Kade and Meggan Butterfield
Kade and Meggan Hatch Butterfield were high school sweethearts who continued their courtship and education on to Snow College. Both attended Snow from 2003-2005 and were married on December 16, 2005, exemplifying a "True Badger" connection. They now have four beautiful daughters who are their light and joy.
Kade Butterfield received his Associate of Science focusing on pre-med studies. While at Snow he played one year of football and was able to be an athletic trainer for one semester. His most memorable moments at Snow include his first day at football practice. Kade watched many Snow College games growing up and it was surreal to realize a dream of his come true. Kade was selected as a TA for his anatomy class. One event that evokes a vivid memory is receiving new cadavers for anatomy class and having to dissect them for demonstration purposes. It may have been this experience that caused him to reevaluate his studies.
KADE SAYS THE FOLLOWING ABOUT HIS TIME AT SNOW, 'SNOW WAS WHERE I REALLY GREW IN MY ACADEMIC AND VOCATIONAL FUTURE BECAUSE OF GREAT TEACHERS AND A GREAT STUDY ENVIRONMENT I WAS ABLE TO BUILD THE CONFIDENCE TO REALLY ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING I PUT MY MIND TO. THE CHANCE TO BE SELECTED AS AN ANATOMY TA REALLY ACCELERATED THAT BELIEF IN MYSELF AND SOLIDIFIED IN MY MIND THE POWER OF HARD WORK. MY TIME ON THE FOOTBALL TEAM GAVE ME MANY LIFE EXPERIENCES AND OFFERED LIFE SKILLS THAT HAVE CARRIED ME THROUGHOUT ADULTHOOD. I LOVED MY EXPERIENCE AT SNOW COLLEGE AND LOVED THE ENVIRONMENT IT PROVIDED."
After Kade's time at Snow, he switched gears to study construction management at Brigham Young University. He was able to serve on the BYU Student Presidency for the Construction Management Program. After graduation, Kade was hired by Jacobsen Construction and managed projects such as the City Creek Center, doTERRA Corporate Campus, Primary Children's Hospital's major renovation, One Empire Lodge in Park City, and 4.5 years managing the pre-construction for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Salt Lake Temple renovation. He has managed approximately $2.5 billion worth of commercial construction and real estate development projects over the course of his career.
Kade currently works as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of The Will Group, a construction firm, in which he vertically integrates commercial and real estate development. His current ventures include:
- Working with the Utah Housing Preservation Fund to bring more affordable housing options to the state of Utah.
- Partnering with Tandem Ventures to bring exciting real estate opportunities to the state of Utah.
- Partnering with Edged Energy to develop exciting new sustainable data centers across the country.
Meggan Hatch Butterfield received her Associate of Science from Snow College. She was first introduced to group aerobics while at Snow, which sparked her interest and passion for group fitness. This introduction shaped her whole direction as she pursued her Bachelor's in Exercise Science from the University of Utah. Meggan has always had a passion for exercise, being active, and learning about the body. She has turned this spark into a flame in her career and as a business owner.
After college, Meggan worked for 15 years as a health coach for Orriant. Kade and Meggan decided to take things a step further and opened Ardent, a boutique fitness studio, located in Saratoga Springs, Utah. Meggan states, "Opening a fitness studio in the middle of the Covid pandemic was probably the craziest idea my husband and I have ever had!" The business is now thriving and offers classes in kickboxing, weightlifting, yoga, high fitness and more. Meggan also organizes an annual women's retreat which will be held in Bear Lake, Utah this fall. Women gather for a weekend of inspiration, motivation, fitness activities and comradery.
Meggan reflects fondly on her time at Snow College. She was able to be a part of the President's Leadership Team (PLT) where she had the opportunity to assist with all major events the president attended. A highlight of this experience was cheering on President Michael Benson as he ran the St. George Marathon. The PLT's made posters for the race and took a road trip to encourage President Benson across the finish line.