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Person 2 Person: Utah Jazz President, Steve Starks

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Person 2 Person: Utah Jazz President, Steve Starks (Photo provided by the Utah Jazz)

(KUTV) Steve Starks is the president of the Utah Jazz and Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment.

There is a lot going on with the Utah Jazz right now, including renovations of the Vivint Smart Home Arena and the Zion's Bank Basketball Center.

"When it's done, it's going to be world class," Starks said of the ZBBC changes.

The team itself has also come out of a great season, with a lot of excitement surrounding the team's participation in the playoffs.

"It was awesome to have playoff basketball back in Salt Lake," Starks said. "It's nerve-wracking, there's ton of emotions. But it's something we hope to be in for years to come."

Starks' journey to the Utah Jazz all began with a relationship with Larry Miller. He had interacted with Miller several times during a stint in the Governor's office.

"At one point I asked him to write me a letter of recommendation and he said he would, but he would also like to offer me a job to come to work for the organization," recalled Starks. "So I went home and talked to my wife. We'd been married for six months. And she said, 'Let's do it.'"

Starks put off business school to work for Miller and be mentored by him.

"He saw I think at a young age some things that I did, and maybe just a willingness to learn from others, and asked questions that he may have appreciated," Starks said.

Starks was born in California. His father was a police officer there, and met his mother after a traffic accident. Starks grew up with four brothers.

As a young child, the Starks family moved to northern Utah. He grew up in the Ogden Valley and attended Weber High School.

"We lived in a home where money was tight from time to time, and so we learned not to take things for granted," described Starks. "Even though we didn't have a lot of money, we had great love in our home and we cared for each other and we were happy."

Starks met his wife in an LDS singles ward after she returned from serving an LDS mission.

"I talked her somehow into marrying me. That was my first great sales accomplishment," he joked.

The couple have all daughters--ages 3, 6 and 9.

"I don't know what it would be like to have boys around," Starks said. "I'm sure I would love it and I've wanted a son, but our daughters are great."

Looking forward, Starks has ambitious goals for the Utah Jazz and hopes for himself.

"We want to win an NBA championship. We want to have the organization be strong for the community," he said. "Personally, I want to be a great father."

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