BOARD OF DIRECTORS
E. J. (JAKE) GARN: Finance, Public Relations
(Former U.S. Senator, Astronaut, Private pilot)
B.S. (Business, Finance), University of Utah
Retired as a U.S. Navy pilot and Brigadier General in the Utah Air National Guard, Jake Garn has logged over 10,000 hours in military and civilian aircraft and in the U.S. space aircraft. Before his election to the U.S. Senate in 1974, he was a former insurance executive and Mayor of Salt Lake City. Senator Garn was elected to three terms, the last two pulling the highest percentage of votes ever cast in any Utah statewide election. While in the Senate, Jake served six years as Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. Other committee and subcommittees memberships include: the Senate Appropriations Committee; VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Committee; Energy and Water Development; Defense; Military Construction: Interior; Natural Resources; Public Lands; National Parks and Forests; Research and Development; Power and Water.
In 1984, Senator Garn was invited by NASA to fly as a Payload Specialist on the shuttle Discovery flight 51-D. During the seven day flight, he performed various medical tests and returned to Cape Canaveral on April 19 after orbiting the earth 109 times. In addition to his serving on the TERRASTARR Board of Directors, Jake also serves on the Boards of Dean Witter Funds (New York City), Franklin Quest, and on the Board of Trustees of Intermountain Health Care. He also serves as Vice Chairman of Huntsman Chemical Corporation in Salt Lake City. Jake has a unique distinction of having been recipient of the highest civilian aviation award, the coveted Wright Trophy.