Nephi—Rocky Mountain West Telecom (RMWT), a leading provider of Inside and Outside Plant (ISP/OSP) project management, engineering, drafting, permitting and inspection services in the telecommunications industry for over 20 years, announced the appointment of David Tietjen to Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. In his new role at RMWT, Tietjen will oversee all company operations, including strategy, execution, demand generation, personnel, and financials. With significant experience in finance, sales and marketing, and leadership, he has demonstrated the ability to grow companies, especially in challenging circumstances. In addition, his diverse experience enables him to optimize organizations, processes, and systems. Moreover, Tietjen has worked and lived internationally and has been active in various volunteer and community capacities. Lastly, he has contributed to the success of local companies such as Iomega, MarketStar, and Merit Sensor Systems (Merit Medical) and has an MBA from BYU.
Salt Lake City—Ross Romero, a community trustee for Salt Lake Regional Medical Center in Salt Lake City, was recently named to the Utah Hospital Association (UHA) Board of Trustees. As member of the Board, Romero joins the 21-member group in developing policy and direction for the Association for the 2017-18 year. Romero is a former state legislator, having served in both the Utah House of Representatives and Utah State Senate. During his time in office, Ross became known for his strong interest and dedication to education, the environment, equality, and effective government practices. He was elected Senate Minority Whip in 2008, and in 2010 he was elected Senate Minority Leader. He also served on the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Committee of Revenue and Tax. Professionally, Romero is senior advisor for Michael Best Strategies’ Utah office, located in Salt Lake City. Michael Best Strategies (MBS) is a national consulting firm focused on strategic planning, public policy development and government relations. Along with its Salt Lake City office, the firm has operations in Washington, D.C., Texas, Colorado, Illinois and Wisconsin. Prior to joining Michael Best Strategies, Ross was a Vice President in the Community Development Group for Zions Bank. In that role, he assisted local and state government and corporate accounts with banking and business operation needs, working with elected and appointed officials in Utah and Idaho, and advocated with Utah’s U.S. Congressional members. Romero is a recipient of the Community Engagement Award for Utah Valley University and was recognized in the “Forty Under Forty” listing in Utah Business Magazine. He was also named “Chambers Champion” by the Salt Lake Chamber in 2011-12.
Salt Lake City—BrightStar Care Salt Lake City announces new Director of Business Development and exciting partnership. BrightStar Care Salt Lake City, a home care agency that also provides medical staffing solutions, recently partnered with Advanced Patient Care of Utah (APCUT) and has appointed Rex Wheeler as its new Director of Business Development. Wheeler and APCUT bring over 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry in the Salt Lake City area. BrightStar Care is Joint Commission Accredited (the same healthcare quality designation attained by hospitals and leading healthcare institutions) and has received numerous awards including Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice by Home Care Pulse, a home care industry quality assurance firm. This better positions BrightStar Care to serve organizations and patients in the healthcare community fostered by Mr. Wheeler and APCUT.
Salt Lake City—Keystone Aviation announced the promotion of Charlie Chamberlain to managed aircraft sales director, a newly-created position in the company’s Salt Lake City market. The addition comes in response to Keystone Aviation’s consistent growth in its private aircraft management division. Chamberlain previously was an aircraft charter sales representative for Keystone. He has worked for the company for seven years. In his new role, he will be responsible for growth, nationwide, of the company’s fleet of managed and chartered aircraft. Chamberlain earned a bachelor’s degree in business marketing from the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. Keystone Aviation also announced that it has hired R.D. Wooten as sales director of Piper aircraft for its Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico territory. He will be based out of Scottsdale, Arizona. The newly-created position is also in response to continued growth within Keystone’s sales and brokerage division.
Salt Lake City—Experticity announced Greg Cox has joined the company as chief product and technology officer. In his position, he will lead the company’s engineering, product and business intelligence teams as they build an exclusive social network for the world’s largest community of trusted experts. Cox served as an advisor to ReadyPulse, which merged with Experticity in 2016. Now, as head of product and technology, he is focused on making Experticity the singular tool for empowering experts and connecting them to brands. This will include working through some complicated problems—from codifying the expertise of these everyday experts, to designing a social network that delights them. Cox earned his MBA from INSEAD and has a Ph.D. in electronic engineering from the University of Cape Town. In his Ph.D. research, he developed pattern recognition algorithms for the enhancement and diagnosis of medical images. He has a decade of experience in machine learning and related fields, including computer-vision, industrial automation, and wearable electronics. Before joining Experticity, Cox was a co-founder and chief technology officer of YouLookFab.com, a popular online fashion app and community. He has also held various leadership positions in product development and business strategy at Microsoft, where he worked on mobile software platforms and user experiences.
Salt Lake City—The University of Utah has hired Randall (Randy) J. Arvay, chief information security officer (CISO) at Mississippi Medical Center, as the school’s new CISO, effective May 22, 2017. Prior to his role at the University of Mississippi, he was chief of the cybersecurity and quality assurance in the Joint Spectrum Center for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). With a $30 million budget and a team of 200 defense and contract employees, he was accountable for all cyber operations in all technical and non-technical aspects of cyberspace and overall information assurance, risk management and regulatory compliance. During his career, Arvay has been a U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, with an exemplary educational background in computer science, information systems and software engineering. He also has significant experience serving as an assistant professor at the United States Naval Academy and Strayer University, and an adjunct instructor at the University of Miami, Southern New Hampshire University and Anne Arundel Community College. Arvay is a certified information systems security professional, project management professional and has top-secret Department of Defense clearance. Corey Roach has been serving as interim CISO since September 2016 and will return to his role as manager for enterprise security.
Draper—In a move to further enhance dedicated research and development operations, the nation’s leading developer of nano-technology fertilizer, Aqua-Yield, announced the hiring of Britney Hunter and Emma Kroon Van Diest. The hirings were announced by Aqua-Yield’s CEO and Co-founder, Clark T. Bell. Hunter is a research agronomist and will assist with both overall R&D projects as well as Aqua-Yield’s marketing and communication. Van Diest is a plant technician and will oversee on-site greenhouse operations and be heavily involved with product field testing. Hunter was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from Utah State University in Logan, she went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Plant Science. Hunter performed research centering on improving vegetable crop production with low cost greenhouses (high tunnels). For the last six years, she has worked in Davis County as a Horticulture Extension agent for USU. Kroon Van Diest was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She worked for the Ohio Soybean Breeding Program and at the research farm on main campus known as The Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resource Laboratory. Her long-term goal is to be involved in the production of food, moving toward sustainable agriculture for everyone and one day accomplishing a dream of having her own cut-flower farm. Kroon Van Diest will manage the greenhouse for all research trials at AquaYield. She will also produce product labels and obtain licenses for all states in which Aqua-Yield does business.
Orem—Clyde Companies—the parent company of W.W. Clyde & Co., Geneva Rock Products, Sunroc Corporation, Sunroc Building Materials, Beehive Insurance Agency and Clyde Properties—announced it has made several organizational changes. The following leadership appointments have been made: Wilford Clyde has been named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Clyde Companies. Clyde had served as Chairman and President of Clyde Companies, but will leave his role as company President, which he was appointed to in 2001. As Chairman and CEO, Clyde will continue to oversee all organizations within Clyde Companies, Inc. He has worked for the organization since 1977, when he got his full-time start as an accountant with Geneva Rock Products. Clyde’s grandfather, W.W. Clyde, started the company in 1926. Rhys Weaver has been named President and Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Clyde Companies. Weaver had been the Executive Vice President of Clyde Companies since 2010 and President of Sunroc Corporation since 1997. He brings 35 years of experience to the position, including 17 years of leadership within the Clyde Companies organization. Jeremy Hafen has been appointed President of Sunroc Corporation, which specializes in construction services, sand and gravel, and ready-mixed concrete. Since 2010, Hafen has served as President of Sunroc Building Materials, which specializes in lumber, millwork, and building products. Company revenues increased by over 100% during his 7-year tenure. Prior to his role with Sunroc Building Materials, Hafen served as Vice President of administrative services for Clyde Companies. He joined the company in 2004, after enjoying several years working in Dallas, Texas for Deloitte & Touche. Greg Templeman has been promoted to President of Sunroc Building Materials. Templeman was hired as Vice President of Sunroc Building Materials in 2015 after leaving a position with SpaceKraft, where he served as a western region Business Development Manager as well as a Regional Manager for the Russian/Middle Eastern area. Additional experience includes finance and management positions at a Weyerhaeuser subsidiary and Merrill Lynch. All appointments became effective Tuesday, April 25.
Murray—Geneva Rock, a construction materials and services organization, announced that Shane Albrecht, PE, has been named Vice President of Area Construction Operations. Albrecht joins Nathan Schellenberg, Vice President of Specialty Construction Operations, in managing the company’s construction divisions which provide earthwork, utility, and road-building and asphalt and concrete paving services across the intermountain west. Albrecht will oversee area construction operations for Geneva Rock, which includes general construction, excavation, utility work, grading, as well as project management teams. Albrecht has worked for Geneva Rock Products for 18 years, most recently in his role as Area Manager of construction. Notable projects include: grading and paving of the Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele County; Interstate 84 reconstruction between Mountain Green and Morgan in Morgan County; and the $100 million Legacy Parkway Segment 3 project in Davis County. Prior to his career with the company, he worked as an engineer for Sandy City and as a project manager with Savage Asphalt Paving. Albrecht attended the University of Utah where he earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.
American Fork—People’s Utah Bancorp announced that it is expanding its executive management team with the addition of Len E. Williams. Williams will begin his employment on September 1, 2017 as Executive Vice President of PUB and of People’s Intermountain Bank (“PIB”), the wholly owned subsidiary of PUB. Richard T. Beard, who currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of PUB and Chief Executive Officer of PIB will retire as Chief Executive Officer and President effective January 2, 2018. Williams will replace Beard at both PUB and PIB at the time of Beard’s retirement, but will report to Beard until that date. Williams began serving on the PUB board of directors in March of this year. Williams, age 58, brings more than 37 years of experience in the commercial banking industry, most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer of Home Federal Bank in Nampa, Idaho from 2006 through its sale to Bank of the Cascades in 2014. During his tenure the bank’s assets grew from $760 million to nearly $1.483 billion while retaining a high regulatory rating. In addition, under Williams’ leadership Home Federal completed two acquisitions of banks with combined total assets of $887 million. Home Federal’s core deposits grew from 47 percent to 78 percent of deposits during Williams’ tenure. Williams instituted a strong culture of professionalism, accountability, trust, innovation and execution. From March of 2005 to the time he started at Home Federal he served as Senior Vice President and director of Business Banking at Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati, Ohio. From 1987 to 2005 he served in a number of leadership and executive roles with KeyBank, including President-Business Banking Division; Colorado Market President; and Head of Middle Market Banking for the Western United States. From 1977 to 1987 he was a Commercial Loan Officer and Regional Credit Administrator for Rainier National Bank in Seattle Washington. Williams received his Masters of Business Administration in Business Management and Finance in 2000 from the University of Washington, Foster School of Business in Seattle, Washington. He received a Banking Certification in general banking in 1987 and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School in Seattle, Washington. Williams brings extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and in commercial lending, both of which will be valuable to PUB.