Ryan Smith named Entrepreneur of the Year

Ryan Smith, CEO of Qualtrics, speaks Feb. 2, 2018. 

Qualtrics CEO named Entrepreneur of the Year

MountainWest Capital Network, or MWCN, recognized Ryan Smith, co-founder and CEO of Qualtrics, Friday as its 2018 Utah Entrepreneur of the Year. Each year, MWCN recognizes a Utah entrepreneur who has demonstrated outstanding achievement by building an industry-leading company, inspiring others to pursue their own entrepreneurial vision and giving back to the community.

“Ryan has guided Qualtrics from a basement startup to a multi-billion-dollar business that is one of the most successful and widely admired companies in the world,” said Drew Yergensen, president of MWCN. “His focus and determination drive Qualtrics’ products and company culture and have helped make them the leading name in experience management. We are thrilled to honor Ryan as the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year.”

Ryan Smith co-founded Qualtrics, a Provo company excelling in experience management, in 2002 with his dad, Scott, older brother, Jared, and college roommate, Stuart Orgill, in the basement of the family home in Provo. Qualtrics bootstrapped for 10 years prior to fundraising rounds in 2012, 2014 and 2017. Qualtrics is currently valued at over $2.5 billion, with more than 8,500 enterprise customers worldwide — including more than 75 percent of the Fortune 100, and 99 of the top 100 U.S. business schools.

“I’m grateful to receive this award because of all it says about the incredible team we have at Qualtrics,” said Smith in a press release. “Building a company is a unique and amazing opportunity, but getting to do it while working with some of the best and most talented people I know makes it fun and unforgettable. We have over 1,600 employees in 12 offices across the world and this award is a reflection on the great work of every single person at Qualtrics.”

In addition to co-founding Qualtrics, Smith co-founded 5 For The Fight, the campaign to eradicate cancer by funding groundbreaking cancer research. In early 2017, Qualtrics announced that it would be sponsoring the jersey of the Utah Jazz. Rather than put the Qualtrics logo on the jersey, however, Qualtrics donated the patch to 5 For The Fight and announced a joint goal with the Jazz to raise $50M for cancer research.

ImpartnerCon to be hosted this week in Salt Lake City

Impartner, a Utah company focused on partner relationship management, will hold its third annual ImpartnerCon Wednesday through Friday at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City. ImpartnerCon18 will bring industry analysts, customers and partners together to share new and emerging insights on how to optimize channel performance.

“The conference has been described by leading analysts as the only opportunity of its kind in our industry. What we’re doing — bringing together an inner circle of channel trailblazers to brainstorm new ideas for the future — is something they can’t find anywhere else and is why it’s drawing customers from across the world to attend,” said Dave R. Taylor, Impartner’s chief marketing officer. “This is three days to push the boundaries of what’s possible with channel performance and it’s the one event our customers can’t afford to miss.”

Building on the company’s dramatic growth in 2017, this year’s customer conference comes on the heels of a monumental 12 months for Impartner, which included a more than 70 percent increase in new customers and a 75 percent increase in users signing into portals using Impartner PRM technology to more than 5.6 million.

To learn more about Impartner visit https://impartner.com.

Karissa Neely reports on Business and North County events, and can be reached at 801-344-2537 or kneely@heraldextra.com. Follow her on Twitter: @DHKarissaNeely