Michael Best Strategies has partnered with Robert Gross to expand the firm’s service offerings. Mr. Gross will also serve as senior counsel for Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, a full service law firm with more than 250 lawyers operating in 13 offices nationwide. As a senior advisor at Michael Best Strategies LLC, Mr. Gross will provide a national perspective on corporate governance for both public and privately-owned companies. He has extensive local, national, and international experience in mining, energy, environment, higher education areas, and the banking and financial services industries. Mr. Gross gained experience while serving as a bank president and CEO, general counsel, and corporate secretary. He also served six years as a state government cabinet-level executive director. Gross was appointed by the George W. Bush administration to serve in Baghdad as a senior advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. Mr. Gross has a long history of working with boards, CEOs, CFOs, and top corporate management teams to provide in-depth consultation to assess, design, and implement all aspects of corporate governance for maximum effectiveness and shareholder return. In addition to assisting in commercial and public policy mediation and negotiation, Mr. Gross also provides a full range of litigation support services in disputed matters involving financial service companies and corporate governance.
Chelsey Short has recently been named Regional Director of FIRST Utah Robotics and has been receiving training through FIRST headquarters, www.firstinspires.org. She will report to the manager of field operations for FIRST and work collaboratively with the FIRST program directors and staff in the development, growth and support of the FIRST Programs, including FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) and the FIRST LEGO League Junior (FLL, Jr.) at the local and regional levels. The goal being to create and maintain a volunteer-driven, self- sustaining group that will support the growth goals for all programs in the region. As Regional Director, she is responsible for the FRC Regional Competition which is held each spring in conjunction with the University of Utah College of Engineering, www.utfrc.utah.edu. Ms. Short has diverse experience with many public education programs including performing arts for youth, public safety and University Extension programming. For the last six years, she’s been with the College of Engineering at the University of Utah managing STEM programs funded by the National Science Foundation. She enjoyed establishing the Young and WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) in underserved high schools, overseeing the Utah Science Olympiad tournaments and generating enthusiasm for engineering and science among youth. Ms. Short also ran an annual undergraduate research experience, for which, she recruited nationally and brought undergrads to the U of U campus for summer internships with research faculty and junior research associates. When she’s not recruiting and developing tomorrow’s top talent, Ms. Short can be found playing in the mountains with her family or happily working in the garden or at her jewelry bench. She looks forward to meeting all of the amazing people who make FIRST work and growing the wonderful programs! Ms. Short will receive local training and support from the leaders of FIRST Utah, including Richard Anderson who will transition his Utah responsibilities and focus on his home state of Idaho next season.
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) has named Kimberlee Carlile as the first director of the Talent Ready Utah Center. In this role, Ms. Carlile will oversee the center’s efforts to develop solutions that align education and industry needs. Her experience will be invaluable including her work to establish Utah’s nationally recognized Pathway Programs. The Talent Ready Utah Center will convene partnerships that help Utah students become career ready, while ensuring businesses in the state have a qualified workforce. These partnerships include the Utah State Board of Education, the Utah Technical Education System, the Utah System of Higher Education, the Department of Workforce Services, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the Salt Lake Chamber, Gov. Herbert’s education advisor and Utah State Legislators. Ms. Carlile assisted with the creation of the Utah Aerospace Pathways program, which has received national recognition. She has helped replicate the program for Diesel Technology, Medical Innovations and Technology Educational Pathways. A high priority at the center is to develop Pathways Programs and similar initiatives, allowing every student in the state an opportunity to develop market-ready skills while still in high school. Ms. Carlile has served as a mentor to other states who look to Utah as an innovative leader in stackable credentials, work-based learning and industry alignment. Her work with the National Governors Association, as well as the Western Governors’ Association has put Talent Ready Utah at the forefront.During the 2018 General Legislative Session, the Utah State Legislature created the Talent Ready Utah Center. In 2017, Gov. Gary R. Herbert announced the first steps for a Talent Ready Utah program with a goal to fill 40,000 new high-skill, high-demand jobs over the next four years. The Talent Ready Utah program has been sighted as a best practice and model for work-based learning throughout the nation.
CBRE announced that Joe Wallace has been promoted to president of the Mountain-Northwest Division. In this role, Mr. Wallace has executive oversight for the Bay Area, Sacramento/Reno, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas and Albuquerque. Mr. Wallace was previously executive managing director for CBRE’s Bay Area operations, which is comprised of six offices including the region’s flagship operations in San Francisco. Mr. Wallace succeeds Chris Connelly, who was appointed global president for the company’s Asset Services and Investor Leasing business lines. With over 30 years of commercial real estate experience, Mr. Wallace has held leadership positions in a wide range of real estate services and investment enterprises. Previously, he led CBRE’s Occupier Advisory and Transaction Services practice in the Washington-Baltimore region. From 2005 to 2006, Mr. Wallace served as Senior Managing Director, co-managing CBRE’s Dallas office. Prior to joining CBRE, Mr. Wallace served as chief executive officer and co-founder of the Preferred Group, LLC, a privately held Washington, D.C.-based office provider, which he built into a national platform. He also spent time at CarrAmerica Realty Corporation earlier in his career and was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of HQ Global Workplaces, an international office solutions company with more than 400 locations globally, where he served from 1997 to 2004. Mr. Wallace received a B.S. in commerce from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.