Spring 2023 Lectures

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Class Intro | jan. 12
Tom Macdonald
Paving the road to change | jan. 19
Tara Spalding
jan. 26
Noel Vallejo
WHen does aggressive accounting become fraud? | feb. 9
David Jolley
The Only Constant is Change: The Key to Success is Embracing It | feb. 23
Becky Potts
How i achieved my wildest dreams | mar. 16
Ellen Hall
how to take risks | mar. 23
Gary Bluemel
 mar. 30
Becky Edwards
FRom startup to venture capital: degrees of insecurity | apr. 6
Sid Krommenhoek
building your business in an extremely competitive time | apr. 13
Rob Anderson

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tom macdonald
Assistant Dean, Woodbury School of Business | UVU

Tom Macdonald is an Assistant Dean of the Woodbury School of Business. Mr. Macdonald has over 25 years’ experience in senior management including international, CEO and Board positions. He received the 2007 Businessman of the Year Award from the Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Macdonald has served as a member of the Orem City Council since 2014 for the 2014-2018 term. He is a partner in several real estate projects; a former President / CEO of two Utah businesses; former VP International operations for a technology company and a personal care company; and a former Manager / CPA of Grant Thornton, an international CPA firm.

Mr. Macdonald is married to the former Kaye Mangum of Orem with 4 married children and 16 grand children.




tara spalding
CPO / Director of Women's Entrepreneurship Program | venturecapital.org

Tara Spalding is Chief Programming Officer at VentureCapital.org, Utah-based non-profit
organization that provides mentoring to entrepreneurs who are raising investment capital. She is
the Chairperson at WeAngels.Capital, an educational program and community-advised
investment path to activate investors to support women+ founded businesses in Utah and
surrounding states.



noel vallejo
CEO | TestOut

Noel Vallejo is a highly successful entrepreneur who founded TestOut Corporation in 1991. In
business for more than three decades, TestOutprovides industry-leading IT education
courseware and credentials to thousands of students and professionals every year.





mack woodbury
Deal Analysis & Underwriting | Woodbury Corporation

Mack Woodbury oversees the company’s deal analysis and underwriting group, which is
responsible for asset level business plans and new investment analysis for Woodbury
Corporation. With the Woodbury development team, he works with partners and investors to
form solid partnerships that support new and existing real estate objectives. Prior to joining
Woodbury Corporation, he spent seven years working in consulting and assurance in New York
City at WeizerMazars LLP and CBIZ Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. Mr. Woodbury graduated
from Hofstra University with a B.S. in accounting and finance.




david jolley

David Jolley recently retired from EY after spending over 31 years working with high-growth,
entrepreneurial companies. During his time at EY, he served as the Office Managing Partner in
Salt Lake City, the West Region Managing Partner of Markets and lastly, the Americas Growth
Markets Managing Partner. Prior to joining EY, David worked for Arthur Andersen in Houston,
which provided him with many unique insights into the Enron bankruptcy and the ultimate
demise of Arthur Andersen.





whitney johnson

We are pleased to announce Utah Valley University’s Spring 2023 Presidential Lecturer, Whitney Johnson, a bestselling author on organizational growth and leadership development.



becky potts
VP / Regional Executive | Federal Reserve of San Francisco

Becky B. Potts is Vice President and Regional Executive of the FederalReserve Banks of San
Francisco’s Salt Lake City Branch. As Regional Executive, Becky works with business and
banking leaders across Utah, Eastern Nevada, and Southern Idaho as part of the Bank’s
commitment to understanding and engaging with the communitiesit serves.



sterling snow
CRO | Divvy

Sterling lives to help companies grow. Beginning with his marketing agency, moving to Jive
Communications, and now as Chief Revenue Officer of Divvy, recently acquired by BILL, he
thrives on building integrated marketing, sales, and customersuccess teams that achieve hyper



ellen hall
President / CEO | Spirent Federal Systems

Ellen Hall, President/CEO of Spirent Federal, is a graduate of San Diego State University, holds
an MS in Systems Engineering from USC, and a BA in Spanish from Utah Valley University.
She also has a JD from the University of Denver and is a member of theCA, CO and
Washington DC Bars. She has been President/CEO of Spirent Federal Systems, a positioning,
navigation, and timing (PNT) test and simulation company, since its inception over 20 years ago.
She was previously Vice President at L3 Harris, Anaheim. Prior to that she was a director at
Raytheon in Fullerton, CA. Ellen regularly participates in industry events and is a member of the
Editorial Advisory Board of GPS World Magazine. In her free time, she participates in service
projects in her community andabroad.



gary bluemel
Group VP of Commercial SMB & Cloud | Oracle

"Great things can happen when you find your people, your culture, and your path. 23 years ago,I
would have never imagined a career in Tech Sales. Not many people even knew that was a real
career. But all it took was the first day on the job and I was hooked. The pressure of performing
when the team needed me most, the collaboration, the work, thetechnology, learning new things
and of course, winning. I love to win almost as much as I hate to lose. But it was the competitive
environment that kept me in Tech Sales and, ultimately, why I began to take risks. Calculated
risks that created a scenario anda career I never thought possible. I learned the formula for
navigating the Tech Start-up maze. Every founder believes they have the 'next great tech,' but I
learned how to spot the good ones and will have a real revenue payoff. My greatest success is my
marriage of 26 years to my college sweetheart and my 4 amazing children that challenge me to
think different everyday. Early in my career, I sold tech in Boston while going to school full-time
at Boston College. Today, I lead a sales team of remarkable sellers in a high stakes environment,
building a culture of accountability, hard work, and fun."



becky edwards

Becky Edwards is a lifelong Utahn and an unabashed championof women’s civic engagement
and political involvement. She served as a member of the Utah House of Representatives for ten
years, representing Davis County from 2008-2019. Her legislative work focused on issues related
to strengthening Utah’s economy, airquality, education, and helping families achieve economic
stability. Most recently Becky was a candidate for the U.S. Senate, representing Utah.

While in the legislature, Becky served as Chair of the Economic Development and Workforce
Services Committee, and Co-Chair of both the Women in the Economy Commission and the
Clean Air Caucus. Additionally, she served on the Governor’s Education Excellence
Commission, the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism, and on the Organizing
Committee for Real Women Run, now Utah Women Run.

Becky has volunteered and served on boards for various local non-profits including Utah Clean
Energy, Action Utah, Utah Women Run, Mormon Women for Ethical Government, Days of ’47,
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), Head Start, Safe Harbor Crisis Center, and the
Salt Lake County Jail. For 17 years she was a volunteer pianist at the LDS Conference Center
and Joseph Smith Memorial Building.



SID krommenhoek
Partner | Album VC

Sid Krommenhoek is the Founder and General Partner at Album VC, an early-stage venture
capital firm focused on software startups throughout the US. Album has made investments in
more than 50 startups, many in Utah, and Sid has led investments in companiesincluding
Podium, Degreed, Weave, MX, Nav, BallerTV, and Andela.

Prior to VC, Sid started 4 startups, mostly recently co-founding Zinch.com, an online portal
connecting students globally with opportunities in higher education. Later, he led Zinch’s growth
into China, moving his family to Beijing and launching Zinch.cn, one of the first foreign online
brands to reach scale in China. When Zinch was acquired by Chegg Inc in 2011, Sid led Chegg’s
international efforts through initial public offering in 2013 (CHGG, NYSE).



rob Anderson

Business entrepreneur and owner/operator for the past 30+ years in the home services business. Built our company with a great partner from 12 to 650 employees. Focus to market has always been best in class service and a culture first focus. AttendedUSU and WSU from 1984 to 1988. Married since 1986 with 6 wonderful children and 10 beautiful grands. Served on several Board of directors including UT Special Olympics. Love to golf and travel......(to golf). Focus now is giving back and helping others in their journey.