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JOHN PATON replaced Dean Singleton, publisher of The Park Record and The Salt Lake Tribune, as MediaNews Group’s CEO. MediaNews Group owns newspapers in 18 states, reaching a monthly readership of 57 million.
Aviacode hired LANE MONSON as chief operating officer. Monson brings 20-plus years of domestic and international experience in the business technology sector. Monson previously served as global SVP at Infor Global Solutions.
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah hired SCOTT THOMPSON as media relations manager. Thompson was previously with the Utah Department of Transportation, where he served as public involvement manager. He has more than 20 years of experience working in communication roles for state government, nonprofit organizations and television broadcasting.
D.A. Davidson Expands Investment Banking Division
Salt Lake City – Financial services firm D.A. DAVIDSON & CO. expanded its investment banking division and opened a new office in Salt Lake City. The new office will be led by Daren Shaw, managing director of investment banking at D.A. Davidson & Co.
“Utah is a key market for D.A. Davidson & Co., and we are excited to have three experienced bankers to open the new office,” says Brad Gevurtz, head of investment banking for D.A. Davidson & Co. “Utah’s pro-business and entrepreneurial climate will continue to foster companies’ needs to raise capital and pursue merger and acquisition strategies.
“D.A. Davidson has worked with a number of Utah’s leading public and private companies over the past decade, such as Energy Solutions, Zions Bancorporation, Franklin Covey, Altiris, Grant Victor, TimeShareWare, Sorenson BioScience and MITY Enterprises. We are eager to further expand our presence and deal flow in Utah. By having a stand-alone, fully staffed investment banking office in Salt Lake City, D.A. Davidson will be better positioned to offer quality professional services to Utah companies, which we believe have been underserved from the lack of investment banking firms in the region.”
Natural History Museum of Utah Announces Opening
Salt Lake City - The NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF UTAH at the University of Utah announced its new home, the Rio Tinto Center, will officially open to the general public on Friday, Nov. 18.
“The new facility will match the depth and richness of our state’s natural history,” says Sarah George, executive director of the museum. “Not only will we showcase extraordinary artifacts unavailable in other places around the world, but we will provide visitors with interactive and stimulating experiences as they explore the world around them.”
The museum, an active research institution, cares for 1.2 million objects from the state and around the region. The total square footage of the new building is approximately 163,000, and its size and design allows for 50 years of future collection growth.
The museum is seeking LEED gold certification for the Rio Tinto Center, which is situated on a 17-acre site above the shoreline of ancient Lake Bonneville. Its unique location makes nature a part of the building’s structure and visitor experience.
GOED’s International Trade and Diplomacy Office Honored
Salt Lake City - The Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy (UCCD) honored the International Trade and Diplomacy Office of the GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (GOED) with a 2011 Citizen Diplomat Award. The annual award celebrates the efforts of diplomatic work by people across the state.
“Over the past five years, Utah has been the only state in the nation to double its exports,” says Spencer Eccles, executive director of GOED. “We are on track to meeting Governor Herbert’s goal of establishing Utah as a premier global business destination. We have achieved much by hosting diplomatic emissaries from every part of the world and have turned those visits into economic opportunities for the state. This award is a testament to our international team’s extraordinary efforts in strengthening foreign relationships and business contacts to support Utah companies.”
In addition to hosting foreign dignitaries in Utah, as GOED recently did with delegations from China and several Arab nations, the International Trade and Diplomacy Office also extends itself internationally. Over the past five years alone, the office has organized and led 15 trade missions to countries including China, Canada and India. All told, these efforts contributed to an export growth of more than 70 percent in five years, supporting more than 260,000 Utah jobs.