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Managing Directors


IMG_6899ed Theresa A. Foxley
Deputy Director and Managing Director of Corporate Recruitment and Incentives
Theresa Foxley serves as the managing director of Corporate Recruitment and Business Services, which includes Corporate Incentives, the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC), the Office of Rural Development, and the Private Activity Bond Authority.  Previously, Ms. Foxley was a business and finance attorney with a national law firm, where she represented a diverse set of clients on corporate and financial matters including mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Foxley has also served as corporate counsel to a venture-funded company, during its acquisition by and integration with, a larger publicly traded company.
 benjaminhart  Ben Hart
Managing Director for Urban and Rural Business Services
Benjamin Hart is the Managing Director for Urban and Rural Business Services for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. His responsibilities include overseeing the GOED programs that help Utah businesses to grow. Hart is directly involved in facilitating coordination between programs and partners to help support the many businesses across the State. Prior to his position at GOED, Hart served as the director of employer initiatives for the Department of Workforce Services. During his tenure at DWS, Hart oversaw the department’s business services portfolio of programs. Hart helped develop programs such as the Small Business Bridge program, the UCAIR Clean Air Assist program and the Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership. During his career, Hart has also worked for Zions Bank in business underwriting and Layton City, where he was the economic development and community development block grant administrator. Hart has also served in several statewide positions with industry organizations including the Utah Redevelopment Association, the International Council of Shopping Centers and others. He has also been active member in several national trade associations affiliated with the aerospace and defense industries such as SAMPE, AUVSI and the Air Force Association. Hart completed both his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Utah. 
Vicki Varela
Managing Director of Tourism, Film and Global Branding
Vicki Varela is the managing director of tourism, film and global branding. Prior to returning to state service Varela worked for many years as a marketing consultant to major Utah business operations. One of her most public positions was as spokesperson and deputy chief of staff to Governor Mike Leavitt over an eight year span. She has been in the persuasion business for most of her career during which she organized many successful campaigns, including the statewide ballot initiative that positioned Utah to host the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Working behind the scenes, Ms. Varela built brands such as the Kennecott Land Daybreak community and the Prosperity 2020 movement, which is focused on improving Utah’s workforce readiness and educational outcomes.
Jill Flygare
Managing Director of Internal Operations
Jill Flygare is the managing director of internal operations. Before joining GOED, Flygare was the finance director at the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts, where she supervised the financial team for the agency. Previously, she was a policy and budget analyst at the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, where she worked closely with many state agencies on budget issues. Flygare is also affiliated with numerous national organizations such as the Association of Government Accountants, where she is the president-elect. She holds three master’s degrees in accounting, public administration and education. Utilizing her education training, Flygare has held instructional posts at the University of Utah. She has been both an online instructor in distance education and a clinical instructor, supervising pre-service educators in the Salt Lake and Granite School Districts.