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• Zions Bank has named Yrene Luque as the new director of its Business Resource Center in downtown Salt Lake City. In addition to providing one-on-one business counseling, Luque will develop educational events within the business community, including seminars for existing and prospective small-business owners. Luque has more than a decade of experience working with and supporting business owners. She most recently managed Zions Bank’s West Jordan branch and, before that, served as assistant manager of the Sandy South Towne branch. Luque also spent eight years at Wells Fargo in roles including commercial lender. Prior to banking, she worked in business strategy and marketing.
• DDS (Distributor Data Solutions), a Salt Lake City-based provider of product content to the electrical and related construction and industrial distribution markets, has hired Colleen Ehrhardt as director of global sales. She will be based in Chicago. Prior to joining DDS, Ehrhardt was with Snap36 for nearly 10 years, where she most recently served as director of global strategic accounts and director of sales before that.
• The Economic Development Corporation of Utah is seeking another 30 companies to participate in its “Know the Customer” initiative by year-end. EDCUtah recently conducted its 30th interview in the program, a statewide research study comprised of in-depth interviews with business executives. Its goal is to better understand the factors that drive economic growth in Utah’s key industry sectors. Conducted via in-person interviews, the survey consists of 100 questions that focus on companies’ Utah and out-of-state operations, workforce issues and overall Utah business climate. Responses are not shared publicly but are reviewed internally by EDCUtah and other public-sector economic development executives. Aggregate data will be used to report on industry trends and inform policy decisions in Utah. Interested companies or city/county economic development staff may contact Michael O’Malley, EDCUtah marketing director, at email@example.com for more information.
• Salt Lake City is Nov. 145 out of 302 U.S. cities in a ranking of the “Best and Worst Cities for Seniors to Live,” compiled by Caring.com. The 2019 Senior Living Report’s ranking are based on 70 metrics across six categories: healthcare, housing options, community engagement, transportation, quality of life and workforce development. Details are at https://www.caring.com/senior-living/utah/salt-lake-city.
• Capita Financial Network, Sandy, has announced the addition of Terri Anne Flint to its team of experts helping clients plan and experience a successful retirement. A specialist in well-being, Flint oversees Capita’s retirement wellness program. Flint recently retired from being the director of the Intermountain Employee Assistance Program, Employee Health and Live Well, the employee wellness program at Intermountain Healthcare, where she worked for the past 30 years.
• The Salt Lake City Department of Public Facilities has hired Jacobs, AECOM and Sundt/PCL Joint Venture (a joint venture of Sundt Construction and PCL Construction) to build a $528 million water reclamation facility. The contracting team expects to hire 150 people for the project. Initial design work has begun, and construction of the project will continue through 2025. The existing water reclamation facility at 1365 W. 2300 N. is one of the largest public works projects in Salt Lake City history. SLCDPU is rebuilding the facility to meet mandatory new water quality standards, improve efficiency and reliability, and to avoid the risks associated with a 55-year-old facility at the end of its lifespan. The current plant will continue to operate as the new facility is built.
• Pure Healthcare, a company focused in the ambulatory infusion space, has announced a new round of funding totaling $40 million to expand the national footprint of Pure Infusion Suites. The round was led by Build Capital Partners, Salt Lake City. Pure Infusion Suites are designed to provide an exceptional patient experience in a spa-like atmosphere.
• Holland & Hart has hired Kathryn J. Carlisle-Kesling for its Real Estate Development Group as of counsel in Salt Lake City. Carlisle-Kesling has more than two decades of industry experience, most recently serving as a partner shareholder with Buckley King in Ohio.
• Purple Innovation Inc., an Alpine-based company that designs and manufactures comfort products, has appointed Craig Phillips as chief financial officer. Phillips will have responsibility for both the accounting and finance teams at the company. Phillips has more than three decades of experience, including more than 15 years in “Big 4” public accounting firms. He has served as chief financial officer for several privately held companies at the regional and national level in the service, distribution, entertainment and restaurant industries, and most recently served as the managing director at FTI Consulting. In that role, Phillips has been serving since March as Purple’s interim chief financial officer.
• Traeger Grills, a Salt Lake City-based producer of wood pellet grills, has hired Todd Smith as chief marketing officer. Smith has expertise in product marketing and brand strategy. Most recently, he was chief marketing officer for nearly seven years at EXOS. He also held several marketing positions at The Coca-Cola Co., worked in account management for CoolSavings and worked as a management consultant with Arthur Anderson.
• Ivory Homes, Salt Lake City, has commemorated the completion of its 20,000th home. The homebuilding company has been in business for 50 years.
• Registration has opened for Utah Food Bank’s 14th annual Utah Human Race, scheduled for Thanksgiving morning (Nov. 28) in Draper. All registration fees and sponsorships for the family-friendly 5K/10K fun run will benefit Utah Food Bank’s mission of Fighting Hunter Statewide. More than 5,000 people are expected to participate. The race will be held in a new location in Draper this year, at the Vista Station Business Park (12921 Vista Station Blvd). Online registration closed at noon Nov. 25. Details are at www.UtahHumanRace.org.
• Ski Utah has announced the scheduled 2019-20 season opening dates for Utah ski resorts: Brian Head Resort, Nov. 15; Park City Mountain, Nov. 22; Alta Ski Area, Solitude Mountain Resort and Sundance Mountain Resort, all Nov. 23; Snowbasin Resort, Nov. 27; Deer Valley Resort, Dec. 7; and Eagle Point Resort, Dec. 20. Opening dates have yet to be determined for Beaver Mountain, Brighton Resort, Cherry Peak Resort, Nordic Valley, Powder Mountain, Snowbird and Woodward Park City.
• PREP Property Group Inc., Park City, has acquired Hillside Village in Cedar Hill, Texas. Financial terms were not disclosed. The 611,232-square-foot regional shopping center is 16 miles from downtown Dallas and features national and regional tenants. The company’s Strategic Investment portfolio currently has five other projects.
• Weber State University recently hosted its inaugural Research, Commercialization and Entrepreneurial Awards to celebrate faculty for their research and innovations. Awardees received a $1,500 prize as well as recognition for their contributions and achievements. The Office of Sponsored Projects and Technology Commercialization created the awards. The Outstanding Research Award was presented to Luke Fernandez, school of computing assistant professor, and Susan Matt, history professor, for their book Bored, Lonely, Angry, Stupid: Changing Feelings about Technology, from the Telegraph to Twitter. The Innovation Research Award was presented to John Sohl, physics professor, for his work on WSU’s High Altitude Reconnaissance Balloon for Outreach and Research. He has also been involved in laser-development engineering projects with the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative and with the Utah Center for Aeronautical Innovation and Design. The Entrepreneurial Spirit Award was presented to Bruce Davis, vice provost and dean of online and continuing education, for his continued advocacy for innovation in northern Utah, as well as helping Weber State strengthen its economic development plans for northern Utah. Davis has also taught entrepreneurship courses for many years.
• Weber State University recognized outstanding contributors during its annual “WSU Salutes” ceremony: Distinguished Alumna, Lori Belnap Pehrson, a director at Northrop Grumman and community volunteer; Distinguished Alumnus, Keith Titus, president and CEO of MarketStar; Outstanding Young Alumnus, Damian Lillard, a four-time NBA All-Star with the Portland Blazers; Distinguished Service, Kym Evertsen Buttschardt, who with husband Pete Buttschardt opened Union Grill and later Rooster’s Brewing Co.; WSU President’s Award, the Stewart Education Foundation, which has administered millions of dollars in gifts and grants to numerous programs and organizations; Emeriti Alumni Lifetime Achievement, John B. Lund, president and CEO of America First Credit Union; Lewis W. Shurtliff Award for Contributions to Education, Marlin K. Jensen, a lawyer and farmer; Emeriti Homecoming Royalty, Nancy Boyington Wade and Glen L. Wade; and Student Homecoming Royalty, Rachel Creer and Matthew Thorpe.
• Results for America has named Utah as one of five leading states that are effectively using data and evidence to improve outcomes for residents. The announcement was made in Washington, D.C., at an event co-hosted by the National Governors Association. Results for “America’s 2019 Invest in What Works State Standard of Excellence” showcased data-driven, evidence-based practices, policies, programs and systems used by state governments to invest taxpayer dollars in what works. The best-in-class state government examples provide a roadmap for how every state can use evidence and data when making budget, policy, and management decisions. The 2019 program identified 125 leading and promising practices, policies, programs and systems for using evidence and data that were in effect as of June in 33 state governments.
• Students from the Western Governors University (WGU) College of Information Technology took top honors at a recent Cyber FastTrack competition designed to identify top cybersecurity talent from colleges and universities nationwide. During the competition, nearly a quarter of the finalists were WGU students, and 19 WGU students were awarded scholarships — the most of any institution. Cyber FastTrack was designed by world leaders in cybersecurity, hosted by the SANS Institute and endorsed by 26 state governors as a national initiative to help identify top talent and close the U.S. cybersecurity skills gap. The three-stage program allowed students to test their aptitude in an environment that simulates the types of cybersecurity problems necessary to secure our nation's most sensitive information.
• Instructure, a Salt Lake City-based company offering a learning management platform for schools and an employee development platform for businesses, will host its 2019 Analyst Day on Dec. 3 at its corporate headquarters. Members of the management team will describe the company’s new strategy and operating model, key decisions about future financial goals, and the plan for focused capital allocation. In-person attendance is by invitation only. The event will be webcast and accessible in the Investor Relations section of the company’s website (ir.instructure.com).