Chet Linton, Board of Directors Member

Mr. Linton is an internationally recognized entrepreneur, visionary leader, advisor and presenter.  He is currently the CEO of USDGI – U.S. Defense Group, Inc., where he leads their efforts to improve domestic and international defense, Law Enforcement opportunities and education with NATO and non NATO allied countries. USDGI focuses on the aggregation of resources to aid in the accomplishment of mission critical projects which will protect and save the lives of those in any frontline environment.  Ultimately, he is focused on doing good and improving the country’s and community’s economic growth opportunities.

Prior to founding USDGI, Mr. Linton co-founded School Improvement Network where his innovative approach to educator effectiveness and his vision that all students achieve college and career readiness positioned Mr. Linton as a leading voice and authority in the field of education policy and a global force for change in education.  His vision and understanding of adult learning spread into the law enforcement and the military markets with the creation of Magnum Fortis, a company division focused of improving the skills of law enforcement and military personnel.

Mr. Linton was appointed by Utah Governor Gary Herbert to the Governor’s Education Vision and Mission Committee where he contributed to the roadmap for education. As a leading voice and thought leader in educational technology, Mr. Linton is a sought after contributor to local and national television and radio outlets, The Deseret News, The Salt Lake Tribune, USA Today, Huffington Post, MSNBC, Fox and CNN.

Mr. Linton has won numerous awards recognizing his efforts in education and technology including the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.  Through his contributions to the Utah Technology Council and in organizations he leads, Mr. Linton is dedicated to the development of leaders in all fields, teaching young entrepreneurs and improving outcomes through effective education.

Mr. Linton is currently serving as an executive committee and board member of Washington, D.C., based CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) and chairs the efforts of Global Humanitarian Group.