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St. George—With the exponential growth of tourism in Southern Utah, the Washington County Commission has restructured tourism operations in the county and announced the hiring of Kevin Lewis as Director of Tourism. After an extensive interview process, Lewis was selected from more than 60 applicants for the newly created position. Lewis will oversee all tourism-related functions for the county including conventions, events, domestic and international travel, marketing, public relations, sports, outdoor recreation, facilities and tourism development. Throughout his career, Lewis has demonstrated success in a vast range of marketing, tourism and event positions – most recently as the Director of Sports and Outdoor Recreation for the county. He is the recipient of multiple awards for creative advertising and public relations work, including many of the television and multi-media assets for the Tourism Office. Lewis played the lead role in bringing events like the IRONMAN 70.3 North American Pro Championship to the area. In 2017, the Sports and Outdoor Recreation Department was involved with more than 40 major events that brought in $78 million in economic impact to the county. Tourism is one of the major contributors to the economy in Washington County. In addition to millions in direct economic impact from visitors, the tax revenue generated by visitors substantially helps reduce the tax burden of residents. According to data from the Utah State Tax Commission, Washington County receives $6.1 million in tax revenue annually from visitor room rentals – more than all but two counties in the state. Tourism-generated tax revenue provides more than $1,200 in tax relief per household each year. The increasing level of tourism activity brings a continued boost in employment as well. Data from 2016 shows tourism-related jobs made up 16.6 percent of the total job base in Washington County and tourism-related employment opportunities grew by 22 percent from 2012 to 2016.

Silicon Slopes—At a time of unprecedented growth in strategic alliances and development,, the No. 1 artificial intelligence (AI) growth platform for sales, announced it has strengthened its executive team with the appointments of Ryan Allphin as chief technology officer and Suaad Sait as president of growth. As CTO, Allphin will leverage his impressive track record in the world of software-as-a-service (SaaS) to help guide’s advancements in AI-fueled sales acceleration infrastructure operations. Sait, who has worked with for the last eight months as an executive advisor in growth, marketing and strategy and positioning, will now lead cross-company growth initiatives, including product strategy, global marketing, product marketing and driving the company’s go-to-market strategy. Previous to, Allphin served as CTO at Cradlepoint. While there, he helped transform its technology into a SaaS company, accelerating Cradlepoint’s growth to over 30 percent and driving revenue in excess of $100 million. Allphin also spent 13 years at McAfee, where he was the senior vice president and general manager of the Security Management Business unit. While at McAfee, Allphin created and ran several segments, including the company’s flagship endpoint management platform (#1 position in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant), growing it to over $800 million and supporting over 60 million endpoints. Allphin replaces Steve Brain, who will focus on earlier stage product development at another technology company. Before joining, Sait had been a venture advisor for Menlo Ventures, helping CEOs build companies and scale their marketing, branding, product messaging and product strategies. Previously, he served as executive vice president of products and markets at SolarWinds, an IT management software company. Before SolarWinds, Sait served as global chief marketing officer for RackSpace, the managed cloud company.

Orem—Casey Cloward, owner of Utah County based Raykon Construction, was recently named as the new president of the Utah Valley Home Builders Association. Growing up under the tutelage of a father and grandfather in the construction industry, Cloward is a third-generation contractor in the family. Cloward earned his BS degree in Construction Management from BYU where he also played catcher on the BYU baseball team. He is married and has three children. For several years, Raykon Construction has showcased multiple homes in the Utah Valley Parade of Homes, one of the most notable productions sponsored by the UVHBA. Last year, one of Raykon’s homes located in Alpine was awarded the Judges’ Choice award. Cloward replaces outgoing president Jeff Southard of South Haven Homes. Recently voted as Builder of the Year by the UVHBA members, Southard sought an active role in promoting and unifying the home building community.         As President of UVHBA, Southard oversaw several projects which touched the lives of many Utahns. Most notably is the Wolverine House, which was a 2017 entrant in the Utah Valley Parade of Homes. The Orem home was built in conjunction with UVU students majoring in construction management. Proceeds of the sale of this home will be donated to a scholarship fund at Utah Valley University specifically for construction management students. Southard founded South Haven after extensive experience in the construction industry and is married with six daughters.

Springville—Premier Employee Solutions announced Michael Parrish as the new Chief Executive Officer on Jan. 22. Parrish has been serving as Chief Operating Officer since April 2016 and will be replacing founders and Co-CEOs Kayle Neeley and Rob LeBaron in his new role. As COO, Parrish worked cohesively across various corporate departments and field groups. Together, 11 new branch locations were opened in the last 18 months, performance-based incentive programs and employee recognition programs were introduced and new standards for many company operational and cross-functional processes were established through combined efforts. Parrish grew up in Blackfoot, Idaho and received a Bachelor’s of Arts in English from Brigham Young University 1989 and a Master’s of Business Administration from California State University, Northridge 2003. He first entered the staffing industry as a recruiter in 1989 and went on to serve in various roles at United Parcel Service (UPS) from 1993 to 2005. Before coming to Premier, Parrish served as Senior Vice President at Select Staffing from 2009-2016.

Salt Lake City and Bellevue, Washington—Sarcos Robotics, a global leader in the production of versatile robots that combine human intelligence and dexterity with the strength, endurance and precision of machines to improve efficiency and reduce occupational injuries, announced that retired Lt. Gen. Daniel W. Christman, former superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point, former Commandant of the U.S. Army Engineer School and the 19th U.S. Representative to the NATO Military Committee, has joined the company’s Advisory Board. Christman is currently the Senior Counselor to the President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He previously led a decorated 36-year career in the Army, where he held a variety of highly visible and strategic positions. He is a four-time recipient of the Defense and Army Distinguished Service Medals, the Defense Department’s highest peacetime award, and also served as assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Christman graduated first in his class from the United States Military Academy and served as its 55th superintendent from 1996-2001. He earned Master’s Degrees in Civil Engineering and Public Affairs from Princeton University and graduated with honors from The George Washington University Law School with a Juris Doctorate. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Entegris, Inc. and Teradyne, Inc.

Orem—Clyde Companies, Inc. has expanded its Senior IT Leadership team, naming LaNette Andrews as Director of Production Systems. In this role, she will oversee all system and process engineering efforts tied to construction materials and construction services for all of Clyde Companies. Andrews has 24 years of leadership experience in construction systems design, deployment, and management. Prior to this position she served as Construction Materials Systems Manager for Clyde Companies. Clyde Companies, Inc. has also named Darren Paulson as Director of Business systems, now a part of the Senior IT Leadership Team. In this new assignment, Paulson will oversee system and process engineering efforts for all enterprise business systems across Clyde Companies including finance, accounting, HR, facilities, equipment management, etc. He will also oversee a strategic effort to provide enterprise-grade business intelligence and data analytics disciplines and solutions to all major business units of Clyde Companies. Prior to this position, Paulson was serving as Director of Information Systems for Clyde Companies. Prior to that, he worked at W.W. Clyde & Co. as Construction Technology Manager. Paulson also serves as an advisory board member for Heavy Construction Systems Specialists (HCSS) software based in Houston Texas.

St. George—Bank of Utah has appointed Brian Young to serve as area manager in the locally-owned bank’s mortgage office in St. George, Utah. Young is an experienced banking area/division manager and has served more than 10 years in the mortgage industry. He is skilled in business relationship management and sales and has expertise in reverse mortgages. His most recent work experience includes positions as division manager for Patriot Home Mortgage and as an account manager for MGIC. Young graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in accounting and finance.

Salt Lake City—Alucent Biomedical, a privately held biotechnology company founded to transform the way vascular disease is treated, announced the appointment of six new members to its executive leadership team. The new members bring decades of experience in the areas of biotechnology, cardiovascular disease and product development to the company. The additions to the executive leadership team are: Katalin Kauser, M.D., Ph.D, D.Sc., vice president of biology, joins Alucent Biomedical after 20 years of experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry with such firms as Global Blood Therapeutics, Boehringer Ingelheim, Actelion, and Bayer, specializing in cardiovascular biology, pharmacology, and drug development; Bruce Krattenmaker, vice president of regulatory affairs, has more than 30 years of experience leading global regulatory and clinical affairs for start-up and large medical device companies. He most recently served as vice president of global regulatory affairs for Allergan, where he led worldwide regulatory affairs for the company’s entire $3 billion medical device franchise; Julie Logan, vice president of clinical affairs, has more than 20 years of experience in the interventional cardiovascular field conducting clinical trials on behalf of many start-up medical device companies, developing cutting-edge cardiovascular products and performing complex coronary, vascular and structural interventions; Scott Mayfield, CPA, vice president of finance and administration, brings more than 20 years of experience managing finance, accounting and human resources for CRBard and Boston Scientific and for growing life science companies, such as Catheter Innovations, InnerDyne, Perseon, and Catheter Technology Corp., funded by venture capital, private equity and angel investors; Jane Ren, Ph.D., vice president of research & development and chief technology officer, joins Alucent with 20 years of experience developing interventional medical devices and drug delivery technologies. Her previous positions included VP at Boston Scientific, and Chief Technology Officer at CeloNova BioSciences. During her tenure at these companies, she led cross-functional teams for both interventional oncology and interventional cardiology platforms, throughout all phases of development and commercialization; Kevin Warner, Ph.D., vice president of pharmaceutical development, joins Alucent Biomedical with 15 years of pharmaceutical development experience. He was most recently at Allergan, Inc., where he held roles of increasing responsibility in pharmaceutical product development, including serving most recently as director of small molecule development.

Silicon Slopes—Motivosity, the company intent on helping people be happier at work, announced the addition of Joe Staples as chief marketing officer. As CMO, Staples will have responsibility for all aspects of the company’s marketing efforts including branding, demand generation, digital strategy, and sales enablement. Staples is the former CMO of Lehi-based Workfront, holding the role during a significant period of the company’s growth. He is also the former CMO of contact center software provider Interactive Intelligence and has held significant marketing roles at Captaris and Novell. Staples is a frequent speaker and author on topics such as marketing technology, leadership, customer experience, and employee engagement.