Why I chose to move to Utah

“After only three months in Utah, I have had some of the best experiences of my life.…”

~Jayme Timbol, American Express, Salt Lake City, UT

From ‘Big City’ to Salt Lake City: Utah offers more than expected
Coming from Manila, Philippines, a mega-city of 15 million people, Utah was one of the last places Jayme Timbol thought she would call home.
Accustomed to life in a big city, I always sought out communities that embraced diversity, opportunity, and cultural richness and variety. So when a career-changing opportunity presented itself in Salt Lake City, Utah, I was hesitant to make the switch and risk losing the rich melting pot of culture I so greatly value.

With friends painting a picture of a provincial, religiously-fanatic and non-diverse population, I didn’t question whether I would survive in this kind of environment, but if I would thrive. Convinced an opportunity like this wouldn’t knock twice, I made the decision to step outside my comfort zone and make the move—and I’ve never looked back.

What I found was surprising, a more diverse and tolerant community than any other I’ve experienced in the U.S. The exposure to government, diverse ethnic backgrounds and perspectives, as well as close proximity to beautiful natural surroundings, has given me some of the best experiences of my life.
Having lived in and traveled to several different countries, I consider Utah a world-class home and have added it to my short list of best places to live.

~ Jayme Timbol, American Express, Salt Lake City, UT

 

“The easiest thing to adjust to here is the people—they’re open, friendly and supportive.”

~Scott Law, SVP of Corporate Human Resources, Zions Bancorporation

Salt Lake City: A key to personal happiness
When offered a new job in Salt Lake City, Scott Law was receptive to the idea of leaving Chicago. Though friends and family expressed concerns about not fitting in to the community, Scott was drawn to the active, outdoor Utahan lifestyle.

When people learned of my relocation plans, I found their reaction to be on opposite sides of the spectrum: envious of the opportunity to actively pursue a wide variety of outdoor activities, or concerned I may not fit in with what they perceived to be an insular, faith-oriented community.

Having visited Park City in the past, I was excited to move to Utah; I didn’t let people’s perceptions of the area influence my decision to relocate. For me, not only would Salt Lake City offer more access and opportunity to pursue the activities I enjoy, it would allow me to capitalize on the chance to develop my skills and career.

When I arrived, everything was pretty much as I expected it to be. The easiest thing to adjust to here is the people—they’re open, friendly and supportive. Salt Lake City doesn’t have the same nightlife as Chicago, but my ability to take advantage of the National Parks in and around Utah, as well as cycling and skiing with friends, has confirmed that access to new adventures and experiences in these areas is central to my happiness.

~Scott Law, SVP of Corporate Human Resources, Zions Bancorporation