SALT LAKE CITY — Jerry Atkin, former chairman of SkyWest Inc., will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award, and Nu Skin Enterprises will receive an Outstanding Company Award as more than 1,000 business leaders from around the state gather at the 10th annual Utah Economic Summit.
The event will be held 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 15, at the Grand America Hotel.
“I commend Mr. Atkin and Nu Skin for their significant contributions to enhance the lives of Utahns,” Gov. Gary Herbert said in a prepared statement. “There are many individuals and businesses statewide that demonstrate true excellence, not only for the economy, but in their communities as well. These individuals and businesses are a critical part of Utah’s success.”
Atkin served as CEO of SkyWest from 1975 through 2015, making him the longest-tenured CEO in aviation history. During that time, Atkin led SkyWest from 256 passengers and less than $1 million in revenue to more than 60 million passengers and $3 billion in revenue.
The entity’s airlines, SkyWest and ExpressJet, form the largest regional airline alliance in the world and partner with major airline players Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, United Airlines and Alaska Airlines.
“I’m humbled and honored to receive the governor’s award,” Atkin said in the statement. “SkyWest’s success and contributions go far beyond any one individual, and I’ve been fortunate to work with the greatest people in the industry.”
Nu Skin Enterprises, founded in Provo in 1984, is no stranger to the global economy. Over the years, the direct selling company has expanded to offer more than 200 products in 54 markets worldwide.
Nu Skin’s success brings in more than $2 billion in yearly revenue, and it is well-known for giving back to the community. Through the Nu Skin Force for Good Foundation and its charitable partners, tens of thousands of underprivileged children worldwide receive hope for a life free of disease, illiteracy and poverty.
In addition, the company’s sales leaders, customers and employees have purchased and donated more than 450 million meals through the Nourish the Children initiative since 2002.
“We are honored to receive this recognition from Gov. Herbert and are proud to have called Utah home for more than 30 years,” Truman Hunt, Nu Skin president and CEO, said in the statement. “While Nu Skin has grown to be an international enterprise operating in 54 markets, our roots are firmly planted in the Utah business community. This area is home to a talented and highly educated workforce that understands the global complexities of business and is at the forefront of scientific and digital innovation.”
Both Atkin and Nu Skin company representatives will receive the awards from the governor during the summit luncheon.
To register for the summit, visit UtahEconomicSummit.com.