Huntsman Post

Ernst & Young names Huntsman alumnus Entrepreneur Of The Year

By Paul Lewis Siddoway

A Huntsman graduate, who maintains that his strong ethical beliefs have helped guide his success as an entrepreneur, was recognized recently in Salt Lake City with a prestigious award.

David Jenkins, CEO of Conservice, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award for 2011 in the consumer service category.

The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. An independent panel of judges, made up of previous winners of the award, leading CEOs, private capital investors and other regional business leaders, selected Mr. Jenkins. The award was presented at an event at the Grand Ballroom at the Salt Palace Convention Center on June 23, 2011.

Mr. Jenkins started Conservice, a utility management and billing company, in 2000 after earning a bachelor's degree in business management in 1995 and a master's degree in human resource management in 1999 from the Huntsman School of Business. Conservice is one of the largest companies of its kind in the United States.

Mr. Jenkins said he has fond memories of his time at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.

“It was while I was at Utah State University that I laid the foundation for what has proven to be a rewarding career,” he said. “My education provided a sound foundation upon which I’ve been able to start this successful business. I’ve enjoyed applying what I learned in the classroom to the real world. Of particular value has been the team-based experiences and projects combined with the real-life examples shared by the professors. It is humbling to have been recognized for such a well-respected award representing the overall success of the entire Conservice team.”

Shauna Karren, ’92, management, has been working with Mr. Jenkins for several years. She said he’s had great success in business.

“Some would say Dave’s accomplishments have come in spite of his strong moral and ethical beliefs,” she said. “However, he would say he has succeeded because of them. From day one, it’s been important to Dave to make ethical choices in every situation and to surround himself with others who share the same values.”

She said that Mr. Jenkins would say his success has been “all about the people.”

“One of the best rewards for Dave is providing opportunities for those around him to succeed beyond expectations,” she said. “He also measures success in the degree to which clients are happy with the results Conservice provides for them.”

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards Program was started in 1986 and has recognized the founders of Starbucks Coffee Company, eBay, Inc., Build-a-Bear Workshop, Rosetta Stone, Inc. and other companies in more than 50 countries throughout the world.

As a Utah Regional award winner, Mr. Jenkins is now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 National Award. The winners of the multiple national categories, as well as the overall Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year National Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, Calif., on Nov. 12, 2011.