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Lindon—THE VOID, the critically acclaimed immersive entertainment company, announced it has appointed Cliff Plumer as chief executive officer. With more than 30 years of experience spanning production, creative and technology, Plumer will lead the company effective today. He succeeds co-founder Ken Bretschneider who has transitioned to the role of committee chair of THE VOID Visions team and will continue to sit on the board of directors. Plumer joins THE VOID from premiere virtual reality media company, Jaunt, where he served as president of Santa Monica-based Jaunt Studios. During his time at Jaunt, Plumer grew the creative team and worked with partners and brands on the development and production of VR content. Prior to Jaunt, he served as CEO of visual effects studio, Digital Domain and CTO of Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic where he worked closely with founder and filmmaker George Lucas in the development of new computer graphic technology and a digital cinema production and distribution system for the Star Wars trilogy.
South Jordan—Baseball legend Wally Joyner has joined Onset Financial as a Vice President of Strategic Development. Joyner has served on the Board of Directors since 2009. Now he will serve in a full-time role, working with Onset’s seasoned management team. Joyner has a decorated career in Major League Baseball. Most recently he was the hitting coach for the Detroit Tigers. Prior to that, he was a first baseman for four major league teams during a 16-year career – most notably for the California Angels, for whom he was an All-Star.
Salt Lake City—Western Governors University announced that Dr. Richard Cummins, who has served as President of Columbia Basin College since 2008, will lead WGU Washington as Chancellor, effective April 10. Cummins succeeds former WGU Washington Chancellor Jean Floten, who retired last month. While at Columbia Basin College (CBC), Cummins led the development of a number of programs, including bachelor’s degrees, that expanded access to higher education programs in the Tri-Cities area. He worked closely with other community college leaders in the state to develop and implement competency-based courses and programs based on the WGU model. Cummins joined CBC as a faculty member in 1990. During his time at CBC, he served as dean, vice president of instruction, executive vice president, and acting president before being appointed president in 2008. In addition, Cummins has been a Commissioner for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 2014. He earned a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University.
Silicon Slopes—Boostability President and COO Gavan Thorpe has been elevated to CEO by the company’s Board of Directors as of Jan. 1. The vote took place on December 16, 2016, and the announcement was made to the company’s employees at its annual holiday party, which was held the same day. Thorpe joined Boostability as an Infrastructure Architect in January 2013 and helped migrate the company’s systems into the cloud. He was promoted to COO in 2014 and was given the title of President in mid-2015. Prior to joining Boostability, Thorpe served in an executive position at OrangeSoda and technical positions at Ancestry and Ah-ha.com.
Springville—Effective Feb. 13, David Smith joined the ATL Technology team as the Global Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Smith comes to ATL with an extensive background in sales and operations. Smith’s sales career started in the OEM division at McFadden Sales, Inc., an Ohio based rep firm, and has had increasing positions of responsibility since, with Aydin Displays and Cables to Go, where he was the General Manager of the UT based location, before joining Silex Technology, Inc. For the past 15 years, Smith has been at Silex Technology, Inc., a subsidiary of Murata Machinery Limited. With the Silex headquarter in Japan, David had global responsibilities for the international business and was the President of the US subsidiary. Silex Technology is an industry leader in wireless network and connectivity solutions. At Silex, Smith had a proven track record of not only double digit growth, but also pioneering custom solutions for their customers. Bringing his extensive knowledge of wired and wireless technology and sales experience, Smith will lead the global ATL sales and marketing team to further ATL’s growth and position in the industry as a premier supplier of interconnect solutions for OEM customers.
Salt Lake City—The Utah Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) has announced their new board infrastructure for 2017. The new chapter president and board of directors serve from September 2016 to August 2017. The SMPS Utah chapter board is a compilation of working professionals within in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (A/E/C) industry in Utah. The new SMPS Utah 2017 Board of Directors is comprised of President: Travis Wilson, CPSM, Layton Construction; President Elect: Heidi Nielsen, CPSM, FFKR Architects; Past President: Frances Pruyn, CPSM, CRSA; Secretary: Julee Attig, CPSM, Reaveley + Associates; Treasurer: Keri Hammond, FSMPS, CPSM, MARKETLINK; Programs Director: Vicky Golie, CPSM, Babcock Design Group; Membership Director: Emily Hymas, Jacobsen Construction; Education Director: Cali Centurion, CPSM, MGB+A The Grassli Group; Communications Director: Stephanie Ray, Michael Baker International; Special Committee Chair: Kimberly Johnson, CPSM, Design West Architects; At-Large Special Events Director: Lori Haglund, VBFA; At-Large Sponsorships Director: Amber Craighill, BHB Engineers.
Salt Lake City—Following Vestar’s recent announcement about its ongoing $100 million investment to revitalize The Gateway, the retail development and management company has tapped Edie Trott as the center’s new Marketing Director. Trott will be relocating from Vestar’s Southern California flagship property, where she served as marketing director for The District at Tustin Legacy. Having previously worked as public relations manager of South Coast Plaza—one of the country’s most successful retail centers with annual sales approaching $2 billion—Trott brings a range of experience to the next phase of The Gateway. As part of the re-development, Vestar has promised big announcements for The Gateway in 2017: a new mix of tenants, chef-driven restaurants, a full calendar of events and a $60 mil boutique hotel.
Salt Lake City—Tore Steen, founder and chairman of The Utah 1033 Foundation, announced the addition of Edward M. Esber, Jr., to The Utah 1033 Foundation board of directors and as the chair of the newly formed board of trustees. Esber is a personal computer industry pioneer with more than forty years of experience working for IBM, Texas Instruments, and as CEO of Ashton Tate and COO of Creative Labs. Esber has served on the board of directors of more than forty public, private and non-profit boards and currently serves on the board of directors of Utah Capital Investment Corporation. He brings a plethora of experience in growing organizations and a deep knowledge of fundraising. His education includes a B.S. in computer engineering from Case Western Reserve University, an M.S. in electrical engineering from Syracuse University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. A transplant to Utah, Esber lives with his family in Park City where he has served on the board of advisors for the Summit County Sherriff’s Office for several years. Additionally, Mona Steen, co-founder and board of directors’ member, recently stepped down from her board role in order to take over operations as interim executive director.
Salt Lake City—Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors (CBC Advisors) is pleased to announce that Travis Yates is joining the newly expanded downtown Salt Lake City office at 111 Main as Vice President, and will be working in partnership with Chris Kirk, newly appointed Managing Director of that office. Yates was previously with Cushman Wakefield/Commerce, and represents a number of significant projects in Utah. Previously he was an investor, property manager, and salesman of real estate coaching services as well as an analyst at Morgan Stanley. Kirk, who has more than 20 years experience in the commercial real estate business, will be partnering with industry leader Brandon Fugal. Kirk is a top producer and was formerly executive director of Cushman & Wakefield/Commerce, and is the incoming president of the Utah Chapter of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR). He represents some of the most prestigious projects and clients in Utah. CBC Advisors has long been considered one of the most recognized and trusted brands in commercial real estate, holding the designation of Top Performing Coldwell Banker Commercial Affiliate globally for 14 consecutive years. Since 2013, CBC Advisors has expanded operations from 4 offices in the Intermountain region to 30 offices in primary and secondary markets across the United States. CBC Advisors operates as a full-service commercial real estate brokerage, representing world-class industrial, investment, multifamily, office and retail properties nationally. The firm’s Asset Services division manages a portfolio of commercial properties in excess of 24 million square feet.