2019 Utah State Chamber Winter Conference

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February 7-8, 2019
Salt Lake City, UT

Join us for the annual Utah State Chamber Winter Conference in Salt Lake City, February 7-8, 2019!

Hit the ground running from day one. Join us for this unique experience and become more informed on state government processes, discuss current policy and business issues, meet top legislators and hear from government and business leaders.

On day two, dig in deep with discussions on issues that really matter to chamber executives and board members. During each session, leaders will provide takeaways that you can begin using immediately at your own chamber.

The opportunity to network and build relationships with other chamber leadership is unmatched. These connections have resulted in more chamber-to-chamber collaboration, resources for boards and staff, friendships and a united business voice.

Last year, over 45 chambers participated. Don’t miss out. Register today.

Purpose of the Conference:

  • Learn new professional tools
  • Build camaraderie
  • Enhance governance skills
  • Provide access to legislators
  • Understand the legislative process
  • Connect with Government Leaders

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10:00 AM – Welcome & Introductions

Chris McCormick, Vice Chair

10:30 AM – 38-15-1 LIVE

Overview of the hottest issues on Utah’s Capitol Hill and what to watch for.

11:00 AM – Federal Delegation State Directors Panel

Learn of the current happenings in Washington, D.C.

11:30 AM – Message from the Governor’s Office

Kristen Cox, executive director of the Utah Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB)

12:00 PM – Chamber-to-Chamber Networking Lunch

1:00 PM – Hail to the Chiefs

A panel discussion chiefs from different government offices who share the behinds scenes work insights.

1:30 PM – The Role of a Lobbyist

Chris Kyler and Steve Ostermiller

Learn from some of the best what it takes to be a lobbyist in Utah and why a good lobbyist is critical to moving issues forward.

2:00 PM – Current topic discussions with Utah Legislators  

Based on the hottest issues of the session, key legislators will be invited in to share updates.

3:30 PM – Opportunity to sit in on a variety of committee meetings

A list of committee meetings will be available and attendees can choose to attend or arrange other meetings.  

5:00 PM – Legislative Reception in the Capitol Rotunda

Invite your legislator to meet you at the reception.


7:45 AM – Breakfast buffet                     

8:00 AM – Working breakfast Meeting

Heidi Walker, COO, Salt Lake Chamber. Benchmarking results from our survey.

8:15 AM – Inspiring the next generation of chamber and community leaders

Panel discussion with The HIVE (Salt Lake Chamber’s young leaders program.)

9:00 AM – Quality, Customers, Cookies: Retaining our chamber members

Sydne Jacques, Jacques and Associates

10:00 AM – Break

10:15 AM – U.S. Chamber Report – Jennings Imel

11:00 AM – Making the most of our donation requests

Chris Bray, Boeing

11:45 AM – Break

12:00 – 1:00 PM – Lunch, Networking

12:30 PM – Keynote Address: Leadership lessons and principles learned while serving under former national security advisor HR McMaster 

Miles Hansen, president & CEO, World Trade CenterUtah

1:15 PM – Break

1:30 PM – Roundtable discussion

This session will provide an opportunity for chamber professionals to share new ideas, programs, strategies that are working in their communities.

Facilitator: Joel Brown, Vernal Chamber

2:45 PM – Vision for Utah State Chamber

Chris McCormick, Vice Chair of the Utah State Chamber Association

3:00 PM – Wrap up

Chris McCormick, Vice Chair of the Utah State Chamber Association


Utah State Capitol
350 N. State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Salt Lake Chamber
175 E. University Blvd. (400 S.), Ste. 600
Salt Lake City, UT 84111


  • Thursday meetings are on Capitol Hill. You are welcome to park in the Salt Lake Chamber parking lot  (400 South 175 East. Take a ticket and proceed to the parking lot.) Then take the UTA 500 bus to Capitol Hill.  The bus stop is on the east side of State Street and 400 South. We will validate your parking.  There is limited parking on Capitol Hill.
  • Friday meetings are in the Salt Lake Chamber offices – park in the Salt Lake Chamber lot west of our building.  (400 South 175 East. Enter the lot heading west on 400 South. Take a ticket and go through the yellow arm to the lot.)

If you have any questions, please contact Maria Loftis: mloftis@slchamber.com