Thursday, July 20, 2017



Meet the 2017 Titan Award honorees. Each of these incredible individuals has served our community in unique ways. Their impact has been felt by so many and their examples inspire us to do more. Without further adieu, we introduce, the 2017 Titan Award Honorees.

Kem C Gardner
Chairman, Garnder Company

Kem is one of the Intermountain West's most prominent real estate developers. During his career, Kem, along with his partners and associates, has developed over 33 million square feet of commercial real estate, including The Gateway and One Utah Center.
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Jeanette Herbert
First Lady, State of Utah

Mrs. Herbert serves on the Governor’s Mansion Foundation Board, Governor’s Artist Series Board and is also involved with the Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free Foundation.  In addition, she serves as Honorary Chair of the Child Care Committee at the Utah Refugee Center.  The First Lady’s initiative is called Uplift Families.  The goal of this initiative is to promote good parenting skills, strengthen families, and offer resources to parents throughout the state.
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Ronald W. Jibson
Former Chairman, President & CEO, Questar Corporation (now known as Dominion Energy)

Mr. Jibson has significant industry involvement, having served as chairman of the board of directors of both the American Gas Association and the Western Energy Institute.  He has also served on the board of the Gas Technology Institute.  Ron is the chairman of the Utah State University board of Trustees and currently serves on the board of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah, Women’s Leadership Institute, Junior Achievement Advisory Board and the Utah Symphony Opera.  He has served in the past on the boards of the United Way of Salt Lake, Utah Shakespearean Festival and as Chair of the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governor’s.
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Meet the 2017 Titan Award Honorees
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Meet the 2017 Titan Award Honorees


Ronald W. Jibson
Retired, Chairman, President and CEO
Questar Corporation (now known as Dominion Energy)

Mr. Jibson served as Questar Corporation’s President and CEO and as a director from June 2010 to October 2016.  He was appointed chairman of the board July 1, 2012.  Mr. Jibson was also president and CEO of Questar subsidiaries Wexpro Company and Questar Gas Company, and as chairman of Questar Pipeline Company.  During his 36 year career at Questar, Mr. Jibson held various other Questar positions such as executive vice president, vice president of operations, general manager of operations and director of engineering.

Mr. Jibson has significant industry involvement, having served as chairman of the board of directors of both the American Gas Association and the Western Energy Institute.  He has also served on the board of the Gas Technology Institute.  Ron is the chairman of the Utah State University board of Trustees and currently serves on the board of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah, Women’s Leadership Institute, Junior Achievement Advisory Board and the Utah Symphony Opera.  He has served in the past on the boards of the United Way of Salt Lake, Utah Shakespearean Festival and as Chair of the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governor’s.

He serves as a member of the board of directors of Dominion Resources, Richmond Virginia and IDACORP/Idaho Power Company, Boise Idaho.

Ron graduated from Utah State University in civil engineering and later received a Masters of Business Administration from Westminster College.


Ron, and his wife, Janet, have three sons and ten grandchildren.  His hobbies include golf, fly fishing and spending time with family at their mountain ranch.  
Meet Ron Jibson- Titan Honoree 2017
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Meet Ron Jibson- Titan Honoree 2017



Jeanette Herbert, First Lady of Utah, was born in Preston, Idaho, and moved with her family as a young child to Springville, Utah. The First Lady graduated from Springville High and while attending college, met her husband of 47 years, Gary Herbert.
After the two married, they settled in Orem, Utah. After 13 years of marriage and while raising their six children, Mrs. Herbert opened a commercial child care and preschool, the Kids Connection, which she ran for 23 years.  For 13 years, she also operated K.C. Kids’ Club, an hourly drop-in center.
In addition to her family and business responsibilities, the First Lady has always been an active member of her community. She served on the Provo-Orem Chamber of Commerce, where she was the chairperson of the Partners in Education committee. She was also vice-chairperson of the Utah County Bicentennial Committee and served as a board member of the Utah Private Child Care Association.  
In 2003 Mrs. Herbert was named Businesswoman of the Year by the Provo-Orem Chamber of Commerce.  In 2009 she received the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce “Woman Making a Difference” Award.  She was a recipient of a Utah Women’s Leadership Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Utah Women’s Leadership Celebration.  In 2016, as Utah's First Lady, Mrs. Herbert was a distinguished honoree at Utah Valley University's Women's Walk Gala.
Mrs. Herbert serves on the Governor’s Mansion Foundation Board, Governor’s Artist Series Board and is also involved with the Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free Foundation.  In addition, she serves as Honorary Chair of the Child Care Committee at the Utah Refugee Center.  The First Lady’s initiative is called Uplift Families.  The goal of this initiative is to promote good parenting skills, strengthen families, and offer resources to parents throughout the state.
The Herberts are the proud parents of six children (three sons and three daughters) and the very proud grandparents of 16 grandchildren.

Mrs. Herbert enjoys sewing and decorating. She also loves to golf.  Her favorite activity, however, is spending time with her children and grandchildren, all of whom live in Utah County.
Meet Jeanette Herbert- Titan Honoree 2017
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Meet Jeanette Herbert- Titan Honoree 2017


Kem is one of the Intermountain West’s most prominent real estate developers. During his career, Kem, along with his partners and associates, has developed over 33 million square feet of commercial real estate, including The Gateway and One Utah Center.

Kem devotes a significant portion of his time and energy towards the betterment of Utah. He has been involved with the Utah Symphony, Salt Lake City International Airport, the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Intermountain Healthcare, and the United Way of Salt Lake. Most recently, he has served as the Chairman of the Days of 47’ Rodeo and was instrumental in securing the funding to build a new rodeo arena at the Utah State Fairgrounds. He also founded the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute which develops and shares economic, demographic and public policy data and research that help individuals and the community make informed decisions.

Meet Kem Gardner: Titans Honoree 2017
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Meet Kem Gardner: Titans Honoree 2017



Active Transportation Study Reveals Economic and Health Benefits that Bicycling and Walking Bring to People in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY – June 19, 2017 – There is a large push across Utah toward encouraging more widespread use of active transportation modes. This includes bicycling and walking for both transportation and recreation. In his “Utah Life Elevated 2020” objectives, unveiled at the end of May, Utah Governor Gary Herbert stated the following goal: “Develop an additional 1,000 miles of family-friendly trails and bike paths over the next 10 years to provide and promote active connections to school, work and outdoor recreation in urban and rural communities throughout the state.”

A recent study, commissioned and organized by the Utah Transit Authority (UTA), Bike Utah and other partners, quantified some of the economic and health benefits associated with active transportation. The year-and-a-half long study engaged many stakeholders and created county-level profiles as well as county-level analyses and tools. The study deliverables included a review of existing data via a literature review, a compilation of best practices related to engineering, education, and encouragement of active transportation as well as an economic analysis report to quantify the direct, indirect, and induced benefits of active transportation in Utah. Find the study here:https://bikeutah.org/atbenefitsstudy.

Bicycle related business and tourism have an economic impact of $425 million and are responsible for more than 3,500 jobs across the state. The study identified two case studies showing the economic impact of specific multiuse path and bicycle trails. The Murdock Canal Trail in Utah County costs $113,000 each year to maintain, however it generates over $3,600,000 million annually in economic impact. This is in addition to a one-time economic impact of $26 million and 234 jobs to build the trail. Bicyclists who visit Dead Horse Point trails in Moab generate $19 million annually in economic impact (more than $11 million from overnight trips).

There are also significant health benefits that can be realized from engaging in active transportation. Nearly 45 percent of Utahans get less than the 150 minutes of recommended physical activity each week. These people could save $3.07 in annual healthcare costs for every mile they walk or $0.75 for every mile they bike. For example, if a person walked 2 miles per day, every day of the year, they would average $2,235 in annual savings on their healthcare costs. A similar person riding a bicycle 10 miles per day would save $2,730 each year.

”UTA encourages people to ride their bikes and take trails to get to our trains and buses. We do this by partnering with communities to build bike paths and trails along our routes. We have also added bike lockers and racks to our trains and buses,” said UTA CEO Jerry Benson. “This study validates what we at UTA already knew, that biking and walking is an important part of local economies and a healthy choice for our passengers.”

In addition to the informational reports, a series of calculators have been created out of this study that can be used by communities to assess the economic and health impacts of specific infrastructure developments or active transportation events, such as organized bike rides. The calculators are specific to each of the counties in Utah and are available for any community members to use. The calculators are available here: https://bikeutah.org/atbenefitsstudy.

"We are very excited about both the outcomes of this study and the associated tools that were created to quantify benefits of active transportation. This study is a great first step in showing the general public, municipalities, the business and health communities, and our elected officials that investing in bicycling and walking for both transportation and recreation can pay dividends in numerous sectors and all across the State of Utah,” said Bike Utah Executive Director Phil Sarnoff.

Partners on this study included: UTA; Bike Utah; Utah Department of Transportation; Governor’s Office of Energy Development; Utah Department of Health; Salt Lake County Health Department; Salt Lake County Office of Regional Transportation, Housing, and Economic Development ; Wasatch Front Regional Council; Tooele County Health Department; Weber-Morgan Health Department; Mountainland Association of Governments; Park City Municipal Corporation; Intermountain Healthcare; and Salt Lake County Bicycle Advisory Committee;
Active Transportation Study Reveals Economic and Health Benefits that Bicycling and Walking Bring to People in Utah
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Active Transportation Study Reveals Economic and Health Benefits that Bicycling and Walking Bring to People in Utah

Thursday, July 6, 2017



Becky Guertler, Executive Director of YEA! at the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce, and 3 individuals, were awarded the 2017 Directors' Award at the Saunders Scholars National Competition and Conference.

Every year at the Saunders Scholars National Competition and Conference, 5 site leaders of YEA! locations around the United States present at the YEA! Site Leader Roundtable on a variety of subjects including Leveraging Media in your Community, Creating Success in Year One, Building Partnerships to Build your YEA! Brand, & Strategies for Expansion. Guertler presented on her strategies for expanding YEA! programs after successfully running two cohorts in the 2016-2017 year.

The Sandy Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy has seen great success. In 2016, Emily Guertler, CEO of StraightShot Apparel, won 3rd place as well as People's Choice Award at the National Competition. In 2017, Penelope "Chef Moppy" Lorenzana, CEO of LifeThyme Tools Co., won 2nd place at the National Competition.

Emily Guertler
CEO, StraightShot Apparel
Penelope "Chef Moppy" Lorenzana
CEO, LifeThyme Tools Co.















About the YEA! Program

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a groundbreaking and exciting afterschool program that transforms local middle and high school students into real, confident entrepreneurs. Through the year-long program, students in grades 6-12 generate business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, pitch to a panel of investors, and launch their own real enterprises.

From exciting and legendary business guest speakers and dynamic behind-the-scenes field trips to innovative companies to passionate business mentors and investor panelists, there are countless ways to help these students as they launch their own businesses and become impassioned leaders.

Applications for the 2017-2018 YEA! cohorts are available now at  www.sandychamberyea.com.

If you would like to donate to this program, click here. All donations will be used for student scholarships and other program expenses.
Becky Guertler Wins the 2017 Directors' Award
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Becky Guertler Wins the 2017 Directors' Award

Thursday, June 29, 2017



The 2017 Utah Benchmark Compensation Survey and the IT Compensation 
Survey help businesses in hiring and keeping top talent

Utah’s Employers Council recently published two job compensation surveys, designed to help Utah organizations keep current and competitive with employee salaries. The 2017 Utah Benchmark Compensation Survey and the new Information Technology Compensation Survey provide a snapshot of state and regional salary policies, including base salaries, average percent pay increases and hiring rates. 
The Utah Benchmark Compensation Survey provides salary benchmarks for everyone from welders to writers, and from clerks to CEOs. The Benchmark Survey data showed that the average salary increase for all Utah regions and organizations surveyed did not jump significantly, going from three percent in 2016 to 3.2 percent in 2017. The average hiring wage for full-time, inexperienced entry-level personnel was $13.81.
The Information Technology Compensation Survey takes a deeper dive into the technology industry in Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, and Arizona. Tech company owners will want to note that average pay increase percentages projected for technology departments in 2017 ranged from 1.5 percent in Wyoming, to three percent in Utah and to 3.1 percent in Northern Colorado. The technology companies surveyed reported the average signing bonus for IT management positions was $958. The IT bonuses ranged from $796 for companies with less than five IT employees to $1,635 for companies with 51 or more IT employees. 
It was also interesting to see that the percentage of IT companies that outsourced IT positions jumped from 25 percent in 2016 to 60 percent in 2017.
“The Employers Council’s goal is to give employers and HR managers the tools they need to entice and retain employees,” said Ryan Nelson, president of Employers Council of Utah. “The two surveys provide employers with perspective on salaries for positions within their industries and help them make educated decisions when creating compensation packages or considering pay increases within their companies. 
“Today’s job market is competitive, and organizations must not only craft attractive salary packages, they must also create positive employment conditions to attract the best talent,” added Nelson. “Our survey data, employee training and employment law services, are all important arrows that employers need in their quivers, to become employers of choice.”
More than 153 Utah organizations participated in the 2017 Benchmark Compensation Survey, with 26,524 Utah employees reporting. Four hundred and sixty-three organizations in Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and Arizona participated in the IT Compensation Survey, with 9,312 employees reporting.
Employers Council is an employer association that serves as a resource for business owners and operators in the region, providing expertise in employment law, HR, training and survey data. Membership provides access to the Employers Council team of attorneys and certified HR consultants. Due to the quality and breadth of the data, the full versions of the surveys are available exclusively to members of MSEC or for purchase. For more information on becoming a member or purchasing the HR Metrics Survey, visit www.msec.org or call 801-364-8479.


ABOUT Employers Council
The Employers Council serves the human resource and employment law needs of the business community, helping employers manage all aspects of the employment relationship. With more than 75 years of experience in the employment arena, it is an organization unlike any other in the country. As a nonprofit corporation, Employers Council is mission-driven not profit-driven. Known as the professional, cost-effective resource of choice, Employers Council provides employers of all sizes and industries with the resources needed to build effective, successful organizations. 


Employers Council recently merged with Mountain States Employers Council in Denver, forming the nation’s largest employers’ association. Together, their combined organizations serve 3,800 employer members, which have over 220,000 employees. The Council provides employment law advice, HR support, workforce training, and survey data for employers throughout the western region. 


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Utah’s Employers Council releases two important regional and statewide job compensation surveys
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Utah’s Employers Council releases two important regional and statewide job compensation surveys