Legacy Music Alliance Board
Gaylen D. Rust, Founder/Chair
President - Rust Rare Coin
Mr. Rust is the President of Rust Rare Coin, Inc., a full-service coin store recognized nationally for integrity and impeccable service for their dealings in rare coins and precious metals. He began working there when he was eight years old, ran the business when he was 21, and bought the company outright in 2001. Coin dealers and collectors across the country seek out Mr. Rust for his expertise, information, and opinion on many numismatic items, but his special area of expertise is in early Mormon and Utah coins and currency. He served for six years on the Board of Directors of the Industry Council of Tangible Assets (ICTA) and has been aligned closely with the Royal Canadian Mint, Platinum Guild International, and the World Gold Council. Mr. Rust is also President of R Legacy Entertainment, a young, independent recording label that includes several music-related entities providing online music streams, services, and products internationally.
Mr. Rust currently serves on the Advancement Board for the Arts at Utah State University. He also raises and races thoroughbred horses. He and his wife Denise have three hard-working sons, two accomplished daughters, and seven darling grandchildren.
Arthur Oleen Dummer
President- The Donner Company, Consulting Actuaries
Arthur Dummer has been a consulting actuary for over 30 years. He is heavily involved in the local community and has worked on various boards with the Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Dummer is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and has been on the board several insurance companies including Beneficial Life.
Mr. Dummer along with the late Lowell Bennion, started what is believed to be the first ever partnership of scouting with the Food Bank, a program which has spread across the country. He has also served as Chairman, Sports and Fitness Exploring for the National Boy Scouts of America.
Mr. Dummer has been an amateur vocal performer, soloist, and member of musical groups throughout his life.
Suann P. Adams
A native Utahn, born and raised in Provo. Married to (high school sweetheart) Phillip M. Adams and currently living in Salt Lake City, Utah.
- Successfully mothered four children, two physicians, one international finance expert, and an international intellectual property attorney.
- Educated and trained in computer science at Ohio University and subsequently in biological sciences at Utah universities culminating in a college degree.
- Managing Director of an intellectual property holding company for nearly 20 years. The holding company develops, owns and manages trade secrets, copyrights and patents in the areas of computer technology, semiconductor design and test, medical equipment, and sports equipment.
- Founder and manager of a humanitarian foundation, SJINC Foundation, for nearly 15 years. SJINC Foundation is headquartered in the U.S. and registered as an NGO in other countries, such as Vietnam. SJINC Foundation builds elementary schools, provides scholarships, builds medical facilities, provides medical services, provides services and resources for tertiary students, and maintains an active and successful micro-credit program based on the Grameen model adapted for communist countries.
- Trained as a master scuba diver and dive master. Enjoys flyfishing, traveling, scuba diving, snow skiing, quilting and special interest group activities.
- Served as board member for the Carmen Pingree School for Autism.
- Served as board member for Valley Mental Health.
- Served as Judges Chair for American Fork Scholarship Pageant
- Served as board member for Festival of Trees
- Served as board member for Choice Humanitarian, African Committee
Ben Driggs, CRPSR
Vice President - Wealth Management
Retirement Plan Consultant
In his private client practice, Ben serves approximately one hundred clients
with over $22 million in assets. In his 401(k) practice, Ben serves
approximately thirty clients with over $72 million in retirement assets. These clients
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Ben graduated as Salutatorian from the University of Utah with Phi Beta
Kappa honors. He then earned his Master's degree from The Fletcher School
of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, the oldest and most distinguished
graduate school of international relations in the country. At The Fletcher
School he studied international law with an emphasis in Asian diplomacy.
Ben has earned the CRPSR (Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist) designation
from the College of Financial Planning, and is one of the few advisors at UBS
who have earned the Retirement Plan Consultant designation. He holds numerous state certifications in insurance and investments.
Ben began his financial advisory career at Smith Barney eleven years ago after owning and operating a successful tutoring business in Potomac and Bethesda, Maryland for nearly a decade. After gaining valuable experience at Smith Barney, Ben moved to UBS in 2009 because UBS offered better resources for advisors who specialize in corporate retirement plans, not to mention the fact that UBS is the world's largest private wealth management firm, therefore the resources for individual clients are outstanding.
Ben enjoys cooking, teaching, writing, and hosting friends for dinner. He is married to Tiffany Smith, a constitutional law attorney at Kirton & McConkie. They have three teenage children: Abraham, Eliza, and Olivia. The family enjoys the performing arts and is actively involved in a variety of artistic pursuits.
Vice President - Budget Rent a Car, Utah
Starting in 1967, Mr. Taylor found his passion in the car industry working for National Car Rental before realizing the opportunity to purchase the Budget Rent a Car franchise in 1977. As a passionate advocate for the industry, Mr. Taylor has served on several boards representing the industry including Budget Rent a Car’s national advisory committee to help further the brand on a nation-wide basis. He started the state’s car rental association and has been its president many times. For the past five years, he is a board member for the Utah Office of Tourism.
In his thirties he started flying aircraft and currently owns and operates Mountain Helicopters, which has four airplanes and one helicopter. He is on the board of directors of the Bountiful airport and is one of their largest stock holders. Mike also serves on the owner’s association board for the property east of the airport.
He has a love for music and played through high school. My involvement with Utah Voices has been a great joy in my life.
Mike has three children and his wife has two children. Between them, they have ten grand children which are the love of his life.
Attorney at Prince, Yeates & Geldzahler
Alex B. Leeman is an attorney at Prince, Yeates & Geldzahlery, in Salt Lake City. Prior to joining them, Mr. Leeman practices commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on employment law, defense of professionals in malpractice cases, and representation of financial institutions at Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy. Mr. Leeman is married with three children, and makes his home in Farmington, Utah.
In addition to his service with Legacy Music Alliance, Mr. Leeman is a member of the Supervisory Committee of Utah First Credit Union and a member of the Farmington City Planning Commission. Mr. Leeman has long been active in the arts community.
Prior to law school, Mr. Leeman produced the live entertainment shows at Lagoon and was a member of BYU’s Vocal Point a cappella group in college.
Ian Christensen, CPA
Internal Audit Director for Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc.
Ian Christensen, CPA, is currently the Internal Audit Director for Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc., a mortgage lender with around 230 branches spread across 49 states. Previously, Ian audited for the Utah Office of the Legislative Auditor General where he was influential in reforming the state's pension system in the immediate aftermath of the 2008 economic downturn. From 2005 through 2007, he was the controller/accountant for the Museum of Utah Art & History. Ian holds bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting from the University of Utah.
Ian pursues various musical interests. A lover of church music, religious studies, languages, art, architecture, travel, and history, Ian has discovered that the world of the organ joins together these disciplines—and several others—quite tidily. In recent years, he has taken particular interest in the efforts of First United Methodist Church of Salt Lake City to restore its Kilgen organ, one of the older instruments in the western United States. He sings tenor with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and holds the Colleague certification of the American Guild of Organists, for which he is the Salt Lake chapter's treasurer. As a composer, Ian has enjoyed his works performed on the campus of the University of Utah and by artists recognized both locally and nationally. He has performed as a pianist on the Temple Square concert series and is the previous assistant organist for Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Bountiful, Utah. Ian is a native of Helena, Montana.
Nicole M. Deforge
Shareholder at Fabian/Van Cott
As a shareholder at Fabian/Van Cott, Nicole focuses her practice in the area of copyright and trademark prosecution and intellectual property disputes. Ms. Deforge has broad experience in intellectual property licensing, including copyright, trademark, software, publishing, and music licensing. She has successfully resolved numerous trademark infringement and opposition actions and domain name disputes. She also has substantial experience in appellate practice and general litigation. Prior to joining Van Cott in 2001, Ms. Deforge worked in-house for a large, multinational organization, advising primarily on international copyright and data privacy issues and software licensing.
Steven J. Chen Ph.D
President- Steven J. Chen Ph.D and Associates
Steven is the founder of Steven J. Chen Ph. D and Associates. His company was developed in 1998, to assist companies and organizations create psychologically healthy work places. His organization provides training and coaching to maximize people’s talents and skills so they can do their best job for the company.
His coaching style is to reduce conflict within a business unit so the organization has less stress and functions more efficiently and effectively while increasing workflow and synergy, ultimately increasing productivity.
As a Senior Consultant and Advisor, Steven focuses on talent acquisition and development, conflict resolution, and succession planning.
Steven J. Chen Ph.D, was born in South Dakota and raised in San Francisco and Boise. A graduate of Boise State University and BYU, Steven met his wife, Janet, in a psychology class. They have a daughter in college with a goal to be a professional musician.
Ted D. Lewis
Attorney in his Private Legal and Consulting Practice
The law has been a major part of Ted’s life since graduating from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. In his professional career, Ted served as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Beneficial Life Insurance Company until 2008; at which time he became the Executive Director of Utah Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association, and went into private practice.
Mr. Lewis is a community advocate. He was a member, Utah House of Representatives from 1983 to 1992; a member of the Utah Energy Conservation and Development Council; and a member of the Utah Transportation Commission, just to name a few accomplishments. He served on the American Heart Association Board of Directors both as the representative of the Greater Salt Lake Division and the Western States Affiliate Division. In addition to being on the Board of Legacy Music Alliance, Ted is currently a very active member on the Board of the Utah State Fairpark Corporation.
Steven B. Allnatt
Public Relations and Community Involvement, Utah Transit Authority
Steven Allnatt has a long record of community service and currently chairs the board of Voices for Utah Children and the Intermountain Catholic newspaper advisory board. He also recently completed a three-year term as a member of the Vestry at St. James Episcopal Parish, where he also served as the clerk. He also has volunteered as a member of the Diversity Connections Steering Committee, and as a board member for United Way of Salt Lake (and chair of its Education Change Council), University of Utah College of Fine Arts (including time as chair), KUER, Women’s Business Center, Road Home, Salt Lake Acting Company, Utah’s Hogle Zoo, Utah Cancer Foundation, and Ballet West. He also has served as a member of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors Nominating Committee, Westminster College MBA Advisory Board (plus a term as Executive-in-Residence) and was appointed by Gov. Leavitt to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Commission. He has been recognized for his community service and communication skills by the National Orchestral Association, Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, Utah Non Profits Association, Soroptimists International (Salt Lake City), American Express, Women’s Business Center, Draper Chamber of Commerce, International Association of Business Communicators (Phoenix), United Way (Phoenix), the U.S. Department of the Army and the U.S. Department of Defense.
Steve currently is a member of the Utah Transit Authority’s Public Relations and Marketing team. Additionally, in 2009 he retired from a nearly 26-year career at American Express, the last 13 years as Director-Public Affairs & Communications in Utah. In that position he was responsible for employee communications for all AMEX businesses in Utah and for the Travelers Cheque Operations group globally, as well as the company’s philanthropy, employee volunteerism, and press, government and community relations in Utah.
Steve and Beverly, his wife of nearly 40 years, have two grown daughters and live in Sandy.
Dr. Craig Jessop, Dean of the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University; Former Director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Dr. RaymondTymas-Jones, Dean of the College of the Fine Arts, University of Utah; VP of the Arts the University of Utah
Dr. K. Newell Dayley, Dean, College of Fine Arts & Communications, Utah Valley University
Vance Larsen, Director of Bands, Snow College
Dr. Edgar Thompson, Professor of Music (Emeritus) University of Utah; Conductor of
A Cappella Choir and Chair of the Department of Music at University of Utah 1979 - 2003; Music Director - Utah Symphony Chorus 1982-2003
Meredith Campbell, Freelance Musician and Contractor (violinist)
Jean Applonie, Past-President, Utah ACDA
Robert Campbell, Music Teacher, retired, South Davis Junior High School