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Kem Gardner

Kem Gardner

Title: Co-Founder and President

Company: Boyer Company, LC

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

Educational Background:

JD, University of Utah, 1970
BA, University of Utah, 1967

Huntsman School Interactions:

Dean's Convocation Speaker - Wednesday, October 18, 2006


Kem Gardner was the co-founder and president of the Boyer Company L.C., a firm that has developed more than 20 million square feet of real estate projects in the Intermountain West and other areas of the U.S.

Boyer Company L.C. developed The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City in 2001. The $375 million mixed-use development was the largest redevelopment project in the history of Utah. The Boyer Company also manages 14 million square feet of commercial space. Mr. Gardner, who said he likes to think of himself as a "community builder," is now chair of Gardner Properties L.C., where he placed his assets in 2004.

Mr. Gardner has served on the Executive Committee of the United Way of Salt Lake since 1998, including two terms as chair. Mr. Gardner was named "Compassionate Leader of the Year" in 2004 by the United Way of Salt Lake for his philanthropic efforts. During the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, he served as chair of the 2002 Olympic Ambassadors and chair of the Salt Lake Board for Olympic Aid.

Mr. Gardner has served as chair of The Salt Lake Chamber and currently chairs the Capitol Advisory Committee, responsible for developing a 25-year master plan for Salt Lake City. He also has been active in education, serving as chair of the Utah State Board of Regents and on the national advisory committees of Weber State University and Southern Utah University.

He also is a member of the Intermountain Health Care Board of Trustees, where he chairs the Finance Committee. He is a member of Intermountain Health Care Insurance, Inc., Board of Directors and chairs the campaign for the new Intermountain Medical Center.

He received his bachelor of arts degree in 1967 and a Juris Doctorate in 1970 from the University of Utah. He and his wife, Carolyn, are the parents of six children, and they have 10 grandchildren.

Related Huntsman News Articles:

Kem Gardner Honored as a "Giant in Our City" by Salt Lake Chamber (Huntsman Alumni Magazine - Spring 2012)


Dean's Convocation: October 18, 2006