You know Brandon Fugal. He’s the name that hangs on practically every office building on the Wasatch Front. He’s a commercial real estate icon, and his company, Colliers International, facilitates over 85 percent of all commercial transactions here in Utah Valley. (Yes, 85 percent!!) Fugal himself has spearheaded county-changing projects like Thanksgiving Park, Traverse Mountain and University Place. And he’s the man who’s worked with local powerhouses like Ancestry.com, Xactware, Fusion-io, Energy Solutions, Franklin Covey, AtTask and RC Willey.
Now, let us tell you some things you don’t know. In the eighth grade, Fugal read the autobiography of Lee Iacocca — the iconic automobile executive — and it “completely changed the way I perceived the world around me,” he told BusinessQ in 2016. “I became fascinated by the stories behind the stories. What drove these great people to take the roads they took? What led them to transform our world?” At 16, Fugal had a subscription to the Wall Street Journal. (“The best thing people can say about me is that I’m the same person today that I was 30 years ago.”) And the minute he graduated from Pleasant Grove High School, he launched his commercial real estate career. Today, the driven executive works 18- to 20-hour days and has quite literally transformed our valley, its offices, and their workforces. Iacocca would be proud.