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Meet Our Titan Award Honorees

Author: South Valley Chamber
Published: October 8, 2019

In a few short weeks on October 24th, we will have the opportunity to honor these outstanding individuals for their work they’ve done for our community. Their leadership, community service, engagement, and positive impact have been felt by many. Meet our three honorees.

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Utah Governor 2009-present

Governor Gary R. Herbert took office in 2009 and is currently the nation’s longest-serving governor. During his time in office, he has kept a resolute focus on economic development, improving Utah’s educational excellence, and working today to guarantee that Utah will continue to maintain its high quality of life far into the future. Under his leadership, Utah’s economy has risen to a position of national and international success.

Governor Herbert was born and raised in Utah County, where he would eventually serve as a County Commissioner for 14 years. He attended Brigham Young University, served six years in the Utah National Guard (from 1970-1976), and started a successful real estate brokerage and development company, Herbert and Associates Incorporated.

He served as the past president of the Utah Association of Realtors and the past president of the Utah Association of Counties.

Governor Herbert has also served as chair of both the Western Governors Association and the National Governors Association. He currently serves as the national president for the Council of State Governments. Prior to becoming governor, he served as Utah’s lieutenant governor for five years.

Governor Herbert is most proud of his roles as husband, father, and grandfather.

Director, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute; Associate Dean, David Eccles School of Business

Natalie Gochnour serves as an associate dean in the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah and director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. A professional economist, Gochnour advised three Utah governors and served as a political appointee in the George W. Bush administration. She served as an associate administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a counselor to the secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A native Utahn, her professional focus and passion are public policies that promote balance, civility and prosperity. She shares her views in regular columns in both Utah Business magazine and the Deseret News and also co-hosts Both Sides of the Aisle, an award-winning, weekly public radio program on public affairs.

Gochnour serves on the Salt Lake City International Airport, Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation, Dominion Energy (Western), World Trade Center Utah, and Primary Children’s Hospital Boards. She is vice-chair of Envision Utah, one of the nation’s most successful quality growth partnerships.

When she is not working, you can find her cycling along the Jordan River Parkway, spending time with her two children and son-in-law, or up on the slopes skiing with her husband of 30 years.

Real Salt Lake Goalkeeper, #18

Nick Rimando plays as the goalkeeper for Real Salt Lake. He holds the Major League Soccer records for career shutouts, wins, saves and appearances. Born in California, Rimando played two years of college soccer at UCLA and after his sophomore year signed a contract with MLS in the year 2000.

Perhaps the best goalkeeper in MLS history, Rimando became the first goalkeeper in Major League Soccer history to reach 200 wins when he helped RSL claim a 3-2 home victory over his former side – D.C. United last year. Rimando finished the 2018 season having made 103 saves to earn seven shutouts. He’s a great shot-stopper, commands his box, and is an absolute legend when it comes to stopping penalty kicks. He announced 2019 will be in his final season in the net.

A member of the US national team at the 2014 World Cup, Rimando has 22 career caps with the USMNT, including major tournaments like the Gold Cup and FIFA World Cup.

Rimando has rallied together the soccer fans and has been a key part of the spirit and camaraderie of the Utah sports community. He lives in Salt Lake City with his son and daughter and two dogs.