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• Bank of Utah, Ogden, has hired David Bastian to serve on its Redwood Road branch lending team. Bastian has worked in various mortgage industry capacities throughout his career, including most recently as a residential mortgage originator for Liberty Bank of Utah. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor of science in sociology.
• America First Credit Union, Riverdale, has opened a new branch at 965 N. Main St., Nephi. The branch manager is Carleen Sperry. She began a career in financial services nearly 30 years ago as a teller, joining America First Credit Union in 2010. The company now has 123 locations and three other states.
• Neumont University, Salt Lake City, has announced a new degree program: the Associate of Science in Software Development. The degree focuses on teaching best practices and processes for software development and quality assurance using modern languages and integrated development environments. Details are at www.neumont.edu/online.
• Vivint Solar Inc., Lehi, has expanded availability of its solar energy systems into Colorado. It will service the Denver and Boulder area and set up a sales office in Centennial, Colorado. Vivint operates in 17 states.
• Health Catalyst, Salt Lake City, has hired Eric Denna as senior vice president of professional services. Denna has been serving as vice president of information technology and chief information officer (CIO) at the University of Maryland. He was a member of the Education CIO Advisory Board to the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs from 1998-2000. He also has served as chief information officer of the University of Utah and the Utah System of Higher Education, and co-chair of the board of directors for the Utah Education Network. He was also vice president and the first CIO of Brigham Young University for nearly six years, after serving earlier in his career as a professor in BYU’s Marriott School of Management. Denna also served for four years as CIO of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; chief operating officer of The RBL Group; CIO of the Times Mirror Higher Education Group; and information systems research roles at IBM and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. His education includes a master’s degree in information systems from BYU.
• Fresenius Kidney Care, the dialysis division of Fresenius Medical Care North America, has a new dialysis center at 4101 W. Pioneer Parkway, West Valley City. The facility will be able to initially treat 20 patients per week. The clinic will have an open house 4:30-7 p.m. June 20. Fresenius Kidney Care provides dialysis treatment and services to more than 180,000 people at 2,300 facilities nationwide.
• AfterHours Triage, St. George, has changed its name to Total Triage. The company said the change came after additions and enhancements were made to the company’s main service offering. They include consulting services for people and process improvement, communications technology in the form of the ubeRNurse mobile application, and custom service plans to address the most pressing industry needs and concerns for hospice and home health organizations.
• Worldwide Facilities, a wholesale insurance broker and managing general agent, has opened an office in Utah and hired Kyle Domire to lead the Salt Lake City office. Domire has experience in construction, excess transportation, manufacturing and energy. Most recently, he participated in the Advanced Management Program for Burns & Wilcox and served as a senior broker in its Salt Lake City office.
• Salt Development has completed the first two phases of the $100 million 4th West Apartments in downtown Salt Lake City. The community has 493 units. The first two phases consist of 373 units and common areas. The third phase will have 120 units and amenities will be completed in the third quarter of this year. The project will feature 73 studio units, 256 one bedroom/one bathroom units and 164 two bedroom/two bathroom units. 4th West Apartments was designed by Architecture Belgique Inc.
• Sojourn SLC has acquired property for the future development of C9 Flats, a 75-foot-tall, 97-unit multifamily building development in the Central Ninth district at 1075 S. 200 W., Salt Lake City. The development will have four floors of residences above a two-story, 116-parking-space area on the southern lots of the block on Goltz Avenue between Jefferson Avenue and 200 West. It is expected to open in the spring of 2018. Ray Tuntland of Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors represented Sojourn SLC in the land acquisition. C9 Flats will be managed by Greystar Real Estate Partners.
• Robert Edwards recently received the Excellence in Advocacy Award during Equality Utah’s seventh annual “Equality Celebration: Don’t Stop Believing” in Ivins. Formed in 2001, Equality Utah is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy group. Edwards is chief executive officer of Squatty Potty. The St. George native was a founding board member of the Kayenta Arts Foundation and served briefly on the Equality Utah board, including as a founding committee member of the Southern Utah annual Equality Celebration fundraising gala for Equality Utah.
• Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage/NRT led Utah in the number of sides represented in 2016 and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties led the state in 2016 sales volume, according to the recently released “REAL Trends Market Leaders” real estate brokerage ranking report, part of the REAL Trends 500. The REAL Trends 500 is an annual research report that identifies the country’s leading residential firms as ranked by closed transaction sides and by closed sales volume. “Sides” means number of parties represented in a transaction; the number is two if the agent represents both buyer and seller in a single transaction. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage/NRT in 2016 represented 6,122 sides, followed by Century 21 Everest Realty Group, 5,446 sides; and Keller Williams Salt Lake City, 4,779 sides. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties’ volume in 2016 totaled $2.11 billion, followed by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, $1.8 billion; and Keller Williams Salt Lake City, nearly $1.38 billion.
• Health Catalyst, at No. 17, and DigiCert, at No. 21, are listed in the small-company category in Computerworld's 2017 list of “Best Places to Work in IT.” The list is an annual ranking, now in its 24th year, of the top 100 work environments for technology professionals by Computerworld. The Computerworld editorial team compiled the list based on a questionnaire focused on company offerings such as benefits, diversity, career development, training and retention, as well as a worker satisfaction survey completed by a random sampling of IT employees at the participating organizations.
• Smith’s has opened a Smith’s Marketplace store at 689 N. Redwood Road, Saratoga Springs. The Crossing Shopping Center anchor store replaces the nearby Smith’s Food & Drug Store at 1320 N. Redwood Road, which opened in 2003 and closed on June 6. Store managers and the 125 associates were relocated to the new store and an additional 150 individuals were hired to meet the service needs of the larger, 123,500-square-foot Marketplace store. The store features an onsite Smith’s Fuel Center, a two-lane drive-through pharmacy, Fred Meyer Jewelers and a US Bank branch. It is the company’s 12th Smith’s Marketplace and the second to open in Utah County. Another store is nearly ready to open in Springville. Smith’s operates 140 stores (53 in Utah) in seven western states.
• IFA Country Stores has opened a 34,350-square-foot store at 562 N. 900 W., American Fork. The original American Fork store was in another location for more than 30 years. The store manager is Tyler Stinson. The store employs 40 people. IFA has 23 stores in five states.
• Detail Garage, based in Los Angeles, has opened a location at 38 W. 7200 S., Midvale. The store offers premium car wash and detailing products and a place for car enthusiasts to gather and learn. The Detail Garage franchise now has seven stores, with plans for more stores to open across the country in the coming months.
• The Bennett Group, a Boston-based marketing research firm, has opened a call center in Salt Lake City offering phone data collection solutions. The company said the decision to have the 400-seat call center call center in Salt Lake City was due in large part to the area’s Silicon Slopes tech sector.
• PrinterLogic, St. George, has hired Garrett Helmer as senior vice president of channels. Helmer has 17 years of experience in the information technology sector. He started his career in the United States with Cisco Systems in 2000 and in 2010 moved to Australia to help run Cisco’s cloud go-to-market initiative with the region’s largest service provider partner. In 2015, Helmer joined Box as director of channels in Australia and New Zealand. Matt Riley, previously the vice president of channels responsible for building PrinterLogic’s partner programs, will now lead the company’s expansion into the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region as president of PrinterLogic GmbH, located in Germany. Since joining PrinterLogic in early 2013, Riley has helped build multiple organizations within the company including the sales and channels teams. He previously held sales positions at Cisco Systems and Alcatel-Lucent, as well as business development roles at multiple technology integrators.
• Americom Technologies, a Salt Lake City-based provider of information and utility construction services, has hired Dave Banbury as marketing and business development manager. Banbury has more than three decades of business development and marketing management experience at a variety of industries. He is the former owner of an advertising/design agency in Phoenix, Arizona. He has worked at Sunland Asphalt in Phoenix, Morgan Pavement in Clearfield, and most recently South Central Communications in Kanab.