American Fork—Jason Price has been named president of GrowthFunding Equipment Finance, the newest division of People’s Intermountain Bank. His wealth of banking experience, including leasing operations, has positioned him to help launch and oversee the success and profitability of GrowthFunding Equipment Finance. His career spans more than 25 years of valuable banking experience covering both consumer and commercial credit lending. His experiences as a loan officer, assistant vice president, district manager, vice president, regional manager, division manager, senior vice president and director have helped prepare Price for his new role. Prior to joining Bank of American Fork, and subsequently GrowthFunding Equipment Finance, Price was president and CEO of Prime Alliance Bank in Woods Cross, Utah. While there, Price and his team developed a successful full-service leasing operation to serve the community. He was involved in managing Prime Alliance Bank through the recession. Price is passionate about the banking industry. At one point in his career he managed locations in 5 states, including 28 branches and more than 800 employees. Price’s banking career has taken him to Illinois, Minneapolis, Florida, Texas, Oregon and Utah. In each place he has lived, community involvement has been an important part of his life. Price has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America, religious youth groups, shelters for battered women and children and much more. Price received a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Brigham Young University in 1991. In 2005 he completed his MBA from the University of Phoenix while working full-time. He is also a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School. Price resides in South Jordan with his wife, Lisa. They have been married for 28 years and have four boys. He loves spending time with his family. Some of his favorite hobbies are golfing, dirt biking and snowboarding. Price, an avid guitar player, currently plays in several rock bands—a hobby of his since age 12.
Salt Lake City—EDCUtah president and CEO Jeff Edwards will retire Nov. 1 after spending 15 years of service to the organizaion, 11 of those years as CEO. A national search is on for his replacement. Edwards joined EDCUtah in 2001 as the vice president of client services, coming from a background that involved IT, education, technical marketing and aerospace. At EDCUtah, his job entailed working on the business development side of the organization. That experience was his introduction to the site selection community, which is a small group of people in the U.S. that assist businesses with their relocation and expansion efforts. In building relationships with the site selectors, EDCUtah developed its highly successful annual Sundance Film Festival site selection event and recently added a portfolio of regional site selection events to build and enhance more relationships. Edwards also became involved in the Industrial Asset Management Council, a leading trade association for site selectors and corporate real estate executives. Edwards became president and CEO of EDCUtah in January 2005 and proceeded to build a foundation for the organization by recruiting an exceptional staff and the support of dedicated business and government leaders that want to carry economic development forward in the state. When Edwards joined the organization the membership base was small and not very diverse. Today, EDCUtah enjoys a diversified base of support from more than 300 public and private investors that are committed to economic development. The membership base includes more than 60 cities and counties, a number than continues to grow as they recognize the state is more successful in economic development with one unified voice. EDCUtah was averaging about 12 project site selector visits per year when Edwards joined the organization. Now it averages about 52 project site selector visits annually, or about one every week, and the project pipeline remains at a high level with more than 135 active projects. What’s more, the projects are more diversified and of a higher quality than ever before. In 2001, EDCUtah business recruitment largely targeted manufacturing businesses. Manufacturing companies still take up the largest portion of the project load, but even that is more diversified as the manufacturing projects involve companies in food, electronics, outdoor, aerospace and many other types of manufacturing. Moreover, EDCUtah has proven it can handle major projects that involve large capital investments and thousands of jobs. Under Edwards’ leadership EDCUtah has grown into a finely tuned economic development organization with a strong reputation across the country. Chief Marketing Officer Michael Flynn says it is rare anymore to find someone at a trade show or site selector event that hasn’t heard of Utah and its proactive business climate. Moreover, the marketing and business development teams are stronger than they have ever been. About two years ago, EDCUtah added a Global Strategy and Outreach team, which has been highly successful in adding top quality projects to the pipeline. To date, the team has added more than 100 new projects to the pipeline using proprietary research tools developed in-house. Of course, no organization flourishes without escaping adversity. EDCUtah’s greatest adversity came when it was realized that the organization hadn’t filed taxes for five years. The ensuing legislative audit was lengthy and exhaustive, but completely necessary, says Edwards. As the audit eveloved, EDCUtah rolled out a new governance structure, adding a finance committee comprised of leaders from the public and private sectors and hiring a chief financial officer.
Salt Lake City—David R. York, Andrew L. Howell and Paxton R. Guymon of the law firm York Howell & Guymon announced that three of their attorneys have been elected as partners effective October 1, 2016: Eric Whiting, Lauren Johnson and Dawn Soper. Whiting’s practice is focused on estate planning, tax, business planning, and non-profit entities. Whiting received his Juris Doctor at Gonzaga University School of Law, his LL.M. in Taxation at Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Law & Constitutional Studies at Utah State University. Johnson concentrates her practice on commercial litigation in state and federal courts. Johnson received her Juris Doctor from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah and a Bachelor’s Degree from Brigham Young University. Soper practices in the firm’s Real Estate Group, working on complex transactional matters. Soper received her Juris Doctor at University of Arizona, an MBA from The University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Pittsburgh. She previously served as assistant attorney general in the litigation division of the Utah Attorney General’s Office.
Salt Lake City—Parr Brown Gee & Loveless is pleased to announce three new associates have joined the firm. Jordan E. Toone is a member of Parr Brown’s Business and Finance Groups. Licensed in both New York and Utah, Toone focuses his practice on M&A/corporate, finance and international matters. Prior to joining Parr Brown, Toone practiced law as an associate at an international law firm in New York City. Before attending law school, Toone worked as an embedded civilian social scientist with the U.S. Army’s 1st Armored Division in Iraq. Derek S. Parry is a member of the firm’s business and finance group, with emphasis in technology, licensing, and intellectual property transactions. Parry received his Juris Doctor from Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, in 2015, graduating magna cum laude. He served on the law review as the Managing Editor of Publication. Prior to joining Parr Brown, Parry clerked for the Honorable N. Randy Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. April M. Medley has joined the firm’s litigation practice group, with emphasis in environmental and natural resources law. Prior to law school, Medley worked as a litigation paralegal in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In recognition of her work performed in contested litigation involving enforcement of the Voting Rights Act, she received the Civil Rights Division Certificate of Commendation and the Assistant Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award in 2012.
Draper—Pentalon Construction Inc., is pleased to announce the hiring of Kirk Tanner as a Project Manager. Tanner brings over 15 years of experience as an Estimator, Superintendent, and Project Manager in the construction industry to this position with Pentalon Construction. He has extensive experience in many different segments of the construction industry including a variety of different commercial projects, multi-family, and tenant improvements. He joins the Pentalon Construction team after previously working at Kier Construction among others. Tanner earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management from Brigham Young Univerity and is a LEED Accredited Professional, and holds other industry certifications. Tanner will lead project teams to provide construction services to the valued and growing clientele of Pentalon Construction. A consistent Top 20 ranked contractor in Utah and the Intermountain region, Pentalon Construction performs over $100 million in projects annually and is a leading builder of multi-family housing and commercial projects across the region.
Murray—Joshua J. Sletten has been named lead structural engineer in the Murray office of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global engineering and professional services organization. In his new position, Sletten will direct structural engineering for transportation projects in Utah, Idaho and Montana. He will also provide business development and project delivery support for transportation projects throughout the Western states. Sletten has extensive experience in the design and engineering of bridges and associated structures, including expertise in bridge information modeling (BrIM) technology and involvement in an initiative to promote the adoption of BrIM in bridge design and construction nationally. Prior to joining WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Sletten led a department in the Structures Division of the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), including responsibility for UDOT’s bridge inspection, underwater bridge inspection, bridge preservation, bridge rehabilitation and replacement, bridge planning and programming and bridge load rating programs. Sletten earned a master’s degree in structural engineering from Purdue University and a bachelor’s in civil engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. His professional affiliations include the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the Transportation Research Board and the National Cooperative Highway Research Program.
Lehi—NUVI’s CEO, Cameron Jensen, has announced that after much consideration he is stepping out of the role of CEO returning to his sporting industry roots. Jensen was formerly a linebacker for the National Football League Seattle Seahawks and sports commentator. Keith Nellesen, NUVI’s current Chairman of the Board, will resume the role of CEO, which he held until November 2015. He will also remain in his position as NUVI’s Chairman of the Board. Jensen joined NUVI in 2012 and was named CEO in November 2015. Over the past two years the company nearly doubled its employee size, moved into new 45,500 square foot headquarters and has achieved record growth. In his role, Jensen also led sales efforts at the company. A search committee is currently vetting candidates to fill this senior level sales executive position. Nellesen has been a part of NUVI since its founding and served as CEO of the company May 2014 – October 2015. NUVI is a portfolio company of McColee Partners, a venture capital investment firm founded by Nellesen. A proven entrepreneur and leader, he previously served as Chairman and CEO at MoneyReef and Co-founder and President of Vivint. More than 1,200 companies, organizations and higher education institutions use NUVI’s SaaS-based Social Media Suite globally. It has 85 customers in Utah. The NUVI Social Media Suite is a SaaS-based listening, monitoring and reporting tool that captures and displays millions of conversations from the social sphere—Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, Delicious, Reddit, WordPress blogs and more than 20 million RSS feeds—in real time
St. George—Locally-based Town & Country Bank has appointed local businesswomen Stefanie Bevans and Joné Koford to its Board of Directors. Bevans is the co-owner and CEO of Steamroller Copies, Inc. and Design To Print, Inc. She is responsible for domestic and international business relations throughout the U.S., Canada, Asia and Europe at Design to Print, a high-end graphics and pre-press service company that has been recognized for its impressive growth. Bevans provides leadership for an 80+ person workforce and oversees all business development, marketing, productions, human relations and administrative affairs. In the community, Bevans currently serves as a board member for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, an active member of the Southern Utah Sunshiners, and a current board member and Past Chair for the Art Around the Corner Foundation. She served as past board member of the St. George City Art Museum, Board of Trustees for Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah, as well as involvement and current membership with the St. George Chamber of Commerce, Dixie Regional Medical Center Foundation, Dixie State College Athletics, Washington County Children’s Foundation, and Southern Utah Home Builders Association. Having attended the University of Utah, Bevans later completed her BSN degree (summa cum laude) at Northern Arizona University. She originally pursued a career in nursing, specializing in Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU). Koford is currently the Operations Officer, Senior Services, for Intermountain Healthcare’s Southwest Region. She has been with Intermountain since May 2015. Prior to that date, Koford was the CEO and principal owner in the consulting firm, Ennovative Performance Group, LLC. A healthcare executive for more than three decades, Koford’s career has included roles as a hospital CEO, and regional vice president and division president for publicly-traded companies such as HCA, HealthTrust and LifePoint Hospitals―all based in Nashville, TN. Prior to her short-lived retirement in 2013, she was the President of Strategic Growth and Development for LifePoint where she had responsibility for company-wide growth initiatives and hospital acquisitions. Koford was instrumental in the formation of DukeLifePoint Healthcare, a joint venture between Duke University Health System and LifePoint Hospitals. At the time of formation, it was the first joint venture between a for-profit healthcare system and a major academic medical center for the purpose of acquiring and operating community based hospitals. Koford holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Colorado and an honorary doctorate in Humanities from Weber State University in Ogden. She is the current Chair for Weber State’s National Advisory Council, and serves on various other committees with both Weber State and the University of Utah. Town & Country Bank was established in 2008, and maintains one retail office in St. George and a loan production office in Sandy, Utah. Earlier this year, Town & Country won the “Best of State Statue” award in recognition as the top business in Utah. The bank has recently won a string of other regional andnational awards for excellence and innovation.
Silicon Slopes—Domo announced that appointment of Niall Browne as chief information security officer. Browne brings to Domo more than 18 years of building and managing global information security and risk management programs for financial institutions, technology services companies and cloud software providers. Browne previously served as Workday’s chief trust officer and vice president of trust where he built-up and managed their enterprise security program.
Richmond, Virginia—The board of directors of Dominion Midstream GP, LLC, the general partner of Dominion Midstream Partners, LP, appointed a new director, Harris H. Simmons. The appointment brings the size of Dominion Midstream’s board to six. Simmons, 62, formerly lead director on the board of directors of Questar Corporation until the Dominion Resources, Inc.-Questar Corporation merger, is chairman and chief executive officer of the Salt Lake City-based Zions Bancorporation. In his more than 35 years with the Zions organization, he has served in a variety of positions. Simmons was named CEO in 1990 and added chairman to his duties in 2002. His other corporate board experience includes O.C. Tanner Company and National Life Group. In addition, Simmons has led or sat on a number of boards in the Salt Lake City community, including Pioneer Theatre Company, Utah Symphony/Utah Opera, Utah Youth Village, the Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Utah Board of Regents, and the Utah Foundation. Simmons received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Utah in 1977 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1980.