University Hospital hosts Breakfast with the Board

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

David Entwistle, CEO of University of Utah Health Care, gave members of the Salt Lake Chamber an inside look at the growth and operation of organization.

“We are creating the care that is setting the standard for tomorrow,” said Entwistle.

Chamber members also got an inside look at the recently-passed federal health reform and the expected effects it will have on the University Health Care system.

“Word is gettig out that we are a great state for health care,” said Enstwistle. “Utah has the lowest per capita cost for health care in the 50 states.”

Governor hosts business leaders at Governor’s Mansion

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Governor Gary Herbert hosted The Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors and the Capitol Club at the Governor’s Mansion yesterday. The Governor praised the business leaders for their perseverance during difficult times and shared some positive business news.

“We all appreciate the importance of the private sector and the opportunites provided to the people of our state,” said Gov. Herbert. “The risk of capitalism is what has made America great and we understand that in Utah.”

Local business leaders also had a chance to share some good news with the governor. Jonathan Johnson, president of, told the group his company just reported the strongest quarter in its history.

Lew Cramer, president of the World Trade Center reported that Utah merchandise exports are up 65 percent over last year, tops in the nation.

“You are the cornerstone of our efforts,” said the governor. “Our job is to stay out of your way and to help you prosper. My goal is to keep that commitment to you.”

The governor also applauded the Chamber for its leadership. He shared the story of Boise St. running the hook and ladder with the game on the line against Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. The governor pointed out that the play was called by the back-up quarterback.

“It is a team game and we all play a role. We are all on team Utah,” said Gov. Herbert. “We have to get contributions from everyone. The engine that drives our team and our economy is our business community.”

Jazz host Breakfast with the Board

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

LHM President Randy Rigby gives business leaders a tour of the Utah Jazz practice facility at the Zions Bank Basketball Center.

While the Jazz out of town and riding a four-game win streak, Chamber members got a look behind the scenes at the facility where the team trains.

“We’ve actually won 23 of 28,” said Randy Rigby, president and CEO of the Larry H. Miller Sports and Entertainment Companies. ”We have won at least half our games 25 of the past 27 seasons. That says a lot about the philosophy of Larry Miller and the principles we have as an organization. It is also a testament to he support we have from the community and that includes the business community.”

As part of the Chamber’s Breakfast with the Board series, Rigby discussed the performance of the Jazz on the court and in the community. Rigby is particularly proud of the commitment the organization has made to energy conservation. The Green Team (one reason the Jazz are wearing green throw-back uniforms this season) has ambitious goals for the organization, as an employee benefit and with community partners.

“Being energy conscious has made a difference for our organization,” said Rigby. “If we all take minor steps it makes a big impact on out community.”