The World Trade Association of Utah, in partnership with Key Bank, honored three local business leaders at the Utah Global Forum for their outstanding contribution to advancing international trade and commerce.
Lifetime Products was recognized as ‘Company of the Year, David Utrilla, founder and CEO of U.S. Translation Company as ‘Person of the Year,’ and Stan Rees, founder of Salt Lake Community College’s Global Business Center as the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award.
“We’re proud to honor three of Utah’s strongest international business trailblazers who have paved the way for Utah’s global economy to thrive thanks to their tireless efforts in building bridges to new markets at home and abroad for decades,” said Baldomero Lago, president of WTA and Utah Valley University’s chief international officer.
Established in 1986, Lifetime Products is a privately held company in Clearfield that started in the owner’s back yard in aims of building a better basketball system for his children. Today, the company employs 3,000 workers globally and is the world’s leading manufacturer of polyethylene folding tables, chairs, and residential basketball hoops. With other offerings from outdoor sheds and composters to playsets and kayaks, Lifetime continues to develop innovative products sold in more than 110 countries around the globe.
“For over three decades, our products have brought people and families together, and early on, we made it a priority to share these innovations across the globe,” said Richard Hendrickson, president and CEO of Lifetime Products. “Being recognized as the Company of the Year by the World Trade Association and Key Bank is an honor that not only applauds Lifetime’s years of innovation and growth, but more importantly will help build even more momentum as we look to how to better serve our customers around the world.”
“KeyBank is honored to once again sponsor, along with the World Trade Association of Utah, the awards for the state's brightest international leaders," said Terry Grant, Utah president for KeyBank. “In presenting the International Company of the Year Award to a company that started here in Utah and now has its products in 110 countries, is truly a Utah success story, and goes back to our strong entrepreneurial spirit we have in our great State. Congratulations to Lifetime Products.”
While still in college, David Utrilla founded U.S. Translation Company 1995, to provide translation and interpretation services to help organizations break the communication barrier. Today, the company is one of the premier language businesses in the world, with over 4,000 linguists located around the globe, and has been listed six times in Inc. as 500/5000 for fastest growing companies in America. Mr. Utrilla also serves as the Honorary Consul of Peru and incoming president of the Utah Consular Corps.
“I am honored and grateful for being recognized as the Utah International Person of the Year,” said David Utrilla, founder and CEO of U.S. Translation Company. “I am also thankful for my family and my wonderful team at U.S. Translation Company who are behind this recognition. Lastly, I would like to express my gratitude to the World Trade Association, Key Bank, and the Utah Global Forum for promoting and supporting our international business community.”
Stan Rees has promoted international business for more than three decades, providing assistance and counseling to companies as director at the U.S. Department of Export Assistance Center, and later as the founder of Salt Lake Community College’s Global Business Center. In 2006, he developed the Executive Certificate of Global Business Management course offering international business training through workshops, seminars and business briefings. The program received the President’s “E” award from the U.S. Secretary of Commerce in 2016 for its significant contribution to expansion of U.S. exports.
“Utah continues to benefit significantly from Global Trade - from the exports of goods and services, to the exchange of ideas, culture and friendships overseas,” said Stan Rees. “Since my time at the U.S. Department of Commerce in 1976, Utah has grown from exporting $224 million in goods to $11.6 billion in 2017. I am proud to have been part of that economic journey and appreciate the recognition today by the World Trade Association and Key Bank who continue to drive new opportunities for Utah's international business community."
The World Trade Association of Utah is the state’s longest standing non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and advancing international trade and commerce. Each year WTA partners with Key Bank to honor international business leaders at the Utah Global Forum, organized by World Trade Center Utah, the Salt Lake Chamber and the Governor's Office of Economic Development.
"As the state's premier international business event, the Utah Global Forum provides a venue for Utah businesses to learn how to expand beyond local boundaries and into the global marketplace," said Miles Hansen, president and CEO of World Trade Center Utah. "The accomplishments of Stan Rees, David Utrilla and Lifetime Products provide prime examples of the type of international engagement that has, is and will continue to propel Utah to become a crossroad of not only the west, but the entire world."