Amanda Covington and Nate Walkingshaw join 47G’s board of directors
Amanda Covington and Nate Walkingshaw join 47G’s board of directors

Salt Lake City, Utah, July 8, 2024,

47G Utah Aerospace & Defense today announced that Amanda Covington, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer of Larry H. Miller Company, and Nate Walkingshaw, Founder and CEO of Torus, have joined the organization’s Board of Directors. Both Covington and Walkingshaw have played important roles in advancing Utah’s aerospace and defense ecosystem over the course of their distinguished careers.

Covington has more than 25 years of experience leading corporate communications and government relations. She serves on several boards, including the Utah Board of Higher Education, the Utah Women’s Leadership Institute, and the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Walkingshaw is a well-known inventor and serial entrepreneur who has successfully founded and sold several companies, including a Utah-based renewable energy company committed to making energy storage more efficient, affordable and sustainable.

“Amanda Covington and Nate Walkingshaw bring unique insights and experience to the organization that will ensure 47G continues to fulfill its mission of establishing the nation’s leading ecosystem for aerospace and defense companies throughout Utah,” said Aaron Starks, President and CEO of 47G. “Our industry represents many of the emerging technology areas the state offers, and both have a proven track record of developing companies in this space.”

Covington and Walkingshaw will play a central role in setting the association’s strategic direction, fostering collaboration among industry stakeholders and advocating for policies that promote cutting-edge innovation, technological advancement and national security.

Nate Walkingshaw, CEO, Torus

“Torus is a mission-driven company that values ​​innovation, entrepreneurship and ingenuity. We enable communities and individuals to become their own renewable energy providers by leveraging our advanced technologies that make energy storage easily accessible to businesses and homeowners,” said Nate Walkingshaw, CEO of Torus. “I am honored to join the 47G board because their organization aligns so well with our company’s mission and values. 47G is advancing the industry in ways that improve the lives of all Utahns, and I look forward to being a part of it.”

The appointments come as the organization continues to expand into its leading role representing Utah’s businesses and community stakeholders through the recent launch of Project Alta and the creation of the 47G UAMMI Institute. In addition to aerospace, defense and cybersecurity, the organization’s activities now include advanced air mobility, critical minerals, advanced materials and energy.

Amanda Covington, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Larry H. Miller Company

“The Larry H. Miller Company is a long-standing, innovative organization embedded in Utah’s economic development ecosystem. As we continue to invest in our local communities, we understand the importance of being actively involved in a respected organization like 47G that brings together and represents Utah businesses,” said Amanda Covington, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer of The Larry H. Miller Company. “47G provides these important opportunities for cross-industry collaboration. I look forward to the opportunity to serve on their board and
strategic guidance for their extraordinary vision and work.”

47G is Utah’s leading global aerospace, defense and cyber ecosystem with a mission to develop talent, fund entrepreneurship and drive innovation. The 47G ecosystem includes over 120 companies and 20 academic institutions working to solve critical national security challenges across three industries. Want to learn more? Visit the website at, follow 47G on LinkedIn and Xand subscribe to their YouTube channel. Watch TechBuzz’s coverage of 47G’s ceremonial launch in October 2023.

The Larry H. Miller Company is a family-owned investment firm that builds on the Miller family’s legacy of corporate leadership, community building, and philanthropic giving. We oversee the organization’s portfolio of business platforms and companies across real estate, healthcare, sports and entertainment, and investments.

Torus is a Utah-based renewable energy company focused on making energy storage and management more efficient, affordable, and sustainable. Co-founded by Nate Walkingshaw and Gilbert Lee, Torus offers a suite of products designed to help individuals and communities become their own renewable energy providers. Torus has made significant inroads into the renewable energy market, securing $67 million in venture capital to further develop its energy storage and management platform. The company recently opened its 45,000-square-foot headquarters and manufacturing facility in South Salt Lake City.

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