Utah Global Forum | November 8th, 2018

The Utah Global Forum facilitates the dialogue on how businesses can expand beyond local boundaries and develop an import and export strategy to expand into the global marketplace. The program offers an incredible breadth of content, bringing experts from across multiple industries, all with a single objective: move Utah businesses to the global business stage and meet the challenges of today’s business environment.

The Utah Global Forum also specially focuses on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Utah. FDI represents an opportunity to become more actively involved in international business activities for businesses of all sizes. FDI takes many forms, such as a direct acquisition, construction of facilities, investment in a joint venture, or strategic alliance with a local firm with technology or licensing of intellectual property.

Download the Directory

Utah Global Forum Awards

Sponsored By

World Trade Association of Utah is the state’s longest standing non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and advancing international trade and commerce. For more information visit, wtaofutah.org.

International Company of the Year

Lifetime Products
CEO, Richard Hendrickson and founders, Barry Mower & Kathy Mower

Established in 1986, Lifetime Products is a privately held company headquartered in Clearfield, Utah. Lifetime also owns factories in Xiamen, China and Knoxville, TN with the latter having been opened late last year. Lifetime employs 3,000 workers globally. The company started in the owner’s backyard by building a better basketball system.

Today, Lifetime is the world’s leading manufacturer of polyethylene folding tables, chairs, and residential basketball hoops. With other offerings from outdoor sheds and composters to playsets and kayaks, Lifetime continues to develop innovative products sold in more than 110 countries around the globe. Lifetime’s latest product the 55 Quart High Performance Cooler has done extremely well and is competing with the top coolers on the market. This product alone has led to enormous growth and has added over 300 jobs.

For more information about Lifetime Products, visit www.lifetime.com or follow us on social media.

International Person of the Year

David Utrilla, founder and CEO, U.S. Translation Company

David Utrilla studied international business and economics in Peru and in the USA. In 1995 he founded U.S. Translation Company and serves currently as its CEO. He and his company have been given multiple awards including Utah’s Best of State, listed six times in the Inc. 500/5000 for fastest growing companies in America, Mountain West Capital Network’s top 100 fastest growing companies in Utah, and the Small Business Person of the Year by the SBA. In 2014 he received the Weber State University Distinguished Alumnus Award, the 2015 Utah Valley University Atlas Award, the 2016 Quixote Award by the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the 2018 International Person of the Year Award by the World Trade Association of Utah.

David also serves on the Board of trustees of the Utah Symphony and Opera, is on the board of the World Trade Association of Utah, is the upcoming President of the Utah Consular Corps, is on the Weber State University President’s National Advisory Council, is the Chair of the Advisory Board for the School of Business and Economics at WSU, is advisory council member of the Master of International Affairs and Global Enterprise program at the University of Utah, is Vice-Chair of the Utah Council for Citizen and Diplomacy, is an Advisory Committee Member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, and is the Chair of the Global Community Advisory Board at Utah Valley University. In 2009 he was appointed by the President of Peru as the Honorary Consul of Peru in Utah and he currently holds this position.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Stan Rees, founder, Salt Lake Community College Global Business Center

Stan Rees has worked in international business for 36 years. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in 1969 and later his Masters degree in international business management from Thunderbird in Arizona in 1976, he joined the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Center. He worked 30 years mostly in Salt Lake City with a couple of years in the Honolulu office providing export assistance, and counseling to U.S. companies. He served as Trade Specialist for 21 years, then as Director for 9 years. During this time Stan served on the board of directors and as President of the World Trade Association of Utah. After retiring from the Department of Commerce in 2006, he joined Salt Lake Community College to form the Global Business Center and developed the Executive Certificate of Global Business Management course offering international business training to business professionals and persons wishing to increase their knowledge of global business practices. The Center also offers global business training through workshops, seminars, and international business briefings.

Our Agenda

Join us on November 8th, 2018 at the Grand America Hotel! View our agenda and our list of panels below.

Featured Speakers

Welcome Morning Plenary Session

President & CEO, World Trade Center
Executive Director, Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development
President & CEO, Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance

Our Presidents Panel

President, Utah Valley University
President, Westminster College
President, Salt Lake Community College
President, Utah State University
President, University of Utah
Associate Dean, University of Utah School of Business

Inland Port Panel

CEO, Colmena
Director, Salt Lake City Department of Economic Development
Vice President of Strategic Relations, Utah Farm Bureau
CEO, Envision Utah
Managing Director, Parker - Migliorini International, LLC

How to Compete and Win Internationally

Director, Los Angeles HKTDC
Head Consul of Mexico, Salt Lake City
Acting Director, Utah Export Assistance Center
Canada's Consul General, Denver
Commercial Affairs Minister, Chinese Embassy to the United States

How to Jump-start your International Career

Small Business Executive Director, Salt Lake Community College
Assistant Director, BYU Kennedy Center
Campus Recruiter at EY, Brigham Young University
Shareholder, Kirton | McConkie

World Trade Center Utah Pitch Competition

Executive Director, Silicon Slopes
Business Banking Executive Director, JP Morgan Chase
Utah CEO, Colliers International
SBA District Directory, Utah District Office
President/CEO, EDCUtah

Presenting Partner

Premier Partner

Spotlight Partner

Event Partner

Startup Partner

Executive Partner

Table Display

Become a Sponsor

For more information about sponsorship opportunities contact Barbie Converse at (801) 419-1333 or bconverse@utahmediagroup.com.

Download Our Sponsorship Kit

November 8th, 2018 • The Grand America Hotel

Register Now

For More Information Contact

Barbie Converse