The Salt Lake Chamber has named Gary B. Porter, senior vice president of Deseret Management Corporation, the new chair of its Board of Governors. Porter most recently served as the Chamber’s vice chair with outgoing Board Chair Craig Wagstaff, senior vice president and general manager–western distribution gas infrastructure group of Dominion Energy. During his tenure, the Chair’s initiative will focus on businesses supporting educators and schools.
“We recognize the numerous things Gary has done for our community and we consider it a privilege to have him at the helm, representing businesses across the state,” said Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance. “His leadership will be pivotal to our state’s long-term success, especially with his desire to focus on education at a time when it is so needed. Through his direction, the Chamber will continue to bolster the voice of business and champion community prosperity for everyone.”
Porter currently serves as Senior Vice President, Deseret Management Corporation. His duties include President of Temple Square Hospitality Corporation, Executive Director of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Foundation, Human Resources, and Community Relations. He previously served in the Welfare/Self-Reliance Services and Presiding Bishopric Administrative Services departments. Additionally, he has provided outstanding leadership to the Chamber community for many years. His experience will help advance and shape policies that impact the State’s long-term prosperity.
“I am honored to accept this role with the Salt Lake Chamber,” said Porter. “The Chamber’s initiatives, programs and events have had a positive, long-lasting impact on our community. I hope to continue this tradition, and look forward to working with Chamber members, staff and partners to further its mission within our state.”
Porter took over as Board Chair in July 2021. The Chamber’s incoming board vice chair is Dr. Donna Milavetz, Steward Health Care.