Meet the Candidate for 2021 SUP National President-Elect: Larry Miner Gibson

Larry Miner Gibson

I was born and raised in Boulder City, Nevada, and had parents that provided me with wonderful pioneer stock.  Twenty-three of my ancestors crossed the plains to enter the Salt Lake valley.  They include such names as: Gibson, Miner, Hinton, Spendlove, Durfee, Chase, Badger, Banks, Haines, Chamberlain, Sparks, Thorn, Adamson, etc.

Following service as a missionary in the British South Mission, Shirley Barton became my eternal companion in 1968 having been high school sweethearts.  We were blessed with 6 children (five exceptional sons and a wonderful daughter), 41 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.  I do consider winning the heart of Shirley my greatest eternal accomplishment and blessing.

My studies at Brigham Young University provided an undergraduate degree in Computer Science with an Accounting and Business emphasis.  This was followed by an advanced degree in Information Science.

I began my career in New Jersey and New York working for two Fortune 100 companies in the technology arena.  Following several years with each of these organization I determined to adventure into an entrepreneurial environment with a friend who was living in California.  We both ended up relocating to Utah for our first venture. 

This resulted in my desire to continue as an entrepreneur which lead me to start five companies over the following years.  Each had their own successes (and failures) but my last venture was a company called “Dentrix”.  It was a dental practice management system that eventually was successful in capturing approximately eighty percent of the market.  It was recognized by Inc 500 as one of the seventy fastest growing companies in the U.S. for two years and in the Utah 100 list of fastest growing companies for nine years in a row.  During this time, I was selected as “Entrepreneur of the Year” finalist for the State of Utah.

I sold Dentrix to Henry Schein, a highly successful healthcare distribution company in New York, and became part of its leadership team as corporate Sr. Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer for the next twelve years before retiring.

Currently I am President and CEO of two small companies:  Shilar Group LLC – a management and consulting firm; and, Gila Resources, LLC – an investment firm.

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  I have served twice as Bishop, counselor in a Stake Presidency, twice as Stake President, and six years as a member of the Young Men General Presidency of the church.  In this position I was privileged to travel extensively nationally and internationally working with the young men and women of the church.  Currently I am serving as Gospel Doctrine teacher and as a sealer and ordinance working in the Mt. Timpanogos Temple.

I have been involved in mentoring and investing in small start-up companies and as a member of the Utah Angels Investor Group.  I also served in the Center for Entrepreneurship at Brigham Young University as a Founder and Board Chairman.

For three years I served on the Board of Visitors for Temple University School of Dentistry and served on various other boards and committees in the corporate and academic world.  In addition I have worked with the ADA, AMA and various Dental and Medical Schools nationally.  On various occasions I have been a guest lecturer and speaker at several universities and corporations in the areas of Entrepreneurship, Business and Practice Management, Finance and Technology.

I have had a lifetime association with Boy Scouts of America in various leadership roles including taking several troops to National and World Jamborees.  It has been a privilege to serve as President of the Utah National Parks Council, as Western Region President, and on the National Executive Committee and Board.  Some recognitions received:  Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope, Silver Buffalo, and the Distinguished Eagle Awards.

Currently I serve on the Executive Committee and Board of the Hale Centre Theatre in Sandy, Utah.

My avocation interests include:  Scuba diving, skiing, both mountain & road biking, any off-road activities, hot air ballooning, but most of all, anything that allows me to be together with my family.

Pioneer heritage to me is a treasure and something I have always been extremely grateful for.  That gratitude can only be fully expressed by understanding and remembering our progenitors who have sacrifice so much.  Sons of Utah Pioneers has inspired and motivated me to continue my journey of understanding my roots and those around me.  I joined many years ago as a lifetime member but after two years became involved in obligations that precluded me from attending and engaging regularly.  It was not until 2015 that I was able to become actively engaged once again.  I have since served in various capacities including Chapter President of the Timpanogos Chapter in 2019.  As President, our Chapter received the National Chapter Excellence Award.  During this time our Chapter membership increased substantially.  I have also attended two of the past three National Encampments.

Because of what Sons of Utah Pioneers has done for me I have a burning desire to see the organization actively grow and flourish in membership, structure and stability.  This includes more strategic involvement of our next generation by making necessary changes to meet the needs of our dynamic environment and developing culture.

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