President's Ambassadors

Craig Weston
Financially Fit, LLC
Vice President
Craig Weston is Vice President of Financially Fit LLC, a world class Education, world class Technology, providing a world class Experience in helping people to become Financially Fit through wealth centered principles and education.  Craig earned his bachelor's in Business Admin from the University of Utah.  Craig has a passion for Baseball, he played college baseball at the University of Utah, he coached High School Baseball for 14 years, Craig is an Olympic Game enthusiast, Craig and his wife love to spend endless time with their 4 grandchildren, Craig loves to serve in areas that can make a difference in people's lives, Craig's true purpose in life is to "Serve others and inspire success and happiness.
Allison Knudson
1st Vice Chair
First National Bank
VP Salt Lake Regional Manager

I am the VP Salt Lake County Regional Branch Manager for First National Bank of Layton Utah, where I have been a bank branch manager since October 2003. In January of 2016 I was promoted to the VP Salt Lake County Regional Branch Manager.

I started my banking career in St. Louis, Missouri in 1989 as a teller. My outgoing personality and friendly disposition with the customers and co-workers quickly propelled me to the New Accounts desk...and eventually into Management. I enjoy working with my current customers, and bringing in new relationships to the bank.

My passion has always been to help people. Which led me to work with ancient healing energy techniques in 2006. I opened my first official healing practice in the Fall of 2011 after becoming licensed in Hypnotherapy, Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), and Energy Work (Reiki). I work with clients to assist them in all levels of their healing; physical, mental, and emotional.

Shawn Newell
2nd Vice Chair
Industrial Supply Company
Vice President of Business Development
Shawn Newell is responsible for the development of new business opportunities for Industrial Supply Company. He is also charged with new product selection and the process of driving new products through the sales team and sales processes. Shawn earned a bachelor's in Sociology from the University of Utah. He also acquired a degree in Marketing Management followed by a Masters in Management. Shawn has continued his education by gaining numerous manufacturer certifications. In Shawn's free time he is a sports official. He is the Vice President of the Salt Lake branch of the NAACP. Through an appointment, Shawn currently serves as a member of the Govenor's Human Rights Commission. Shawn serves on the board of trustees for EDCUtah and is active with the UMA, serves as a Trustee and Alumni Council President of Salt Lake Community college.  He continues to work to improve both the business and civil communities through activities on various boards and Councils..
Alex Ballinger
Janice Boes
Pierpont Place
Janice Boes founded both Premier Event Services (2001) and Pierpont Place, Salt Lake’s Premier Event Venue!”(2006). Both companies provide Full Service Event & wedding design, planning, coordination, management,  bar service, floral service and equipment rental. They have won many awards for their work and service. Janice has a passion for women and small business and helping her community to remain vibrant and successful at large. She loves The Salt Lake Chamber and the WBC and feels they are both vital resources available to business across the state. Janice is also excited to assist the board in taking the WBC to the next level!
Brad Bourne
Cidne Christensen
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc.
Director of Community Development
Cidne Christensen is the Director of Community Development for American Cancer Society at the Utah Branch. She has been with American Cancer Society for 8 years and has a degree in Marketing and Economics from Southern Utah University. Originally she is from New Mexico, but she grew up in Clinton, Utah until she turned 18.  When she isn’t helping patients, caregivers, and communities in the fight against cancer, Cidne is an avid traveler and an enthusiastic Real Salt Lake Supporter. She studied abroad in Salzburg, Austria , Galway, Ireland and did a internship in Washington D.C.  She also loves cheering on the Real Salt Lake and even follows the team on away games.
Stacy Deru
Business Development Manager
Sue Devereaux
USI Insurance Services, LLC
Sales Executive, Employee Benefits
Danene Dustin
Morris Murdock, LLC
Global Sales Rep
Danene believes in a healthy lifestyle so at times a quick run under a bright sun and clear sky beats traveling to the most exotic destinations, but don’t be fooled, as she is a travel veteran. In her early years, Danene lived in Australia and later in life resided in Colombia, South America. An expedition into the depths of the Peruvian Amazon still remains her favorite experience, however. Danene knows more than most what a successful incentive trip entails having extensive experience in conference coordinating & event planning. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Travel & Tourism as well as a Master of Arts degree in American Studies. She is  fluent in Spanish and has completed eight marathons, two of which were the Boston. Danene’s resolute personality gives her a competitive edge in the industry, but it’s really her love of people and culture that fuel her travel passion.
Joe Eldredge
Willdan Lighting & Electric - Mtn. West
Principal, Program Manager
Robert Freebairn
L-3 Technologies
Talent Acquisition Specialist
Janet Healy
Past Chair
Catholic Community Services of Utah
Director of Community & Volunteer Relations
Janet Healy, Director of Community and Volunteer Relations. Catholic Community Services of Utah -  Providing Help...Creating Hope...
Janet has been employeed with Catholic Community Services of Utah over 12 Years and has enjoyed the opportunity to be affliated with the Presidents Ambassadors. A native of Salt Lake City she has spent most of her adult life in the non-profit world working with volunteers and building partnerships with local businesses, civic groups, government groups and interfaith communities. Spent over thirty years supporting the military with her husband which gave her many opportunities to work and volunteer in the military stateside and aboard. It has been and is a great priviliage to be part of this great organization to network and promote the work of the Salt Lake Chamber.
Mike Kirby
Strategic Account Director
Rusty Lugo
Colliers International
Commercial Real Estate Sales & Leasing
Rusty Lugo is a Vice President with Colliers International where he is part of one of the most successful teams in the area. He brings his tenacious work ethic, dedication to his clients and commitment to success to every transaction.Rusty supports his clients by managing the real estate process from start to finish, while providing clients with an up-to-date, detailed overview of market conditions and trends, while negotiating the very best deal on behalf of the client.His team’s experience, knowledge, and focus on high ethical standards has helped them to successfully establish and maintain relationships with both local and national corporations.
Justin Lyons
Enterprise Holdings Inc.
Director of Business Rental - Utah & South Idaho
Ed Makowski
Amy Mayberry
Platinum Sales Manager
Aga Merx
Barry Moniak
End In Mind
Innovative Leadership Speaker | Consultant

Innovative leaders inspire their people to befriend fear.
They win by playing the smarter game with a better team.

To create critical thinking, innovative, profitable cultures … you begin with leaders who befriend fear – not just face it. This mind-set gives leaders personal power, not just position power.

Such extraordinary leaders develop interdependent teams who aren’t afraid of real issues and challenges. These teams understand each other’s feelings and fears and value the differences that make each a unique contributing member.

Their winning team performance is enhanced synergistically by critical thinking in decision making to produce results far greater and more profitable than individual efforts ever could.

Leez Osterstock
Ashley Pantone
Bank of America / Merrill Lynch
Financial Advisor
Ashley joined Merrill Lynch in 2014 following eight years as the Marketing Director for one of the nation’s largest independent food distributors based in Utah.  Ashley is a member of the Merrill Lynch Women’s Exchange, an organization promoting diversity at our firm, a President Ambassador for the SL Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners.She is a member of the University of Utah Business Alumni Association and serves on the Advisory Board for Neighborhood House Association, an organization providing families with affordable day care for children and the elderly. 
Laurella, Roundy & Associates is an established team of wealth management professionals that combines personalized service and advice with sophisticated, industry leading capabilities to help clients effectively manage and grow their wealth. We help in delivering the intimacy of a boutique with the resources of a global institution.
Michael Perlman
Steering Committee Member
Presidents Ambassadors
''Relationship Engineer & Guru at being a Connector''
38+ years as Chamber volunteer, 35 as President's Ambassador (24 as Membership Chair)... Mantra; Networking is my ''soul'', helping others to get the most out of their Chamber opportunities and personal lives... GURU at connecting people and have one of the largest, most successful networks!!! Over the course of many, many years, have had some fantastic success in building name recognition, market share and working for the best bosses and in super opportunities. Relationships, Gratitude, Integrity are key things to both my personal and professional life... I have always said, "I get to walk thru the world, with my attitude of gratitude"!!!  I'm a very lucky and blessed man to have had some many wonderful people become a part of my life path!
Ed Roberson
Director of Business Development
LeAna Robison
Presidents Ambassadors
Rob Ronald
Steering Committee Member
Bailey Montague Graphic Design
I am the President and Owner of Bailey Montague Graphic Design, a 60 year young design communications studio based in Salt Lake City, Utah. We have the privilege of doing work for many clients in all aspects of business. We concentrate on print design such as packaging design, logos, sales materials such as kit covers, large and small brochures, and promotional items. Our clients are in all areas of business, from multi level marketing, education institutions, start up companies, law firms, advertising agencies, non-profit organizations, and healthcare. We have won major awards over the years for our creativity and design expertise. We have been members of the Salt Lake Chamber since 1968 and In 2014 were named Small Business of the Year by the Greater Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, an award we are most proud of. At Bailey Montague we believe "Good Design is Good Business"
Bette Taylor
Steering Committee Member
America First Credit Union
Business Development
Bette Taylor has been in the financial industry for thirty years. She has worked for Zions Bank, West One Bank, was Vice President for US Bank, and currently works for America First Credit Union in Business Development. Bette is highly involved in the community. She sits on Women in Business Boards for the South Salt Lake Chamber, Chamber West, Murray Chamber, Sandy Chamber. She also serves as President Ambassador for the Salt Lake Chamber. Bette is engaged in the Bonneville Community Council, and volunteers for  Camp Hobe for Kids.  She is an Honorary Colonel for the South Salt Lake Police Department.  Bette has fostered a passion for networking and connecting people to their needs.  Service, politics and connecting people are a passion for Bette. Over the years, she served on Mayor Ralph Becker’s Board for Business, the Utah Symphony Board, and volunteered for Ballet West. Bette attended the University of Utah.
Rhet Wadsworth
Wadsworth Development Group
Business Developer
Rhet Wadsworth is a Business Developer at Wadsworth Development Group. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Entrepreneurship from the University of Utah. Starting from the bottom, he has 8 years of experience working in the commercial real estate industry having a background in retail, office, industrial, hospitality, and mixed use developments large and small. Wadsworth Development Group offers a wide range of services including: Site selection, entitlements, design, built-to-suits, financing, construction management, and property management. His target customers are land owners, restaurateurs, franchisees, companies in need of brick-and-mortar presence, and office and industrial users looking to expand or move. 
Lee Weech
Senior Account Executive
Lee Weech is a senior sales executive with Executech with clients in Utah, Colorado and Ohio.   Lee has worked in technology for many years and his favorite part is being a consultant to help companies find the right solution for their business or making presentations.   Lee is originally from San Diego, moved to Utah in 2005 and has two children (Jackson 13 and Kara 11).   When not working, Lee helps coach the Corner Canyon High School varsity lacrosse team or can be found doing a large variety of activities to stay busy. 
Diana Young
PrincePerelson & Associates
Diana brings over 25 years of Human Resource and Administrative experience to the company. Since joining the company more than 20 years ago, Diana has worked both as Director of Business Development and in her current role as Vice President of Perelson Temporary Staffing. Diana has been instrumental in bringing in and managing key clients and accounts over the years, in addition to building the Temporary Division to record earnings.With her outgoing nature and deep networks, Diana creates strong business relationships—many of which turn into long-term friendships, attesting to the loyalty she earns from her clients and candidates.Diana is active in many business associations, including the Business Women’s Forum Committee (past Chair), Salt Lake Chamber's President’s Ambassadors (past Chair), Mountain West Capital Network, and Economic Development Corporation of Utah.
Jackie Sexton
Chamber Staff - Events
Salt Lake Chamber
Vice President of Events & Programs
Jackie Sexton is the vice president of programs and events and is responsible for events such as Giant In Our City, Classic Golf Tournament, Annual Meeting and Small Business Awards Luncheon, Utah Economic Review, Legislative Reception, and the Women & Business Conference. She also oversees the networking events such as Business After Hours, Leadership Utah, Leadership Utah Alumni and the Military Affairs Committee. Jackie has worked for the Chamber since 1998. She has also held positions in the Chamber's Women's Business Center and Marketing Department prior to joining and now leading the event staff. She attended Weber State University where she majored in business management and information technology and received a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Phoenix. Jackie and her husband Rod have two daughters. Over the past few years she’s turned into an excellent chauffeur, a wickedly cool softball mom and a pitiful maid.
Lisa Ostrander
Chamber Staff - Ribbon Cuttings
Salt Lake Chamber
Member Relations Manager
Lisa Ostrander serves as the member relations manager with the Salt Lake Chamber. She graduated from Winona State University in 2011 with a bachelors degree in mass communications: public relations. Her work background includes marketing, creative design, website and social media maintenance, client relations, event planning, radio and copywriting. A Minneapolis native with a passion for traveling, Lisa moved to Utah in 2012 to pursue her love of the outdoors and to join Utah’s ever-growing business climate. Her outdoor interests include hiking, backpacking, camping, fishing, rock-climbing, and enjoying time at the lake. She also enjoys basketball, photography, film, concerts, anything arts related and cooking.
Mark Harvey
Chamber Staff - Membership
Salt Lake Chamber
Business Development Manager
Mark is part of the Chamber’s business development team, tasked with improving the Chamber’s membership and revenue. He brings more than 20 years of experience in this area. He loves the State of Utah and feels blessed to be part of its successful growth and development. He also loves hockey, football and his family – especially, his 10 grandchildren.
Lindsay Riches
Chamber Staff - Membership
Barbara Tharp
Chamber Staff - Membership
Jim Dean