40 under 40: Rachel Nilsson

Rags to Raches, Pleasant Grove AGE: 32 BORN: Provo TITLE: Founder + CEO Rags to Raches is not kidding around. In just two short years, founder Rachel Nilsson went from selling her kids’ used clothes on Instagram to designing her original kid romper to selling more than $1 million worth of product to getting three […]

40 under 40: Ezra Lee

Ezra Lee Design + Build, Lehi AGE: 36 BORN: Great Falls, Mont. TITLE: Founder Ezra Lee’s career has been by his own design. After attending BYU for “about 15 minutes,” he is now building his fast-growing residential design firm. His houses have graced the Utah Valley Parade of Homes and clearly have voracious vision, distinctive […]

40 under 40: Brenn Bybee

City of Orem, Orem AGE: 36 BORN: Provo TITLE: Assistant city manager Brenn Bybee is a city boy at heart. After earning his master of public administration degree, he went on to hold key roles in the city offices of both Lehi and Orem. With a love of community at his core, Bybee has been […]

40 under 40: James Jensen

THE VOID, Lindon AGE: 39 BORN: Sandy TITLE: Chief visionary officer James Jensen is virtually the coolest. After studying commercial art and design at UVU and earning the highest certification available at the Digital Media Institute in Softimage and 3D Animation, Jensen has worked extensively in visual effects, game development, and web development and has […]

40 under 40: Hyrum Oaks

RaceEntry.com + Utah Valley Marathon, Provo AGE: 32 BORN: Provo TITLE: Founder Look at him run. Hyrum Oaks has mastered the art of the race. His Utah Valley Marathon was named a Top 10 race in the country by Runner’s World Magazine (there are more than 70,000 races in the country, mind you), and he is […]

40 under 40: Logan Deans

InsideSales.com, Provo AGE: 36 BORN: Denver, Colo. TITLE: VP of strategy Voted “class clown” in high school, Logan Deans has had giant shoes to fill. And amazingly enough, his list of accomplishments is as impressive as it is fun: full-ride scholarship to BYU as a running back; writer/director of student EMMY award-winning short, “Pet Shop;” […]

40 under 40: Ginger S. Belnap

Meadow Brook Design, American Fork AGE: 34 BORN: Salt Lake City TITLE: President + Owner The grass is certainly greener at Meadow Brook Design — thanks to the leadership of Ginger Belnap. The landscape designer started her company 10 years ago and has made a mark with her eye for detail, creative thinking, and ability to […]

40 under 40: Devin Baer

Google Fiber, Provo AGE 31 BORN Portland, Ore. TITLE Head of business operations We’re sold on Devin Baer. After leading the sales team at OrangeSoda.com, he joined Google and oversaw SMB sales for Google Offers at the company headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. He then moved to our town to lead Google Fiber’s business operations […]

40 under 40: Casey Voeks

InfiniD Learning, Pleasant Grove AGE: 27 BORN: Provo TITLE: Keeper of the Hall Pass Casey Voeks is out of this world. Not only has he had 15 years in space center and simulator education (Yep! He started at 12.), he’s also had success down here on earth in the political sphere as chairman of the Utah […]

40 under 40: Kevin Thorn

Thorn Pest Solutions, Pleasant Grove AGE: 33 BORN: Ridgecrest, Calif. TITLE: President Kevin Thorn is a distinctive entrepreneur. He is a certified entomologist (one of very few in the state of Utah), a graduate of Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses program, and the founder of Thorn Pest Solutions, which has grown more than 550 percent in […]

40 under 40: Ryan Poelman

Nudge, Lindon AGE: 39 BORN: Provo TITLE: Founder Ryan Poelman has always been on the move — whether as a 17-year-old gumball machine-painting entrepreneur or as the present-day founder of Nudge, a real estate services company that has been a regular of the Inc. 500. Speaking of Nudge, it is the only winner of our […]

40 under 40: Kyle A. Reyes, Ph.D.

UVU, Orem AGE: 37 BORN: Canoga Park, Calif. TITLE: Asst. professor + chief diversity officer Kyle Reyes is schooling it. With a bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. under his belt, he is teaching, mentoring and influencing the next generation at UVU. After a five-year stint as assistant to Pres. Matthew Holland, Reyes is now an assistant […]

40 under 40: Amy Osmond Cook, Ph.D.

Osmond Marketing, Provo AGE: 39 BORN: Salt Lake City TITLE: CEO For Amy Osmond Cook, content is queen. She is an editor and writer in any and every forum — blogs, articles, full-length books. She has taught writing and communication classes at BYU, Arizona State and U of U. She ghostwrites for CEOs who publish […]

40 under 40: Jonathan Johnson

More Good Foundation, Provo AGE: 38 BORN: Hayward, Calif. TITLE: Executive director Jonathan Johnson’s organization has set out to do a world of good in the LDS community. The non-profit endeavor operates more than 400 websites in a multitude of languages, and it administers support for a hundred more — all in an effort to […]

40 under 40: 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. […]

40 under 40: Shelly Hester, Ph.D.

Nu Skin, Provo AGE: 31 BORN: Kirklin, Ind. TITLE: Associate senior scientist Shelly Hester has success down to a science. The health and nutrition expert has a bachelor’s of science in food and nutrition and dietetics from Purdue University, a Ph.D. in nutritional sciences from the University of Illinois, and is a registered dietitian. At […]

40 under 40: Cameron Treu

Bam Bam’s BBQ, Orem AGE: 37 BORN: Long Beach, Calif. TITLE: Owner + pitboss Hot bam! Cameron Treu fell in love with BBQ after watching televised barbecue competitions. Then, the viewer became the doer. He learned the craft, conquered competitions and now owns his own county cult favorite, Bam Bam’s BBQ. The YELLOW Talking “I […]

40 under 40: David Royce

Aptive Environmental, Provo AGE: 38 BORN: New Canaan, Conn. TITLE: Founder + chairman David Royce has had a lifetime of wins — and he’s just getting started. His recently-sold company, Alterra, earned $75 million in revenue in 2015, created a thousand-plus jobs in three short years, and raised $105,000 to fight Malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. […]

40 under 40: Bryan Phelps

Big Leap, Lehi AGE: 32 BORN: Provo TITLE: CEO Including Bryan Phelps on our list was no big leap. The website wonderkid-turned-SEO-entrepreneur has an optimal reputation and clients the likes of Domo, Workfront and BambooHR. The WHITE Talking “I’m probably not your traditional, motivational speaker-type of CEO. I like to work side-by-side with our teams […]

40 under 40: Michael Zaro

V School, Provo AGE: 30 BORN: Seattle TITLE: Co-founder + CEO Michael Zaro is in a class of his own. After building three profitable tech companies, the entrepreneur founded V School (formerly Coding Campus), which is a vibrant, fast-growing international community modernizing education and helping graduates land killer tech jobs. The RED Talking “I’ve always […]

40 under 40: Whitney Booth

Provo City Mayor’s Office, Provo AGE: 30 BORN: San Diego, Calif. TITLE: Public relations officer Whitney Booth might as well be a trending topic. As the PR guru for the socially savvy Mayor John Curtis, Booth has been on the front lines (and hashtags) of Provo’s rousing renaissance. #BoothRocks The BLUE Talking “I love working […]

40 under 40: Archana Thiagarajan

Adobe Systems, Lehi AGE: 38 BORN: Secunderabad, India TITLE: Senior manager experience design Archana Thiagarajan has designed one crisp, creative career. Eastman Kodak, Texas Center for Applied Technology, Omniture, and now Adobe all dot her resume. She regularly presents at regional and local conferences. And she organized a design hack-a-thon for more than 150 teens […]

40 under 40: Jeff Lyman

Vivint Smart Home, Provo AGE: 39 BORN: Portland, Ore. TITLE: Chief marketing officer Jeff Lyman just does it. After a decade at Nike, Inc., leading the digital and marketplace communications for NIKEiD, he jogged on over to our neck of the woods to head up marketing for Vivint, a company that did a pretty $625 […]

The Q Awards: Naming Utah Valley’s top movers and makers in 2016

Q the applause: Utah Valley BusinessQ presents our 2016 movers and makers. Our second annual Q Awards highlight the best of the biz — including Omniture co-founder John Pestana, who is on a magazine cover for the first time in his lucrative career. You’ll also go inside the Google Fiber offices and find out the most unique fact […]

The Q Awards: John Pestana named Entrepreneur of the Year

John Pestana should have been on our cover years ago. He’s the co-founder of Omniture, after all — arguably one of the most influential tech companies in Utah’s history. (For the record, his co-founder, Josh James, has graced our cover twice.) To this day, people meet Pestana and innocently ask, “What do you do for […]

The Q Awards: Google Fiber named 2016 Company of the Year

We’re feeling lucky. It’s been two years since Google Fiber officially launched in Provo — bringing with it careers, clout and the cloud of all clouds. And it all started with a phone call. As the local legend goes, Provo Mayor John Curtis essentially “cold called” Google to see if they’d like to purchase iProvo, […]

The Q Awards: Brandon Fugal named 2016 Executive of the Year

You know Brandon Fugal. He’s the name that hangs on practically every office building on the Wasatch Front. He’s the commercial real estate icon who’s been ranked the No. 1 agent globally with Coldwell Banker Commercial. (Yes, globally.) He’s the trusted adviser who has spearheaded county-changing projects like Thanksgiving Park, Traverse Mountain and the upcoming […]

The Q Awards: CVX Live named 2016 Marketer of the Year

What a view. It’s been six years since Kid History launched its YouTube channel — catapulting these kid-voiced silly stories to millions of video views and celebrity status where fans squeal and sob upon meeting these Utah-based movie makers. Then, in 2015, Kid History (which is now most recognized for its brand of Bored Shorts […]

The Q Awards: Younique Foundation named Philanthropist of the Year

Now this story is truly unique. Younique Products, a multi-million dollar cosmetics company in Lehi, was founded for the primary purpose of funding the Younique Foundation, an organization dedicated to empowering women who were sexually abused as children. “Nothing about the Younique Foundation was an afterthought,” says Derek Maxfield, co-founder of the cosmetics company. “This […]

The Q Awards: UCCU named 2016 Headliner of the Year

It’s been 60 years, and the state of this union is stronger than ever. Today, Utah Community Credit Union has more than 125,000 members and $1 billion in assets — a far cry from the original $35. “This financial institution is such an integral part of the community, it can be easy to forget just […]