Featured Speakers

Governor Gary R. Herbert

Governor of Utah

Governor Gary Richard Herbert has led Utah’s recovery from the Great Recession to a position of national economic prominence. His unwavering focus on economic development includes attracting businesses and investment to the state while helping homegrown businesses flourish…

Ana Navarro

GOP Strategist and Political Contributor to CNN, ABC News, and Telemundo

Ana Navarro is a well-known Republican strategist and a political analyst for CNN and CNN en Español. She is also a political contributor on ABC’s The View. The Miami New Times named her a “Republican power-consultant,” and the Tampa Bay Times called her “a sought-after voice in Republican politics and an adviser for any presidential hopeful,” saying, “with confidants Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio she is poised to play a big role in the GOP response to immigration reform and Hispanic outreach.”

Javier Palomarez

President and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC)

Javier Palomarez is the President and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), America’s largest Hispanic business association. The USHCC actively promotes the economic growth, development, and interests of more than 4.2 million Hispanic- owned businesses, that combined, contribute over $668 billion to the American economy every year…

Vane Checketts

Vice President & General Manager, Dell EMC

Vance is the senior executive for Dell EMC in Utah, a significant entity within Dell Technologies, the largest privately-controlled IT company in the world. Under his leadership Utah operations have exceeded expectations for growth and delivery of real value for Dell EMC and their customers…

Carine Clark

President and CEO, Banyan

Carine Clark is a three-time president and CEO of high-growth tech companies, specializing in helping companies scale from $10 million to $100 million or more. Her reputation as a data-driven marketing executive at Novell, Altiris and Symantec opened doors to lead Allegiance, MartizCX and Banyan as president and CEO…

Stuart Clason

Associate Director of Regional Transportation, Housing and Economic Development at Salt Lake County

Stuart has over 15 years of policy experience at local, state, national, and international levels. He holds a graduate degree in economic development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Presently, Stuart is the Associate Director of Regional Transportation, Housing and Economic Development at Salt Lake County. Under his supervision, Salt Lake County recently launched its Global Trade and Investment Plan…

Randa Fahmy

President of Fahmy Hudome International (FHI)

Randa Fahmy is an internationally recognized expert in global government affairs, energy policy and national security.  She has more than 30 years of legal and public policy experience, including service in the executive and legislative branches of the United States Government…

Chris Fletcher

International Tax Director, Deloitte

Chris has been with Deloitte Tax for over 23 years and has experience in serving U.S. and foreign multi-national companies with U.S. and global tax planning. His specialization includes cross-border structuring, foreign tax credit planning, foreign tax reduction, global financing, intellectual property planning, and transfer pricing…

Theresa Foxley

President & CEO at EDCUtah

Foxley assumes the President/CEO role at EDCUtah after most recently serving as the Deputy Director of Corporate Recruitment and Business Services at the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). During her tenure, Foxley worked with dozens of companies on expansion and relocation projects, including Goldman Sachs, Vista Outdoors, Procter & Gamble, Solar City and Stadler Rail…

Elizabeth Fuchs

Regional Vice President Global Banking International Group Wells Fargo & Company

Elizabeth Fuchs is a regional vice president for Wells Fargo’s Middle Market Banking Global Advisory, based out of Los Angeles, California. She oversees a team of commercial global banking professionals who provide a full range of international, cross-border, and commercial services to middle-market companies throughout the West, Mountain and Southwest Divisions…

Brian Greeff

Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Brian is head of Salt Lake City Securities Division Operations. Previously, he was head of Bengaluru Securities Division Operations, with additional oversight responsibility for Bengaluru Regulatory Operations, Bengaluru Business Architecture and Change Management, Bengaluru Operations Risk Management and Bengaluru Banking, Investing and Lending Operations…

Mark K. Holland

CEO of Ascend HR Solutions

In 1995 Mr. Holland founded and is currently CEO of Ascend HR Solutions, an HR outsourcing company. Ascend was listed as #17 in Inc. Magazine’s Inc 500 list in 2000 and has been included in the Utah 100 ten different times. The Company was honored as the 8th largest revenue increase of all companies in Utah in 2010…

Tom Jacobson

Board Member, Utah Israel Economic Council

Tom Jacobson is an experienced business lawyer. During his exciting career, Tom has served our country as a Judge Advocate in the Air Force space and missile program, devoted 30 years in a law firm as one of its principal partners and served his community in many capacities, including currently serving as a Commissioner of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the Board of Trustees of Utah Symphony/Utah Opera, the Heber Valley Railroad and other organizations…

Kevin W. Johnson

Shareholder, Parsons Behle & Latimer

Kevin W. Johnson has been advising clients on domestic and international legal structures for over thirty years. Kevin currently is a shareholder in Parsons Behle & Latimer. Prior to joining Parsons, Kevin was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Molycorp, Inc., a publicly traded international rare earth mining and processing company…

Benjamin Kolendar

Deputy Director, Department of Economic Development Salt Lake Corporation

Benjamin is the Deputy Director for Salt Lake City’s Department of Economic Development. Prior to his position with the City, Benjamin served as Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of SelectUSA, the government-wide initiative to attract and retain foreign business investment in the United States…

Missy W. Larsen

Senior Director of Government Relations and Corporate Partnerships, doTERRA

Missy W. Larsen recently joined doTERRA after serving as Chief of Staff to Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes. Immediately upon taking office in 2013, AG Reyes appointed Missy as Chief Communications Officer and soon after, Chief of Staff to manage policy issues, office administration, community outreach, and partner alliances…

Sung-Joo Lee (Sung)

Manager RTKC Growth Programs, Copper & Diamonds, Rio Tinto

Sung-Joo Lee (Sung) was born in South Korea, moved to Australia at age 10, and since 2012 has been working in the United States on an international assignment. Since graduating from the University of Western Australia with a masters degree in civil engineering, Sung has acquired nearly twenty years’ experience specializing in the engineering, infrastructure and the mining industry, with 9 years working at global mining company Rio Tinto that has operations in 35 countries across six continents…

Chris Lo

Director, Los Angeles Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC)

As Director, Los Angeles of the HKTDC, Chris is responsible for facilitating enterprises and traders in the United States to invest, trade and do business in Asia, particularly in China, through partnership with Hong Kong business community. His portfolio covers the HKTDC’s trade programmes and operations in the West Coast of the United States…

Jordan Menzel

Director of Corporate + Community Impact at CHOICE Humanitarian

Jordan currently helps corporations and individuals make an impact in CHOICE communities abroad. This includes corporate grants, payroll deduction programs, The Village Membership Program, and Expeditions.

James Oury

Senior Partner, OC Chartered Accountants & OC Solicitors

James is a dual qualified practicing lawyer and chartered accountant and is strategic head of its Technology, Life Science and Financial Services practices. In assisting financial services clients, James regularly interacts with the Financial Conduct Authority and advises disruptive financial technology companies in the UK market…

Shelby L. Peterson

Acting Director, U.S. Commercial Services

Shelby L. Peterson is the Acting Director of the Utah Export Assistance Center, a field office for the U.S. Commercial Service, under the U.S. Department of Commerce.  Ms. Peterson has been in Utah for just about four years and counsels and guides Utah Companies through the export process from beginning to end.  Such counsel includes how to find and develop international sales, comply with applicable laws and regulations, fulfill documentation requirements and overcome trade barriers…

Pedro Piedra

Senior Vice President, Foreign Exchange & International Trade, KeyBank

Pedro Piedra joined KeyBank’s International & Foreign Exchange group in 2004 and was charged with leveraging his global experience in marketing and trading to assist the bank’s clients…

Sunny Sanyal

Chief Executive Officer Varex Imaging

Sunny Sanyal serves as chief executive officer of Varex Imaging Corporation. Prior to the separation of Varex from Varian Medical Systems, Sunny served as senior vice president and president of Varian’s Imaging Components business, which included the X-ray Products and the Security and Inspection Products business…

Yi-Xin Soh

International Treasury Solutions Officer for Global Transaction Services, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Yi-Xin Soh is an International Treasury Solutions Officer for Global Transaction Services with Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Based in San Francisco, she works with multinational corporations to deliver treasury, liquidity and other working capital solutions to clients across the Global Commercial Banking segment…

Steve Starks

President, Larry H. Miller Sports and Entertainment

Steve Starks became president of Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment in March 2015. In this capacity, he is also the president of the NBA’s Utah Jazz, and is responsible for the NBA’s G-League Salt Lake City Stars; MiLB’s Triple-A Salt Lake Bees; Vivint Smart Home Arena; Megaplex Theatres; Fanzz Sports Stores; the Tour of Utah professional cycling race; and the sports radio stations comprising The Zone Sports Network…

Scott Stone

Senior Vice President and Process Control Manager for the Fee Income Division, Zions Bancorporation

Scott Stone is currently Senior Vice President and Process Control Manager for the Fee Income Division of Zions Bancorporation. Scott’s career with Zions Bancorporation spans 30 years including his most recent position as Regional Sales Manager for Enterprise Foreign Exchange from 2016-2017. From 1998-2016, Scott was the Foreign Exchange Manager for Zions Bank in Utah and Idaho…

Sean S.H. Wang

Executive Director, Taiwan – USA Industrial Cooperation Promotion Office

Sean Wang is the President of ITRI International Inc. (San Jose, California), a subsidiary of ITRI, since June 2005. He is also the General Director of ITRI’s International Center (Hsinchu, Taiwan) since Feb. 2016…

Rachel Wertheimer

Trial Lawyer, Parr Brown Gee & Loveless

Ms. Wertheimer received her Juris Doctor in 2011 from the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif with Highest Honors, and a William H. Leary Scholar…

Don Willie

Managing Director, World Trade Center Utah

Don Willie is the managing director at World Trade Center Utah and also oversees the organization’s outreach efforts across rural Utah. Don holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, in addition a bachelor degree in political science and Asian studies, both from the University of Utah…

Scott Wilmarth

Executive Vice President, Salt Lake City Office, CBRE

Scott Wilmarth is an Executive Vice President in the Salt Lake City office of CBRE and an office properties specialist. The founding partner of his team, Scott has over 30 years of experience representing a variety of office owners, landlords and tenants…

Chase Winder

Government Relations and Enterprise Sales, Qualtrics

International travel and commerce is an important part of Chase Winder’s life and inspiration for what he does every day. In college, he moved to the Netherlands to study International Business Administration and play in a local Dutch basketball league…

Jonathon Wood

Managing Director of the Whitmore Global Management Center

Jonathon is currently the Managing Director of the Whitmore Global Management Center in the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University. He oversees the Global Management Certificate, the Global Business and Literacy Minor, the U.S. Department of Education Center for International Business Education and Research grant, and works with international education experiences for students and professors across the intermountain west…

Elaine Young

International Practice Group Chair at Kirton McConkie

Elaine Young currently serves as International practice group chair at Kirton McConkie. She manages work visa processes for the firm’s clients, including large multinationals, small businesses, public entities, and individual investors…

Antonia Zierer

Executive Director of Invest in Bavaria’s West Coast Office

Antonia Zierer, Executive Director of Invest in Bavaria’s West Coast office in San Francisco, is helping US scale-ups enter Europe’s largest market Germany. She has a broad background in international business promotion and economic development…