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Board Members Set Example

Best CompaniesFour companies founded or led by members of the Huntsman School of Business National Advisory Board were recently recognized by Utah Business Magazine as some of the Best Companies to Work For in Utah. FJ Management and MassMutual Intermountain were recognized in the small company category, while Academy Mortgage and HealthEquity were recognized in the large company category. Employees of FJ Management lauded the tuition reimbursements and scholarships as well as other professional development opportunities available to all employees. Led by Crystal Maggelet, FJ Management is a holding company for Big West Oil, Crystal Inns & Hotels, Maverik, and Pilot Flying J. MassMutual Intermountain prides itself on service for the community, with multiples of opportunities for employees to participate in giving back to the communities in which they live. That ethos is driven by CEO Brady Murray, who himself established a non-profit to support orphans with Down Syndrome. Academy Mortgage, founded by Duane Shaw, was singled out due to sentiments echoed by employees about a caring and compassionate workplace, and one where employees take pride in helping people buy their homes. Employees of HealthEquity noted the amazing benefits, including paid maternity leave and generous paid time off. Founder Steve Neeleman believes in the adage made famous by management guru Peter Drucker that culture eats strategy for breakfast, and has sought to create a work culture that provides a competitive advantage. “These companies have been recognized for their outstanding work culture due to the personal investment made by the leadership of the companies,” said Huntsman School Dean Douglas Anderson. “We are immensely proud to be associated with Crystal, Brady, Duane, and Steve, and I am not at all surprised that organizations led by such ethical leaders would be recognized for such an award.” The Best Companies to Work For awards are given annually by Utah Business Magazine. The selection process involves surveys to company HR departments as well as to employees.