Salt Lake City—Mountain West Commercial Real Estate (MW) is pleased to announce that Scott Brady, Chad Moore and Shaydon Wood have been hired as the exclusive representative team for Urban Air Adventure Park. Scott Brady has also been hired as the exclusive representative for O’Reilly Auto Parts.
Salt Lake City—Workman Nydegger is pleased to welcome Levi Brown and Joseph M. Evans as Associates to the firm. Brown will focus his practice on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the computer, electrical, and mechanical arts and related strategic counseling. He holds a bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and Mandarin Chinese. Prior to attending law school, Brown worked as an electrical engineer for the Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation (formerly Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory). There, he assisted in the development of a system-wide calibration program and designed a series of programs to automatically calibrate a large amount of equipment. He also designed various data acquisition systems to extract and synthesize test data. Evans will focus his practice on preparing and prosecuting patents in the mechanical and biomedical arts. Evans holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt University, where his research projects included disease detection and diagnostic devices. His research included the optimization of backscattering interferometry, a method for detecting various disease biomarkers, as well as a novel device for detecting tuberculosis in low resource areas of the world. Previously, Mr. Evans worked at Bard Access Systems as an R&D intern. He was a member of the PICC team, designing and testing peripherally inserted central-venous catheters.
Salt Lake City—RizePoint, the leading provider of quality management software, announced the appointment of Dan Strong as Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Strong will guide the company’s financial operations and strategy and help lead the company through its next phase of growth. Strong most recently served as Chief Financial Officer at Health Catalyst, a leader in healthcare analytics decision support and outcomes improvement, where he had responsibility for all aspects of the finance and accounting functions. He brings more than 20 years of finance experience with an extensive background in financial operations and planning as well as private and public capital planning and M & A. As CFO, Strong will oversee RizePoint’s finance, accounting, investor relations, internal audit, tax and treasury areas of the business. Prior to Health Catalyst, Strong spent eight years as the Chief Financial Officer of Control4, a leading provider of automation and networking systems for homes and businesses. His responsibilities at Control4 included all aspects of finance, accounting, HR and I.T. Strong helped transition Control4 from a private, VC-backed company to a publicly traded company marked by a successful IPO in August of 2013. Previously, Strong spent five years as the Chief Financial Officer at iBAHN, the leader in hospitality networking, and 14 years at Iomega Corp as vice president of financial planning and analysis, vice president and corporate controller, and interim CFO. Strong has also held executive-level corporate finance positions at Campus Pipeline, Inc., and Pro Image Corp. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
Salt Lake City—Tanner LLC is pleased to announce the promotion of Dan Griffiths, CPA, to Partner of Strategy and Leadership at the firm. Griffiths has 12 years of experience serving private companies, municipalities and family owned businesses in leadership development, business strategy and succession planning. He facilitates over 75 board and executive team off-site retreats around the country each year. He previously served as Utah’s elected member of the American Institute of CPAs Governing Council and today serves as a member of the AICPA board of directors. In 2013, he was appointed by Governor Herbert to serve on the State Board of Education. Griffiths earned his bachelors and masters degrees in Accountancy from Brigham Young University where he graduated summa cum laude and was named the 2016 Outstanding Alumnus by the BYU School of Accountancy. In 2015, he was honored with the AICPA Outstanding Young CPA Award and as a recipient of the Utah Business Magazine Forty Under 40 recognition. In 2011, the Utah Association of CPA’s recognized Dan as the Outstanding CPA in Business and Management.
Salt Lake City—Sarcos Robotics, a global leader in the production of robots that combine human intelligence and dexterity with the strength, endurance and precision of machines to improve efficiency and reduce occupational injuries, announced that retired United States Army General George William Casey Jr. has joined its Advisory Board. Casey’s decorated 41-year career in the Army, coupled with his expertise in national defense and military operations, will be a tremendous asset to Sarcos’ leadership team as it continues to commercialize its ground-breaking robotics. Casey served as chief of staff of the United States Army from April 2007 to April 2011. In his previous assignment, he was commander, multinational force — Iraq from July 2004 to February 2007. During his distinguished career in the U.S. Army, Casey served in operational assignments in the United States, Germany, Italy, Egypt, the Balkans, and Iraq. He holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Denver University and has also served as a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States.
Salt Lake City—USANA Health Sciences, Inc., announced the appointment of J. Scott Nixon to the company’s board of directors effective October 5, 2017. Nixon joins the board as an independent director and brings a wealth of accounting, finance, and corporate strategy expertise. The USANA board now has eight members, five of whom are independent. Nixon, a certified public accountant, retired in 2015 as a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he spent over 31 years in various roles including office managing partner and engagement partner over public and private companies in many industries. His career involved providing audit and business advisory services. Nixon was involved in numerous complex filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission on behalf of his clients. In 2007, Nixon returned from a four-year assignment in São Paulo, Brazil, where he represented various interests of the PwC global firm to the 18-member firms in South and Central America, and led the implementation of the Sarbanes-Oxley requirements in those countries. Nixon serves on several boards of directors, including: (i) ProLung, Inc., where he also serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee; (ii) Deseret Trust Company, where he also serves as a member of the Audit and Executive Committees; (iii) Utah State University Board of Trustees, where he also serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee; and (iv) two other nonprofit boards of directors. Mr. Nixon is a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Governance Fellow, the highest standard of credentialing for directors and governance professionals. He holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Accounting from Utah State University.
Salt Lake City—The Utah Symphony, one of only 15 full-time, 52-week symphony orchestras in the United States, added several new faces to the orchestra at the start of the 2017-18 season, including three violin positions resulting from national auditions held in the spring of 2017. First Violin Bonnie Terry was born and raised in Salt Lake City and returns home after a decade as the Associate Concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony, and also playing with the Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra in Chicago for the past 14 summers. Terry started violin when she was six years old under Kris Palmer and Hiroko Primrose. She first soloed with the Utah Symphony under the direction of Joseph Silverstein on the annual Salute to Youth Concert at the age of 10. Terry received her Bachelor’s degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where she studied with William Preucil (concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra and a former concertmaster of the Utah Symphony), and earned a Master’s Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she was also a student of Preucil. Following graduate school, she spent a year as a fellow with the New World Symphony in Florida and was the concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra for three years, teaching violin at the University of Arizona. Assistant Principal Second Violin Evgenia Zharzhavskaya joins the orchestra after three seasons as a full-time substitute with Houston Symphony. She was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and started her musical education playing piano at an early age before beginning her violin studies when she was six years old. She entered the Rimsky-Korsakov School of Music the same year and later continued studies at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory where she received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. She has taken part in numerous music festivals including Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany, Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Gustav Mahler Academy in Italy, and Miyazaki Festival in Japan. Zharzhavskaya moved to Florida in 2010 to study with Elmar Oliveira at Lynn University Conservatory of Music. Also joining the Utah Symphony in the second violin section is Hannah Linz, who most recently spent two seasons with the Dallas Symphony and as a substitute with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Originally from Okemos, Michigan, she began playing violin at age three and piano at age five, and completed a degree in violin performance at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She also studied privately with Ik-Hwan Bae, Jorja Fleezanis, and Alexander Kerr.