Salt Lake City - Fortune ranked CHG HEALTHCARE SERVICES as the 27th best company to work for in America. CHG is the only company from Utah to rank on the annual list. CHG was also recognized last year on the Fortune list, coming in at No. 26.
Salt Lake City - Companion Life Insurance Co. of Columbia, S.C. purchased TOTAL DENTAL ADMINISTRATORS INC. (TDA), a dental insurance provider and third-party administrator of employer-based dental plans headquartered in Salt Lake City. The acquisition includes TDA and its affiliates and subsidiaries: Dental Management Administrators Inc. and Total Dental Administrators of Utah Inc., both based in Salt Lake City, and Total Dental Administrators Health Plan Inc. of Phoenix. TDA will retain its name and continue to operate independently. TDA’s core management team will remain in place under the leadership of company founder and CEO Jane Ann Morrison-Craig.
Salt Lake City - REGENCE BLUECROSS BLUESHIELD OF UTAH launched an online calculator that aids small businesses in estimating their business’ potential savings from the new health care reform tax credits and determining overall affordability of health coverage for employees. As a member of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Regence partnered with H&R Block on the project to provide online calculations.
Salt Lake City - RICHTER7, a Salt Lake City advertising and public relations agency, created a construction fence wrap surrounding the construction zone for the new administration building at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC). Intended for students, faculty and visitors on campus, this 300-foot design serves as protection around the site, while also portraying motivational messages such as, “Life is a construction zone. Education is your toolbox.” The new SLCC administration building is scheduled to open during the fall of 2012.
Salt Lake City - OVERSTOCK.COM filed its amended complaint against defendants Goldman Sachs and Bank of America subsidiary Merrill Lynch. The amended complaint includes a claim under New Jersey’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. Civil RICO claims carry the possibility of treble damages.
West Valley City - HOME2 SUITES BY HILTON, a mid-tier, extended-stay hotel brand targeting budget-conscious business and leisure travelers, announced it would break ground on its sixth U.S. property in West Valley City. The hotel will be located at 4028 W. Parkway Boulevard. Scheduled for completion in November 2011, the 79-suite, four-story hotel will be owned by HWV, LLC and managed by INN MANAGEMENT, INC.
Salt Lake City - BLUEHOUSE SKI COMPANY moved a significant amount of its production and distribution to a 5,000-square-foot facility in Salt Lake City. Bluehouse’s factory-direct business model has proved successful since the company’s launch in 2007, and the company now requires a more accessible factory. With the development of the Salt Lake factory, certain Bluehouse ski models will now be manufactured in Utah.
Salt Lake City - The UNIVERSITY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION was named one of the High Three Producing Credit Unions in Utah at the 2010 SBA Annual Lender Recognition Breakfast. During the 2010 fiscal year, University Credit Union produced $3.6 million in SBA loans, which was the second-highest among Utah credit unions.
Salt Lake City - THEGYMBOX won second place in Samsung’s Free the TV Developer’s Challenge during the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show. The challenge was designed to attract interest in the emerging TV apps market. TheGymbox delivers on-demand, gym-style fitness classes that are updated weekly. TheGymbox app allows users to choose workouts from a number of popular workout categories including yoga, pilates, kickboxing, step aerobics, treadmill, cycle, strength training and stretching.
Provo - TAHITIAN NONI INTERNATIONAL announced the release of Fit, a new system that offers products specifically engineered to promote optimal body composition for better health and wellness. According to the company, the Fit Body Composition System emphasizes proper nutrition and exercise in combination with the Fit products, which are engineered to cleanse and nourish the body, build calorie-burning lean muscle, and help remove excess fat and cholesterol.
Lehi - HOVERME developed an application that allows users instant access to their Facebook and Twitter friends’ other social web profiles. HoverMe displays a hovercard with links to other social profiles when users hover their cursor over their friends’ profile photos. By installing the free browser extension, Twitter and Facebook users can easily connect with friends on other social networks such as LinkedIn, Flickr, Digg, Blogger, Tumblr, Wordpress and others.
Orem - NETHOSTING, global provider of cloud, dedicated and virtual hosting solutions, rolled out a backup service to provide users with added data security against human error, computer failure and other forms of data loss. The efficiency of the R1 Soft Remote Backup product can be found in its ability to differentiate between data that has not been changed since the previous backup and data that needs to be updated. When a scheduled backup occurs, only data that has been modified is sent to storage. In this way, the user’s allotment of storage space is never wasted on storing multiple snapshots of the same data.
Spanish Fork - EHS (Earhugger Safety) changed its name to VIDMIC to reflect its expanded focus on officer-worn video systems, radio accessories and digital file management software. VIDMIC was founded in 2001 and was the first company in the United States to bring to market an officer-worn video system, which is now utilized by thousands of first responders, patrolmen, soldiers and others in the field.
Provo - Three south Utah County newspapers owned by the DAILY HERALD—including one founded in 1891—were shut down in what the Provo-based newspaper is calling “a strategic move to strengthen its core news brand.” THE SPRINGVILLE HERALD, SPANISH FORK PRESS and NEBO REPORTER have ceased publication, and eight employees were laid off as part of the changes. The Daily Herald will continue to publish THE PYRAMID and PYRAMID SHOPPER in Sanpete County.
Provo - VIVINT, formerly APX Alarm, one of the nation’s largest security and home services companies, acquired METER SOLUTIONS, an installation provider of smart meter technologies. The acquisition broadens Vivint’s focus on providing smart grid and energy management solutions for consumers. Meter Solutions, based in Orem, specializes in the installation of automated metering infrastructure systems, or AMI, a technology that automatically collects data from water, gas or electronic meters and wirelessly transmits the information to a central database used for billing and analyzing. This instant data collection provides utility companies with more accurate billing and also reduces labor costs, eliminating the need for additional field technicians and door-to-door meter reading.
Farmington - THOMASARTS, a direct-growth marketing company, opened a Dallas, Texas office to support expanding national client needs. The Texas office will be led by Jon West. The opening of the newest ThomasARTS location comes amid record growth for the company. Within the last three years, ThomasARTS has sustained a 92 percent growth rate and was recently recognized in the advertising/marketing category of the 2010 Inc. 5000.
Layton - DAVIS HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTER was honored with the 2010 Award for Innovation by the Davis Chamber of Commerce. The chamber award recognizes the innovative excellence of TomoTherapy Cancer Treatment Services at Davis Hospital, which uses first-in-Utah technology to attack cancerous tumors with targeted beams of radiation that minimize collateral damage to surrounding tissues and reduce side effects.
Ogden - OGDEN CLINIC received the prestigious Gold eHeathcare Leadership Award for best website design at the 14th annual eHealthcare Conference. The awards program recognizes the best websites from a variety of health care organizations and companies. Ogden Clinic’s website, www.ogdenclinic.com
, gives the community and patients quick access to reliable health information. The site provides up-to-date wellness reports, daily health news, interactive health tools and thousands of articles on a wide variety of health-related topics. The website was designed by Salt Lake City design firm MODERN 8 and developed by Ogden Clinic staff in conjunction with WASATCH WEB SOLUTIONS.
Layton - WESTERN STATES LODGING announced the grand opening of its newest project, Legacy Village of Layton, A Continuing Care Senior Living Community. The center encompasses eight acres of land in a mountainside setting and features 246 units. This is the ninth senior community built and managed by Western States Lodging.
Layton - CANDLE WARMERS ETC. announced its 10th anniversary milestone along with numerous new products and loyalty discounts. The Candle Warmers Etc. management team will commemorate their achievement with distributors, retailers, customers and employees with various promotions, activities and special events throughout the year. Candle Warmers was listed among the top consumer products companies in U.S. by Inc. 500/5000.
Ogden - WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY’s Ogden campus hosted the second annual Intermountain Recycling & Sustainability Summit. The goal of the summit is to educate the public regarding recycling and sustainability issues, exchange ideas on best practices, and promote innovative ways Intermountain West communities are reducing their carbon footprint.
Bountiful - TRACY AVIARY’s Wilson Pavilion Project, constructed by SAHARA INC., received Gold LEED certification from the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council). Some of the project’s sustainable elements include natural lighting, native plants, low-flow sinks and hose reels, and the use of recycled materials in the construction. Features of the Wilson Pavilion include cutting-edge indoor/outdoor exhibits, dedicated spaces for egg incubation and hand-rearing of chicks, and lush tropical settings totaling nearly 3,500 square feet of new exterior exhibits and more than 4,300 square feet of interior space.
Clearfield - ATK pitched the Liberty rocket program to NASA. The pitch could result in 300 to 400 jobs in Northern Utah. The idea is to take a made-in-Utah shuttle booster and match it with a made-in-France liquid-fuel rocket. The resulting Liberty Launch Vehicle would be built in a partnership between ATK and European companies.
Ogden - THE ROTARY CLUB OF OGDEN and THE OGDEN ROTARY FOUNDATION donated funds to support 11 computer science students at Weber State University who traveled to Ghana for an extended spring break. The students hoped to improve the efficiency of medical care in that nation. The Ogden Rotary presented a total of $20,000 in funds raised to support two humanitarian efforts for Ghana. The majority of the donation, $16,000, supported a senior project undertaken by assistant computer science professor Rich Fry and 19 students in his capstone course. Another $4,000 helped transport an ambulance to Ghana.
Southern Utah - THE WALTER GROUP at NAI Utah Southern Region negotiated a lease with the GSA on behalf of the U.S. Marshal Service in St. George. Mark Walter of NAI Utah Southern Region negotiated the deal in the Boulevard Office Park on behalf of the landlord, Coyote Investments, LC. The 2,200-square-foot facility will service the Southern Utah area.
St. George - HEALTHCARE INSIGHT (HCI) chose Tonaquint Center Business Park as the location of its St. George office. A Utah-based company founded in 1997 to reduce fraud, waste and abuse in the health care industry, HCI was acquired in 2007 by ISO, the flagship subsidiary of Verisk Analytics, and has maintained a small staff in St. George since that year. The Tonaquint Center Business Park will consist of 700,000 square feet of retail and business space.
Sanpete County - Small, family-run farms contribute to THE SOUP & SALAD CLUB, a new farmer-to-consumer model of food business. The food cooperative ensures members receive high-quality, farm-fresh food with the greatest nutritional impact at competitive prices, all while supporting a new business model for farm growth and sustainability.
St. George - The DIXIE STATE COLLEGE FOUNDATION hosted Fire & Ice, a gala to raise money in support of students at the college. The organization’s goal is to raise enough money to assist 100 needs-based students in attending Dixie State College through scholarships.
St. George - Members of ST. GEORGE EXCHANGE CLUB planted more than 35 trees along the walking trail at the Bloomington Hills North Park. The club donated the funds to the city to purchase the trees at the end of last year.
Park City - SKULLCANDY filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relating to a proposed initial public offering of its common stock. The shares in the offering will be offered by Skullcandy and certain selling stockholders. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the offering have not yet been determined.
Park City - STEPPING STONES ENTERTAINMENT launched a web-based library of family films for all ages. The movies are available for purchase online through a monthly subscription or individually in streaming, download or DVD format.
Park City - The 14th Freestyle World Championship took place at DEER VALLEY RESORT and PARK CITY MOUNTAIN RESORT. The resorts split the events with Dear Valley holding the moguls, dual moguls, aerials and skicross and Park City Mountain conducting the halfpipe and the newly added slopestyle. Deer Valley is consistently ranked among the top sites on the FIS tour year after year, and Park City Mountain is one of the top freeskiing resorts in the world.
Park City - Four mixologists from across the country competed in the Sundance Showdown at HIGH WEST DISTILLERY AND SALOON. The competition was the first of its kind held during the Sundance Film Festival. High West has been honored with awards for craft whiskeys and its Zagat-rated restaurant since it opened in 2009. HIGH WEST DISTILLERY AND SALOON added two new rye whiskeys to its award winning High West Whiskey portfolio: Double Rye! and 12 Year Old Rye. Their profiles are different and showcase the variety possible in a rye whiskey.
Park City - In conjunction with the launch of the HISTORIC PARK CITY ALLIANCE’s (HPCA) new website, the organization held a photo contest open to the public. Winning photos that best captured the Historic District’s spirit and character were chosen and featured on the HPCA’s website.
Park City - TREASURE MOUNTAIN INN, Park City’s only green-certified, 100 percent carbon neutral hotel, was the inaugural recipient of Park City Municipal’s new Environmental Heroes Award, a recognition of local leaders who are working hard to protect the natural environment in Park City and beyond. Andy Beerman and Thea Leonard, co-owners of Treasure Mountain Inn (TMI), accepted the award from Park City Mayor Dana Williams during a City Council meeting.
Snowbird - SNOWBIRD SKI AND SUMMER RESORT unveiled version 2.0 of its free iPhone application. The updated iPhone app features a number of improvements that encourage user-generated content by
integrating Facebook, Twitter and photo-sharing.
Rich Jutkins: Producing Products that Brighten Lives
By Janine S. Creager
To some, the decades-old baseball may not look like much. But to Rich Jutkins, newly appointed president of Stampin’ Up, that baseball symbolizes leadership skills that are as relevant today as when he first received it. The ball came from Jutkins’ childhood baseball coach, a man who knew as much about boys as he did about the game.
“He had a real profound effect on me in the way he taught and the way he coached,” recalls Jutkins. “He told us that no team would ever become great until they love themselves first.”
The coach exacted four promises of those young boys: never injure another person on the team; if a teammate falls down, be there to pick them back up; never say anything negative; and if you make a mistake, apologize sincerely and quickly.
Jutkins was devastated when he caught chicken pox and couldn’t play for several games. But after one of those games, the coach and team showed up with celebratory pizza and the game ball with the players’ signatures and those four simple promises written all over it.
“It hit home,” he remembers. “It really showed that [those promises] weren’t just a motivational tool. It was something that was really his and he gave it to us.”
Jutkins has traveled a unique road to where he is today. He worked for more than a decade in manufacturing with Smith’s Food and Drug, running the company’s culture (dairy) and ice cream plants, before spending several years teaching biology, chemistry and physics, and coaching basketball. He joined Stampin’ Up in 2001 as director of logistics, manufacturing and distribution, where he oversaw the construction of the company’s 300,000-square-foot corporate office, distribution center and demonstrator support call center in Riverton.
Looking back on those early baseball experiences, it’s easy for Jutkins to make comparison of how his coach made him feel and how that caring attitude applies to his life and career today. And that baseball? He has it to this day and frequently refers to it in motivational speeches with company employees.
“We’re not about scrapbooking and card making,” he says. “We’re about relationships . . . We could sell anything—it’s about making a difference in people’s lives. Working with our products tells [people] that you’ve taken time out of your life to do something special for them.”
O.C. Tanner Flagship Store Receives Recognition
Salt Lake City - The O.C. TANNER flagship retail store renovation and seismic upgrade was recognized as the Best of the Best 2010 in the Engineering Design category by Engineering News-Record. These awards recognize excellence in construction and design across the nation. The competition began with 1,500 project entries from all regions of the country. From these entries, 255 were chosen to move on to Best of the Best competition. A total of 21 national winners were chosen in a variety of categories. This great honor demonstrates the excellent performance by the design team, which included MJSA Architects, Big-D Construction, Reaveley Engineers + Associates, Stantec Consulting and Health Engineering Company.
Reaveley Engineers + Associates provided the innovative structural design of the project, which ultimately allowed O.C. Tanner to restore the historic building to its original condition, while creating a modern facility suited to serve as the O.C. Tanner flagship store. RE+A’s creative structural solutions allowed the contractor to demolish the interior of the building and the entire east wall while the structure was supported by a temporary bracing system. RE+A also implemented an innovative structural technique to lower the entire basement by two feet, which was needed to meet the architectural needs. Reaveley Engineers + Associates is a full service structural engineering firm based in Salt Lake City and has 39 years of experience providing structural engineering for many of the region’s most prestigious and significant structures.
Gov. Gary R. Herbert appointed SHERENE TERRY DILLON to the Second District Juvenile Court, which serves Davis, Morgan and Weber counties. Dillon was previously with Utah’s Office of the Guardian Ad Litem. Her portfolio includes neglect, abuse and dependency petitions, as well as emancipation requests, child protective orders and parental termination cases.
KAREN GYGI, Hunt Electric’s CAD manager, earned LEED Green Associate certification, which is awarded to those who have demonstrated the knowledge and understanding of green building practices and the principles needed to support the use of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System by the Green Building Certification Institute.
MICHAEL JENSEN was named vice president and accounting information officer/systems manager for Brighton Bank. He has been with the bank since 2001 and has earned certification as a Certified Community Bank Technology Officer by the Independent Community Bankers Association (ICBA).
Nuriche appointed network marketing executive MANUEL RAMIREZ as its new vice president of Latin America, charged with overseeing the company’s expansion into key Hispanic markets in Mexico, Central and South America.
Attorneys JIM BELSHE and JAMES BURTON joined the Kirton & McConkie intellectual property section. The two were previously with intellectual law firm Workman Nydegger.
Gov. Gary R. Herbert appointed AMANDA SMITH to serve as his energy policy advisor. Smith will also continue her service as executive director of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality.
Joel M. Racker: Energizing Utah Valley’s Tourism Sector
By Patrick Ritter
As the current president and CEO of the Utah Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau, Joel M. Racker has his hands full wooing and wowing visitors to Utah Valley. “We may not be the largest venue in Utah,” he says. “That doesn’t mean we can’t attract quality groups with venues as sophisticated as our northern neighbors.”
It’s that kind of enthusiasm that serves Racker—and Utah Valley—well. And his enthusiasm is catching. Recently elected president of the Western Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (WACVB), he has achieved a conspicuous honor for himself and Utah.
With cities like San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and Phoenix on its 200-member roster, the WACVB is populated with bureau CEOs administrating multi-million dollar budgets aimed at bringing in visitors and conventions that can boost a city or state’s revenues by tens of millions of dollars.
“We had a $1.3 million budget last year,” Racker says, “but that doesn’t mean we can’t handle big-budget projects.”
Racker is a bottom-line guy. Born in Ogden and raised in Roy, he learned the importance of keeping an eye on costs as the ninth child out of 10 in a family whose income came from two family-run hardware stores. “Back in the old days, before the big boxes, you learned to really help people,” he muses.
As leader of a regional association with highly competitive members, Racker dismisses issues of conflict within the membership. “We’re all trying to achieve the same thing. We have a lot in common and that’s what makes the WACVB a unique group. During the economic downturn, I’ve found a professional organization which understands the strengths of solidarity.”
Racker served as WACVB’s secretary treasurer prior to his appointment as president, and he knows each member organization well. He is currently chair-elect for the Utah Tourism Industry Coalition and a member of the Board of Tourism Development for the Utah Office of Tourism.
Asked who his favorite characters are from history, Racker responds, “Gutsy leaders, with warts and all. Like our founding fathers and Brigham Young, because of their foresight and longevity as leaders.”
D. CLARK TURNER, president and CEO of Aribex Inc., was awarded the Utah Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology. Gov. Gary R. Herbert made the presentation to Turner and six others for providing distinguished service that has benefited the state of Utah. Turner’s development of the NOMAD Handheld X-ray System fills the need for a portable, lightweight dental X-ray. Turner has published more than 20 scientific papers and has been granted seven U.S. patents.