Podcast: Aaron Starks – Creating a Premier Aerospace, Defense, and Cyber Ecosystem

Kaitlyn ClarkeBusiness Elevated Podcast

Business Elevated Podcast (Season 5 Episode 32)

This podcast series features business and government leaders discussing what it’s like to live and work in the great state of Utah.

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In this episode, host Pete Codella, managing director of business services at the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity, talks with Aaron Starks, president and CEO of 47G Aerospace and Defense Association (47G), formerly known as the Utah Aerospace and Defense Association (UADA). 

Starks discusses his background growing up in Utah, pursuing a career that took him to different corners of the world, and the crucial role that Utah plays in the aerospace and defense industry, highlighting the state’s legacy in innovation and technology. He emphasizes the importance of attracting talent to the industry, which he believes is the key to success, and 47G’s dedication to promoting and supporting Utah’s aerospace and defense sector. Starks also shares his insights into the organization’s recent agreement with the Ukrainian government and its mission to help Ukraine rebuild and strengthen its defense capabilities, and much more.