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Salt Lake City–EnerBank USA®, the national consumer lender that helps strategic business partners and independent home improvement contractors increase their sales, today announced the appointment of Robb Kerry to a new position as executive vice president, chief credit officer & enterprise risk officer. In his new role, Mr. Kerry is responsible for all aspects of consumer and commercial credit risk within the bank’s portfolio of unsecured home improvement loans. Additionally, he will assume responsibility for creating and developing an enterprise risk management program. He joined EnerBank in 2015 as senior vice president and chief credit officer. Prior to joining EnerBank, Mr. Kerry served at GE Capital Bank, where he spent five years leading the modeling and quantitative risk team, as well as overseeing all aspects of credit modeling and portfolio stress testing. He also held positions of chief credit officer at both ADB Bank and Cache Valley Bank. Mr. Kerry began his banking career as a financial examiner for the Utah Department of Financial Institutions, where he reviewed state-chartered financial institutions for safety and banking soundness in cooperation with the FDIC, NCUA, and FRB. Mr. Kerry holds a bachelor of arts in business administration and Spanish from Weber State University and earned a master of business administration from the same institution. Additionally, he has earned the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst. For more information about EnerBank and its services, visit enerbank.co

Ogden–Weber State University has hired new economic development director Guy Letendre to guide the university’s commitment to enhance Utah’s economic growth. Mr. Letendre has an extensive background in operations and supply chain management for biotech and transportation companies, including Autoliv, Alexza Pharmaceuticals and Infinia Corporation.Early in his engineering career, he helped develop airbag inflation devices for Autoliv. After earning an MBA, Mr. Letendre switched his career focus to business administration and consulting, supporting business development, operations and supply chain development for transit, bio tech and consumer product companies. At Weber State, Mr. Letendre wants to strengthen regional public/private partnerships, accelerate business development, drive research ideas to market and ensure that graduates have skills and knowledge to meet the needs of the workforce. Weber State offers degree programs that lead to careers in high-demand fields in Utah, including aerospace, business, composites, construction, engineering, health professions, information technology, manufacturing and sales. The average starting salary for graduates is now $51,600, the highest among all Utah public colleges and universities. Weber State also offers the Concept Center and the Hall Global Entrepreneurship Center to help prepare students for successful careers in industry and entrepreneurship.The centers are innovative engineering, business and design think tanks that bring skilled students, experienced faculty and local companies together on engineering research, new business development and design.

Lehi–Kurt Workman, co-founder and CEO of Owlet Baby Care, was presented with the MomFirst Award at the 14th annual M2Moms conference—the world’s premier conference on marketing to moms—in New York City on Tuesday evening. Every year M2Moms® MomFirst Award is given to a woman who started something new, when in her own role as a mother, she saw a need and filled it. In a departure from tradition, for the first time this year’s award was given to a dad! Mr. Workman was nominated for this distinction by Destination Maternity, the world’s largest designer and retailer of maternity apparel. They recognized how he and his company created a break-thru approach for monitoring babies while they sleep using pulse oximeter technology in a consumer product called the Owlet Smart Sock. During the past five years, Mr. Workman has dedicated his time and energy to providing sleep tracking technology and a better quality of life for parents. The award-winning baby monitor has redefined the smart nursery category. Owlet has been recognized by Forbes “Next Billion-Dollar Startup” list, Entrepreneurs “100 Brilliant companies” list and a finalist in Fast Companies “2017 World Changing Ideas Awards.” In the past year alone, The Owlet Smart Sock has been awarded by top parenting media including: BabyCenter Moms’ Pick Awards, The Bump Best of Baby Awards, Babylist Best Baby Products, and What to Expect Best Baby Awards. Owlet is currently a finalist in the Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC), the world’s largest startup competition.