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• NACM Business Credit Services, Salt Lake City, has named DeAnna Leahy of Sunroc Corp. as the chairperson of its board of directors. Other new board officers are April Tanner, Kimball Equipment Co., as vice chairperson; and Kelly Passey, Plastic Specialties, as treasurer. Newly elected board members are Danny Wheeler, Adobe Inc.; and Sheila Roames, Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions. NACM Business Credit Services is an affiliate of the National Association of Credit Management (NACM) and is an advocate for business credit and financial management professionals.
• Bank of Utah and BOY Bancorp Inc., the bank’s holding company, have announced changes in titles and responsibilities for the bank’s executive team and the board leadership of BOU Bancorp. Ben Browning has been promoted to vice chairman of the board of BOU Bancorp. Browning is the great-grandson of Bank of Utah founder Frank M. Browning and has worked 12 years for Bank of Utah in various positions, including analyst, lending administrator, assistant vice president and vice president/lending administrator. He became a member of the BOU Bancorp board in 2015. Browning earned a bachelor of science degree in business management from Brigham Young University and received an MBA from Utah State University. He will soon graduate from the Pacific Coast Banking School. Cari Fullerton has been elected as senior vice president and chief credit officer. Fullerton was previously serving as commercial lending team leader and senior credit administrator on Bank of Utah’s senior management team. Fullerton has been with Bank of Utah since 1997. Roger G. Shumway has been elected executive vice president of senior wealth management and foreign exchange director. Shumway most recently served as executive vice president and chief credit officer. He has been with Bank of Utah for nearly 18 years. He has worked in banking for more than 40 years, holding positions at Wells Fargo, First Security Bank and Zions Bank. Shumway graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in business-finance.
• America First Credit Union, Riverdale, has opened a branch at 3253 W. 3500 S., West Valley City. Ronise Skraznas will serve as service center manager of the new location. Skranznas began her career with America First 23 years ago as a teller and quickly moved up the ranks, managing several branches across Utah. Ronise serves on the Women in Business Board for ChamberWest and graduated from the Leadership Institute program in 2018. America First has 128 locations.
• Zions Bancorporation will have the company’s meeting of shareholders at 1 p.m. May 31 at the company headquarters, 1 S. Main St., Salt Lake City. A live webcast of the presentation may be accessed at www.zionsbancorporation.com. The webcast will also be archived and available on the website for 30 days.
• The board of directors of Nu Skin Enterprises Inc., Provo, has declared a quarterly cash dividend of 37 cents per share. The dividend will be paid June 12 to shareholders of record May 31. The company offers consumer products, product manufacturing and automated controlled environment agriculture technology.
• The board of directors of Zions Bancorporation NA, Salt Lake City, has declared a regular quarterly dividend of 30 cents per common share. The dividend is payable May 23 to shareholders of record May 16. The board also declared regular quarterly cash dividends on the company’s various perpetual preferred shares. The cash dividend on the series A, G, H and I shares are payable June 15 to shareholders of record June 1. The cash dividend on the Series J shares is payable Sept. 15 to shareholders of record Sept. 1. The board also approved a plan to purchase up to $275 million of common shares during the second quarter of 2019.
• The board of directors of People’s Utah Bancorp has declared a quarterly dividend payment of 12 cents per common share. The dividend is payable May 13 to shareholders of record May 6. This continues the over-50-year trend of paying dividends by the company. People’s Utah Bancorp is the holding company for People’s Intermountain Bank, which has 26 locations in three banking divisions and a mortgage division.
• The board of directors of Clarus Corp., Salt Lake City, has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of 2.5 cents per share. The dividend will be paid May 17 to stockholders of record May 3. The company is focused on the outdoor and consumer industries.
• The University of Utah Research Foundation has appointed Katharine Ku to its board of directors. Ku recently retired from Stanford University’s Office of Technology Licensing after serving as executive director for 27 years. Ku developed nine principles for university technology licensing that have been adopted by tech transfer offices across the country. The foundation is comprised of the university’s Research Park and the intellectual property and associated licenses, which are managed by the UofU’s Center for Technology & Venture Capitalization.
• Predictive Technology Group Inc., a Salt Lake City-based company focused on the use of data analytics for disease identification and subsequent clinical intervention through precision therapeutic treatments, has announced that Christine Seward has joined Predictive Laboratories as senior vice president of sales and marketing. Predictive Laboratories also announced the appointments of Lesa Nelson as chief operations officer and Debbie Dyckman as director of quality assurance. Seward has extensive experience commercializing molecular diagnostics, including products in the reproductive space from her 16-year tenure at Myriad Genetics. She served in various positions with increasing responsibility at Myriad Genetics, most recently as senior strategic product director in payer markets. She also has served as oncology genetic counselor at the University of Virginia Health System. Both Nelson and Dyckman previously served in the same capacity at Taueret Laboratories, which was acquired by Predictive in March. Nelson, who has 27 years in human genetic research including more than 20 years in senior management positions, directs all operational activities and serves as the laboratory technical supervisor at Predictive Laboratories. Nelson previously was vice president of clinical operations for Axial Biotech Inc. Dyckman has more than 15 years of experience in clinical trials research and quality assurance and is responsible for licensing, accreditation, document control, lab safety, internal and external inspections, quality assurance reviews and audits, and CAPA management at Predictive Laboratories. She previously served as quality assurance supervisor at Affiliated Genetic and at Axial Biotech. Before that, she was a site start-up specialist at Quintiles (now IQVIA). Her education includes graduating from the Medical Technology Program at Utah State University.
• Kailo Labs, a Utah-based company specializing in nanotechnology in “bio-antennae” for pain relief, recently passed $200,000 in crowdfunding through website Indiegogo. More than 2,000 backers have pre-purchased Kailo.
• Holland & Hart has hired Kristy Kimball as a partner in Salt Lake City. She is part of the firm’s healthcare team. After 13 years of experience in sales and management roles at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, Kimball decided to pursue a law degree to enhance her ability to assist healthcare and life science companies to navigate the federal and state regulations. Before joining Holland & Hart, Kimball was the founding partner of Kimball Legal PLLC, where she served as outside counsel to several major healthcare companies. Kimball is the founder and past chair of the Health Law Section of the Utah State Bar Association.
• Purple Innovations LLC, an Alpine-based designer and manufacturer of comfort products, has appointed Tres White as chief retail officer, leading both retail and wholesale businesses. White got his start as the co-founder of LoveSac, where he conceived of, deployed and operated LoveSac’s direct-to-consumer store strategy, growing the concept to 65 stores. Following that, he managed design and construction projects at Brookfield Properties, formerly General Growth Properties, for store openings at 72 shopping centers. He then moved to lead real estate and strategy for Fanzz stores as they grew from 70 to 122 locations and then joined the largest licensee of Ashley Furniture. White earned a Master of Business Administration from Brigham Young University.
• Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), a nonprofit organization leading the fight to end Duchenne muscular dystrophy, has named University of Utah Health and the Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City as the 25th certified Duchenne Care Center. The certification program of elite centers, created in 2014 as part of PPMD’s Certified Duchenne Care Center Program, reviews and recognizes clinics nationwide for their outstanding neuromuscular programs. Led by Dr. Russell Butterfield, University of Utah Health, in partnership with Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital, is a comprehensive neuromuscular program serving over 80 families living with Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy. In addition to Duchenne care, Butterfield is a primary investigator for several clinical trials.
• Ducks Unlimited recently announced the top volunteer chapters across the U.S. in three categories. Among them were the Salt Lake City chapter earning the President’s Roll of Honor designation, earned by chapters that raised between $65,000 and $99,999. During the year, more than 2,400 chapters nationwide hosted more than 3,900 fundraising events.
• Colliers International, Salt Lake City, has hired Jaden Malan for its Utah County office in Pleasant Grove. Malan primarily focuses on industrial property in Salt Lake and Utah counties. He specializes in representing landlord and tenant interests in sale, lease and build-to-suit transactions involving manufacturing plants, distribution warehouses, R&D facilities and other light industrial property types. Malan joins Colliers International from Newmark Grubb ACRES, where he was part of the industrial advisory group.
• Silicon Slopes has announced the Waterford School x Silicon Slopes Sponsors Scholarship Program, a partnership with Waterford School. Through the partnership, fifteen $10,000 merit-based scholarships will be made available for the qualified children of full-time employees of Silicon Slopes sponsoring companies. The Sponsors Scholarship is intended to recognize the exceptional accomplishments and merits of highly motivated and top-level students, as well as those students who have demonstrated talents in STEM, the humanities, the fine and performing arts, athletics, community service, leadership, and other curricular and co-curricular passions. In addition to demonstrating outstanding academic achievement, eligible students must be applying for admission to Grades I-X, and their parent must be a full-time employee of a sponsoring Silicon Slopes company. The scholarship is renewable annually through graduation. Details are at https://waterfordschool.org/waterford-x-silicon-slopes-sponsors-scholarship-program.
• Helpside, a Lindon-based company that provides small-business solutions designed to help leaders maximize their personnel, has hired Jesse Oakeson as director of human resources and as an in-house legal counsel. After graduating from Brigham Young University’s law school in 2009, Oakeson worked for 10 years in the litigation department of Jones Waldo. While there, he handled a variety of employment law issues and was a shareholder and a member of the firm’s board of directors.
• AvantGuard, an Ogden-based monitoring services company, has begun the process of opening a third central station location in Cedar City. Within the next two years, it will become a complete part of AvantGuard’s redundancy infrastructure. Using a temporary office space, the management team will evaluate the workforce pool and slowly build a team, simultaneously establishing a permanent office location and implementing new system redundancies. Its hirings will be primarily college students to fill operator positions.
• Steri-Clean, a company focused on helping to reduce the trauma associated with the task of cleaning crime and trauma scenes, infectious diseases and hoarding homes, has opened its first Utah location at 905 N. Main St., North Salt Lake. Established in 1995 by Cory Chalmers, TV star and lead expert of the cable television show “Hoarders,” and owned locally by franchisees Chad and Breanne Sanders, Steri-Clean Utah marks the 29th opening for the company throughout the country. Chad Sanders has over a decade of experience in the education industry, while Breanne Sanders spent most of her professional career in the medical industry.
• InsideSales.com, Provo, has hired Matt Langie as chief marketing officer, Steve Dixon as chief customer officer, Rob Stanger as vice president of operations and go-to-market strategy, and Josh Wyatt as vice president of analytics and execution. Langie will be responsible for elevating the InsideSales.com brand and increasing market awareness. He has more than 20 years of experience in B2B software and technology marketing. He previously led the global product marketing team at Omniture and has also led marketing for high-growth, VC-funded startups as well as business development for the software technology research lab at Intel Corp. Dixon will lead the customer success team responsible for customer onboarding, solution architecture, relationship management and customer support. He has more than 25 years of experience, previously serving as senior vice president of customer experience and operations at Vivint SmartHome. Stanger will oversee the sales operations organization to drive continued enterprise growth. He has led company growth and go-to-market strategies for several organizations, most recently serving as sales operations director at Qualtrics. Wyatt will oversee the company’s analytics and data strategy. He previously led the analytics and business operations at Domo Inc.
• Domo, an American Fork-based cloud-based operating system company, has announced that Daniel Daniel has joined its board of directors. He fills the seat vacated by Matt Cohler, Domo’s first VC investor who served on the board for almost eight years. At BlackRock, Daniel was a senior investor researching companies around the world impacted by technological change. He is starting his own investment firm that will focus on the technology sector. In addition to BlackRock, Daniel also served as a special situations analyst and global hedge funds sales director at UBS. His education includes a bachelor of science degree in finance from the University of Utah.
• Evernym, a Salt Lake City-based company focused on decentralized identity solutions, has announced that Steve Jillings has joined the company’s board of directors as chairman. Jillings has a 30-year career of building successful tech companies. He is the chairman and CEO of Treo Technologies, a software company focusing on the auto tech sector. Prior to Treo, Jillings was the CEO of TeleSign. He also served as the chairman and CEO of Vantage Media (acquired by MediaAlpha) and the president and CEO of FrontBridge Technologies (acquired by Microsoft). Jillings succeeds Evernym co-founder Jason Law, who continues to serve on the board and as Evernym’s chief technology officer.
• Route, a Salt Lake City-based post-purchase customer experience platform company, has hired Ryan Debenham as chief technology officer. Debenham previously was a director of engineering at Qualtrics, which included helping scale the engineering team, building out several engineering departments, leading the AI division and improving the platform scale.