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Fall 2015

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an opportunity for chapter leaders to strengthen regional connections. More than 250 attendees enjoyed the leader- ship training and presentations given by keynote and breakout speakers. The conference, held in April, was a collabora- tive effort between several organizations, including BYU, BYU–Hawaii, and the Management Society team in Asia. "The conference was a wonderful beginning," Chiles says. "The Manage- ment Society can play a strong role in helping develop ethical leadership across the region. I can see great opportunities ahead as we get greater participation from each country." Europe Regional Conference In May the Europe Regional Conference was held in London. The uplifting pro- gram, featuring 2012 Paralympic cham- pion sprinter Jason Smyth, attracted 120 participants. "I was quite humbled by the flood of support and positive comments from all involved," says Leighton Bascom, London chapter president. The individuals who are positively influenced by the conference are what make the experience so successful and worthwhile, he says. "It reminds us that this is all a big service opportunity." Latin America Regional Conference The final conference took place in June in São Paulo. Chapters from Brazil, Mexico, and Chile attended the leadership confer- ence which was hosted in partnership with the BYU Law Society. "Those who were in attendance in São Paulo were there to learn, connect, and progress," says Jonathon Wood, steering committee member and associate director of the Marriott School's Global Manage- ment Center. "With that kind of positive energy, it can't help but go well. It feels good to be a part of something worldwide." The conferences enabled the Manage- ment Society to share more resources with members outside of the United States and paved the way for future international events, says Rixa Oman, the society's executive director. "We will continue to do international conferences because of the great benefit to the chapters, members, and alumni," she says. "Our intent is to rotate among regions and chapters around the world." cLASS NoTES 1965 After age requirements for missionary service were lowered in 2012, a surge of young mis- sionaries reported to the Provo Missionary Training Center (MTC). The new MTC president, Lon B. Nally, had his work cut out for him: one of many challenges was to temporarily expand the campus, find- ing room to train and board the waves of eager new missionaries. Happy to do his part in hastening the work, in 2001 Nally had traded his thirty-five-year career with ConocoPhillips for a life of full-time missionary service, beginning with a call to serve as president of the Australia Perth Mission. He next served in branch and district presidencies in the MTC and then returned to the South Pacific to assist area mission presidents until his call to the MTC presidency. Nally, who received his bachelor's degree in busi- ness management from BYU in 1965, was released in January and officially began his retirement, fifteen years after leaving the petroleum industry. He and his wife, Kaye, live in Highland, Utah, and have five children and twenty-six grandchildren. When Gordon Carter named his nonprofit Charity Anywhere, he wasn't kidding: he's led or organized humanitarian expedi- tions throughout Central and South America. Carter also looks closer to home for ways to serve, volunteering at Idaho hospitals or donating supplies to shelters in Salt Lake City. A former business owner who earned a BS in busi- ness management from BYU in 1965 and an MBA from Indiana University in 1967, Carter has made it his life's work to help others serve. He connects volunteers with medical, dental, and construction projects in developing countries, sending out one expedition per month on average. His favorite and fastest-growing project helps children and expectant mothers in Guatemala reach healthy weights by providing them with nutritious cereal and monitoring their growth. Carter was honored by the BYU Alumni Association with the Distinguished Service Award in 2012. He and his wife, Susan, reside in Bountiful, Utah, and have six children and twenty-two grandchildren. Outside charity work, Carter enjoys playing tennis and pickleball. 1972 Charles K. Bird spent his career assisting those who serve his country. He worked with the US Navy Medical Service Corps for fourteen years, standardiz- ing and evaluating medical equipment for use in the field. The navy, he says, built the foundation for the rest of his career. Later Bird worked for federal sales accounts at GlaxoSmithKline, the Remedy Group, and Catalina Curtain Company. At Catalina Curtain Company he sold curtains, artwork, and other products to enhance the environment at military and veteran clinics. Bird holds a BS in business management from BYU and an MBA from California State University, San Bernardino. He is enjoy- ing a partial retirement in Escondido, California, spending his free time fishing, buying and selling antiques, and teaching the three-year-olds at church with his wife, Catherine. Together they have four children and ten grandchildren. As presiding judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court in Arizona, Nor- man J. Davis had a lot to juggle. In his five-year term, which ended in June, he supervised the fourth-largest trial court 44 MARRIOTT

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