Kassi Hipwell | Forty Under 40 Recipient 2015
“Some people reach retirement age and have a resume of work such as Kassi Hipwell has achieved at 32 years of age. She is a hard working person who learned from a very early age the meaning of hard work. She organizes community events that mean so much to Ogden City, she leads fundraisers for local organizations and she is a successful manager of Leavitt’s Mortuary and she isn’t even close to 40 years old!” – Mary Courney
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“Kassl Hipwell – Forty Under 40 – Best In Business Practices Nomination
Some people reach retirement age and have a resume of work such as Kassl Hipwell has accomplished at 32 years of age. When looking at the amazing contributions to Kassi companies and communities that she has lived in and worked for, you will see that this outstanding individual is deserving of the award by the Standard Examiner’s Forty Under 40.
Success started at a young age for Kassi Hipwell. Her mother was a business woman and Kassi began working alongside her mother at age 10. At her mother’s company, A.D.S. International, Kassi worked custodial jobs to secretarial work. It was early on in her life that the learned that success comes from a strong work ethic and working very hard at what you do. At age 16 Kassi was working at Grounds For Coffee in Ogden and she was also working in mortuary services at Leavitt’s Aultorest Mortuary. She also worked at Living Scriptures for 2 1/2 years and for Vining and Co. Accounting Services. At one point she was holding down four different jobs at one time. Kassi later worked for the State of Utah in Human Services as well as the Utah State Tax Commission. While working for the State of Utah, Kassi became a trainer and educator for other state workers in regards to legal enforcement of court orders. She became an expert in state and federal laws and regulations. At age 26 Kassi moved with family to the state of Washington, she began working for the state government offices in the Department of Revenue. While there she applied her previous business practices to work with the State of Washington on their special projects team. She worked on a social media committee, the audit recovery program, and she worked as a liaison and as a trainer to statewide institutions for the State of Washington. The did this for 4 1/2 years. Kassi became so good at what she did she became a trainer and a senior advisor for the Washington State tax enforcement regarding remittance of tax revenues. She also wrote presentations regarding E-Withholding for state revenue
Kassi moved back to Utah and began working as the senior sales manager for Leavitt’s Mortuary. Since working there she was promoted to help organize events to show that the mortuary wants to be an active part of the community of Ogden. Presently, Kassi works in advertising community events in the Standard Examiner and in other social media venues. She is the technological genius at the mortuary. Besides being the organizer of the events, she enlists the help of dozens of workers to do the Luminary Event every Christmas, the Leavitt’s Trunk or Treat event for the children of the community at Halloween, and the Memorial Day events every year. Kassi just finished organizing the Intermountain Donors Services Race at Leavitt’s Mortuary. Organ recipients and their donor families participated to raise money for their cause.
Besides running these huge events, Kassi must still run the sales office and manage over a dozen sales people who work for Leavitt’s Mortuary. If the telephone rings and the text messages come in and then the emails come in needing immediate attention, Kassi must stop what she is doing and help people. This young lady is an amazing multi-tasker at running the business of a mortuary. The staff at Leavitt’s Mortuary is a group of top notch workers who are trained by Kassi and who have that work ethic that she instills in all she works with. Leavitt’s Mortuary has business partners all over the United States. Kassi must travel several times per year to keep the business practices of the mortuary going. At age 32 Kassi is a top consultant in the funeral business.
As you can see Kassi Hipwell is very deserving of this Forty Under 40 Award. She is the hardest working person who learned from a very early age that there are rewards for serving others and that working extremely hard would always pay off in the end, she is a person who will never be recognized for all she does. Kassi organizes community events that are always so meaningful to the people of Ogden City. She is a trainer for our cemetery and funeral sales people, she leads fund raisers for our community and she is not even close to 40 years old. Kassi Hipwell deserves this recognition from the Standard Examiner for her excellence in business practices.” -Mary Courney