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Famous Mormons

Top Executives in Business (A-E)

Photo: Robert G. Allen.com
Robert G. Allen
investment advisor
His bestseller Nothing Down established him as one of the most influential investment advisors of all time.  He has followed that success with three other best-selling books including Multiple Streams of Income.  He is a popular talk-show guest, appearing on "Good Morning America" and "Larry King Live."  He has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Barron's, Money Magazine, and Reader's Digest.  Thousands of people have attended his investment seminars during the past 20 years.
Source: Robert G. Allen.com

Nolan D. Archibald
CEO, Black and Decker
He is Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of The Black & Decker Corporation. In 1985 he joined Black & Decker as President, Chief Operating Officer and Director, and in 1986 became the youngest Chief Executive Officer of a Fortune 500 company. He was elected to the additional post of Chairman in December 1986.


Black and Decker.com

Clinton L. Arnoldus
President, Central Pacific Bank
He was recently called as a high councilor in the Honolulu, Hawaii Stake.  His bank's vision is to be the best bank for Hawaii.  Specialized expertise in business banking, commercial loans, mortgages, trust and investments.  A deep-rooted connection to Hawaii, its people, businesses and the community.  Established in 1954 by World War II veterans and businessmen, Central Pacific Bank is today a full-service financial institution, 500 employees strong.
"Mainland Exec to Lead State's Third Largest Bank" by Russ Lynch, Honolulu Star Bulletin, 08 Jan 2002

Jerry C. Atkin
CEO, SkyWest Inc.
SkyWest, Inc., headquartered in St. George, Utah, is the holding company for thirty-one-year-old SkyWest Airlines.

  J. Ralph Atkin
founder, SkyWest Airlines
SkyWest Airlines was founded in 1972 by Ralph Atkin to meet the needs of businessmen traveling between Salt Lake City and St. George, Utah. In 1987 SkyWest began a partnership with Delta as one of their Connection carriers and today, continues its affiliation with Delta at hubs in Salt Lake City and Dallas/Fort Worth with more than 440 daily flights.


Gary S. Baughman

President, CEO (retired)
Fisher-Price, Inc.

He headed Little Tykes, then Tyco Toys, and finally Fisher-Price, Inc., before his retirement in April 1999.

Baughman's first experience in the toy industry was as president of Little Tikes, where he led the company to a dramatic increase in sales and earnings. He then became CEO of Tyco Toys, where he made several successful changes that included the introduction of the popular Tickle Me Elmo product line.

Kirk Benson
CEO, Headwaters, Inc.
Headwaters Incorporated provides technologies and services that maximize the value of fossil fuels - while creating new sustainable energy technologies for the future. "China Will Change Coal Into Gasoline Using Draper Company's Technology" by Lesley Mitchell, Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Jun 2002

Headwaters, Inc.

Evrett W. Benton

President and Chief Executive Officer Five Star Quality Care, Inc.

Five Star Quality Care, Inc. headquartered in Newton, Massachusetts is a healthcare services company which operates healthcare and senior living communities.  Five Star Quality Care owns, leases and operates 161 senior living communities with over 18,000 separate living units located in 29 states. These communities include independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing communities. The Company also operates two rehabilitation hospitals and five institutional pharmacies, one of which also provides mail order pharmaceuticals to the general public. Five Star Quality Care has over 17,000 employees and in 2007 is expected to have revenues of about One Billion dollars.


Michael J. and Kathleen Bertasso


Michael J. Bertasso

Senior Vice President; President, Heinz Asia/Pacific

Michael J. Bertasso Senior Vice President; President, Heinz Asia/Pacific. The H.J. Heinz Company  announced the retirement of Michael J. Bertasso (55), effective June 1, 2005. Currently located in Singapore, Mr. Bertasso is Senior Vice President and President - Heinz Asia Pacific. In July, Mr. Bertasso will begin serving as a Mission President for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Brazil where he and his wife, Kathy, will relocate.

H. Raymond Bingham
CEO, Cadence Design
Cadence delivers new-generation platforms of integrated design technologies and methodologies that help you address all aspects of electronics design in the nanometer era.


Lynn Blodgett
Executive Vice President, Affiliated Computer Services Inc
Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (ACS) is a premier provider of diversified business process and information technology outsourcing solutions to commercial and government clients worldwide. We are a Fortune 500 company comprised of more than 40,000 people in multiple locations around the world. 
  A. Blaine Bowman
CEO, Dionex
Dionex Corporation develops, manufactures, sells, and services chromatography and extraction systems used to separate, isolate, and identify the components of chemical mixtures. Dionex products are used extensively in the environmental, pharmaceutical, life science, biotechnology, chemical, petrochemical, power generation, and electronics industries. Dionex customers include many of the world's largest companies, as well as government agencies, research institutions, and universities.


  M. Anthony Burns

Ryder Systems

M. Anthony Burns is an American businessman and chairman emeritus of the board of directors of Ryder System, Inc., an American-based provider of transportation and supply chain management products. He currently serves as managing owner/chairman of Red Ledges Land Development, Inc. in Heber City, Utah, and as a member of the boards of directors of Pfizer Inc. and Huntsman Corporation. He is a life trustee of the University of Miami Board of Trustees.


Francis W. Cash
CEO, La Quinta Properties, Inc.
With more than 330 Inns and Inns and Suites in 33 states, La Quinta® is a leader in mid-priced hotels. La Quinta

Photo courtesy of the chairman
Dave Checketts
Chairman, Sports Capital Partners
He founded Sports Capital Partners in Sep 2001.  It is a consulting and investment service firm for sports teams and media assets.  From 1994-2004, he was president of Madison Square Garden.  In 1997, he took on the ambitious acquisition and comprehensive restoration of New York’s historic Radio City Music Hall.  Under his leadership, Madison Square Garden was named Arena of the Year for six straight years.  From 1983-1989, he was president and general manager of the Utah Jazz.  He studied at BYU and UofU before joining  Bain Capital in Boston.  He is also on the Board of Directors of .  Jetblue Airways. He resides in Conneticut with his wife Deb.  They have six children.
Source: Clare Gluck, assistant to the chairman


Clayton M. Christensen
operations specialist
His book, The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail, won the 1997 Global Business Book Award for the best business book published in 1997. His writings have been published in The Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review, Business History Review, Research Policy, Industrial and Corporate Change, Strategic Management Journal, and Production and Operations Management, Management Science, and the European Management Journal.
  Dale Christensen
CFO, Micro General
Micro General Corporation is the leading provider of production and workflow software systems to the real estate title and escrow industries. The Company's additional competencies include managed application services, application development and integration, network, data and infrastructure management and IT outsourcing. Micro General and its operating subsidiaries employ more than 600 individuals nationwide, primarily in technical positions.
  M. Scott Collins
CFO, JP Realty
JP Realty has a strong presence in the inter-mountain region of the United States, which is currently experiencing above-average growth. It owns 18 malls, 26 community centers and 1.3 million square feet of industrial space.  
  S. David Colton
senior vice president and general counsel, Phelps Dodge Corp.
Phelps Dodge Corporation is a global leader in the mining and manufacturing industries, employing 13,000 people in 27 countries. It is currently the world's second leading producer of copper.
Source: Phelps Dodge
  William Compton
CEO, Tropical Sportswear
Tropical Sportswear markets, designs, manufactures, and distributes men's and women's casual sportswear through major distribution channels. Principal markets include the United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. William Compton, credited with bringing Tropical Sportswear back from the brink of bankruptcy 13 years ago (1989), stunned investors Tuesday (11/19/02) by resigning after recently being diagnosed with leukemia.
Source: Tropical CEO steps down By Mark Albright, St. Petersburg Times, 20 Nov 2002


  Jonathan C. Coon
President, 1-800-Contacts

CEO of 1-800-Contacts, started a company in his dorm room because he'd had enough of working with fast food.


Stephen R. Covey
Chairman, Franklin Covey Company
The largest management and leadership development organization in the world. Dr. Covey is perhaps best known as the author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which is ranked as a No. 1 best-seller by the New York Times, having sold more than 12 million copies in 32 languages and 75 countries throughout the world. Franklin Covey


Gary L Crittenden
CFO, American Express Company

Crittenden was raised in Ogden, UT. He served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) in Germany, and graduated from BYU's Marriott School of Management with a bachelor of science degree in management in 1976. He went on to earn an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1979. Crittenden has served as a bishop, stake president, and area seventy in the LDS Church.

In 2007, Crittenden joined Citigroup as CFO. At Citigroup, he led the reengineering effort that cut 75,000 jobs, reduced assets by around $500 billion, and helped guide the firm through the financial crisis. In 2010 Crittenden settled claims made by the SEC without admitting wrongdoing in connection with Citigroup's exposure to subprime mortgage assets. In April 2012, Crittenden was named CEO of Huntsman Gay Global Capital. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Crittenden


Ron Dittemore
director, space shuttle program
Shortly before their marriage, he and his fiancé became members of The Church.



  David J. Dunn
Chariman, Iomega
Iomega Corporation provides easy-to-use, high value data storage and data protection solutions to help people protect, secure, capture and share their digital information.


  Gary Ely
CEO, Avista Corporation
Avista Corp. is an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses. "Mormon Businessman Elected Chairman of Billion-dollar Energy Company" by Kent Larson, Mormon News, 15 May 2001

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