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Sandy—Adam Kirkham, branch broker of Summit Sotheby’s International Realty Salt Lake City, has been elected and installed as the 2018 president of the Salt Lake Board of Realtors, a trade association making up more than 8,000 real estate professionals. Kirkham earned his real estate license in 2005 after completing a double major in biology and French at the University of Utah. Kirkham will serve a one year term as president. He begins his year in one of the hottest real estate markets ever recorded. The Wasatch Front is a strong seller’s market with demand for houses outpacing supply. Millennials are expected to make up 43 percent of home buyers by the end of this year. These factors contributed to Salt Lake City being named the No. 6 Top Housing Market in America for 2018, based on largest sales and prices gains, according to realtor.com. The U.S. Census Bureau recently ranked Utah the No. 3 fastest growing population, adding more than 57,000 people in the past year and pushing Utah’s population to 3.1 million people. More than two-thirds of those people live along the Wasatch Front.

Salt Lake City—Leavitt Group Insurance Advisors is pleased to announce that Mike Scott has joined the agency as senior risk advisor and director of program business. Scott will focus on middle markets, large accounts, and hard-to-place specialty risks. He specializes in insurance for technology, exporters, manufacturers, heavy trade contractors, and energy contractors. Prior to joining the agency, Scott worked for Trustco Inc. as a senior account executive and middle market practice leader. He graduated from the University of Utah with a Master of Finance. He earned the Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC) and Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist (CLCS) professional designations.

Salt Lake City—Workman Nydegger is pleased to announce the promotion of W. Brad Barger to Non-Equity Shareholder and Timothy D. Nichols and David P. Johnson to Equity Shareholders. Barger’s practice focuses on the procurement and protection of intellectual property rights, including patents, trademarks, trade dress, trade secrets, and copyrights. He has experience pursuing patent protection within a broad array of subject matters, including computer systems, telecommunications, software, plasma display circuits, mining and drilling equipment and electronics, synthetic diamond manufacturing, bio-medical devices, and many other technology fields. Nichols is a former engineer and federal law clerk who today represents companies of all sizes in patent, trademark, and copyright matters. He regularly counsels clients regarding the procurement and licensing of their intellectual property, and guides them through the intricate nuances of online marketplaces to better manage, protect, and extract revenue from their intellectual property portfolio. Johnson has a broad range of IP and branding experience, including extensive experience in state and federal courts around the country. His practice involves e-commerce enforcement, trademark prosecution and portfolio management, utility and design patent prosecution, and all aspects of IP and complex business litigation. In addition to his work in the courtroom, Dave represents clients in inter partes review proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, reexamination proceedings at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and opposition and cancellation proceedings at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Salt Lake City—Hal J. Pos, president of Parsons Behle & Latimer, announced that Robert H. Hughes, Kevin W. Johnson and Alissa M. Mellem have been named shareholders in the firm’s Salt Lake City office. The firm also named Amy A. Lombardo and Dylan A. Eaton as shareholders in its Boise office. Hughes is a member of the firm’s Environmental & Natural Resources Department, where he advises public and private clients on land use and zoning issues, eminent domain, and natural resources matters. He graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. degree in 1995 and from the University of Utah a J.D. degree in 2003. Johnson is a member of the Corporate Transactions & Securities and Mining Departments. He assists national and international clients devise structures to create value through transactions related to the purchase, sale, development, financing and commercialization of natural resources. He received an A.B. degree, cum laude, from Harvard University in 1980. He earned an M.Sc. degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management in 1983 from the London School of Economics. He received his J.D. degree from Brigham Young University in 1984. Mellem is a member of the Litigation, Trials & Appeals and Employment Law Departments, and concentrates her practice on employment law, commercial litigation and product liability. She received a B.S. degree in 2004 from Montana State University and a J.D. degree in 2010 from the University of Utah.

Salt Lake City—Momentum Indoor Climbing, inspiring world class climbing gyms, announces the promotion of Nicole Brandt to program director. In this newly created position, Brandt will work directly with executive leadership and oversee the development and administration of adult and youth programming for all Momentum locations, which includes gyms in Salt Lake City and Houston. Two additional gyms will open in Seattle in 2018 and 2019. As the company continues its national expansion, Brandt’s focus will be on the development of Momentum’s adult programming. This includes increasing program enrollments, ensuring consistency of program implementation, coach training, and improving customer experience. Her direct reports will include seven program managers and over 200 part-time coaches. Brandt has been with Momentum since 2011 and brings a wealth of knowledge to her new position. Brandt has held titles including youth program director, youth program manager, and summer camp director. She developed Momentum’s full-time program management staff, part-time coaching staff and its standard operating procedure for youth programs and training staff, as well as spearheading it youth programs that now include thousands of kids in Utah and Houston. Brandt has been rock climbing for more than a decade. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Outdoor Recreation and Leisure Science with an emphasis in Tourism from Murray State University, an area of focus she became interested in after studying abroad in New Zealand.