Famous Mormons in Business Page 2

Famous Mormons in Business

Top Executives in Business (F-M)



Dave Finnegan

Chief Information and Interactive Officer (CIO)

Build-A-Bear Workshop

Dave Finnegan

Chief Information and Interactive Officer (CIO) at Build-A-Bear Workshop. Chairman at National Retail Federation - Chief Information Officer Council. Innovation Board Member (IT Strategic Forum) at Orvis. Began working with Build-A-Bear Workshop in 1998 (company was established in October 1997). Build-A-Bear Workshop has grown from a handful of stores to over 400 stores world-wide in over 16 countries, with revenues of over $400M. Helped to take the company public in 2004. Not only leads the team to help set strategy, but builds strategic partnerships, a collaborative culture and gets things done. http://www.linkedin.com/in/davefinnegan



Kimberly Fletcher

Homemakers for America Inc

Homemakers for America Inc. is made up of a diverse group of women who share the core values of God, Freedom & Family.  
  Lee Green
Corporate Counsel, K-Swiss Inc.
K-Swiss makes footwear for serious tennis players, as well as speed, strength, and endurance training shoes for all athletes.


  Rod Hawes

Former CEO of Life Re Corporation

Founder and former CEO of Life Re Corporation


  Simon K. Hodson
CEO, EarthShell
This company's biodegradable packaging could ease the fast-food garbage pileup.



David Huber, Ph.D.
CEO, Corvis
Corvis delivers flexible options to optimize any network. Corvis Corporation leads the industry with field-proven optical innovations for today and tomorrow. Their focus is optical optimization: making the best use of a carrier's existing networks -- with an eye to the future and profitability.


Jon Huntsman
Jon Huntsman
CEO, Huntsman Chemical Corporation
Huntsman is the world's largest privately held chemical company.  The operating companies manufacture basic products for a variety of global industries including chemicals, plastics, automotive, aviation, footwear, paints and coatings, construction, technology, agriculture, health care, textiles, detergent, personal care, furniture, appliances and packaging. Huntsman Chemical Corporation

Jim Jannard
CEO, Oakley, Inc.
Jim Jannard created a world’s first – a motocross handgrip with a unique orbicular design, engineered to fit a competitor’s closed hand. The year was 1975. It was the beginning of Oakley Inc., a technology company that would soon be fueled by a raging distaste for mediocrity and a fierce devotion to innovation.
  James U. Jensen
VP, NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
The commitment of the people of NPS Pharmaceuticals is to build an enduring worldwide company, the purpose of which is to develop innovative drugs to maintain human health and relieve suffering. NPS Pharmaceuticals is engaged in the discovery and development, and is preparing for the commercialization of therapeutic small molecules and recombinant proteins. NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Photo: Sutter Health
Van R. Johnson
CEO, Sutter Health
"You might say that Van Johnson, Sutter Health's chief executive officer, is leaving his job for a higher calling.  A devout Mormon, Johnson is stepping down Wednesday to work as a mission president for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  Johnson, 60, is giving up a $1.94 million salary running one of the state's largest hospital networks to take the unpaid assignment."  He was president of Northern California's community-based, not-for-profit system of hospitals, physician organizations and home health and occupational health providers for ten years.
Source: SFgate.com
Sutter Health CEO to move on Leader of state's biggest hospital network to train Mormon missionaries

Brett Keller
Chief Marketing Officer, priceline.com Inc.
Priceline.com is an Internet-based transaction service that offers leisure airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, packaged vacations and cruises. Brett Keller was promoted to Chief Marketing Officer in January 2002. He is responsible for priceline.com’s strategic marketing and advertising, public relations, advertising sales, Web design and database maintenance and marketing. He joined priceline.com in 1999 as Vice President, Marketing. Prior to joining priceline.com, Mr. Keller was Director of Online Travel at Cendant.
Sources: Investor's Overview and Management Biography
  Richard L. King
Former President, Albertson's
He started with Albertsons in 1963. He graduated from Utah State University in 1972. In 1982 when he was promoted to Grocery Sales Manager for the Utah division. In 1994, he was promoted to Group Vice President of Merchandising responsible for merchandising and marketing of the company. In 1996, he was promoted to President and COO and served in that capacity until June 1999 when Albertsons merged with American Stores. During his tenure at Albertsons, King had responsibility for a $16 billion operation, with more than 100,000 employees and nearly 1,000 stores.

Richard now with Associated Food Stores




Spencer Kirk Spencer Kirk
Co-Founder, Megahertz Corporation
Childhood friends, Stephen Aldous, Spencer Kirk, and David Spafford, founded Megahertz Corporation in 1985, which became the leading manufacturer of modems for laptop computers in the world.  The company grew from a basement operation to the leading supplier of solution-oriented mobile data communications products. In 1988 the company was one of the first to offer third-party modems for the nascent laptop computer market. The infrastructure of today’s "wireless world" is a direct result of their innovative developments. The company went public in 1993 and the next year was acquired by US Robotics, which was in turn acquired by 3Com Corp. Aldous, Kirk and Spafford are all active members of the LDS Church.

Glade M. Knight
CEO, Cornerstone Realty Income Trust Inc
Thirty plus years ago, Glade Knight, leader and founder of Cornerstone made his a dream a reality when he entered the multi-family residential real estate business. Since then, the leadership and vision of Glade Knight has been proudly infused into Cornerstone Realty - a company with a long history of making our employees feel like family and the Homes places that people enjoy.
Source: About Cornerstone

Knight Transportation
Kevin Knight
CEO, Knight Transportation
Knight has achieved Forbes "200 Best Small Companies" status for nine consecutive years. As one of the best managed, public trucking companies in the U.S., Knight is committed to providing the best transportation services in the industry. Knight Transportation

Fred Lampropoulos
CEO, Merit Medical
Merit Medical Systems, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of over 2000 product variations used in diagnostic and interventional cardiology and radiology procedures.  In 2004, Fred Lampropoulos made an unsuccessful bid for the republican nomination for Utah governor.


  G.L. Larkins
CEO, House of Fabrics
House of Fabrics was one of the largest fabric chains in the US and had over 300 chains in 34 states. In 1998, House of Fabrics was acquired by Jo-Ann Fabrics. President Larkins is currently serving as president of the Singapore Mission
  Steve Lund
CEO, NuSkin International

University of Houston
J. Willard Marriott
founder, Marriott Hotels


He opened his first hotel in 1957, the Twin Bridges Marriott in Washington, D.C. Following thereafter, Marriott Hotels were launched in Dallas, Philadelphia, and Atlanta. As a result, the Marriott Company earned $84 million in revenue with 9,600 employees by 1964. University of Utah Library

J.W. Marriott, Jr.
Chairman, Marriott International
Regarded as a lodging innovator, Mr. Marriott began shifting the company in the late 1970s from hotel ownership to property management and franchising. His strategic decision allowed the company to accelerate its growth and broaden its leadership position. That transformation culminated in the company's split into Marriott International, a hotel management and franchising company, headed by Mr. Marriott, and Host Marriott International, a hotel ownership company chaired by his younger brother, Richard Marriott.

Source: Corporate Information

  Richard Marriott
Chairman, Host Marriott
Our mission is to be the premier hospitality real estate company. We own high quality lodging assets in prime urban, airport and resort/convention locations.  
Rex Maughan Rex G. Maughan is the founder, president, and CEO of Forever Living Products. A philanthropist who has given millions to several causes, in 2002 Maughan was listed in the Forbes 400 as the 368th richest man in the world, with a net worth of $600 million. Maughan grew up on a ranch in Soda Springs, Idaho. and eventually served an LDS Mission in Samoa. Rex met his wife Ruth at BYU when he volunteered to coach her on her tennis serve.  
  Dimon McPherson
CEO, Nationwide Insurance
He and His Family are members of the Delaware Ward In the Columbus Ohio North Stake Nationwide Insurance

Greg Miller

Utah Jazz Owner

Greg Miller is the CEO of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies which includes being the owner of the NBA�s Utah Jazz. The group includes: 39 automotive dealerships throughout the Western United States, Prestige Financial, Jordan Commons, Megaplex Theatres, KJZZ-TV, Miller Motorsports Park, the FANZZ chain of sports apparel stores, and the EnergySolutions Arena .  causeforhope.org

 Greg Miller, stars in Undercover Boss.  He is the CEO of the Utah Jazz.  He attempts to make halftime history when he works undercover with their infamous Dunk Team. Greg talks about being a Mormon in the episode

Click here to go to CBS.com to Watch Greg Miller on Undercover Boss



Larry H. Miller

Owner Utah Jazz and many more businesses

Lawrence Horne "Larry H." Miller (April 26, 1944 � February 20, 2009) was a Utah businessman and philanthropist Larry was the owner of the NBA's Utah Jazz and of the Salt Lake Bees, a Triple-A Minor League Baseball team. Larry H Millers  companies owned 53 automotive dealerships throughout the Western United States, and the EnergySolutions Arena and more http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_H._Miller

April 26, 1944 � February 20, 2009

  Jerry Moyes
CEO, Swift Transportation
Swift is a truckload carrier headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. Swift operates the largest fleet of truckload carrier equipment in the United States. The principal types of freight transported by Swift include department store merchandise, manufactured goods, paper products, non-perishable food, beverages and building materials.


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