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BANKING

EnerBank USA, Salt Lake City, has promoted Joel Cannon as senior vice president of sales and marketing. Cannon succeeds John Harris, executive vice president of sales and marketing, who has retired after being with the bank since 2004. Before joining EnerBank, Cannon served in several roles, including co-founder and chief product officer at JobDash and vice president of operations at Neutron Interactive. Cannon is also a past board chair and current executive board member at Utah based nonprofit People Helping People. EnerBank USA helps helps strategic business partners — including home improvement product manufacturers, distributors, franchise organizations, and trade associations — and independent home improvement contractors increase their sales.

CONSTRUCTION

Sundt, a Salt Lake City-based general contractor, has hired Richard Carlucci as a bid director in the Sundt Infrastructure Development Group. He will be responsible for public/private partnership (P3) bids and private development opportunities. Carlucci’s experience includes project finance, commercial negotiations with owners and partners, proposal development, strategic partner evaluation, and alternative technical concept development. He joins Sundt from Ashurst LLP and previously was a commercial director at Skanska Infrastructure Development.

DIVIDENDS

• The board of directors of Nu Skin Enterprises Inc., a Provo-based beauty and wellness products company, has declared a quarterly cash dividend of 37 cents per share. The dividend will be paid Dec. 11 to shareholders of record Nov. 29.

ECONOMIC INDICATORS

• An area in Wallsburg has Utah’s lowest poverty rate and an area of Monument Valley has the highest, according to a study by UnitedStatesZipCodes.org, using the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Utah’s overall poverty rate is 9.7 percent. The five ZIP code areas with the lowest rates are Wallsburg, 0.3 percent; Laketown, 0.4 percent; Glenwood, 0.7 percent; Lyman, 1.2 percent; and Dugway, 1.2 percent. The five ZIP code areas with the highest rates in Utah are Monument Valley, 48.2 percent; Hildale, 46.8 percent; Mexican Hat, 43.6 percent; Ibapah, 43.3 percent; and Montezuma Creek, 42.5 percent.

 

EXPANSIONS

Galileo, a Salt Lake City-based payment platforms company, has opened offices in San Francisco and New York City. The company said it chose San Francisco as a base for its rapidly expanding fintech developer ecosystem, while the New York office supports Galileo’s expansion into investment-related solutions. Galileo’s San Francisco office is led by Egan Anderson, head of Galileo’s developer ecosystem. The New York office is led by Aaron Dillon, managing director of Galileo Money+ and Galileo Investment Advisers.

 

FOODS

• The Rio Grande Winter Market, a project of Urban Food Connections of Utah, has returned at the Rio Grande Depot, 300 S. Rio Grande St., Salt Lake City. The Winter Market is held every Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., through April 18, except for Dec. 28 and Jan. 4. It is in its seventh season. Details are at slcfarmersmarket.org.

 

GOVERNMENT

• Val Hale, executive director of the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), has appointed Kori Ann Edwards as managing director of operations and Ryan Starks as managing director of urban and rural business services. They succeed Jill Flygare and Ginger Chinn, respectively, who are going to work for the Utah Inland Port. As managing director of operations, Edwards will help provide operational strategies, planning and tactical management to ensure GOED has the proper internal controls, administrative and reporting procedures. She will also ensure the agency has people and systems in place to ensure appropriate operating efficiencies. She will oversee GOED’s areas of finance, compliance, policy, contract management, human resources, technology services and facilities. Edwards previously worked at Logistic Specialties Inc. (LSI) for 20 years, most recently as its senior vice president. She also worked as an account executive with Gates McDonald in Salt Lake City. She received a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University in political science. As managing director of urban and rural business services, Starks will direct strategic growth for Utah’s industry cluster program and manage GOED’s rural programs and workforce development initiatives. He also will oversee GOED’s business services, including resources and staff at Utah’s Business Resource Centers, the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) and the Utah SBIR program. Starks was previously the executive director of Wasatch Economic Development/Heber Valley Chamber of Commerce and CVB. His previous employment includes positions at Wasatch Center for Advanced Professional Studies, Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, the U.S. Government Accountability Office and at GOED. Starks is also an adjunct professor for Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Business. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Weber State University and a master’s degree from Brigham Young University in public administration.

 

HEALTHCARE

Qualtrics, a Salt Lake City-based experience management (XM) company, has launched the XM Healthcare Advisory Board. Members from top healthcare organizations will collaborate on XM solutions to improve the experiences of patients, providers and payers, the company said.

 

LAW

SixFifty, a Lehi-based technology subsidiary of law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, has appointed three people for its executive team: Daniel Webb, vice president of partnerships; Mark Higginson, vice president of customer success; and Dustin McBride, vice president of sales. All previously worked at WeWork. Webb has more than 15 years of sales and business development experience in the tech industry, specifically in hardware development and SaaS. At WeWork, Webb was the director of enterprise technology partnerships, and at Teem, he acted as the director of global partnerships and alliances. Higginson has more than 10 years of sales and business development experience and was the global director of customer success at both WeWork and Teem, before it was acquired by WeWork in September of 2018. McBride has almost 15 years of technology sales experience. At Teem and WeWork, he acted as an enterprise account executive on their sales teams and will take on a senior sales role at SixFifty.

Holland & Hart, Salt Lake City, has hired Brit Merrill, who counsels large and small employers on state and federal compliance and litigation issues. Before joining Holland & Hart, Merrill worked with a large Utah-based law firm where her practice included commercial litigation and immigration law. She received her J.D. from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, an M.A. from Westminster College, and a B.S. from the University of Utah.

 

MANUFACTURING

Purple Innovation Inc., an Alpine company that produces comfort products, has launched an underwritten secondary public offering of 8 million shares of its Class A common stock to be sold by InnoHold LLCTony Pearce and Terry Pearce. The underwriters have a 30-day option period to purchase up to 1.2 million additional shares of Class A common stock from the selling stockholders. The selling stockholders will receive all of the net proceeds from the offering. Purple is not selling any shares of Class A common stock in the offering and will not receive any proceeds from the offering.

 

NONPROFITS

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has begun volunteer recruitment for its Tax-Aide program, the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax-preparation service. The foundation is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Tax-Aide offers free in-person tax preparation and assistance to low- and moderate-income people nationwide. There are a variety of volunteer roles, including tax preparers, client facilitators, those who can provide technical and management assistance, and interpreters. Every level of experience is welcome. Volunteer tax preparers complete tax preparation training and IRS certification. Last year, 122 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped nearly 11,000 Utahns file their federal and state tax returns, finding over $5 million in total refunds. The program is offered at approximately 35 sites in Utah, including senior centers, libraries and other locations. Details are at aarpfoundation.org/taxaide or 1 (888) OUR-AARP (1-888-687-2277).

 

PHILANTHROPY

Walker Edison, a Salt Lake City-based drop-ship solutions company, recently had a companywide service event in partnership with Rise Against Hunger. More than 100 employees prepared and packaged 40,000 meals for people in need. For each of the past two years, Walker Edison has donated 20,000 meals, but this year the company decided to double its efforts.

REAL ESTATE

CBRE Inc., a commercial real estate firm, has hired Brian Anderson and Sara Pickett as retail brokerage specialists for its Salt Lake City office. Working as a team, their primary focus will be on retail clients looking to lease new space or expand their business along the Wasatch Front, though they have licenses spanning Utah, Idaho and Washington. A vice president over retail services, Anderson has worked in the real estate industry since 2007. He works in landlord leasing representation and tenant site selection but is also skilled in redevelopment and investment transactions. Most recently, he served as a vice president in the Salt Lake City office of JLL. Pickett has joined as a client services specialist working alongside Anderson and overseeing client relations and marketing for the team. In addition to real estate, her background includes content marketing and community outreach. She has a bachelor’s degree from Weber State University.

 

RECOGNITIONS

• Impartner, a Salt Lake City-based channel management platform company, has received the 2019 Business Intelligence Group’s BIG Award for Business for New Product of the Year, Technology Software, Small Companies. The organization’s annual program rewards companies, products and people that are leading their respective industries worldwide and nominees are judged by business executives with relevant experience and knowledge. In winning the award, Impartner was recognized, in part, for its introduction of Impartner PRM for Microsoft Dynamics 365.

 

SERVICES

Thumbtack, a San Francisco-based local services marketplace connecting consumers to skilled professionals across nearly every U.S. county, has announced plans to grow its local operations, which has surpassed 350 employees in Utah. The company is adding 15,000 square feet to its Draper location, bringing the company’s footprint in Utah to over 45,000 square feet. Thumbtack intends to begin using the new office space in the first quarter of 2020. Upon opening its Draper office in 2012, Thumbtack built local expertise in customer service. But, over the past two years, the company has broadened the scope and impact of its local team to also include customer success, sales, marketing, engineering, IT and human resources. Today, two-thirds of Thumbtack’s team in Draper is focused on sales and success.

 

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