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Curtis Thornhill

Curtis Thornhill

Business Advisory Board, District 5

Curtis Thornhill is Vice Chairperson of Salt Lake City’s Business Advisory Board and has been a member since 2016. He also represents District 5.

Curtis is CEO and founder of Apt Marketing, a consulting firm in downtown Salt Lake City. He helps businesses to connect with customers in more efficient and meaningful ways. He believes that marketing is fundamentally about relationship building and that data is best used to help companies craft messaging that speaks directly to people.

He is a technology advisor on a wide range of topics, including data analytics, knowledge management, communications infrastructure, as well as team structure and management practice. He began his career at eBay and has over 15 years of experience with a variety of brands including Thermo Fisher Scientific, Nokia, Facebook, Starwood, Thomson Reuters, Farmers Insurance, Symantec and ExactTarget.
When asked what he would recommend Salt Lake City’s entrepreneurs do right now to take their business to the next level — he says, “I would join a business network that provides genuine feedback and insight into your company’s performance. It may take years to see pay-offs beyond the much-needed moral support, but you’ll be building quality professional relationships.”

Thank you for bringing your talents to Salt Lake City, Curtis!

Q&A with Curtis Thornhill

What is Salt Lake City doing right for business? The City has taken a more active role in the past two years in advancing the interest of businesses by expanding the Economic Development department, supporting the expansion of business services such as the FTZ, and creating more services and events for small businesses. It’s exciting to see this increased leadership fuel the growth of our city.

About the Business Advisory Board:

The Business Advisory Board (BAB) is made up of city business owners and community leaders who partner with Salt Lake City’s Department of Economic Development. Its members are appointed by the mayor and must be SLC residents and/or have ownership interest in a Salt Lake City business. BAB helps direct city economic policy, promotes small business growth, supports local entrepreneurs, and encourages businesses to relocate to our city.

As part of an ongoing effort to keep SLC’s business community in the loop, the BAB shares synopses of monthly meetings on the Salt Lake City Economic Development’s blog page. Recordings are available to the public as well.