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Latter-day Saint MBA Podcast

We seek, by way of business, the betterment of individuals, organizations, and societies through principles-based leadership, mentoring, and service.

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Ronell Hugh

Ronell Hugh is first and foremost a husband and father. He is married to Briawna for 18 years, and they have 4 energetic children, Palmer, Portia, Teya, and Thatcher. Being a husband and father is the most important part of Ronell’s life and he is intentional about making sure that he and his family are mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually strong.   Ronell recently accepted a new role as the Vice President of Product Marketing for Drift. Prior to Drift, Ronell was the Global Head of Product Marketing for Adobe Experience Platform at Adobe Inc. where he led the team driving the product marketing and strategy and go-to-market efforts for the overall business.  He is also an advisory board member of BYU Marriott School of Business, Ensign College, the Utah Black Chamber Foundation, The Mentor Method, Laduma, and Fairstream. In addition, he recently launched a social enterprise focused on racial inclusion called Breathing Inclusivity.   Prior to joining Adobe, Ronell worked at Microsoft on the Xbox games business where he managed the product marketing and strategy efforts for various games. Before joining Microsoft, Ronell worked at Walmart Corporate in Bentonville, Arkansas where he led the Entertainment categories marketing efforts for 2 ½ years. He spent two years with Hewlett- Packard Company as a partner marketing and account manager where he provided sales and marketing expertise to partners in the Midwest. Ronell began his career in 2004 as the Media Relations Manager for Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer where he led the day-to-day media relations team, gameday efforts, and managed all interviews with players, coaches and executives.    Originally from Bad Kreuznach, Germany, his hobbies included photography, golf, snowboarding, basketball, football (or as Americans call it, soccer), mountain biking, and gaming. Ronell earned his MBA from the Brigham Young University Marriott School of Business and completed his undergraduate work in communications also at BYU.

1hr 1min

22 Jul 2021

Rank #1

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Jeff Harbach

As President and CEO of Kauffman Fellows, Jeff Harbach leads the team in delivering a world-class experience for each Fellow, providing leading-edge content around capital formation, and creating networking opportunities to help Fellows maximize their personal and professional development. As a Fellow from Class 16, he has brought a unique perspective and passion for the organization to the team since he joined as Managing Director for recruitment and class design in June 2014.Jeff has been an entrepreneur and investor since 2002, and was Executive Director of the Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN), based out of Austin, TX, from 2011–2013. He has led multiple startups, including two 7-Eleven stores, a luxury furniture store and interior design firm, a golf destination club, and a private country club golf network. He was also an angel investor himself with the Vegas Valley Angels.Jeff holds a BS in business management/information systems from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, where he served as the Director of the Venture Fellows program and the co-founder of Texas Venture Labs.He is married to his sweetheart and has four beautiful daughters, with whom he spends much of his time away from work. Jeff is also an ecclesiastical leader in his church and spends 15+ hours each week serving the members of the congregation. He enjoys all sports and outdoor activities, particularly golf, tennis, and running.Links:Jeff's interview on the Leading Saints podcast

1hr 4mins

14 Jul 2021

Rank #2

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Vanessa & Nate Quigley

Nate and Vanessa Quigley are the co-founders of Chatbooks (the internet’s favorite photo book company), and of 7 beautiful children. They met in their first year of college at Brigham Young University and were married a few short years later. Vanessa has a degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from BYU, and Nate earned a BS in Accounting from BYU and an MBA from Harvard Business School. On a mission to strengthen families, Nate serves as CEO of Chatbooks and Vanessa as the Chatbooker-In-Chief. Links:O Remember, Remember, Henry B. Eyring Lean StartupPatrick Lencioni BooksHow Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen

56mins

7 Jul 2021

Rank #3

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Brigitte Madrian

Brigitte C. Madrian is the Dean and Marriott Distinguished Professor in the Brigham Young University Marriott School of Business where she has a joint appointment in the Department of Finance and the George W. Romney Institute of Public Service and Ethics. Before coming to BYU, she was on the faculty at the Harvard Kennedy School (2006-2018), the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School (2003-2006), the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (1995-2003) and the Harvard University Economics Department (1993-1995). She is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and served as co- director of the NBER Household Finance working group from 2010-2018. Dr. Madrian’s current research focuses on behavioral economics and household finance, with a particular focus on household saving and investment behavior. Her work in this area has impacted the design of employer-sponsored savings plans in the U.S. and has influenced pension reform legislation both in the U.S. and abroad. She also uses the lens of behavioral economics to understand health behaviors and improve health outcomes. Dr. Madrian received her Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and studied economics as an undergraduate at Brigham Young University. She is a recipient of the Skandia Research Prize for outstanding research on “Long-Term Savings” with relevance for banking, insurance, and financial services (2019), the Retirement Income Industry Association Achievement in Applied Retirement Research Award (2015) and a three-time recipient of the TIAA Paul A. Samuelson Award for Scholarly Research on Lifelong Financial Security (2002, 2011 and 2017).

58mins

1 Jul 2021

Rank #4

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Mike Maughan

Mike Maughan is head of strategic initiatives at Qualtrics and runs the office of theExecutive Chairman. Previously, ran global corporate communications, strategicbusiness development, and helped establish the employee experience business atQualtrics.Mike co-founded 5 For The Fight with Ryan Smith, which is focused on raising fundsfor cancer research. He developed a groundbreaking partnership with the NBA’sUtah Jazz putting the 5 For The Fight logo on the Utah Jazz jersey and partneringwith them to raise $50M for cancer research.Mike earned an MBA at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and an MPAat the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he also taught publicspeaking. He received his BA from Brigham Young University.

56mins

24 Jun 2021

Rank #5

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Steve Wheelwright

Dr. Wheelwright, with his wife, Margaret, presided over the Boston Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints fromNovember 2015 through October of 2018. He and his wife live in Oakley, Utah where he continues to serve on a handful of Boards of Directors. He and Margaret love to spend time with their five children, 20 grandchildren, and soon-to-be 3 great-grandchildren. From June of 2007 through July of 2015, Dr. Wheelwright served as President of BYU-Hawaii, one of three BYU campuses operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. BYU-Hawaii primarily serves students from the Pacific and Asia and offers a full complement of undergraduate programs. With over half its students from outside the U.S. and with students from over 70 countries, it has one of the most diversestudent bodies of any U.S. University.From 2003-2006, Professor Wheelwright was a Baker Foundation Professor and SeniorAssociate Dean, Director of HBS Publication Activities. In that role, he oversaw the HBSPublishing Company (including HBR, HBS Press books, HBS cases, e-Learning products, and newsletters/conferences). He also oversaw the major on-campus construction projects. From 2000-2003, after retiring from the faculty, he and his wife fulfilled a full-time voluntary assignment as the President of the London, EnglandMission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.From 1995-1999, Professor Wheelwright served as Senior Associate Dean responsible for the MBA Program. He then served as Senior Associate Dean and Director of FacultyHiring and Planning and had oversight responsibility for distance learning. ProfessorWheelwright has taught the required first-year MBA course in Technology and Operations Management, several second-year MBA courses, and in a number of HBSExecutive Education Programs.Professor Wheelwright first taught at Harvard from 1971-1979 and was the ThomasHenry Carroll-Ford Foundation Visiting Professor from 1985-1986. He rejoined the Harvard faculty in 1988. In his years away from Harvard, he was the Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield, and Byers Professor of Management at the Stanford University GraduateSchool of Business. In his position at Stanford, he directed the strategic managementprogram and was instrumental in initiating the manufacturing strategy program.In his research, Professor Wheelwright has examined product and process development and their connection with competitive advantage and operations excellence. His most recent business book, developed with HBS colleague Clayton Christensen and Stanford colleague, Robert Burgelman, is Strategic Management of technology and Innovation, 5th ed. (Boston: McGraw-Hill Irwin, 2009). Along with Harvard colleagues Bob Hayes, Gary Pisano, and Dave Upton, Professor Wheelwrightpublished Operations, Strategy, and Technology - Pursing the Competitive Edge(New York: John Wiley and Sons, 2004), a complementary volume to the highly regarded books, Dynamic Manufacturing: Creating the Learning Organization (NewYork: Free Press, 1988) and Restoring Our Competitive Advantage-CompetingThrough Manufacturing (New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1980). He has also co-authored several works with Harvard Business School colleague Kim Clark, including leading Product Development: The Senior Manager's Guide to Creating andShaping the Enterprise (Free Press, 1995). Professor Wheelwright is also the author orco-author of more than a dozen other books.Professor Wheelwright has a B.S. degree in Mathematics from the University of Utah and an M.B.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. In addition to his Harvard and Stanford positions, Professor Wheelwright served on the faculty of INSEAD (European Institute of Management) in Fontainebleau, France. He was Vice President of Sales in a family-owned printing company and has consulted in the areas of business/operations strategy and improving product development capabilities.

1hr 9mins

9 Jun 2021

Rank #6

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Tagg Romney

Tagg founded Solamere Capital in 2008 with Eric Scheuermann and Spencer Zwick. Prior to co-founding Solamere, Tagg held a number of senior operating and investing roles. He served as Chief Marketing Officer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, VP of Onfield Marketing and Head of Strategic Planning for Reebok, and Director of Strategic Planning and Finance for Elan Pharmaceuticals. Tagg worked as a management consultant for both McKinsey & Company and The Monitor Group. Tagg was also a successful entrepreneur, founding and selling a sports-related SaaS firm.

47mins

2 Jun 2021

Rank #7

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Derrick Porter

Derrick Porter, CEO of Beauty Industry Group (BIG), has spent the last 15 yearsbuilding BIG into a global portfolio of beauty brands with offices in 5 countries on threecontinents. As the company has grown Derrick has partnered with two leading privateequity firms, Gauge Capital and Huntsman Gay Global Capital, together acquiring eightcompanies and resulting in its products now being sold in more than 165 countries.Derrick was recently recognized by Ernst & Young as 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year inthe Utah Region and was honored by Goldman Sachs as one of the top 100 mostintriguing entrepreneurs at its 2020 Builders + Innovators Summit. Derrick also sits onthe board of the World Trade Center, Utah, and in that capacity serves as Chair of theGlobal Business Services Committee.Prior to his time at BIG, Derrick built and operated Porter Brown Distribution, a third-party logistics company with facilities in Texas, Colorado, and Utah. Porter is also aprinciple in a multi-family real estate development office with properties along theWasatch Front. He graduated Cum Laude with a BS in Technical Sales from WeberState University and earned his MBA from The Ohio State University.Whether on skis or a bike, Derrick enjoys spending his free time high in the mountains.The highlight of Derrick’s week is time spent with his wife and six children and workingwith his sons on their entrepreneurial pursuits.

50mins

27 May 2021

Rank #8

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Manoel Amorim

Manoel Amorim served as President/CEO of several leading companies indifferent sectors in Latin America and in Europe. He also served as aDirector in several Boards in the USA, Latin America, and Brazil.He currently has investments as a non managing partner at Peak CapitalPartners in UT and MXF Partners in UT and at K2A Partners in Brazil. Heserves in the National Advisory Committee (NAC) of the Marriot School ofManagement of the Brigham Young University in Provo, UT.Prior to retiring as an executive, he served as CEO of Abril Education, an K-12 Education company he took public in 2012, as CEO of Globex, a largeconsumer electronics and appliances retailer, as Executive Chairman of theBoard of Vivo, the largest cell phone company in Latin America, asManaging Director of the Telefonica Residential Business Unit for LatinAmerica, out of Madrid, as CEO of Telefonica São Paulo, as President ofAmerica Online Brazil and as General Manager of Procter & Gamble LatinAmerica’s Baby Care division and as a member of the Global LeadershipTeam of P&G Baby Care Global GBU.He graduated as an Engineer from the Instituto Militar de Engenharia in Riode Janeiro, Brazil, and holds an MBA from Harvard University.Manoel is a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS. He was baptizedin Rio de Janeiro in 1972, at the age of 14, with the rest of his family. Heserved a full-time mission in the Brazil São Paulo South Mission, from 1979- 81 and as a Mission President in the Portugal Porto Mission, from 2015-18. He is married to Marcia, and the couple has 3 children and 10grandchildren.

55mins

12 May 2021

Rank #9

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Jeremy & Kristin Andrus

Follow Jeremy and Kristin on social media:https://www.instagram.com/kristinandrushttps://www.instagram.com/jeremy_andrushttps://www.youtube.com/c/KristinAndrusJeremy's Bio:Jeremy Andrus is President; CEO of Traeger Grills, the original wood pellet grill brand that hastaken the outdoor cooking world by storm. He and a financial partner acquired the company in2014, transforming it from a small, regional, 26-year-old business into a multi-hundred-million-dollar brand that owns over 50% of the global wood pellet grill market. This was largelyachieved by Jeremy leading an overhaul that would result in moving the company’sheadquarters from Oregon to Utah and rebuilding its team with an emphasis on the people andculture behind the company.While Traeger has become Jeremy’s most successful growth story, it isn’t his first. He joinedstart-up Skullcandy in 2005 with 4 employees and less than $1m in sales. Under his leadership,Skullcandy disrupted the headphone and wearable electronic space, growing into a $300mpublic company. Jeremy was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2016, MountainWestCapital Network Utah Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017, and was inducted into the UtahTechnology Council Hall of Fame in 2018. Jeremy received his M.B.A. from Harvard BusinessSchool and B.A. from Brigham Young University. He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife Kristinand their six children. After years of experimenting and working with professional pitmastersand chefs, Jeremy now makes the perfect steak.Kristin's Bio:Kristin Andrus is a community champion who advocates for women, children, and refugees within and beyond Utah. She is also Chief Culture Officer to her husband and six children. Kristin serves as a board member for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area and for UnDEfeated, an organization serving underprivileged youth and single mothers in Uganda. In addition, she holds advisory roles with the First Lady of Utah, Neighborhood House, The Younique Foundation, Utah Valley University, and Women Who Succeed. Nonprofits count on Kristin for her social media and marketing savvy as well as her supernatural ability to get stuff done.With over 100,000 combined followers on Instagram and YouTube, and live cooking segments on Utah’s Studio 5, Kristin has built a platform for awareness and impact. Her musings on marriage and motherhood and her collection of 250 free home workouts offer love, light, and laughter for her social media community. In November 2020, Kristin launched #SisterGoods, an Instagram campaign that raised $30,000 in its first week to supply menstrual care products to schools, shelters, and foster care facilities throughout Utah. #SisterGoods has since spread to more than 60 communities across the U.S.

1hr 2mins

5 May 2021

Rank #10