Each year, the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development hosts the Utah Economic Summit. In this one-day event, the state’s best and brightest government and business leaders gather to discuss economic development trends and topics.
In 2020, the Summit combined the governor’s economic development and energy offices and the Utah Global Forum to create one super-summit. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Summit was an all-virtual experience, broadcast live on Oct. 26 from The Grand America Hotel.
Keynote speakers address economic opportunities and challenges during plenary sessions in the morning and at lunchtime. The governor addresses attendees in a keynote address following lunch. Morning and afternoon breakout sessions cover all aspects of economic development and include panel discussions on the day’s hot topics and noteworthy business case studies.
The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development has a long-standing tradition of honoring individuals and companies that make significant contributions to Utah’s economic development, to local communities and industries.
The awards have been known by different names, but their recipients have one goal in common — to make Utah the premier destination for business and entrepreneurs. Recipients live and work full-time in the state and have supported the local economy for a decade or more.
Following is the list of past Utah Economic Summit award winners.
Utah Businessperson of the Year – David Lang, Goldman Sachs
Utah Business of the Year – Intermountain Electronics
Utah International Business of the Year – Savage
Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology – Lifetime Achievement – Dinesh C. Patel, Ph.D.
Utah Businessperson of the Year – Crystal Call Maggelet, CEO, FJ Management, Inc.
Utah Business of the Year – Pluralsight
Utah International Business of the Year – Qualtrics
International Person of the Year – David Utrilla, CEO, U.S. Translation Company & Honorary Consul of Peru
International Company of the Year – Lifetime Fitness Systems
Lifetime Achievement Award – Stan Rees, director, Global Business Center at Salt Lake Community College
Outstanding Company of the Year – Larry H. Miller Group of Companies
Lifetime Achievement Award – Gary Heward, owner and president, Liberty Mountain
International Person of the Year – Ed Macha, president, Reliable Controls Corporation
International Company of the Year – Ultradent
Outstanding Company of the Year – NU SKIN
Lifetime Achievement Award – Jerry Atkin, Executive Chairman, Skywest
International Person of the Year – Orrin Hatch, Utah U.S. Senator
Lifetime Achievement Award – Franz Kolb, Regional Director for International Trade and Diplomacy, Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development
International Company of the Year – doTERRA
Natalie Kaddas, CEO, Kaddas Enterprises
International Person of the Year – David Fiscus, regional director, Pacific North, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
International Company of the Year – Priority Dispatch Corp.
Lifetime Achievement Award – Lew Cramer, CEO, Colliers International
International Company of the Year – BioMerieux
Fred Lampropoulos, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Corporate Investment – IM Flash Technologies, LLC
Community Impact – ITT Excellis
Community Impact – eBay
Economic Visionary – Fred Adams, Founder, Utah Shakespeare Festival
Economic Legacy Award – C.R. England
Economic Visionary Award – Andy Swapp
Economic Legacy Award – Nelson Laboratories
Lifetime Achievement Award – Kelly Matthews