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Park City—Backcountry, the premier online specialty retailer of outdoor gear, is pleased to announce that Jonathan Nielsen, Chief Executive Officer of Backcountry, joined The Nature Conservancy’s Utah Chapter Board, effective December 5, 2017. He will serve a 3-year term expiring in 2020. After an extensive career in investment banking and corporate development at eBay Inc., Nielsen moved from San Francisco to Park City to lead Backcountry’s corporate development team. At Backcountry, Nielsen has led the Product Management and Design teams, managed Backcountry’s adjacent category businesses (Competitive Cyclist and MotoSport) and led Backcountry’s European expansion with the acquisition of Bergfreunde. In 2016, Nielsen was appointed CEO. Nielsen earned his B.S. in Finance from Brigham Young University.

Salt Lake City—The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) has appointed Chanel Flores as the director of the IT and aerospace and defense clusters. In her role as cluster director, Flores will serve as liaison to aerospace and IT companies statewide. She will engage members of the state’s two fastest growing industries in various programs and initiatives to develop solutions for workforce challenges and ultimately optimize growth. Her work will be part of GOED’s strategic industry cluster initiative, which supports the diversification of Utah’s economy. Flores has served the past few years as employer and continuing education manager for Davis Technical College, where she was responsible for Custom Fit training, employer private training and continuing education. Prior experience includes various roles with BBSI and Management and Training Corporation. Flores has more than a decade of experience in technical education. She currently serves as the education chair on the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) executive board. Flores received a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational communication from Weber State University and is currently attending graduate school at Westminster College studying strategic communication. She assumed her position at GOED Dec. 11.

Salt Lake City—TSA Architects is pleased to announce the addition of Marnie Jacobsen to our team as Project Architect. With a strong background in architecture and varied experience in the construction industry, Marnie’s thorough knowledge of the design-build process enables her to coordinate each detail with cost-effective solutions to yield a successful, highly-functional end product. She will be joining the U of U Health AIM Level 5 Expansion and U of U Health Vascular Lab Renovation project teams as a project architect. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, three children, and a good book.

Salt Lake City—Eduro Healthcare, LLC is pleased to announce the appointment of Elisa Garn as its Vice President of Human Resources. Garn holds SHRM-SCP, SPHR and PRC certifications, all aligned with senior HR leadership and execution. She is currently the President for Salt Lake SHRM and will be serving as Director Elect for Utah SHRM State Council in 2018. Additionally, Garn is the co-founder of the Salt Lake City DisruptHR event series. Her 15 years of diverse experience in Human Resources and Talent Management will be a strong addition to the organization.

Salt Lake City—Durham Jones & Pinegar, a leading law firm in Utah and Nevada, elected five new shareholders, effective November 1, 2017. The election of these attorneys brings the total number of D|J|P shareholders to 62. Melinda H. Birrell, located in the Salt Lake City office, is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Real Estate sections, as well as part of the firm’s Women Lawyers Group. Birrell’s practice focuses largely on real property disputes, breach of contract cases, employment actions and adversary proceedings in bankruptcy. She received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from J. Rueben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. Jonathan H. Hoagland, located in the Salt Lake City office, is a member of the firm’s Estate Planning section. Hoagland’s practice focuses on entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals and families, where he advises them on estate planning and tax matters. He received his LL.M in Taxation from the University of Florida and his Juris Doctor from J. Rueben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. K. Ray Johnson, located in the Lehi office, is a member of the firm’s Estate Planning section. Johnson handles wills and trusts, family-owned business formations and operations, estate and trust administration, and tax planning. Johnson is licensed in both Utah and California. He received his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the University of Idaho College of Law. Mark R. Nelson, located in the Lehi office, is a member of the firm’s Litigation Section. Nelson’s practice is primarily civil and commercial litigation. He also has considerable experience in appellate litigation, and in litigating high-conflict domestic disputes. He received his Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law and his B.A. from Brigham Young University. Matthew J. Orme, located in the Salt Lake City office, is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Employment sections. Mr. Orme represents clients in disputes involving a variety of legal issues including contracts, business torts, real estate, business organizations and employment law. He received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the William S. Boyd School of Law.

Lehi—Solutionreach, the leader in patient relationship management (PRM) solutions, announced that Brett Jarvis will join its leadership team as the senior vice president of customer success. This new addition highlights the growing company’s commitment to customer experience and satisfaction. Since its founding in 2000, Solutionreach has pioneered the industry’s leading PRM platform. Currently, Solutionreach supports more than 100,000 healthcare professionals at approximately 25,000 practices. The company’s PRM technology reaches 80 million patients nationwide. In his role as senior vice president of customer success, Jarvis will pull from 15 years of experience helping companies reduce customer churn, increase revenue, and drive improved customer engagement. He comes to Solutionreach following a role as the Global Head of Customer Success at LinkedIn where he led a team of 350 employees. Jarvis also held customer success executive positions at Salesforce.com and Oracle.

Salt Lake City—Mike Styler, executive director of the Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR), has named Weber County Commissioner, Kerry Gibson, as DNR’s new deputy director. Gibson will assume his position, Jan. 13, 2018, following the retirement of current Deputy Director, Robyn Pearson. As deputy director, Gibson will work closely with members of DNR’s executive team, division leadership, state legislators and key stakeholders to manage and protect Utah’s abundant natural resources. DNR includes seven divisions: State Parks and Recreation; Oil, Gas and Mining; Forestry, Fire and State Lands; Water Resources; Water Rights; Wildlife Resources and the Utah Geological Survey. Gibson has served as a Weber County Commissioner since 2011 and will resign from his position before joining DNR full-time. He was elected a member of the Utah State House of Representatives in 2004 and represented District 6 in Weber County until 2010. As a state representative, Gibson chaired the Natural Resources Appropriations Committee. In addition to his responsibilities as a state legislator, Gibson has been involved with many organizations, including the Farm Service Agency and the Farm Bureau and has served on the Utah International Trade Commission and the State Water Development Commission. He and his wife, Katrina, have six children and reside in West Weber.

Salt Lake City—Capt. Doug McCleve, of the Utah Department of Public Safety has been named the new law enforcement director for the Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR). He will assume his new position Jan. 2, following the retirement of current Law Enforcement Director, Sidney Groll. In his new capacity, McCleve will work closely with DNR’s division leadership and section chiefs to oversee the department’s public safety efforts and law enforcement personnel, including wildlife conservation officers and state park rangers. McCleve has served in many capacities during his 25-year career with the Utah Department of Public Safety, Utah Highway Patrol, including state trooper. Additionally, he has served as a public information officer, Sergeant of a field crew, Lieutenant at Salt Lake Community College and Captain for the past eleven years. He also served on Governor Mike Leavitt’s security detail. McCleve has served most recently as the Bureau Commander of the State Communications Bureau, which includes six dispatch centers statewide. He is a 2015 graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA.

Provo—Peak Capital Partners LLC, a privately-owned real estate investment firm, announced it has appointed Chris Manning as Chief Executive Officer. Manning joined Peak in 2014 and has deep experience in real estate investment, asset management, strategy, and operations. Most recently, he served as managing director of acquisitions for the firm. Manning will oversee all functional areas of both Peak Capital Partners and Peak Living, a national property management company that operates Peak’s apartment communities across the country. Manning will continue to expand both companies with a focus on delivering strong, stable returns to investors, fulfilling careers to Peak associates, and high-quality living experiences to property residents. Peak has rapidly grown both assets under management and employees since it was founded in 2007. The firm’s founders, Jeff Burningham, Jeff Danley, and Jamie Dunn will remain active in the business setting and executing Peak’s strategy. All three will be on the firm’s Investment Committee, and will continue to source new acquisitions and develop relationships to grow Peak’s portfolio. Prior to joining Peak, Manning was a senior vice president at Amstar, and president of Travaasa Experiential Resorts, Amstar’s destination hospitality subsidiary, where he was responsible for Travaasa’s day-to-day activities and management of all property operations, personnel, and financial performance. Prior to his time at Amstar, Manning was a residential real estate developer where he entitled, designed, built and sold urban infill projects in downtown Denver. Manning began his career in strategy consulting, where he worked with Fortune 500 companies and start-ups. He holds a B.S. from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

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