Jerry Benson is a consultant and university instructor specializing in building high-performing organizations. Until 2018, Jerry was the President/CEO for Utah Transit Authority (UTA), a 2400 employee, $1 billion transit authority providing commuter rail, light rail, bus, and mobility services to 46 million riders per year. Over his 34 year career at UTA, Jerry worked in multiple executive positions including Director of Human Resources, Director of Communication, Chief Performance Officer, Vice President of Operations, and President/CEO.

During his tenure, UTA became a recognized leader in transit system efficiency, safety and reliability. Jerry received the American Public Transportation Association Innovation Award for UTAs unique approach to labor relations. Under Jerry’s direction, UTA became the industry leader in applying Lean/enterprise excellence practices to public service. Jerry has given presentations on his leadership and organizational principles at the American Public Transit Association, the Shingo Institute/Huntsman School of Business, the University of Utah and Westminster College.

After leaving UTA in 2018, Jerry created 3rd Wind Leadership, an organizational and leadership development consultancy. Jerry works with business, government and non-profit clients to improve results by increasing leadership and organizational effectiveness. 3rd Wind Leadership helps organizations become CLEAR reach clarity of purpose and strategy, develop principled leadership, cultivate employee engagement, achieve alignment of systems and metrics, and produce breakthrough results.

Jerry Benson holds a Master of Human Resource Management and a Ph.D. in Organizational Communication. He has over 20 years of experience as a university instructor teaching leadership and performance management.

JERRY ROY BENSON is currently teaching:

Class Title Semester Date(s) Program
Conflict Resolution in the Workplace Summer 6/13/24 Professional Education

JERRY ROY BENSON has previously taught:

  • Supervisory Leadership Program
  • Leading from a Position of Limited Power
  • Financial Administration Certificate
  • Human Resources Managment Certificate
  • Advanced Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution: Skills for Resolving Business Conflicts