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By Utah Business editors
February 9, 2015
Jared Sandberg Turner 37
Chief Marketing Officer
Young Living Essential Oils
Jared Turner was working as an international business attorney when he decided to make a big career change—one that led him to find his passion. Turner left his place at Kirton McConkie to become associate general counsel at Young Living, and then quickly rose through the ranks to his current role as chief marketing officer. “[Turner] has a JD and a masters degree, but is a marketing whiz at heart,” says Kevin Pace, CFO of Young Living.
Turner has an extensive resume of international experiences and accomplishments, including working at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, and speaking three languages. He says he enjoys the creative and collaborative process in his work, including the responsibility he believes he has to all of Young Living’s 1,500 global employees. “I absolutely love coming to work every day,” says Turner. “Connecting people to our mission, providing purpose, wellness and abundance, is enthralling for me.”
“I love seeing strategy implemented by productive, talented and enthusiastic people. I’d rather people make a bad decision than make no decision at all.”
Isaac Westwood 28
Isaac Westwood is something of a serial entrepreneur. He started his first business, Eco Sales & Marketing, at the age of 22. Under his leadership, the company grew to four locations in three states and developed partnerships with three of the four largest construction companies on the West Coast. After exiting Eco S&M, Westwood opened PcCareSupport, an IT support company in 2012. Success followed, as the company became an Inc. 500 company and won a Best of State award.
Now, having sold PcCareSupport, Westwood has partnered with his brother, Ryan, to open Outbox, a cloud integration provider. Within 10 months, the company already had 40 employees, 22 enterprise customers, and had formed strategic partnerships with Salesforce, Workfront (formerly AtTask), InsideSales and inContact.
“The most important attribute of a successful entrepreneur is their ability to own any given situation,” says Westwood.
“I love creating something from nothing. Being able to build a company from the ground up and see the fruits that come from it is amazing.”
Amelia Wilcox 32
Founder/Chief Executive Officer
Since founding her private massage therapy practice in 2004, Amelia Wilcox has found fulfillment in helping clients and providing flexible jobs for stay-at-home moms.
She says the secret to success is finding the right people to employ and creating a good working environment for them, having strong mentors, constantly looking for ways to learn and improve, and going above and beyond client expectations.
Wilcox has always had an eye on expansion, a goal that was challenged two years after starting her practice, when a competitor in another state started using Wilcox’s company’s name before she had secured a federal trademark. In the two years it took to rebrand and get a federal trademark for the new name, though, Wilcox was able to further define the vision for her company. “Obstacles are opportunities in disguise,” she says. “Many times that obstacle ends up being exactly what takes you up to higher ground and sets you more firmly on the road to success.”
“Seeing the effects that this organization, that I built, has in the lives of my team members is the very best part of what I get to do each day.”
Catherine Wong 38
Senior Vice President of Engineering
Catherine Wong has spent her 14-year career in technology developing all-star engineering teams, building game-changing products and spurring rapid company growth. She’s worked for a variety of the biggest names in tech, including Omniture and Adobe.
Now in her role at Domo, Wong has played an integral role in creating highly scalable software-as-a-service (SaaS) systems and record enterprise growth. She’s helped the company report an annual growth that far exceeds 100 percent and continues to bring her teams together to drive the company’s vision forward.
“I’ve enjoyed growing teams locally and globally, and love seeing customers use on a daily basis what we build,” she says. “Being in tech has given me so many opportunities, and I’m passionate about education and enabling that opportunity for others.”
Wong is an original member of the advisory board of the Women Tech Council and is a current member of the United Way of Salt Lake’s Women’s Leadership Council. She has also served on the advisory board for the College of Engineering at the University of Utah.
“Provide real value; make your customers successful. Innovation isn’t really innovation unless it’s released and people enjoy using it.”