We created The Beehives because we thought it would be cool to turn the tables on the normal award dynamic. Instead of recognizing the leaders within the Utah tech and startup community, people who have been awarded and highlighted countless times at countless banquets, we asked those leaders to chose an individual associated with their company that has brought untold value, heart, and selflessness to those around them.

You’ve all been to an awards banquet, so I don’t need to tell you how things go — a lot of prominent people being highlighted for their success, while those who helped them rise to power smile and applaud from the audience. Nothing at all wrong with it, but you’ve seen that format before.

We created The Beehives because we thought it would be cool to turn the tables on the normal award dynamic. Instead of recognizing the leaders within the Utah tech and startup community, people who have been awarded and highlighted countless times at countless banquets, we asked those leaders to choose an individual associated with their company that has brought untold value, heart, and selflessness to those around them.

On Wednesday, September 2, The Beehives were presented at The Covey Center in downtown Provo. The format was simple: each presenter was given time to explain why the recipient deserves recognition, then the recipient was brought on-stage to say whatever their heart desired. There were funny stories, touching moments, and tears flowing freely. It was a fun, fulfilling night and hopefully one that all who participated won’t soon forget.

Without further ado, here is the complete list of award winners:

The Beehive for Provo City (presented by Mayor John Curtis): Tom Taylor

The Beehive for Simplus (presented by VP of Emerging Channels Ammon Cunningham): Karalee Bennett

The Beehive for Freshly Picked: Chris Padilla

The Beehive for Entrata (presented by CEO Dave Bateman): Ben Zimmer

The Beehive for Culinary Crafts (presented by CEO Mary Crafts-Homer): Meagan Crafts-Price

The Beehive for Women Tech Council (presented by Co-Founder Sara Dansie Jones): Kim Jones

The Beehive for Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce (presented by President Rona Rahlf): Jessica Egbert

The Beehive for Grow Utah (presented by COO Justin Bott): Matt Bowman

The Beehive for Google Fiber (presented by Director Devin Baer): Jeanette Waite Bennett

The Beehive for TodaysMama (presented by CEO Rachael Herrscher): Carina Wytiaz

The Beehive for MX (presented by CEO Ryan Caldwell): Brandon Murdoch

The Beehive for Peak Ventures (presented by Founder Jeff Burningham): Mike Levinthal

The Beehive for Pluralsight (presented by CEO Aaron Skonnard): Alex Lawrence

The Beehive for Beehive Startups (presented by CEO Clint Betts): Tammy Bowers, Gabe Gunderson, Jordan Gunderson

The Beehive for Arches Health (presented by CEO Shaun Green): Lorraine W. Mayne

The Beehive for Instructure (presented by VP of Marketing Misty Frost): Sunny Washington

Published 9/9/2015