2012 Giant in our City: Kem Garder2017-03-07T15:06:20+00:00

2012 Giant in our City: Kem Gardner


Kem Gardner is a community builder, civic leader and dedicated family man. His professional life has focused on transforming blighted city blocks into vibrant communities.

With Roger Boyer, his partner of over three decades, Kem guided redevelopment projects including The Gateway and One Utah Center. When Kem launched The Gardner Company, he instilled this same focus on renewing communities through development.

Kem served nearly three decades as a Trustee and eventually Chair of Intermountain Healthcare, helping it become one of the most respected health care systems in the world. He served as Chairman of both the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors and the United Way of Salt Lake. He has also been a major supporter of the arts, most notably with Utah Symphony and Utah Opera.

He played a significant role in the success of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, serving as one of the original incorporators of the bid committee. He was also pivotal to fundraising and medical efforts necessary for the Games.

For his outstanding professional achievements and superior, dedicated service to the people of Utah, the Salt Lake Chamber is proud to honor Kem Gardner as A Giant in Our City.




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Accenture | Accretive Health | Amerinet | Big-D Construction | The Boyer Company | C.R. England | GE Healthcare | George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation | Jacobsen Construction | Jon & Karen Huntsman | O.C. Tanner | Okland Construction | Parr Brown Gee & Loveless | Questar | SelectHealth | Summit Strategies Group | ThomasARTS