In case you missed one or more of the Salt Lake Chamber’s Utah Business Reports on KSL NewsRadio, here is a recap of what we talked about this week.
I would like to congratulate Gary Garff on being inducted into the Utah Automobile Dealers Hall of Fame at the Utah International Auto Expo last month. This honor is greatly deserved. Gary is the president of Ken Garff Company and the eldest son of the late Ken Garff.
Gary served as president of the Utah Automobile Dealers starting in 1975. The operation of Garff Enterprises was turned over to Gary and his brother Bob in 1979. Less than a decade later, he opened one of the first Acura dealerships in the country.
He is greatly admired for his expertise as a business man and as a car dealer, but mostly for the passion he directs toward his pursuits. He has overcome his own personal challenges to become a genuine and loyal man, as well as a passionate and driven businessman.
Jewel Lee Kenley and James S. Hinckley were inducted into the Utah Automobile Dealers Hall of Fame as well.
Dental Select has announced a nationwide provider network expansion that will create one of the largest dental networks in the country.
Due to the expansion, customers will be able to find a dentist at more than 200,000 access points across the United States. Access to this expanded network became available to customers and employers this month.
Dental Select’s national network has grown by more than 67 percent. This expansion is an integral part of the company’s national growth strategy, creating an extremely competitive offering in the nationwide dental marketplace.
CEO and president of Dental Select Brent Williams said this expansion is a strategic initiative to offer employees convenient in-network dentist access nearly anywhere in the country.
Ranked as Utah’s number one dental benefits provider, Dental Select is headquartered in Salt Lake City, and has provided dental and vision benefits for groups, families and individuals since 1989. Inc. named Dental Select as one of the 500 fastest growing privately-held businesses in the U.S.
Connectivity has become an inevitable part of doing business. CenturyLink recently announced the availability of internet speeds of up to one gigabit per second for more than 2,500 businesses around the Wasatch Front.
Business customers in multi-tenant unit office buildings with CenturyLink’s next generation fiber technology will be able to work faster without bandwidth constraints. Businesses will benefit from instant access to cloud services and applications on demand, and can simultaneously download or upload large multimedia files at identical speeds of up to one gigabit per second. With this kind of speed, businesses can tap into faster connections and cloud applications that are becoming workplace necessities.
The availability, quality and competitiveness of broadband services are critical pieces of infrastructure for attracting new businesses to Salt Lake City. The Economic Development Corporation of Utah applauds CenturyLink on this significant investment in the community.
Two weeks from today—March 6—is International Women’s Day. This year the Girl Scouts of Utah will dedicate the theme of their International Women’s Day Gala to the Utah business community for their exceptional partnership in showing support for women’s issues. The theme for 2014 is “Girl Scouts Mean Business,” celebrating the business skills that girls learn when they are a part of Girl Scouting.
In correlation with this theme, Girl Scouts of Utah will be honoring Natalie Gochnour as their 2014 “Tough Cookie.” Natalie is the Salt Lake Chamber’s chief economist and associate dean of the University Of Utah David Eccles School Of Business. I can personally say that Natalie is an excellent choice for this award and represents the amazing things women accomplish every day in Utah.
As the Girl Scouts of Utah’s largest annual event, the International Women’s Day Gala has gained local media acclaim and guest attendance has increased by more than 30 percent each year for the past few years.
The gala will take place at the Rail Event Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, March 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit gsutah.org.
I’d like to congratulate Destination Homes on receiving a handful of honors at the Excellence in Homebuilding Awards for 2013 last month. The awards ceremony was hosted by the Utah Homebuilder Association and Utah Sales & Marketing Council.
Destination Homes was recognized as the Best of State for Custom Kitchen Design for their “Iron Chef” kitchen, designed by Mary Morgan-Burnett. The company was also awarded Best Overall Advertising Campaign and Best Television or Radio Commercial for its work on the Hill Farm community launch and radio advertisement. Those campaigns were designed and produced by Mighty Clever of Layton. Due to these honors, it’s rather fitting that Destination Homes’ Ryan Snarr was honored as the Marketing Director of the Year for these successful promotions.
Destination Homes is a top 10 residential homebuilder in Utah. With neighborhoods from Daybreak in South Jordan to Pleasant View, Destination Homes has improved life by building exceptional homes in lasting communities across northern Utah—something they are receiving well-earned accolades for.
For the full reports from this week and weeks past, visit KSL NewsRadio online. Remember to tune in between 12:30 and 1 p.m. to KSL NewsRadio every week day on 102.7 FM or 1160 AM. If your business is doing something great, let us know and we may feature it on the Utah Business Report.