Leadership - The Best of State ® National Advisory Board

Elly Muth (Chairperson)

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Elly had a distinguished 28 year business management career with the JCPenney Company and continues to be active in the business community. She was inducted into the Salt Lake Council of Women Hall of Fame and is currently Vice President of Government and Public Affairs at Cerg. She is married to Ernest Muth.

Dr. Cynthia A. Bioteau

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Dr. Bioteau is the President of Salt Lake Community College. She has over 30 years of experience as an educator and administrator, serving in educational and mental health institutions throughout the East, most recently in North Carolina. She enjoys flyfishing, kayaking, gardening, and hiking with her husband and two adult children.

Clark Campbell

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Clark Campbell is a Professor of Executive Education at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. He is a former Senior Vice President of Administration at O.C. Tanner Recognition Company. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering and an MBA. Clark and his wife Meredith (violinist and recording artist) are the parents of seven children and six grandchildren.

Keith S Christensen

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Keith is the owner of Christensen Industries, a manufacturer of parts for domestic and military aircraft. He also co-owns Wind River Petroleum, an operator of convenience stores in Utah and Idaho. Keith is an attorney and has served on the Salt Lake City council and many government and community boards.

Fred Lampropoulos

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Fred has been in the medical device business for over 20 years. He founded Merit Medical Systems, Inc., where he currently serves as the Chairman and CEO. He is the co-inventor of more than 100 patents.

Bill Bridges

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Mr. Bridges is currently the Director of Institutional Advancement at Utah Valley University and formerly served as an assistant dean there. He developed and served as Executive Director of the North American Museum of Ancient Life. He and his wife Elaine are the parents of eleven children.

Dan Clark

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Dan Clark is an internationally recognized speaker, New York Times bestselling author, philanthropist, and adventurer. Dan is the primary contributing author to the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series, author of 20 of his own books, and is published in more than 30 million books in 30 languages worldwide.

Taz Murray

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Mr. Murray is founder of Utah-based Alpine confections, one of North America’s top 15 candy makers. Alpine confections manages fine quality confectionary brands, including Harry London, Kencraft, Maxfield’s, Hallmark Chocolatier, Mrs. Fields, Botticelli, Dolce D’Or, Fannie May and Fanny Farmer.

Jim Wall

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Jim is currently the President/CEO of the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce and is the former president and publisher of the Deseret Morning News.



Sharlene Hawkes

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Ms. Hawkes is Chief Operating Officer for StoryRock, Inc., the market leader in multimedia digital yearbooks. A former Miss America, she was an award-winning ESPN sportscaster for 16 years, covering events from World Cup Soccer to the Kentucky Derby.

David Jordan

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David Jordan concentrates his practice in commercial litigation. He is the former U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah. He was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.


Ken Foster

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Ken Foster is President of Foster & Associates Research and Consulting (F&A), a business and market research and consulting company. F&A specializes in psychographic, consumer psychology and behavior analysis. Ken has authored six books and has taught for 30 years at the University of Utah, where he is part of the Integrated Marketing Communications program for working executives.

Ron Gunnell

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Ron co-founded The Paradigm Group, a diversified holding company, and Health Benefits America, a premier outsourcer of benefit management solutions. He also sings in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He and his wife Kaye are the parents of three children.

Thomas Shepard

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Tom is Executive Vice President of Global Marketing Partnerships and Sponsorships for Visa International. Tom, his wife, and his son reside in the San Francisco Bay area.


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