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

Don Willie

 Managing Director
(801) 859-5094


Suzette Alles

International Business Development – FDI Specialist
(801) 717-0821

Kelsey Price

Marketing Director
(801) 718-6095

Meg Garfield

Events Manager
(801) 867-4700

Jessica Nield

Communications Director
(801) 814-3491

Jim Porter

Trade Services Team
(435) 512-1890

Cate Klundt

Government Relations Manager
(702) 767-3994

Nicole Sherwood

Grants Manager & STEP Project Director
(801) 599-9185

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

• Lane Beattie, Salt Lake Chamber
• Scott Anderson, Zions Bank
• Craig Wagstaff, Dominion Energy
• Richard Lambert, Wells Fargo
• Gerald Causse, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Foundation
• Steve Starks, Larry H. Miller Corp.
• Rob Carpenter, JPMorgan Chase
• Mayor Ben McAdams, Salt Lake County
• Cindy Crane, Rocky Mountain Power
• Rich Lambert, Wells Fargo

Public Sector Members

• Senator Stuart Adams
• Senator Curt Bramble
• Representative Brad Wilson
• Representative Eric Hutchings
• Val Hale, Governor’s Office of Economic Development
• Theresa Foxley, EDCUtah
• Beth Colosimo, Salt Lake Community College
• Alex Guzman, Utah Hispanic Chamber
• John Knotwell, Utah Technology Council
• Natalie Gochnour, University of Utah
• Cynthia Gibson, Utah State University
• Shelby Peterson, U.S. Commercial Service
• Maile Wilson, Cedar City Valley Chamber
• Clint Betts, Beehive Startups



Sponsoring Members

• David Rudd, Ballard Spahr
• Laura Bogusch, Boeing
• David Bauman, CBRE
• Lew Cramer, Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors
• Gary Porter, Deseret Management Corp.
• Chris Fletcher, Deloitte
• Reed Forrester, Delta Airlines
• Kirk Jowers, doTERRA
• Christian Gardner, Gardner Company
• David Lang, Goldman Sachs
• Cody Broderick, inWhatLanguage
• Terry Grant, KeyBank
• Joseph Brubaker, Kirton McConkie
• Rich Hartvigsen, NuSkin
• Darin Parker, PMI Foods
• Mike Bailey, Parsons Behle & Latimer
• Steve Price, Price Realty
• Geoff Green, Rio Tinto