Lifetime Achievement Award
President & CEO, Zions First National Bank
Highly respected as a business leader and career banker, Zions First National Bank President and CEO Scott Anderson has built his reputation with a focus on community. A Salt Lake City native, he is widely recognized as a caring leader who is deeply committed to the state of Utah.
Anderson oversees Utah’s oldest financial institution with 122 branches in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming, with nearly $16 billion in assets. Founded in 1873, Zions Bank has been serving the communities of Utah for nearly 150 years. He joined Zions Bank in 1991 as executive vice president of retail banking. He was named president and CEO in 1998. Prior to that, he had spent 17 years with Bank of America in San Francisco and seven years in Tokyo.
In nearly three decades working in Utah, his calling card has been an immersive engagement in the community. His board engagement includes Intermountain Healthcare, Americans for the Arts Business Committee for the Arts, World Trade Center Utah and Days of ’47 Rodeo, among many others. He has previously chaired several boards including the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, Utah Sports Commission, and Economic Development Corporation of Utah.
Art and sport have been foremost among his passions. He has played a pivotal role with the Utah Sports Commission and is serving on the newly-named Salt Lake City-Utah Committee for the Games. He’s an active participant in sport himself, and a longtime fan of the Utah Jazz and Real Salt Lake and a close friend of Larry H. Miller Companies owner Gail Miller.
Never one to seek credit, throughout his career Anderson has been highly engaged in civic affairs, advocating for statewide business growth, public transportation networks, and education. He has been a close confidant of many government leaders, including Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert.
After growing up in Salt Lake City, Anderson received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and economics from Columbia University and a master’s degree in economics and international studies from Johns Hopkins University. He has received numerous honors for his work in banking and in his community, as both a philanthropist and leader.