Ryan Evans joined the Salt Lake Chamber in 2003 and currently serves as vice president of business and community relations.  Ryan is responsible for community development initiatives, building collaborative relationships with other chambers of commerce and business associations throughout Utah, and ensuring the Chamber is felt as a statewide resource for business. Ryan also leads economic development and policy initiatives focused on small business and air quality for the Chamber.

Additionally, Ryan serves as executive administrator for the Utah State Chamber, Past Board Chair for Special Olympics Utah, and is the founder of the Utah Small Business Coalition.  Ryan is a member of United Way’s Young Leaders, Governor Herbert’s Clean Air Task Force, UCAIR Board of Directors, Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy Board of Directors, and Salt Lake City’s Business Advisory Board.

Ryan is a regular speaker, both locally and nationally, on such topics as the business and economic case for clean air, Utah’s nationally recognized business environment, and the state of small business in Utah, amongst others.  Specifically, Ryan is recognized as one of the leading experts on the economic impacts of clean air in Utah and has been invited to the White House to present on that very subject.

Ryan is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organization Management, a four-year management program and was recognized in 2010 by Utah Business Magazine as one of Utah’s 40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders.

Ryan attended the University of Vermont and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Utah.

Prior to joining the Salt Lake Chamber he was a co-owner of the Firehouse BBQ Grill and Wasatch Smokin’ Company.


Primary Topics:

  • Utah on the Move: Discussion on the success of Utah’s economy and why we are the best state for business in the country
  • The Business Case for Clean Air: Why clean air improves our economic outlook and benefits the bottom line for businesses
  • The State of Small Business: In-depth look at the various factors and policies that have helped make Utah one of the leading states for  entrepreneurism and small business friendliness
  • Apps & Technology for Professionals: Today’s business world is moving at a faster pace than ever before. Fortunately, these days most of us own a smart phone, desktop, laptop, tablet or all of the above. Learn how technology and work-related apps can make you more efficient, better prepared and increase productivity

Additional Topics:

  • Business & Economic Updates
  • Networking & Relationship Building
  • Community Resources for Business Development