Chamber to honor Simmons, Anderson with ‘Giants’ award
Event • Two Zions executives to receive business group’s highest tribute.
Published: January 8, 2013 09:31PM
Updated: January 8, 2013 09:31PM
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Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune Zions Bank CEO Scott Anderson, addressing students at West High School, has been named a Giants in Our City recipient.

Harris Simmons and Scott Anderson, the respective CEOs of Zions Bancorp and Zions Bank, will receive the Salt Lake Chamber’s highest honor at a black-tie dinner and award ceremony in March.

Simmons, who also is the banking company’s chairman, and Anderson are the Chamber’s 2013 Giants in Our City, the business group announced Tuesday.

The ceremony honoring them will be held at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City on March 27.

To attend the event, register at http://slchamber.com/giant.

“I could not possibly overstate the impact these great men have had — and continue to make — on our community,” chamber CEO Lane Beattie said in a statement.

Simmons and Anderson, who also is the bank’s president, “have strengthened businesses across Utah, supported important community programs and made incalculable contributions to the quality of life of all Utahns,” Beattie said.

Simmons leads the $51 billion bank holding company, which owns eight subsidiaries in 10 western and southwestern states. He joined Zions Bank in 1970.

During Anderson’s tenure, Zions Bank has been the No. 1 provider of Small Business Administration loans in Utah for 19 consecutive years. He made the decision for Zions to enter the Idaho market in 1997.

Anderson joined Zions in 1991.

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Chamber event information

The Salt Lake Chamber’s Giant in Our City award was created in 1969 to annually honor exceptional public service and extraordinary professional achievement.

Register at http://slchamber.com/giant

Cost: Varies. $250 for an individual seat to as much as $50,000 for three tables purchased by a “presenting sponsor.”

For a list of past recipients, go to http://www.slchamber.com/page/list/view/giant_in_our_city_history