Chamber Advisors

As we continue to grow, the Chamber is not only interested in our future, but our members as well. The Chamber wanted to meet with the key talent within our Chamber member business organizations. These individuals were selected as those who possess the qualities and potential to be the next leaders in business, community and government. We believe that bringing them together will be beneficial in discussing how business and the community intersect and how you can become more engaged in the process.

Chamber Advisory Members

Jeff Aird

A native of Salt Lake County, Jeff Aird is the current Assistant Vice President for Strategy and Analysis at Salt Lake Community College. Jeff joined SLCC in 2013 as the director of inquiry and analysis where he successfully led college efforts to reaffirm its regional accreditation through the northwest commission on colleges and universities.

Prior to joining SLCC, Jeff worked at the Utah System of Higher Education where he assisted in strategic planning and economic development. Jeff was an original contributor to the HigherEdUtah 2020 plan which established the goal of having 66% of Utahns with a certificate or greater by 2020. He oversaw the development of a grant program known as the Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership (UCAP) which assessed economic needs and developed strategic plans to accelerate progress in targeted “economic clusters.” The program was highlighted in the governor’s 2010 state of the state address and received praise for its effectiveness in creating strong collations and effective partnerships.

Jeff earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Utah State University and master’s degree in public administration and Juris Doctorate degree from Brigham Young University. He and his wife Sara are proud parents of three children: Sydney (7), Jack (4), and Zeke (0).

Samuel Allen

Samuel Allen is a Sandy, UT based Corporate Partnerships manager for Real Salt Lake (Major League Soccer). One of his primary responsibilities includes building RSL’s vital corporate sponsorship base through planning and implementing fully integrated marketing programs. Sam creatively consults local, regional, and national companies on advertising programs that utilize RSL’s unique relevancy among Utah’s passionate and loyal sports fans. A Utah native, Sam graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelor of arts degree in Business Management and Marketing. While in college Sam was a Division 1 NCAA wrestler for the University of Wyoming and UVU. After graduating Sam worked on a contractual basis for various companies in sales, marketing, consulting, and development.

Madison Allred

Mallory Bateman

Mallory began her undergraduate career at George Washington University, and moved on to the University of Utah where she received a B.A. in Urban Planning in 2008. Upon graduating, she moved into a full-time position as a Planner and GIS Support for Lochner Engineering based in Salt Lake. Her work experience was focused on National Environmental Policy Act research and public involvement for transit and roadway projects on the local and state level.

After three years at Lochner, she decided to pursue a Masters in MSc in Social Policy and Planning at the London School of Economics in 2011. After participating in courses focused on communities – how their physical aspects can impact their citizens, as well as the importance of locally based projects – she graduated from the program in 2012. After graduation she returned to Utah and immediately became a full-time volunteer for a political campaign. That work lead to additional partnerships and employment with a small, Utah-based non-profit focused on building community connections and civic engagement. She is currently a Research Analyst at Utah Foundation, where she has been since January 2012. Her work at Utah Foundation has focused on demographics, transportation, water, and voting. She is passionate about creating change through thoughtful and innovative research and decision making.

Mallory is a big University of Utah football fan and loves to travel. She currently lives in Salt Lake with her fiancée and two cats.

Derek Biesinger

In 2010, Biesinger graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business management, and a minor in Chinese from Miami University (OH). Currently he works as the Division Talent Manager for Smith’s Food and Drug, a division of Kroger. Prior to Kroger’s he was the Division Labor Manager and an Assistant Store Director in different geographic areas.  While studying business at Miami, he developed a passion for the Chinese culture.  Biesinger spent a summer working in Shanghai assisting local factory workers in becoming well-versed in the American culture.  Outside of work he assists various charity organizations and really enjoy working with under-privileged school districts. Biesinger is the chairman of a work organization which hosts numerous supply/food drives for our local community and also assist numerous high schools with their mock interviews for their yearly sterling scholars.  At home he enjoys spending time with my wife Samantha and playing pick-up sports at the local rec center.

Spencer Bradley

Bradley is the Vice President of Business Development and Estimating for Wadman Corporation. In this role he is responsible for work acquisitions generating nearly $2B in revenue during his 16 year tenure. His roots in the development and oversight of Wadman’s estimating department make him an invaluable resource to architects and owners during the pre-construction process where he provides constructability reviews and preliminary budgets for projects exceeding $75M. Working closely with subcontractors, he is adept at providing owners with accurate and detailed cost information as well as value engineering ideas and solutions. Mr. Bradley’s most notable and rewarding projects include the LDS Payson Temple, Waldorf Astoria, American Can Historic Renovation, and the NRF Production Support Facility.

Rachel Bremer

Rachel Bremer is a successful leader in hospitality and tourism. She joined the City Creek Center Marketing team in May 2015. She oversees all tourism marketing for the center, works closely with Tour Operators, tourism partners and others to increase tourism visitation and promote City Creek Center as a premier shopping destination in Salt Lake City.

Prior to joining the City Creek Center team she worked with Crystal Inn Hotel and Suites as a Director of Sales for the Downtown Salt Lake City property. She oversaw all tour/travel, wholesaler and ski sales on behalf of the 8 Crystal Inn properties. She also led convention and corporate sales, building new clientele, increasing rates, negotiating contracts and building Occupancy and ADR. She is an innovative and motivated salesperson winning sales person of the year and leader of the year for several years with the company.

Rachel has experience working for the global restaurant chain, Planet Hollywood, representing Buca di Beppo in the Utah market and was a Regional Director of Sales for Shilo Inn Suites Hotels, as well as Director of Sales for several years. Utilizing her stellar leadership skills, she oversaw a successful region with 22 properties from Washington to Texas.

Rachel was recently elected to serve on the Utah Tourism Industry Association Board (UTIA) for a two year term. She is co-founder of the Salt Lake Hospitality Network, (SLHN) and President elect for 2016. She has been actively involved in Utah Business Travel Association (UBTA), National Tour Association, (NTA) and other travel/trade organizations for many years.
She was born and raised in Salt Lake City. She enjoys building relationships, hiking, spending time with her family, walking her dogs, and is passionate about her work.

Brady Brown

James Brown

Originally from Denver, Colorado, James Brown graduated from Brigham Young University in 2012 with a degree in International Relations. During his undergraduate studies, James took the opportunity to intern abroad in different capacities in several countries including Uganda, Fiji, and Belgium. Upon graduation, James worked for Sowers of Hope, a non-profit organization advancing education in war-torn regions of the DR Congo, as a development officer in Seattle, Washington. One year later, James began working as the Programs Manager & Development Coordinator for a small Health Care District in Soledad, California, where his team successfully funded the purchase of a Mammography machine and clinic expansions to provide needed health care services to thousands of migrant workers living in the Salinas Valley. In August of 2014, James moved to Salt Lake City and accepted his current position of Community Investment Advisor at United Way of Salt Lake. In his current position, James manages a portfolio of companies and organizations that host United Way of Salt Lake workplace charitable giving campaigns and plays an intricate role in cultivating donor relationships.

Outside of his professional life, James is an avid fly fisherman, outdoorsman and community participant. He enjoys spending time in the mountains, particularly the Tetons Mountain Range outside of Jackson, Wyoming. When James is not in the mountains, he enjoys spending time with his mentee through the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program, Mentor 2.0. James recently married Elizabeth McCrery, who works for the Community Foundation of Utah and is also actively involved in the Salt Lake community.

Jill Christensen

Jill Christensen grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and attended the University of Utah. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business management and worked with the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic games as a volunteer coordinator for the IT department. She began working at Workers Compensation Fund as a disability adjuster in 2002 and served on multiple employee committees. Jill earned her MPA from Brigham Young University in 2012 and is currently the assistant vice president of human resources at Workers Compensation Fund. She is a member of SHRM and has her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) designation. Jill is on the Women’s Leadership Committee formed at WCF as part of the Elevate Her Challenge and is participating in the political development series of the Women’s Leadership Institute.

Jill is married to David Christensen and is the mother of four children. She loves to run, camp, travel and hike.

Lincoln Clark

Lincoln joined USTAR as Finance Manager in 2015.  Prior to joining USTAR he held the position of Divisional Controller for Potash Ridge Corporation.  He has extensive experience in fiscal management, financial management systems, internal controls, economic analysis, and financial audit.  Clark holds  a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business, minor in Finance, with Distinction from the Virginia Military Institute.

Beau Colvin

Beau Colvin has been a long term employee within Intermountain Healthcare Incorporated for twelve years and a member of the SelectHealth Compliance team for nearly three of those years. With a broad range of experiences from patient registration, through account billing and collections to compliance responsibilities his work experience covers a variety of subject matter within the business side of healthcare’s ever evolving industry. Currently a SelectHealth Compliance Consultant, Beau’s primary focus is in government programs where he coordinates with key stakeholders in navigating complex regulations and contractual requirements SelectHealth is subject to. Beau actively uses his experience in healthcare and a culturally diverse education to promote cultural diversity and cultural awareness at SelectHealth, ensuring superior service is an attainable objective with every customer interaction at SelectHealth.

Beau has completed his Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Administration and more recently has achieved the Certified in Healthcare Compliance “CHC” designation from the Health Care Compliance Association. Beau also serves as a volunteer board member of the Adult Hockey League at the Utah Olympic Oval where he actively participates as a player and coach in one of his several passions, ice hockey.

When Beau is not at the office, you will usually find him enjoying several interests in addition to ice hockey; such as playing or watching football, playing poker with friends or supporting his local professional hockey team, the Utah Grizzlies.

Dawn David

Dawn David is an intellectual property attorney at Holland & Hart LLP.  She grew up in the Midwest, but decided to escape to the tropics for a bit, receiving her Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and Master’s in Engineering Management from the University of South Florida.  At USF, Dawn also built and raced Baja cars on the Society of Automotive Engineers team.  She then headed for the Wasatch Mountains to snowboard for a year before returning to the Midwest to receive her law degree from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

Before joining Holland & Hart, Dawn practiced at Brinks Gilson & Lione in Chicago.   She also interned with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C. and with Unitalen Attorneys at Law in Beijing, China.

Dawn eventually made her way back to the mountains of Utah, where she insists she belongs, and joined Holland & Hart, a full-service law firm with 15 offices in the Intermountain West and D.C.  As a lawyer, she focuses her practice on complex litigation involving patents, copyrights, and trademarks.  Dawn assists clients in protecting, enforcing, and defending all aspects of their intellectual property portfolios.  She works with clients in a range of industries from automotive and biomedical to outdoor recreation.

Her practice also includes patent prosecution, as well as client counseling and opinion work related to patents, copyrights, and trademarks.  In addition, she advises clients on how to create and maintain policies to comply with copyright and trademark issues.

Dawn believes in a “work hard, play hard” lifestyle.  So when she is not busy lawyering, you will likely find her in the mountains or the desert climbing, mountain biking, dirt bike riding, cycling, ice climbing, snowboarding, backcountry skiing, or hiking.  Her prides and joys currently live on shelves in the gear room.

Tiffani DeMayo

A Wisconsin native and a 2002 West Point graduate, Tiffani DeMayo served 7 years active duty in the United States Army as an attack helicopter pilot to include 27 months deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  After leaving active duty service, Tiffani spent the next 5 years serving as an executive officer to the Deputy Commander of the United States Central Command, the military command responsible for the 20 countries comprising the Middle East and Southwest Asia. In that role, Tiffani was responsible for prioritizing and analyzing a myriad of strategic and tactical administrative issues at the Commanding General level, ultimately enabling the Deputy Commander to engage in strategic dialogue on behalf of the President of the United States with partner nations throughout the Middle East.

In April 2014, Tiffani joined Goldman Sachs through the Veterans Integration Program, completing an eight week program of professional skills training and financial services education through guided exploration and skills cultivation in financial markets and products.  Today, she serves as an Associate at Goldman Sachs where she is the chief of staff for the operations division, responsible for coordinating strategic initiatives across the Salt Lake City and Dallas regional offices.  In this role, she is uniquely responsible for the branding, marketing, communication, organization and progressing of initiatives and regional projects in a deadlines-driven environment.  In addition to her functional responsibilities,  Tiffani is an active member of the Goldman Sachs Veterans Network.

In her free time, Tiffani is an avid mountain biker, trail runner, and adventure enthusiast.

Lisa Dodd

Joseph Farrell

Joseph Farrell is the Industrial Research Analyst in the Salt Lake City office of CBRE. Within this role, Joseph is responsible for all data and analysis related to industrial real estate in the greater Salt Lake area. In addition to authoring quarterly and annual research publications, Joseph is a co-author on the annual Economic Outlook report jointly published by CBRE and the Salt Lake Chamber. Joseph also serves as Team Lead for the CBRE’s local research department, overseeing research practices and personnel across office, retail, industrial, and investment properties.

Prior to joining CBRE in 2013, Joseph obtained a bachelor of arts in Economics with a minor in Business Management from Brigham Young University—Provo. Currently, he is a participating member of the Economic Club of Utah. Beyond commercial real estate, his professional interests include emerging technologies (drones, 3D printing, autonomous vehicles, etc.), informational design, workplace strategies and organizational behavior, education systems, and labor market economics. Outside of the office, Joseph enjoys reading, writing, racquetball, and film. He lives in Lehi with his wife of four years and his one-year-old daughter.

Theresa Foxley

Tim Harrison

Tim Harrison is a Leadership Giving Director for United Way of Salt Lake. He oversees strategic plans and related goals for increased growth of Leadership Circle and Young Leaders donor networks. His passion is to inspire others to change their community in innovative ways. Tim received a BA in Spanish and International studies before moving on to receive his Masters of Public Administration, both from the University of Utah. During his studies, he had the opportunity to study abroad in Spain and Costa Rica. His focus in graduate school was Nonprofit Management. A native of Salt Lake, Tim is a huge movie and TV buff, and would love to talk with you about good things you’ve seen lately. He also enjoys skiing, volleyball, fly fishing, golf, and pickleball. His favorite destinations include Madrid, San Francisco, and his family cabin in Island Park, Idaho.

Tyler Hollon

Tyler Hollon

Hollon began his construction career in 1993 working summers installing synthetic running tracks for his grandfather’s construction company.  He quickly worked his way up to becoming a supervisor until, in 1999, he moved to Arizona to attend Arizona State University, where he studied Computer System Engineering.  While attending ASU, he worked for a major retailer and was eventually promoted to their construction department as a Project Coordinator.  He began his career with Wadman in Spring of 2003 as a carpenter and was quickly promoted to Project Superintendent. In 2005, he was once again promoted to Project Manager for Wadman’s Service Division where he was in charge of special projects.  Tyler is now serving a vital role in Wadman’s Business Development Department where he continues to forge strong relationships with owners.

Lacey Holmes

Lacey Holmes has been with American Express since 2014 and serves as the Public Affairs and Communications Coordinator for the American Express Service Center located in Salt Lake City. In this role, she is responsible for executing the center-wide communications program, including strategic communication support for center leadership.

 

She formerly worked at the University of Utah, as a Public Relations Coordinator and was responsible for outreach and communications for the Bennion Community Service Center on campus. She has extensive public relations experience working for a top-tier national public relations firm in Los Angeles, where she managed public policy outreach programs. Lacey has also worked in the nonprofit sector, working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the American Lung Association, and a myriad of nonprofits through partnerships and volunteer service. She has a unique background and a breadth of experience in strategic communication.

 

Lacey graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in public relations and political science. She also earned a Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in nonprofit management from the University of Utah.

 

While Lacey is originally from Boise, Idaho, after living in Utah for more than 10 years, SLC has become home. She loves the beauty of the mountains, including the view from the valley and the close-up details from a hike up the canyon. She also enjoys reading. However, her biggest passion is travel; she loves exploring new places with friends and family, and she typically spends at least one weekend a month on a short getaway.

Brian Howell

Brian Howell is a Relationship Manager in Wells Fargo’s Utah Commercial Banking office. He currently manages the banking relationship of a portfolio of middle market Utah based companies, which includes maintaining client relationships, consulting with existing/prospective business customers, finding solutions to customer problems, credit underwriting and origination, coordination on loan pricing, revenue growth, and cross sell.

During Brian’s 7+ year tenure at Wells Fargo he has underwritten over $1 Billion in loan commitments to 100+ Utah based companies with revenues ranging from $20 million to $1 Billion. He has been fortunate to regularly interact and learn from many of the businesses and executives that have helped shape Utah’s communities and make Utah such a great place to live and do business.

Brian has developed expertise in 25+ different industries or market segments, which includes the unique characteristics faced by businesses to be successful.

Brian is a 2-time winner of Wells Fargo’s bank wide Pinnacle Award, which is given for outstanding office and customer service. He has also received various other awards for office performance and customer service. Brian was fortunate to be accepted to Wells Fargo’s industry leading 6-month commercial banking training program in San Francisco, CA; he successfully graduated from this program in December 2011.

Brian holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Brigham Young University and is in his final year of obtaining his MBA from the University of Utah (graduates in August 2016). Brian currently placed within the top 15% of his class at the University of Utah and is a member of Golden Key International Honor Society.  He is a former Finance professional with Citigroup’s operational Mergers and Acquisitions division.

Brian is married, has four children and lives in Draper, Utah.

Jillian Hunt

Jillian serves as the Executive Assistant for Dr. Estabrooke, and as a secretary to the USTAR Governing Authority Board.  Jillian has extensive experience in administration, human resources, and communication.  She came to USTAR from Intermountain Healthcare, where she worked for five years as she advanced in many administration roles. She holds an associate of science and plans to continue furthering her education in Business Administration. She enjoys spending time with her family, doing outdoor activities, painting and dancing.

Mary Kate Ivory

Brianna Koucos

Brianna has spent the majority of her career assisting students in their Career Development. Recently she returned to Westminster College as the Director of the Career Resource Center. Her past experience in career services includes the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, San Diego State University, and some work with the Athletic Department at the University of San Diego. She is a National Certified Counselor through the National Board for Certified Counselors, a Practitioner of MBTI® Step I and Step II Instruments and currently working toward a National Certified Resume Writer certification through the National Resume Writer’s Association. Her intent is to finalize the certification by the middle of 2016. Brianna gained experience in Human Resources at Nike, Inc. in Beaverton, Oregon and thoroughly love her time in Oregon.

She returned to Salt Lake City where, she was born and raised, to once again work with students and their career development at the college/university level. She enjoys making new connections and creating opportunities for students through those connections. As the Director of the Career Resource Center at Westminster, she is looking forward to the opportunity to engage with the college and the community to enhance career options for students on campus. Brianna has a Masters in Counseling, with a specialization in Career Development, from the University of San Diego. When not at work, Brianna enjoys spending time with her pug taking walks and enjoying beautiful Salt Lake. She also loves experimenting in the kitchen and hosts family and friends in order to try new recipes and cooking techniques.

Annie Leither

Annie Leither is the Sponsorship Manager for Zions Bank in Salt Lake City, Utah. In this role, she is responsible for managing the corporate sponsorship portfolio, including relationship management, brand management, activation creation and fulfillment, and valuation. Annie graduated from the University of Utah as a David Eccles School of Business Opportunity Scholar in 2011 with a B.S. in Marketing.

Annie launched her career at Zions Bank as a summer intern upon graduation from the University of Utah. At the completion of the internship, she was offered a full time position as the Senior Administrative Assistant for the bank’s Interactive Services & Marketing Department.

In addition to her role as the Sponsorship Manager, she also plans and directs charitable events within the bank.  Annie is involved with a variety of local charities including United Way of Salt Lake, Junior Achievement of Utah, and Salt Lake Community Action Program Head Start. She also serves as a mentor in the University of Utah Community Partners: New U Student Experience Scholarship Program.

Jada Lindblom

Jada grew up in the woods and hills of New Hampshire with her writer and artist parents. She really had no option but to love the outdoors and rely on her own creativity for entertainment. Never one to mind getting dirty or sunburned, as a youth she worked on dairy, fruit and vegetable farms. She made the journey out to California for college and has called the West home ever since. After working a wide range of jobs in Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, and Colorado in nonprofit programming, tourism, hospitality, and outdoor recreation, she moved to Utah in 2010 to attend graduate school at the University of Utah. While enrolled, she also worked at the Utah Association for Justice, where she served as Director of Membership and Public Relations and then Interim Director.

Upon receiving her master’s degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism, she began working for Utah Heritage Foundation, a Salt Lake City-based nonprofit with the mission to keep the past alive, not only for preservation, but to inspire and provoke a more creative present and sustainable future. As Historic Sites Manager, her primary task is overseeing events at Memorial House, a wedding and reception venue in Memory Grove Park. Her position encompasses an engaging blend of marketing, personnel and facilities management, nonprofit fundraising, and event planning. When she’s not tinkering with advertising budgets or advising clients on current tablescape trends, she can be found hiking with her dog, biking, skiing, volunteering with TreeUtah, and patiently listening to her boyfriend explain investment strategies. She loves Salt Lake City for being the underdog that proves itself day after day in fun, new ways.

Peter Makowski

Peter Makowski is the Economic Development Manager for Salt Lake City, Utah’s Economic Development Division. While working in the outdoor recreation industry for 7 years, he attended the University of Utah where he earned a Bachelors Degree in City and Metropolitan Planning. Upon graduation, he spent 4 years working in the Business Development Division of Ogden City, specializing in marketing, real estate, recruiting and retention efforts, community development finance, and small business assistance.  He managed Ogden’s Small Business Loan Program, the City’s Business Information Center, and served as Executive Director of Wasatch Community Funding CDFI. Peter is a Salt Lake City native and an active member of the community.  He enjoys the outdoors and moonlights as a musician.

Cory McClellan

Since August 2013, Cory works at American Express as the assistant to the Vice President and General Manager of World Service, Victor Ingalls. In this role, Cory provides strategic, analytical, and project management in support of new business development and operations enablement for over 2000 employees. Prior to working at American Express, he served as a Captain in the United States Air Force’s Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Here, he oversaw the operations of a 200 member maintenance team, with responsibility for national strategic assets valued at $15 Billion.

Cory graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Utah in 2009, and is currently working towards a MS in International Affairs and Global Enterprise. Some of his favorite courses have been International Law, Linear Algebra, and Entrepreneurship and Poverty in Peru. During this last course, taught by Dr. Jay Barney, he spent eight days consulting small businesses in Cusco, Peru. His cost/benefit analysis resulted in the eventual crowdfunding of the investment needed for a machine to grind primary ingredients into guinea pig food. This machine optimized the expense and quality of the food needed to support the operations of an agricultural co-op comprised of 320 women-owned businesses.

Outside of work and school, Cory enjoys several pastimes, which include traveling, scuba diving, and spending time with his family and friends. As a hobby, he maintains a 30 gallon salt water aquarium with several dozen species of fish, invertebrates, and coral. Additionally he is a pilot, and enjoys flying to nearby destinations.

Jinny McGavien

Prior to joining USTAR’s SBIR-STTR Assistance Center, Jinny worked in higher education, starting at her alma mater, the University of Utah, where she graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology.  She has been involved in every stage of the student life cycle, from admission and orientation to graduation and job placement. She has helped navigate the accreditation process for several programs. Jinny brings her expertise in writing, editing, regulatory compliance, and management to her position. She has a massive vocabulary, an unparalleled command of grammar, and will defend the Oxford Comma to the death.

Curtis McGee

Curtis McGee is an assistant vice president and Portfolio Manager for Wells Fargo Bank’s Commercial Bank in Utah. Curtis’s career has been focused within the financial market starting with First Security Bank in 2001 which was later acquired by Wells Fargo Bank. Curtis has been in WFB’s commercial banking group since 2007 holding various roles including Relationship Associate, Credit Analyst and Portfolio Manager. Curtis currently oversees the underwriting and credit monitoring of a credit portfolio over $200 million ranging from lines of credit, real estate financing, acquisition financing, and other working capital financing products.

Additionally, Curtis previously worked for The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in Kansas City, KS as a National Bank Examiner. Curtis has served as the President of Board of his local Home Owners’ Association. He has also shared his personal time with the Boy Scouts of America, local church group leadership, and coached in recreational sports leagues. He has also participated in fundraisers for The Road Home, United Way of Salt Lake, and The Christmas Box House.

Curtis is conversational in Mandarin Chinese and has enjoyed international travel to China, South Korea, and Taiwan for business, pleasure and service. Curtis graduated from the University of Utah with a B.A. degree in Business Administration. He is also a graduate of Wells Fargo Bank’s Credit Management Training Program in San Francisco, CA. Curtis is a native of Orem, Utah. Curtis and his wife currently reside in Holladay, UT with their three boys.

Jamie McKay

Jamie “JC” McKay  is the CarShare Account Manager for Enterprise Rent-a-Car.  She has been with Enterprise since January of 2007 and has worked very hard to work her way up through the ranks to land her current pioneering position within the company. She started with Enterprise Holdings in Dallas, TX and in the beginning 2009 moved to Utah.  She was an Assistant Branch Manager at the South Downtown location and Salt Lake City Airport from December 2009 till 2012, when she was promoted to Branch Manager over the Sandy Enterprise location in July 2012.  In November 2013, she was promoted to CarShare Account Manager.  She is the first CarShare Account Manager in our group of Utah and Southern Idaho.

She attended the University of Utah in 2001, before transferring to Texas Tech in Lubbock, TX where she earned her degree in Marketing with an International emphasis.  While in school she was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority and still keeps in touch with many of her “sisters” to this day. After graduation in 2006, Jamie quickly launched her career at Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Growing up in Texas, JC made the rounds on the Hunter/Jumper circuit, and still has love for horses today. She enjoys sewing and crafting, however, she does not consider herself a crafty person. She recently got married, in May 2015, and is enjoying time with her new husband, Griff. They have two amazing dogs (Digger and Girdy) that they take with them on their frequent camping trips.

Dan McKean

Melissa Meier

Melissa A. Meier is senior business development manager in the Marketing & Sales Department at Union Pacific Railroad based out of Salt Lake City, UT.  Business Development is within UP’s Industrial Products group which includes lumber, paper, metals, minerals, and construction products.  

Melissa joined Union Pacific in 2011 and held a variety of roles in marketing and sales in Industrial Products, Agricultural product, and Union Pacific Distribution Services. Prior to this promotion, she served as business manager of refrigerated products.

Melissa is a 2010 graduate of Washington State University, where she acquired her Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Marketing and a 2014 graduate of the University of Nebraska Omaha, where she acquired her MBA. She and her husband Matt have a puppy goldendoodle.

Chris Metos

Chris Metos began working at InterNet Properties Commercial Real Estate in 2012 bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience. Initially, Chris specialized particularly in the restaurant sector of real estate, however he quickly realized his desire to diversify his clientele and broaden his understanding of all aspects the Salt Lake City market has to offer. Chris comes from a family of successful business owners and has developed a significant amount of business and management experience as a result. Chris draws on this experience on a regular basis to connect with clients, understand their needs then find solutions in a timely and efficient manner to ensure the best possible outcome for all who are involved.

Prior to joining InterNet Properties, Chris graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Arts in Business. He then worked in business brokerage where his primary responsibilities involved developing valuation techniques and analyzing financial statements. Chris has also worked in a variety of industries as an Mergers & Acquisitions Advisor including: mining, retail, restaurant franchises, and manufacturing. Chris creates value for his clients by bringing expertise, knowledge, commitment and drive to every situation he is dealt.

As a multi-family property owner himself, Chris understands the process involved in purchasing these investments and serves his clients in the best possible way by knowing the responsibilities of property management, tenant evaluation, appreciation and cash flow evaluations, and what to look for when investing in properties. He also has great knowledge about selling these investment properties using various techniques to maximize property values for owners who wish to sell, further demonstrating his well rounded abilities.

Whatever the objective may be, Chris uses a hands-on approach, constantly providing clients with updates and offering creative ideas in order to best market a property. Chris is willing to go above and beyond to ensure the goals are met and his clients are pleased.

Blake Moore

Following six years as an international business development consultant for his own LLC DocBerry International, and Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State, Blake Moore is currently an Associate at the Cicero Group, a data-driven marketing research and strategy consulting firm based in Salt Lake City.  He is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration at Northwestern University to round out his undergraduate education at the University of Utah.  Blake was a collegiate quarterback at Utah State and in high school was awarded the Wendy’s National High School Heisman and inducted into the National Football Foundation and Ogden High School Halls of Fame.  Blake has teamed up with Wendy’s to organize an annual community event, a kickball tournament, to benefit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption with more than $15,000 raised each year.  Blake married Jane Boyer in September 2010; they lived in San Francisco, Singapore, and Washington DC before moving back to Salt Lake City.  They just welcomed their 2nd and 3rd boys (twins) in October 2015!

Tom Paden

Paden is originally from Pennsylvania, and grew up there as well as Delaware, and Melbourne Australia.  Paden got to have an Antipodean upbringing and be immersed in two amazing cultures, and credits this to greatly shaping his views on business, globalization, and life in general.  He moved to Utah from Philadelphia in 2006 and can honestly say it is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. He finished his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Weber State University in 2008. Recently, I finished my MBA in Human Resource Management from Strayer University. Human Resources and a focus on local community have always been one of his central points of focus. In his current role as a Recruiter for Rocky Mountain Power (PacifiCorp), I’ve got the opportunity and privilege of helping my company diversify and grow, helping us find fantastic talent here in Utah to work in a plethora of disciplines. In his off-hours, he loves martial arts, spending time with my partner and our two dogs, cooking, and exploring everything that Utah has to offer.  

Danny Payne

Danny Payne joined The Cynosure Group in 2015. He is responsible for sourcing, evaluating, and executing new investment opportunities.  Previously, he worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group of Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Danny graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in finance. Prior to attending Brigham Young, Danny graduated from Snow College with his A.S. He was 2 year letter award winner and the 2010 Zions Bank Top of the Mountains Bowl Classic Defensive MVP. Danny grew up in Cottonwood Heights, UT, and he is the fourth of ten children.

Byron Price

Nico Priskos

Nico Priskos obtained his real estate license in October of 2014 and immediately started working for InterNet Properties. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Nico has a vast array of local knowledge. In June of 2012 Nico graduated high school from the Waterford School in Sandy, Utah and began his college career at Westminster College in the Fall of 2012. Nico then transferred to the University of Utah in 2013, where he is currently pursuing a bachelors of science degree in Entrepreneurship through the David Eccles School of Business, a bachelors of science degree in Urban Ecology through the College of Architecture + Planning, as well as a minor in International Studies.  Nico plans to graduate in the spring of 2017.

Nico gained valuable work experience at a young age, working at Crown Burgers in Salt Lake City. Nico’s most recent work experience came from Salt Lake City Weekly in the distribution department, as well as working on the back end of their website; updating restaurants, bars, and nightclubs City Weekly profiles. 

Nico brings a young, fresh, tenacious approach to any situation put in front of him. Having extensive knowledge of the current trends of technology, Nico delivers modern and innovative ideas to the company, as is seen in the InterNet Properties social media accounts.

Holly Sanford

Holly Sanford has been working in property management since 2006 when she started as a Leasing Agent and was promoted to a Property Manager within her first two years in this industry. She began her career with Cowboy Properties in 2008 as an onsite Assistant Manager. She is currently the Portfolio Administrator at the corporate level under the direction of the Vice President and COO, and the founder, President and CEO of Cowboy Properties.

As Portfolio Administrator Holly is responsible for collecting and compiling property reports and ensuring their accuracy. She also manages a six-plex in Salt Lake City and oversees as the Regional Property Manager for a 116 unit Section 42 community in Fort Collins, Colorado. She runs multiple committees for Cowboy Properties and directs the Cowboy Pledge community service projects.

Holly works with the Cowboy Partners Development team on new multi-family developments once they are ready to begin marketing and lease up. This entails reading and converting the construction documents which include the plans and specifications for the development.  Holly conducts site inspections of new and existing communities to ensure the communities stay in “like-new” condition and that these communities are meeting and/or exceeding the owner’s expectations.

Holly supports and serves the apartment industry as a board member of the Utah Apartment Association (UAA). She serves as the Chairmen of the UAA Events and Trade Show Committee.  She is also a member of the UAA Community Service and Membership Committee.

Brian Singleton

Brian Singleton leads both driving and in-house associates at the Salt Lake City terminal for Prime Inc.  In this capacity Brian manages over 75 in-house associates and approximately 450 driving associates.  In 2015 a $40 million capital investment was announced that will add more than 100 new in-house jobs to that list.  The capital investment also supports a facility that can accommodate double the amount of driving associates through the terminal on a weekly basis.  Prime, Inc., founded in 1970, is headquartered in Springfield, Missouri. It is one of the largest trucking companies in North America, serving the United States, Canada and Mexico.  The company’s fleet includes nearly 6,000 trucks and more than 11,000 trailers.  Brian is a native Missourian who moved to Salt Lake City in 2010.  Brian started with Prime in 2006 as a refrigerated fleet manager.  He has a wife and two boys.

Rich was born and raised in Wyoming and moved to Salt Lake City in 1999. He has worked in the Facilities Management industry for over 20 years within several different industries. Rich started in retail with the Flying J Travel Plazas and then moved into hospitality where He worked as the Chief Engineer for the Shilo Inn Hotel and Suites for over 10 years. He then had the idea that he wanted to change professions and become a Police Officer; he attended college and received a bachelors in Criminal Justice Administration and completed an internship with Salt Lake City Police Department. However, he went into school married with only one child and finished with 3. Rich realized his priorities had changed after graduating,  he did not want to leave what he was good at and what he loved, so he made the decision to stay within the field of facilities management. After which, Rich moved on into Health Care where he worked for Intermountain Health Care as a Facility Coordinator for the Medical Group where he managed over 1Million sq. ft. of office and clinic space and managed ongoing construction efforts. Rich finally moved into the quasi-governmental side where he now works for the Federal Reserve Bank as the Assistant Manager with District Facilities Management. Rich oversees building operations and construction at the Salt Lake City and Phoenix locations. He also decided to go back to school while at the Fed and receive my Masters in Sustainable Development through Southern Methodist University.

Natalie Suazo

Natalie Suazo is a marketing, communicator, public relations and writing professional.  With more than seven years serving marketing efforts at Dental Select, Natalie has contributed to major successes including: proposal program planning and implementation, ongoing web and direct marketing campaign development and integration, usability testing sessions and customer research, website redesign and various media events and news exposure.

Currently, Natalie oversees the development and coordination of Dental Select’s business to consumer programs to drive demand and build successful ROI.  In alignment with company objectives, Natalie develops and executes marketing plans to ensure profitable growth and expansion of Dental Select’s products and services.  Additionally, Natalie is responsible for a wide variety of outputs that include content creation and production for advertising, print, press releases, email campaigns, surveys and social media.  Her supervisory role requires overseeing staff activities within the marketing department and upholding project timelines.

Natalie works closely with Sealants for Smiles, a nonprofit organization administered by Dental Select, by leading public relations efforts and marketing support to increase community awareness and donor partnerships.

Natalie is a graduate from the University of Utah, with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications with an emphasis in public relations.  Natalie also holds certifications in Advanced Technical Writing, Grant Proposal Writing and Google AdWords.  Since 2013, Natalie has volunteered as leader of the family readiness group for the Utah National Guard, providing assistance and opportunities for service members and their families.  In her free time, Natalie enjoys writing short story fiction.

Andrew Sweeney

Andrew is the Director of the Utah Science Technology and Research agency’s (USTAR) East Outreach office, which provides commercialization support for innovative energy projects and clean technologies. Andrew is also the Director of the Utah Energy Research Triangle (ERT), a competitive grant program aimed at fostering coordination among Utah’s top research universities in order to advance energy innovation and workforce development in Utah.  He holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Utah.

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Joe Trunzo

Joe provided customized financing solutions for commercial clients with annual revenue from $1 million to $30 million. His focus is assisting with commercial real estate, working capital lines of credit, equipment financing, construction financing, and letters of credit.

Over the past three years, he has financed approximately $50 million in new business for the Bank and has worked with different organizations to help his clients obtain financing – Small Business Administration (SBA), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Utah Small Business Growth Initiative (USBGI). Joe utilizes his expertise to help a variety of different local business owners grow and diversify their business.

A Salt Lake City native, Joe earned his bachelor’s degree  from the University of Utah.  Joe enjoys an active lifestyle including traveling, golfing and other activities around spending time with his family.

Mark VanWagenen

Mark Van Wagenen was born in Price, Utah and raised in Sandy. He graduated from Alta high school and then obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Utah Valley University. He has worked at Enterprise-Rent-A-Car for the past 4 years: starting as a Management trainee and working his way up through various positions including Branch Manager at three locations across the valley. He is currently working in the Business Rental department managing corporate accounts. In his spare time he enjoys skiing, road biking (he just completed his first century bike race this summer), spending time with his wife and family, and has just completed his first year as backyard beekeeper.

He and his wife Callie have been married for 8 years. They currently reside in Sandy, Utah. Aside from biking, skiing, and beekeeping together, their favorite thing to do is traveling the world. After both graduating from Utah Valley University in 2010, they spent four months teaching English in Zhongshan, China. There they grew to love the Chinese people and culture, as well as a strong desire to travel and learn about other people and cultures throughout the world. They are always planning their next adventure, 2016 will add Iceland to their “been to” list. Iceland will be their 9th country in their 8 years of marriage.

Mark is currently active in the community as an Ambassador with the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce, and as a Varsity Boy Scout Coach for a local Varsity Team. In 2009 Mark was presented with the Congressional Award gold medal in Washington, D.C. for his service in his community and volunteer English teaching in Tianjin, China.

Danny Vazquez

Daniel Vazquez is an attorney at Workers Compensation Fund (WCF). Born in Miami, Florida in 1986 (29), he was the second child of Cuban immigrants. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at Florida International University in 2009 and a juris doctorate at Brigham Young University in 2014. Daniel passed the Utah bar exam in July 2014 and was sworn in the following October. He is married, has two daughters, and is expecting a son in February. When he isn’t playing video games, he enjoys fishing and being in the outdoors.

Drew Yergensen

Drew Yergensen is the Utah Middle Market Team Leader for KeyBank’s Commercial Banking group in Utah. He focuses on providing financing and capital management advice to locally operated companies greater than $10 million in annual sales.  He has been recognized by KeyBank nationally for signature circle performance each of the last three years.  

Drew has served as the Chairman for the Mountain West Capital Network Deal Flow committee and currently serves as Director of the CFO Roundtable Executive Series for the Association of Corporate Growth (Utah chapter).  Prior to Key, Drew worked for GE Capital in various Finance roles in various parts of the country.  

Drew graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah with a degree in Business Finance and later earned his MBA magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame.  Drew has a thirst for education, and has been an adjunct professor for both Weber State University and University of Phoenix in Finance.  He also recently completed a separate Graduate degree via the Pacific Coast Banking School program through the University of Washington.

Drew has been married to his wife Jenny for twelve years.  They have two adopted sons.  He enjoys a good challenge, and recently learned to snowboard and started running marathons.