Huntsman Alumni Magazine

Spring 2009

Twenty new inductees to the Old Main Society have Huntsman ties.

In 2008, 20 of the 53 people who were inducted into the Old Main Society have ties with the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.

To become a member of the Old Main Society, a donor’s lifetime giving to Utah State University must have reached a total of $25,000 or more. Bequests or irrevocable deferred gifts of $50,000 or more will also qualify a donor for membership.

The most recent inductees include:

  • Alan K. and Kathleen Allred. Alan, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance from the Huntsman School of Business in 1974, was the president and CEO of Questar Gas and the executive vice president of the Questar Gas Corporation. He retired in fall 2008. Kathleen graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences in 1972. In addition to being on the National Advisory Board, Alan has served on the board of the American Gas Association, the Western Energy Institute and the Economic Development Corporation of Utah. The Allreds’ gifts support the Utah Business Week Scholarship and provide general support for the Huntsman School.
  • Marc and Debbie Bingham. Marc, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from the College of Natural Resources in 1963, started Phone Directories Company and is a five-time winner of the “Publisher of the Year” award from the Association of Directory Publishers. He is currently the CEO of Blue Diamond Capital, an investment firm. Debbie is a member of the Foundation Board of Utah Valley University. The Bingham’s are recognized for their gift to construct the Bingham Entrepreneurship and Energy Research Center on the Uintah Basin Campus. In February 2009 they were recognized for contributing $4.5 million to Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife, funds that are to be used to purchase hunting rights in the Northwest Territories. The Bingham’s also donated real estate, valued at a half million dollars, to the College of Eastern Utah for the expansion of the school’s Prehistoric Museum and its botanic gardens.
  • Kem C. and Carolyn Gardner. Kem was the co-founder and president of the Boyer Company, L.C., a firm with development projects all over the Intermountain West, including the Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City. He is currently chair of Gardner Properties, L.C. Kem has served on the Executive Committee of the United Way of Salt Lake. He has chaired the 2002 Olympic Ambassadors, the Salt Lake Board for Olympic Aid, the Capital Advisory Committee and the Utah State Board of Regents.  Kem and Carolyn were recognized for their gift to the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.
  • Reed and Cindy Gardner. Reed is the owner of Electrical Wholesale Supply (EWS) in Salt Lake City. EWS has been a family business since 1961 when Reed’s father, Ken, started it in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Reed took over the business in 1988 and it now has eight branches and employs more than 150 people. Reed was also president of the board of directors for the Intermountain Electrical Association. Gardner has served on the Legacy of Life Committee, a group that supports the LDS Hospital Foundation. Reed and Cindy have four children. Reed graduated from BYU with a degree in business management in 1980. The Gardners are recognized for their ongoing gifts to fund the Electrical Wholesale Supply Scholarship, which supports students in the Huntsman School of Business.
  • Richard and Julie King. Dick, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from USU in 1972, is vice president of Associated Foods in Salt Lake City. He received a commission in the U.S. Army through the USU ROTC program. He serves on the board of the Western Association of Food Chains, the ARS Retail Store Board, Seminis (Monsanto) Produce Advisory Board, the Encore Associates Advisory Board and the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business National Advisory Board. Julie, who attended USU and Boise State University, is the historian of Associated Foods. She has served on the board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the American Cancer Society, the Beaux Arts Society and the St. Alphonsus Foundation Board. The Kings are recognized for their gifts to the Huntsman School of Business and USU libraries.
  • Shauna and Tom Mabey. Shauna, who received a bachelor's degree in marketing from the Huntsman School of Business and an MBA from the University of San Francisco, was the director of sales and marketing at The Pasha Group, a transportation and logistics company. She was also the first woman to be a national account sales manager for Ryder Systems Inc. Tom owns Sahara Inc., a development and construction company. The Mabeys are recognized for their gifts to the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business National Advisory Board Scholarship.
  • William G. and Billie L. Murray. Bill, who graduated cum laude from USU in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in political science, is a partner in the law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and is the chair of the Global Real Estate Group in San Francisco, Calif. Billie studied art at the San Francisco Academy of Art University. The Murrays are recognized for the Billie L. Murray and William G. Murray, Jr. Scholarship they fund and another scholarship which supports global business initiatives.
  • Jason and Melanie Pond. Jason, who received a bachelor's degree in marketing from the Huntsman School of Business in 1997, is the president of the Logo Shop, Inc., in Logan. The Logo Shop has been named as one of Utah's Top 100 fastest growing companies three times since 2001. Melanie, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in human resource management in 1996 and an MBA in 1998 from USU, is director of human resources for the Space Dynamics Laboratory. She is a certified professional in human resources and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. The Ponds are recognized for their gift to the Big Blue Scholarship Fund.
  • E. Floyd and Hazel Ross. Floyd joins the Old Main Society for the contribution he made in memory of his wife, Hazel. Hazel graduated from USU with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1939. Floyd and Hazel started as farmers in Myton, Utah. After opening a Dairy Queen, Floyd became a field representative for the Farmers’ Union in the Uintah Basin. Floyd help build a telephone cooperative that became the Uintah Basin Telephone Association. They went on to purchase and manage a phone system company in Parker, Ariz. After ten years they sold the phone company and ventured into real estate. They moved to San Diego, Calif., where Hazel passed away in 2001. The Ross’ are recognized for a scholarship to the Uintah Basin Regional Campus, which will support students seeking a degree in the area of business entrepreneurship.
  • Vonetta S. and Woody B. Searle. Vonetta made her gift in honor of her late husband, Woody. Woody owned and operated a number of businesses including: Searle Hide & Fur, Searle Savings Center, Searle Gas Company, Diamond Hills Motel and Restaurant and the Searle Saddle Shop. Vonetta was a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club. Vonetta is recognized for her gift to the Woody B. and Vonetta S. Searle Faculty Endowment at the Uintah Basin Campus which will be used to hire faculty teaching business management, accounting, finance, marketing and related business programs.