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ASSOCIATIONS

NACM Business Credit Services, Salt Lake City, has named Tyler Steenblik of Young Electric Sign Co. as the chairperson of its board of directors. Other new board officers are Rebecca Mullins, Ferguson Enterprises, vice chairperson; and April Tanner, Kimball Equipment, treasurer. Newly elected board members are D’Ann Johnson, Roofers Supply; Joanne Martin, LKL Associates; and Kandie Haymore, Midwest Floor Coverings. 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.


BANKING

Kirk Woolley has announced his retirement after 44 years in banking, including the past 13 years with Bank of American Fork. Woolley most recently served as vice president and manager of the bank’s Riverton branch. His career with the bank began in 2004 as a commercial loan officer. Woolley’s career in credit and finance has spanned multiple organizations. Sam Taylor will succeed Woolley as the Riverton branch manager.


CONTESTS

• Applications are being accepted for the 2017 Leopold Conservation Award, which honors Utah farmers and ranchers who demonstrate exemplary stewardship and management of natural resources. Sand County Foundation, Utah Farm Bureau Federation, Western AgCredit and the Utah Cattlemen’s Association are accepting the applications for the award, which is comprised of $10,000 and a crystal depicting Aldo Leopold. Applications must be postmarked by Aug. 1 and mailed to Leopold Conservation Award, c/o Utah Farm Bureau Federation, 9865 S. State St., Sandy, UT 84070. Nominations may be submitted on behalf of a landowner, or landowners may self-nominate. The award will be presented at the Utah Farm Bureau’s November convention in Layton. The award program is made possible through contributions from Western AgCredit, The Nature Conservancy, Utah Farm Bureau Federation, Utah Wool Growers Association and the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food. Details are at www.leopoldconservationaward.org.


CORPORATE

Groen Aeronautics Corp., Salt Lake City, has been rebranded as Skyworks Global Inc. The company is using gyronautics, its patented gyroplane technology, to develop practical and affordable vertical take-off and landing aircraft that will allow for runway-free operations.


ENERGY/NATURAL RESOURCES

LGCY Power, Lehi, has announced its expansion into four states: Florida, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Wisconsin. It now has operations in 14 states. Founded in August 2014, LGCY focuses on residential solar power.


GOVERNMENT

• The Utah Department of Workforce Services has appointed Kevin Burt as the new director of Utah’s Unemployment Insurance Division. Burt succeeds Michelle Beebe, who is departing for a new opportunity with a different state. He most recently served as an assistant director in the department’s Eligibility Services Division, overseeing eligibility policy, procedures, training, compliance and audits for the many programs determined by Utah’s integrated eligibility system. Burt has been a part of Workforce Services for 15 years, first as an employment counselor with the Workforce Development Division, and then moving to the Eligibility Services Division. He earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Utah State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Weber State University.


HEALTHCARE

BrightStar Care Salt Lake City, a home care agency that also provides medical staffing solutions, recently partnered with Advanced Patient Care of Utah (APCUT) and has appointed Rex Wheeler as its new director of business development. Wheeler and APCUT bring over 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry in the Salt Lake City area.

Recursion Pharmaceuticals, Salt Lake City, has hired Dr. Yolanda Chong as vice president of biology. Chong will oversee the development of new applications of Recursion’s discovery platform, expanding the company’s capabilities into new therapeutic indications, including inflammation, infectious disease, diseases of aging and oncology. She joins the company after six years at Johnson & Johnson in Belgium, where she served as a principal scientist.


REAL ESTATE

• The 324 S. State St. building in Salt Lake City has been sold by 324 State Street Partners LLC, an affiliate of DPI, to Hamilton Partners. Financial terms were not disclosed. The 205,882-square-foot office building is located on 1.88 acres. Constructed in 1911, the building was home to the famous Auerbach’s department store until its conversion for office use in the early 1980s. Newmark Grubb ACRES executive vice president Bryce Blanchard, senior vice president Collin Perkins and vice president Casey Mills, in conjunction with NGKF executive managing director Ken White and managing director Rick Stumm, brokered the transaction. George Arnold, a partner with Hamilton Partners, said plans call for the building to be upgraded.


RECOGNITIONS

• Several companies received awards for outstanding safety performance during the sixth annual Mining & Manufacturing Safety Conference. The Utah Manufacturers Association presented two awards. First place went to Petersen Inc. Second place went to Layton Construction. The Utah Mining Association presented awards to Canyon Fuel Co. (Dugout Canyon Mine, Skyline Mine, Sufco Mine and Castle Valley Prep Plant); Energy Fuels Resources (White Mesa Mill); Graymont (Cricket Mountain); Lisbon Valley Mining Co. (Lisbon Valley Mine); Materion Natural Resources (Spor Mountain); Rio Tinto Kennecott (Smelter); Bodell Construction; Brahma Group; Golder Associates; Komatsu Equipment Co.; Norwest Corp.; J.T. Thorpe & Son; Wheeler Mining Systems; and W.W. Clyde.

• The Utah STEM Action Center has honored five people for their contributions to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education statewide. STEM Innovation Awards, in partnership with the Utah Technology Council, were recently presented to Kathy Liu, a student at West High School; Dawn McNiel, fifth-grade teacher at Mountainville Academy in Alpine; John Donley, CTE coordinator and principal/administrator for Weber School District; Jill Wood, day camp director with the YMCA of Northern Utah; and Mark Jones, counselor at West Jordan Middle School. Nominations were open to the public from February to March of this year. The STEM Action Center team and the STEM Action Center Board selected this year’s awardees. The teacher, counselor, principal and mentor each received a trophy and a $2,000 grant for STEM projects, while Liu received a trophy and an iPad Mini.

Health Catalyst, Salt Lake City, is one of 37 global companies to receive the 2017 Gallup Great Workplace Award, which recognizes organizations for their ability to create engaged workplace cultures that drive business outcomes. Health Catalyst also earned the honor last year.

Franklin Covey Co., Salt Lake City, has been named to TrainingIndustry.com’s “2017 Top 20 Sales Training Companies” list for the 10th consecutive year. The award criteria included industry recognition and impact on the sales training industry, innovation in the sales training market, company size and growth potential, breadth of service offering, strength of clients served, and geographic reach.


RETAIL

L.L. Bean has announced it will open its first Utah store in Park City during the winter of 2017 or spring of 2018. It will be the company’s westernmost store and will be on the corner of Main Street and Heber Avenue in the new retail development called The Kimball on Main. The 6,300-square-foot store will employ approximately 30. It will include L.L. Bean’s Outdoor Discovery Schools, which will offer year-round demonstrations, clinics and introductory hands-on courses for a variety of outdoor activities.


SCHOLARSHIPS

Western Governors University and the Utah Jazz have teamed up to provide four Utah students with a full year of tuition. The scholarship recipients are Alex Draper, West Jordan, earning a bachelor’s degree in business health management; Amber Lorensen, Pleasant Grove, seeking her master’s in nursing informatics; Michael Morrell, Provo, earning his master’s degree in educational leadership; and Marcus Renlund, Salt Lake City, pursuing his bachelor’s in information technology.

Incorporate Massage, a South Jordan-based corporate massage provider in North America, has announced a “Winning Woman Scholarship” essay contest to support women pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business. Each selected essay winner will receive a $2,000 scholarship to be used for tuition and books. The scholarship will be awarded once per year during fall semester. To be eligible, applicants must be female business majors currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited United States college or university. To enter, students must submit a 2,000-word essay on one of four topics. Applicants can apply at https://www.incorporatemassage.com/winning-woman-scholarship. The submission deadline is Aug. 30 at 11:59 p.m.


TRANSPORTATION

Keystone Aviation has promoted Charlie Chamberlain to managed aircraft sales director, a newly created position in the company’s Salt Lake City market. He will be responsible for nationwide growth of the company’s fleet of managed and chartered aircraft. The addition comes in response to Keystone Aviation’s consistent growth in its private aircraft management division, it said. Chamberlain has worked for Keystone for seven years, most recently as an aircraft charter sales representative. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business marketing from the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah.

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