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Titan Awards 2024

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Titan Awards 2024

Titans 2024 - Sandi Hendry

Sandi Hendry was born and raised in Orem, Utah. Sandi has always been one that stood out in a crowd and is loved by all with her beauty, both inside and out,  and her warm and loving personality. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Education & Business and was a school teacher for 30 years (grades 1st - 6th).

In 2009, she added a third career - that of owner and founder of Minky Couture. That year, when Sandi’s daughter became very ill and was hospitalized for several months, her daughter asked for a “big baby blanket” to snuggle up with during her recovery. Sandi had a hard time finding the perfect cozy blanket for her daughter - one that was both fashionable and cozy. It was at this time that Sandi created the first adult-size Minky Couture blanket. Everyone in the hospital loved it! Sandi started having more blankets made to give as gifts to friends and family members. The blankets she gave were an instant hit, universally loved and used daily. She started designing her own blankets, using different combinations of fabrics. Each blanket was unique, created specifically for the recipient. Family and friends started asking if they could purchase the blankets to give to their own loved ones, and Minky Couture was born!

Minky Couture has now grown to be a very successful and popular brand of blanket, not only in Utah, but all over the United States and the world. Sandi has now opened six beautiful retail stores throughout Utah with over 250 employees. Her flare for beauty and fashion makes her stores a wonderful experience for all her customers.

Sandi is a wonderful leader. Her love and concern for others is infectious and draws people to her. She is a joy to work for and her love for the product and her customers is top priority. Sandi has received much recognition and many awards through the years, including Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 and the Athena Leadership Award in 2020. Minky Couture has also repeatedly earned the “Best of State” award.

Sandi has a heart of gold and is always giving to others. People who know her know she loves to give and would do anything for those around her. She has always kept “giving back to the community” top of mind as Minky Couture has grown. Her “Heart of Minky” program donates thousands of Mini Minky blankets to NICUs all over the country. These little Mini blankets bring such comfort and love to these tiny babies who are born a little earlier than expected, and to their families who have something comforting and beautiful to provide for their baby. She literally loves to “blanket the world with love” one blanket at a time.

Sandi’s incredible business mind, her outstanding leadership qualities, and her kind and giving heart have made her not only an incredible business woman, but an incredible friend who is loved by all who are lucky enough to know her.

James Clarke is a founder, investor, and operator of private and public companies on five continents with over 36,000 employees globally. He currently serves as the CEO of Clearlink, a company he founded in 2001, sold in 2011, and returned to lead a decade later.

James is a graduate of BYU, Harvard, and holds a master’s degree in management from Oxford University. He serves on several boards of private and public companies, as well as regional and global nonprofit organizations. James serves as the Honorary Consul to the United Kingdom for the State of Utah and recently finished his tenure as the governor appointed Chair of the Board of Trustees for Utah Valley University, Utah’s largest university.

The Labor and Honor Foundation, the Clarkes’ family charity, focuses on poverty alleviation, education, and the arts.  The name of the foundation is derived from the Clarkes’ English family crest dating back centuries, which instills that whether a task be great or small, ALL work should be done with honor.  Their hope is that through their efforts, they might improve the lives of others by giving back with humble thanksgiving for life’s many blessings.

Titans 2024 - James Clarke
Titans 2024 - Keith B. McMullin

Keith B. McMullin — former Chief Executive Officer and President of Deseret Management Corporation from April 2012 to December 2023, now retired — has distinguished himself in business, leadership, and service.

His perspectives on business, leadership, and the needs of society blend in important ways. He says, “Business interests, the needs of families, and challenges in society are uniquely tied together. A community grows stronger as business leaders and their enterprises unite in furthering the interests of all three. Such unity produces economic growth, productive workforces, wholesome families, and vibrant communities.”

Keith is an ardent supporter of the work done by Chambers of Commerce, having served as chair of the Salt Lake Chamber. He is a graduate of the University of Utah and serves on the Advisory Board of the David Eccles School of Business.

As a general authority and member of the Presiding Bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1995 to 2012, he traveled to countries across the world training Church leaders and members, overseeing Church ecclesiastical and temporal operations. He participated in the improvement of local communities, including Salt Lake’s city center.

Prior to his call as a general authority, Keith was the managing director of the Church’s welfare and humanitarian activities. Earlier, he worked for Ford Motor Company and in several small businesses.

In June of this year, Keith and his wife, Carolyn Gibbs McMullin, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. They are parents of eight children, twenty-nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Past Honorees

2023 Honorees

Abby Cox

First Lady, State of Utah


Chuck and Crystal Maggalett

CEO Maverick, CEO FJ Management


Brandon Fugal

Chairman, Colliers


Michelle Zarlengo Small Business of the Year

Owner, Cookie Advantage

2022 Honorees

Mark and Sally Dietlein

Founders, Hale Centre Theatre


Cyndi Tetro

CEO, Brandless


Steve Starks

CEO, Larry H. Miller Company


Shellee Spafford Small Business of the Year

President & CEO, Abacus Accounting & Bookkeeping

2021 Honorees

Fred Lampropoulos

Chairman and CEO, Merit Medical


Peggy Larsen

Former Senior Vice President, WCF


Mike Leavitt

Founder and General Partner, Leavitt Partners

2019 Honorees

Nick Rimando

REAL Salt Lake Goalkeeper, #18


Natalie Gochnour

Director, Kem C, Gardner Policy Institute; Associate Dean,

David Eccles School of Business


Governor Gary R. Herbert

Utah Governor 2009-2021

2018 Honorees

Ann Romney

Best Selling Author & Philanthropist


Jay Francis

EVP Corporate Affairs & Miller Family Philanthropy,

Larry H. Miller Group of Companies


Sterling Nielsen

Persident and CEO, Mountain America Credit Union

2017 Honorees

Kem Gardner

Chairman, Gardner Company


Jeanette Herbert

First Lady of Utah


Ron Jibson

Chairman, president & CEO, Dominion Energy

2016 Honorees

Rabbi Benny Zippel

Chabad Lubavitch of Utah


Deanie Wimmer

News Co-Anchor, KSL


Ray Pickup

President & CEO, WCF Insurance

2015 Honorees

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus

Christ of Latter-Day Saints


Pat Richards

President & CEO, SelectHealth


Larry Krystkowiak

Head Coach, University of Utah Basketball Team

2014 Honorees

Greg Miller

CEO, Larry H. Miller Group


Pamela Atkinson

Community Advocate


Kyle Beckerman

U.S National Soccer Team, REAL Salt Lake Captain

2013 Honorees

Jesselie B. Anderson

Civic Volunteer


Wayne Niederhauser

President, Utah State Senate


Dell Loy Hansen

CEO, Wasatch Property management and Owner of REAL Salt


2012 Honorees

Tom Dolan

Mayor, Sandy City


Dr. Cynthia Bioteau

President & CEO, Salt Lake Community College


Lavell Edwards

Head Coach, Brigham Young University Football

2011 Honorees

Lane Beattie

President, Salt Lake Chamber


Pat Jones

President, Dan Jones & Associates


Larry and Jim Olson

Owners, Les Olson Company

2010 Honorees

Jerry Sloan

Head Coach, Utah Jazz


Jon Huntsman Sr.

Founder, Huntsman Chemical Corporation


Deborah Bayle

President & CEO, United Way of Utah

2009 Honorees

Gail Miller

Owner, Larry H. Miller Group


David Entwhistle

CEO, University of Utah Healthcare


A. Scott Anderson

President & CEO, Zions Bank


Bob and Randy Harmon

Owners, Harmon Grocery


David S. Layton

Owner, Layton Construction


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