The 30s can be a magic decade. A 30-something is old enough to have accomplished a great deal: launching a company (or several), climbing to the top of the corporate ladder, bringing innovation to an industry. But he or she is also young enough to have decades of time for new adventures and fresh accomplishments. While our lineup of Forty Under 40 honorees have already achieved major professional successes, they are perfectly poised for further growth and transformation. Join us as we pause for a moment to celebrate their current successes, before they are off and running again, conquering the world.
JOHN DAVID ANDERSON AGE:38
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE
AND ACCOUNTING, CLEARUNK
John Anderson has played a pivotal role In the growth of Clearllnk. He worked hand-in-hand with executive leadership, private equity ownership and a team of investment bankers to successfully sell Clearlink to Sykes Enterprises for $207 million in 2016. He also spearheaded due-diligence efforts for three company acquisitions. Anderson authored GAAP revenue recognition processes for pay-for-performance marketing and sales--processes that enabled Clearlink to accelerate revenue recognition and eliminate GAAP audit deficiencies.
"Some hate the challenge of growth. It takes a sacrifice of time, patience, dedication, and tenacity. When you operate at breakneck speeds like Clearlink does, it hurts sometimes as you burn the midnight oil figuring things out to hit a deadline," Anderson says. "However, I would not have it any other way. It is the price of growth and innovation. It is why I love working here."
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: "This past October, I was the executive sponsor for Clearlink's Texas Disaster Relief Task Force, leading 40 Clearlink employees to the greater Houston area to help clear and rebuild damaged homes. It was a wonderful experience seeing how a little time and sweat can make a huge impact on a family's life."
MARCO BARKER AGE: 39
ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF
DIVERSITY OFFICER, WESTMINSTER COLLEGE
As a young, black man growing up in rural Arkansas, Marco Barker's life was transformed by going to college. His experience in gaining critical thinking skills and understanding people with vastly different backgrounds from his own made him want to help others get that same life-changing opportunity. An engineering degree, MBA and PhD later, Barker has built a career as an education administrator and diversity professional.
At Westminster College, Barker has helped the college develop its diversity statement and expand its connections in the community, hosting the statewide Expect the Great conference presented by USHE and supported by state public and private institutions.
"I enjoy identifying ways to connect people; assisting individuals in better understanding diversity, inclusion and the power of embracing differences; building teams and leaders; and developing strategies for transforming environments and cultures to be more welcoming of, responsive to, and reflective of diverse perspectives and individuals," he says.
CAUSE HE'S PASSIONATE ABOUT: "I am most passionate about youth development and engagement with communities and populations underrepresented in colleges and universities, in leadership roles, and public service at the highest levels. Giving greater attention to this parity is where inclusion becomes a priority and has become my life's work."
TANNER BARNEY AGE: 30
VICE PRESIDENT, RISK & UNDERWRITING;
Tanner Barney joined Progressive Leasing in 2009 and quickly tackled the company's slow-moving underwriting process. He identified thousands of data sources and built over 150 unique algorithms in order to automate the underwriting process. As a result, the process transformed from an hours-long manual process based on hand-completed forms sent by fax into a digitized, automated process that could produce an underwriting decision within seconds.
These days, the proprietary Progressive algorithms aggregate and analyze over 25,000 data inputs to make a decision on a single lease approval. This "automated decision engine" helped Progressive Leasing grow from $40 million in revenue in 2009 to more than $1.6 billion in 2016.
In his current role, Barney oversees a team of 38 data scientists with backgrounds in computer engineering, applied mathematics, astrophysics, economics and mechanical engineering--this high-powered team manages all underwriting and data science processes and initiatives for Progressive.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Barney is actively involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, where he mentored a young boy for over three years. When Progressive Leasing hosted a fundraiser and goods drive for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Barney dressed up as Hulk Hogan to engage employees in the effort, which ultimately raised $10,000 and a mountain of much-needed items for the kids.
BRYAN BAYLES AGE: 37
PRESIDENT, CW LAND CO.
Bryan Bayles knew he wanted to be in the construction field since he learned how to frame houses at the age of 14. He is now the president of C.W. Land Co., and in the 15 months since he took that role, he has overseen the funding of over $100 million of acquisition, development and construction of communities along the Wasatch Front, which accounts for over 1,700 units and 550 acres. He is also very active with C.W. Urban, the company's urban housing division, and has six projects with over 70 units slated for completion this year.
"Every day I'm doing things I've never done before. I have been fortunate to obtain experience in learning from and working with world-class developers, builders and talented real estate consultants," says Bayles. "I enjoy bringing this expertise to Utah where, for generations before me, many of my ancestors were involved in community building in the south and southeast corner of the state."
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Bayles is a member of the Urban Land Institute and founded Brigham Young University's Land Development and Real Estate Club. He regularly mentors aspiring construction management students, and has donated construction services and manual labor for the National Ability Center and The Road Home homeless shelter.
CLARK T. BELL AGE: 34
CEO AND CO-FOUNDER, AQUA-YIELD
Growing up working on his family's sod farm, BioGrass Sod Farms, Clark T. Bell knew the business of agriculture. He started his nanotechnology fertilizer company, Aqua-Yield, to disrupt that very business, save farms costs and increase their crop yield. And while he was "laughed out of the room" when he first approached farmers about adopting his technology, Bell is the one laughing now: the company has grown 320 percent in four years and is selling in 32 states and six foreign countries. But while the rising revenue growth is exciting to Bell, the most gratifying thing is seeing how his product really helps farms.
"I have met with family farms in Florida that were about to go out of business if it were not for the Aqua-Yield technology. Seeing the end impact for our farmers and helping them survive and thrive is what I am most singularly proud of," he says.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Bell serves as a board member on the Jordan Education Foundation, which raises money for teachers that do not have enough resources for their classroom. "I haven't yet found a teacher in Utah that doesn't dip into their own bank account to support their classroom and this must end! Our board finds ways to support our amazing teachers."
MELISSA A. BEUTLER age: 35
VICE PRESIDENT GENERAL COUNSEL,
Melissa Beutler is a national leader in the realm of construction law. Prior to joining Big-D Construction in 2014, she served at Holland & Hart, where she became an equity partner at the age of 31. She served as the chair of the ConsensusDOCS Drafting Council, responsible for the 2016 revisions to the form construction documents that are used nationwide. She is also the lead editor for two books published by the American Bar Association: Construction Jury Instructions and The Green Construction Lawyer. Beutler is among the few attorneys in Utah who has earned the LEED Accredited Professional certification from the United States Green Building Council.
"One of the most important leadership skills, especially as general counsel, is listening," she says. "Listening to the parties. And listening for the things that are not being said. You can accomplish much more by listening than you ever can by speaking."
CAUSE SHE'S PASSIONATE ABOUT: Mentorship. "A professional can make a huge impact to lift and build the community by personally engaging and mentoring another person," she says. "I have devoted myself extensively to performing individual mentoring work and pro bono legal work with the goal to lift and teach the one."
DOMINIC BLOSIL AGE: 36
CFO, TRAEGER PELLET GRILLS
Dominic Blosil started his career at an investment bank, where he "came to appreciate the strategic complexity required to build a company where lifestyle, brand and product intersect" while working with consumer products companies. After deciding he wanted a job that would allow him to be more creative and holistic in his approach, he made the leap to Skullcandy. In 2014, he then transitioned to Traeger Grills, where he now serves as CFO.
Although the consumer products industry is rapidly changing, Blosil says he thrives on challenges and learning new things.
"The best way to adapt to industry changes is to always start with the consumer. A longitudinal view of consumer preferences and insights provides a framework upon which a brand can build a strategy that delivers on consumer needs independent of exogenous industry shifts and changes," he says.
CAUSE HE'S PASSIONATE ABOUT: Blosil focuses his charitable acts on individuals in need and puts an emphasis on family. Every holiday season, he provides a Christmas for families that could not have one otherwise. He also participates in Traeger's charitable...