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• The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) is accepting nominations until 5 p.m. Dec. 19 for the 32nd annual Governor’s Medals for Science and Technology. Established in 1987, the Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology is the highest civilian award bestowed by the state of Utah to residents who have provided distinguished service or made significant contributions to Utah in scientific and technological fields. A panel of industry experts and educators review the nominations prior to making their recommendations to Gov. Gary R. Herbert, who will present the awards April 1. Individuals, organizations and institutions whose efforts have made a significant contribution to the fields of science and technology within Utah are eligible. The nomination form is at governorsmedals.ustar.org. Nominations may be submitted online, emailed to email@example.com or mailed to USTAR, Attn. Science Medals, 111 S. Main St., Suite 550, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.
• The board of directors of Extra Space Storage Inc., Salt Lake City, has declared a quarterly dividend of 86 cents per share on the company’s common stock for the 2018 fourth quarter. The dividend is payable Dec. 31 to stockholders of record Dec. 14.
• The board of directors of Overstock.com Inc., Salt Lake City, has declared a regular annual cash dividend for 2018 of 16 cents per share on its Blockchain Voting Series A Preferred Stock and a regular annual cash dividend for 2018 of 16 cents per share on its Voting Series B Preferred Stock. Each is payable Dec. 14 to stockholders of record Nov. 30. The ex-dividend date for the Series B Preferred dividend is expected to be Nov. 28. Overstock.com is an online retailer and technology company.
• Sundance, a Salt Lake City-based retailer of apparel footwear, jewelry, accessories, art and home décor, has opened a store in Tucson, Arizona. It is the fourth Sundance store to open in 2018 and the company’s 14th store.
• Scott W. Smith has been named executive director of the Utah State Tax Commission. He has 32 years of experience with the commission, including serving as the deputy executive director since 2011. Smith will oversee 752 employees and seven divisions. He fills the post left vacant at the retirement of Barry C. Conover in August. A certified public accountant, Smith is an accounting graduate of Brigham Young University. Tax commissioners appoint the executive director in consultation with the governor and the consent of the state Senate.
• PolarityTE will open new corporate headquarters at 123 N. Wright Brothers Drive, Salt lake City, in December. The 40,000-square-foot building will have more than 100 employee offices and house research testing labs. The Company’s existing space at 1960 S. 4250 W. will continue to serve as the central campus for PolarityTE manufacturing and research and development. PolarityTE discovers, designs and develops regenerative tissue products and biomaterials. It has 120 employees.
• Health Catalyst Inc., a Salt Lake City-based data, analytics and decision support company, has announced two additions to its senior team: Jason Jones and Elia Stupka. Jones is chief data scientist. He previously held senior analytics leadership roles at Kaiser Permanente and positions at Intermountain Healthcare and Bayer Healthcare. Stupka is senior vice president over the Life Sciences Business and chief analytics officer. Stupka comes to the company from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a Health Catalyst client, where he led data science and bioinformatics, and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma, where he led computational biology. Stupka has 20 years of experience across industry, academic and clinical settings.
• Empiric Health, a Salt Lake City-based service company serving health system customers, has hired David Heath as vice president of business development. He will be responsible for sales and business development efforts for Empiric Health. Heath has over 25 years of experience in sales and business development, most recently serving in a leadership position at Premier Inc. He also held leadership roles at MedAssets Inc. (now Vizient).
• CHG Healthcare, a Salt Lake City-based healthcare staffing company, has named Leslie Snavely as chief digital officer. Snavely will guide CHG’s digital strategy as the company continues to develop platforms and tools to help its growing customer base, which includes medical providers in more than 100 specialties and healthcare facilities across the U.S. and around the world. Snavely joined CHG in 2010 and most recently served as senior vice president of marketing and product management. She also has led the company’s corporate business development team.
• Wyndham Hotels & Resorts announced that it opened seven hotels across the U.S. in the third quarter, including a pair of La Quinta Inn & Suites, in South Jordan and Kanab. Wyndham has more than 9,000 hotels and 20 brands. It acquired Wyndham in May.
• The sixth annual World Ski Awards featured three wins for Deer Valley Resort properties. Deer Valley Resort won the U.S. Best Ski Resort honor for the sixth consecutive year. Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley won the U.S. Best Ski Hotel award. Goldener Hirsch Inn, at Deer Valley Resort, won the U.S. Best Ski Boutique Hotel award for the third time. Award votes are cast by industry professionals and the public in a range of categories, including best resorts, hotels, chalets and tour operators. World Ski Awards is the sister organization of World Travel Awards.
• The Utah State Bar recently presented 2018 awards at its Fall Forum. Award recipients are Kai Wilson, a consultant with Pathway Associates, Community Member Award; Keil R. Myers, SEB Legal, Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award; Denise A. Dragoo, partner at Snell & Wilmer, and Jess M. Krannich, partner at Manning Curtis Bradshaw & Bednar, New Lawyer Training Program Outstanding Mentor Award; Shawn McGarry, vice president and shareholder at Kipp & Christian, Paul T. Moxley Mentoring Award; William F. Atkin, associate general counsel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Charlotte L. Miller Mentoring Award; Cheryl M. Mori, counsel to the regional director of the Securities and Exchange Commission, James B. Lee Mentoring Award; and Terry L. Wade, shareholder at Durham Jones & Pinegar, Professionalism Award.
• StorageCraft, a Draper-based data protection company, has been named a 2018 Channel Pro SMB All-Star by ChannelPro Network. The All-Stars represent a group of hardware, software and service vendors whose products, programs and initiatives have made a significant impact on the SMB (small-to-midsize businesses) channel during the editorial calendar year. StorageCraft earned this distinction from ChannelPro-SMB editors for releasing ShadowXafe next-generation data protection, OneSafe converged data platform and OneSystem.
• Tallulah Gallery, a new art/design/craft gallery, has opened at 1354 S. 1100 E. in Sugarhouse. It is owned and operated by sisters Barbara Schovaers and Judy Green. It offers handcrafted, contemporary art priced from $10 to $1,000, as well as hats, clocks, abstract wall hangings, glass designs and unusual jewelry.
• Anson Calder has announced its first permanent retail location in Salt Lake City, located in City Creek Center. Founded in 2015, Anson Calder designs wallets and bags.
• Dairy Farmers of America has opened an expanded The Creamery, a retail store, full-service café and interactive experience in Beaver. The 11,250-square-foot store is more than four times the size of the original store it replaces and features expanded retail space; greater product selection; and an interactive, educational experience about dairy.
• Kiln, a coworking community, has opened its first permanent location at The Gateway in Salt Lake City. Kiln’s offering includes private offices for teams, resident desks for individuals and drop-in club memberships. Amenities include meeting rooms and collaboration spaces, phone booths, refreshments, reception services, a theater seating over 150, an on-site café and a recording studio. Kiln has more than 90 companies with memberships at both its Lehi Beta Center and Salt Lake City site. Arian Lewis is Kiln’s founder and CEO. His partner is Andrew Redpath, chief operating officer.
• U-Haul Company of Utah Inc. has announced that Storage Plus locations at 820 E. 5400 S., Murray; 4018 S. 300 W., Salt Lake City; and 5937 S. 1650 W., Taylorsville; have signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve their respective communities.