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Co-Founder & Partner at Davies+Allen

J.W. DAVIES

J.W. Davies is a co-founder and partner at Davies+Allen P.C., a local CPA firm with offices in Heber, Salt Lake City, Layton, Fillmore, and Orem. Davies+Allen currently has over 50 employees spread across those offices. J.W. has been practicing as a CPA and in public accounting for over 20 years. During those years, he has worked with over a thousand entrepreneurs helping them structure their business entities, set-up their accounting systems, track their profitability and proactively plan for income taxes. He has clients in a variety of industries including software development, creative and marketing firms, supply chain management, dentists, construction, real estate and others.

He has helped many entrepreneurs successfully grow their ideas from concepts to profitable businesses. J.W. loves entrepreneurship and the agency that comes with that lifestyle. He considers himself an entrepreneur in the business of accounting. He also loves connecting people when he sees the needs of one can be fulfilled by another.

J.W. grew up on a dairy and crop farm in Fillmore, Utah where he learned there is no replacement for hard work. He served an LDS mission in Alberta, Canada. He met his wife, Jennifer, at Snow College and continued his studies at Utah State University where he earned a Master of Accounting Degree with an emphasis in Taxation. While going to school in Logan he started working at Cook Dorigatti, a local CPA firm, where he worked for 14 years.

In 2005, after working there for seven years, he was offered a partnership opportunity and bought in as a partner. At that time, the firm was renamed to Cook Martin Poulson. Also at that time, his partners asked him to open additional offices for the firm. J.W. moved his family to Heber City and over the next few years opened offices in Salt Lake City, Heber City and Orem. He continues working with many of those team members and clients today at Davies+Allen.

J.W. and Jennifer have five children. Wyatt and his wife Adysen are expecting their first child, making J.W. a grandpa for the first time. Tate is the coolest, best dancer ever, kid with Down Syndrome. Jackson loves basketball and can quote you any Donovan Mitchel statistic. Chezney is a lover of all things tennis and is an entrepreneur herself through teaching gymnastics to young children. Chandler is a hard worker and will most likely be found helping her dad shovel the snow, feeding the chickens, or helping her mom clean the house.

Co-Founder & Partner at Davies+Allen

Brad Allen

Brad was born and raised in the large metropolis of Raft River, Idaho (pop. 100+) where farming and cattle dominate the landscape. Problem solving, determination and good ‘ole fashioned hard work are a few of the traits Brad learned during his time spent on the farm. Now that his farming days are over, Brad has taken his work ethic and merged it with a deep passion for tax and accounting knowledge. Brad’s abilities are broad and deep across the accounting spectrum – whether you need a proactive tax planner, a savvy outsourced CFO, or a spreadsheet wiz – Brad has experience in a wide range of industries and is a desired consultant by many different companies.

Above all, Brad genuinely cares about the people he works with and truly counts people first. He returns phone calls, emails and texts at record speeds. It’s not uncommon for him to call a client with a new idea because he was up at 3 a.m. figuring out a way to solve their problem. We are not exactly sure when Brad sleeps, but we know he just gets things done. If there is a better way, Brad will be looking for it. The status quo is always at risk.

Brad and his wife Becky are the parents of four children (2 boys & 2 girls). In his younger years, when Brad wasn’t driving a tractor or managing irrigation systems, he played every sport his parents allowed him to. That desire for sport continues today both as a coach and as a participant in many sporting events.

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Chief Revenue Officer at Vivint Smart Home

TODD SANTIAGO

Todd Santiago is the Chief Revenue Officer at Vivint Smart Home. He leads the company’s sales and marketing initiatives, including the direct-to-home and inside sales teams, business partnerships and the development of new distribution channels.

Before joining Vivint in 2013, Todd was President and Chief Executive Officer of 2GIG Technologies. 2GIG was a pioneer in the smart home industry, creating the first home automation platform for the mass market. While at 2GIG, Todd developed a network of more than 2,000 dealers throughout North America. Todd’s leadership was instrumental in the company’s acquisition by Blackstone in 2012 and then Nortek in 2013.

Todd received a bachelor’s degree in English from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Co-Founder of Caproc Capital & Operating Partner at Gauge Capital

Dave Smith

David is an Operating Partner at Gauge Capital, where he focuses on healthcare investments. David was a former Director of Veridicus Health, a former Gauge portfolio company.

Prior to Gauge, David was Founder and President of Granite Alliance Insurance, a Medicare Part D program provider. Prior to Granite, David was President and Chief Executive Officer of Smith Administrators, a benefit administrator, which was acquired by Meritain Health. Dave earned his BS in marketing from the University of Utah.

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Owner of Ball City Basketball Academy

JAMES BALLSTAEDT

James is owner of Ball City Basketball Academy in Heber City, UT. James also works as a consultant in the Luxury Hospitality Industry. James and his brother started a luxury lodging company in Park City, Utah in 1999. James helped grow Resorts West into the leading luxury brand of property management in the Park City area. Through the nearly 20 years of owning and operating Resorts West, James started several related businesses to help drive revenue and support their core business and was named one of Utah Business Magazine’s “Top Forty Under 40” business owners during that time. James sold Resorts West in 2017 to an international property management firm. 

Following the sale of his business, James began coaching basketball full time and started a skills training business to help develop youth basketball players. He also spends time consulting luxury hospitality businesses. When James isn’t in the gym coaching or training, he is involved with several foundations. He is a Member of the Wasatch Education Foundation, Youth Development Now, and of course Invest Nest. 

James was born and raised in Midway, Utah. After graduating from Wasatch High School, he served an LDS Mission to Calgary Canada. While attending the University of Utah, James met, and married Kristen and they have four boys. James’ passions include his family, basketball, business, and life.

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Owner of Labrum Chevrolet Buick and Labrum Ford

DANNY LABRUM

Danny Labrum is the owner of Labrum Chevrolet Buick and Labrum Ford.  He is also the majority partner of Rhino Linings of the Wasatch Back.  He was born in Roosevelt Utah.  After graduating from the University of Utah with a biology degree he moved to Phoenix Arizona to work at his stepfathers Lincoln Mercury dealership. 

Danny started as a lot attendant and worked his way through service, parts, sales, accounting and ended as the controller.  During this time he went to dealers school in McLean, Virginia at the NADA Dealers Academy and graduated in 1998. He married his beautiful wife Rachel and now has two wonderful daughters Savannah and Kenadee. In 2001, he bought the Chevrolet Pontiac Buick store in Heber and in 2009 he acquired the Ford store. 

Danny is very active in his community and in his business association.  He is currently sitting on the Wasatch Education Foundation Board and the Wasatch High School Community Council.  He is also a Board member for the UADA Insurance Trust and is the Second Vice President of the New Car Dealers of Utah Executive Board.

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CAPS Director and CTE Director for Wasatch County School District

WESTON BROADBENT

Weston Broadbent is a native of Alpine, Utah, where he graduated from Lone Peak High School. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Brigham Young University and his Master of Education from Utah State University.

He worked in real estate development, business ownership, and sales and marketing before joining Wasatch County School District 12 years ago. While at Wasatch, Mr. Broadbent has been a business teacher at Rocky Mountain Middle School and Wasatch CAPS prior to being named the Director of Wasatch CAPS six years ago. He is currently working as the CAPS Director and the CTE Director for Wasatch County School District. 

When asked about what makes him proud to be a part of Wasatch, he noted it’s the students and community. He is married to Laurie Broadbent and has four daughters.

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Our competition fosters an entrepreneurial spirit that empowers young minds to think outside the box and turn their ideas into reality.

We encourage local business leaders to participate in this competition as mentors or investors, supporting our future leaders and investing in the future of their community. Join us on this exciting journey of entrepreneurship and innovation, and help us inspire the next generation of business leaders.