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ASSOCIATIONS

                • Brooke Burton, quality director for Gold Cross Ambulance, has been elected to the board of the National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA). Burton will serve as the liaison for the Quality/Performance Improvement Committee, responsible for developing standards, education and a credential for quality managers in paramedicine. The National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA) is a professional association of EMS leaders dedicated to the discovery, development and promotion of excellence in leadership and management in EMS systems, regardless of EMS system model, organizational structure or agency affiliation.

 

CONTESTS

                • Nominations are being accepted until 5 p.m. March 2 for the Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology Awards. The awards, operated by USTAR (Utah Science Technology and Research) in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, recognize those who have provided distinguished service or made significant career achievements that have benefited the state of Utah in the areas of science and technology. Nominations can be made in one of four categories: education (K-12), academic/research, government (individual or agency) and industry (individual or company). A one-page nomination form is available for download online at governorsmedals.ustar.org. Nominations should be addressed to USTAR, Attn. Science Medals, 111 S. Main St., Suite 550, Salt Lake City, UT  84111 or emailed to jberry@utah.gov. Awards will be presented at a ceremony June 6.

                • USTAR (Utah Science Technology and Research) is accepting letters of intent (LOI) for the spring round of its Technology Acceleration Program (TAP) until 5 p.m. Feb. 20. LOIs are required to submit a full proposal at ustargrants.org. TAP is a competitive research grant program designed for Utah-based startups and early-stage companies working in one of USTAR’s fiscal year 2018 technology sectors: aerospace, automation and robotics (including IOT and smart cities technologies), big data and cybersystems, energy and clean technology, or life sciences. Anticipated available funding for this round is approximately $2 million. TAP funding may be used for research and development, proof of concept, product validation and product development. Applicants whose LOIs are accepted will receive instructions on completing a full proposal due March 20. Funding is awarded based on technical milestones with projects not to exceed 18 months. Details are at tap.ustar.org.

 

CONSTRUCTION

                • Layton Construction Co., Salt Lake City, has hired Bryan Packer and Nicole Martin as public relations managers in the company’s communications team. Packer has 16 years of experience in public relations with Mountain America Credit Union and Intermountain Healthcare. He graduated from the University of Utah in public relations. Martin has worked in the public and private sectors for more than 15 years, most recently with Herriman City and Sandy City. She also served as the deputy mayor in Sandy. She continues to serve as a council member on the Herriman City Council. She graduated from Brigham Young University in public relations.

 

EDUCATION/TRAINING

                • Salt Lake City has awarded certificates to students in a pilot construction work training program designed for workers experiencing homelessness. The group consists of Salt Lake City residents who were without homes and were trained to help build homes. The pilot program provided apprentices with up to six months of free housing, a month-long intensive training in framing for the construction industry, and the “soft skills” needed to land and keep a job. For months, Salt Lake City’s Department of Economic Development worked with partners at The Housing Authority of Salt Lake City, Utah Department of Workforce Services, Catholic Community Services of Utah, Salt Lake Community College, Utah Transit Authority and construction industry leaders to develop and execute the pilot construction work training program.

 

EXPANSIONS

                • LifeVantage Corp., Salt Lake City, has begun a cross-border e-commerce model that leverages social marketing in China, making its products available there for the first time via a secure e-commerce website hosted in China. Products will be shipped directly from the U.S. to consumers. People in China wishing to enroll as social marketers will be able to promote LifeVantage products to Chinese consumers through the e-commerce platform.

 

GOVERNMENT

                • The Federal Reserve Board of Governors has reappointed Patricia R. Richards as director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Salt Lake City branch and reappointed as chair of the branch’s board of directors for 2018. Richards is president and chief executive officer of SelectHealth Inc. Before joining SelectHealth in 2009, she served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Health Alliance Plan of Michigan. The San Francisco Fed also has Russell A. (Chip) Childs, to the branch’s board of directors and reappointed Park Price as director. Childs is president and chief executive officer of SkyWest Inc. He joined the company in 2001 and has served as vice president/controller as well as president and chief operations officer. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s in accounting, both from Brigham Young University. Price is chairman and CEO emeritus of the Bank of Idaho. He has been with the bank in different capacities for nearly 19 years.

 

INVESTMENT

                • Grow.com, an Orem-based reporting and analytics dashboard company, has closed a $16 million Series B round of funding by institutional investors led by Toba Capital. Other participants are Peterson Ventures, Pelion Venture Partners, Kickstart Seed Fund and HubSpot. Grow.com said the investment will help fuel the company’s growth by expanding sales and marketing efforts, as well as creating new features within the app. Founded in 2014, Grow has secured $26 million in total funding from investors.

                • Cake Technologies Inc., Salt Lake City, has received $5 million in pre-Series A funding, led by Peak Ventures, with participation from Pelion Venture Partners and Kickstart Seed Fund. Founded in 2016, Cake is an early-stage, venture-backed startup focused on making the web more accessible on mobile.

 

MEDIA/MARKETING

                • Osmond Marketing, Provo, has named Sarah Hilton as director of advisory services for its skilled nursing practice and David Osmond has been hired as director of sales. Hilton has nearly 20 years of nursing experience. She worked from 2001-2005 as a CNA at skilled nursing facilities in Orem and Bountiful. She then received her RN degree from Weber State University in 2005 and served from 2005-2015 as a geriatric charge nurse in a skilled nursing facility and at an inpatient surgical rehab center. Following her work as a charge nurse, she became a cardiac charge nurse at LDS Hospital. Hilton also worked for several years as an emergency room nurse at LDS Hospital and as a pre-op and post-op nurse at Intermountain Medical Center. For the past eight years, she has served as a cardiac care coordinator at the University of Utah. Osmond has 20 years of public relations and entertainment experience. Part of the Osmond family, he began performing at age 4. He is the executive producer and host of the “Wonderama” TV show.

 

PHILANTHROPY

                • UPS Store locations in Utah have partnered with the cancer-fighting nonprofit, “5 For the Fight,” to raise $100,000 for local cancer research. “5 For the Fight” encourages everyone to give $5 to the fight against cancer. UPS is allowing customers to add $5 or any amount to their purchases in honor of someone they love who has fought or is fighting cancer. Customers also can their name and send it along with their care package with a special sticker picked up in-store to let recipients know they donated to cancer research in their honor. Donations will be received through March 31.

                • Through April 17, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program, in conjunction with the IRS. The program, in its 50th year, has served more than 50 million taxpayers. The program features nearly 35,000 volunteers serving low-to-moderate-income taxpayers at 5,000 locations nationwide. There is no fee, and AARP membership is not required. The program is offered at more than 30 sites in Utah, including senior centers, libraries and other locations. Details are at aarpfoundation.org/taxhelp or 1-888-AARPNOW.

 

REAL ESTATE

                • Kennedy Wilson (KW), a California-based real estate investment company, has acquired two wholly owned multifamily properties off market in Salt Lake City: Santa Fe Apartments, a 492-unit community in Cottonwood Heights, for $79.5 million; and Creekview Apartments, an 88-unit community in Midvale, for $13 million. KW invested $21.5 million of equity, including closing costs, in Santa Fe and $4.8 million of equity, including closing costs, for Creekview. KW said it plans to invest $5.3 million across both properties in interior unit renovations, upgrades to the fitness center, sport court, leasing center and other common area enhancements. The company now has 1,396 multifamily units in the Salt Lake City area.

                • St. John Properties has announced a list of retail tenants for its master-planned, 62-acre development known as Valley Grove in Pleasant Grove. Four Foods Group has selected land for R&R Barbecue’s sixth location. Four Foods Group also has plans to relocate its corporate offices this year to Valley Grove. Jersey Mike’s Subs has signed a lease and will open a store this quarter. Valley Grove also is completing leases with Starbucks, Verizon Wireless and Thai Land restaurants, among others. Valley Grove represents a $250 million investment by St. John Properties.

                • The four-story Creek Road Place office building at 8440 S. Creek Road, Sandy, has been sold by Creek Road Place LLC, Farmington, to Vectra Management Group, a real estate investment firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York City and Salt Lake City. Financial terms were not disclosed. The 44,825-square-foot building was brought to 100 percent occupancy prior to closing. Brandon Fugal, chairman, and Jordan Wall, senior executive vice president, at Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors represented the seller in the transaction. Dell Nichols of Vectra Management represented the buyer.

                • J. Fisher Cos., a Utah-based real estate private equity and development firm, has completed its sixth multi-family development under its Moda brand. Moda Highland Park is a luxury, 40-unit townhome development at 1315 Crandall Ave., Salt Lake City. J. Fisher’s vertically integrated operating companies JF Capital, Strategic Builders and Olive West were involved in the structuring, building and managing the townhome.

                • Haute Residence, Park City, has added Dennis Hanlon to its real estate network. Hanlon represents the market in Park City as well as glove enclaves in Tuhaye, Promontory, Glenwood, Victory Ranch and Red Ledges. Hanlon has 25 years of experience as a ski instructor and more than 20 years of real estate experience in Park City.

 

RECOGNITIONS

                • The Davis Chamber of Commerce recently presented its Business Awards at an annual ceremony. The Innovation Award was presented to Klymit. Other finalists were Minky Couture and Silver Eagle Refining. The Employer of the Year Award was presented to Ogden Clinic. Other finalists were Fluid Advertising and Smith’s. The Small Business of the Year Award was presented to Mindfire Technology. Other finalists were Hands on Art 4everyone and Results Marketing. The Business of the Year Award was presented to Lakeview Hospital. Other finalists were Adams & Petersen CPAs and Gold’s Gym of Northern Utah. The Legacy Award was presented to John Petroff, former Davis County commissioner and former West Point mayor and city council member.

                • The Salt Lake Chamber has announced recipients of the American Dream Awards, which recognizes the contributions immigrants make every day in Utah: Aden Bata, director of immigration and refugee resettlement at Catholic Community Services; Utah Sen. Luz Escamilla, vice president of community development at Zions Bank; Valter Nassi, owner and proprietor of Valter’s Osteria; and LDS Humanitarian Services. Recipients will be recognized March 28 at the American Dream Award program in Salt Lake City.

                • ChamberWest has announced the finalists for awards that will be presented at its 2018 Annual Awards Gala, set for Feb. 21 at the Maverik Center. Finalists for Business of the Year are Ken Garff-West Valley, Kenworth Sales Co. and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG). Finalists for Small Business of the Year are Chick-fil-A West Valley, Maxtec and Salt Lake City Stars. Finalists for New Business of the Year are Kid Curry Spirits, The Joint Chiropractic and Snap Shop Photo. Finalists for Best Place to Work are Aspire Home Health and Hospice, Ken Garff-West Valley and The City Journals. Finalists for Volunteer of the Year are Maggie Mills, Hunter Library/Salt Lake Library Services; Katharine Newton, Granite Education Foundation; and Monica Gayden-Sadyr, TownePlace Marriott-West Valley.

                • Health Catalyst, Salt Lake City, has earned the 2018 “Best in KLAS” ranking in the category of Business Intelligence and Analytics. The designation is reserved for vendor solutions that lead the software and services market segments with the broadest operational and clinical impact on healthcare organizations. KLAS collects insights on software, services and medical equipment.

                • Insurance Journal has recognized Stuart (Stu) Young of USI Insurance Services Salt Lake City as a 2017 Agent of the Year. Each year, Insurance Journal selects 10 agents nationwide for the honor. An executive vice president, Young has been with USI for 35 years and is responsible for managing the costs and coverages of property and casualty portfolios for a wide range of local and national companies. Insurance Journal delivers business news and analysis to the property and casualty insurance industry.

 

RETAIL

                • U-Haul Company of Utah Inc. has announced that BT Automotive, 7951 S., State St., Midvale, is now offering U-Haul products and services. It will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, moving supplies and in-store pick-up for boxes.

 

TECHNOLOGY/LIFE SCIENCES

                • Global Access, a Salt Lake City-based provider of international commerce technologies and shipping solutions, has named Janet Mitchell as general manager for sales and marketing. Most recently, Mitchell served as the founding principal of strategic marketing agency M Group Agency. She also was founder and senior vice president of solution design at Newgistics,; chief marketing officer at Living.com and SmartPrice.com; and served in executive roles at CBS Inc., Playtex International, Dannon and Duracell.

                • BrainStorm Inc., an American Fork-based provider of software training, has hired Craig Clawson as director of product development. Clawson has experience in education, learning technology and economics. His career has focused on developing programs and initiatives to help companies with talent development, improved operations and business strategy. Clawson previously was dean of the Jack Welch Management Institute, where he led product curriculum and program design. Before that position, he was managing director of Duke Corporate Education. He also has worked in consulting and academia, including working with the Corporate Executive Board in Washington, D.C., to help large organizations improve their processes and strategies using data and best practices research, and serving in the Boston office of Analysis Group, an economic, financial and strategy consultancy. In academia, he taught at the University of Chicago and the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University. His education includes a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Utah.

                • Dynatronics Corp., Cottonwood Heights, has appointed Skyler Black as corporate controller, a new position at the company, and hired Derek Montgomery, a financial planning analyst. Black will oversee accounting operations and financial reporting of all Dynatronics’ operating units. Black joins Dynatronics from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he was a senior manager in its assurance practice in Denver. During his 12 years of accounting experience, Black has worked with public companies in a variety of industries. Montgomery will assist with the budgeting, modeling and forecasting process at Dynatronics. He joins the company from Brigham Young University, where he majored in statistics.

 

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