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• Matt Packard, chief executive officer of Central Bank, has been nominated as a board member for the American Banking Association. Packard has worked in the banking industry for more than 42 years.
• Central Bank, Pleasant Grove, recently announced some personnel changes. Jared Silverio joins the bank as its secondary market and SBA officer. Silverio has experience working at other Utah banks and has experience in both SBA and commercial lending during the past 15 years. Matt Carter has been hired to serve as a senior loan officer at Central Bank’s American Fork Office. Carter has worked in the banking and finance industry for more than 20 years and has accumulated extensive experience in commercial and SBA lending. Wayne Guest joins Central Bank as a mortgage loan officer. He has more than 15 years of experience in business and sales. Brad Carter has been hired as a mortgage loan officer at Central Bank. Carter has more than 28 years of experience in the banking and mortgage industry. Brian Cheney has been appointed controller at Central Bank. Cheney is a Certified Public Accountant and has worked in public accounting for more than seven years as a lead auditor.
• The first-round deadline for submissions to the Utah Film Commission’s Next Level Grant Program is Dec. 31. The program provides funding and footing for local directors and producers. It will consider funding projects of all stages, from development to exhibition and distribution. When deciding which projects to support, the commission will be looking for filmmakers “that exude enthusiasm for their project and their invaluable ability to tell stories,” it said. Up to five filmmakers will qualify for the Next Level Program in 2019, with each grantee awarded $2,000 to support a project. In addition to the funding, the winners will receive a one-year membership at the Utah Film Center’s Artist Foundry, which provides workshops, equipment rentals, networking and workspaces. They will also receive special access to the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, as well as access to Sundance Institute’s Co//ab Artist Network. Applicants must be Utah residents, over the age of 18, and must be a director or producer on the project. Details are at https://film.utah.gov/for-locals/.
• The registration deadline is Feb. 14 for the 2018-19 Utah Entrepreneur Challenge, a statewide student business model competition. Teams from universities across the state will compete for $100,000 in cash and prizes, including a $40,000 grand prize. Participating teams are judged by industry professionals and community experts. In addition to the grand prize, there are also additional prizes granted for best business model, presentation and technology. The top 20 teams will be announced Feb. 27. Final judging and a showcase takes place March 30 at the University of Utah. Details are at https://lassonde.utah.edu/hsuec.
• Nu Skin Enterprises Inc., Provo, has announced it will have an investor day event at its corporate headquarters Feb. 28 at 9 a.m. Key members of Nu Skin’s management team will elaborate on the company’s plans for 2019 and share longer-term initiatives. Attendees also will have the opportunity to tour the company’s indoor growing facility and manufacturing partners in the early afternoon. In-person attendance is by invitation only. A live webcast as well as a replay of the event will be accessible from the company’s website at ir.nuskin.com.
• Amedica Corp., Salt Lake City, recently changed its corporate name to SINTX Technologies Inc. The company said the change will “better reflect its focus on silicon nitride science and technologies and robust pipeline of silicon nitride-based products in various biomedical applications.” The stock trading symbol has changed to “SINT.” The previous name, Amedica, has transferred to CTL Medical, which is now CTL-Amedica.
• Sportsman’s Warehouse, Midvale, will open a new store in Lansing, Michigan, in the summer of 2019. It will offer hunting, fishing, camping, shooting, apparel and footwear merchandise. It will be the company’s first Michigan store. It currently has 92 stores in 23 states.
• Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski has appointed Felicia Baca and Kristian Anderson to help lead the city’s arts and culture efforts. Baca was selected to become the city’s new arts division director and Anderson will be Biskupski’s senior advisor for arts and culture. The division is part of the Department of Economic Development. Since 2012, Baca has served as the visual arts program manager with the Utah Division of Arts and Museums. She also has served in various roles at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Arts, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, TATE Britain and Salt Lake City’s YouthCity Artways program. She is currently serving on the Salt Lake County Art Acquisitions Board, The Blocks Community Advisory Board, and KRCL’s Community Advisory Board. In her role as division director, Baca will serve as the executive director of the Arts Council Foundation. Anderson is the executive director of the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA). He has also served as director of the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (Seattle), the Jacob Lawrence Gallery (Seattle), and the UMC Art Gallery at the University of Colorado. He is currently the treasurer of the Salt Lake Area Restaurant Association and a board member of Women’s Ski Jumping USA.
• PolarityTE Inc., Salt Lake City, has appointed Matt Kemp as chief commercial officer. PolarityTE is a commercial-stage biotechnology company focused on discovering, designing and developing regenerative tissue products and biomaterials for the fields of medicine, biomedical engineering and material sciences. Kemp has nearly 20 years of leadership experience, most recently serving as chief commercial officer at Dendreon Pharmaceuticals. He also held commercial leadership positions at Zimmer Biomet, Allergan and AbbVie across a variety of technologies, products and markets. He also served six years in the Air Force, rising to the rank of captain.
• Durham Jones & Pinegar has hired Scott F. Garrett for the firm’s St. George office upon completion of his current term as Iron County attorney. Garrett has served as the elected Iron County attorney for the past 16 years.
• Bank of Utah, Arctic Circle and Red Hanger will accept donations through Dec. 14 of new or gently used coats, hats, scarves, gloves and blankets to support its annual “Warm Bodies, Warm Souls” project. Donations can be made at any Bank of Utah branch, Red Hanger location or Arctic Circle restaurant in northern Utah.
• Kennedy Wilson, a California-based real estate investment company, has acquired Alpine Meadows, a 222-unit apartment community in Sandy, for $49 million. The company said it recycled $20 million of profit from the sale of Bay Village, a 50 percent-owned, 260-unit apartment community in Vallejo, California. Kennedy Wilson said it will implement a $3 million upgrade to refresh both unit interiors and the property’s common amenities that currently include a clubhouse, fitness center, business center, dog park, basketball court, playground and barbecue area. The company owns 2,387 units in the Salt Lake City area.
• Newmark Grubb ACRES has hired Mark Cannell for its Salt Lake City office. Cannell is an office and investment specialist focusing on landlord and tenant representation. He began his career in 2013 at Cushman & Wakefield. Prior to that, he held several senior positions, including senior product manager, strategic initiatives manager and director of business development, within the tech sector.
• The Park City Chamber/Bureau has been awarded a Bronze Stella Award in the category of Best CVBs/DMOs in the Southwest. Winners were recognized for achieving overall excellence, professionalism of staff, technology innovations, and other critical aspects of the meetings and event experience. Nearly 10,000 votes were cast from around the world for 532 destinations, hotels and service providers nominated in 18 categories in six regions in the United States and worldwide.
• Brigham Young University is ranked No. 4 and the University of Utah is ranked No. 9 in a list of Top 25 Best Undergrad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2019, compiled by The Princeton Review. BYU was ranked No. 10 and the UofU No. 19 in the list of Top 25 Best Grad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2019. The Princeton Review tallied its 2019 lists based on surveys it conducted from July through August of administrators at more than 300 schools offering entrepreneurship studies. The 60-question survey covered the school’s commitment to entrepreneurship studies inside and outside the classroom.
• Brigham Young University is ranked No. 25 and the University of Utah No. 36 by Bloomberg Businessweek in its listing of the Best Business Schools for 2018. Rankings were determined by survey responses of 26,699 MBA students, alumni and recruiters about their goals and experiences, as well as compensation and job-placement data from each school. The rankings were topped by No. 1 Stanford, followed by Pennsylvania, Harvard, MIT and Chicago.
• The Store, a locally owned and operated neighborhood market, will open at The Gateway in Salt Lake City in the spring of 2019. The market will feature signature, local and specialty items. The Store was established in 1968 and has been family-owned and operated by the Niederhausers since 1998. The Gateway location will be more than 9,000 square feet at the corner of 100 South and Rio Grande Street.
• Ryan Peck, a veteran of the material handling industry, has launched Bold, a material handling firm that offers customized inspection services for distributors, integrators, manufacturers and end-users. It is located at 10808 S. River Front Parkway, Suite 3055, South Jordan. Peck has more than 17 years of experience in the industry, including working as a manufacturer, distributor and starting and owning an installation business.