The One Utah Summit extends a warm welcome to the following speakers.
Spencer J. Cox
Utah's 18th governor
Gov. Spencer Cox grew up in rural Utah, and his family lived and farmed in Sanpete County for six generations. Until he was elected governor, he lived in Fairview and commuted 200 miles almost daily to maintain his residence there during his eight years of service as Utah’s lieutenant governor.
Because Gov. Cox understands the needs of Utah’s rural areas, he’s committed to bringing citizens in every part of the state equal access to prosperity. One of his six priorities outlined in his administration’s One Utah Roadmap is Rural Matters, which includes meeting critical infrastructure and policy needs.
Deidre M. Henderson
Utah's Lieutenant Governor
Deidre M. Henderson became Utah’s ninth Lt. Gov. in January of 2021. Before her election to the second-highest official of the state, she served for eight years in the Utah State Senate representing South Utah County. During her years in the Utah Senate, Lt. Gov. Henderson gained a reputation as a strong conservative, a champion for government transparency, and a vocal advocate for women and families.
She served as chair of the Senate Rules Committee, the Revenue and Taxation Committee, and the Education Committee. Her efforts gained recognition by numerous civic groups, including Legislator of the Year by the Fraternal Order of Police and Taxpayer Advocate of the Year by the Utah Taxpayers Association. In 2020 she was named a Libertas Institute Defender of Liberty.
Lt. Governor Henderson and her husband Gabe are longtime residents of Spanish Fork. They have five children, three sons-in-law, and are expecting their second grandbaby.
President & CEO, Utah Hospital Association
Greg Bell is president and CEO of the Utah Hospital Association. He was formerly Utah’s Lt. Gov., served two terms in the Utah State Senate, and was Mayor of Farmington, Utah.
First as a senator, then as Lt. Gov, and now as president & CEO, Utah Hospital Association, he is deeply committed to Utah healthcare policy. The Utah Department of Health appointed him Chairman of Utah Leaders for Health in 2015.
A Utah native, Bell graduated from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah and practiced law for 30 years.
CEO and Co-founder, Walker Edison
Brad Bonham co-founded Walker Edison in 2006 and has since built an innovative e-commerce based manufacturing model that provides the highest quality of stylish, ready-to-assemble home furnishings shipped straight to consumers.
He has been recognized as the CEO of one of the 50 fastest growing businesses in Utah for several years, and named one of the Forty under 40 by Utah Business magazine. Bonham teaches college-level courses in business entrepreneurship.
Chairwoman, Utah Humanities Council
Janice Brooks serves as chairwoman of the Utah Humanities Council and is a governing board member for Intermountain Healthcare St. George Regional Hospital.
Brooks has extensive experience in strategic communications, public affairs, corporate social responsibility analysis, crisis management, constituency and community relations, and several other specialized areas. She held top-secret clearance and was a security specialist for the Department of Energy for nine years. Brooks also served as chairwoman of the Commissioners Committee for the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. She is the former CEO of Green Valley Spa and Resort in St. George, Utah.
Governor’s Energy Advisor
Thom Carter is the energy advisor for Gov. Spencer J. Cox, and the executive director of the Governor’s Office of Energy Development.
Before these positions, Carter was the executive director of the Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR), a nonprofit focused on bringing communities together to improve Utah’s air. During his time with UCAIR, he played an essential role in helping the Wasatch Front areas reach attainment for the first time in more than a decade. He also played a vital role in helping individuals, businesses, and communities to find practical solutions to Utah’s unique air quality challenges.
In his current role, Carter serves on several boards and commissions, including the Envision Utah Board and the Western Interstate Energy Board.
CEO and Chairman, Equilibrium
Dave Chen is the CEO and Chairman of Equilibrium, leading the firm’s growth, overseeing its strategy, and heading its investment product development. In addition, he serves on Equilibrium’s Board of Directors.
Chen is also the firm’s founder, a move emanating from his long-standing interest in and commitment to sustainability and capital markets. His focus on sustainability intensified while he worked in the venture capital sector, leading initiatives in regional economic development and participating in climate change policy development.
As Utah’s first lady, Abby Cox hopes to inspire Utahns to break down the barriers that separate people from treating one another as equals. She is an outspoken advocate for connecting through our differences and combating the empathy crisis our country faces.
She uses her platform to convene, contribute and champion social and emotional learning, statewide service, foster care awareness, and sporting opportunities for children with intellectual disabilities. Cox is active in her community through her involvement with the Utah PTA, church youth groups, and service to the homeless.
President, Utah Farm Bureau
Ron Gibson, affectionately known as the "Milkman," is a fifth-generation dairy farmer in Weber county. He previously served as District 2 director of Utah Farm Bureau Federation, Weber County president, Weber County vice president, and the county and state Young Farmer and Rancher chairman.
Executive Director, Human Services
Tracy Gruber was named executive director of the Utah Department of Human Services in January 2021. Previous to her appointment by Gov. Spencer J. Cox, she was director of the Office of Child Care at the Utah Department of Workforce Services (DWS) and senior advisor for the Intergenerational Poverty Initiative.
Gruber is passionate about working with community stakeholders, providers, and staff to better serve Utah individuals and families with quality and efficiency. Her work includes championing programs and policies within the department to achieve measurable, preventative, positive outcomes that end cycles of intergenerational reliance on government services.
President & CEO, World Trade Center Utah
Miles Hansen is the president and CEO of World Trade Center Utah, an organization dedicated to promoting prosperity across the state by attracting investment and increasing exports. Before joining World Trade Center Utah, he was the director for Gulf Affairs at the National Security Council in the White House.
Hansen also served diplomatic tours at the U.S. Consulate in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; at the U.S. Embassy Yerevan, Armenia, and; in the Iran Regional Presence Office at U.S. Consulate General Dubai. Before joining the State Department as a Thomas R. Pickering Fellow, Hansen started his career in Utah as a special assistant in the Lieutenant Governor office.
Executive Director, Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity
Dan Hemmert serves as the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity executive director, where he is responsible for implementing Gov. Spencer J. Cox’s vision of economic opportunity and prosperity for Utahns.
Hemmert was selected to serve as Go Utah’s executive director based on his previous business and legislative experience. He’s been a C-level executive at a successful venture-backed startup, a private equity investment professional, and managed a private asset management firm.
At the time of his appointment, Hemmert served in the Utah State Senate, where he was the Senate Majority Whip. He is a strong advocate for Utah and brings his unique perspective and skills to advocate for the state.
Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.
Jon Huntsman spent considerable time in public service at the state, national, and international levels. He began his career in public service as a staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan. Since then, he served each of the five U.S. presidents since then in critical roles around the world, including as the Ambassador to Singapore, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia, U.S. Trade Ambassador, U.S. Ambassador to China, and most recently, U.S. Ambassador to Russia.
He currently serves on the boards of Ford Motor Company and Chevron and previously served as Chairman of the Atlantic Council and on the boards of Caterpillar Corporation and Hilton. Huntsman previously served as a trustee of the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, the University of Pennsylvania, the Reagan Presidential Foundation, and Chairman of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation.
President and CEO, Rocky Mountain Power
Gary Hoogeveen is president and chief executive officer of Rocky Mountain Power. He is responsible for the company's transmission and distribution operations, customer service, regulatory, and legislative affairs in Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming. Hoogeveen is also responsible for PacifiCorp’s coal fueling and mining operations and all natural gas-fired, coal-fired, and geothermal generation operations.
He currently serves on the Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors, the EDCUtah Board of Advisors, the Envision Utah Board of Directors, and the Utah Sports Commission Board of Trustees.
Vice President, Corporate Communications, doTERRA International
Over the past 28 years, Missy Larsen has become recognized for her collaboration and results-focused work in business, nonprofits, and government leadership. She has built a successful career on a passion for connecting resources for community-building initiatives.
Before joining the innovative team at doTERRA, Larsen served as chief of staff to Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes. Larsen launched her career as press secretary for the late U.S. Congressman Bill Orton. In 1994, she opened Intrepid PR. After a decade of success at Intrepid, she left the agency to care for her four children while representingUtah businesses and organizations upon request. Larsen is the founding chair of SafeUT, currently chairs the Utah Refugee Connection board, and serves on numerous boards for organizations, including the World Trade Center Utah, Salt Lake Chamber, Anti Bullying Coalition, and Hale Centre Theatre.
Senior Advisor for Rural Affairs
Stephen Lisonbee serves as Gov. Cox's Senior Advisor for Rural Affairs. He has been involved in community, economic, and workforce development in Utah for more than 20 years.
He is currently the assistant vice president of the Office of Regional Services at Southern Utah University, where he oversees departments and centers focusing on community, economic and workforce development programs and partnerships. In a first-of-its-kind partnership, he will continue in this role in addition to his Senior Advisor position in the Cox/Henderson administration.
Chief Operating Officer and president, Superior Drilling Products
Annette Meier is co-founder, director, president and chief operating officer at Superior Drilling Products Inc. (SDPI) and has more than 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry.
Since SDPI’s inception in 1999, Meier has managed all the company’s day-to-day operations and business. In 2008, she envisioned and co-created “CHUCK,” the company’s custom shop management and inventory program software. Meier was also instrumental in developing the “nucleus grinding system,” which is utilized in SDPI’s manufacturing processes. In 2005, Meier served as the creator and chief architect of the Ropers Business Park, SDPI’s manufacturing facilities campus in Vernal, Utah.