Leadership - The Best of State ® Legacy Council

Mary Crafts-Homer, MARY CRAFTS INC. (Chairperson)

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As the founder of Culinary Crafts, Utah’s largest off-premise caterer and recipient of 19 Best of State awards, Mary is integral to making Utah a great place to celebrate. Mary has received numerous awards including the Silicon Slopes Hero Award, the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce Pathfinder Award, UVU’s Kirk Englehardt Ethics Award, and Mary was named One of Utah’s Coolest Entrepreneurs by Business Q Magazine. Currently Mary is devoting herself to improving life for others through her scholarships, mentoring, keynotes, and podcasts, as she continues to guide Culinary Crafts to even greater levels of success.

Kurt D. Christensen, DDS, Burg Children’s Dentistry and
Orthodontics

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Dr. Kurt D. Christensen, DDS, has been providing dental care in Salt Lake Valley for almost 20 years. He grew up in Sugar House and graduated with honors from the University of Washington School of Dentistry in Seattle. Currently, he is acting as CEO and managing partner of Utah’s largest pediatric dental group, Burg Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics, while seeing patients 3 days a week. Deeply committed to equal access to dental care, he has actively lobbied on behalf of Utah’s underserved population. Kurt and his wife, Heather, enjoy youth sports, Lake Powell, good Thai food, and raising their 4 children.

Kevin Guest, USANA

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Kevin Guest is the Chief Executive Officer of USANA Health Sciences, where he has overseen record company growth as well as new product development, strategic marketing, and USANA’s audio, video, and event productions worldwide. He is also a member of the board of directors for the Direct Selling Association, and a member of the CEO Council for the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations. Prior to joining USANA, Kevin was a managing partner at FMG, a video and events production company. Kevin earned a BA in Communications from Brigham Young University and is an accomplished musician, playing at venues like the Grand Ole Opry with rock and country superstars.

Kent Crawford, KUTV

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Kent Crawford began his media career in 1980, and has had numerous sales management positions since that time. He has been in broadcast/internet sales management for more than 20 years. Kent is currently the General Manager at KUTV Ch. 2. Kent’s focus has always been to aid clients in achieving their marketing goals and objectives with the effective use of television and the internet. He has created numerous public service and commercial campaigns. Kent is a past board member of the Utah Advertising Federations. He is a graduate of the University of Utah. He resides in Salt Lake City with his wife and two children.

Bronson Sulser, Kentson Car Company

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Bronson Sulser is President of Kentson Car Company. He started the company out of a closet office back in 2000. Bronson believed that he could change the way people felt about buying a used car. The idea has grown into a company that is nationally known for customer satisfaction and high quality product. When he’s not taking care of one of the many employees or customers, he is with his very supportive wife and four beautiful daughters.

Jeff Young, YESCO

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Jeffrey S. Young is Senior Vice President of Young Electric Sign Company. YESCO, as the company is known today, is a remarkable story of the American dream come true. Jeff’s grandfather, Thomas Young, founded the company in 1920 in Ogden. YESCO is a family-owned provider of a full spectrum of custom sign and lighting systems from simple wayfinding plaques to towering, spectacular displays. YESCO and its 1,400 employees serve customers in Utah and throughout the country and Canada. The founder enjoyed the saying, “The difficult we do immediately; the impossible may take a little longer.”

Steve Webb, Webb Audio Visual

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Steve Webb is the President of Webb Audio Visual Event Technology. Established in 1955, Webb Audio Visual has a long history of providing award-winning audio, video, lighting, and production service for corporate business meetings, conventions, and special events throughout the U.S. and the world. Steve and his wife, Angie, are the parents of 5 children.

Beth Colosimo, MBA, Salt Lake Community College

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Beth Colosimo is an Executive Director at Salt Lake Community College. Beth manages a variety of programs that help entrepreneurs and small businesses get started and expand through a variety of training and education workshops, mentoring, and conferences. As director of the Small Business Development Center, Beth and her team counsel and mentor those looking to start their own companies. She also oversees a business incubator where start up companies work together in a shared space to learn about being entrepreneurs and how to grow their businesses.

Troy Olson, Les Olson Company

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Troy Olson began his days at the family business as a file clerk, and throughout his 38-year tenure at Les Olson Company, he has always loved and excelled in his work. As current president at Les Olson Company, he serves as a shareholder and member of the board of directors. He also currently serves on the Sharp Dealer Advisory Council for the United States and works with all the independent dealers in the Sharp family. Troy’s hobbies include golfing, fly fishing, and Ultra endurance running through the Wasatch Mountains. He is married to the love of his life, Mindy, and they have two children and three grandchildren.

Kris Cappaert-Primosic, Blue Iguana Mexican Restaurant

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Kris Cappaert-Primosic is the owner of the award-winning Blue Iguana Mexican Restaurant brand. She and her devoted staff are happy to be celebrating more than 20 years in business, serving Utah’s most authentic Mexican cuisine. Since having purchased a partner’s interest in 2014, she has become the sole owner. Kris, along with her long-term faithful staff, have enjoyed substantial year over year revenue growth under her leadership. Born and raised in the Salt Lake Valley, and with no formal business training, Kris truly is the embodiment of the American entrepreneurial spirit. Kindhearted, fair, and unpretentious, she is a true testament of what may be achieved through hard work, persistence, and painstaking attention to detail.

Kade Hendershot, Wallaroo Media

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Kade Hendershot is the President and Co-Founder of Wallaroo Media. Wallaroo is a full-service digital marketing agency with a team of more than 20 experts in the fields of SEO, content, social media, digital PR, and design. Kade, his wife, and his four children reside in Provo, Utah.

Jacob Hoehne, ISSIMO Story Agency

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Jacob Hoehne is the founder of ISSIMO Story Agency: inspiring audiences through film and telling the story of brands that are making the world a better place. He believes in the power of stories to change people’s hearts and minds, which in turn changes the world. His team has won 25 national awards for work with top mission-driven brands.

Ron Gunnell, Health Benefits America (HBA)

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Ron Gunnell co-founded Health Benefits America in 1986, which became one of the nation’s premier outsourcing benefit management solutions, providing services to companies such as General Motors, Bank of America, PepsiCo, Frito-Lay, Pizza Hut, FedEx, Chevron, and more. In 2014, Ron founded The BroadStreet Group with partners in the United States, Brazil, and India. He serves on a number of educational and arts boards across the state, and he is responsible for negotiating and securing all guest artists that perform with the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. He is married to Kaye Ashby and has three daughters and two grandchildren.

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