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Salt Lake City―Jacey Skinner—an attorney who has held a variety of senior leadership roles in Utah state government, including serving as General Counsel to Utah Governor Gary Herbert—has joined Ballard Spahr in its Salt Lake City office. As of counsel in the firm’s Government Relations, Regulatory Affairs and Contracting Group, Ms. Skinner joins a national team of attorneys recognized for their success in helping clients identify and pursue development opportunities and navigate regulatory and policy challenges. Ms. Skinner served as General Counsel to Gov. Herbert from 2013 to 2017. In that role, she negotiated legislation, oversaw the Governor’s legislative review and bill signing, coordinated litigation with the Attorney General’s Office, advised the Governor, his cabinet, and the Lieutenant Governor on legal, policy, and ethical issues, and oversaw Gov. Herbert’s judicial appointment process. She most recently served as the Deputy State Court Administrator for the State of Utah, where she facilitated policy development and managed relations with the state legislature, executive branch agencies, the Utah Judicial Council, and the Utah Supreme Court. Ms. Skinner’s experience includes serving as Director of the Utah Sentencing Commission and President of the National Association of Sentencing Commissions, where she oversaw sentencing guidelines, assisted with judicial appointments, and advised the legislature, judiciary, and Governor’s Office on sentencing policy. She was a Deputy District Attorney from 2003 to 2009 at the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office, where she tried both felony and juvenile cases and oversaw policy development and advocacy as Vice Chair of the Statewide Association of Prosecutors Legislative Action Committee.  Ballard Spahr’s Government Relations, Regulatory Affairs, and Contracting Group offer a range of services to clients in state capitals across the country. Attorneys in the group work on both sides of the aisle to provide direct assistance in legislative efforts, assist with economic development and government contracting matters, and help clients structure transactions that meet the requirements of public programs. Ms. Skinner will also work with the firm’s Political and Election Law Group, which represents government agencies and officials, candidates and contributors, lobbyists and PACs, trade associations, political parties, and corporations engaged in—or wishing to engage in—the political process.

Salt Lake City―Tanner is pleased to announce that Nina M. Quarequio, CPA, has been admitted as an Audit Partner. Ms. Quarequio has more than 20 years of professional experience providing both audit and tax services. Her experience includes public offerings, reverse mergers, taking companies private, and Sarbanes-Oxley 404 implementation.  Ms. Quarequio’s client base includes businesses within the technology, life sciences, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, distribution, and retail industries, as well as the non-profit sector. She is also a trusted advisor to her closely held entrepreneurial and investor-backed private clients, advising them with cash flow management, financial projections, and forecasting. She is an expert in complex accounting topics such as revenue recognition, purchase accounting, debt and equity transactions, and stock-based compensation arrangements. Additionally, Ms. Quarequio served as vice president of finance for a public company and chief financial officer for a private company. Ms. Quarequio holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Long Island University – CW Post. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is active in the community and is involved with the National Charity League, and the Association for Corporate Growth organizations. Tanner LLC is Utah’s largest locally owned CPA firm, serving medium to large private and publicly held companies, providing tax, audit, due diligence, technology, strategic planning, and leadership development services. Tanner is located in the City Creek Center, 36 South State Street, Suite 600 in Salt Lake City. For more information visit: www.tannerco.com.

Salt Lake City―Steve Smith, CEO of local Utah tech company Finicity, was announced today as a HousingWire Vanguard. He is one of only 52 innovation leaders in the mortgage industry who were selected from across the country. Over the past year, Mr. Smith has led Finicity in a number of innovative endeavors from becoming co-chair of the Financial Data Exchange, a nonprofit focused on helping the financial industry exchange data securely, to establishing data exchange partnerships with banks like Capital One and Chase.

Salt Lake City― Larson & Company is proud to announce Jon Haderlie, CPA has been promoted to the position of Audit Partner in our Spanish Fork location. Mr. Haderlie has more than 12 years of public accounting experience and was formerly a Senior Audit Manager. Mr. Haderlie specializes in government audits and consulting services for municipal and state-funded entities Mr. Haderlie works with Utah government entities of all sizes, including cities, towns, counties, special service districts, and charter schools. Mr. Haderlie is the subject matter expert on Single Audit Compliance for the Firm. Mr. Haderlie also consults businesses on internal controls and business operations and works with small business and individual tax clients. Mr. Haderlie brings enthusiasm and energy to this new leadership role, having led the marketing efforts for the government practice since 2015. Mr. Haderlie is well known in the government community as someone who is an expert in his field. Jon is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants. He received his Master of Accounting degree from Brigham Young University and Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Utah State University.

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