Utah Business People on the Move

People on the Move

Provo—Qualtrics, provider of the world’s leading insight platform, announced the appointment of veteran Microsoft executive Zig Serafin as the company’s chief operating officer. Serafin will relocate from Washington to Utah, to lead operations during a time of rapid growth and international expansion for Qualtrics. Prior to joining Qualtrics, Serafin spent 17 years at Microsoft leading large teams and building multi-billion-dollar product lines. Most recently, Serafin was a corporate vice president with responsibility for Office 365 Skype for Business, which is used in 1.2 billion meetings per year in over 90 countries. Serafin also helped spearhead the development of Microsoft’s artificial intelligence platform and personal assistant, Cortana, which today services more than 130 million monthly active users. Serafin previously served as general manager of Microsoft’s Tellme Networks. Qualtrics is experiencing dramatic growth and international expansion ahead of a planned IPO. In the past three years, the 14-year-old private company has opened U.S. offices in Dallas, Seattle, and Washington D.C., as well as international offices in Dublin, Ireland, London, U.K., and Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, Australia. Last month, Qualtrics opened a new, 150,000-square-foot headquarters in Provo, which Forbes dubbed “tech’s boldest new headquarters.” Qualtrics also recently won a slew of high-profile accolades, including inclusion on the prestigious Forbes 2016 Cloud 100 list.

Salt Lake City—The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) has selected Jon Pierpont to serve on its Executive Committee. As part of this role, Pierpont will represent Utah on the committee and work with state administrators nationally on workforce issues. NASWA’s mission is to enhance the state workforce agencies’ ability to accomplish their goals, statutory roles and responsibilities. The organization works to drive the national agenda for workforce policy and provide value to state workforce administrators. The executive committee meets regularly throughout the year to discuss policy matters and their impacts on states. In addition, the executive committee coordinates activities with the various subcommittees and programs. Pierpont currently serves as the executive director of Utah’s Department of Workforce Services and cabinet member for Governor Gary R. Herbert. He has worked in several leadership positions within the department for nearly 25 years. In addition, Pierpont recently finished serving as the NASWA Equal Opportunity Subcommittee Chair. Pierpont will serve in the secretary position on the executive committee for a one-year term.

Salt Lake City—inWhatLanguage, a Salt Lake City-based leader in translation technology and services, further accelerates its growth by welcoming two new members to its global sales organization. Dave Hansen joins inWhatLanguage as the new vice president of Global Sales and does so with 15 years of sales and language industry experience. Hansen led the commercial sales team and spearheaded product globalization while working in the training and certification industry at Certiport and Pearson. While there, he also led international product expansion and advised strategic partners, such as Microsoft, Adobe, and HP regarding international program growth. Most recently, Hansen headed the global client services organization at MultiLing, where he led global CX efforts and managed the growth of all strategic accounts. Hansen has served on the Board of Trustees for Business Professionals of America, The Zamani Project, and as a business advisor to many organizations ranging from eCommerce to avionics. He holds a BA in communications from Brigham Young University, an MBA, several industry certifications, and he speaks fluent Spanish. inWhatLanguage also welcomes Sailiata Fano to the sales team as the Mid-Market & Enterprise Portfolio Executive. With his 18 years of sales experience in both technology and financial industries, Sailiata is well acquainted with the internal processes and organizational structure of businesses and has a keen ability to identify the specific needs of individual clients. His background includes leading multiple sales teams through strategic growth with cloud-based technologies. His expertise led an average cost savings of 27 percent for his many clients. Sailiata holds a BA in Political Science from Brigham Young University.

Salt Lake City— Tanner LLC is pleased to announce that Klint G. Lewis, CPA, has been elected an Audit Partner. Lewis has 13 years of public accounting experience serving companies in the technology, software, network marketing, manufacturing, medical device, real estate, and banking sectors. He began his career in Costa Mesa, California where he served software, technology, and manufacturing companies. His experience includes audits of public and private entities, financial due diligence, benefit plan audits, and advising high growth companies on various accounting issues including revenue recognition, equity and debt transactions, business combinations, and international expansion. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with an accounting concentration from the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at California State University, Fullerton, and a Master of Business Administration with an accounting concentration from the John M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. He is a member of the AICPA and the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants. Lewis is active in the community serving on the membership committee of ACG Utah and supporting Utah Soccer Alliance. He is an active member of the technology ecosystem in Utah and supports initiatives and participates in events that promote Utah’s technology sector.

Salt Lake City—Lynn Ames, former tax partner at Ernst & Young, announced that in his retirement from Ernst & Young he will be joining Knox Capital Group, a financial planning firm. Ames will officially start with Knox Capital on October 1, 2016. Ames received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting and Master of Professional Accountancy both from the University of Utah. He started his career in the tax department of Deloitte and Touche where he worked for seven years and became a manager in the tax department. He then left public accounting to become the Director of Tax at Ballard Medical Products which was a global medical device manufacturer and publicly traded. Following the sale of Ballard Medical Products, Ames returned to public accounting at Ernst & Young, where he became a tax partner in 2004 and ran the Salt Lake City Practice until earlier this year. While at Ernst & Young, Ames served clients in almost all industries. He provided tax consulting services to many companies involved with various transactions including buy/sale, IPO, and international expansion. He worked with several high wealth individual clients and assisted in achieving tax efficiencies with all clients. He had significant experience in serving corporate clients including many of Utah’s largest public companies. He also had extensive experience serving real estate clients with S Corporations or partnerships as the entity of choice. Additionally, Ames served several clients in the venture capital or private equity space. Ames is married to Rebecca (Becky) Bennett and they have five children and five grandchildren. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Intermountain Research and Medical Foundation, on the Board of Trustees for the Intermountain Central Region, and on the Board for Utah Foundation.

Salt Lake City—Burns & McDonnell promoted group manager Paul Callahan to the principal level of leadership. Representing less than 3.5 percent of the firm’s population, principals are selected for outstanding performance, future leadership potential and technical excellence. As the regional manager of the Environmental Studies & Permitting group, Paul leads a team out of Salt Lake City focused on environmental compliance and permitting for complex energy, transportation, mining and water development projects throughout the western U.S.—specializing in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and State Environmental Policy Act compliance work. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Gettysburg College and a master’s of science degree in hydrology from the University of Montana.

Salt Lake City—Evelar Solar, one of the fastest growing residential and commercial solar companies in the Intermountain West, is pleased to announce the appointment of Spencer Angerbauer as chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Angerbauer begins his tenure as Chairman and CEO alongside the current Evelar Solar leadership team, which consists of President and Chief Operating Officer Thomas Higgs, Chief Strategy Officer Nathan Higgs, and Chief Revenue Officer Jon James. As an original co-founder and investor in Evelar, Angerbauer joins the team now full time with a wide range of technology and financial services leadership experience. Most recently, Angerbauer served as Founder and President of EQUINOX Business Solutions, one of the largest SaaS companies in the commercial transportation industry. Under Angerbauer’s leadership, Inc. Magazine recognized EQUINOX Business Solutions as the 75th fastest growing private company in the United States in 2013. EQUINOX Business Solutions focused on offering web and mobile-enabled back-office accounting, insurance and equipment finance solutions for independent owner operators in the transportation industry. EQUINOX Business Solutions was later absorbed by global transportation giant C.R. England, where Angerbauer went on to serve as an executive and member of its senior executive committee. In addition to his background in the transportation sector, Angerbauer has founded, launched, and remains on the board of several SaaS and mobile technology companies, including motionSlice LLC, Customer Dynamics, Tabitop LLC, Critical Spoke LLC, and Yendorse. In 2013, Angerbauer was recognized as one of the “40 under 40” by Utah Business Magazine. He also remains involved in a number of community and non-profit boards, including AAA, CSAA, and ACP.

St. George—Bank of Utah announced the hiring of Jake Larsen to serve as a mortgage loan officer at its St. George Mortgage Loan Office, 243 East St. George Blvd., Ste. 110. Larsen brings 15 years of experience in the banking industry to the position. Larsen is the founder and owner of Larsen Banking Consulting, and in recent years served as a small business development officer and vice president at Rock Canyon Bank in St. George. He has also held several other business banking positions in California and Nevada. Throughout his career, Larsen has received several industry awards and distinctions including the 2014 Semi-Annual Top Producer for First Citizens Bank, the 2010 Annual Pinnacle Winner for US Bank by consistently producing in the top 10 percent of the bank every quarter, and he closed $12MM in SBA loans in 2007 for Silver State Bank by efficiently implementing and managing a product to a new target market. Larsen is a graduate of UNLV in Hotel Administration, and holds an Associate of Science in Business from Dixie State University.

Salt Lake City—UHIN, a not-for-profit positively impacting healthcare through reduced costs, improved quality, and better results by fostering data-driven decisions, has appointed Candace Czerny as Chief Operating Officer, and Andrew Burchett to the position of Chief Information Officer. Prior to her appointment as COO, Czerny served as UHIN’s Director of Business Development. She joined UHIN from Alliance Health where she served as Vice President of Program Development. Burchett has spent the majority of his career in the financial services industry. In his most recent role, he served as the lead infrastructure and security architect at a financial transactions firm. His career also includes earlier tenure with UHIN, serving as Director of Infrastructure and Security.

Salt Lake City—Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce that attorneys Alexandra Sandvik and Justin W. Thomas have joined the Salt Lake City office. Sandvik focuses her practice on commercial litigation and labor and employment law. She helps companies and employers solve matters relating to policies and handbooks, employment discrimination allegations and compliance with federal and state employment laws. Sandvik received her B.A. from Brigham Young University and her J.D. from Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School. Thomas concentrates his practice on commercial real estate. His leasing experience includes representing both retail and office landlords as well as retail and office tenants. Thomas also has experience in private lending, such as bridge loans and hard money lending. He received his B.S. from the University of Utah and his J.D. from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. Thomas is a licensed realtor in the State of Utah.

Salt Lake City—Philippines Humanitarian, a U.S. based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides education assistance to impoverished children in the Philippines, is pleased to announce M. Gale Lemmon has been elected to join its Board of Directors. Lemmon gained an appreciation of the Filipino culture and people after he served an 18-month church-related mission to the Philippines in 2016 with his wife, Susan. During their tenure, he served as Associate Area Legal Counsel while Susan served as Assistant to the Area Medical Supervisor. Lemmon is formerly the Assistant Attorney General in the Utah Attorney General’s office, retiring in December of 2013.

Ogden—Casey Perkins has been moved into the active CEO role with Edge Home and Commercial Security. Perkins comes from an extensive background in security systems for both home and business. He was previously with another security company for 10 years. Edge Home and Commercial offers a wide variety of state of the art equipment. They design, install and service virtually any type of system a person might need, from fire, security and alarm, to access control, video surveillance and central station monitoring.

Salt Lake City—SMG, the company that manages the Salt Lake County Equestrian Park & Events Center on behalf of Salt Lake County, has hired Jo E. Stowell as the new Director of the South Jordan facility. Stowell comes to Utah from Illinois where she was the Senior Sales Manager and Department Head of the Peoria Civic Center. Dan Hayes, General Manager of the Salt Palace Convention Center, South Towne Exposition Center and the Equestrian Park, made the announcement on Wednesday, October 19. Stowell brings with her a combination of skills and experience that will help set a new course for this facility. In addition to working more than 10 years at the Civic Center, she has spent an equal amount of time working with the equestrian community at Bridlewood Stables in Peoria. The hiring process for the new director was a cooperative effort between the Salt Lake County Community Services Department, Salt Lake County Council, the Equestrian Park Advisory Committee and SMG. This special interest in the selection process was borne out of events that occurred earlier this year when the future of the Equestrian Park was being discussed. The Salt Lake County Mayor’s office put forth four different scenarios that ranged from closing the facility to converting it into a regional, multiuse park. In August, the council agreed with the mayor’s recommendation to maintain the equestrian programming and opportunities at the park, as well as to invest in the maintenance and improvements needed at the facility. Five million dollars has been earmarked within the $90 million dollar Parks & Recreation Projects bond the County hopes voters will approve in November. This infusion of cash and commitment from the County will help revitalize the Equestrian Park. In addition to her experience at the Peoria Civic Center, Stowell also worked at the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Creative Advertising from Bradley University in Peoria and is a member of several professional organizations. The 120-acre Salt Lake County Equestrian Park is located in South Jordan. It features an indoor arena and events center; outdoor arenas, a polo field, racetrack, grandstands and meeting rooms. There are short and long-term boarding facilities and other amenities for horses. The facility is home to the annual Salt Lake County Fair.

Salt Lake City—Aqua-Yield, the nation’s leading innovator in agricultural nanotechnology, announced the expansion of its already impressive staff. Dave Dickson of Gilbert, Arizona, has been named Director of Agronomy. In addition, Mark Mitchell of Clovis, New Mexico, has been named Regional Sales Manager.

Salt Lake City—Experticity announced that Kevin Knight—one of Silicon Valley’s leaders in authentic advertising and digital strategy for some of the world’s most iconic startups and brands—has joined the company as chief marketing officer. Knight comes to Experticity from Pinterest, where he served as the head of creative and brand strategy, leading the team that works directly with the company’s largest clients and advertising agencies. He was also the primary creator and leader of the Pin Factory, an in-house content production studio, and led the company’s industry relations, agency relations, insights and marketing communications teams during his tenure. At Pinterest, Knight worked closely with many of the most prominent companies and agencies in the global marketplace. Brands included Target, P&G, General Mills, Walmart, Unilever, PepsiCo, Gap, General Motors and Honda. Agencies included BBDO, Droga5, Deep Focus, Edelman, Mindshare, VaynerMedia, Ogilvy and many others. Before his time at Pinterest, Knight acquired a rare depth of expertise by serving in a series of roles with progressively greater levels of influence and responsibility at Microsoft, Google and Facebook. At Google, he developed innovative strategies for helping brands advertise more effectively on Google and YouTube. At Facebook, he led the development and execution of a host of social marketing strategies and campaigns, including some of the most impactful social campaigns ever created.