But in 2000, the three existing groups were combined into one. That process, and what the Davis Chamber has accomplished and the issues it is facing, were captured in short video interviews at its offices, Wednesday.
“Back in the beginning, there were three chambers,” confirmed Sheldon Killpack, who served as the combined chamber’s first chairman.
At that time, he was in charge of public relations, among other duties, at Lagoon.
And while some were initially concerned about such issues as where an office should be placed, he said that quickly moved to other, bigger concerns.
“We were looking at such issues as taxation for tourism and the (now) Legacy Highway,” Killpack said. “There were a lot of naysayers, but it (merger) happened in record time. People put their egos aside.”
He found that to be evident when attending a retreat early on, where people came together, many not knowing one another, and put their efforts into making this new effort work.
“It’s been fun to see it work,” Killpack continued. “It affects all of Northern Utah, our quality of life,” serves as a voice on important issues, one that “doesn’t go away.”
He cited efforts that helped lead to such facilities as the Davis Conference Center and the Davis Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, which saw big chamber backing.
“Additional tourists have come to the county” because of those two entities, Killpack said, calling the county’s current economic position “somewhat enviable.”
“More than ever, Davis County is poised for great things,” he said, referring to the mammoth Falcon Hill project now under way at Hill AFB, the Eagle Gate business park adjacent to the base, and more.
Jed Stevenson, current vice-chair and soon to be chamber chair, has been a chamber board member for about three years.
“At this time, we are really set up to make significant strides,” he said. Those include not only efforts to assist in building small business, but also “to become a champion of big business, but not at the expense of small business,” he continued.
“There is a wonderful synergy. Thank you to those who had the foresight. A lot of businesses benefit. It makes Davis County a better place to live. The overall quality of life has increased,” Stevenson said.
“Maybe it’s not the mission of the chamber, but I’ve made some lifelong friends,” added Killpack.
The video will be presented as part of the chamber’s installation and recognition banquet next month.
At the time of the merger, there was the Bountiful Area, Kaysville Area, and North Davis Chambers of Commerce.
Years before that, there was a Greater North Davis Chamber, and prior to its formation, separate chambers operated for many years in Clearfield and Layton.
Chris Dallin, who was the first president/CEO of the Davis Chamber, was instrumental in organizing the video effort which included nearly 20 participants.