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Provo—Edward Parry, NP, a board-certified nurse practitioner, has joined the staff at Southwest Spine & Pain Center, working in the Spanish Fork and Provo offices. Parry has an associate’s degree in nursing from the College of Eastern Utah, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix, and a master of science in nursing from Graceland University. Parry developed an interest in interventional pain management while working as an emergency room nurse. After seeing countless chronic pain patients arrive at the ER with nowhere else to turn in order to diagnose and treat their pain symptoms, he knew he wanted to be a part of the solution. Parry was born in Logan, Utah, and grew up in Taylorsville. He’s been married for 20 years to his wife, Heather, and they have four boys, who range in age from 9 to 17. In his free time, he likes bike riding, wood working, playing the piano, and spending time with his family.

Salt Lake City—Marcus & Millichap, a leading commercial real estate investment services firm with offices throughout the United States and Canada, has hired John Thompson in the firm’s Salt Lake, Utah office. In his new role, Thompson will be focusing on the financing of commercial real estate investment properties throughout the United States, working alongside Colton Smith, First VP of Capital Markets for Marcus & Millichap Capital Corporation. Most recently, Thompson completed an internship as an Investment Analyst at CBRE real estate investment firm. Additionally, Thompson was a research specialist with Better City, a consulting group focused on municipal economic development. He is a graduate of Utah State University with a bachelor’s degree in both Finance, with an emphasis in Real Estate, and Economics, and is currently finishing a master’s degree in Real Estate Development from the University of Utah.

Orem—ServerPlus, the world’s leading provider of technical support to Internet Service Providers, has promoted Sam Lee from supervisor to the ServerPlus executive team as Operations Manager and JT McKenna from Office manager to MDU (Multi-Dwelling Unit) Operations Manager. Lee has been with ServerPlus for 2 years and has rapidly advanced in the company. McKenna brings 8 years of experience to this exciting new role developing the MDU support product. ServerPlus has also promoted Chaia Lane, Danny Hall, and Travis Wells as Call Center managers for our Orem, Ephraim and Cedar City offices, respectively. Each of these individuals has shown outstanding work ethic and leadership skills and ServerPlus is excited for the perspective they will bring to their new positions.

Salt Lake City—Overstock.com, Inc., a leading online retailer and advancer of blockchain technology, has named Gregory J. Iverson as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Iverson previously served as Chief Financial Officer for Apollo Education Group, Inc. (AEG), a global private-sector education company, where he had been employed in roles with increasing responsibility since 2007. Iverson was instrumental in the acquisition of AEG by Apollo Global Management, LLC and The Vistria Group, LLC in February 2017, in which the company was also taken private in a $1.1B transaction. Additionally, Iverson brings more than 20 years of financial, operational, and merger, acquisition and divestiture experience and is a Certified Public Accountant. Iverson, who will join Overstock on April 16, 2018, is replacing Robert Hughes, who is retiring from his current role with Overstock.com in order to become CFO of DeSoto Inc. DeSoto, Inc. is the recently-announced joint venture between Byrne, Medici Ventures, Inc., and famed Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto that plans to utilize blockchain and other technology to develop a property registry system to surface the property rights of billions of people in the developing world.

Salt Lake City—The law firm of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless is pleased to announce that Jonathan O. Hafen has been selected as president of the firm. Hafen is a trial lawyer with extensive experience representing businesses and individuals in complex commercial cases, with an emphasis in Employment Law, Securities Law, and Legal Malpractice Defense. Hafen’s clients have enjoyed successful outcomes in cases involving a wide variety of industries and legal issues, including cases in the areas of multi-level marketing, securities and investment fraud, government enforcement actions, shareholder disputes, breach of contract cases, property disputes, road and access cases, intellectual property litigation, fraud claims, class actions, and construction litigation. Hafen also serves as legal counsel to a number of small, midsize and multinational companies, utilizing the significant resources available at Parr Brown to address the broad spectrum of legal challenges routinely confronting business leaders. In addition to his legal practice, Hafen provides community service throughout the state, including currently serving as the President of BYU’s Alumni Association, as Chair of the Board of Directors of Tuacahn Center for the Arts, and as a member of the Salt Lake Chamber’s Board of Governors.

Draper and Minneapolis—Minneapolis-based Drip announced that Steve Brain joins Drip’s executive team as its Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Brain will also lead the establishment of Drip’s Silicon Slopes office in Utah. The company will open offices there next month in order to tap into the extraordinary development talent pool that is driving the growth of Utah’s tech scene. Brain brings more than 25 years of hands-on experience in software development and a proven track record of engineering leadership. Steve cut his e-commerce teeth by spending seven years running large engineering teams at Amazon.com and as VP Engineering at Backcountry.com, one of the world’s largest online specialty retailers for outdoor recreation. Brain also has deep experience building large scale SaaS platforms from when he led engineering and professional services at Qualtrics, an enterprise research platform and at InsideSales.com, a leading provider of lead management software, where he was CTO and Chief Product Officer. As CTO, Brain will lead all product, engineering, data science & technical operations for Drip and its sister company Leadpages, the world’s most popular landing page platform.

Salt Lake City—Westminster College is pleased to announce Örn B. Bodvarsson, Ph.D., as the new dean for the Bill & Vieve Gore School of Business (BVGSB). Bodvarsson comes to Westminster from California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) as the former special assistant to the provost and vice president for academic affairs. Bodvarsson brings over six years of decanal experience to the college, including three years as the dean of CSUS’s College of Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies, as well as three years as founding dean of the School of Public Affairs at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. As the BVGSB’s new dean, Bodvarsson will be responsible for providing leadership that focuses on building and sustaining nine undergraduate and four graduate programs for the school. Last year, approximately 28 percent of the undergraduate degrees and 42 percent of graduate degrees conferred by Westminster were business degrees. Over the course of his career, Bodvarsson has led CSUS’s second largest college, comprising 10 degree-granting departments, four non-departmental autonomous degree-granting programs, six active research and practice centers, to name a few. He has overseen a $15-17 million annual budget, which included personnel, student support services, curriculum and program development, fundraising, facilitation of state/national accreditation activities, etc. He has also facilitated the creation of a five-year strategic plan for the College of Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies and developed a downtown School of Public Affairs, leading a two-year campus and community-wide effort to launch the school. Bodvarsson has a Ph.D. in economics with an emphasis on labor economics and applied microeconomics from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. He also has a B.S. in economics with Honors and an M.S. in agricultural and resource economics from Oregon State University.

Salt Lake City—Dr. Deborah Eldridge has joined Western Governors University (WGU) as Academic Vice President, Teachers College. Eldridge will lead program strategy, curriculum development, accreditation, and licensure for the online Teachers College, which offers programs leading to teacher licensure as well as graduate programs for teachers. WGU’s Teachers College is one of the largest in the country, with more than 20,000 enrolled students in all 50 states. Before coming to WGU, Eldridge was a Senior Vice President at the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the governing body that formed from the merger of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). While serving in that role, she drafted the preliminary policies and procedures of CAEP and provided overall administration for all accreditation operations. Prior to her work at CAEP, Eldridge was engaged in teacher preparation as a professor of literacy education, department chair of Curriculum and Instruction at Hunter College and Montclair State University, an Associate Dean responsible for accreditation at Hunter College, and then Dean of Education at Lehman College of the City University of New York. She was the primary author of two Teacher Quality Partnership grants/awards from the United States Department of Education: one for Lehman College and one for the American Museum of Natural History. Eldridge is a nationally recognized presenter on accreditation, and is the author of numerous books and articles on teacher preparation and accreditation.

Salt Lake City—Michael Best Strategies proudly welcomes two additions to its Utah office, each bringing combined experience from their own firm, Utah Policy Advocates, to work as Principals for Michael Best Strategies in Utah. Prior to joining Michael Best Strategies, Chase Everton co-founded the Utah-based public relations, media, and government strategy firm, Utah Policy Advocates. While in that role, Everton aggressively marketed the firm to local and national contracts, resulting in new Fortune 500 clients as well as multiple public relations campaigns on tax reform and national corporate mergers. Everton has extensive experience as a government relations professional in Utah. He served as a legislative staffer in the Utah Senate, political radio show producer, trade association lobbyist, political director for the Utah Republican Party, and corporate lobbyist managing multi-state legislative efforts. Derek E. Brown, an attorney who practiced constitutional and appellate law with the Washington D.C. office of Sidley & Austin, has served as a member of the Utah House of Representatives, where he served in roles such as Vice Chair of the House Rules Committee. He later served as Deputy Chief of Staff to United States Senator Mike Lee, which included managing all of Senator Lee’s offices in Utah. Brown also served as Vice President of Government Relations and Strategy for 1-800 Contacts, overseeing all federal and state government relations strategy nationwide. He has also served as General Counsel in Washington D.C. to United States Senator Robert F. Bennett. As a Founding Partner of Utah Policy Advocates, Brown brings a unique and expansive breadth of experience in law, public relations, and government relations. As an attorney and government relations professional, Brown has represented both start-up companies as well as Fortune 500 companies. He currently serves on the boards of Utah organizations such as Intermountain Homecare, Hale Centre Theatre, and the Utah Cultural Alliance, and regularly teaches courses in communications law and ethics as an Adjunct Professor at Brigham Young University.

Salt Lake City—McKinnon-Mulherin, a Salt Lake City-based communication firm, is pleased to announce the hiring of Ted Twinting as an Account Manager. As an Account Manager, Twinting serves the important role of identifying, nurturing and sustaining client relationships. Twinting brings more than five years of development and fundraising experience in the nonprofit sector. His valuable skills are transferable to McKinnon-Mulherin’s client portfolio and will help the company reach new clientele. He holds an MSM in nonprofit and association management and BAs in history and French.