Salt Lake City - INTERMOUNTAIN HEALTHCARE was ranked one of the nation’s top integrated health systems, receiving the fourth highest score in an annual study of healthcare organizations, and the highest score of any health system in the Western U.S. The ranking was announced in Modern Healthcare magazine.
Salt Lake City - VICICAPITAL PARTNERS, an operational improvement, turnaround and financial advisory company, opened an office in downtown Salt Lake City. Over the past 15 years, Vici Partners has worked with dozens of large and mid-cap companies to increase their annual earnings by more than $2 billion. The company has completed more than $20 billion in mergers and acquisitions transactions.
Salt Lake City - Martha Stewart Living magazine featured KODIAK CAKE’s big bear brownies in February’s Great Finds section. Within the last year, Kodiak Cakes has been featured in Weight Watchers, Bon Appétit, Diabetic Living and many top food blogs. Kodiak Cakes’ mixes use only 100 percent whole-grain and all-natural ingredients.
Salt Lake City - Frost & Sullivan recognized CLEARONE with the 2010 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Market Share Leadership of the Year. The installed audio conferencing endpoints market was valued at $43.3 million in 2009 and is poised to reach $73.5 million by 2014. In 2008 and 2009, ClearOne maintained its market share leadership position in this space with a market share of 48.3 percent of revenues.
Salt Lake City - HIGHLAND BUSINESS SERVICES’ wholly owned subsidiary acquired and merged with ELEVATE MARKETING GROUP. Upon closing, Elevate and its related business operations and assets will continue as a wholly owned subsidiary of Highland Business Services. Elevate is a premier digital services provider offering an array of IP and wireless residential services.
Salt Lake City - MEDIAFORGE was chosen by AlwaysOn as one of OnMedia’s Top 100 Private Companies. The national award recognizes leading digital media companies in the advertising, marketing and content publishing sectors. MediaFORGE was selected by global industry experts from more than 1,000 companies based on a set of five criteria: innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value and media buzz.
Salt Lake City - LAUNCH LEADS, a business-to-business lead generation and executive appointment-setting company, joined the COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF UTAH. The Community Foundation of Utah mentors organizations’ philanthropic efforts.
Salt Lake City- PROFESSIONAL SALES AND SERVICES (PSS), a Utah-based regional outfitter of emergency vehicles, acquired the police division of FIRST IN, a provider of emergency products to government, law enforcement and utility agencies. The acquisition gives PSS a presence in the Phoenix and Albuquerque markets.
Salt Lake City - BIG-D CONSTRUCTION was named Sandy City’s 2010 Community Development Contractor of the Year. The Sandy Summit Awards program, which is in its fourth year, honors and recognizes companies that have “reached an extraordinary pinnacle of service to Sandy City.” Big-D was recognized for its work on the Alta View Specialty Center.
Salt Lake City - MORETON & COMPANY, an insurance, risk management and employee benefits brokers, created a new insurance service suite designed specifically for small businesses. Moreton Small Business Solutions will provide an advocate for small businesses seeking employee benefits, property and liability insurance, or integrated financial solutions.
Salt Lake City - UNITEDHEALTHCARE OF UTAH has awarded $1,500 in grants to two Utah-based youth-led organizations to develop programs to fight childhood obesity in their communities. The grants will help create community-based programs that encourage healthy habits among Utah residents. Grant recipients include REACH of Millville and the BOYS & GIRLS CLUB of Brigham City.
Salt Lake City - HOLLAND & HART secured a patent infringement award of approximately $23.9 million on behalf of its client K-TEC, manufacturer of Blendtec blenders, against competitor Vita-Mix Corporation. United States Judge Tena Campbell awarded $11 million in enhanced damages, plus $1.9 million in pre-judgment interest and costs, with additional post-verdict damages to be determined. This award is in addition to the $11 million in damages already awarded by a jury in June 2010.
Salt Lake City - The UTAH DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION named W.W. CLYDE & CO. the “UDOT Large Contractor of the Year.” The award recognizes the overall performance of the contractor in its interactions and workings with UDOT. W.W. Clyde was also recognized with four other awards.
Salt Lake City - The UTAH BROADBAND PROJECT announced the launch of the State of Utah’s broadband website, now available online at http://broadband.utah.gov.
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development in conjunction with Utah.Gov, the Utah Automated Geographic Referencing Center and the Utah Public Service Commission launched the interactive website featuring the state’s first broadband map.
Salt Lake City- The STATE OF UTAH announced its official website, http://www.utah.gov,
led the nation in 2010 for the number of honors awarded to a state site. Launched in 2009, Utah.gov continues making headlines for its innovative design, vast service offerings and convenient customer experience. During 2010, more than 16 million transactions were conducted via Utah.gov. The website was also one of only two states to receive an “A” in the Digital States Survey, and was recognized with 15 awards from the Center for Digital Government.
Salt Lake City - ZAGG’s ZAGGmate was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. ZAGG designs, markets and distributes innovative accessories for electronic devices, including the popular invisibleSHIELD, ZAGGskins, ZAGGbuds and ZAGGsparq.
Salt Lake City - SMITH’S FOOD & DRUG STORES opened its 37th Smith’s Express fuel station in Utah, located in the parking lot of the Smith’s store at 876 S. 800 East. The fuel center is the first to incorporate a courtesy charging station for customers driving electric cars to “top off” their battery levels. Smith’s also installed equipment to allow for the future possibility of solar panels to power the fuel station and the sale of natural gas at the pumps.
Sugarhouse - GOT BEAUTY was named one of the top 25 beauty stores in the country by Beauty Store Business magazine. Got Beauty was listed among international brands including Sephora, Sally Beauty and ULTA.
Orem - 1 SOURCE BUSINESS SOLUTIONS, a payroll management and human resource outsourcing firm, selected VOONAMI, a Utah-based data center and cloud computing provider as its strategic IT infrastructure provider. 1 Source Business Solutions provides payroll management services, human resources outsourcing with onsite and online seminars for human resource compliance issues and risk management to Utah corporations.
Orem - ARIBEX, INC., a worldwide leader in handheld X-ray technologies, announced the organization of its international division to market its innovative NOMAD Handheld X-ray System worldwide. Christopher Weed will lead the international group, who recently joined Aribex as director of international sales.
Orem - ATTASK, INC. was named a promising technology venture by Red Herring magazine in its 100 Global Awards. The magazine selected 100 winners from a group of more than 1,200 global companies based on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, including financial performance, technology innovation, quality of management, execution of strategy and integration into their respective industries.
Orem - GARFF NISSAN OF OREM, a member of the KEN GARFF AUTOMOTIVE GROUP, was named the No. 1 Titan dealer in the country. The dealership sold more than 200 Titan trucks during 2010, more than any other dealership. The dealership is in its 77th year of operation.
Orem - UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY received accreditation at the master’s degree level as well as reaffirmed accreditation for its baccalaureate and associate degree levels. The university’s accreditation status was declared by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
Orem - SPEAKU, a real-time social network for forums and blogs, was one of a handful of innovative technologies chosen to present its AlphaPitch at DEMO Spring 2011. Expected to be available by mid-year, the topic-driven Speaku network will enable the real-time sharing of high quality content to a live global audience.
Orem - US SYNTHETIC CORPORATION’s bearings division was awarded a grant of $186,000 by the U.S. Department of Energy. The joint effort is geared to investigate whether polycrystalline diamond thrust bearings will have a widespread role in the DOE’s renewable energy program by enabling underwater turbine generators, known as marine hydrokinetic energy machines. US Synthetic bearings will use its Orem testing facility to measure the effects.
The company also announced its selection for the prestigious Technology Showcase at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit, which is co-hosted by the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization.
Centerville - HENRY WALKER HOMES was recognized as the New Business of the Year by the Davis Chamber of Commerce at its annual awards banquet. The New Business of the Year award recognizes businesses operating for three years or less that demonstrate excellence in business, service to the community and chamber involvement. Judges focused on company growth, business vision and outlook for the future.
Bountiful - SOUTH DAVIS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL (SDCH) celebrates 50 years in business this year. The not-for-profit organization has exclusively focused on the needs of patients who require intensive, specialized care for complex illnesses, injuries and chronic conditions for transitional stays or long-term care. SDCH operated as an acute care hospital from 1961 to 1976, and reopened in 1977 as a sub-acute, specialty care hospital for children and adults of all ages.
Clearfield - In conjunction with its 20th anniversary, ROCKY MOUNTAIN CARE OF CLEARFIELD opened the Clearfield Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Community, located at 1450 S. 1500 East. The facility will provide 24-hour skilled nursing, in-house physical, occupational and speech therapy, therapeutic diets, recreational therapy, and supportive social services.
Layton - ZIONS BANK opened a new branch on Fort Lane. The 3,700-square-foot facility has two drive-up teller stations and an ATM. PRESCOTT MUIR ARCHITECTS designed the building, which was built by KELLER CONSTRUCTION.
Ogden - SETPOINT SYSTEMS signed an add-on contract to produce one .50-caliber Primer Unload machine and one .50-caliber Case Mouth Waterproofing machine for the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant, operated by ATK Small Caliber Systems. The Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, M0. produces 1.4 billion rounds of small-caliber ammunition per year.
Ogden - In an effort to provide additional free and convenient parking, OGDEN CITY has opened a new parking area in downtown Ogden. Located on the north-east corner of 23rd Street and Washington Boulevard, the new parking area has space for 60 vehicles. Access points are located eastbound on 23rd Street. With a short walk, visitors will be able to access the businesses along Washington Boulevard and inside The Junction, as well as other downtown venues.
Weber - BHB ENGINEERS, a structural consulting firm, has been selected as a pre-qualified structural engineer for WEBER SCHOOL DISTRICT. BHB believes it can improve the K-12 school environment through good design.
Ogden - GOODE SKI TECHNOLOGIES is relocating all of its ski production from China to Utah, a move that will create 100 jobs in Ogden. The decision will mark the first time that a major ski company will undertake all production in Utah. The company’s workforce in Utah will increase as 20 new carbon fiber ski models will be introduced for 2011-12. The company will continue to manufacture its carbon fiber ski poles in China.
Snowbird - SNOWBIRD SKI AND SUMMER RESORT held the first 12 Hours of Snowbird overnight skiing event. Nearly 80 participants logged a total of 6.9 million vertical feet and raised more than $25,000 for the Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center. The 12 Hours of Snowbird event was sponsored by FLAIK, BLACK DIAMOND, THE NORTH FACE, PETZL, UTAH FOOD SERVICES, UINTA and PEPSI.
Wasatch - REAVELEY ENGINEERS + ASSOCIATES was recently selected to lead the seismic evaluations of several school facilities in WASATCH SCHOOL DISTRICT. RE+A will be the prime consultant in the evaluation of Timpanogos Intermediate School, Wasatch Community Pool, Midway Elementary School (portion built in 1975) and Wasatch Alternative High School.
Park City - THE PARK CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE/CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU announced a new program to provide enlisted men and women of the armed forces and their families with special discounts on travel-related goods and services in the Park City area. Businesses of all types in the area are participating in the program.
Park City - Park City businesses are making strides to maintain the community’s natural environment. With three major ski resorts as the main economic driver, the community knows it must protect its resources, increase energy efficiency and decrease its carbon footprint. Sustainable city government programs have helped Park City exceed state and national environmental requirements. PARK CITY MOUNTAIN RESORT, DEER VALLEY RESORT, CANYONS RESORT, TREASURE MOUNTAIN INN and NEWPARK TOWN CENTER have participated in Park City’s green efforts.
Brian Head - BRIAN HEAD RESORT opened two revamped terrain parks, Junkyard and Progressive. Between the two parks, there are many new beginner, intermediate and advanced features. For beginner riders and freeskiers, Brian Head’s Progressive Park features a line with five smaller jumps, a wide “safety” box, constructed from recycled safety and ski patrol signs, and a wide butter box above an A-frame rail. Located along the Wildflower chairlift, Junkyard features four air-producing jumps ranging from 10 feet to 35 feet. It includes five jumps, several rails, boxes, logs and a Red Bull bonk.
St. George - STRATA announced availability of Strata Design 3D SE in the Mac App Store. Strata Design 3D SE provides the essentials for getting started in 3D design, with 3D modeling and texturing tools, advanced lighting features, environments and Strata’s powerful Raydiosity rendering engine for creating photo-realistic imagery. Users can create from scratch or choose to utilize prebuilt scene templates, models, textures and effects, or import models from other 3D modeling programs and popular download sites like Google 3D Warehouse.
St. George - THE PASTA FACTORY leased a 2,500–square-foot warehouse suite at the R&R Industrial Center. The location will serve as a distribution center and space to make its pasta. Established in 1994, The Pasta Factory allows its customers to create their own signature pasta dish, with eight made-to-order specialty entrees, 14 types of pastas, seven sauce varieties and six selections of toppings. Jason Griffith and Meeja McAllister of NAI UTAH SOUTHERN REGION represented the landlord in the multi-year lease.
St. George - The DOVE CENTER opened its new domestic violence and rape recovery advocacy, consultation and education center in Troon Park. In addition, the location will help facilitate youth programs, support groups and instruction on healthy life skills. For more than 15 years, the Dove Center has been committed to provide safe, caring and confidential shelter, support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and to reduce the incidents of abuse through prevention education.
St. George - CZARNOWSKI DISPLAY SERVICE purchased a building in the Fort Pierce Industrial Park. The 95,000-square - foot building, located at 1251 E. Commerce Drive, is the latest expansion project for Czarnowski, an exhibit and event company. The company plans to employ several new full-time staff members with above-average wages and full benefits.
St. George - UTAH’S HEART GALLERY opened at the The Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum. The exhibit combined the talents of many professional Utah photographers to reflect the personalities of children in foster care waiting to be adopted. The pictures at the Utah’s Heart Gallery exhibit were taken and donated by the photographers. The photographs replace the typical mug shot in each child’s file in an attempt capture the spirit and personality of each child.
Michelle McOmber: Having a Healthy Impact
By Janine S. Creager
Michelle McOmber, executive vice president and CEO of the Utah Medical Association (UMA), knew early on that healthcare would play a major role in her life’s work.
“My dad is a physician and I have always been interested in healthcare,” she says. “My whole career has been spent in healthcare in different capacities.”
While McOmber wasn’t interested in being a physician like her father, she found her niche on the administrative side. Her experience stretches from being an office manager in a physician’s office, to hospital administration, to lobbying on Utah’s Capitol Hill.
As head of the UMA, McOmber directs a 3,500-member organization that provides educational support to doctors and nurses, improves facilities and treatment options, and supports various public health projects.
When asked what she enjoys about her work, she says, “I think the understanding of how the system works: the ins and outs of how physicians relate to patients and the things that get in the way of providing care. I like to try to find answers and solutions to opening up the physician/patient side of things.”
McOmber says healthcare is a complex and ever-changing industry. However, she believes Utah is in a very good position when compared with other states.
“In the state of Utah we are lucky that we do have a good working relationship between the providers and insurance companies, and I think that is reflective of the culture that works together to find solutions, rather than working against each other. This makes us successful [and results in] lower costs and higher quality.”
While the industry has made significant advancements in the quality of care, McOmber says future challenges will require renewed efforts.
“Quality of care is a big thing and I think that medicine has advanced dramatically with technology and with new techniques. We’re able to help people even into old age to have a much better quality of life,” she says. “Each individual patient is different and each individual patient’s needs are different. I’ve always been concerned about the ability of physicians and other providers to give the care needed for patients.”
Gregory Mountain Products and Black Diamond Equipment Open New Campus
Holladay - GREGORY MOUNTAIN PRODUCTS, known as the outdoor industry leader in backpack fit, comfort and technology, had a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the company’s new headquarters on the BLACK DIAMOND campus in Holladay.
State and local dignitaries including Governor Gary R. Herbert, Holladay Mayor Dennis Webb, EDCUtah CEO Jeff Edwards and GOED Director Spencer Eccles attended to show their support of Black Diamond’s recent merger with Gregory Mountain Products and to celebrate the expansion of the outdoor industry’s presence throughout the state.
“It is difficult to think of outdoor recreation in Utah without thinking of Black Diamond and Peter Metcalf. Utah’s preeminence in the outdoor products and recreation industry is in no small part a result of Peter’s early and earnest promotion and leadership of the industry in the state,” says Governor Gary R. Herbert.
“Black Diamond and Gregory share a deep passion for the outdoors and for designing and manufacturing some of the best technical and authentic outdoor equipment on the market,” says Peter Metcalf, co-founder, president and CEO of Black Diamond. “In the combined organization, we now have much deeper resources to strategically grow our presence in all of the markets we serve.”
Both Gregory and Black Diamond are major global players in the outdoor and ski industries, with a combined $125 million in annual revenues. They will collectively create 55 new full-time positions at the facilities in Salt Lake County over the next 10 years.
SCOTT WILMARTH of the Salt Lake City office of CB Richard Ellis was named as one of the company’s Top 225 Performers of 2010. This is the third consecutive year that Wilmarth has made this list. The rankings were based on the performance of more than 3,500 CBRE professionals from across North and South America. Wilmarth was the only CBRE professional in the Salt Lake City office to make the list.
KEVIN MERRILL joined MediConnect Global’s leadership team as vice president of sales. Merrill will oversee the sales team, generate business development opportunities, grow revenue and manage relationships with channel partners for the company. Merrill has more than 14 years of successful sales experience building and leading teams through complex sales cycles and creating high-value solutions for large corporations.
Coldwell Banker Commercial announced the following three commercial real estate professionals have joined the international brokerage’s Salt Lake City office: DEBRA EKINS, DAVID KEITH and DAVE WINNIE.
AAA Fair Credit Foundation (FCF), an accredited nonprofit credit counseling and HUD-approved housing counseling agency, appointed GARRETT KOERNER to serve on its board of directors. Garrett is a CPA and tax manager at Ernst & Young.
University of Utah pharmaceutical chemist and bioengineer JINDRICH KOPECEK, who pioneered the use of chain-like molecules called polymers to deliver medicines to their targets, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Kopecek is a distinguished professor in bioengineering, pharmaceutics and pharmaceutical chemistry.
Colvin Engineering announced three promotions within the company. ROGER HAMLET was promoted to the position of principal, BRET CHRISTIANSEN was promoted to senior project manager, and JADEN PERRY was promoted to project manager.
Parsons Behle & Latimer named RICHARD J. ANGELL chair of the firm’s environmental, energy and natural resources department. Angell advises and represents clients on environmentally related litigation and compliance.
John Pestana: Focusing on Success
By Elisabeth Guyon
If the name John Pestana sounds familiar, think Omniture. Pestana was a co-founder of the company and executive vice president until 2009, when Omniture was acquired by Adobe for $1.8 billion.
Having “always been an entrepreneur,” Pestana is wired for success in business. He has learned that adaptability is a valuable trait for any business leader. He explains, “Sometimes in business you realize that you’ve been focused, but focused on the wrong thing. Once you realize that, you change your course direction. You course correct and then focus on the right thing.”
Pestana founded JP Graphics in 1996 with Josh James and quickly developed it into JP Interactive a few months later. In searching for the right focus, JP Interactive became MyComputer.com and then Omniture. SiteCatalyst, Omniture’s main product, developed out of SuperStats, which developed out of the websites Pestana and James were building when they first started their business.
Since his huge success with Omniture, Pestana has changed his focus to something that combines his expertise with a passion: he is now CEO of ExactRail, a web-based model train company that he co-founded. “This is a cool opportunity to do something tangible and something fun, something that actually does really well on the internet, which is my expertise.”
He also likes that customers are prone to love the products ExactRail makes. “Nobody gets super excited about online marketing software and business optimization analytics. With ExactRail, we get this really fun almost fanbase. Almost every single person I’ve ever talked to has somebody really into [trains], and everybody has some interest in it.”
Pestana’s advice to entrepreneurs is to simply jump in head first and leverage opportunities as they present themselves. “Just get out there. Do it. You’ll learn and make mistakes,” he says. “What’s interesting is that once you do start something, it’s like your eyes are opened. And all of a sudden you start seeing opportunities that you would never see if you hadn’t started.”
Orem - Fishbowl, a provider of an inventory management program for QuickBooks, appointed seasoned tech executive MARY SCOTT to president. She partners with CEO David Williams to continue the development and growth of Fishbowl. Scott will co-lead the company’s launch of several new products and initiatives including the new CAM (Courage Above Mountains) business incubation center for small businesses.
Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management named the Peery Social Entrepreneurship Program, the flagship program of the Melvin J. Ballard Center for Economic Self Reliance. The naming honors RICHARD and MIMI PEERY and their family’s passion for social entrepreneurship.
Five Brigham Young University students won the national xTREME Taxation Competition in Washington, D.C. The winning BYU team consisted of accounting students KATHERINE ANDERSON, a senior; CAMERON DOE, a sophomore; SARAH SIMPSON, a junior; JESHUA WRIGHT, a senior; and economics sophomore HEGON CHASE.
Snowbasin to Host XTERRA
Trail Run Nationals
Ogden - The 2011 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship is moving to SNOWBASIN RESORT.
According to Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission, “With Snowbasin hosting the XTERRA Trail Run Nationals on the same weekend as the off-road triathlon nationals, it is estimated the combined events will generate approximately $4 million to Utah’s economy and generate media exposure of between $3 million to $4 million. We expect significantly more athletes, family members and others will come to Utah as a result of combining the two events into one action-packed weekend.”
The XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, which will take place in September, is open to the public. XTERRA Trail Run Nationals is the final event of the 70-race XTERRA U.S. Trail Run Series, which is currently underway with races across the country.
The trail run championship is a half-marathon, and the course will start and finish at Snowbasin Resort—a world-class ski resort that hosted the downhill and super G races for the 2002 Winter Olympics, and most recently served as the final stop of the Winter Dew Tour.
The Buckner Company announced the hiring of CAROL DANA in its employee benefits department, and the subsequent acquisition of Dana’s agency, Dana Benefits. Dana will join the team of benefits experts at The Buckner Company, where she will continue to work with individual medical plans, Medicare clients and group employee benefits packages.
JDHgroup added industrial designer JEREMY WALKER to the JDHgroup design team. Walker, a 13-year exhibit design veteran, will be involved with current creative projects and exhibit design for the agency. His broad knowledge of industry trends and creative skills will bring a major offering to JDHgroup clients.
Weber State University economics professor JOHN MUKUM MBAKU was named a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution based in Washington, D.C. Originally from Cameroon, Mbaku has conducted extensive research on the economic and political transformation of Africa.
BILL WHITE of Bill White Enterprises was recently named a semi-finalist for the James Beard Foundation’s 2011 Restaurateur of the Year award. Bill White Enterprises employs about 600 people and runs 6 restaurants.
MATT SULLIVAN and MELISSA HYDE launched Ace High Printing, Design and Promotions. Sullivan is the former design director for the United States Ski and Snowboarding Association, and former advertising design director for Rossignol. Hyde is a former art director and production director for several local companies.
The Southern Utah Home Builders Association honored six members for their local association service (local, national or state), community service and other positive contributions to the community. The six SUHBA members awarded were MATT HILL, Burton Lumber; MORRIS PEACOCK, HintonBurdick CPAs & Advisors; CASEY BROWN, Better Professional Painting; TRACY ENCE, Ence Homes; AUSTIN ANDERSON, AJ Construction; and RICK ROSENBERG.
HintonBurdick hired CHAD LLOYD as a CPA. Lloyd is completing Utah professional licensing requirements to become the firm’s third CPA in the Richfield office. Lloyd graduated with a master’s degree in accounting from Southern Utah University.