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David Neeleman
CEO, JetBlue Airways


David Neeleman is JetBlue's Former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the JetBlue Board of Directors. . Mr. Neeleman was a co-founder of WestJet and from 1996 to 1999 served as a member of WestJet's board of directors. From October 1995 to October 1998, Mr. Neeleman served as the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Open Skies, a company that develops and implements airline reservation systems and which was acquired by the Hewlett Packard Company. From 1988 to 1994, Mr. Neeleman served as President and was a member of the board of directors of Morris Air Corporation, a low-fare airline that was acquired by Southwest Airlines. For a brief period, in connection with the acquisition, he served on the Executive Planning Committee at Southwest Airlines. From 1984 to 1988, Mr. Neeleman was an Executive Vice President of Morris Air. Mr. Neeleman attended the University of Utah.  On May 10, 2007, David Neeleman was replaced by David Barger as CEO of JetBlue[7] and on May 21, 2008 he was replaced as chairman of the board by Joel Peterson. On March 27, 2008 Neeleman officially announced plans to launch a new airline, Azul (Portuguese for "blue"), a domestic carrier in Brazil

Jet Blue Airways


Reality TV World
Shawn Nelson

Founder and Chief Sac

 He is founder and CEO of LoveSac in Salt Lake City, Utah.  On the show, he had to travel around the world with other contestants and re-enact crazy stunts that Richard Branson, the Rebel Billionare, has performed in his life-time.  As the winner, Nelson received $1 million and a three-month position as the President of Virgin Worldwide.  After three months he will either return to LoveSac and build it into a global brand or serve as president of one of Virgin's many ventures.

Photo: Novell
Stewart Nelson
COO, Novell
Novell helped invent the corporate network in the early 1980s and continues to drive technology for the Net today. Network software began with the sharing of files and printers within local area networks (LANs) and evolved into the management of wide area networks that enabled enterprise-class computing and, ultimately, the Internet.



Ray Noorda
CEO, Novell
Ray Noorda rescued Novell back in 1982, when he joined the company and helped turn it into the dominant player in the network operating system market. He retired in 1995 to oversee The Canopy Group, which invests in companies such as Caldera, Intl., Lineo and Linux Networx, all of which offer Linux products designed to give companies a choice beyond Windows.


James Peterson
CEO, Microsemi Corp.
Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq:MSCC) is a semiconductor manufacturer specializing in system-engineered integrated circuits and high reliability discrete devices. A long-time supplier of high-reliability discrete components to military and aerospace customers.

Fabrizio Poli

Fabrizio Poli is the author of the book Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude and Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude: How to Fly Out of the Cube and Gain Your Freedom Through his experiences as an airline pilot and a determination to take control of his life and achieve his dreams, he has devised a life plan where the sky is the limit. In 2012 Fabrizio decided it was time to put his entrepreneurial and business skills to work and retired from his career as an Airline Pilot to create his own Aviation Solutions company, Tyrus Wings. His company offer an array of aviation solutions such as; Private Jet & Commercial jet sales, aircraft leasing, private jet pilot headhunting & ferry flights. Fabrizio still keeps his hand in flying as he delivers Boeing B737s as a ferry pilot.

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James H. Quigley

CEO of Deloitte & Touche

James H. Quigley was named Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte & Touche USA LLP (D&T USA) in June 2003

Jim received his Bachelor of Science degree from Utah State University and was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Commercial Science from Bentley College in Waltham, Mass.

Frederick Rockwood
President, Hillenbrand Industries
Hillenbrand Industries, Inc. is a holding company. The operating companies under the Hillenbrand Industries' umbrella make and provide products and services for the health care and funeral services industries. Hillenbrand Industries
George Romney George Romney
Chairman, American Motors Corp.
His leadership saved AMC from the brink of collapse in the late 50's. It was Romney who made the difficult decision in 1957 to drop the Nash and Hudson brands to concentrate exclusively on the compact Rambler line. It turned out to be a brilliant stroke: AMC's sales quadrupled in two years, and Rambler passed Plymouth to become the third best-selling make in the U.S. Some AMC historians believe that if the company had not abandoned Romney's strategy of concentrating on a single compact platform it might still be around today.

Mitt Romney
CEO, Bain Capital
Mitt is a graduate of Brigham Young University. He joined the Boston-based consulting firm, Bain & Company, in 1977, then left in 1984 to become CEO of its venture capital spin-off, Bain Capital, the firm that has funded winners such as Staples and Domino's Pizza. In the early 1990s he returned temporarily to right the foundering parent as CEO. Romney went on leave as CEO of Bain Capital in 1999 in order to serve as head of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee. He was Governor of Massachusetts.
Bain Capital
Kevin Rollins
Kevin B. Rollins
former CEO, Dell Computer Corporation
He lives in Austin, Texas. He grew up in Utah. He's active in the Mormon church. Says Darrell Rigby, a Bain Director who hired Rollins as an MBA fresh out of Brigham Young University: "You just don't meet many people who are as well-rounded as Kevin Rollins." 

Dell grows up: The sprint over, the world's No. 1 PC maker digs in for the long haul by Christopher H. Schmitt, US News, 19 Jul 2004

Blake Roney
Photo: NuSkin Mexico
Blake Roney
chairman, NuSkin Enterprises


Howard Ruff
financial advisor
In 1975, Howard began publication of The Ruff Times, a groundbreaking financial advisory newsletter. By 1981, The Ruff Times had more than 175,000 subscribers—the largest financial advisory newsletter in the world. Ruff Times.com
Roger W. Sant
chairman, AES Corp
AES specializes in running power systems in an environmentally friendly way, which made its co-founder and Mormon Roger W. Sant a billionaire, listed on the Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans. While raised Mormon, Sant is no longer active in the LDS Church, although some Mormon principles inform his management style.
Source: "New Companies Added to Mormon Stock Index, But Index Falls" by Kent Larson, Mormon News 10 Oct 2000

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Lieutenant General
Brent Scowcroft
USAF (retired)
board of directors, Qualcomm
He became a Director of the Company in December 1994. General Scowcroft is the president of The Scowcroft Group, Inc., an international business consulting firm he founded in June 1994. He is also the president of the Forum for International Policy, a non-profit organization that he founded in 1993 that promotes American leadership and foreign policy. He served as assistant to the president for national security affairs for President George Bush from January 1989 until January 1993; he also held that position for President Ford during his term. Currently, he serves as a director of Pennzoil-Quaker State, an automotive consumer car care company. He received his B.S. degree from West Point and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University.
Source: QualComm

Harris Simmons
CEO, Zions Bancorp
In 2000, a long period of solid growth and shareholder return was disrupted by a botched multibillion dollar merger with First Security Bank, an event that promptly sent Zions stock into a tailspin.  President and CEO Harris Simmons says the experience taught him lessons about how to look at potential deals going forward -- in particular, the importance of retaining valued employees amid potential mergers.
Source: Interview with Zions Banc corporation's Harris Simmons By Eileen Kinsella, The Street, 28 Feb 2001

L.E. Simmons
Chairman, Oil States International
Oil States International, Inc. is a leading provider of specialty products and services to oil and gas drilling and production companies throughout the world. We operate in three principal business segments — offshore products, tubular services and well site services.
K. Brent Somers
chairman, The Boyds Collection Ltd.
Collectible bears and hares you can trust.

James L. Sorenson
CEO, Sorenson Media
His company developed the world's leading video compression technology, used by Apple Computer, Disney, MGM, and a growing mass market today.


Donald L. Staheli
CEO, Allied Mills Inc
CEO, Continental Grain Co.
He was CEO of Allied Mills Inc. from 1969-1977.  He was CEO of Continental Grain from 1988-1997.  On 05 Apr 1997, he was sustained to the second quorum of the seventy.

Kay Toolson
CEO, Monaco Coach
Headquartered in Coburg, Oregon, with additional production facilities in Bend, Oregon and Elkhart and Wakarusa, Indiana. They’ve been a public company since 1993. It is one of the fastest-growing manufacturers in today's recreational vehicle market and the largest manufacturer of class A motor homes.


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Dieter F. Uchtdorf
senior vice president, Lufthansa German Airlines
Born 1940, in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia.  Senior vice president for flight operations and chief pilot for Lufthansa German Airlines, and check and training captain for Boeing 747s; received wings as a jet fighter pilot in the German Air Force in 1962. Former stake president and stake mission president.  Sustained to the Second Quorum of the Seventy April 2, 1994, at age 53; sustained to the First Quorum of the Seventy April 6, 1996.  Became a member of the quorum presidency Aug. 15, 2002.  Father of two children. He is now an Apostle in the church

Wesley B. Vance
Former President and COO, Diebold
Diebold develops, implements, and services the world's most advanced self-service, election and security delivery systems.  He died tragically in his small engine plane over Ohio at the age of 45.

  Mark J. Wattles
CEO, Hollywood Entertainment
From a single store in Portland, Oregon, in 1988, Hollywood has grown to become the world's second largest video chain, with more than 1,800 stores.  On 03 Feb 2005, he abruptly resigned amid a bidding war for his company.  He had agreed to take the company private with the help of Leonard Green, but the board responded to pressure from shareholders to accept other bids.

Photo: Artic Gas Pipeline
J. Douglas Whisenant
Senior Vice President, Gas Pipeline, Williams
Williams' roots go back decades before television and the Internet, when two brothers named Williams began building the energy infrastructure needed to drive a new era of American prosperity. Their natural gas transportation unit delivers approximately 12 percent of the natural gas consumed in the United States.



Kay Whitmore
CEO, Eastman Kodak
He was president of Kodak from 1983-1993.  He was described as a man of “incomparable integrity.”  He served as president of the England London South Mission from 1994-1997.  He served another mission in California until 2004.  He died of leukemia on July 26, 2004.  


Christopher L. Wight
counsel, Myriad Genetics
Myriad Genetics, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of therapeutic and diagnostic products.
Mark Willis
CEO, Times Mirror
Some expressed skepticism that a cereal company executive and economist could run a communications business. Willes championed breaking down barriers between news and advertising operations to allow the Los Angeles Times to market itself better. Wall Street valued the company's stock at $18 a share when Willes became CEO, but the price eventually reached more than $70 a share. In a multibillion-dollar deal, Chicago-based Tribune Company purchased Times Mirror in June 2000 for $95 a share.  
Ray Zinn
CEO, Micrel Semiconductor
Building on its strength as an innovator in process and test technology, Micrel has expanded and diversified its business by becoming a recognized leader in the high-performance analog power control and management markets.

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