These professionals may be young, but don't underestimate their ambition, enthusiasm and talent. Whether it's climbing the corporate ladder, launching bold ventures or making an impact in the nonprofit realm, these go-getters have started their careers with a bang. Read on to see the faces and names that will be stand-outs in Utah's business community for years to come.
MADISON ALLRED PUBLIC RELATIONS, BRAHMA GROUP, INC. AGE: 25
MADISON ALLRED IS PASSIONATE ABOUT THE INDUSTRIAL INDUSTRY-- although few would assume by looking at her that she worked in it. It's misconceptions about the industrial industry, energy, mining and petrochemicals that Allred is trying to dispel through her work as the marketing, branding, public relations and corporate event coordinator for the Brahma Group, Inc. As a Mining Ambassador for the Utah Mining Association, Allred reaches out by teaching several classes of fourth graders about the mining industry, in "hopes of closing the education gap between consumers and the sourcing of material that create their modern day world," she says.
"I'm proud to work in the industrial industry. Brahma Group builds the industrial plants and processing facilities that power the United States," says Allred. "I'm proud to be a part of something that serves the U.S., and that I feel is so important to everyone's modern way of life."
LAST BOOK READ: "Anything written by Robert Kiyosaki! Currently reading Retire Young Retire Rich. The best book I've read is How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie."
KYRA MARIE RELL DIRECTOR OF ARCHITECTURAL INTERIORS, AJC ARCHITECTS. AGE: 25
AFTER KYRA MARIE BELL GRADUATED CUM LADE FROM WEBER STATE University in 2013, she hit the ground running. She began her career at VCBO Architecture, where within a year she went from working in an administrative position to managing interior design on projects, and she won her first industry award for one of her designs there.
In 2015, Bell was brought onto ajc architects to be the new director of architectural interiors--a new department that Bell, then 24, would pilot. Despite the daunting task ahead of her, Bell threw herself into the challenge and has spent the last year building relationships with clients and brokers, bringing in new projects and increasing efficiency in the firm.
"To me it's just the thrill of accomplishment and reaching new heights. I want to be engaged and passionate about my work and my life so that I can not only learn and apply skills, but master them. Then I want to move on and learn and master new skills and explore new ideas," she says. "Just the thought of how many possibilities there are out there gets me excited!"
NETFLIX FAVORITES: How I Met Your Mother and Downton Abbey.
TYLER BENCH SENIOR DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER, LUCID SOFTWARE. AGE: 25
AFTER GRADUATING FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA IN 2013, Tyler Bench started his career by working for Google as an associate account strategist, providing online marketing consultations to 600 of Google's small--and medium-sized companies per year. In late 2014, Bench left Google in favor of what he calls the "world-class outdoor recreation" in Utah--and a new position as an associate digital marketing manager.
Bench soon rose in Lucid Software's ranks, growing the account he was responsible for by nearly 500 percent over his first six months at the company. Although Bench admits that learning how to manage people only two years out of college was difficult, he credits his stellar team members, mentors, and a gift for emotional and analytical intelligence for helping him succeed.
"I'm extremely proud of the success of my team at Lucid. We have grown tremendously as professionals despite being very early in our careers, accomplishing great things for Lucid and learning a ton along the way," says Bench.
ADVICE FOR HIS YOUNGER SELF: "I would have made the time to teach myself basic web development."
VICE PRESIDENT, SALES, LAWN BUTLER. AGE: 28
SINCE BEING APPOINTED AS head of sales for Lawn Butler, Dario F. Benitez says he has enjoyed building a team that is "driven by positive energy and an empowerment to accomplish any task." Benitez and his team have helped Lawn Butler sustain customer retention at an alltime high of 96 percent, and the I company has been listed as the top landscaper in the nation by Total Landscape Care magazine.
Benitez says his competitiveness and earnest desire for achievement have helped him achieve success, even in the face of difficulty.
"Success does not come easy, nor is it handed to you," says Benitez. "What I am most proud of is achieving my success by going through the most difficult times in my life and enduring until the end. By learning and going through these trials has made me who I am now. I now know the taste of success and learned to appreciate it a lot more."
FAVORITE ACTIVITY TO UNWIND: "Running. This activity really distresses me not only physically but mentally."
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, SEARCH GROUP PARTNERS. AGE: 26
AT THE AGE OF 23, KAT Campagna began her professional career as the manager of port shopping onboard Royal Caribbean cruise ships, where it was her job to encourage ship passengers to shop for luxury goods in the port of call. With a monthly target of up to $1 million, Campagna was the youngest person in that position throughout Royal Caribbean's entire fleet of 25 ships. She was also one of only two female managers out of a total of 30 managers.
"I made the decision to transition back to land on my 25th birthday," says Campagna...