Des Barker is currently on the Board of Directors and has served in the past as the organization’s past president. He is president of Des Barker Associates, Inc., a full service public and government affairs consulting company. 2006 marks Des’ 16th year actively lobbying on Utah’s Capitol Hill. Des formerly worked at Barker and Jorgensen (a 30+ year Salt Lake advertising, marketing and public relations firm); the Park City Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau as Park City/Summit County’s Economic Development Director; and The Economic Development Corp. of Utah as a National Business Recruiter attracting high-tech and international businesses to Utah. Des has also worked in the tourism industry, lived and worked in Japan for three years, and works extensively with state agencies, the legislature and local governments. Besides working tirelessly for Utah Open Lands as a board member, he also serves on the University of Utah College of Social and Behavioral Science Advisory Board; the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee and Transportation Committee; and the Utah Manufacturing Association Legislative Committee.