Silicon Slopes 2022 Hall of Fame and Awards!


Jonathan Johnson
Jeanette Bennett
John Pestana


The Other Side Academy

Award Finalists

Individual Award Finalists

Intern 2022

Ambitious, smart, and hard-working, this intern has what employers are looking for. They step up to any task, offer valuable insights, and share fresh ideas. The force is strong with this one.

Pedro Rodriguez
Carlee Hemmelgarn
Isaac Smith

Chief Product Officer 2022

As Steve Jobs said, 'people don’t know what they want until you show them'. The Chief Product Officer of the year knows what we all want.

Kristi Martindale
Taylor Allis
Scott Boecker

Chief People Officer 2022

Of the people and for the people. CPO of the year can smell talent from a mile away and binds the company culture together like a bucket of superglue.

Brady Haider
Mindi Cox
Jordan Murray

CRO 2022

The maestro with the uncanny ability to turn a cacophony of sales and marketing into Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.

Mark Mangelson
Ryan Bott
Frank Maylett

CTO 2022

Technology, like art, is a soaring exercise of the human imagination and the CTO of the year is the quintessential artist of tech.

Sanchaita Datta
Daren Thayne
Joel Weight

COO 2022

The man or woman who has created the exact opposite of a Rube Goldberg system and elevated their company to new heights and efficiencies.

Trish Cox
Eric Levesque
Ben Roberts

CEO 2022

Knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way to the top with dignity and love to enrich the lives of both customer and employee.

Monte Deere
Brock Blake
Julie Castle
Paul Walker
Adam Edmunds

CMO 2022

Good marketing makes the company look smart. Great marketing makes the customer feel smart. The CMO of the year makes all of us feel awe at their ability to do both.

Tarah Neujahr Bryan
Burke Alder
Alex McArthur

CFO 2022

Unlike Scrooge McDuck, the CFO of the year doesn’t just swim in stagnant earnings. They meticulously maneuver earnings toward escalator-like company growth.

Felix Morgan
Dale Bowen
Adrianne Lee

Company Award Finalists

Web3 2022

The best in blockchain/decentralized applications or entertainment.


Aerospace & Defense 2022

Inventive community outreach, hardware or software engineering solutions, for aerospace & defense development.

Catalyst Campus Ogden
Teal Drones

Advertising 2022

The most creative ads in print, digital, and other media.

Dirty Dough
Traeger Grills

Software 2022

Innovative proprietary software solutions in service and entertainment.


Media & Entertainment 2022

The most exciting and creative media including live attractions, gaming, TV shows, podcasts, short films, and movies.

Limitless Flight (JUMP)

Health & Wellness

Consumer products, services, and environments that use innovative techniques to promote a healthy lifestyle.

CharityVision International
Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine

Physical Product 2022

The best hardware, industrial design or widget geared toward mass consumers and niche markets.

Traeger Grills
Ivy City Co.
Thread Wallets

Services 2022

The absolute best in class service or services based company.

Lease End

Branding 2022

Innovative approaches to creating or growing a brand.


Startup of the Year 2022

Taking an idea and turning it into a business is not for the weak. These companies grind harder and longer and are on their way skyward. Must be pre Series B to be considered.

Hypercraft USA

Spaces & Places 2022

Innovative buildings, structures, and interior designs that delight and excite.

Stack Homes
Sundance Mountain Resort
Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute

Why Apply

Brand Exposure

Be seen, evaluated, and featured as an applicant on Silicon Slopes newsroom posts and pre-gala shout outs.


Appear in the Winter 2023 issue of the Silicon Slopes Magazine, on the Silicon Slopes website, and in front of peers and colleagues at the Awards Gala.

Press Opportunities

Speaking engagement consideration on Silicon Slopes media outlets including events, podcasts, tv shows, and magazine features.

Awards Gala

Celebrate your team’s success at the hottest business celebration of the year.

Brand Credibility

Gain the Silicon Slopes stamp of approval for being a stand-out in your field; you will receive a backlink on the finalist page and pre-gala mentions.


Winners get on-stage recognition and a killer, unique trophy.

Break News

Tell your organization’s story to the world and highlight the success of teams within your organization.

Community Support

A portion of all applications goes directly into the ongoing support and development of the next generation of Silicon Slopes startups.


Can a company or individual win two years in a row?

Past winners are eligible to win an award in a different category than the one they won in the previous year. However, a company or an individual cannot win the same award two years in a row.

What questions will be asked in the application process?

Application questions can be viewed by clicking on the question mark next to each application description.

What is the judging process like?

The Hall of Fame & Awards selection committee, consisting of Silicon Slopes chapter leaders, personnel, and community leaders, goes through a rigorous process via criteria within the rubric to select finalists. Finalists are interviewed and a winner is ultimately selected by independent judging panels, again consisting of members of the selection committee with the addition of industry experts.

What is the subject matter of the judging rubric?

The judging rubric is heavily based on the questions asked in each application. Finalists are determined based on their responses to the application questions in relation to their performance in the year 2022. Additionally, winners are selected using the same rubric as well as a deep dive discussion that accounts for all responses, documented accomplishments, and a review of finalist interviews.

What is Best Company’s involvement?

After finalists are selected, Best Company conducts interviews with customers from each finalist company and produces verified reviews.

Where is the event?

The Hall of Fame & Awards Gala is located in the Grand Ballroom at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City (555 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111)

What is the event programming?

5:30 pm: VIP Sneaker Soiree and VIP red carpet open 6:30 pm: General red carpet opens 7:30 pm: Dinner and programming begin We anticipate the event programming to conclude around 10pm

What is the dress code?

The Hall of Fame & Awards Gala is a black tie and sneakers event designed to celebrate Utah business and one another. And what better way to do this than to gather and dress up. “What is black tie and sneakers?” you ask. Well, it's a dress code that encourages all to embrace self expression with two important characteristics in mind: 1) wear your best or favorite pair of sneakers, and 2) channel your interpretation of “dressing to the nines” and show up with confidence, no more questions asked.

What is parking like at the event?

Grand America parking is located beneath the hotel. Gates will be open for validated exit starting at 9:30pm.