By Utah National Parks Council
Jul 03, 2016

Keeper of the Flame Hyrum Smith to be next Council President

Beginning in 2017, Hyrum Smith, author, speaker, co-founder of Franklin Covey, and dedicated Scouter, will take over from Stan Lockhart as volunteer president of the Utah National Parks Council. This decision was made official by a vote from the Council Executive Committee last week.

Hyrum Smith’s leadership experience and background will help the Council continue on the path recent council presidents have laid out. Hyrum graduated with a degree in business from Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1971. Seven years later, after a brief career with ADP (Automatic Data Processing), he was called as the California Ventura Mission President for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He started Franklin Quest, a planner and time-management company, in his basement in 1983. In 1997 he merged his company with Steven Covey’s Covey Leadership Center to become Franklin Covey, which, at its peak, trained more than 60,000 people a month and employed 4,000.

Hyrum is the recipient of three honorary doctorate degrees, public service awards by national organizations, S.R.I. Gallup Hall of Fame and Man of the Year award and the International Entrepreneur of the Year award from BYU’s Marriot School of Management. He is a sought-after international keynote speaker and is the author of several books, including What Matters Most: The Power of Living your Values, The 10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management, Where Eagles Rest and The 3 Gaps. His newest book, You Are What You Believe, will be coming out later this summer.

Hyrum has also been active in Scouting in his unit and the council. He has served as a den leader, Cubmaster, crew committee member in his local units and President of Exploring in the Great Salt Lake Council. Recently, he played a key role in the fundraising campaign and construction of the Marion D. Hanks Scout Camp at Quail Creek. He is the recipient of the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service.

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Author: Utah National Parks Council

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3 thoughts on “Keeper of the Flame Hyrum Smith to be next Council President

  1. AvatarTay Kratzer

    What a blessing! Thank you for your willingness to serve.

    I have a sister who lives in another state. Just this morning she and I were on the phone talking about her 10-year-old son. I encouraged her to find a good Scouting program for him. I told her how scouting helps young men to learn to do hard things. I have a son on an LDS mission in the Honduras. I credit scout trips as a help for him to have more confidence in his ability to serve in a Third World country. His bishop from the ward he was called from also served in the Honduras, and told my son that serving in the Honduras is kind of like being on a camp out for two years 🙂

  2. AvatarDonald Ira Pendleton

    Hyrum Smith, is one of the most qualified people for this position. He is a dower not a talker, with his leadership abilities we will see positive results in the UNPC.
    Between Hyrum Smith and David Merrill leading the charge, we may see Quail Creek Scout Camp become a reality.


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