Utah Gov. Cox appoints new Olympic and Paralympic advisor and board designees

SALT LAKE CITY (June 9, 2021) – Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox has appointed Steve Starks as the governor’s Olympic and Paralympic Advisor. In this position, he will act as a liaison with the Salt Lake City-Utah Committee for the Games, where he also serves as the governor’s designee and vice chair.

“Utah has another fantastic chance to host the world and we want to make our best case to the International Olympic Committee,” Gov. Cox said. “Steve’s leadership, business acumen, experience leading a large sports and entertainment organization, and his ability to get things done will help Utah cross the finish line. I appreciate his willingness to take on this ambitious task.”

Steve Starks is the chief executive officer and member of the board of directors of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. Prior to this role, Starks was the president of the Utah Jazz and Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment. During his time with the organization, he has helped develop the organization’s growth strategy, led mergers and acquisitions, led the successful bid for Utah to host the National Basketball Association’s 2023 All-Star Game, and oversaw the award-winning renovation of Vivint Arena.

Starks is active in the community and is a past chair of the Salt Lake Chamber board of directors. He also served on the Weber State University Board of Trustees and is currently a board member of Silicon Slopes. He was recognized as Utah CEO of the Year by Utah Business in 2021 and a Top Forty Under 40 Sports Executives by Sports Business Journal in 2018. Starks is a graduate of Weber State University.

“I am honored to serve our state as Gov. Cox’s Olympic and Paralympic Advisor and encouraged to see this as a priority from his administration,” said Starks. “Winter sports have a unique place in our community, including but certainly not limited to the 2002 Winter Olympics. I share the governor’s commitment to hosting another Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and am confident that Utah will continue to demonstrate our strong planning and hosting capabilities, building upon a strong legacy and previous success.

“I look forward to working with Gov. Cox, Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall, Catherine Raney Norman and the Salt Lake City-Utah Committee for the Games to ensure that our capital city is afforded another opportunity to welcome the world back to Utah,” said Starks.

In addition to Starks, Gov. Cox appointed Shelli Gardner to be his second designee on the governing board for the Salt Lake City-Utah Committee for the Games. Gardner has extensive business success in her own right, having co-founded Stampin’ Up! with her husband, Sterling. With its manufacturing facility in Kanab, Utah, corporate office and distribution center in Riverton, Utah, and its international offices, Stampin’ Up! employs over 500 individuals worldwide.

Scroll to Top