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Salt Lake City – On June 2nd World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah) announced Miles Hansen as the new President and CEO of WTC Utah. Hansen replaces Derek B. Miller who left to become the President and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance. Mr. Hansen was most recently the Director for Gulf Affairs at the National Security Council in the White House. Prior to that, he served as a staff aide to the State Department’s Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs. As a diplomat, Mr. Hansen was the energy and economic officer at U.S. Consulate General Dhahran in Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province where he served as a liaison with Saudi Aramco and advised U.S. government and private sector leaders on the Saudi energy industry and economic reform agenda. He also served tours focused on Iran at U.S. Embassy Yerevan, Armenia and the Iran Regional Presence Office at U.S. Consulate General Dubai. Before joining the State Department as a Thomas R. Pickering Fellow, Mr. Hansen started his career in Utah as a Special Assistant in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor.  Mr. Hansen is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and Brigham Young University. A speaker of Russian, Farsi, and Arabic, Mr. Hansen has firsthand experience in more than 70 countries and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. The Search Committee selected Hansen after a two-month search process. The committee, comprised of WTC Utah Board officers, presented a recommendation to the WTC Utah Executive Committee for a vote. The Executive Committee voted unanimously in favor of naming Mr. Hansen as Mr. Miller’s replacement. WTC Utah’s International Business Director Suzette Alles will also be promoted to Chief Operating Officer and act as interim CEO until Mr. Hansen arrives in August 2018.

Salt Lake City–A valued member of Jack B. Parson Ready Mix Concrete history is retiring. After 44 years, Friday June 29th was Ron Hadley’s last day in the office. Ron has significantly contributed to the community and the industry by serving on the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Board for 20 years, serving as a Lifetime Board Member with Northern Wasatch Home Builders Association, ten years with the Wildcat Club, as well as serving several other charitable causes.

Salt Lake City–Mountain States Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2018 edition recognizes 30 lawyers in Parsons Behle & Latimer’s Salt Lake City office for proven excellence in legal practice.  Less than five percent of attorneys in Utah are included. Attorney John R. Lund is honored as one of the “Top 100” lawyers for 2018. Three lawyers are included in the “Top 50 Women” lawyers for 2018. They are: Julianne P. Blanch, Tammy B. Georgelas and Juliette P. White. The following lawyers in the Salt Lake City office are included:  J. Michael Bailey, J. Thomas Beckett, David M. Bennion, Julianne P. Blanch, Erik A. Christiansen, Wendy B. Crowther, Raymond J. Etcheverry, Nicolas U. Frandsen (Rising Star), W. Mark Gavre, Tammy B. Georgleas, Emily D. Holt (Rising Star), Stephen J. Hull, Christina M. Jepson, Michael L. Larsen, John R. Lund, David G. Mangum, Geoffrey W. Mangum, Brandon J. Mark (Rising Star), Alissa M. Mellem (Rising Star), Alan S. Mouritsen (Rising Star), Nora R. Pincus (Rising Star), Hal J. Pos, Jacob A. Santini (Rising Star), C. Kevin Speirs, Katherine E. Venti, Adam E. Weinacker (Rising Star), Juliette P. White, Francis M. Wikstrom, Zack L. Winzeler and Michael W. Young (Rising Star). In total, Mountain States Super Lawyers named 36 Parsons Behle & Latimer lawyers, including four in the firm’s Boise office and two in its Reno office. Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made annually, on a state-by-state basis. The objective is to create a credible, comprehensive list of attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers hiring legal counsel. Parsons Behle & Latimer’s 140 attorneys serve clients in natural resources, manufacturing, mining, technology, real estate, banking, retail, utility and health care industries, as well as practicing mass torts and personal injury law. Founded in 1882, the firm has offices in Boise, Idaho Falls, Las Vegas, Reno, Salt Lake City and Washington D.C.

Salt Lake City–RQN attorney, Paul Taylor, has been elected as Chair of the U.S. Bar – European Patent Office Liaison Council.  For over 30 years, this Council has met annually with officials of the EPO, representing U.S. users of the EPO’s services.  Typically, the meetings alternate annually between an EPO office in Europe and a location in the United States, often adjoining a meeting of one of the U.S. national IP groups. The Council exists solely for the purpose of these meetings with the EPO and providing a communications channel between the EPO and U.S. national, regional and local IP groups. It comprises one or two delegates from each of over 30 U.S. IP organizations. In addition to delegates, past chairs of the Council and guests invited by the current Chair may also participate in Council meetings. Because U.S. applicants file more applications in the EPO than those of any other country and because the Council represents many U.S. organizations, it has access to the EPO at the highest levels. Typically, its President, at least one Vice President, and several Directors-General and Directors, including representatives of the examining and the international cooperation groups, represent the EPO. In addition, since the EPO Boards of Appeal recently gained more independent status, the Council has met with the President of the Boards and Board members in the Munich area. The main meeting usually starts with a report by the EPO President and general discussion of European and international patent law and procedure harmonization at a high level. Then, there typically is a series of presentations by the EPO and U.S. delegates on specific topics on the agenda, for example, EPO initiatives, and problems encountered by examiners and applicants during examination of U.S. origin applications. The EPO has been very open to receiving the Council’s comments and has responded to them, while at the same time presenting its own plans and positions.