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Ernst & Young LLP has promoted Chris Okawa and Mark Peterson to partner in its Salt Lake City office. Okawa was promoted to partner from senior manager. As part of the EY Assurance practice, Okawa has spent the majority of his 13-year career serving many of Utah’s high-growth companies across the technology, airline, healthcare and manufacturing industries. He earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting and his master of accountancy degree from Brigham Young University. Peterson was promoted to partner from executive director. He joined the EY Assurance practice in 1998 and has worked with a number of Utah companies in diverse industries. He also recently served as an adjunct part-time accounting instructor at the University of Utah, where he received his MBA, and Weber State University, where he received his bachelor of science degree in accounting.


• The eighth season of the Tuesdays Farmers Market has begun and will continue through October. It will be from 4 p.m. until dusk at Pioneer Park. Last year’s market was at Gallivan Center. The market features about 20 vendors offering produce, meats, cheeses and other locally produced food. Details are at


Zions Bank has named Ogden-based Cory Gardiner as an executive vice president and director of consumer and business banking teams and promoted Thomas Etzel to executive vice president and director of corporate banking. Gardiner will oversee the bank’s Capital/South Davis, Cottonwood, Central Utah, Wasatch Back and Southern Utah retail regions, a total of 55 branches. She began her career at Zions Bank in 2004 as manager of the Ogden financial center. She has also served as a commercial relationship manager and as manager of the bank’s Women’s Financial Group. In 2013, Gardiner was named region president for the Northern Utah retail region, spanning Box Elder, Cache, Weber and Davis counties. She is a leader in Zions Bank’s Mentor Program, and as an advocate for developing women into leadership roles. She is a co-founder of E3, a Weber County group dedicated to helping woman grow into leadership roles in the community. Etzel will focus on growing the bank’s corporate lending presence along the Wasatch Front and in Boise. He has 34 years of experience, including serving as the manager of Zions Bank’s corporate banking division, and worked to analyze, structure and close loan transactions with some of the bank’s biggest clients. Prior to his 31 years at Zions Bank, Etzel was a banking officer at MBank Dallas. His education includes bachelor’s degrees in management and finance from the University of Utah.

Bank of Utah has appointed Lisa Mariano as senior trust officer in personal trust. She will oversee operations and manage day-to-day trust department functions at the Salt Lake City and Ogden trust offices. Mariano started at Bank of Utah four years ago, where she served as a trust officer.


• Steel Encounters Inc., Salt Lake City, has hired Steve Winn as corporate safety director. He will be based in Salt Lake City to manage all safety compliance activities. The company has multiple offices and employs more than 250 people in its Utah operations alone. Winn previously was the fire chief and deputy director of emergency services for the U.S. government in Afghanistan.


Grow Utah will accept applications for its $15,000 Outdoor Recreation Innovation Contest until Aug. 31. The ninth annual contest, part of the “Concept to Company” series, is for new and innovative outdoor recreation products or services. Eight finalists will be selected to pitch their innovations Sept. 19 to judges and an audience. The judges will then decide three winners. Details are at


• The board of directors of People’s Utah Bancorp, American Fork, has declared a quarterly dividend of 9 cents per share. That represents an increase of 1 cent per share from the prior quarter. The dividend is payable Aug. 14 to shareholders of record Aug. 7.


HealthEquity Inc., Draper, has announced that its board of directors has appointed Gayle Wellborn to the board. Wellborn has more than 30 years of e-commerce and consumer financial technology experience. She is an independent consultant and currently consults for Emissary and GLG. She recently served as an executive consultant to Allstate. Prior to being a consultant, Wellborn was the senior vice president for the Brand and Digital Group for Ally Financial Inc. and served as Bank of America’s senior vice president/online banking executive. She also served in various technology and customer service leadership positions at First Union/Wachovia.


Gov. Gary Herbert, the World Trade Center Utah and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development are inviting companies to participate in a trade mission to Israel and Jordan, set for Oct. 20-26. The deadline to register is Aug. 21. More information is available at


• The MODA S-Line townhomes, 2250 S. 400 E., Salt Lake City, have been completed by a partnership between JF Capital and Green Mesa Capital. It is the fourth completed MODA development in JF Capital’s series of MODA-brand developments over the past 24 months. The 32-unit community is named for its proximity to the TRAX S-line light rail. The project, totaling 62,000 square feet, was completed by the general contractor, Strategic Builders, in less than 12 months.


Mortgage Professional Association (MPA), a mortgage industry publication, has recognized Ruth Green and Julie Crow among “Elite Women” in mortgage. Both work at Primary Residential Mortgage Inc., Salt Lake City. Green, senior vice president of operations, has been in the mortgage industry for more than 23 years and has held numerous positions at the Salt Lake City-based mortgage company, including underwriter, training manager and vice president of business relations. Prior to PRMI, she had five years of experience as a loan originator and processor. Crow, loan officer, has been in the mortgage industry for more 22 years. MPA opened its annual nominations in search for the most inspiring and accomplished women who are shaping and changing the face of the mortgage industry. The publication received thousands of entries and narrowed it down to the top 75 nominees.


Tom+Chee, based in Cincinnati, will open a fast-casual restaurant Aug. 18 in Midvale. The 1,800-square-foot location will host 68 seats, plus an outdoor patio with an additional 12 seats. It is the company’s first restaurant in Utah. The men includes grilled cheese sandwiches, melts and grilled cheese doughnuts. The Midvale site’s owner is Zach Riggs, who worked in retail management for the past 15 years. Tom+Chee has 99 stores in 20 states.


• Ancestry, Lehi, has hired Evan Wittenberg for the new position of chief people officer. He will work in the company’s San Francisco office. Wittenberg most recently was senior vice president of people at Box Inc., a position he held since 2012. He also has served as chief talent officer for HP, head of global leadership development at Google, and director of the Graduate Leadership Program at the Wharton School, and was part of the cultural integration of two medical centers that created New York Presbyterian Hospital: the University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell.