 3.8 and somehow got into BYU with a 22 on the ACT. My college grades weren’t that great because I was working full time while going to school. Also, I was a physiology major, which I use every single day when filming and speaking to high school kids about social media. Like my hand starts cramping holding a camera or a microphone, and I’m like ‘Dang, my thenar eminence is sore.'”

Hindsight is 20/20 “You don’t have to hit the lottery before becoming a ‘philanthropist’ or ‘activist.’ Start young; make it part of your life forever.”

Clearing The Mind “To clear my mind after work, I drink a 44 oz. of Nuch. (Diet Dr. Pepper) It’s also a great way to clear your mind before work, and also during work.”

A Visionary Is “Someone who zigs when everyone else zags.”

Ultimate Vision “Financial and worldly success do not motivate me in the slightest. I want to give a voice to people who don’t have one.”

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