Utah Valley "BusinessQ" is thrilled to introduce The Q Awards, a celebration of Utah County's top movers and makers in 2014.
There are six categories — Company of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Executive of the Year, Marketer of the Year, Philanthropist of the Year and Headliner of the Year.
Below are the inaugural winners.
Company of the Year
doTERRA, Pleasant Grove
With more than 1,100 employees, more than 1 million Wellness Advocates, and more than their share of million-dollar revenue days, doTERRA is dominating its industry. And with its brand new, state-of-the art campus in Pleasant Grove, the international giant is building strong roots at home in our valley.
Entrepreneur of the Year
Ryan Poelman, Nudge in Lindon
When it came to entrepreneurship, Ryan Poelman needed no nudge. The serial entrepreneur has spent two decades working the marketplace — seizing and thriving with opportunities in eCommerce and real estate.
In 2010 he founded BuyPD, a real estate investment firm. It made $3 million that first year and $80 million in 2013.
Poelman has since created Nudge, which has become the parent company for his myriad of ventures. Nudge made roughly $125 million in 2014.
Executive of the Year
Ryan Caldwell, MX in Provo
As founder and CEO of MX, Ryan Caldwell is in the business of booming.
MX is the fastest-growing digital money management solution provider on the market and now works with more than 500 banks and 30 mobile, online banking and payment network providers. He's led the firm through triple-digit growth in 2014 — all while remaining a CEO who champions people and culture.
Marketer of the Year
Freshly Picked, Provo
Freshly Picked is a baby moccasin marketing maven. With more than 370,000 followers on Instagram — built completely organically — founder Susan Petersen has built a brand by telling an authentic story.
Her baby moccs have been seen on the cover of "US Weekly," on the "Today Show" and on a variety of other national media outlets. And in January 2014, she appeared on "Shark Tank" and walked away with an investment deal and 8 million viewers googling her company name.
Freshly Picked's marketing has a story, and it's sticking to it.
Philanthropist of the Year
Loveland Family Foundation, Alpine
Utah Valley and the Loveland name have gone hand-in-hand for nearly 30 years.
As founders of Xactware and a number of other various ventures, the family has used its success in the business sector to create the Loveland Family Foundation — the most rewarding work of all.
Through the foundation, they've supported the Museum of Natural Curiosity at Thanksgiving Point, the United Way of Utah County, Heritage School in Provo and most recently the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Draper.
Headliner of the Year
Qualtrics made history in September 2014 by raising the largest single round of funding in Utah. Ever.
The $150 million Series B financing came from Insight Venture Partners, Accel Partners and Sequoia Capital, and the round brought Qualtrics' funding total to $220 million.
The Provo company, best known for its survey engine, has a valuation of more than $1 billion. Even better? It's been profitable since inception — and remains so today.