Steve Starks serves as president of LHM Sports and Entertainment, which includes the Utah Jazz; NBA Development Team Salt Lake City Stars; 1280 AM Fanzz Sports Radio; Megaplex Theatres; Tour of Utah cycling race; Saxton Horne Communications – an experience gained since 2007. Steve joined LHM in 2007.
At LHM, he oversees mergers and acquisitions as well as leading renovation efforts at Vivint Arena. Additionally, he serves on multiple boards while being an active community leader.
Early Life and Education
Starks was raised in a family that struggled financially, instilling him with an excellent work ethic. On weekends and weeknights he worked at his local car dealership learning the business side.
Miller assigned Starks many responsibilities to assist him in his new position and found that the young executive quickly picked up new tasks. He led the governor’s transition team and helped form The Utah Policy Partnership aimed at improving state government efficiencies. Additionally, Starks serves on both Salt Lake Chamber Board of Directors and Weber State University Board of Trustees.
He currently serves as CEO of The Larry H. Miller Group of Companies and president of both Utah Jazz and Larry H. Miller Sports and Entertainment. In these roles he oversees their growth strategy as well as mergers and acquisitions of numerous entities within their umbrella as well as overseeing renovation of Vivint Arena worth $125 Million.
Starks was a self-made individual who used his work in construction and golf course maintenance to finance his college education. Additionally, he served on the boards of The Road Home and Utah Governor Jon Huntsman’s transition team; also co-founding The Utah Policy Partnership.
At TOLUCA PICTURES, he continues to expand upon the award-winning signature series he established at MGM Television such as The Handmaid’s Tale (co-created with Bruce Miller), Fargo and Netflix’s forthcoming Vikings: Valhalla series. In addition, he has produced other critically acclaimed scripted TV shows.
Starks oversees multiple LHM Sports and Entertainment properties, such as the Utah Jazz, their G-League affiliate Salt Lake City Stars; triple-A minor league baseball Salt Lake Bees; Vivint Smart Home Arena; Megaplex Theatres; Saxton Horne Communications and Zone Sports Network 1280 AM. Since joining LHM Management Corporation in 2007, he has held multiple progressive leadership roles within it including executive vice president for auto dealership merger and acquisition strategy development.
Achievement and Honors
Howard Stark from Marvel Comics instantly brings to mind Iron Man and Captain America. A scientist by trade, Stark built impressive technological advancements like flying cars, state-of-the-art arc reactors and even his own vibranium suit – just to name a few!
Starks was recently promoted from president of the Utah Jazz to CEO of all companies within the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, including auto dealerships. Additionally, he will continue serving as the Jazz’s alternate representative on NBA Board of Governors.
While serving as President of the Jazz, he contributed to its growth strategy and acquisitions process as well as overseeing Vivint Arena renovation. Additionally, he was active within his community by serving on several public and private boards of directors.
Starks was an autodidact who supported himself through college by driving bread trucks and working on golf course maintenance crews. Additionally, he served in an LDS Church stake presidency position before becoming executive producer for Fairly Legal on USA Network television.
He joined the Miller family organization in 2007 and has held multiple progressive leadership roles within it, overseeing Total Care Auto Powered by Landcar and Saxton Horne Communications as well as overseeing Jazz games, Vivint Smart Home Arena events, Megaplex Theatres performances and professional cycling races like Tour of Utah.
John has served on the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors and Weber State University Trust Boards, while helping manage Governor-elect Jon Huntsman’s transition team and leading Utah Policy Partnership, an effort designed to enhance government operations.
Starks has an estimated net worth between $1-$3 Million. His main source of wealth is his career as a Television Producer.
At LHM Group, he has assumed several progressive leadership roles including president of their Sports and Entertainment division – home to Utah Jazz, Salt Lake City Stars (the Jazz’s G-League affiliate), Salt Lake Bees, Vivint Smart Home Arena, Megaplex Theatres and Tour of Utah professional cycling race. Additionally he served on both boards: Salt Lake Chamber board of directors as well as trustee for Weber State University.
He has led the management side of LHM Group and developed its merger and acquisition strategy for auto dealerships as well as Total Care Auto Powered by Landcar. Additionally, he served as an alternate member on NBA Board of Governors.