Westminster College Welcomes Three New Trustees
Sep 24, 2019
- Danny Giovale, entrepreneur, public lands advocate and Westminster alum (‘94)
- Raymond Hall, chief human resources officer at Larry H. Miller Group of Companies
- Engels Tejeda, trial attorney at Holland & Hart and Westminster alum (’03)
Westminster’s board of trustees comprises a group of well-respected, dedicated and dynamic community leaders. Trustees are volunteers who contribute their time, expertise and resources to promote the continued success of Westminster. “The board welcomes the range of expertise our new trustees bring along with their shared commitment to higher education,” said Jeanne Ambruster, chair of the Westminster College Board of Trustees. “Giovale, Hall and Tejeda bring valued perspectives, life experiences and knowledge to our service to Westminster. We commit with them to increasingly build a board that reflects the diversity, interests and aspirations of our students.” Danny Giovale Danny Giovale is founder and president of Kahtoola, Inc. Giovale started Kahtoola in 1999 to design and manufacture outdoor equipment and develop a socially responsible company. Kahtoola currently ships its industry-leading winter traction devices, hiking and running gaiters and growing line of innovative products worldwide, while also contributing to social causes near and far. Based in Flagstaff, AZ, Giovale is an outdoor enthusiast passionate about protecting public lands, supporting community initiatives and promoting environmental conservation—to which he supports numerous local and national nonprofit conservation organizations. He has a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Westminster College and is a member of the GeoFamily Foundation. Raymond Hall Raymond Hall is chief human resources officer at Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. Hall has more than 25 years of experience in human resources and significant experience in developing global policy and talent strategies. He has served on the corporate leadership teams of substantial global businesses and has a strong international outlook, having lived and worked across Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Hall, a military veteran, spent the first 11 years of his professional career on active duty with the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (Ft. Bragg, NC) and served during the first Gulf War, Desert Shield/Storm. In July 2000, Hall made a life-changing decision to leave the military and move into the civilian sector. His career quickly accelerated over the next several years to the executive leadership level in large, multi-national companies with revenues exceeding $140+ billion across a variety of industries. He has previously held global human resources leadership roles at Cargill, Inc., the largest private company in North America, Flowserve Inc. and International Paper Company where in 2006 he received the prestigious HR Leadership Excellence Award.
In his current position, he is responsible for the development and implementation of the enterprise-wide human resources strategy for the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, which employs nearly 11,000 employees across six primary business segments located in 46 states. The seven business segments are automotive, entertainment, finance, insurance, real estate and sports, which include the NBA’s Utah Jazz. Raymond Hall is a highly decorated military veteran having received four Army Commendation Medals, nine Army Achievement Medals, two Humanitarian Service Medals and two National Defense Service Medals. He is a graduate of the Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School with an M.B.A. and serves as a director on a number of boards, including the United States Congressional Awards, the only charity of the United States Congress, the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics and the Utah Foundation.
Engels Tejeda (’03) Engels Tejeda is a trial attorney at Holland & Hart in Salt Lake City. He is committed to the importance and value of giving back to his community and volunteering his legal services on a pro bono basis. Tejeda served as a public affairs non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1999–2007, including two active-duty deployments to Iraq and Kosovo, during which he helped develop and implement a media and public affairs program. He received the Army’s commendation and achievement medals, the NATO medal, the National Defense Service Medal and a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Tejeda graduated from Westminster College cum laude in 2003 with a B.A. in economics then attended the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, where he graduated with his J.D. in 2006. By appointment of the Utah Supreme Court, he serves as a volunteer judge pro tempore for the Salt Lake City Justice Court Small Claims Division. He is actively involved with the Utah Minority Bar Association, Utah Center for Legal Inclusion, Utah Bar Association, the National LGBT Bar Association and the Hispanic National Bar Association. Tejeda is from the Dominican Republic and currently resides in Salt Lake City.
Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.