FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 11, 2019
Utah Mining Association Selects Brian Somers as New President
SALT LAKE CITY, UT— The Utah Mining Association announced today that it has selected Brian Somers as president effective January 25, 2019. As the president, he will lead the Association’s management and advocacy efforts. During the short transition period, the current communications and outreach manager, Jocelyn Clark, will handle any relevant matters.
“After a thorough search, the Executive Committee is excited to have Brian join the Utah Mining Association as president,” Chad Baker, Chairman of the Board said. “We are confident that Brian will advance and expand the Association’s positive impact.”
Mr. Somers brings with him over 20 years of extensive experience in legislative affairs, strategic communications, and executive leadership. Currently, he leads the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) as its managing director. Previously, he served as the deputy director of the Utah Department of Heritage & Arts, on the communications staff of Governor Gary R. Herbert, and in various strategic communications roles in the private sector. He holds a degree in business management from George Mason University.
“The mining industry has been integral to Utah’s development from the territorial years to today,” said Mr. Somers. “Mining in Utah produces minerals that make our modern lifestyle possible, and provides a positive multi-billion dollar economic impact to our state in the process. I am honored to join the team at the Utah Mining Association in representing this critical industry.”
About the Utah Mining Association
The Utah Mining Association was founded in 1915 and serves as the leading voice of the mining, mineral and related industries in Utah through advocacy, public education, networking, and business development.