Salt Lake City - Gov. Gary R. Herbert authorized the DEPARTMENT OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL (DABC) to reassign $1.4 million in agency funds to forestall the closure of nine state liquor stores. It is anticipated that the $1.4 million will allow the nine stores to stay in operation until approximately February 2012. This fall, a legislatively mandated study will be conducted to identify any possible efficiencies or changes that could be made at DABC.
Salt Lake City - OVERSTOCK.COM, INC. acquired the naming rights to the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, which will be known as Overstock.com Coliseum. The six-year deal covers the stadium facility that is home to both the NFL Oakland Raiders and the MLB Oakland Athletics. Overstock.com Coliseum is one of only two U.S. stadiums hosting two major league teams.
Salt Lake City - PREVENTIS MEDICAL, LLC released Respia, a physiologically balanced, low-sodium solution for airway care designed to mimic the properties of normal protective respiratory secretions. Preventis will immediately begin marketing Respia to acute care hospitals throughout the United States.
Salt Lake City - The UTAH SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION (USHE) entered into a contract with LOVE COMMUNICATIONS to create a campaign targeted at promoting higher education in Utah by helping the state’s underrepresented populations prepare for and succeed in higher education.
Salt Lake City - UTAH FOOD BANK selected THOMASARTS as its agency of record. ThomasARTS, a direct-growth marketing company with offices in Utah, California, Minnesota, Texas and New York, has worked with Utah Food Bank since 2009 on a project-by-project basis, including the award-winning redesign of its entire website, utahfoodbank.org.
South Jordan - FIN & NORAH’S celebrated its grand opening in South Jordan. The restaurant is a new venture by the owners of TSUNAMI RESTAURANTS. Fin & Norah’s offers fresh American food for breakfast, lunch and dinner with recipes made from local ingredients when possible.
Salt Lake City - TRITEL NETWORKS, INC. is providing its customers with remote performance management solutions. This technology offers a cost-effective remote monitoring and management capability to diagnose underlying network problems, assess network readiness and monitor application performance. This advancement allows businesses to capitalize on powerful applications such as VoIP, video, SaaS/cloud services, disaster recovery and desktop virtualization.
Bluffdale - GOAL ZERO announced the availability of the Guide 10 Adventure Kit, an efficient compact solar charging system for handheld devices. An ultra-lightweight solar charging system created for broad functionality, the Guide 10 Adventure Kit functions as a pocket size battery charger for a variety of USB and DC portable devices. Fully charged, the kit delivers enough portable power to charge a cell phone for 30 hours, a smartphone for 7 to 10 hours or an iPod for 40 hours.
Salt Lake City - U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that UTAH will receive $2.63 million to turn around its persistently lowest-achieving schools through the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program. The funds are part of $546 million program available to states in fiscal year 2010. In fiscal year 2009, states received a total of $3.5 billion for the SIG program.
West Valley City - PIONEER VALLEY HOSPITAL has opened West Valley’s first inpatient behavioral health unit. Pioneer Valley Hospital Inpatient Behavioral Health Services provides 26 beds for patients who need treatment for mental health disorders. The unit occupies the hospital’s entire fifth floor, which recently completed a $500,000 renovation.
Salt Lake City - UNIVERSITY OF UTAH HEALTH CARE ranked first among the region’s healthcare providers in U.S. News & World Report’s metro rankings for 2011-12. U.S. News ranked hospitals within all 52 U.S. metro areas with populations of 1 million or more, using existing data from the 2010-11 Best Hospitals report. The new rankings identify top performing hospitals in at least one of 16 adult specialties.
Salt Lake City - INTERNATIONAL PAPER consolidated its three operations: xpedx, Western Paper Company and Zellerbach. Now operating under the xpedx brand, the company provides paper, graphic supplies, equipment and services to printers in Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Nevada and Wyoming. It has operated in Salt Lake City for more than 100 years, the last 26 years from its facility at 2700 S. 600 West.
Midvale - FIREHOUSE SUBS opened its first Utah location in Midvale. Customized for the community, a hand-painted mural depicts the Wasatch Mountains in the background and the Midvale Fire Department fighting a night fire. The new store is located at 1008 Ft. Union Blvd.
West Valley City - Freddie Mac selected GREEN RIVER CAPITAL (GRC) as a provider of sales and disposition support to HomeSteps, the company’s real estate sales unit. HomeSteps markets a nationwide selection of Freddie Mac-owned homes through local real estate brokers. GRC leverages its proprietary technology and a nationwide network of attorneys, brokers, appraisers, contractors and title professionals to offer scalable and customized solutions. GRC provides REO asset management, portfolio valuation/due diligence and a short sale program.
Salt Lake City - The Salt Lake City office of COLDWELL BANKER COMMERCIAL was ranked the “Number One Company Globally” for the entire Coldwell Banker Commercial brand for 2010, which includes a network of brokers in more than 500 offices in 41 countries. The brand’s Salt Lake Office previously received the award in 2009.
Sandy - Layton Construction was ranked as the ninth largest healthcare general contracting company in the United States in the 2011 Construction & Design Survey released by Modern Healthcare. Rankings are based on 2010 construction revenues. Healthcare projects represented 31 percent of Layton’s total revenue last year.
Salt Lake City - WORKMAN NYDEGGER was recognized as one of the top patent firms in the country by Intellectual Property Today, a national trade journal focused on legal issues in patent, trademark and copyright law. Workman Nydegger was ranked No. 21 in the nationwide survey, which listed 327 total law firms based on the number of patents issued for clients. The firm’s 1,166 total patents in 2010 was an increase of more than 23 percent over 2009. Workman Nydegger is the only Salt Lake City IP firm to be ranked in the top 25.
Salt Lake City - KEN GARFF AUTOMOTIVE GROUP launched its newest dealership, FIAT of Salt Lake City, which is the state’s only Fiat dealership. Fiat is currently available in 80 countries and was named 2009 World Car Design of the Year.
Provo - SELF RELIANT AGRICULTURE, an institute dedicated to assisting small farmers worldwide and helping communities achieve self-sufficiency in producing their own food, began work in Peru. South America Director Percy Hawkes will work in collaboration with local universities that offer courses in the areas of health, nutrition, agronomy and animal husbandry as well local and regional offices of Piura Regional Government and the Provincial Municipality of Piura.
Orem - ARIBEX, INC. was honored with a Silver Award from the 2011 Edison Best New Product Awards. The company’s NOMAD Handheld X-ray System was recognized in the Science and Medical Handheld or Miniaturized Devices Segment. The system fills the need for a portable, lightweight dental X-ray device.
Provo - SIMMONS MEDIA GROUP has selected VERACITY NETWORKS as its internet and phone services company. Simmons Media Group owns and operates 11 radio stations in Utah and Texas. The company’s subsidiary, Simmons Outdoor Media, has 172 billboards throughout Utah.
American Fork - SHAKEY’S PIZZA returned to Utah after more than a decade. The American Fork location opened at the Meadows Shopping Center. The newest restaurant includes an all-day buffet featuring a wide variety of gourmet pizzas, pastas, salads, Shakey’s famous mojo potatoes and signature root beer floats. The site also includes a game room, big screen TVs, classic American music and familiar pop-culture memorabilia.
Orem - XLEAR, INC. introduced Spry Sponge Floss with Xylitol, a smooth and shred-resistant dental floss that, when used daily, gently stimulates gums, removes plaque and helps prevent gingivitis. The patented dental floss consists of multiple spongy strands of expanded nylon fibers that contain xylitol, an all-natural sweetener that may reduce the risk of tooth decay.
Lindon - ACCESSDATA released its new field triage solution, AD Triage. This computer forensics software solution allows forensic examiners and litigation support personnel to pre-configure USB devices for use on scene to forensically acquire and preview targeted data on computers. AD Triage is designed to allow anybody in the field, regardless of technical expertise, to forensically preserve static and volatile (RAM) data for the purposes of criminal investigations, internal investigations and e-discovery.
Pleasant Grove - UTAH VALLEY MORTUARY opened at 988 S. 490 West. The mortuary’s facilities include a family arrangement office, viewing room, modern embalming room, and display area of caskets, cremation urns, burial vaults, headstones and other memorial products. In addition, families have the option to arrange funeral services in the comfort of their own homes.
Orem - UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY received a new field and track. The university recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Hal Wing Track & Field, which is located northwest of the UCCU Center. Hal Wing is the owner and CEO of Little Giant Ladders.
Ogden - ELETE ELECTROLYTES launched elete CitriLyte Add-In, a patent-pending electrolyte concentrate formulated to help individuals stay hydrated; support muscle function, heat tolerance and energy conversion; and replace a complete balance of electrolytes lost during exertion without calories, sugars or artificial ingredients.
Layton - C-A-L RANCH opened its first location in Layton. The new location occupies the former Dick’s Market on the corner of Fairfield Road and Gentile Street. The western-themed store has locations in Idaho, Utah and northern Nevada.
Bountiful - KENTSON AUTO began construction of a new dealership at 470 N. 500 West. The dealership will have a single-story, 3,000-square-foot building. Sales offices are set to be on the first floor with a drive-in photo studio in the basement.
Layton - The FAHRENHEIT LOUNGE opened at the DAVIS CONFERENCE CENTEr and HILTON GARDEN INN. The club includes live piano music and offers cocktails as well as non-alcoholic drinks. The Fahrenheit Lounge also has a boardroom area.
Clinton - MACEYS GROCERY STORE opened in Clinton, replacing what was formerly an Albertsons and later a Fresh Market. The grocery store includes a bakery, expanded pharmacy, new delicatessen carving station, cheese island and ice cream area.
Logan - CONSERVICE broke ground on a new building at 99 E. 700 South. The new facility, expected to open its doors in the fall of 2011, will provide additional space to accommodate the growth of the company. Through the implementation of solar panels, a geothermal heating and cooling system, and advanced building materials, the building’s environmental control system will operate with only 15 percent of the average demand for traditional electricity sources.
Ogden – The WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY HURST CENTER FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION earned a LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for its responsible design and operational elements.
Ogden - GOLDENWEST CREDIT UNION launched an Android app that allows members to conduct many everyday account transactions with their personal mobile device. The Android app is the latest free mobile banking application developed by Goldenwest for online account access.
Ogden - MARKETSTAR announced 250 open positions as part of a massive sales team expansion on behalf of a leading internet service company. All 250 positions are expected to be staffed and working by the end of the year. This is MarketStar’s single largest expansion in the company’s history.
Park City - NEW STAR GENERAL CONTRACTORS completed the PARK CITY CLINIC building, located 400 yards from Park City’s INTERMOUNTAIN HEALTHCARE HOSPITAL in Quinn’s Junction. The two-level clinic is approximately 25,000 square feet of office space and includes nearly 63,000 square feet of low-impact outdoor landscaping. The clinic is a part of the Physician Holdings group and works closely with the professional staff and members of Intermountain Healthcare.
Park City - WHITNEY ADVERTISING AND DESIGN introduced a full-service solution known as The Swag Lounge for brands keen to enhance their visibility. The Swag Lounge is a one-stop shop for organizations with promotional needs. Services include consultation, graphic design, print management, product sourcing, inventory management, distribution and order fulfillment.
Snowbird - The UINTA-WASATCH-CACHE NATIONAL FOREST SERVICE accepted SNOWBIRD SKI AND SUMMER RESORT’s updated Master Development Plan (MDP) proposal. Snowbird’s MDP is a detailed document that outlines short- and long-term resort development plans, including the potential to modify Snowbird’s skiing boundaries in Utah County, outside Salt Lake City’s watershed area.
Park City - PARK CITY DAY SCHOOL (PCDS) was granted full status as an accredited member of the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools. PCDS is already accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Committee (NWAC) and by the state of Utah, allowing its academic credits to be transferred to other accredited schools.
St. George - KNEADERS BAKERY AND CAFÉ broke ground at its new St. George location. The restaurant is projected to open in July of this year. Kneaders’ St. George location will be run by franchisees Andrew and Shauna Smith and their partners Lowell and Kathy Hansen. The eatery is one of six new restaurants that Kneaders plans to open in Utah in 2011.
Washington City - HENRY WALKER HOMES purchased Coral Ridges, a 170-unit townhome development. The property, which borders Coral Canyon golf course, was a distressed property prior to being acquired by the homebuilder. The 21-acre neighborhood has homes ranging from 1,600 to 2,600 square feet. The community has a clubhouse, conference room and exercise facilities including a pool, playground, basketball court and fishing pond.
Cedar City - The School of Business at SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Only 620 schools of business have earned this distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education. The specialized accreditation applies to four undergraduate programs (accounting, finance, management and marketing) as well as to the Master of Accountancy and Master of Business Administration programs.
Price - CODALE ELECTRIC SUPPLY broke ground on a new 25,000-square-foot office, warehouse and retail counter facility located at 250 E. 1300 South. Codale’s newest facility will feature 9,000 square feet of office space and 16,000 square feet of warehouse space. Construction is scheduled to be complete in December 2011. Codale’s Price branch has been operating at its existing location, 1703 S. Highway 10, since 1995.
St. George - THE PAINTED PONY RESTAURANT celebrated its 10-year anniversary this year. The Painted Pony is located at 2 W. St. George Blvd. on the 2nd floor of the Tower at Ancestor Square.
St. George - STRATA Foto 3D SE is now available from the Apple Mac App Store. Foto 3D SE uses digital images of real-world objects to create 3D models. Powered by patented camera technology developed by Canon, Foto 3D SE provides automated masking tools, camera and lens correction technology, interactive model adjustment and a model creation wizard that simplifies the creation process.
St. George - THE PAINTED PONY RESTAURANT celebrated its 10-year anniversary this year. The Painted Pony is located at 2 W. St. George Blvd. on the 2nd floor of the Tower at Ancestor Square.
St. George - SUNBURST SHUTTERS & WINDOW FASHIONS opened its new Sunland Drive location at 344 E. Sunland Drive, Ste. 8. The WALTER GROUP and NAI UTAH SOUTH assisted in the purchase.
St. George - CREAMER & NOBLE, INC. acquired a professional office building located at 35 S. 400 West. Founded in 1976, the civil engineering firm’s most recent project was the development and completion of the new St. George Municipal Airport.
Amanda Smith: Balancing Utah’s Energy Options
By Hilary Ingoldsby Whitesides
Wherever in Utah you find environmental and energy policy, you’re sure to find Amanda Smith. Serving in not one but two state positions, Smith is striving to create balance as the state faces energy choices with long-lasting implications.
Smith, who has served as the executive director of Utah’s Department of Environmental Quality since 2009, was recently appointed to also serve as Gov. Gary R. Herbert’s energy policy advisor. By all accounts, she is a perfect fit for both positions. Smith previously served as legislative director for Gov. Jon Huntsman and as the government relations director of The Nature Conservancy. She currently serves on the Bureau of Land Management Resource Advisory Council.
On the top of Smith’s long to-do list is the task of organizing the Office of
Energy Development, which will play a crucial role in Herbert’s recently announced 10-year energy initiative for the state. Along with the initiative, she is working on identifying tangible energy solutions.
“Every resource has its own challenge,” Smith says. “It becomes a personal and societal issue of where you can give and take. Landscape, air quality, land use—development of any energy resource has an impact on one or more of those things.”
Not many people could juggle two jobs, travel an average of three times a month for work and still find time to spend with family, but Smith’s passion and belief in the ability to positively impact the future keeps her motivated and focused.
“I honestly feel that I have the opportunity to make a difference in Utah’s future and set groundwork for how we look at developing energy resources over the next century,” she says.
Smith is known to her colleagues as someone who practices what she preaches (she has a goal to ride her bike to work at least once a week when the weather is good), but is perhaps most revered for her ability to bring people together to calmly discuss heated issues.
“I hope people come to understand that it’s not necessarily a competition between clean, renewable energy and fossil fuels,” she says. “It’s more about looking at a timeline to look at the reality of how much electricity and power we use and what our expectations are. We need to separate emotion from the discussion, get rid of the competition and work together to establish a realistic path forward.
Corbin Church: Achieving Success through Innovation, Determination
By Josh McFadden
At the age of eight, Corbin Church was already an entrepreneur. As a young boy, Church delivered fliers around his Cottonwood Heights neighborhood, offering lawn-mowing services. Today, at the age of 41, Church is the CEO of South Jordan-based Miche Bag, a company that makes and sells women’s handbags.
Under his direction, Miche Bag has enjoyed tremendous growth and sales, even during challenging economic times. Founded in 2007, Miche Bag gives customers limitless possibilities to the look of their handbags—without having to move their contents from one bag to another. By simply changing the exterior shell of the bag—just a three-second operation—women can customize their bags depending on their mood or situation.
“It’s a product made for the times,” Church says. “Women are looking for something that makes sense. It’s fun; it gives women more flexibility and more options. When we started, we knew right away we had a winner.”
In 2010, Miche Bag did more than $55 million in sales. Church says he expects that total to rise to $90 million this year.
He has used the same formula for success since his days of mowing lawns. “My passion is turning nothing into something,” he says. “I have boundless energy. I’ll make anything succeed. The best thing anyone can do to motivate me is to tell me I can’t do it.”
Church’s accomplishments at Miche Bag shouldn’t be surprising. Since he was 13, when he purchased and managed a snow cone franchise, Church has bought and sold six companies. Each of these companies—which have included a window and door company, and a skin care company—experienced growth and prosperity with him at the helm.
“I come from an entrepreneurial family,” he says. “It’s innate; it’s all I know.”
Now, after nearly three decades of building companies, Church wants to return the favor. In January, Miche Bag raised more than $700,000 for the Huntsman Cancer Institute. And he plans to do more. “I want to be a full-time philanthropist,” he says. “I want to change lives. I want to give back and do good in the world.”
As for any current or prospective business owner, Church has a simple advice: “Be frugal—you never know what’s around the corner,” he says. “And the power of relationships is important. People want to trust who they do business with.”
Spencer Eccles, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), named SOPHIA DICARO as GOED’s new deputy director. Prior to this appointment, DiCaro served as GOED’s finance director. During her tenure at GOED, DiCaro has overseen all processes with agency contracts and interfaces with legislature and the other agencies in state government.
The Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants (UACPA) named WADE K. WATKINS as UACPA president; ROGER BEYNON as president-elect; KENT L. THOMAS as its new vice president; and LEANN H. HATFIELD as the incoming UACPA secretary.
JILL E. CARTER was elected to be the secretary/treasurer of the University Hospital Foundation executive committee for 2011–2013. Carter is currently an associated adjunct professor teaching in the Master of Public Administration program at the University of Utah. JULIE M. TANNER was elected as chair of the foundation’s finance committee. Tanner is currently the vice president and manager of women’s financial services at Wells Fargo Bank. LYLE BEECHER was elected vice president of the foundation’s executive committee for 2012 and 2013. Beecher is currently principal and CEO of Beecher Walker Architects.
The Salt Lake Board of REALTORS announced that SHARON SPRATLEY, associate broker at Prudential Utah Real Estate, received the REALTOR of the Year Award. Spratley served as president of the Salt Lake Board of REALTORS in 2006 and is currently serving in her second year of a three-year term as a director for the National Association of REALTORS.
Gov. Gary R. Herbert appointed W. DAVID PATTON as executive director of the Utah Department of Health (UDOH). Patton has been with UDOH since January 2009, serving for two years as the COO and for the past three months as interim executive director. Patton’s appointment is subject to approval of the Utah State Senate.
The Utah State Fairpark board of directors announced its selection of a new executive director, CLARK H. CARAS. For the past six years, Caras has served as marketing director for the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development during a time that has seen companies such as Procter & Gamble, Adobe, Disney, Hershey, Amer Sports and others expand in or relocate to the state. His career encompasses public affairs, politics, business development, corporate initiatives and large event planning.
The Jordan River Commission announced LAURA HANSON as its new executive director. Hanson joins the organization with 10 years of experience in community and environmental planning, most recently as a principal at local architecture and planning firm CRSA.
The Salt Lake City Chapter of Executive Women International (EWI) announced LESLIE PETERSON as its 2011 Legacy Award winner. Each year, the organization chooses an individual in the community who has made a significant and lasting contribution through their professional endeavors and community involvement. Peterson has dedicated herself to the development and continuance of cultural programming in Utah, working in arts administration and advocacy.
Novell’s Leadership Team
Moves to Provo
Provo – NOVELL INC announced a new executive leadership team will be headquartered in Provo. The team’s mission is to rededicate and refocus on the end-user computing solutions used by many of Novell’s long-standing and loyal customers and partners.
Under the leadership of Bob Flynn, president and general manager of Novell, the Novell management team will continue innovating next-generation products while also nurturing the mature and widely adopted Novell solutions. Central to the unit’s go-forward strategy to help customers maximize their investments is extending support for the NetWare product as customers upgrade to Open Enterprise Server and continuing investments in Novell GroupWise and Novell ZENworks endpoint management solutions.
The new Novell business unit will have a clear focus on the widely adopted core Novell solutions in the collaboration and endpoint management markets. This renewed focus will allow Novell to dedicate resources to meet existing and new customer requirements, where the company’s heritage and expertise is strongest.
“Our customers’ success depends on having the flexibility they need to maintain existing technology investments while adopting new technologies to meet their evolving business needs and requirements,” says Bob Flynn, president and general manager at Novell. “By further developing and supporting the Novell collaboration and endpoint management solutions, Novell will better enable customers to provision, manage and secure the devices, applications and files used to improve workforce productivity.”
Business and technology landscapes are in a state of constant flux; growth of social networking, mobile computing, desktop virtualization and the ongoing migrations to Windows 7 are all examples of trends that are impacting our customers,” Flynn adds. “Novell’s portfolio strategy and development plans remain intact and I am excited to help our customers successfully manage these new technologies. Together with my team of skilled managers, we are embarking on a journey to continue to build on the strengths of the Novell brand.”
“Our ongoing philosophy is to help our customers move forward and adapt to changing business and technology needs at their own pace,” says Jeff Hawn, chairman and CEO at The Attachmate Group. “Bob Flynn has considerable talent and expertise in helping customers take this approach, as does his team of proven managers. Customers will see the development of exceptional products and receive unmatched service and support, which we expect to reinvigorate the Novell brand and further encourage loyalty within our long-term customer base.”
Bill Brown Realty called from retirement its original founder W. BILL BROWN, JR. to be the new CFO and sales manager. Brown brings a wealth of experience and insight into today’s marketplace. He established Bill Brown Realty in 1969 and has the honor of being the only person in the history of the Utah County Board of Realtors to have been chosen as its “Realtor of the Year” for two separate years.
The Romney Institute of Public Management at Brigham Young University honored the late JOHN W. KEYS III as its 2011 Administrator of the Year. Keys was the former commissioner for the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, which manages, develops and protects the water resources in the Western United States.
Before his death in 2008, Keys was an exemplar of dedication, vision and integrity.
Nature’s Sunshine Products, Inc. appointed MARK GENENDER, an executive with extensive experience in finance, marketing and consumer-oriented businesses, as a member of its board of directors.
The Thank You Economy
By Gary Vaynerchuk
Reviewed by Alex Lawrence, vice provost of innovation and development,
Weber State University
Gary Vaynerchuk previously wrote a best-selling book titled Crush It. That book was entertaining and motivational. While I thought Crush It was more entertaining, The Thank You Economy contains some interesting
insights and detail worth noting. Here are a few things I thought I’d highlight:
Social Media Makes Word-Of-Mouth Matter Again:
Vaynerchuk tells the tale of the old-school local business that did everything possible to make customers happy. Happy customers talked about being happy and the good word spread. You’d build a customer base over time and have an excellent long term ROI. While this concept has never grown old, Vaynerchuk rightfully asserts that in the recent past, businesses have lowered word-of-mouth down the priority list. Social media has changed all of that back. Your customers are talking to others like they live in a small town again. That small town is Facebook and Twitter and YouTube. Customers have a channel to voice happiness and anger. Others are listening and making buying decisions based on what they see and hear.
Employees Need To Be Social:
Do you block your employees from Facebook or tweeting? Unless you have serious security needs (like a bank), then you should not only allow your employees to access social media sites, you should actively encourage them to use them. Why? Your customers are hanging out there. Your customers are talking there. Your customers are looking to see if you are there. While your employees certainly will spend time using social media for personal needs, they will also humanize your business and serve company needs.
KATHY GOODFELLOW was honored by the Utah Pharmacists Association (UPA) as the 2011 Bowl of Hygeia Award recipient for outstanding community service. Goodfellow owns Mountain View Pharmacy in Bountiful and has served on the UPA board from 1989 to 1992, and served as its president in 2006. Goodfellow has also served on the board of the Utah Cooperative of Independent Pharmacists and is a member of the Retail Advisory Board for Leader drug stores through Cardinal Distribution.
IVAN RODRIGUEZ joined the laGALERÍA team to assist in business development and media planning. Rodriguez will build upon laGALERÍA’s singular offering to the regional multicultural market, while expanding reach and refining the agency’s scope of offerings. He previously served as general sales manager for several regional Spanish-language television stations.
The Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) honored STEVEN PETERSON, a Weber State University construction management professor, with its Outstanding Educator Award for 2010-2011. Peterson’s area of expertise is the financial aspects of managing construction companies and projects. In addition to teaching, he has written several textbooks on that topic.
Home2 Suites By Hilton Celebrates Second Property
Layton - Home2 Suites by Hilton celebrated the grand opening of the brand’s second U.S. hotel in Layton with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and an announcement of a charitable community partnership.
WESTERN STATES LODGING AND MANAGEMENT, which will operate the hotel, announced that UTAH FOSTER CARE FOUNDATION has been selected as the Home2 Suites “Your2 Hands” local nonprofit partner. The Layton Home2 Suites will support the nonprofit organization on an ongoing basis through a variety of volunteer, sponsorship and fundraising initiatives.
“This is a time for us to celebrate more than just the hard work that went into getting the second Home2 Suites up and running,” says David Webster, partner of Western States Lodging and Management.
“We’re excited to be making this commitment to the Utah Foster Care Foundation and the many families and children they support every day.”
The partnership with Utah Foster Care Foundation is part of the brand’s Your2 Hands community relations program, which connects Home2 Suites hotels with hometown charities to help support local communities and put into action the brand’s commitment to giving back.
“Home2 Suites is setting a brand standard for supporting communities with our Your2 Hands program, which highlights what people can do to make a difference where they call home,” says Dawn Koenig, vice president of brand performance support for Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites by Hilton.
“We believe it’s our responsibility to collaborate with the people, businesses and community groups where we put down roots to build lasting relationships with the community. The Utah Foster Care Foundation is a great organization, making a very real difference in the lives of our children, and we’re honored to play a part in supporting their cause.”
DEB HARTLEY received the Realtor of the Year award from the Park City Board of Realtors. Hartley has lived in Park City for 23 years and has been a part of the Board of Realtors for 19.
DICK PEEK, a Park City planning commissioner, was selected as a new member of the Park City Council, replacing the late CANDY ERICKSON. The term expires in early 2012.
Whitney Advertising and Design hired PAM WOLL, a 30-year veteran of the promotional product industry, as director of business development. Woll previously worked with Positive Incentives and Alphagraphics.
Gold Cross Donated Ambulance to Dixie State College
Cedar City - GOLD CROSS AMBULANCE donated an ambulance to DIXIE STATE COLLEGE to supplement instruction in its Emergency Medical Services Program.
The Dixie State EMS Program is designed to prepare students for career opportunities in pre-hospital emergency care such as ambulance, fire department, search and rescue, law enforcement and volunteer service.
The donated ambulance will assist students in learning how to deliver medical care in the back of a moving ambulance. The ambulance will also enhance the quality of the EMS training program and help improve the employability of Dixie’s students by reducing the amount of orientation time they need on the job.
As a leader in emergency medical and ambulance service for more than four decades, Gold Cross Ambulance specializes in basic life support, paramedic, critical care, neonatal and non-emergency transportation services. Utah owned and operated, Gold Cross employs highly trained and certified paramedics, EMTs and other professionals, with a fleet of fully equipped emergency vehicles and a state-of-the-art emergency communications center based in Salt Lake City. Gold Cross works closely with local, state and federal agencies to assure quality care and access to emergency services for all Utahns.