This is Lane Beattie of the Salt Lake Chamber with your Utah Business Report.
Wesley Smith has been named executive vice president of government relations and general counsel at the Salt Lake Chamber. He will oversee all government relations efforts of Utah's largest and longest-standing business association and provide legal expertise for our organization.
Smith served as director of public policy for the past three years. During that time the Chamber has played a significant role in several policy areas including economic development, health system reform, the drafting of The Utah Compact and the establishment of the Utah Guest Worker Program, and continued transportation funding.
Smith takes over for Robin Riggs who, after eight years in the same position, is now a partner in a newly created firm, Captus Global Consulting.
Before joining the Chamber, Smith worked as an attorney and was a consultant with The Exoro Group, where he advised clients on government affairs issues.
Smith earned a bachelor's degree in American Studies from Brigham Young University and a juris doctorate from The George Washington University Law School.