endorsements

Kristin Kidman, VP @ Redpeg Marketing -Democrat

Crystal Stephens, Top-10 Inside Sales Leader, Clearfield, UT - Republican

Crystal Stephens, Top-10 Inside Sales Leader, Clearfield, UT - Republican

 I've known Mark for nearly 20 years and consider him one of my closest friends. Beyond the obvious benefits of his friendship - humor, love (sometimes tough love), compassion and support, Mark is incredibly smart and my go-to for counsel on all major career decisions. Whether offering advice when navigating an industry change, challenging me when negotiating a career-defining deal, providing guidance and best practices for managing people to be their best or simply offering a listening ear in moments of disappointment as it pertains to the challenges women face in the business world, Mark is an incredible asset and one I am grateful to have.


While I spent the first 34 years of my life in Utah and understand the nuances of the local culture, the incredible people and the immense amount of opportunity for growth, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that Mark's decision to run for Governor should be celebrated. He'll govern with compassion, common sense, a high business acumen and an approachability not seen in career politicians. I am proud to call him a close friend and would be thrilled to see him elected as Utah's next Governor.

Crystal Stephens, Top-10 Inside Sales Leader, Clearfield, UT - Republican

Crystal Stephens, Top-10 Inside Sales Leader, Clearfield, UT - Republican

Crystal Stephens, Top-10 Inside Sales Leader, Clearfield, UT - Republican

 I confidently recommend Mark A. Smith for the office of Governor in the great state of Utah. 


Mark has worked effectively as a business man in this great state for over 12 years

 has had a continual entrepreneurial spirit which has helped this state grow by successfully taking companies into sustained growth mode which in turn is assisting the economy. 


With all the work he does, I would be remiss if I did not highlight the way Mark gives back. Mark and his wife have a strong track record of giving back in our community. It can be as simple as a Halloween party for the entire neighbored, to spearheading projects to ensure our underprivileged youth have clothes, and supporting food drives at under-funded Utah schools. 


In all of this I have personally gained a wealth a knowledge from Mark due to his valiant efforts to change what leaders look like in the state of Utah. Mark understands privilege and he also understand why diverse companies soar above their competition. 


His company is currently an active sponsor of the Utah Women in Sales organization. He mentors a plethora of women and he has personally taught me to stop bring overly accountable because I am strong just the way I am. That strength in turns help me grow my company, which empowers our economy. I am eternally grateful for his leadership and friendship. What is most important is that my story isn’t the only one, I am simply a drop in the bucket.


It is with proud enthusiasm that I announce that I support Mark A Smith for Utah State Governor.

Jiovan Melendez, Director of Product - Democrat

Crystal Stephens, Top-10 Inside Sales Leader, Clearfield, UT - Republican

Jiovan Melendez, Director of Product - Democrat

 Why Mark? Let's start with Sen. Mitt Romney, who broke with his party in voting to convict President Donald Trump on abuse of power, the first article of impeachment, after the Senate’s trial. In doing so, he became the first senator in American history to vote to remove a sitting president of his own party. Was Mitt Romney right to break with fellow Republicans on impeachment? Yes, it shows his integrity.


These actions are representative of Utah and its values. Mark Smith is sticking to his integrity. Plus he has practical solutions for the state that will immediately improve quality of life. There are no other conservative gubernatorial options that are stepping away from Trump. 


Mark is my choice for Utah's next governor. 

Brad Plothow, VP of Marketing - Republican

Christopher Wood - Pleasant Grove - Republican

Jiovan Melendez, Director of Product - Democrat

 I've seen Mark speak truth to power and do what's right instead of what's popular multiple times in professional settings. I have no doubt he'd do the same as governor of Utah. If you want someone who'll put what's best for Utah above what's best for himself or special interests, Mark is your man.  

Christopher Wood - Pleasant Grove - Republican

Christopher Wood - Pleasant Grove - Republican

Christopher Wood - Pleasant Grove - Republican

 When writing an endorsement, it’s easy to fall back on the tired cliche of saying that someone is a natural leader.  This certainly applies to Mark Smith, but I would like to focus on what makes Mark unique.  Specifically, Mark has the ability to build teams and get things done.

I have seen Mark build teams of extraordinary people at two separate companies.  He knows how to enlist and retain talented individuals, and this enables him to overcome obstacles and execute ambitious goals.  

Mark isn’t afraid to roll up his sleeves and go to work, but the best leaders understand that you can’t do it alone.  I believe his talent at building powerful teams boils down to three unique qualities:

  1. His ability to communicate candidly and share a clear, consistent vision
  2. His focus on building a positive culture while ensuring accountability (first for himself, and then for others)
  3. His desire to constantly learn and improve; Mark will always put truth before ego, and he isn’t afraid to laugh at himself


I have seen Mark under pressure, in situations where his choices would impact the lives of people who looked to him for support and leadership.  In these circumstances, Mark kept a level head and did the right thing, regardless of politics or personal cost.

I think an interesting question to ask anyone who has worked with a leader in a business setting is whether you would naturally follow that person without any financial incentive or fear of punishment.  In the case of Mark Smith, since our time working together I have repeatedly gone to him for advice on personal, professional, and political matters.

Utah needs a leader who can find common ground among different groups and execute on a bold vision of prosperity and unity.  We can remain faithful to our heritage while rising to the challenges and opportunities created by our explosive growth.  Mark Smith can lead a diverse team of talented people to get the job done. 

Betsy Christopherson - Lehi - Democrat

Christopher Wood - Pleasant Grove - Republican

Christopher Wood - Pleasant Grove - Republican

 When I heard that Mark was running for Governor I instantly smiled and thought to myself “of course he is! And he should! And he should win!”

I remember meeting Mark for the first time and thought he was arrogant. Within minutes of interacting with him I realized how wrong I was. He is confident. He is kind. He has morals. He is hilarious. He builds up those around him. He cares about his family and puts them above all else. And he cares about people, as you can see by his platform. He invests in them and wants to help them become their best version of themselves. These are all things this country is lacking. We need a man with these values leading and getting us back on track!

A few items in his platform hit close to home for me. I have been a victim of physical abuse. Also, during my ten year marriage, my husband struggled with a substance abuse addiction. I remember with both of these times in my life feeling a lot of emotions. But the one common emotion was helplessness. What do I do, where do I go, how do I get help. No one in these horrible situations should ever question that. I absolutely love that he has a focus on these specific areas to improve the resources for getting help and treatment for people in these situations. Something I very much wish I had.

Mark has my vote! 

Steele Anderson - Salt Lake City

Steele Anderson - Salt Lake City

Steele Anderson - Salt Lake City

  I met Mark in a quick 1 hour ‘get to know you’ meeting, which was set up for leaders from two companies prior to an upcoming acquisition. 


Mark made a lasting impression on me during the meeting because of the high level of interest he showed to each  individual in the room. The room was packed, all the chairs were full, people were even standing in the back. After we quickly went around the room stating our names, titles, and hobbies, I was surprised to hear Mark start calling each person by name, asking  each person specific questions about their role and hobbies. 


This impression led me to begin following him on social media, where i followed his career, heeded many of his business and life suggestions, and watched him help countless other people.


Years later I was recruited by an old colleague to come and start a new sales division at a SF based software company. I was 10 minutes into my first interview/discussion learning about the product and company, when Mark burst into the room to say ‘hi’. I didn’t  know he even remembered me. He chatted casually with me, catching up on where and what I had been up to since our last encounter. This too, made a lasting impression on me, as I don't know many people who show this much interest over people they barely knew.


I joined that software company and spent a great deal of time working with Mark, lots of long days and nights. Together, we worked through problems, analyzed data, and discussed opportunities to improve the business. I can recall several late night discussions  about politics, sports, sales tactics, and business philosophy. 


Although I learned a massive amount from Mark through the meetings and 1:1’s we had. I learned more from him by observing the way he treats people. 


Whether it be: 1) Encouraging entry level reps  to come into his office after they randomly knock on his office door to have an adhoc 1:1 at the end of a grueling 12 hour day (even after he closed his laptop, packed up his things, and this rep has at least 3 other levels of leadership he should have gone  through), 2) Driving down to the PGA superstore to buy new golf clubs for an entry level rep so he could be included on the Saturday golf outing because he didn’t have his own clubs, 3) Canceling a high ticket multi location sale to our business after he found  out our customer made a racist remark to one of our reps, 4) Adopt and raise a son, as well as take several people into his home who were in need, or 5) When he personally staked his reputation on me and helped me get a promotion that I was working towards.  I have never seen anyone so focused on improving the life of someone else. 


If you know Mark - You know that he is one of the sharpest tools in the shed, able to clearly map out technical problems in his mind, put himself in the shoes of others, and that he always stands his ground on things he believes in. 


Those are the obvious things.  But when you really get to know Mark and see him interact with others, you will see that the most impressive thing about Mark is his care and love for others.

Scott Warner - CEO - Orem

Steele Anderson - Salt Lake City

Steele Anderson - Salt Lake City

  I’ve known Mark Smith for many years. He’s as good as they come. 


A family man, a friend, and an incredibly hard worker. 


The guy knows how to get a job done. 


Two of the things I love most about Mark: one, he tells it like it is, and two, he truly loves his country. 


He’s a man you can depend on in every sense of the word. He has my vote.

Scott Warner
CEO
Gigg Inc.
Twitter: @ScottWarner18