The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) has appointed three industry consultants to oversee strategic growth in the aerospace, financial services and life science sectors.

Marshall Wright will serve as director of the aerospace industry cluster, Kelvin Anderson as director of financial services, and Andrew Laver as director of life sciences. In this new role, each industry consultant will support industry trade groups and convene stakeholders to develop workable solutions.

“The new targeted industry effort is an investment to sustain our diverse economy,” said Val Hale, executive director of GOED. “As they strengthen Utah’s economic foundation, the cluster directors will provide important contributions that will enhance and grow each sector while addressing their unique challenges.”

Utah has the fourth most diverse economy in the country as well as one of the highest job growth rates. GOED’s strategic industry cluster initiative is focused on addressing new challenges including workforce development. The initiative will be data-driven, industry aligned and outcome focused. The consultants are established on a part-time contractual basis so they may remain involved in their respective fields full-time, providing insight on the most relevant challenges facing each industry.

“These consultants were hand-picked for this significant role and are critical to Utah’s economy,” said Ben Hart, managing director of business services at GOED. “They are highly-respected, and their expertise will be invaluable as they lead and discover innovative solutions.”