Val Hale is a doer. Whether serving as athletic director at Brigham Young University; as vice president at Utah Valley University, Utah’s largest university; as Executive Director of Utah’s Governor’s Office of Economic Development; as an ecclesiastical leader; or as president of Habitat for Humanity, he has always tried to make a positive difference.
Thanks to the varied experiences he has had and the people he has met through his assignments, Val has observed life from a unique perspective. He has associated with many inspiring people who live purposeful, fulfilling lives. He also has seen those unfortunate souls who are content with mediocrity, or less.
Always a teacher at heart, Val has taken the lessons he has learned in his interactions with people and shares them in this book with the intent to inspire people to become their best selves and find maximum happiness and fulfillment in life.
Born in Snowflake, Arizona, Val experienced his early life in small-town America. Though poor, his large family of nine siblings was full of love. He graduated from Orem High School in Utah and Brigham Young University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public relations/communications. His first job was as a news reporter for the Provo Daily Herald. He has been an adjunct faculty member at two universities.
He served as chair of the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Committee, Chair and President/CEO of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce, President of Riverside Country Club, and he currently sits on more than 35 boards of directors, including several non-profits.
Val and his wife, Nancy, have been married for 36 years and have three children and 11 grandchildren.