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• The Salt Lake City Arts Council and Salt Lake City Parks and Public Lands are pleased to announce an opportunity for artists or artist-led teams to submit qualifications for the Glendale Park Public Art Project. Glendale Park is a 7.2-acre park at 1375 W. 1700 S. Last fall, the Salt Lake City Council approved funding for the final phase of park improvements that will include a small multi-use field, looped walking path, pavilion and playground. Salt Lake City Parks and Public Lands has contracted with a landscape architecture consultant to develop design drawings for the improvements, which will be implemented and completed by the summer of 2020. The selected artist will work closely with the landscape architecture consultant to integrate their work into the plans and site. Details are at Qualification submissions will be accepted via the CaFÉ website,, until 11:59 p.m. May 9.


Sunny Sanyal, chief executive officer of Varex Imaging Corp., Salt Lake City, has been elected to fill a vacant seat on the board of directors of the Medical Technology & Imaging Alliance (MITA). Sanyal has 28 years of experience in the healthcare industry, including more than 18 years in senior executive positions in multi-national healthcare companies.


Reaveley Engineers, a Salt Lake City-based structural engineering firm, has hired two structural project engineers, Abigail Ubbelohde and Cameron Lusvardi. Ubbelohde has three years of experience in the industry, serving as a structural design engineer for a national structural consulting firm in Philadelphia. She serves in the U.S. Army Reserves as a military intelligence officer. Lusvardi earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Brigham Young University.


• Surveyed employers in Utah reported a higher average employee turnover rate in 2018 compared to 2017, according to the HR Metrics Survey conducted by Employers Council. Utah’s rate in 2018 was 25.6 percent, up from 21.8 percent in 2017. The rate in Colorado was 19.9 percent last year, down from 20.8 percent in 2017.  Arizona’s rate grew from 16.3 percent to 24.1 percent. Wyoming’s climbed from 14.1 percent to 17.3 percent. Survey results were collected from 250 organizations in the four states. Details are at

Utah is ranked 18th in a listing of states where residents tend to owe the most at tax time, compiled by SmartAsset. The organization analyzed IRS data to form the list, based on the number of tax underpayments and the amount of underpaid tax. Utah was 18th, with an average of $5,521 in owed taxes. Tops was North Dakota, with $6,806 in averaged taxes owed. West Virginia was No. 51, with $3,992 in averaged owed taxes. Details are at


Davis Technical College recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Michael J. Bouwhuis Allied Health Building. The $32 million-plus, 85,000 square-foot building will make it possible for Allied Health programs to admit greater numbers of students and for students to train in new purpose-built classrooms and on state-of-the-industry equipment. The building is expected to be ready for the School of Health Professions in summer of fall 2020.


• Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski has announced the local co-chairs for the sub-committees helping to organize the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference, scheduled for Aug. 26-28 in Salt Lake City. They are James Graham, project manager of Holdman Studios, who will chair the Exhibits Sub-committee; Lori Hudson, senior vice president of Aspen Consulting Group and member of the YWCA Community Advisory Board, chair of the Outcome Document Sub-committee; Baldomero Lago, chief international officer for Utah Valley University and an official representative of the United Nations, chair of the Outreach and Engagement Sub-committee; Samira Harnish, founder and executive director of Women of the World, chair of the Roundtable Sub-committee; and Leah Barker, CEO of CHOICE Humanitarian, chair of the Workshops Sub-committee. Chairs of the Youth Sub-committee are Madison Denkers, board member on the Steven G. And Susan E. Denkers Family Foundation; Mitch Dumke, head of mobile and native apps at Pluralsight and treasurer for the Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Foundation; and Marc Reynolds, student body president of Utah Valley University.


Utah is ranked 24th among states in danger of having a doctor shortage by 2030, based on a study undertaken by The study used the latest data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Association of American Medical Colleges. Utah currently has 211.4 doctors per 100,000 people, No. 44 among states. Utah is 12th-ranked for the percentage of doctors nearing the age of retirement, at 28.7 percent. Utah is 26th-ranked for medical residents nearing the end of their education, at 28.1 residents per 100,000 people about to enter the workforce as doctors. Wyoming was the state ranked as having the most risk for a doctor shortage. Massachusetts had the least risk. The study indicates that the U.S. will have a doctor shortage of 120,000 by 2030. Details are at

• CHG Healthcare, a Salt Lake City-based privately held healthcare staffing company, has named Kevin Ricklefs as chief culture officer. He will lead the design and evolution of CHG’s culture strategy and provide guidance and oversight of CHG’s philanthropic efforts. Ricklefs joined CHG in 1999 as the leader of the benefits team. Since then, he has held several positions, including human resource director; vice president of talent management; and, most recently, senior vice president of talent management and president of CHG’s nonprofit organization, Making a Difference Foundation.

Collective Health, a California-based workforce health management system company, has appointed Jennifer Jacobs as its Lehi-based vice president of operations. Jacobs has 25 years of experience, including leading operations at eBay and GE. Most recently, she led eBay’s workforce operations, training, quality, coaching, analytics and project management for more than 11,000 global team members who handle buyer and seller inquiries and claims. Prior to eBay, Jacobs helped oversee finance, analytics and operations at GE Capital & Healthcare for more than 10 years.

HIPPA One, a Lindon-based provider of HIPAA compliance software, third-party validation of controls and data security services, has hired Greg Fenton as vice president of strategic partnerships. Fenton is an experienced healthcare technology vendor manager with a background in finance. Prior to joining HIPAA One, he Fenton wrote multiple industry reports in acute care EMR, ambulatory surgery centers and anesthesia information systems. He also has experience building and managing relationships with healthcare information technology vendors/services firms and has provided consultation with hospital executives by providing insights and analysis into vendor performance data.


Resorts|Mountains|Cities (RMC), a Park City-based, privately owned destination management company, has promoted Karen (Crawford) Cantrell and Sarah Carey. Cantrell, formerly vice president of sales and operation, has been promoted to president of sales, operations and business development. Cantrell joined RMC in 2011 with experience as an event planner and sales consultant. She has nearly a decade of experience, including the past two years as vice president of sales and operations. Previously vice president of marketing and creative development, Carey has been promoted to president of creative and marketing and also will oversee public relations, human resources and RMC’s new warehouse division. She has been with RMC for more than 15 years. She opened the company’s Park City office in 2008 and assisted with the openings of several other locations throughout the past decade. In 2015, she formed RMC’s creative development department.


• The Ken Garff family has pledged $17.5 million for the renovation and expansion of Rice-Eccles Stadium at the University of Utah. It is the largest gift in UofU athletics history. The donation will help fund construction of the Ken Garff Performance Zone in the south end zone and is the lead gift in the $80 million stadium project. So far, donors have pledged $32 million of the $35 million sought in philanthropic gifts. The remaining $45 million will be generated through various new revenue sources associated with the project.

Mountain America Credit Union recently presented a $56,000 check to Huntsman Cancer Foundation as part of the credit union’s three-point shot donation. Mountain America donated $50 for every three-point basket made by the Utah Jazz, with an additional $50 donation for every game-changing shot. During the 2018-19 season, the Utah Jazz made over 900 three-point shots. Over the past six years, Mountain America has donated over $350,000 to Huntsman Cancer Foundation.


Next Waves Investors LLC has acquired two multifamily properties, including Aspen Village Apartments, a 90-unit multifamily community at 3043 W. 3500 S., West Valley City. Terms were not disclosed. Aspen Village Apartments is 96.7 percent leased.


Milton L. Lee, co-founder and chief science officer at Axcend, Provo, has received the 2019 ACS Award in Analytical Chemistry from the American Chemical Society. The award was presented recently during the ACS Natinoal Meeting & Expo in Florida. Established in 1947, the award in “recognizes and encourages outstanding contributions to the science of analytical chemistry, pure or applied, carried out in the United States or Canada.” Lee was honored for “innovations in column technologies, instrumentation, applications and commercial implementation of micro-separations and combined micro-separations/mass spectrometry.” Lee has been a member of the faculty of Brigham Young University since 1976 and is currently the Emeritus H. Tracy Hall Professor of Chemistry. He also founded or co-founded four companies: Torion Technologies in 2001, Sensar Corp. in 1991, Lee Scientific in 1984 and Axcend in 2018.

PIRTEK USA recently presented PIRTEK Salt Lake City with its 2018 National Franchise of the Year Award. Owner Todd Miceli, who also owns PIRTEK Clearfield in Syracuse, received the award during the company’s 21st annual Franchise Owner Conference in Florida. Miceli’s service and supply center also won top honors among the West Coast region locations. Miceli opened PIRTEK Salt Lake City in 2017 and opened the Syracuse location a year later. PIRTEK USA provides the hydraulic hose replacement and industrial hose repair service with onsite mobile and service centers throughout the United States. There are 84 PIRTEK franchises and a fleet of mobile service vehicles throughout the country. Globally, PIRTEK has more than 400 locations and 2,000 mobile service vehicles in 23 countries.

Avetta, an Orem-based provider of supply chain risk management, has made the “50 Providers to Know” list, compiled by Spend Matters. It is the second consecutive year for Avetta to make the list, which recognizes the best-in-class companies in the procurement and supply chain market. Vendors listed are independently selected by the analyst team over multiple rounds of debate, focusing on factors such as innovation, market presence, tech competency and solution delivery.


Sweet Rolled Tacos will open a location this summer at the south end of The Gateway, at 157 S. Rio Grande St., Salt Lake City. The company offers hand-rolled ice cream in colorful waffle taco shells with a wide array of imaginative toppings; drinks and milkshakes, including iced tea and coffee; and vegan items.


• The Governor’s Office of Economic Development board, at its April meeting, endorsed four Rural Fast Track grants — each $50,000 — that had previously been approved by the Governor’s Rural Partnership Board. Mike Barney Construction Inc., of Delta in Millard County, was endorsed for a grant to help the company buy a forklift and build a shop for equipment storage. The $168,000 project is expected to result in one new full-time position. Davis Family Lodging LLC, of Monticello in San Juan County, was endorsed for a grant to help the company renovate motel rooms. The $105,000 project is expected to result in one new full-time position. Custom Electrical Service LLC, of Ephraim in Sanpete County, was endorsed for a $50,000 grant to help the company purchase a 2,400-square-foot building for storage of expensive equipment, shop workspace and inventory storage. The $100,000 project is expected to result in two new full-time positions. Stevens Trucking Services, of Fillmore in Millard County, was endorsed for a $50,000 grant to help the company construct a metal building for mechanical services for large trucking vehicles. The $450,000 project is expected to result in one new full-time position. The companies will receive an additional $1,500 per position if the positions remain in place for 12 consecutive months.


Simplus, a Salt Lake City company offering Salesforce quote-to-cash advisory, implementation and managed services, has appointed Amy Osmond Cook at chief marketing officer. She previously was vice president of marketing at the company. She has 20 years of experience in marketing management. Cook earned a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Utah.

Focus Services, a Roy-based provider of call center services, has promoted Ben Joe Markland to chief operations officer. Markland has more than 15 years of BPO leadership experience with international operations experience throughout the U.S., Europe, Philippines and Central America. Most recently, he served as senior vice president of international operations.


VASA Fitness, an Orem-based operator of fitness clubs, has appointed Mindi Bridges as chief marketing officer. She will work from VASA’s new Denver office opening in May. VASA operates 36 clubs in five states and plans to complete 12 new clubs this year. Bridges has more than 20 years of experience in brand and retail marketing. Prior to VASA, she was vice president of creative and operations services at In-Shape Health Clubs. She also was an independent marketing consultant for companies including Bare Escentuals, LeapFrog, Westfield, Clif Bar and; served as director of creative and interactive services at Treasury Wine Estates; was senior director of brand marketing and creative services at Abercrombie & Fitch; and worked in global marketing production at Gap.


Central Logic, a Salt Lake City-based transfer center software company, has hired Matt Dinger as vice president of professional services. He will oversee Central Logic’s implementation and consulting divisions, and work closely with other senior leaders to optimize the training and onboarding processes for hospitals, health systems and other large healthcare organizations. Most recently, Dinger was at Epic Systems Corp., where he oversaw all training as well as the tools, process and methodology for global implementations. Prior to joining Epic, Dinger held leadership roles at the Boys & Girls Club of Utah County. He holds a bachelor and master of arts degrees from Brigham Young University.

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