Habitat for Humanity of Utah County Earns Chamber Business of the Month Award

OREM, UT- January 2, 2017 The Utah Valley Chamber Ambassadors, the welcoming arm of the chamber, are proud to announce their January Business of the Month recipient; Habitat for Humanity Utah County. The Chamber Ambassadors will be awarding Habitat for Humanity at their Orem location, 340 South Orem Blvd.,10 a.m. on January 4th. Press, media, and public are welcome to attend.

“Kena Mathews (Utah County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director) does it all,” said Chamber President Rona Rahlf. “Kena has served two years as our Ambassador Chair and has served seven years on our chamber board. She also helps coordinate volunteers for our events. She accomplishes all these tasks and still finds time to fulfill her role and duty as Habitat for Humanity’s Director.”

“Kena is amazing,” said Chamber Event Director, John Whittaker, “She is an energizer bunny that keeps going and going. She is constantly out serving, contributing and volunteering in the Utah County Community. We are lucky to have her as a contributing member of our chamber.”

“Nancy Mickiewicz (Partnership Development Coordinator) has also contributed a lot to the Utah Valley Chamber,” said Rahlf. “For the past two years, Nancy has coordinated the Women’s Business Network (WBN) luncheon speakers. In fact, she is this year’s WBN President! Nancy makes an effort to attend every event we host and is consistently willing to lend a helping hand.”

“We can’t thank Habitat for Humanity enough for the time and energy they have contributed to our chamber and community,” said Rahlf. “They truly deserve this award and we are excited to recognize them and celebrate their accomplishments.”

 

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About the Business of the Month Award:

The Business of the Month award recipient is chosen by the Utah Valley Chamber Ambassadors. Businesses who earn the award, are given a large Business of the Month sign to display in front of their business. They are also awarded a certificate at a Utah Valley Chamber event. To get involved with the Utah Valley Chamber, visit www.thechamber.org

About the Utah Valley Chamber:

The Chamber is a group of member businesses working to build the communities we serve. We are established as a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. Our governing body is the Board of Directors made up of volunteer business leaders from throughout Utah Valley.

 

For more information contact:

Amandi Heperi

801-851-2555

amandi@thechamber.org

 

Utah Valley Chamber December Business Spotlight: Eide Bailly

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Hawkins-Eide Bailly union creates largest CPA firm in Utah

When it comes to companies in Utah County, the name Hawkins is not only well known, but for the past 66 years, the Orem accounting firm is a known institution of success.

That long-established Hawkins name, however, was recently changed to the nationally recognized Eide Bailly (pronounced “I’d Bay-lee”). A union between the companies opened up incredible opportunities for the highly-regarded local firm, said Eide Bailly Partner Josh Rowley, a third-generation partner in the original Hawkins firm. “We saw that there was a gap in our ability to handle large clients,” he said. “Now, by joining Eide Bailly, we become a firm of choice for larger companies that are growing out of the local-only firms.”

Eide Bailly, one of the nation’s largest CPA firms with 33 offices in 14 states and nearly 2,000 professionals, opens up the ability to work with additional clients who have more complex needs like international, multi-state and industry-specific taxes filings.

“We saw the need to support Utah Valley businesses in a different way,” Rowley said. “Now we can bring a higher level of resources and expertise to the county.”

Eide Bailly is now the first firm with offices throughout northern Utah, including Ogden, Salt Lake, Lehi and their Orem office. With Hawkins joining in October 2017, Eide Bailly is now the largest CPA firm in Utah.

In addition to the expanded tax services, Eide Bailly is also known for their award-winning culture. With offices throughout the country, employees now have more upward career opportunities.For example. a Brigham Young University graduate who begins their career in the Orem office has tremendous opportunity to specialize as well as eventually move to one of the other locations across the country.

Another advantage of the union is being recognized through the world-class training opportunities and resources, Rowley said. The tools, too, have also improved as the entire workforce is now completely mobile, able to meet with their clients on-site.

Plans to join Eide Bailly began seven years ago, a plan outlined to better serve the bourgeoning tech community. “At the time, we felt that the tech and fast-growing business community didn’t have a solid option,” Rowley said. Now the CPA firm is able to serve the tech industry as well as their other specialties in the manufacturing, medical and construction fields.

Other specialties now available to Utah County businesses include cyber security, expertise in Salesforce, NetSuite, Microsoft Dynamics GP and extensive bookkeeping services.

“Take all this together and we are a firm that can simultaneously do a Salesforce implementation while providing international tax work and cyber security,” Rowley said. “Companies don’t have to go out of state for these services. We are a one-stop shop. That’s a big deal for businesses. It knocks down a lot of constraints for growing companies.”

With a 66-year tradition of CPA services in Orem, Eide Bailly is planning on not only maintaining their active Utah Valley presence, but increasing their foothold in the community. “We plan to double in size,” Rowley said. “Our goal is to be the accounting firm of choice for companies that are $200 million and more in revenue.”

Excited about the planned growth, Rowley said the firm is ready to be proactive in helping Utah grow, Utah County specifically. “We want to generate tide, not just ride the wave, with our presence,” he said. “All boats will rise as we bring these resources into the business community here.”

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For more information, visit the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce website at www.thechamber.org or contact the chamber staff office at 801-851-2555.

JoAnn Losee and Bill Hulterstrom named 2018 Pillar of the Valley recipients

The Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce is presenting Bill Hulterstrom and JoAnn Losee with the 2018 Pillar of the Valley Award.

The Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce announced Hulterstrom and Losee as its 2018 Pillar of the Valley recipients Thursday evening. Losee and Hulterstrom will receive the honor during the eighth annual Pillar of the Valley Gala March 29 at the Utah Valley Convention Center.

“Bill Hulterstrom and JoAnn Losee are exemplars of the spirit of leadership and giving the Pillar of the Valley represents,” said Rona Rahlf, president and CEO of Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce, in a press release. “Between the two of them, thousands of lives around the world have been improved. Many people owe in part, their success, health and well-being to these two great pillars of our valley.”

Losee and her mother opened Bullock’s Jewel Box, the first jewelry store that would later become the Losee Jewelers empire. As they became more successful, the jewelry business expanded and the name changed to Bullock & Losee Jewelers, with Losee Jewelers as the known business name for the last several decades.

Losee grew the business to the point it became a household name and brought fortune to their family. That fortune became the means of their generous giving to the community. The Losee family donated to Utah Valley University when it was still a technical and community college, and started a scholarship fund in the 1980’s that has helped generations of students receive higher education. Their giving also helped fund many of the buildings and initiatives at the university resulting in the Losee Learning Center.

“One doesn’t necessarily do something to receive something,” said Losee in a press release. “You do something because you want to do it, but if something comes back to you, that’s wonderful. But that is not why you do it. You never feel like you’ve done enough, but that’s OK — it just makes you want to do more.”

Hulterstrom has helped individuals and families improve their communities throughout North America and overseas for more than 30 years. He began his career with the Utah Special Olympics, and later accepted a position at United Way of Utah County. After only two years, he was promoted to president and CEO, the position he continues to hold today.

Hulterstrom is an industry leader and trainer in volunteering, board governance, non-profit leadership, and community building. Over the past 30 years, he conducted hundreds of workshops and trained or consulted with thousands of individuals in more than 30 states, Canada, and Ghana.

Hulterstom also served on scores of national committees, boards, and task forces, including America’s Service Commissions, the Utah Commission on Volunteers, the Utah County Homeless Coordinating Committee, as president of the board of Utah Directors of Volunteers and chairman of Mountainlands Family Health Center. He currently serves on the boards of Hogle Zoo, Intermountain Healthcare, and Mountainland Head Start.

Created in 2011, The Pillar of the Valley Award honors individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the business, civic, social, education, and cultural climate of Utah Valley.

 

Karissa Neely reports on Business and North County events, and can be reached at 801-344-2537 or kneely@heraldextra.com. Follow her on Twitter: @DHKarissaNeely

Inc. 500’s No. 4 real estate firm to build new UVU and BYU student housing; Lehi to gain a residential and retail development.

Provo, Utah, Dec. 5, 2017Nelson Brothers, recently ranked No. 4 in real estate and No. 129 on the 36th annual Inc. 500, has acquired land in Utah County, where there is a housing shortage, with plans for new student housing projects near Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University, as well as a mixed-use residential facility in Lehi, Utah.

“With more and more students and families coming to Silicon Slopes for education and work, there’s never been a greater need for affordable housing options,” says Patrick Nelson, CEO of Nelson Brothers. Nelson Brothers Professional Real Estate currently owns and manages 10 student housing communities in Utah, including University Gateway and University Towers at UVU and 9 and 9 and Park Plaza at BYU.

The multistate firm based in Provo and headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California, is developing  University Downs, a new student housing facility on six acres west of I-15 in Orem to serve UVU, the state’s largest university. This 1,200-bed facility will be comprised of one 10-story student housing tower with two adjacent six-story buildings, one of which will be dedicated exclusively to married couples, as well as a 10-story parking structure. University Downs will follow the shared student living quarters model with the exception of the tower for married couples, which will offer units that can accommodate a couple and small children. This facility will feature the resort-style amenities for which Nelson Brothers is known, including a full NCAA basketball court, indoor volleyball court, cinema room, soccer turf field, two pools, three hot tubs, bowling lanes and sand volleyball courts.

Nelson Brothers Construction has also announced plans to raze and rebuild the existing 9 and 9 student housing facility in Provo, within two minutes’ walking distance of BYU, in Spring 2018. It will also be updating amenities at the Park Plaza Apartments, across the street to the northeast of 9 and 9 in 2018.

Additionally, Nelson Brothers has announced the acquisition of 13 acres of land in Lehi, with plans to develop a mixed-use hotel, residential and retail facility.

Nelson Brothers’ recent announcements and Inc. 500 ranking reflect the company’s ongoing nationwide expansion trend, in which it’s realized a three-year sales growth of 3,111 percent for a total of $25.5 million in revenue. Thus far in 2017, the company has completed deals on eight properties with a combined value of $189 million. In 2016, Nelson Brothers closed on 10 properties, with $136 million in acquisitions. Overall, Nelson Brothers has grown the value of its portfolio more than 275 percent in the past two years alone.

“Being ranked among some of the finest companies in today’s economy is an incredible honor,” said Nelson, who studied business at BYU and received an MBA in entrepreneurship from Utah State University. “To even be considered for the Inc. 500, a company must show a minimum growth of 10-fold over the past three years.”

Since its inception in 2007, Nelson Brothers has acquired and managed over $800 million in assets through the acquisition of 35 student housing properties and three assisted living properties across 14 states.

For more information about Nelson Brothers, visit www.nelson-brothers.com.

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About Nelson Brothers

Nelson Brothers Professional Real Estate LLC offers individual investors direct ownership interests in institutional quality and professionally managed real estate. The company, founded by brothers Patrick Nelson and Brian Nelson, focuses on targeted growth opportunities and value-added investments for its clients through capital improvements, cost efficiency and revenue maximization. Its entities include Nelson Brothers Professional Real Estate LLC, Nelson Brothers Property Management Inc. and Nelson Brothers Construction Management LLC. Nelson Brothers Professional Real Estate specializes in the acquisition, financing and ownership of real-estate investments in the niche areas of student housing.

Orem WCF Insurance Earns Chamber Business of the Month Award

 

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OREM, UT- November 30, 2017 The Utah Valley Chamber Ambassadors (the welcoming arm of the chamber) are proud to announce their December Business of the Month recipient; Worker’s Compensation Fund Insurance (WCF Insurance). The Chamber Ambassadors will be awarding WCF Insurance at their Orem location, 9:00 a.m. on December 1. Press, media, and public are welcome to attend.

Brian Morris (WCF Insurance Central Region Vice President) is truly a Chamber Champion,” said Chamber President, Rona Rahlf. “He has served on the Chamber Board and Networking Committee for six years! We are fortunate to have such a dedicated individual as a part of our volunteer workforce.”

Angie Thurman (WCF Insurance Account Manager) has also contributed a lot to the Utah Valley Chamber,” stated Rahlf. “For the past two years, Angie has coordinated the Women’s Business Network Christmas Luncheon Silent Auction gifts. Last year, she helped raise over $6,000, which went towards three scholarships for women pursuing business degrees at Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University.”

“We can’t thank WCF Insurance enough for the time and energy they have contributed to our chamber and community,” said Chamber Business Development Executive Kate Bowcut. “They truly deserve this award and we are excited to recognize them and celebrate their accomplishments.”

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About the Business of the Month Award:

The Business of the Month award recipient is chosen by the Utah Valley Chamber Ambassadors. Businesses who earn the award, are given a large Business of the Month sign to display in front of their business. They are also awarded a certificate at a Utah Valley Chamber event. To get involved with the Utah Valley Chamber, visit www.thechamber.org

About the Utah Valley Chamber:

The Chamber is a group of member businesses working to build the communities we serve. We are established as a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. Our governing body is the Board of Directors made up of volunteer business leaders from throughout Utah Valley.

 

For more information contact:

Amandi Heperi

801-851-2555

amandi@thechamber.org

 

UVU President Matthew S. Holland called as LDS mission president, set to leave UVU in June, 2018

University Marketing & Communications:

Scott Trotter

801-419-6860 | scott.trotter@uvu.edu

NEWS RELEASE

November 6, 2017

OREM, UT – Dr. Matthew S. Holland, president of Utah Valley University, has been called to serve as a mission president for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints starting in July next year. He will continue to serve as UVU president through early June 2018. The LDS Church has said the Hollands will preside over an English-speaking mission and will announce the location later in the year.

“Serving at UVU during the past nine years has been a signal honor and daily joy,” said Holland. “The experience of building a thriving university around a community college has been one of the great causes in higher education and I couldn’t be more pleased about the impact this powerful, dual-mission model has had in making a quality, college degree more affordable, accessible, and relevant. At the same time, I absolutely cherish my faith and am so honored and grateful for this unexpected privilege to serve in this new ecclesiastical role.”

President Holland was appointed the sixth president of Utah Valley University in 2009. Under his leadership, he completed the institution’s transition to a full-fledged university now with more than 37,000 students (headcount), making it the largest university in the state. During his tenure, academic offerings expanded to 44 certificate programs, 62 associate degrees, 84 bachelor degrees, three graduate certificates, and eight master degrees.

“We have been fortunate to have Matt Holland serving as president of UVU for nearly nine years,” said Daniel W. Campbell, chair of the Utah Board of Regents. “It has been a remarkable period of growth and development. Matt and Paige’s service has been exceptional. We will miss them greatly but wish them well in their future endeavors. They will always be part of the UVU community.”

“Matt has been a transformative president at Utah Valley University,” said David L. Buhler, Utah Commissioner of Higher Education. “The Board of Regents will

commence a national search with the intention of having a new president named by June 2018.  Names of the search committee members will be announced in the near future.”

Elaine Dalton, chair, UVU Board of Trustees noted: “Matt Holland’s vision for engaged learning and student success has propelled UVU into the national and international spotlight. His ability to work with people in a cooperative and synergistic way has garnered immense community support and trust. As a board of trustees, we wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to President Holland for his leadership that has helped all of us see and work for UVU’s true potential.  We will remain committed to the upward trajectory President Holland has envisioned and established.”

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Upcoming Concession Opportunities At The New SLC

Salt Lake City is building a new airport!

The New SLC will open in two phases with the first phase scheduled to open
in 2020 with a new parking garage, terminal and new concourses.
Phase Two-a build out of the concourses to the east-is set to open in 2023/24. The public solicitation and selection processes for restaurants, gift shops, newsstands, specialty retail concepts and passenger amenities in the new facilities will take place early in 2018.
The Airport is offering a 2-hour public outreach/education workshop to provide information about how the selection process works for businesses wanting to operate at the Airport as well as the dynamics of operating a business in an airport environment.
For a list of dates and times for this 2-hour workshop, please visit: www.slcairport.com/business-services.
If you have any questions, please contact Brad Wolfe at brad.wolfe@slcgov.com
or call at 801-575-2949.

Utah Valley Chamber Celebrates Business of the Month: Costco

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PROVO, UT- October 31, 2017 The Utah Valley Chamber Ambassadors (the welcoming arm of the chamber) are proud to announce their November Business of the Month recipient; Costco. The Chamber Ambassadors will be awarding Costco at their Orem location, 9:45 a.m. on November 1. Press, media and public are welcome to attend.

“Costco has been wonderful to work with,” said Ambassador Chair and Habitat for Humanity Director Kena Mathews. “They donate a cake to every ribbon cutting we have! Since we have at least one ribbon cutting a week, that is a big commitment!”

“Amy Conners (Costco’s Marketing Representative) is an active member of the chamber constantly looking for ways to help,” said Chamber President Rona Rahlf, “This year, Conners has supported us in our small business golf tournament, volunteered at several chamber events and attended almost all of our ribbon cuttings. We are fortunate to have her and her company as a member of the chamber.”

When asked about the vast amount of ribbon cuttings that the chamber conducts, Chamber President, Rona Rahlf, stated, “It is great that we have so many grand openings this year! It shows us that businesses want to move here because Utah County is flourishing. It’s our job to welcome businesses (new or old) with open arms. We are thankful to Costco and our members who help us with this process because it creates a tight-knit community where businesses want to stay.”

 

About the Business of the Month Award:

The Business of the Month award recipient is chosen by the Utah Valley Chamber Ambassadors. Businesses who earn the award, are given a large Business of the Month Awardee sign to display in front of their business. They are later on awarded a certificate at a Utah Valley Chamber event. To get involved with the Utah Valley Chamber, visit www.thechamber.org

 

About the Utah Valley Chamber:

The Chamber is a group of member businesses working to build the communities we serve. We are established as a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. Our governing body is the Board of Directors made up of volunteer business leaders from throughout Utah Valley.

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For more information contact:

Amandi Heperi

801-851-2555

amandi@thechamber.org

Provo City, a Medical School, and the East Bay Golf Course

Provo City, a Medical School, and the East Bay Golf Course
Considering current discussions in the community and on social media related to a new medical school coming to Provo and its proposed location, those managing the medical school development wish to provide accurate information about the relationship of the medical school with Provo’s East Bay golf course prior to the official forthcoming medical school announcement.
The founders of Provo’s Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) are the visionaries managing the development of the new freestanding medical school under the direction of Wasatch Educational, the holding company of RMUoHP. Wasatch Educational is currently working with the City of Provo to finalize a proposal, subject to approval by the Provo City Council, to build the medical school on 24 acres of the northwestern portion of the East Bay Golf Course (approximately 11 percent of the total golf course acreage).
The development and construction of the medical school includes professionally relocating three current holes to the southeast corner of the existing course at the expense of the developers. This will enhance the existing 18-hole Championship Course with no change to the existing 7-hole executive Short Course, Driving Range, and all other buildings and property currently on the course. The East Bay Golf Course will remain a viable community jewel for years to come.
Wasatch Educational will integrate extensive green space in and around the medical school campus, creating a park-like atmosphere that both protects and preserves the environment, nature, wildlife, and bird life.
The economic impact of the proposed education facilities to the City of Provo and Utah County during the next ten years includes 1,588 jobs, $83.1 million in construction business, and approximately $100 million annual business infusion. It is anticipated that the medical school will be a magnet for many more health, medical, biomedical, biotechnology, and related spin-off businesses, which may add hundreds of well-paying jobs and property tax monies to the community. Additionally, this proposed initiative should result in more than $8 million directed to the Provo School District in the first 15 years.
The new medical school will join other Utah medical schools in developing physicians desperately needed to stem the tide of a national physician shortage. In fact, in Utah approximately 375 new physicians are needed each year to meet the growing medical needs. More than 400 students per year leave Utah to attend medical schools out of state and most do not return. Utah presently ranks near the bottom nationally at 43 out of 50 in overall physicians to population ratios and 49 out of 50 in primary care physicians to population ratios.
Creating a new medical school in Provo provides great opportunities to bring better access to healthcare for Utah residents and provides huge economic benefit.  Additionally, opportunities for internship programs will be made available to Utah County junior and high school students interested in pursuing a medical/healthcare career.
Wasatch Educational

 

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A. Cory Maloy  |  Principal
Maloy PR

Utah Marketing Company Uncovers the Balance of Art & War

Utah Marketing Company Uncovers the Balance of Art & War

Woodrow Studios and Rivetal merge to form new marketing agency

OREM, UTAH—October 17, 2017—In a quest to find the perfect balance of art and war in a new marketing company, Matt Frisbie, CEO of Woodrow Studios announces the merger of his strategy marketing company with Rivetal, a creative agency owned by partners Derek Kopp, Jeff Jolley and Jed Ivie. The new company, known as Art & War, is located in the Silicon Slopes region of Utah.

Woodrow Studios has been providing strategic solutions for brands since 2006. Rivetal has been in the creative space since 2002, providing innovative execution for some of Utah’s most prominent companies as well as Hollywood studios.

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Jeff Jolley (from left) Derek Kopp, Matt Frisbie and Jed Ivie are the partners of the newly formed Art & War agency, the combining of two Utah County companies, Woodrow Studios and Rivetal.

Naming the new agency presented a rare opportunity for Woodrow Studios and Rivetal.

“There are very few opportunities in business to name your company in a way that describes what you do, and have it be emotionally compelling at the same time,” said Kopp. “For us, Art & War is the perfect fit. Some people love it, and some people don’t love it, but for the people who do, we can do great things.”

“I want the agency to be polarizing,” said Frisbie. “The best marketing draws a line in the sand. Our best clients get it. They know that it’s a balance of art and war. It’s polarizing, and I’m OK with that.”

The decision to merge Woodrow Studios and Rivetal into Art & War became a logical decision for Frisbie. 

“Woodrow Studios and Rivetal were already in meetings five days a week. It was silly that we weren’t one company. Rivetal had the fastest turnaround time and the highest quality of work. The biggest thing for me was that they were solving problems with us,” Frisbie said.

Art & War has chosen to differentiate itself by deciding which clients to align with based on whether they are the best fit for each other. A high level of customer and client comfort is required for Art & War to do its best work for new clients.

“An ideal client for Art & War would be one who recognizes that the status quo isn’t good enough,” said Kopp. “We’re looking for companies that are open to new ideas, and that have the resources to do something bold and the courage to use those resources.”

Art & War is located in the epicenter of the Silicon Slopes in Utah County to best leverage the atmosphere of the state. 

“Utah is an entrepreneurial dream come true. People here are looking at the world differently, and you can feel it in the air,” Frisbie said, “It’s exciting. They’re ready.”

For more information on Art & War, visit www.artwaragency.com.