Giant In Our City History
2014: Michael O. Leavitt
Accomplished Businessman and Public Servant
April 10, 2014
As a business and community leader, Governor Michael O. Leavitt has dedicated his time to the betterment of our country and state. He served as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and 14th (three-term) governor of Utah. Gov. Leavitt’s distinguished career has earned him the reputation as a skilled problem solver, coalition-builder and diplomat able to form bipartisan partnerships with diverse stakeholders that achieve extraordinary results. We cordially invite you to join us in honoring a great Utah statesman.
2013: A. Scott Anderson
President and Chief Executive Officer of Zions First National Bank
March 27, 2013
A. Scott Anderson is a business and community leader, dedicated to creating value to the
Intermountain West. As President and Chief Executive Officer of Zions First National Bank, Anderson has helped energize communities by stimulating economic development, home ownership and supporting small businesses. He has bolstered local arts organizations so that future generations benefit from the state’s vibrant cultural landscape. Known as a consensus builder, Scott Anderson championed the development of the Utah Science, Technology and Research Initiative. His efforts have helped to engage top researchers and companies to create high-paying, high-technology jobs in the state. His work for the United Way of Salt Lake has brought financial stability and education to hundreds of families. His example demonstrates how we can create harmony in our neighborhoods and cities by working together. For his outstanding professional achievements and superior, dedicated service to the people of Utah, the Salt Lake Chamber is proud to honor Scott Anderson as A Giant in Our City.
2013: Harris H. Simmons
President and Chief Executive Officer of Zions Bancorporation
March 27, 2013
Harris H. Simmons is a business and community leader, dedicated to creating value in the western United States. As Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Zions Bancorporation, Simmons has spent more than three decades enhancing his father Roy’s legacy to build one of the best banking franchises in the nation. He has successfully grown and managed the company “Collection of Great Banks” to a regional stronghold with nearly 500 offices in ten western and southwestern states. Through his leadership, the company enjoys a stellar reputation and nationally recognized success in small business lending and industry innovation. Dedicated to the arts, Simmons played a key role in the creation of Salt Lake County’s Zoo, Arts and Parks tax. Thanks to his leadership and vision, the county now generates millions of dollars annually to support the development of cultural, artistic, and recreational opportunities within the county. For his outstanding professional achievements and superior, dedicated service to the people of Utah, the Salt Lake Chamber is proud to honor Harris Simmons as A Giant in Our City.
2012: Kem C. Gardner
February 29, 2012
2011: Bishop H. David Burton
March 16, 2011
Charity is the true manifestation of love and no one better applies that principle than Bishop Burton. He has orchestrated a renaissance of Utah’s capital city, reinvigorating commerce, supporting the arts and cultivating true community. Through his leadership of the church’s welfare program he has served the less fortunate here and abroad. He has led efforts to build transitional housing for the homeless, aid victims of natural disasters and funded community-enriching charities. We are better people and a better community because of his ability to lift and to love.
2010: Carolyn Tanner Irish
Episcopal Diocese of Utah
O.C. Tanner Company
Carolyn Tanner Irish’s leadership as the 10thBishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah, the first female leader of a major denomination in the state, and her role as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the O.C. Tanner Company, have provided different but philosophically consistent outlets for her greatest passion: championing people. As a spiritual leader she counsels, advises and heals. As a business leader her priorities remain the same. A pioneer among pioneers, she reaches out to the greater community with a sense of purpose, providing physical, artistic and intellectual beauty. Her sense of responsibility in creating stable jobs and lives has affected untold thousands in the state. Indeed, her actions foster the very essence of the word community. Carolyn’s ability to reach out and build a sense of oneness between the religious and the secular, commerce and community, makes her A Giant In Our City.
2009: Ellis Ivory
2009: Roger Boyer
2008: William H. Nelson
2007: Larry H. Miller
2006: James LeVoy Sorenson
2005: Jon M. Huntsman
2003: President Gordon B. Hinckley
President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
President Gordon B. Hinckley is a man who makes no claim to greatness. He shuns praise, but is the first to give it. He is a world leader, yet deeply loves Utah. He is a student of history, yet has vision that extends far into the future. He has strong beliefs and opinions, yet encourages tolerance and understanding As President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, his actions draw attention and admiration, yet President Hinckley attributes much of that notice to the office he holds rather than the man who holds it. To him it is the work the church does in the community that is worthy of this honor. Taken as a corporate citizen, with its world headquarters located in downtown Salt Lake City, the impact of the Church on the community and business is incalculable:
• Financial support of arts, culture, education, and charitable groups.
• Community involvement of Church-owned corporations.
• Investment in, and development of downtown properties and malls.
• Construction of landmark structures such as the Conference Center.
• Welfare and humanitarian efforts such as Welfare Square.
• Tourism attractions such as Temple Square and the Main Street Plaza.
• Cultural attractions such as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
• Educational endeavors such as LDS Business College and BYU.
• Support of the Olympic Winter Games.
For his optimistic assessment of what is possible, his spirit of tolerance, his unassuming manner, and for his love of people and of his community, the Salt Lake Chamber is proud to recognize President Gordon B. Hinckley as A Giant in Our City.
2003: Don Cash and Nick Rose
2002: W. Mitt Romney
2001: Spencer Eccles
2000: Verl Topham
1999: Scott S. Parker
1998: Kenneth Y. Knight
1995: Fred S. Ball
1994: G. Frank Joklik
1992: Gov. Calvin R. Rampton
1990: S. Chris Johnson
1987: B.Z. Kastler
1986: Arch L. Madsen
1985: Wendell J. Ashton
1984: Richard A. Van Winkle
1982: George S. Eccles
1981: John W. Gallivan
1978: N. Eldon Tanner
First Counselor, First Presidency
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
This “Giant In Our City” award is presented by the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors to President N. Eldon Tanner, who labored diligently to rally support among leaders of the community to rejuvenate the downtown area – to provide a “face lifting” and a “heart transplant.”
Over the past 15 years there has been more construction of new building and modernization of present structures in downtown Salt Lake City than during the previous 100 years, with President Tanner’s leadership and influence as dominant factors in the various projects.
We salute President Tanner as a man of superior character, a successful businessman with deep spirituality, a great leader esteemed by millions of people throughout the world.