A Brief Career Biography
- From Chesterton, IN (Porter County) HS, went straight to work as a laborer in the Gary, Indiana steel mills.
- Next, four years Vietnam-era military service. Honorably discharged as a non-commissioned officer from Hq. U.S. Air Force Accounting and Finance Center.
- Followed military service with a GI Bill-financed education at the University of Colorado earning a B.S. in journalism; and later, the University of Hawaii graduate degree program in management accounting.
- Brief post-collegiate employment as a Colorado newspaper reporter followed with a career pivot to commercial banking – initially, managing branch banks for the Vermont National Bank (now Chittenden National Bank); and then international banking with the Bank of Hawaii specializing in corporate finance and bank administration west of the Dateline.
- After years with Bank of Hawaii, at the request of the U.S. Secretary of the Interior become Director of Economic Development for the United Nation’s mandated U.S Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. Led large-scale economic development and commercial lending programs; crafted economic policy and taxation systems and created three new development banks within the recently self-determined island nations of the Western Pacific.
- Returned to the private sector as CEO of United Micronesia Development Assn., Inc. (UMDA) transforming that company from start-up into the largest international trading company in the W. Pacific.
- Held effective controlling ownership of UMDA while leading an influential international stockholder base.
- Managed UMDA’s fleet of ocean-going freighters tramping the Western and South Pacific and the corporation’s participation in a regional airline operating Boeing 727-100 jets island-hopping between Hawaii and the Far East.
- UMDA ultimately became market dominant in transportation—both shipping (Tiger Lines) and airlines (Air Micronesia), agriculture exports (coconuts); marine insurance; cement; steel; and as regional distributor for Honda Motor Co. (cars, motorcycles and power products). Trading partners were located across the Pacific Rim fostering an intimate knowledge of vast Pacific island archipelagos and Asia including: China, Japan, Taiwan, Philippines, Korea, and Singapore.
- Air Micronesia, Inc. was closely held (60% UMDA, 30% Continental Airlines & 10% Aloha Airlines). Served concurrently as airline Director and corporate officer while CEO of UMDA.
- Sold UMDA investment jointly to Continental Airlines and DHL Corporation in 1985, and retired briefly to Marin County, California.
- Returned to rural Indiana in 1989. as solopreneur, management and turnaround consultant dba Utley Management Company, Inc..
Current Positions & Activities:
- Former President & Executive Board member; current Executive Direct of local economic development corporation: Indiana West Advantage, Inc.
- Executive Director: Crawfordsville/Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce
- Board of Directors, Investment and Farm Committee Member of the Montgomery County Community Foundation
- President of the Linden Carnegie Library
- Board of Directors of the Linden Cemetery Association
- Commissioner – Indiana University Public Policy Institute: “Thriving Communities, Thriving State”
- Mentor – Montgomery County Veteran’s Court
- Member – Crawfordsville, IN Stellar Advisory Committee.
- Political Columnist – Crawfordsville Journal Review and The Paper of Montgomery County
Prior Community Service:
- Elected Official: Montgomery County Council, Indiana – Vice President, Councilman-at-Large
- Indiana Vision/2025 delegate, a statewide economic development plan authored by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce
- Former Director of the West-Central (Indiana) Solid Waste District
- Former Director of the Asia-Pacific Council of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- Former President of the Commonwealth of the N. Marianas Chamber of Commerce
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