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August 24, 2012

TAB Bank appointed STEVE SALA as president. Sala has been a member of TAB’s Board of Directors for approximately 18 months and brings to the position a wealth of experience and expertise in the banking and finance industries. Sala’s background encompasses all aspects of finance including time spent as CFO and Board Director for Skaggs Companies, Inc., President of S Four Enterprises, Inc., and CFO for Santa Fe Partners. His experience also includes a long banking career with the likes of JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and First Interstate Bank.  During his tenure at First Interstate Bank, he oversaw numerous divisions in Utah and California.

JAY BARNEY, a leading expert on strategy and strategic management, is joining the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah as a presidential professor of strategic management and as lassonde chair of social entrepreneurship. He comes to the Eccles School after 18 years at Ohio State University. Most recently, Barney published his sixth book, a novel entitled What I Didn’t Learn in Business School: How Strategy Works in the Real World, which he uses in some of his MBA and Ph.D. classes.

Gov. Gary R. Herbert named KRISTEN COX director of the new Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB). Cox, 42, is presently serving as Dept. of Workforce Services Executive Director. Since her 2007 appointment to DWS, Kristen has overseen major agency structural changes, saving taxpayers over $30 million and aligning DWS public assistance programs with workforce and employer demands.

DALLAS ROBINSON, a business student at Utah Valley University’s Woodbury School of Business, was recently named one of nine 2012 Forbes All-Star Entrepreneurs in the September issue. The accolade recognizes college entrepreneurs who have started a business with at least $100,000 in sales while still a full-time student. Kisstixx produces a high-quality lip balm that comes in complementary flavors that combine when users kiss. The All-Star honor from Forbes is the latest in a series of accomplishments for Robinson and his Kisstixx business partner, MIKE BUONOMO. The duo appeared on ABC’s “Shark Tank”, where business mogul Mark Cuban invested $200,000 in their company. Kisstixx also won the U.S. Small Business Administration video contest and was featured on the White House website.

Mayor Wilford W. Clyde, the Springville City Council and Springville Museum of Art Association Board appointmented Dr. RITA WRIGHT as the new Springville Museum of Art director and curator. Previously, Wright has been the Curator of Art and Artifacts at the LDS Church History Museum in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she worked with donors and served on the Museum exhibition team. She also worked for eight years at the BYU Museum of Art on the Provo, Utah campus. She has worked and assisted in such exhibits as Carl Bloch: The Masters Hand, and James Tissot: The Life of Christ.

MCKENZIE WAGNER, Springville elementary student, will release a new book, Benotripia: The Rescue, this September and it will be available for sale at and Benotripia: The Rescue dives into a sci-fi war involving two opposing islands, a dark ruin and a paradise. The characters in Wagner's story emerge on a perilous journey when  Danette, the Benotripian leader, is captured. This journey will seal the fate of these adventurers as they attempt to restore peace to their flourishing paradise.

PHILLIP HALL, DDS took the oath of office to become the 82nd president of the Rotary Club of St. George. The practicing St. George dentist assumes duties and responsibilities for the 60-member service organization from outgoing president Linda Baker, vice president of Workers Compensation Fund - Southern Utah Division. Hall practiced in Provo for 27 years before moving his practice to St. George in 1997. The Rotary Club of St. George was chartered in 1931 and is one of nearly 28,000 such organizations in more than 150 countries worldwide.  

MONICA OWENS joined RE/MAX First Realty as the newest buyers agent of the Kevin Wilkinson team. Owens brings to the office 7 years of experience in real estate and specializes in the residential real estate market. Owens began her Real Estate career in Texas and was an integral part in building a successful brokerage there. Owens is excited to be back in Southern Utah and serving her clients with her unique skill set.

The Professional Beauty Association’s North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) recognized Utah-based Lunatic Fringe Salon stylists with Salon Team of the Year and People’s Choice: Newcomer Stylist of the Year. The Salon Team win was lead by recently appointed creative director, FUMI EGUCHI and co-­creative director, STEVEN ROBERTSON. Eguchi and Robertson collaborated on the collection with five members of the artistic team from three of the Salt Lake City locations who displayed a wide array of artistic versatility. The Newcomer Stylist of the Year went to NICK HEMSLEY who has been working with the salon since 2010.

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