Samantha Simon & Wright J. Thurston
Samantha Simon was born and raised in Utah. As far back as she can remember she has enjoyed being an entrepreneur. From the days when she ran her lemonade stands near her Elementary School to when she owned and operated a country store in the Unitas. Sam has been compelled her entire life in the development of creative ideas. She was the former President of the Utah Valley REIA with over 500 members. And she even illustrated and authored Utah 4 Kids a pocket guidebook jammed packed with over 300 activities to do with children statewide. She is passionate about making a difference and loves connecting with people.
BA Degree in Spanish from University of Utah Former President of the Utah Valley REIA Author and Illustrator of Utah 4 Kids Member of the Park City Professional Artist Association Owned and operated the Samak Country Store in the Unitas Former Toastmaster and Rotarian
Wright J. Thurston is one of the few people in the world to have built a million-dollar net worth in five totally different businesses; in the areas of real estate, starting his own business, as a consultant and professional speaker, in collectibles, and in consumer direct marketing.
Wright became financially independent at 30 as a result of his part-time investment activities. In only 13 months, Wright purchased five properties ranging from 6 to 25 apartment units each. By applying proven success strategies and techniques, he built a $9,000.00 a month positive cash flow and a million-dollar net worth in less than 18 months. He accomplished all of this while working his full-time job with the IBM Corporation.
During his marketing years with IBM, Wright won numerous National and Regional marketing awards including 6 consecutive 100% clubs, Regional Sales Leader, and IBM’s Salesman of the Year in Alaska.
The Thurston Company has now owned over 200 properties/units including apartment buildings, a hotel, a shopping mall, commercial land, and part of an exclusive, private island in Panama. (www.RedFrogBeach. com) The Thurston’s real estate properties have been in the United States, Canada, and Central America.
Wright is currently the #1 Inspirational Leader in the world on Twitter by Inc. Magazine. He has also been ranked #1 in Inspiration by Klout and #6 in Leadership.
A popular and entertaining speaker, Wright has given over 3,400 presentations nationally and internationally, sharing the principles and techniques that help make businesses and individuals more successful. He has taught sales and management concepts to Fortune 500 companies, trained and inspired network marketers, and shared real estate, investment, computer strategies and professional speaking skills with entrepreneurs worldwide. He is a former member of the National Speakers Association.
He has been the president of three different companies. The revenues of one of these companies exceeded six million dollars within the first two years. He belongs to and supports the principles of the Better Business Bureau.
Wright and his wife Janett are also Executive Directors with Melaleuca, an Inc. 500 company for five consecutive years. They have won the prestigious “President’s Club” for two different years.
As a hobby, they have amassed an 8,000 piece Classical Music Collection, the Thurston Collection, which is currently on loan to one of the nation’s largest universities. It is part of the university’s Dance & Music Special Collections.
In addition to church and family commitments, the Thurston’s have also been actively involved in community organizations, such as United Way, Junior Achievement, school boards, and Rotary International, to name a few.
Wright and Janett have been married for over 40 years. They are the proud parents of five children and, currently, eleven grandchildren. For motivation and inspiration follow Wright on Twitter @10MillionMiler and LinkedIn