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Steve Starks, president of Larry H. Miller Sports and Entertainment and Utah Jazz, and Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder talk to the media during the end of season press conference at the Zions Bank Basketball Center in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)
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Steve Starks Named Chief Executive Officer For Larry H. Miller Group Of Companies

Steve Starks, president of Larry H. Miller Sports and Entertainment and Utah Jazz, and Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder talk to the media during the end of season press conference at the Zions Bank Basketball Center in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Gail Miller, chairman and owner of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, along with the Board of Directors has named Steve Starks as chief executive officer and an executive member of the Board, effective August 12, 2019.

“Following a rigorous, national and internal search, it was apparent to the Board and the Miller family that Steve has a deep understanding of and commitment to our company’s 40-year heritage, values and culture,” said Miller. “For more than a decade, he has demonstrated strong leadership capabilities as the head of several of our diverse businesses, leading operations and commercial functions, and prioritizing the customer experience and talent development. Steve will be responsible for the overall design and execution of our long- and short-term business strategies and has articulated a strong vision to ensure we continue to be the best place in town to work and to do business.

Starks will be leaving his position as the president of the Utah Jazz and LHM Sports and Entertainment, a position he has held since 2015.

As CEO, he will remain actively involved with Jazz basketball operations and continue to serve as an alternate member of the NBA Board of Governors. During his time as president, Starks was also responsible for the Salt Lake City Stars (Jazz’s G-League affiliate), the Salt Lake Bees, Vivint Smart Home Arena, Megaplex Theatres, the Tour of Utah professional cycling race and more.

He joined the organization in 2007 and held a variety of progressive leadership roles, including executive vice president of LHM Management Corporation, where he oversaw Total Care Auto Powered by Landcar and Saxton Horne Communications, and helped develop a merger and acquisition strategy for LHM Dealerships and the company.

“I believe in the LHM mission to enrich lives and I am humbled and honored to be entrusted with this new responsibility,” Starks said. “I have a strong appreciation for the talented team behind our everyday successes, and I enjoy the diversity of our portfolio and industries. I look forward to working closely with Gail, the Board of Directors and the Miller family to ensure we operate consistently with our guiding principles, and lead with the future in mind.”

Prior to joining the LHM Group, Starks worked for Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr., where he helped manage the governor’s transition team and led The Utah Policy Partnership aimed at improving efficiencies within state government. He has also help positions the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors, the Board of Trustees at Weber State University and was a trustee for The Road Home.

He has been recognized as one of the top Forty Under 40 by Utah Business Magazine and was named one of the top Forty Under 40 Sports Executives by Sports Business Journal.

Don Stirling, an executive vice president of LHM Sports and Entertainment, will assume the role of interim president for that entity and the Utah Jazz business operations until the position is filled.