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St. George—Thomas J. Bayles is newly certified as an Accredited Estate Planner (AEP) designee by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC). His office is located on St. George Boulevard in downtown St. George. Bayles regularly counsels clients concerning estate planning, estate taxes, income taxes, business planning, and real estate transactions. He is actively involved in Southern Utah in a wide range of activities including supporting a legal services program at the Senior Center in St. George, Southern Utah Estate Planning Council, The DOVE Center (board member), and volunteering to support kids in the Dixie Junior Livestock Show.

Salt Lake City—Steven E. Clyde, vice president and director and shareholder of Clyde Snow & Sessions, has been appointed as a lay member of the Legislative Water Development Commission for a two-year term on October 17, 2017. The commission was established by the Utah Legislature in order to address the changes necessary in our water laws for the future. Throughout his career, Clyde has specialized in natural resources law, including oil and gas, public land law, and mining law, with a primary emphasis in water law. Additionally, he has served on the Utah Legislature’s Water Task Force and on the Executive’s Water Task Force since 2007 to revise Utah’s water laws. In addition, Brent R. Baker, director and shareholder of Clyde Snow & Sessions, was elected Chairman of the Utah Securities Commission on October 19, 2017. Baker brings more than 23 years of securities experience to his newly appointed position and will assist the Utah Division of Securities in setting policy, adopting rules, and adjudicating enforcement actions brought by the Division.

Salt Lake City—The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) announced that Clark Cahoon, fund manager for the Technology Commercialization and Innovation Program (TCIP), has been appointed as the life science cluster director. Cahoon will retain his role and responsibilities with TCIP, overseeing a competitive grant process that helps bring new technologies to market. To support the diversification of Utah’s economy, GOED focuses efforts on six strategic industry clusters: aerospace and defense; energy and natural resources; financial services; life science; outdoor products and recreation; and software and IT. In his role as a cluster director, Cahoon will serve as liaison to life science companies statewide. He will convene industry in various programs and initiatives to develop solutions for current challenges and optimize growth. Prior to his time at GOED, Cahoon worked at World Trade Center Utah, helping small and medium-sized businesses grow through international trade. Cahoon received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Brigham Young University- Hawaii. Cahoon will assume his additional responsibilities at GOED immediately.

Salt Lake City—The Department of Workforce Services has selected Elizabeth Carver as the new Workforce Program, Policy and Training Division Director. Carver is taking over for Karla Aguirre, who will be retiring after more than 25 years of exemplary service to the state of Utah. Aguirre will continue to work with Carver on the transition until her retirement Dec. 15. Carver most recently served as a program manager for the department, overseeing several federally funded programs including Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act for adults, Registered Apprenticeship, Foreign Labor Certification, Migrant Seasonal Farmworker, Trade Act, Work Opportunity Tax Credit and programs for dislocated workers and youth. She directly managed staff members who worked to oversee the policy, procedure and implementation of the programs statewide. Carver has been a part of Workforce Services for 19 years. She has worked as an employment supervisor and as a project manager overseeing major updates to the department’s online job matching system. In her role as the online matching system project manager, she received the NASWA Merrill Baumgardner award. Carver earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in educational psychology from University of Phoenix.

Salt Lake City—ajc is pleased to announce the promotion of Steve Simmons to Associate at ajc architects. Simmons comes to ajc with over 24 years of professional experience as an architect and project manager. He has also, at various points in his career, been the principal architect in his own successful practice. Simmons’s talent for sophisticated design and highly efficient project management has enabled him to build a solid base of satisfied clients over more than two decades. His direct involvement with a range of private, corporate and institutional clients has led Simmons to design successes on both coasts, in addition to Utah. Simmons adds numerous design awards and published works in the field of architectural studies to his broad expertise in the practice of functional, form-driven sustainable design. As Project Architect, Simmons has contributed to numerous successful projects at ajc including: The Bonneville Speedway Museum Program, Salt Lake Community College Westpointe Career and Technical Education Center, OWATC Bay 2 Build-out, GreenLeaf Hotel Concept Studies, Jordan Landing Mixed-use Study, and the Salt Lake City Homeless Resource Center projects, among others.

Salt Lake City—The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) has elected Jon Pierpont to serve on its leadership team as president-elect. As part of this commitment, Pierpont will represent Utah on the committee for the next three years as president-elect, president and past-president. 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 more than 25 years. In addition, Pierpont recently finished serving as the NASWA Executive Committee Secretary and as the Equal Opportunity Subcommittee Chair. Pierpont begins serving as the NASWA president-elect immediately, while maintaining his executive director role at the Utah Department of Workforce Services.

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