What Cameron Gunter likes most about being a member of the Utah Valley University Foundation Board is knowing that he’s helping a university that focuses on preparing students to get into the workforce and to earn money. Gunter says President Matthew S. Holland has done a good job of adding facilities, building UVU into a major university, and expanding key programs, particularly STEM education and the arts.
“What president Holland and his staff have done is create an environment for students to get engaged. And I hope they continue working with the tech companies and other businesses to learn what kind of employees they need and to help give students real-world working experience so they can come out productive,” says Gunter.
Although UVU is a young university that hasn’t had a lot of friends in the past, the money it’s raising right now is spectacular, according to Gunter. “UVU is worthy of more support because it gives opportunities to students who don’t have the funds to go to a higher priced school,” he says. “It offers them scholarships when available and real-world learning opportunities. I think that kind of engagement helps students graduate with more than just intellectual knowledge. There’s something to be said about really engaging in business and understanding how things work.”
Gunter says his fellow board members are the movers and shakers of Utah Valley, creating business opportunities and driving the economy, and they care about their civic responsibilities in the community. He’s says UVU is making its Foundation Board more effective by adding different types of business owners with a range of different strengths.
As a businessman and former certified public accountant — he earned an accounting degree with a minor in finance from Idaho State University — Gunter brings his own strengths to the board. He worked on the Foundation’s audit committee to make sure the Foundation’s financial statements, tax forms, and policies were correct.
At Gunter’s real estate development company, PEG Development, he has been pleased with the UVU interns and graduates he’s hired. The company has been involved in the construction, redevelopment, and operation of many of the most visible projects in the Provo area, including the Wells Fargo, Zions Bank, and University Medical buildings and the renovation of the Provo Marriott. Under his leadership, PEG Development has grown into a regional real estate development, consulting, property management, and investment firm, and it is now expanding into Canada. It was recently nominated for Developer of the Year in Utah.
Gunter learned to work hard growing up in Arimo, Idaho, on a dairy farm and dry farm. When he wasn’t doing chores, he did sports. He and his wife, Jamie, live in Spanish Fork and have five kids. Gunter says Jamie has instilled a good work ethic and sense of responsibility in their children. He credits her with starting them out on a path to success. Everyone in the family loves participating in sports and outdoor activities, from water skiing and hiking to snow skiing.
As a sports enthusiast, Gunter has served as president of the Brigham Young University Cougar Club. He currently serves on the Downtown Provo Inc. board and the Utah Hospitality Association board of directors.
Gunter’s advice to those who wish to succeed? “Work hard and have integrity — do what you say you’re going to do, even if you don’t like it or if it’s not going to be lucrative. Beyond that, have fun and be genuine.”