Meet the newest members of our team

January 24, 2024

The Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah) is pleased to welcome a few new faces to the team!

Rex Buys, business development manager

Rex graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU) with a degree in finance. Prior to EDCUtah, he successfully created and exited his own business and worked in commercial real estate development. While at BYU, Rex was part of the Marriott School Student Council, Real Estate Association, and Ballard Center Social Venture Academy. Rex loves classic rock and exploring Utah's natural scenery through rock climbing, canyoneering, and camping.

Justice Russell, marketing event specialist

Justice is a marketing events specialist at EDCUtah, and she brings with her a passion for community and event management. Previously, Justice worked as an events director at Backyard Media, where she managed a variety of events from concerts and fundraisers to community festivals. Outside of work, you can find her skiing, mountain biking, or relaxing with a good book. She holds a bachelors degree in economics from Portland State University.

Lukas Hoeksema, intern

Lucas is a junior at the University of Utah pursuing an honors quantitative analysis of markets and rrganizations (QAMO) degree with a minor in advanced financial analysis. He is passionate about endurance racing, having completed a full-length Ironman triathlon and two trail run 50k races. Lucas will utilize his skills in modeling complex systems, interpreting data, and conducting predictive analysis in various projects for our team.

Heather Phipps, intern

Heather, a BYU graduate student in public administration, specializes in public finance with a background in environmental sustainability. As a student project manager at BYU's Sustainability Office, she excels in implementing renewable energy strategies and managing projects for economic and environmental efficiency. Her expertise includes data analysis, client communication, and project management, honed during her role as a public relations intern at Living Zenith.

Learn more about our team and our work.

Scott Cuthbertson

President & CEO