National Presidential Advisory Board

Matthew Eyring

NPAB Chair

Chief Strategy and Innovations Officer, Vivint

Matthew Eyring is Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at Vivint Inc., the largest home automation company in North America. Before joining Vivint, Matt was the managing partner of Innosight, a global strategy and innovation consulting firm. Matt led worldwide strategy and operations at Innosight, as well as the healthcare and emerging markets practices. Matt currently serves on the board of Virgin Health Miles and is a technical advisor to the US Department of Health and Human Services Innovation Fellows program. He holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Utah and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

Jeff Alexander

Jeff Alexander

Founder & CEO of Alexander’s

Jeff Alexander founded Alexander’s in Provo, Utah with a single commercial copier in 1979. He has become an author and speaker on topics related to personal motivation and business strategy. Currently, Alexander serves as vice chair of the board of the International Printers’ Network. He has served on the board of the Provo-Orem Chamber and as president of the Provo Rotary Club. In 1990, he was elected to the Utah Legislature and served until 2006. In 2007 he received an honorary doctorate from Utah Valley University. Currently, Alexander is a trustee of the Utah Technology Council and serves on the board of the Salt Lake Chamber. Also, he serves as an advisor to the director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Jeff Alexander earned a degree from Brigham Young University in public relations and organizational communications.


Lane Beattie

Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce

For over 25 years Lane Beattie has been a real estate broker and a developer by profession. He was elected to the Utah State Senate in 1989. He served as Senate majority whip, majority leader, and in 1994 was elected Utah Senate president. He served as president for six years until June 2000. In 1998 President Beattie was elected as Chairman of the National Senate Presidents Forum representing all United States Senate presidents. President Beattie assumed leadership of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce on July 1, 2003.


Janette H. Beckham

Former Young Women's General President of the LDS Church and Utah State Legislator

Janette Callister Hales Beckham tenures as a member of the Utah House of Representatives as well as the 10th Young Women general president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1992 to 1997. She has been on many civic and educational boards and councils and served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Utah Valley University, Brigham Young University and the LDS Church Educational System. She recently received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Utah Valley University in April 2013.


Lynn Blodgett

President & Chief Executive Officer of ACS

Lynn is president and CEO of ACS, A Xerox Company. He has served as the leader of ACS - Affiliated Computer Services - since November 2006. He is also an executive vice president of Xerox Corporation, appointed when Xerox acquired ACS in February 2010. In 2009, he was inducted in the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals' Hall of Fame for his work to transform the industry. In 1985, he and his brother co-founded Unibase, a data entry company acquired by ACS in 1996. Blodgett attended Brigham Young University and the Utah Technical College.


Lew W. Cramer

President & CEO of Coldwell Banker Commercial Intermountain

Before serving as president and CEO of Coldwell Banker Commercial Intermountain, Lew W. Cramer served as president and CEO of World Trade Center Utah from 2006 to 2013. He is the former director general of the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service and the former assistant secretary of commerce for international trade. He is also a former deputy assistant secretary of commerce for science and electronics. Mr. Cramer holds a Juris Doctor degree from Brigham Young University and is admitted to practice law in California. He is fluent in English and German, and has served as a lecturer as part of the U.S. Information Agency Visitors Program and U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Institute, as well as several universities in the U.S. and abroad.


Charles W. Dahlquist, II

Trial Attorney, Kirton McConkie

Charles Dahlquist is a trial lawyer and chair of the Healthcare Law Section at the law firm of Kirton McConkie in Salt Lake City. He served as the Young Men general president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is an active Rotarian and served as the president of the Salt Lake Rotary Club from 2004-2005. He is active in Scouting and has served on the National BSA Executive Board. He is the Honorary Consul for the Federal Republic of Germany and a founding member and the first president of the Utah Consular Corps. Charles has a B.A. in Broadcast Communications from Brigham Young University and a law degree from the University of Utah.


Sanchaita Datta

Sanchaita Datta

President of FatPipe, Inc

Sanchaita Datta is the president of FatPipe, Inc., a provider of highly reliable, highly redundant, secure and optimized connectivity for wide area networks. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Salt Lake Community College. She has held key engineering positions at 3Com/Megahertz and Intel/Dayna. She has a M.S. in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University where her thesis involved the simulation and modeling of reflective and absorption properties of materials used as coatings in Stealth technology for the Department of Defense. She has 10 patents with over 170 technological claims. She was recognized by the Utah Asian Chamber of Commerce, YWCA and Utah Business Magazine for her accomplishments.


Amanda Dickson

Co-host, KSL News Radio

Amanda Dickson co-hosts "Utah's Morning News with Grant and Amanda" on KSL News Radio. She also hosts the award-winning program, "A Woman's View," heard Sunday mornings on KSL. Amanda earned her B.A. in English and her Juris Doctorate at the University of Utah. She has also taught Mass Communication Law at the U and is the author of several books.

Mark A Dickson

Mark A. Dickson

Managing Director, Tyndale Investments, LLC

Mark Dickson is a certified public accountant and a chartered financial analyst. He currently practices as a CPA and as an investment advisor. He is the chief financial officer of Vaud Advisors, LLC and the managing director of Tyndale Investments, LLC. For 19 years he managed corporate finance in the U.S. for TAG Group (Holdings) SA, a diversified international company based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Senator Jake Garn

Former Senator

Jake Garn is a graduate of the University of Utah. He served as a pilot in the U.S. Navy. He is a retired Brigadier General in the Utah Air National Guard and has logged more than 12,000 hours of flight time. He flew aboard the space shuttle Discovery in 1985. He is a former insurance executive and served as mayor of Salt Lake City prior to his election to the United States Senate in 1974. He served six years as chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. Senator Garn retired from the Senate in January 1993 and is now a self-employed consultant serving on a number of public and private boards.


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Ronald C. Gunnell

Founder and Managing Director, The BroadStreet Group, LLC

Founder, and Managing Director, The BroadStreet Group, LLC., which focuses on four primary areas.   First, International Commerce.   With partners in the United States, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and India, The BroadStreet group is working to launch a number of technology products globally.  Second, Commercial Real Estate.  The Broadstreet group has partnered with one of the most Successful Commercial Real Estate Developers in the United States providing funding and capital for large Commercial projects.  Third, Business Consulting. With over 30 years of business experience and nearly 20 years in the Entertainment industry, The Broadstreet group provides consulting services on a retainer basis.  Fourth, Charitable Work,  Rising Star Outreach - India. Mentors International - Philippines, Honduras, Guatemala, Peru, El Salvador. Operation Kids.


Reed Halladay

Founding Member, Bell Air Investment Advisors LLC

Prior to starting Bel Air, Reed was with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in Los Angeles, where he specialized in equity and fixed income portfolio management and was also involved in new business development and single stock risk management. Reed began his investment career in 1976. He received his B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from Brigham Young University.


Thone Heppler

New Star Property, LLC

Thone Heppler is the former principle and manager of New Star Property, LLC. Prior to being retired, Thone served as a Zion’s Bank regional president for Central Utah. He also served as chairman of the Utah Valley State College Foundation Board, and was a board member and chairman of the Commission for Economic Development in Orem. Heppler was former president and director of the Provo-Orem Chamber of Commerce and president of the Utah County Bankers' Association.


Senator Jeffrey M. Jones

President, JMax Asociados SC

Jeffrey became president of JMax Asociados SC in 2011 and has been a venture partner in Alta Growth Capital. Prior to these undertakings, he served as undersecretary for SAGARPA, Mexico’s ministry of Agriculture. Jones is a member of the National Action Party (PAN) of Mexico since 1995. He served in the Lower House of the Federal Congress from 1997-2000. He was elected as a member of the Senate for his state (Chihuahua) in the year 2000. He served as a president of the Border Affairs Commission and was a member of the commissions of agriculture and agrarian reform.



Derek B. Miller

President, CEO World Trade Center Utah

Derek is currently dedicated to helping Utah companies "think, act, and succeed globally" at his position in World Trade Center Utah. WTC Utah is a member of the World Trade Centers Association, headquartered in New York City. Prior to his current position, Mr. Miller served as chief of staff to Governor Herbert. Mr. Miller has also served as managing director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development where he was responsible for recruiting new businesses to the state and helping existing Utah businesses to expand. He is a graduate of the J.Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, and holds a Master of public administration from the University's Romney Institute of Public Management.


Leslie Dee Ann Mower

Founder of Trivani Online and North Park Fulfillment and Manufacturing

Dee is a passionate advocate for fighting cancer, thus she founded Trivani Online. She has her own manufacturing company to produce health and body care products. Prior to that, she co-founded Neways International which remained in business for 20 years. She is active in providing humanitarian aid to the world's people and has been actively helping people from Cambodia, Uganda, Kenya, as well as the USA.


Linda Nearon

Professional Artist

Linda grew to have a refined passion for painting from Professor Dibble at University of Utah. She continued refining her technique at the University of California at Berkeley. She has also been privileged to learn from artists such as Kathryn Stats, Ted Gershner and Jian Wu. Her piece “Morning Song” has won several awards and Kennedy Publications has selected some of her works to be featured in their printed works.


William Nixon

Chairman, Policy Impact Strategic Communications

William Nixon is chairman and chief executive of Policy Impact Communications Inc., a full-service public and government relations company. A former speechwriter and senior policy advisor for President Ronald Reagan, Nixon served for more than 15 years as a senior staff member on Capitol Hill, the majority of the time with Republican Senator William Roth of Delaware. He also worked for Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, as well as on the professional staffs of the Senate Finance and Government Affairs Committees.


David A. Peterson, Ph.D.

Managing Director, Enderlyn Peterson Associates

Dr. Peterson earned his M.B.A. and J.D. degree from the George Washington University, M.P.A. from Harvard University, Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University, and National Security Law certificate from the University of Virginia Law School. He was United States Representative to the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France.


Gregory A. Prince, DDS, Ph.D.

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Virion Systems, Inc.

Gregory A. Prince received doctorate degrees (D.D.S., Ph.D.) at UCLA in 1973 and 1975, and spent his career in biomedical research. As co-founder and CEO of Virion Systems, Inc., he pioneered the prevention of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) disease in high-risk infants. He is an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), and has published two books on Mormonism, including "David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism.”


N. Dan Reeve

Managing Director, Warwick Enterprises, LLC

Prior to founding Warwick Enterprises, Dan served as managing director of Horsley Bridge Partners in San Francisco, a private equity investment firm. Before HBP, he spent 10 years in Boston as a nationally recognized technology analyst at SG Cowen, where he covered the P.C. and software industries. He started his career as a technology analyst and portfolio manager at Waddell & Reed Financial Inc. in Kansas City. He graduated in 1975 with an M.B.A. from the University of Missouri and in 1974 with a B.S. degree from Brigham Young University.


Dave Ulrich

Professor of Business, University of Michigan, Ross School of Business

Dave is a university professor, author, speaker, management coach, and management consultant. He is a professor of business at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and co-founder of The RBL Group. He has written numerous books covering topics in human resources and leadership. Dave Ulrich has been ranked the #1 Management Educator & Guru by BusinessWeek, selected by Fast Company as one of the 10 most innovative and creative leaders, and named the most influential person in HR by HR Magazine for three years.


Vicki Varela

Managing Director of Tourism, Film & Global Branding, Utah Office of Tourism

Vicki closed the business she created in 2008, Vicki Varela Strategic Communications, to assume the position of managing director for the Utah Office of Tourism. Previously she was vice president of Kennecott Land, where she launched the Daybreak marketing and West Bench community outreach strategies. She was deputy chief of staff and spokeswoman for Utah Governor Mike Leavitt, and assistant commissioner for Utah System of Higher Education. She started her career in journalism, working for Associated Press in New York City, Denver and Wyoming, and for Deseret News.

Emeritus Members

Scott Anderson 

President and CEO, Zions Bank

Pamela Atkinson

Community Advocate, Social Entrepreneur

F. Enzio Busche

LDS General Authority, Emeritus

Wilford Clyde

Founder, WW Clyde Civil Construction

Sheri Dew

CEO Deseret Book Company

Vern Dickman

Founder, Spring Communications

LaVell Edwards

Former BYU Football Head Coach

Keyvan Esfarjani

Former Co-CEO, IM Flash Technologies

Jim Oyler

Former CEO, Evans and Sutherland Computer Corp.

Jim Smith

Community Advocate

Norm & Luana Shumway

Former Congressman, Directors of LDS Church Hosting

Jack Sunderlage

President and CEO, Content Watch

Beth Tolbert

Broker Associate, Tolbert, Nielsen & Johnson

Jim Wall

Former Publisher for Deseret news Publishing Company

Larry Wilson

Former CFO Kaiser-Permanente, Member of the LDS Seventy

Jack Zenger

CEO Zenger/Folkman