Jim is a nationally recognized business leader and entrepreneur who helped develop several new industry categories in today’s business world. When he founded Sorenson Media in 1995, Jim laid the foundation for the online video industry developing technology that enabled Apple QuickTime, Adobe Flash and YouTube to gain global prominence. He used his video compression expertise to create Sorenson Communications, the largest video relay service in the U.S. and transformed communication between deaf and hearing individuals vastly improving professional and personal opportunities for deaf individuals via the use of groundbreaking videophone technology. Over the past several decades, Jim has built a diverse array of highly productive industrial, commercial, residential, office and retail real estate holdings. In 2009, he led a team that acquired a $701 million structured portfolio of FDIC commercial real estate loans. Jim also co-founded Sorenson Capital, which has raised more than $650 million to invest in U.S. companies.
Alan has a personal mission to create jobs and lift local economies. He and his wife are chairman and president of the Hall Foundation, whose mission it is that "there be no poor among us." Alan is also the founder of several companies focused on fulfilling that mission. Grow America aligns partners, mentors, and capital that entrepreneurs need to create and grow tomorrow's successful companies. Alan is also the founder and managing director of Mercato Partners, which is a top performing growth equity venture capital fund. Mercato's current and past portfolio includes Skullcandy, Fusion-IO, Control4, Cymphonix, MediConnect Global, CradlePoint, and Stance. Alan also founded and lead MarketStar Corporation, which is a global outsourced marketing and sales company focused on high technology companies. Alan is serves on several boards and is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, such as the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards from both Ernst and Young and the Mountain West Capital Network.
Amy is the co-founder and co-executive director of the IPOP Foundation. Amy provides expert mentoring and perpetuates entrepreneurship by mentoring, consulting, networking, and investing. She regularly participates in speaking engagements to educate entrepreneurs and specifically focuses on specialized groups such as: at-risk youth, high school and university students, girls and women in business, and single parents to name a few. Amy is also the founder and managing partner of REES Capital. Prior to starting REES Capital, Amy founded several successful healthcare technology ventures, including MediConnect Global, which she successfully sold for over $377 million in 2012. Amy has been the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, ACG’s Dealmaker of the Year Award, Brigham Young University’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and Utah Business CEO of the Year, among others. The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, USA Today, Fast Company, Bloomberg Businessweek and many other national publications have featured Amy as a result of her many accomplishments. Amy serves on the board of numerous organizations including: Chair of Utah Valley University Woodbury School of Business National Advisory Board; University of Utah National Advisory board for David Eccles School of Business and Center for Medical Innovation Boards; Brigham Young University Founder's Board; BYU Wheatley Ethics Advisory Council; USU Clark Entrepreneur Founders Board; Stella H. Oaks Foundation Board; Center for Growth and Opportunity at USU Board; and The Hale Center Theater Board. She is an author and has been a contributor to Forbes and the Huffington Post.
Rollin is the co-founder and co-Executive Director of the IPOP Foundation. Rollin specializes in working with adolescents and young adults, with an emphasis on at-risk youth. Previously Rollin worked as a youth counselor for the Anasazi Foundation, specializing in working with youth struggling with lack of motivation, defiance, mild mood disorders, drug and alcohol experimentation, internet addiction, entitlement issues, and other self-defeating behaviors. Rollin supervised youth on six-week wilderness-based, residential treatment programs which were rooted in the belief that all young people possess an inherent “seed of greatness.” Using an evidence-based therapeutic approach which addressed the biological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of each child’s life, Rollin was able to influence the lives of numerous young people. Prior to Anasazi, Rollin started his own custom furniture company and was able to use his talents in woodworking to support himself while he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing with a Minor in Organizational Behavior from Boise State University.