Industry Briefs are provided as a free service to our readers. Company news information may be sent to The submission deadline is one week before publication.


People’s Intermountain Bank, an American Fork-based corporate entity for Bank of American Fork, has promoted Judd Kirkham, Jason Price and Clair Sorensen and hired Adelaide Maudsley. Kirkham will become senior vice president and chief credit officer when David Anderson retires at year-end. Kirkham has been with the bank for five years. His education includes graduating from Utah Valley University. Price will become Northern Region manager. He joined the bank in October 2015 as president of the Growth Funding Leasing Division. He has 25 years of experience in consumer and commercial credit banking. Prior to joining People’s Intermountain Bank, he was the president and CEO of Prime Alliance Bank. His education includes a degree in finance from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Sorensen has been promoted to commercial banking center manager at the bank’s South Jordan location. He has been in the banking industry for 40 years. He started with Bank of American Fork in March 2017. Maudsley will become general counsel, replacing Randy Benson as he retires at year-end. She has 18 years of professional legal experience specializing in business, collections and commercial litigation. She will join the bank from the law firm Kirton McConkie, where she is currently a shareholder and has represented the bank on many occasions over the past several years. Her education includes a law degree from the University of Utah.


Method Studio, a Salt Lake City-based design firm, has promoted two architectural staff members. Todd Kelsey was promoted to principal. He manages some of the firm’s most complex projects, including the Mid Valley Performing Arts Complex, currently under construction, and Utah Valley University’s Woodbury School of Business, which is in the initial phase of design. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Utah and has practiced architecture for 14 years. David Hulsberg was promoted to senior associate and BIM (building information modeling) director. He has 11 years of experience and is currently serving as project architect for the Davis Technical College Allied Health Sciences Building. Hulsberg also earned a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Utah.


Profire Energy Inc., a Lindon-based technology company which creates, installs and services burner and chemical management solutions in the oil and gas industry, has announced the authorization to repurchase up to $2 million worth of the company’s common stock during the upcoming 12-month period. The repurchase program may be suspended, terminated or modified at any time. It does not obligate the company to purchase any particular number of shares.

Spirits Time International Inc., Ogden, has completed a corporation name change from Sears Oil and Gas Corp. The change does not affect stockholder rights and the stock trading symbol remains SRSG. The company has developed a business plan to obtain rights to develop a portfolio of alcohol product brands and to distribute and market alcoholic products nationally and internationally. The first is the Tequila Alebrijes brand of tequila.


Profire Energy Inc., a Lindon-based technology company which creates, installs and services burner and chemical management solutions in the oil and gas industry, has named Ryan Oviatt to its board of directors. Oviatt is the company’s chief financial officer, a position he has held since September 2015. He previously was in senior management positions at Rio Tinto. Oviatt received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Westminster College and master’s degree in accountancy from Brigham Young University.


Sundance, a Salt Lake City-based retailer of apparel, footwear, jewelry, accessories, art and home décor, has opened a store in Fairfax, Virginia. Located in the Mosaic District, it is one of four stores to open across the country by the end of the year. The company has 12 other retail stores.


• Registration has opened for Utah Food Bank’s 13th annual Utah Human Race, set for Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 22, in Draper. Participants in 5K/10K fun run have a direct impact on the 392,000 Utahns facing hunger because every registration fee and sponsorship dollar benefits Utah Food Bank’s mission of “Fighting Hunger Statewide.” The race route is certified by USA Track & Field and begins and ends at the Draper Spectrum at 12101 S. State St. The 10K race begins at 7:30 a.m., while the 5K race begins at 8 a.m. Registration fees are $20 for the 5K race and $25 for the 10K race. Online registration closes on Nov. 19 at noon. Details are at


CBRE, a commercial real estate firm, has hired Melina Miramontes for its Salt Lake City office as an associate specializing in the office market. She will focus on advisory and transaction services. She has nearly 10 years of management experience, including project management. Most recently, she was working as a residential agent for Red Rock Real Estate in its St. George office. She has a major in business communications from Jordan Applied Technology Center.


• The Utah Manufacturers Association recently recognized 10 Utah companies for their efforts in improving manufacturing processes, contributing to their communities, driving the business economy and providing a safe working environment for their employees. The 2018 Manufacturers of the Year are Capstone Nutrition, Ogden; Cleasby Manufacturing, Clearfield; Five Star Airport Alliance, Salt Lake City; Futura Industries, Clearfield; Inovar, Logan; Ophir Spiricon, Logan; Purple Innovations, Alpine; SnugZ USA, West Jordan; Varex Imaging, Salt Lake City; and West Liberty Foods, Tremonton.

First National Bank of Layton has been named a top bank in the U.S. by the Institute for Extraordinary Banking for the second consecutive year. The bank received institute’s Above-and-Beyond Customer Service Banky Award for consistently creating “wow” experiences for its clients as a result of its exemplary focus on customers and amazing results.

Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, recently received the Academia Partner of the Year award from the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) for the second consecutive year. The EC-Council is the world’s largest cybersecurity technical certification body and recognized WGU for its commitment to educating and making a difference in the cybersecurity workforce, successful evaluation reports post-class, and student engagement and interaction. In addition, EC-Council cited the university's successful ratio of students that moved on to successfully pass EC-Council certifications and continuous program development. Award recipients are first selected based on a specific award qualification category and criteria. EC-Council’s Executive Committee reviews each nominee’s impact, assessing their faculty, student experiences, industry exposure, and more, prior to voting on an award recipient.

Impartner, a Salt Lake City-based partner relationship management (PRM) company, has been named a winner of the 2018 Red Herring Top 100 Global award, which recognizes private companies from North America, Europe and Asia for their innovations and technologies across their respective industries. Red Herring’s editorial staff evaluated the companies on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technology innovation, management quality, strategy and market penetration.

Health Catalyst Inc., a Salt Lake City-based data, analytics and decision support company, and Allina Health, a 13-hospital, 90-clinic network based in Minnesota, recently received the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) Collaboration Award at the organization’s CHIME18 Fall CIO Forum. The award recognizes the long-term collaboration between CHIME Foundation firm Health Catalyst and CHIME member Allina Health, with special recognition for Allina CIO Jonathan Shoemaker. In 2015, the two organizations signed a $100 million agreement under which Allina Health outsourced its data warehousing, analytics and performance improvement technology, content and personnel to Health Catalyst to accelerate the health system's transformation. The 60 Allina employees working in these areas became Health Catalyst team members working onsite at Allina. Allina Health also gained access to Health Catalyst’s full technology, content and deployment expertise to help the health system achieve faster improvements in outcomes at lower cost.

• Three Utah companies are on the list of 2018 Best Workplaces for Women, compiled by Great Place to Work and Fortune. Among large companies is No. 46 CHG Healthcare Services, Midvale. Among small and medium companies are No. 10 BambooHR, Lindon; and No. 18 Pluralsight, Farmington. Great Place to Work based its rankings on a data-driven methodology applied to anonymous Trust Index survey responses from more than 540,000 employees at Great Place to Work-certified organizations.

BFGoodrich Tires has announced the winners of the 2017 Outstanding Trails program. One of the four winners is North Fork Trail in American Fork Canyon. The winners were announced by BFGoodrich Tires in collaboration with 4 Wheel Parts, United Four Wheel Drive Associations, Jeep Jamboree USA, BlueRibbon Coalition and Off Road Business Association. Each year, off-roading clubs from across North America nominate trails to receive grants for education and preservation. The four winners were chosen by a panel of off-road journalists, enthusiasts and technical experts for their uniqueness, terrain type and enthusiast following. Each winning organization will be awarded a $5,000 grant that can be used for maintenance, repair, preservation efforts, signage and education. The North Fork Trail was nominated by the Backcountry Offroad Adventure Rally club. The grant will be used to purchase maintenance equipment and supplies to help keep the area pristine. The club will also improve signage and fencing.

• A team of Weber State University supply chain management students recently finished second among 24 teams competing in the eighth annual Wayne State Supply Chain Case Competition, undertaken by General Motors and the Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business. The competition introduced students to the issues and challenges involved in producing leading technology vehicles through a case study, this year featuring the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. Each school had a four-person undergraduate supply chain team. Students received the case a month ahead of time and then presented during the two-day competition. WSU’s student team included Joseph VanWagoner, Chandell Noorlander, Griffin Dobbes, Christian Farr and alternate teammate Russell Bingham.

Impartner, a Salt Lake City-based partner relationship management (PRM) company, has been named a PRM leader by Forrester Research, based on results in all three evaluation categories: current offering, strategy and market presence.


Sportsman’s Warehouse Holdings Inc., a Midvale-based sporting goods retailer, has announced that Richard D. McBee has been appointed to the company’s board of directors. McBee has more than 25 years of leadership experience. He serves as president and CEO of Mitel Networks Corp, a position he has held since January 2011. From 2007-2011, he was president of the Communications and Enterprise Group of Danaher Corp. He joined Danaher in 2007 as president of Tektronix Communications, following the acquisition by Danaher of Tektronix. Prior to the acquisition, he spent 15 years with Tektronix and held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility.


Central Logic, a Sandy-based medical patient transfer software company, has hired Jim Hughes as chief marketing officer. Since 1994, Hughes as served in a variety of healthcare industry leadership positions, including chief marketing officer at Upsher-Smith Laboratories Inc.; business development manager at Medtronic Neurological; and chief executive officer/chief operating officer at JG Viventem, a pharmaceutical startup company that he co-founded.


Cavalry Logistics LLC, a Tennessee-based freight brokerage, is opening a new branch in Layton. Founded in 2005 with three employees, Cavalry has expanded to a team of 250. The company is looking to hire 50-100 employees for the Layton office by the end of 2019 and more than 150 by the end of 2021. A Nov. 15 job fair takes place 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 523 W. Heritage Park Blvd. A 4 p.m. ribbon-cutting follows to celebrate the opening of their new branch.

Pin It