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June 5, 2015

Lehi—PageLaunch, a Partner Fusion company, has named Dave Bascom to serve as its Chief Executive Officer. Previously, Bascom was CEO of Fit Marketing, a boutique agency offering inbound digital marketing services. He has more than 17 years experience in online search and has founded and grown multiple successful businesses in his career. An emerging player in local online marketing, PageLaunch specializes in the optimization of local search for businesses. Through its software and services, PageLaunch helps businesses be found by customers searching for local services. Since its inception in 2013, PageLaunch has grown its customer base to thousands of local businesses throughout the United States. Bascom was the founder and CEO of SEO.com, a leading search engine optimization agency that earned a spot on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies in America in 2012. He also led a marketing company called Big Start and was the general manager of local search for Deseret Digital Media, where he launched KSL Local, a business directory that became one of the most popular, trusted sources of local business information in Utah. He earned a degree in Marketing Communications from Brigham Young University.

Salt Lake City—Elizabeth Joy, MD, MPH, of Intermountain Healthcare, has been elected President of the American College of Sports Medicine for a three-year term. The term begins in June 2015 as president elect, and then moves to the full president position from June 2016 through June 2017, followed by an additional year as past president. Joy will be only the second female physician President of the organization, and the first Family Medicine female President. Joy is the Medical Director for Clinical Outcomes Research at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City. In addition, Joy practices Family Medicine and Sports Medicine at the Salt Lake Clinic LiVe Well Center. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. She completed a Family Medicine Residency and Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She completed her Master’s Degree in Public Health at the University of Utah. Dr. Joy served as Vice President for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and has held two terms of office on the Board of Trustees for the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.

Salt Lake City—After an extensive and thorough national search, United Way of Salt Lake (UWSL) has named Bill Crim as its new Chief Executive Officer. Crim, who has been in executive positions with UWSL since 2004, was the unanimous choice of a CEO Search Committee that had been vetting candidates during a nine-month process. Most recently UWSL’s Senior Vice President, Collective Impact and Public Policy, Crim’s selection was ratified by United Way of Salt Lake’s Board of Directors by unanimous vote at its monthly meeting in May. Crim will succeed Deborah Bayle, the 16-year-head of the United Way of Salt Lake organization who announced her retirement earlier this year. Crim will officially begin in his new role as CEO on July 1, while Bayle continues as the organization’s President to ensure a seamless transition. Crim will become President & CEO on Aug. 21.

Salt Lake City—Amanda Smith, who served for six years as the Executive Director of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (UDEQ), has joined Holland & Hart. Smith will practice in the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources practice in the firm’s Salt Lake City office. With over 100 environmental and energy attorneys practicing firm-wide, Holland & Hart is recognized as having one of the largest environmental legal practices in the nation. Smith joins more than 20 environment and energy lawyers in the firm’s Salt Lake office. As she joins private practice, she will leverage her extensive knowledge of the laws and policies governing the quality of air, land, and water to help clients as they navigate these increasingly challenging environmental issues. From 2007 to 2009, Smith served as the Legislative Director and Rural Advisor to Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr., advising on issues regarding Utah’s natural resources, energy, water, and economic development. Appointed as Executive Director of UDEQ in 2009, she also served concurrently as Energy Advisor to Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert from January 2011 to May 2012. Before entering government service, she was the Director of Government Relations for the Nature Conservancy of Utah. Smith earned her law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law and her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Utah.

Salt Lake City – Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) Commissioner, LuAnn Adams, announced the appointment of Wayne Bradshaw as Director of the Division of Marketing and Economic Development. The division is responsible for developing economic success for agriculture, rural Utah and the food industry. It is also home to the Utah’s Own program that promotes local food and family farms. Bradshaw previously worked in the Commissioner’s Office as a policy analyst and social media specialist. Bradshaw assumes the director position following the scheduled July 1st retirement of Jed Christenson who has served as Director of the Division of Marketing and Economic Development since 2005.

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