Mary Crafts-Homer Named 2014 Kirk Englehardt Business Ethics Award Recipient
March 20, 2014
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton
Woodbury School of Business National Advisory Council member Mary Crafts-Homer, CEO and founder of Culinary Crafts, has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Kirk Englehardt Business Ethics award, an honor bestowed by the Utah Valley University Center for the Study of Ethics and sponsored by the UVU Woodbury School of Business. She is the tenth recipient of this prestigious annual award.
Crafts-Homer will be presented the award Thursday, March 20 in the UVU Ragan Theater at 11:30 a.m., by UVU Academic Vice President Ian Wilson and later by UVU President Matthew S. Holland. Crafts-Homer will then address the students and community speaking on the importance of integrity and how it is the key to business success.
The UVU president and the Center for the Study of Ethics annually present the award, sponsored by the Woodbury School of Business, to an individual who displays exemplary ethics in their life, both professionally and personally.
“Mary Crafts-Homer exemplifies all the service and entrepreneurialism this award stands for,” said Dean Norman Wright of the Woodbury School of Business at UVU. “Her personal and professional commitment to integrity has been the footprint of her incredible journey, and we’re honored to call her a treasured member of the Woodbury School of Business family.”
Culinary Crafts opened its doors in 1984 and has been growing ever since. The Englehardt Business Ethics award is one of many major awards Crafts-Homer has received including the “Excellence in Leadership” award from the Woodbury School of Business, 2014 International Caterer of the Year, “Outstanding Business Woman of the Year” (twice), “Utah’s 30 Women to Watch,” Utah’s “Best of State” nine times, and two prestigious “CATIE” Awards from the ICA for Best Multi-Day Event and Best Wedding. Crafts-Homer has served the likes of US presidents, British royalty and worldwide celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Jay Leno and Diane Keaton, as well as notable clients including the International Olympic Committee, Sports Illustrated, the Sundance Film Festival and the Western Governor’s Conference.
Her event and catering tips and innovations are frequently featured in national media such as Martha Stewart’s Wedding website, “The Knot” wedding blog, Colin Cowie’s television show “Get Married,” and Catering Magazine. Crafts-Homer is honored to serve on the Executive Board of Visit Salt Lake, the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and as an Honorary Director of the International Caterers Association.
The award is named for local businessman Kirk R. Englehardt, who died of cancer in 2003. An astute businessman, he was president of Businessman Planning and Investment Research, Inc. for 24 years, specializing in securities and retirement investing. He also served during that time as a lobbyist and spokesperson for the investment industry and testified before the US Congress. Throughout his life he was known for his integrity, wisdom, intellect and commitment to honesty. His family helps the Center for the Study of Ethics sponsor this annual lecture in an effort to promote and strengthen awareness in business ethics.
About the Woodbury School of Business
The Woodbury School of Business is the largest business school in the Utah System of Higher Education and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The WSB supports a variety of engaged learning projects and programs, including the Entrepreneurship Institute, in which students start their own business. The school is distinguished for its focus on student development, entrepreneurship, global involvement and innovative teaching. In addition to traditional undergraduate courses of study in disciplines ranging from accounting to marketing, the WSB offers an MBA program that accommodates the schedule of working professionals through evening and weekend classes.