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, and Big Door, an advertising agency for startups and young companies needing video production.
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 ten darling grandchildren.
Attorney – Prince, Yeates & Geldzahler
Alex B. Leeman is an attorney at Prince, Yeates & Geldzahler, in Salt Lake City. Prior to joining this firm, Mr. Leeman practiced commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on employment law, defense of professionals in malpractice cases, and representation of financial institutions at VanCott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy (now Fabian VanCott).
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.
Alex is married with three children, and makes his home in Farmington, Utah.
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.
As a financial advisor who focuses on 401k work, Ben started Navigate Financial to help his client’s improve their financial security while building their financial strength. Navigate Financial is affiliated with the Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network.
Ben has earned the CRPSR (Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist) designation from the College of Financial Planning, and earned the Retirement Plan Consultant designation. He holds numerous state certifications in insurance and investments. Ben graduated as Salutatorian from the University of Utah with Phi Beta Kappa honors and received his Master’s degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
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.
Ian Christensen, CPA
Internal Audit Director – 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. Ian 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.
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 has three children and his wife has two. Between them, they have ten grandchildren which are the love of his life. Mike has a love for music and which started for him in high school. Currently, he is involvement with Utah Voices, which has been a great joy in his life.
Nancy Barlow Cox
Avid Philanthropist and Music Lover
Originally from Chevy Chase, Maryland, Nancy Barlow Cox has been involved with and around music all her life. She always loved the performance aspect of music, although she attempted to play the piano, and according to her, “was not quite able to master it”. Her father had those piano skills and loved playing Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata when Nancy would come home from a night out with friends. Nancy chose singing instead, and was very involved in choir.
With a passion for the arts in her genes, Nancy graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design at BYU.
In 1986, her father, Milton Barlow, established the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at BYU in Provo, Utah. The Endowment is dedicated to promoting excellence in music composition and Nancy is currently the family representative.
Nancy and her husband David Cox, live in Salt Lake City, and together they have nine children.
Nicole M. Deforge
Shareholder – Fabian VanCott
As a shareholder at Fabian VanCott, 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 VanCott in 2001, Ms. Deforge worked in-house for a large, multinational organization, advising primarily on international copyright and data privacy issues and software licensing.
Attorney – Private Practice In private practice for almost 40 years, Peter’s knowledge on complex issues such as antitrust litigation, general federal civil litigation, federal civil securities litigation, and complex bankruptcy litigation where he is known for his comprehensive trial and motion work on the C.W. Mining bankruptcy case have all been a part of his distinguished career.
Peter has a love of music from his days being a piano accompanist to playing the organ, trombone, tenor saxophone, and his newest love the violin, where he is making his own. He speaks French and German, studied Spanish,Russian, and Chinese. Peter lives in Salt Lake and enjoys reading philosophy, biographies, politics, history and religion.
Steven B. Allnatt
Public Relations and Community Involvement – Utah Transit Authority
Steve currently is a member of the Utah Transit Authority’s Public Relations and Marketing team. In 2009, Steve retired from a nearly 26-year career at American Express, the last 13 years is where he was 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.
Mr. 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.
Steve 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 and Beverly, his wife of 40 years, have two grown daughters and live in Sandy.
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 who has a goal to become a professional musician.
Suann P. Adams
Founder, SJINC Foundation
For nearly 15 years, Suann Adams has been the Founder and Manager of a humanitarian foundation, called SJINC Foundation. SJINC Foundation is headquartered in the U.S. and registered as an NGO in other countries, such as Vietnam where the organization builds elementary schools, provides scholarships, builds medical facilities, provides medical services, and maintains an active and successful micro-credit program based on the Grameen model.
Additionally, for nearly 20 years, Suann has been the Managing Director of an intellectual property holding company. She is very involved with her community where she has served as a board member for the Carmen Pingree School for Autism, the Festival of Trees, and Valley Mental Health to mention a few.
Suann is a native Utahn. She married her high school sweetheart and has four children; two physicians, one international finance expert, and an international intellectual property attorney. Suann enjoys traveling, fly fishing, snow skiing, scuba diving, quilting, and special interest group activities.
Ted D. Lewis
Attorney – 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.
David Fullmer, Director of Bands, Snow College, Ephraim
Craig Jessop, Dean, Cain College of the Arts, Utah State University, Logan
Amber Tuckness, Instrumental Music Director, Cottonwood High School, Salt Lake
Greg Wheeler, President, UMEA, Statewide
Leah Tarrant, Choir Director, Taylorsville High School, Salt Lake
Barbara Ann Scowcroft, Music Director, Utah Youth Orchestras and Ensembles, Salt Lake
Edwin J. Candland, Orchestra Director, Pine View HS, St. George
Jed Blodgett, Instrumental Music Director, Juan Diego Catholic HS, Draper
Robert Campbell, Music Teacher, Retired
Robert Baldwin, Director of Orchestras, University of Utah and Salt Lake Symphony, Salt Lake
Curtis Winters, Band Director, Orem Junior HS, Orem
Dan McKay, Instrumental Music Director, Highland Junior HS, Ogden
Julie Christopherson, District Arts Coordinator, Nebo School District