One developer, one college president, and a bank executive were honored by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business with Professional Achievement Awards this year.
The Professional Achievement Award is given "in recognition of individuals who achieve extraordinary success in their careers and demonstrate uncommon leadership in their communities."
This year the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business recognized Lynnette Hansen, Jonathan Bullen and Terry Rock with the award.
Lynnette and her husband, Dell Loy Hansen, own Wasatch Property Management, a company that manages 10,000 units in several western states.
Wasatch Property Management is developing the Riverwoods business park, on 700 South and Main Street in Logan, that will eventually feature several businesses, including a Marriott Suites, a Coppermill Restaurant, a convention center and new offices for Wasatch Property Management.
The Hansen's success in business has allowed them to create the Hansen Charitable Support Foundation. The foundation established the Hansen Scholars Program in 2002 which funds retention scholarships for an estimated 20 to 25 students a year who might not have otherwise been able to afford attending USU. The Hansen's foundation has also given a gift to the North Logan Library in memory of Lynnette's father, James P. Thorne.
Lynnette Hansen credited her husband, Dell Loy, for helping make the business successful. She said their business has given them "the opportunity to give back to the community and enrich lives and that's what it is all about."
In 1990, Bullen began investing in real estate and his portfolio now includes more than 12,000 residential apartments and more than two million square feet of office space in Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Washington and California.
Bullen is also the majority owner, CEO and president of the Eagle Gate College Group, an organization that operates four campuses and has 1,500 students in Utah. He is the owner and manager of Bullen and Harris LLC, a management and investment company. A consistent USU supporter, he heads the Utah State University Foundation. In 2005, he received the Distinguished Service Award from USU.
"In short, Jonathan is an organized, goal-oriented entrepreneur who is always learning and seems to have found the balance between a successful family, career, personal fitness and play," Dean Douglas D. Anderson said when presenting the award to Bullen. "He is service-oriented, dependable and reliable."
Bullen said "emotional intelligence" is key in business today.
"I just simply have seen, time and time and time again, the ability to communicate, the ability to work on a team, the ability to be mature, the ability to express your opinion and the ability to come together to find a common solution is really huge," he said. "And it is interesting how those kinds of skills don't necessarily relate to what you know."
Terry Rock is now the executive vice president at Wells Fargo Brokerage Services, LLC. There, he is responsible for the Western Region Finance Offices, which include the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
The Wells Fargo Public Finance Group provides investment banking services to states, universities, colleges, public schools, private schools, cities, counties, non-profit organizations and other local organizations.
Rock has worked for Wells Fargo and its acquired companies for more than 25 years as an investment manager of a variety of fixed-income groups including public finance, corporate finance, asset backed finance, institutional sales and fixed-income trading.
When he started he was a one-man department serving small rural organizations in Idaho and Utah, and now he is overseeing a region that stretches from Alaska to Texas.
Anderson said, "While Terry has stayed with the same company for a long time, he has seen a lot of changes and says our graduates need to be prepared for that. He said that those who are unwilling, unable or reluctant to accept change will not make it in the financial services industry."
Rock said he appreciated being able to interact with people from different countries while he was here at Utah State University.
"I think one of the things I do recall, respect and appreciate about Utah State University besides just the academic experience was the diversity," Rock said.