People on the Move

People on the move is your weekly roundup of hiring, personnel and promotional news throughout the state of Utah.

Salt Lake City David James, co-host of Utah’s No. 1 rated sports radio morning show on The Zone Sports Network and KUTV broadcaster, has been named the 2018 Utah Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sports Media Association. Mr. James is a two-time recipient in the NSMA awards program whose members elect each state’s top sportscaster and sportswriter dating back to 1959. Mr. James and Patrick Kinahan have hosted “DJ and PK” for nearly two decades on The Zone at 97.5 FM and 1280 AM. He has worked at KUTV 2News since 1992 as a sports anchor, reporter and host of “Talkin’ Sports.” In 2018, Mr. James was also recognized on Utah Philanthropy Day with the Governor’s Career Humanitarian Leadership Award for his work to fight hunger and establish school food pantries.Alongside Mr. James, the NSMA selected Kurt Kragthorpe of The Salt Lake Tribune as the Utah Sportswriter of the Year. They will be honored during the 60th annual NSMA Awards Weekend, June 22-24, 2019 in Winston-Salem, N.C. along with Hall of Fame inductees Mike “Doc” Emrick, Bob Ley, Peter King, and Tony Kornheiser. Doris Burke will be the first female winner of a national NSMA award as the 2018 National Sportscaster of the Year and Adrian Wojnarowski is the back-to-back winner of the National Sportswriter of the Year. Mr. James is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara. His television sports reporting career began at KEYT in Santa Barbara in 1988. From there he moved to Sacramento where he reported at ABC’s KOVR before moving to Utah and KUTV. Mr. James, who previously won the award in 1996, follows Utah Jazz broadcaster Alema Harrington as the 2017 winner and three-time sportscasting winner Steve Klauke of the Salt Lake Bees (1995, 2014, 2016). Other Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment-related statewide honorees through the years have included Craig Bolerjack (1994), Steve Brown (2003) and Gordon Monson (2011).


Salt Lake City  Big-D Construction ( recently promoted its Corporate Controller Blake Van Roosendaal as the firm’s Chief Financial Officer. The move comes after Larry Worrell announced his retirement after 16 years with the firm. Mr. Roosendal and Mr. Worrell have worked together as Controller and CFO respectively for nearly 16 years. Before their tenure at Big-D, both worked together in public accounting, and at the time, Mr. Worrell managed the audit and taxes for Big-D’s account. Mr. Worrell joined Big-D as its CFO in 2002 and would bring Mr. Roosendaal on board to create the backbone to Big-D’s financial growth.

Mr. Roosendaal will now take the reins from his mentor and friend and will become Chief Financial Officer effective January 1, 2019. With Mr. Roosendaal assuming the role of CFO, Jake Bartholomew has joined Big-D as Corporate Controller. Blake will oversee the finances of the entire Big-D Family of Companies.

St. GeorgeThe City of St. George added a dynamic element to its executive team with the hiring of Shirlayne Quayle as the city’s new Economic and Housing Development Director. Quayle has been a Southern Utah resident for seven years and has made an imprint on the community through her professional and volunteer endeavors. Ms.Quayle’s duties include directing economic development efforts and coordinating the city’s downtown redevelopment program, conducting planning studies on current and future development, and serving as a liaison to the business community and public and private sector partners. She will also serve on the Washington County Economic Development Council and the Switchpoint Board. Ms. Quayle comes to the City of St. George with a wealth of knowledge in a variety of fields. She spent 18 years at the University of Utah, including as Director of Strategic Business and Partnership Development for Technology Ventures. In Southern Utah, she directed the regional office of the Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative and was Associate Director of Employer Relations at Dixie State University. Ms. Quayle is also the Co-Founder and Board Chair of the Women’s Influence Center, a non-profit foundation under the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce that promotes women’s personal, professional, and leadership development.


 Salt Lake CityThe Utah Mining Association announced today that it has selected Brian Somers as president effective January 25, 2019. As the president, he will lead the Association’s management and advocacy efforts. During the short transition period, the current communications and outreach manager, Jocelyn Clark, will handle any relevant matters. Mr. Somers brings with him over 20 years of extensive experience in legislative affairs, strategic communications, and executive leadership. Currently, he leads the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) as its managing director. Previously, he served as the deputy director of the Utah Department of Heritage & Arts, on the communications staff of Governor Gary R. Herbert, and in various strategic communications roles in the private sector. He holds a degree in business management from George Mason University.