Issue 2. 2021 21 Utah Bankers Association Honors Bank of Utah President and CEO, Douglas L. DeFries, with DISTINGUISHED BANKER AWARD D oug DeFries, President and CEO, Bank of Utah was presented with UBA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Banker Award at the 113th Annual UBA Convention. From time to time, the UBA recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to their community, their bank and the banking industry. Since the award was introduced, only 25 individuals have been given this honor. Since joining Bank of Utah in 1986, DeFries has led the bank through various economic cycles impacting the state and the country. Under his leadership, Bank of Utah has become one of the highest-performing banks in the nation. In addition to overseeing the bank’s operations, DeFries has strived to incorporate ways for Bank of Utah to help those in need in the community. He has served for many years on the board of directors and as chairman for the Ogden/Weber Chamber and has served on numerous boards in the area. DeFries has given back to the banking industry specifically through his time on the Utah Bankers Association board where he has also served as chairman. On a national level, he continues to serve on banking committees, including the American Bankers Association. n From time to time, the UBA recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to their community, their bank and the banking industry.