Lane Beattie Bio
The Salt Lake Chamber is the voice of business in Utah. That voice has never been clearer since Lane Beattie took the helm in 2003. Lane has transformed the 128-year-old statewide business institution into a powerhouse of influence that champions for businesses both large and small. Under his direction, Lane has embraced a new era of business and policy leadership by blending a traditional business chamber with powerful business advocacy.
Under Lane’s direction, the Salt Lake Chamber has led on key issues impacting Utah’s economy, such as transportation and education. He led the charge in 2006 to fund two of the largest locally funded transportation projects in U.S. history: the I-15 CORE project in Utah County and UTA’s FrontLines 2015 project. He continues to stand as a champion of transportation investment in rural and urban Utah, benefiting the entire state.
Lane’s commitment to education has also contributed to the formation of the largest business-led movement assembled to advance education investment and innovation in Utah, called Prosperity 2020. The movement’s vision is for the state’s educated and trained workforce to propel Utah to enduring prosperity. Building Utah’s workforce successfully requires collaboration and communication between business and education, to drive the development of Utah’s most valuable resource: its people.
Additionally, Lane’s leadership works to support pro-business policies. For example, the Chamber has convened the Energy Resources Task Force to conserve energy, develop new sources of energy and preserve low-cost energy that attracts business to our state and benefit all Utahns. Lane also convened the state’s business community to better understand and engage in Utah’s need for water infrastructure and conservation so that our state will not be limited in the future by this precious resource. He led the effort in bringing the community together to form a model resolution on immigration called the Utah Compact.
Before leading the Chamber Lane was a real estate professional for over 25 years. He was elected to the Utah State Senate in 1988. He became majority whip in 1991, majority leader in 1992 and in 1994 was elected senate president, a position he held until he left the Legislature in 2000. During his senate career, Lane proposed and implemented some of the most sweeping changes in the legislative process in several decades, including utilization of the Internet to increase citizen involvement and to make the legislative process significantly more efficient and transparent.
Lane played a crucial role in the success of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, the largest international event in Utah’s history. In June 2000 he was named chief state Olympic officer by Gov. Mike Leavitt and played a prominent role in what was called by NBC President Dick Ebersol, “Far and away the most successful Olympics, summer or winter, in history.”
Lane has received many honors and accolades over the years, including an Honorary Doctorate from Utah Valley University in 2008. Lane is a member of the National Advisory Council of the Marriott Business School at Brigham Young University and a recipient of the 2007 Local Distinguished Service award from the American Public Transportation Association.
He sits on numerous boards and commissions, and is currently one of only two Chamber presidents in the country that sits on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. He was named to the U.S. Chamber board of directors in June 2011.
Lane enjoys golf and skiing as well as raising quarter horses at his home in W. Bountiful. He is a Utah State Quarter Horse Team-Penning Champion.
Lane’s deepest devotion and love is for his wife Joy, their three children and nine grandchildren.
Bruce Bingham Bio
222 South Main, Suite 1870
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Bruce Bingham is a founding partner of Hamilton Partners, with the responsibility for overseeing office, industrial, residential and retail development in Salt Lake City and Utah. Bruce has been involved in the purchase of the Newhouse Building, the Boston Building, the Broadway Centre and the development of the 222 Main Office Tower. Mr. Bingham’s community participation includes serving on the Executive Board of the Salt Lake Chamber, having served as past chair of the Downtown Alliance, serving as president of the Days of ‘47 Pioneer Celebration, serving on the Executive Committee of Enterprise Mentors International and the English Skills Learning Center.
Terry Buckner Bio
The Buckner Company
6550 South Millrock Drive, Ste. 300
Salt Lake City, UT 84121
Terry H. Buckner is the president and CEO of The Buckner Company, and was born into the entrepreneurial family that carries the company’s name. Terry earned his MBA from Utah State in 1979, his Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation in 1983 and was named Young Agent of the Year in 1989, a year after taking over the position as president of The Buckner Company. After buying out his father and uncle and assuming full command of the company from his partner in 1992, Terry made several critical strategic moves that allowed the company to experience explosive growth between 2001 and 2011. He serves on the Board of Governors for The Salt Lake Chamber, the National Advisory Council for Weber State University and as a member of the Board of Directors for Envision Utah, a non-profit entity established to manage Utah’s growth. Terry and his wife Lynne are parents to seven children.
Gérald Caussé Bio
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
50 East North Temple, COB 18th Floor
Salt Lake City, UT 84150
Bishop Gérald Caussé was named as presiding bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 9, 2015. He filled the vacancy created by Gary E. Stevenson, who became a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on October 3, 2015.
Prior to this assignment, Bishop Caussé served as the first counselor in the Presiding Bishopric since March 2012. He previously served as a General Authority Seventy and as a counselor in the Europe Area Presidency. He is the third presiding bishop born outside the United States and the first for whom English is a second language.
Bishop Caussé received a master’s degree in business from ESSEC in 1987. His career has been in the food industry where he has worked with several supermarket chains and food distribution companies. At the time of his call as a General Authority Seventy, he was the general manager of Pomona, a food distribution company in France.
Bishop Caussé has served in numerous Church callings, including elders quorum president, bishop’s counselor, stake president’s counselor, stake president, and Area Seventy.
Gérald Caussé was born in Bordeaux, France on May 20, 1963. He married Valérie Lucienne Babin in August 1986. They are the parents of five children.
Vance Checketts Bio
13197 S Frontrunner Blvd.
Salt Lake City, UT 84020
Vance is the senior executive for Dell EMC in Utah. Under his leadership local operations have exceeded expectations for growth and customer impact. There are approximately 1,300 employees in the state and construction was recently completed on a new building in Draper City’s transit-oriented Vista Station business park. All of this has been achieved with Vance’s direct oversight.
Vance’s responsibilities also include a 500,000 sqft data center and other operations in North Carolina, as well as close coordination with other “Centers of Excellence” around the globe.
Vance has been with Dell EMC since 2007, when EMC acquired Mozy. As the COO of Mozy, Vance helped drive triple-digit revenue growth and a significant transformation of their cloud operations, security and customer service functions.
Prior to Mozy Vance worked at several other high-tech firms, including 10 years at Oracle in Silicon Valley, WordPerfect, Novell and several start-ups. In addition to technology, Vance is passionate about his family, the outdoors and helping improve the world through healthcare and education. Vance currently serves on boards for several local organizations, including the Utah Technology Council, Women’s Tech Council, Intermountain Healthcare, Utah Valley University, and University of Utah. Vance was appointed by Governor Herbert to serve on his Economic Development Coordinating Council and the Technology Initiative Advisory Board. Vance has served on several other boards, including holding an elected position on the Provo School District Board of Education. Vance has an MBA from Brigham Young University.
Lori Chillingworth Bio
One South Main Street, 10th Floor
Salt Lake City, UT 84133
Lori Chillingworth has served as executive vice president of Zions Bank’s Small Business Division since 2010. She oversees loan approval and management of the bank’s $900 million portfolio of small business banking for businesses under $5 million in gross annual revenue, including the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) guaranteed loan program. She had served as senior vice president and director of Business Banking since 2008. In 1997, Chillingworth was hired as the founding manager of the Zions Bank Women’s Financial Group. Under her leadership, the Women’s Financial Group was honored with the 1998 Advisory Council Award from the SBA for its contributions to women business owners. In 2001, the SBA honored the group as the Women in Business Advocate of the Year. Chillingworth is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School, and wrote her thesis on “Women, Money & Banking.”
Wilford Clyde Bio
P.O. Box 1955, 730 North 1500 West
Orem, UT 84059
Wilford W. Clyde is a lifelong resident of Springville, and recently finished his second and final term as mayor in January 2018. He graduated from BYU with a degree in accounting. Following graduation, Wilford began working in the family construction business, Geneva Rock, where he eventually became the president. He is currently president and CEO of Clyde Companies, Inc., parent company of W.W. Clyde & Co., Geneva Rock, Sunroc Corporation, Sunroc Building Materials and Beehive Insurance. Wilford has served the community in many capacities including: chairman of the Utah Manufacturers Association, president of the Utah Associated General Contractors, chairman of the Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Board of Trustees of Utah Valley University and national president of the BYU Cougar Club. He currently serves on the boards of the Utah State Employers Council, the Salt Lake Chamber and co-chairs the National President’s Advisory Board at UVU.
Cindy Crane Bio
Rocky Mountain Power
1407 W North Temple, Ste. 310
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
Cindy Crane is president and CEO of Rocky Mountain Power. She is responsible for the company’s transmission and distribution operations, customer service, regulatory and legislative affairs in Idaho, Utah and Wyoming. Crane is additionally responsible for PacifiCorp’s coal fueling and mining operations as well as thermal generation operations.
Prior to her current position, Crane served as vice president of Interwest Mining and Fuels for PacifiCorp Energy. She was responsible for the Energy West and Bridger Coal mine operations, as well as overall coal supply acquisition and management for PacifiCorp’s coal-fueled generation plants.
Crane joined PacifiCorp in 1990 and served in a variety of positions, including director of business systems integration, managing director of the company’s regional transmission project and managing director of the major issues program. She also managed the company’s integration following its acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway Energy. Crane then served as vice president of strategy and division services for PacifiCorp Energy, where she provided leadership in the development of the company’s coal supply and renewable energy strategies, including the completion of five Wyoming wind projects.
Prior to PacifiCorp, Crane worked at NERCO Inc., which was 82 percent owned by PacifiCorp. Crane joined NERCO while doing due diligence efforts for holdings of Union Texas Petroleum.
Crane currently serves on the Wyoming Energy Resources Council and several Boards of Directors to include, Envision Utah, the Utah Sports Commission, EDCUtah, the National and Utah Mining Associations and the Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce. She dedicates her time to others within the company through both formal and informal mentoring.
Crane lives in North Salt Lake, Utah, with her husband Don and golden retriever Amber. She has a son, Jeremy, and two granddaughters, Brooklynn and Kally who live in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Crane is a native of Boise, Idaho. She enjoys spending time with her family and in the outdoors, playing golf, fishing, boating or just working in her garden and flowerbeds.
John Dahlstrom Bio
Wasatch Commercial Management
299 South Main Street, Suite 2400
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
John A. Dahlstrom Jr., executive vice president and general counsel of Wasatch Property Management, Inc., has been working with Wasatch since May of 2001. John is chiefly responsible for leasing, acquisition and development of commercial properties managed by Wasatch and owned by Wasatch affiliated entities. Before joining Wasatch, John practiced law in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has a Bachelor of Arts in the School of Finance from the University of Utah (1984) and received his JD from the University of Utah in 1988. John is a member of the Board of Governors of the Salt Lake Area Chamber, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Downtown Alliance in Salt Lake City and is a director on the Gallivan Center Board.
Spencer P. Eccles Bio
The Cynosure Group
79 South Main, 3rd Floor
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Prior to co-founding The Cynosure Group, Mr. Eccles served as Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) for the State of Utah which oversees statewide business, tourism and film development, international trade, rural economic development, and the Utah Health Exchange.
During his tenure, GOED facilitated the expansion or relocation of strategic anchor companies in Utah’s urban and rural counties – companies that are projected to create more than 32,500 jobs and $2.1 billion in new state revenue over the next decade. Mr. Eccles will remain an advisor to the Governor on economic development issues and has been involved on numerous public and private boards, including as chair of the Governor’s Economic Council, vice-chair of the Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative, vice-chair of the STEM Action Center, and a member of the Utah Capital Investment Board (UCIB), which supports venture capital investment firms to help grow Utah’s innovative companies.
Previously, Mr. Eccles provided leadership to web-based software and materials technology companies in the U.S. and abroad. He was formerly affiliated with Wells Capital Management (Wells Fargo Bank). In 1997, the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games tapped Mr. Eccles to develop and oversee the premier Olympic downhill events as well as all of the alpine Paralympic competitions. Mr. Eccles received his MBA from BYU’s Marriott School of Management and his BA in History from the University of Utah.
Theresa Foxley Bio
201 South Main Street, Ste. 2150
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Foxley assumes the President/CEO role at EDCUtah after most recently serving as the Deputy Director of Corporate Recruitment and Business Services at the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). During her tenure, Foxley worked with dozens of companies on expansion and relocation projects, including Goldman Sachs, Vista Outdoors, Procter & Gamble, Solar City and Stadler Rail.
As Deputy Director of GOED, Ms. Foxley helped develop the strategic direction of the office and oversaw corporate recruitment, incentives, Utah’s International Trade and Diplomacy, the State Trade and Export Promotions program, and various other programs designed to help expand Utah’s economy.
Chris Gamvroulas Bio
978 East Woodoak Lane
Salt Lake City, UT 84117
Chris Gamvroulas is president of Ivory Development, the land acquisition and development arm for Ivory Homes. Since 1996, Chris has overseen the land acquisition, planning, entitlement and construction of over 10,000 home sites for Ivory Homes. Prior to joining Ivory, Chris worked in state government for eight years in several capacities, including four years at the Utah Film Commission and three years as assistant director of the Division of Business & Economic Development. Chris graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Political Science. In 2006, Chris was recognized as a “Forty Under 40 Business Leader” by Utah Business, and in 2009 he was awarded the “President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement” by the Salt Lake Home Builders Association.
Natalie Gochnour Bio
Director, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute
Thomas S. Monson Center
411 E. South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Gochnour serves as an associate dean in the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah and director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. Gochnour’s experience includes a diverse mix of public service and business expertise. For seven years she guided the public policy work of the Salt Lake Chamber, Utah’s largest business association. Gochnour created and led the Downtown Rising movement, helped pass a ballot initiative to secure funds for the expansion of Utah’s TRAX light rail and FrontRunner commuter rail service, and assisted with the drafting and promotion of the Utah Compact, a widely heralded document supporting immigration reform.
Gochnour’s state service she advised Utah governors Bangerter, Leavitt and Walker. She also served as a political appointee in the George W. Bush administration, serving as an associate administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a counselor to the secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Gochnour is a sought after public speaker with the unique ability to translate policy-speak into everyday language. A native Utahn, her professional focus and passion are public policies that promote balance, civility and prosperity. She shares her views in regular columns in both Utah Business magazine and the Deseret News.
Val Hale Bio
Governor’s Office of Economic Development
60 East South Temple, Third Floor
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
Val Hale became Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development in August of 2014. Previous to that, he served two years as President and CEO of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce. He served eight years as a vice president at Utah Valley University, overseeing, among other things, communications, marketing, legislative affairs and fund raising. Prior to his UVU stint, he worked 22 years in the BYU Athletic Department, including five years as Director of Men’s Athletics.
Kay Hall Bio
One South Main Street, 15th Floor
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Kay B. Hall is executive vice president and CFO of Zions Bank. He began his career at Zions in 1990 as an internal auditor. In 1993, he was promoted to the position of assistant controller and then to controller. Kay received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Utah and his master’s degree from Westminster College. Kay became the CFO of Zions Bank in 2000. He and his wife Nancy have been married for 30 years and have five children and two grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with his family traveling and watching baseball. Kay currently serves as a board member for The Children’s Center, Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and Utah Bankers Association.
Greg Johnson Bio
36 South State Street, 22nd Floor
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Greg serves as the Vice President Finance for Intermountain Healthcare and is responsible for a significant portion of the financial operations as well as other functions across the integrated healthcare system. Greg oversees Accounting, Budgeting, Business Applications, Capital Investment, Compliance, Financial Planning, Internal Audit, and Treasury operations. Prior to joining Intermountain in 1992, Greg worked for seven years with Ernst & Young in the Long Beach, California and Salt Lake City, Utah offices where he had significant experience in financial accounting and reporting in the healthcare and manufacturing industries.
Greg is a Certified Public Accountant and has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Utah. He and his wife, Ann, have three children and live in Highland, Utah.
Patricia Jones Bio
Women’s Leadership Institute
175 East 500 South, Ste. 600
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Patricia Jones is the CEO of the Women’s Leadership Institute. The mission of the institute is to elevate the stature of female leadership in the state of Utah. The organization was formed in January, 2015 through the visionary efforts of key business leaders to address Utah’s deficiencies in the presence of women at top levels of corporate and political leadership.
Jones was tapped as CEO because of her background and expertise in the business and political worlds as well as her ability to engage, collaborate and lead. As co-founder and former President of Dan Jones & Associates, a successful public opinion and market research firm for 35 years, Jones helped lead and manage the company while serving on numerous community and company boards. Jones is an experienced and highly-regarded researcher, specializing in qualitative research, having conducted hundreds of focus groups throughout the country for a variety of industries since 1980.
Senator Jones served in the Utah Legislature for 14 years, serving in leadership positions 12 of those years. She was a member of the Utah House of Representatives from 2000-2006 and was elected to the Utah Senate in 2006-2014, serving eight years there, including serving as the first female leader in either party and in either House. While in the Utah Legislature, Jones was a member of various committees, including Public Education, Higher Education, Health and Human Services, Judiciary, Economic Development, Law Enforcement, Government Operations and Executive Appropriations.
A University of Utah graduate in communications, Jones currently is a member of the Utah Board of Regents, the Board of Governors of the Salt Lake Chamber, the Intermountain Healthcare Community Care Foundation, and a member of the National Advisory Board of the University of Utah School of Dentistry. Jones has served on the boards of United Way of Salt Lake, Utah Symphony and Opera, St. Mark’s Hospital, Hale Centre Theatre, Columbus Community Center, University of Utah Alumni Association, Coalition for People with Disabilities, This is the Place State Park, Coalition for the Understanding of Substance Abuse Disease, and Zions Bank Women’s Financial Group.
Jones is married to Dr. Dan E. Jones and has four children, three step-children and sixteen grandchildren.
Fred Lampropoulos Bio
President & CEO
Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
1600 West Merit Parkway
South Jordan, UT 84095
Fred Lampropoulos has been in the medical device industry for over 30 years.
After serving as the Chairman and Chief Executive of Utah Medical, Lampropoulos founded Merit Medical Systems, Inc. in 1987, where he currently serves as Chairman and CEO.
He has invented and holds over 200 patents on devices used in the diagnostic and therapeutic treatment of cardiac, peripheral, gastrointestinal and pulmonary conditions.
Lampropoulos is highly involved in his community and serves on many boards.
He is also the recipient of numerous awards, including the Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology, CEO of the Year, and was inducted into the Utah Business Hall of Fame.
Lampropoulos is a former Special Forces Officer and an Honorary Colonel in the Utah National Guard. He holds a number of honorary doctorates, including Doctorate in Business Administration from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, recognizing his contribution to and development of industry and education within the State of Utah.
Brent Low Bio
4770 South 5600 West, P.O. Box 70400
West Valley City, UT 84170
Brent J. Low is the president and CEO of MediaOne, Utah’s largest and most diverse media company. Mr. Low has worked for several Fortune 500 corporations including General Motors, AMR, Thomson Reuters and Gannett. He has held regional leadership positions with responsibility of multiple operations in both the mid-west and western United States. He has been recognized with three president’s awards, on a national level, for his leadership and performance. Mr. Low enjoys being connected with the community and serves on several boards. Mr. Low earned a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Finance at Utah State University. He has participated in several key industry leadership summits and developmental programs. He and his wife have four children.
Molly Mazzolini Bio
16 Exchange Place
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Molly Mazzolini is the partner and director of brand integration for Infinite Scale. Molly is Infinite Scale’s strategic branding expert, responsible for promoting not only the Infinite Scale brand, but also the multifaceted brands of its clients. Molly’s knowledge of brand development, identity and strategy allows Infinite Scale Design Group to provide comprehensive solutions and services based on client needs. Molly also specializes in sponsor platforms, public relations and sports marketing. Her experience includes: University of Utah Athletics Department (Rice-Eccles Stadium treatments), Brigham Young University Legacy Hall (Hall of Fame), Super Bowl XXXIX – XLIII (look + decor), 2002 Olympic Winter Games (sponsor integration + brand management). Molly graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Loyola University and a Master of Professional Communication from Westminster College.
Keith McMullin Bio
Deseret Management Corporation
55 North 300 West, Suite 800
Salt Lake City, UT 84180
Keith B. McMullin was appointed president and CEO of Deseret Management Corporation (DMC) in April 2012 after serving as a member of DMC’s board of directors for more than 15 years. DMC was organized in 1966 to manage some of the commercial companies affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Prior to joining DMC, Mr. McMullin served as a general authority and member of The Presiding Bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 17 years. Prior to his assignment in the Presiding Bishopric, he served as managing director of Church Welfare Services. Mr. McMullin had earlier been with Ford Motor Company as an investment and financial analyst and also managed several small businesses. Born in St. George, Utah, and raised in Leeds and Salt Lake City, Utah, Mr. McMullin is a banking and finance graduate of the University of Utah.
Derek Miller Bio
World Trade Center Utah
C/O Utah State Capitol Complex
P.O. Box 142220
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-2220
Derek B. Miller is the president and CEO of the World Trade Center Utah, an organization dedicated to helping Utah companies “think, act, and succeed globally.” WTC Utah is a member of the World Trade Centers Association headquartered in New York City, a network of more than 300 WTC’s in 100 countries around the world, with the mission to facilitate prosperity through trade and investment.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Miller served as chief of staff to Governor Gary R. Herbert, overseeing the Governor’s Office, the Governor’s Cabinet and state operations. Mr. Miller has also served as managing director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.
Before moving back to his home state of Utah, Mr. Miller worked in Washington D.C. for the U.S. House of Representatives as legal counsel and for Arthur Andersen as a management consultant. Mr. Miller is a graduate of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, and he also holds a Master of Public Administration from the University’s Romney Institute of Public Management.
Jim Olson Bio
301 West South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Jim Olson is senior vice president of sales and marketing for the Utah Jazz. In his 18th year, Olson is responsible for ticket, suite, and premium sales and services, the Jazz 100 Club, food services, game operations, guest services, building operations, security and marketing for the Jazz, EnergySolutions Arena and the Salt Lake Bees Triple-A baseball team. A native of Salt Lake City, he graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and attended Northeastern University in Boston, receiving a master’s degree in Sports and Recreation Management while working with the Boston Celtics, New England Patriots and Boston Bruins doing research analysis for their marketing efforts. He and his wife Suzi have four children and reside in Salt Lake City.
Scott W. Parson Bio
Staker Parson Companies
P.O. Box 3429
Ogden, UT 84409
Scott W. Parson is the President of Staker Parson Companies and the Oldcastle Materials Mountain West Division comprising sixteen businesses in eight western states. Oldcastle Materials is the nation’s leading integrated supplier of rock products, ready-mixed concrete, asphalt, paving, and construction services. Parson is a past chair of the Salt Lake Chamber and serves on the organization’s executive committee and Board of Governors. He is also involved with the Utah Foundation, Hale Centre Theatre and Utah Mobility Coalition. Parson helped establish the Weber State University Parson Construction Management Program and chaired the Industry Advisory Committee for many years. In 2004, he received the Distinguished Service Award from Weber State University and currently serves as a trustee of the university. Parson graduated from Brigham Young University and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business where he earned his MBA.
Ray D. Pickup Bio
President and CEO
100 West Towne Ridge Parkway
Sandy, UT 84070
Ray Pickup is president and CEO of WCF, Utah’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier, providing insurance to more than 20,000 Utah companies. Established in 1917, WCF is owned by its policyholders and offers customers services to keep insurance costs low and workers safe on the job, including safety control, claims administration, medical case management, and vocational rehabilitation. Mr. Pickup serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Salt Lake and as vice president of the American Association of State Compensation Insurance Funds. He is also board chair of Pinnacle Risk Management Services and a director of Advantage Workers Compensation Insurance Company. Ray graduated from Brigham Young University with a Master of Accountancy. Ray and his wife, Janet, are the parents of five children.
Gary Porter Bio
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
50 East North Temple, COB 18th Floor
Salt Lake City, UT 84150
Mr. Porter has served as secretary to the Presiding Bishopric of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 1998. His major responsibilities include providing direct support to the Presiding Bishopric on operational and administrative matters, representing them on key corporate and community committees, and directing the work of the Presiding Bishopric Administrative Services Department. Prior to his work in the Office of the Presiding Bishopric, Mr. Porter worked for the Church Welfare Services Department for seventeen years. Mr. Porter served four years in the United States Navy and served an LDS mission in Lansing, MI. He received both a BS in Agricultural Economics and a master’s degree in Agri-Business Management from Brigham Young University. Mr. Porter is married to Debbie Cox Porter. They have five children.
Steve Starks Bio
9350 South 150 East, Suite 1000
Sandy, UT 84070
Steve Starks joined the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies in February 2007 and became president of Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment in March 2015. In July 2016, Steve also became the president of the Utah Jazz.
Steve oversees the operation of the Utah Jazz; Salt Lake Bees; Vivint Smart Home Arena; the Tour of Utah; KJZZ-TV; The Zone Sports Network; and All-Star Catering. Steve also supervises Megaplex Theatres, Fanzz Sports Stores and Saxton Horne.
Steve has served as executive vice president of Larry H. Miller Management Corporation where he was responsible for mergers and acquisitions, Total Care Auto and Saxton Horne Communications. Since 2013, he has overseen Megaplex Theatres and Fanzz Sports Stores. His work has resulted in measurable growth in terms of revenue, reach and number of employees.
Prior to joining the LHM Group, Steve was the managing director for Utah Policy Partnership, which was a public-private venture created to improve operations of Utah state government.
Nigel Steward Bio
Rio Tinto Kennecott
P.O. Box 95550
South Jordan, UT 84095-0550
Nigel is the Managing Director of Rio Tinto’s Copper and Diamonds operations comprising Kennecott Copper and Resolution Copper in the US, Diavik Diamonds in Canada and Argyle Diamonds in Australia. He is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Nigel holds a BSc(eng) and PhD in Metallurgy and Materials Science from Imperial College, London, UK and is an Associate of the Royal School of Mines. He also holds an MBA from Queen’s University, Canada. Nigel worked for Rio Tinto Alcan for 26 years holding various operational and functional positions in the fields of R&D, Environment, Environment and Technical Management, Regional Industrial Development, Technology Sales, Operational Excellence and Climate Change both in Europe and in Canada. He was also Vice-President of Technology Sales, Operational Excellence and Climate Change for the Business Development & Growth Group of Rio Tinto Alcan, comprising the AP Smelter Technology Sales Group, Alumina Refinery Sales, ECL and Alesa companies, and more recently Senior Vice-President, Carbon businesses, Energy and Climate Change for the Commercial Business Unit of Rio Tinto Alcan. Prior to moving to Copper as the Managing Director of Kennecott Copper in February 2015 he was Senior Vice-President of the Technology and Supply Chain Business Unit and a member of Rio Tinto Alcan’s Executive Committee.
He has held his present position since August 2016.
Nigel is married to Beverley and they have one daughter who is currently studying at University in the UK.
Craig Wagstaff Bio
P.O. Box 45433
Salt Lake City, UT 84145
Craig C. Wagstaff is president of Dominion Questar. Dominion Questar consists of three natural gas-related companies in the Rockies: Questar Gas, a natural gas-distribution company serving more than 1 million homes and businesses in Utah, southwestern Wyoming and southeastern Idaho; Questar Pipeline, an interstate-pipeline company with more than 2,600 miles of pipeline and the largest underground storage reservoir in the region; and Wexpro, a producer and developer of gas supplies for Questar Gas.
Wagstaff joined Questar in 1984 and has held various leadership positions throughout his career. Prior to his current position, he was president of Questar Gas and executive vice president of Questar Corp.
He serves on various industry and community boards, including the Western Energy Institute, the American Gas Association’s leadership council, the Economic Development Corporation of Utah. Utah Symphony and Opera, Utah Energy Advisory Council, Women’s Leadership Institute Advisory Board, University of Utah David Eccles School of Business Advisory Council and the Salt Lake Chamber’s executive board and board of governors. He is board chair of Junior Achievement of Utah.
Heidi Walker Bio
Heidi Walker is a visionary team leader who brings more than 20 years of professional management experience to her role as COO of the Salt Lake Chamber. She oversees a multi-million dollar operations budget and is responsible for the day-to-day administration and strategic planning for Utah’s largest and oldest business association.
Heidi also oversees Chamber programs and departments including: Events and Programs, Public Policy, Membership, Communications, etc. She also provides leadership support for the Chamber’s strategic partners The Downtown Alliance and World Trade Center Utah. She is a prolific fundraiser and expert in nonprofit management.
She previously held several key, high-level management positions at the Salt Lake Chamber, including seven years as vice president. Heidi left the Chamber for three years to work in the nation’s capital as vice president of operations for AMG-Inc., the leading association management company headquartered in Washington, D.C. She concurrently served as the executive director of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.
A gifted and empathic community leader, Heidi helps to guide other local organizations through service on the boards of the United Way, Women’s Leadership Institute, Utah State Chamber, Envision Utah, Utah Foundation and the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.
When she isn’t working to build Utah’s economy, she enjoys wakeboarding, biking and travel with her husband and three daughters. She is also a proud Italophile and loves to celebrate the culture, food and gracious living of Italy.
Linda Wardell Bio
City Creek Center – The Taubman Company
48 West 100 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1508
Linda Wardell is the general manager of City Creek Center, the retail portion of City Creek, one of the largest mixed-use downtown redevelopment projects in the nation. With more than 20 years of experience managing and marketing shopping centers, Wardell oversees retail operations for the landmark shopping and dining destination in the heart of Salt Lake City.
A seasoned retail executive, Wardell received her first taste of shopping centers at an Atlanta-based boutique advertising agency. Her clients included Taubman, owner and operator of City Creek Center.
Wardell has played a pivotal role in the grand openings of several high-profile properties, including Polaris Fashion Place, a 1.5-million-square-foot shopping center in Columbus, Ohio. Linda spent nine years with Glimcher Realty Trust, owner of Polaris, and while there opened two shopping centers and earned frequent career promotions, eventually serving as vice president of marketing.
Wardell joined Taubman in January 2007. In Salt Lake City, Wardell is involved in the community including serving as the current Board Chair for the Downtown Alliance, Executive Board of the Salt Lake Chamber, Executive Committee of the Women’s Leadership Institute, Board of Downtown Rising, and Board of Directors for United Way of Salt Lake. In her spare time, Wardell enjoys hiking, biking and baking for those she loves.