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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

                • Quarters Arcade Bar has opened in the Club Manhattan, 5 E. 400 S., Salt Lake City. It features pinball machines, classic arcade games and tabletop games. The business received $150,000 in funding from Salt Lake City’s Economic Development Loan Fund. It is owned by Michael Eccleston and Katy Willis.

 

ASSOCIATIONS

                • NACM Business Credit Services, Salt Lake City, has named Georgette Bevan as its president. Bevan has been employed by the association for 15 years, holding the positions of director of education and vice president. Prior to joining the association as an employee, she was a member for many years working as credit manager for Huntsman. NACM Business Credit Services, an affiliate of the National Association of Credit Management (NACM), is an advocate for business credit and financial management professionals.

 

BANKING

                • Central Bank has made several executive changes. Seth Ollerton joins the bank as director of marketing. Ollerton has over 11 years of bank marketing and digital marketing experience, having worked for various Utah banks. Most recently, he spent three years as a digital marketing manager at a Utah consulting firm. Tyler Heaps has been promoted to vice president and manager of the mortgage department at Central Bank. Heaps became a mortgage loan officer at Central Bank in 2008. After eight years of lending, he was appointed to assistant mortgage manager and served in that capacity for a year. Howard Gurney has been appointed as the appraisal review manager of the newly formed appraisal department at Central Bank. Gurney was a residential appraiser for many years before he began working at Central Bank as the manager of the mortgage department in 2005. Brannen Trost has been appointed assistant manager of Central Bank’s newest office at Traverse Mountain. Trost has worked at Central Bank in various roles since 1998. He became a commercial loan officer in 2005 and was later promoted to assistant manager of the Pleasant Grove office in 2008. David Dyreng joins Central Bank as assistant manager of the Pleasant Grove office and senior commercial lender. Dyreng has over a decade of banking and commercial lending expertise and has been in both banking and commercial lending businesses for over 15 years. He has worked in various capacities and has extensive experience in commercial, construction and SBA lending. Matt Simonsen was promoted to assistant manager of Central Bank’s Payson office. Simonsen has extensive knowledge of commercial lending.

 

COMMUNICATIONS

                • CallTower, South Jordan, has hired Tom Turner as director of channel sales. Turner has more than 20 years of channel experience, including serving as vice president of sales at Access One Inc. and holding key roles at GlobalCom/First Comm and Telco/Teleglobe.

 

CONTESTS

                • The Utah Manufacturers Association is accepting applications until March 23 for the Utah Manufacturers Association Workplace Safety Awards, which provide recognition for companies based on best practices for eliminating workplace injuries. Recipients will be honored at the association’s seventh annual Safety Conference, set for April 11 at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City. Awards will be presented in five categories, based on company employee count. Applications may be sent to uma@umaweb.org.

                • The Ski City Shootout has returned for its 11th year. After 10 years as a professional photography contest that produced hundreds of thousands of dollars in editorial coverage and promotion for Salt Lake and its four world-class ski resorts, the 2018 Ski City Shootout is adding a first-time amateur videography category. The 2018 Ski City Shootout features five local professional videographers who are spending their winter producing a 3-to-15-minute video under the theme “I am Ski City.” This year, the contest adds a first-time amateur category open to all, where locals and visitors alike are invited to submit their 1-to-3-minute videos using the “I Am Ski City” theme. Professional and amateur categories both call for videographers to produce videos featuring the four Cottonwood Canyon resorts and their unique proximity to Salt Lake’s urban amenities. Professionals and amateurs will compile and produce their videos through March 30th, with the winners being announced at the annual Ski City Shootout Award Party set for April 7 at Brewvies Cinema Pub in downtown Salt Lake City. In the professional category, the winner will take home a $7,000 first-place cash prize while the other four pros vie for the remaining $12,500 prize purse. Amateurs are competing for prizes that include gear and Salt Lake vacation and “staycation” packages. Details are at www.visitsaltlake.com/skicity/shootout/.

 

DIVIDENDS

                • ClearOne, Salt Lake City, has announced that the quarterly cash dividend for the 2018 first quarter is 7 cents per share. The dividend will be paid March 21 to shareholders of record March 7. ClearOne designs, develops and sells conferencing, collaboration, and network streaming and signage solutions for voice and visual communications.

 

EDUCATION/TRAINING

                • Utah Girls Who Code Club has been launched statewide by the Utah STEM Action Center, in partnership with Adobe and Dell EMC. The clubs will be hosted at schools, community centers, libraries and various organizations. Industry partners will sponsor and facilitate nearly 50 clubs, creating a business and education partnership. The clubs will officially begin in the fall.

 

GOVERNMENT

                • The Department of Workforce Services’ Utah State Office of Rehabilitation has selected Dan V. Mathis to oversee the Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Mathis will be based at the Sanderson Community Center in Taylorsville and will be responsible for the oversight and administration of programs serving Utah’s community of deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind individuals and their families. Mathis previously served as an American Sign Language (ASL) specialist for the Jean Massieu School of the Deaf, as part of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind. While there, he taught ASL and deaf studies, and coordinated support programs for students. In addition, Mathis has more than 20 years’ experience of educational-based work in ASL, deaf studies and interpreter training at Sorenson Communications, Davis Applied Technology College and Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center.

 

HEALTHCARE

                • My Hearing Centers, a Salt Lake City-based provider of hearing aids from several international manufacturers, has opened its 100th office in the United States through the addition of offices in Bend and Richmond, Oregon; Salt Lake City (in Sugar House at 1441 E. 2100 S.); and six offices in Washington. The 100 offices include new operations and existing hearing aid centers that have been acquired by My Hearing Centers. It now has offices in 10 states. My Hearing Centers’ founder and CEO, Dave Larsen, opened the company’s first office in 2011 in Utah, where the company now has 24 offices.

 

LAW

                • Dorsey & Whitney LLP has expanded its intellectual property team by hiring Grant Foster, Brett Foster, Mark Miller and Bryan Pratt as partners, plus a team of six attorneys, two paralegals and three legal secretaries. They join Dorsey from the Salt Lake City office of Holland & Hart. Grant Foster has over 25 years of patent prosecution experience, with extensive intellectual property litigation and trial experience. He manages significant IP portfolios for major clients relating to medical devices, outdoor products and technologies, food processing technologies, and many others. Brett Foster’s practice focuses on strategic counseling and litigation, including patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, unfair competition and other IP matters. Miller has experience in patent, trademark, and trade secret litigation in federal courts nationwide, and substantial experience with appeals of trademark and patent cases in federal circuit courts. Pratt focuses his practice on strategic patent portfolio creation and management in the United States and abroad within the mechanical, materials, and electromechanical arts. Other additions are of-counsel Bradley Jensen; associates Rick Galati, Elliot Hales, John Sadlik, Tamara Kapaloski and Tiffany Shimada; paralegals Samnang Marshall and Sherri Stucki; and legal secretaries Trudi Rouse, Kathy Case and Nicole McKean. Dorsey & Whitney how has more than 50 lawyers in Salt Lake City.

 

NONPROFITS

                • The board of directors of Huntsman Cancer Foundation, Salt Lake City, has elected Peter R. Huntsman as board chairman. He replaces his late father, Jon M. Huntsman Sr., who founded Huntsman Cancer Institute and was its principal benefactor. Peter Huntsman will continue to serve as the foundation's chief executive officer, a position he has held since being appointed in 2015. Susan Sheehan will continue as president and chief operating officer.

 

PHILANTHROPY

                • Kenworth Sales Co. has donated $400,000 to Salt Lake Community College’s Westpointe Workforce Training & Education Center. Company president Kyle Treadway had toured the center and decided his company needed to invest in the students who will soon be training within the Westpointe diesel technician program. The funds could be earmarked for additional equipment or scholarships for students attending classes at Westpointe, a $43 million, 121,000-square-foot facility that will open this fall and provide career and technical education programs to meet the future needs of industry partners.

                • Mountain America Credit Union, West Jordan, has announced that its employees donated a total of $30,028 during its 2017 annual charity drive benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The money was raised through candy sales, employee dress-down days, lunch fundraisers and more.

 

REAL ESTATE

                • Mountain West Commercial Real Estate (MW) has announced that Richard Martin has joined its team. Martin has broad background across several industries. Richard also owns two local companies, Baker Transfer & Storage and Jim’s Electric. In California, he worked as a manufactures representative for the Browning Arms Co. for five years. In 1996, he and his wife, Kim, founded the successful import company Triad Sportswear, which they sold in 2000. They purchased Econo Print. Richard Martin returned to California as an owner in the rep group More & Molloy. The family finally settled in Billings, Montana, in 2008.

 

RECOGNITIONS

                • Qualtrics, a Salt Lake City-based experience management company, has been listed as one of the “Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Enterprise” for 2018 by Fast Company. The designation recognizes pioneering companies who have had an outsized impact on entire industries and on the larger communities where they operate.

                • Lee Schor, vice president of sales for the Americas for StorageCraft Technology Corp., Draper, has been named to the list of “2018 Channel Chiefs” by CRN, a brand of The Channel Co. CRN also honored Schor as one of the “50 Most Influential Channel Chiefs.” Channel Chief honorees are selected by CRN’s editorial staff based on their professional achievements, standing in the industry, dedication to the channel partner community, and strategies for driving future growth and innovation. Schor joined StorageCraft in 2016. The company, founded in 2003, provides backup, disaster recovery, system migration and data protection solutions.

 

RETAIL

                • Harmons has opened a new grocery store at 4675 S. Holladay Blvd., Holladay. It is the company’s 18th location. The 16,500-square-foot store has a 2,400-square-foot mezzanine, an outdoor balcony seating overlooking views of Mount Olympus, and a cooking school. It employs 150 people.

                • Verizon Wireless will have a new retail store off Veterans Memorial Highway, near Costco. It will open late in the first quarter and offer phones, accessories and support service.

                • Ross Dress for Less will open a new store March 10 at the Canyon Creek Shopping Center in Spanish Fork. The 22,000-square-foot store brings the company’s store county in Utah to 20. The company has more than 1,600 off-price apparel and home fashion stores in 37 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam.

 

SERVICES

                • Cornerstone Technologies, an American Fork-based event production provider, has appointed Stuart Gold as executive advisor. His responsibilities will include implementing growth strategies and identifying new markets and opportunities. Gold has more than 30 years of experience in integrated marketing and event through leadership roles at Domo, DocuSign and Omniture, among others. Gold recently worked with Cornerstone in his role as executive producer for the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit.

                • Meineke has signed a franchise agreement to bring a new franchise location to the Salt Lake City area. Nathan Atherley and Matthew Wood have inked the agreement to expand the brand locally. Atherley is a former Air Force officer and venture capitalist. Wood is formerly a high-tech executive and has been successful building technology companies such as Solera Networks, Fusion-IO, Bluecoat and Symantec. Meineke has more than 900 locations nationwide. It plans to open 55 locations in 2018.

 

TECHNOLOGY/LIFE SCIENCES

                • InsideSales.com, a Provo-based artificial intelligence growth platform for sales, has appointed Ryan Allphin as chief technology officer and Suaad Sait as president of growth. Allpin previously was CTO at Cradlepoint and spent 13 years at McAfee as the senior vice president and general manager of the Security Management Business unit. Allphin replaces Steve Brain, who will focus on earlier stage product development at another technology company. Sait has worked with InsideSales.com for the past eight months as an executive advisor in growth, marketing and strategy and positioning. He previously was a venture advisor for Menlo Ventures, executive vice president of products and markets at SolarWinds, and global chief marketing officer for RackSpace.

                • Workfront, a Lehi-based provider of cloud-based enterprise work management solutions, has hired Heidi Melin as chief marketing officer and a member of the executive leadership team. Melin has over two decades of senior marketing leadership experience. Prior to Workfront, she was the CMO of Plex Systems Inc., Eloqua, Polycom, Taleo and Hyperion, and was the group vice president of marketing at PeopleSoft. She also served as a public company board director for Accelrys.

 

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