EXECUTIVE FOCUS: CAROL THORNE, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, HOLIDAY INN, 1460 S. UNIVERSITY AVE., PROVO. SHE IS A MEMBER OF THE UTAH SPORTS AUTHORITY BOARD.VITAL STATISTICS
Where born: American Falls, Idaho
Family: Husband, D. Eugene; five children: Tami, 29; Kerry, 27; Tori, 21; Cody, 17; and Denny, 14
Education: Attended Brigham Young University
Primary products: Hospitality industry
Primary market: Tourists, travelers and business people
Number of employees 30
Annual sales: $1.5 million annually
First "real" job: Picking potatoes in Idaho from the third grade on to earn money for Christmas and school clothes.
Management style: "I get involved. I'm a participant with my employees. I partnership with them."
Strategy for success: "Hard work, long hours and keeping my family involved with me."
A memorable failure: "That I didn't meet my husband sooner than I did. We brushed by each other in college . . . but didn't meet until several years later."
Heroes: Parents. "They've always been exemplary in my life. They taught me there was nothing I couldn't accomplish."
Leisure time and hobbies: Tennis, hiking, boating and traveling, particularly in the state.
Favorite book and movie: I love Robert Ludlum books. "Gone with the Wind" and "Dancing with Wolves." "I love movies, especially those that are more historical in nature."