Long-time Tremonton resident and experienced banker NORMAN FUKUI joined Bank of Utah’s Brigham City branch as a new senior vice president and commercial loan area manager. In this position, Fukui is responsible for all commercial lending activity in the bank’s northern markets of Box Elder and Cache counties. Fukui has worked in the banking and credit industry for more than 25 years in Northern Utah. Fukui most recently served for 12 years as a vice president and commercial loan officer at Zions Bank. Previously he worked for 10 years as a commercial loan officer for First Security Bank, and before that as an agricultural loan specialist for Production Credit Association.
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney announced that TERRI YECKLEY, senior vice president, and ALLISON SMOOT, senior vice president, financial advisors in the firm’s wealth management office in Salt Lake City, have earned the Family Wealth Director (FWD) designation. Designated Family Wealth Directors must demonstrate professional knowledge and experience in a range of specialties including estate planning, traditional and alternative investments, control and restricted securities, lending, hedging and monetization, and investment banking.
DEREK MILLER was named Governor Herbert’s chief of staff. Prior to this appointment, Miller served as the GOED deputy director and managing director for the “Grow Business” team, where he oversaw 41 expansion and recruitment projects, representing 12,500 jobs, $2.8 billion in capital investments and $9.4 billion in new wages. Before joining GOED, he served as the director of the Utah Division of Real Estate, where he implemented customer service improvements resulting in reducing license processing times from five weeks to less than five days. Miller also oversaw enforcement activities including investigating and prosecuting companies and individuals engaged in fraud, helping to establish the Utah Mortgage Fraud Task Force along with the U.S. Attorney and Utah Attorney General’s Office. Miller has served as congressional counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and as a management consultant with Arthur Andersen.
Questar Corp. appointed ANTHONY R. IVINS as treasurer. Since 1981, Ivins has held a number of positions with Questar, most recently serving as the corporation’s assistant treasurer responsible for cash management, bank relationships, commercial paper and short- and long-term borrowing and investing. Ivins is past president of the Utah Treasury Management Association and a past member of Mountain America Credit Union’s board of directors.
The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce appointed Ogden native DONALD J. SALAZAR to its board of directors. Salazar is president and CEO of CTI Construction, a design-build Ogden-based company. Salazar is the past chair of the Ogden Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and serves on the board of the Utah Hispanic Chamber. He is also past president of Northern Utah Public Employees Association, past chair of the OAHCC, and a member of the governor-appointed State Council on Workforce Services, the Weber State University national advisory board, the Weber State University Arts and Humanities board, IHC Mckay Dee Hospital board of trustees, IHC McKay Dee Hospital outreach committee board, Nature Conservancy board of trustees and the Utah Hispanic Legislative Task Force.
President and CEO of The Buckner Company, TERRY H. BUCKNER, and employee benefits sales executive, RICH PETERSON, received a Patriot Award from ROBERT K. WATTS of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Buckner employee JOHN WALTERS, who recently served for one year on active duty in Afghanistan, nominated the two for the award.
TAFT G. MEYER is Bank of Utah’s new executive vice president, chief lending officer. Meyer brings many years of banking experience to his new leadership role at Bank of Utah. Prior to coming to Bank of Utah, Meyer served at Zions Bank as senior vice president relationship manager in the corporate banking division and director of regional credit in the commercial banking division and has also acted as a team leader of Northern Utah community bankers for Wells Fargo. He earned a B.S. in economics at Utah State University and developed his career as a community banker at First Security Bank in Ogden and at Security Pacific Bank in California.
Shepherd’s Staff Christian Counseling Center, Inc. recently hired KELLEY WOODFIN as president and CEO. Woodfin came to Utah in 2006 from California, where she operated a successful risk management consulting firm. She is certified as a professional in health care risk management and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management. She has also served as president of the Southern California Association of Healthcare Risk Management and earned recognition from her peers for Lifetime Achievement in Healthcare Risk Management. She was also recently selected by the board of directors of the National Association of Professional Woman as the 2010/2011 “Professional Woman of the Year.”
JOEL RACKER, president and CEO of the Utah Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, has been named president of the Western Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (WACVB). The WACVB president’s responsibilities include presiding at all meetings of the board of directors and of the membership, serving as an ex officio member of many committees and providing direction through worthwhile objectives that advance the professional achievement of its members.
Lunchboxers appointed culinary expert AARON HOBBS executive chef of the company’s healthy school lunch program. Prior to joining Lunchboxers, Hobbs worked as the head chef at Thaifoon, a distinguished Asian cuisine restaurant in Salt Lake City. For more than eight years, Hobbs played an integral role in running the restaurant, from creating new and innovative recipes to assisting in the establishment of four new branches in Colorado and Arizona.
The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco appointed DAMON G. MILLER, Utah Market president, U.S. Bank, Salt Lake City, a director of its Salt Lake City Branch effective January 1, 2011. He will replace MICHALE M. MOONEY, president Idaho Region, Bank of the Cascades, Boise, Idaho, who is retiring. The Branch also reappointed SCOTT HYMAS, CEO, R.C. Willey Home Furnishings, Salt Lake City, as Chairman for 2011.
“As chair of the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, I speak for all of us when I say what great pride it gives us to see one of our own board members being named to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. It shows the high regard they have for Utah, our chamber and Don Salazar.”
–– Paula Jojola Brog, Chair, Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
“Northern Utah has a real variety of commercial lending needs that run the gamut from agricultural, to construction, to manufacturing and retail. I’ve spent much of my life helping friends and neighbors in the area finance their businesses. I think it helps to deal with a banker who you know lives in the community and understands the challenges and opportunities that we all share.”
— Norman Fukui, Bank of Utah