Economic Club of Utah

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Great American cities have prestigious forums for intellectually motivating and deeply relevant economic discussion. The Economic Club of Utah serves this purpose for the State of Utah. An initiative of the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, the club is a forum to share research, data and analysis important to the success of the Utah economy. Like the economic clubs of Chicago, New York and Washington D.C., the Economic Club of Utah brings together leading economists and business leaders and aims to cultivate the next generation of economic and civic leadership. The club serves the entire state, replaces what was previously known as the Wasatch Front Economic Forum, and serves as the local chapter for the National Association for Business Economics (NABE).


The Economic Club of Utah supports many objectives for the David Eccles School of Business, the University of Utah, and the state of Utah.

  • Speakers Forum – Host six to nine events a year to inform membership of critical business and economic issues facing Utah
  • Network – Provide a peer network to share economic data, research and analysis
  • NABE – Serve as the local chapter of the National Association of Business Economics
  • Annual Review – Host an annual symposium to share economic forecasts and timely economic issues. This is the signature event of the Club each year.
  • Mentor – Cultivate future economic leaders
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Current Members and Officers

Club membership includes a diverse mix of economic, public policy, business and community leaders dedicated to the long-term success of the Utah economy. The Club is led by a board of directors comprised of public and private sector economics expertise and a slate of officers who oversee the daily leadership of the organization.


President – Mark Knold
Senior Economist
Department of Workforce Services

Secretary – Nick Thiriot
Communications Specialist
University of Utah

Treasurer – Colleen Larson
Administrative Manager
University of Utah

Membership Chair – Matt Hillburn
Research Manager
Economic Development Corporation of Utah

Program and Event Chair – Lana Howell
Director of Market Research
Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors

Young Leaders Chair – Michael Parker
Public Policy Coordinator
Salt Lake Chamber

Utah Economic Council

Phil Dean
Utah Governor’s Office, Co-Chair

Juliette Tennert
University of Utah, Co-Chair

Stephen Kroes
Utah Foundation

Darin Mellott

David Stringfellow
State of Utah

Natalie Gochnour
Salt Lake Chamber

Robert Spendlove
Zions Bank

Carrie Mayne
Utah Department of Workforce Services

Leslee Katayama
Utah State Tax Commission

Doug MacDonald

Kate Rubalcava
Utah Nonprofits Association

Kjersten Adams
Cicero Group

Tom Maloney
University of Utah

John Gilbert
Utah State University

Jim Wood
University of Utah

Wes Curtis
Southern Utah University

Thomas Young
State of Utah