30 Women to Watch

By Heather Stewart, Rachel Madison and Devin Felix

May 8, 2014

Eberting loves being able to carry out a wide range of tasks every day—performing surgeries and other medical procedures, developing products, marketing and many more. She also loves that her career allows her to interact with patients of all ages and gives her the chance to investigate, diagnose and solve a wide range of problems.

“I love having a profession that allows me to solve problems, to develop products that solve problems and to really help my patients.”

Nancy Ford Director, IT Risk and Information Security, American Express and President, Ford Industries Inc.

Nancy Ford has more than three decades of experience as an IT risk and security expert. She’s worked for large corporations, including American Express, where she is currently director of IT risk and information security, and IBM. At American Express she has created an end-to-end technology risk governance program, a multi-year technology strategy. She also led a major transformation of the American Express disaster recovery program.

Ford recently applied her wealth of experience toward running her own small business, Ford Industries Inc., a security integration company that provides security solutions for corporate complex environments. 

Ford is also actively involved in nonprofit organizations. She has served on the boards of Valley Mental Health Foundation and the Single Mom Foundation. She is a mentor with the Women in Technology organization, and within her company, she has created a program that provides free security systems to deserving nonprofit organizations.

“I am one of the fortunate few that have found the right path that inspires me every day. I love what I do now and genuinely enjoy the people I work with.”

Cynthia Abrea Gambill, Owner, Remedez/Trey Ventures

Cynthia Abrea Gambill came to Utah from Argentina when she was 20 years old. She knew little English, but she knew how to work hard. She took office jobs in data entry, as a filing clerk and even as a nighttime custodian. She worked her way up from there, eventually becoming marketing director for BNA Consulting Engineers and then director of marketing for the Western Division of Musco Sports Lighting.

In 2002, she and her family moved back to Utah from Southern California and she opened Remedez HairSpa AVEDA with her husband, Tyler Gambill. The company started with 12 employees and has grown steadily over the past 12 years; it now employs 45 people who treat an average of 800 clients weekly. In addition to running the salon, Gambill volunteers for multiple organizations in Utah County. She’s a member of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce board of governors, chair of the board for Women in Business in Utah County and a member of the Scera Center for the Arts advisory board.

“My community has given me everything I have ever wanted: an education, a career and a family. We can never go wrong serving our community and giving back.”

Pam Gold, Vice President of Sales and Account Management, United HealthCare

Pam Gold is passionate about health, both in her own life and in the lives of those she serves through United HealthCare. She has been with the company for eight years, including the past six overseeing sales and account management in Utah and Idaho. During the past three years with UHC, she’s led the company in growing its membership from 77,000 to 150,000. United Health Group in Utah now has more than 700 employees.

Gold has been a member of the lieutenant governor’s task force for Utah’s health exchange, Avenue H. She is also actively involved in nonprofit work that promotes mental and physical health. She has served on boards with the American Red Cross, American Heart Association and Odyssey House. She’s also been a one-on-one mentor with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah.

“I feel that I’m working for a fantastic organization that really does make a difference.”

Ruth Green, Senior Vice President of Operations, Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc.

Ruth Green is a rarity: a person under 40 who already has more than 20 years experience in her field. She began working in the residential mortgage lending industry immediately after high school and advanced to become a loan processor. She joined Primary Residential Mortgage Inc. 10 years ago and quickly began to work her way up in the company. She has been a loan officer, an underwriter, training manager and vice president of business relations. In 2009 she was promoted to senior vice president of operations.

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