Special Event Speakers
Mr. Hayashi is well known around the world for his humor and liveliness to explain the essence of the Toyota Production System as it applies to various industries and work environments.
Lt. Governor Cox serves as the chief election officer and liaison between the governor and the legislature. He travels extensively throughout the state supporting economic development and local government solutions. He is committed to strengthening families, transforming education, increasing voter participation, utilizing modern technologies, promoting healthy living and empowering the homeless and impoverished.
He and his wife Abby have four children and they all enjoy spending time in Utah’s amazing backcountry. He also plays the bass guitar with his brother in a local rock band.
Cockett built her distinguished career in sheep genomics research, maintaining an active research program even while serving in various leadership positions at USU. In 2014, Cockett and her colleagues published an article describing the sheep genome sequence in Science magazine. Cockett grew up on a cattle ranch in eastern Montana. She and her husband John have two children.
Squires holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a master’s degree in Homeland Security and Defense from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the FBI National Executive Institute, and is a senior fellow at George Washington University Center for Cyber & Homeland Security.
Kris received her Bachelor of Science in Educational Psychology from Brigham Young University. She served an LDS mission in Brazil and treasures any opportunity to speak Portuguese. Kris is an avid reader and loves being active. She and her husband, Randy, have two sons. They love the outdoors, especially hiking Utah’s mountains and trails. Kris’ greatest outdoor adventures have been skydiving, paragliding, skiing, and hiking the Grand Canyon rim to rim.
Joining Delta in March 2008, Gil led the Delta and Northwest airport and customer service merger integration and helped champion customer service and operational improvements which have resulted in consistent annual ranking improvements from the Department of Transportation. Prior to Delta, Gil worked for Laidlaw Transit Services as President and Chief Executive Officer and also held leadership roles at Northwest Airlines, United Airlines and The Boeing Company.
Gil attended North Carolina State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Additionally, he received a Master of Business Administration from National University in San Diego.