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The Utah Manufacturers named Questar Chairman R.D. Cash its "Business Executive of the Year" Saturday night at the UMA's annual banquet.

"We honor Don Cash as an outstanding business and community leader," Gerard Koontz, UMA first vice chairman, told the gathering of some 500 guests at Little America Hotel."Besides Don's leadership in the business community, Questar is one of the state's foremost contributors to cultural, educational and social programs," said Koontz.

Cash, who is also president and chief executive officer of Questar, serves as a director of the diversified energy company and all of its subsidiaries, including Mountain Fuel Supply Co. He is a past director, officer and chairman of the UMA.

Also honored at the banquet were Margaret Wickens, partner with Tanner & Co., who retired from the UMA board after serving two three-year terms, and L. Graig Taylor, for his service as UMA chairman this year.

During the gathering, eight new and re-elected directors were named to the 24-person UMA board, representing manufacturers and other companies across Utah.

Elected to their first term on the board were Jay R. Manwaring, Zero Enclosures, North Salt Lake; and Mike Taggett, Chums LTD, Hurricane.

Elected to their second three-year terms were Richard L. Berg, Jetway Equipment, Ogden; Lynn Cottrell, Western Dairymen Cooperative, Salt Lake City; Al Egbert, McDonnell Douglas, Salt Lake City; Ronald G. Peterson, Hercules Inc., West Valley City; Frank Szymanski, Admiral Beverage Corp., Ogden; and Donald Watson, Moroni Feed Co., Moroni.

New UMA officers for 1993 will be elected Nov. 10 during the regular board meeting.

Cash, a native of McLean, Texas, received an engineering degree from Texas Tech University. He joined Mountain Fuel in 1976 from a position at Amoco Production. Following a reorganization of the company in 1984 that created Questar Corp., he was named president and CEO of Questar, and later chairman.

Cash serves on the boards of Zions Bancorp., Zions First National Bank, and the Alta Club. He is a trustee of the Salt Lake Bid Committee for the Olympic Winter Games, a member of the Courts Complex Committee of the Downtown Alliance and a trustee of Southern Utah University.

He serves on the National Petroleum Council and the boards of the Pacific Coast Gas Assoc., American Gas Assoc., Gas Research Institute, and the Independent Petroleum Association of America. He is a trustee of the Institute of Gas Technology, a director and past president of Rocky Mountain Oil & Gas Assoc., and past director of the American Petroleum Institute.

The UMA is a statewide lobbying organization whose members employ 81,000 of the 105,300 Utahns working in the manufacturing sector.