Wyoming Business Council board member Kelly Lockhart will be inducted into the Wyoming Business Hall of Fame during a Nov. 13 banquet at the 2019 Governor’s Business Forum.
The Wyoming Business Hall of Fame is a cooperative project of the Wyoming Business Alliance/Wyoming Heritage Foundation, the Daniels Fund, the University of Wyoming (UW) College of Business and the Wyoming Business Council.
“The 2019 Hall of Fame inductees truly embody business excellence in financial, telecommunications, agriculture, and mining industries in Wyoming,” said Gov. Mark Gordon. “They also stand out for their unwavering dedication to improving the lives of others.”
“The Hall of Fame awards give us the opportunity to celebrate ethical business leaders who have made and continue to make significant contributions in Wyoming,” said Cindy DeLancey, President of the Wyoming Business Alliance/Wyoming Heritage Foundation. “I have so much respect for how these businessmen have grown their companies and invested back into their communities. Their business acumen and integrity serve as a model for others to follow.”
“Mick McMurry, Howard Woody and Kelly Lockhart are not only outstanding business leaders, they are true trailblazers,” says David Sprott, dean of the UW College of Business. “Leading a business to success can be a tough challenge, and I am proud to recognize and honor this year’s three outstanding Wyoming Business Hall of Fame inductees. Their successes reached far beyond our state borders and represent the very best of Wyoming.”
“The Business Council extends its congratulations to all of this year's honorees,” said Ron Gullberg, Business Development Director for the Wyoming Business Council. “These entrepreneurs embody efforts to add value to Wyoming's core industries and activate new ones while investing in communities and quality of life.”
Lockhart will receive the Contemporary/Visionary Award.
With over 40 years of experience in ranching, real estate, and investment management, Lockhart stands out for his dedication to serve his community and the state on numerous boards.
"The Business Council is proud to see Kelly recognized for his dedication to promoting broad and lasting growth in Wyoming,” Gullberg said. “He brings a genuine and common sense approach to his work on boards like ours, and his expertise has greatly benefited the Business Council's mission."
Born and raised on a farm near Pavillion, Lockhart has enjoyed a complimentary career in both finance and agriculture.
In 1981, Lockhart opened an AG Edwards and Sons office in Jackson. This was the first investment management office in Jackson. Today that business has grown into Wind River Capital Management, a leading Wyoming capital management company. He has been rated by Barron’s magazine as the top financial advisor in Wyoming many times.
Lockhart, along with his family, has also built and run Lockhart Cattle Company, which is a fully integrated beef business, growing, butchering, and distributing grass-fed beef throughout the area. This family tradition has been operating for six generations.
As a long-time resident of Teton County, Lockhart has volunteered for numerous boards and activities, including various planning, open space, and housing committees/stakeholder groups over the past 38 years. Currently, Lockhart serves on the board of the Wyoming Business Council, the Teton County Natural Resource Stakeholder Group, Teton County Housing Supply Board, and Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust. In 1997, the Governor appointed Lockhart to the Board of Agriculture, where he served as president from 1997-2001. He was Treasurer of the Jackson Hole Land Trust from 2003-2009, and served on the Teton County Planning Commission from 1987-1992. Lockhart has been a leader in the Teton County 4-H for 20 years and is the former president of the Teton County Fair Board.
Lockhart is a devoted husband, loving father, and proud doting grandpa. His sons Cody and Chase both work with him in the family business in Jackson.
“My Dad has dedicated the majority of his life to his belief that hard work and dedication can make Wyoming a better place for all to have the opportunity to build a family and be successful,” states Cody Lockhart. “We are definitely proud of him.”