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• Nominations are being sought for the 2020 Utah Leopold Conservation Award, which recognizes landowners who inspire others with their dedication to land, water and wildlife habitat management on private, working land. Sand County Foundation presents the Leopold Conservation Award to private landowners in 20 states for extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. In Utah, the $10,000 award is presented with Utah Farm Bureau Federation, Western AgCredit and Utah Cattlemen’s Association. Nominations may be submitted on behalf of a landowner, or landowners may nominate themselves. The application can be found at www.sandcountyfoundation.org/ApplyLCA. The application deadline is Aug. 1. Applications are reviewed by an independent panel of agricultural and conservation leaders. The Utah award will be presented at the Utah Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting in November. Details are at www.leopoldconservationaward.org.
• Utah is ranked No. 2 among states for police officers finding high-paying jobs, according to Security.org, using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rankings were determined by analyzing employment, job opening trends and wage information for police and sheriff’s patrol officers, corrections officers, and detectives and investigators. Utah was No. 1 in projected average police employment change for 2016-2026, at 23.2 percent; 48th for average police employment per 1,000 jobs, 3.086; and 28th in average annual police wage, $60,293. The top-ranked state is Nevada. The worst-ranked state is New Jersey.
• Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall has appointed Katherine Lewis as city attorney, and the city council unanimously consented to the appointment. The city attorney acts as the chief legal officer of the city and is responsible to the mayor and the city council for the proper administration of the legal affairs of the executive and legislative branches of city government. Lewis has served as a senior city attorney for Salt Lake City since 2013, where she represented the city’s Economic Development Department, Redevelopment Agency, Real Estate Division, Building Services Division and Arts Council Experience. Prior to working for the city, Lewis spent seven years as a real estate and finance attorney for Parsons Behle & Latimer.
• The White House has appointed Susan Beckman as regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for Region VIII, which encompasses Utah, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Beckman has more than 23 years of leadership and management experience in health and human services. She is a former Colorado legislator, representing the Littleton area. She also was an Arapahoe County commissioner.
• Dorsey & Whitney LLP has hired Kenneth Logsdon for the firm’s Finance & Restructuring Group in Salt Lake City as a partner. Logsdon has expertise in leveraged lending transactions, including senior debt, mezzanine and borrower side transactions. His practice focuses on all aspects of debt capital markets and corporate finance. He also provides counsel to national and regional banks, non-bank lenders, private equity funds, and both privately owned and publicly traded companies. Logsdon joins the firm from Holland & Hart, where he was a partner in the Salt Lake City office. Prior to joining Holland & Hart in 2014, he was a commercial finance associate with Katten in Chicago. His education includes a B.S. from Utah Valley University.
• The National Quality Forum has named Dr. Shannon Connor Phillips to its board of directors. She will serve on the board for three years. The nonprofit organization is focused on driving measurable health improvements. The federal government relies on NQF for bringing honest, consensus-based insights from a diverse array of stakeholders to inform and develop healthcare quality policy and public reporting programs. The organization also works with groups and health systems to improve healthcare value and outcomes across the country. Phillips is chief patient officer at Intermountain Healthcare. She has 15 years of experience as a physician healthcare executive.
• Sutherland Institute, a Salt Lake City-based conservative, nonpartisan think tank, has announced that Frantz Belot has joined its board of directors. Belot is co-founder of Tyfoom, a mobile-first platform that documents and improves communication, productivity and training. He is also a co-founder of Tech Trep Academy, a tuition-free, public school program. From 2011 to 2015, he worked with Imagine Learning, which provides a complete suite of adaptive digital curriculum and assessment solutions for PreK-8 in language development. Belot earned his Ph.D. from Brigham Young University in educational leadership.
• Richmond American Homes of Utah Inc. has announced the grand opening of the Meadows at Lakeside community at 1598 S. 1725 W., Lehi. It offers four floor plans in ranch and two-story home styles.
• ChamberWest has announced the finalists for its 2020 Annual Awards Gala, set for Feb. 20 at the Maverik Center in West Valley City. Finalists for Business of the Year are Complete Recovery Corp., Concentrix and Jacobsen Construction. Finalists for Best Place to Work are Cyprus Credit Union, Ace Recycling & Disposal and Maxtec. Finalists for Small Business of the Year are Hamlet Homes, TalentTeam and Naag Tag. Finalists for Volunteer of the Year are Paul Howard, chair, Leadership Institute (Chick-fil-A West Valley); Ben Horsley, past chair, Legislative Affairs Committee (Granite School District); and Mace Molen, chair, Ambassadors.
• Stanza Italian Bistro & Wine Bar, Salt Lake City, has named Kayla LeBlanc as its private dining coordinator. LeBlanc has experience in the culinary arts, event planning and customer service. She started as a barista and managed a small Italian restaurant and operated a bistro and catering service in the Utah State Courts building. Most recently, she served as an assistant pastry chef working with Amber Billingsley and Chef Jonathan LeBlanc in the kitchens of Stanza.
• Premier Needle Arts, North Salt Lake, has appointed Ursula Morgan as chief marketing officer of the Crafts Group and Lynn Blevens as brand director. Morgan previously led the digital innovation team at CSS Industries and was CEO at Creativebug. Blevens most recently was a Northwest territory sales manager for Handi Quilter Inc.
• J.P. and Jenn Whiting of Lehi have opened their first Exercise Coach location at 9730 S. 700 E., Suite 110, Sandy. Exercise Coach is a “smart gym” fitness studio that relies on computers and robotics instead of dumbbells, treadmills and other equipment. J.P. WhIting has worked in dental software sales for 16 years. Jenn Whiting has been a department administrator/project manager for five years and also a real estate agent. The Whitings plan to open two additional units over the next three years.
• POWDR, Park City, has announced a long-term partnership with Mammut, an outdoors brand, that makes Mammut the official uniform and apparel provider for more than 8,000 people working at 10 of POWDR’s mountain resort locations, including Snowbird. The partnership begins with the 2020-2021 season, continues through 2026, and also includes POWDR’s heli-skiing operation, Powderbird, located at Snowbird. Financial terms were not disclosed. As part of the agreement, Mammut and POWDR also will collaborate on consumer marketing initiatives and events, and POWDR ski patrol and mountain guides will utilize Mammut Barryvox beacons, probes, shovels, ropes, avalanche airbag systems and other technical accessories.
• Code Corp., a Salt Lake City-based data capture innovation company, has appointed Bruce Scharf as vice president of product. Scharf will be responsible for setting strategy; scaling product teams; and developing the roadmap for future Code products, markets and technologies. He has more than 20 years of experience in the data capture industry and has secured numerous patents. Prior to Code, he was vice president of engineering at Microscan.
• Pronto, a Lehi-based engagement platform company, has named Tim Pales as chief revenue officer and Carli Tegtmeier as vice president of sales. Pales will be responsible for driving revenue, building and running the global sales, overseeing customer success, developing the sales team and helping them achieve their goals and objectives. Prior to joining Pronto, he was a regional vice president of sales at Qualtrics. Tegtmeier will be responsible for driving higher education revenue, sales strategy and working with clients to get broader adoption and making a positive impact on the industry and her clients’ overall success. Before joining the Pronto team, Tegtmeier was the vice president of sales at Instructure.