A Utah native, Aaron Starks was born and raised in the beautiful town of Huntsville, Utah. His parents have proudly raised five sons who have all settled in Utah and are raising families of their own. Steve, his Father, spent his career in Law Enforcement and, Debbie, his Mom, raised children while working part time.
A first-generation college student, Starks attended the University of Utah where he enjoyed studying Economics and Political Science. During his Junior year in College, Starks was elected Student Body President and later Utah Student Association President where he would work with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Policy Leaders in Washington D.C. on the National Campus Leadership Council. Later, Starks would be accepted into Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business where he graduated with his Master’s Degree (MBA) in International Business and Strategy.
Prior to joining World Trade Center Utah, Starks worked for a company with Utah roots and international ties – FranklinCovey. Over a seven-year span, he helped grow the company in 23 countries throughout Asia. During this same period, Starks was asked to open Asia Headquarters for the education division in Tokyo, Japan where he and his family resided for three years. Today, FranklinCovey continues to thrive throughout the world.
A strong supporter of education, Starks helped found a multi-national foundation (I am a Leader Foundation) in Japan and the U.S. designed to help companies sponsor schools, teachers, and students seeking leadership opportunities and character development. The foundation has collected millions of dollars in contributions from companies throughout the world.
In 2019, Starks was elected Vice-Chairman of Utah’s Republican party where he helped the organization escape debt liabilities, establish structure, and provide strategic leadership to county officials statewide. More recently, He was asked to join the United States Global Leadership Coalition’s Utah Advisory Committee where he will join other civic and business leaders who are active in promoting the economic, diplomatic, and developmental interests of the US
Starks has deep experience growing organizations, leading teams, and developing business worldwide. In 2020, he was asked to join World Trade Center Utah where his experiences could be leveraged to help Utah companies seeking new opportunities on the global stage – He and his team have helped over 100 companies identify new market opportunities, diversify distribution channels, and create new jobs.
Aaron and his wife are the proud parents of three beautiful children. The Starks family loves the state of Utah and enjoys recreating in its beautiful mountains.