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Leadership, integrity and the ability to keep calm under pressure are all crucial attributes of good corporate directors, and they’re all attributes possessed by the recipients of this year’s Utah Business Outstanding Directors awards.
The three recipients, Jon M. Huntsman, Sr., Jerry C. Atkin and David B. Winder, were honored at a lunch event Tuesday at The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City. Speakers at the event praised the men’s decades of service on boards of directors for private and public companies and nonprofit organizations.
“It’s clear that we ask a lot of directors, particularly those who work with public, or publically viewed companies,” said Ronald Moffit, a partner at Stoel Rives, a presenting sponsor of the event.
Jon M. Huntsman was honored for his service as chair of the board of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. His son David, president of the institute, described his father as a man who has achieved a lot but is always looking to solve more problems and help more people.
“There are not many individuals on the face of the Earth who have committed more than $1 billion of their own money to charity,” David Huntsman said. “My father is one such person.”
Jon M. Huntsman described some of his experiences over his many years serving on boards of directors across the United States, including serving alongside Neil Armstrong and being recently asked to return to serve for a second time on the board of the Red Cross. He concluded by expressing his gratitude to the people who work and volunteer at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, whom he described as heroes.
Jerry Atkin, CEO of Sky West, was honored for his two decades of service on the board of directors of Zions Bancorporation. Scott Anderson, president and CEO of Zions, said Atkin has played a central role in guiding the company through difficult times for the banking industry.
“He is calm, he is confident, and he gets to the heart of the matter and understands what is important,” Anderson said.
Dave Winder was honored for his service on the board of Alsco, an international family-owned company based in Utah that offers uniform rental services in countries across five continents. Kevin Steiner, co-CEO of Alsco, praised Winder for keeping the company from becoming too set in its ways. Winder said serving on boards of directors is an enriching experience and encouraged others in attendance to also volunteer as well.
Fox 13 news anchor Bob Evans, who emceed the event, concluded by urging participants to follow the honorees’ example by seeking to serve others and maintain integrity.
“I am moved by those who are the most successful among us are those who are turned outward,” Evans said.