2010 Summer Conference Bios

Gary Herbert
State of Utah

Gary Richard Herbert is Utah’s 17th Governor. Prior to becoming governor, he served as Lieutenant Governor under Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr. for nearly five years, before taking the Oath of Office on Aug. 11, 2009.
Governor Herbert was born in American Fork, Utah, and raised in Orem, Utah. After graduating from Orem High School, Mr. Herbert served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Eastern Atlantic States Mission.

While attending BYU, the Governor met and married Jeanette Snelson, from Springville, Utah. Shortly after their marriage, the Governor joined the Utah National Guard and served for six years as a staff sergeant working with target acquisition, artillery and ground survey.

After his military service, the Governor began a career in the real estate industry, founding Herbert & Associates Realtors, an Orem-based brokerage firm. He and Jeanette also began a child care service, The Kids Connection, which they operated for 23 years.

In 1990, the Governor was appointed to the Utah County Commission. Soon thereafter, he was later elected to the body, which he served for 14 years. During his time as county commissioner, he served as presidents of the Utah Association of Counties and the Utah Association of Realtors, and as a board member of the Provo Orem Chamber of Commerce and Utah Water Conservancy District.

The Governor currently sits on the National Governors Association Health and Human Services standing committee, the Healthcare Reform Task Force, and the newly created Homeland Security Special Committee.
In his inaugural address, Governor Herbert outlined his three main priorities of economic development, public and higher education, and energy development.

Governor and Mrs. Herbert have six children and 10 grandchildren

Russell “Chip” Childs
President & COO
SkyWest Airlines

Russell “Chip” Childs came to SkyWest as senior director – controller in January 2001 and was named vice president – controller later that year. Joining SkyWest at a significant time in the airline’s history, Chip has proven instrumental in SkyWest’s evolution as a part of the world’s largest regional airline alliance.

Chip was integral in solidifying contracts and relationships with SkyWest’s major partners, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines; and played a significant role in SkyWest Inc.’s acquisition of Atlantic Southeast Airlines in 2005. His commitment to SkyWest’s people, coupled with his management of the airline’s partner carrier relationships, financial planning and internal controls positioned him well to take on the role of president and chief operating officer of the airline in April 2007.

A Southern Utah native, Chip holds grass-roots experience in various fields. His work history runs the gamut from construction and truck-driving to various responsibilities in public accounting. Prior to joining SkyWest, Chip worked in public accounting for five and a half years, assisting many large Utah corporations with financial accounting and SEC reporting. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics and master’s degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University. Chip resides in St. George, Utah with his wife Jennifer, their three sons and a daughter.

Shahar and Nashlah Boyayan
Buzz Booster

Shahar and Nashlah Boyayan are the founders of Buzz Booster, a mother-daughter operated small business marketing company and social media agency that specializes in modern marketing strategies for small business owners.

We arrived in Salt Lake City with two bags and a teddy bear. Let’s just say that life was not easy those days. It took several months before we were able to get our first client. We had prior experience online, a degree in Ecommerce and a successful online business in Brazil, but this was not enough to get things going. Even after we acquired some clients, things were moving a little slow at that time so we focused on learning more about social media and started our first podcast called Buzz and Biz. Two months later, we had 3 sponsors for the show. That gave us some free time to go back online and do what we knew best.

A year later we launched the Internet Marketing Board Game with the help of Russel Brunson and after that, things got a lot easier.

After that we designed, launched, and managed a number of very successful Internet projects. Today we live a very confortable life and focus on mentoring  professional speakers, coaches, and small  businesses how to create a strong strategy online and speaking at events and conferences.

In 2007 we broke an attendance record for paid events in the area when we deliver the Turning Knowledge into Products event.

We are passionate about empowering small business owners. Internet marketing, social media marketing allows us to empower people.

When we are not working we watch movies, play geocaching or spend time with our dog Apple and our cat Banana. We like to invest our time traveling and learning too.

We’ve been featured in several midia outlets like Utah Business Magazine, Information marketing association journal, Wasatch woman and many more.

Shahar is a 3 times nominee for the SpringWise Award and was nominated for Women in Tech Award 2010.

Lane Beattie
President & CEO
Salt Lake Chamber

For over 25 years Lane Beattie has been a real estate broker and developer by profession. 
Lane Beattie was elected to the Utah State Senate in 1989. In 1991 he served as Senate Majority Whip and in 1992 became Majority leader and in 1994 was elected Utah Senate President. He served as president for six years until June 2000.

Senator Beattie was chairman of Business, Labor and Economic Development Standing committees in his first year in the Senate.

Beattie proposed and implemented some of the most sweeping changes in the legislative process in several decades, including total internet access for legislators as well as the public. This made the legislative process significantly more efficient and allowed more legislator and citizen involvement. 

The president is highly respected among his colleagues. Senator Craig Peterson, former Senate Majority Leader, made the following observation: “Under President Beattie’s leadership, the Senate has become more efficient, productive, professional, and more open to the public. He led the Senate in major tax reforms and reductions across the state which have saved taxpayers millions of dollars.”

President Beattie has been a guest speaker and lecturer locally, nationally, and internationally.
In 1996 President Beattie was invited to address the European Union in Florence, Italy to speak on Federalism and State’s rights.

In 1998 President Beattie was elected as Chairman of the National Senate Presidents Forum representing all United States Senate Presidents.

In 1999 President Beattie was invited to head a delegation from the United States on an official visit to China as a guest of the Vice-President of China.

After 12 years in the Senate in March of 2000, President Beattie surprised both local and national leaders by announcing he would not seek re-election and was returning to private business.

In June 2000, Governor Leavitt asked Lane to accept the post as Chief State Olympic Officer for the State of Utah to oversee and manage the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. 

President Beattie assumed leadership of the Salt Lake Chamber on July 1, 2003. By unanimous vote, the Chamber Board of Governors chose Beattie after an exhaustive process that considered 95 candidates from across Utah. “We were looking for someone who needed no introduction,” says A. Scott Anderson, Chamber Board of Governors co-chair. “Lane has the experience and reputation to help the Chamber play a bigger role in our community and state. He has been around for a long time and knows all the key players. He has seen where Salt Lake has been and has the vision to take it into the future.”

President Beattie and his wife, Joy, are the parents of three children and the proud grandparents of three wonderful grandsons and a beautiful granddaughter. President Beattie enjoys golf, skiing, and raises quarter horses and is a Utah State Quarter Horse Team-Penning Champion. 

Richard F. Castner, IOM
Executive Director
Western Regional Office

Dick Castner is the Executive Director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Western Regional Office. The office is responsible for legislative and political grassroots activities in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Hawaii in support of the U.S. Chamber’s national public policy goals.

Prior to his current position, Dick ran the Chamber’s Chicago office and served as Senior Legislative Affairs Manager in the Chamber’s Bay Area office. He has developed grassroots resources for the U.S. Chamber in twenty-six states from Pennsylvania to California.

Before joining the U.S. Chamber staff in 1991, Dick held several positions with John Deere at their corporate headquarters. As Manager of Civic Action Programs, he started the company’s first broad-based PAC and ran it until it raised and contributed more than $200,000 per election cycle. As Manager of Economic Research, he forecasted economic trends that affected worldwide sales of the company’s industrial and consumer products.

Dick received a master’s degree in economics from Vanderbilt University and a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of Iowa. He’s an Institute graduate and has taught government relations classes at Institute for more than a decade.

Susan S. Davis
Director of Account Management and Community Relations
Questar Gas

Susan Davis is currently the Director of Account Management and Community
Relations for Questar Gas, a natural gas utility serving Utah and southwest Wyoming.

Susan has held positions in the community and natural gas industry including:
Board Member and past Chair of the Utilization Technology Development Corporation –
Board Member of the Energy Solutions Center – current
Member of the Salt Shakers leadership group of the SL Area Chamber of Commerce – current
Falcon and Past Honorary Commander of the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill AFB
Board member and President of the South Davis Area Chamber of Commerce – 1994 through

Susan received a B.S. in Business Marketing, Cum Laude from the University of Utah, and a
Master of Business Administration from the University of Utah.

She loves to snow ski in Utah and vacation in Hawaii. She is married with two sons, and a dog
she shares with her son and grandson.