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South Valley Chamber to recognize 2023 Titan Award Honorees & Small Business of the Year

Sandy—The South Valley Chamber of Commerce (SVC) announced First Lady Abby Cox, Entrepreneurs Crystal and Chuck Maggelet, and real estate mogul Brandon Fugal, as recipients of the 2023 South Valley Chamber Titan Award. Since its introduction in 2009, the South Valley Chamber has presented the Titan Award – the highest honor offered by the  Chamber – to business and community leaders who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to the community by being actively engaged, giving back, and making a significant positive impact. Honorees were selected by the chamber’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors from a group of high-profile nominees. 

“Our 2023 honorees join an impressive legacy of previous winners who have demonstrated world-class business management and unprecedented community investment,” said Jay Francis,  president and CEO of the South Valley Chamber. “First Lady Cox, Crystal and Chuck, and  Brandon are each exemplary citizens, brilliant business leaders and compassionate community  members.” 

This year’s honorees will be recognized at the 14th Annual Titan Awards, presented by The  Larry H. Miller Company, on November 1, 2023 at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City. 

“The annual Titan Awards give the Chamber the opportunity to recognize and pay tribute to leaders who have had a positive influence and impact on Utah,” said Rob Brough, SVC board chairman and executive vice president at Zions Bank. “We owe a great deal of gratitude to First  Lady Cox, the Maggelets and Brandon Fugal. Utah is better off because of their leadership and  impact.” 

The SVC will also announce the 2023 Small Business of the Year at the Titan Awards event. The Small Business of the Year award is selected by the SVC Small Business Committee. Nominations for this award will open in late summer on the chamber website. 

“The Small Business of the Year award allows the chamber to recognize companies who are not only successful but are already giving back to the community in tremendous ways,” said SVC  Small Business Committee Chairwoman, Jennifer Silvester. “While these businesses may be  small, they play an outsized role in Utah as a force for good and their impact will be felt for  generations to come.”  

The 2023 Titan Awards event will be emceed by local TV personality, Deanie Wimmer, with speakers including SVC President & CEO Jay Francis, SVC Board Chair Rob Brough along with entertainment.  

More information about this year’s honorees along with previous honorees can be found at  www.southvalleychamber.com/titanawards 

Honoree Biographies:  

First Lady Abby Cox 

Abby Palmer Cox became the first lady of Utah when her husband Spencer J. Cox was sworn in as governor on January 4th, 2021. She and Gov. Cox have been married for 26 years and are the proud parents of 4 children. Born and raised in the small rural town of Mt. Pleasant, Utah, Abby graduated from North Sanpete High School and Snow College, then went on to earn her degree in Special Education with a dual emphasis in Early Childhood and Severe Disabilities at Utah State University. As Utah’s first lady, Abby inspires Utahns to break down the barriers that separate people and is an advocate for “getting proximate” and connecting through our differences. She uses her platform to champion educator wellness, statewide service, foster care support, and expanding access to Special Olympics Unified Sports teams in schools across the state. Together,  these four pillars make up the First Lady’s impactful Show Up Initiative. 

Chuck & Crystal Maggelet 

Chuck and Crystal Maggelet are seasoned entrepreneurs and executives. Chuck graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Electrical Engineering and went on to earn an MBA from Harvard Business School. Crystal holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. She completed her college education with an MBA from Harvard Business School and has Honorary Doctorates in Business from Utah State University and Weber State University. In 1993, Chuck and Crystal Call got married, and moved to Salt Lake City, shortly thereafter opening their first hotel, Crystal Inn. Together, they grew the portfolio to 14 hotels.

Crystal is the CEO and Chairwoman of FJ Management Inc., a diversified family business that includes wholly-owned subsidiaries: Maverik, a 400 c-store chain and Big West Oil, a petroleum refinery. Other family businesses include TAB Bank, a community bank, and Crystal Inn, a small chain of hotels. Since 2011, Chuck has served FJ Management in various roles as a Director, Chief Operating Officer and President, as well as serving its subsidiaries as Board Chairman. Since 2016, Chuck has served as Chief Adventure Guide (CEO) for Maverik, Inc., the premier regional convenience retailer with a presence across  12 western states from its Base Camp in Salt Lake City. The couple is actively involved in managing the family’s charitable giving through the Call  Foundation and the Call to Action Foundation, which focus primarily on affordable housing,  education, and scholarships. Crystal co-chairs the Intermountain Health Primary Promise  Campaign and is a member of the Sundance Institute Utah Leadership Council. Crystal & Chuck enjoy skiing, bicycling, boating and travel with their 4 children. 

Brandon Fugal 

Brandon Fugal is a nationally recognized business leader, venture capitalist and philanthropist, previous EY Entrepreneur of the Year (Western Region) and is chairman and co-owner of the Intermountain offices of Colliers International – the largest commercial real estate firm in Utah. Fugal launched his career in 1991 with a focus on corporate real estate and currently represents some of the most prominent office projects in Utah spanning the entire Wasatch Front. Recent projects have included the new Zions Technology Campus, Mountain America Tower, Freedom Commons, University Place Tower, Mountain View Village & Soleil Technology Park, to name a few. Brandon currently serves on the board of the Utah Aerospace & Defense Association, Junior Achievement, Thanksgiving Point and the board of trustees of Utah Symphony | Utah Opera.

About the South Valley Chamber: 

With members across Salt Lake County, the South Valley Chamber of Commerce primarily represents member businesses and organizations in Sandy, Draper, Riverton and South Jordan  Cities. The South Valley Chamber supports business through the South Valley Business Institute,  networking events, forums, and advocacy efforts. Additionally, the chamber is focused on creating and maintaining a vibrant business ecosystem that best supports ongoing business growth, collaboration, and job creation.