Past Chairs honor Lane Beattie for his contributions to the Business Community

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (April 28, 2017) – Utah’s business and community leaders gathered Friday evening at the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater to celebrate the Salt Lake Chamber’s 130th Anniversary. What many will be surprised to learn is that during the event, past Chairs of the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors awarded Chamber President and CEO Lane Beattie with the 38th Giant in Our City Award for his years of leadership, professional accomplishments and community contributions.

Since Beattie took the helm as president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber in 2003, he has transformed the 130-year-old statewide institution into a powerhouse of influence that stands for all Utah businesses. With his stewardship, the Chamber has embraced a new era of business and policy leadership by blending the traditional business chamber with powerful, top-notch business advocacy.

Scott Anderson, former Chamber board chair and president and CEO of Zions Bank said, “Lane is a giant in our state and I am thrilled he is now being recognized and given this title [Giant in Our City] by the Chamber. His work has helped keep our economy strong and our neighborhoods flourishing; his leadership has been recognized and praised for the Chamber’s proposals on healthcare, homelessness, clean air, immigration, education, economic development, and diversity. He has worked hard to make our capital city vibrant, our arts and cultural fabric inclusive and inspiring, and our work environment nourishing. Due to Lane, the American Dream is alive and well in Utah, where all have access to a good job, a good education, good healthcare, affordable housing, and a good life.”

Under Beattie’s direction, the Chamber has led out on key issues impacting Utah’s economy, such as transportation, education and infrastructure. In 2006, he led the charge to fund two of the largest locally funded transportation projects in U.S. history: the I-15 CORE project in Utah County and the UTA FrontLines in 2015. He continues to stand as a champion of transportation investment in rural and urban Utah, benefiting the entire state.

“I appreciate Lane Beattie’s friendship and leadership,” said Gov. Gary Herbert. “The Chamber has been an integral part in helping the Utah story be told, and to have the success we’ve had as the best performing economy in all of America today; upward mobility, best place for business, largest growing middle class, great tributes coming in about Utah because of the efforts of Lane Beattie and the Salt Lake Chamber.”

Along with the many honors and accolades Beattie has received over the years, including an Honorary Doctorate from Utah Valley University in 2008, he 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.

Beattie sits on numerous boards and commissions, but is currently one of only two Chamber presidents in the United States 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.