Zions Bank Press Release: 14th Annual Trade and Business Conference

Former UK Prime Minister, The Rt. Hon. Sir John Major, KG CH, to Keynote Zions Bank’s 14th Annual Trade and Business Conference May 12, 2015

Zions Bank Mar 25, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah; March 25, 2015 — Business leaders from across the Intermountain West will learn new ways to innovate, compete and grow jobs in an increasingly global environment at the 14th annual Zions Bank Trade and Business Conference on Tuesday, May 12, at the Grand America Hotel.

Sir John Major, former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 1990 to 1997, will keynote the event and will explore how Pan-European events impact commerce across the globe. Having served as Prime Minister during a time of unprecedented transformation, Sir John offers a unique perspective on the changing global landscape. During his term, he instituted public sector reforms that became international models and left behind the strongest economy that any incoming British Government had ever inherited. Sir John initiated an unprecedented effort to secure lasting peace in Northern Ireland and continued to lend his support on that issue to his successor as Prime Minister, Tony Blair.

During the conference, Sir John will share thoughts about current global trouble spots and what nations must do to maintain peace. He will also discuss the European Union and how international cooperation has affected the world in the most recent economic downturn.

The half-day conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and check-in and registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Cost is $35 and includes lunch. Register online at Seating is limited, so early registration is recommended.

Additional speakers include Bret Stephens, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, who is the foreign affairs columnist and deputy editorial page editor of The Wall Street Journal. He was previously the editor in chief of the Jerusalem Post.

The conference comes at a time when companies in the Intermountain West are growing overseas. In 2014, Utah exported goods in excess of $12.3 billion, according to World Trade Center Utah. Of the 3,475 companies that exported from Utah locations in 2012, 86 percent were small- to medium-sized businesses with fewer than 500 employees. These firms generated more than one-sixth (16.5 percent) of Utah’s total exports of merchandise in 2012, according the latest available data from the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration.

“Our state is filled with businesses and business people who not only want to grow right here at home, but also overseas So we’ve designed this conference to appeal to all leaders of small and medium-sized enterprises, not just those currently involved in trade,” said Zions Bank President and CEO Scott Anderson. “As Utah’s economy continues to strengthen and its companies expand overseas, these top-notch speakers will offer strategies for businesses to succeed at home and abroad.”

During the event, Zions Bank will also honor the recipient of the 2015 Global Pacesetter Award — a distinction given annually to a Utah company demonstrating international success.

About Zions Bank

Zions Bank, a division of ZB, N.A., operates 124 full-service financial centers throughout Utah and Idaho. In addition to offering a wide range of traditional banking services, Zions Bank is also a leader in small business lending and has consistently ranked as the No. 1 lender of U.S. Small Business Administration 7(a) loans in Utah for the past 22 years and Idaho’s Boise District for the past 14 years. Founded in 1873, Zions Bank has been serving the communities of the Intermountain West for more than 140 years. Additional information is available at

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