John M. Barger

Chairman and President/CEO

John M. Barger joined Deseret Trust Company in 2013. He previously worked for brokerage and bank-affiliated trust companies and investment management firms in Montana and Utah, serving as senior trust administrator, senior trust officer and senior vice president.

His main responsibilities include:

  • Serving as the chairman of the board of trustees.
  • Developing and stating long-range company objectives.
  • Monitoring the financial health of the company.
  • Recruiting and motivating qualified staff.
  • Overseeing the annual operating budget and capital expenditures.
  • Overseeing trust and custody accounts.
  • Serving as a liaison to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Literature in English) – Excelsior College
  • Master of Education – Montana State University
  • Graduate of Cannon Personal Trust School
  • Certified Trust and Financial Advisor – Institute of Certified Bankers
  • Certified Specialist in Planned Giving – American Institute of Philanthropic Studies
  • Past member of the Utah Planned Giving Roundtable Board of Directors


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