Today the Salt Lake Chamber celebrated its past, present and future by honoring the legends of Utah’s business community at the 127th Annual Meeting.
“The Salt Lake Chamber brings together dedicated businesses and talented people to make our economy stronger,” said Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber. “Our honorees have risen to the top of business and this was a great opportunity for us to thank them for their tireless commitment to make our state the best place to do business.”
Dave Golden opened the meeting by saying, “This Annual Meeting provides a great platform to recognize several of the many outstanding volunteers and community leaders for the difference they make in business, the community and to the Chamber.” Dave Golden is the executive vice president of Wells Fargo’s Commercial Banking Group and a member of the Salt Lake Chamber Executive Board of Governors.
Following remarks made by Chamber President Lane Beattie, Dick Caster of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recognized Senator Orrin Hatch, who was given the Spirit of Enterprise award. Senator Hatch voted in favor of business 92 percent of the time.
The Chamber honored Bailey Montague & Associates as the Small Business of the Year. Bailey Montague is a community-minded small business that has been a Salt Lake Chamber member for more than 40 years. The president of Bailey Montague, Rob Ronald, has served on the Chamber’s President’s Ambassador Committee for more than 16 years. Additionally, he has served on the Chamber’s Executive Committee serving both as an ambassador and as president of this group. Bailey Montague has donated their expertise to help many non-profits, including the Chamber. If you talk to Rob, he believes what he gives always comes back.
Hilton Salt Lake City Center was honored as the Corporate Partner of the Year. The Hilton Salt Lake City Center is a long-time member of the Salt Lake Chamber. General manager Jeff Protzman and his capable staff are true believers in customer service. Jeff and his team effectively go above and beyond for their guests every day. Recently, the Chamber held an event and watched as the local and national team members created an amazing experience for the Chamber and its members with very short notice.
Utah Transit Authority was honored as the President’s Award for Excellence. As Utah’s largest transit agency, the Utah Transit Authority provides a much needed transportation alternative to the most populated area in our state. Fifteen years ago, UTA had no rail transit but today operates 140 miles of passenger rail along the Wasatch Front. In 2013, the agency recorded the highest ridership in its history with more than 44 million boardings. The increased ridership came on the heels of delivering major capital projects ahead of schedule and under budget, just like a business.
In addition to the Outstanding Corporate Partners, the Chamber honored six as Chamber Champions. Abby Albrecht of Granite Construction Company, Camilla Edsberg of Hope Gallery and Museum of Fine Art, Jonathan Hafen of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless, Debra Hoyt of Questar Corporation and Jonathan Johnson of Overstock.com were selected for their individual contributions to the success of the Salt Lake Chamber.
Abby Albrecht has had significant involvement in the Chamber for many years. She’s served on our board for six years, and is one of the driving forces behind the Chamber’s influence on transportation issues. Initially co-chair of the original transportation committee, Abby helped start what is now the Utah Transportation Coalition, a group of over 54 business leaders working to improve Utah’s transportation network. She embodies the definition of leadership, charisma and incredible industry knowledge.
Camilla Edsberg has been a chamber member for a number of years and most recently served as the Chair of the Presidents Ambassador Committee. She has a wonderful talent for organization and the ability to lead by example. The past year the committee has seen wonderful growth and great organization in part to Camilla’s leadership. Camilla has led the President’s Ambassador committee with passion, motivating everyone around her to follow her enthusiasm.
Jonathan Hafen has been a champion of the Chamber’s International Committee and a catalyst for collaboration between the Chamber, the World Trade Center Utah and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. He has a passion for bringing innovative products to Utah companies that are looking to succeed in challenging global markets. The result of this partnership is the Utah Global Forum, a signature international event that takes place on September 24 and features experts on all aspects of international business development from Utah and beyond.
Debra Hoyt has been involved with the Chamber for many years in various capacities. She has served different roles including Chair of the Women’s Business Center and chair of the Women in Business Conference committee. She exudes a calm confidence. With her leadership, the Chamber’s Women’s Business Center has seen valuable growth, establishing a stronger foundation.
As the original and serving chair of the Chamber’s Clean Air Task Force, Jonathan Johnson has had a real impact on Utah’s air quality and air quality awareness. When a number of disparate groups were talking about the need to make a difference in our community’s air quality, Jonathan brought everyone into the same room to begin a productive dialogue. His passion and leadership for clean air may come as a surprise to some who know his conservative political leanings, but it is no surprise to the Chamber. His leadership of the issue has helped the community come together in a more productive discussion that results in cleaner air for us all.
Congratulations to all of our honorees!
A special thanks goes to Board Chair Honoree, Ron Jibson and a warm welcome goes to Terry Buckner. For more information about our new chair of the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors, please see the following article about Terry Buckner: http://slchamber.com/news-room/read/article/257.
The Annual Meeting was presented by Questar. Major sponsor was Wells Fargo. Event sponsors include America First Credit Union, Mountain America Credit Union, Holland & Hart, Avalanche Studios, EnergySolutions, Rocky Mountain Power, WCF and Webb Audio Visual.
About the Chamber
The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s largest business association and Utah’s business leader. A statewide chamber of commerce with members in all 29 Utah counties, the Chamber represents 7,850 businesses and approximately 500,000 Utah jobs—nearly half the workforce of our state. With roots that date back to 1887, the Chamber stands as the voice of business, supports its members’ success and champions community prosperity.