Marilyn has more than a decade of experience as a nationwide executive recruiter. Prior to being Principal of The McSweeney Group, she served as Vice President of Comprehensive Search. In this capacity she provided senior level talent to Fortune 500 companies in North America and Europe, coaching corporate clients in candidate selection, offer negotiations, employee retention and motivation. As a Distinguished Service Award Recipient, she consistently produced the highest volume in her company’s 26-year history. Marilyn has an extensive understanding of what is needed for employers and employees to achieve the mutual fit necessary for success.
Prior to working as an executive recruiter and career coach, Marilyn was a Sales Manager, Senior Sales Representative and Designer in the high-end contract furnishings industry. She was a multiple recipient of Outstanding Sales Performance Awards and taught various professional selling skills programs.
Marilyn is an active participant in the business community as well as local and international services organizations. She is involved in various facets of Rotary International, including Board Member and President of the Holladay Rotary Club. In addition, she is currently on the District Committee for the International Youth Exchange Program as well as serving as past District Chair, Club President and Youth Services Chair. Marilyn volunteers on the Board for Wananavue Kadavu, whose mission is to bring clean water to the villages of Fiji, one village at a time. In addition, she has provided a number of complementary workshops to help the local community.
Clark Gilbert is the president and CEO of the Deseret News Publishing Company and Deseret Digital Media. The Deseret News is Utah’s longest running business and one of the nation’s fastest growing newspapers, both in print and online. Deseret Digital is one of the largest targeted media networks in the country. It manages the commercial Web properties of the Deseret Media Companies: DeseretNews.com, KSL.com, DeseretBook.com, MormonTimes.com and LDSChurchNews.com.
Prior to DDM, Gilbert was an associate academic vice president at Brigham Young University–Idaho, where he oversaw the university’s online learning and distance education initiatives. He was also a professor of entrepreneurial management at the Harvard Business School and has a background in media innovation.
As a professor at the Harvard Business School, Gilbert published numerous award-winning articles on innovation, including lead articles in the Harvard Business Review and MIT/Sloan Management Review. He also authored the book "From Resource Allocation to Strategy," published by Oxford University Press. He has an extensive background in digital media and has published numerous articles on media innovation and the growth of the Internet.
Gilbert is a board member at Lead Media Partners, a Web prediction and lead generation company. He has also served on the New Ventures Boards at Landmark Media and Scripps Publications. Gilbert was a founding partner of Boston-based consultancy Innosight, where he built an advisory practice with media and healthcare clients targeting disruptive innovation.
Gilbert graduated from Brigham Young University. He earned a master’s degree from Stanford University and a doctorate degree from the Harvard Business School.
Gilbert speaks Japanese and has hiked Mt. Fuji. He and his wife, Christine, are the parents of seven children. Gilbert is heavily involved in the lives of young people and has a special affinity toward helping youths from disadvantaged backgrounds.
LDS Business College President J. Lawrence (Larry) Richards began a career in the banking industry early in life when he became a branch manager at age 26. Ten years later he was appointed president of that bank, and his reputation in the industry was established. His leadership abilities enabled him to become president of three other banks and interim chief executive officer of an insurance company. He also provided consulting services to a number of Fortune 500 and other prominent businesses.
After 25 years in the banking industry, President Richards chose a new path and became a full-time faculty member at LDS Business College. He taught business classes there, and soon became the Business Skills Program Director. He was appointed assistant to the president in 2005. On December 9, 2008, he was appointed president of the college, effective January 1, 2009.
A native of Salt Lake City, President Richards attended the University of Utah where he served as a student body vice president and chairman of the Union Building Board. He earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Speech Communication in 1976, and engaged in post-graduate studies in Human Resources Management in 1977. He is a member of the university’s Beehive Honorary Society. In 2007, he completed a Master of Science in Education from Capella University, with an emphasis in institutional leadership and curriculum.
President Richards has served as president of the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Utah. He was president of the board and later the chair of the audit committee of NeighborWorks of Salt Lake City. He also served on the board of directors of the Utah Association of Financial Services and the Utah Bankers Association, and is currently a member of the board of directors of Medallion Bank.
President Richards has filled several Church positions. He served a full-time mission to Western Australia, and has been an elders quorum president, ward executive secretary, bishop’s counselor, counselor in a stake presidency, and teacher. He currently serves as a bishop.
President Richards married Julie Victor of Brigham City; they have two children. His personal interests include golf, all sports, and collecting kites.
Break-out Session Presenters
Christy Alter is Chief of Staff for the Goldman Sachs Salt Lake City office, and is a Vice President in the Operations Division of Goldman Sachs. Christy joined the Finance Division of the firm in 2000, and moved to the Operations Division in 2001. Christy oversaw several functions within Private Wealth Management Operations until 2007, when she moved into the role of Chief of Staff. In her role Christy supports all divisions of the firm in Salt Lake including Operations, Technology, Global Investment Research, Finance, Investment Management , and Human Capital Management. She supports several strategic initiatives in the Salt Lake City office, including the migration of new business functions to Salt Lake City and the growth of the Salt Lake City campus. Christy is a member of the Goldman Sachs Operations Campus Recruiting Committee and the Operations Women’s Network Committee. Christy serves as a board member on the Salt Lake Chamber Downtown Alliance, University of Utah Business Alumni Association, and Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum.
Christy earned an MBA from the University of Utah, and has a BS in Finance from Brigham Young University.
Brad is currently serving at LDS Church headquarters as the Director of Human Resources for FamilySearch International (a wholly-sponsored 501c3 organization of the LDS Church). As Director of Human Resources for Family History, Brad’s team improves the department’s performance by upgrading the overall capability of the workforce through effective recruiting and increasing performance by developing core capabilities.
Prior to being employed at FamilySearch International, Brad has held a variety of senior management-level roles at organizations including Microsoft Corporation and Honeywell Corporation. Most recently Brad was Senior Director of Human Resources for the Interactive Entertainment Division at Microsoft Headquarters. Over the period of 14+ years while at Microsoft, he was Director of OEM Product Management, Director of HR Systems & Director of Worldwide Operations Business Planning. Brad has a unique combination of senior business leadership and HR Strategic Recruiting skills which qualify him well for his involvement with FamilySearch International.
Brad was born in Long Beach, California and has lived in a variety of locations around the world either as a resident or an expatriate. He received his undergraduate from the University of Utah in Psychology and a Masters degree in Training and Learning Technologies from the University of New Mexico.
Brad also speaks Japanese and enjoys bike riding, baseball games, and technology. He and his wife are parents of five girls and one boy.
An experienced business consultant, specializing in human resources and in helping individuals and organizations improve and strengthen their performance and mission accomplishment, Mr. Blackburn brings more than 20 years of executive level (leadership) experience and 15 years of mid-level (managerial) experience to the table. Mr. Blackburn retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as Director of Human Resources and Chief Learning Officer, after a very successful and diverse career of over 37 years. Early in his career he became intrigued with how work is or is not accomplished at all levels, and how employees, supervisors, managers, leaders and executives succeed or fail to interact and communicate to accomplish the mission of the organization. His experiences and observations became the catalyst for his passion to spend his life dedicated to helping improve the performance of individuals, teams, work groups and organizations.
Mr. Blackburn has a successful track record in international and intercultural relations, interpersonal communications and human resources, especially in Latin America, where he developed a fluency in the Spanish language. He lived for over 8 years (and worked for another 15 years while living in the U.S.) in various Spanish speaking countries, managing programs, directing operations and consulting and advising with a variety of non-profit and international organizations, governments, and their leaders.
In addition to using his personal experiences to help others succeed, he is licensed and certified by some of the best professionals in the fields of human resources, training and education, executive coaching, leadership development, conducting individual assessments, facilitation, conflict management, meeting management, emergency management, continuity of operations and conducting focus groups.
He is known professionally as one who can get things done, possessing the reputation of being a “can do”, “go to” type of person in times of crisis and uncertainty. He is known for his positive outlook and his ability to successfully turn organizations around and to resolve conflicts.
As a result of his experience and knowledge of organizations and the federal government he was assigned to be part of top-level, inter-departmental teams tasked with keeping the U.S. Government successfully operating in case of natural disasters or terrorist activity aimed at Washington, DC. He holds a top secret level clearance as a result of this work.
Tim grew up in a small community in the central part of Idaho. He was a basketball referee for over 27 years, working in various levels of the game including college. He interrupted his college studies to serve a voluntary 2 ½ year mission for the LDS Church in Uruguay. He received his Associates of Science degree from Ricks College, his Bachelors of Science degree from Brigham Young University, and his Masters of Business Administration (MBA), from Utah State University. Upon retiring from the U.S. Government, Tim served as Mission President of the California Los Angeles Mission for the LDS Church. He and his wife (Jan) have been married for over 40 years while enjoying their 4 daughters, all of whom are college graduates, and married. He is the proud grandfather of 11 grandchildren.
AnnaLaura Brown is the assistant librarian at LDS Business College. She attended the University of Utah where she obtained a BA degree in French and a MA degree in Comparative Literature and Indiana University where she received her MLS-Library Science degree. She has been a librarian at LDSBC since August of 2007. She began using social media to promote her home business in 2006 with MySpace and Youtube. In 2008 she joined the social media marketing inner circle with Mari Smith, a popular social media trainer who was named the Piped Piper of Facebook by Fast Company magazine and who has written several books on social media. She is still a member and gets a lot of her up to date knowledge on how to market on social media from Mari. She has been using facebook since 2006 when she was a student at Indiana University and twitter and linkedin since 2007. Using social media for her own home business has generated a large number of leads for her business and a large number of her sales and income comes from social media. In 2010 she helped launch a local networking group for women and through a facebook connection her group was featured on the front page of the local edition of the Salt Lake Tribune. In addition she has taught several paid social media workshops and seminars and the people who attend her events always tell her that they learned a lot. She has even had a few participants tell her that their businesses grew by as much as 30% after they followed her advice.
Anya Bybee works at the LDS Church History Library where she manages the distribution of Patriarchal Blessings throughout the world and all digitizing requests for material housed and the Library. She currently supervises 9 interns and 15 senior missionaries. Anya graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor degree in Home and Family Living and is currently working on a Masters degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University.
Lindsay Clarke is the Human Resources Manager for the Mountain Services Division at Canyons Resort. She received her BA in Travel & Tourism at St. Cloud State University and is working towards achieving her PHR this summer. As a Minnesota Native, Lindsay took a leap of faith after graduation and moved the Utah desert where she started her professional career at Lake Powell Resort & Marinas. While soaking in the heat she was called to action by the Canyons Recruiters to join their team as the Recruiting Assistant in the fall of 2009. Now on her 3rd season at Canyons, Lindsay is enjoying her new role which allows her to become more actively involved in the mountain operations division of the ski resort industry. When not in the office you can find Lindsay outside enjoying Canyons’ mountains summer, winter, fall & spring, working with the best team this side of the Mississippi.
Doug currently holds the position of Manager of Sourcing and Selection at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and has led Senior Recruiting Strategy and Management for premier companies including Convergys Corporation and Alorica. He has also taught Portfolio Development and Career Preparation courses at ITT Technical Institute. He holds a Master’s of Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a minor in Speech Communication from the University of Utah.
Dave is an experienced business strategist who is a principal owner in Omega Financial Group, LLC, a local financial consulting firm. He has been extensively involved in the organization of many successful startups, turnarounds, and sales management. Before joining Launch, he created a sales group originating annuity product for securitization in a CDO.
Teaching strategic and consultative selling courses was part of organizing and training wholly-owned captive finance groups for multi-national manufacturers like Symbol Technologies (New York), ElectroCom Automation (Arlington, Texas), Tektronix (Portland, Oregon), and CRL Industries (Chicago, Illinois). Dave also co-editedAssset Financing Strategies.
He has developed estate-planning solutions, and has experience in real estate development. He currently authors a blog, “The Goates Notes,” offering contemporary commentary on politics and religion. His philosophy is that when you’re done changing, you’re done!
Recently, Elder Goates volunteered with his wife, Patsy, as the Chair for the Professional Placement Program of the LDS Employment Resource Center in Salt Lake City.
Rebekah Barlow Guymon was born on July 13, 1984 in Bountiful Utah. Rebekah is the youngest of twelve children. In 2002, after high school graduation, Rebekah decided to be the 11th Barlow child to attend LDS Business College. While attending LDS Business College, Rebekah was on the Student Council, was the first ever LDSBC Idol and voted “Woman of the Year” by her peers. Rebekah graduated in 2005 with an associate’s degree in both Accounting and Business. Using the experience gained at LDS Business College, Rebekah went on to work in the Correlation Department at the Church Office Building in Salt Lake.
She served a full time LDS mission in Warsaw, Poland between 2005-2007. Upon returning home from her mission, Rebekah worked in the Church’s Human Resource Department as an assistant to the Director of Compensations and the Director of International Services. In July of 2007, while still working in the Human Resource Department, her future father-in-law Ron Guymon, who was a Director in HR, set Rebekah up with his son. On Feb 1, 2008, Rebekah and John Guymon were married in the Salt Lake Temple. After about a year and a half, Rebekah moved over to the Administration Building to work in the Seventies Office as an administrative assistant to the Secretary of the Seventy and Presidency of the Seventy.
On May 23, of 2009, Rebekah “retired” from working at the Church to give birth to her first daughter, Millie Jane Guymon. On August 5, 2011, Rebekah had her second daughter, Ruth Ashley Guymon. Rebekah and her husband live in Provo, UT while her husband John finishes his Master’s degree in Civil Engineering at Brigham Young University.
For the past 4 years, Emily Hedrick has established herself as a digital media expert, keeping companies at the forefront of the latest media technology and looking for the next big thing in content distribution. As a Creative Technologist for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Emily’s focus resides in Internet distribution and oversees the Church’s efforts in e-publishing. She has traveled extensively as a speaker and media consultant; most recently she partnered with Utah Valley University to travel to Namibia, Africa, where she and a small team worked to help digitize the government’s entire archive collection. They also taught Namibia’s largest radio station how to digitize their radio shows to iTunes, making them the first radio station in Africa with podcasting abilities.
Emily graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelor’s in digital media. When Emily is not at the Church office, she loves fly-fishing, skiing, and traveling as much as time permits—most often to remote locations with very little hot water and Internet.
Roane is a registered patent agent and has been with Bateman IP Law Group since August 2006. Roane has worked for three years as a research assistant in the fields of molecular virology and three-dimensional cryo-electron microscopy. By combining what he has learned in these two fields, Roane was able to assist in the creation of some of the first known high-resolution images of certain picornaviruses interacting with their human receptors. His most recent project involved the determination of the human receptor footprint on the surface of the poliovirion capsid. As a Brigham Young University writing fellow, Roane developed technical writing curriculum for the College of Nursing as well as the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences.
Connecting businesses with people.
Judith Rasband is founder and director of the Conselle Institute of Image Management with a master’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences, specializing in the artistic, social, and psychological aspects of dress and image. She has experienced 40 years in the field as an educator, author, columnist, consultant, consumer advocate, market analyst, and video producer. An international authority on image management, she is a speaker, consultant, and coach to private individuals, civic, corporate, government, and academic organizations and associations throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Judi has worked with corporate and association clients such as Texaco, IBM, State Farm, Marriott Hotels, Arthur Andersen, Headstart, The Canadian Needlecraft Association, Century 21, Delta Airlines, Madeleine Direct, Juvenile Courts of Utah, Talbots, Burda, Holy Cross Hospital, First Security Bank, and AT&T. She affiliates with the International Textiles and Apparel Association, the Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, the Association of Image Consultants International, and the Professional Association of Custom Clothiers.
A dynamic seminar presenter, Judi is an excellent example of a successful entrepreneur. An entertaining and inspiring speaker, she brings humor and perspective to everyday image and wardrobe challenges. As an image management professional, Judi is an agent of change with practical and immediately applicable techniques and strategies for taking charge of change.
Judi is author of text and trade books that include Wardrobe Strategies, Quick Reference Guide To Professional Image, Fabulous Fit™, the industry classic Fitting and Pattern Alteration, as well as the award winning videos Lookchangers™ and 5 Easy Pieces™. All are used in schools, universities, and at F.I.T. Her articles and interviews have appeared in such publications as Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Ensign, USA Today, Glamour, Entrepreneur, Threads, Image Update, Woman’s Day, McCalls, Men’s Health, Smart Money, and Parents. She has appeared on television shows such as GMA and Oprah, ABC Eyewitness News, as well as scores of regional news and talk shows.
Judi grew up in Washington State and now lives in Utah—at the base of a 12,000 ft. mountain. She is married to physicist, Neil Rasband. They have four children and eleven grandchildren. In her youth Judi’s life revolved around theater and dance, interests which continue to bring her joy. Judi loves to travel, checking out interesting restaurants and historic homes worldwide.
Born and raised in rural Pasco, Washington, this small-town, Farmer’s Daughter had no idea her journey to Utah would bring her so many blessings and opportunities.
Jennifer decided to attend LDS Business College in 2007 after receiving the Karl E. Maeser full-tuition scholarship; this opened the doors to being the first child in her family to attend and graduate from college. While attending LDS Business College, Jennifer worked as the Billing and Tuition Clerk and was a member of the Student Council. She graduated in Accounting and Business with honors in April 2009 and immediately found employment at Liberty Mountain Sports as an Accounting Assistant while working her way towards Accounting Manager, which position she currently holds. Shortly after being called to be an Institute Instructor early in 2011, Jennifer met her eternal companion and the two were married on December 1. The newlyweds currently reside in Draper, UT.
Emily Rushton is the Salt Lake City Division Director for Accountemps, the world’s first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. She joined the company in 2006, and has held positions of increasing responsibility since that time.
Emily graduated from Brigham Young University – Idaho with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management. She serves on the accounting and finance advisory board for Stevens-Henagar, the Accounting Program Advisory Board for LDS Business College, and is a proud supporter of the American Heart Association and Utah Association of Intellectual Disabilities, where she helps coordinate their annual fundraising events. Emily has acquired expertise in workplace and labor market trends, and frequently speaks to local media and community organizations on these topics.
Jeremy Sabin is a passionate Senior HR Business Partner with 11 years’ experience gained through diverse, fast paced multi-site organizations. Breadth of experience gained across a range of sectors including Banking & Finance, High-Tech Semiconductors and Consumer Goods Manufacturing. He is a relationship focused professional who develops strong partnerships with leadership teams to drive change and business focused HR services, with strong business acumen and proven ability to build stakeholder engagement quickly and work both strategically and operationally. His specialties are developing & implementing people strategies designed to drive long-term performance using organizational design, talent & succession management, transformation, change management, reward & recognition. He also has a strong background in Employee and Labor relations.
Emily Sanderson, manager of Canterbury Résumé, has a journalism degree from Brigham Young University as well as an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Formerly the résumé writing manager for Attorney Resume, Legal Authority, and ResumeApple in Pasadena, California, Emily has extensive experience in professional resume writing. She presently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. In addition to her resume writing skills, Emily is a professional writer, editor and desktop publisher. She is the co-compiler and editor of Life's Little Mysteries (2011) with Jerry Ropelato, CEO of TechMediaNetwork.
Frank Sano is currently employed by the Welfare Department of the LDS Church as the Associate Manager for the Layton, UT LDS Employment Center. Prior to this assignment, he was the Director of Academic and Career Advising Services here at the LDS Business College. Brother Sano has also held management positions at IBM Corporation and in various mortgage companies. He has been a small business owner, operating an Italian restaurant. A New York native, he graduated from the BYU Marriott School with an MPA in Human Resource Management and served in the France-Paris Mission. He is currently serving his fifth mission as a Guest Services Missionary on Temple Square. He and his wife Beth live in Bountiful and have 5 children and (almost) nine grandchildren.
Born and raised in Brazil, Bruno’s work at Canyons Resort is mostly focused on workforce planning strategies, by overseeing a team of Human Resources Managers and all aspects of recruiting, employee relations, visa processing & job evaluations. His position allowed him to become an expert in employment based visa sponsorships, which gives him the opportunity to work as a consultant for local seasonal businesses. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from UFES (top 5 business degrees in Brazil) and an MBA with emphasis in HR from La Sierra University, in California. He is passionate about Community Outreach and is always looking for ways to connect the local community with Canyons Resort. This last January, during the Annual Refugee Conference, he was awarded a certificate of appreciation by the Department of Workforce Services for promoting refugee employment in Utah. This last month he was also recognized by the DWS Deputy Director and Park City Mayor for being a strong liaison during the execution of the new bus route between Salt Lake City and Park City (SLC-PC Connect), which started this month.
As the first step of his vast and varied professional career, Lon Secrist graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in finance. After graduation, Lon began working at Johnson and Johnson, a global American pharmaceutical, medical devices, and consumer packaged goods manufacturer. He moved to San Francisco when he was promoted to Divisional Manager.
Lon then moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, when he took a position as National Sales Manager for O.C. Tanner Company, the largest recognition jewelry company in the world. He worked with a variety of large and small companies during his time there, and gained tremendous understanding and experience in sales and finance.
Lon eventually left O.C. Tanner to become Vice President of Terra Industries. Utilizing his background in finance, he became a true innovator in marketing lease transactions to small community banks.
In 1986, Lon decided to start his own business. Together with partner Harold E. Turley, Jr., he founded Tetra Corporate Services (Tetra), and the company has now been in business for over two decades. Tetra has conducted business with many Fortune 500 companies, as well as structuring creative leasing options for smaller middle-market businesses. His vast experience in sales, financing, and leasing transactions has contributed greatly to the longevity of Tetra. Lon’s vision and knowledge continues to be a driving force behind Tetra’s success.
Joe Sindad is the "Tech-Guru" that every Student Affairs office wants...and needs.
As a Career Counselor and a recent M.Ed. Educational Leadership graduate at the University of Utah, he has been allotted many opportunities to interact with and advocate for students. Being a Florida native and alumnus from the University of Central Florida, he’s been keen on taking in all of his past experiences and applying what he’s learned to today's educational challenges, such as access and retention. In addition, he’s been referred to as the "Tech Guru" within his office due to his love for technology and explorative educational techniques.
His specialties are technology, social justice, website organization, logistics, rsume writing, interview skills, digital branding, and workshops. He hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Sociology in the near future and looks forward to further developing his early career as a student affairs professional.
Sarah received a BA in English Literature from Southern Utah University and a Masters of Library Science from Southern Connecticut State University. Prior to coming to the LDS Business College in 2011, she worked for the Church History Department answering research questions, creating reference tools, and managing the donation and purchase of new materials for the library, archives, and museum. She is currently the Director of Library and Information Resources at the LDS Business College, where she enjoys helping students with research questions and teaching information literacy strategies. Sarah enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Barbara Thompson has been a nationally certified professional résumé writer (CPRW) since August of 2008, a nationally certified employment interview professional (CEIP) since March of 2010, and a member of the National Résumé Writer’s Association (NRWA) for three years. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brigham Young University-Provo in human development and relationships. During the last 14 years of her professional development she has frequently found herself using her coaching, advising, researching, teaching, interviewing, and curriculum development capacities to develop and enhance start-up programs for higher education audiences, as well as in other academic and community settings. Before becoming a career counselor LDS Business College, she spent four years significantly expanding the student-powered career preparation mentoring services program offered to students BYU-Idaho. At LDS Business College she assists students in discovering and designing their career paths and presenting themselves successfully to potential employers. In addition, she is currently coordinating the college’s efforts to infuse career education into the curriculum and launch the “Job Certification” program.
Ms. Timmins has twenty years' experience in the field of Human Resources management. She has specialized in numerous HR fields, including recruiting, compensation, benefits and employee relations. Ms. Timmins has an EMPA from Brigham Young University (1995), and is SPHR certified. She currently works as an SVP for W.J. Bradley, and serves on the Advisory Boards of BYU Romney Institute of Public Management, Argosy University and LDS Business College.
Jake Wilson is the Human Resources Manager for the Lodging Division at Canyons Resort. Born and raised in Logan, he found business enjoyable from a very young age. In high school, he was chosen to represent his school at Utah’s Business Week where he was selected by his peers to be President of their “company”. He excelled in the category of Entrepreneurship while participating in Future Business Leaders of America where he served as the Assistant President. After an LDS Mission in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Jake attended Utah State University where he graduated with a BS in Business while playing collegiate baseball. As a representative for his university, he participated in the SEEDS program and started 7 successful business with in Peru with a budget of $50,000 that are still fully functional and profitable today. While in Peru, he also volunteered in the HR department for DanPer Agriculture where he helped develop their employee’s incentive plan which included medical coverage along with running water and electricity to their homes. Jake just started his fifth year with Canyons Resort where he grew in his knowledge of operations. Starting as a Bellhop/Valet, he has worked in positions such as Front Desk Agent, Assistant Manager of Housekeeping, Owner Services Coordinator, Night Accountant, etc. He transferred to Human Resources in 2010 and was excited to be part of helping Canyons win the “Best Place in Utah to Work” award this past year.
Jim is the Service Sales Manager for CCI Mechanical Inc., a $60 million dollar HVAC/Mechanical construction and service organization. Through-out his career, Jim has held many executive positions, including Vice President, President, CEO and successful business founder.
Jim is in demand nationally as a speaker, consultant, facilitator and presenter on subjects such as networking, communication, business strategies as well as selling skills. Bringing a common sense approach and style to business issues, Jim has assisted many individuals and companies to meet and exceed their goals and objectives.
Ali Young, Human Resource Manager for Canyons Food and Beverage Division has been with the Canyons Human Resources Department since May of 2010. A native to Utah, she attended the University of Utah as well as studied abroad to focus on European culture and art. She graduated with a bachelor degree in Human Development with an emphasis on Human Relations in the work place. She then went on to work for Nordstrom Inc. for 5 years as the Human Resource Manager and spent 6 years working at United Airlines where she was an employee relations representative for the employees based at the Salt Lake City International Airport.
Combining her love of travel and tourism with her experience in exceptional customer service and employee experiences, Ali now shares this passion to offer her support and assistance towards the success of Canyons and its guides.
As a mother of 4, Ali enjoys spending her free time with her family, particularly traveling and cooking together. Her and her family take advantage of the recreational offerings of Utah whenever possible either in the mountains of the Wasatch Front or the desserts of Southern Utah.