February 19, 2013

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Forty under 40

By Utah Business editors | Photography by Eric Delphenich

February 19, 2013

Talented, ambitious and innovative—these are just a few of the traits the 2013 Forty Under 40 exemplify. Representing a myriad of industries, these professionals showcase the best of those putting a fresh foot forward. Whether they are creating new entrepreneurial ventures or directing established companies, this generation of leaders is confidently coming into its own. Join us in recognizing the standouts who are guiding industry trends and shaping future outcomes.

Spence Angerbauer | 33 - President, OnRamp Transportation Services

Spence Angerbauer leads OnRamp Transportation, one of the nation’s fastest-growing transportation leasing and business services companies. Under Angerbauer’s direction, the company has grown from 1,500 clients to more than 25,000. Today, the company has grown into a $100 million firm.

Angerbauer says much of the company’s success is due to its strategic balance between innovation and accountability. “In order to foster an environment in which true fluid growth can happen, you need to innovate and empower others to create great solutions. But that’s not just enough—you’ve got to create a culture and philosophy where people are held accountable.”

Angerbauer says what he truly enjoys about his work is developing an idea into a tangible product. “To be able to create something from scratch, to foster this idea and see it become a reality through hard work and service, and then seeing the idea come to market and provide a product or a service to people—that’s truly the most rewarding part of my job.”

Joe Atkin | 35 - President & CEO, GOAL ZERO

Joe Atkin, at age 35, has started five successful businesses. He credits these accomplishments to the help of mentors who have guided him through a variety of work situations from healthcare, education, real estate and consumer products.

“I love to challenge myself to grow, and I love being in an environment where growth is fostered and encouraged,” says Atkin. “And that is what we’ve created at GOAL ZERO. To do that, you need a safe environment to fail. One of our key principles of our company is ‘Zero Regrets’ and to us that means we encourage taking risks. If we fail, we learn from them and get smarter. If they succeed, we reap the benefit and celebrate.”

It’s no surprise that Atkin has been a success. He began working at age 11 as a sales associate at Rebel Sports, putting in 20 hours a week. “I absolutely loved serving customers, crushing sales goals, convincing customers to buy three pairs of shoes and even doing inventory counts and end-of-day accounting,” says Atkin.

Alison Beddard | 37 - Associate Broker – Office and Investment Properties, Cushman & Wakefield | Commerce

Alison Beddard began her career in commercial real estate in 2005 at Cushman & Wakefield | Commerce. In just a few short years, she’s become a heavyweight, closing $17 million in sales in 2011 and $24 million in 2012.

Beddard is passionate about the downtown Salt Lake market. She worked extensively with the owners of the 120-year-old Crandall Building, including assisting with marketing strategy, to achieve a revitalized historic landmark and a dynamic retail corner including the Chalk Garden Co-Op and Starbucks Coffee.

She says her greatest challenge came during the market crash of 2008. “I focused on doing the best job in the best way possible for every deal I worked on.  I never made a decision that put my own priorities above that of my clients. I saw each deal through and made a relationship not just a deal,” she says, which ultimately allowed her to “successfully emerge in a new market landscape.”

Beddard is past president of the CREW Utah board of directors and serves on the Utah Pride Center board of directors.

Jennifer Beyer | 36 - Vice President, Best Practices, Allegiance Inc.

In her current role at Allegiance and as an advisory board member for the USA Snowboard Association, as well as having served three years on the board for Big Sisters in Rhode Island, Jennifer Beyer has experience helping a variety of organizations fulfill their missions and continue growth.

“Being able to work with many different types of people across departments to identify all the puzzle pieces and bring it all together is such a tremendous feeling of unification and accomplishment,” says Beyer. “Tying business goals and operations to customer behavior is a challenge that brings me great joy.”

As far as Beyer is concerned, whoever can best serve the interests of others, wins—in business and in life. “Both profits and happiness are generated by helping others achieve their goals…Good leaders earn the trust of their team by making the team their priority and helping advance each team member to the next level in their careers. Providing the team with tactical and strategic thought leadership is critical.”

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