Around Utah

Devin Felix

August 9, 2013

The terms of the merger have not been announced. The transaction is expected to be completed during the fourth quarter of 2013, after obtaining approval from Lewiston shareholders and the necessary regulatory agencies.

Wasatch/Summit Area

Park City – Entrepreneurs Chris Eggleton and Chris Retzer acquired NEWPARK RESORT MANAGEMENT, the property management company for the NEWPARK TOWN CENTER and NEWPARK RESORT & HOTEL.

Midway – ZERMATT RESORT AND SPA and GRUB STEAK RESTAURANT each received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award, which awards establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews.

Park City – FLERA, LLC, a subsidiary of VÄRDE PARTNERS, INC., assumed management control of CANYONS RESORT.

Park City – SKULLCANDY, INC. relocated its marketing, creative, business development and legal departments to its Park City headquarters, as well as certain sales and international personnel.

Park City – BOUND-BY MARKETING, a new interactive marketing agency, opened in Park City.

Park City Group hired Bruce Christiansen as senior vice president and Sage Horner as vice president of national clients. Both are veterans in the supermarket industry.

JAN SCOTT retired after 32 years of working for Park City government. Scott was the city recorder and the longest-tenured employee in the city government.


Aircraft Preservation Group Offers Team-building Events

By Rachel Madison

Heber – A local nonprofit organization has found a creative way to raise funds while also offering one-of-a-kind team-building experiences to Utah companies.

The UTAH WING OF THE COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE, a nonprofit group based in Heber that restores and flies historic military aircraft in order to preserve their history, relies mostly on private donations to maintain its operation. However, in order to earn additional funds for the organization, CAF members also help companies create unique team-building events, such as air shows and flights.

Tim Lapage, a volunteer pilot for CAF, says the organization has been providing team-building events for about three years.

“Companies can rent the space for a day and then, depending on what level of involvement they want, they can do different things,” he says. “We can give people an experience flying in a World War II open cockpit airplane or we can show them modern aircrafts. Getting people to experience living history is the goal.”

All money earned from hosting team-building events is used for gas during flights and to keep the airplanes flying, Lapage says. Currently, CAF has about 10 volunteer pilots.

In May, Salt Lake City-based MGIS, a company that provides insurance to physicians, worked with CAF on a team-building event for 45 of its top sales representatives. Using a theme of the 1980s movie Top Gun, MGIS employees participated in training meetings and activities that required them to rely on their fellow sales representatives to serve as their “wing men” during their annual three-day training. As part of the training, they spent some time in Heber with CAF members.

“We were able to weave in flying themes from Top Gun throughout the training, like never leaving your wingman and improving our kill ratio—or sales—without making it too cheesy. The CAF turned out to be the perfect place for us, because what it offered was totally unique,” says Mark Dayton, vice president of marketing for MGIS.

The sales representatives were able to fly in a Stearman open cockpit biplane from World War II and browse through the aircraft museum in Heber.

“The flights gave everybody something to look forward to and gave them a common bonding experience,” Dayton says. “They could choose to take a nice and easy ride or do loops and barrel rolls. It was something everyone could do and enjoy. It was a really unique venue you don’t get anywhere else.”

Southern Utah

St. George – SKYWEST AIRLINES began offering United Airlines flights directly from St. George to Denver using the 50-passenger Canadair Regional Jet 200.

St. George – An 8,000-square-foot industrial building in the FORT PIERCE INDUSTRIAL PARK sold to a commercial real estate investor. NAI Utah South represented both buyer and seller.

Cedar City – The UTAH SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL announced its 2014 season, which will feature eight plays, including Shakespeare classics, a Stephen Sondheim musical and a world-premier adaptation of a beloved novel.

TROY SCHEEL of Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT joined the firm’s office in St. George. Scheel is a senior associate and joined Coldwell Banker in 2012.

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