A Little About Me

Hyrum W. Smith is a distinguished author, speaker, and businessman. Hyrum W. Smith is the Co-Founder and former CEO of Franklin Covey, Co. For three decades he has been empowering people to effectively govern their personal and professional lives. Hyrum’s books and presentations have been acclaimed by American and international audiences. He combines wit and enthusiasm with a gift for communicating compelling principles that incite lasting personal change.


Hyrum is the author of several nationally-acclaimed books, including 3Gaps – Are You Making a Difference?The 10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management, What Matters Most, and The Modern Gladiator. He also co-authored Excellence Through Time Management. Hyrum’s most current work is You are what you Believe. Hyrum’s books can be purchased in the store or on Amazon.com.


Personal History

After serving in the United States Army as the field commander of a Pershing missile battery in Germany, Hyrum graduated from Brigham Young University in 1971.

He went to work with ADP, a pioneering data processing firm, where he rose to become senior vice president for sales.

In 1981 he formed his own training company, Golden Eagle Motivation, which focused on sales management. Hyrum later worked as a consultant for a time management training company.

Franklin Quest

Corp_Logo_[1.0.0]_TUCA_PMS_OLIn 1984 he became one of the original creators of the popular Franklin Day Planner. He also co-founded the Franklin Quest Company to produce the planner and train individuals and organizations in the time management principles on which the planner was based. Hyrum served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Franklin Covey Company, Franklin Quest’s successor, until 2004. Honors & Awards Hyrum has received numerous honors and community service awards, including the following:

  • International Entrepreneur of the Year by Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management in 1993
  • Three honorary doctorate degrees
  • SRI Gallup Hall of Fame and Man of the Year Award in 1992
  • Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America

He also serves on several boards of directors and national advisory councils.

Personal Life

After growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii, Hyrum met his wife Gail met in London, England in 1965. He returned from London and was drafted into the army.

They were married in 1966 while Hyrum was on leave. They have 6 children (5 living) and 20 grandchildren (18 living).

Hyrum enjoys golfing, shooting pistols and rifles, listening to classical music, horse riding and spending time with his family at his ranch in southern Utah.

 Hyrum W. Smith