A mentor is a trusted advisor, someone who is wise and can help guide you in the direction you are seeking.
Mentoring is a skill that can be learned but certainly at its core is putting another’s needs above ones own. It requires humility and to allow another to grow greater than oneself.
About Val from the Chamber website:
Val Hale assumed the role of President and CEO of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce on August 1, 2012. He replaced Steve Densley, who served for 30 years in that capacity.
Prior to joining the Chamber, Val served as Vice President for University Relations at Utah Valley University for two years. In that capacity, he oversaw legislative affairs, marketing, public relations, media relations and community relations. He also developed partnerships between UVU and local businesses. From 2006 to 2010, Val was Advancement Vice President at UVU and was responsible for fund raising and all external activities of the University. His first role at UVU from 2005-20006 was Assistant Vice President for External Affairs. His duties included serving as legislative liaison for the University, overseeing community relations and supervising economic development activities.
Prior to joining UVU, Val worked for 22 years in the Brigham Young University Athletic Department. He began his BYU career in 1982 as Promotions Coordinator for Athletics and Special Events. In 1989, he was named Assistant Athletic Director for Media and Public Relations, a position he held for 10 years. In 1999, Val was named BYU’s eighth Director of Men’s Athletics. During his five years in that role, he led a prolific fund raising and building program that resulted in, among other things, the construction of Miller Park (a baseball softball complex), the Student Athlete Building, the Indoor Practice Facility and the Legacy Seats in LaVell Edwards Stadium.
Val graduated from BYU in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in public relations. He received a master’s degree in communications in 1987. From 1981-82 he worked at the Daily Herald as a reporter covering business, government and BYU.
In the community, Val has been very active, serving as Chairman of the Chamber Board of Directors (2012) and as President of the Utah County Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity (2011-12) and Riverside Country Club (2011-12). He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Utah County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Fishbowl Inventory, an Orem-based company that specializes in inventory management software. Politically, he has served as Chair of Orem Precinct 5 in the Republican Party.
When he is not at work, Val enjoys golf (5 handicap), skiing, snowshoeing, backpacking, tennis and racquetball. He and his wife, Nancy, ride a tandem bike together and have ridden as far as 206 miles in a single day. They have three children and eight grandchildren. 
Learn more about the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce on the Chamber blog.
Author: Heidi Sanders | Marketing & PR Director, Utah National Parks Council
1. See The Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce, “About the Chamber President.”