Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Aaron Bludworth
Aaron Bludworth
President and CEO, FERN

Mr. Bludworth oversees all executive management of Fern, including: strategy, sales, customer service, and operations. Mr. Bludworth is a very active executive, often found visiting show sites and participating in client meetings. Mr. Bludworth’s career in the exposition industry began in 1992 with Modern Exposition Services where he filled numerous executive positions, including Executive Vice President and Managing Director. Mr. Bludworth was also an executive at GES in Las Vegas, where he managed the National Corporate Events Group and oversaw Las Vegas trade show sales. Mr. Bludworth is very active in the exhibition industry; he is a past president and board member of the Exhibition Services and Contractors Association (ESCA), a board member of the International Center for Exhibitor and Event Marketing (ICEEM), and a council member of the Convention Industry Council (CIC). Mr. Bludworth is an emeritus member of the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business Alumni Board of Directors.

Terry Grant
Terry Grant
President, Utah Market KeyBank N.A.

With over 30 years of banking experience, Terry Grant is the President for KeyBank Utah with his office located in the KeyBank Tower in Salt Lake City, Utah.  In this position, he is responsible for overseeing and coordinating all lines of KeyBank’s businesses within Utah, including Commercial Banking, Private Banking, Retail & Consumer Banking, as well as Business Banking.

Prior to joining KeyBank, Mr. Grant was a Regional Team Lead for the Commercial Banking Group at Wells Fargo; founded and was the Chief Credit & Lending Officer of Proficio Bank; the Utah Commercial Division Manager at JP Morgan Chase/Bank One; and a Senior Relationship Manager at US Bank in Utah.

He spent 20 years outside of Utah in senior commercial banking roles with Royal Bank of Canada (Los Angeles, Toronto & New York) and Credit Lyonnais New York.  He has extensive experience in commercial banking as well as international banking and trade.

Mr. Grant was recently appointed by the Governor of Utah to sit on the Utah International Relations & Trade Commission.  He is currently active as a Board of Trustee member for Westminster College.  As well, he sits on the boards of: United Way of Salt Lake; World Trade Center Utah; Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce; Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Roundtable (Chair); Utah Technology Council; Junior Achievement Utah; Next Generation Freedom Fund; Living Planet Aquarium; Camp Kostopulos; and Hale Centre Theatre in West Valley.  In 2014 he was honored with the Outstanding Eagle Award from the Boy Scouts of America.  He earned his MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and resides with his wife in Alpine, Utah.

Ally Isom
Ally Isom
Director of Institutional Messaging for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

With expertise at the nexus of communications, policy and politics, Ally Isom is passionate about helping organizations bring people together to tackle tough issues. Ally is currently Director of Institutional Messaging for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with responsibilities for integrated and global communications. Previously, she worked in state government for ten years, including time as deputy chief of staff, communications director and spokesperson for Utah’s governor, and as a state agency administrator and a legislative liaison. She started in politics by running political campaigns between babies and also served as a city council member, community council chair and PTA officer. A Brigham Young University-Provo graduate, Ally is married to an Idaho farm-boy. After 27 years, they have two daughters, two sons, one granddaughter and two not entirely bright Labradors.

Paul T. Mero
Paul T. Mero
President and CEO, Next Generation Freedom Fund

Prior to founding Next Generation Freedom Fund, Mr. Mero served as CEO for the Leadership Project for America (its c3, c4 and PAC). He previously served as president of Sutherland Institute, executive vice president of The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society, and worked in the U.S. House of Representatives for ten years. He is the co-author of The Natural Family: A Manifesto and many articles, commentaries and speeches.

Derek Miller
Derek Miller
President and CEO, World Trade Center Utah

Derek B. Miller is the president and CEO of the World Trade Center Utah, an organization dedicated to helping Utah companies “think, act, and succeed globally.” WTC Utah is a member of the World Trade Centers Association headquartered in New York City, a network of more than 300 WTC’s in 100 countries around the world, with the mission to facilitate prosperity through trade and investment.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Miller served as chief of staff to Governor Gary R. Herbert, overseeing the Governor’s Office, the Governor’s Cabinet and state operations. Mr. Miller has also served as managing director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development where he was responsible for recruiting new businesses to the state and helping existing Utah businesses to expand.

Before moving back to his home state of Utah, Mr. Miller worked in Washington D.C. for the U.S. House of Representatives as legal counsel and for Arthur Andersen as a management consultant. Mr. Miller is a graduate of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, and he also holds a Master of Public Administration from the University’s Romney Institute of Public Management.

Jon S. Pierpont
Jon S. Pierpont
Executive Director of Utah’s Department of Workforce Services

Jon Pierpont is the executive director of Utah’s Department of Workforce Services and serves in the cabinet of Governor Gary R. Herbert. Appointed in December 2012, Jon oversees a $1.5 billion budget and a department tasked with administering federal and state programs, including workforce development, public assistance programs, refugee services, housing and community development, and services for the disabled community. He currently serves on the executive board of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies and several other local boards and commissions. Jon has more than 25 years experience with Workforce Services. Prior to serving as the executive director, he was the deputy director, eligibility services division director and led the department’s largest service area. Jon is a graduate of the University of Utah.

Honorary Board Member

Stuart C. Reid
Stuart C. Reid
President and CEO of SCReid, LLC and Reid & Reid Properties, LLC

Mr. Reid served as a member of the Utah Senate and as an Ogden City and Salt Lake City Community and Economic Development Director. He has served as a board member for the Salt Lake International Airport, Ogden Development Foundation, and Ogden Pioneer Days Foundation. Prior to Mr. Reid’s public service, he served as a United States Army Officer and as a manager of government and community relations for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

William C. Duncan
William C. Duncan
Director, Marriage Law Foundation

William C. Duncan is director of the Marriage Law Foundation. He previously served as the director of the Marriage Law Project at the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America.

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