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.
Author: Utah National Parks Council