The 2013 Summit Director & Officer Governance Conference is shaping up to be another stellar event with a great lineup of keynote speakers and panelists.
This year we have Reatha Clark King, Chair of the National Association of Corporate Directors leading off the conference Thursday morning. Reatha, a former NACD Director of the Year, is also a current Director at Exxon and has served on numerous boards including the H.B. Fuller Company, Wells Fargo & Company, Minnesota Mutual Insurance Company, University of Chicago, American Council on Education and the Council on Foundations. Retha spoke at our conference three years ago and was very well received with her quick wit and common sense advice.
Jerry Atkin, a remarkable individual, has also agreed to speak at the conference and in addition to being a great person has an unique history. Jerry currently serves on the Board of Directors of Zion’s Bancorporation, and is a member of the Utah Board of Regents. In 1975 Jerry joined SkyWest as Director of Finance. Shortly thereafter, at age 26, he became the youngest President of a scheduled airline. Jerry has served as Chief Executive Officer since 1975 and was elected as Chairman of the Board in June 1991. He has led the Company from annual revenues of under $1 million to more than $4.5 billion. Jerry is well experienced and very well grounded. When he speaks, people listen.
Clark Gilbert, President of Deseret News and Deseret Digital Media, is speaking on “Taking Advantage of the Digital Future”. Clark is a dynamic speaker and former Harvard Business School Professor. If you do not have the opportunity to hear anyone else speak at the Summit Conference, make sure he is on your list. He is easily one of the smartest people I have ever met with respect to digital strategies and good business practices.
Adam Epstein, founding member of Third Creek Advisors and author of The Perfect Corporate Board is also presenting at the conference. Epstein was named as a National Association of Corporate Directors Board Leadership Fellow in December, the highest level of credentialing for corporate directors and corporate governance professionals. He currently serves as the lead independent director on the board of OCZ Technology Group (OCZ), a San Jose, Calif.-based developer of solid-state drive technology for computing devices and systems. He also advises a number of boards of small-cap and micro-cap companies, as well as investment funds.
Bill Wiersma, Author of The Power of Professionalism and Founder, Wiersma Consultants, will be our lunch speaker on Thursday. Bill is a former director in a Fortune 200 company and was a board member and president of a privately held tech company focused on emerging markets.
Additional keynote speakers include Former Senator Bob Bennett, Adam Hartung (Managing Partner-Spark Partners), Joan Woodward (Executive Vice President Public Policy, The Travelers Companies, former Vice President and Director of Washington Research for Goldman Sachs, former Deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance), Stavros Tsibirdis (Managing Director, Wells Fargo Securities), and Ron Jibson, (CEO, Questar Corporation)
We also have some great panels with stellar panelists. We look forward to seeing you there on December 5-6 at the beautiful Montage Deer Valley Resort in Park City. The room rates are only $239 per night at the nicest hotel/resort in Utah and quite possibly the nicest in the intermountain west.