Paul C. Huntsman served as the owner and publisher of The Salt Lake Tribune until he donated his ownership to create the nation’s first nonprofit metropolitan daily in 2020. Paul serves as chair of The Salt Lake Tribune Inc. Board of Directors and as president of Huntsman Family Investments, LLC. He has over 25 years of board-level, operations and transactional experience in industrial, financial and investment services companies. He served as a vice president at Huntsman Corporation from 1996 to 2004 and as a senior vice president at Huntsman Gay Global Capital, LLC from 2009 to 2013, where he sourced, executed and managed private equity transactions. Huntsman previously served on the boards of Citadel Plastics, Huntsman Chemical and the Clark Planetarium, and currently serves on the boards of This Is The Place Park Foundation, American Pacific Corporation, GTA Teleguam and the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Clint Betts is the co-founder, executive director and chairman of Silicon Slopes. In 2013, Betts founded Beehive Startups. In 2016, Beehive Startups created a new nonprofit organization and joined forces with Silicon Slopes to empower Utah’s startup and tech community to learn, connect and serve. In addition to his duties at Silicon Slopes, Betts is the cofounder and CEO of TheBeehive.com; co-founder and CEO of CEO.com; publisher of Silicon Slopes Magazine; and co-founder and executive producer of Silicon Slopes Tech Summit. A Utah native, Betts studied journalism at Utah Valley University and resides in the Beehive State with his wife and four kids.
Luzmaria (Lucy) Cardenas began her restaurant career handing out menus in her parents’ restaurants at the age of 5. The Cardenas family has owned and operated restaurants in Salt Lake City continuously for over 55 years. Lucy grew up on the west side of Salt Lake City, graduating from West High. Professionally, Lucy trained restaurant staff in six states, returning to Salt Lake City in 2005 to take ownership of the Cardenas family business, The Red Iguana. The last 15 years she has worked to honor the family’s legacy while growing the business to meet the demands created by 30 years of local and national awards and honors. The Red Iguana serves over 750,000 customers a year at three locations and employs a staff of 200. Lucy is a member of the Utah Multicultural Commission and serves on the boards of the River District Chamber and The Suazo Business Center. Lucy’s vision is to continue to support, live and work in the westside neighborhood, which she believes offers great opportunities to the Salt Lake Valley.
Randy Dryer started his career as a working journalist in both print and TV and then went to law school with the thought of becoming a network correspondent reporting on the Supreme Court. He began his second career as a practicing lawyer at Utah’s largest law firm, Parsons Behle & Latimer, where he was able to combine his love of law and journalism in a national media law litigation practice. Randy has represented virtually every major news organization in the State of Utah, including The Salt Lake Tribune, and many national news organizations. In 2012 he was named by Best Lawyers as “First Amendment Lawyer of the Year” in Salt Lake City, Utah. After 30 years as a practicing lawyer, Randy was named as the Presidential Honors Professor at the University of Utah with a joint appointment at the S.J. Quinney College of Law and the Honors College where he teaches courses in media law, pretrial practice, judicial process and digital privacy, and is actively involved in university governance at both colleges and the university as a whole. Randy has a long history of community engagement and volunteerism, including serving as a member of the board of trustees of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games Organizing Committee, the Utah Athletic Foundation, president of the Utah State Bar, a member of the board of trustees of the University of Utah and numerous other nonprofit organizations focused on arts museums, access to justice and campaign finance reform.
Holly Mullen was born and raised in Salt Lake City. Her earliest memory of The Salt Lake Tribune involves sitting at the kitchen table at age six sounding out the headlines to her mom or dad. Holly is a graduate of the University of Utah, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communication, with an emphasis on news reporting. Two weeks after graduation, she was hired as a cub reporter at the Deseret News and began a 30-year career in reporting, writing and editing at newspapers across the country. She was The Salt Lake Tribune’s first woman executive sports editor and a popular Utah page columnist, writing on politics and local culture. From 2007 to 2015, Holly was editor at Salt Lake City Weekly; communications director for the Utah House Democratic Caucus, and executive director of the nonprofit Rape Recovery Center in Salt Lake City. She was a communication team member for Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, and is currently communication and public engagement manager for Salt Lake City Public Utilities.
Ashish Patel is chief insights officer at Group Nine Media, the No. 1 publisher on mobile in the U.S. and home to category-leading media brands Thrillist, NowThis, The Dodo, Seeker and POPSUGAR. Ashish concurrently holds the title of Executive-in-Residence at early-stage VC fund Lerer Hippeau. Prior to Group Nine’s formation, Ashish was senior vice president of social media at NowThis Media as well as advisor at The Dodo and Thrillist, and head of global social media at VICE. Ashish was born and raised in Salt Lake City and attended The Waterford School. Ashish graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and has worked and resided in Brooklyn, New York, since.
James E. Shelledy retired as director of Louisiana State University’s Office of Student Media and Greer Chair in Media Business and Ethics in the Manship School in 2017. He directed the student-staffed Manship School News Service program and the Civil Rights Era Cold Case Murders Project, the Wrongful Conviction Project and the Manship Statehouse Bureau, which covers the Louisiana Legislature for 13 daily newspapers. Shelledy was editor of The Salt Lake Tribune for 12 years and has more than 30 years of daily newspaper and wire service experience.
Angie Welling is the director of communications for Google Fiber, overseeing public relations and internal communications for Fiber in its 11 markets across the United States (including two in Utah!). She previously led public policy and public affairs for Google in the western U.S. Prior to joining Google, Angie was director of public relations at Salt Lake City-based Love Communications. She has also served as communications director to Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert and public information officer for the Utah Department of Corrections. Angie was also a reporter at the Deseret News for nearly eight years, covering state and federal courts and state government. Angie holds a master’s degree of public administration from the University of Utah and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Weber State University. She serves on the capital campaign committee for SpyHop and is a dedicated volunteer and foster dog mom for Community Animal Welfare Society (CAWS).
Spencer Zwick is the cofounder and managing partner of Solamere Capital, a private equity investment group based in Boston and New York City. Solamere provides a vehicle that enables a group of CEOs and industry leaders to pool both their capital and their networks to source and add value to private investment opportunities. Solamere has a committed capital structure from strategic investors representing many major industries, including consumer goods, healthcare, business services, transportation and logistics, retail, restaurant and food, hospitality, industrials, and financial services. Spencer previously served as the national finance chairman and senior adviser to the Romney for President campaigns and was the finance chairman for the former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. He also served as the deputy chief of staff and chief operating officer to Gov. Mitt Romney in Massachusetts. Previously, Spencer also worked in the executive office of the 2002 Olympic Organizing Committee for the Salt Lake City Winter Games. Spencer serves as a board member for the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases, the President’s Cabinet at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Lupus Research Alliance and is a member of the BYU Pathway Presidents Leadership Council. Spencer is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and Thai. Spencer and his wife, Jenny, are proud parents of four children.