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Partners In Business Staff




Chris Fawson
Executive Director of Partners in Business & Dr. Vernon Maughan Buehler and MaRee C. Buehler Endowed Professor

Professor Fawson arrived at Utah State University in the winter of 1990 and has taught economics in the Department of Economics and Finance for the past 25 years. During his tenure at Utah State University Dr. Fawson has served as Director of International Programs, Vice Provost for Academic and International Affairs, Department Head and Senior Associate Dean in the Huntsman School of Business. His current appointment is as the Dr. Vernon Maughan Buehler and MaRee C. Buehler Endowed Professor and Executive Director of Partners in Business.

As Executive Director of Partners in Business Dr. Fawson is committed to fulfilling the PiB mission to bring cutting-edge thought leadership talent to the Huntsman School of Business and create opportunities for learning, networking and understanding within the USU student body, faculty, staff and regional business community. In fulfilling its mission, the PiB program is committed to delivering the highest quality one-day and two-day professional business seminar experience available to business practitioners and students in the Intermountain West. We are committed to employing processes of operational excellence that keep us ahead of the business knowledge curve in delivering programmatic content that exposes USU students and participating business practitioners to cutting-edge themes delivered by prominent scholars and business practitioners.


Mailing Address:
Utah State University
Partners in Business
3520 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3500

Phone: 435.797.3846


Conference Directors



Garret Steed
Partners in Business

Garret was born and raised in Riverton, Utah.  Growing up he enjoyed playing a variety of sports which includes basketball, baseball, cross country, and golf.  He also gained a love for singing and performing. While attending Riverton High School he was involved with student government his junior and senior year where he was president of the student fan organization and activities chair of the largest high school charity drive in the nation.  

After graduating high school, Garret served an LDS mission in Charlotte, North Carolina.  In returning home, he married the woman of his dreams who helps him become a better man every day.

Now being a USU Aggie, Garret will graduate with a degree in Communication Studies and a minor in business. He hopes to continue his education by pursuing a duel Masters in Business Administration and Human Resources.  He has been very involved with USU by participating on HURD committee, acting as freshman activity chair, and was on scholarship for USU’s performing team, “Out of the Blue”. 

In being a member of Partners in Business, Garret hopes to continue to learn from outstanding students and faculty from the Huntsman School and develop a greater understanding of business principles and ethics. 



Kyle Davies
Partners in Business

Kyle was born in Roseville, California before moving to, and being raised in St. George, Utah. He grew up playing sports, as well as spending a lot of time exploring the outdoors. He graduated from Desert Hills High School in 2011 where he participated in Football, Swimming, Basketball, and Track.

Kyle is pursuing a Finance degree at Utah State and will graduate in spring 2017. While at Utah State University he has also been a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, and served on the executive board. His personal interests include hiking, hunting, fishing, sports, snowboarding, and most of all, spending time with his wife.

He is very excited to be a member of Partners in Business and is working to provide an exceptional opportunity for students and professionals.


Derick Morales
Partners in Business

Derick's passion for leadership started at a very young age. As a 2nd generation Aggie from Boise, Idaho, he grew up competing in various sports. He graduated in 2011 from Timberline High School where he was heavily involved as Seminary President, Spirit Committee Co-President, Junior Class President and Student Body President. These experiences further ignited his desire to grow as a leader. 

Now, 5 years later, you can still find him on the front row of basketball games and heavily involved in school. Derick is a cabinet member for the Ambassador program at Utah State University, a voting member of the USU Fee Board and the Founder/Director of the Service Center's "Benefit Bash" concert. 

Derick is pursuing degrees in Economics and Marketing and plans to graduate in 2017. He loves Utah State University and is a proud member of the Huntsman School and Partners in Business.




Nick Menendez
Partners in Business

Nick grew up in Lehi, Utah. Most of his life is spent outdoors hiking, running, snowboarding, and really anything that involves getting away and enjoying the diversity of the Wasatch front. Nick’s passion has always been discovering creative approaches to making a difference. During high school, he found the best way to accomplish this was by enhancing his fellow students experience by “changing things up” while serving as student body president of Westlake High School.

Currently, Nick is an Ambassador for Utah State University and is a junior majoring in Marketing and Business Administration. He hopes to soon work in the advertising industry to maximize his creative approach to problem solving.

Brandon Mortensen

Brandon Mortensen
Partners in Business

Brandon was born and raised in Parker, CO. Growing up in Colorado with access to countless outdoor recreational activities, helped him develop a fearless attitude towards trying new things. Some of his favorite activities are Snowboarding, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, and Paintballing. Whenever Brandon decided to learn a new skill, he always associated himself with individuals who had already mastered the skills that he sought after. He enjoyed the challenge of keeping up and felt that these associations pushed him to develop his skills beyond what he could achieve on his own.

This attitude carried over into his professional life, leading Brandon to take on a wide variety of jobs and quickly excel at each one he tried. While being professionally employed, Brandon also always found many opportunities to be self-employed by means of physical labor or utilizing his technical and business skills by providing technical assistance, setup, and training as a service.

Brandon is currently in his last year of studies in Management Information Systems where he remains dedicated to finding new and innovative ways to do business more efficiently through the use of data analytics and new technology.