February 8, 2013

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JERRY FLETCHER recently joined Reeve & Associates’ surveying department as a registered professional land surveyor and project coordinator. Fletcher brings 15 years of land surveying experience to Reeve’s project management, engineering, landscape architecture and surveying team. In addition to providing ALTA, topographic and boundary surveys, Fletcher also coordinates closely with the firm’s civil and structural engineering managers to provide construction services for building and infrastructure projects.

RONALD C. HODGE joined the board of directors of Park City Group. Hodge was CEO of Delhaize America from March 2011 to October 2012. Before that, he spent 31 years with Hannaford Bros. Co., where he was CEO from 2001 to 2011.

AARON HOLLAND, founder of Ngst Media Group, was featured on the Entrepreneur on Fire podcast. The podcast has featured well-known entrepreneurs, including Barbra Corcoran, Seth Godin, Guy Kawasaki and Chris Brogan. Holland founded Ngst Media Group from his bedroom as a senior at the University of Utah. Ngst Media is a full-service marketing and IT firm that serves as a foundation for development of branded SaaS products.

GBS Benefits, Inc. added GARY BELL as managing director of business development. Bell has 25 years of large employer consulting experience with expertise in consumer-directed health, health plan strategy and data analytics. Previously, Bell was senior vice president at HealthEquity and a former practice leader at Mercer.

Audiovisual communication company ClearOne promoted DAVID TRAEGER to vice president of professional audiovisual sales throughout North America and Latin America. Traeger will be responsible for developing and growing sales of ClearOne's full line of products, including its suite of software-based video conferencing products.  

MountainWest Capital Network selected TODD PEDERSEN, founder and CEO of Vivint, as its 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year. Pedersen was the founder of APX Alarm in 1999, which later became Vivint. The company is one of the largest home security and automation companies in North America. As CEO, Pedersen was instrumental in obtaining credit agreements with Goldman Sachs in 2006 and 2009. This set the stage for a $2 billion acquisition by The Blackstone Group in late 2012. Vivint has more than 3,200 employees.

RYAN SMITH, CEO of Qualtrics, was listed by Forbes as one of the 25 most promising CEOs in the United States under 35. Smith started Qualtrics, which distributes online survey software for business and academics, in his mid-20s. The company raised $70 million from Accel Partners and Sequoia Capital in May 2012.    

Vivint has promoted ALEX DUNN to president. Dunn was previously chief operating officer, a position the company will move to fill immediately. .

STEVEN J. MCCARDELL, BRICK G. POWER and DAVID P. “DADE” ROSE were elected as the new members of the law firm Durham Jones & Pinegar’s board of directors. All three are shareholders in the Salt Lake City office. McCardell was recently head of the firm’s bankruptcy section. Power joined the Firm in 2010. Rose has served twice as the chair of the firm’s real estate section.

Shareholders at Parsons Behle & Latimer elected RAYMOND J. ETCHEVERRY, HAL J. POS, LAURA S. SCOTT, MICHAEL R. KEALY and MICHAEL P. PETROGEORGE to the 2013 board of directors. Etcheverry will continue serving as chairman of the board, president and CEO. Pos continues as vice-chairman, vice president and treasurer. Scott and Kealy continue as vice presidents. Petrogeorge continues as vice president and secretary.

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