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The Newly Called Alabama Birmingham Mission President: Stanford C. Sainsbury

A photo of Stanford Sainsbury from the Daily Herald upon his retirement in 2012. Photo by Jim Mcauley

A photo of Stanford Sainsbury from the Daily Herald upon his retirement in 2012. Photo by Jim Mcauley

With yesterday’s exciting announcement of 3 new missions being created in the world, the Church also publicly listed nearly all of the 168 new mission presidents who will begin service this summer with their wives.

Here in the great state of Alabama we will be welcoming Stanford C. Sainsbury and his wife Sister Melanee Sainsbury.

Living on a 50 acre farm in West Mountain, Utah (Payson/Spanish Fork Area), President and Sister Sainsbury will be leaving behind their lives and trading in the Rocky Mountains for Appalachian Hills for the next three years. Sainsbury, who turned 60 just last month, with his wife Melanee, are the parents of seven children. President Sainsbury spent his professional life as an employee for the city or Orem, Utah. After graduation from BYU and earning a law degree, Sainsbury spent 10 years as a city prosecutor for Orem city, then deputy city attorney. During that time he became a certified planner. He then spent his final 16 years of employment as the director of development services. He retired in December of 2012 after 29 years of service for the City of Orem.

A graduate of BYU, President Sainsbury served a full-time mission as a young man in Sweden under the direction of President Paul Oscarson. President Oscarson, who was only 29 years of age at the time of his call as mission president, was known for his youth and enthusiasm in the Swedish Mission. Perhaps President Sainsbury will bring some of the same vigor of his full-time mission as a young man to Alabama as the mission president. His wife, Sister Melanee Anderson, is originally from Manassa, Colorado. According to an online profile from President Sainsbury he enjoys “[spending] time visiting children, working in the yard and garden, farming, following BYU sports, spending time in the temple, ward callings, traveling, reading,etc.”

President and Sister Sainsbury have served in a variety of church callings throughout the years, including recently as a ward mission leader for President Sainsbury.

As members of the Church residing in the Alabama Birmingham Mission we will deeply miss President Richard D. Hanks and his beloved wife Elizabeth. However, we recognize that with the hastening of the work comes a hastening of the years, and we are thankful to be have been blessed with the acquaintance of such fine saints here in Dixie. President Sainsbury will have very large shoes to fill, both figuratively and literally, but we have no doubt that with the blessings of the Lord he will do so exceptionally.

President and Sister Sainsbury. (Picture from one of their personal blogs - they also blogged here for a period of time.)

President and Sister Sainsbury. (Picture from one of their personal blogs – they also blogged here for a period of time.)

 

The Newly Called Alabama Birmingham Mission President: Richard D. Hanks

Elizabeth W. and Richard D. Hanks. - Photo from LDS Church News.

Elizabeth W. and Richard D. Hanks. – Photo from LDS Church News.

With yesterday’s exciting announcement of 58 new missions being created world-wide, the Church also publicly listed nearly all of the new mission presidents who will begin service this summer with their wives.

Here in the great state of Alabama we will be welcoming Richard Duff Hanks, 52, and his wife Elizabeth Ann Winters Hanks. According the Church News the Hanks have three children, and currently live in the Holladay 8th Ward in the Salt Lake Holladay South Stake.

Prior to being called to serve as president of the Alabama Birmingham Mission Brother Hanks served as Chairman and President of Mindshare Technologies, a leading provider of real-time customer and employee feedback solutions. According to Mindshare’s website their “proprietary survey technology captures the voice of the customer in real-time and immediately transforms it into actionable intelligence through powerful and incisive enterprise reporting.”

Mr. Hanks was also a senior executive of several Fortune 500 companies as well as several start-up ventures. He was a corporate officer at Marriott, an executive with PepsiCo and Price Waterhouse, and CEO of Blue Step, a software start-up. Rich, as he is commonly called by his friends and family, was named “The Leading Sales Innovator in the Lodging Industry,” and Marriott’s sales team was rated one of the top 25 among all companies in the U.S. for four years under his leadership. Rich also led Marriott onto the Internet, prompting Bill Gates to refer to him as an “Important Internet champion” in his book Business “@ the Speed of Thought“.

That’s right, Bill Gates gave a shout out to the guy. So he has to be pretty awesome.

Earlier in his career, Rich was called the “Leader of Hotel Revenue Management and Strategy” for his leadership in hotel pricing and yield management. He is also a CPA. Rich was nominated as Utah Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001, 2007, and 2008.

Richard D. Hanks is the author of “Delivering and Measuring Customer Service” (which you can purchase on Amazon by clicking here), in the past has been a frequent teacher/speaker at trade, academic and professional gatherings, and has been widely quoted in top business journals and trade publications. Brother Hanks was also a lecturer and adjunct professor at Cornell University for 10 years and on the Board of the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and his MBA from Northwestern University.

Currently Brother Hanks is a stake institute teacher. He has also served as a stake executive secretary, high councilor, bishop, bishopric counselor, mission preparation teacher, and missionary in the Scotland Edinburgh Mission. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Marion Duff and Maxine Christensen Hanks. Brother Hanks’ father, Elder Marion D. Hanks served in the First Council of the Seventy, as an Assistant to the Twelve (a calling which no longer exists), in the First Quorum of the Seventy, and in the Presidency of the First Quorum of Seventy. Elder Hanks was only 31 years old when first called as a General Authority in 1953, and raised his family, including Brother Hanks, during his many years of full-time service in the Church.

Sister Hanks is a gospel doctrine teacher and former ward Relief Society president and counselor, ward Primary teacher, ward young single adult advisor, and ward Young Women leader and teacher. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Richard Keith and Mary Nebeker Winters.

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