Two new industry professionals have been appointed by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to the Governor’s Economic Development Coordinating Council (GEC).

The two new council members are Lori Belnap Pehrson, Northrop Grumman; and Brandon Fugal, Colliers Utah.

GEC is a public-private partnership that coordinates economic development activities throughout the state. Each appointee’s leadership at economic development organizations throughout Utah determines GEC membership. Council members focus on forging and maintaining partnerships between business and government to coordinate public and private efforts and further develop Utah’s growing economy.

“I look forward to welcoming Lori Person and Brandon Fugal to the Economic Development Coordinating Council,” said Gov. Herbert. Their experience and expertise will be instrumental in our efforts to help Utah’s economy continue to prosper.”

Lori Belnap Pehrson is the director of engineering and systems integration operating unit at Northrop Grumman Corporation, an American global aerospace and technology company. She has been with Northrop Grumman since 2001 and has extensive knowledge and experience in the aerospace industry.

Brandon Fugal is chairman of Colliers International Utah, a leading global real estate services and investment management company. He is a prominent business leader and has developed a trusted reputation as an advisor and business infrastructure expert on a national, regional and local basis.

“Lori and Brandon bring years of experience from two key industries that have a significant impact throughout the state,” said Val Hale, executive director of the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “Their diverse backgrounds will help build strategic partnerships to further the state’s economic success.”   

GEC is based on members identified by statute 63N-1-50. According to statute, there are 11 members of GEC with four members of the council appointed by the state’s governor.   

Governor’s Economic Development Coordinating Council members include:

  • Val Hale, GEC chair, executive director of GOED
  • Scott Anderson, chair of the World Trade Center Utah Board
  • Cindy Crane, chair of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah
  • Jerry Oldroyd, chair of the GOED Board  
  • Susan Opp, chair of the Utah Science Technology and Research Governing Authority
  • Scott Peterson, chair of Utah Capital Investment Corporation
  • Steve Styler, chair of the Governor’s Rural Partnership Board   

GEC members appointed by the governor:

  • Brandon Fugal
  • Sarah Lehman
  • Lori Belnap Pehrson
  • Cydni Tetro