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Tooele—Following a nationwide search, the Board of Trustees that oversees Utah’s Technical Colleges today named Paul E. Hacking as the new President of Tooele Technical College, effective January 1, 2018. A former President of the Uintah Basin Applied Technology College from 2004 to 2011, Hacking has been Executive Director of the Uintah Impact Mitigation Special Service District since 2011. He will replace Scott J. Snelson who has served as President of Tooele Technical College since its creation in 2009. An active member of the community, Hacking has served as a Board Member for the Vernal Chamber of Commerce, Uintah Basin Economic Development and the national organization for technical education accreditation, the Council on Occupational Education. He currently serves as a Board Member for the Utah Clean Air Partnership, Utah State University’s Uintah Basin Advisory Council and as Chairman of the Uintah Basin Education Committee. Hacking holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in Management and Human Resources from Utah State University.

Logan—Utah-based bedding accessories maker Malouf announced the company has promoted Joe Summers to the position of territory sales manager for the Midwest North territory. As territory sales manager, Summers manages reps, builds relationships with current and potential clients, manages accounts, works with retailers to improves sales, and oversees business development. Summers was promoted from account manager to sales manager, which has given him new opportunities to empower reps and provide them with tools for success. He most enjoys trying to improve the quality of sleep people can have through his work. Prior to joining Malouf, Summers worked in software sales. He also wrote a book for high school athletes to help develop the mental skills needed to play sports at the college level. A Utah native, he graduated with honors from Utah State University, where he was an offensive linesman on the football team and earned academic all-Western Athletic Conference honors while earning a bachelor’s degree. Self-described as hard-working and competitive, he spends his free time doing outdoor activities, enjoying time with his family, and challenging the Malouf warehouse team to feats of strength.

Salt Lake City—Mike Styler, executive director of the Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR), has named Christopher Keleher as the department’s new species recovery program director. Keleher will assume his new position Jan. 1, following the retirement of current program director Henry Maddux. Since 2012, Keleher has worked as the recovery program deputy director and has been responsible for administering the Endangered Species Mitigation Fund (ESMF). The fund is designed to prevent new federal listings of species under the Endangered Species Act and to work toward recovering Threatened and Endangered species currently listed under the act. As director, Keleher will oversee the ESMF and represent DNR in the June Sucker Recovery and Implementation Program and the Virgin River Resource Management and Recovery Program. Additionally, he will also represent Utah on the Colorado River Fish Recovery Program. Recipient of the Nature Conservancy’s 2016 Conservation Partner Award, Maddux, who will retire as recovery program director in December, has served as director for over five years. He is also the current chair of the Management Committee of the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program. Prior to joining DNR, Maddux spent 26 years working for the federal government with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the United States Navy. DNR will immediately open a search to appoint a new species recovery program deputy director.

Salt Lake City—On Thursday, Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and the Downtown Alliance, announced his planned retirement. Beattie’s announcement comes after nearly 15 years at the helm of Utah’s largest and longest-serving business organization. Beattie became president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber in 2003. Since that time, he has helped transform the 130-year-old statewide institution into a powerhouse of influence that stands for all Utah businesses. Under Lane’s stewardship, the Chamber embraced a new era of business and policy leadership. By blending the traditional business chamber with powerful, top-notch business advocacy the Salt Lake Chamber has truly embraced the designation of ‘Utah’s Voice of Business.’ During his tenure as president of the Downtown Alliance, Lane created the Downtown Rising vision and helped to advance projects including City Creek Center, 222 South Main, Salt Lake City’s Public Safety Building, and Eccles Theater along with regional light rail and commuter rail lines to support downtown’s growth. The search now begins for Beattie’s replacement. A search committee has been assembled, made of past and current chairs as well as members of the Chamber’s executive board, to find someone who understands the needs of Utah’s business community and who can pick up where Beattie left off. Until the time a replacement has been found, Beattie will remain in his role as president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber.

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