Thank you to all who attended our
2018 Cedar City Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Summit
& International Business Forum
Thursday September 6, 2018
Adam Hughes-CEO Better Cities
Since joining the firm in 2012, Mr. Hughes has worked with both public and private clients in creating redevelopment strategies, recruiting businesses, and financing projects, having secured almost $10.0 million in Federal, State, and local incentives for various rural development projects.
Prior to joining Better City, Mr. Hughes worked for various real estate development firms including Property Reserve Inc., and PEG Development. Formerly he was a CPA and Manager in KPMG’s Transaction Services Practice Group in McLean, VA.
Mr. Hughes holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration from BYU’s Marriott School of Management. Mr. Hughes is a licensed real estate agent, Realtor, and member of ICSC.
Dinner Key Note Speaker
Former Utah Jazz player & Utah Jazz Broadcast Analyst
From the youth to the corporate world, Thurl Bailey inspires
others to win whatever the odds or disappointments. Master storyteller and accomplished speaker, he inspires companies and individuals to focus on what matters most; to persevere, build winning teams, encourage peak performance, develop leadership, and discover opportunity in change.
Twice Thurl has led teams from far behind to win national championships. His most recognized title was the 1983 North Carolina State Wolfpack team which beat the famed University of Houston (Phi-Slamma-Jamma) Cougars, featuring Hakeem Olajuwon & Clyde Drexler. That nation championship game was voted top 2 finishes of all time of any sporting event. That incredible season was the subject of ESPN’s 30 for 30 entitled,
“Survive and Advance”. Because of his outstanding leadership skills and the quality of his character, as well as his impressive basketball skills, Thurl was drafted by the Utah Jazz as the 1983 7th overall pick of the N. B.A. Draft. Thurl spent twelve of his sixteen-year professional basketball career in the N. B. A., and four years playing overseas, in Italy and Greece. His courtesy and integrity both on and off the court and his strong sense of community service have led to numerous civic awards and earned him the nickname
"N.B.A.'s Mr. Nice Guy". When you meet Thurl Bailey you first notice a tall (7'0") athlete. But he is a man of as much depth as height. Thurl is a gifted inspirational singer and songwriter. His first album, "Faith In Your Heart", released in 2000 was a best seller. His other awards include the N. B. A.'s prestigious J. Walter Kennedy Community Service Award, the Utah Association for Gifted Children Community Service Award, Sigma Gamma Chi Fraternity's Exemplary Manhood Award, The Great Salt Lake
Council of the Boy Scouts of America's American Champion Award, and the Italian League's 1998 All Star Games' Most Valuable Player.
Thurl leads a busy life as a professional speaker, singer/songwriter, businessman, community advocate and television game analyst for the Utah Jazz. A devoted family man, he and his wife Sindi live in Salt Lake City, Utah with their two youngest children.