Jim Smith to be Awarded Davis Chamber’s Highest Honor, the Legacy Award

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Jim Smith to be Awarded Davis Chamber’s Highest Honor, the Legacy Award

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Posted on September 1, 2021

The Davis Chamber’s Legacy Award is bestowed on an individual or company that has positively impacted Davis County over the course of many years. Jim Smith, along with being an exceptional individual, is an example of selfless service sustained not only over years but decades.


Jim spent 36 years in the banking industry, including being Regional Manager of Bank of the West, President of Community First Bank – Utah, and in several prominent commercial lending and banking leadership positions throughout Northern Utah. He then decided to shift gears and was hired as the President of the Davis Chamber of Commerce where he served from 2009 until 2015. Jim came to the Chamber during a tenuous time when the economy was still struggling. His leadership and experience helped stabilize the organization, providing business-worthy programs and events. During this time, he also worked closely with state legislators, county officials, and municipal leaders. His hard work and dedication are still felt today. “He was the best boss, mentor, and friend you could want,” said Angie Osguthorpe, current Davis Chamber President and CEO. “My time at the Chamber with him is filled with the best memories of connections, working together to promote the economic development of our county. I am forever grateful that he was and is part of my personal and professional life.”


Because of his background in business and finance, his understanding of the budgeting process, and his passion for community service, Jim was encouraged to run for and was elected to the Davis County Commission in 2014. As commissioner, he had the opportunity to be involved with many community organizations and especially enjoyed working with the Davis Board of Health, Davis Behavioral Health, Davis County Library System, and Wasatch Integrated Waste Management, and Hill Air Force Base, as well as working with the homeless population and on transportation issues. Upon retirement, Jim and his wife, Carolyn, served an LDS mission to Vancouver, Canada for nine months before returning home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Besides a long and successful career, Jim has a wonderful family and is a devoted husband and father. He and Carolyn will be celebrating their 50th anniversary this spring. They have five children and eleven grandchildren who Jim says are “all above average.” He enjoys spending time with family, serving in his Church, exercising, hiking, reading, going to the movies, and bird watching. One of Jim’s many sayings is “Don’t believe your own press.” Thus, when Angie Osguthorpe visited with him to convey the Executive Board’s decision to honor him with the Davis Chamber Legacy Award, he was appreciative but hesitant to accept. However, as Shauna Brady from the Davis County Commission Office said, “I can’t think of anyone more worthy of this award! Working with Jim was a definite highlight in my career here at the county and as a positive, lasting influence for good.” We couldn’t agree more.


The Chamber invites those who would like to help recognize this fine individual by attending or sponsoring the event held on Friday, September 10th, to contact amberlee@davischamberofcommerce.com or call at 801-593-2200. We greatly appreciate our sponsors: America First Credit Union, Chevron, Lakeview Hospital, Legacy Roofing, Davis Conference Center, and Adams & Petersen CPAs.