People on the Move
People on the Move is a weekly roundup of the promotions, hirings and other personnel happenings in Utah’s business community.
Silicon Slopes—Teem, a developer of cloud-based meeting tools and workplace analytics helping companies maximize workspace and collaborate more effectively, today announced four new executives to its marketing, sales and engineering teams. Scott Jensen brings over 18 years of experience to lead marketing strategy at Teem. An expert in the commercial furniture industry, Ryan Anderson will help the Teem suite of solutions to satisfy the demands of customers who want to improve their workplace experience and optimize their use of space. As Senior Director of Engineering, Jeremy Smith joins Teem to direct all engineering efforts. Teem also hired Blake Hunsaker as Director of Global Sales, to guide sales efforts for Teem in the worldwide enterprise and commercial markets. Before Teem, Scott served as SVP of marketing at TravelPASS Group, where he oversaw the strategic direction and management of multiple product teams. Prior to this, as VP of marketing at Instructure, Scott helped lead the SaaS developer to a successful IPO. Scott will help Teem advance its marketing efforts through his experience building high-functioning teams and brands. Ryan brings years of leadership experience from the commercial office furniture industry, helping Teem better understand this market as its meeting tools and workplace analytics solutions expand to resolve additional workplace friction. Prior to Teem, Ryan spent five years at Herman Miller as director of commercialization and business development. Meanwhile, Blake joins Teem from Pluralsight, where he spent the last 4 years contributing to its rapid growth and explosion onto the market. At Pluralsight, Blake oversaw the Enterprise Public Sector Business. Prior to joining Teem Jeremy was CTO of SambaSafety an industry leading, software-as-a-service driver risk management platform.
Ogden—The Community Foundation of Utah (CFU), Utah’s catalyst for philanthropy, is excited to announce their new Chief Operating Officer, Emily Jayne Kunz. Emily joined CFU from the Ogden Symphony Ballet Association where she served as their Executive Director and has over 20 years of leadership experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Additionally, she previously practiced law in New York City, representing international pharmaceutical companies and large financial institutions in complex commercial litigation. Emily holds a J.D. and B.A. in English from Brigham Young University as well as an M.A. in International Relations from The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Ogden—Brett Perozzi has been named vice president for Student Affairs at Weber State University, effective March 1. Perozzi, who first came to WSU as associate vice president for Student Affairs in 2007, was selected following a national search. Perozzi has served as the interim vice president since September 2017, following the retirement of vice president Jan Winniford. As associate vice president, his duties focused on the business operations that support students, leaving less time for direct interaction with students. During his time at Weber State, Perozzi has served in various leadership roles. He co-chairs the Student Success Steering Committee with provost Madonne Miner. The committee leads a university-wide effort to implement strategies to retain more students and help them graduate faster. Prior to joining WSU, Perozzi served as executive director of Student Engagement at Arizona State University and has worked at Indiana, Texas Tech and Colorado State universities. Perozzi has published three books, two on the topic of international student affairs and services, and one on student employment during college. He has authored dozens of publications in journals, textbooks, monographs and book chapters. Perozzi is active in the student affairs professional association NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, helping coordinate and shape its global agenda. He has presented on higher education topics worldwide. Perozzi is a founding member of the International Association of Student Affairs and Services. Originally from upstate New York, Perozzi and his family love the outdoors and enjoy spending time in the mountains year-round. Perozzi earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University in higher education administration with a minor in strategic management. He has a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Arizona and a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Potsdam.
Salt Lake City—ProLung, Inc., the world leader in innovative predictive analytics technology and non-invasive tests for the risk stratification of lung cancer, announces that the company has promoted Andy C. Robertson to Chief Marketing Officer. Before joining ProLung as the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development in 2017, Robertson held marketing positions of increasing responsibility with Utah Medical Products, C.R. Bard, Becton Dickinson, Covidien (now Medtronic) and Megadyne which recently exited to Johnson & Johnson Ethicon (J&J). Mr. Robertson holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Utah. He currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife and son.
Salt Lake City—AC Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown announced the hiring of industry veteran Jared Steere as general manager of Marriott’s new 164-room hotel located at the corner of 200 West and 200 South, downtown Salt Lake. A California native, and 9-year Utah resident, Steere has nearly 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, previously serving as the task force general manager for Lodging Dynamics Hospitality Group (LDHG), where he oversaw general management for a portfolio of brands including Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt and IHG properties throughout the United States. Prior to LDHG, he was the general manager at the Marriott Residence Inn in Salt Lake City from 2009 – 2014. Steere graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality administration and management. Steere will be responsible for leading guest services, financials, marketing, and employee development of the new hotel that caters to the modern traveler with its blend of European-inspired high design, locally-driven art and hand-curated amenities.
Salt Lake City—Private equity firm Sorenson Capital announced it has promoted Bert Roberts to managing director. Roberts, a long-time industry veteran and principal at Sorenson Capital, will focus on the company’s efforts in business development, fundraising, and investor relations. Roberts joined Sorenson Capital in 2011, bringing extensive transactional experience and expertise in business development and investor relations. As a principal, Roberts has leveraged his national network to provide unique deal and fundraising access to the firm. As a managing director, Roberts will have expanded responsibilities in fundraising and limited partner investor relations, while continuing to focus on sourcing buyout and growth equity transactions. Prior to joining Sorenson Capital, Roberts served as vice president of institutional client services at Wasatch Advisors, and held senior-level investment banking positions at UBS, SoundView Technology Group, and Montgomery Securities (now Bank of America Merrill Lynch). Roberts holds both the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designations.
Lehi—After helping guide Young Living Essential Oils, the world leader in essential oils, to continued record-breaking sales each of the last two years, Ben Riley has been promoted to Chief Sales Officer, the company announced. He has played a key role in helping Young Living expand on a global level, overseeing the business grow by over 30 percent with significant increases in every region. The company has also seen a 30-percent increase in new customers over the last year. Riley joined Young Living in 2016 to oversee global sales and immediately began making a significant impact. As Regional President of North America, Riley developed and integrated sales strategies, oversaw field leadership support, and ensured the success of Young Living’s field leaders across the United States and Canada. Prior to joining Young Living, Riley held several positions including Vice President of Leadership at Cloudberry Nutritionals and Vice President of Sales at Avon in Australia and New Zealand. Riley holds an MBA from Duke University and has more than 15 years of experience in the network marketing industry and sales, and he spent more than 10 years building businesses internationally.
Salt Lake City—ZAGG Inc., a leading global mobile lifestyle company, announced that Randy Hales will retire as ZAGG’s President and CEO after serving in the role for the past six years. In addition, Hales has resigned from the Board of Directors on which he has served since October 2010. The Board of Directors has appointed Chris Ahern, who has been serving as head of the mophie brand and international businesses, to succeed Hales as CEO of ZAGG Inc effective immediately. Ahern will also assume Hales’ seat on the Board of Directors. Hales will continue to serve as an advisor to the company through December 2018 to ensure a smooth transition. Ahern has been president of the ZAGG International Business unit since June 2014, and assumed the additional role as president of mophie in 2017 to lead the brand’s turnaround effort. Chris brings over 20 years of international experience in sales leadership, sales operations, and supply chain management. Previous to ZAGG, Chris served as Sales Operations Director for Dell Products in Europe, Middle East, and Africa supporting a $4 billion indirect business. The company also announced that Brian Stech has been promoted to President of ZAGG. Prior to this appointment, Stech served as the Company’s Chief Commercial Officer, with responsibility for leading the strategy and execution of the Company’s brand and distribution initiatives since June 2017, having previously served as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing since 2014. Stech brings 20 years of experience in global sales, marketing, product, and general management roles. Stech has a proven track record of delivering rapid and consistent growth for companies in the consumer electronics, mobile, and consumer packaged goods industries including SteelSeries, Motorola, Mobility Electronics, and Ralston Purina.