In the latest episode of the Salt Lake Chamber podcast “CEO Success Stories,” Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance, sits down with CEO of Kodiak Cakes Joel Clark to hear about his leadership philosophy, best practices and lessons learned.

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Joel’s story is a study in perseverance. When his brother Jon handed operations of Kodiak Cakes over to him in 1997, Joel was a 23-year-old economics major attending the University of Utah. Over the next 12 years, Joel juggled side jobs, earned an MBA from Oxford University, and he still found time to make Kodiak Cakes a success. Today, Joel runs the company he built around his family’s flapjack recipe in Park City, Utah, where he enjoys spending his free time in the surrounding mountains with friends and family.