Utah’s business and community leaders gathered on Tuesday evening at the Grand America Hotel to celebrate Ron Jibson, president and CEO of Questar, for his professional accomplishments and community contributions as he received the Giant in our City Award from the Salt Lake Chamber, Utah largest and longest-standing business association.
“The first Giant in our City award was presented in 1970. Since then, we have periodically honored individuals who have made a lasting impact through excellence in business, generosity of time and resources, and enduring love of our community,” said Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, to the audience of over 1,200 attendees. “It comes as no surprise to anyone in this room then, that we are honoring Ron.”
The Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors established the Giant in our City award in 1969. During its 46-year history only 37 people have been presented with the award, which honors those who have provided exceptional and distinguished service and extraordinary professional achievement. It is widely recognized as the most prestigious business award given in Utah.
Currently, Jibson serves as the president and CEO of Questar Corporation, a natural gas and energy company. He was appointed as Questar’s chairman of the board in July 2012. He also serves as a director of the National Fuel Gas Corporation; IDACORP/ Idaho Power Co; Doc Warner’s Alaskan Fishing; and the Gas Technology Institute.
Jibson’s community involvement is as extensive as his professional background. Presently, Jibson is chair of Utah State University’s board of trustees, and serves on the boards of the Utah Symphony/Opera and the Women’s Leadership Institute. In the past, he has worked as chairman of the Salt Lake Chamber; EDCUtah Corporation; Junior Achievement of Utah; Davis County Chamber of Commerce; and the USU Engineering Advisory Board.
“I’ve known Ron for a number of years. He has, as a community and business leader, built a legacy of making lives better. His business acumen and reputation for building consensus through trust and communication has benefitted citizens throughout the state and stands a hallmark to his name,” said Lori Chillingworth, who serves as current chair of the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors.
Speakers for the event included President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, of the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Governor Gary Herbert, Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, Kem Gardner of the Gardner Company, Craig Wagstaff, president of Questar Gas, Rob Behunin, vice-president at Utah State University and Lori Chillingworth, executive vice-president of Zions Bank
Upon receiving the award, Jibson said, “It’s truly a humbling honor to be recognized by the nation’s best and most effective chamber. I want to dedicate this wonderful recognition to all of those who helped make me who I am – those who supported and trusted me, and provided me with opportunities, for which I am so grateful.”
Following the awards presentation, the event concluded with a performance of You Raise Me Up by the Utah State University Chamber Singers and American Festival Orchestra.