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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

                • Salt Lake Arts Council Foundation has entered into agreement with private sector to produce the 2018 Twilight Concert Series. The one-year agreement with Broadway Media gives the foundation the ability to put on the Twilight Concert Series in 2018, highlighting Broadway Media’s expertise in concert production and promotion. The series returns to the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday evenings in August, with possible concerts in September. The concerts have averaged 7,000 attendees weekly. The Twilight Concert Series brand was created 30 years ago.

 

CONTESTS

                • The Society of Physician Entrepreneurs (SoPE) is accepting entries from student teams and early-stage companies for its Second Annual Health Innovation Pitch Competition, which takes place March 15 at Church & State, 370 S. 300 E., Salt Lake City. Pitch decks may be sent to drdayton@gmail.com. Finalists will pitch their idea during the first half of the event and semi-finalists will be invited to set up booths during ​​the networking part of the meeting. The event will be judged by local angels and VCs from SLC Angels, Park City Angels and Kickstart Seed Fund.

 

DIVIDENDS

                • The board of directors of SkyWest Inc., St. George, has declared a quarterly dividend of 10 cents per share. The dividend will be paid April 5 to shareholders of record March 30.

 

ENERGY/NATURAL RESOURCES

                • Five Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations are now operating at Snowbird for year-round use. The stations, along with an additional 110-volt outlet, are available to electric car owners. The stations are located in the Snowbird Cliff Lodge parking structure via Entry 4. The chargers were installed with the assistance of grants and donations from Tesla, Rocky Mountain Power and Utah Leaders for Clean Air. Snowbird says its charging stations give it the largest capacity of any ski resort in Utah.

 

LAW

                • Thomas J. Scribner has taken over the helm of Scribner Fowlke Attorneys at Law PC, Provo, following co-founding attorney Lorie D. Fowlke’s departure to work with U.S. Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah. The firm will be known as Scribner Law. Scribner, a Provo attorney, and the firm will focus on real estate, small business and estate planning/probate. Scribner has been practicing law since 1986, and has been with the firm for 30 years.

                • Shareholders at Durham Jones & Pinegar have appointed nine attorneys to the firm’s board of directors: Mark L. Astling, R. Blake Hamilton, Richard M. Hymas, Jeffrey M. Jones, N. Todd Leishman, Joshua E. Little, Kevin R. Pinegar, Douglas B. Thayer and David W. Tufts. The directors will serve for one year. Astling is a member of the firm’s Tax and Business and Finance sections and advises on a variety of corporate and individual federal and state tax issues. Hamilton is a trial lawyer in the firm’s Litigation section, where he leads the firm’s Governmental Entity Defense Group. In addition to defending governmental entities, he also practices in complex civil litigation, healthcare licensing and privileging, and complex criminal defense. Hymas is the firm’s chief operations officer and a member of the Litigation and Employment section. Jones is the firm’s chief marketing officer, co-founder of the firm and a member of the Business and Finance section. His practice concentrates on corporate and securities matters and he regularly represents public and private companies in a broad range of matters. Leishman is the firm’s chief executive officer and president and a member of the Business and Finance section whose practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions. Little is the firm’s chief financial officer. He has served on the firm’s board of directors since 2010 and served as the managing attorney of the firm’s St. George office between 2010 and his appointment as CFO in 2018. Little is a member of the firm’s Business and Finance Section, where he represents public and private companies in a range of corporate finance and business combination transactions. Pinegar is a member of the firm’s Business and Finance section and is a co-founder of the firm. From 2007-2018, he was the firm’s president and CEO. He counsels clients on a broad range of corporate, securities and business-related matters. Thayer is a member of the firm’s Litigation section with many years of trial experience in civil and criminal litigation involving fraud, embezzlement and complex financial transactions, including high-income complicated marital estates and probate matters. Tufts is a trial attorney in firm’s Litigation and Intellectual Property sections. He has handled a broad array of commercial and business matters, including state and federal trials and appeals before the Utah Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.

                • Ray Quinney & Nebeker has announced that Beth J. Ranschau, Adam K. Richards and Blake R. Voorhees have been elected shareholders of the firm and hired of-counsel attorney Carol Funk. Ranschau is a member of the firm’s Litigation section. Her practice covers general litigation matters, including trade secret disputes, complex commercial litigation and appellate practice. Ranschau received her J.D. from the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law in 2011 and her B.A. in gender studies from the UofU in 2007. Richards  represents local and national clients in patent, trademark, copyright, antitrust, class action, business, trade secret, false advertising, and civil RICO litigation. Voorhees  is a member of the firm’s Tax, Trusts and Estate Planning and Corporate sections. His practice focuses on estate planning, estate and trust administration, nonprofit organizations, business formation and planning, mergers and acquisitions and taxation. His education includes a B.A. from the University of Utah in 2008. Funk is a member of the firm’s Litigation section. Her practice focuses on appellate litigation in state and federal courts of appeals, as well as complex litigation matters in state and federal district courts. Her education includes a B.S. in finance from the University of Utah in 2000.

 

MANUFACTURING

                • Purple Innovation Inc., Alpine, has appointed Adam Gray to its board of directors. Gray is co-founder and managing partner at Coliseum Capital Management LLC. His appointment follows Coliseum’s previously announced $65 million of committed equity and debt investment. Gray has nearly 30 years of capital stewardship, private equity and operating experience. He was recently appointed to the board of directors of The Pas Group, an Australian apparel businesses, and currently serves as non-executive chairman and non-executive director of Redflex Holdings Limited. He is also a director of New Flyer Industries Inc. and a former director of Blue Bird Corp., Benihana Inc., and DEI Holdings Inc. Prior to founding Coliseum, Gray held senior positions at Burger King Holdings Inc. and Metromedia Restaurant Group. Mr. Gray began his career with the Merchant Banking Division at Morgan Stanley before joining Kluge & Co., the internal merchant bank of Metromedia Co.

 

PHILANTHROPY

                • C.R. England and England Logistics, a wholly owned C.R. England subsidiary, have launched the “One” initiative. The two Salt Lake City-based companies are transitioning their corporate charitable efforts into achieving one goal: to provide 1 million meals annually to hungry children beginning in 2018. The companies are donating proceeds from business transactions to youth meal programs at local food banks across the nation. The One initiative will support food banks close to facilities across the country, with a corporate donation triggered each time a driver delivers a truckload of freight for its customers. The companies also will hold fund-raising events throughout the year, and employees and drivers are encouraged to provide volunteer service hours at local food banks. Utah Food Bank is among participating food banks. Details are at www.oneagainstchildhoodhunger.com.

                • DoTerra, Pleasant Grove, has announced that since launching operations in rural Kenya two years ago with its partner, Fairoils, its “Co-Impact Sourcing” initiative has partnered with smallholder farmers in southern Kenya to create hundreds of jobs and is expected to create over 5,000 rural farming jobs by 2020. The DoTerra Healing Hands Foundation has also provided funding and resources to complete nine community projects that have benefitted the health and well-being of thousands of Kenyans, with more to be added. Through its strategic partnership with Fairoils, an expert organization in farming and essential oil production, DoTerra has helped form cooperative farming groups within various communities across Kenya to produce essential oils.

 

REAL ESTATE

                • Reservations are being accepted for Kings Crown at Park City, which developers say is the first residential on-mountain ski development on Park City Mountain in 40 years. The project consists of 27 build lots priced between $850,000 and $2.2 million, and seven completed Crownhomes priced between $4.3 million and $4.7 million. The Crownhomes are being built by development team CRH Partners LLC. Anticipated completion is the spring of 2020. Team Schlopy, Global Luxury specialists affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Utah, is the exclusive marketing and sales representative.

 

RECOGNITIONS

                • The Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced the winners of its 2018 Peak Awards. They are: Business Woman of the Year, Jennifer Kartchner, Stonebridge Printing; Business Man of the Year, Wagner Ribeiro, Tuschar’s Brazilian Express; Business of the Year, Bridge Investment Group; Community Service Award, Jersey Mike’s Subs; Clark & Barbara Stringham Volunteer of the Year, Alan Rindlisbacher; Ambassador of the Year, Vickey Barrett; President’s Award, The Boyer Co.; and Distinguished Corporate Partner of the Year, Comcast.

                • Staker Parson Cos. recently won a Silver Excellence in Community Relations Award from the National Stone Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA). Each year, the company visits local schools in order to educate students about mining and aggregate production with their “Rocks Build Our World” program, which also coincides with the fourth-grade geology science curriculum. The company also regularly attends or hosts STEM fairs and donates the use of its giant sandbox for children to play in at various community events.

                • Entrepreneur magazine recently named Property Management Inc., Lehi, as the top property management company on their annual Franchise 500 for the second year in a row. The Franchise 500 is the most comprehensive ranking of franchises with outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability and brand power. PMI first appeared on the Franchise 500 in 2015 and was ranked No. 152 this year.

                • CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has named StorageCraft, Draper, to its list of the “100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors of 2018.” CRN recognizes the most innovative cloud technology suppliers in each of five categories: infrastructure, platforms and development, security, storage and software.

                • Mountain Living has announced its list of “Top Architects and Designers 2018,” honoring architects and interior designers in the West. For the Park City/Deer Valley/Salt Lake City area, the top architects are Bridgwater Consulting Group, Costantino Grandjacquet Architect, Jaffa Group, Lloyd Architects, Otto/Walker Architects, Park City Architecture, Sparano + Mooney Architecture and Upwall Design Architects. The list of top interior designers in the area includes AMB Designs, Barclay Butera Interiors, Denton House Design Studio, Natural Instincts Interior Design, Paula Berg Design Associates, Robert Kelly Home & Interior Design, Root’d and SRE Design.

                • Summit County leads Utah counties in a study of the best places to save money, according to financial technology company SmartAsset. The study compares each county’s income, cost of living, purchasing power and taxes to determine the places where it is easiest to save money. After Summit County, the rankings included, in order, Morgan, Davis, Uintah, Wasatch, Tooele, Utah, Duchesne and Salt Lake counties. Details are at https://smartasset.com/checking-account/best-savings-accounts#Utah.

 

RURAL UTAH

                • The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) board, at its February meeting, endorsed Rural Fast Track grants for two companies. Castle Country Hydraulics & Supply, of Price in Carbon County, was endorsed for a $50,000 grant to help it expand its business and buy a building. The $250,000 project is expected to result in two new full-time positions. IDK Barbecue, of Henrieville in Garfield County, was endorsed for a $22,477 grant to help it expanding its business and buy restaurant equipment. The $44,953 project is expected to result in four new full-time positions. The grants were approved by the Governor’s Rural Partnership Board.

 

TECHNOLOGY/LIFE SCIENCES

                • TCN Inc., a provider of cloud-based call center technology, has opened a new global headquarters at 162 N. 400 E., St. George. The new facility features 12,000 square feet of central office space, with a renovated multipurpose second-floor office space. The 18-year-old company, which has more than 2,000 customers and eight data centers worldwide, said it plans to double its workforce within the next year.

 

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