1998 Hall of Fame Business

Jerry C. Atkin (1948-) Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Skywest, Inc. and its subsidiary companies, was born, reared and educated in St. George, Utah. He graduated from Dixie College in 1969, then obtained BS and MBA degrees from the University of Utah. He practiced as a Certified Public Accountant for two years prior to joining Skywest in 1974. He was first hired at Skywest as Director of Finance, then in 1975 was made President and Chief Executive Officer. In 1991, in addition to his other administrative positions, Jerry was elected Chairman of the Board. He has led Skywest from annual revenues of under $1 million to over $400 million. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Regence Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Utah, The Regence Group in Portland, Oregon, Zions Bancorporation, a bank holding company, and the Regional Airlines Association. In 1981, he was named the Outstanding Young Businessman of the Year by the St. George Chamber of Commerce and was the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree at Dixie College in 1995. In 1999, he was appointed a member of the State Board of Regents of the Utah System of Higher Education. He and his wife, the former Carolyn Jones, are the parents of three sons and one daughter.
Jerry C. Atkin

Roxey Romney Davis Holbrook (1913-) was born in Bunkerville, Nevada, and later moved to St. George. Her father, Erastus Snow Romney, became the 2nd President of Dixie College. After graduating from Dixie College, she received a degree from Brigham Young University in elementary education, speech and drama. She taught two years in Mesquite, Nevada, before marrying Al Davis and moving to Los Angeles where she earned a graduate degree from the Woodbury Business College. After six years of marriage, Al died from pneumonia and Roxey knew she must pursue a career to support herself. ZCMI hired her as "Miss Margo Manners"-advertising and selecting clothes on a one-on-one basis. She also managed the Mail Order Department and took it from 3 to 100 employees. The following year she became the buyer for budget dresses and the maternity departments, then went on to buy lingerie and robes for the Bridal Salon. Her greatest challenge came when as buyer for the better dress department she learned that the fashion houses in New York City refused to sell to ZCMI claiming loyalty to two other major department stores in Salt Lake. It was very discouraging not being welcomed by any of the fashion houses, but through her persistence ZCMI was soon accepted everywhere in New York. In 1975, she entered into a partnership, taking over the Cameo Room Fur Department and created one of the finest fur departments in the Intermountain West. Working full time until 1996 and after 52 years with ZCMI, she retired at age 82. She was also married to Merrill R. Holbrook and later his brother Dr. Von Garn Holbrook and is the mother of one daughter, Roxanne Holbrook.
Roxy Holbrook

Dr. M. Kenneth Bowler (1942-) is a native of St. George, Utah. After graduating from Dixie College, he served as an LDS Missionary to Great Britain. He returned to earn a bachelor degree in Political Science from Stanford University and then obtained a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin. He was an American Political Science Congressional Fellow, served on the Board of Editors of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, and is currently a member of the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center Advisory Council. He was an assistant professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Maryland and published a book and several articles on federal health and welfare policies. He was the Staff Director of the Committee of Ways and Means in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1987-89 and Deputy Staff Director from 1985-87. He holds membership in the American Political Science Association and the Business-Government Relations Council; and has served on the Johns Hopkins Health Advisory Council and the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. He is a member emeritus of the Dixie College National Advisory Council. He is currently a Corporate Officer and Vice President, Federal Government Relations for Pfizer Inc. He and his wife, the former Ann Taylor, are the parents of two daughters and two sons.
Dr. M. Kenneth Bowler

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