The Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce announced the hiring of John Whittaker as its new director of events.

“We feel very fortunate to have someone with John’s amazing experience join our staff,” said Val Hale, president and CEO of the Chamber.  “He helped produce the opening and closing ceremonies of two Olympics and was very involved with production of the Stadium of Fire for 25 years.  We are confident his event-planning background will help elevate the quality of our Chamber events.”

Whittaker’s career began when he was hired to work with the Osmond family on the Osmond concert tours. For 10 years, he did everything from arranging tour dates to handling the production needs of both live concerts and the Donny and Marie Show.

His experience also includes being the CEO at the Utah State Fair Park for four years, the Director of Public Events at Thanksgiving Point for six years, as well as being involved with the Stadium of Fire for 25 years as Production Manager and Producer. He was Senior Production Manager of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at both the Salt Lake City and Vancouver Winter Olympic Games and Paralympics.

“The Utah Valley Chamber represents and promotes the area’s business economy, the community’s pride and self image,” said Whittaker. “Having grown up in this valley, I am proud to be a representative of such a great organization and part of the success of our county and state.”

Whittaker was born in Salt Lake City and raised in Boise before moving to Orem as a teen.  His father, Buss, was a local radio and TV celebrity and one of the original Ronald McDonalds.  He used John on TV and radio sets.

John and his wife, Cathy, reside in Orem and are the parents of four children and five grandchildren.

About the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce

The Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce has been striving to help stimulate valley-wide business establishment, growth, and development by facilitating business-to-business and business-to-community relationships for over 130 years.  By utilizing the four main arms of the Chamber:  Networking, Community Involvement, Business Education and Government Relations (public policy); and through weekly, monthly and yearly events, Chamber membership connects businesses to other businesses and to the community.