Spencer Matthews, 12, Fruit Heights, a fifth-grader at Morgan Elementary School, Kaysville, may be one of the youngest company vice presidents in Utah.
He and his family own and operate Utah's Best Lawn Curbing, which is getting into full swing now that summer is approaching. Spencer is in charge of preparing lawns and cleaning up after cement curbs are built, and he also does some selling and advertising.His father, Tommie G. Matthews, a professor of mathematics and motivation at Salt Lake Community College, and his brother, Timothy, 21, are the company's principals. Others in the family who take part in the landscaping and curb construction business are his brothers, Jeffrey, 26, and Chris, 18; his sister, JaNae, 15, and his mother, Jan.
"My mother and JaNae answer phone calls and take orders, and my dad and my brothers and I do the hard work," Spencer said. "You can call us at 544-1939.
"We install curbs around flower beds, along driveways, around trees and shrubs and along the sides of homes. We make four shapes of curb and in several colors," Spencer said, proudly. "White is the most popular."
Spencer said he and his family are saving money to go to Germany in September to bring his brother, Burt, home from his LDS mission.
An avid sportsman, Spencer said he enjoys basketball, football, baseball, water and snow skiing and motorcycle riding and, while he expects to work hard this summer, he says he is looking forward to having lots of fun on his school vacation, too.
What's his favorite subject in grade school? "Recess," he said, laughing.