SALT LAKE CITY --- Every two years, the Utah Consular Corps (UCC) Executive Committee rotates and a transfer of Presidency takes place in January. Earlier this year, the new Executive Committee was instated, and David Utrilla, 2017-2018 Vice President and Honorary Consul to Peru, stepped up as UCC President, taking over for 2017-2018 UCC President Daniel Oswald, Honorary Consul to Switzerland. Former UCC Secretary and Treasurer James T. Burton, Honorary Consul to Germany, is the UCC’s new Vice President. Honorary Consul to Spain, Baldomero Lago, is the UCC’s new Secretary and Treasurer.
David Utrilla was recognized by the State Department as an Honorary Consul to Peru on September 18, 2009; officially appointed by the President of Peru, Alan Garcia, and began officially serving in October after receiving is credentials for the US Department of State. He studied international business and economics in Peru and in the USA. In 1995 he founded U.S. Translation Company and currently serves as the company’s CEO. Both David Utrilla and his company have been given multiple awards including Utah’s Best of State, listed six times in the Inc. 500/5000 for fastest growing companies in America, Mountain West Capital Network’s top 100 fastest growing companies in Utah, and the Small Business Person of the Year by the SBA. In 2014 he received the Weber State University Distinguished Alumnus Award, the 2015 Utah Valley University Atlas Award, the 2016 Quixote Award by the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the 2018 International Person of the Year Award at the Governor’s Utah Global Forum.
David is actively involved in his community, and currently serves as a Board Member of the World Trade Association of Utah, is on the Weber State University President’s National Advisory Council, is the Chair of the Advisory Board for the School of Business and Economics at WSU, is an Advisory Council Member of the Master of International Affairs and Global Enterprise program at the University of Utah, is the Chair of the Utah Council for Citizen and Diplomacy, is an Advisory Committee Member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, is the Chair of the Global Community Advisory Board at Utah Valley University, and is an Advisory Board Member of Key Bank.
UCC Vice President James T. Burton was appointed by Joachim Gauck, President of the Federal Republic of Germany, and recognized by the United States Department of State as the German Honorary Consul on January 29, 2015. James is a shareholder at Kirton McConkie where he practices in the firm’s intellectual property litigation group, and is recognized by his peers as a Legal Elite for intellectual property litigation. James is a member of Rotary Club 24 in Salt Lake City. In 2017, James was named one of Utah Business’ Forty under 40. Him and his wife, Ashley, have five boys. He holds a B.A. from Utah State University, a J.D. from Florida State University College of Law, and an LL.M. from The George Washington University Law School.
UCC Secretary and Treasurer Baldomero Lago was recognized by the State Department as an Honorary Consul to Spain in March 22, 2001. A native of Santander, Spain, Dr. Lago arrived to the US in 1987 to embark on an educational journey that continues to this day. As the Chief International Officer for Utah Valley University, Dr. Lago organizes and manages UVU’s global and intercultural academic initiatives; working mainly with external communities including the Governor's Office of Economic Development of the State of Utah, The United Nations, and many other organizations, chambers, and global companies.
Prior to his current post, Dr. Lago dedicated his professional career as a professor of language pedagogy and has presented his teaching philosophy and research in Europe, the Americas and Asia. He received his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the US and returned to his home country to complete a doctorate degree in instructional technology. As a service to his country and to the local community since 1999, Dr. Lago fulfills his appointment as the Honorary Consul of Spain and is the past-president of the Utah Consular Corps. In addition, he has previously served as President of the World Trade Association of Utah and currently serves as 1st Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy.