West Jordan—The West Jordan City Council has unanimously appointed a new city attorney as well as an economic development director. Rob Wall will serve as city attorney and replaces David R. Brickey, who was appointed city manager in January. Kent G. Andersen replaces David Oka as West Jordan’s economic development director. Oka retired in December 2017. Wall worked as the city attorney for Sandy City; assistant city manager and general counsel for South Jordan City; and deputy city attorney and risk manager for West Valley City. (West Valley operates under West Jordan’s current form of government. Sandy operates under the form of government West Jordan will change to in January 2020.) In addition to his municipal experience, Wall taught for 27 years for the Utah Department of Public Safety and for the Utah Department of Corrections. West Jordan has over 114,000 residents and over 3,000 businesses in its 32 square miles, making it the fourth-largest city in the state. Andersen will be tasked with shaping the city’s economic development and comes from Layton City where he served as the economic development manager and the deputy director of community and economic development for the past six years. Prior to that, he was the city planner in Syracuse. Andersen helped Layton City achieve a 21 percent increase in sales tax revenue from 2012-2016 and an 18 percent increase in total taxable sales during the same time frame. He was also named as a Forty Under 40 honoree in Utah Business Magazine in 2017. Wall earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University. Andersen earned his Master of Public Policy and Administration from California State University – Sacramento and a Bachelor of Science in environmental studies from Utah State University.
Salt Lake City—Executive Chef and Owner Matt Lake and Operations Director Susan Bouldin are pleased to welcome Dan Creagh to the management staff at their downtown Alamexo Mexican Kitchen. Creagh manages a top-notch service staff and is deeply passionate about providing stellar service to guests and sharing the culinary nuances of each region of Mexico. He brings a wealth of service and bartending knowledge to the table. He discovered his love of restaurants during his time at Purdue University. Through moves to Miami and North Carolina, he worked at restaurants ranging in cuisine from oven-fired pizza to upscale Asian fusion. He relocated to Utah in 2017 to be closer to the mountains and family. With extensive experience bartending he is also well skilled in the nuances of creating distinctive cocktail programs and inspired pairings for Lake’s authentic, yet contemporary Mexican cuisine.
Salt Lake City—HireVue, the leading provider of AI-driven video intelligence solutions that bring the best talent to top global companies faster, announced the addition of Michelle Vargas as senior vice president of human resources (HR). She will direct the continuing development of long-term HR strategies and infrastructure to support HireVue’s rapid growth and international expansion. With a history of executive leadership roles at fast-growing technology companies, Vargas brings her 25 years of experience in human resources management to the HireVue leadership team, with specialties including organizational development, recruiting and employee engagement. Most recently, she served as the vice president of HR consulting at NFP, where she helped clients identify and implement talent solutions, including training and development, performance management and compliance. Prior, she held senior roles with AutoPoint and iBAHN, where she instituted sustainable HR strategies from talent acquisition to talent management.
Salt Lake City—The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) announced the appointment of Roger Killpack to its Board of Directors. Killpack is from Delta, Utah. Since 1985 he has run his family’s business, Service Drug. This has provided him with a unique understanding of what it takes to operate and grow a business in rural Utah. Under his leadership, Service Drug has added a number of valuable services including home delivery, durable medical equipment sales and billing and a compounding lab. These additions enabled him to grow the business from five employees to more than 40 while expanding into other rural communities in Millard County. Killpack has devoted his career to community service and volunteerism. He’s served on a number of local and regional advisory boards, served in his church and worked tirelessly to foster economic growth and improve civic life in Delta and the entire state. He attended the University of Utah and graduated Cum Laude in 1985 from the College of Pharmacy. Killpack will replace Bevan Wilson on the Board of Directors.
Salt Lake City—Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. (PRMI) CEO Dave Zitting, recently announced SVP and General Counsel Darryl Lee has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at PRMI. Prior to joining PRMI in-house and as its SVP and General Counsel in April 2015, Lee represented PRMI as its outside General Counsel for 15 years. Lee has been practicing law for 38 years. Previously, he practiced as an attorney with a national law firm, first in its Washington D.C. office and then in its San Francisco office. Later, he was Associate General Counsel for Thiokol Corporation and then a partner with two Salt Lake City law firms, before coming to PRMI. Lee says he has thoroughly enjoyed working over the years with PRMI’s other top executives Dave Zitting, Steve Chapman and Tom George, and that was a principal factor in his willingness to join the company in 2015. After joining PRMI, Lee started on a quest to identify the areas of highest legal risk and then to methodically and proactively implement the processes and procedures to address and minimize those risks. Lee has been married to his college sweetheart, Bonnie Marie Brough, for 41 years. They have five children and 16 grandchildren together. Lee says, during his time off, he enjoys golf, tennis, racquetball, travelling, live theatre, cooking and dining out.
In addition to Lee, PRMI also recently welcomed Ronnie Chinchilla as the PRMI Giving Network Manager. Originally from Los Angeles, Chinchilla is a long-time resident of Salt Lake City and speaks Spanish fluently. Before coming to PRMI, he worked for Habitat for Humanity–Guatemala for three years as a Field Coordinator. During his tenure in Guatemala, Chinchilla hosted a group of PRMI employees who volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. On this humanitarian trip, the volunteers grew close with Chinchilla and were impressed with his dedication to serving those in need. The PRMI Giving Network was introduced in September of 2017 by PRMI’s board of directors and executive team. The service initiative partners with nonprofit organizations that complement its mission to help transform communities across the globe, and to inspire and create real change through nutrition, service and education. The PRMI Giving Network has distributed nearly half a million dollars to charities across the globe.
Salt Lake City—Francine A. Giani, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Commerce, announced that effective immediately Thomas A. Brady has been selected as the new Director of the Division of Securities to replace outgoing Director Keith Woodwell. Woodwell previously served over 9 years with the Division of Securities and has accepted an attorney position with Clyde, Snow and Sessions. Giani also announced that Jacob Hart has been promoted to Deputy Director of the Department of Commerce from the Division of Consumer Protection. Hart is an attorney who graduated from BYU with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and J. Reuben Clark Law School cum laude.