40 Under 40: Davis Warnock

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Company: Lumen Group
Title: Managing Director
Age: 30
City: Lehi

CAREER ANTHEM “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey

LINER NOTES Davis Warnock is illuminating (i-lumen-ating?) the venture capital world. The Lumen Group has invested nearly $25 million in 26 companies, and it was the first (and is currently the only) direct secondary fund in the state of Utah. What’s more, Warnock also manages Prelude, an early-stage venture fund. Prior to his adventures in venture capital, Warnock was the principal in more than 50 private equity transactions and launched several businesses spanning technology, consumer, biotech, and marketing.

FAVORITE MUSIC GENRE R&B + Soul

FAVORITE LYRIC “I wanna thank God for workin’ way harder than Satan. He’s playin’ favorites, it feels amazin’.” — “Elevate” by Drake

CAREER HIGH NOTE I feel blessed and humbled to work with my partners. Each is successful, kind, and extremely capable.”

CAREER LOW NOTE “My selfish moments. There was a time a few years back when I felt, ignorantly, that I was putting forth more effort than those around me. Whether it was founded or I was blind to reality, that emotion was eroding my personality and spirit.”

MUSIC TO MY EARS “The best advice? Always raise your hand for opportunities, even if you don’t know how to accomplish what they are asking. You will figure it out and you will prove yourself.”

MY FORTE “Gaining trust quickly and networking into opportunity.”

DREAM RECORD “Raise successful private equity funds, build lasting relationships, contribute real value to my community, and provide a stable life for my wife and kids filled with meaningful learning and memories.”

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