Catherine B. Pedersen & Robert Pedersen, Sr.
Catherine Barton Pedersen has served her community as a volunteer and leader for over many years. A recipient of the national “Point of Light” Volunteer Award from President George W. Bush, Catherine also receive the Governors “Point of Light” Volunteer Award form Governor Michael O. Leavitt, the Brigham Young University Emeriti Association special recognition award for volunteerism, and the “Outstanding Service” award from the Utah Association of Public School Foundation. A s past President of the Granite Education Foundation when they began the “Invest in Futures” Adopt-a-School program, she has also been the PTA President at Cottonwood High School, district-wide PTA President for the Granite School District and served on the Board of Directors of the Utah State PTA.
Other service includes the task force for Alternative Education for At-Risk students; several years as President of the Utah Governor’s Mansion Foundation; and the executive committee of Pennies by the Inch for the Primary Children’s Medical Center. Catherine was also a member and Vice-President of the Utah Association of Women; a member of the Junior League; and a volunteer at Juvenile Court working with teen girls. Together with her husband Robert she has served in many leadership positions in her church; they currently serve on the Advisory Council of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University.
Catherine and Robert enjoy spending time with friends at study groups and book clubs, family get-togethers and spending one on one time with their children and grandchildren.
Robert G. Pedersen, “Capt. Bob” to family and friends, is a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He is very committed and creative, a lifelong entrepreneur who turns ideas and possibilities into business reality. Born in Logan, Utah, Bob was raised in Stockton, California where he spent his teenage years developing skills as a top notch salesman and selling clothes to fellow students. He excelled in academics and sports and received a full-ride basketball and academic scholarship to BYU. Sidelined by injury during his freshman year, he started a “trousseau” business selling cookware, china and crystal to coeds and sold diamonds to the guys at BYU. His company grew to include several campuses across the state with over 200 sales associates and after transferring to the University of Utah he opened an office in Salt Lake City for his company PANDA (Pedersen and Associates) Now retired, Bob was Chairman and CEO of Del Sol – a company he co-founded 21 years ago with family members Del Sol is the world’s largest color-changing retailer with over 190 locations worldwide and has grown to over 1,500 employees and interns. Prior to Del Sol he was a Senior Vice President at Franklin Covey, where he created and co-established new companies that produced software and binders for the Franklin Planner. Bob was also the owner, founder, and CEO of Magic Mill and Bosch Kitchen machines throughout North America, a company that grew from 12 sales people to nearly 10,000 under his leadership.. In addition to his many business pursuits, Bob has served on the Board of Directors of the Utah Symphony, Hale Centre Theatre, the International German-American Chamber of Commerce and numerous other civic, church and humanitarian activities. Through the Pedersen Family Foundation, he and his wife, Catherine, and their family are actively involved in teaching young people to avoid drugs, alcohol and other substances. In memory of their son, David, who passed away 10 years ago, they created the David B. Pedersen Foundation to award scholarships to high school seniors who have achieved academic success and overcome personal struggles. Bob has served in many leadership positions in his church and most recently, as Director of the Oakland Temple Visitor Center in Oakland California.
Bob and Catherine, his wife of 55 years, have traveled extensively throughout the world and have a passion for learning through travel which they have passed on to their 8 children, 29 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Patricia W. Jones
Senator Patricia Jones served in the Utah Legislature for 14 years, serving in leadership positions 12 of those years. She was a member of the Utah House of Representatives from 2000-2006 and was elected to the Utah Senate in 2006-2014, having the distinction of being the first female leader in either party and in either House. While in the Utah Legislature, Jones was a member of various committees, including Public Education, Higher Education, Health and Human Services, Judiciary, Economic Development, Law Enforcement, Government Operations and Executive Appropriations.
She currently serves as the CEO of the Women’s Leadership Institute, an organization dedicated to elevating the stature of female leadership in Utah. Through the visionary efforts of key business leaders the Leadership Institute was formed in January of this year to address Utah’s deficiencies in the presence of women at top levels of corporate and political leadership. Her expertise in the business and political worlds as well as an abilty to engage, collaborate and lead others made her a natural for the position of CEO.
As co-founder and former President of Dan Jones & Associates, a successful public opinion and market research firm, Jones helped lead and manage the company for 35 years while serving on numerous community and company boards. Jones is an experienced and highly-regarded researcher, specializing in qualitative research, and has conducted hundreds of focus groups throughout the country for a variety of industries since 1980.
A University of Utah graduate in Communications, Jones currently is a member of the Utah Board of Regents, the Board of Governors of the Salt Lake Chamber, the Intermountain Healthcare Community Care Foundation, and a member of the National Advisory Board of the University of Utah School of Dentistry.
In recent years, Jones served on the boards of United Way of Salt Lake, Utah Symphony and Opera, St. Mark’s Hospital, Hale Centre Theatre, Columbus Community Center, University of Utah Alumni Association, Coalition for People with Disabilities, This is the Place State Park, Coalition for the Understanding of Substance Abuse Disease, and Zions Bank Women’s Financial Group.