Jan 2000 - Present
University of Utah
Loves cars, fishing, Utah Jazz Basketball, traveling, airplanes.
Possessing more than four decades of business experience, Salt Lake City, Utah, resident Stuart Val Staker serves as the Chief Operating Officer and owner of The Staker Company in Salt Lake City. He launched his career more than 40 years ago as the co-founder of asphalt placer and producer Staker Paving and Construction Company, Inc. In 2004, Stuart Val Staker accepted the Associated General Contractors of Utah Eric W. Ryberg Award for lifetime contributions to the construction industry. In 1969, he started his paving and construction company and worked to expand the firm to become one of the largest asphalt manufacturers in the western United States. When the business merged with an Irish-based corporation in 1995, he led a U.S.-based subsidiary that had 4,000 staff members and grossed $750 million in yearly sales. In his current role, Mr. Staker directs business functions for his real estate development firm. In addition to providing managerial oversight, he invests in securities, land, and operating companies, as well as office, retail, and multifamily income properties. Stuart Val Staker is also a franchisee for Five Guys Burgers and Fries in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Quebec. Engaging in industry and community endeavors, S. Val Staker served for four years as a board member and officer of both the National Asphalt Paving Association and the Associated General Contractors of Utah. He also volunteered as a political liaison with a Utah-based congressional delegation and as an Honorary Colonel for police departments in Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County. S. Val Staker established the PI Foundation, Inc., to support a number of not-for-profit organizations, including the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Wounded Warrior Project, Utah Give Kids a Smile, and Smile Train. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, he is the father of four and grandfather of 22. In his leisure time, he enjoys fishing, traveling, and following the Utah Jazz basketball team.
A founding member of The Living Planet Aquarium, S. Val Staker also contributes to a number of other organizations, including the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Wounded Warrior Project. A business owner, Stuart Val Staker believes the aquarium to be a unique and worthwhile effort. What began as a pair of “aqua vans” equipped with educational exhibits that toured Utah schools is now one of the state’s preeminent marine-life museums. Founded by marine biologist Brent Anderson, The Living Planet Aquarium in Sandy, Utah, hosts more than 1,250 species, from white-spotted bamboo sharks to fire belly toads. Visitors can tour the aquarium’s three main exhibits: Discover Utah, Ocean Explorer, and Journey to South America. Additionally, the aquarium provides four touch-pools where guests can “get their hands wet” and safely interact with the aquarium’s specimens.Continuing its original mission of education, The Living Planet Aquarium offers two outreach programs with vans that travel to area schools to teach students about the world’s rainforests and the waters of Utah. Additionally, the aquarium offers a variety of teacher workshops that train educators on how to engage their students more effectively in science curricula.