Provo—Vivint Smart Home, the largest smart home services provider in North America, announced that David Porter has joined the company as chief procurement officer. Porter brings 18 years of supply chain experience to the role, including a variety of executive positions at Cummins, Inc., a Fortune 500 company and the nation’s largest manufacturer of diesel and natural gas engines. As chief procurement officer at Vivint Smart Home, Porter will be responsible for sourcing, procurement and supply chain management across the company. Before Vivint, Porter was the executive director of supply chain for the Engine Division of Cummins, where he was responsible for global engine manufacturing and procurement across a network of 11 plants around the world. He led more than 6,000 employees and managed nearly $3 billion in annual purchases. Previously, he served as the general manager of Global Oil and Gas at Cummins and headed the company’s sales and marketing efforts worldwide. His other executive roles at Cummins included managing one of the company’s largest engine plants in Jamestown, New York, and managing a plant for three years in Juárez, Mexico. Porter is a former captain in the U.S. Army where he served as a logistics officer. He spent four years on active duty stationed in Germany and deployed in support of the Bosnian Peacekeeping mission in the mid-1990s. Porter holds a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt. He is also fluent in Spanish.
Salt Lake City—Sampleminded announces that Betsy Kleba, PhD, has joined the Salt Lake City-based company as its scientific officer. The former associate professor from Westminster College will lend her expertise in microbial pathogenesis, immunology, and research to the Product team. As a partner for clinical research and diagnostic laboratories worldwide, Sampleminded believes in doing more than delivering advanced technology—it believes in understanding and supporting the intricacies of its clients’ healthcare and research objectives. To that end, Sampleminded is pleased to add Kleba’s depth of knowledge and experience to enrich its clients’ experience. Throughout her career, Kleba has built relationships that have led to productive collaborations. She is a versatile scientist who has worked on a diverse set of research questions beginning with her time at U.C. Berkeley in the Program of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, throughout her fellowship at the National Institute of Health’s Laboratory of Intracellular Parasites, and as an academic at Westminster College. She has volunteered in several capacities as a scientific and community leader, including serving on the editorial board for Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, and as president of the Intermountain Branch of the American Society of Microbiology. As a sought-after thought leader, Kleba has delivered numerous presentations and talks across the country.
Salt Lake City—Tanner LLC is pleased to announce that Tyler J. Ploeger, CPA, has been elected an Audit Partner. Ploeger has more than 11 years of public accounting experience serving companies in the technology, software, financial, construction, manufacturing, biotechnology, and medical device sectors. Prior to joining Tanner, Ploeger began his career in public accounting in San Francisco where he worked with many of the Fortune 500 companies operating in that market. Ploeger’s experience includes assisting public and private entities in the acquisition and disposition of business components. Ploeger is a sought-after resource that specializes in helping the executives of high-growth companies improve their operational results as they prepare for greater growth, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital funding and private equity transactions. Ploeger is dedicated to making a difference for his clients and looks for creative ways to make a positive impact with everyone he meets. Ploeger holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and Master of Accountancy degree in accountancy from the University of Utah and is a member of the AICPA and the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants. Ploeger is also active in the business community and currently serves on the boards of Hale Center Theatre, University of Utah Business Alumni Association, and the Academic Advisory Board of Utah Valley University’s School of Accountancy. Ploeger has also served on the Capital Committee of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce Capitol Club and the Governor’s Advisory Council on Optimizing and Streamlining State Government. Ploeger recently retired as a member of the Professional Referee Organization, where he was a referee for Major League Soccer games throughout the United States.
Salt Lake City—Bear River Mutual Insurance Company has named Duffy Pingree as its new president. Pingree will officially assume his new position immediately. He replaces Don Adams, who is retiring at the end of 2017. Adams, who has been the company’s president and CEO, will retain the title of CEO for the next year, and will assist Pingree in the transition period. Bear River Mutual Insurance Company celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2009 and is currently the largest Utah-based auto and home insurance company. Pingree has been with Bear River Mutual Insurance Company since 1996 when he was hired as chief financial officer. He has been serving as the executive vice president over the past four years. Pingree received his undergraduate degree from the University of Utah in Finance and an M.B.A. from Westminster College. He has a Utah Property and Casualty Agent’s license, is an associate in reinsurance, and is a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU). Adams was hired as the chief operations officer in 1999 and has been the president of the company since August 2001. During his tenure, Bear River Mutual Insurance Company revised and replaced all processing systems and tripled in size, becoming the sixth largest writer of personal lines insurance in the state of Utah.
Salt Lake City—Cicero Group, a premier data-driven strategy firm, announced today that Dr. Trent Kaufman will assume the role of CEO, succeeding the company’s founder, Randy Shumway, effective January 1, 2017. Cicero’s unique, data-driven approach to management consulting has fueled the company’s rapid 30 percent annualized growth since the firm was founded in 2001. Kaufman assumes leadership at an exciting time as Cicero continues to precipitously expand its services both domestically and globally. Kaufman has been the President and COO of Cicero since 2007. Prior to joining Cicero, Kaufman was the CEO and Founder of Education Direction, a firm that specializes in change leadership consulting. In 2007, Cicero Group acquired Education Direction. Kaufman holds graduate degrees from both University of California, Berkeley and Harvard University. He is the author of two influential and globally renowned books: Collaborative School Improvement and The Transparent Teacher. He is a popular speaker on using evidence-based strategies and implementation science to improve organizational performance. Shumway will continue at Cicero as the Chair of the company’s Board of Directors and as an actively engaged partner in the firm. He will be responsible for new business development and community engagement along with Cicero’s continuing global expansion. This change of role will also allow Shumway to devote more time to his family, as well as to his community service, teaching, and philanthropic endeavors.
Salt Lake City—Yohhan Karkera and Alex Karras, both design engineers, and Trever Seely, a 3-D modeler, recently joined Calder Richards (CR) to support the firm’s dramatic growth in both the public and private sectors. Working with municipal and State agencies as well as many of Utah’s notable architectural companies, CR’s ability to meet the demands of a rapidly expanding economy in the Intermountain area continues to grow as the firm adds highly-talented individuals to its staff of professionals.
Salt Lake City—TSA Architects, a Salt Lake City-based boutique architecture firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Luis Mendoza. Mendoza joins TSA with over 20 years of experience in the architecture and engineering industries. His career began in Bakersfield, California, and he has since gained experience working with a/e/c firms in varying capacities in Arizona, California and Utah. Proficient in a wide range of CAD + 3D modeling software and with a strong focus on attention to detail, Mendoza will be functioning as a job captain as well as heading up production and drawing standards on several of healthcare and senior living projects including the Brigham City Surgery Expansion and Huntsman Radiology Expansion. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, and going to see a good film.
Silicon Slopes—InsideSales.com, the industry’s first AI-powered predictive sales acceleration platform, announced that Alan Black, a technology veteran with more than 25 years of experience, has joined the company as chief financial officer. Black will guide the company’s aggressive growth strategy as it continues its leadership in applying AI, technology and science to the enterprise and the evolving sales industry. Most recently, Black was senior vice president and chief financial officer at Zendesk, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business that provides solutions to improve customer relationships. While at Zendesk, he played a critical role in the company’s transition from a start-up to a fast-growing public company, leading one of 2014’s top IPOs and building out a top-class finance team. During his tenure, the company grew from less than 100 to 1,300 employees and from $25 million to $250 million in revenue with a market cap of $2.5 billion. Prior to Zendesk, Black was the president and CEO of Intelliden, a provider of network security compliance and configuration change management solutions for large enterprise and communications service providers. Alan restructured the company, including the rearchitecture of core product offerings through the development and launch of its new products and the successful sale to IBM in 2010.
Sandy—Real Salt Lake General Manager Craig Waibel announced the hiring of Director of Physical Performance Henry Ruggiero on Thursday after he spent the previous eight years working on the Strength and Conditioning staff for University of Washington athletics. In addition, RSL and the club’s long-time Sports Science and Performance Director Dan Barlow have mutually agreed to part ways. Ruggiero was promoted to the role of Director of Strength and Conditioning for Olympic Sports in May of 2012 after spending three years in the program. In addition to overseeing the Olympic Sports Strength and Conditioning Staff, Ruggiero worked directly with the Husky men’s soccer and women’s volleyball and track teams. Ruggiero is a graduate of Springfield College located in Springfield, Massachusetts, earning his degree in Applied Exercise Science with a focus in Strength and Conditioning. In addition to his eight years at the University of Washington, Ruggiero was a research assistant at the University of Connecticut and was an intern at both the University of Southern California and Boston College. Real Salt Lake’s regional training center opens in Herriman, approximately 20 minutes southeast of Rio Tinto Stadium, with a scheduled opening in the late summer of 2017. The $50-million facility will serve as the daily training home beginning in 2018 for both of the club’s professional teams – RSL (MLS) and Real Monarchs (USL) – while centralizing the club’s U-18, U-16 and future U-14 development academy youth selections. Barlow has served on RSL’s staff since 2007, working as the Head Fitness Coach and evolving the club’s fitness program to incorporate new techniques and technologies to keep the club on the cutting edge of sports performance, working closely in recent years with the club’s jersey-front partner, LifeVantage, on recovery isotonic and other nutritional regimens.