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Salt Lake City–Cotopaxi, a leading Certified Benefit Corporation that creates outdoor products and events, and gives 2% of its revenue to alleviate poverty, has hired Heath Christensen as their new Director of Wholesale. Mr.Christensen comes to Cotopaxi from within the outdoor industry and brings years of experience to his new position. Prior to his appointment at Cotopaxi, Mr. Christensen spent a decade at Black Diamond as Sales Operations Manager, and later, as Director of North American Sales, and also as the Sport Division Manager at Petzl. At Cotopaxi, Mr.Christensen will head up a new Wholesale Division, an exciting strategic growth trajectory for the initially direct to consumer brand. Since its founding in 2014, Cotopaxi has been known as a digitally native brand, however, as it has grown, the company has garnered increasing interest from retailers invested in offering Cotopaxi to their customers. In his new position, Mr. Christensen will help author Cotopaxi’s next chapter. He will work closely with current representatives and territories, which are as follows: True North, Pacific Northwest; Cordillera Sales, Rocky Mountains; Water Mountain Sports, Southwest; Katherine Corbett, South/Southeast; Ferrand Associates, Inc., Mid Atlantic; The Road North sales, Northeast. He will also work closely with Cotopaxi’s new retailers such as Paragon Sports, REI, Great Outdoor Provision Co. and Rock Creek Outfitters.

Salt Lake City–Which Utahn is No. 2 on the ranking of the nation’s most influential physician leaders? Intermountain Healthcare’s Marc Harrison, MD, president and CEO, was awarded the honor for Modern Healthcare magazine’s 2018 rankings of the “50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders.” Dr. Harrison was listed at No. 10 in the 2017 rankings. A brief profile on Dr. Harrison in the magazine highlights his leadership in repositioning Intermountain, the announcement of plans to develop a generic drug company, and an increased emphasis on telehealth services at Intermountain. Current FDA Commissioner, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, is No. 1 on the list. The ranking began with nominations which were narrowed to a final ballot of 150 physician executives. The final 50 honorees were chosen based on votes by readers and based on the input from a panel of judges and senior editors of Modern Healthcare and Modern Physician magazines. The winners were chosen for their leadership in the varied sectors of the industry, whether provider organizations, government agencies, associations, insurers, or supplier companies. The complete list can be viewed here.

Salt Lake City–Michael Best & Friedrich LLP is pleased to announce two Salt Lake City attorneys have been promoted to the firm’s partnership. Michael C. Barnhill is a member of the Litigation Practice Group whose practice focuses on defending companies accused of violating federal and state consumer protection laws. Barnhill’s experience spans from corporate and individual clients in commercial and business litigation involving contractual breaches, torts (including fraud and negligence), misappropriation of trade secrets, securities violations, and discrimination. Judson D. Stelter is a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Relations Practice Group and represents management in all phases of employment law, including issues related to discrimination and harassment, wage and hour, family and medical leave, employment contracts, non-compete agreements, criminal background checks, and affirmative action. He also assists employers in investigating and responding to charges of discrimination and unfair labor practices, and advises clients on the avoidance and/or management of litigation in these areas. Betsy T. Voter (Salt Lake City) is a member of the Corporate & Transactional Practice Group handling all financial services, securities law, and regulatory compliance. Voter has extensive experience in advising clients on compliance with federal and state securities laws and their impact on broker-dealers, investment advisors, and public companies. She also helps design compliance policies and written supervisory procedures, and advises on corporate governance.

South Jordan–Onset Financial CEO Justin Nielsen has won a spot on Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards honoring America’s Top CEOs in 2018. Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest job and recruiting sites, released its annual report recognizing the Top 50 CEOs, which highlights leaders that employees love working for at businesses with up to 1000-employees. Among chief executives recognized by employees in the U.S., Justin Nielsen received an impressive approval rating based on the anonymous and voluntary reviews Onset Financial employees shared on Glassdoor throughout the past year. When employees submit reviews about their company on Glassdoor, they are asked to rate various factors about their employment experience, including their overall satisfaction and other workplace attributes like senior management. The average CEO rating among nearly three-quarters of a million companies is 69 percent. Onset boasts a world-class corporate culture, that combined with its career development and equipment finance success, has created an exceptional workplace in Salt Lake City, Utah. Onset Financial is coming off of the best second quarter in the company’s ten-year history and is set to move into a state-of-the-art 54-thousand square foot building nestled on its own campus later this year.