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Salt Lake City—SaltStack, the creator of intelligent orchestration software for the software-defined data center, announced strategic expansion of the SaltStack executive team naming Mike Samuelian as SaltStack senior vice president of worldwide sales and strategic alliances, and Alex Peay as SaltStack vice president of product. These executive team additions come in conjunction with the appointment of Greg Butterfield to the SaltStack board of directors. These new appointments will help SaltStack meet significant demand experienced with the recent release of SaltStack Enterprise 5.0, the most substantial and differentiated release of SaltStack software and the industry’s first intelligent orchestration platform for the software-defined data center. SaltStack Enterprise 5.0 is more scalable and usable than ever delivering enterprise-grade orchestration and automation for event-driven configuration management, cloud and container control, and infrastructure audit and compliance. Samuelian joins SaltStack with decades of enterprise software sales and sales management experience most notably as the vice president of worldwide sales for Altiris and the Altiris business unit of Symantec from 2000 through 2008. With Altiris, Samuelian grew a global sales force to drive revenues exponentially from $3 million to more than $300 million. Samuelian was instrumental to the successful 2002 Altiris IPO and through the Symantec acquisition of Altiris in 2007 for more than $1 billion. Prior to joining Altiris, Samuelian was the director of strategic alliances at Legato Systems. Before joining Legato Mike was responsible for establishing Vinca’s international sales division which eventually accounted for 40 percent of the company’s revenue. Peay joins SaltStack with 15 years of experience in enterprise product management and software development while working for both small and large software companies. Peay joins SaltStack from Domo where he led product management for the Domo Data Pipeline. Prior to Domo Peay managed product for the IBM SmartCloud portfolio which included several IBM Tivoli and IBM Cloud and Smarter Infrastructure products. Peay is a champion of open technologies and led development of IBM products on the OpenStack platform. Peay holds a masters of business administration from the University of North Carolina. Butterfield has been a successful tech-industry leader for decades including more than 25 years of executive-level experience in enterprise systems management software. Butterfield served as the CEO, president and chairman of Altiris for almost a decade building the company into a leader in the IT lifecycle and infrastructure management market while driving the company to a successful IPO and eventual acquisition by Symantec. Butterfield also held executive sales positions with Legato Systems, Vinca, Novell and WordPerfect. Butterfield most recently served as the CEO of Vivint Solar and serves in an ongoing advisory capacity with companies like MaritzCX, Numetric, Venafi and others. Butterfield holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration and finance from Brigham Young University.

Salt Lake City—David Vonasek, a licensed Professional Engineer with more than 32 years of experience, in now managing SCS Engineers’ Salt Lake City office. Vonasek’s knowledge and experience in Landfill Gas (LFG) engineering services will ensure a high level of service. Vonasek is highly respected in the solid waste industry and he has worked at hundreds of landfills throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Europe. His past work includes LFG collection and control system engineering and development, solid waste and air permit applications, as well as technical and economic feasibility studies related to LFG-to-energy projects, landfill bioreactor feasibility, and other emerging technologies. In 1994, he was awarded a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for first, fully-permitted LFG condensate flare-injection system within the country. His engineering experience is also backed by several years of experience with LFG collection and control system Operations, Monitoring, and Maintenance (LFG OM&M) services.

Sandy—Real Salt Lake has restructured both the first-team and Real Monarchs coaching staffs, RSL Head Coach Jeff Cassar announced. Under the revised structure, former Real Monarchs Head Coach Freddy Juarez has been promoted to the first team staff. In addition, 2016 RSL Assistant Coach Richie Williams has mutually agreed to part ways with the club. Juarez ascends to the RSL technical staff after two seasons with Real Monarchs SLC. Under his guidance, the USL club has produced three players who have gone on to sign contracts with Real Salt Lake – Emery Welshman in 2015 and Ricardo Velazco and Chris Schuler in 2016. In two seasons at the helm, the Monarchs accumulated a 17-27-14 record, narrowly missing the postseason in 2016. Juarez matriculated to guide the Monarchs’ first two seasons after four years at the club’s Arizona-based Academy, coaching alongside Martin Vasquez and completing the vaunted French Football Federation coursework prior his Utah move. Williams joined Real Salt Lake’s coaching staff prior to the 2016 season and helped RSL bounce back for a playoff return after missing the playoffs in 2015 for the first time since 2007.

Salt Lake City—Michael Best Strategies has added former Utah State Senator and Representative Ross I. Romero to the firm’s Salt Lake City office as a senior advisor focused on government relations matters and public policy in Utah and the western United States. Michael Best Strategies is the lobbying and regulatory-consulting arm of law firm Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. Romero will be responsible for advancing public policy and lobbying strategy on a wide variety of commercial litigation and government relations matters in the firm’s new Salt Lake City downtown office. He will assist the firm in identifying prospective clients in the region, advance the growth initiatives of the firm, counsel clients on federal policies affecting key industries and support Michael Best’s national government and public affairs work. Romero began his public service career in the Utah House of Representatives, a position he held for two years until he was elected to the State Senate in 2006 and again in 2010. While in the Senate, he served as Senate Minority Whip and Senate Minority Leader and served on the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Committee of Revenue and Tax. During his time in office, Romero advocated for strong education policies, environmental issues, gender and LGBTQ equality and effective government practices. Since leaving office in 2014, Romero served as vice president in the Community Development Group for Zions Bank. In his new role at Michael Best Strategies, Romero will employ his vast government experience and roster of contacts to build and execute effective state legislative relations strategies for his clients and assist with prospecting new and existing relationships. Romero earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School where he served as associate editor of the Michigan Journal of Race & Law. He received his B.S. from the University of Utah. Additionally, Romero serves or has been involved on several academic, community and professional boards, including the University of Utah Alumni Association, Utah Hospital Association, White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.