England Brothers Inducted into the University of Utah’s School of Business Hall of Fame and Honored with $1 Million Donation
England Family Gift Names Two Classrooms in
Upcoming Business School Remodeling Project
Tuesday, November 6, 2007, Salt Lake City, UT – Eugene and William England of C. R. England trucking company were inducted into the David Eccles School of Business’ Hall of Fame at the University of Utah and joined a prestigious list of successful businessmen and women honored previously. Dean Jack Brittain also announced a surprise $1 million donation to the David Eccles School honoring Eugene and William and their spouses June and Fern. Funded by their children, the gift will help subsidize two large classrooms in the school’s upcoming remodeling project.
Gene and Bill England were honored by family members and the business community for their contribution to Utah business. Their successful business careers first began at their childhood home in Plain City while working for their father’s budding trucking business. Established in 1920, the family business initially started with only one employee, the boys’ father Chester. In their early teens, Gene and Bill joined the business and started hauling freight throughout the intermountain area. From humble beginnings, the England brothers and their hard working father established C. R. England, Inc., now one of the largest trucking companies in the nation. C.R. England currently employs more than 3,800 truck drivers and independent contractors in addition to operating four truck driving schools nationwide. The schools provide extensive and thorough truck driver training and subsequent truck driving jobs for prospective qualified drivers.
Recognized as true American entrepreneurs, Gene and Bill received most of their business education and experience from their father while accompanying him on long summer hauls. After deciding that the trucking business was more lucrative than farming, Chester purchased his first Model T truck and started delivering produce locally. Working beside their father, Gene and Bill increased the fleet to include four delivery trucks and added routes that reached far beyond the Intermountain West.
Both England sons served in World War II while their father continued to purchase more trucks and expand the trucking business. Once released from military duty, Bill and Gene rejoined the family business and each continued their career as a truck driver hauling produce across the continental United States.
Gene and Bill continued to operate C. R. England until the 1980s when they started to gradually transfer control of the family business to their sons and grandsons. Gene is currently the president of the company but still finds time to make deliveries as a member of the England fleet. With his custom-designed personal truck, Gene and his wife June still make frequent hauls to other C. R. England terminals throughout the United States, often clocking as many as 500 miles a day.
Bill also finds time to serve his community in various capacities. In addition to his support for the David Eccles School of Business and the Diabetes Center at the University of Utah, Bill is former president of the Utah Trucking Association and serves on several committees for West Valley City.
The spirit of Gene and Bill’s generosity and support for the Utah community has been passed on to their children and grandchildren. As noted previously, Bill and Gene’s children joined together to donate $1 million which will help fund the two new classrooms to be named after the entrepreneurial brothers. The William K. England and Eugene K. England classrooms will be located in the newly remodeled David Eccles School of Business building complex. The construction project is scheduled to begin in 2008.
C. R. England, Inc. remains a privately held family business and has expanded more than ten-fold in the past 20 years. Dan England, the son of Gene, is the company’s chairman of the board and the current management team includes several third and fourth-generation England family members. With terminals in New Jersey, Indiana, Texas, and California, the Salt Lake City-based company is one of the largest refrigerated trucking and transportation companies in the United States.
Hall of Fame Past Recipients:
- Spencer F. Eccles, Chairman Emeritus, Wells Fargo Intermountain Banking
- Richard L.Warner, Former Chairman, Rick Warner Enterprises
- George W. Romney, Governor, Michigan
- Joseph Rosenblatt, Former Chairman, Eimco Corp.
- David C. Evans, Founder, Evans and Sutherland
- Kendall D. Garff, Chairman and CEO, Garff Enterprises
- June M. Morris, Former President and CEO, Morris Travel Group
- Robert W. Keener, Retired President and CEO, Northwest Pipeline Corp.
- J. Willard Marriott, Jr., Chairman, President and CEO, Marriott International
- William H. Child, Chairman and CEO, R. C. Willey
- Jon M. Huntsman, Sr., Chairman and Founder, Huntsman Corporation
- Scott S. Parker, IHC President Emeritus
- Ezekiel R. Dumke, Jr., President, Dumke Investments
- John W. Gallivan, Publisher Emeritus, Salt Lake Tribune
- Pierre & Claudette Lassonde, President, Newmont Mining (Pierre)
- Dr. Rodney H. Brady, President and CEO, Deseret Management
- James L. Sorenson, President, Sorenson Development
- Larry H. Miller, Owner, Larry Miller Enterprises
- Leone W. “Pete” Harman, Founder, Harman Management Corporation
- Earl Holding, Owner, Grand America Hotel, Sinclair Oil Co., Snow Basin & Sun Valley Ski Resorts
- Robert Rice, Founder, European Health Spas; President, Rice Industries