Richard Tanner is an executive and part owner of Concero Connect, a social business that “delivers radically affordable broadband connectivity (via patented satellite technology) to the very impoverished and underserved in order to create opportunity, improve quality of life, and enhance livelihoods. The organization’s L3C status allows Concero Connect to pursue its social mission as would a non-profit (501c(3)) organization while using corporate paradigms of operating. Tanner is the former owner and co-founder of Extra Space Storage, still Utah’s largest business.
Don Patterson is a graduate of Arizona State University in accounting. After working 27 years as a CPA, he established and worked in a number of entrepreneurial companies. He currently spends the majority of his time in intellectual property patent development and licensing of proprietary manufacturing processes internationally. Patterson is also the co-founder and CEO of Innovative Coatings, Inc.
Patterson has served on numerous boards but feels the greatest satisfaction in board service has been his involvement in changing lives through Mentors International. He and his wife Leslie are working together in leading a family of seven children.
Daniel Gunnell has extensive experience across the oil and gas industry specifically in the states of Utah, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Wyoming, and Colorado. Gunnell has negotiated acquisitions and divestitures, and/or participated in joint ventures with many industry leaders such as Anadarko (NYSE: APC), Southwestern Energy (NYSE: SWN), Encana (NYSE: ECA), Talisman/ Fortuna (NYSE: TLM), Suncor/PetroCanada (NYSE:SU), Fidelity (NYSE:MDU), Clayton Williams Energy Inc. (Nasdaq: CWEI), Petro-Hunt, Yates Petroleum, and Armstrong Oil and Gas. Recently Gunnell, lead an effort to acquire over 1,000,000 acres of oil and gas property in Utah and has formed seven Federal Exploratory Units. Gunnell has owned an interest in many wells and has been an Operator for the last 10 years. As an Operator he has worked with several leading oilfield service providers such as Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL), Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB), Weatherford International (NYSE: WFT), Patterson- UTI Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTEN), Key Energy Services, Inc (NYSE: KEG), Nabors Drilling, Frontier Drilling, and Weatherford International (NYSE: WFT). Gunnell is a distinguished leader having been chosen by BYUSA as one of the most influential of Brigham Young University, where he was the captain of the cheer squad, varsity wrestler, and received academic honors. Gunnell has also completed graduate level geology course work at BYU. He is actively involved in his church and politics and enjoys sports and the outdoors. He and wife Mary have five wonderful children.
Scott Petersen is a long-time entrepreneur, having co-founded or partnered in building seven companies: Best Vinyl, LLC, Hardware Express, APU Solutions, Life & Safety Products, Inc., Regency II, Woodland Heights, LLC, and the Anniversary Inns. He was CEO of Best Vinyl, the largest nationwide installer of vinyl fencing and decking, for many years. Petersen currently serves as faculty advisor to Brigham Young University’s CEO (Collegiate Entrepreneur Organization) chapter and is a business consultant. He serves on several boards assisting foundations that serve third world countries and other important causes.
Kent Petersen received a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Utah and later went on to receive a master’s in dealership management from the Chrysler Institute. He worked for Petersen Motor Company for over 50 years, beginning as parts runner and eventually serving as president. He is past president of Petersen Leasing, Inc., and current president of Morph2o Water Management LLC, a company that markets water sensing technology to agriculture and turf-landscape customers. He has long been affiliated with Petersen Marine Supply Inc. He has been very involved in the community and has held extensive leadership positions on various boards, chambers of commerce, foundations, and committees.
Shane Argyle graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Business Management from the University of Utah. He worked at IntegraCore, Inc. from 1989 until 2007, becoming an owner in 1993 and later served many years as CEO. Argyle continues as a small businessman. He has a passion for developing the self-reliance in all human beings.
Greg Cook is a graduate of Brigham Young University and an international businessman. He has lived and worked throughout the world. Cook is one of the founders and partners in dōTERRA International, one of the fastest growing companies in the world. Cook is passionate about serving people wherever they live.
Gary Free has an extensive career in Real Estate Appraisal, Development and Management. A graduate of the University of Utah, Free holds a Bachelor of Art degree in Business Management and the MAI and SRA designations from the Appraisal Institute. After a career in appraising, beginning with a commercial bank, Free formed Free and Associates which recently became known as Valbridge Property Advisors and is now one of the largest appraisal firms in Utah with offices in Salt Lake City, Utah County, and St. George, Utah. Valbridge Property Advisors quickly became the third largest appraisal company in the United States with 67 offices nationwide and is still growing. Free also founded and developed the first of what would become the Towne Storage group of properties which have been developed in Utah and Nevada. Free has served as the President of the Utah Chapter of the Appraisal Institute and of the Utah Chapter of the Self-Storage Association and has served several years in Board Member positions in these and other professional organizations. He also serves on the executive committee for the Utah AMAR International Foundation aiding refugees in the Middle East.
Mike has extensive experience as an entrepreneur, business consultant and university professor. He is the cofounder and chairman of My New Enterprise, an online training and development company for aspiring entrepreneurs. His is also the founder and former CEO of Golden Swirl Management Company and of Northern Lights. Both companies were sold to CoolBrands International. Mike has consulted with hundreds of startup companies and large corporations in the areas of business strategy, organization effectiveness and leadership development. His clients have included Associated Food Stores, The Boeing Company, Department of Workforce
Services and Esso of Inter-America. Mike is currently the Executive Director of the Clark Center for Entrepreneurship in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. He has published numerous articles in magazines and three books on entrepreneurship: Glorious Accidents, The Business of Heart and Main Street Entrepreneur, which chronicles his 4,000 mile bicycle ride across America to interview 100 remarkable entrepreneurs who have successfully merged livelihood and lifestyle in places they want to live. Mike has appeared on Great Day America, First Business from Washington, Associated Press Radio, Voice of America, Good Morning Chicago, Kansas City Live, and many other radio and TV programs. He received a Ph.D. from Purdue University, and BS and MS degrees from the University of Utah.
Ronald Gunnell co-founded Health Benefits America (HBA), which became the nations’ premier outsourcer of benefit management solutions. HBA provided services to over fifty Fortune 100 companies and represented over seven million employees in the management of their benefit options. In 1999, Gunnell co-founded the Paradigm Group, which provides venture financing and other financial services. In 2014, Gunnell founded The BroadStreet Group, LLC. This new venture focuses on three primary initiatives. First, International Commerce. With partners in the United States, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and India, The BroadStreet group is working to launch a number of technology products. Second, Commercial Real Estate. The Broadstreet group has partnered with one of the most Successful Commercial Real Estate Developers in the United States providing funding and capital for large Commercial projects. Third, Consulting Services. With over 30 years of business experience and nearly 20 years in the Entertainment industry, The Broadstreet group provides consulting services on a retainer basis. Gunnell is also a founder of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the Marriott School of Management at BYU and is on the Board of Trustees of both Operation Kids and the Hale Center Theatre.
Teresa Harding is a Founding Presidential Diamond Wellness Advocate for dōTERRA essential oils. Harding is known for her trainings throughout the United States and internationally. She has been invited to teach at in many venues including hospitals and clinics, massage, aesthetic and chiropractic schools, health food stores and some of the most prestigious spas and hotels including MGM Grand, Green Valley Spas, and M Resort. Her business training creates successful leaders at such a rapid pace that she has been invited by dōTERRA to train new teams around the world on her Builder Success System. Harding also has been able to create Health Strategies Worldwide – a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to improving lives through training and educating people in poverty-stricken areas around the world on the use of essential oils and in determining and addressing other needs. Her vision is to empower people everywhere to take control of their health care needs.
David Jensen is a graduate from the University of Utah with an MBA and is a licensed CPA. Jensen is the founder of Aviacode Inc which has become one of the nation’s premier healthcare software and services companies. Aviacode provides technology and services to many of the nation’s largest hospital systems. He has served on several boards and is passionate about the goals of Mentors International in facilitating self-reliance in others. Jensen and his wife Sharon are the parents of four children and one grandchild.
Elizabeth B. Mumford is an honors graduate of Brigham Young University with a double major in Early Childhood & Elementary Education and membership in Kappa Omicron Nu. She has worked for International Language Programs developing curriculum for second language acquisition, as well as the LDS Church Educational System and most recently as an educator in the Davis School District. She serves as a managing trustee for the Bertin Family Foundation along with being active in church and civic roles. Mumford has led community councils and parent organizations in local schools and has volunteered for many years with the Boy Scouts of America. Mumford finds her greatest work and joy is raising four sons with her husband Russell. She is committed to advocating for quality education and creating global opportunities for women to become self-reliant and strengthen their families.
Derrick Porter currently serves as President of Beauty Industry Group (B.I.G.), a holding company that owns and operates businesses in the professional beauty industry. Porter is also a principle in a multi-family real estate development office with properties along the Wasatch Front.
Prior to his time at B.I.G., Porter built and operated Porter Brown Distribution, a third party logistics company with facilities in Texas, Colorado, and Utah. During his tenure, Porter Brown Distribution provided warehousing, shipping, and order fulfillment services for companies such as Overstock.com, and distributed goods to The Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Costco, PetSmart, and other big-box retailers.
Porter earned a bachelors degree in Technical Sales from Weber State University and subsequently an MBA from The Ohio State University. The highlight of Porter’s week is time spent with his wife and four sons, coupled with church and civic service responsibilities.
Bonnie Smith is an accomplished business-centered technology executive with a track record of delivering superior business and IT results based on her broad and deep IT leadership expertise.
Having worked for premier Companies (DuPont, Whirlpool, Abbott, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Eaton and presently Lear Corporation) as well as the global management consulting firm McKinsey. Her robust industry experience includes Insurance (P&C, Medical, Re), Investment Banking, Chemicals, Life Sciences/Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Goods, Media and Corporate staff organizations. This variety of manufacturing and service sector exposure enables her to bring best practices and out-of-the-box thinking to the opportunities and/or challenges at hand. She is intimately familiar with all business functions having re-engineered and/or automated them ranging from small evolutionary improvements to dramatic overhauls. She has extensive European experience.
She encourages prudent risk-taking, creates supportive high performing teams, drives accountability and sets stretch targets which resulted in a career of deep team loyalty as a leader who speaks the truth and supports her staff while helping them grow. Bonnie has a B.S. in Computer Science from Indiana University of PA and an MBA from the University of Chicago, both with High Honors. She was named Pittsburgh CIO of the Year and has raised more than $300K as an active volunteer.
Davis Smith is the CEO of Cotopaxi, an outdoor gear brand with a social mission. He was previously the Co-CEO of Baby.com.br and Dinda.com.br, Brazil’s Startup of the Year in 2012, which raised $40M in venture capital. In 2004, he also founded, and later sold, PoolTables.com, America’s largest pool table retailer. Smith is a graduate of Brigham Young University and of the University of Pennsylvania where he obtained an MBA from the Wharton School and an MA from the School of Arts and Sciences. He is a Fellow of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies.
Drew Smith began his management career in 1980 with Procter and Gamble. In 1986, he acquired partnership interest in Public Safety Equipment, Inc. The company was subsequently awarded the Missouri Quality Award and received a personal tour by a U.S. president in recognition of its export performance. Smith is now a partner in a venture capital group in manufacturing. Since 2005, Smith has devoted major time and passion to building the capacity of Christian-based organizations that impact the world’s poor.