Giant in our City

On April 27, 2023, the Salt Lake Chamber honored Wilford Clyde, Chair of Clyde Companies, as the 44th Giant in our City!

The Giant in our City award honors those with exceptional and distinguished service, as well as extraordinary professional achievement, and is widely recognized as the most prestigious business award given in Utah.

“We could not be more excited for Wilford to be honored as the next ‘Giant in our City.’ His leadership, business acumen and stewardship are exceptional. At his core, Wilford is a builder, not only of highways, bridges and dams, but of communities. He serves on numerous boards and donates his time and resources to help secure our future. Wilford is a true leader and an example anyone can aspire to.”

-Derek Miller, President & CEO, Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance

Wilford Clyde is currently chair of Clyde Companies, Inc., the premier critical infrastructure and construction materials and services provider in the Intermountain West, headquartered in Orem, Utah. He is a lifelong resident and former two-term mayor of Springville. After graduating from BYU in accounting, Clyde began working in the family construction business, Geneva Rock, eventually becoming president.

In 2001, Clyde was named CEO of Clyde Companies Inc. (CCI), and has overseen a time of unprecedented growth in its mission to “Build a Better Community.” CCI has expanded to nearly 5,000 employees and close to $2.5 billion in revenue. Clyde Companies’ subsidiaries include WW Clyde, Geneva Rock, Sunroc, Sunpro, IHC Scott, Bridgesource, GWC Capital, and Beehive Insurance.

Clyde has served the community in many capacities, including past chair of the SL Chamber, the Utah State Board of Regents, chair of the Utah Manufacturers Association, president of the Utah Associated General Contractors, chair of the Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce, chair of the Board of Trustees of Utah Valley University, and national president of the BYU Cougar Club.

Past Honorees

2020-Present 2010-2019 2000-2009 1990-1999 1980-1989 1970-1979
2020: Governor Gary R. Herbert 2010: Bishop Carolyn Tanner Irish 2000: Verl Topham 1990: S. Chris Johnson 1981: John W. Gallivan 1970: Eric C. Aaberg
2021: Katharine and Robert Garff 2011: Bishop H. David Burton 2001: Spencer Eccles 1992: Gov. Calvin R. Rampton 1982: George S. Eccles 1972: Clarence Bamberger
2022: Ray D. Pickup 2012: Kem Gardner 2002: W. Mitt Romney 1994: G. Frank Joklik 1984: Richard A. Van Winkle 1974: E.M. Naughton
2013: Harris H. Simmons and A. Scott Anderson 2003: Don Cash, Nick Rose and President Gordon B. Hinckley 1995: Fred S. Ball 1985: Wendell J. Ashton 1977: John M. and Glenn Wallace
2014: Michael O. Leavitt 2005: Jon M. Huntsman 1998: Kenneth Y. Knight 1986: Arch L. Madsen 1978: N. Eldon Tanner
2015: Gail Miller 2006: James LeVoy Sorenson 1999: Scott S. Parker 1987: B.Z. Kastler
2016: Ron Jibson 2007: Larry H. Miller
2017: Lane Beattie 2008: William H. (Bill) Nelson
2018: Senator Orrin Hatch 2009: Roger Boyer and Ellis Ivory
2019: Fred Lampropoulos