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September 21, 2012

The Vest Pocket Business Coalition awarded its first annual “Richard M. Wirick Business Advocacy Award” to Salt Lake County Mayor PETER CORROON. The award is a tribute to local business owner RICHARD WIRICK, who passed away last February. He owned and operated The Oxford Shop shoe store for 60 years, and was known by the moniker “Mr. Downtown.”

Park City-based law firm Maschoff Gilmore & Israelsen (MGI) hired KIRK R. HARRIS and MARK W. FORD. Harris is an experienced litigation attorney with an extensive background in metallurgical engineering, having worked with one of the largest steel manufacturing companies in the U.S. He joined MGI as a shareholder and his practice will continue to focus on litigating patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright cases for clients in a wide range of industries. Ford joined MGI as a senior associate, and will contribute to both its litigation and prosecution practices. He specializes in assisting individuals and corporate clients in acquiring and protecting their intellectual properties, including monetizing their assets by developing and implementing royalty generating licensing campaigns.

Health insurance provider EMI Health has promoted long-time employee DAVID WOOD to chief actuary. In his new role, Wood will review all financial liabilities of EMI Health, provide data analysis and pricing for all insurance renewals and products and ensure the company’s compliance with the Affordable Care Act, among other duties. Wood has also been appointed to serve on EMI Health’s executive committee, made up of the company’s senior leadership.

Skullcandy, Inc. appointed KYLE B. WESCOAT as senior vice president and Chief Financial Officer, effective October 1, 2012. Wescoat is a veteran chief financial officer with more than 25 years of financial, accounting, IT, supply chain management, strategic planning, legal and risk management experience with a variety of public and private companies in the branded consumer electronics, consumer goods and lifestyle accessory categories. Most recently Wescoat served as vice president and chief financial officer of VIZIO, Inc.

Richter7 hired Jeremy Anderson as a web developer. Before joining the Richter7 team, Anderson gained more than 15 years of experience in the media industry and six years of experience as a web developer. He previously worked as a media specialist, and a freelance web developer. Anderson earned a bachelor’s in telecommunication at the University of Utah and a master’s in digital media studies at the University of Denver. At Richter7, he will develop web applications and front-end landing pages for the agency and its clients.

KAREN HALE, board chair for Primary Children’s Medical Center and a member of the Intermountain Healthcare board of trustees, was recently awarded the Urban Hospital Trustee Service award by the Utah Hospital Association. The award, presented during the Association’s Fall Leadership Conference at Zermatt Resort in Midway, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to Utah’s healthcare sector while serving as a community trustee. Hale has served as a trustee on the governing board of Primary Children’s Medical Center since 2008 and became a member of the board of trustees of Intermountain Healthcare in 2011. She has served as chair of Primary Children’s governing board since 2010.

Ray Quinney & Nebeker selected GREGGORY J. SAVAGE as chair of the firm's Litigation Section and KAMIE F. BROWN will serve as vice chair. Savage is a seasoned litigator who has prosecuted and defended claims in the areas of catastrophic torts, real property, land use, construction defects, insurance coverage, transportation, contracts, tax, business torts, intellectual property, securities fraud, product liability, financial institutions, and professional licensing.  Brown has substantial experience representing manufacturers, distributors, and insurers in product liability and commercial litigations matters. She handles multi-district and class-action litigation, and regularly defends actions involving a variety of products including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, automobiles, motorcycles, aircraft, tobacco, chemicals, electrical equipment, children’s products and industrial equipment.

Orabrush hired DR. SHEKHAR MITRA, former Procter & Gamble (P&G) senior vice president of global prestige and beauty, corporate innovation, to its board of directors. In this position, Mitra will share his experience and insights with the Orabrush executive team to help guide the company’s strategic plan. Under his leadership, P&G saw the creation and development of a number of successful consumer products, such as Crest Whitestrips, Crest ProHealth, Aleve Analgesic, Prilosec, and Old Spice Clinical Strength, among others.

Funium appointed ERIC GONZALEZ to director of product monetization. Gonzalez will lead the team responsible for monetizing Family Village, Funium’s free family history Facebook game. Gonzalez brings more than a decade of growth-stage company experience across multiple continents in various executive, game development and business development positions. Gonzalez was most recently vice president of product and network development at Volume11 Media, where he led the company’s network development team in the U.S. and the Philippines, and spearheaded gaming ecosystem development.

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