Business leaders pay tribute to those who commit their abilities and time to help further the Chamber’s mission and bolster the business community
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (October 2, 2019) – Utah’s business and community leaders gathered for the Salt Lake Chamber’s 2019 Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon to recognize Chamber volunteers and community leaders who have shown exemplary support by committing their time and abilities to further the Chamber’s mission and bolster the business community.
“Utah enjoys one of the best economies in the country, but success brings its own challenges. Lucky for us, our challenges are related to growth. They are good challenges to have, but they are challenges nonetheless,” said Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance. “Those challenges include things like Utah’s housing gap, the strain on our transportation infrastructure, growing need for an educated and trained workforce, eroding and shifting tax base, a growing need for focus on diversity and inclusion, and a need to do all this in a way that demonstrates corporate responsibility and environmental sensitivity.”
The Salt Lake Chamber is taking an active leadership role in each of these areas. As such, the Chamber recognizes many of its accomplishments would not be possible without the businessmen and women of Utah, like those honored today, who help support and lend their expertise to the organization.
Honorees for the event included the following individuals:
- President’s Award for Excellence: Lew Cramer, Utah CEO, Colliers International
- Corporate Partner of the Year: Clyde Companies, Inc.
- Community Partner of the Year: World Trade Center Utah
- Chamber Champions:
- Amanda K. Covington, Executive Vice President, Communications & Government Affairs, Larry H. Miller Group of Companies
- Bart Davis, Utah Transition Assistance Advisor, Utah National Guard
- Greg M. Johnson, Vice President, Finance, Intermountain Healthcare
- Sara Jones, CEO, InclusionPro and Co-Founder & COO, Women Tech Council
- Nancy Pearce, Financial Center Manager, Vice President, Zions Bank
Also recognized at the event was outgoing Board Chair Steve Starks, CEO, Larry H. Miller Group of Companies for his service.
The Salt Lake Chamber Annual Meeting took place on October 2, 2019, at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek. This year’s major sponsors are Dominion Energy, Intermountain Healthcare and Wells Fargo, and event sponsors are Kennecott Utah Copper Corporation – Rio Tinto and Rocky Mountain Power
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Honoree bios and company descriptions below:
President’s Award for Excellence: Lew Cramer, Utah CEO, Colliers International
As Utah CEO for Colliers International, Lew Cramer is part of the fastest-growing publicly listed commercial real estate company in the world. Previously, he served as the founding CEO of the World Trade Center Utah, a public-private partnership assisting Utah companies to succeed internationally. In this capacity, Lew dramatically helped grow international trade and investment in America’s fastest-growing state economy.During the Reagan and first Bush Administrations he served as the Director General of the U.S. Commercial Service and Assistant U.S. Commerce Secretary of International Trade. Lew also helped lead US WEST’s creation of the first cellular phone systems in 20+ countries. In 2016, Governor Gary R. Herbert appointed Lew to the Utah Transportation Commission, where he currently serves as a Commissioner-at-Large. Lew serves on various boards through the private and public sectors, including the National Advisory Board at UVU.
Lew is a graduate of the charter class of BYU’s J. Ruben Clark School of Law. He taught for many years at the business schools of USC and Georgetown.
Corporate Partner of the Year: Clyde Companies, Inc.
Clyde Companies, Inc. is a Utah-based construction organization that opened its doors nearly a century ago in 1926. Today, Clyde Companies – W.W. Clyde & Co., Geneva Rock Products, Sunroc Corporation, Sunpro Building Materials, Beehive Insurance and Clyde Properties – have been involved in almost every aspect of building and construction in the Intermountain West for nearly a century. With a reputation for tackling tough projects with innovative solutions, the Clyde Companies are proud to offer a wide variety of professional construction services and high-quality products to the communities they serve.
Community Partner of the Year: World Trade Center Utah
World Trade Center Utah leads Utah’s international business development and elevates Utah’s global status to promote prosperity and build economic resilience. WTC Utah accomplishes this mission by pursuing three key objectives: 1) Empower Utah businesses to expand international sales to increase revenue and create jobs, 2) Attract foreign investment and facilitate international partnerships to fuel innovation and business development, and 3) Mobilize Team Utah’s international engagement to elevate Utah’s global status.
Amanda K. Covington, Executive Vice President, Communications & Government Affairs, Larry H. Miller Group of Companies
Amanda Covington is the Executive Vice President, Communications & Government Affairs for the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. She was previously the Senior Vice President of Communications and Government Relations for Vista Outdoor Inc., a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer in the growing outdoor sports and recreation markets. Covington also served as the Vice President, Corporate Communications for ATK, an aerospace, defense, and commercial products company, prior to its spin-off to Vista Outdoor. She also led communications for Governor Olene Walker, the Utah System of Higher Education and the Utah Department of Transportation.
Bart Davis, Utah Transition Assistance Advisor, Utah National Guard
Bart Davis, after a 35-year military career, holding ranks from E-1 to E-7 and O-1 to O-6, retired from the Utah National Guard in November 2000. His position as Utah’s Transition Assistance Advisor was a result of a partnership between the National Guard Bureau and the Veterans Administration. Davis has been a volunteer with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) for over twenty years where he served as an ombudsman, regional chairman and two DOD appointments as the state Chairman of the Utah ESGR Committee. Davis holds a master’s degree in organizational management serves on numerous boards and councils and is the author of Restoring Dignity and Leadership.
Greg M. Johnson, Vice President, Finance, Intermountain Healthcare
Greg Johnson serves as the Vice President, Finance for Intermountain Healthcare and is responsible for a significant portion of the financial operations as well as other functions across the integrated healthcare system. Prior to joining Intermountain, Johnson worked for seven years with Ernst & Young where he served clients in the healthcare and manufacturing industries. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Utah. Johnson currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Salt Lake Chamber and as the President of the Board of Trustees at The Road Home.
Sara Jones, CEO, InclusionPro and Co-Founder & COO, Women Tech Council
Sara Jones has coached, keynoted, and trained hundreds of executives nationally on leadership, performance, talent, and growth strategies. She is the president of InclusionPro, which provides a suite of talent services to help companies succeed at attracting and retaining diverse talent. She also innovates on talent technology. Jones is also a Co-Founder of Women Tech Council, founded in 2007, with a community of over 10,000 women and men. She has a degree from the University of Utah in chemical engineering and a law degree from BYU.
Nancy Pearce, Financial Center Manager, Vice President, Zions Bank
Nancy Pearce is responsible for and oversees all of the operations at her Zions Bank retail branch. She is involved in mentoring new managers and has leadership roles for both Community Development and the Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion Groups for the Zions Salt Lake Metro Region. Prior to Zions, she worked for Wells Fargo Bank for 14 years in management roles and also carried a leadership role in Community Development for the Salt Lake Region. Nancy is involved with the Chamber’s Business Women’s Forum and the Big Sisters/Brothers mentor program. She has an associate’s degree from LDS Business College and took additional classes in psychology at Salt Lake Community College and the University of Utah.
Outgoing Board Chair: Steve Starks, CEO, Larry H. Miller Group of Companies
Steve Starks is the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. Prior to this role, Steve was the president of the Utah Jazz and Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment. During his time with the organization he has helped develop the organization’s growth strategy, led mergers and acquisitions, and oversaw the award-winning renovation of the Vivint Smart Home Arena.
Steve is active in the community and is a past chair of the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Directors. He also served on the Weber State University Board of Trustees and is currently a board member of Silicon Slopes. He was recognized as one of the top Forty Under 40 by Utah Business Magazine in 2013 and a Top Forty Under 40 Sports Executives by Sports Business Journal in 2018. Starks is a graduate of Weber State University.
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The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s largest and longest-standing business association. A statewide chamber of commerce with members in all 29 Utah counties, the Chamber represents the broad interests of the state’s 63,000-plus employers, which employ more than 1.4 million Utahns. This includes thousands of Chamber members and their employees. With roots that date back to 1887, the Chamber stands as the voice of business, supports its members’ success and champion’s community prosperity.