Prior to co-founding The Cynosure Group, Mr. Eccles served as Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) for the State of Utah which oversees statewide business, tourism and film development, international trade, rural economic development, and the Utah Health Exchange.
During his tenure, GOED facilitated the expansion or relocation of strategic anchor companies in Utah’s urban and rural counties – companies that are projected to create more than 32,500 jobs and $2.1 billion in new state revenue over the next decade. Mr. Eccles will remain an advisor to the Governor on economic development issues and has been involved on numerous public and private boards, including as chair of the Governor’s Economic Council, vice-chair of the Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative, vice-chair of the STEM Action Center, and a member of the Utah Capital Investment Board (UCIB), which supports venture capital investment firms to help grow Utah’s innovative companies.
Previously, Mr. Eccles provided leadership to web-based software and materials technology companies in the U.S. and abroad. He was formerly affiliated with Wells Capital Management (Wells Fargo Bank). In 1997, the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games tapped Mr. Eccles to develop and oversee the premier Olympic downhill events as well as all of the alpine Paralympic competitions. Mr. Eccles received his MBA from BYU’s Marriott School of Management and his BA in History from the University of Utah.