Each year, Utah Business magazine honors 40 of the state’s most talented, ambitious and innovative business leaders in our annual Forty Under 40 program. Some are serial entrepreneurs, others are leading established companies to continued success, and more still are helping their companies reach unprecedented growth. Regardless of their positions within their companies, the 2015 Forty Under 40 exemplify a group of standout leaders who are shaping the future of Utah and the world. Join us in celebrating these deserving honorees and their accomplishments.
Mircea Divricean never intended to devote his career to the nonprofit world. But while studying business administration, he spent a summer working as a camp counselor at Kostopulos Dream Foundation and became passionate about the nonprofit’s mission. He joined the organization full time in 2001, became CFO in 2003 and was named executive director in 2013. Under his leadership, the camp’s balance sheet value has grown from $1 million to $3.3 million. Revenue was less than $500,000 per year and is now $1.3 million. Additionally, Divricean oversaw a successful $2 million capital campaign to build its Sorenson Legacy Foundation Equestrian Park, which opened in 2014. Also in 2014, Divricean was the first to be admitted and graduate from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program representing a charity.
“Mircea could find success (and make more money) in the private sector, but instead he is dedicating his career to the nonprofit world—specifically to helping provide meaningful educational and recreational opportunities for the disabled population,” says Layne Smith, partner at Dorsey & Whitney and vice chair of the Kostopulos Dream Foundation’s board.
“The more successful we are, the more impact we have on our participants and their families and their individual lives—that translates into greater positive impact on our community.”