Brady, Covington, and Wilks to Support Focus on
Diversity, Membership, and Marketing
Salt Lake City, UT (November 27, 2018)
— The Utah
Chapter of NACD, the advocate for the profession of directorship, announced it has elected William (Bill) Brady, Amanda K. Covington, and T. Jeffrey (Jeff) Wilks to its board of directors.
“The Utah Chapter is pleased to welcome Bill, Amanda, and Jeff, who are not only highly respected professionals in their fields but also have significant experience serving on public, private, and nonprofit boards of directors,” said Robert Gross, NACD Utah Chapter president.
“The chapter’s programs and resources provide reliable and relevant content to our members,” said Ronald Poelman, NACD Utah chair. “Our new directors will share their talents to help expand our membership and marketing initiatives, as well as continue our focus on diversity and inclusion for boards of directors and within our own membership.”
Brady is the president and chief marketing officer at EKR, one of Utah's largest marketing firms, serving international technology brands such as Google, Netflix, Adobe, and Micro Focus, as well as local brand giants including Big-D Construction, doTERRA, and both Brigham Young University (BYU) and the University of Utah.
Prior to joining EKR, Brady was cofounder of M2 Results, a brand strategy firm in Salt Lake City that served clients around the United States. Previously, he served as director of Global Public Relations for a multinational software company and as director of Wall Street Communications for a $1.3 billion publicly traded company.
Brady graduated with a degree in Public Relations from BYU, where he served as student body president. He is currently pursuing an MBA from the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. Brady serves on the Med One Group Board of Directors.
Covington most recently served as senior vice president of Communications and Government Relations for Vista Outdoor Inc. Prior to Vista Outdoor, she served as vice president, Corporate Communications, for Alliant Techsystems (ATK), an aerospace, defense, and commercial products company. Before joining ATK, she was the assistant commissioner for Public Affairs at the Utah System of Higher Education. While there, she led communications and legislative relations strategies for the State Board of Regents. She also served as communications deputy and spokesperson for Utah Governor Olene S. Walker and the communications director for the Utah Department of Transportation.
In addition to serving on the board of the NACD Utah Chapter, Covington chairs the Department of Interior's Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee and is a member of the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board, an advisory board member for the Utah Women's Leadership Institute, a board member for the Walker Institute of Politics and Public Service, and a member of the University of Utah College of Social and Behavioral Science Advancement Board.
Covington earned an honors bachelor's degree in Mass Communications and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Utah.
Wilks is the director and EY professor at BYU's School of Accountancy. Since 2000, he has taught intermediate financial reporting and technical accounting research on topics including revenue recognition, variable-interest entities, financial instruments, and fair-value measurement.
From 2006 to 2009, Wilks was an academic fellow at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and a technical consultant to the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). He managed the revenue recognition project, coauthored over 50 research memos, and led board deliberations on these memos. He also coauthored the 2008 FASB/IASB Discussion Paper on Revenue Recognition, which formed the foundation of the new international revenue recognition standard effective in 2018.
Since returning to BYU, Wilks has served as a technical advisor to Connor Group, which provides GAAP review and SEC reporting guidance to firms preparing for IPO. He has also served as a consulting expert for the SEC and various public companies. Wilks served as a member of the FASB's Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council from 2014-2017 and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' Revenue Recognition Task Force from 2016-2017. He currently serves as the vice chair of the Board of Directors at the Orem Hale Center Foundation for the Arts and Education and as a member of Deloitte's Center for Controllership.
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