Department of Commerce announces new Director of the Division of Corporations

Francine A. Giani, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Commerce, announced that effective July 30, 2018 Jason Sterzer has been appointed as the new Director of the Division of Corporations and Uniform Commercial Code.  

Sterzer was selected to succeed outgoing Director Kathy Berg who is retiring after 28 years of prominent public service with the State of Utah.

Berg began her storied career in state government with her first post in customer service at the Division of Corporations where her courteous attitude was recognized in a letter from U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT).  Kathy Berg’s impeccable professionalism led to multiple promotions within the Department of Commerce and other state agencies which ultimately landed her in the Director’s chair in 2001 where she led the Division until retirement. Berg was also well known in the community and with city and county governments for her generosity and commitment to supporting Utah business.  She was a sought-after guest lecturer with Salt Lake Community College and Westminster College and also served on Westminster’s Legal Assistant Program Board.  Berg enjoyed supporting young women interested in business through Sandy City’s Chamber of Commerce scholarship program by conducting tours of the Division and explaining the important regulatory jobs being carried out for the public.

“It is hard to imagine the Division of Corporations without Kathy Berg’s exceptional leadership but I am confident that Jason Sterzer’s can do attitude will continue the Division’s legacy of excellent customer service,” stated Francine A. Giani.

Jason Sterzer previously held Securities Analyst and Securities Examiner positions with the Division of Securities.  Before his tenure with the State of Utah, he was a contract attorney with Ray, Quinney & Nebeker. Sterzer graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and earned his Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University School of Law.