Costa Vida, known for its Baja-inspired, always fresh meals, announced today that Costa Vida CEO Nathan Gardner has been named one of Utah Business magazine’s Forty under 40. Gardner’s dynamic, inspiring leadership style coupled with the CEO’s passion and constant enthusiasm for the Costa Vida brand helped land him on the list.

“Utah Business magazine’s Forty Under 40 program honors the state’s youngest professionals who are making waves in Utah’s business community. Nathan Gardner was one of this year’s honorees, selected by a panel of judges. Nathan stood out from the nearly 100 individuals nominated due to his proven leadership and driven work ethic, which have put Costa Vida on the map,” says Utah Business editor Sarah Ryther-Francom. “Utah Business was pleased to honor Nathan and the other 39 young professionals who are leading Utah to success.”

Since becoming CEO, Nathan has developed the Costa Vida brand and messaging and has worked very hard to expose more people to the premium taste, quality, and freshness customers have come to appreciate from Costa Vida. Gardner believes in making a superior product above all else, and his decisions as CEO have all been made with this ultimate goal in mind.

“I’m honored to be among this small group of young, influential professionals in our community,” he says. “I’m truly excited about how far Costa Vida has come and even more excited about the vision we have for the franchise in years to come.”