Keynote Speakers

Tuesday - Elder Cecil O. Samuelson Jr.

Cecil O. Samuelson jr.

Elder Cecil O. Samuelson was called to serve as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 1, 1994. On October 1, 2011, he was granted General Authority Emeritus status. He presided as president of Brigham Young University from May 1, 2003 to May 1, 2014 and as president of the Salt Lake City temple from 2014 to 2017. Previously, Elder Samuelson served as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy, and as president of the Utah North Area, second counselor in the North America West Area presidency and president of the Europe North Area.

Elder Samuelson, a physician, is a Salt Lake City native and at the time of his call had been serving as senior vice president of Intermountain Health Care. Previously he was vice president for health sciences at the University of Utah after serving as professor of medicine and dean of the School of Medicine. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree, a Master’s degree in educational psychology, and a medical degree all from the University of Utah.

He served the Church as a regional representative, stake president, stake high councilor, branch president and missionary. Elder Samuelson also served as a director, officer, or member of several national medical and hospital organizations.

He and his wife, Sharon Giauque Samuelson, have five children and 14 grandchildren.


Wednesday - Stephen W. Valentine

Stephen W. Valentine

Thursday - Dan Debenham

Dan Debenham

Mr. Debenham has been working in the television & production industry for 30 years as an anchor, reporter, writer, producer and executive producer including 10 years with ESPN. While at ESPN Dan helped create a wide variety of original programming including the X-Games.

Recipient of the Sports Foundations Network Journalism Award, Dan has also been awarded two International ARDY Awards and nominated for two Emmy’s and three National Cable Ace Awards.

In 2000 Dan joined Tom Zdunich to create Lenzworks, a full service television and video production company – Throughout the years Dan has combined his experience and contacts in the industry to create international online marketing and sales platforms and produce several original television shows including RCI TV, Endless Vacations, New Ways to Play, HomeTeam, Music for Money, Behind the Ink, Dining with the Dean and most recently, Relative Race – seen Sunday nights nationwide on BYU TV.

Mr. Debenham is a consultant, corporate spokesperson and guest speaker for some of the top hospitality companies in the world and continues to host several network and online television shows.

Dan and his wife Mona live in Sandy, Utah and have 4 children, an amazing son-in law, a beautiful daughter-in-law and four wonderful granddaughters!