People On The Move

People on the move is your weekly roundup of hiring and promotional happenings throughout the state of Utah.

Salt Lake City Mountain Pacific Venture Fund (MPVF) announced it has broadened its investment team with the addition of Maryland-based executive, Daniel Roche as Managing Director.  Mr. Roche brings with him extensive entrepreneurial and deep operational growth experience, as well as access to startup innovation from one of the fastest growing Bio-Health hubs in the country.  Maryland is home to significant research and commercialization from John Hopkins University, University of Maryland, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and also serves as the headquarters for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In his role as MPVF Managing Director, Mr. Roche will leverage his experience to expand MPVF’s opportunities to the East Coast, and use his background identify and actively nurture the fund’s biotech and life science investments.  As the life sciences industry continues to create unprecedented opportunities to improve health outcomes and quality of life by leveraging advances in genetics, immunotherapy, big data, robotics, machine learning, and AI, Roche is uniquely positioned to expand the depth of MPVF’s investment thesis and strategic investment management process. Since its 2018 inception, Mountain Pacific Venture Fund, with its deep ties to the University of Utah, has focused on advances in immunotherapies, diagnostics, and medical devices, as well as establishing a channel for introducing South Korea’s burgeoning life sciences industry to the U.S. and global markets.

OremThe Utah Valley Home Builders Association has named Casey Cloward, owner of Raykon Construction, Builder of the Year for 2018. Steve Caldwell, Executive Office of the UVHBA, made the announcement at a recent gathering comprised of members of the association. Mr. Cloward just completed a year of service as the president of the UVHBA. His company has frequently showcased multiple homes in the association’s annual Utah Valley Parade of Homes where his homes have received numerous awards. Over 31,000 people toured his two homes in last year’s parade.  Based in Salem, Mr. Cloward founded Raykon Construction in 2008. They build high-end, custom homes spanning across Utah Valley. They have two homes currently under construction, which are slated to be featured in this year’s Utah Valley Parade of Homes. For more information on Raykon Construction and Casey Cloward, please visit

Salt Lake CityStoel Rives LLP, an Am Law 200 law firm, is pleased to announce that Kelly A. Echols became a new partner of the firm effective Jan. 1, 2019. A patent attorney in the firm’s Salt Lake City office, he is focused on client value and innovation, which are keystones of Stoel Rives’ corporate culture and commitment to excellence.

Mr. Echols, who is an experienced chemical patent attorney, focuses on counseling pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostic, waste conversion, battery component, and chemical companies. Echols has significant intellectual property transaction experience, and he enjoys developing creative global patent portfolio strategies that maximize product value. Mr. Echols also has significant intellectual property transaction experience. He draws upon his experience as Director of Contracts and Patent Counsel for Myrexis, Inc. to assist clients in protecting their products. Prior to joining Stoel Rives, Echols spent five years working with Myrexis, Inc. and its former parent company, Myriad Genetics, Inc.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a law degree from Brigham Young University.

Salt Lake CityHireVue, provider of the most comprehensive AI-driven talent assessment suite and video interviewing solutions, announced today that David Bedell has joined the company as its Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, Mr. Bedell will guide the financial performance and overall operating health of HireVue. Most recently, Mr. Bedell was Vice President of Finance and Investor Relations at Instructure, where he had ownership of financial planning and analysis, investor relations, the deal desk, accounts receivable and international finance and accounting. Previously, he spent more than 13 years at Intuit, serving as Business Unit CFO for its $700 million payroll business unit and then as Head of Operational Finance for the company’s $2.5 billion QuickBooks business. Earlier in his career, Mr. Bedell was a Senior Financial Analyst at Gateway, Inc. He holds an MBA and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University.

Salt Lake CityMaschoff Brennan’s shareholders have elected Kirk Harris as its next managing shareholder. Mr. Harris replaces Eric Maschoff, who has been serving as the firm’s managing shareholder for the past eight years. Mr. Harris joined the firm in 2012 and has been serving on the firm’s executive committee; he will now lead the firm that has grown to more than 50 attorneys. Harris’ legal practice focuses on complex business and intellectual property litigation. The firm also named Bethany Adamek to the newly created position of executive director. Ms. Adamek has been serving as the firm’s HR director. She will now oversee firm operations throughout the firm’s five offices including HR, marketing, information technology, and more. She joined the firm in 2016.

Salt Lake City―After 38 years in the public accounting profession, Kent M. Bowman has retired as a Partner at Tanner LLC. Mr. Bowman distinguished career spans three different professional firms, including 14 years at Tanner LLC, where his extraordinary commitment to his clients and colleagues produced extraordinary results. Mr. Bowman is best known for demonstrating leadership in the firms where he worked and in the many community organizations he served.  He focused his efforts on delivering meaningful solutions to his clients’ challenges and doing so with an absolute commitment to quality, respect and delivering the best results. During his tenure at Tanner, Mr. Bowman was instrumental in helping the firm grow from approximately 35 people to 150 talented professionals. Mr. Bowman’s advisory board service was directed to many exceptional organizations in our community including Guadalupe Schools, Institute of Management Accountants, Key Bank of Utah, Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, Rotary Club, University of Utah School of Accounting, and Utah Technology Council.

Salt Lake CityThe Gateway, downtown Salt Lake City’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination, is excited to announce the recent hire of Ted Anderson to the post of senior general manager. Mr. Anderson will oversee all operations and management of the 1.4 million square foot lifestyle destination in the heart of Salt Lake City. Mr. Anderson graduated from Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah with a degree in Accounting. Prior to accepting this position, he served as Senior Regional Property Manager for Shopcore Properties and DDR Corporation. Mr. Anderson brings 18 years of experience and a proven track record of success in managing and growing property portfolios. An integral part of Salt Lake’s Arts and Entertainment district this experience-driven destination has something for everyone. New offerings include an urban tech hub and co-working spaces, planned 4-star lifestyle boutique hotel, new dining and entertainment tenants, community events and celebrations with a full roster of more than 160 events annually attracting more than 150,000.

Salt Lake City―FFKR Architects has named five new Senior Associates. These individuals join FFKR’s current principals, senior associates, and associates who embody the firm’s dedication to innovative, high quality, environmentally responsible architecture.

Jessica Hoffman, AIA

Trenton Jones, AIA

Mandy Martineau, AIA

Abram Nielsen, PLA, ALSA, AICP, LEED AP

Jodi Geroux, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

FFKR Architects is an architectural, interior design, landscape architecture and planning firm, serving the western United States since 1976.  FFKR’s practice encompasses a broad range of building types and services including education, entertainment, healthcare, hospitality, interior architecture, and religious facilities.  FFKR’s recently completed projects include BioFire Diagnostics, Miwok Tribal Administration Building, MTC Expansion, and Boncom tenant improvement.

Salt Lake City―Love Communications, one of the western region’s most prominent full-service advertising, digital, marketing and public relations firms, welcomes two new clients to its Treasure Valley offices located at the Zions Bank Idaho Headquarters, 800 Main Street, Boise, Idaho. Love’s new clients include United Way of Treasure Valley and Liiingo. These clients join Love’s extensive list of clients in the area including Arctic Circle, RC Willey, Zions Bank and KBOI. Love has worked with United Way of Salt Lake for 17 years and is proud to carry these strong ties and vast experience over to United Way of Treasure Valley. The organization is dedicated to bettering the community by fighting for the health, education and financial stability of its citizens. Love will break barriers with new tech company, Liiingo, a mobile app that provides a customized experience to customers in their own language. The app delivers complimentary content and media to users in their native tongue related to the user’s location including places like tourist attractions, museums, zoos and more.