Roy—The Chairman of the Board of Universal Synaptics, David Chambers, announced the appointment of a new leadership team. Ken Anderson, who for the past 10 years has served as the company’s Vice President – Sales and Business Development, will serve as President and Chief Executive Officer. Jon Lee will join the company as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Nate Johnson has been appointed Vice President – Business Development. Paul Sorensen, one of the company founders, will serve as the Secretary/Treasurer. Anderson joined Universal Synaptics in its infancy and has been responsible for much of the company’s rapid growth. Anderson has won numerous awards including the Department of Defense Maintenance Symposium “Great Ideas” Competition Winner in 2010 and 2012, Utah Sales and Marketer of the Year Award Winner for 2014 and 2016 and was listed as one of the Utah Forty under 40 Business Professionals, for 2014. Lee most recently served as Vice President of Finance for Nicholas and Company, Inc. Prior to that he was Director of Finance at Utah based Albion International, Inc. Lee helped lead the company to the successful sale of Albion to New York based Balchem Corporation (BCPC), and continued as Director of Finance in Balchem’s corporate office. Lee also served as Manager at the professional service firm, Grant Thornton, LLP. Lee is a graduate of the University of Utah with a Master of Accountancy and is a Certified Public Accountant. He has also served as Adjunct Professor for the University of Utah – David Eccles School of Business and held various board and committee positions within Utah’s community. Johnson spent the past 14 years in various assignments within the Department of Defense, most recently serving as the F-16 International Financial Management Section Chief at Hill Air Force Base. Johnson graduated with an MBA from Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. Sorensen spent 29 years with Iomega Corporation while he and his brother, Brent Sorensen, founded Universal Synaptics in 1995 and was critical in the development of the company’s patented Intermittent Fault Detector (IFD) technology. In addition to serving as the Secretary/Treasurer, Sorensen will serve as the Director of Operations.
Salt Lake City—Expanding the support provided to its major nationally-focused systems integration partners, ClearOne, the leading global provider of audio and visual communications solutions, announced the appointment of industry veteran Ashanti Long to the position of Director of ProAV Strategic Accounts. According to Hakimoglu, Long will play a critical role in ensuring that top systems integration firms stay well ahead of the technology curve when it comes to designing and installing state-of-the-art ProAV systems. Long’s entire focus will be on helping integration firms to increase their sales of ClearOne solutions in ways that create and sustain new revenue opportunities for the firms. Long brings more than 20 years of engineering and sales experience to his new position at ClearOne. He comes to ClearOne from Optoma Technology, where he served as Senior Director of ProAV Sales since 2016. Before this, he served as Global Vice President of Commercial & Federal Sales and Marketing at Black Diamond Video. From 2008 to 2014 he held a number of engineering and sales positions at AMX, including Senior Lead Product Verification Engineer, Government Inside Sales Manager/Account Manager, and Director of Federal Civilian Sales. Other industry experience includes positions at Allied Signal Communications, KTec Electronics, Mykrolis Corporation, and Omniprobe. Ashanti Long earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University’s School of Technology.
Orem—Bank of Utah has appointed experienced personal banker, Jillian Weadock, to serve on the treasury management team in the locally-owned bank’s Orem branch. Weadock has worked for more than five years in the banking industry including serving as a personal banker at Wells Fargo Bank, where she helped customers open new accounts and apply for loans. She also worked as an assistant manager and personal banker at Chase Bank in Tucson, AZ. Weadock attended Westchester Community College in New York. She is a resident of Utah County and is looking forward to serving the banking needs of people in her community.
Salt Lake City—East coast native Abigail Curran is beginning to settle in as Chief Operating Officer at the Natural History Museum of Utah, a new position within the Museum’s existing management team. Curran earned her MBA with an emphasis in operations from Brigham Young University and since then has garnered diverse experience from global companies Dell EMC, Cummins and Apple. In her new role as COO, Curran will be wearing several hats as she leads multiple departments in their efforts to ensure quality customer service, train and oversee personnel, generate revenue, implement sales strategies, work with the advisory board and support additional museum-wide goals. Prior to joining the Natural History Museum of Utah, Curran assisted team members in their rise to leadership positions at Apple, inspired improved gender diversity goals and strategies at Dell EMC and worked to improve logistic efficiencies at Cummins in the U.S. Curran grew up in the Washington, DC, area, loved spending time at the Smithsonian museums and discovered she will always be a city girl at heart. An avid traveler, both domestic and abroad, she speaks Russian and French and after completing eight marathons has no immediate plans to hang up her running shoes just yet.