JoAnn Losee and Bill Hulterstrom named 2018 Pillar of the Valley recipients

The Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce is presenting Bill Hulterstrom and JoAnn Losee with the 2018 Pillar of the Valley Award.

The Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce announced Hulterstrom and Losee as its 2018 Pillar of the Valley recipients Thursday evening. Losee and Hulterstrom will receive the honor during the eighth annual Pillar of the Valley Gala March 29 at the Utah Valley Convention Center.

“Bill Hulterstrom and JoAnn Losee are exemplars of the spirit of leadership and giving the Pillar of the Valley represents,” said Rona Rahlf, president and CEO of Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce, in a press release. “Between the two of them, thousands of lives around the world have been improved. Many people owe in part, their success, health and well-being to these two great pillars of our valley.”

Losee and her mother opened Bullock’s Jewel Box, the first jewelry store that would later become the Losee Jewelers empire. As they became more successful, the jewelry business expanded and the name changed to Bullock & Losee Jewelers, with Losee Jewelers as the known business name for the last several decades.

Losee grew the business to the point it became a household name and brought fortune to their family. That fortune became the means of their generous giving to the community. The Losee family donated to Utah Valley University when it was still a technical and community college, and started a scholarship fund in the 1980’s that has helped generations of students receive higher education. Their giving also helped fund many of the buildings and initiatives at the university resulting in the Losee Learning Center.

“One doesn’t necessarily do something to receive something,” said Losee in a press release. “You do something because you want to do it, but if something comes back to you, that’s wonderful. But that is not why you do it. You never feel like you’ve done enough, but that’s OK — it just makes you want to do more.”

Hulterstrom has helped individuals and families improve their communities throughout North America and overseas for more than 30 years. He began his career with the Utah Special Olympics, and later accepted a position at United Way of Utah County. After only two years, he was promoted to president and CEO, the position he continues to hold today.

Hulterstrom is an industry leader and trainer in volunteering, board governance, non-profit leadership, and community building. Over the past 30 years, he conducted hundreds of workshops and trained or consulted with thousands of individuals in more than 30 states, Canada, and Ghana.

Hulterstom also served on scores of national committees, boards, and task forces, including America’s Service Commissions, the Utah Commission on Volunteers, the Utah County Homeless Coordinating Committee, as president of the board of Utah Directors of Volunteers and chairman of Mountainlands Family Health Center. He currently serves on the boards of Hogle Zoo, Intermountain Healthcare, and Mountainland Head Start.

Created in 2011, The Pillar of the Valley Award honors individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the business, civic, social, education, and cultural climate of Utah Valley.


Karissa Neely reports on Business and North County events, and can be reached at 801-344-2537 or Follow her on Twitter: @DHKarissaNeely

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