Stephen Gibson has created more than a dozen entrepreneurial businesses, including Barclays Oxygen Homecare, which was named as one of the 500 Fastest Growing Companies in the U.S. by Inc. magazine. Gibson co-founded the Utah Angels, a group of Utah investors which has provided well over $30 million in financing to Utah entrepreneurs. He has authored 150 articles on entrepreneurial topics for the Deseret News. He and his wife, Bette, received the BYU Social Innovator Award as well as the UVU Social Entrepreneur Award. Gibson is also heavily involved with microenterprise education for the poor. He and Bette founded the Academy for Creating Enterprise in the Philippines in 1999. The Academy is a school designed to teach microenterprise development among returned missionaries primarily in the Philippines, Mexico, and Peru. The curriculum is used in nearly a dozen additional companies including those in Africa, Europe, Central and South America. Its curriculum was recently donated to the LDS church and forms much of the current PEF/Self-Reliance curriculum. Nearly 13,000 returned missionaries and other Church members have been trained by the Academy. It’s alumni are formed into 294 worldwide chapters in countries from Peru to Cambodia.
Prior to becoming CEO of the Academy, Robert Heyn was the Education Director at the Salt Lake-based Pete Suazo Business Center and founding Executive Director.
Mr. Heyn has served on the Advisory Board of the Academy for two years. He joined the board shortly after completing his three-year service as the President of the Mexico Tijuana mission.
In addition to his work with the Pete Suazo Business Center, Robert has 10 years of industry experience working with large corporations in Latin America as well as a variety of personal entrepreneurial interests in the United States. Additionally, Robert possesses exceptional technical skills developed through his years of experience working with the IT department of the LDS Church prior to his industry and non-profit work. He holds a BS in computer science from Politecnico Grancolombiano University as well as a BS in Information Systems and an MBA degree from Brigham Young University.
Robert has been recognized by the US Small Business Administration as Small Business Champion of the Year. He serves or has served on the boards of the Utah Microenterprise Loan Fund, and the Diversity and Multi-cultural Committee at the University of Utah. He currently serves on the LDS General Young Men Board and is a member of the Executive Committee of the BSA – Great Salt Lake Council.
Steve owns several companies including financial and analytic software and energy generation and micro grids. He serves on several boards for profit, and non profits including Utah Shakespeare Festival and ACE.
Currently Serves as a director of five company boards in the dental products, publishing, metal machining, and real estate development industries. He has a background in finance and has expertise in entrepreneurial finance, management, and real estate.
Andy Barfuss was born and raised in Utah. He served an LDS in the Japan Sapporo Mission from 1978-1980. He and his wife Julie are the parents of seven children. He served a three year Welfare Services mission for the LDS Church. He is the President of Ridgewood Management, Inc., an investment firm, and also serves as the President of Creek Road Place, LLC, a commercial real estate development business. He has also owned various companies operating in residential and commercial real estate development, publishing, telecommunications, retail, manufacturing, and corporate finance industries. He recently resigned as the Chief Executive Officer of the Academy for Creating Enterprise, a humanitarian organization with operations in the Philippines, Mexico and Brazil.
Roger’s forty plus year professional career has focused on hybrid real estate analysis, acquisition, and operation with activity in the hundreds-of-millions of dollars of investment property. He was co-founder of The Interstate Companies of America, a nation-wide chain of over 100 offices dealing in commercial real estate and business sales. He has been a featured speaker on ABC radio stations on investment and real estate matters and has been featured in Money Magazine, Fortune, Forbes, Dunns Review and various other periodicals and newspapers. He has also worked in various public and civic organizations, including his service as Chairman of The Metropolitan Chicago Coalition on Aging and as a Board Appointee for four Governors of the State of Utah. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the Utah State Fair Corporation with responsibilities for the 11-day Utah State Fair and 60 acre Fairpark.
Roger currently heads RLB Holdings, a family business that owns and operates a small number of hotels, restaurants, apartments and a few internet based businesses.
Roger is a Certified Financial Planner and holds a Securities series 6, 7, 22 and the series 24 Broker/Dealers license. He is also a real estate broker. He is a graduate of The University of Utah with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication, emphasis in Mass Communication.
Roger has instructed nationwide on real estate investment and teaches small business principles internationally in various Latin American countries.
Roger is married to Miriam (Mimi) Danette Gilbert. Mimi is a Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of Utah Medical Center, specializing in Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. They have two sons, Bryce and Barton. Roger is a proud grandfather of seven living grandchildren.
Jordan is a co-founder and partner of Rock Creek Capital, a private equity investment firm based in Salt Lake City. Jordan served as mission president of the Minnesota Minneapolis Mission for the LDS Church from 2011 to 2014. He was the founder and chairman of Children First Utah, a scholarship foundation that provided thousands of scholarships to low-income children to attend schools of their parents’ choosing. He graduated with a BA in English from Brigham Young University and a law degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School.
Ryan began his real estate career in 2002 as a commercial broker, focusing on multi-family and hotel transactions. Ryan quickly became nationally recognized as a top agent as he successfully brokered over $125,000,000 in sales within just two years.
In early 2004, Ryan left brokerage and founded a commercial real estate development company focusing on office and industrial. Within two years, Ryan grew the company from a start-up to a nationally recognized development firm. One such recognition was the “Industrial Building of the Year” award through the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties (NAIOP).
Following a few strategic acquisitions in the Utah market, Ryan co-founded Forge Companies and moved operations to the Wasatch Front. Forge is focused on developing high quality projects that help shape and connect communities and does this through an incredible alliance of well-seasoned, incredibly gifted individuals that share a common vision and a highly principled and fair approach to business.
Ryan also was a student-athlete at Brigham Young University and following his marriage to his beautiful wife Lisa, graduated from Arizona State University with Magna Cum Laude honors, having received degrees in English and Business. Ryan currently lives in Alpine, Utah with his wife and five children.
Martin Frey is a successful business leader, active angel investor, and an accomplished mountaineer and sailor. In April 2016, he became the first person to successfully climb the world’s Seven Summits and sail the Seven Seas.
Martin’s groundbreaking achievement follows a 30-year business career that included 13 years in Silicon Valley as a senior director for Cisco, where he ran a global organization supporting Cisco’s largest customers. In 2004, he moved to Utah, where he served as managing director of the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, developing and leading programs to create, grow and recruit Utah businesses. Martin’s efforts were instrumental in helping Governor Jon Huntsman lay the foundation for a highly successful economic development model that continues to be recognized at a national level.
Martin is passionate about inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs, and actively offers his time and talents to a wide array of organizations in the Utah community. He currently serves on the advisory councils for the Utah Valley University Business School, Brigham Young University College of Engineering, and University of Utah College of Humanities, and frequently works with organizations to scale their social impact.
Martin graduated from BYU in Mechanical Engineering and from Harvard’s Advanced Management Program. He and his family live in Holladay, Utah.
Robert C. Harbertson was co-founder and co-owner of THB, Inc., a market leader in the distribution of industrial fasteners, hardware packaging, and other industrial products, for more than 31 years. He was co-founder and co-owner of Harbertson Properties for more than 20 years, a commercial real estate firm. He is currently a principle of GreatLife Utah, a company whose mission is to enrich the lives of families and individuals through golf, fitness, and healthy lifestyles. Harberston graduated from the Marriott School of Business with a degree in accounting at Brigham Young University. He is married to Vicki Garfield, and together they are parents to six children and grandparents to twelve grandchildren.
B.S. Chemistry (University of Utah); M.S. Chemistry (Cornell); Ph.D. Finance (Cornell).
Member of National Advisory Council and professor of Business Management (BYU-Provo).
Former Dean of the Marriott School of Management (BYU).
Mission president for the LDS Church in Romania.
Doug spent the much of his career in the telecommunications industry with MediaOne Group, a fortune 100, international telecommunications company that was sold to AT&T in 1999. At MediaOne Doug held various positions including CFO and Executive Vice President of strategy, corporate development and technology. Prior to his work at MediaOne, Doug was a strategy consultant with Booz Allen and Hamilton. Doug served on several company boards including: Time Warner Entertainment, IPIX, InfoGear, and Time Warner Telecom. He has also served in multiple volunteer positions including as the chairman of Parents for Choice in Education and United Way of Davis Co. He spent three years in Detroit, Michigan leading a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He currently is the first counselor in the Young Men General Presidency of the Church. For the last several years Doug has been an active investor in various real estate and business ventures. Doug is married to Erin Toone and they are the parents of six children. Doug received his bachelors and masters of business administration degrees from Brigham Young University.
Robb has a BS and MS degree from BYU and completed post graduate work at USC in information and instructional design. He worked as a teacher and trainer of teachers in the CES program. During that time, he was director of the Seminary Training Program at BYU and worked on a CES team that developed new seminary and institute curriculae and training materials. After 30 years in CES, he was asked to join the Priesthood Department and develop curriculae and training materials for the Church. He was a manager for the development and production of various Presidents of the Church books, the new Gospel Principles book, the new Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints booklet, and the Come Follow Me youth curriculum. He is the author of books and articles used in the training of teachers and instructors in CES and the Church. He and his wife, Sue, have 5 children and 15 grandchildren. They recently completed a mission in Mexico City with the assignment to help setup the new Mexico Mission Training Center.
Leslie P. Layton, is from Sandy Utah. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to Bill Jordan and Margaret McConkie Pope. She graduated from Brigham Young University in child development and family relations and later married Alan Snelgrove Layton. They have nine children. She has served as a temple matron of the Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple, Primary president, humanitarian missionary in Peru, and was companion to her husband when he presided over the New York Rochester Mission.
Married for 39 years, 6 children, 12 grandchildren
Practicing Ob-Gyn 30 years
Board of Directors Medical Building Limited 97-03
Board of Directors Davis Surgical Center 09-12
Board of Directors Davis Surgical Real Estate 00-03
Chairman Board of Directors DSCRE 17-present
Board of Directors Davis Surgical Management ’12-‘15
President of DSCM Board ’14-‘15
Board of Directors Tanner Clinic 07-present
Vice President Tanner Clinic 09-16
President of Tanner Clinic 16- 18)
Chairman of the board 2018- (Tanner Clinic – largest private clinic in Utah, 120 doctors and providers, 600 employees)
Co-Founder of Utah Medical Outreach ’90-present
Humanitarian trips to Latin America since 1990
Vice president of Utah Medical Outreach ’10- present
ACE Board of advisors ’12-present
Mission President Mexico City South Mission ’03-‘06
Diane Nelson is a public relations and digital marketing thought leader who advises clients across the globe through her online public relations and marketing agency, Diane Lefrandt Digital. Previously, Diane worked as the senior consultant at Coltrin & Associates, a full service public relations and communications consulting firm in New York City. Diane is a leader in the digital training industry where she teaches entrepreneurs to leverage their expertise and networks online to accelerate growth and increase profitability. Diane received her Bachelor’s degree in Pubic Relations from Brigham Young University. She and her husband Jack, are the parents of 10 children.
Shaun Ritchie has been an entrepreneur his entire career. In high school, he spent the summers hunting for golf balls at golf courses, and sold them on the side of the road next to a course by his home in Arizona. After getting kicked off the property enough times, they offered him a job there instead.
Shaun started his first company with his business partner, Dan Caffee, in 2002. Bootstrapping it to $20 million in revenue, Neutron Interactive, an online marketing company, twice earned spots on the Inc 500 list, at #313 and #318. Neutron was named multiple times as one of the fastest growing companies in Utah, a Best Company to Work For.
Shaun co-founded his second company, Teem, in 2012. A software as a service (SaaS) company, Teem grew to become the leader in the Workplace Experience software category, which was acquired by The We Company (parent of WeWork) in September of 2018. During its life as an independent company, Teem raised over $20 million in venture capital from several prominent venture capital firms. Inc Magazine recognized Teem as a Best Workplace in 2017, and in 2018 Teem was named the third fastest growing company in Utah.
After the sale of Teem to The We Company, Shaun served as the Chief Workplace Experience Officer at WeWork until his departure in 2019.
Shaun currently is a managing partner at Grinder Ventures, a firm he co-founded, which seeks to invest in those who embrace the grind of building successful, enduring companies.
Shaun is Utah Business 40 under 40 award recipient and an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. Shaun has served as the president of the Utah Chapter of Entrepreneurs Organization and was twice recognized as the EO Utah Entrepreneur of the Year.
For over fifteen years, Nancy Smith owned and operated a design business, specializing in wall covings and furniture design. From 1995-1998 she was an administrative assistant for onyd; formatted materials for publication and rewrote in layman terms the technical policies, procedures, compensation plans, and other pertinent information for use on the Internet. She also organized corporate leadership training retreats and the implementation of area training seminars.
In 1998, she joined the Utah Valley State College (UVSC) Development Office as the part-time Coordinator for private scholarships with the assignment to centralize and build their Foundation’s scholarship program. She became a full-time employee in July of 1999 and soon thereafter was given the title of Manager of Private Scholarships. Under her leadership, the privately funded scholarship program grew from 55 scholarship funds in 1998 to more than 280 separate funds, assisting hundreds of students annually with financial help. Then in 2003, as director of stewardship and development relations, Nancy was asked to establish and direct a comprehensive acknowledgement and stewardship program that would maximize relationships between the university and all of its donors while still overseeing private scholarships.
With UVSC’s transition to University and the reorganization of the Development Office at Utah Valley University, Nancy’s expanded role, senior director of donor engagement and scholarship programs, gave her an opportunity to oversee donor relations, events and communication, publication, stewardship and the centralized private scholarship program. She retired in May 2017 in order to travel and enjoy spending more time with family and friends.
Nancy and her husband Courtney Smith are the parents of four Children and 17 grandchildren and just became great-parents. They reside in Springville Utah.
Following graduation from Brigham Young university with a degree in business, Lew commenced his work in the real estate industry with Collier Heinz and Associates as a shopping center manager. He later joined the Boyer Company where he spent the next thirty three years as director of retail properties and senior partner. In this capacity, Lew developed 25 retail and office projects in Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Texas, and Nevada. Lew has been actively involved in the volunteer community serving on the boards of The United Way of Salt Lake, Choice Humanitarian, Davis County Women’s Shelter, Kingsbury Hall, The Academy for Creating Enterprise, and Choice Ventures. Lew and his wife Patrice are the parents of six children.
Paul R Warner was raised in Evanston, Wyoming where he enjoyed participation in sports and involvement with good friends. He attended the University of Utah and BYU his freshman year and then transferred to Carbon College in Price, Utah in order to play basketball with the Golden Eagles. After receiving an associate degree there he served a mission for the LDS Church in the Great Lakes Mission headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Upon his return he enrolled at BYU and finished a degree in History and Political Science with a teaching certificate. After graduation he was employed as a Seminary Teacher at Ben Lomond High in Ogden, Utah. Just previous to beginning his teaching he married Karen Kuehne from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Paul completed Masters and Doctorate degrees during his employment years from BYU.
Paul taught and administered different areas in the CES, at Church Headquarters, and at BYU. These assignments included the Institute of Religion at Long Beach State, BYU Seminary Preservice Training, UVU Institute, Personnel Training in Salt Lake, BYU Development, BYU Campus Life, BYU Student Athlete Center, BYU Chaplain for non-LDS Students, and instructor in the BYU Religious Education. He retired in 2005 from BYU and became the executive director of America’s Freedom Festival at Provo and continues in that assignment.
Paul has served in a variety of assignments in the LDS Church, including being called as Bishop in 3 different wards.
He and his wife live in Provo in the Indian Hills area and are the parents of 6 and the grandparents of 30.
Dr. Norman Wright currently serves as the Dean of the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University. He holds a Ph.D. in Management from Wharton. Prior to joining Utah Valley University, he played leadership roles in universities in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, and Hawaii. Dr. Wright is an active scholar with research in cross-cultural teamwork, entrepreneurship, and in managing higher education. He also serves as consultant and trainer, assisting organizations in the United States, Middle East, and Asia. In partnership with his wife, he finds a little time to manage his own entrepreneurial ventures in Hawaii.