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Salt Lake Chamber names Gary B. Porter new chairman of board of governors

Gary B. Porter, senior vice president of Deseret Management Corp., speaks in Salt Lake City on Oct. 1, 2020. On Monday, Porter was named new chairman of the Salt Lake Chamber's board of governors.

Gary B. Porter, senior vice president of Deseret Management Corp., speaks in Salt Lake City on Oct. 1, 2020. On Monday, Porter was named new chairman of the Salt Lake Chamber's board of governors. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)



SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake Chamber named Gary B. Porter, senior vice president of Deseret Management Corp., as the new chairman of its board of governors on Tuesday. He will begin his tenure immediately.

Porter is a longtime member of the chamber and was previously vice chairman of the board. He will replace outgoing board chairman Craig Wagstaff, senior vice president and general manager of Dominion Energy. Under his new leadership, the board will focus on businesses supporting educators and schools.

"I am honored to accept this role with the Salt Lake Chamber," Porter said in a prepared statement. "The chamber's initiatives, programs and events have had a positive, long-lasting impact on our community. I hope to continue this tradition, and look forward to working with chamber members, staff and partners to further its mission within our state."

In his role as senior vice president of Deseret Management Corp., he serves as president of Temple Square Hospitality Corporation, executive director of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Foundation, human resources and community relations. He previously served in the Welfare/Self-Reliance Services and Presiding Bishopric Administrative Services departments of the church. Porter received both a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics and a master's degree in agri-business management from Brigham Young University.

"We recognize the numerous things Gary has done for our community and we consider it a privilege to have him at the helm representing businesses across the state," Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance, said in a statement. "His leadership will be pivotal to our state's long-term success, especially with his desire to focus on education at a time when it is so needed. Through his direction, the chamber will continue to bolster the voice of business and champion community prosperity for everyone."

Dr. Donna Milavetz, regional vice president of Steward Health Care, will be the new board vice chairwoman.

Deseret Management Corp. is a management and holding company of for-profit businesses owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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