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Lehi—Continuing efforts to support its growth and product leadership, Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, announced that it has added three senior leaders to its Product and Technology team: David Sanchez, formerly the Head of Product for Alexa at Amazon Lab126, joins as Vice President, DNA Product, to lead the teams that have built AncestryDNA into the world’s largest consumer genomics platform, with more than five million people having taken its test in the last five years; Niraj Nagrani, comes to Ancestry as Senior Vice President of Platform from American Express, to provide senior leadership to the Company’s ongoing efforts to both strengthen its web, mobile, cloud, and data technology platform as well as to complete its successful migration to the Amazon Web Services cloud; and Leila Pourhashemi, joins from Intuit, in the new role of Vice President of Business Operations, to spearhead efforts to drive operational performance across all areas of the Product and Technology organization including management of investments, program management, and measurement of execution against the company’s goals and targets.
Bryce Canyon City—Over a century ago when Reuben C. Syrett (Ruby) moved his family to southern Utah and established Ruby’s Inn, he never could have imagined how the state would progress or that his future posterity would be a part of it. One hundred and one years later, Lance Syrett, Ruby’s grandson and general manager of Ruby’s Inn, is directly involved in Utah’s tourism industry as the newly appointed board chairman for the Utah State Board of Tourism Development. Syrett was appointed chairman on Aug. 11, 2017 by Governor Herbert and will serve on the board until his term expires on July 1, 2019. His new role as chairman involves providing leadership and guidance for those in the tourism industry. As chairman, Syrett will run meetings and oversee the different board committees. In August 2011, Syrett was appointed to be on the Utah Office of Tourism’s advisory board. He was selected as a representative for the Utah hotel and lodging industry. During his time on the board, Syrett has been a part of Utah’s growing economy. Today, the Utah State Government has the highest funds its ever had at $21 million. These funds will help Utah in its continued growth. All Tourism Development board members are appointed by the governor. The board seats are filled by either an area or industry representative. Each member represents several Utah counties or a certain element of the tourism industry, such as the lodging industry or the ski industry. The members of the board are experts in their field of tourism and all donate their time and talents to the Utah Office of Tourism. The Utah Office of Tourism is a segment within the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. The Tourism office’s main role is to encourage tourism in Utah through media relations and advertising. The Utah State Board of Tourism Development helps the Office of Tourism in many projects. One task the board assists with is determining what businesses and counties receive funding for out-of-state advertising.
Salt Lake City—Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce that Salt Lake City partner David E. Leta has been selected to participate in Salt Lake Chamber’s Leadership Utah class of 2018. Leta joins local community leaders representing both the private and public sectors in a 10-month program designed to enhance leadership opportunities and provide an inside look at our community. Founded in 1984, Leadership Utah participants attend monthly meetings on such subjects as health care, crime and law enforcement, community service, education, government, arts, sports and entertainment, economic development and tourism, environment and infrastructure, and religion and culture. At Snell & Wilmer, Leta has more than 41 years’ experience representing debtors, creditors, trustees, creditor committees, asset purchasers, vendors, equity holders and other parties in all aspects of financial disputes, including collections, foreclosures, workouts, receiverships and bankruptcy. His experience enables him to analyze a financial situation from multiple perspectives and design creative, durable solutions. As an advocate, he handles litigation for clients involving the United States Bankruptcy Code, the Federal and Bankruptcy Rules of Procedure, the Uniform Commercial Code and applicable state laws. Leta also serves as a neutral in mediating financial disputes for non-clients. He received his J.D. from The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law where he graduated Order of the Coif. Leta is a trustee and president of the S.J. Quinney College of Law Board of Trustees. He is a fellow and a director of the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation, a member of the Pro Bono Committee of the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation, a member of the board of directors of Utah Dispute Resolution and Fourth Street Clinic and the youth director of the Stonefly Society, which is a local affiliate of Trout Unlimited.
Park City—Veteran sales agent Chris Messick has returned to Promontory as the new Director of Sales for the expansive private community. Originally joining Promontory in 2013, he quickly demonstrated his expertise, being named one of the top sales people at the Promontory Club in 2014 and 2015. Messick was a standout “Sales Team of the Year” member and earned the prestigious “Sales Manager of the Year” awarded by the National Association of Homebuilders. A top producing agent in the luxury resale market, Messick successfully led the top sales team at The Canyons Park City Mountain Resort and The Club at Spanish Peaks in Big Sky, Montana. Most recently, Messick was with the high end luxury real estate firm Engel and Volkers in Park City. From Honduras to Montana and Utah, Messick has earned accolades and been recognized as a top producer in each of the diverse destinations he has worked. Messick, his wife, and their two daughters were drawn to the magical town setting of Park City, its natural beauty and four seasons of recreation. Messick graduated from the University of Georgia with a BBA in Finance and enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, and skiing with his family.
Ogden—TAB Bank is pleased to announce the addition of Scott F. Barnes to their business development team as Vice President and Business Development Officer. Scott will be based in Dallas and will be responsible for sourcing new business opportunities by providing asset-based and factoring working capital facilities to commercial entities in the Southwestern United States with annual revenues of $2 million to $150 million. In a career spanning more than two decades, Barnes has served the lower and middle markets in diverse roles from finance to operations and business development. He has worked with a wide range of organizations from start-ups to publicly held Fortune 500 companies. Previously as Vice President of Comerica Bank’s Technology and Life Sciences Division, he was responsible for developing and managing loan and deposit relationships with clients in multiple states. Barnes has also been an entrepreneur himself founding a boutique investment bank and a management consulting firm while also owning and operating a food services business. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and an MBA from Dallas Baptist University.
Cedar City—Two senior staff members will be taking their bows and exiting the Utah Shakespeare Festival stage this fall. Jyl Shuler, long-time development director, has announced her retirement effective October 31; and Zachary Murray, general manager and recently interim executive director, is taking a new job in the Southern Utah University Budget Office beginning October 1. Shuler started at the Festival 28 years ago and has led the development efforts through periods of enormous growth and financial challenge, including the raising of millions of dollars for building the Beverley Center for the Performing Arts which opened in 2016. She will be retiring from her work at the Festival, but will continue her volunteer work in her adopted home of Cedar City. Murray started as general manager at the Festival in 2014, and for much of 2017 also filled the role of interim executive director when R. Scott Phillips retired in March. It was only recently that he was able to transition back into the sole job of general manger when Frank Mack was hired to lead the Tony Award-winning organization. The search to fill both positions are now underway at the Festival, with the hope to find the right people and fill the roles as soon as possible.
Salt Lake City—Theresa Hall has been promoted to Sr. VP, Sales for Cigna’s Mountain States market, which includes Colorado, Utah, Wyoming & New Mexico. Theresa will lead strategy for both new and existing business. She brings decades of experience, leadership and proven success to the role.
Salt Lake City—Utah Humanities is pleased to welcome Scott Sprenger, Dean of the Weber State University Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities (weber.edu/cah) to its Board of Directors. He was introduced as a new board member at this summer’s Utah Humanities annual board retreat. Sprenger was appointed dean of the Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities at Weber State University in 2016. He comes to this post from a position as Provost at The American University of Paris (AUP), a private, independent liberal arts university in Paris, France. Before joining AUP, he was a professor of French literature and associate dean in the College of Humanities at Brigham Young University (BYU). Sprenger’s appointment to the board comes at a critical time as the arts and humanities are being called upon for civic engagement projects and for professional skill development for a global economy. Dr. Sprenger’s experience with foreign language programming and with connecting the liberal arts to global career opportunity will be beneficial as the board looks to extend its reach and strategic priorities throughout the state and beyond. His administrative work as Provost and Dean has covered a broad range of areas, such as strategic planning, institutional budgeting, faculty hiring and promotions, curriculum development and oversight, international programs, college and university advising, the creation and oversight of research centers, grant writing and fundraising. At AUP, he secured Andrew W. Mellon institutional grants to improve first-year programs, to open a Civic Media Lab and a Center for Critical Democracy Studies. With private funding, he founded a Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention. While at BYU, Sprenger’s main assignment was to create and oversee a program called Humanities+ whose aim was to bridge the humanities and liberal arts to the global labor market. Humanities+ has been acclaimed in the national press and by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as one of the most innovative initiatives in the liberal arts in the United States. He has also advocated for the humanities and liberal arts, with Congress via the Humanities Alliance Conference, on the radio, in the Chronicle of Higher Education and other publications. His graduate degrees in French Studies are from Johns Hopkins University and Emory, and he is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar award in Brussels/Paris in 2009 and an Andrew W. Mellon post doc at UCLA in 1999-01. His main publications are on modern European literature and culture. He currently curates the Arts & Humanities Paths 2 Career Blog.