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Capitol Club & Schedule

 
To join the Capitol Club or for more information please contact
Michael Merrill at mmerrill@slchamber.com or 801.328.5068.
 
If you're already a member, invite a colleague or friend to join you!
The fee for each Capitol Club participant is $1,000 for Salt Lake Chamber members.
 
 
“The Salt Lake Chamber Capitol Club gives business professionals unrivaled access to Utah’s leaders,” said Dan Harbeke, director public affairs of Union Pacific Railroad. “If you are interested in an inside look to how policy in Utah works, I’d encourage you to join.”
 
The Capitol Club provides the opportunity to gain professional development in public policy, public affairs and those especially interested in the policy issues affecting Utah’s business community.
 
The first half of the 2014 Capitol Club calendar features some of Utah’s foremost policy and business leaders, as well as discuss some of the state’s most pertinent issues, including:
 
January 15 – Rich McKeown, co-chair of Count My Vote
February 6 – Legislative Reception
February 19 – Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes
March 19 – Steven Studdert, former Presidential Advisor
April 16 – Chris Redgrave, senior VP of communications, Zions Bank
May 28 – Mayor Tom Dolan
Summer 2014 – Capitol Club Retreat
 
Be sure to mark these dates on your calendar! 
 

Capitol Club Speakers and Events for 2014

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Rich McKeown, co-chair of Count My Vote

One of Utah’s foremost policy minds, Rich McKeown is the President and CEO of Leavitt Partners and co-chair of the County My Vote initiative. He is a co-founder of Leavitt Partners with former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary, EPA Administrator and Governor Michael O. Leavitt. The partnership advises clients in the health care and food safety sectors. As the chief executive officer, McKeown leads a group of experienced professionals who help clients enter new markets, enhance the value of their products, navigate dynamic regulatory and reimbursement systems and improve living conditions around the world.

In a previous role, McKeown served as Chief of Staff for Michael O. Leavitt at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. At HHS, directed and coordinated the activities of the largest department in the federal government, serving as the Secretary’s day-to-day manager for a department that employed 67,000 people and had a budget in excess of . From November 2003 until January 2005, McKeown served as Senior Counselor and Chief of Staff to Administrator Leavitt at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. His new book—"Finding Allies, Building Alliances"—was released in September 2013 by Jossey-Bass Publishers. It chronicles his expertise and passion for collaboration.

Prior to his time in Washington, D.C., McKeown served as Chief of Staff to Gov. Mike Leavitt. He also served as Commissioner of the Utah State Tax Commission. McKeown’s background is in education and the law. He received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and is a graduate of the University of Utah, College of Law.

Count My Vote is an initiative to change Utah's unique caucus and convention system political parties use to nominate candidates to a direct primary. Initiative backers include McKeown, Gail Miller, Kirk Jowers and former Gov. Mike Leavitt. The initiative has till April to collect more than 100,000 voter signatures to qualify for the ballot.


Thursday, Feb. 6, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Legislative Reception

The Salt Lake Chamber’s Legislative Reception is a unique opportunity to interact with local business leaders, policymakers and select guests including Gov. Gary Herbert, members of the Utah State Legislature and other local officials during the 2014 General Legislative Session. The event is a must attend for Utah’s top policy and business professionals. 


Wednesday, Feb. 19, 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes

Entering what many consider the most tumultuous time in the office’s history, Sean D. Reyes, Esq. was named by Governor Gary R. Herbert as attorney general to replace recently resigned John Swallow in December 2013. Reyes will serve as Utah’s attorney general through 2014. The Attorney General will share his vision for regaining public trust and landmark legal issues that the state is involved in.

After 14 years with Parsons Behle & Latimer as an attorney and litigation partner, Reyes stepped away to begin a new chapter. He started Reyes Legal Management and became a partner in Accelerate Ventures, overseeing legal strategy and execution for venture funds. In 2012, he ran for attorney general against John Swallow in the Republican primary. As a litigation attorney, Reyes has litigated some of Utah’s largest and most high-profile cases. In addition, he has appellate experience in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, Utah Supreme Court and United States Supreme Court on briefs and oral arguments, as well as trial experience at the federal and state level.

Reyes has been recognized and praised over the years not only for his work, but also his community service. In 2008, he was named the American Bar Association’s “Outstanding Young Lawyer for the Nation,” the highest national award for a young lawyer. The Utah State Bar recognized him for a similar award in 2006 as the “Utah Young Lawyer of the Year.” Reyes has also received numerous national business awards.


Wednesday, Mar. 19, 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Stephen M. Studdert, former Presidential Advisor

A distinguished professional career and a long record of public service. Studdert has served as a White House advisor to U.S. Presidents George Bush, Ronald Reagan, and Gerald Ford, and represented U.S. Presidents in diplomatic assignments to over one hundred nations. Studdert will share his viewpoints on navigating a successful career in public policy and how to impact change at the highest levels of government.

He is founder of Studdert Companies International, an investment banking firm focusing on Third World emerging markets, and founder of i3 Technologies. He also founded a commercial bank and has many corporate board directorships. He helped create the FORTUNE 500 Forum for senior executives and participated in TIME magazine’s leaders’ world news tour. He is author of "America in Danger."

By presidential appointment, he served on the President’s Export Council, the Export Advisory Now Council, the Foreign Trade Practices and Negotiations Subcommittee, and as a United States Delegate to the United Nations Energy Conference in Africa, to the United States Delegation to the 40th NATO Summit, and to the funeral of Emperor Hirohito of Japan. He was appointed Federal Home Loan Bank Director in the Clinton Administration.

His many civic responsibilities have included service as chairman of the Utah Statehood Centennial Commission and of This is the Place Foundation. He served as chairman of the George Washington Center for Freedom and Understanding.

Studdert is a graduate of Brigham Young University, a former elected City Council member and a past Jaycee President. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boy Scouts of America, the National Guard Minuteman Award, the People of Vision award, the Farm Bureau’s Friend of Agriculture Award, and the citizen Distinguished Service Medal from the United States Army. He was also awarded the U.S. Secret Service Distinguished Service Award by its Director and the Drug Enforcement Administration Distinguished Service Award by its Director.


Wednesday, April 16, 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Utah Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox

Utah’s Lieutenant Governor will join the Capitol Club to share his perspective on Utah’s politics, engaging a new generation and our most pressing challenges. Selected by Governor Gary R. Herbert to replace Greg Bell as Lt. Governor in 2013, Cox has served as Fairview City Councilman, Fairview City Mayor, Sanpete County Commissioner and in the House of Representatives, District 58.

As a business leader himself, the Lt. Governor understands the importance of engaging the business community in our most pressing issues. Prior to being selected as Lt. Governor, Cox was an attorney and executive in CentraCom, a rural Utah telecommunications company, earned his bachelor’s degree from Utah State University and his law degree from Washington and Lee School of Law in Virginia.

Cox lives in Fairview with his wife and four children. He enjoys running, hiking and camping and played bass in a garage band called UpSide.


Thursday, May 28, 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Governor’s Mansion Reception with Gov. Herbert (CANCELLED DUE TO MANSION RENOVATION)

Gov. Gary Herbert will host the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors and the Capitol Club at the Governor’s Mansion. The event brings together the state’s top executive with leaders of Utah’s business community.

Since taking being sworn in as Utah’s 17th governor in Aug. 2009, Gary R. Herbert has led the state’s economy through the most severe economic crisis in nearly a century. His economic vision and strong leadership have positioned Utah as a leading state economy ready to boom.

Gov. Herbert has set the standard: Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business destination. By cultivating an environment in which local business can thrive, Utahns are getting back to work. By fostering innovation, entrepreneurship and investment, Utah is attracting the jobs that will propel our economy for decades to come. And by prioritizing education, the Governor is ensuring we have the workforce to power our economy and enhance our life quality.

Gov. Herbert was born in American Fork and raised in Orem. After graduating from Orem High School, the Governor served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Eastern Atlantic States Mission.

While attending BYU, the Governor met and married Jeanette Snelson, of Springville. Shortly after their marriage, the Governor joined the Utah National Guard and served for six years as a staff sergeant working with target acquisition, artillery and ground survey.

Following his military service, the Governor began a career in the real estate industry, founding Herbert & Associates Realtors, an Orem-based brokerage firm. He and Jeanette also started a small business, which they operated for 23 years.

The Governor served on the Utah County Commission for 14 years, during which he as president of the Utah Association of Counties and the Utah Association of Realtors, and as a board member of the Provo Orem Chamber of Commerce and Utah Water Conservancy District.

Prior to becoming governor, he served as Lieutenant Governor under Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr. for nearly five years. Governor and Mrs. Herbert have six children and 13 grandchildren. 


 
To join the Capitol Club or for more information please contact
Michael Merrill at mmerrill@slchamber.com or 801.328.5068.
 
If you're already a member, invite a colleague or friend to join you!
The fee for each Capitol Club participant is $1,000 for Salt Lake Chamber members.