Mission Statement

The mission of World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah) is to help Utah companies think, act and succeed globally. WTC Utah accomplishes this mission through three key objectives:

  • Motivate and educate Utah businesses to expand their global presence through training seminars, regional forums and newsletters focused on international business development, trade issues and export opportunities.
  • Build capacity of Utah businesses for international trade through B2B consultations to identify expansion goals, assess current capabilities, determine overseas opportunities and connect companies with market experts and potential partners.
  • Expand global network of Utah businesses through trade missions and networking opportunities with foreign trade officials.

World Trade Center Utah is a licensed and certified member of the World Trade Centers Association, a network of more than 300 World Trade Centers in 100 countries around the world focused on facilitating prosperity through trade and investment. WTC Utah’s strategic partners include the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service, Economic Development Corporation of Utah, Utah Technology Council, Utah Manufacturers Association, USTAR the state’s Institutions of Higher Education, and local economic development officers and agencies.

Our Team

Daniel Leifson

International Trade Specialist
(801) 200-4714

Jessica Nield

Marketing and Communications Director
(801) 814-3491

Teren Taniuchi

International Trade Services Fellow
(808) 753-3247 

Aundrea Peterson

Communications Fellow
(801) 791-3365

Matthew Taylor

Trade Services Fellow
(801) 913-3309 

Nick Kieren

Rural Outreach Fellow
(928) 200-1598 

History of WTC Utah

World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah) is a 501 (c)-6 non-profit organization that was founded in 2006 and became an official member of the World Trade Center Association on April 21, 2007. WTC Utah is a licensed and certified member of the World Trade Centers Association (WTCA). Headquartered in New York City, WTCA is comprised of a network of more than 300 World Trade Centers around the world that facilitates international trade and investment in more than 100 countries.

As the statewide voice of international business, WTC Utah facilitates economic growth through increased exports and international awareness for Utah’s companies. WTC Utah helps guide Utah companies into profitable global markets by offering signature services such as assessment of a company’s current global position or international strategy, education in the form of seminars and workshops to help develop global strategy and connections through the World Trade Center network and co-hosted local events. Strategic partners include the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, U.S. Commercial Service, Salt Lake Chamber, Economic Development Corporation of Utah and Utah Technology Council.

World Trade Center Utah is housed in the World Trade Center Building at City Creek, formally known as Eagle Gate Tower. The building was renamed in spring of 2012 to help increase the visibility of Utah’s role in the global marketplace and to promote the international presence of Utah businesses.


WTC Utah Board

Founding Members

  • Alex Dunn, Vivint
  • Christian Gardner, Gardner Company
  • Darin Parker, PMI
  • David Huntsman, Huntsman Foundation
  • Dean Luikart, Wells Fargo
  • Derek Miller, WTC Utah
  • Gary E. Stevenson, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Foundation
  • Greg Miller, LHM Management Corp.
  • Jacob Kingston,Washakie Renewable Energy
  • Lane Beattie, Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce
  • Ron Jibson, Questar
  • Scott Anderson, Zions Bank
  • Val Hale, Governor’s Office of Economic Development

Public Sector Members

  • Brad Wilson, Utah House of Representatives
  • Eric Hutchings, Utah House of Representatives
  • Jeff Edwards, EDCUtah
  • Mark Madsen, Utah Senate
  • Natalie Gochnour, University of Utah
  • Rob Behunin, Utah State University
  • Stuart Adams, Utah Senate
  • Val Hale, GOED


Private Sector Members

  • Chirs Fletcher, Deloitte
  • Craig Zollinger, JP Morgan Chase
  • David Lang, Goldman Sachs
  • David Rudd, Ballard Spahr
  • David Utrilla, U.S. Translation Company
  • Jason Combs, Rio Tinto
  • Kirk Jowers, dōTERRA
  • Larry Coughlin, Boeing
  • Lew Cramer, Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors
  • Mark Bouchard, CBRE
  • Rich Hartvigsen, NuSkin
  • Richard Nelson, Utah Technology Council
  • Steve Price, Price Realty
  • Terry Grant, KeyBank