Provo—Following a career that’s spanned more than four decades at the same business, Jeff Sermon announced his retirement as President and CEO of Utah Community Credit Union. Sermon will be succeeded by UCCU Executive Vice President, Bret VanAusdal. UCCU was founded in 1956 on BYU campus as a not-for-profit financial institution that would be owned by and dedicated to the families and individuals of Utah. Sermon began his career with the credit union in 1976, when he was the sixth employee hired. As the credit union quickly grew, Sermon took advantage of opportunities to work in every department, acting as a Loan Officer, Branch Manager, Vice-President of Lending, and in 1987, Executive Vice-President. In 2003, Sermon was named UCCU President and CEO. Under Sermon’s leadership, UCCU has grown to over $1 billion strong in assets and reaches far beyond Utah Valley, with more than 400 full-time employees, a new seven story financial center in the heart of the “Silicon Slopes” in Lehi, and serving over 170,000 members across Utah and around the world. VanAusdal will begin serving as UCCU’s President and CEO upon Sermon’s departure on March 31st, bringing 34 years of banking experience and 22 years at UCCU.
Salt Lake City—St. Mark’s Hospital welcomes Mark Robinson as its new chief executive officer. Robinson brings nearly 20 years of healthcare administration experience to this role, having served as CEO at Capital Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee, Florida for the past three years. Robinson joins St. Mark’s following a nation-wide search to replace former CEO Steve Bateman, who retired in September 2017. At Capital Regional Medical Center, Robinson established comprehensive inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services to better meet patient needs. He also led the development of plans to build two new freestanding emergency care centers that will soon serve the Tallahassee area. Previous to his work at Capital Regional, Robinson served as CEO of Lake City Medical Center in Lake City, Florida for two years. Prior to that, he held the position of chief operating officer of Trident Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina and COO of Gulf Coast Medical Center in Panama City, Florida. Robinson started his career with HCA Healthcare in 1999. Robinson holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from the University of North Carolina at Asheville where he was a four-year letterman on the soccer team and served as captain during his senior season. He also achieved a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Health Administration from Georgia State University.
Salt Lake City—Canopy, the leading cloud-based practice management platform for tax and accounting professionals, announced the addition of James Sukhan as Vice President of Sales. Already immersed in his new role, Sukhan is driving and managing the company’s accelerated growth. Canopy’s sales have grown 3X each year and the addition of Sukhan emphasizes Canopy’s dedication to continued growth. Prior to joining Canopy, Sukhan served as Director of Sales at Podium where he drove customer acquisition. Before Podium, he was an early employee of Qualtrics where he held various sales and leadership positions. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Brigham Young University.
Lehi—Podium, the leading customer interaction platform for local businesses, announced the appointment of Josh Penrod as Chief Product Officer and Jason Taylor as Chief Technology Officer. Additionally, Podium’s Marketing team has been bolstered by the hire of Carly Moore as Creative Director. With over two decades of experience, Penrod has a particularly strong background in UX and product design. Previously as VP of User Experience at Ancestry.com, Penrod led a team of designers, researchers, writers, and prototypers responsible for the user experience for millions of customers. He co-created the famous Ancestry “shaky leaf” hints system and helped Ancestry grow their collection of family trees to 80 million trees and 8 billion connections. Taylor has been an industry leader in engineering for almost two and a half decades. Prior to joining Podium as CTO, Taylor played an integral role in building and growing the technology at Allegiance and later MaritzCX, where he was the SVP of Engineering and CTO. He also led the engineering of products in excess of $100 million at Omniture, later acquired by Adobe, as well as having managed development teams on three continents at Novell. As Creative Director, Moore will draw on her experience in branding and design as the former VP of Creative and Content of Canopy, a leading tax practice management and resolution platform. At Canopy, she became known for defining a cohesive, effective brand strategy, and built the company’s first creative team. Prior to her work as an in-house Creative Director, Moore started her career at ad agencies GSD&M in Austin and Ogilvy & Mather in New York.