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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

All Star Bowling & Entertainment will open a new location at Valley Fair this fall. It is hiring for more than 100 positions there. Modeled after the Draper location, the location will feature 32 family-friendly bowling lanes, laser tag, bumper cars, chef-inspired casual American dining and a games gallery featuring more than 130 interactive and virtual video games. It is the company’s fifth location in the Salt Lake Valley. Pins & Ales 21+ nightclub and sports bar offers fun for the 21-and-older crowd.

BANKING

Bank of Utah, Ogden, has promoted Eric DeFries to senior vice president of mortgage risk and operations. DeFries had been president and team lead for residential construction and consumer lending. He will oversee the bank’s mortgage operations group, which includes underwriting, closing, servicing, shipping/post-closing, construction draws, construction portfolio and the secondary market functions. He will also serve as the department’s point of contact regarding regulatory matters. DeFries has worked in the banking industry for 10 years. Bret Wall, the bank’s senior vice president mortgage production, will continue to lead the mortgage lending production team that includes all loan officers and originators, mortgage loan processors and assistants, mortgage production support and loan processor management.

EDUCATION/TRAINING

Western Governor’s University (WGU), Salt Lake City, has appointed David Grow to the newly created position of chief operating officer. A 14-year veteran at WGU, Grow will lead teams focused on co-curricular services, including financial aid, marketing, regional and state operations, and alumni engagement, among other services. Grow has served as WGU’s chief financial officer and senior vice president of finance and administration since June 2005. Prior to working at WGU, he was chief financial officer at inContact and a chief financial officer and member of the board of directors at Spectrum Professional Services Inc.

Salt Lake Community College’s Development Office has three new directors: Kara Altman, John Fackler and Jimmy Soto. Altman, director of foundation relations, will work to bolster and steward support from local, regional and national foundations. She previously worked in the Division of Workforce Training and Economic Development. She has experience in development in Texas and in a leadership role in communications and public affairs for a K-12 school district in Texas. Fackler, director of corporate and alumni relations, worked as a Certified Public Accountant and was director of alumni relations the University of Utah for 18 years. He graduated from the UofU, then headed to SLCC for an accounting degree before finishing a Master of Professional Accountancy (taxation) degree at the UofU. Soto, campaign director, will help guide SLCC’s $40 million “I’m In” campaign. He comes to SLCC from the University of Utah, where he recently served as the assistant athletics director for major gifts with additional duties as sport administrator for baseball and golf. His prior role at the UofU was as a regional gift officer in the central development office. He will continue his role as the radio color analyst for the UofU’s men’s basketball program. He’s a UofU alum with a degree in finance.

ENERGY

Wolverine Fuels LLC, a Sandy-based bituminous coal producer, has appointed Carson Pollastro as chief operating officer. He joins the company from UtahAmerican Energy Inc., where he has served as president. Wolverine has more than 930 employees and has an annual productive capacity of approximately 11 million to 13 million tons of coal supplied to the western U.S. power generation industry and the Pacific export market.

EXPANSIONS

DoTerra, a Pleasant Grove-based essential oils company, has opened a 2,500-square-foot product center in Anchorage, Alaska. The product center is the first of its kind outside of the company’s headquarters in Utah and will provide local doTerra “Wellness Advocates” and customers a place to experience and purchase the company's health and wellness products. Approximately 75 percent of doTerra customers in Alaska live within 100 miles of the facility, which is equipped to support up to 10,000 orders per month.

HEALTHCARE

Supplemental Health Care (SHC), a Park City-based healthcare staffing firm, has announced a new addition and several promotions. Vickie Anenberg has been named president of local and allied services, Donna Carroll has been named president of workforce solutions and schools, Linda McDonnell has been named president of travel nursing, and Christopher Long has been named chief process officer. Anenberg joins SHC with more than 20 years of experience in healthcare staffing. She began her healthcare staffing career with Cross Country Healthcare, rising to president of their Nurse and Allied Division, Cross Country Staffing. Most recently she started her own consulting firm. Carroll will be responsible for strategic workforce solutions as well as the company’s growing MSP and schools services. She has been president of local office and workforce solutions for SHC since 2017. McDonnell was promoted from senior vice president of travel nursing. She joined SHC in 2012 and is responsible for the sales, recruiting, and service delivery of the company’s travel nursing division. Long was promoted from senior vice president of operations. He has been with SHC since 2002 and is responsible for the company’s shared services, compliance and operational support teams.

New U Life, Lehi, announced that ketogenic lifestyle expert Thomas DeLauer will collaborate with the company to further develop its keto line of products. DeLauer is a health and fitness author and a business and health optimization coach.

 

HOSPITALITY/FOOD SERVICE

Goldener Hirsch, located in the Silver Lake Village at Deer Valley Resort, has appointed Tyler Mugford as general manager. Mugford will oversee operations at the property, as well as the residential expansion of a second adjacent property slated to open in summer of 2020. Mugford has 10 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including as the director of front office at The St. Regis Aspen and the resort manager for the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. He also was on the opening team for the Pendry Hotel in San Diego and worked at The Phoenician Scottsdale and Andaz San Diego.

INVESTMENTS

Galileo, a Salt Lake City-based payments technology company, has announced its first institutional funding round. The $77 million investment was led by venture capital firm Accel, with participation from Ryan Smith, co-founder and CEO of Qualtrics. The company plans to use the funds to accelerate growth, including expansion into Latin America, the U.K. and Europe, and for continued product expansion. John Locke, Accel partner, will join the Galileo board of directors as part of the investment. As of September, Galileo manages over $26 billion in annual payments volume, a 130 percent increase over September 2018.

PHILANTHROPY

Nu Skin, a Provo-based beauty and wellness products company, announced it raised more than $1.5 million at its recent Nu Skin Live event from the Force for Good party and auction and other fundraising initiatives. All proceeds will go directly to children in need, it said. The global sales conference in Salt Lake City attracted more than 12,500 attendees, along with tens of thousands viewing worldwide via live stream.

 

RECOGNITIONS

• Michael Stransky has received the highest award given by American Institute of Architects (AIA Utah) to an emeritus member who has made a significant, positive impact during his years of practice and service to the community. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented at the annual member celebration Oct. 25. Stransky is a founding member of the Salt Lake City-based architectural firm GSBS Architects. He served as president of the firm, and for over 30 years was a member of the board of directors. He retired in 2013. Stransky volunteered, along with his firm, to design and build the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen when the original building was destroyed in a fire. He convinced local suppliers and a local contractor to also donate time and materials to rebuild this important support center for the homeless population.

• The Utah Tourism Industry Association (UTIA) recently inducted Pat Holmes, former longtime employee of Visit Salt Lake, into its Hall of Fame during its annual Tourism Conference held in Logan in September. Created in 1985, the honor is bestowed upon industry professionals who have made a substantial contribution to the state’s tourism industry through leadership and service. Holmes, former Visit Salt Lake vice president of partner development, recently retired following 32 years of service to Salt Lake’s hospitality community. During her time at Visit Salt Lake (formerly the Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau), Holmes held five different positions and served as director of the Utah Arts & Cultural Coalition for 10 years.

• Several Utah companies have been named to rankings announced by Forbes. Listed on the “100 Best Companies to Work For” list is No. 67 CHG Healthcare. Ranked in the “100 Best Medium Workplaces” list are No. 5 BambooHR; No. 16 Pluralsight Inc.; No. 25 Lucid Software; No. 56 Health Catalyst; No. 59 Weave; No. 72 Zurixx and No. 99 Brainstorm Inc. Named in the “100 Best Small Workplaces” list are No. 4 You Need a Budget LLC and No. 28 97th Floor. Ranked in the “Best Workplaces for Women” list for large companies are No. 52 CHG Healthcare and No. 63 Pluralsight Inc., and in the small-and-medium companies is No. 2 BambooHR.

TheraLight LLC, a Lindon-based medical device and photomedicine technology company, has been selected by MedTech Outlook magazine as a recipient of its 2019 Top 10 Physiotherapy Solutions Providers Award. Conducted annually, the award program recognizes innovative companies in the healthcare industry. TheraLight is providing new options in healthcare with photobiomodulation (PBMT), which can reduce pain and inflammation as well as encourage healing in wounds, tendons, nerves and bones.

Collard Chiropractic & Acupuncture, West Jordan, earned the top spot on the top 100 list of the highest-rated businesses in Utah, a list compiled by Top Rated Local. Businesses on the list have been shown to have an outstanding “Rating Score,” which analyzes reviews from customers to gain better insights into the quality and service of each business as rated by the consumer. The full list of 2019 winners is at https://www.topratedlocal.com/awards/region/utah/year/2019.

 

RETAIL

Duluth Trading Co., a Wisconsin-based lifestyle brand offering men’s and women’s casual wear, workwear, apothecary and accessories has announced it will open its first Utah store Nov. 1 at 154 W. 11400 S., Sandy. It is the company’s 58th U.S. retail location.

Mcycle, a boutique cycling studio, has opened at 355 W. 400 S., Salt Lake City. The 4,300 square-foot studio features a 50-bike workout experience. Classes are movement heavy, beat-specific, and suitable for all fitness levels. The company’s $700,000 investment brings 15 new jobs to the city. Mcycle is co-founded by Megan Tyrrell and Richmond Tyrrell, both originally from Utah and who worked in the boutique cycling community in Southern California.

Sportsman’s Warehouse, a Midvale-based outdoor specialty store company, has opened eight new stores as part of its recent acquisition of Field & Stream stores. The previous Field & Stream locations reopened as Sportsman’s Warehouse stores Oct. 19. Each offers roughly 50,000 square feet with more than 60,000 region-specific products for local, outdoor activities. The stores are in Elmira and Rochester, New York; Altoona, Camp Hill and Washington, Pennsylvania; Asheville and Greensboro, North Carolina; and Troy, Michigan. Sportsman’s Warehouse operates 103 stores in 27 states.

SERVICES

Walker Edison, an e-commerce drop-ship solutions company, has announced it will relocate its world headquarters from Salt Lake City to West Jordan. The company has several hundred full-time employees, and the expansion will create room for several hundred more. The new base will be in a former Shopko location at 1520 W. 9000 S. The 95,000-square-foot location will include cutting-edge features like a 20,000-square-footphoto studio, two auditoriums, employee-focused workspace, a full kitchen and other advanced technology. Employees are expected to move to the new facility in the spring.

ConsultNet, a South Jordan-based IT and engineering staffing services, project-based solutions and international recruiting company, has hired Carolyn Adams as program director in the CN Solutions Group. She will oversee CNSG’s Managed Services team. Adams had more than 10 years of Salesforce experience and has held positions as an in-house administrator, consultant, solutions architect, SE and practice director.

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