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The Salt Lake Chamber has announced the honorees for the 2019 Salt Lake Chamber Annual Meeting.

This year’s honorees include:

Also recognized at the event will be outgoing Board Chair Steve Starks, CEO, Larry H. Miller Group of Companies for his service. “When it comes to personal engagement, helping others and dedicating his time to advance the interests of Utahns, no one surpasses Steve. His leadership and support during the transition year was indispensable,” said Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber.

The Salt Lake Chamber Annual Meeting takes place on October 2, 2019, at the Salt Lake City 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. 

Chamber Champions:

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 member of the board of directors of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. Prior to this role, Starks 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. 

Starks 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.