SALT LAKE CITY, UT, USA - Utah Business presented World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah) President and CEO Derek B. Miller with a CEO of the Year Award March 16 at a ceremony held at the Grand America Hotel.
“I have always been interested in international development, international business and international affairs. I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to work with entrepreneurs and business owners throughout the state to expand Utah’s economy one company and one job at a time,” said Miller.
“I am truly honored to be recognized as a 2017 CEO of the Year.”
CEO of the Year Awards recognize executives who exude innovation, show sound business judgment and have proven financial success. Utah Business selects award recipients through a call-for-nominations process. To be selected, candidates must have proven to be successful leaders within their companies and communities.
“Each year, Utah Business honors outstanding CEOs from private, public and nonprofit organizations. This year, we are honoring 10 chief executives who stand out above the rest,” said Heather Stewart, managing editor for Utah Business. “Derek Miller is being recognized in the ‘Nonprofit – Business Services' category for his leadership in expanding WTC Utah’s reach throughout the state and fearlessly advocating for trade in Utah.”
Scott Anderson, president of Zions Bank and chair of the WTC Utah board, had the following to say about Miller’s recognition:
“Oftentimes, we look at the business side of individuals and reward them and congratulate them on their business acumen, but I think what we miss when we do that is the more human side which really makes a person great. And that’s what makes Derek great. Not only does he have the business expertise and the political expertise to handle the job, but he has the personal skills and the family skills that anchor him with values that he can then take forth into the community.”
Under Miller’s leadership WTC Utah has implemented a rural outreach program to ensure all areas of the state have access to its exporting resources and started a quarterly Thought Leader Symposium Series. He also rallied executives from some of Utah’s top exporting companies to participate on a newly created WTC Utah board.
Derek’s impact on the Utah economy goes beyond his accomplishments at WTC Utah. Since his return to the state nearly a decade ago, Derek has delivered innovative solutions that have streamlined government, fostered opportunity and spurred economic growth.
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