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Weber County: Where People, Innovation & Recreation Connect

A full-color photojournal about Weber County, Utah, paired with profiles of the companies that have made the county great.

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<strong>Where</strong> <strong>People</strong>, <strong>Innovation</strong> & <strong>Recreation</strong> <strong>Connect</strong><br />

Photography by Ron Kusina • Text by Robert A. Hunter<br />

A publication of the <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> Government


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W<br />

EBER<br />

C<br />

OUNTY<br />

<strong>Where</strong> <strong>People</strong>, <strong>Innovation</strong> & <strong>Recreation</strong> <strong>Connect</strong><br />

Photography by Ron Kusina • Text by Robert A. Hunter<br />

A publication of <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> Government<br />

HPNbooks<br />

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<strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> - <strong>Where</strong> <strong>People</strong>, <strong>Innovation</strong> & <strong>Recreation</strong> <strong>Connect</strong><br />

photographer: Ron Kusina<br />

author: Robert A. Hunter<br />

designer: Jason Lively<br />

contributing writers for <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> partners: Annette Hanson<br />

Angie Osguthorpe<br />

Rebecca Sankey<br />

HPNbooks<br />

chairman and chief executive officer: Jean-Claude Tenday<br />

publisher and chief creative officer: Bernard O’Connor<br />

president and chief revenue officer: Ron Lammert<br />

project manager: Bart B. Barica<br />

administration: Donna M. Mata<br />

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book sales: Joe Neely<br />

production: Colin Hart<br />

Evelyn Hart<br />

Glenda Tarazon Krouse<br />

Tim Lippard<br />

Craig Mitchell<br />

Tony Quinn<br />

Christopher D. Sturdevant<br />

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CONTENTS<br />

Legacy Sponsors ........................................................................................4<br />

Introduction ..............................................................................................7<br />

History - From Deep Roots to Great Heights..........................................13<br />

Economy & Economic Development -<br />

Balancing Growth and Looking Ahead....................49<br />

Education - Vision and Action in Learning and Research.......................63<br />

Culture and Comfort - The World Is Welcome Here..............................77<br />

Communities Within a Community - The <strong>People</strong> and The Places .......111<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> Partners .........................................................................142<br />

Sponsors .................................................................................................XX<br />

About the Photographer .........................................................................XX<br />

About the Author....................................................................................XX<br />

About the Profile Writer .........................................................................XX<br />

CONTENTS<br />

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Legacy<br />

Sponsors<br />

These companies have made a major contribution to the book as part of our Legacy Program.<br />

We could not have made this book possible without their leadership and participation.<br />

These are our top contributors and we thank them for their support.<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> State University<br />

3848 Harrison Boulevard<br />

Ogden, Utah 84408<br />

1-801-626-6000<br />

www.weber.edu<br />

Ogden City Corp<br />

2549 Washington Boulevard<br />

Ogden, Utah 84401<br />

1-801-629-8000<br />

www.ogdencity.com<br />

Lindquist Ogden Mortuary<br />

3408 Washington Boulevard<br />

Ogden, Utah 84401<br />

801-394-6666<br />

www.lindquistmortuary.com<br />

The Home Depot Ogden Contact Center<br />

801 Depot Drive<br />

Ogden, Utah 84404<br />

1-800-910-6704<br />

www.corporate.homedepot.com<br />

Staker Parson Companies<br />

2350 South 1900 West<br />

Ogden, Utah 84401<br />

801-731-1111<br />

www.stakerparson.com<br />

Ogden Regional Medical Center<br />

5475 South 500 East<br />

Ogden, Utah 84405<br />

801-479-2111<br />

www.ogdenregional.com<br />

Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital<br />

4401 Harrison Boulevard<br />

Ogden, Utah 84403<br />

801-387-2800<br />

www.mckaydee.org<br />

MarketStar<br />

2475 Washington Boulevard<br />

Ogden, Utah 84401<br />

800-877-8259<br />

www.marketstar.com<br />

Gridley, Ward & Hamilton Law Offices<br />

635 East 2500 South<br />

Ogden, Utah 84401<br />

801-882-2699<br />

www.utahinjurylaw.net<br />

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Ogden-<strong>Weber</strong> Tech College<br />

200 North Washington Boulevard<br />

Ogden, Utah 84404<br />

801-627-8300<br />

www.owatc.edu<br />

Autoliv ASP, Inc.<br />

3250 Pennsylvania Avenue<br />

Ogden, Utah 84401<br />

801-625-4800<br />

www.autoliv.com<br />

Great Basin Engineering, Inc<br />

5746 South 1475 East<br />

Ogden, Utah 84403<br />

801-394-4515<br />

www.greatbasinengineering.com<br />

Reeve & Associates<br />

5160 South 1500 West<br />

Riverdale, Utah 84405<br />

801-621-3100<br />

www.reeve-assoc.com<br />

Fresenius Medical Care North America<br />

475 West Thirteenth Street<br />

Ogden, Utah 84404<br />

801-626-4515<br />

www.fmcna.com<br />

US Foods ®<br />

832 West Hinckley Drive<br />

Ogden, Utah 84401<br />

1-800-572-3846<br />

www.usfoods.com<br />

Petersen Inc.<br />

1527 North 2000 West<br />

Ogden, Utah 84404<br />

801-732-2000 / 1-800-410-6789<br />

www.peterseninc.com<br />

Bank of Utah<br />

2605 Washington Boulevard<br />

Ogden, Utah 84401<br />

801-409-5000<br />

www.bankofutah.com<br />

Leavitt’s Mortuary & Aultorest Memorial Park<br />

836 Thirty-Sixth Street<br />

Ogden, Utah 84403<br />

801-394-5556<br />

www.leavittsmortuary.com<br />

LEGACY SPONSORS<br />

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Looking south from the Highlands.<br />

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I NTRODUCTION<br />

“We have become not a melting pot, but a beautiful mosaic.”<br />

- Jimmy Carter<br />

America is known as a great melting pot in a positive sense. And<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> is certainly a “beautiful mosaic.” Its county seat’s onetime<br />

label as Junction City in the crossroads of Western America’s commerce,<br />

represented people of diverse cultures, brought here through trappers’<br />

trails, the railroad, and an attraction to the scintillating beauty and<br />

value of the landscape. They were pioneers, all of them, just looking for<br />

honest to goodness freedom and a place to prosper. And this is their<br />

legacy: new generations of diverse cultures whose goals are to preserve<br />

the rich features of those differences in order to make life better, and<br />

better, and better.<br />

This book addresses the history of that evolution and why <strong>Weber</strong><br />

<strong>County</strong> is currently one of America’s treasured spots to enjoy the land,<br />

get a great education, benefit from the economy, and appreciate the<br />

fullness of American culture.<br />

“Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.”<br />

- Malcolm Forbes<br />

But the differences in people are not the only reason <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong><br />

is successful. It’s also the diverse landscape, diverse educational<br />

resources, diverse economic institutions, and diverse opportunities.<br />

That’s what makes <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> a “beautiful mosaic.”<br />

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Left: The colors of fall.<br />

Right: A winter’s day in the mountains.<br />

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A walk in Autumn’s Wood.<br />

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Sunrise on the Mountains.<br />

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Storm clouds move across the mountains of <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong>.<br />

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Nature’s bouquet.<br />

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Get your hiking boots on!<br />

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HISTORY<br />

F ROM D EEP R OOTS TO G REAT H EIGHTS<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong>’s majestic hills, blue and purple and green and tan,<br />

warming to rose under the westering sun, have been here since the<br />

childhood of the earth. Indeed, they belong to the first geological<br />

periods. Ancient marks on the mountainsides and the deltas at the<br />

mouths of canyons speak of the waters of massive Lake Bonneville which<br />

for thousands of years covered what is now known as the entire <strong>Weber</strong><br />

<strong>County</strong> area, the Great Basin, western Utah and eastern Nevada. Over<br />

the years that lake gradually shrank to what is now the glittering Great<br />

Salt Lake.<br />

So began our physical legacy. Then came the human inhabitants.<br />

Not much is known of the first settlers, except that they were Indians<br />

who, respecting the blessings of the earth, lived a life of conservation<br />

and simplicity. They were gradually accompanied by explorers, mountain<br />

men, trappers, and soldiers.<br />

Historians credit a trapper named Jim Bridger with discovering the Great<br />

Salt Lake in 1824. And journals dated 1827 identify Captain John G. <strong>Weber</strong><br />

(pronounced Weeber) as the person after whom <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> is named.<br />

Peter Skene Ogden, another trapper, is the namesake of Ogden City, <strong>Weber</strong>’s<br />

county seat and the largest population center of Northern Utah.<br />

In 1847, under the leadership of Mormon Prophet Brigham Young, his<br />

followers, having been forced from their comfortable communities in the<br />

Midwest, arrived in the Great Salt Lake Valley where Brigham proclaimed,<br />

“We shall make this desert blossom as a rose.” And so they did.<br />

But the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints<br />

were not alone in making Utah and <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> what it is today.<br />

It has taken a diversity of people from all faiths, all walks of life, all<br />

trades, all disciplines, all cultures, to make it the rich “mosaic” we<br />

currently celebrate.<br />

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Left: A walk in Winter’s Woods.<br />

Right: Mount Ogden and early snow.<br />

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Lewis Peak in Winter Colors.<br />

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From the Bay to the City.<br />

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Many great contributors to the world of business, entertainment, education, medicine, and international security have grown from roots in <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong>. Some of them are listed here:<br />

• John M. Browning is widely recognized as the greatest firearms inventor ever known. Great numbers of guns used in World War I, World War II, and the Korean Conflict by Allied<br />

Forces, were Browning inventions. Many of his creations came, not just under the Browning label, but also under the names of Winchester, Remington, and Colt.<br />

• J. Willard Marriott, began his business with a root beer stand, was first to provide box lunches to airline passengers before inflight service was established, and later founded what<br />

today is the largest hotel chain in the world.<br />

• Dr. William DeVries is known for the world’s first transplant of the total artificial heart.<br />

• The Osmond Family of world famous musicians was rooted in <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong>.<br />

• David Eccles was Utah’s first multimillionaire through his business and industrial acumen. Today, his ancestors are among Utah’s most active philanthropists.<br />

• Nolan Bushnell founded Atari, Inc. and was inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame.<br />

• General Brent Scowcroft was National Security Advisor for President George H. W. Bush.<br />

• T. H. Bell was United States Secretary of Education under President Ronald Reagan.<br />

• David Kennedy was United States Secretary of the Treasury under President Richard Nixon.<br />

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Left: A tribute to the founding father<br />

Opposite: White sands, fast moving greens, and mountains<br />

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Eccles Community Art Center.<br />

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Showcasing a photo exhibit.<br />

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A glimpse into the past.<br />

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The railroad has played a prominent role in <strong>Weber</strong><br />

<strong>County</strong>’s history. In 1869, the transcontinental railroad<br />

was completed and the “last spike” was driven at<br />

Promontory Summit, Utah, just 45 miles northwest of<br />

Junction City (Ogden City). This connected the two great<br />

oceans of the world by land and reduced coast to coast<br />

travel from about four months to just one week.<br />

At one point, grain, fruit, and livestock production<br />

brought hundreds of freight cars through <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong><br />

daily. And at the center of the Western United States,<br />

during the war years and beyond, Ogden Union Station<br />

served over 100 passenger trains every day.<br />

Armed forces support played a major role in the area.<br />

At <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong>’s south end, Hill Air Force Base was<br />

established. In the county’s center, Defense Depot Ogden,<br />

serving all military branches, was constructed.<br />

Staying connected with history.<br />

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Right: A display of recognition.<br />

Opposite: A winter scene at Ogden Bay.<br />

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The first signs of Autumn.<br />

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A walk on an old two-track.<br />

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Opposite: A time of color in the mountains.<br />

Left: Fall color.<br />

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A view from the Bonneville-Shoreline Trail.<br />

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Working out the snowshoes!<br />

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With the decline of agricultural production and<br />

railroad use, and with the presence of military<br />

installations, visionary local leaders began to bring more<br />

diversity to the economy. One outgrowth was a focus on<br />

the aerospace industry. Another was to strengthen Hill<br />

Air Force Base and turn the closure of Defense Depot<br />

Ogden into the thriving Business Depot Ogden. Still<br />

another was the decision to take advantage of <strong>Weber</strong><br />

<strong>County</strong>’s great outdoors and concentrate on attracting<br />

outdoor recreation products manufacturers.<br />

The legacy of tenacious, courageous, inventive<br />

predecessors is found in today’s hard working, forward<br />

thinking people of <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong>.<br />

“Legacy is not leaving something for people, it’s leaving<br />

something in people.” —Unknown<br />

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Olympic presence, Olympic memories.<br />

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Hiking toward the Ridgeline.<br />

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A four-wheel drive and patience.<br />

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Afternoon on the Ben Lomond Bench.<br />

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A highlands panorama.<br />

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HISTORY: FROM DEEP ROOTS TO GREAT HEIGHTS<br />

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The Pineview Reservoir ... and water.<br />

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Along the Basin Road.<br />

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With the decline of agricultural production and<br />

railroad use, and with the presence of military<br />

installations, visionary local leaders began to bring more<br />

diversity to the economy. One outgrowth was a focus on<br />

the aerospace industry. Another was to strengthen Hill<br />

Air Force Base and turn the closure of Defense Depot<br />

Ogden into the thriving Business Depot Ogden. Still<br />

another was the decision to take advantage of <strong>Weber</strong><br />

<strong>County</strong>’s great outdoors and concentrate on attracting<br />

outdoor recreation products manufacturers.<br />

The legacy of tenacious, courageous, inventive<br />

predecessors is found in today’s hard working, forward<br />

thinking people of <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong>.<br />

“Legacy is not leaving something for people, it’s leaving<br />

something in people.” —Unknown<br />

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Right: Beauty in the smallest details.<br />

Opposite: A long view in Autumn.<br />

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Autumn grasses and flowers.<br />

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Late season river flow.<br />

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Winter on the South Fork.<br />

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An early winter storm.<br />

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Spring on the Bonneville-Shoreline Trail.<br />

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Early morning in the Ogden Valley.<br />

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The Business Depot office.<br />

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ECONOMY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT<br />

B ALANCING G ROWTH & LOOKING A HEAD<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> is nationally and internationally recognized as a place<br />

to do business, to visit, to enjoy outdoor recreation, and to live.<br />

Forbes magazine calls our area the 2nd best place to raise a family<br />

and the 8th best place for business and careers.<br />

Balancing growth with diverse elements is important for any<br />

community’s success. <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> is home to a variety of industries,<br />

businesses, support systems, and educational entities.<br />

The local corporate presence includes aerospace, outdoor manufacturing,<br />

financial services, agricultural and food distributors, customer care centers,<br />

and, of course, wholesale and retail supply businesses.<br />

Names like Kimberly Clark, Orbital ATK, Procter and Gamble,<br />

Post Cereal Brands, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Barnes<br />

Aerospace, ENVE, Honeyville Grain, Autoliv, Petersen Inc., Williams<br />

International, Boeing, Borsight, Goode Ski, Salomon, Osprey<br />

Packs, Kahuna Creations, JBT AeroTech, ICON, Hart, Rossignol,<br />

Scott USA, Wayfair, VISTA Outdoor, and others are examples of<br />

the diversity and strength of the Northern Utah economic landscape.<br />

Business Depot Ogden is one of Northern Utah’s premiere business<br />

and industrial parks with 115 businesses and 6,000 employees.<br />

Hill Air Force Base provides the local economy with 16,000<br />

jobs and is the largest employer in Utah. An Air Force Materiel<br />

Command base, it is the second largest by population and<br />

geographical size in the Air Force, with an annual local impact of over<br />

$3 billion.<br />

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Left: A place for growing business.<br />

Right: Rush hour in Ogden.<br />

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Getting it right for the trail.<br />

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A county landmark.<br />

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A downtown day in the Spring.<br />

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First class transportation from Ogden to Provo.<br />

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Health care assets include Intermountain Healthcare’s<br />

McKay Dee Hospital which provides a variety of medical<br />

services, including cancer care, emergency medicine,<br />

heart care, sports medicine, and women’s health.<br />

MountainStar’s Ogden Regional Medical Center, another<br />

full-service hospital also provides comprehensive cancer<br />

care and cardiovascular care among its offerings. Both<br />

hospitals are considered regional in nature, serving<br />

northern Utah, southern Idaho, and southwest Wyoming.<br />

Ogden’s Midtown Health Center professionally serves those<br />

without resources.<br />

Tourism is Utah’s largest industry. <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> is<br />

considered “the center of outdoor sports gear in the U.S.”<br />

by the Wall Street Journal. Outside Magazine recognized<br />

Ogden as one of the “Best Towns in America.” National<br />

Geographic ranked our community as a “Top 10 Emerging<br />

Ski Town.” The reason for this is that <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> is the<br />

home of three remarkable ski resorts, and was the site<br />

(Snowbasin) of downhill events for the Olympic Winter<br />

Games of 2002. The Great Salt Lake is not only a tourist<br />

attraction, but also provides raw resources for sustainable<br />

industries along its shores.<br />

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Right: Precision machining.<br />

Opposite: Ogden <strong>Weber</strong> Tech College.<br />

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The Ogden-<strong>Weber</strong> Chamber of Commerce is a leader in<br />

promoting the community on behalf of our citizens. Public<br />

policy is an important factor in the lives, not just of the<br />

citizens generally, but also in the activities of the economic<br />

development community. The Ogden-<strong>Weber</strong> Chamber of<br />

Commerce is a leader in the Northern Utah Chamber<br />

Coalition which is a consortium of chambers and<br />

community leaders in six counties who work hard to make<br />

sure that state and federal legislation supports the business<br />

and workforce interests of the area.<br />

Competitive advantages of <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> include an<br />

abundance of individuals ready to work, proximity to the<br />

great outdoors and numerous recreational experiences,<br />

urban living (including closeness to other great urban areas<br />

along the Wasatch Front), and rural living just as “country”<br />

as you’d like it. Cost of living and affordable housing are<br />

additional beneficial features. Transportation advantages<br />

include the I-15, I-84, and I-80 corridors of well-maintained<br />

interstate freeway. The Utah Transit Authority provides<br />

service between <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> and other major metro areas.<br />

Ogden-Hinckley Airport is in the center of the county, and<br />

Salt Lake International Airport is just 35 miles to the south.<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> is truly the heart of the Intermountain West.<br />

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Working the iron!<br />

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Springtime in Ogden.<br />

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The forerunner of industrial growth.<br />

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A historical collection of aircraft.<br />

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The Phantom.<br />

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Ready to ride.<br />

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Hoping for a soft landing.<br />

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Artwork featured at the Roy Library.<br />

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EDUCATION<br />

V ISION AND A CTION IN L EARNING AND R ESEARCH<br />

Believing in first things first, <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> is a place where early<br />

childhood education is cherished. Ogden United Promise Neighborhood<br />

is an example of working with Welcome Baby and initiating preschool<br />

learning programs to make sure all kids start kindergarten ready to learn<br />

at a level of equality.<br />

One of the country’s most up-to-date and responsive library systems,<br />

the <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> Library network includes four major facilities<br />

strategically located for the county’s neighborhoods. The libraries offer<br />

amazing children’s programs and specialties for everyone else.<br />

The Treehouse Children’s Museum provides remarkable educational<br />

displays and programs for kids.<br />

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Left: Across the campus pond at WSU.<br />

Right: Ogden <strong>Weber</strong> Tech College.<br />

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Early spring at the Huntsville Library.<br />

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A clearing storm.<br />

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<strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> is home to <strong>Weber</strong> State University, with<br />

an enrollment of over 26,000. WSU offers more than 250<br />

certificate and degree programs, hundreds of online<br />

classes, and many other educational opportunities. With<br />

its College Town initiative, the university partners with<br />

many local businesses and industries. Dream <strong>Weber</strong><br />

offers the opportunity for anyone of any financial status<br />

to get a college education.<br />

The Ogden-<strong>Weber</strong> Tech College serves more than<br />

6,000 students. Hands-on education helps train students<br />

and employees in more than 300 technical skills. More<br />

than 200 employers partner with the college for on-thejob<br />

training.<br />

Other major public and private educational<br />

institutions are within a 70-mile radius of <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong>.<br />

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Right: Taking in the sights.<br />

Opposite: About to take a swim.<br />

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Ogden High School.<br />

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A mix of public, private, and charter<br />

schools serve <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong>’s 50,000<br />

students. We support 57 elementary schools,<br />

21 junior high schools and 18 high schools.<br />

<strong>Innovation</strong>s in training include Startup<br />

Ogden, a software-focused co-working space<br />

and accelerator program. <strong>Weber</strong> State<br />

University’s Concept Center allows private<br />

industry to partner with the university to<br />

conduct research and enhance innovation.<br />

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The Dee Events Center at <strong>Weber</strong> State University.<br />

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The Terrace Plaza Playhouse.<br />

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Community theater for everyone.<br />

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The hues of Sunset in the mountains.<br />

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A winter’s trail beckons.<br />

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Airport Decor!<br />

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Another of Nature’s gifts.<br />

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A visitor in the orchards.<br />

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CULTURE AND COMFORT<br />

T HE W ORLD I S W ELCOME H ERE<br />

The eyes of the world were on <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> as major Olympic events<br />

were staged here in 2002. Indeed, the world’s respect for our state was<br />

heightened as the International Olympic Committee and its President<br />

Jacques Rogge proclaimed those Olympics as the greatest ever to that point.<br />

One of the major reasons for that declaration was the abundance and<br />

quality of our volunteerism.<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> has since attracted numerous high-profile recreational<br />

brand companies to our area. Our three mountain resorts and sites for<br />

great hunting, fishing, water skiing, kayaking, hiking, and off road<br />

activities—all in very close proximity—make <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> one of the<br />

most attractive places to enjoy the outdoors.<br />

Culturally, the Eccles Community Art Center, Dinosaur Park,<br />

Golden Spike Events Center and Arena, Peery’s Egyptian Theatre, and<br />

Ogden Union Station, are hosts to unique exhibits, theatrical<br />

productions, <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> Fair, livestock auctions, and amateur and<br />

professional rodeos.<br />

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Left: Wildflowers in bloom.<br />

Right: Dressed for the rendezvous.<br />

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White sands, fast moving greens, and mountains<br />

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Keep him in the wagon!<br />

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Sky climbing<br />

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Hot air balloons at Pineview Reservoir.<br />

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Two wheels on the trail.<br />

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The <strong>County</strong> is home for major events such as the XTERRA national championships, Ogden Marathon, numerous cycling events,<br />

Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo, Ogden Valley Balloon Festival, and numerous outdoor concerts.<br />

Ballet West and the Utah Symphony Orchestra perform on the Browning Center stage at <strong>Weber</strong> State University.<br />

One of the railroad legacies is the diversity of cultures in <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong>. A true cultural rainbow of people and lifestyles exist<br />

in harmony. Ogden City has created a diversity commission to assist in the celebration of differences and community. <strong>Weber</strong><br />

State University attracts students from around the globe. A vibrant International Students Association is active on campus and in<br />

the community.<br />

Taking the hill—the Ogden Marathon!<br />

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Downtown Ogden and Christmas Village.<br />

PHOTO COURTESY OF OGDEN CITY.<br />

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Another morning on the slopes.<br />

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Ready for the first run.<br />

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Celebrating the past in modern day.<br />

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Summertime sidewalks.<br />

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Horses in the pasture.<br />

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Keeping a tradition alive.<br />

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Working on the board skills.<br />

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A place for every age.<br />

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Colorful pottery at the Farmers Market.<br />

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Wildflowers in bloom.<br />

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A roadside attraction.<br />

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Just waiting for you!<br />

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An autumn panorama and Mount Ogden.<br />

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Enjoying the Dinosaur Park.<br />

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Working the Bones.<br />

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The Spoonmakers!<br />

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A rich history of railroading.<br />

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Left: Another <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> landmark.<br />

Below: A steam train visit at Union Station!<br />

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Patriotism Stands Firm.<br />

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Something for the party.<br />

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A buck in the backyard.<br />

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Youngsters on the farm .<br />

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Waterfowl in a seasonal pond.<br />

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T HE P EOPLE AND T HE P LACES<br />

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Left: The barrel racer.<br />

Right: Waiting for another season to begin.<br />

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Victorian style restoration in Ogden.<br />

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Homes along the Ben Lomond Bench.<br />

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The Golden Spike Events Center.<br />

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Out on the range.<br />

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Making the turn.<br />

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Competition for a queen.<br />

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The Parade and Sheriffs Posse.<br />

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Last light on the Temple.<br />

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Each to their own worship.<br />

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Ogden’s Historic 25th Street, indeed the entire county, boasts unique eating establishments<br />

of all varieties.<br />

More than sixty charities and nonprofit organizations exist to accommodate the needs of<br />

everyone from the homeless to those who want to help the homeless and those with special<br />

needs.<br />

All faiths are represented in Interfaith Works, an organization which sponsors interfaith<br />

events annually which are open to all community members for celebration, inspiration, and<br />

understanding.<br />

“I am a Christian, and a Jew, and a Buddhist, and a Muslim, and a Hindu, for those are the faiths<br />

of all my brothers and sisters.” —Mahatma Gandhi<br />

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Left: Last light on the Temple.<br />

Right: Easter at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church.<br />

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A quiet place for a prayer.<br />

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Family entertainment at its best.<br />

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Left: A visit to the Treehouse Museum.<br />

Right: Real peace begins with the children.<br />

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Wall art, and a reminder!<br />

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Working together for the county.<br />

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Working the land.<br />

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Family farming—alive and well!<br />

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Along the Snowbasin Road.<br />

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FARR WEST CITY<br />

HARRISVILLE<br />

Named for early Mormon pioneer leaders Lorin Farr and Chauncey West, this northern<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> area, settled in the late 1850s, was initially engaged primarily in subsistence<br />

farming. At the turn of the century, the demand for sugar beets to support the northern<br />

Utah sugar industry sparked a surge in commercial agriculture. By the mid-1920s, the construction<br />

of a pea viner brought additional commercial activity to the area.<br />

Steady growth of residential subdivisions and businesses created the desire for the<br />

approximately 1,500 residents to incorporate, and Farr West City was established in<br />

1981. Today, the city of 7,000 is home to a variety of enterprises and activities. These<br />

include several retail stores, a large modern manufacturing facility, a grocery chain distribution<br />

center, a major trucking company, a kidney dialysis center, and medical and dental<br />

clinics. A namesake school, Farr West Elementary, and Wahlquist Junior High School serve<br />

the community.<br />

A collection of convenience stores, fast food establishments, restaurants and a hotel<br />

serve the Interstate 15 Exit 349. Farr West’s original agricultural roots are maintained by<br />

several dairy farms and a few remaining fields of alfalfa. The city has several spacious<br />

parks, and a large motocross motorcycle track.<br />

Lorin Farr and Chauncey West would be astonished and pleased with the city that bears<br />

their names, and still boasts some of the most spectacular views of the Wasatch Mountains<br />

and vivid sunsets to be seen anywhere.<br />

At 3:27 P.M., 9 April 1962,<br />

Harrisville became an incorporated<br />

township. Several dedicated men<br />

and women, were appointed by<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> commissioners to<br />

direct the new town, with Leland<br />

Saunders as president. After<br />

permission was granted for a special<br />

census count, Harrisville was made<br />

a third-class city 30 January 1964.<br />

The population of the new city<br />

was 867.<br />

The city leaders purchased twelve acres of land on the east side of Highway 91. A portion<br />

of this property became the site of the first small city hall. This first city hall building was<br />

actually a home from Verdland Park (World War II housing). It was moved onto a<br />

foundation and remodeled. City council members and citizens donated the labor, and Mayor<br />

Saunders donated the needed equipment. The city hall came into use April 1965. Later, a<br />

maintenance shop was completed which housed the city police. These buildings were used<br />

as such until January 1989, at which time a new city office building was completed.<br />

The city purchased forty-four acres adjoining the twelve original acres for park<br />

development. A pavilion was erected with tables and benches. They added a baseball park<br />

and tennis courts in 1972. In 1976, the nation's bicentennial year, the city bought the<br />

property originally owned by the Martin Harris family for the Martin Henderson Harris<br />

Memorial Park. The Utah Bicentennial Committee provided most of the money and local<br />

citizens provided much of the labor.<br />

Harrisville City has welcomed new residential developments and citizens who have come<br />

here to share the quality of life and pleasant atmosphere. Harrisville continues to function<br />

as a vital northern Utah community.<br />

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HOOPER<br />

HUNTSVILLE<br />

Hooper, Utah, is a city in southwestern <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong>. A relatively new city, only incorporated<br />

in 2000, its origins actually go back to the 1850s, when its geography made it an ideal locale for<br />

early settlers, attracted to its abundant natural resources. Fertile land and irrigation from nearby<br />

freshwater rivers and streams resulted in a variety of crops—such as alfalfa, grains and vegetables.<br />

The introduction of domesticated animals further diversified a vibrant early economy based on<br />

agriculture, and this has characterized the area ever since. Hooper, though, has retained its rural<br />

nature even as it has experienced the tremendous growth of recent years. Originally known as<br />

Muskrat Springs, then Hooperville, the city is named for Captain William H. Hooper, a<br />

prominent early businessman and delegate to the U.S. Congress. Other visible testimony to its<br />

historical heritage is seen in Fremont Island—named in commemoration of the explorations of<br />

the area by John C. Fremont—which is inside the city limits of Hooper.<br />

With its proximity to Ogden and Salt Lake City, its desirable and convenient location,<br />

plus its agreeable climate and access to a wide variety of educational and cultural activities-<br />

-Hooper is a vibrant and growing community. And yet, it has kept an eye on its pioneer<br />

heritage and values, as well as its ties to the land. This is evident in the volunteerism that<br />

fuels so many community activities and services—and even in its annual “Tomato Days”<br />

celebration and rodeo.<br />

Huntsville is one of three small<br />

communities comprising what is<br />

known as “Ogden Valley,” and is the<br />

only incorporated town of the three; the<br />

other two communities are Eden and<br />

Liberty. Huntsville has a population of<br />

608 in the town itself.<br />

In 1860, seven families came to the<br />

Ogden Valley with the view of making<br />

a permanent settlement. One of the<br />

settlers was Jefferson Hunt (for whom the town is named). Others soon followed; they soon<br />

found the upper part of the valley occupied by Shoshone Indians who began to steal stock<br />

and harass the whites. In order to avoid trouble, the settlers “fed rather than fought the<br />

Indians.” During the summer, many new settlers moved into the valley. The land was<br />

surveyed and a new town, called “Huntsville,” was located on the bench.<br />

In 1923 Huntsville presented a petition to the county commissioners requesting the<br />

privilege to incorporate, and it was granted on 10 March 1924. Huntsville was the second<br />

community in <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> to incorporate, Ogden being the first.<br />

Huntsville had the first free public school in the State of Utah, and the first school<br />

teacher in the state—Mary Jane Hammond, who is buried in the local cemetery. During<br />

World War II, the area had more men enlist in the services per capita than any other place<br />

in the United States.<br />

President David O. McKay of the LDS Church was raised here and his family home is a<br />

tourist attraction, the home is on the Utah Historical Register. The Town also boasts about<br />

having the longest running bar in Utah—“The Shooting Star” which is known across the<br />

country for their famous Star Burgers.<br />

In the wintertime, an area in the town square is flooded for ice skating. This has become<br />

a very popular attraction and is free to everyone. Our faithful volunteers put in countless<br />

hours in the middle of the night to create childhood memories for all who come to skate<br />

and play hockey.<br />

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MARRIOTT-SLATERVILLE<br />

NORTH OGDEN<br />

Marriott-Slaterville, like many of its neighbors<br />

in the Ogden area—and <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong>—is a<br />

perfect example of how a community, its history,<br />

its culture and its contemporary story are<br />

inextricably tied to the land.<br />

Forged over millennia of geological changes,<br />

this area of the state of Utah—and more<br />

specifically of north central <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong>—was<br />

originally the recipient of a happy confluence of<br />

natural factors. Blessed with a viable climate for<br />

growing crops, fertile soil, and abundant sources<br />

of fresh water, the area would become the natural<br />

home to migrating early pioneers in search of a<br />

place to settle.<br />

They planted crops, raised livestock, raised families and established the basis for an<br />

ongoing community.Agriculture was the cornerstone for generations, and the rural/outdoors<br />

character of the area would remain even through the enormous changes of the late twentieth<br />

century. Then the explosive population growth of the post-World War II years would usher<br />

in new changes—the suburban lifestyle, commuting. modern transportation and<br />

communications. The story of Marriott-Slaterville is a function of these changes.<br />

Originally settled by a group of Mormon families in the early 1850s—including such<br />

pioneers as the Perrys, the Smouts, the Slaters and the Marriotts—this area of <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong><br />

would not be incorporated as a city until 1999. Underscoring its traditional roots, many of<br />

the descendants of the founding families still live in Marriott-Slaterville, including relatives<br />

of the founder of the renowned Marriott hotel chain.<br />

And though the early pioneers would likely not recognize the bustling modern<br />

community it has become, Marriott-Slaterville has retained many of the qualities that set it<br />

apart in the first place.<br />

North Ogden was settled<br />

in 1851 by Mormon pioneer<br />

families who began this city<br />

beneath Ben Lomond, the<br />

mountain credited as the<br />

inspiration for the Paramount<br />

Pictures logo. The first civil<br />

government was established<br />

by <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> in 1852,<br />

and the town was<br />

incorporated in 1934. Early<br />

industries centered on<br />

agriculture and on the large<br />

orchards which came to<br />

define North Ogden. In 1901 a large production cannery was built, which still stands today<br />

as a beautiful historic building. A spur from Ogden’s railroad system transported goods to<br />

market. The first Cherry Days celebration was held in 1932, with the intention of expanding<br />

interest in North Ogden’s cherries throughout the United States. The celebration became<br />

an annual tradition that continues to this day.<br />

Throughout its history, city leaders have actively pursued the goal of encouraging familyoriented<br />

living. North Ogden was one of the first cities in Utah to appoint a Planning<br />

Commission, adopt a Master Plan, and start a curbside recycle program. The city has 11<br />

beautiful parks and a fantastic network of trails. In 2016 North Ogden was named the “8th<br />

Safest City in Utah.” Meanwhile, a famous artesian well, “The Stump,” provides free,<br />

refreshing well water for the thousands of people who visit it each year.<br />

Today, a growing number of businesses thrive in North Ogden’s vibrant commercial<br />

district on Washington Blvd. However, above all, North Ogden continues to be mostly<br />

known today as a beautiful, quiet, and wonderful place for families to come and live<br />

for generations.<br />

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OGDEN<br />

PLAIN CITY<br />

For the first five decades of the 19th century, even before Ogden was incorporated, this<br />

area was rife with trails and rendezvous points to accommodate the Fur Trade. Fort<br />

Buenaventura was built as a way station near the point where the <strong>Weber</strong> and Ogden rivers<br />

meet. During its humble beginnings through the railroad boom, Ogden was dubbed<br />

Junction City as the nation’s meeting place for both the Union Pacific and Central Pacific<br />

railroads. Ogden was always a welcoming place for meeting of the minds and blending of<br />

cultures, and today the people of Ogden still benefit from synergistic collaborations within<br />

the community.<br />

Modern-day Ogden is thriving, as local and regional government partner with private<br />

investment to accomplish an exceptional quality of life. The warehouses, stockyards, and<br />

government depots of a bygone era have been repurposed with the envision of housing<br />

new opportunities for tomorrow’s business ventures. Neighborhoods are revitalized, and<br />

schools promote a science-technology-engineering-and-math (STEM) curriculum to<br />

prepare the next generation for the workforce. Trails lead hikers and bikers from the heart<br />

of the city to the peaks of the mountains.<br />

Ogden has always been the crossroads of the West, and its future still provides that<br />

fertile meeting point for people with a can-do attitude and fierce independence at their<br />

core. In this spirit, Ogden is still untamed and will always be the place where anything and<br />

everything is possible.<br />

Promising Conditions. It’s what the land that is now Plain City offered settlers of 1858<br />

as they ventured north from increasingly crowded plots and shortages of available water<br />

rights in the Salt Lake and Utah Valleys. They established their farms and built their homes<br />

on the rich lands lying to the west and north of Ogden.<br />

The overture continues today, as people seek an area of abundance with a quieter<br />

atmosphere in which to live, work, and raise their families. Plain City promises opportunities<br />

to broaden prospects in numerous enterprises.<br />

Plain City has a population of just over 6,000. Currently, the community is experiencing<br />

healthy residential growth and some new commercial activity to add to its renowned<br />

agricultural vocations. City Leadership, comprising a City Council, Planning Commission,<br />

Mayor, Judge and office staff, manages the demands on infrastructure.<br />

Education, work ethic, and strong community bonds have been ideals of focus<br />

throughout Plain City history and it is evident in the lifestyle of contemporary citizens.<br />

Traditions of excellence in public education, well-attended municipal events, and robust<br />

commerce endure—a tribute to the men and women who had the foresight and courage to<br />

bear the hardships that were necessary to make Plain City a great place to live.<br />

PHOTO CREDIT: PHOTO BY JERRY STEPHENS.<br />

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PLEASANT VIEW<br />

RIVERDALE CITY<br />

As its name would suggest,<br />

Pleasant View is favorably situated<br />

at 4,400 feet above sea<br />

level, in the northernmost part<br />

of <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong>, Utah. As a<br />

suburb of Ogden, Pleasant View<br />

has had a similar experience to<br />

that of most of its neighbors in<br />

the area. First, as a pastoral<br />

rural enclave, for many generations<br />

an agricultural community<br />

tied to the natural rhythms of<br />

the land—farming, raising livestock,<br />

hunting and fishing. And<br />

next as a part of the natural progression<br />

from rural to the suburban mode of modern life. As befits the changing temper of<br />

the times, Pleasant View has been known by several different names over the years. West<br />

District. Hot Springs District. String Town. Out West. All monikers redolent of the pioneer<br />

origins of the place.<br />

In 1882, the city was officially named Pleasant View—by early settler Wilford Cragun.<br />

Other pioneering families included the Lakes, the Marlers, the Dunns and the Mowers.<br />

Also in the early 1880s, the city became famous throughout the region for its natural<br />

hot springs, located near Box Elder <strong>County</strong>. Although now not in existence, the Utah Hot<br />

Springs Resort was a formidable enterprise at the time, offering a 40-room hotel, dance<br />

hall, saloon, swimming pool and mineral pools.<br />

In more recent times, Pleasant View has become a growing modern community, linked<br />

to the the transportation and communications network of the Ogden region—while retaining<br />

much of the original rural appeal of its history.<br />

Riverdale City is nestled in the south central portion of <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong>. It was originally<br />

settled in 1850 as a small settlement, called Stringtown, due to the early homes being<br />

strung along a single road and the <strong>Weber</strong> River. It was also known as “Jack Thompson’s<br />

Settlement” and “Union” before the name of Riverdale was given to the town. The first settlers<br />

in the community were James Graham, his sons George and Robert, and other members<br />

of the family. They farmed in the area as early as 1850. Elisha Lane located nearby, as<br />

did William Farley, and Rufus Allen.<br />

This small settlement has in the past 167 years developed into a relatively peaceful community<br />

with a bustling destination retail shopping district that raises the “nighttime population”<br />

of about 8,600 to estimates of 50,000 plus during peak business hours. Riverdale<br />

City is also known as a great community to live in with great neighborhoods, businesses,<br />

schools, parks, a scenic river trail, a variety of activities and easy access to neighboring and<br />

distant locations. The “face” of Riverdale has changed significantly since the first settlers<br />

arrived. Many changes have taken place over the years and many are still taking place. The<br />

future is bright!<br />

PHOTO CREDIT: PHOTO OF WEBER RIVER COURTESY OF CAMEE ELLIS<br />

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ROY<br />

SOUTH OGDEN<br />

Roy is a city in the south of<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong>, Utah. Actually<br />

a later “suburb” of Ogden—<br />

most of the surrounding<br />

communities having already<br />

been settled—Roy was<br />

incorporated in 1937. Previous<br />

incarnations had been known<br />

as Central City, Sandridge, the<br />

Basin and Lakeview—after the<br />

original settlement in the area<br />

by William E. Baker, in 1837. Today, Roy is named for the deceased child of a beloved<br />

local schoolteacher.<br />

Like most of its neighbors in the surrounding region, Roy had from its earliest days been<br />

a largely rural and agricultural community—like them benefiting from its location amid<br />

fertile land and plentiful natural resources. This identification with the land has not waned<br />

over the years, even in the face of rapid modern growth since the end of World War II.<br />

From a modest community of mostly service-oriented businesses in the 1940s, Roy<br />

blossomed with the housing boom of the post-war years, and its proximity to Hill AFB, the<br />

Freeport Center and the Defense Supply Depot.<br />

Diversification and growth continued—especially after Roy became the recipient of the<br />

the state’s first chartered bank, in 1953. And the city has continued to thrive as a<br />

transportation and commuter hub, as a result of its proximity to Ogden and Salt Lake City—<br />

acknowledged as one of the region, fastest growing cities.<br />

With its easy access to a wide range of outdoors, as well as cultural activities, Roy has<br />

balanced the needs of a modern thriving community with its roots in the traditions and<br />

legacy of its past history.<br />

South Ogden City, originally called Burch Creek, was incorporated in 1936 by the 800<br />

residents at the time. The city has grown over the years, with the current population<br />

around 17,000. The city is only 3.7 square miles in size.<br />

A map of the city from 1960 called the area “The City of Homes”. There are many nice<br />

neighborhoods these homes are located in, as well as churches, schools and parks. <strong>People</strong><br />

choose to live in South Ogden because of the family-friendly, high quality of life they have<br />

come to enjoy in a location that provides the convenience of being minutes away from<br />

everything they want and need. Residents enjoy the close proximity to <strong>Weber</strong> State<br />

University, McKay Dee Hospital and the shopping at Costco, Macey’s, Fresh Market, and<br />

Walmart Neighborhood Market. Many great restaurant options exist in the city as well,<br />

from Texas Roadhouse to Costa Vida.<br />

South Ogden City is also known for high quality public safety service and a nationally<br />

recognized no-kill animal shelter. Our pet adoption events include animals sent to us from<br />

throughout the Intermountain-West.<br />

Every June, South Ogden residents enjoy South Ogden Days. A parade, concerts, movie<br />

in the park, a car show, carnival rides and fireworks, highlight the 2-3 day event. The<br />

city also holds an annual Easter Egg Hunt and an Old Fashion Family Holiday event<br />

in December.<br />

South Ogden has earned a reputation as a great place to grow up, a fine place to raise<br />

a family, and a safe and peaceful place to live out the retirement years.<br />

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UINTAH<br />

WASHINGTON TERRACE CITY<br />

The History of Uintah begins about 10,000<br />

years ago with the Native Americans whose<br />

remains are found throughout the town.<br />

Permanent settlement began in 1850 with five<br />

Mormon families. With plentiful water, abundant<br />

timber for construction and fertile soil the area<br />

grew rapidly in population and the area was called<br />

East <strong>Weber</strong>. In 1854, the settlers built a huge mud<br />

walled fort for protection from the Indians.<br />

Population at this time was over 1,200 people. By<br />

1860 though, the population dropped to 250 as grasshoppers destroyed crops and serve<br />

winter weather killed livestock. This ended Uintah's first population boom and bust.<br />

Uintah's second population boom began in 1867 with the coming of the first<br />

Transcontinental Railroad. East <strong>Weber</strong> was chosen as the rail head for all railroad business<br />

going south to Salt Lake City and beyond. The railroad though brought an identity crisis to<br />

the area as you had a town called East <strong>Weber</strong>, a Post Office known as Easton and a train<br />

depot called Deseret. To avoid confusion, the entire area was named Uintah after the local<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> Ute Indians. In 1870, with the construction of the Utah Central Railroad, Ogden<br />

was named the Junction City. Almost overnight the entire town of Uintah moved over the<br />

sand hill into Ogden helping to create its infamous 25th Street. This ended Uintah's second<br />

boom and bust.<br />

Following the departure of the railroad, Uintah settled into a sleepy farming village of<br />

about 300 people. Since then there has been slow but steady growth. A notable event in<br />

the town was the building of the "U" on the mountain east of town in 1922. This event is<br />

still celebrated as U Day the second weekend of June. Today the town is in its third<br />

population boom with a population over 1,322 and 63 new businesses, including an award<br />

winning cheese factory, a regionally know plant nursery and a nationally recognized sports<br />

equipment business. A new hotel and large business park promises continued growth and<br />

a bright future. Whether Uintah experiences a third population bust remains to be seen.<br />

Visions of a better future, the innovation of resourceful and determined community<br />

leaders and the realization that a new and modern city could be built on the hill known<br />

as “The Terrace” is how Washington Terrace City came to be.<br />

With the war ending and the resulting nationwide elimination of government temporary<br />

housing, local leaders in Washington Terrace recognized the potential of redeveloping<br />

these temporary structures into new and updated home, thus creating a city where there<br />

was only a sage brush covered hill. Through countless procedural challenges, setbacks and<br />

an arduous uphill battle for funding, the leaders of Washington Terrace persevered and in<br />

1958 realized their dream—the founding of Washington Terrace City!<br />

Washington Terrace City is now a city of over 9,000 citizens. A complement of businesses,<br />

a renowned hospital, professional services and other agencies now also call<br />

Washington Terrace “home.” Conveniently located in the southern end of <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong>,<br />

Washington Terrace is a perfect starting point for business travel, recreation adventures,<br />

and is a safe, friendly place to live.<br />

Built on the firm foundation of hard work, vision, and perseverance, Washington<br />

Terrace City is committed to be the best place to live and do business. Washington Terrace<br />

City invites you to “Build your future with us!”<br />

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WEST HAVEN CITY<br />

West Haven City incorporated in 1991 as the communities of Kanesville and Wilson<br />

joined together. Back then, it was a vast expanse of farmland with only 3,000 residents.<br />

The current population is nearly 13,000 and growing quickly. Though farms of the early<br />

days are being developed, West Haven still maintains a rural feel with many country-like<br />

amenities. The West Haven youth recreation program includes a fishing club and<br />

archery team, as well as mainstream team sports. West Haven’s parks appeal to people<br />

of all ages and interest with playgrounds, a disc golf course, and basketball, tennis, and<br />

pickleball courts.<br />

One of the crown jewels of West Haven City is its state-of-the-art rodeo arena. It is the<br />

home of West Haven Jr. Posse and is used by riding groups year-round. The arena also<br />

hosts the West Haven Days rodeo every summer. Additionally, that event includes a<br />

parade, family picnic, car show, and fireworks. Many native residents are happy to stay for<br />

their lifetime in West Haven City. It has become a place where people can live a full country<br />

lifestyle and then stay “home” in their retirement years. It is truly a remarkable community<br />

rich in heritage.<br />

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Mount Ben Lomond from the east bench.<br />

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Hiking the old road.<br />

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WEBER<br />

COUNTY<br />

ARTNERS<br />

P<br />

Profiles of businesses, organizations and families that have contributed<br />

to the development and economic base of <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong><br />

Sharing the Heritage ...............................144<br />

The Marketplace......................................162<br />

Quality of Life..........................................194<br />

Manufacturing/Technology....................222<br />

Building a Greater <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong>...........238<br />

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Backyard rainbows.<br />

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Sharing the Heritage<br />

Historic profiles of businesses and organizations<br />

that have contributed to the early development<br />

and economic base of <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong><br />

Lindquist Mortuaries & Cemeteries ...........................................................................146<br />

Staker Parson Companies.........................................................................................150<br />

Leavitt’s Mortuary & Aultorest Memorial Park............................................................152<br />

Ogden Regional Medical Center ................................................................................154<br />

Ogden Golf and Country Club...................................................................................156<br />

Myles Mortuary .....................................................................................................158<br />

Standard-Examiner ................................................................................................160<br />

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LINDQUIST MORTUARIES &<br />

CEMETERIES<br />

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Right: Lindquist Mortuary’s first location, Logan 1867.<br />

Below: Lindquist & Sons Mortuary, Ogden.<br />

Lindquist’s Mortuaries & Cemeteries have built a reputation<br />

as the favored provider of accommodating funeral<br />

service. Lindquist’s offers dignity in care to all families,<br />

while recognizing each family’s individual preference<br />

whether incorporating technology or conveying the utmost<br />

modesty, the family and associates of Lindquist’s first<br />

concern is comfort.<br />

The history of the Lindquist family’s enterprises begins<br />

in Salt Lake City in 1863. Pioneer Nils (Niels) A. Lindquist,<br />

Swedish immigrant and Mormon convert, established<br />

himself in the Utah Territory as a premiere furniture maker.<br />

His legacy remains visible to this day in Brigham Young’s<br />

Beehive House where furniture he crafted is on display.<br />

In a church calling, President of The Church of Jesus<br />

Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brigham Young, sent Nils to<br />

Cache Valley to help settle the Logan area in 1867. As was a<br />

tradition throughout the American west, plying his trade as<br />

a cabinet and furniture maker, Nils began making caskets<br />

and became the town undertaker. Soon thereafter, he named<br />

his enterprise N. A. Lindquist Furniture and Undertaking<br />

Goods. The shop’s address was “One Door East of Tithing<br />

Office, Logan” and it was this location that marked the first<br />

of what would become Lindquist’s Mortuaries & Cemeteries.<br />

Nils’s oldest son, Charles John Aaron (C.J.A.), learned<br />

the family trade starting with his father. Following the<br />

first of two LDS missions to Sweden, C.J.A. moved his<br />

family to Ogden establishing a Lindquist Mortuary in 1885.<br />

As his sons, Carl, Clyde, and Milton entered the family<br />

business, the name evolved to capture the family role to<br />

C.J.A. Lindquist & Sons Mortuary. Upon C.J.A.’s death in<br />

1934, his sons, along with his second wife, Ada, continued<br />

their service to the families of northern Utah through<br />

Lindquist & Sons Mortuary.<br />

John A. Lindquist, son of C.J.A. and Ada, began his career<br />

at the mortuary at an early age. He took leave from the<br />

family enterprise to serve his country in WWII. John A. was<br />

a navigator in both the B24 and B17 and flew in combat<br />

over Europe with distinction in the Army Air Corps, later to<br />

reach the rank of Major in the Air Force.<br />

In 1941 construction began at would become Lindquist<br />

& Sons main mortuary facility. Located at 3408 Washington<br />

Boulevard, Ogden, President David O. McKay, a counselor<br />

in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of<br />

Latter-day Saints and future church president, dedicated<br />

Lindquist’s Colonial Chapel in 1942. It would be this<br />

building’s American Colonial-style that would become the<br />

characteristic of Lindquist chapels to follow. This landmark<br />

facility serves people of all faiths in an atmosphere of peace<br />

and serenity.<br />

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Lindquist’s Washington Heights Memorial Park was<br />

established in 1947, on the high ground overlooking the<br />

adjacent communities of South Ogden and Washington<br />

Terrace. Covering nearly fifty acres, the cemetery features<br />

family estates, a mausoleum, and inviting gardens.<br />

In 1949 the former Clearfield’s Sunset Mortuary became<br />

Lindquist’s Clearfield Mortuary.<br />

During the 1960s the Lindquist family expanded both<br />

the mortuary and cemetery businesses. To serve the growing<br />

communities of Davis <strong>County</strong>, Lindquist’s Kaysville Mortuary<br />

was constructed in 1960 followed in 1966 by Lindquist’s<br />

Bountiful Mortuary. Lindquist’s Memorial Gardens of the<br />

Wasatch came under the care and ownership of the<br />

Lindquist family in 1967 and is located at the base of<br />

imposing Mount Ogden with views overlooking the<br />

Great Salt Lake. A magnificent Italian marble statue of<br />

Christ, with outstretched arms of welcome, stands at the<br />

entrance. Ten gardens within the cemetery depict the life<br />

and teachings of Jesus Christ including both a veteran’s<br />

section and beautiful family estates.<br />

John A.’s sons, Robert E. and John E., joined the family<br />

business, carrying on the tradition of Lindquist & Sons.<br />

Robert E. rose to his current position running the family’s<br />

cemeteries as president of Lindquist’s Memorial Parks.<br />

Likewise, John E. became president of Lindquist’s Mortuaries.<br />

John E. and Robert E. advanced the family<br />

enterprises in the 1980s building Lindquist’s<br />

North Ogden Mortuary in 1981 and establishing<br />

Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary in 1984. Lindquist’s<br />

Memorial Park at Layton was developed in<br />

1988 to provide Davis <strong>County</strong> families a final<br />

resting place for loved ones.<br />

It was also during this time in 1983 that John<br />

E. founded Great Western Insurance Company.<br />

Great Western was designed as the financial<br />

institution to fund funerals for those families<br />

who prearranged their services. Unprecedented<br />

growth has seen Great Western become a<br />

national provider of preneed insurance as well<br />

as the largest insurance company in Utah.<br />

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Above: Colonial Chapel in Ogden.<br />

Left: Great Western Insurance Company home office.<br />

Below: Lindquist Mortuary, Bountiful.<br />

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Construction of the new mortuary in Layton was<br />

completed in 1997 on the grounds of Lindquist’s Memorial<br />

Park at Layton. This building replaced the original Layton<br />

mortuary and is currently Utah’s largest funeral chapel.<br />

Lindquist’s Roy Mortuary opened in 2004 patterned<br />

after Layton’s elegant design and maintaining Lindquist’s<br />

distinctive American Colonial motif.<br />

The new century brought the involvement of John E.’s<br />

sons, John A. II and McClain E., as well as Robert E.’s<br />

son, Robert, Jr. McClain E. is assistant general manager of<br />

Lindquist’s Mortuaries. Robert, Jr., “Bobby” is a licensed<br />

funeral director. John A. II, after serving as executive<br />

vice president of Lindquist’s Mortuaries, transferred to Great<br />

Western Insurance Company where he is currently president<br />

(the position formerly held by his father and chairman of<br />

the board John E.).<br />

From Utah pioneer times to today, five generations of the<br />

Lindquist family and our trusted associates have served not<br />

only families in need but our communities, as well. Such<br />

service includes three generations of leading roles in northern<br />

Utah’s business community, nearly forty years of sponsoring<br />

the annual 24th of July Pops Concert and Fireworks at<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> State University, and donating to the construction of<br />

Lindquist Field in Ogden, home of the Ogden Raptors.<br />

Lindquist’s Mortuaries is headed by General Manager<br />

Craig McMillan supported in leadership by the outstanding<br />

Management Team of Norris R. Nalder (who succeeded his<br />

father, Norris W. Nalder), Brent N. Ballif, Jason Smith and<br />

Daniel Jackson.<br />

Service is deeply ingrained in the culture of Lindquist’s<br />

Mortuaries & Cemeteries. The Lindquist family’s high standards<br />

of service in their chosen profession are reflected in<br />

every Lindquist associate’s efforts to make our communities<br />

better places to live through service in churches, events,<br />

humanitarian organizations, and schools.<br />

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Opposite, top: Memorial Park, Layton.<br />

Opposite, bottom: Washington Heights Memorial Park, South Ogden.<br />

Left: Memorial Gardens of Wasatch, South Ogden.<br />

Recognizing the importance of the last 150 years,<br />

Lindquists look forward to the future as the sixth generation<br />

prepares to carry on the family’s tradition of excellence<br />

in service.<br />

As Utah’s oldest established funeral provider, Lindquist’s<br />

Mortuaries are steeped in tradition and still progressively<br />

moving forward with new ways to serve families, yet keep<br />

each interaction unique to the individual. Even with our<br />

lengthy history and tradition of service dating back to 1867,<br />

at Lindquist Mortuaries & Cemeteries, we know that our<br />

good name is something we have to earn every day.<br />

Additional information is available on the Internet at<br />

www.lindquistmortuary.com.<br />

Lindquist Addresses<br />

Lindquist Ogden Mortuary: 3408 Washington Boulevard, Ogden, Utah 84401 • 801-394-6666<br />

Lindquist North Ogden Mortuary: 2140 North 400 East (Washington Boulevard), North Ogden, Utah 84404 • 801-782-6666<br />

Lindquist Roy Mortuary: 3333 West 5600 South Roy, Utah 84067 • 801-774-5666<br />

Lindquist Clearfield Mortuary: 1050 South State, Clearfield, Utah 84015 • 801-825-6666<br />

Lindquist Layton Mortuary: 1867 North Fairfield Road, Layton, Utah 84041 • 801-771-6666<br />

Lindquist Kaysville Mortuary: 400 North Main, Kaysville, Utah 84037 • 801-546-6666<br />

Lindquist Bountiful Mortuary: 727 North 400 East, Bountiful, Utah 84010 • 801-292-5555<br />

Washington Heights Memorial Park: 4500 Washington Boulevard, Ogden, Utah 84401 • 801-479-7000<br />

Memorial Gardens of the Wasatch: 1718 Combe Road, South Ogden, Utah • 801-479-7000<br />

Lindquist Memorial Park at Layton: 1867 North Fairfield Road, Layton, Utah 84041 • 801-479-7000<br />

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STAKER PARSON COMPANIES<br />

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Above: Left to right, Jack, Jr., and Jack B. Parson.<br />

Below: Left to right, Stuart, Gordon and Val Staker.<br />

In 1927, fifteen-year-old Jack B. Parson boarded a train<br />

and headed off to help his father build roads. That summer’s<br />

experience developed into a lifelong passion. After learning<br />

to operate every piece of equipment in the fleet, he was<br />

promoted to foreman, and gained a wealth of experience<br />

in the construction business. In 1952 he founded Jack B.<br />

Parson Companies in Smithfield, Utah, and the company<br />

grew to become one of the largest providers of aggregates,<br />

asphalt, concrete, and general contracting services in the<br />

region. Approximately eighteen years later, Jack B. Parson<br />

Companies entered the Ogden market with the acquisition<br />

of Waterfall Sand & Gravel and Holly Ready Mix.<br />

In Salt Lake City, another success story was being written<br />

when, in 1969, Stuart, Val, and Gordon Staker founded Staker<br />

Paving and Construction. From its humble beginning, the company<br />

grew to become Utah’s largest asphalt producer and paver.<br />

These two flourishing enterprises joined forces in 2001<br />

when Staker Paving and Construction Company and Jack B.<br />

Parson Companies became partners and formed Staker<br />

Parson Companies. Nearly two decades later, Staker Parson<br />

Companies is the Intermountain Region’s leading construction<br />

materials and services provider, employing over 2,600<br />

people at more than 160 locations in Utah, Idaho, Oregon,<br />

Nevada, and Arizona. Staker Parson Companies is part of the<br />

Oldcastle and CRH group.<br />

The dedication and hard work of the Staker Parson<br />

Companies’ team has made them a thirteen-year recipient<br />

of Utah’s Best of State medal and has resulted in numerous<br />

awards for the quality, service, and innovation they deliver to<br />

their customers. Such recognition is certainly nice, but awards<br />

are not the basis of what this company does. Just as concrete<br />

creates a solid foundation, the foundation of everything<br />

Staker Parson Companies does is built upon unwavering<br />

core values. Their mission statement proclaims: “We aspire to<br />

be recognized as ‘The Preferred Source’ of quality sand, rock,<br />

landscape products, ready-mixed concrete, asphalt, paving<br />

and construction services.” The company’s undergirding<br />

guiding principles inform every decision and every business<br />

transaction. These values include a commitment to:<br />

• Make safety their family business;<br />

• Live on the level;<br />

• Build relationships;<br />

• Deliver locally, everywhere; and<br />

• Forge a better way.<br />

Staker Parson Companies champions sustainability,<br />

empowerment and employee development; operating on<br />

the belief that optimism is the strongest building material<br />

on Earth because nothing gets built without it.<br />

The Staker Parson Companies has always been built upon<br />

common sense, a sense of humor, and a commitment to<br />

caring. A few favorite phrases of Jack’s are embedded in the<br />

culture of the business including:<br />

• “The bucket fills one drip at a time.”<br />

• “You can shear a sheep many times, but you can only<br />

skin it once.”<br />

Jack and his team were passionate about helping their<br />

customers succeed. There are several prominent general<br />

contractors in business today who have shared personal<br />

stories about how they survived the lean and tough times<br />

due largely to the partnership, generosity, and understanding<br />

of the Parson family. When other companies would have<br />

drawn a hard line, the Parson family business took a softer<br />

approach and it made all the difference in enabling these<br />

companies to continue doing business. Such an approach<br />

may seem counterintuitive, but caring has been at the heart<br />

of Staker Parson Companies from its earliest days.<br />

Staker Parson Companies is committed to strengthening<br />

and helping build a better future for the communities where<br />

it operates. Just a few of the many ways Staker Parson<br />

Companies serves the community include:<br />

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• <strong>Weber</strong> State University Parson Construction Management<br />

Technology Program: In 2000, Staker Parson Companies<br />

and its founders pledged $1 million to <strong>Weber</strong> State<br />

University to help found the Parson Construction<br />

Management Technology Program. This program provides<br />

industry related education and training to hundreds<br />

of college students and benefits the entire construction<br />

industry.<br />

• Rocks Build Our World: Mining and aggregate production<br />

are the foundation of Staker Parson’s business. For this<br />

reason, the company partners to educate thousands of<br />

elementary school students each year. The educational<br />

program dovetails with the fourth grade geology science<br />

curriculum and provides students a fun, interactive, and<br />

hand-on learning experience. The program supports<br />

state and national initiatives to increase student<br />

participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and<br />

Mathematics (STEM) creating critical thinkers, increasing<br />

science literacy, and enabling the next generation of<br />

innovators. The Rocks Build Our World program,<br />

originally developed by Staker Parson Companies, is<br />

now being rolled out across the nation.<br />

Other community involvement includes assisting with the<br />

Habitat for Humanity, the American Cancer Society’s Hope<br />

Lodge in Salt Lake City, the Utah National Guard Trust,<br />

Parents Empowered, donations to various universities and<br />

schools throughout the state, the “Touch a Truck” program<br />

and donations to local organizations such as The Christmas<br />

Box House, United Way, Homes for our Troops, Salvation<br />

Army and Boy and Girl Scouts of America.<br />

From the parks you play in to the roads you drive on, you<br />

can count on the Staker Parson Companies team to deliver<br />

quality products and projects safely, timely, and efficiently.<br />

More information about Staker Parson Companies is<br />

available by calling (801) 731-1111 or visiting their website<br />

at www.stakerparson.com.<br />

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Bottom, left: Staker Parson leaders celebrate the thirteenth Utah Best<br />

of State victory (from left to right) JBP Region President Bob Rowberry,<br />

President and CEO Scott Parson, North Region President Randy Anderson<br />

and South Region President Mike Kurz.<br />

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LEAVITT’S MORTUARY &<br />

AULTOREST MEMORIAL PARK<br />

Since 1929, Leavitt’s Mortuary, majestically situated near<br />

the base of the scenic Wasatch Mountains in Ogden, Utah,<br />

has been serving its neighbors during some of their most<br />

difficult moments. While Leavitt’s is renowned locally for<br />

the stunning water fountain entrance and beautiful sixty<br />

acres of well-tended landscape, it is a long-held tradition of<br />

compassionate care that truly sets Leavitt’s apart. The Leavitt<br />

family understands those they assist are depending on them<br />

to preserve their loved one’s legacy with a meaningful<br />

farewell. Leavitt’s passion for tenderly ministering to the<br />

needs of every individual client is the impetus for services,<br />

which extend well beyond funeral, burial, and cremation<br />

arrangement to include personalization, veteran ceremonies,<br />

family and guest receptions, and grief counseling. Leavitt’s<br />

Mortuary & Aultorest Memorial Park operate to help<br />

individuals and families celebrate life. Guiding values are<br />

reflected in the Leavitt’s Mission Statement:<br />

“Our Mission is to help you Celebrate the Life of your loved<br />

one. We believe a person’s life is much more than ‘The Dash’<br />

on the tombstone between the date of birth and death.<br />

Contained within that little mark is an entire lifetime. None of<br />

us can ultimately determine how long ‘The Dash’ is going to<br />

be. By celebrating your loved one’s life, you and your family<br />

can focus on life’s journey rather than its ultimate destination.”<br />

Leavitt’s Mortuary & Aultorest Memorial Park boasts<br />

a unique distinction. The Ogden facilities were the first<br />

in the nation, possibly in the world, to combine a mortuary<br />

and a memorial park on the same grounds. This unprecedented<br />

service to Ogden area family began months before<br />

the famed Forest Lawn Memorial Park of Glendale,<br />

California, was opened more than a half-century ago. Forest<br />

Lawn Memorial Park is known as the burial place of many<br />

Hollywood stars.<br />

CEO Mike L. Leavitt points out that Leavitt’s extensive<br />

acreage, operated under one ownership, represents the<br />

largest single land area within Ogden. The offices, chapel<br />

and crematorium are located at 836 Thirty-Sixth Street.<br />

The previously unpracticed idea of combining a mortuary<br />

and a memorial park was conceived in 1928 by James M.<br />

Harbertson, when he purchased forty acres of farmland in<br />

the southeastern section of the city. It took many months to<br />

prepare the ground properly for its new role. Roads were created,<br />

sprinkler systems installed and burial plots surveyed.<br />

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One of Harbertson’s first objectives upon opening the gates<br />

of Mount Ogden Memorial Park in 1929 was to educate area<br />

residents about the difference between traditional cemeteries,<br />

with the raised and often massive headstones, and a more<br />

aesthetically peaceful park where the grave markers are<br />

ground level and of a uniform non-pretentious design.<br />

Public acceptance of the newer concept was sufficient that<br />

the Mount Ogden Mortuary was opened in July 1933. The<br />

Mount Ogden Mausoleum was added in 1935, and the<br />

crematory was constructed in 1937. The crematory was the<br />

first in Ogden and possibly the first in Utah.<br />

Thomas T. Leavitt, a native of Ogden and graduate<br />

of Ogden High School, joined the organization in 1947,<br />

following three years of U.S. Army service. Thomas earned<br />

the Bronze Star and two Purple Heart Medals during his two<br />

years in the South Pacific during World War II. While finishing<br />

his studies at <strong>Weber</strong> State College, Thomas was a laborer<br />

in the Aultorest Memorial Park and subsequently became an<br />

apprentice mortician. In March 1948, he married Lynette<br />

Harbertson, daughter of Aultorest founder. In 1950, Thomas<br />

graduated from the California College of Mortuary Science,<br />

achieving licenses as a funeral director and embalmer.<br />

He then relocated back to Ogden to manage the Memorial<br />

Park and Mortuary. Thomas purchased this property in 1958<br />

and changed its designated name to Leavitt’s Mortuary &<br />

Aultorest Memorial Park. Since that time, the main chapel<br />

has been enlarged and refurbished to accommodate more<br />

than 350 visitors at a single funeral service.<br />

Three of the late Thomas, Sr.’s sons grew to join in the<br />

legacy of the family owned business: Thomas, Jr., and Scott<br />

lovingly care for the grounds. Mike graduated from Ogden<br />

High School, attended <strong>Weber</strong> State University, and went on<br />

to graduate from Cypress College of Mortuary Science in<br />

1987 as a funeral director and embalmer. Mike became<br />

president and chief executive officer in 1992. Mike’s love for<br />

his work motivated a purchase of the Perl Funeral Home in<br />

Medford, Oregon, in 2001. Mike is active in the community<br />

and has served in the Ogden Area Chamber of Commerce,<br />

Ogden Men’s Club, and is the current president and board<br />

member of Preferred Funeral Directors International (PFDI).<br />

Now approaching 100 years of service, the Leavitt’s team<br />

attributes its unequalled success to devoted efforts to<br />

provide every option for families: mortuary, memorial park,<br />

cemetery, mausoleum and crematorium—all at one quiet,<br />

peaceful and beautiful location. A few lines from the poem<br />

by Linda Ellis express, “For that dash represents all the time<br />

(a loved one) spent alive on earth. And now only those who<br />

loved (them) know what that little line is worth.” Leavitt’s<br />

understands the value of “The Dash” and feels privileged<br />

to join families in honoring and celebrating the life of those<br />

they love.<br />

Learn more about Leavitt’s Mortuary & Aultorest Memorial<br />

Park on the Internet at www.leavittsmortuary.com.<br />

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OGDEN REGIONAL<br />

MEDICAL CENTER<br />

Acting upon a mission statement of “Together, we commit<br />

to provide healing, hope, and comfort to all we serve.”<br />

Ogden Regional Medical Center (ORMC) is a cornerstone of<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong>. OMRC offers invaluable expertise gained<br />

from seventy years of delivering exceptional patient care.<br />

With an outstanding staff of nearly 300 physicians and 1,000<br />

employees and volunteers, ORMC is devoted to providing<br />

high-quality healthcare and not only meeting, but exceeding<br />

expected standards through continuous responsiveness to<br />

technology, advanced procedures, and individual patient<br />

care. For ORMC, the only thing more constant than the need<br />

to change and adapt, is their unwavering commitment to<br />

give the very best every day.<br />

Originally founded September 18, 1946, under the name<br />

of St. Benedict’s Hospital, one might say the hospital got<br />

its start on “a wing and a prayer” when a few sisters of the<br />

Order of St. Benedict journeyed from St. Joseph, Minnesota<br />

to the foothills east of Ogden, Utah intent to “give glory to<br />

God through service to humankind.” With a selfless service<br />

philosophy, the sisters quietly embraced the community<br />

with their gentle care, tender approach and dedication.<br />

The sisters’ ardent commitment to serve the community’s<br />

healthcare needs led to the opening of St. Benedict’s Hospital<br />

on Polk Avenue in Ogden, as well as many significant<br />

changes and expanded services through the years, some of<br />

which include:<br />

• 1947-1968—St. Benedict’s School of Nursing operated,<br />

educating 605 students and producing 357 graduates.<br />

This program became the basis for <strong>Weber</strong> State College’s<br />

Practical Nursing Program.<br />

• 1977—Success and demand expedited a need for a larger<br />

hospital in Washington Terrace, Utah. Relocating to<br />

the new 239 bed facility proved only to accelerate<br />

St. Benedict’s healing touch and expansion, which<br />

continues today. The campus also added medical office<br />

buildings, housing numerous hospital programs while<br />

providing convenient space for physicians and related<br />

healthcare activities.<br />

• 1977—Val A. Browning Radiation Therapy Center<br />

(now Val A. Browning Cancer Treatment Center) opened<br />

to treat cancer patients throughout northern Utah and<br />

surrounding states. St. Benedict’s was a driving force<br />

in organizing Hospice of Northern Utah, dedicated to<br />

helping terminally ill patients and their families<br />

constructively manage illness and dying.<br />

• 1987—In a tradition of advocating for women and children,<br />

a specialized Neonatal Intensive Care Unit was added.<br />

• 1992—Mother’s Day heralded the unveiling of a new<br />

Women’s and Children’s Center, including OB/GYN and<br />

pediatric physician offices.<br />

The hospital re-invested millions of dollars in advanced<br />

equipment, facilities and new technologies. Strengthening<br />

its cardiology program, the cardiac catheterization lab was<br />

upgraded, allowing implementation of its nationally rated<br />

open-heart surgery program.<br />

Since 1995 the hospital has been part of what is now<br />

(HCA), the nation’s largest hospital company with over 165<br />

high-quality hospitals.<br />

In 2000, ORMC joined with five other Utah HCA-affiliated<br />

hospitals to announce a new network and become partners<br />

within MountainStar Healthcare.<br />

Additional upgrades facilitated Emergency and Trauma<br />

Department expansion and two firsts for northern Utah; the<br />

American Cancer Society Cancer Resource Center, and the<br />

Ronald McDonald Family Room.<br />

Additional advances, awards and recognition to ORMC are:<br />

• 2009—Robotic-assisted surgeries added as a minimallyinvasive<br />

approach for many heart, GYN and urology procedures,<br />

allowing for faster recovery and less scaring. Added<br />

Utah’s only Cesarean Wing to the Family Birth Place.<br />

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• 2010—ORMC received accreditation as a designated<br />

Stroke Center of Excellence, recognizing outstanding<br />

care for stroke patients.<br />

• 2011—Spine Institute and Total Joint Center opened to<br />

provide evidence-based treatment for back and joint pain<br />

within a comprehensive support group setting, and utilizing<br />

leading technology for hip and knee replacements.<br />

• 2013—Tomotherapy, a revolutionary new radiation therapy,<br />

was added to the Cancer Treatment Center; applying<br />

innovative, state-of-the-art treatment for cancer patients.<br />

• 2015—ORMC invested in extensive renovation providing<br />

a fresh, modern-looking exterior, a more accessible<br />

patient-friendly corridor for Outpatient services, and<br />

technologically-advanced operating suites.<br />

• 2016—Achieved Chest Pain, AFib and Heart Failure<br />

accreditation, designating ORMC Trauma Program as one<br />

of the finest and most qualified in America.<br />

• 2017—Plans to open expanded In-Patient and Outpatient,<br />

Behavioral Health, and Addiction Services, as well as new,<br />

state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit.<br />

• Earned an “A” Hospital Safety Score for the third consecutive<br />

time; one of only six Utah hospitals to achieve this<br />

recognition in the Spring 2016 update (Leapfrog Group).<br />

• Achieved the Get With The Guidelines ® —Stroke Gold<br />

Plus Award (American Stroke Association, 2015.)<br />

• Certified with a Gold Seal of Approval for Hip and Knee<br />

Replacement Programs (Joint Commission, 2014-2016.)<br />

• Only hospital in Utah to earn a five-star ranking for<br />

Maternity Care for twelve years in a row, which ranks it<br />

among the top ten percent in the nation (Healthgrades,<br />

2003-2014.)<br />

Every year, ORMC contributes to numerous charities and<br />

community groups and events. Every day, ORMC operates<br />

motivated by a deep-held belief that working together as a<br />

team is essential in healing and preventing healthcare issues.<br />

Because of this commitment, OMRC promises to partner<br />

with patients in order to provide individualized, highquality<br />

healthcare utilizing modern technology, innovation,<br />

and highly-trained caregivers; all without losing the<br />

all-important human touch that has made Ogden Regional<br />

Medical Center so beloved in the community. OMRC invites<br />

you to visit them at www.ogdenregional.com.<br />

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OGDEN GOLF AND<br />

COUNTRY CLUB<br />

Walking the grounds at Ogden Golf and Country Club,<br />

(OGCC) one might reflect on the changes and growth of<br />

over 100 years. With large trees and brilliantly manicured<br />

fairways and greens, the setting is gorgeous. If these trees<br />

could talk, the stories they could tell. Nestled between the<br />

majestic mountain peaks of Mount Ogden and Ben Lomond,<br />

charter members chose a location that is unmatched in<br />

grandeur. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Ogden<br />

was one of the most vibrant cities in the state. As a railroad<br />

hub for the transcontinental railway, Ogden became a<br />

Junction City for the West. Fueled by constant activity,<br />

the city attracted growth, business, and money.<br />

Upon doctor’s orders to get out of his stuffy office, Chapin<br />

A. Day took up the game of golf a few years before heading<br />

west. Upon arrival to Ogden, Day established friendships<br />

with many influential leaders. Unfortunately, the only golf<br />

course in Utah was not convenient to Ogden. Leaders quickly<br />

realized with all its growth, Ogden still lacked one thing:<br />

a place where important personal and business relationships<br />

could be formed, as well as a place where society events<br />

of the day could be held. Day was joined by twenty-six<br />

enthusiastic businessmen in development plans to form the<br />

OGCC along Burch Creek in 1914.<br />

No story is all roses; in fact, for OGCC in the early years,<br />

most of the land was covered in sage brush and the ground<br />

was clay. Much resourcefulness and work were involved in<br />

taming the grounds into the beautiful groomed paradise<br />

they are today. With its fashionable furnishings, imported<br />

wicker, dining room, ladies’ parlor, modern kitchen, locker<br />

rooms, baths, dance pavilion and new piano, OGCC was<br />

preparing for its official opening celebration to be held<br />

May 19, 1916. With plans for a festive dinner and dance,<br />

followed by a golf tournament the next day, the handsome<br />

new structure caught fire and was destroyed.<br />

You cannot keep a good man or a good venue down.<br />

Members gathered the very next evening on May 20 for<br />

a special banquet at Ogden’s Berthana. Enthusiasm and<br />

spirits remained high and by the end of the evening,<br />

members had raised enough in subscriptions and goods to<br />

rebuild the clubhouse.<br />

Today the golf course remains a steadfast venue for its<br />

members and an ideal host for many community events.<br />

Thousands have enjoyed playing golf and tennis, relaxing<br />

and swimming at the pool, and dining in the clubhouse<br />

during the OGCC’s 100 plus year history. Even with its many<br />

amenities, the golf course itself remains the highlight. As<br />

OGCC moves beyond its first centennial, and looks back<br />

over many brilliant years, the members cannot help but<br />

appreciate and celebrate its history. While there have been<br />

many wonderful changes, what has remained constant from<br />

1914 to the present is the soul and tradition of the OGCC.<br />

Additional information is available on the Internet at<br />

www.ogdencountryclub.com.<br />

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MYERS MORTUARY<br />

Myers Mortuary compassionately<br />

strives for excellence<br />

and integrity in funeral<br />

service, cremation, funeral<br />

planning and cemetery.<br />

The Myers family traces<br />

their roots to some of the first<br />

settlers in the state of Utah.<br />

In 1850, Brigham Young<br />

extended a call to George<br />

Larkin (Richard Myers’ greatgrandfather)<br />

to move to<br />

Ogden, Utah to “care for the dead.” He served as the sexton<br />

and caretaker for the Ogden City Cemetery for many years<br />

and a family tradition in this specialized care began.<br />

With a love for this important work, in 1941, Elmer<br />

Myers, along with business partner, Orson Foulger, purchased<br />

the small Deseret Mortuary in Ogden, Utah. In those<br />

early years, Elmer and Orson worked opposite time shifts at<br />

their funeral home and the Union Pacific Railroad to afford<br />

the loan payments on the funeral home. Following graduation<br />

from the California School of Mortuary Science and U.S.<br />

Army service during the Korean Conflict, Richard Myers<br />

joined the firm in 1954. Soon thereafter, Richard and Elmer<br />

purchased Orson’s interest in the company. Together Richard<br />

and Elmer sacrificed much and devoted long hours and hard<br />

work to this family business. Because of their combined<br />

efforts, in 1960, Myers built a new funeral home in the north<br />

part of Ogden, Utah. From this humble beginning, the<br />

Myers family service and reputation have continued to grow<br />

and expand throughout northern Utah.<br />

Under Richard’s vision and determination, the Myers family<br />

built an additional funeral home in Roy, Utah in 1975.<br />

Greg Myers joined the firm in 1977. In 1980, Greg moved to<br />

Brigham City, Utah to manage the newly acquired Olson-<br />

Myers Mortuary.<br />

Shaun Myers graduated from the University of Minnesota<br />

in 1982 and quickly joined the family enterprise. In 1985<br />

the Myers built a new mortuary in rapidly growing Layton,<br />

Utah. The following year, a fifty-one-acre parcel of land<br />

became available near the Ogden flagship funeral home. The<br />

Myers family purchased this land and established the beautiful<br />

Evergreen Memorial Park to provide a peaceful and<br />

cherished memorial for current and future generations.<br />

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The Myers family loves to give back to the community<br />

and has always looked for opportunities to serve. While all<br />

such involvement cannot be listed, a snapshot is included:<br />

Richard has held the professional positions of President for<br />

the Utah Funeral Directors Association and the National<br />

Funeral Directors Association. Richard also served in the<br />

LDS church as Bishop and a member of the Stake Presidency<br />

of the <strong>Weber</strong> State College Student Stake. Greg has served<br />

on the Utah Funeral Directors Association Board of Directors<br />

and as Board Member for the Red Cross. Marcus is the<br />

President of Myers Mortuary of Brigham City. Shaun is<br />

the President of Myers Mortuaries of Ogden, Roy and<br />

Layton; he has held office of president for the Mount Ogden<br />

Rotary Club, Hospice for Northern Utah and <strong>Weber</strong> State<br />

Alumni Association and Wildcat Club. Shaun has functioned<br />

in several professional positions: President of the Utah<br />

Funeral Directors Association, President of the National<br />

Funeral Service Foundation, and NFDA Executive<br />

Committee Member and Policy Board Member.<br />

The Myers family has always deemed it a great honor<br />

and an important responsibility to serve the families of<br />

Northern Utah during one of life’s most difficult moments–<br />

the passing of a loved one. Their service to families has been<br />

exemplified through their continuous commitment to live<br />

the “Golden Rule;” to serve others as you would like to be<br />

served. From 1980-2015, the Myers Mortuaries have been<br />

honored to receive the Pursuit of Excellence Award from the<br />

National Funeral Directors Association–the only funeral<br />

home in the country to receive this award for thirty-five<br />

consecutive years. The Pursuit of Excellence recognition is<br />

the National Funeral Directors Association’s (NFDA)<br />

standard of excellence in funeral service, awarded annually<br />

by NFDA in recognition of a mortuary’s outstanding communityservice,<br />

technical ability, and professional integrity. This<br />

year, Myers Mortuary of Ogden received the “Golden Eagle”<br />

Pursuit of Excellence Award, NFDA’s highest award. Myers<br />

Mortuary was also honored by U.S. President George H.W.<br />

Bush as a 1990 recipient of the We Care Award for excellence<br />

in community and professional service. At that time, only<br />

one other mortuary in the country had been presented this<br />

award. Myers Mortuary is one of only three businesses in<br />

Utah to receive this prestigious award.<br />

While the Pursuit of Excellence Award, the Golden Eagle<br />

Award, and the We Care Award are highly regarded and<br />

notable both in the profession, receiving these awards means<br />

so much more to the Myers family. Being honored by receipt<br />

of these awards is a tangible representation of what is at the<br />

heart of everything the Myers family seeks to do—serving<br />

families and individuals families to very highest standards in<br />

funeral service.<br />

The Myers family recognizes that true excellence in funeral<br />

service is only achieved through consistently and compassionately<br />

caring for those they serve. For this reason, Myers<br />

is known as “The Funeral Directors Who Care.”<br />

In addition to the expansive and beautiful Evergreen<br />

Memorial Park; Myers provides Funeral Services at their<br />

Brigham City, Ogden, Roy, and Layton, Utah facilities.<br />

Additional information is available on the internet at<br />

www.myers-mortuary.com.<br />

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STANDARD-EXAMINER<br />

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Top, right: In 2000 the Standard-Examiner moved to Business Depot Ogden,<br />

a business park that had once been Defense Depot Ogden.<br />

Below: Besides new offices, a new $10 million printing press was installed.<br />

The Standard-Examiner is Utah’s third largest daily news<br />

source, serving <strong>Weber</strong>, Davis, Box Elder and Morgan Counties<br />

for over 125 years. Every week, over 280,000 area residents read<br />

Standard-Examiner through print, online and mobile formats<br />

to stay informed on happenings in their local community and<br />

throughout the world.<br />

The Standard-Examiner traces its roots to January 1, 1888,<br />

when the first edition of the Ogden Standard rolled off the presses.<br />

In a small city that was tough on newspapers, it persevered.<br />

But in 1904, it met competition from the Ogden Examiner.<br />

For sixteen years, the Standard, owned by William<br />

Glasmann, and the Examiner sparred for readership. However,<br />

on April 1, 1920, the two competitors merged, creating the<br />

Standard-Examiner.<br />

For more than two generations, the Standard-Examiner<br />

kept its offices in the Kiesel Building, just west of Twentyfourth<br />

Street and Washington Boulevard. In 1961 the<br />

newspaper moved to 455 Twenty-third Street, where it<br />

would remain for thirty-nine years.<br />

During that time the newspaper, still owned by Glasmann’s<br />

descendants, was sold to the Ohio-based Sandusky Newspaper<br />

Group (SNG). It is the largest-circulation newspaper owned<br />

by SNG.<br />

In 2000 the Standard-Examiner moved to Business Depot<br />

Ogden, a business park that had once been Defense Depot<br />

Ogden. Besides new offices, a new $10 million printing press<br />

was installed.<br />

In the twenty-first century, newspapers need to provide<br />

information immediately. The Standard-Examiner reorganized<br />

its newsroom in August 2015 around a Real Time Desk,<br />

which breaks news online, curates standard.net and engages<br />

readers on social media.<br />

Given that the Standard-Examiner is a twenty-four-hour news<br />

source, readers can watch stories unfold on Twitter, follow their<br />

favorite reporters on Facebook, and stay abreast of story updates<br />

on standard.net. The website features photo galleries, videos,<br />

graphics and polls to add context and depth to reporting.<br />

The Standard-Examiner organizes a variety of community<br />

events throughout the year, including summer block parties<br />

in Davis and <strong>Weber</strong> Counties, home improvement expos, bridal<br />

gatherings, and other community events. It also supports a<br />

number of local causes and nonprofit organizations, driving<br />

awareness, conversations and action for the issues that<br />

impact the communities it serves.<br />

The Standard-Examiner also provides local businesses<br />

with the advertising and marketing tools they need to reach<br />

customers throughout northern Utah. Greg Halling, who<br />

became executive editor in June 2015, said community<br />

journalism is the heart and soul of the Standard-Examiner.<br />

“We will always work on behalf of people who need us and<br />

people who have no other voice,” Halling said upon joining<br />

the Standard-Examiner. He promised to employ “every tool at<br />

our disposal to tell the stories that need to be told.”<br />

Meanwhile, the Standard-Examiner continues to develop<br />

new products across a variety of platforms, both print and<br />

digital, to meet the needs of readers and advertisers.<br />

“This is a newspaper with a long history of service to its<br />

community,” said Brandon Erlacher, named publisher of the<br />

Standard-Examiner in October 2015. “We want to build on<br />

that legacy.”<br />

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Browsing for breakfast.<br />

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Coming in for a landing.<br />

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The Marketplace<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong>’s retail and commercial establishments<br />

offer an impressive variety of choices<br />

MarketStar............................................................................................................164<br />

Bank of Utah .........................................................................................................166<br />

Gridley, Ward & Hamilton .......................................................................................168<br />

Strong Automotive Group.........................................................................................170<br />

Mountain Alarm.....................................................................................................172<br />

Smith Knowles .......................................................................................................174<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> State Credit Union ........................................................................................176<br />

The Home Depot Ogden Online Contact Center............................................................178<br />

Supersonic Car Wash, Inc. .......................................................................................180<br />

Harley & Buck’s Restaurant. ....................................................................................182<br />

Jeremiah’s Restaurant .............................................................................................184<br />

Bonneville Collections .............................................................................................185<br />

Purch ...................................................................................................................186<br />

Johnson & Company, LLC, Certified Public Accountants................................................187<br />

The Hilton Garden Inn Ogden...................................................................................188<br />

Visit Ogden ...........................................................................................................189<br />

Stevenson Smith Hood, P.C.......................................................................................190<br />

SMART PROmotions, Inc..........................................................................................191<br />

Ogden-<strong>Weber</strong> Chamber of Commerce ..........................................................................192<br />

GreatWest Images...................................................................................................193<br />

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MARKETSTAR<br />

Below: MarketStar is proud to call downtown Ogden home.<br />

Experiences matter. MarketStar understands that in today’s<br />

competitive world, experience makes all the difference;<br />

MarketStar’s vision is to “Create great experiences for our<br />

employees, our clients and our communities.”<br />

MarketStar is a Sales as a Service company providing<br />

flexible solutions for the world’s leading and emerging<br />

brands. MarketStar helps their clients differentiate themselves<br />

by creating innovative, memorable, and sales-focused<br />

relationship experiences.<br />

MarketStar believes the foundation of success goes beyond<br />

process, to people. This is why they deliberately recruit, hire,<br />

train, and empower highly-skilled talent. A phenomenal<br />

team assures MarketStar consistently delivers exceptional<br />

sales results for their clients; bringing unparalleled flexibility<br />

and ROI above what clients can achieve internally.<br />

MarketStar has proven expertise in<br />

increasing clients’ revenue by deploying<br />

tailored solutions based on industry<br />

leading best practices and proprietary<br />

processes developed over twenty-eight<br />

years of operation. The dynamic MarketStar<br />

team has promoted the success of hundreds<br />

of companies, both large and small,<br />

across the world. They drive $6 billion<br />

in sales each year, while managing over<br />

80,000 accounts and partners for their<br />

clients, leading to numerous awards from<br />

prestigious companies and organizations<br />

including HP, Marketo, Jive, and the Utah<br />

Marketing Association.<br />

To understand MarketStar’s success<br />

today, one must take a step back. Like<br />

most successful technology companies,<br />

MarketStar did not begin in a high-rise<br />

building—it started in founder Alan Hall’s<br />

basement. MarketStar was a family affair; Alan worked<br />

side-by-side with his wife, children, and trusted first<br />

employees to build the first Sales as a Service company of<br />

its kind. Many meetings happened around the kitchen table.<br />

Within the tech world, Alan identified an unmet need for<br />

qualified sales reps that could provide not only an educated<br />

sale to customers and partners, but a more personalized<br />

experience. Alan’s extensive background in technology<br />

and sales allowed him to recognize that educated and skilled<br />

sales teams were difficult for clients to build internally.<br />

Efforts to do so took time away from vital functions of<br />

development and improvement. Alan’s vision of outsourced<br />

Sales as a Service quickly took off and soon the world’s<br />

largest tech companies were turning to MarketStar to expertly<br />

sell their products; freeing their own teams to focus on creating<br />

and improving the best products for their customers.<br />

MarketStar’s business rapidly grew to include clients<br />

representing many of the world’s top brands. Success fueled<br />

a need for space and soon they expanded into the old Ogden<br />

Post Office, and subsequently moved into their current<br />

Washington Boulevard headquarters. MarketStar now<br />

operates in more than sixty countries around the world.<br />

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In 2002, MarketStar was acquired by Omnicom, one<br />

of the largest advertising, media, and marketing companies<br />

in the world. This change acted as a catalyst for MarketStar<br />

to partner with other Omnicom agencies to broaden their<br />

offerings and become a truly global company. MarketStar’s<br />

impressive client portfolio now includes companies of all<br />

sizes, from start-ups to those on the Fortune 100.<br />

The heart of MarketStar’s success is its unique culture,<br />

carefully constructed around four critical pillars: Spirituality,<br />

Family, Career, and Community. MarketStar believes that by<br />

keeping these pillars in balance, employees will be engaged<br />

and clients will benefit.<br />

MarketStar has a strong affinity to the Ogden, Utah, area<br />

and believes that local residents are truly an untapped<br />

resource. From the beginning, MarketStar has made it a<br />

priority within its business structure to provide high quality<br />

jobs for the community, working with <strong>Weber</strong> State<br />

University to build one of the first and only technical sales<br />

programs at a four-year university.<br />

MarketStar continues to actively promote the local<br />

community through charitable support, outreach, and intern<br />

programs. MarketStar was recently awarded “Secondary<br />

Partner of the Year” for 2015 by the Ogden-<strong>Weber</strong> Chamber<br />

of Commerce in recognition of outstanding contributions and<br />

service to junior high schools in Ogden City. Caring employees<br />

rallied together to donate 23,000 plus nonperishable<br />

items to begin food pantries at three junior high schools.<br />

According to Winston Churchill, “We make a living by<br />

what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” MarketStar<br />

embraces this same philosophy with a conscious effort to put<br />

employees and resources into action in order to positively<br />

impact the communities in which they live, work, and play.<br />

They call this MarketStar Cares, a formalized endeavor to<br />

give back by supporting causes that embody MarketStar’s<br />

four core pillars. This effort encourages responsible service<br />

by employees, provides support to educational, charitable<br />

and cultural organizations within the community, and<br />

maintains a balance of contributions aiding a wide range of<br />

organizations as directed by employees and valued clients.<br />

MarketStar Cares holds an annual<br />

Global Day of Service. Recently, this<br />

company-wide project included every<br />

MarketStar employee engaging in three<br />

separate community projects in Ogden<br />

and South Jordan, Utah, and Chicago,<br />

Illinois. The projects included the<br />

massive clean-up of Fort Buenaventura<br />

State Park, beautification of Riverton<br />

City Park, and cleaning out an innercity<br />

school in Chicago.<br />

MarketStar uses Sales as a Service<br />

to blend skilled sales and marketing<br />

professionals with industry-proven, goto-market<br />

tools and intelligence to help<br />

clients accelerate sales and achieve market<br />

dominance. Learn more by visiting<br />

our website at www.marketstar.com.<br />

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Below: MarketStar’s Executive Team, from left to right, CEO Dave Treadway,<br />

COO Keith Titus, CRO Paul Grant, CFO EJ Harris, and EVP Marketing and<br />

Product Vaughn Aust.<br />

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❖<br />

BANK OF UTAH<br />

Right: Stephanie Nix, Claude H. Nix Construction (left) and Cari Fullerton,<br />

Bank of Utah (right).<br />

Below: The original Browning Chevrolet dealership in downtown Ogden.<br />

Bank of Utah officially opened for business on December<br />

1, 1952, with sixteen employees and assets of less than<br />

$1 million. Today the bank holds $1 billion in assets and<br />

employs a dynamic team of approximately 300. The bank has<br />

expanded to thirteen full-service branches along the Wasatch<br />

Front, mortgage offices throughout Utah, and a corporate and<br />

personal trust team in Salt Lake City and Ogden. The bank<br />

offers personal and business banking, home lending, wealth<br />

management, corporate trust, insurance and investment services;<br />

each designed to provide convenience, efficiency and<br />

profitability for individuals, families and businesses.<br />

The true beginning of any business venture commences<br />

well before opening day; and the best telling of a business’<br />

history originates with an introduction to its founders. When<br />

you understand their personalities, interests and beliefs, you<br />

can see those attributes reflected in their business.<br />

Bank of Utah bears the mark of its founding President<br />

Frank Milton Browning. During a time when a strictly regulated,<br />

impersonal, exclusive environment defined banking<br />

practices, he proposed a personal, accessible, available-to-all<br />

style of business. Frank was a charismatic, astute businessman<br />

and an outspoken community activist. As owner of Browning<br />

Chevrolet in Ogden, former chairman of the board of<br />

directors of the Salt Lake City branch of the Federal Reserve<br />

Bank of San Francisco and a Utah State Senator, Browning<br />

was well-known in his own community and beyond.<br />

After World War II, the Bamburger family of Walker Bank<br />

and Trust Co. saw an investment opportunity for banking in<br />

Ogden. At the time—though rich in resources, stable in payrolls,<br />

and alert to opportunity for industrial advancement—<br />

Ogden lacked a community banking presence. The<br />

Depression Era had closed many banks, leaving Ogden with<br />

only larger banking institutions whose corporate offices and<br />

roots were based outside the area. Frank was not looking to<br />

start a bank when he was approached as a potential investor.<br />

However, this banking venture offered a unique opportunity.<br />

Frank became one of the bank’s main investors and took<br />

over as president. Working with the founding board of directors,<br />

he devised an innovative approach to banking: easily<br />

accessible banking services where every customer was valued<br />

equally. Service was to be delivered by friendly, courteous,<br />

proficient personnel in a comfortable, homey and thoroughly<br />

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modern environment. It was a dramatic departure from the<br />

exclusivist banking environment that then prevailed.<br />

The bank’s newly constructed facilities were an expression<br />

of its novel, friendly approach, including a spacious lobby<br />

lounge, replete with built-in birdcages, a fireplace, teller<br />

windows without severe enclosures, and officials’ desks right<br />

out in the open. This new bank’s style earnestly sought a<br />

fine-tuned balance between technological advances and<br />

personal, accessible customer service. Frank was continuously<br />

acutely aware of how crucial each customer is to the<br />

bank’s success. In the early years, Frank spent many afternoons<br />

going door to door visiting area farmers, personally<br />

inviting them to open an account at the bank.<br />

Bank of Utah opened its doors for business December 1,<br />

1952, at its new facility located at 2641 Washington<br />

Boulevard in Ogden. Less than a year later, on September 13,<br />

1953, a second branch was opened in Roy. Bank of Utah’s<br />

friendlier approach to banking was remarkably successful.<br />

Deposits on opening day amounted to well over $1 million.<br />

Within one year, the bank boasted $6 million in total assets<br />

and had 4,000 accountholders. For most financial institutions<br />

in the early 1950s, $2 million was a remarkably optimistic<br />

goal for a full year of business. By its second fiscal year, Bank<br />

of Utah was ranked as the eleventh largest Bank in Utah.<br />

Bank of Utah continued to experience phenomenal<br />

growth and success. Five years into its history, satisfied with<br />

their investment, the Bamburger family proposed the Bank<br />

of Utah be sold to Walker Bank and Trust. Frank had a<br />

different vision. He obtained necessary financing to buy the<br />

Bamburgers’ interest, preserving the bank’s communitybased<br />

roots. Bank of Utah was established as a community<br />

bank and remains a community bank today. Frank W.<br />

Browning, grandson to Frank Milton Browning and current<br />

chairman and CEO of Bank of Utah, continues this tradition.<br />

Known for proclaiming, “As a member of a community<br />

we owe it to the community to help out where we can.”<br />

The current Frank M. continues a family dedication to<br />

know the communities the bank serves and find ways that<br />

the bank can make a difference.<br />

At the heart of Frank W.’s efforts are a sincere appreciation<br />

for human endeavor and success. He reflects, “It is fun to see<br />

businesses that are customers grow and progress. It is nice to<br />

think we might have played a small role in their success.” His<br />

philosophy that “Little Business is Big Business with Us” communicates<br />

a deep-rooted belief in unprecedented customer<br />

service; this has always been the driving force for Bank of Utah.<br />

Bank of Utah remembers its founder’s commitment<br />

that banks exist to serve people; a customer’s prosperity<br />

translates to success for the surrounding community and for<br />

the bank. Frank M. wrote, “<strong>People</strong> like our warm friendly<br />

approach to banking.” He unwaveringly declared that a<br />

bank’s true achievement is determined by how well it<br />

serves each of its customers. This underlines everything<br />

Bank of Utah does.<br />

Visit Bank of Utah in person or on our webpage at<br />

www.bankofutah.com.<br />

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Left: President and CEO Douglas L. DeFries, Bank of Utah (left) and<br />

Chairman Frank W. Browning, BOU Bankcorp, Inc. (right).<br />

Below: Bank of Utah headquarters in Ogden.<br />

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Gridley, Ward & Hamilton is located at 635 Twenty-Fifth Street<br />

in Ogden, Utah.<br />

GRIDLEY, WARD & HAMILTON<br />

John F. Kennedy said, “One person can make a difference<br />

and everyone should try.” Making a difference was the<br />

impetus for what stands today as Gridley, Ward &<br />

Hamilton. Findley P. Gridley and Erik M. Ward were<br />

practicing law together when they recognized an underserved<br />

population—those injured through no fault of their<br />

own. The two attorneys determined to create their own<br />

firm, limited this new venture to a select few attorneys<br />

committed to work together to offer only the highest quality<br />

and most reliable services for their clients. Gridley, Ward<br />

& Hamilton specializes in representing those suffering<br />

from bodily injuries including motor vehicle accidents,<br />

slip-and- falls, motorcycle accidents, brain injury, dog bites,<br />

pedestrian accidents, and wrongful death. This dynamic law<br />

firm was the first local group of attorneys to concentrate<br />

efforts solely on behalf of clients with bodily injury claims.<br />

As careful as one might be there is no way to plan for<br />

everything that happens in life. Getting hurt is never part<br />

of anyone’s plan; though unbidden, injuries happen. Life<br />

can be unfair; it seems that individuals must be at their<br />

strongest when they are feeling their weakest. This situation<br />

becomes very personal for the one who is injured. When<br />

subjected to an injury, which happened at the hand of<br />

someone else or was indirectly caused by neglect, people<br />

need someone who can help fight for compensation and<br />

reimbursement to repair the damages and inconveniences<br />

endured. The knowledgeable and experienced Gridley,<br />

Ward & Hamilton team is in business to provide that help,<br />

pledging to work tirelessly to give every client the help<br />

needed to build a solid case in pursuit of a fair and favorable<br />

settlement/verdict.<br />

Over the years, the partners have learned that people who<br />

are injured can be overwhelmed by legalities, unexpected<br />

bills, and loss of income. They need a very supportive and<br />

friendly environment to successfully overcome their injuries.<br />

Trying to receive fair compensation can be intimidating<br />

and daunting, not unlike entering hostile territory. Gridley,<br />

Ward & Hamilton has deliberately positioned its office to<br />

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feel more like working with family in the comfort of home.<br />

The ample staff is always available to assist in fulfilling<br />

the needs of clients, offering personalized support to help<br />

so that clients can navigate a difficult experience that<br />

feels completely foreign.<br />

Gridley, Ward & Hamilton has the sole mission to<br />

be “Your Injury Attorneys.” The firm operates as a team,<br />

uniquely qualified to earn and honor a client’s trust. This<br />

knowledgeable team has over forty-five years of experience<br />

in personal injury claims. Gridley, Ward & Hamilton<br />

is devoted to maintain what they refer to as a “Tradition<br />

of Success.”<br />

Gridley, Ward & Hamilton has consistently held the<br />

record for the largest jury verdict for an individual in Utah.<br />

In the 1990s the firm achieved what was then a Utah record<br />

verdict of $6 million for a seriously injured railroad worker.<br />

A new record was set when Gridley, Ward & Hamilton<br />

again obtained the largest personal injury award in<br />

Utah’s history, securing a $16 million dollar verdict on<br />

behalf of a brain injured ten-year-old. While the firm<br />

continues to pursue record-breaking verdicts, it is not<br />

about the money—it is about taking care of clients;<br />

people who have suffered injuries but who have not<br />

been fairly compensated by the insurance company liable<br />

for their pain and damages.<br />

Taking into account Gridley, Ward & Hamilton’s historical<br />

verdict record and highly held reputation in the<br />

community, it is appropriate that the firm resides in the<br />

dignified and historic Smyth Mansion, situated at 635<br />

Twenty-Fifth Street. The mansion was built for Ephraim<br />

Nye in 1889 by prominent Ogden Architect S. T. Whitaker.<br />

It was purchased by Dennis A. Smyth in 1898. After<br />

Smyth’s death, the property was deeded to the Roman<br />

Catholic Bishop of Salt Lake City. The mansion served as<br />

a convent for Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sister, until<br />

1967 when it was sold to Fred Hunger. In the 1980s<br />

the home was purchased by the present owners, the<br />

Ward family. The Wards restored the home to its original<br />

design, qualifying it as Utah Historical Site. While the<br />

mansion has hosted many notable guests in the home<br />

including Ireland President Chauncy Allcot and President<br />

William Howard Taft, no guest is more important than<br />

the people who walk through the doors as clients and<br />

leave as friends.<br />

At the foundation of Gridley,<br />

Ward & Hamilton is a commitment<br />

to provide the highest caliber local<br />

legal assistance to injured individuals;<br />

this will never change. The firm<br />

does not recruit clients through<br />

emotional or sensational television<br />

commercials. All revenue and success<br />

is achieved through referrals<br />

from decades of satisfied clients,<br />

their friends, and family members.<br />

The Gridley, Ward & Hamilton<br />

dedicated team guarantees to<br />

provide clients with an advocate<br />

who will fight for the recovery<br />

they deserve, without regard to<br />

the extent of work required. The<br />

most vital outcome is a client’s<br />

well-being; the firm is committed<br />

to providing the best recovery<br />

available to ensure that wellbeing.<br />

Unlike so many legal firms,<br />

Gridley, Ward & Hamilton will never forget who they are<br />

working for!<br />

Additional information is available on the Internet at<br />

www.yourinjuryattorneys.net.<br />

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STRONG<br />

AUTOMOTIVE GROUP<br />

In Utah, the Strong name is synonymous with the state’s<br />

earliest car dealership and the quality of the familial bonds<br />

in this more than eighty-year-old family-owned -operated<br />

business. It all started during the midst of the Great<br />

Depression in the mid-1930s when L. H. “Roy” Strong had<br />

the foresight to know cars would play a big role in<br />

the country’s future. He opened a Studebaker franchise in<br />

Logan, and later moved to Ogden to operate a Packard dealership.<br />

In the 1940s, he purchased property in downtown<br />

Salt Lake City and built a showroom where he began selling<br />

Hudson automobiles.<br />

Dave Strong began working for his father, Roy,<br />

at the age of fourteen, starting with washing and detailing<br />

cars and mopping the showroom floors. He moved up to<br />

selling parts and learning more about what it takes to run a<br />

dealership. At eighteen, Dave went to the University of Utah<br />

where he was in the basketball program. He soon married<br />

his high school sweetheart, Merle Jackson, and continued<br />

pulling double duty with work and school.<br />

When Roy retired for health reasons, Dave left school to<br />

run the dealership, which was facing its biggest challenge<br />

yet. The manufacturing of Packards, Hudsons and<br />

Studebakers ceased. But Roy had one more card up his<br />

sleeve. Prior to his retirement, Roy took the opportunity<br />

to purchase a Volkswagen franchise in the mid-1950s. The<br />

VW Beetle became an instant hit in Salt Lake City shortly<br />

after its release in the U.S., and Strong Volkswagen was<br />

born, being one of the first VW dealerships in the nation.<br />

Yes, cars are in the blood of the Strong family and<br />

Dave added the Porsche franchise in 1960 and the Audi<br />

franchise in 1969, after purchasing and remodeling an<br />

old laundry building to house the Audi line. Together,<br />

Dave and Merle were both business partners and household<br />

partners. They began building their family, ultimately<br />

having five children. Being a man dedicated to finishing<br />

what he started, Dave completed his education at the<br />

University of Utah and Brigham Young University at the<br />

same time his dealerships prospered. Dave’s reputation for<br />

honesty and integrity, combined with not a small<br />

amount of hard work, contributed to the success of<br />

all three franchises in Utah and neighboring states.<br />

Sons Brad and Blake Strong literally grew up in<br />

the car business and, like their father; they began<br />

working at the dealerships washing cars in their<br />

early teens. As time went on, they learned about all<br />

the responsibilities involved in owning and operating<br />

car dealerships by holding almost every position<br />

in the business at one time or another. By 2002,<br />

Brad and Blake bought the VW dealership from<br />

their father and subsequently acquired the Audi and<br />

Porsche locations in 2004 and 2011, respectively.<br />

The brothers continue to be owners and partners<br />

today with Brad running the Volkswagen dealership<br />

and Blake over the Audi and Porsche dealerships.<br />

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Not only are the Strong dealerships an<br />

important part of Utah’s history from a business<br />

and economic standpoint and as an<br />

early provider of personal vehicles, but they<br />

have received numerous regional and national<br />

awards. A few examples: Time magazine<br />

named Dave Strong with their highly prestigious<br />

“Quality Dealer for Utah Award” in<br />

1997 for “outstanding performance as an<br />

automobile dealer and a valued citizen in the<br />

community” in recognition of the Porsche,<br />

Audi and Volkswagen dealerships. This honor is part of a<br />

permanent display in the National Automobile Hall of Fame<br />

in Dearborn, Michigan. In addition, Audi, Inc., ranked<br />

Strong Audi Number 1 among all U.S. Audi dealerships in<br />

customer loyalty. Finally, during Volkswagen of America’s<br />

fiftieth anniversary in 2005, Strong VW was one of only<br />

thirteen dealerships in the country still owned and operated<br />

by the original founding family.<br />

From its humble beginnings, the Strong dealerships have<br />

grown from ten employees to over 170 as each location continues<br />

to thrive due to outstanding leadership and the teamwork<br />

of every single person in their various departments,<br />

including sales, service, parts, administration, and<br />

yes, car washers, too. Other members of the family,<br />

including the fourth generation of Strongs, work at<br />

the dealerships and at their newest venture, Porsche<br />

Design, a retail store which opened in 2012 at the<br />

City Creek Center and features everything from<br />

fashion to eyewear to luggage and more.<br />

Involved in the larger community, the Strong<br />

family of dealerships is continually interested and<br />

active in community development and a huge supporter<br />

of the University of Utah sports programs, the<br />

Utah JAZZ, the Real, and Bees as well as Ballet West,<br />

Big Brothers Big Sisters and more. They also sponsor various<br />

5Ks and other events in support of an impressive number of<br />

nonprofit organizations and youth sporting groups.<br />

Today, Strong Automotive Group headed by Brad and<br />

Blake is thriving and consistently among the top dealerships<br />

in the nation in sales volume and customer loyalty, despite<br />

being a small family-owned business rather than a multistate<br />

or national corporation. From its humble beginnings<br />

during the Great Depression through today, Strong has<br />

remained one of Salt Lake City’s most dependable employers<br />

and an example of what a family owned and operated business<br />

really means.<br />

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❖<br />

Above: Founder Peary Barker.<br />

Right: President and CEO Rod Garner.<br />

MOUNTAIN ALARM<br />

Dedicated to “Protecting<br />

What Matters Most” since<br />

1952, Mountain Alarm’s<br />

state-of-the-art products and<br />

services include commercial<br />

and residential security systems,<br />

fire alarm systems,<br />

video, managed access, and<br />

test and inspections with<br />

fourteen branches in the<br />

six Mountain West states.<br />

Mountain Alarm’s central<br />

station is UL listed and<br />

offers the highest-rated 24/7 monitoring of burglar and<br />

fire alarms in the industry. Protecting their patrons with<br />

unparalleled products and services, Mountain Alarm has<br />

always been family owned with an unwavering focus on<br />

the core values of Integrity, Initiative, and Intelligence.<br />

Under the parent company of Fire Protection Services<br />

Corporation (FPS), Mountain Alarm operates branches in<br />

Northern and Southern Utah, Idaho, and Colorado. Other<br />

FPS brands include CopperState Fire Protection, operating<br />

throughout the state of Arizona, and Kenco Security and<br />

Technology with offices in Montana and Wyoming. Building<br />

on a foundation of installing and monitoring fire and security<br />

systems, Mountain Alarm has also experienced rapid<br />

growth through online sales with do-it-yourself set-up,<br />

expanding their business offerings across the country and<br />

into Canada with over 6,000 DIY customers and growing.<br />

Successful companies often have interesting beginnings;<br />

Mountain Alarm is no exception. Founder Peary Barker was a<br />

dairyman. One day a diary hand reported to work exceptionally<br />

tired. Peary learned that his employee was exhausted due<br />

to moonlighting as an installer of alarm systems. Ever the<br />

inquiring mind, Peary learned more about the demand for<br />

alarm systems and entered the business himself, selling fire systems<br />

door-to-door. Before long, protecting the safety of others<br />

became such a thriving enterprise that Peary closed his dairy<br />

to dedicate all of his efforts to what became Mountain Alarm.<br />

Peary’s big break came when he appeared on local<br />

KSL-TV to demonstrate a fire system installed in a metal<br />

model home he had built. During the broadcast, viewers like<br />

Maurice Warsaw, owner of Grand Central Markets, which<br />

would later become Fred Meyer’s, and Joe Albertson, owner<br />

of the Albertson’s grocery stores, were watching and<br />

contacted Peary to provide fire systems for their stores.<br />

Peary became one of the largest installers of fire systems<br />

in Utah and was very popular among large retailers.<br />

Peary soon recruited his son-in-law, current CEO<br />

Rod Garner, to help meet the growing demand for services.<br />

In the early days of<br />

Mountain Alarm, fire systems<br />

were set up to ring directly to<br />

local fire stations. As technology<br />

advanced, signals were<br />

transferred to newer central<br />

station monitoring. Rod and<br />

another partner took turns<br />

covering the nightshift to<br />

ensure that emergency calls<br />

and alarm signals were not<br />

missed. These dedicated<br />

partners spent many nights<br />

on the floor of the central<br />

station before they were able to employ additional staff,<br />

allowing them to sleep at home. Mountain Alarm was one of<br />

the industry’s first to run a centralized monitoring service.<br />

Along with being an industry leader in utilizing developments<br />

that employed security engineering and monitoring,<br />

Rod’s background in accounting proved to be extremely<br />

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eneficial. He recognized the need and profitability of the<br />

subscription model in protection monitoring. Mountain<br />

Alarm fine-tuned their offerings of continuous monitoring to<br />

meet customer need, which proved to be an area of the business<br />

that sustained the company and allowed it to expand.<br />

Mountain Alarm has grown to currently employ a team of<br />

over 230 in sales, operations, technical, and administrative<br />

positions. Mountain Alarm has played a significant role in<br />

protecting almost every major government building, school<br />

district, higher-learning institution, and religious edifice<br />

throughout Utah and the surrounding states. A leading fire<br />

protection company in the region, Mountain Alarm has<br />

consistently ranked among the top forty security companies<br />

in the U.S. for decades.<br />

Every business likes a story about company growth;<br />

however, stories that reveal why Mountain Alarm is truly<br />

in business are even more important. Mountain Alarm has<br />

many accounts of saving lives and property over the last six<br />

decades of installing and monitoring security and fire systems.<br />

One such incident occurred in the late 1980s when Mountain<br />

Alarm installed a fire system in an assisted-living center in<br />

Boise, Idaho. On a cold Christmas Eve, their system detected a<br />

fire on the main floor, immediately sounding an audible alarm<br />

in the building and notifying the local fire department.<br />

Firefighters arrived to find a Christmas tree on fire on the main<br />

floor. This could have proved deadly. However, responders<br />

stated that the system must have detected<br />

the fire very early on as every resident of<br />

the seven-story building had been evacuated<br />

before the tree was fully involved or<br />

the sprinklers activated. Not one of the<br />

residents were harmed or suffered from<br />

smoke inhalation. The mayor wrote a very<br />

complimentary letter thanking Mountain<br />

Alarm for saving the lives of so many<br />

residents of his community. While such a<br />

commendation was gratefully received, the<br />

most gratifying part of the story is the knowledge<br />

that Mountain Alarm played a part in<br />

allowing those residents to live to celebrate<br />

another Christmas Day. Mountain Alarm<br />

is honored to be part of saving lives and property—it<br />

is the very heart of what they do.<br />

Additional information may be obtained<br />

by visiting www.mountainalarm.com on<br />

the Internet.<br />

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Left: Installing commercial fire protection system.<br />

Below: Providing superior fire and security solutions since 1952.<br />

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SMITH KNOWLES<br />

Ogden natives Mel Smith and David Knowles met in 1990<br />

when Knowles brought his young family and law practice<br />

back from Los Angeles and for a few weeks shared an office<br />

with Smith. Smith had built his own successful young practice<br />

in Northern Utah and his growing reputation had led to<br />

an overabundance of legal work. The two soon recognized in<br />

one another a commonality of drive to better analyze legal<br />

issues; more affordably and efficiently find creative and<br />

meaningful solutions; and leave no doubt as to an attorney’s<br />

honesty, ethics and true regard and respect for clients, staff<br />

members, and even legal adversaries and their counsel. This<br />

common vision quickly developed and on a mid-September<br />

day in 1990, Smith approached Knowles with a proposal to<br />

create a new kind of law firm built upon those principles.<br />

Thus, began the dynamic team, which came to be Smith<br />

Knowles, Attorneys.<br />

For nearly two decades while the fledgling law firm grew<br />

and matured, Ogden City itself, under excellent leadership<br />

and with contributions from many wonderful citizens<br />

old and new, was changing, revitalizing, cleaning up, building,<br />

and reinventing itself as the heart of <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> and<br />

as a central aspect of the continuous sunrise, which is<br />

the story of “<strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong>—Rising Up.” Desiring to better<br />

participate in the revitalization and absolutely pleased with<br />

the progress, success and direction of <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> and<br />

downtown Ogden, in 2013 Smith Knowles relocated<br />

to downtown, “coming back home” and creating its perfect<br />

professional home at the corner of Twenty-Second Street and<br />

Washington Boulevard in downtown Ogden.<br />

As Smith Knowles broadened its legal services and added<br />

attorneys to the firm, business inevitably followed.<br />

Recruiting and employing the brightest and best attorneys<br />

has helped strengthen Smith Knowles and its reputation.<br />

Young attorneys who early on embraced and staked their<br />

careers on the Smith Knowles vision have now become the<br />

core members of the firm, being mentors and examples<br />

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to future generations of young attorneys both within and<br />

outside of Smith Knowles. As of this publication, Smith<br />

Knowles is comprised of ten full time attorneys and other<br />

attorneys who conduct their private practices on a part-time<br />

basis in an “of counsel” relationship with Smith Knowles.<br />

Each has specialized fields of expertise and focus to complement<br />

one another and provide a breadth of resource for the<br />

benefit of each Smith Knowles client.<br />

Smith Knowles has developed the resources, experience<br />

and expertise necessary to provide legal services efficiently<br />

to individuals, businesses and municipalities, in general<br />

litigation and insurance defense, real estate, construction,<br />

small business and commercial transactions and protections,<br />

employment, protection of families and the elderly, and wills<br />

and estates. Central is a commitment to a "partnership"<br />

approach in representing each client, eliminating unnecessary<br />

layers of attorneys and taking a personal and creative<br />

approach to each case. Smith Knowles is determined to comprehend<br />

and help enhance each client’s needs, business and<br />

goals. Smith Knowles holds its team members to a standard<br />

that anything produced from the firm must carry the value<br />

of high quality and morals. Its mission statement declares<br />

a determination to “provide quality and specialized legal<br />

services, through practical solutions based on a sound<br />

understanding of the law and business principles, never<br />

sacrificing honesty and integrity, while always recognizing<br />

the value of trusted clients and dedicated employees.”<br />

Smith Knowles provides legal services throughout Utah<br />

and in other states. Headquartering in Ogden has allowed<br />

its clients to receive phenomenal legal services at reasonable<br />

rates, relieving its Northern Utah clients of traveling far<br />

for such service.<br />

While winning in the courtroom and in business is paramount,<br />

Smith Knowles also recognizes that success is often<br />

realized in negotiating a meaningful resolution or in the<br />

mending of long-damaged family or business relationships.<br />

Smith Knowles attorneys are determined not to lose sight<br />

of the importance of continued individual improvement<br />

and of healthy relationships long-term while diligently<br />

working towards solving the underlying legal problems.<br />

Smith Knowles attorneys value and strive for outcomes,<br />

which include improved characters and healed relationships,<br />

where possible.<br />

Smith Knowles attorneys are determined to contribute to<br />

the betterment of the legal profession and to the local<br />

community, serving on distinguished teams including: Boy<br />

Scouts of America, St. Anne’s Homeless Shelter, Utah State<br />

University and <strong>Weber</strong> State University Alumni Associations,<br />

Utah State University Board of Trustees, Utah State and<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> Bar Associations, McKay Dee Hospital Board<br />

of Trustees, and the American Inns of Court (a respected<br />

professional organization founded “to foster excellence in<br />

professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills for judges,<br />

lawyers, academicians, and students of law in order to<br />

perfect the quality, availability, and efficiency of justice....”)<br />

Smith Knowles welcomes you to call (801) 476-0303<br />

or visit www.smithknowles.com.<br />

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WEBER STATE<br />

CREDIT UNION<br />

Right: <strong>Weber</strong> State Credit Union strives to deliver the best service and value<br />

to its members.<br />

Below: <strong>Weber</strong> State Credit Union operates four branches, including the<br />

main branch and headquarters at 4140 Harrison Boulevard in Ogden.<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> State Credit Union has been an integral part of<br />

the <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> community since its inception in 1957,<br />

providing exceptional member value and helping people<br />

achieve their dreams. What started in a desk drawer at<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> College now spans the globe with membership<br />

services. Utilizing state-of-the-art technologies, WSCU<br />

empowers its members to have complete financial control<br />

wherever they go using the e-Branch Mobile Banking Suite.<br />

Members can use their mobile devices to apply for and fund<br />

loans, manage bill payments, pay friends or colleagues using<br />

Pocket-To-Pocket payments, deposit a check and so much<br />

more. With a phone as a branch, WSCU members can keep<br />

their finances close and always available.<br />

The credit union was originally founded as the <strong>Weber</strong><br />

College Employees Federal Credit Union on January 24,<br />

1957, in the coral room of the old Building 4 at <strong>Weber</strong><br />

College by a group of ten faculty and staff who needed a<br />

source of low rate financing for college related travel.<br />

They soon realized the credit union was an ideal place<br />

to save and borrow. The first member to borrow from<br />

the credit union needed $200<br />

for a new washer and dryer.<br />

Over the following decades,<br />

the credit union experienced<br />

rapid growth while expanding<br />

the products, services, and technologies<br />

to meet the financial<br />

needs of its growing membership.<br />

In the early 1960s, the credit<br />

union operations were located<br />

in a small room in the union<br />

building. In need of a larger location<br />

and after exploring several<br />

options, the credit union secured<br />

property where the headquarters<br />

still stand today at 4140 Harrison Boulevard in Ogden. On<br />

April 12, 1979, a new building was opened and dedicated.<br />

In 2003 the original building was torn down and rebuilt as<br />

the current main branch and headquarters.<br />

In 2009, <strong>Weber</strong> State Credit Union changed its field of<br />

membership charter to a community based charter, which<br />

allows membership to anyone who lives, works, worships,<br />

attends school, or volunteers in <strong>Weber</strong>, Davis or Morgan<br />

Counties. Membership is also open for family members of<br />

those who qualify.<br />

Being founded on the principles of people helping people,<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> State Credit Union takes social responsibility seriously<br />

and has worked tirelessly over the years to help strengthen<br />

the communities it serves. In 2016 the WSCU Foundation<br />

was founded as a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization to be the<br />

official charitable arm of the credit union. “<strong>Weber</strong> State Credit<br />

Union has a long history of supporting our local community.<br />

The Foundation will provide possibilities for increased<br />

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support through the donations of our community members,”<br />

said President/CEO Vickie van der Have. The Foundation’s<br />

primary objective is to collect and distribute funds that<br />

support charitable causes within the communities WSCU<br />

serves. It exists to support lifelong financial learning,<br />

environmental education, recreational opportunities and<br />

economic development throughout the community.<br />

With deep roots in learning, WSCU provides resources<br />

to schools to improve their education. The credit union<br />

conducts financial literacy workshops, as well as financial<br />

support and volunteer service to charitable organizations<br />

that raise money for scholarships. Since 2005 the credit<br />

union has awarded over $200,000 in scholarships through<br />

the Ogden School Foundation, WSU Alumni Association,<br />

Upward Bound and other programs. “<strong>Weber</strong> State Credit<br />

Union has been a stellar supporter of education. Their<br />

contributions to the Ogden School Foundation go directly<br />

into the classrooms to create an impact and enhance<br />

each child’s educational opportunities,” said Janis Vause,<br />

executive director for the Ogden School Foundation.<br />

This past holiday season marked the thirteenth year<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> State Credit Union has supported Ogden and <strong>Weber</strong><br />

School District students by providing more than 2,000 new<br />

pairs of shoes for kindergarten students in Title 1 schools<br />

through the Warm the Soles Event. This annual tradition is<br />

a favorite of the employees, who graciously help sort and<br />

deliver the new shoes to the students.<br />

WSCU supports efforts to educate the community on<br />

sustainability practices and how to improve the environment.<br />

In an effort to help those who drive electric vehicles, <strong>Weber</strong><br />

State Credit Union has installed an electric vehicle (EV)<br />

charging station at the Main Branch, and made it available to<br />

the public at no cost. WSCU also hosts an annual shred day<br />

where community members can bring old paper documents<br />

and securely shred and recycle them at no cost.<br />

WSCU enhances the community’s economic growth by<br />

supporting opportunities for small business and entrepreneurs.<br />

The credit union is the title sponsor of the <strong>Weber</strong><br />

State University Entrepreneur Program’s Pitch Contest.<br />

This contest is a business idea competition which fosters<br />

and promotes business growth at the university level by<br />

giving individuals a chance to organize, direct, and present<br />

a business idea to a panel of judges in hopes of winning<br />

cash prizes to help fund the winning idea.<br />

In an effort to enhance the community’s health and<br />

wellness, <strong>Weber</strong> State Credit Union also supports efforts to<br />

improve outdoor recreational venues and activities.<br />

Over the past sixty years, <strong>Weber</strong> State Credit Union has<br />

worked hard to deliver the best service and value to its<br />

members. For eleven years running, WSCU scored in the<br />

top three percent for Superior Member Value by Callahan &<br />

Associates, a Washington, D.C. based research firm. <strong>Weber</strong><br />

State Credit Union is also a five-star credit union as ranked<br />

by Bauer Financial, a national bank and credit union rating<br />

company. To experience this unparalleled service for yourself<br />

and learn more about WSCU, visit www.weberstatecu.com.<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> State Credit Union is federally insured by the NCUA and<br />

is an Equal Housing and Opportunity Lender.<br />

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With their Warm the Soles Event, <strong>Weber</strong> State Credit Union has provided<br />

thousands of pairs of shoes for kindergarten students in Title 1 schools over<br />

the past thirteen years.<br />

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THE HOME DEPOT OGDEN<br />

ONLINE CONTACT CENTER<br />

Self-reliance. Resilience. Tireless optimism. These are<br />

the traits Home Depot uses to describe its customers; these<br />

same traits also aptly describe its founders. Bernie Marcus<br />

and Arthur Blank dreamed up The Home Depot from a<br />

coffee shop in Los Angeles in 1978 after both got fired<br />

from Handy Dan Home Improvement Centers. The duo<br />

envisioned a revolutionary “hardware store” that would offer<br />

a huge variety of merchandise at great prices and provide a<br />

highly-trained staff, opening the first two The Home Depot<br />

stores in Atlanta the following year. The 60,000 square foot<br />

warehouses dwarfed the competition by offering more items<br />

than any other hardware store. The true heart of The Home<br />

Depot was the expertly trained floor associates who could<br />

teach customers how to handle a power tool, change a fill<br />

valve or lay tile. It was not enough to “sell” or even “tell”—<br />

The Home Depot associates also had to be able to “show”<br />

and walk customers at every skill level through most any<br />

home repair or improvement. The Home Depot associates<br />

are viewed as true advocates to the homeowner, employed<br />

to provide every customer not only with the products, but<br />

also great service and the real knowledge the customer<br />

needs to create the homes of their dreams. Soon, The Home<br />

Depot began offering DIY clinics, customer workshops and<br />

one-on-one sessions with customers.<br />

The name “The Home Depot,” says it all; this company exists<br />

to be an all-inclusive resource for everything associated with<br />

your home. Contradicting the stereotypical image of the “big<br />

box warehouse” center, The Home Depot is unconditionally<br />

committed to enhancing the customer’s experience through its<br />

unique, specialized level of service in stores and online. This<br />

was the motivation behind creating three Home Depot Online<br />

Contact Centers across the United States: Ogden, Utah;<br />

Kennesaw, Georgia; and Tempe, Arizona. These centers focus<br />

on being a virtual front line for The Home Depot stores<br />

and connect with customers in whatever fashion best suits the<br />

individual customer’s needs: via phone, email or web-based<br />

chat. The Home Depot Online Contact Centers function with<br />

one mission: Support the individual customer’s journey from<br />

initial research of product/project to after-sale support.<br />

Marcus and Blank were so dedicated to excellent, unprecedented<br />

customer service that they implemented a customer<br />

“bill of rights,” which stated that customers should always<br />

expect the best assortment, quantity and price, as well as the<br />

help of a trained sales associate, when they visit a Home<br />

Depot store. This commitment extends far beyond the store<br />

walls and the edges of the parking lots. After Home Depot<br />

went public in 1981, founders made a pledge to give back to<br />

the communities where Home Depot stores are located. True<br />

to that promise, legions of Team Depot volunteers, backed by<br />

The Home Depot Foundation, work tirelessly on their own<br />

free time to help our nation’s veterans and communities<br />

across the country. The Home Depot Foundation and Team<br />

Depot combined to make a literal army of associate<br />

volunteers working to improve the homes and lives of U.S.<br />

military veterans and their families and aid communities<br />

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affected by natural disasters. Through Team Depot, thousands<br />

of associates dedicate personal time and talents to these<br />

efforts in the communities where they live and work.<br />

The Home Depot understands to be the best, you must<br />

hire the best and it does not end there. Employment with<br />

Home Depot is more than a job; it is becoming part of a<br />

family. The company truly cares about its people; this pays<br />

off in the culture and attitude of employees. The Home<br />

Depot employs approximately 385,000 associates; with<br />

nearly 1,000 of those working at the Ogden Online Contact<br />

Center. Team members feel that they are part of something<br />

to celebrate; they get to work with the most unique, caring<br />

and fun people imaginable.<br />

The Home Depot is also proud of its tradition for hiring<br />

veterans; more than 30,000 of Home Depot’s associates are<br />

veterans. The Home Depot has been honored at state and<br />

national levels for of its success in the hiring/retention of<br />

veterans; earning recognition as “The American Legion’s<br />

2014 National Winner of the Year for Hiring Veterans” in the<br />

“Large Employer” category. Taking care of people and doing<br />

the right thing—two values at the core of how The Home<br />

Depot thinks and operates.<br />

The Home Depot is pleased to be the world’s largest home<br />

improvement retailer with more than 2,200 stores in the<br />

U.S., Canada and Mexico. The typical store today averages<br />

105,000 square feet of indoor retail space, interconnected<br />

with an e-commerce site that offers more than one million<br />

products for the DIY customer, professional contractors,<br />

and the industry’s largest installation business for the<br />

Do-It-For-Me customer.<br />

A lot has changed in the near forty years since the Home<br />

Depot first grand opening, where Marcus and Blank’s<br />

families handed out dollar bills in the parking lot to entice<br />

people through the front doors. One thing that has not<br />

changed in almost four decades is the unrelenting<br />

commitment to serve the individual customer in a way that<br />

is personal and unique. It is hard to put into words, but it is<br />

why associates are proud to don the distinctive orange<br />

aprons every day. It is The Home Depot Difference.<br />

The Ogden Contact Center is located at 801 Depot Drive in<br />

Ogden, Utah, 84044 and at www.corporate.homedepot.com.<br />

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SUPERSONIC CAR WASH, INC.<br />

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Above: Supersonic Car Wash, Inc., was founded in Ogden, Utah, in 1959<br />

by Wayne and Marion Goddard.<br />

Right: Supersonic Car Wash, Inc., in 1978.<br />

A lot can change in almost sixty years, but one thing has<br />

stayed the same—the Goddard Family is “keeping it clean”<br />

washing cars. Supersonic Car Wash, Inc., was established<br />

in Ogden, Utah, in 1959 by Wayne and Marion Goddard.<br />

Supersonic Car Wash was founded on the fundamental<br />

principles of value, hard work, and “doing it right.” The<br />

original Supersonic on Twenty-Fifth and Wall was one of<br />

Utah’s only full service car washes at the time and remained<br />

so for many years.<br />

Supersonic was conservative in its expansion approach<br />

in the early years, waiting until the late 1960s to open a<br />

second location. The biggest obstacle to quick expansion<br />

during those early years was the lack of available financing<br />

for a young company. Wayne received the financing to<br />

build his first wash from his father-in-law, M. E. Toliver.<br />

He was determined to make the most of the confidence<br />

his father-in-law had in the business. Ever a firm believer<br />

in working hard, Wayne even laid the brickwork himself<br />

to help reduce costs of building his business.<br />

When Wayne passed away in 1987, he passed along a<br />

solid work ethic and a family business that has touched<br />

the lives of countless neighbors not only by keeping their<br />

vehicles clean, but by giving back to the community in<br />

many ways. The family has continued running the<br />

Supersonic Car Wash in a manner that would make<br />

Wayne proud. Supersonic now has both full and self-serve<br />

locations in Salt Lake, Ogden, Sandy, Provo, and Orem.<br />

While Supersonic is approaching its sixtieth year in<br />

business, the heart of the operation holds true to its initial<br />

dedication to customer satisfaction. Loyalty to customers<br />

has helped Supersonic grow from one location to an elevenstore<br />

chain. An unwavering commitment to quality has<br />

earned the company a highly-regarded reputation in the<br />

community, as well as numerous industry awards, such as<br />

Best of State recognition in Automotive Services category.<br />

Although Supersonic has simple roots, the company<br />

makes every effort to keep up with the latest innovations<br />

and trends in the car wash industry. They strive to maintain<br />

modern, up-to-date facilities.<br />

This means continually accessing<br />

and reinvesting to assure that<br />

Supersonic stays current with the<br />

latest technology, while offering<br />

the best service possible.<br />

The cost of building or renovating<br />

an existing facility has grown<br />

astronomically since Supersonic<br />

added the second wash over forty<br />

years ago. Per the Goddard family,<br />

“In 1968, it cost $300,000 to build<br />

a car wash; today that number is in<br />

the millions. The real cost of land,<br />

building, and equipment has far<br />

exceeded everyone’s expectations.”<br />

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Supersonic is also invested in the environment.<br />

Water safety and conservation are always chief<br />

concerns. Supersonic applies only environmentallyfriendly<br />

solutions to wash and wax customers’<br />

vehicles while utilizing an absolute minimum of<br />

water. Water is one of the most valuable resources.<br />

As such, the proper use and conservation of water<br />

is a high priority at Supersonic. The company<br />

constantly monitors the car wash equipment and<br />

water usage to ensure operations utilize the least<br />

amount of water possible and while providing<br />

customers the high-quality car wash they have<br />

come to expect at Supersonic. A fact that surprises<br />

most is that a Supersonic Car Wash uses about<br />

one-fourth of the water to wash a vehicle as compared to<br />

what an average person would use to complete the same<br />

wash at home in their own driveway. Engineering studies<br />

show that a 5/8-inch hose running at only 50 PSI uses<br />

10 gallons per minute—this means people who wash those<br />

vehicles at home often use up to 100 gallons of water or<br />

more each time they wash their car.<br />

One of the ways Supersonic uses water safely and<br />

efficiently is by employing sand and grease traps. These<br />

allow grease, oils and heavy particulates in the water to be<br />

separated out before discharging the waste water into the<br />

sanitary sewer treatment system rather than simply dumping<br />

it into the storm sewer as it happens with the home car wash.<br />

While the company’s purposeful water-saving, efforts do<br />

nothing to reduce the quality of the wash, these efforts make<br />

a big difference for the environment and the community.<br />

Supersonic also holds a strong commitment to use only<br />

the best products. Determined to protect the environment<br />

from harmful influences, Supersonic uses Simoniz USA, Inc.,<br />

as the supplier of its washing and waxing solutions. Since<br />

1911, Simoniz has been dedicated to producing high-quality<br />

car care products and solutions, and to preserving the environment<br />

by manufacturing environmentally safe, biodegradable,<br />

non-polluting products in support of an important<br />

shared goal to protect communities and natural resources.<br />

Per Kelley Blue Book, the average cost of a vehicle in the<br />

United States is $33,560 plus. As vehicle owners consider<br />

this significant investment and add into the equation the<br />

priceless nature of the cargo and passengers riding inside<br />

their vehicle, it only makes sense that owners will want to<br />

do everything possible to maintain their vehicle. USAA lists<br />

“keeping your vehicle clean inside and out” as one of the<br />

five most important maintenance tips to help your car run<br />

longer. Supersonic is proud to be part of this process by<br />

offering a wide range of services from a basic quick wash<br />

through the “Works Wash,” a service that includes interior<br />

and exterior cleaning. They also offer monthly unlimited<br />

passes and specialty services. Supersonic customers can be<br />

confident in the individual service they receive—every day,<br />

every wash, every time—guaranteed!<br />

For additional information or to find a location near you,<br />

visit www.supersoniccarwash.com.<br />

❖<br />

The Sugarhouse location is self-serve.<br />

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HARLEY & BUCK’S<br />

RESTAURANT<br />

Offering mouth-watering delectable food and<br />

a full bar, Harley & Buck’s Restaurant, located at<br />

2432 Washington Boulevard, is the perfect spot<br />

for a relaxed, yet upscale dining experience.<br />

The owners, Doug Lythgoe and his wife, Jamie,<br />

run an enjoyable restaurant featuring great food<br />

and fun atmosphere. After two decades of working<br />

as successful real estate brokers, they were enlisted<br />

by the original owner of Harley & Buck’s when he<br />

was in the market to sell his business. The Lythgoes<br />

loved dining at the establishment, which was then<br />

located at Wolf Creek. After some clients cancelled<br />

their deal, Doug realized it was time to pursue his dream of<br />

operating a restaurant. Shortly after purchasing the business,<br />

the building it was in was sold and the popular favorite relocated<br />

to downtown Ogden. “I fell in love with the place,” Doug<br />

said as he reflects on the relaxed, historic location that features<br />

stylish chandeliers and antique finishing touches. It is full of<br />

local flavor and perfect for private parties and events. Harley &<br />

Buck’s is a unique, memorable venue for weddings, with a magical<br />

setting for couples to start their lives together.<br />

Brooke Berrigan from TheOgdenScene.com wrote,<br />

“Harley & Buck’s has all the aesthetic appeal of<br />

our awesome downtown Ogden, with gorgeously<br />

old exposed brick walls, lovely low lighting, and<br />

decked with local art…lends to Ogden’s totally<br />

cool feel of history and style.”<br />

It is the perfect spot to sip a local craft beer,<br />

enjoy the Ogden Art Stroll and view the variety of<br />

live music featured each weekend. The kitchen<br />

features a hardwood smoker, which allows the<br />

restaurant to serve up their famous<br />

slow-smoked prime rib and delectable, fall-offthe-bone<br />

ribs with a perfect flavor smoked right<br />

on-site. The certified gluten-free menu includes a<br />

large variety of entrees, which are made from scratch, and<br />

oyster selections to please the hungry locals.<br />

The poised manager, Anirel, and their experienced chef,<br />

Edgar, complete the management team. Doug is known for<br />

personally visiting his guests’ tables and genuinely thanking<br />

them for their patronage. It is locally owned fine dining that is<br />

far from the feel of a chain. Doug and his family love being a<br />

part of the downtown business community. Doug states with<br />

a genuine heart, “We love it here and we want everyone to<br />

love it like we do!”<br />

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JEREMIAH’S RESTAURANT<br />

Originally from Cardston, Alberta, Canada, Harold (Hal)<br />

S. Peterson pursued a dream and took a chance in 1979<br />

when ground was broken for what is known today as<br />

Jeremiah’s Restaurant and neighbor, the Best Western<br />

High Country Inn. The restaurant was originally called<br />

Moore’s High Country, later changing to the High Country<br />

Fare. Dedicated to keeping things fresh, 1989 brought<br />

an additional renovation; the restaurant was transformed<br />

and adopted its current name of Jeremiah’s. The biggest<br />

renovation since the building was erected in 1979.<br />

Reinvesting in Jeremiah’s and the clients who love to gather,<br />

has been a consistent priority to the Peterson family,<br />

who remain the principal owners. Although the name and<br />

the structure of the building have changed along the way,<br />

its core values and heart hold constant. It has always been<br />

Jeremiah’s goal to provide a warm meal at the beginning<br />

or the end of a day. The service team at Jeremiah’s prides<br />

themselves on making guests feel like family. From the<br />

beginning, Hal’s number one customer service motto has<br />

always been, “Give them the best.” That will never change.<br />

Whether catering to visitors or<br />

the hometown crowd, Jeremiah’s is a<br />

favorite and has been officially recognized<br />

in by several organizations.<br />

Some of these awards include: Best<br />

Breakfast—City Weekly; Best Ogden<br />

Restaurant—Salt Lake Magazine;<br />

Best Breakfast—Standard Examiner;<br />

and Best Breakfast and Best Family<br />

Restaurant—Indie Ogden.<br />

It is not only the delicious<br />

American comfort food menu, warm<br />

and friendly service, sleek hunting<br />

lodge style ambiance, or in-restaurant<br />

gift shop that set Jeremiah’s apart,<br />

but also the easy access to amazing exterior surroundings<br />

and exquisitely landscaped grounds. Jeremiah’s is beautifully<br />

situated with the grand Wasatch Mountains as a natural<br />

background. Restaurant guests need only take a short walk<br />

to enjoy an uncommon and peaceful environment, secluded<br />

and tranquil gardens, scenic pathways, majestic waterfalls,<br />

and a picturesque pond that is the home to Koi and turtles.<br />

These popular attractions draw visitors of all ages.<br />

One might say that “the door is always open” at<br />

Jeremiah’s. The restaurant is open seven days a week,<br />

serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, welcoming guests to<br />

a home-style meal any time of the day. Many patrons<br />

are known to drop by just to enjoy a piece of the mouthwatering<br />

cobbler and ice cream or to pick up a unique gift<br />

from the country-store gift shop.<br />

Jeremiah’s also provides banquet dining as well as<br />

catering services and is a preferred location for business<br />

meetings, holiday parties, weddings, and special events.<br />

Additional information may be found on the Internet at<br />

www.jeremiahsutah.com.<br />

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Founded by Dave Toller in 1980, Bonneville Collections is<br />

the only Utah-based agency certified through the Professional<br />

Practices Management System (PPMS ) by ACA International,<br />

the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals. PPMS <br />

provides standardized, industry-specific professional practices<br />

and policies for the management of collection agencies.<br />

Bonneville’s services include debt collection, early out cash<br />

management, check recovery and verification.<br />

As an owner of a Checkrite franchise in the 1970s,<br />

Dave clearly understood the importance of effective billing<br />

and collecting in a business’ success. Dave recognized the<br />

frequent dilemma that business owners face in collecting<br />

unpaid debts. To keep a business afloat, businesses must<br />

collect payment for the products or services rendered.<br />

Unfortunately, not all customers are reliable. Uncollected<br />

payments can sink even the largest business. With limited<br />

time on their hands, business owners can be forced to<br />

choose between putting time and effort into growing their<br />

business or attempting to collect delinquent debts.<br />

Bonneville Collections was formed to provide businesses<br />

a viable and reliable solution. Initially, Dave operated<br />

Bonneville with only two employees, an IBM typewriter, his<br />

father’s old desk and his mother’s card table. Records consisted<br />

of handwritten notes on 5 x 7 cards, which were manually<br />

filed in alphabetical order. In the beginning, Bonneville had<br />

only ten clients who were mostly local medical and utility<br />

companies. As Bonneville’s success<br />

and reputation grew, its<br />

clientele quickly expanded to<br />

include a wide range of businesses<br />

including healthcare, utilities,<br />

banking, educational institutions,<br />

and municipalities across Utah,<br />

Idaho, Wyoming, Washington,<br />

Oregon, Montana, and Colorado.<br />

While the first Bonneville office was established in<br />

Ogden, growing demand required expansion and additional<br />

locations were added: Salt Lake, Orem, and St. George,<br />

Utah, from 1980-1990; Idaho Falls in 1996 and Boise,<br />

Idaho, in 1997; and Vancouver, Washington, in 1998.<br />

Since its inception, Bonneville has utilized best practices<br />

and embraced changing technology to expand services and its<br />

service areas to the advantage of its clients. While much has<br />

changed over thirty-seven years in business, the fundamentals<br />

of what makes Bonneville successful have not. Bonneville started<br />

and remains a family owned and operated business; proud<br />

to have several second and third generation employees. Each<br />

client is treated as if they are the only client Bonneville serves.<br />

Bonneville’s team has grown from only two to over 100<br />

employees, with the majority located in the Utah office.<br />

Bonneville is proud of the longevity of its key personnel.<br />

Every member of the management team has over fifteen<br />

years of experience with the company. More than thirty-five<br />

employees have earned “Certified Collection Professional”<br />

designation from the American Collectors Association.<br />

Bonneville believes that devoted, qualified employees equate<br />

to the most reliable service for its customers.<br />

Bonneville’s stats tell its story as the company receives<br />

approximately $300 million annually for recovery and maintains<br />

more than 5,000 active clients at any given time. For<br />

more information on Bonneville, visit www.bonncoll.com.<br />

BONNEVILLE COLLECTIONS<br />

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PURCH<br />

Right: Purch headquarters located at 251 Twentieth Street, Ogden, Utah.<br />

Below: The Purch executive team. Chief Executive Officer Greg Mason;<br />

President and Chief Operating Officer Doug Llewellyn; Chief Technology<br />

Officer John Potter; and Chief Revenue Officer Mike Kisseberth.<br />

There was a time when shopping meant taking a<br />

stroll down to the corner market. You knew you<br />

would get the best produce and the best prices<br />

because you knew the grocer and he knew you. It<br />

was a time to rub shoulders with friends and neighbors—a<br />

time to enjoy. What if shopping online<br />

could be as easy and rewarding as shopping at the<br />

corner market used to be? This is why Purch exists;<br />

the Purch team is passionate in their efforts to fulfill<br />

their mission statement, “We make buying decisions<br />

easy.” These five clear and simple words speak volumes<br />

about what motivates everything at Purch.<br />

Originally founded in 2003 in Ogden, Utah, by<br />

Ogden native, Jerry Ropelato, under the company<br />

name of Top Ten Reviews; Purch is a digital content<br />

and commerce company, which helps 100 million<br />

plus users make better buying decisions. The company and its<br />

twenty plus brands are distinguished for first-rate buying<br />

reviews and advice in 1,200 categories spanning Tech,<br />

Consumer Electronics, Home, Health, Financial Services,<br />

Outdoor Goods, SMB, and more. Purch’s decision-enablement<br />

platform helps users (businesses and consumers) make the<br />

best purchases for their needs and their wallet, through<br />

relevant reviews, advice, and seamless shopping extensions.<br />

Purch understands the online buying process can be confusing<br />

and intimidating. Over the years, Purch has streamlined<br />

their shopping cart and ordering systems to be as simple and<br />

reliable as possible. Purch is dedicated to informing consumers<br />

without overloading them with unwanted information. Purch<br />

transforms online shopping and what is often a complex<br />

process into an uncomplicated and effortless experience,<br />

providing consumers with confidence and satisfaction.<br />

After seven strategic acquisitions since its 2003 inception,<br />

in 2012 this dynamic company rebranded as Purch and adopted<br />

a more focused mission to simplify the purchase decision<br />

process for businesses and consumers. Under the direction of<br />

CEO Greg Mason, and with the support of the current board<br />

of directors, efforts have concentrated on broadening overall<br />

vision and evolving the company beyond its content roots.<br />

Thus, this privately funded corporation has now tripled in size,<br />

with more than 350 employees across the U.S. and Europe<br />

(120 of those at Purch headquarters in Ogden, Utah), and has<br />

increased its revenue to over $100 million.<br />

Fun facts that tell Purch’s story:<br />

• Number one Tech Publisher in the U.S. (comScore.com)<br />

• 100MM monthly unique visitors<br />

• $1 billion plus in commerce transactions driven annually<br />

• 1,200 plus product categories<br />

• Twenty plus brand destinations<br />

• 20 million plus active community members<br />

• 35 million plus Mobile App users<br />

• 8 million social media fans<br />

Additional information is available on the Internet at<br />

www.purch.com.<br />

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For well over six decades the Johnson family has been<br />

in the business of providing excellent accounting, tax<br />

and business planning services. This expert team is<br />

committed to guiding each client in important choices<br />

such as the selection of the best entity type to serve<br />

their individual needs, helping to minimize tax<br />

liability, and ensuring accurate accounting records to<br />

enable successful business decisions every day. Beyond<br />

today, Johnson & Company enables clients to plan<br />

for a bright tomorrow, helping clients establish the<br />

very best retirement and succession plans for<br />

their future.<br />

The company’s president, Stephen L. Johnson, attended<br />

the University of Utah and graduated from the University<br />

of Minnesota in 1974. After working in public accounting<br />

for five years in the Minneapolis area, Stephen returned<br />

home to Ogden, Utah to join his father, William E Johnson,<br />

in business.<br />

William graduated from Northwestern University in<br />

1949 and started his career working with the Internal<br />

Revenue Service in Ogden. After two years, he chose<br />

to leave the IRS to pursue public accounting service<br />

and a career of keeping people out of tax troubles. His<br />

practice quickly gained the respect of clients and<br />

peers, a strong reputation that continues today. William<br />

is a past president of the Utah Association of Certified<br />

Public Accountants.<br />

Stephen has many choice memories and learned<br />

much from working with his father for seven years until<br />

William retired in 1986. Their shared values and<br />

priceless time working together provided a foundation<br />

that Stephen has drawn upon to grow what is now<br />

Johnson & Company, LLC.<br />

The company’s greatest assets are its employees—<br />

who are treated like family members. In turn, Johnson’s<br />

employees value the individual client as the most<br />

important relationship and relentlessly strive to put<br />

the needs of each client as priority number one.<br />

Thus, Johnson & Company has recognized steady<br />

growth through client referrals. Clients often comment<br />

on the happy and comfortable atmosphere they<br />

enjoy in the Johnson & Company office.<br />

In more than a half<br />

century, a lot has<br />

changed. Experiencing<br />

the advancement of<br />

technology has been<br />

incredible. To name a<br />

few: the development<br />

of the computer from<br />

originally being too big<br />

to fit in a room to a<br />

laptop; the evolution<br />

of Internet; progression<br />

of hand-powered<br />

adding machines to<br />

electronic calculators,<br />

which are now rarely<br />

found on most desks; transformation of hand-prepared<br />

tax returns to computer prepared returns (permitting ease<br />

and ability to make changes); and the ever-developing<br />

computer programs available. While Johnson & Company<br />

is unafraid of change and is determined to be on the<br />

cutting edge of technology, one thing that will never<br />

change is Johnson & Company’s unwavering commitment<br />

to each and every client—good old fashioned service will<br />

never go out of style!<br />

Johnson & Company is located at 920 Chambers Street,<br />

Suite 20, South Ogden, Utah, 84403 and on the Internet at<br />

www.jcocpa.com.<br />

JOHNSON &COMPANY, LLC<br />

CERTIFIED PUBLIC<br />

ACCOUNTANTS<br />

❖<br />

Stephen L. Johnson.<br />

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THE HILTON GARDEN INN<br />

OGDEN<br />

In June 2012, Ogden announced that the award-winning<br />

Hilton Hotels would open a 120-room Hilton Garden Inn<br />

as an anchor to The Junction. This changed the face of<br />

Downtown Ogden, offering a unique opportunity for upscale,<br />

yet affordable lodging. At the time of its inception, Ogden<br />

had not had a new hotel in quite some time. Surrounded by<br />

Hill Air Force Base, several large corporations, ski resorts,<br />

and an ever-growing recreation market, there was an<br />

increasing demand for a hotel that could provide<br />

these guests with upscale accommodations. Hilton<br />

Garden Inn Ogden offers modern amenities needed<br />

for a successful and comfortable experience for both<br />

business and leisure guests. Downtown Ogden was<br />

seeking to redevelop and build vitality—the Hilton<br />

Garden Inn was happy to play a major part in the<br />

plan to bring vibrancy to the heart of Ogden.<br />

With a mission statement dedicated to giving<br />

personalized customer service that is inviting, caring<br />

and hospitable, Hilton Garden Inn set out to not<br />

only meet, but exceed expectations. Managed and<br />

operated by Western States Lodging, LLC, the<br />

Hilton Garden Inn at The Junction has maintained the<br />

mission with their ‘satisfaction promise.’ The satisfaction<br />

promise affirms that Hilton Garden Inn will to do whatever<br />

it takes to ensure every guest is satisfied, or they do not pay.<br />

The brand slogan is, ‘You can count on us. Guaranteed’.<br />

Their consistent commitment to excellence is proven by<br />

the many awards Hilton Garden Inn has won locally and<br />

by the constant praise and high rankings from guests and<br />

valued business partners alike.<br />

Each room at the Hilton Garden Inn provides an array<br />

of amenities to promote convenience and comfort; ensuring<br />

that visiting guests sleep deep, stay fit, eat well, work smart,<br />

and treat themselves during their time in Ogden. Rooms<br />

are equipped with Serta Perfect Sleeper beds, Keurig Coffee<br />

Machine, mini refrigerator and microwave. Guests also<br />

have access to a 24-hour business center, 24-hour fitness<br />

room, swimming pool, whirlpool, meeting rooms, and<br />

ballroom facility.<br />

Before guests head out for a day of adventure at one of<br />

the many nearby entertainment venues, they can enjoy a full<br />

cooked-to-order breakfast featuring omelets, fruit, breads<br />

and the hotel’s signature waffle in the Garden Grille & Bar ®<br />

Restaurant. A 24-hour snack pantry is always available for<br />

guests with a demanding schedule. The highly-rated Garden<br />

Grille serves dinner, as well as evening room service, to cater<br />

to the preference of each guest.<br />

The Hilton Garden Inn is conveniently located near<br />

several attractions including Treehouse Children’s Museum,<br />

Union Station, Salomon Center (iFly, iRock, Flowrider,<br />

Fat Cats Fun Center), Ogden Eccles Conference Center and<br />

Peery’s Egyptian Theatre, Eccles Dinosaur Park, Hill Air<br />

Force Base/Museum, Snowbasin Ski Resort, and Lagoon<br />

Amusement Park.<br />

For more information, contact Hilton Garden Inn at<br />

801-399-2000 or visit their website www.Ogdenut.hgi.com.<br />

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Visit Ogden, formally designated as the Ogden-<strong>Weber</strong><br />

Convention and Visitors Bureau, is a local nonprofit organization<br />

tasked with promoting both business and leisure<br />

travel and tourism in <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong>. This lean crew focuses<br />

its efforts on generating large group sales of conferences,<br />

meetings and events for the Eccles Conference Center and<br />

other venues throughout the county (along with the corresponding<br />

lodging stays for such events), and marketing<br />

the various amenities and attractions <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> has to<br />

offer out-of-area visitors.<br />

Visit Ogden has been instrumental in leading the rebranding<br />

of the Ogden area as a destination for outdoor recreation enthusiasts.<br />

Some of the higher profile events that Visit Ogden has<br />

brought to <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> include the Winter Dew Tour,<br />

Archery World Cup events, the XTERRA Pan-American<br />

Championships, several USA Cycling National Championships,<br />

and Spartan Racing. Such events have placed the Ogden area on<br />

the map to global audiences via massive television exposure and<br />

resulted in annual increases in visitation.<br />

The resulting tourism economy has grown out of such<br />

efforts has created over 9,000 tourism-related jobs in the<br />

county and accounts for nearly $250 million in annual direct<br />

travel spending as well as nearly $7.5 million in local tax<br />

receipts from out-of-area visitors.<br />

Visit Ogden continues to lead the effort to improve this<br />

unique destination by creating new events such as the annual<br />

Wasatch Yeti Bash and Sweaty Yeti Fat Bike Race and building<br />

new tourism-related products such as a single-priced lift pass<br />

incorporating all three of the area’s ski resorts. This group’s<br />

social media and community outreach efforts have earned<br />

them recognition as the authoritative source of information<br />

for all things “Ogden” and visitors and locals alike look to<br />

Visit Ogden for the most up-to-date insight on local restaurants,<br />

events, people, live music and more.<br />

In addition to their progressive tactics in the digital world,<br />

Visit Ogden has not abandoned a traditional “boots-on-theground”<br />

approach to visitor services. They operate the area’s<br />

only visitor information center and supply the community<br />

and its visitors with relevant maps, brochures and other printed<br />

information from their office at 2438 Washington<br />

Boulevard, directly across the street from Peery’s<br />

Egyptian Theater and the Eccles Conference Center.<br />

More importantly, Visit Ogden also provides meaningful<br />

meeting and convention services to visiting<br />

groups ranging from independent ski clubs to international<br />

expositions. The organization’s board members<br />

and employees actively participate in a multitude of<br />

community organizations in support of arts, recreation,<br />

education, government, military affairs, and<br />

independent business.<br />

Look to www.visitogden.com for the latest information<br />

in and around our community.<br />

VISIT OGDEN<br />

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STEVENSON<br />

SMITH HOOD, P.C.<br />

Established in 1997, Stevenson Smith Hood, P.C. located<br />

in Ogden, Utah, has been providing honest, affordable, and<br />

dependable legal representation to families and businesses in<br />

Salt Lake, Davis, <strong>Weber</strong>, Box Elder, Cache, and Morgan counties<br />

for decades. The professional team includes: Attorney-<br />

Partners Brad Smith, David Stevenson, and Sam Hood, with<br />

Attorney-Associate Elizabeth Knudson. Offering forty years<br />

of combined experience and the strong determination to win,<br />

Stevenson Smith Hood attorneys are powerful advocates and<br />

ready to guide each client to find the best resolution.<br />

When it comes to the law, things are rarely, if ever, simple.<br />

Legal issues are often intricately intertwined with one problem<br />

resulting in another. This can all be overwhelming for<br />

good people who simply want to be treated fairly. Stevenson<br />

Smith Hood attorneys are dedicated and prepared to help<br />

every client navigate a challenging situation; each attorney is<br />

committed to expertly analyze every client’s full situation.<br />

Specialized expertise allows counsel to competently consider<br />

how legal issues may affect other aspects of their client’s<br />

lives, such as business and family. By taking an integrated<br />

approach, attorneys can determine the best course of action<br />

• Banking Law<br />

• Bankruptcy<br />

• Business Law<br />

• Civil Litigation<br />

• Collections<br />

• Commercial Law<br />

• Construction Law<br />

• Criminal Defense Law<br />

• Divorce and Family Law<br />

• Employment Law<br />

• Environmental Law<br />

PRACTICE AREAS<br />

• Estate Planning<br />

• Family Law<br />

• Immigration Law<br />

• Personal Injury<br />

• Probate<br />

• Real Estate Law<br />

• Social Security Disability<br />

• Trusts and Estates<br />

• Wills<br />

• Wrongful Termination<br />

to strategize complete solutions, which avoids triggering<br />

potentially damaging circumstances.<br />

The Stevenson Smith Hood’s reputation and thorough<br />

preparation provide clients an edge during negotiations.<br />

This team of attorneys approaches every case as though<br />

planning to take the matter to trial. Confident trial demeanor<br />

and solid litigation skills make the attorneys formidable<br />

opponents in the courtroom. Because opposing counsel<br />

knows this skilled team is always ready for trial, Stevenson<br />

Smith Hood can direct mediation toward the most advantageous<br />

settlement if mediation serves the client’s best interest.<br />

Stevenson Smith Hood has been named to Top Ten Divorce<br />

Lawyers and Family Law Attorneys in Ogden, Utah, a designation<br />

given by the Prime Buyer’s Report ® of law practices verified<br />

as safe to hire. Family law attorneys earning the Prime<br />

Buyer’s Report TOP 10 symbol of approval are those divorce<br />

and family law attorneys proven by independent research to<br />

have passed rigorous TOP 10 requirements for ability and value,<br />

with substantiated high client satisfaction for family law cases;<br />

including division of property, child support, child custody and<br />

visitation, alimony, divorce mediation services and more. The<br />

Stevenson Smith Hood reputation allows clients to feel confident<br />

that their own best interest will always be represented.<br />

Please visit www.sshlawyers.com for more information.<br />

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From the moment Karen Shepherd stepped into <strong>Weber</strong><br />

<strong>County</strong> in 1997, bringing her daughters and her promotional<br />

business from the Seattle area, she stepped up by getting<br />

involved with the Ogden/<strong>Weber</strong> Chamber of Commerce.<br />

The chamber gave her an opportunity to get involved in the<br />

community by serving on the chamber board, (2000-2003),<br />

Chairman of the 2002 Annual Chamber Golf Tournament,<br />

and as a Spiker Ambassador for the chamber. Through her<br />

service and involvement in the community, it opened many<br />

doors for doing business in her new “home town.” SMART<br />

PROmotions, Inc. was one of five finalists for “Small Business<br />

of the Year” in 2000 and “Volunteer of the Year” in 2002 for<br />

the Ogden/<strong>Weber</strong> Chamber Annual Dinner Awards.<br />

The “1999 ASI Small Business Showroom of the Year”<br />

was awarded to SMART PROmotions at the International<br />

ASI Show in Las Vegas. Karen’s home showroom/office,<br />

“The 19th Hole,” is designed around vintage golf. Carpet is<br />

a contoured green and sand motif. Vintage hand-painted golf<br />

furniture feature putting arches at the base of the furniture.<br />

Curtain rods are made from old wood drivers supported by<br />

golf-tee pens with golf balls. The list goes on!<br />

It was a great privilege to provide embroidered vests,<br />

turtle neck shirts, and parkas for the volunteers at<br />

Snow Basin for the 2002 Winter Olympics, along with<br />

embroidered beanies for the Olympic Parade in<br />

Ogden. For a number of years, SMART PROmotions<br />

supplied medals, plaques, and cowbells for the Ogden<br />

Marathon. A very fun project was supplying the<br />

custom woven afghans commemorating the seventy-fifth<br />

anniversary of Pioneer Days featuring the famous<br />

“Whoopie Girl.”<br />

SMART PROmotions has supplied<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> State University with things from<br />

imprinted megaphones to compressed t-<br />

shirts in the shape of a book and “everything<br />

in between.” In fair weather, Karen<br />

was often seen on campus in her<br />

purple 1975 Harley Davidson golf cart<br />

for Friday “Purple Day.” “We are the<br />

Champions” by Queen boomed from her<br />

Harley golf cart sound system on Fridays<br />

and at Homecoming tailgate festivities.<br />

With her home-based business and<br />

as a single parent, Karen has had the<br />

challenge of juggling business and<br />

family “flying solo.” At a very young<br />

age, her daughters learned much<br />

about late hours, early mornings, and<br />

helping in home industry. Britt and<br />

Alyson know how to work!<br />

Special thanks to the Ogden/<strong>Weber</strong> Chamber, the<br />

Spikers, and so many wonderful people in <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong><br />

who embraced Karen and her business by opening their<br />

hearts, minds, and their doors to “the new kid on the block”<br />

back in 1997. It has been a great ride!<br />

“Our Business is Supporting Our Community!”<br />

SMART PROMOTIONS, INC.<br />

❖<br />

Karen Shepherd next to her purple 1975 Harley Davidson golf cart.<br />

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❖<br />

OGDEN-WEBER<br />

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE<br />

Above: The Chamber of Commerce in Peery’s Block at Twenty-Third and<br />

Washington Boulevard.<br />

Below: Chamber members gather for the 100th Annual Dinner Gala in<br />

February 2017.<br />

Ogden’s proximity to<br />

and history with the<br />

railroad earned it two<br />

nicknames toward the<br />

end of the nineteenth<br />

century: “Junction City”<br />

and “Gateway to the<br />

West.” It also marked the<br />

beginning of significant<br />

commerce activity and<br />

stimulated the creation<br />

of business development<br />

activities. The Ogden Chamber of Commerce was organized<br />

in April 1887 for the purpose of advancing the general<br />

prosperity of the city of Ogden and was the second such<br />

organization created in Utah at the time.<br />

The chamber temporarily closed after the depression hit<br />

the United States in the 1890s. Two civic organizations, the<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> Club, and the Ogden Publicity Bureau, continued<br />

many of the activities and functions the chamber had<br />

conducted. The two organizations remained close in ties<br />

and proximity, but the Ogden Publicity Bureau formally<br />

re-instated the Ogden Chamber of Commerce name on<br />

January 26, 1920.<br />

Over the years, the chamber and its community partners<br />

have been leaders of change. When rumors<br />

started in 1935 that the federal government<br />

was looking to establish a new Army Air<br />

Corp in the Mountain West, chamber leaders<br />

sprung to action. On January 26, 1938,<br />

the chamber boldly purchased and provided<br />

136 acres of land to the government,<br />

a strategic move to show how seriously<br />

the community wanted the installation.<br />

Following one-and-a-half years of political<br />

jockeying, the chamber was notified their proposed site<br />

was selected. Ground was broken January 4, 1940, for the<br />

development of Hill Air Force Base, probably one of<br />

Utah’s biggest economic development successes and a key<br />

installation in the United States’ defense.<br />

In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Utah Governor<br />

J. Bracken Lee argued that Utah should limit proposed<br />

funding for both public and higher education. He suggested<br />

the return of <strong>Weber</strong>, Snow and Dixie Colleges to The<br />

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Chamber leaders<br />

adopted the “Save <strong>Weber</strong>” Campaign and even helped obtain<br />

options on a former dairy farm east of Harrison Boulevard<br />

(present site of <strong>Weber</strong> State University.) Citizens across the<br />

state, led by those in <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong>, pushed the college<br />

issue on the ballot, and the governor’s plan was defeated in<br />

the November 1954 election.<br />

In 1999 the organization became known as the<br />

Ogden-<strong>Weber</strong> Chamber of Commerce. Today, the chamber,<br />

one of the largest in Utah, cultivates business prosperity in<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong>. The chamber offers activities, committees<br />

and events that open the door of opportunity and enable<br />

businesses of all sizes to interact and discuss strategies,<br />

problems and successes.<br />

Visit Ogden-<strong>Weber</strong> Chamber of Commerce’s website at<br />

www.ogdenweberchamber.com for current events.<br />

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Ron Kusina is an award winning photographer who has<br />

been producing images of nature for more than fifty years.<br />

Ron’s older brother was a photo hobbyist, and introduced<br />

him to the art form while he was a teenager. He purchased<br />

his first camera during his service as a U.S. Marine in<br />

Southeast Asia, and would later learn from others how to<br />

develop his film and work in the darkroom making prints.<br />

Raised a city boy in the suburbs of Toledo, Ohio, he later<br />

chose to live in rural Northern California. It was here he<br />

developed a keen appreciation for the outdoors. He recalls<br />

an experience of visiting with a friend in the timber industry<br />

when he noticed a framed photo of an outdoor scene on the<br />

wall, a black and white print of the High Sierra that caught<br />

his eye. In the corner of the image was a small handwritten<br />

signature that read “Ansel Adams.” His passion for nature<br />

photography was born in that moment.<br />

Ron is a self-taught photographer, learning from the<br />

books and works of Adams, Eliot Porter, Galen Rowell and<br />

others. He continually practiced his craft while working<br />

his “day job” as an economic development professional,<br />

a career that spanned thirty-five years. All the while,<br />

he would spend his free time with family, often visiting<br />

national parks throughout the west, making photographs.<br />

He built a darkroom in the basement of his home, and<br />

spent long hours there learning all he could about custom<br />

printmaking; experimenting with adjustments to his<br />

chemical formulas, altering their temperatures, dodging<br />

and burning under the light of his enlarger, and trying<br />

other techniques. In 1985 he was introduced to the use<br />

of computers, and found that he enjoyed working with<br />

them. Within a few years, he purchased one for home use<br />

and continued to sharpen his skills, not yet realizing that<br />

one day the computer and his photography would merge.<br />

With the advent of digital photography, Ron made the<br />

decision to try this new medium, so he bought his first<br />

digital camera. He recalls going<br />

out in the evening to make a few<br />

images of scenic landscapes<br />

around his home in North<br />

Ogden. Upon his return, he previewed<br />

the images with his computer,<br />

and he knew right then<br />

and there, he would never use<br />

film again.<br />

A few years later, he decided<br />

to launch his first photography<br />

business, and created the online gallery GreatWest Images,<br />

offering his fine art nature photos for sale. An<br />

accomplished user of photoshop and other digital imaging<br />

tools, Ron is also a skilled printmaker, continuing to<br />

produce exhibition quality prints in his “digital darkroom.”<br />

Ron manages his website at www.greatwestimages.com.<br />

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Above: Ron Kusina.<br />

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Welcome to Christmas Village.<br />

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Quality of Life<br />

Healthcare providers, school districts, universities<br />

and other institutions that contribute to the<br />

quality of life in <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong><br />

<strong>Weber</strong> State University............................................................................................196<br />

Fresenius Medical Care North America ......................................................................200<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> Human Services ............................................................................................202<br />

Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital ...........................................................................204<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> School District..............................................................................................206<br />

Circle of Life Women’s Center...................................................................................208<br />

Ogden-<strong>Weber</strong> Technical College.................................................................................210<br />

Venture Academy....................................................................................................212<br />

Ogden Pioneer Days................................................................................................214<br />

The Alpine Companies<br />

Alpine Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, PC and Alpine Surgical Center, LLC.............216<br />

Pobanz Orthodontics ...............................................................................................217<br />

TimeLess Medical Spa & Weight Loss Clinic................................................................218<br />

GreenWood Charter School.......................................................................................219<br />

Stevens-Henager College..........................................................................................220<br />

Ogden ..................................................................................................................221<br />

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WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY<br />

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The <strong>Weber</strong> State University Campus at night.<br />

For more than 125 years, <strong>Weber</strong> State University has been<br />

helping students achieve their dreams.<br />

In 1889 the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints<br />

(LDS) converted an Ogden meetinghouse into an academy<br />

open to male and female students of all nationalities and<br />

religious denominations. For $125 a month, German-born<br />

educator Louis F. Moench was hired as principal. Moench<br />

believed education was important for everyone—young<br />

students and adults—even inviting community members to<br />

attend classes for an hour each day to improve a skill or<br />

learn a new subject.<br />

Soon, the meetinghouse could no longer accommodate<br />

the growing number of students, so the academy’s founders<br />

mortgaged their homes to guarantee construction of a<br />

new campus, demonstrating a civic pride in <strong>Weber</strong> that has<br />

persevered for more than a century.<br />

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By 1923, <strong>Weber</strong> College was housed in a much larger<br />

building in downtown Ogden and had adopted a decidedly<br />

“college attitude,” dropping its high school courses. Ten<br />

years later, on July 1, 1933, the LDS Church transferred<br />

ownership of <strong>Weber</strong> College to the state of Utah. That<br />

same year, during the midst of the Great Depression,<br />

state salaries were slashed. Twenty-five Utah banks failed.<br />

With 170,000 Utahans out of work, many families simply<br />

could not afford to send their children to college. In lieu<br />

of tuition, <strong>Weber</strong> accepted in-kind donations of meat<br />

and produce.<br />

As a budget-cutting measure in 1953, the state<br />

legislature voted to stop funding Utah’s junior colleges.<br />

Campus and community banded together to launch a<br />

“Save <strong>Weber</strong>” campaign and overthrow the measure through<br />

a public referendum.<br />

Shared adversity forged a lasting bond between <strong>Weber</strong><br />

and its community.<br />

Demonstrated public support for <strong>Weber</strong> College,<br />

coupled with student enrollment growth, led to the<br />

school moving to the Harrison Boulevard campus in 1954.<br />

The move set the stage for the school to become a fouryear<br />

state college in the early 1960s. In 1991, <strong>Weber</strong><br />

College became a university.<br />

With each new milestone, <strong>Weber</strong> State University<br />

balanced growth with a renewed commitment to its core<br />

principles, and an unwavering focus on personalized<br />

teaching. These hallmarks continue to influence the<br />

university’s culture.<br />

Today, <strong>Weber</strong> State University’s large nontraditional<br />

student population, multiple campuses, flexible schedules,<br />

and extensive list of online courses testify to an enduring<br />

dedication to Professor Moench’s ideals of open access,<br />

continuing education, lifelong learning and engaging the<br />

greater community.<br />

The university offers more than 225 degree programs—<br />

the most comprehensive undergraduate program selection<br />

in Utah. Thirteen master’s degree programs provide<br />

additional training to support the demand of local business<br />

and industry. Now enrolling more than 25,000 students,<br />

WSU has consistently grown and evolved in its role<br />

of serving the educational needs of its community<br />

and beyond.<br />

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Abundant classrooms and laboratories, computing<br />

centers, outstanding performing and visual arts facilities, a<br />

spacious library, a renovated health and fitness complex,<br />

and the newly constructed Tracy Hall Science Center,<br />

occupy some of the sixty buildings on the 526-acre<br />

mountainside Ogden campus. The university has expanded<br />

to meet community needs with WSU Davis, a modern,<br />

growing, high-tech campus in Layton that serves Hill Air<br />

Force Base, the state’s largest employer. WSU also offers<br />

courses at schools, health facilities, off-campus centers<br />

and work sites throughout the state. Independent study,<br />

evening courses, and an early college program for high<br />

school students provide additional learning opportunities.<br />

WSU is a leader in Internet instruction, with more than<br />

250 courses available through WSU Online.<br />

As an open-admission institution, WSU continues to<br />

adhere to Professor Moench’s commitment to educate all.<br />

The groundbreaking Dream <strong>Weber</strong> program, established in<br />

2010, makes a college education affordable for any qualified<br />

Utah student with a household income of $40,000 or less.<br />

WSU promotes student participation on projects in<br />

the community that benefit local business and industry.<br />

The Center for Community Engaged Learning has attracted<br />

national recognition, connecting students and faculty<br />

on campus with nonprofits and community organizations.<br />

The center fosters volunteer opportunities and provides<br />

university resources to address civic needs. WSU’s<br />

Community Education Center provides yet another way to<br />

serve our local population.<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> State University is large and complex enough<br />

to offer stimulating educational challenges but small<br />

enough to care about individuals. Quality undergraduate<br />

education is founded upon close associations between<br />

faculty and students; 4 out of 5 WSU courses have fewer<br />

than 30 students.<br />

Prominent <strong>Weber</strong> alumni include J. Willard Marriott,<br />

Olene S. Walker and Damian Lillard.<br />

What began with a dream to enhance education in<br />

northern Utah continues to thrive and advance Professor<br />

Moench’s vision—an enduring vision that has guided<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> State University for 125 years and helped hundreds<br />

of thousands of students achieve their dreams.<br />

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FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE<br />

NORTH AMERICA<br />

Tracing its roots back to fifteenth century Frankfurt,<br />

Germany, Fresenius Medical is globally renowned for its<br />

unequaled standard of service, patient care, and production of<br />

medical supplies for dialysis patients. The Fresenius of today<br />

was formed in 1996 from a merger of Fresenius Worldwide<br />

Dialysis and American company National Medical Care.<br />

Fresenius Medical Care is proud of its reputation as an<br />

industry leader with an unwavering dedication to its patients.<br />

Fresenius’ team of caring professionals has touched the lives<br />

of over a million patients and their families, combining<br />

innovative care with profound personal connections.<br />

Fresenius is the largest provider of renal care products and<br />

services in the nation; including state-of-the-art dialysis<br />

machines, dialyzers and pharmaceuticals, and is the home to<br />

the country's largest renal specialty laboratories. Every day,<br />

Fresenius’ skilled and compassionate professionals collaborate,<br />

challenge one another, and ultimately make groundbreaking<br />

discoveries that change patients' lives for the better. Fresenius<br />

dialysis care services include hemodialysis, home dialysis and<br />

transplant support services, and in-center services to provide<br />

patients with unsurpassed personalized care. The Ogden<br />

Fresenius site is the largest Fresenius manufacturing site in<br />

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North America and second largest in the world, producing in<br />

excess of 53 million dialyzers (hemodialysis) and 19 million<br />

PD sets (Peritoneal Dialysis) each year to supply hospitals,<br />

clinics, and homes with lifesaving care for patients with<br />

chronic or acute renal failure.<br />

The Ogden campus houses a R&D facility and satellite<br />

corporate offices with over a million square feet of<br />

manufacturing and warehouse operations with employment<br />

opportunities in production, engineering, life sciences,<br />

logistics, human resources, etc.<br />

Fresenius knows its highly-regarded reputation is not only<br />

a result of excellent products and services, but also excellent<br />

people behind those products and services. The company<br />

understands true success depends on having the best and<br />

brightest employees, and is committed to not only hiring, but<br />

helping those employees attain their personal and professional<br />

goals while delivering excellence in patient care and business<br />

results. The Fresenius team is made up of 1,850 local Ogden,<br />

Utah, employees; who join over 60,000 U. S. employees and<br />

more than 90,600 employees worldwide.<br />

Through Fresenius Medical Care North America’s industryleading<br />

network of more than 2,200 dialysis facilities, outpatient<br />

cardiac and vascular labs, and urgent care centers, as well as the<br />

country’s largest practice of hospitalist and post-acute providers,<br />

this innovative team provides coordinated healthcare services at<br />

pivotal care points for hundreds of thousands of chronically ill<br />

customers throughout the continent. As the world’s only<br />

vertically integrated renal company, Fresenius also offers specialty<br />

pharmacy and laboratory services, as well as manufacturing and<br />

distributing the most comprehensive line of dialysis equipment,<br />

disposable products and renal pharmaceuticals. This integrated<br />

approach improves patients' health outcomes and reduces the<br />

total cost of care.<br />

Around the world, Fresenius cares for more than 290,000<br />

renal patients in a global network of over 3,400 dialysis<br />

clinics, and operates more than forty production sites on all<br />

continents by providing critical dialysis products such as<br />

dialysis machines, dialyzers and related disposables.<br />

There is no doubt Fresenius’ numbers are impressive;<br />

however, this team’s true strength comes not from its numbers<br />

but from its unprecedented focus on the singular goal:<br />

delivering the highest-quality care to help individuals with<br />

renal disease live the most fulfilling, rewarding lives possible.<br />

Additional information may be obtained by visiting<br />

www.fmcna.com on the Internet.<br />

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WEBER HUMAN SERVICES<br />

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Right: The <strong>Weber</strong> Human Services building located at 237 Twenty-Sixth<br />

Street in Ogden.<br />

Below: The <strong>Weber</strong> Human Services’ motto, “Partnering to promote healthier,<br />

safe, and more caring communities.”<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> Human Services’ (WHS) motto reveals its<br />

commitment to “Partnering to promote healthier, safe, and<br />

more caring communities.” As an ongoing effort toward<br />

continuous improvement, administration purposely sought<br />

to define exactly why is it that WHS exists in the community.<br />

After lengthy discussion of its role, mission and community<br />

needs, it was determined that WHS “exists to help clients and<br />

employees have the opportunity to feel awesome!” It is that<br />

earnest aspiration which motivates action necessary to back<br />

up the WHS mission statement in which employees pledge<br />

to “provide high quality, accessible, cost effective human<br />

services to the residents of <strong>Weber</strong> and Morgan Counties.”<br />

Founded in 1970 as <strong>Weber</strong> Mental Health Center (WMHC),<br />

the agency has been passionately delivering community mental<br />

health services to its neighbors for almost fifty years. From the<br />

beginning, WMHC was recognized as a leader in mental<br />

health innovation. Visitors from across the United States, as<br />

well as from Norway, India, and Israel came to WMHC for<br />

inspiration in their own efforts. Over the years, both the<br />

services and service areas have been expanded to include<br />

Substance Abuse Prevention and Aging Services. In 1994 a<br />

cooperative agreement was formed between <strong>Weber</strong> and<br />

Morgan Counties in order to provide superior comprehensive<br />

care to the residents of both counties. To this day, WHS<br />

remains the only organization in the State of Utah providing<br />

Mental Health and Substance Abuse treatment and services<br />

for the aging population, under a single administration.<br />

WHS has been recognized by the National Institute of<br />

Mental Health, the National Association of Counties, and<br />

others as a highly reputable agency with exceptional<br />

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outcomes. Because of this well established reputation and<br />

good leadership, the current administration has been able to<br />

focus on more than just day-to-day operations. The heartfelt<br />

goal of this team is to provide the best possible treatment<br />

and work environments for both clientele and employees. In<br />

support of this aim, the WHS team developed three core<br />

values. These values translate into an unparalleled place for<br />

clients to find healing and hope. If you ask employees about<br />

these values, there is a shared perspective of what each value<br />

means to them in the workplace:<br />

• Putty—Putty can be flexed, bent, pulled, and stretched to<br />

fill in gaps. This “putty” concept inspires and empowers<br />

WHS representatives to go beyond duties as they help<br />

clients and coworkers succeed.<br />

• Quality of Life—WHS sees employees as its greatest<br />

asset and recognizes that work and home environments<br />

have an effect on how each employee performs.<br />

Reciprocal respect is critical to quality of life for clients<br />

and employees.<br />

• Passion—Team members are encouraged to focus on the<br />

issue directly in front of them and to finish each task with<br />

the best result they can manage–one person, one issue at<br />

a time. Such personalized attention and care promotes<br />

confidence for both those giving and those receiving it;<br />

creating a sense of accomplishment and dividends far<br />

over and above a paycheck.<br />

Beyond exceptional employee engagement, WHS staff<br />

has established a service philosophy of using practices<br />

that have been proven to effectively treat those they serve.<br />

Not only doing what needs to be done, but doing it right,<br />

motivates WHS to strongly adhere to Evidenced Based<br />

Practices (EBPs). The EBP approach is the integration of<br />

clinical expertise, patient values, and the best research<br />

evidence into the decision making process for patient care.<br />

WHS strategically utilizes more than twenty-five EBPs<br />

throughout the agency; each delivered with the strictest<br />

integrity. Many organizations claim to have EBPs within their<br />

organization, but WHS employees actually implement and<br />

test their EBPs with stringent fidelity measures. This additional<br />

effort is where such measures truly pay off. Because of<br />

this approach, WHS clients experience a higher percentage<br />

of actual recovery than in any other Community Mental<br />

Health Center in the State of Utah. This accomplishment is<br />

directly attributed to a robust supervision program which<br />

monitors the clinicians to assure models are run to exact<br />

design standards, ensuring the best possible outcomes.<br />

WHS is more than a public agency, more than the dozens<br />

of programs it offers, it is over 420 caring team members,<br />

devoted to helping neighbors by supporting and empowering<br />

our most vulnerable groups including at-risk youth, the<br />

elderly, children, youth and adults suffering from mental<br />

illnesses, abuse, and those recovering from addictions.<br />

The WHS Foundation is a separate organization aside<br />

of WHS. It was organized to provide crucial resources to<br />

the community where other revenue sources have run<br />

short. It has been established as a way for everyone within<br />

the community to be part of changing and improving life<br />

for those who cannot help themselves. WHS invites<br />

you to become involved. Donations raised through WHS<br />

Foundation truly make a difference. The WHS Foundation<br />

supports: Northern Utah Autism, Sub for Santa, Tranquility<br />

Home (a safe place for recovering mothers and their children),<br />

dental assistance, substance abuse prevention and treatment,<br />

mental health treatment (for people in the gaps), aid for<br />

domestic violence victims, music and memory therapy, senior<br />

companions, and other vital efforts.<br />

Additional information is available on the WHS website at<br />

http://www.weberhs.org/home/, the WHS Foundation video<br />

at https://youtu.be/awWtTuPma1U and the WHS Employee<br />

Clarity video at https://youtube/SXtDHZBtKWY.<br />

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Above: <strong>Weber</strong> Human Services staff preparing meals for delivery to the<br />

elderly within the community.<br />

Below: <strong>Weber</strong> Human Services operates a variety of vehicles, including cars,<br />

mini-vans and cargo vans to transport clientele and deliver meals.<br />

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INTERMOUNTAIN<br />

MCKAY-DEE HOSPITAL<br />

Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital was founded over 100<br />

years ago and continues to serve the community with the<br />

mission of “helping people live the healthiest lives possible.”<br />

Since its inception, the hospital has been committed to<br />

providing high quality healthcare at an affordable cost.<br />

Thanks to this vision, countless numbers of people have<br />

received access to affordable, world-class healthcare without<br />

having to leave the community.<br />

The hospital was a dream of Annie Taylor Dee,<br />

who founded it in 1910 to serve residents of Ogden and<br />

surrounding communities in Northern Utah. A few years<br />

later, during a time of financial difficulty, David O. McKay<br />

and the LDS Church provided financial support and eventual<br />

ownership. McKay-Dee Hospital later became a part of<br />

Intermountain Healthcare’s nationally recognized system<br />

of not-for-profit hospitals.<br />

McKay-Dee has served many purposes beyond patient care<br />

and healing. From training nursing students in the early years,<br />

to providing preventative healthcare services to the public, the<br />

hospital is a cornerstone in the community. It serves as a<br />

resource for promoting healthy lifestyles and education to<br />

people physically, mentally, and emotionally. McKay-Dee has<br />

continuously adapted to the needs of patients and staff and is<br />

committed to providing high-quality healthcare.<br />

The hospital has been in its current location since 2002.<br />

The building features open-air levels, breathtaking views of<br />

the Wasatch Mountains, and patient rooms large enough to<br />

comfortably accommodate family and friends. The previous<br />

building, located across the street from <strong>Weber</strong> State<br />

University was a landmark in Ogden for three decades. In its<br />

location is the new North Campus McKay-Dee Surgery<br />

Center and Orthopedics building, which opened in<br />

September 2016. It features an outpatient surgical center<br />

and an orthopedics and sports medicine clinic, along with a<br />

physical therapy center, pool, imaging services, and pharmacy.<br />

As part of Intermountain Healthcare, McKay-Dee is the<br />

third largest hospital in the system. The hospital carries<br />

sixty-three specialties, 321 patient beds, and serves as a<br />

Level II Trauma Center. McKay-Dee employs approximately<br />

3,778 people, and it is a vital part of many people’s lives—as<br />

a workplace, a wellness center, an acute-care facility, a place<br />

of recovery, and as a volunteer opportunity.<br />

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McKay-Dee offers nationally ranked programs to the community,<br />

including the Heart and Vascular Institute and<br />

Newborn ICU. Other programs include the Cancer Center,<br />

McKay-Dee Spine Institute, emergency and trauma services,<br />

and the Stewart Rehab Center. Additional services include neurosurgery,<br />

women and newborn, pediatrics, surgical, a family<br />

practice residency, and complex behavioral health services.<br />

As hospital leaders look to the future, they continue to build<br />

on the traditions of the Dee family. Those traditions—becoming<br />

a model healthcare system and providing healing for life at<br />

an affordable cost—continue to drive a promising future that<br />

benefits not only patients and staff, but the community as a<br />

whole. Learn more: www.mckaydeehospital.org.<br />

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WEBER SCHOOL DISTRICT<br />

Right: The Joseph Wadsworth Home was used as a private school serving<br />

West Hooper before West School was built in 1879.<br />

COURTESY OF ORSON COTTLE.<br />

Below: West <strong>Weber</strong> School, 1903-1928.<br />

EUGENE BINGHAM COLLECTION.<br />

Shortly after arriving in the Salt Lake Valley in October of<br />

1849, Charilla Abbott became <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong>’s first teacher,<br />

instructing children in a small, log cabin at Captain James<br />

Brown’s Fort on the <strong>Weber</strong> River. The founding residents<br />

of <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> had meager resources, but a passionate<br />

dedication to educating children. Initially, most schools were<br />

one-room cabins, and often times, students were simply<br />

taught inside a room in the teacher’s home. One example of<br />

this was Henrietta McBride Belnap, who instructed students<br />

within her small home in West Hooper. The little room that<br />

was used also housed a bed and a cook stove. To accommodate<br />

her students each day, Belnap would remove the bed<br />

and set up wooden planks (held by sawhorses) as seating.<br />

If the walls of these tiny schools could talk, oh, the stories<br />

they could tell! One woman, who long ago attended school<br />

in South Hooper, reminisced that during the early days of<br />

music education, children were taught to play the mouth<br />

organ. The rambunctious boys in her class were intent on<br />

playing their mouth organs to “charm” the snakes coming<br />

out of their dens in the spring. Under the charm of their<br />

music, snakes with hissing tongues would frequently poke<br />

their heads up from under the floor boards. This frightened<br />

the girls into squealing and jumping up on their benches,<br />

which made the boys play even louder!<br />

Over the next forty-nine years, early pioneers built twentythree<br />

independent schools in the <strong>Weber</strong> Valley. In June 1905,<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> School District (WSD) was formally established by<br />

combining the independent schools outside of Ogden city<br />

limits. <strong>Weber</strong> High School was the first high school in the<br />

district, constructed in 1926 at a cost of $300,000. Since<br />

that time, WSD has grown from a single school to forty-three<br />

schools in operation. This increase has been fueled by steep<br />

growth in enrollment, which climbed from a handful of<br />

students in 1849 to 6,235 a century later, and has reached<br />

over 31,100 students in 2016. Certainly, this number will<br />

continue to grow. Rapid growth can be a challenge; however,<br />

WSD continues to focus on meeting the needs of each student.<br />

The district currently employs more than 3,000 teachers<br />

and support professionals. Together, they are determined to<br />

make a difference every day—one student at a time.<br />

WSD holds a lofty vision of “a child-centered school<br />

district where each student is given multiple opportunities<br />

to achieve his/her academic, social, emotional, and physical<br />

potential in a safe, nurturing environment; where caring<br />

employees are committed to excellence based on best practices<br />

in instruction; and where educators, parents and community<br />

members are full partners in the education of children.”<br />

WSD recognizes that students learn in many different<br />

ways. Not only is choice in education a widely popular concept<br />

in our society today, it is essential. WSD offers diverse<br />

choices and a robust array of opportunities for students and<br />

their families to enrich their individual educational experience.<br />

Some of the many options available in WSD include:<br />

• Concurrent Enrollment and Advanced Placement—<br />

Students can earn college credit while in high school.<br />

• Dual Immersion Elementary—Spanish and Chinese dual<br />

immersion experiences are available.<br />

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• Full-Day Kindergarten—This extended day can make all<br />

the difference for children who struggle.<br />

• Special Education Courses—Helping challenged students<br />

to learn and achieve success.<br />

• Gifted/Talented Curriculum and Program for Accelerated<br />

Learners (PAL).<br />

• Athletic Sports—Thousands of secondary school students<br />

are part of teams in football, volleyball, basketball,<br />

baseball, softball, swimming, track and field, soccer,<br />

wrestling, drill team, and cheerleading.<br />

• Clubs and “Club” Sports—including key club, language<br />

clubs, debate, chess, hockey, rodeo, lacrosse, and more.<br />

• Theater—Each WSD Junior High School and High School<br />

invites students to be part of the “drama” by participating<br />

in outstanding theatre productions and plays. Student<br />

education is enriched by the arts as they become a part of<br />

the action.<br />

An oft quoted African proverb quips ‘it takes a village to<br />

raise a child.’ WSD realizes that raising a child for success is<br />

indeed a complex process, requiring many hands, willing<br />

hearts, and sufficient monetary means. WSD believes that<br />

every child can learn and every child deserves an opportunity<br />

to achieve his/her potential. These beliefs motivated the<br />

creation of the <strong>Weber</strong> School Foundation (WSF). WSF seeks<br />

community involvement in a shared aspiration “to provide<br />

funds needed to enhance educational opportunities and<br />

avenues for our students.” The foundation has enacted clear<br />

priorities and objectives to accomplish this purpose:<br />

• Provide direct, worthwhile educational benefits and<br />

enhanced learning opportunities which typically would<br />

not be provided by the district because of limited<br />

available funds or other such constraint.<br />

• Provide benefits and opportunities focused directly on<br />

challenging, assisting and motivating students to reach<br />

out and achieve their full potential.<br />

• Provide recognition of positive and exceptional educational<br />

achievement by students, faculty and staff.<br />

• Provide opportunities to students, parents and community<br />

members to increase their quality of life by expanding<br />

their commitment to education.<br />

Today’s political climate and funding challenges demand<br />

that educators do more and more with less. WSD’s selfless<br />

team is not only meeting, but often exceeding expectations by<br />

shaping the future one child at a time. That’s the <strong>Weber</strong> way!<br />

❖<br />

Left: The Riverdale Rock school house built in 1865.<br />

Right: Buses parked in front of <strong>Weber</strong> High School.<br />

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CIRCLE OF LIFE<br />

WOMEN’S CENTER<br />

Circle of Life Women’s Center in Ogden, Utah was founded<br />

December 3, 1999, with a singular purpose in mind: caring<br />

for the health and well being of women. Circle of Life and<br />

its team of devoted professionals provides unparalleled<br />

full-service women’s healthcare including routine obstetrics,<br />

high-risk obstetrics, gynecological services, infertility counseling<br />

and treatment, and state-of-the-art surgery. Since the<br />

doctors at the center believe a picture is worth a thousand<br />

words; every prenatal visit includes an ultrasound. At<br />

Circle of Life extraordinary care is not uncommon, it is the<br />

motivation for every decision, every patient consultation,<br />

and everyday practice; extraordinary care is what they do.<br />

Circle of Life Women’s Center’s mission statement<br />

exemplifies not only an attitude, but a firm commitment:<br />

“To provide the best outcome in the most compassionate,<br />

friendly, and comfortable surroundings as possible.” It is<br />

their philosophy: “Patients come first.”<br />

The center traces its roots back to late 1989 when<br />

Dr. Jed Naisbitt, M.D., who had been successfully practicing<br />

Obstetrics & Gynecology at what was then known as the<br />

Ogden Women’s Clinic, determined to venture out and<br />

establish a practice of his own. He had a passion and a<br />

desire to eventually develop his new private practice into a<br />

comprehensive women’s center. Dr. Naisbitt was already<br />

known and respected in the community and thus his<br />

practice steadily grew over the next few years. To expand<br />

services, Dr. Naisbitt recruited the first midwife in 1996.<br />

Over time, additional midwives were integrated into this<br />

thriving practice. In order to meet the growing demand for<br />

service, Dr. David Bierer, M.D., who had been practicing at<br />

the Ogden Clinic, joined forces with Dr. Naisbitt in 1999.<br />

The partnership was very natural as these two doctors<br />

worked well together and embraced similar patient care<br />

philosophies. Together, they grew the practice and founded<br />

the Circle of Life Women’s Center in 2000. The conception<br />

of the center’s name was born out of their shared desire to<br />

provide care for women at every stage of life, supporting<br />

women’s health from childbirth to old age.<br />

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A slogan the center uses is ‘Tenderness with Technology’;<br />

created to signify that Circle of Life’s team cares about<br />

its patients, cares about each patient’s outcome, and is<br />

committed to utilizing the most up-to-date technology. This<br />

unconditional dedication has helped the center to flourish.<br />

As providers were added, the center was bursting at the<br />

seams of their office, which was located within the McKay<br />

Dee Professional Building in Ogden, Utah. At one point,<br />

the center had 6 providers, 8 exam rooms, and only<br />

1 patient restroom! This could be a problem for any office,<br />

but was especially challenging for a practice catering to<br />

expectant women. On days when all six providers were<br />

working, the waiting room and hallway seating would be<br />

so full patients would have to wait one level down in the<br />

lobby of the McKay Dee Professional Building. It was not<br />

unusual for the center’s receptionist to be required to call<br />

the volunteer working at the professional building’s front<br />

desk to ask the volunteer to send a waiting patient up to<br />

office when the provider was ready to see them.<br />

Doctors Naisbitt and Bierer knew it was time for a change.<br />

Investing in a different location would allow the center<br />

to operate more efficiently and better serve its patients.<br />

This decision was not without obstacles. The center was one<br />

of the first businesses to build in the area it selected as its<br />

new home. As such, the center incurred the added expense<br />

and effort to establish major infrastructure required to begin<br />

business. Thus, the center essentially paved the way for<br />

other businesses to be able to co-locate without extensive<br />

infrastructure costs.<br />

On September 1, 2000, the staff and providers began the<br />

monumental task of moving into the larger, more modern<br />

facility at 1525 East 6000 South in South Ogden, Utah.<br />

A short four days later, on September 5, the new Circle of<br />

Life Women’s Center opened its doors for business. Circle of<br />

Life hit the ground running and has continued to grow.<br />

What had begun as 1 doctor with a staff of only 3 has grown<br />

to a network of 11 providers and 47 employees.<br />

Circle of Life Providers:<br />

• Jed Naisbitt, M.D.<br />

• David Bierer, M.D.<br />

• Julia Johansson, M.D.<br />

• Darren Housel, M.D.<br />

• Wesley Davis, M.D.<br />

• Robin Houpe, M.D.<br />

• Machel Knowles, C.N.M.<br />

• Kathleen Mark, C.N.M.<br />

• Karen McBride, C.N.M.<br />

• Jessica Hess, F.N.P.<br />

• Shannon Brennan, F.N.P.<br />

Over the years, Circle of Life has served thousands of<br />

women, helped childless mothers achieve the dream of<br />

holding their own little one in their arms, and has lent a<br />

hand in delivering a considerable number of babies. Every<br />

day miracles happen; Circle of Life Women’s Center is proud<br />

to be involved in those special moments.<br />

For additional information on the Circle of Life Women’s<br />

Center, please visit www.colwc.com.<br />

❖<br />

Left: Dr. Jed Naisbitt, M.D.<br />

Right: Dr. David Bierer, M.D.<br />

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OGDEN-WEBER<br />

TECHNICAL COLLEGE<br />

❖<br />

Above: State Industrial School, 1896.<br />

Top, right: Samuel H. and Marian K. Barker Family Health Technology<br />

Building, present-day.<br />

Ogden-<strong>Weber</strong> Technical College located in Ogden, Utah,<br />

is one of the largest of the eight regional colleges that<br />

comprise the Utah System of Technical Colleges.<br />

On April 23, 1971, a new school was officially organized<br />

and named the Utah Skills Center North, housed in the old<br />

Madison Elementary. That spring, Brent Wallis came aboard<br />

and served as president until his retirement thirty-six years<br />

later. In 1972 the center moved into the historic stockyard<br />

Exchange Building in West Ogden and another move<br />

occurred in 1973. It remained in the now-demolished<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> High School on the block of Twelfth Street and<br />

Washington Boulevard until 1984. At that time, the<br />

Ogden School District, <strong>Weber</strong> School District and <strong>Weber</strong><br />

State College each pledged $1 million to develop the<br />

present site, which was granted by the State of Utah. Several<br />

name changes also occurred over the years: the Area<br />

Vocational Center, the Applied Technology Center (ATC),<br />

Ogden-<strong>Weber</strong> Applied Technology College, and then,<br />

Ogden-<strong>Weber</strong> Technical College. Today it is often simply<br />

referred to as the Ogden-<strong>Weber</strong> Tech College.<br />

Although the Ogden-<strong>Weber</strong> Tech College was founded<br />

in 1971, majestic trees along the wooded drive make the<br />

sprawling campus feel much older. Indeed, the 100-acre<br />

block at 200 North Washington Boulevard has been owned<br />

by the State of Utah since the 1890s. This beautiful property<br />

has served the community in several ways since Victorian<br />

times, and in 1982, a visionary decision by state and local<br />

legislators and education leaders transformed this parcel<br />

into a permanent home for what is now the tech college.<br />

Today, it is common for the tech college to receive visitors<br />

from around the country who come to benchmark the<br />

innovative educational model, state-of-the-art facilities, and<br />

unparalleled employer partnerships. While drawn by the<br />

college’s reputation, visitors are also enraptured by the amazing<br />

beauty of the campus and its surroundings and cannot<br />

help but take pictures of the incredible mountain views.<br />

While it has been said that “a picture speaks a thousand<br />

words,” what makes Ogden–<strong>Weber</strong> Tech College a “pictureperfect”<br />

educational choice goes far beyond what can be<br />

captured by the camera lens. It is likely that every college<br />

can offer pretty pictures with smiling faces, some may<br />

even be situated in lovely locations, but Ogden-<strong>Weber</strong> Tech<br />

offers more. Its website declares “You will succeed” and<br />

“Numbers don’t lie.” Ogden-<strong>Weber</strong> Tech College has some<br />

impressive figures: 84 percent completion, 94 percent job<br />

placement, and 99 percent licensure rate.<br />

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There are many aspects that contribute to the overall<br />

success of Ogden-<strong>Weber</strong> Tech College. Some of these include<br />

the school’s mission, program areas, custom fit training,<br />

partnerships, student services, and convenient locations.<br />

The mission of the Ogden-<strong>Weber</strong> Tech College is: “We<br />

build a prosperous community by creating a technicallyskilled<br />

workforce one student at a time.” Ogden-<strong>Weber</strong><br />

Tech College is in business to transform lives.<br />

Employers and students are the focus. To meet <strong>Weber</strong><br />

<strong>County</strong>’s evolving economic needs, the Ogden-<strong>Weber</strong> Tech<br />

College works with over 200 local companies who guide<br />

every facet of training. Employer advisory teams review<br />

curriculum, drive equipment purchases, and help faculty<br />

stay up-to-date. Company involvement ensures that when<br />

students graduate, they have the skills for current, local jobs.<br />

• Program Areas: Certificates are offered in health, manufacturing,<br />

business and computer technology, construction,<br />

and services. Individuals already employed may learn<br />

targeted skills to upgrade their productivity. Programs<br />

are affordable, competency-based, and taught in handson<br />

labs. High school students attend tuition-free, per<br />

state statute.<br />

• Custom Fit Training: The college provides a unique<br />

service through its Custom Fit Training and Workforce<br />

Development Department and dedicated state funding.<br />

This resource helps local companies remain globally<br />

competitive by facilitating employee training.<br />

• Partnerships: Partnerships with Ogden and <strong>Weber</strong> School<br />

Districts, local charter schools, <strong>Weber</strong> State University,<br />

and others ensure articulated pathways from high school<br />

to the tech college to university with each step leading<br />

to employment.<br />

• Services for Students: Students are met with many support<br />

services including federal financial aid (Pell Grants and<br />

more), private scholarships for academic accomplishment<br />

and those with financial need, and full VA funding for<br />

veterans. Career counseling, a Student Success Center,<br />

testing center, and other college services help students<br />

complete programs and find success.<br />

• Campuses and Locations: The main campus is located at<br />

200 North Washington Boulevard. A satellite location at<br />

the Business Depot Ogden (BDO) provides full programs<br />

and targeted training to serve employers. Courses are<br />

also taught directly in several local high schools. The<br />

tech college is the largest provider of apprenticeship<br />

training in the State of Utah, with additional locations in<br />

Salt Lake <strong>County</strong>.<br />

For additional information, please call 801-627-8300.<br />

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VENTURE ACADEMY<br />

The word innovative is defined as: featuring new methods;<br />

advanced and original; creative in thinking; fresh. “Innovative”<br />

is more than a word at Venture Academy—it is the very heart<br />

of the school’s commitment and mission to its students.<br />

The “one-size-fits-all” approach is a thing<br />

of the past. Today’s generation demands<br />

more—from customized vehicle purchases<br />

to made-to-order menu items—choice in<br />

education is no exception. Charter schools<br />

provide an unprecedented answer to this<br />

demand. Enrollment in charters has<br />

increased steadily over the last decade.<br />

Currently, eleven percent of Utah students<br />

are educated in charter schools. While<br />

charter schools are funded by the state,<br />

regulated, and free to attend; they provide<br />

new and exciting educational options<br />

many parents and students find appealing.<br />

Venture Academy, located just outside of Ogden, Utah,<br />

in Marriott-Slaterville, opened its doors in 2008. Venture<br />

educates and prepares students for the “real world” by<br />

providing project-based learning where students engage in<br />

interdisciplinary, in-depth studies of compelling topics.<br />

Emphasis is placed on learning that involves the local<br />

community and applying what is learned to serving others,<br />

and that results in high quality student work. Students have<br />

opportunities to develop strong portfolios of their work and<br />

to make public presentations. Venture’s staff and teachers<br />

understand students are unique individuals and their educational<br />

experience should therefore also be individualized<br />

more than what is typical in traditional schools.<br />

Venture started as serving grades Kindergarten through<br />

eighth grade. Enrollment was extended to include ninth<br />

grade the following year and within two years, by popular<br />

demand, Venture made the decision to expand all the way<br />

through the twelfth grade, allowing families to embrace<br />

this unique educational experience all the way through graduation.<br />

The class of 2015 was Venture’s first high school<br />

graduating class and to-date, the school has helped its students<br />

obtain $994,000.00 in scholarships to their graduates.<br />

The Venture experience is built on the strength of three<br />

pillar values: Excellence, Service, and Leadership.<br />

• Excellence: The Venture team agrees with Ron Berger,<br />

renowned educator and author who said, “Work of excellence<br />

is transformational. Once a student sees that they<br />

are capable of excellence, that student is never quite<br />

the same. There is a new self-image, a new notion of<br />

possibility. There is an appetite for excellence.” Students<br />

at Venture are provided with the tools and opportunities<br />

to achieve excellent work.<br />

• Service: Service to others makes learning meaningful.<br />

Venture teachers and students learn about the<br />

surrounding community, nation, and world. They are<br />

encouraged to apply the skills they are learning at<br />

Venture to address needs beyond their own. Service with<br />

the school and the community is an integral part of<br />

Venture’s educational program.<br />

• Leadership: Habits of service and excellence create a<br />

critical foundation and provide key supports in developing<br />

leadership skills. Students and teachers strive to understand<br />

the needs of the community to enable them to<br />

provide leadership in responding to those needs. Venture<br />

students have continuous opportunities to think,<br />

direct, delegate, articulate, plan, and execute. Students<br />

are empowered to lead by making a difference now<br />

in their school and their community. As part of this<br />

process, students learn about and make connections<br />

with current leaders, as well as great leaders throughout<br />

history. Venture’s basic motto is: “Work hard, get smart,<br />

and do good!”<br />

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Together with Venture’s three pillar values described<br />

above, seven additional complementary values form the<br />

bedrock upon which all programs and practices of Venture<br />

are built. Venture teachers, staff, and students proclaim:<br />

• We respect one another through courtesy, kindness, and<br />

fairness.<br />

• We tell the truth, we can be trusted, we have integrity.<br />

• We seek to understand, appreciate, and preserve the<br />

core values that have made the United States of America<br />

great (patriotism).<br />

• We seek to develop our personal gifts (individuality)<br />

and share them with others.<br />

• We strive to nurture enthusiasm and adventure as vital<br />

aspects of effective lifelong learning.<br />

• We recognize family as the fundamental unit of society<br />

and seek to support and strengthen families.<br />

Perhaps the best measure of what happens every day<br />

at Venture Academy can be found in the words of their<br />

parents and students.<br />

From a parent: “I had not heard of Venture until last<br />

year. I wish I knew about this type of learning when my<br />

daughter was in first grade. She is now in the ninth grade,<br />

and after one year in this style<br />

of learning, she has gone from<br />

average test scores to perfect<br />

test scores. She loves to go to<br />

school. There are less than<br />

twenty-five students per class.<br />

I could go on and on at how<br />

great this school is!”<br />

From a current student:<br />

“Our school is unique because<br />

teachers are able to better<br />

incorporate real-life activity<br />

and hands-on learning. They’re<br />

devoted to making school a place where we like to be and<br />

come and learn.”<br />

For almost a decade, Venture Academy has been dedicated<br />

to providing a unique and high-quality educational alternative<br />

to families and their students and look forward to<br />

continuing the tradition long into the future. To find out<br />

more about Venture Academy, visit www.venturelearning.org.<br />

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❖<br />

OGDEN PIONEER DAYS<br />

Top: Ogden Pioneer Days opening ceremonies. In 2017 Ogden Pioneer Days<br />

was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.<br />

Above: Whoopie by Catherine Harris; one of the twenty-four painted<br />

lifesize horse statues in Ogden, Utah.<br />

Opposite, top: A bucking bronc and a bucking bull, featured at the historic<br />

Ogden Pioneer Days stadium in its full splendor.<br />

Opposite, bottom: The American Flag carried by Miss Rodeo Utah.<br />

Pioneer Day is an official holiday celebrated on July 24<br />

in the State of Utah. The day commemorates the entry of<br />

Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers<br />

into the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847. While the<br />

holiday has strong links to the LDS Church, it is officially a<br />

celebration of everyone, regardless of faith and nationality,<br />

who immigrated to the Utah during the ‘Pioneer Era,’<br />

beginning with handcarts, wagons in 1849 and ending in<br />

1869 with the arrival of the transcontinental railroad.<br />

Ogden Pioneer Days was first celebrated in the summer of<br />

1934 after the charismatic Ogden City Mayor Harman W. Peery<br />

organized a western festival to boost the spirits of the locals<br />

and entice tourists to visit the city. Mayor Peery wanted<br />

Ogden Pioneer Days to become a national attraction that<br />

would continue for years to come. Records of the first celebration<br />

indicate that some of the first attractions were more<br />

outrageous than others, among the favorites was a beard<br />

growing competition, which was initiated by the local police<br />

wagering to see who would itch to shave first. Almost eighty<br />

years of celebrations later, each July, local <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> residents<br />

and visitors statewide flock to join in the traditional<br />

festivities of Utah’s Statehood at Ogden Pioneer Days.<br />

While Ogden’s Pioneer Days is not the only commemoration<br />

of the pioneer heritage, this unprecedented hometown<br />

celebration is considered the “biggest and best” statehood<br />

celebration in Utah. Only Ogden Pioneer Days can deliver<br />

the type of blood-pumping, hand-slapping, adrenalinesoaked<br />

good times that appeal to both the iPod and Johnny<br />

Cash generations. Even with pyrotechnics, a rock and roll<br />

soundtrack, and the latest and greatest in performances and<br />

attractions, Ogden Pioneer Days retains the ability to take<br />

attendees back to where proud Utahans came from—to the<br />

early roots of a free country, to the untamed wilds, and pay<br />

homage to the hearty stock of men and women who trekked<br />

westward into the golden horizon of the Wild West.<br />

Though Pioneer Day in Utah is officially limited to one<br />

day—July 24—to the delight of <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> and its<br />

neighbors, the Ogden Pioneer Days’ dedicated team of<br />

volunteer committee members has events lined up<br />

throughout each July. Many traditions are unique to Ogden<br />

Pioneer Days, including the Trail to Pioneer Days Horses,<br />

the legendary Whoopie Girls, and the Downtown Hoedown<br />

Kick-Off Party:<br />

• The “Trail to Pioneer Days” horse project is known as one<br />

of the largest public art project of its kind in Utah. More<br />

than sixty life-size fiberglass horses designed and painted<br />

by the area’s finest artists are on display along Historic<br />

Twenty-Fifth Street, the Junction and Washington<br />

Boulevard, leading the way to Ogden Pioneer Stadium.<br />

• The tradition of the “Whoopie Girl” began with the vision<br />

of Mayor Peery to create an iconic image that would<br />

help promote the Ogden Pioneer Days celebration. The<br />

original Whoopie Girl was a charming young woman<br />

named Lorene Donaldson, who won a contest to serve as<br />

the public face of the event. Mayor Peery’s original inspiration<br />

for the Ogden Pioneer Days’ Whoopie Girl came<br />

from an image on the cover of Film Fun, painted by a<br />

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popular artist of the times, Enoch Bolles. From that day<br />

on, the image of the Whoopie Girl has been the symbol of<br />

Ogden Pioneer Days. Today’s Whoopie Girls, seen only at<br />

Ogden Pioneer Days, are a far cry from being simply<br />

poster girls for a celebration. Ogden’s Whoopie Girls are<br />

amazing horsewomen and ride each night of the rodeo.<br />

Each member of the group is chosen by audition, bringing<br />

incredible talent and her own horse. The Whoopie<br />

Girls serve as goodwill ambassadors for Ogden Pioneer<br />

Days, making appearances and participating in many<br />

events and activities during the month-long celebration.<br />

• The Downtown Hoedown is the official Wild West style<br />

‘Kick-Off’ party that brings an entire community together,<br />

signaling the beginning of year’s festivities.<br />

• Ogden Pioneer Days is the exclusive home rodeo sponsor<br />

of the Miss Rodeo Utah pageant, with the Miss Rodeo Utah<br />

being crowned on the final night of the rodeo every year.<br />

Other popular events include: Community devotional,<br />

concerts, performances, art, tractor, animal exhibits, parades<br />

and a crowd favorite, the Ogden Pioneer<br />

Days Professional Rodeo Cowboys<br />

Association (PRCA) Rodeo, which is<br />

held every year at the historic Ogden<br />

Pioneer Stadium. Ogden Pioneer Days<br />

has been the best rodeo in the<br />

Wilderness Circuit multiple times,<br />

which includes Utah, Idaho, and<br />

Nevada. Not only is the Ogden’s rodeo<br />

always a sell-out event, annually drawing<br />

more than 30,000 spectators, it is<br />

considered to be one of the top five<br />

largest outdoor rodeos.<br />

The continuation of Ogden Pioneer Days is largely possible<br />

through the passionate support of volunteers and the<br />

Ogden Pioneer Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit organization<br />

with the mission “to perpetuate the pioneer history<br />

and heritage of the Ogden area through parades, pageants,<br />

rodeo and the arts.”<br />

Chairman, Alan Hall invites all “to learn about the social,<br />

cultural, religion, work ethics, values and daily life of these<br />

spirited pioneers,” and declaring that “through educational<br />

and entertainment experiences, we will keep the legacy of<br />

our forefathers alive.”<br />

This echoes a sentiment expressed by L. Tom Perry, a<br />

past apostle in the LDS church and a strong leader in the<br />

community, “There is something about reviewing the lessons<br />

of the past to prepare us to face the challenges of the future.<br />

What a glorious legacy of faith, courage, and ingenuity those<br />

noble early Mormon pioneers have left for us to build upon.”<br />

Ogden Pioneer Days is proud to honor the past and build<br />

on the pioneer future, encouraging pioneers everywhere to<br />

look to the promise of tomorrow.<br />

Please visit www.ogdenpioneerdays.com on the Internet<br />

for more information.<br />

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THE ALPINE COMPANIES<br />

ALPINE PLASTIC &<br />

RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY,<br />

PC AND ALPINE SURGICAL<br />

CENTER, LLC<br />

❖<br />

Dr. Randall Barnett.<br />

Drawn to the area by fond childhood memories, a<br />

personal love of skiing and Utah’s need for plastic surgeons,<br />

Dr. Randall Barnett began his career in Ogden in 1995,<br />

shortly after completing his residencies and hand fellowship<br />

in the Midwest. Initially, Dr. Barnett joined another physician<br />

in an established practice; his specialties in plastic<br />

surgery included cosmetic and reconstructive; hand surgery,<br />

and both elective and post-trauma surgeries. Two years<br />

later, Dr. Barnett opened his own practice in the<br />

Professional Building at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden,<br />

Utah. In the early years, his staff consisted of only a<br />

receptionist/biller, a nurse, a medical assistant, and a scrub<br />

tech. Business thrived; Dr. Barnett became a highly-regarded<br />

surgeon with full privileges and on-call duties at the<br />

three local hospitals. In 1999 the name of the practice was<br />

officially changed to Alpine Plastic & Reconstructive<br />

Surgery, PC.<br />

In 2002, as McKay-Dee Hospital constructed its<br />

new campus, Alpine relocated its practice to a modern,<br />

state-of-the-art facility, including both office and clinic<br />

space and a fully-accredited ambulatory surgery under<br />

the name of Alpine Surgical Center, LLC. Accredited by<br />

The Joint Commission, the surgical center operated as<br />

a separate entity and featured two fully-equipped operating<br />

rooms and recovery areas. This facility proved an asset,<br />

providing convenience for both patients and physician,<br />

and generating a new revenue stream through facility<br />

fee billings.<br />

Alpine is well-known for unmatched care in numerous<br />

specialties: cosmetic procedures, including breast augmentations,<br />

face lifts; tummy tucks; hand procedures, including<br />

carpal tunnel release, ganglion cyst excisions, tendon and<br />

ligament repairs; and treatments of simple to complex<br />

injuries, including lacerations, facial fractures, finger amputations,<br />

and wounds requiring skin grafts.<br />

Through consistent performance, as well as creative<br />

billboard and radio marketing campaigns throughout<br />

the years, the practice, and its reputation, has continued<br />

to grow and attracts patients from throughout the region.<br />

While much of Alpine’s business is ‘word of mouth,’ this<br />

dynamic team has also become known for its innovative<br />

marketing and creative ad campaigns.<br />

After ten successful years at the new McKay-Dee Hospital<br />

campus, Alpine relocated to the first floor of the Medical<br />

Arts Building at the Ogden Regional Medical Center campus<br />

in Washington Terrace, Utah. New office and clinic spaces<br />

were built as well as a new surgical center that maintains<br />

full accreditation by The Joint Commission, which involves<br />

stringent on-site evaluation and survey of the facility every<br />

three years. In addition to a successful cosmetic surgery<br />

practice, in recent years, Alpine’s hand and trauma practice<br />

has steadily grown larger through flourishing relationships<br />

with area clinics and by providing exceptional care to those<br />

who have suffered injuries on the job.<br />

Alpine currently has an amazing team of dedicated<br />

employees. While some new faces have been added within<br />

the last year, most employees have been with the practice<br />

for several years; some for more than ten years. Alpine<br />

is vigilant in using the latest technological advances and<br />

utilizes a top-quality practice management system with fully<br />

integrated electronic medical records and photo archives<br />

specifically designed for plastic surgeons. Dedication to<br />

the highest quality standards of care is evidenced by<br />

Alpine’s high rate of referrals received; well over half of<br />

Alpine’s patients come to them because of a referral from<br />

a friend or family member.<br />

To schedule an appointment or for more information<br />

about Alpine Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, PC and<br />

Alpine Surgical Center, LLC, please visit the website at<br />

http://alpineplasticsurgery.com.<br />

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Ogden based Pobanz Orthodontics is widely recognized<br />

as a provider of superior orthodontic care, offering both<br />

braces and Invisalign to help patients of all ages achieve the<br />

smile they want and deserve. While Pobanz Orthodontics<br />

has flourished since it was founded in 2000 by Dr. John<br />

Pobanz, its roots were established much earlier.<br />

Dr. Alan Christiansen started an Ogden orthodontic practice<br />

in 1972 at a time when orthodontics was a painstaking<br />

process. Stainless steel bands were wrapped around every<br />

tooth, requiring three or four hour-long sessions to complete<br />

the process. Dr. Christiansen was an early pioneer for making<br />

orthodontics a more enjoyable experience. By the time,<br />

Dr. Pobanz joined Dr. Christiansen’s practice in 1998, brackets<br />

were bonded to individual teeth and Invisalign was a new<br />

product. Dr. Pobanz became the first Utah doctor certified<br />

to provide Invisalign. In July 2000, Dr. Pobanz purchased<br />

the practice and changed the name to Pobanz Orthodontics.<br />

The practice moved to its present home on Skyline Drive<br />

in South Ogden in 2004. Since then, literally thousands of<br />

people have sought and received orthodontic care in this<br />

location as well as at Pobanz’s second location, which<br />

opened on Highway 89 in Pleasant View in 2002.<br />

Dr. Pobanz takes extra effort to know each patient to<br />

address their specific concerns about their smile. He loves<br />

to listen and customize his approach. With twenty years of<br />

experience, Dr. Pobanz individualizes treatment plans to<br />

meet the needs of each patient. Dr. Pobanz has been an early<br />

adopter of many new technologies including the Damon<br />

self-ligating bracket system and the Suresmile customized<br />

wire system. Board certified since 2008, Dr. Pobanz gives<br />

back to his profession as an associate clinical professor at<br />

the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of<br />

Dentistry in San Francisco. He has been an internationally<br />

recognized innovator, lecturer and educator sharing unique<br />

treatment protocols.<br />

The Pobanz Orthodontics team understands the need to<br />

receive treatment in an environment that is comfortable,<br />

safe, and welcoming. This motivates a commitment to<br />

become better every day and a determination to be the<br />

best part of a patient’s day—from the first phone call to<br />

final appointment.<br />

Giving back to the community puts smiles on the faces of<br />

the Pobanz team. Some of the ways Pobanz Orthodontics<br />

has given back include:<br />

• volunteering with Special Olympics;<br />

• participating as service partners with the local Boys and<br />

Girls Club;<br />

• providing Dentistry Merit Badge classes for Boy Scouts<br />

of America;<br />

• founding the <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> Smile for a Lifetime chapter,<br />

a national organization which donates “smile scholarships”<br />

for charitable orthodontic care—forty-two scholarships<br />

of charitable orthodontic care have been awarded to<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> children in need over the past seven<br />

years; and<br />

• providing Pobanz’s own Best of the<br />

Rest Scholarship Fund, providing<br />

$1000 scholarships for local high<br />

school seniors who have not received<br />

any other scholarships—awarding<br />

$48,000 in the last eight years.<br />

Dr. Pobanz and his team of thirteen<br />

have been honored to enhance the<br />

smiles of over 10,000 patients over the<br />

course of eighteen years and invite all<br />

to “Be the best version of yourself.<br />

Smile More!”<br />

More information is available at<br />

www.facebook.com/PobanzOrthodontics<br />

or www.webracem.com.<br />

❖<br />

POBANZ ORTHODONTICS<br />

Below: Dr. Pobanz and team.<br />

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TIMELESS MEDICAL SPA &<br />

WEIGHT LOSS CLINIC<br />

At a time when many couples might choose to slow down,<br />

Dr. Brent Williams and his wife, Debbie, chose to start a<br />

new business venture. After years of treating patients with<br />

obesity-related diseases in his family practice and after<br />

attending an aesthetic conference in Arizona, Dr. Williams<br />

was inspired to treat his patients with more than just<br />

prescribed medications. They opened a health spa, focusing<br />

on medical aesthetics and bariatric services for clients seeking<br />

weight loss, increased health and improved quality of life.<br />

While Dr. Williams had many years of experience as part of<br />

a successful family medical practice and Debbie had worked<br />

with a variety of businesses, nonprofits, and community<br />

boards; building their own business from the ground up was<br />

uncharted territory. With assistance of trusted advisors and a<br />

lot of hard work, TimeLess Medical Spa & Weight Loss Clinic<br />

was founded May 22, 2009. They soon officially opened<br />

their doors expecting swarms of people to come rushing in.<br />

Reality was a little different. Initially business was slow; the<br />

Williamses admit there were some days where they would sit<br />

by the phone ‘praying for it to ring’ or for one more person to<br />

come through the doors. Fortunately, Dr. Williams had a solid<br />

reputation in the community and a good patient base through<br />

his medical practice and these loyal clients were also anxious<br />

to support him in his new endeavor. TimeLess Medical Spa &<br />

Weight Loss Clinic offered a level of caring and personalization<br />

that struck a chord with the community. Combining reputation<br />

with expertise, patience and persistence, has allowed<br />

business to increase exponentially over the past eight years.<br />

Dr. Williams is board certified in obesity medicine.<br />

Debbie (BIS), is a certified bariatric assistant. Together, they<br />

have developed a unique weight loss program formulated on<br />

sound, evidenced-based practices as recommended by the<br />

Obesity Medicine Association. There is no other weight loss<br />

clinic or physician in the Top of Utah with their knowledge<br />

of bariatrics or their level of certification. With certification,<br />

TimeLess can offer patients the best vitamins and minerals,<br />

weight loss supplements and the highest medical-grade<br />

protein meal replacements available.<br />

Beyond their unmatched weight loss program, TimeLess<br />

services include the latest technology in laser treatments, hair<br />

removal, skin tightening, tattoo removal, skin revitalization,<br />

photo facials, spider vein treatments and body sculpting.<br />

TimeLess master aestheticians also provide medical-grade<br />

facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasions, dermablading,<br />

and microneedling. Dr. Williams is an expert in achieving<br />

a youthful, but never ‘overdone’ appearance with the use<br />

of cosmetic neuromodulators such as Botox, Dysport, and<br />

Xeomin, as well as dermal fillers such as Restylane and<br />

Radiesse. Additionally, TimeLess offers the best pharmaceutical-grade<br />

skin care products.<br />

Dr. Williams and Debbie are passionate about the journey<br />

they have chosen to better the lives of not only their clients,<br />

but their community as well. The Williamses currently serve<br />

with the Obesity Medical Association; American Medical<br />

Association; <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> Medical Association and<br />

Alliance; Ogden/<strong>Weber</strong> Chamber of Commerce (Board of<br />

Governors, Chamber Board, Spikers, Women in Business,<br />

Top of Utah Military Affairs Committee); Wasatch<br />

International Adoption Agency; <strong>Weber</strong> Coalition for a<br />

Healthy Community; Junior League of Ogden; Dumke<br />

College of Health Professionals; NuHope Suicide Prevention<br />

Committee; and have generously sponsored an aid station<br />

for the Goal Foundation’s Ogden Marathon since 2009 and<br />

the Tour of Utah bike race.<br />

Learn more at www.Timelessmedspa.com.<br />

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GreenWood public charter school was created by a board<br />

of passionate community builders with a shared desire to<br />

enable children’s academic success using unique methods<br />

embracing adventure, environmental education and healthy<br />

habits. In 2014, GreenWood was chartered by the Utah<br />

State Board of Education to serve Kindergarten through<br />

eighth grade students in the Ogden area; soon after a<br />

twelve-acre parcel in the beautiful city of Harrisville was<br />

purchased. In August of 2015, GreenWood opened its doors<br />

as the first school in Utah to focus on holistic learning.<br />

Children are unique and deserve an education beyond<br />

the cookie-cutter, one-dimensional practice that has become<br />

commonplace. The learning experience at GreenWood is<br />

multidimensional. Quality education is more than booklearning<br />

and lectures. GreenWood students are taught the<br />

importance of their own physical, mental, social, and<br />

emotional well-being. Children born today may be the first<br />

generation at risk of having a shorter lifespan than their<br />

parents. Sedentary lifestyle and physical inactivity have<br />

contributed to the numerous health problems plaguing<br />

today’s children. Chronic conditions such as childhood<br />

obesity, asthma, attention-deficit disorder, and vitamin D<br />

deficiency have all increased over the past few decades.<br />

Yet many schools have cut back or eliminated outdoor<br />

play in favor of more desk time. Outdoor activity in the<br />

natural environment has taken a backseat to television,<br />

video games, computers, and a demanding schoolwork with<br />

tragic results. The <strong>Weber</strong>/Morgan <strong>County</strong> area has the second<br />

highest percentage of obese adolescents in Utah. The<br />

prevalence and seriousness of childhood obesity has<br />

prompted calls for broad public health solutions. Schools<br />

are ideal settings for population-based interventions. A<br />

2008 study published by the Journal of Pediatrics found that<br />

school-based interventions can be successful in reducing<br />

childhood obesity. GreenWood sets itself apart by unprecedented<br />

approaches to the traditional school experience,<br />

expanding the three Rs to include personal responsibility. As<br />

fundamental as reading, writing and arithmetic, Greenwood<br />

students learn about exercise, healthy eating, and mindful<br />

choices, setting a foundation for a healthy life.<br />

The GreenWood team embraces a “Teacher Trees”<br />

model for their “Student Seedlings;” a belief that<br />

each individual belongs; each has a responsibility to<br />

support each other’s growth. This concept means<br />

everyone commits to work and play together to<br />

“Grooooooow GreenWood” through the school’s six<br />

HEALTH values: Healthy Habits, Environmental<br />

Stewardship, Achievement, Leadership, Thinking<br />

Creatively, Honoring Diversity. These values are<br />

integrated into daily curriculum and learning expeditions<br />

to provide a meaningful application for every child.<br />

• Many things make Greenwood one-of-a-kind, including<br />

daily student self-assessment, environmentally minded<br />

practices, and learning in group settings.<br />

• Each day students access their achievement within 8 personal<br />

Healthy Habits: 20 minutes of reading, 10 minutes<br />

of math practice, 5 plant eats, sharing 4 positive comments,<br />

sitting down for 3 nutritious meals, restricting<br />

screen time to 2 hours or less, exercising for 1 hour,<br />

and limiting our sugary drinks.<br />

• GreenWood’s yard, play areas, natural landscapes,<br />

and gardens were deliberately planned to serve as<br />

teaching tool to increase awareness and responsibility for<br />

the environment.<br />

• Group-setting approaches within the classroom encourage<br />

even the youngest and most timid to actively<br />

participate and listen to each other.<br />

GreenWood is in the business of “Growing healthy bodies<br />

and healthy minds.” For additional information, please visit<br />

their website at www.greenwoodcharter.org.<br />

GREENWOOD<br />

CHARTER SCHOOL<br />

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STEVENS-HENAGER<br />

COLLEGE<br />

Stevens-Henager College was founded in September of<br />

1891 by a college professor from Nebraska, Dr. J. A. Smith.<br />

Its original mission was to prepare students for careers<br />

in commerce. At that time, there was an awakening of<br />

commercial colleges to prepare students specifically for<br />

the workplace. Our mission has not changed in 125 years.<br />

The college is still preparing students for valuable careers in<br />

business, technology, and medical<br />

careers. Our students are<br />

those who did not immediately<br />

take advantage of a college<br />

education upon graduation<br />

from high school. Many of our<br />

students became parents or<br />

just decided to take some time<br />

to determine their future course<br />

of action. As the economics<br />

of our time weighed heavy<br />

on these individuals and the<br />

ability to qualify for careers that<br />

would pay enough to live comfortably waned, the decision<br />

has been made to return to college.<br />

“We welcome our students who have life experience as<br />

well as a need for more education. We encourage them to<br />

enjoy the time they spend with us learning and preparing<br />

for their future. Statistics show that with more education,<br />

students become capable employees and entrepreneurs with<br />

a more stable career and with a higher earning capacity.<br />

The staff and faculty at the college appreciate our students<br />

and enjoy helping them accomplish their goals” says<br />

thirty-year educator, President Vicky L. Dewsnup. President<br />

Dewsnup is responsible for the campuses in Salt Lake,<br />

Layton, Ogden, and Logan, Utah, and Boise and Nampa,<br />

Idaho. Her love of the college and her commitment to<br />

its students is evident in her many years of service.<br />

Gone are the days that Stevens-Henager College was a<br />

secretarial school. They are proud of that label but need<br />

the community to know that they offer nursing, surgical<br />

technology, medical assisting, pharmacy technician, healthcare<br />

administration, software development, networking<br />

administrator, web development and design, accounting,<br />

and business with employment services for graduates.<br />

From the Associate Degree to the Master’s Degree,<br />

Stevens-Henager College can assist students to reach new<br />

levels of educational prowess. The college is also versatile<br />

in its delivery modes. Students attend two days each<br />

week at the campus and participate in those same courses<br />

from home two days each week. This mode is referred to<br />

as hybrid education, which is the most popular learning<br />

mode available today.<br />

Stevens-Henager College became a nonprofit, private<br />

college in 2013 and is proud of the services it offers to the<br />

community. SHC offers a rich heritage to its students<br />

and graduates and is a proud business in Davis, <strong>Weber</strong>,<br />

Cache, Salt Lake, Utah, and Washington Counties in Utah.<br />

<strong>Where</strong>ver there is a Stevens-Henager College, there are<br />

good people ready to serve the community.<br />

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OGDEN<br />

Ogden’s rich history is a grand story of meeting points<br />

and gathering places. For the first five decades of the<br />

nineteenth century, even before Ogden was incorporated,<br />

this area was rife with trails and rendezvous points to accommodate<br />

the fur trade. Fort Buenaventura was built as a way<br />

station near the point where the <strong>Weber</strong> and Ogden Rivers<br />

meet. During its humble beginnings through the railroad<br />

boom, Ogden was dubbed Junction City as the nation’s<br />

meeting place for both the Union Pacific and Central Pacific<br />

railroads. Ogden was always a welcoming place for meeting<br />

of the minds and blending of cultures, and today the people<br />

of Ogden still benefit from synergistic collaborations within<br />

the community.<br />

Modern-day Ogden is thriving, as local and<br />

regional governments partner with private investment<br />

to accomplish an exceptional quality of life. The<br />

warehouses, stockyards, and government depots of<br />

a bygone era have been repurposed with the vision of<br />

housing new opportunities for tomorrow’s business<br />

ventures. Neighborhoods are revitalized, and schools promote<br />

a science-technology-engineering-and-math (STEM)<br />

curriculum to prepare the next generation for the workforce.<br />

Trails lead hikers and bikers from the heart of the city<br />

to the peaks of the mountains.<br />

Ogden has always been the crossroads of the West,<br />

and its future still provides that fertile meeting point<br />

for people with a can-do attitude and fierce independence<br />

at their core. In this spirit, Ogden is still untamed and<br />

will always be the place where anything and everything<br />

is possible.<br />

❖<br />

PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF MICHAEL R. ASH–WWW.EYEPOPPING.PHOTOS.<br />

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Manufacturing/Technology<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> is rapidly becoming<br />

a high tech corridor for the state of Utah,<br />

led by software development and manufacturing<br />

Autoliv Inc. ...........................................................................................................224<br />

US. Foods. ............................................................................................................226<br />

American Nutrition, Inc. .........................................................................................228<br />

Petersen Incorporated .............................................................................................230<br />

Powerteq...............................................................................................................232<br />

Austral Star LLC....................................................................................................234<br />

Quick Turn Precision Machining................................................................................235<br />

Kimber Kable.........................................................................................................236<br />

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AUTOLIV INC.<br />

❖<br />

Autoliv Inc. has technical centers in Michigan and Utah to perform crash<br />

testing in tandem with engineering research, giving global customers local<br />

access to Autoliv’s specialized team of safety professionals.<br />

Autoliv is the worldwide leader in automotive safety<br />

systems. Our products can be found on many of the vehicles<br />

on the road today including airbags, steering wheels, radar,<br />

safety electronics, seatbelts, and vision systems.<br />

For over six decades, Autoliv has demonstrated the<br />

ability to be responsive in real life safety situations. We<br />

are a Fortune 500 company and the world’s largest<br />

automotive safety supplier with sales to all the leading<br />

car manufacturers in the world. We develop, manufacture<br />

and market protective systems such as airbags, seatbelts,<br />

steering wheels, passive safety electronics, and active safety<br />

systems including brake control systems, radar, night<br />

vision, and camera vision systems.<br />

Autoliv’s mission is to be the leading supplier of<br />

safety systems for the future car, well integrated with<br />

autonomous driving.<br />

Our values: Autoliv, transparent, innovative and agile<br />

are a reflection of our company’s DNA, as well as<br />

how we will succeed going forward. Not only do we strive<br />

to prevent serious accidents and injuries, we challenge<br />

ourselves to continuously focus on what is important—<br />

consistency and quality for our customers, confidence and<br />

security for our employees, stability and growth for our<br />

shareholders, as well as being sustainable and earning<br />

trust within our communities.<br />

<strong>Innovation</strong> and a passion for safety have made Autoliv<br />

Inc., a leader in vehicle safety systems for more than sixty<br />

years. As one of Utah’s leading employers, this company<br />

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operates 6 facilities in the state—3 facilities in Ogden and 3,<br />

respectively, in Brigham City, Promontory and Tremonton.<br />

All of Utah facilities have won the Shingo Prize for<br />

excellence in manufacturing, among other prestigious<br />

industry awards.<br />

Autoliv customers include all the leading automobile<br />

manufacturers. The company operates 80 subsidiaries<br />

and joint ventures in 27 vehicle-producing countries,<br />

and it has 20 crash test centers where it tests vehicles and<br />

vehicle components. Autoliv employs more than 70,000<br />

people globally.<br />

To find out more about how you can become an integral<br />

part of the Autoliv team, visit Autoliv’s career page at<br />

autoliv.com/careers or additional information on Autoliv,<br />

please visit www.autoliv.com.<br />

Each year, Autoliv’s products save more than 30,000 lives<br />

and prevent ten times as many injuries.<br />

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US. FOODS<br />

❖<br />

Above: Only ingredients of the highest caliber make their way in our popular<br />

Chef’s Line products. Designed and created for chefs who insist on the best.<br />

Premium products. Fresh ideas. Passionate people. That<br />

is what it takes! Launched in 1979 as a food distribution<br />

company operating under Westman Commission Company,<br />

US. Foods (USF) Ogden’s original team of sixteen staff<br />

members received nightly rail shipments from the regional<br />

warehouse out of Denver, Colorado. Because of proximity to<br />

the Ogden train depot, USF provided customers the unique<br />

advantage of being able to place orders one day and have<br />

product arrive the following day.<br />

In 1985 when Kraft Foods entered the foodservice<br />

distribution business, it chose Westman as its first purchase,<br />

establishing a platform to build a different kind of national<br />

food distribution network. Taking advantage of over<br />

150 years of food industry expertise, the organization<br />

capitalized on the heritage of its predecessor companies such<br />

as Rykoff-Sexton and PYA Monarch. Kraft believed USF not<br />

only could, but should, be more than simply a freight<br />

company delivering products; this was the impetus for USF’s<br />

evolution to becoming trusted consultants dedicated to<br />

collaborating with clients, developing and producing<br />

products and building transformative customer relationships.<br />

The early endeavor began with three locations in Denver,<br />

Ogden and Albuquerque. The revolutionary approach resulted<br />

in exponential growth for USF as well as for USF Ogden.<br />

USF has grown to be the second largest food distribution<br />

company in the United States, with over sixty operating facilities<br />

located coast to coast. Ogden became a free-standing<br />

facility, separating entirely from the Denver region by the end<br />

of 1985; sales increased from $12 million in 1984 to an<br />

expected $400 million by year end. The array of products has<br />

also expanded significantly over the years; USF now offers<br />

350,000 national and exclusive brand products to hundreds<br />

of thousands of acute-care and senior living facilities,<br />

schools, hotels, restaurants, and other eating establishments.<br />

Success and growing demand led to construction of a $60<br />

million operation center in 2009. Despite recommendations<br />

that USF should relocate to Salt Lake City, USF chose to stay<br />

in <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong>. One of the most advanced, far-reaching<br />

distribution centers in the Western United States was built at<br />

Thirty-First Street and I-15. The decision of where to locate<br />

was easy, fueled by allegiance. Ogden was home; the company<br />

attributes its success directly to its Ogden and <strong>Weber</strong><br />

<strong>County</strong> resident employees, referring to them as “the heart of<br />

what makes USF better every day.”<br />

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The USF Ogden team has grown from its original sixteen<br />

to 350 employees—individuals who feel more like a family<br />

than a workforce. USF is especially proud of company<br />

culture and the work ethic of its staff, many of whom are<br />

second-generation employees with long family histories and<br />

ties to the <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> area. Beliefs and values found<br />

within the community are reflected in USF’s own culture.<br />

This team is driven by firm commitment to shared values:<br />

• Second to None—We challenge the status quo every day<br />

to be the best.<br />

• Team Up—We engage the right people, in the right way,<br />

at the right time.<br />

• Talk Straight—We seek the truth and exchange objective<br />

feedback.<br />

• Walk the Talk—We take accountability to deliver on<br />

our commitments.<br />

USF also has a strong commitment to corporate citizenship;<br />

it is woven into the fabric of the enterprise and extends into<br />

every aspect of business. Responsibility is more than something<br />

this company talks about, it is a way of life. USF consistently<br />

strives to build stronger communities while supporting and creating<br />

a cleaner environment. The company collaborates with its<br />

neighbors to fight hunger, forms partnerships to ensure that<br />

facilities and fleet produce the smallest possible carbon footprint,<br />

and seeks out sustainable products for every customer.<br />

USF Ogden’s dedication to quality and excellence has<br />

inspired added technologies, methods and adaptations to best<br />

meet the needs of those it serves. To that end, USF Ogden is<br />

proud to embrace several national programs aimed at continuous<br />

improvement and increasing value to every customer:<br />

• We Help You Make It: USF operates as consultants and<br />

partners, and is committed to helping clients optimize efficiency<br />

of operations and attract more customers every day.<br />

• Food Fanatics: Providing more than products, creating<br />

ideas and passion around the sharing of meals inspires<br />

the company’s campaign, which is supported by a one-ofa-kind<br />

magazine, Food Fanatics, and exciting Food Fanatic<br />

Live culinary events, which offer latest trend discussions<br />

and food demonstrations to position clients on the cutting-edge<br />

of the food scene.<br />

• Scoop: Three times each year USF brings twenty to twentyfive<br />

new trendsetting products from across all categories<br />

into the customer’s hands. These cutting-edge products are<br />

debuted in USF SCOOP magazine along with insight on<br />

attributes, ingredients and back-of-the-house advantages.<br />

• E-Commerce: USF’s robust e-commerce site syncs across<br />

all operations and devices in real time, enabling easy online<br />

ordering/tracking of invoices, orders and inventory, freeing<br />

time for businesses to focus on what is important—<br />

their customers.<br />

Because of unwavering effort through the years, USF<br />

Ogden has received numerous service and performance<br />

awards and has consistently been recognized at the very top<br />

of the corporation’s performance for more than twenty years.<br />

While recognition and awards are nice, it is not what motivates<br />

USF Ogden. Rather, this is a team of passionate people<br />

with fresh ideas, truly inspired by helping other businesses<br />

flourish. Infinitely more than food distribution, US. Foods<br />

Ogden is transforming businesses to new levels of success.<br />

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Above: The US. Foods’ Ogden facility.<br />

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AMERICAN NUTRITION, INC.<br />

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Above: American Nutrition, Inc., Ogden facility.<br />

Right: Jack Behnken, founding president and CEO of American<br />

Nutrition, Inc.<br />

American Nutrition, Inc.<br />

(originally Animal Nutrition,<br />

Inc.) was founded in 1972<br />

by Jack Behnken after recognizing<br />

Ogden as the perfect<br />

location for a pet food manufacturing<br />

plant being at a<br />

mid-point between the grain<br />

and protein markets of the<br />

Midwest and the population<br />

centers of the west coast.<br />

Although not the first person<br />

to place a pet food plant in<br />

the west, Jack had a deeper vision—he knew that he could do<br />

it better. ‘Do it Better’ has become a motto for American<br />

Nutrition, Inc. (ANI) underlying every decision, every customer<br />

transaction, and every product American Nutrition makes.<br />

Ironically, ANI’s creation emerged from a project that<br />

failed. While serving as Director of Bakery Products for the<br />

Kellogg Company, Behnken was assigned to locate and<br />

design a manufacturing facility for a Utah company that was<br />

buying co-products from Kellogg’s for use in animal feeds.<br />

Ogden, Utah seemed ideal with ample access to major rail<br />

and trucking corridors. However, Jack’s efforts seemingly<br />

came to an abrupt halt when the company decided not to go<br />

forward with the facility Jack had labored to design. This<br />

would have been a red light to most but this apparent dead<br />

end, combined with Jack’s own ingenuity and entrepreneurial<br />

spirit, was the impetus for a new, transformative direction<br />

in his life course. After raising the seed money to get the<br />

company started, Jack and his wife, Nancy, along with their<br />

three kids and two dogs, moved to Ogden to put his design<br />

and new business into action. Jack needed help to run the<br />

plant and turned to Mel Carey, a friend he had known for<br />

years in Michigan who, at the time ran the Keebler plant in<br />

Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mel believed in Jack and his capabilities<br />

so deeply that he moved his family to Utah becoming<br />

Jack’s right hand man and first employee.<br />

Albeit a risky and bold move for Jack to leave the security<br />

as a director for the Kellogg Company and set out on his<br />

own, the Kellogg Company was surprisingly supportive of<br />

Jack’s decision, granting him the rights to the Atta Boy brand<br />

of dog food and allowing ANI to use “Made with the Kellogg<br />

Formula” on the packages.<br />

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Getting a new, unknown brand into the market was<br />

far from easy. This required a lot of good old-fashioned hard<br />

work, including handing out samples…a lot of samples.<br />

While other kids may have been playing baseball on the<br />

corner lot, Jack’s entire family (kids and all) were frequently<br />

engaged in an assembly line around the dining room table<br />

where they worked to fill, label, and box thousands of small<br />

sample bags of the various products ANI would sell.<br />

With a keen eye toward growing his business, Jack soon<br />

discovered the additional opportunity to make private label<br />

pet foods for various grocery store chains. Although<br />

store-owned private label brands existed in various types<br />

of human food, not much was happening in the pet food<br />

category. The combination of identifying needs and seizing<br />

opportunities by meeting those needs fueled further sales<br />

growth. ANI’s success in manufacturing quality pet foods<br />

caught the attention of some national brand pet food<br />

makers, not as competition, but as trusted allies to provide<br />

needed capacity. Jack’s unwavering work ethic and vision<br />

allowed ANI’s continued growth building additional facilities<br />

in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1980, Woodland, Washington, in<br />

1990, and Hazelton, Pennsylvania, in 2009. Over the years<br />

of rapid growth, Nancy, daughter, Sandi, and two sons, John<br />

and Bill, would all join the business in various capacities,<br />

holding strong to the tradition of a true family business that<br />

truly cares for their employees, the products they make and<br />

the pets they feed. After thirty-five years of seeing his<br />

creation grow and prosper, Jack’s health declined and he<br />

died at the age of eighty in 2007 succeeded by his son, Bill.<br />

Far from the humble beginnings with a dining room<br />

assembly line, ANI has grown to employ over 400 employees<br />

and achieve over $400 million in sales with customers in all<br />

segments of pet food retail including grocery, club stores,<br />

mass merchandisers, pet specialty stores and farm and feed<br />

stores across the U.S. and around the world to countries<br />

including Canada, Mexico, Japan, the Caribbean, Ghana,<br />

Guam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Korea, Malaysia, and<br />

the Philippines. The professionals at ANI have dedicated<br />

their careers to the health and happiness of all pets because<br />

they know that pets have the power to change lives. ANI<br />

proudly supports Pet Partners, a nonprofit organization<br />

dedicated to training and providing therapy animals to<br />

individuals in need, including veterans with PTSD, seniors<br />

living with Alzheimer’s, students with literacy challenges,<br />

patients in recovery, people with intellectual disabilities and<br />

those approaching end of life. This is just one of many ways<br />

American Nutrition continues to ‘Do it Better’ by making life<br />

better for pets and the people who love them.<br />

❖<br />

A ten-pound bag of Atta Boy dog and puppy food, manufactured by<br />

American Nutrition, Inc.<br />

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PETERSEN INCORPORATED<br />

When Denis Petersen started offering welding services from<br />

his garage in 1961, he did not envision that fifty-five years later<br />

it would have transformed into over 1.3 million square feet of<br />

world class manufacturing, specialized fabrication, precision<br />

machining, field services, and 3PL warehouse and distribution<br />

facilities, but that is exactly what it has become.<br />

What started out as a family business, Denis and his<br />

son, Steven, who became a certified welder at the age of fourteen<br />

and assisted his father and eventually grew the business<br />

into what it is today. Petersen Incorporated of Ogden, Utah<br />

(with an additional manufacturing facility in Pocatello, Idaho)<br />

is one of the foremost manufacturing facilities in the United<br />

States, serving customers throughout the world. A 100 percent<br />

employee owned small business, they rely on these three<br />

key values: take care of the employees and their families, take<br />

care of the customers, and give back to the community. By<br />

doing those three things, they feel they will be successful.<br />

They call this “The Petersen Way” of doing business.<br />

The company and employees are encouraged to give back<br />

where they live and work and have strong roots in the communities<br />

they operate in. They know a company is only as<br />

good as the people who work for it, and they feel their<br />

employees are as good as it gets. Petersen Inc. has attracted<br />

and retained some of the finest skilled welders, machinists,<br />

toolmakers, and craftsmen in the manufacturing industry. It<br />

is their mission to make a difference in the lives of their<br />

employees, their communities, and their customers.<br />

Petersen Inc. prides itself on being a financially secure<br />

company. In the beginning, the Petersen family taught the<br />

employees to work hard and save money for the future<br />

growth of the company. A philosophy that still exists today<br />

and has proven to be very successful, Petersen Inc. believes<br />

it is worth sacrificing short-term profits for long-term gains.<br />

They have never been burdened with debt or held hostage<br />

by creditors that would dictate their ability to do business.<br />

“It hasn’t always been easy, in fact, it’s been really hard,<br />

but it’s been worth it,” says Vice President of Business<br />

Development, Rob Despain, who has been with the company<br />

since 1983. Really hard and difficult is something Petersen’s<br />

is accustomed to. They have made a name by doing things<br />

that are difficult, oftentimes building custom parts that have<br />

never been produced, and today continue to build incredibly<br />

difficult products and projects for a variety of customers<br />

around the world.<br />

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Petersen Inc. delivers high quality, on-time products<br />

to their customers and the industries they support including<br />

aerospace, hydro, industrial, mining, nuclear and oil<br />

and gas just to name a few. Petersen Inc. manufactures everything<br />

from roller coaster towers and mining equipment, to<br />

gloveboxes, spent fuel storage casks and steam<br />

dryers for the nuclear industry. Diversity in services offered<br />

and the ability to service various industries has allowed<br />

Petersen Inc. to not only stay alive, but thrive in industry<br />

and economic down turns. “The secret sauce is diversity,”<br />

says Despain. “That’s not by chance,” adds Mark Jenkins,<br />

CEO, “that’s by design.” Petersen Inc.’s vast capabilities<br />

are some of the largest available in the Western United<br />

States. Their winning combination of modern equipment,<br />

technology, and lean manufacturing techniques allow<br />

them to successfully produce close tolerance components<br />

and high quality products for a variety of industries.<br />

They maintain the highest quality standards found<br />

in the industry holding ASME U, U2, S, and NBIC R stamps<br />

certifying the fabrication or repair of ASME pressure vessels<br />

at the facility or in the field. They are also NQA-1 compliant,<br />

ISO 9001:2008 certified and AS9100 certified allowing them<br />

to do work with companies such as Bechtel, Boeing, Energy<br />

Solutions, GE Hitachi, NAC International, NAES and<br />

Westinghouse Electric—just to name a few.<br />

Petersen Inc. has also been recognized with both state and<br />

national awards for excellence in their fields of expertise.<br />

Most recently receiving the Best of State award for<br />

Manufacturing in 2016, Boeing Supplier of the Year, INC.<br />

500/5000 list of fastest growing companies, Utah MEP<br />

Manufacturer of the Year, Utah Best of Business and a safety<br />

award from Workman’s Compensation of Utah.<br />

Petersen Inc. enjoys doing business in Utah and<br />

with their customers worldwide. They continue to work<br />

on establishing and building long-term relationships<br />

within their supply chain and extensive customer base.<br />

They realize that companies do not make a profit, people<br />

do, so they value each of their employees and their contributions.<br />

They are committed to <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> and to the<br />

Ogden community who support them, and to their employees<br />

for the long-term. They realize that success is a journey<br />

and are committed and genuinely concerned about leaving<br />

a legacy for their employees/owners that believe in the<br />

Petersen story and will carry the vision and “The Petersen<br />

Way” of doing business forward.<br />

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POWERTEQ<br />

In 1999, Brett Satterthwaite purchased a 1998 Dodge<br />

Diesel pickup. As a truck owner and brilliant engineering<br />

mind, he became interested in various horsepower-adding<br />

products that were in the market at that time. As he explored<br />

products for enhancing the performance of his own truck, he<br />

soon identified a consumer need that was not adequately<br />

being addressed. While automotive aftermarket performance<br />

as an industry had a long history in the United States, none<br />

of the major players were focusing on the diesel truck niche<br />

or the late model, computer controlled, fuel-injected vehicles.<br />

Brett had an idea about how to address this need; he<br />

also had the knowledge to put his idea into action.<br />

Brett partnered up with his cousin, Taylor Satterthwaite,<br />

and a small local engineering firm, to begin design work<br />

on the original product. There was a lot of work involved<br />

to engineer and create the final product. However, to make a<br />

long story short; the resulting product was a smashing<br />

success. With no outside investment money, the two cousins<br />

were able to grow the fledgling business, originally known<br />

as Edge Products, into the strong industry leader that it<br />

is today by using only operating cash flow from their<br />

revolutionary product.<br />

In the early days, Brett and Taylor could never have<br />

anticipated the remarkable success of their little company.<br />

Demand quickly fueled a need to hire other key people<br />

to help them manage the growth. From the vision and<br />

investment of the original two founders, Powerteq now<br />

employs over 100 individuals at its headquarters in<br />

Ogden, Utah, providing high-paying jobs to local residents.<br />

The headquarters office includes Executive Management,<br />

Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, Finance/Accounting,<br />

Manufacturing, Warehouse/distribution, Quality Control,<br />

IT/Network administration, Human Resources, Research and<br />

Development, and Engineering. Powerteq also operates a second<br />

office in Sanford, Florida. The Florida office includes<br />

Research and Development, Marketing, Product Management,<br />

and Customer Service Personnel. Approximately one-third of<br />

all employees are Research Developers or Engineers. It takes<br />

the brightest innovative minds to keep Powerteq on the cutting-edge<br />

of performance electronics. Powerteq regularly<br />

recruits team members through local colleges and universities<br />

in an effort to fill positions in Software, Electrical<br />

Engineering, and Firmware with the most qualified and dedicated<br />

employees. Powerteq’s team members are known for<br />

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having a passion for creating the world’s best automotive<br />

performance products.<br />

Alongside Brett and Taylor, early stage key contributors<br />

were Ogden, Utah natives: Former Vice President and<br />

current President Dave Martinez; Vice President of Sales<br />

Bryce Castleton; Chief Financial Officer Reed Neubert;<br />

and President Paul Lehman.<br />

From its start in 1999 to 2006, the company grew at an<br />

exponential rate and was twice recognized on the Inc. 500<br />

Fastest Growing Companies List. The company was sold to<br />

private equity owners in 2006 and continued to grow and<br />

evolve through numerous mergers and acquisitions over the<br />

next ten years. In 2011 the strategic decision was made to<br />

integrate Edge Products and Superchips into one company<br />

operating under the name Powerteq. Powerteq is the leader<br />

in performance tuning in the automotive market, managing<br />

the Edge, Superchip, and DiabloSport Brands.<br />

Today, Powerteq continues to be an industry leader<br />

in the design and manufacture of aftermarket electronic<br />

performance products under the<br />

well-respected brand names of<br />

Edge, Superchips and DiabloSport.<br />

While the company started with a<br />

focus on diesel trucks, its offerings<br />

have expanded greatly to include<br />

high-quality electronic products<br />

servicing gas trucks, jeeps, SUVs,<br />

Harley Davidson motorcycles,<br />

domestic muscle cars, many overthe-road<br />

natural-gas powered rigs,<br />

and the fast growing racing community<br />

within the various market<br />

segments that it serves.<br />

Ever growing and expanding,<br />

Powerteq has gone from start-up<br />

to a $50 million division of High<br />

Performance Industries, the largest performance aftermarket<br />

company in the world. While Powerteq distributes parts<br />

around the world, the company’s primary markets are<br />

currently the USA and Canada.<br />

Powerteq recognizes its neighbors as an important part<br />

of their success. As a result, Powerteq supports the local<br />

community by participating in numerous grassroots<br />

charitable efforts. Every September the Powerteq team ‘shifts<br />

gears’ to host a fun and exciting event that includes a<br />

dynamometer (horsepower) competition, diesel sled pulling,<br />

along with several other adrenaline producing activities.<br />

A portion of the proceeds from this annual event are donated<br />

to a local charity.<br />

Powerteq’s future plans include expanding products into<br />

new market segments, as well as new geographies around<br />

the world, as they hold fast to a dedication to product<br />

innovation and exceptional customer service to the growing<br />

number of performance enthusiasts around the world.<br />

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AUSTRAL STAR LLC<br />

❖<br />

Right: Jared Rea with Ogden in the background.<br />

Below: Villina Greenwell and Jared Rea with a bridge crane made by<br />

Austral Star LLC.<br />

Austral Star LLC got its start in 2004. While working for<br />

a Salt Lake City company, a customer asked Jared Rea if he<br />

was interested in designing and manufacturing a Bag Lift<br />

for airports. The regional jets used by airlines have smaller<br />

overhead bins so passengers must check their “carry on” bags<br />

at the boarding gate. These checked bags create congestion in<br />

the walkway that is a hazard and extra work to transfer them<br />

to the aircrafts hold. The Bag Lift creates space outside of the<br />

walkway at the terminal level where passengers can place their<br />

own bags for transfer to the aircraft. The Bag Lift increases<br />

efficiency, safety and reduces workload.<br />

Jared had the inspiration and intellect to take on this challenge.<br />

After successfully supplying the first order, Jared left his<br />

employer to start his own business building the lifts. With the<br />

design, experience, and drive to be a success; all that was needed<br />

to make it official was a name for the new company. Jared<br />

and his father, Malcolm, contemplated many possibilities. Both<br />

had found inspiration in the Australian night sky, particularly<br />

a distinctive constellation dubbed the Southern Cross and an<br />

event known as the Southern lights or the Aurora Australis.<br />

This common appreciation lead to shortening “Australis” to<br />

“Austral” and connecting the five stars of the Southern Cross<br />

to design a unique star shape for the company logo. The<br />

combination of these pieces created the name Austral Star and<br />

on August 2, 2004, Austral Star LLC was born.<br />

During the first month of business, Jared’s garage doubled<br />

as his manufacturing site. He soon moved operations to<br />

share a workshop with another business. Within six months,<br />

Austral Star had expanded to utilize the entire shop.<br />

Specialized equipment such as cranes and forklifts were<br />

needed to manufacture the heavy lifts. In the first week of<br />

business, Jared built a 3-ton capacity A-Frame gantry and<br />

ordered an old Towmotor forklift from Ebay for $300,<br />

ironically its delivery fee was more than the purchase price.<br />

Jared worked relentlessly on design and components to<br />

reduce the cost and ensure viability. Initially, Austral Star<br />

had no employees, utilizing only a couple of subcontractors.<br />

As business expanded, Austral Star employed a part-time<br />

fabricator, assemblers and technicians. Austral Star now has<br />

two full-time fabricators, a technician and sales person, as<br />

well as a handful of part-time technicians and assemblers.<br />

Austral Star proudly provides material handling solutions<br />

to the transportation, energy, food and infrastructure<br />

industries in the Intermountain area including Utah,<br />

Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. They offer Bag Lifts for<br />

airports, Overhead Cranes for industry, Dumbwaiters<br />

and material lifts for home and business. Robert Ingersoll<br />

once said, “We rise by lifting others up.” This is exactly<br />

what Austral Star does every day. Learn about Austral Star<br />

at www.australstar.com.<br />

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Quick Turn Precision Machining is a full-service machine<br />

shop, specializing in small to medium rapid turnaround<br />

precision machine work from custom tooling and intricate<br />

molds to small specialized parts.<br />

Nate Woods and brother, Adam Woods, founded Quick<br />

Turn Precision Machining to meet a growing demand for<br />

quality, rapid-turn, and high-quality machine parts. Since<br />

1997, Nate and Adam have been steadily building a highly<br />

reputable, stand-out business. From the time these two were<br />

kids, they loved to invent, build and make things—and make<br />

them well! This commitment and passion shows in every<br />

facet of the Quick Turn Machining business. The original<br />

dedication to both quality and speed still drives everything<br />

they do. The continuing growth of Quick Turn is a direct<br />

result of a love for the trade, respect for customers, and the<br />

unified efforts of an outstanding team.<br />

Founder and CEO Nate confidently shares, “Our experienced<br />

team can tack most jobs. We constantly strive to improve our<br />

processes, to keep that high standard of quality that we are<br />

known for.” Quick Turn is more than a name, it is a promise.<br />

Their unique ability to turn jobs around quickly<br />

is a key component to their success. For example,<br />

Quick Turn’s water-jet customer can literally walk<br />

in and work with the operator to program their<br />

specific part, and in most cases, start cutting the<br />

same day. Eliminating time delays, does not mean<br />

cutting quality. Besides employing the most highly<br />

skilled operators, Quick Turn is very process<br />

centered, and utilizes both advanced equipment<br />

and continuous improvement processes to save<br />

time, increase productivity, and assure the highest<br />

quality on every single job. After all, “Less time<br />

spent being disorganized means more time<br />

focusing on what’s important—our customers,”<br />

states Nate.<br />

In addition to the state-of-the-art Computer Numeric<br />

Control (CNC) milling, turning and water-jet cutting, Quick<br />

Turn also provides heat-treating, sandblasting, welding,<br />

fabrication, and technical drawing services to meet the needs<br />

of their loyal customers.<br />

More important than the tools and machines Quick<br />

Turn uses, is their highly skilled team; a tight-knit group<br />

of machinists, programmers, coordinators,<br />

and executives who love what they do. They<br />

are absolutely committed to making the best<br />

parts possible while delivering unmatched<br />

customer service. They aim high to exceed<br />

all expectations.<br />

Most machine shops can deliver a precision<br />

product, but for the customer looking for<br />

more increased capacity, better quality, along<br />

with quick-turn over and unparalleled<br />

customer service…the answer is Quick Turn.<br />

“We are Quick Turn and We Love the<br />

Business of Quality Machining.”<br />

QUICK TURN<br />

PRECISION MACHINING<br />

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❖<br />

Above: Ray Kimber.<br />

KIMBER KABLE<br />

Headquartered in Ogden, Utah, Kimber Kable is the<br />

brainchild of inventor, engineer and entrepreneur Ray<br />

Kimber. Ray’s fervor for experimentation and discovery<br />

began in the first grade when he built a crystal receiver,<br />

which he tweaked, without help or knowledge, by adding<br />

to it a set of army surplus headphones. It was not supposed<br />

to work, but it did.<br />

In the mid-1970s, Ray worked at a sound and lighting<br />

company in Los Angeles, at a time when the first big discotheques<br />

were being installed. Traditionally, sound and<br />

lighting systems were not installed right next to each other,<br />

nor did lighting systems ever have such an array of noise<br />

generating fixtures; such as strobes and other flashing and<br />

dimmable lights. However, with the revolution of the discotheque,<br />

lights and speakers were installed next to each<br />

other, causing the speaker cable to function much like an<br />

antenna array, bringing undesirable noise from the lights<br />

into the sound system.<br />

Technicians tried to cure the problem by encasing the<br />

speaker cable in a steel conduit; while this reduced the<br />

noise, it had the unintended result of lowering audio fidelity<br />

due to the steel interacting with the magnetic field of the<br />

speaker cable. Ray had the idea of utilizing counter-rotating<br />

sets of conductors to cancel the magnetic interaction effect;<br />

he surmised that the counter-rotating sets of conductors<br />

would not pick up noise. His theory was supported; noise<br />

was greatly reduced, resulting in a huge difference in<br />

perceived audio quality. This unprecedented discovery of<br />

noise elimination and improved fidelity set Ray to developing<br />

cable designs.<br />

Ray’s braided cable not only rejected the radio frequency<br />

(RF) noise, but allowed the system to sound markedly<br />

different, clear, with richer timbre. This success, combined<br />

with Ray’s ingenuity and passion fueled his entrepreneurial<br />

decision to make this his business. In 1979, Ray hit the road<br />

with a few spools of cable and some modest test equipment<br />

to demonstrate there was a testable difference in cables.<br />

Employing simple “before and after” tests, Ray would replace<br />

regular speaker cables with his own Kimber Kable. The<br />

result was obvious! Ray not only sold his cable, but earned<br />

respect and acquired lifelong satisfied customers—many of<br />

whom to this day use Kimber Kable as their exclusive choice.<br />

For over three decades, Kimber Kable has evolved and<br />

expanded its notoriety as Ray’s team has continued to test various<br />

metals as conductors, assorted manufacturing protocols,<br />

assorted stranding sizes, different twist lengths and insulation,<br />

as well as methods for adhering insulation to cable—all the<br />

time improving, modifying, and expanding upon his original<br />

groundbreaking cable concept and design. Kimber Kable<br />

holds an enviable reputation among sound enthusiasts and<br />

professionals alike and has long led the audio/video cable<br />

industry in technology and precision manufacturing.<br />

As Kimber Kable continued to grow, other business<br />

ventures sprouted. Ray started heatshrink.com, one of the<br />

nation’s largest stocking suppliers of heat shrink tubing.<br />

With an emphasis on taking care of the customer first,<br />

heatshrink.com and Kimber Kable (kimber.com) have<br />

become household names in their perspective industries.<br />

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MANUFACTURING/TECHNOLOGY<br />

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Mount Ben Lomond in the Spring.<br />

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Building a Greater <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong><br />

<strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong>’s real estate developers, construction<br />

companies, heavy industries, and manufacturers<br />

provide the economic foundation of the region<br />

Great Basin Engineering, Inc....................................................................................240<br />

Wadman Corporation ..............................................................................................242<br />

Kellerstrass Oil Company ........................................................................................244<br />

Redd Roofing Co.....................................................................................................246<br />

Summit Powder Mountain ........................................................................................248<br />

Valley Nursery, Inc.................................................................................................250<br />

Reeve & Associates, Inc...........................................................................................252<br />

Golden Spike Realty................................................................................................254<br />

Rocky Mountain Masonry.........................................................................................255<br />

Business Depot Ogden. ............................................................................................256<br />

Timber Works, Inc. .................................................................................................257<br />

Tramcor Corp ........................................................................................................258<br />

Great Western Supply, Inc........................................................................................259<br />

Skinner Excavating, Inc...........................................................................................260<br />

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GREAT BASIN<br />

ENGINEERING, INC.<br />

Located at 5746 South 1475 East, South Ogden, Utah,<br />

Great Basin Engineering, Inc., is a full-service civil engineering<br />

and land surveying company serving the Mountain West<br />

for almost sixty years. Since its inception in 1959, Great<br />

Basin Engineering, Inc., has been dedicated to maintaining<br />

the highest professional standards.<br />

The principals at Great Basin Engineering understand that<br />

quality and competency start with creating an excellent<br />

team—they are proud of their team. Great Basin has twentyeight<br />

full time employees including civil and environmental<br />

engineers, government relations consultants, land use planners,<br />

CAD designers, landscape architects, and land surveyors.<br />

Each is devoted to the highest professional standards and<br />

to the shared mission of delivering the very best to every<br />

single client. As a result, Great Basin is highly respected in the<br />

fields of civil engineering and land surveying and has valuable<br />

experience with a reputation that is unsurpassed both<br />

in quality and attention to detail. Over the years, Great Basin<br />

Engineering has provided civil engineering, land surveying,<br />

entitlement processing, construction administration, and<br />

project management on thousands of projects; specializing in<br />

land use planning and government relations consulting.<br />

As a fundamental way of doing business, the Great Basin<br />

team is committed to understanding each client’s business<br />

model; putting their professional team of consultants in the<br />

client’s shoes. This assures that the company’s very first<br />

consideration is in the best interest of the client, motivating<br />

a concentrated effort to increase the return on investment<br />

for every project. Enhancing this team effort, every Great<br />

Basin Engineering project is personally directed by<br />

a principal of the company to ensure quality control<br />

and project vision; working side-by-side with the client<br />

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from inception through construction to ribbon cutting.<br />

Key personnel assigned to each project have a wealth of<br />

experience in their specialized fields. This knowledge and<br />

experience allows the Great Basin team to assist in every<br />

phase along the way and to customize services to fit to the<br />

individual needs of each respective client.<br />

Beyond a pledge to provide excellent engineering services,<br />

Great Basin Engineering has at its foundation a commitment<br />

to foster partnerships with architects, construction companies,<br />

and developers. Embracing this core value has given Great<br />

Basin Engineering the opportunity to be a part of numerous<br />

large-scale commercial design projects throughout the<br />

United States, securing a project portfolio that is varied<br />

and diverse. Great Basin’s projects include hospitals, food<br />

distribution warehouses, processing facilities, military base<br />

projects, churches, zoo habitats, recreational facilities, ball<br />

parks, K-12 schools, and university facilities. Most of Great<br />

Basin’s work comes through repeat and referral clientele.<br />

In addition to commercial developments, Great Basin<br />

Engineering works with many large and small developers<br />

in the subdivision of parcels for both residential and multifamily<br />

housing projects.<br />

One recent notable project completed by Great Basin<br />

Engineering is the Eccles Theater in downtown Salt Lake City.<br />

Great Basin Engineering has received many awards<br />

including ACPA recognition, 2013, in categories of both<br />

Municipal Streets and Industrial Parking Lots. Each year,<br />

the ACPA “Excellence in Concrete Pavement” awards honor<br />

quality concrete pavements constructed in the United States<br />

and Canada, recognizing contractors, engineers, and project<br />

owners who completed outstanding projects.<br />

As a part of the <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> community, we are proud to<br />

contribute to local growth and prosperity through the work we<br />

do. We would be delighted to assist you with your next project.<br />

Visit www.greatbasinengineering.com for more information.<br />

Great Basin services include:<br />

Civil Engineering & Planning<br />

• Commercial Development<br />

• Site Planning<br />

• Infrastructure Design<br />

• Subdivision Development<br />

• Construction Documents<br />

• Roadway Design<br />

• Water System Design<br />

• Wastewater System Design<br />

• Storm Water Conveyance and Control<br />

• Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans<br />

• Residential Subdivision Master Plans<br />

Surveying<br />

• Property Surveys<br />

• Subdivision Plating<br />

• Land Title Surveys (A.L.T.A.)<br />

• Topographic Surveys<br />

• Construction Layout<br />

• Gas/Oil Pipe Line Layout<br />

• Annexation Plans<br />

• Right of Way Surveys<br />

• Legal Descriptions and Easements<br />

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Above: The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater in downtown<br />

Salt Lake City.<br />

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WADMAN CORPORATION<br />

“Wadman stands as a stimulating organization with<br />

committed and passionate individuals that empower the<br />

team to achieve success for themselves, each team member,<br />

and for our clients by being trusting, honest and committed<br />

to each other’s success.”<br />

Jay Wadman started his own construction company in<br />

1951 after completing a tour of duty in the United States<br />

Navy. He started his company working small remodel jobs,<br />

repair work, and a few small jobs for Hill Air Force Base,<br />

Utah. In the decades that followed, the growth and success of<br />

the company was attributed to the high percentage of repeat<br />

customers that were loyal to Jay, his staff and his work ethic.<br />

In 1984, Jay’s son, David, was named president of the<br />

corporation. Like his father, David was adamant about building<br />

valued client relationships. “It is the foundation of our success.<br />

We excel at giving our valued clients the best in professional<br />

service and expert performance.” David now serves as the<br />

chairman of the board and CEO of the corporation. Since 2007,<br />

Dave Hogan has been the president of Wadman Corporation.<br />

With their combined leadership, Wadman continues to grow<br />

and be recognized as one of the best builders in the west.<br />

In the 1980s, Wadman Corporation covered the entire<br />

Intermountain Region and developed a very strong business<br />

presence in California. While small remodel jobs remain a<br />

part of Wadman Corporation, today, Wadman is very involved<br />

in large-scale projects for major national retail clients, resort<br />

developers, healthcare owners, large and small scale government<br />

projects, educational facilities, multi-unit residential<br />

housing, travel centers, hotels, restaurants, churches, libraries,<br />

financial facilities, grocery stores, and other projects reflecting<br />

Wadman’s diverse background in various market sectors.<br />

Although headquartered in Ogden, Utah, Wadman builds<br />

primarily throughout the thirteen western states and national<br />

clients have contracted with Wadman to do construction<br />

projects in forty-seven states across the country.<br />

Wadman signature projects include the Waldorf Astoria<br />

in Park City, the Jackson Hole Airport and the Payson LDS<br />

Temple. Although these beautiful large buildings are<br />

impressive, Wadman takes every project seriously, providing<br />

excellent construction management and project supervision<br />

regardless of the size of the project.<br />

As Wadman Corporation continues under the leadership<br />

of David, operating philosophies remain the same as those<br />

of his father, Jay. The cornerstones of Wadman’s mission<br />

statement are “trust, honesty and commitment”—values that<br />

are recited daily and implemented by each employee.<br />

There are a lot of ways to tell Wadman Corporation’s story:<br />

• You could start with numbers. Since 2000, Wadman has<br />

been involved in over 1,000 projects, involving almost<br />

23.5 million square feet with construction value<br />

approaching $1.7 billion.<br />

• You could start with statistics about Wadman’s reputation<br />

for safety and quality. As of today, Wadman has 1,650<br />

plus days without a lost time accident, has an Experience<br />

Modifier Rate (EMR) of .65, which means this company is<br />

much safer than average. The goal is to send our employees,<br />

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subcontractors, suppliers and owner’s representatives<br />

home safely each evening to their families. Wadman<br />

Corporation also received a Platinum Safety Award for<br />

its outstanding safety record; all of which translates to<br />

exceptional value for clients. Add to these numbers<br />

the fact that ninety percent of Wadman’s customers are<br />

repeat business.<br />

• You could also start with the basics of solid construction:<br />

concrete, wood and steel. But none of these beginnings<br />

would tell the real story for Wadman.<br />

The real story begins long before the numbers, before<br />

construction starts. From the beginning Wadman’s team takes<br />

each project to heart—understanding that a building is not<br />

just a building—but so much more. Every building is a place<br />

families will go to worship, travel, shop, learn, and even heal.<br />

Wadman believes true success comes from the dedicated<br />

efforts of its team, a team of highly trained craftsmen who<br />

are passionate about building, committed to quality, and<br />

constantly seeking ways to reduce costs and bring higher<br />

value to a project. Careful and detailed estimating guides<br />

the Wadman team and helps owners stay within budget.<br />

From the front line to the top management, Wadman focuses<br />

on solving problems before they happen. This means<br />

Wadman’s management organizes and schedules in a highly<br />

efficient way, intent to avoid waste, delay and duplication.<br />

Wadman is a name subcontractors have come to trust.<br />

This undisputed reputation has led to solid relationships,<br />

better prices, and the best bottom line. Wadman has built<br />

loyalty with its vendors and staff. Because of this trust, they<br />

tend to stay around for the long haul. “Trust, honesty, and<br />

commitment” are values that continue to be passed from one<br />

generation to another generation; Wadman is proud that some<br />

of its team are second and even third generation employees.<br />

While building structures are what Wadman does for<br />

clients, building a better world through giving back is also<br />

essential to the Wadman business plan. Wadman is committed<br />

to playing an active role in building the community. The<br />

drive behind Wadman’s excellence is a deep-rooted desire to<br />

serve, change lives, make a real difference, and always give<br />

more than what is expected. Several local organizations have<br />

been the beneficiaries of Team Wadman’s service projects—<br />

domestic violence shelters, youth organizations, housing<br />

makeovers, community parks and trails. Wadman cares.<br />

Wadman understands that its best attribute is its people.<br />

Every member of the team works hard, performing the work<br />

with a greater purpose. Each job is more than just a job to be<br />

done; each building is more than just a building—it is your<br />

building, your client’s building—that makes it personal.<br />

Wadman is much more than a construction company<br />

because of everything and everyone who stands behind<br />

every single building. While Wadman is proud to have been<br />

part of countless ribbon cuttings and grand openings,<br />

the biggest thing to celebrate is what the Wadman team<br />

does on a day-to-day basis.<br />

Additional information is located on the Internet at<br />

www.wadman.com.<br />

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KELLERSTRASS OIL<br />

COMPANY<br />

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The Kellerstrass Bros. service station located at 22nd and Wall Avenue,<br />

c. 1948.<br />

Kellerstrass Oil Company’s core mission is to provide<br />

excellent customer service and quality refined products to<br />

meet its customer’s petroleum and lubricant needs throughout<br />

the Intermountain West. Kellerstrass Oil Company has<br />

been an independent petroleum marketer since 1948, serving<br />

customers in Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada, Colorado,<br />

and Montana for over sixty-seven years.<br />

Kellerstrass Oil built its business by offering expert service,<br />

quality refined products, lubricants, antifreeze, and solvents to<br />

a broad base of customers. Kellerstrass Oil was founded in<br />

Ogden, Utah, with division offices/bulk plants in Salt Lake City<br />

and Moab, Utah; Big Piney, Rock Springs, and Afton, Wyoming;<br />

and Montpelier, Soda Springs, and Pocatello, Idaho.<br />

In 1869, after the completion of the First Transcontinental<br />

Railroad at Promontory Point in Utah, Ogden became a town<br />

of interstate commerce. As a growing number of companies<br />

needed fuel and lubricants for their equipment, Kellerstrass<br />

Bros. was formed by Ken, Mack and Dean Kellerstrass to meet<br />

this demand and support the transportation boom in the<br />

economy. In the early days, Kellerstrass Bros. was a fullservice<br />

Unocal gas station, offering fuel, oil services, car<br />

batteries, and tires for its customers.<br />

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In the 1970s, as full-service gas stations were replaced<br />

by self-serve convenience stores, Craig Kellerstrass (son<br />

of Ken Kellerstrass) began building convenience stores<br />

along Utah’s Wasatch Front. Following Ken’s unexpected<br />

passing in 1983; Craig took on more responsibility<br />

and eventually purchased Kellerstrass Oil from Uncles<br />

Mack and Dean. Throughout the later part of the 1980s<br />

and 1990s, Kellerstrass Oil Company not only became<br />

a retail operator of numerous convenience stores, but also<br />

began utilizing its own trucking fleet to supply convenience<br />

stores of others in the marketplace.<br />

By 2000, with the ever-changing economy, Kellerstrass<br />

Oil Company had transformed into a wholesale distributor<br />

of fuels and lubricants, supplying the top brands in<br />

the industry. For the past fifteen years, Kellerstrass Oil<br />

has continued to supply its customers with expert customer<br />

service and quality products. They have grown organically<br />

and through acquisition over the years to now operate<br />

in Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada, Colorado, and Montana.<br />

Industries include: Agriculture, Construction, Oil and Gas,<br />

Mining, Industrial Plants, Manufacturing, Heavy Duty Fleet,<br />

Quick Lubes and Repair Facilities, Authorized Distributors,<br />

and Retail Fuel Branding.<br />

New to 2017, Kellerstrass Oil has recently moved their<br />

company headquarters to Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information,<br />

please visit their website at www.kellerstrassoil.com.<br />

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A Kellerstrass Oil tanker-truck traveling the roads of Wyoming.<br />

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REDD ROOFING CO.<br />

Redd Roofing was incorporated in September 1976 as a<br />

residential roofing contractor. Under the direction of<br />

co-founders, Lance and K. Frank Redd, Redd Roofing quickly<br />

expanded services to become an industrial and commercial<br />

roofing contractor within four years of the company’s<br />

inception. With projects throughout the Western United States,<br />

Redd Roofing is revered as a full-service roofing and sheet<br />

metal contractor. Redd is one of the select few contractors to<br />

boast experienced, qualified technicians to install every type<br />

of roof system available, including built-up roofing, single-ply,<br />

re-roofing, renovation, and new construction. Redd Roofing<br />

Co. employs a multifaceted quality management team; thoroughly<br />

dedicated to implementing, progressing, and achieving<br />

new standards and continuous improvement for industrial<br />

roofing contractors throughout the construction market.<br />

Redd Roofing Co. is designated as a commercial and<br />

industrial roofing specialist, offering an array of services<br />

from built-up roofing, single-ply roofing, and common<br />

roofing repairs and re-roofing projects, renovation, to new<br />

commercial roofing. Redd utilizes years of experience and<br />

the latest technologies to fulfill their time-honored pledge<br />

to “get the job done right the first time.”<br />

Re-roofing occupied buildings requires experience and<br />

communication to minimize disruption, and maintain and<br />

honor the integrity of the original structure. This can be a<br />

complicated task; one which Redd takes very seriously.<br />

Besides choosing the proper roofing system, excellent<br />

planning and coordination are essential elements Redd<br />

incorporates into every job. Redd is devoted to excellence<br />

within their re-roofing processes and applications with<br />

dedicated estimators/superintendents to coordinate and<br />

carry out each project. Redd is fully equipped to tackle any<br />

repair work needed to restore a failing roof to a safe and<br />

aesthetically-pleasing condition. Redd Roofing Co. with<br />

their full time crew of repair and inspections specialists,<br />

is proud to be an Approved Applicator of every major roof<br />

manufacturer in the roofing industry.<br />

Redd’s number one priority is quality. The Redd Roofing<br />

team realizes that superior quality is best defined through<br />

the eyes of their customers, one customer at a time. Such<br />

unprecedented customer satisfaction and company success<br />

can only be attained through the cumulative efforts of all<br />

Redd employees, subcontractors and vendors. Redd is invested<br />

and holds an unrelenting commitment to continuous<br />

improvement in their service, processes, and commercial<br />

roofing products. This dedication leads to future opportunities<br />

for success and ultimately motivates each decision made.<br />

Redd embraces the philosophy that “Failure is not an option!”<br />

Lance and Frank continue to actively manage and direct<br />

everything at Redd Roofing; they understand the importance<br />

of having a great team. Redd Roofing has an outstanding<br />

workforce with over 100 employees; twenty-five members of<br />

this valued team have tenure of fifteen years or more with<br />

the company. These employees, their loyalty, and cumulative<br />

experience are a viable and critical asset, which attests to<br />

the character and credibility of Redd Roofing Co.<br />

Program Manager/Estimator Kyle Redd has been featured<br />

in Details Magazine, a recognized industry periodical and<br />

serves as current director of the National Roofing Contractors<br />

Association. (The National Roofing Contractors Association<br />

is one of the construction industry’s trade associations and<br />

a voice in the roofing industry for information, education,<br />

technology and advocacy. Founded in 1886, NRCA is a<br />

nonprofit association that represents all segments of the<br />

roofing industry, including contractors; manufacturers;<br />

distributors; architects; consultants; engineers; building<br />

owners; and city, state and government agencies.)<br />

General Superintendent Blaine Reed is proficient in all<br />

facets of roofing and sheet metal, with the ability and skillset<br />

to oversee all types of roofing applications. His efforts assure<br />

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that Redd Roofing Co. projects are accomplished safely, on<br />

time and with the highest expected quality.<br />

Redd Roofing Co. is anxiously engaged in the NRCA and<br />

the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Utah chapter,<br />

as well as being members of the Firestone Platinum Council<br />

and have earned status as a Sika Sarnafil elite contractor.<br />

Redd Roofing’s Co. solid reputation in the industry and<br />

community has always been built upon five core values:<br />

• Outstanding Workmanship—Redd boasts proven tenure<br />

with a solid track record;<br />

• Financially Sound Company—Redd is fully insured<br />

and bonded;<br />

• Fully Staffed Service Department—The Redd family of<br />

employees are experienced, knowledgeable and ready to<br />

assist every customer roofing need;<br />

• Experts in Multiple Commercial Roofing Systems—<br />

Including built up, single-ply, new construction, repairs,<br />

re-roofs, replacement, and sheet metal; and<br />

• Satisfied Customer References—Redd is committed to<br />

their many long term, repeat customers.<br />

Some of Redd’s Utah projects include: the IRS building,<br />

RC Willey Headquarters, Farmington Station Park, Yesco,<br />

Freeport Center, Business Development Ogden (BDO),<br />

Hershey’s Plant, Standard Examiner, <strong>Weber</strong> State University<br />

football stadium, Kellogg’s manufacturing plant, and the<br />

Ogden and Oquirrh Mountain LDS Temples.<br />

Redd is pleased to be involved in the community including<br />

sponsor of the Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo, <strong>Weber</strong> State<br />

University athletics and many <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> School District<br />

schools and programs.<br />

While legendary impresario Sol Hurok is credited with<br />

saying, “The sky’s the limit if you have a roof over your head;”<br />

Redd Roofing Co. is committed to making it happen, everyday!<br />

Explore more about Redd Roofing Co. on the web at<br />

www.reddroofing.com.<br />

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SUMMIT POWDER MOUNTAIN<br />

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RIGHT: PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF WAYNE PRICE.<br />

BELOW: RENDERING BY MACKAY-LYONS SWEETAPPLE ARCHITECTS.<br />

BOTTOM: PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF MARSHALL BIRNBAUM.<br />

Summit Powder Mountain is a partnership between the<br />

founders of Summit and Greg Mauro, an education focused<br />

venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur. After attending<br />

Summit’ flagship event, Summit at Sea, and observing the<br />

Summit community rally together to raise $1 million to<br />

protect a long-neglected seventy-eight square mile marine<br />

preserve, Mauro approached the Summit team with an idea<br />

regarding his local mountain that he wanted to preserve for<br />

future generations. “What if Summit partnered with him to<br />

purchase the mountain, save it from overdevelopment, and<br />

create a home for the organization and its community? What<br />

if, instead of golf courses and mini-malls, Powder Mountain<br />

could become a place with the potential to be a positive force<br />

not just in the Ogden Valley but throughout the world?” It<br />

was a match made on a mountain top; within thirty-six hours<br />

of pitching the idea in Malibu, these soon-to-be partners were<br />

touring the mountain and consummated their partnership at<br />

the site where the Summit SkyLodge stands today. The entire<br />

Summit team moved to Eden in February 2012 to engage in an<br />

unprecedented crowdsourced financing campaign architected<br />

by Mauro. They purchased the mountain in April 2013<br />

becoming the youngest ownership group in the ski industry.<br />

Powder Mountain was founded by a sheep rancher in<br />

1972 and run as a family resort for decades. In 2006, it<br />

was sold to a private equity group with controversial plans.<br />

The new owners attempted to incorporate the mountain<br />

through a legal loophole that would have pulled 100 or so<br />

unwitting Eden residents into a newly formed town. Ogden<br />

Valley locals rebelled against the plan, which envisioned<br />

10,000-plus skiers a day, 27 holes of golf, water parks, more<br />

than a dozen new ski lifts, and, at one point, up to 10,000<br />

residential units. The case ultimately went to the state<br />

supreme court, creating years of controversy in the valley.<br />

Mauro was living in the valley during this tumultuous<br />

period; he thought Powder Mountain deserved a better fate.<br />

Summit Powder Mountain is a new kind of residential<br />

community, one designed to be a locus of global inspiration<br />

and progressive change. Set in the heart of the Wasatch<br />

Mountains, Summit Powder Mountain offers a spectacular<br />

environment with unsurpassed views and four season<br />

recreation, and is planned to feature 500 single-family<br />

mountain homes limited to 4,500 square feet above ground;<br />

a central village of comparable scale; an extensive trail<br />

network; boutique hotels, lodges, condos, shops, and<br />

restaurants; innovation incubators; and education, music,<br />

science, and micro-conferencing facilities.<br />

Summit is the premier community for entrepreneurs,<br />

innovators, and leaders who believe business and collaboration<br />

are essential tools to be used in affecting lasting, positive<br />

impact in the world. Founded in 2008 as a small gathering<br />

of nineteen people, Summit has evolved into an organization<br />

with global reach with over 15,000 members.<br />

The Summit has evolved from that first informal event to<br />

one of the preeminent conferences of current day, attracting<br />

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top business leaders from all industries and regions of the<br />

world. The annual series is designed to help 1,000 plus<br />

attendees build relationships and achieve their personal,<br />

professional, and philanthropic goals. Summit events have<br />

raised tens of millions of dollars for business and nonprofit<br />

ventures. Summit was established out of a love for<br />

business—but not business conferences. Summit events<br />

offer innovative and uncommon business “think-tanks,”<br />

founded around an uncommon approach, which fosters<br />

genuine relationships, versus transactional connections.<br />

Summit has done this by creating a unique, three-day<br />

program anchored in intellectual discourse, art and music,<br />

and adventure, inspiring leaders to forge lifelong friendships,<br />

spark new business ideas, and tackle global issues.<br />

In April 2013, Summit purchased Powder Mountain to<br />

create a permanent Summit home conceived around the<br />

ethos the community and organization had come to embody<br />

and promote. Like all previous Summit endeavors, Summit<br />

Powder Mountain has been purposely designed to be the<br />

epicenter of entrepreneurship, innovation, artistic achievement,<br />

and thought leadership. The first flagship Summit<br />

event held at Powder Mountain, Summit Outdoors raised<br />

$90,000 to benefit Utah nonprofits.<br />

In 2014 the Summit Institute was created to leverage the<br />

Summit community and beyond to apply creative solutions<br />

to real-world challenges. In 2016 the Summit Institute<br />

launched its Lab concept. This new, engaging and high-level<br />

discussion format brings together leading experts in an<br />

emerging area of social change from within and outside of<br />

the Summit community while at the same time embracing<br />

the larger, multidisciplinary audience and energy of a<br />

weekend. The power of the Lab model comes from bringing<br />

new experts and cutting edge ideas about social change to<br />

the multidisciplinary thought-leaders of our community<br />

and then stewarding the generation of energy, ideas, and<br />

unexpected outcomes that can are created.<br />

Summit recently completed a remodel of the North Fork<br />

Table and Tavern, now called Bower Lodge, and the Arbor<br />

Lodge building into the Summit Institute campus. The two<br />

buildings represent 30,000 square feet and in the future the<br />

southern building will feature a wide range of innovative<br />

programming spaces including: a supper club and private<br />

dining area; a coffee shop and lounge; co-working,<br />

conferencing and break-out work areas; large gathering and<br />

events space; multipurpose fitness rooms; and outdoor<br />

hot tubs. The Arbor Lodge features a large multipurpose<br />

venue and conference space upstairs with the offices of<br />

Summit Powder Mountain and a commercial catering<br />

kitchen downstairs, and unaffiliated private event use of<br />

Summit Institute conference and event spaces is welcome,<br />

particularly for nonprofit organizations.<br />

Additional information can be located on our websites<br />

at summitpowdermountain.com, powdermountain.com,<br />

summit.com, or summitinstitute.com.<br />

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ABOVE AND BELOW: PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF MARSHALL BIRNBAUM.<br />

BOTTOM: PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF PAUL BUNDY.<br />

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VALLEY NURSERY, INC.<br />

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Below: Arthur and Basil Combe.<br />

Valley Nursery traces its ‘roots’ to founder, Arthur<br />

Combe’s brother-in-law’s backyard. In the spring of 1946,<br />

Arthur planted fruit tree seedlings, which he and son, Basil,<br />

had budded the previous fall. The following year, Arthur<br />

lovingly transplanted the resulting trees to Claude Stuart’s<br />

land behind the old Uintah City church. By early 1948,<br />

Arthur purchased his own small farm, making Uintah a<br />

permanent home for his growing passion and business—<br />

Valley Nursery, Inc., was formally established.<br />

In the beginning, Arthur was joined by partners Elliot<br />

Stuart and Basil. The earliest company buildings were<br />

constructed with lumber salvaged from Hill Field. These<br />

partners rolled up their sleeves and built a cellar, lath house<br />

and a shed using any supplies they could find.<br />

The initial years were lean and after two years, Elliot<br />

determined he needed a fulltime wage, found employment at<br />

Hill Field Air Force Base and sold his company interest<br />

to Arthur. About that same time, Basil set his sights on<br />

buying a car. He determined he would rather be an employee<br />

than a partner and sold his company interest to his father,<br />

becoming an employee at the rate of fifty cents per hour.<br />

Valley’s initial product line was fruit and shade trees and<br />

their primary customer was local produce farmers. Business<br />

steadily increased through 1954. Eight years into business,<br />

Arthur set his sights on retirement. Basil had not lost his love<br />

for the business and offered to purchase Valley Nursery from<br />

his father. Basil, only recently married, was living on a wage of<br />

one dollar per hour, Arthur agreed to the sale on the condition<br />

that Basil secure a business partner. Basil invited close cousin<br />

Ted Combe to be that partner; the two purchased Valley<br />

Nursery in the spring of 1955. The business forecast was for<br />

continued growth; however, in the fall of 1955, just months<br />

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after the ownership change, a severe and unexpected early<br />

cold spell hit, plunging temperatures down to zero degrees<br />

and killing most of the plants they were growing. No stranger<br />

to hard times, Valley Nursery persevered and even grew.<br />

In 1957, Ted sold his interest in Valley Nursery to Basil<br />

after purchasing land for his own enterprise near<br />

Washington Terrace. In the years to follow, Basil added<br />

spruce and pine to the fruit and shade trees for which Valley<br />

had become known. Basil noticed the farmers who came in<br />

to purchase fruit trees were often accompanied by their<br />

wives, who were eager to do a little shopping of their own.<br />

Ever the entrepreneur, Basil expanded inventory to include<br />

roses, flowering shrubs, perennials, and annuals.<br />

In the tradition of a true family business, Basil’s wife,<br />

Shirley, took over account and supply chain management,<br />

picking up plants at the Railway Express and other freighters<br />

on her way back from the bank. They worked together growing<br />

not only a successful business, but also a loving family.<br />

Eventually, they welcomed sons, Allen and Kirk, to the team.<br />

By the mid-1980s, Allen assumed most of the operations<br />

responsibility and Kirk managed the accounting. Allen’s sons,<br />

Casey and Daniel, joined the team and they continued<br />

the passion of the business. Valley Nursery’s business and<br />

reputation continued to flourish. In 1999, Basil and Shirley<br />

began selling their interest in the Nursery to Allen and Kirk.<br />

For almost seventy years, Valley Nursery has been more<br />

than a business; it has been the keystone to the Combe<br />

family, a building block to four generations. Now owned by<br />

Allen and Daniel, Valley Nursery has evolved into a local<br />

gardening destination, offering thousands of plant varieties<br />

and gardening supplies, catering to the DIY homeowner with<br />

a passion for getting their hands dirty.<br />

Located on the Internet at www.valleynurseryutah.com,<br />

you can find contact information, directions, current catalog,<br />

plant information as well as gift cards.<br />

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REEVE &ASSOCIATES, INC.<br />

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Above: New office of Reeve & Associates, Inc.<br />

Below: Jefferson P. S.<br />

Known for “Providing Solutions You Can Build On,”<br />

Reeve & Associates, Inc. is a multi-disciplinary professional<br />

design firm, specializing in planning, civil engineering,<br />

structural engineering, traffic engineering, land surveying,<br />

construction layout, and landscape architecture.<br />

Formerly Reeve & Reeve, Reeve & Associates, Inc., was<br />

founded in 1945 by John O Reeve. The firm began by providing<br />

municipal engineering services for culinary water, sanitary<br />

sewer, and storm water systems throughout Utah. This depth<br />

of expertise in multiple disciplines would allow the company<br />

to later expand into more complex development projects.<br />

At the age of seven, John P., his son, began working in the<br />

family business helping his Dad with surveying tasks for<br />

the College Heights subdivision adjacent to <strong>Weber</strong> State<br />

University. By the age of twelve, his summers were devoted<br />

to helping in the family business providing general office<br />

support when he was younger then evolving into design<br />

and drafting when he was in college. He began slowly<br />

shifting the company’s focus from municipal engineering<br />

to large-scale land and commercial development projects<br />

in the private arena. Then, in 2010, Nate, John P.’s son,<br />

took over as president of Reeve & Associates and the<br />

company continued to grow with projects throughout the<br />

U.S. managed from a single office in Ogden, Utah. Nate<br />

has developed the firm into one of the leading planning,<br />

engineering, and surveying companies in northern Utah.<br />

With over seventy years in business and an unparalleled<br />

dedication to clients, employees, and the communities it<br />

serves, Reeve stands out as an industry leader. The firm’s longestablished<br />

reputation is distinguished by an impressive list<br />

of return clients. Since its inception, Reeve & Associates has<br />

earned notoriety for developing innovative concepts, quality<br />

projects design, and for its quick, dependable and costeffective<br />

response to every client’s needs. The firm’s rapid<br />

turn-around for preliminary plats and construction drawings<br />

is what sets Reeve apart. Such a tradition of excellence<br />

explains why first-time customers continually become longterm<br />

clients. The Reeve team understands time is money<br />

and is committed to expeditiously removing impediments<br />

to the development process. By working closely with<br />

municipalities and regulatory agencies early on, the firm<br />

helps accelerate a project and actively works to reduce the<br />

element of surprise when it comes to fees, permitting and<br />

code requirements, which so often impede progress.<br />

Reeve & Associates’ powerhouse of experts provides<br />

services across a wide spectrum of development needs.<br />

Areas of Focus:<br />

• Commercial<br />

• Industrial<br />

• Residential<br />

• Multifamily<br />

• Mixed Use Land Planning & Engineering<br />

• Military<br />

• Medical Facilities<br />

• Churches<br />

• Government Buildings<br />

• Schools<br />

Services:<br />

• Project Management<br />

• Site Acquisition & Feasibility Studies<br />

• Land Planning & Master Planning<br />

• Land Surveying<br />

• Civil Engineering: Site & Land Development<br />

• Traffic Engineering<br />

• Structural Engineering<br />

• Landscape Architecture<br />

• Construction Services<br />

• Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans<br />

• 3D Modeling<br />

• Aerial Photography<br />

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From multifamily developments to large commercial and<br />

industrial buildings; from new construction to renovation of<br />

historic structures, the professionals at Reeve & Associates<br />

endeavor to engineer the most cost-effective and functional<br />

building systems as well as site infrastructure and layout. The<br />

Reeve team strategizes with owners during the early project<br />

planning phase to expedite a project through entitlements,<br />

permitting, and construction. Every project is assigned a<br />

project manager to personally see it through completion.<br />

Reeve & Associates was honored to be the first recipient<br />

of the Enterprise “Elite” Award. Eight Utah companies were<br />

selected as “Enterprise 7” winners and one company as the<br />

“Elite” winner, during the first ever Enterprise 7 awards,<br />

hosted by Enterprise Business Journal. The awards ceremony<br />

was held at the Newpark Resort in Park City, Utah, on<br />

July 8, 2016. To be considered for the award, businesses<br />

were asked to provide a written submission detailing<br />

ways in which their business has effectively introduced<br />

innovative/cost effective business practices, updated current<br />

processes, implemented change or have added new technology<br />

by incorporating innovation, creation or implementation<br />

that has a direct impact on their customers, employees<br />

or community. Reeve & Associates was selected as the top<br />

award winner out of 2,700 applicants in the State of Utah.<br />

“It is an honor to receive such a<br />

wonderful award,” tells Reeve &<br />

Associates President and Principal<br />

Engineer Nate Reeve. However, he<br />

quickly credits Reeve’s family of<br />

employees as the real reason for<br />

success, saying, “It is our team<br />

that has made this award possible.<br />

Without our fantastic employees,<br />

we would not have been honored<br />

as the “Elite” winner.”<br />

Working as a professional at Reeve is<br />

much more than a job. Reeve strongly<br />

supports its thirty-five employees and<br />

their families; the Reeve approach to<br />

work embraces the whole individual.<br />

From the corporation’s building design,<br />

the pickle ball court and gym, to flexible work schedules so<br />

employees never miss out on important family events, the<br />

company shows it cares. Reeve employees truly feel the team<br />

spirit far beyond the bounds of the office, as evidenced<br />

by participation in activities that build teamwork and the<br />

community around them—such as the “Herd of Nerds” team<br />

in the Ragnar race, the annual company Golf Tournament,<br />

“Color Me Rad” 5k run, and other events that support<br />

nonprofits such as the Utah Arts Festival or Enable Utah.<br />

Why is Reeve & Associates so respected? Why do its<br />

highly professional employees feel more like family than<br />

work associates? Why do clients keep coming back? The<br />

answer is written on the walls—literally!<br />

Visitors to Reeve & Associates will notice many things<br />

that set Reeve apart. The Reeve & Associates’ Vision Statement<br />

prominently displayed on the wall as a proclamation to<br />

employees and clients. The vision serves as a highly visual<br />

reminder of WHY Reeve strives for excellence every day—<br />

one day, one client at a time; this is Reeve & Associates:<br />

Integrity. Honest and True all the time in everything you do<br />

High Energy. Give it your all until the job is complete<br />

Build a positive, active team that has family spirit<br />

Thrive on working hard and have camaraderie with all that you associate with<br />

Build open and honest relationships through communication<br />

We view obstacles as opportunities<br />

Be humble. We value the knowledge and experience of others<br />

For additional information, contact Reeve & Associates<br />

at 5160 South 1500 West, Riverdale, Utah, 801-621-3100<br />

or www.reeve-assoc.com.<br />

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Above: Reeve & Associates provided engineering service for the renovation of<br />

the historic building in downtown Ogden. The building is part of an IRS<br />

regional service complex.<br />

Below: Nate Reeve.<br />

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GOLDEN SPIKE REALTY<br />

Golden Spike Realty is a premier source in <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong><br />

for property needs. Located in several locations throughout<br />

Northern Utah (Sunset, Layton, South Ogden, Pleasant View,<br />

and Logan), it offers services in residential and commercial<br />

real estate and in leasing, HOA management, rentals, sales,<br />

and appraisal.<br />

The company was founded in 1976. It was started on the<br />

hunch that real estate would pick up in Northern Utah. The<br />

original owners, Gary Hancock, Jerry Adair, Myron Nalder,<br />

Noel Blonquist, and Dan Clark took a chance that paid off<br />

immensely. For the dual prospects of growing their business<br />

and gaining invaluable training tools, the five owners bought<br />

into the Century 21 franchise a year later. Over the next two<br />

decades, the four latter owners withdrew from the business,<br />

leaving it under the sole ownership of Hancock.<br />

In 2003, Hancock sold the company to Bob Hill, who is<br />

still the owner today. Hancock, however, has remained an<br />

integral part of the company, garnering recognition for his<br />

devotion with a recent celebration of his fortieth anniversary<br />

in real estate. In the beginning of 2012, they decided to<br />

become an independent brokerage and took on the title they<br />

are known by today: Golden Spike Realty.<br />

This proved to be a good move, as the firm was the 2014<br />

RPAC Challenge Winner two years later. Other estimable<br />

awards garnered throughout its forty years include Top<br />

Agent Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, and Special<br />

Achievement Award.<br />

Golden Spike Realty is a leader in the real estate market<br />

of Northern Utah. Its mission statement is, “To meet the<br />

needs of Buyers, Sellers, Tenants, and Property Owners.”<br />

With its mantra revolving around customer<br />

satisfaction, it is no wonder it has also<br />

cultivated the value of community service.<br />

Golden Spike Realty and its agents have been<br />

involved in many important organizations and<br />

committees in <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong>. Among these are<br />

the <strong>Weber</strong> Chamber of Commerce, Have a<br />

Heart Committee, and the NWAOR<br />

Committees. They are also involved in the<br />

annual NWAOR Food Drive and Sub for Santa<br />

showing that care for people is at the center of<br />

their value system.<br />

Golden Spike Realty has certainly been<br />

reaping the rewards of its dedication to the<br />

community, as it has steadily seen two to three<br />

percent growth per year for the last ten years.<br />

The firm currently has nearly seventy agents in<br />

their employ. As it moves forward, its goal is “to<br />

provide consistent service and representation<br />

for many years to come.”<br />

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Rocky Mountain Masonry, known for “building Utah, one<br />

brick at a time,” was founded by Dan and Julie Wright<br />

in 1990. With a relentless amount of hard work and<br />

perseverance, Rocky Mountain Masonry has established an<br />

elite team of hardworking masons, a team that functions<br />

like a well-oiled machine. Dan and Julie welcomed the<br />

second generation to Rocky Mountain Masonry when<br />

son, Colton, joined in 2004. Colton had mastered all the<br />

necessary skills to join the Elite team and has brought<br />

many new ideas to Rocky Mountain Masonry. This elite<br />

team can build tall buildings and walls and has laid<br />

block up to eighty feet high, and is willing to take on the<br />

most challenging designs. While Rocky Mountain Masonry<br />

is headquartered at 3389 South 1575 West in Ogden, Utah,<br />

its service area is both far and wide, boasting projects<br />

throughout Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Arizona, and Nevada.<br />

Dan and Julie know employees are the company’s<br />

greatest assets and firmly believe their employees are only<br />

as good as the equipment provided for them to accomplish<br />

their work. This is the reason why Rocky Mountain Masonry<br />

has invested in the high-quality<br />

hydraulic scaffolding, forklifts, cranes,<br />

trucks, and support gear, thus ensuring<br />

the team is safe, efficient, and<br />

continually ready to serve every client.<br />

With over thirty-five years of experience in the masonry<br />

industry and several key employees with twenty plus<br />

years of service, Rocky Mountain Masonry has been<br />

recognized for its ability to customize to the customer’s<br />

needs. Rocky Mountain has also established a highlyrespected<br />

reputation with architects, general contractors,<br />

and every customer the company serves; a reputation<br />

built upon a lasting commitment the safety, quality,<br />

customization, and staying on schedule and in budget.<br />

• Safety is Serious Business: Rocky Mountain Masonry promotes<br />

and rewards employees for successful safety practices.<br />

• Quality: Experienced journeyman masons maintain and<br />

ensure the highest level of craftsmanship.<br />

• Schedule: “Timing is everything.” Rocky Mountain Masonry<br />

team meets or exceeds schedule, adhering to the belief<br />

that the customer’s success is their success.<br />

• Efficiency: Rocky Mountain Masonry continuously works<br />

to reduce costs and bring higher value to every project.<br />

In alliance with architects and general contractors,<br />

Rocky Mountain Masonry is proud to have played a key role<br />

in building and creating some incredible things. These<br />

projects are not only constructed of block, brick, rock,<br />

and stone, but also passion, hard work, and dedication.<br />

Every project has been built to outlast the craftsmen who<br />

construct them. Each one stands as a reminder of what<br />

happens when people work together with a shared goal<br />

in mind. Simply stated, Rocky Mountain strives to build,<br />

to create, and to be the absolute best.<br />

Visit www.rockymountainmasonryinc.com to see what<br />

Rocky Mountain Masonry can do for you.<br />

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ROCKY MOUNTAIN<br />

MASONRY<br />

Top: Sculpture depicts the joining of the Central Pacific railway (the Jupiter)<br />

and the Union Pacific railway (the 119), when they joined to form the<br />

Transcontinental Railway in Promontory. Utah.<br />

Above: Construction site at Wahlquist Junior High School in <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong>.<br />

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BUSINESS DEPOT OGDEN<br />

Over 115 businesses are currently located at Business<br />

Depot Ogden (BDO), with over 6,000 employees on site.<br />

Among them are:<br />

• Allstate/Esurance<br />

• Barnes Aerospace<br />

• Capstone Research & Development<br />

• Edge Products<br />

• Elkay West<br />

• Fresenius USA Manufacturing, Inc.<br />

• Kenco Group<br />

• Nutraceutical<br />

• Otis Spunkmeyer/Aryzta<br />

• Scott USA<br />

• The Hershey Company<br />

• The Home Depot<br />

• TreeHouse Foods<br />

• Universal Cycles<br />

• Wayfair<br />

Business Depot Ogden (BDO), formerly a busy eastwest<br />

rail hub for military warehousing and distribution<br />

known as Defense Depot Ogden, is now one of Northern<br />

Utah’s premier business and industrial parks. Sitting on<br />

a sprawling 1,118 acres, BDO is the brainchild of city<br />

fathers and economic developers seeking to turn the bitter<br />

results of the 1995 Base Realignment and Closing (BRAC)<br />

process into jobs and economic development opportunities.<br />

As the result of innovative partnership between Ogden<br />

City and The Boyer Company, BDO has undergone a $65<br />

million infrastructure transformation, including upgrades to<br />

roads, telecommunications, parking, water, sewer, buildings<br />

and the electrical grid. Beyond infrastructure, The Boyer<br />

Company has invested an additional $240 million in new<br />

construction, while BDO tenants have invested another<br />

$90 million into their facilities.<br />

Since its inception in 1972, The Boyer Company has<br />

developed over 30 million square feet of office, industrial,<br />

retail, and medical facilities throughout the United States.<br />

The Boyer Company has the capacity and experience to<br />

deliver a project on time and within budget. As managers<br />

and developers of BDO, The Boyer Company has developed<br />

more than 3.7 million square feet of industrial space since<br />

2000, and another 300 acres where the dirt could be turned<br />

tomorrow. Sites are shovel-ready, with water, sewer, power,<br />

rail access, and truck docks. As of the beginning of 2017,<br />

BDO has 1 million square feet under construction.<br />

Projects have ranged in size from 37,000 to 540,000<br />

square feet. One attraction for new tenants is BDO’s accessible<br />

location—within one mile of I-15 and an easy commute to the<br />

Ogden-Hinckley Airport and Salt Lake International Airport.<br />

The Boyer Company—BDO is dedicated to developing<br />

quality retail, medical, office, industrial, mixed-use and<br />

residential properties, as well as providing exceptional<br />

construction and property management services for the<br />

properties. Its ability to orchestrate complex development<br />

projects and sustain strong relationships with clients<br />

and tenants helps maintain The Boyer Company’s position<br />

as the largest leading real estate developer in the<br />

Intermountain West.<br />

Across the United States, Boyer has created the highest<br />

standards in real estate development by aspiring to<br />

maintain positive long-term relationships with its clients.<br />

The company’s focus is on quality, fairness, integrity,<br />

flexibility, price-sensitivity, and providing its clients and<br />

tenants with full-service expertise by utilizing specialized<br />

internal development, finance, construction, and project<br />

management expertise.<br />

Boyer’s specialized teams most valuable asset is the<br />

people. Boyer believes knowledgeable, experienced teams<br />

help ensure quality projects and they are committed to<br />

excellence by continually improving its expertise and using<br />

the latest technology in the industry.<br />

Additional information is available at www.boyerbdo.com.<br />

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Established in the heart of the Wasatch Mountains in<br />

1989, Timber Works, Inc., has provided framing services<br />

throughout Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming<br />

for more than twenty years. Known for rugged, yet elegant<br />

mountain-living style framing, Timber Works offers<br />

unprecedented quality timber fabrication capabilities and<br />

the experience to carry a project from initial concept through<br />

timely completion. The Timber Works team provides<br />

custom design, engineering, fabrication, and installation.<br />

When Rich and Gina Thomason married, they had a<br />

lot in common, including a strong work ethic, a shared<br />

entrepreneurial spirit, as well as a drive and desire to<br />

someday own their own business. While going to college,<br />

Rich framed houses. More than a means to pay for his<br />

education, this work also provided an opportunity for Rich<br />

to build and create-both things he loved to do. The eventual<br />

formation of a framing business was a natural choice.<br />

Timber Works was one of the first small framing companies<br />

in Utah to own a crane. Though it was only a small old<br />

sign crane, it was critical to this team’s operations. In the<br />

beginning, Gina was the operator. Together Rich, Gina and<br />

that crane lifted a lot of trusses and built great memories<br />

as they also built their business. The early years were not<br />

without their challenges, but Rich and Gina persevered.<br />

Timber Works was determined to “go big or go home,”<br />

taking the leap into commercial framing right away. The<br />

company’s first really big job was at Wolf Creek in Eden,<br />

Utah. Unfortunately, the company lost a lot of money on that<br />

first big project, but learned a valuable lesson about bidding.<br />

Timber framing is different from other construction techniques<br />

because the connections are pure “wood to wood”<br />

without the use of metal. Timber Works utilizes specialized<br />

processes of the tenon connections, the scarf joints and the<br />

rafter-ridge beam connections. Additionally, the company<br />

offers engineering with concealed knife plates, which<br />

provide high-tech connections and still give the mortise<br />

and tenon the much sought-after old-fashioned look.<br />

Timber Works specializes in drafting and planning; hotels<br />

and inns; commercial buildings; store front entrances;<br />

elegant mountain-style residential and recreation homes,<br />

home additions; custom gazebos and covered porches;<br />

structural insulated panel designs; drying, sawing, and<br />

custom timber cutting; as well as a wide spectrum of<br />

framing services.<br />

Satisfied customers attest to Timber Work’s unique<br />

capacity to design, prefabricate, and deliver product for<br />

installation; this ability greatly expedites the construction<br />

process and allows Timber Works to take on challenging<br />

projects and still meet tight schedules.<br />

Ever dedicated to project success and customer service,<br />

Timber Works is committed to their motto to “Never stray<br />

from quality and doing what you say.”<br />

Some of the completed projects are:<br />

• Robert Redford Conference Center, Sundance, Utah;<br />

• Rocking Ranch Hunting Lodge, Huntsville, Utah;<br />

• St. Regis Resort, Deer Crest, canopy and timber trusses,<br />

Deer Valley, Utah;<br />

• Grand Lodge, Deer Valley, Utah;<br />

• Park City Parking Structure, timber trusses, Park City, Utah;<br />

• Talisker Tower Club, Deer Valley, Utah;<br />

• Mountain Operations and Equipment Storage Facility,<br />

Snowbasin, Utah;<br />

• A. A. Callister Retail Store, West Valley City, Utah;<br />

• Alpine City Hall, Alpine, Wyoming;<br />

• Cabela’s Retail Sports Store, Lehi, Utah;<br />

• Park City Hospital Expansion, Park City, Utah;<br />

• Star Mill, American Fork, Utah;<br />

• Park City Film Studio, Park City, Utah;<br />

• Stein Erikson Conference Center, Deer Valley, Utah; and<br />

• Museum of Natural Curiosity, Lehi, Utah.<br />

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TIMBER WORKS, INC.<br />

Above: The Museum of Curiosity, Thanksgiving Point, Lehi, Utah.<br />

Below: The IHC Park City Hospital in Park City, Utah.<br />

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Above: Founder Wayne Braegger.<br />

TRAMCOR CORP<br />

In 1970, Wayne Braegger bought his first model year<br />

1971 Peterbilt to haul from Brigham City to Ogden for<br />

Amcor. From that modest beginning, Tramcor now has<br />

a fleet of 75 trucks, over 100 drivers, more than 125<br />

employees, and is ever growing.<br />

In the early years, the company was comprised of just<br />

the Braegger family; first Wayne and then his sons,<br />

Lynn, Mike and Duane. It was not until 1974, when the<br />

company officially became known as Tramcor, that the<br />

first driver was hired from outside of the Braegger family.<br />

Wayne led the company in steady growth until his death<br />

in 1996, at which time his youngest son, Duane took over<br />

as president and his only daughter, Kathleen, joined the<br />

business. Duane reflects, “My dad was very service oriented.<br />

He was so concerned about taking care of the customers that<br />

he would go over and above for them. It didn’t matter if that<br />

meant working on Sundays, weekends, or whatever it took<br />

to provide service to his customers.” Wayne’s influence and<br />

attitude toward service lives on in the company to this day.<br />

Providing top quality service to every customer is a priority<br />

for all Tramcor’s drivers, dispatchers and employees.<br />

Up until the mid-1980s, Tramcor was exclusively<br />

transportation for Amcor. Today, the company hauls not<br />

only building materials like steel and concrete, but also<br />

mining materials, salt, even bees and shrimp eggs. While<br />

Tramcor is primarily a flatbed carrier, its fleet boasts a<br />

vast array of trailers. From belly dumps to step decks,<br />

RGNs to conestogas, fork lift trucks to double flatbeds,<br />

hot shots to pneumatics and maxi flatbeds; Tramcor has a<br />

truck or trailer for every situation or material a customer<br />

could come up with.<br />

Through forty-seven years of Tramcor expansion, the<br />

company has held on to a sense of “close family” with all its<br />

employees. Recently, a driver’s wife passed away unexpectedly<br />

while he was on a haul out of state; the other drivers<br />

and employees immediately banded together to give moral<br />

support and raise funds to help with the expense of the<br />

funeral. A fellow driver finished his haul early and waited to<br />

drive back to Utah with this grieving friend and coworker.<br />

Tramcor’s reputation as caring, committed drivers is a<br />

source of pride for the company; the team knows this<br />

attitude not only fuels success for the company, but enriches<br />

the community.<br />

Tramcor’s mission is to provide proficient transportation<br />

services for every customer at a fair and competitive<br />

rate. The company recognizes its employees as valuable<br />

team members and is dedicated to creating a safe and<br />

gratifying work environment for all. Tramcor welcomes<br />

and values input from its customers and employees,<br />

recognizing that building and sustaining partnerships is<br />

essential to success.<br />

For additional information, please visit www.tramcor.com.<br />

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Great Western Supply, Inc., is the premier supplier for the<br />

plumbing, mechanical, and industrial trades providing<br />

customers with outstanding service, quality products, and fair<br />

prices since 1988. For almost thirty years, Great Western<br />

Supply has been a leading supplier of plumbers, pipe fitters,<br />

general contractors, and maintenance departments across the<br />

Wasatch Front with locations in Ogden, Orem, and Salt Lake<br />

City. Great Western Supply delivers the most innovative and<br />

experienced resources to address every facet of plumbing,<br />

mechanical, and industrial supply. No other company provides<br />

its customers with a better experience, service, and value;<br />

which is why Great Western Supply's customers are usually<br />

customers for life.<br />

With three 40,000 square-foot warehouses, a fleet of thirtyseven<br />

trucks, and an experienced sales staff, Great Western<br />

Supply has the inventory and resources to help you get the job<br />

done on time and under budget. The knowledgeable salesforce<br />

includes specialists in the areas of sanitary process, boilers and<br />

water heaters, pumps, fastening, power tools and equipment,<br />

safety equipment, and Aquatherm systems, as well as all<br />

other areas in the plumbing, mechanical, industrial, and<br />

maintenance fields. Other value added services include:<br />

• Vendor Managed Inventory for Industrial Supply Chains;<br />

• Hydronic Heating and Snowmelt System Design;<br />

• Water Heater Express Delivery for Commercial Water Heaters;<br />

• 24/7 After-hours Service;<br />

• Custom Label Making; and<br />

• Custom Logo Printing on Personal Protective Equipment,<br />

Power Cords, and Ladders.<br />

Every Great Western Inventory Management solution is<br />

designed to provide value advantages:<br />

• Reduced procurement process costs for consumable<br />

maintenance, repair and operations supply purchases;<br />

• Improved optimization of inventory levels; reduce overstocking<br />

or out-of-stock;<br />

• Greater control and organization of inventory;<br />

• Benefit of a bigger team without the associated costs—<br />

Great Western’s team of experienced, full-time employees<br />

is an extension of each client’s own team—focused specifically<br />

on inventory management;<br />

• Availability and after-hours service—Great Western does<br />

not have the restriction of office hours—providing 24/7<br />

service to assist each client with challenges day, night,<br />

weekends and holidays;<br />

• Fast, friendly fleet—Great Western has a dedicated fleet of<br />

vehicles employed to assure expeditious delivery of vital<br />

inventory to the supply room, warehouse, or job site; and<br />

• Accountability through regular reports—Guesswork is a<br />

thing of the past. Great Western provides timely, accurate<br />

reports allowing customers to identify dead inventory<br />

items, eliminate waste, evaluate min/max levels, and<br />

ensure that each client gets the most out of their budget.<br />

Great Western Supply represents industry quality leaders<br />

such as American Standard, Toto, Elkay, Gerber, Hammond<br />

Valve, Apollo, Powell Valve, Weldbend, Anvil, Ward,<br />

Elkhart, Mueller, Spears, Charlotte, Tyler Pipe, Wheatland<br />

Tube, Cambridge Lee, Nibco, Woodford, Aquatic, Watts,<br />

Sloan, Moen, Delta, In-Sink-Erator, Chicago Faucet,<br />

Symmons, Sanitube, Dixon, Zoeller, Grundfos, Taco,<br />

Aquatherm, DeWalt, Powers, Stanley, Lenox, Ridgid, Reed,<br />

Rustoleum, Falltech, Radians, and Louisville Ladder.<br />

GREAT WESTERN<br />

SUPPLY, INC.<br />

BUILDING A GREATER WEBER COUNTY<br />

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SKINNER EXCAVATING, INC.<br />

Skinner Excavating, Inc., was founded in 1998 as a land<br />

development contractor for new construction and underground<br />

pipe repair and maintenance. Skinner Excavating,<br />

Inc., is proud to be a family enterprise and a womanowned<br />

business with Carolyn A. Skinner being the major<br />

shareholder. President Steve Skinner personally supervises<br />

all bid preparation, daily field operations, finance, contract<br />

negotiations, quality control, and customer satisfaction. Steve<br />

and Carolyn’s sons are also very involved in the business.<br />

James Skinner is the chief estimator and comptroller<br />

and Justin Skinner works in the field in an operating/<br />

management capacity. They, along with the complete<br />

team of Skinner employees, have helped Skinner Excavating<br />

grow and prosper over almost twenty years of success.<br />

Serving the Wasatch Front region of Utah for almost two<br />

decades, Skinner has achieved continual growth in revenue<br />

and profitability with minimal advertising, which demonstrates<br />

the strength of its referral base, the loyalty of its<br />

clients, and its strong reputation as an industry leader in<br />

land development. Since the beginning, Skinner Excavating<br />

has stayed true to its original focus of new land development;<br />

including rough cutting of roads and grading, underground<br />

trenching for water, sewer, storm drain and telephone line<br />

installation, road surfacing, and sidewalk,<br />

curb and gutter installation. Skinner has<br />

also been recognized for its ability to<br />

efficiently work directly with numerous<br />

municipalities in providing high-quality<br />

pipe installation, repair and maintenance.<br />

Dedicated to professional execution and<br />

timeliness, Skinner has earned notice for<br />

“doing it right the first time”—which saves<br />

clients time and money.<br />

Key to Skinner’s success is the experience<br />

and commitment level of its employees.<br />

The company has always invested in building a strong<br />

team of highly-skilled individuals who take personal<br />

responsibility and hard work seriously. The result is a<br />

devoted and loyal workforce; many of the employees have<br />

been with the company since inception.<br />

Skinner Excavating firmly believes quality subcontracts<br />

are also critical. Over the past twenty years, Skinner<br />

has developed a remarkable base of experienced and<br />

reliable subcontractors who are similarly dedicated to<br />

“doing it right the first time.”<br />

Skinner values trust and timeliness. Skinner’s clients trust<br />

the job will be completed on schedule and on budget; the<br />

developers are often able to access escrow account balances<br />

much more quickly because of working with Skinner.<br />

Skinner Excavating stands completely behind its work.<br />

This includes the work done by its subcontractors. If there is<br />

a concern, it is simply taken care of as quickly as possible.<br />

Even if the issue is not a result of Skinner Excavating or its<br />

subcontractors, the company moves quickly for resolution.<br />

This philosophy yields satisfied clients, an excellent<br />

reputation, and a high level of repeat business.<br />

Skinner utilizes GPS and laser technology to increase<br />

accuracy and productivity on projects and is equipped<br />

to take on a wide range of projects, including turnkey<br />

projects, substation site development, underground utilities,<br />

public works projects, commercial site preparation, and<br />

subdivision development.<br />

Please visit www.skinnerexcavating.com for more<br />

information about Skinner Excavating, Inc.<br />

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Sponsors<br />

The Alpine Companies<br />

Alpine Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, PC and<br />

Alpine Surgical Center, LLC ..............................216<br />

American Nutrition, Inc. ..............................................228<br />

Austral Star LLC...........................................................234<br />

Autoliv Inc...................................................................224<br />

Bank of Utah................................................................166<br />

Bonneville Collections..................................................185<br />

Business Depot Ogden. ................................................256<br />

Circle of Life Women’s Center ......................................208<br />

Fresenius Medical Care North America.........................200<br />

Golden Spike Realty.....................................................254<br />

Great Basin Engineering, Inc. .......................................240<br />

Great Western Supply, Inc............................................259<br />

GreatWest Images.........................................................193<br />

GreenWood Charter School..........................................219<br />

Gridley, Ward & Hamilton ...........................................168<br />

Harley & Buck’s Restaurant. .........................................182<br />

The Hilton Garden Inn Ogden .....................................188<br />

The Home Depot Ogden Online Contact Center ..........178<br />

Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital .............................204<br />

Jeremiah’s Restaurant....................................................184<br />

Johnson & Company, LLC,<br />

Certified Public Accountants...................................187<br />

Kellerstrass Oil Company.............................................244<br />

Kimber Kable ...............................................................236<br />

Leavitt’s Mortuary & Aultorest Memorial Park..............152<br />

Lindquist Mortuaries & Cemeteries..............................146<br />

MarketStar ...................................................................164<br />

Mountain Alarm...........................................................172<br />

Myles Mortuary............................................................158<br />

Ogden..........................................................................221<br />

Ogden Golf and Country Club .....................................156<br />

Ogden Pioneer Days.....................................................214<br />

Ogden Regional Medical Center ...................................154<br />

Ogden-<strong>Weber</strong> Chamber of Commerce..........................192<br />

Ogden-<strong>Weber</strong> Technical College...................................210<br />

Petersen Incorporated ..................................................230<br />

Pobanz Orthodontics ...................................................217<br />

Powerteq......................................................................232<br />

Purch ...........................................................................186<br />

Quick Turn Precision Machining ..................................235<br />

Redd Roofing Co..........................................................246<br />

Reeve & Associates, Inc................................................252<br />

Rocky Mountain Masonry ............................................255<br />

Skinner Excavating, Inc................................................260<br />

SMART PROmotions, Inc. ............................................191<br />

Smith Knowles.............................................................174<br />

Staker Parson Companies.............................................150<br />

Standard-Examiner........................................................160<br />

Stevens-Henager College ..............................................220<br />

Stevenson Smith Hood, P.C. .........................................190<br />

Strong Automotive Group ............................................170<br />

Summit Powder Mountain ...........................................248<br />

Supersonic Car Wash, Inc. ...........................................180<br />

Timber Works, Inc. ......................................................257<br />

TimeLess Medical Spa & Weight Loss Clinic ................218<br />

Tramcor Corp...............................................................258<br />

US. Foods. ...................................................................226<br />

Valley Nursery, Inc. ......................................................250<br />

Venture Academy .........................................................212<br />

Visit Ogden..................................................................189<br />

Wadman Corporation...................................................242<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> Human Services ................................................202<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> School District ..................................................206<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> State Credit Union ............................................176<br />

<strong>Weber</strong> State University .................................................196<br />

SPONSORS<br />

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About the Photographer<br />

R ON<br />

K USINA<br />

My interest in Photography began many years ago, while serving as a U.S. Marine.<br />

Fine art nature imagery; primarily scenic landscape, wildlife, flowers, and other elements<br />

of the natural world are what have always been my inspiration. Living in Utah’s Rocky<br />

Mountains, I have access to many and varied photo opportunities, from Red Rock to<br />

Granite, Elk to Eagles, Geysers to Gardens. The challenges of improving one’s craft<br />

remain a constant in my life, seeking those magical moments when subject, lighting, and<br />

personal vision collide and something special is captured for others to enjoy. That would<br />

be my hope for all who view my work.<br />

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About the Author<br />

R OBERT<br />

A. HUNTER<br />

Bob Hunter is president and CEO of United Way of Northern Utah where he partners with<br />

community leaders, corporations, private foundations, and human service providers to lift the lives<br />

of citizens in the region and the state.<br />

In 1983, as co-organizer and vice chair for government of the Olympic Bid Committee, he was<br />

one of an organizing group which reignited Utah’s passion that led to the 2002 Olympic Winter<br />

Games. He served in various roles for nineteen years—inception to completion.<br />

Bob formerly served as chairman of the Wasatch Front Regional Council of Governments,<br />

three terms as <strong>Weber</strong> <strong>County</strong> Commissioner, and as Ogden City Manager.<br />

He has received a Master of Arts degree from Brigham Young University in Communication,<br />

and a Bachelor of Science degree from <strong>Weber</strong> State University in Graphics and Journalism.<br />

While at WSU, he served as editor of the award winning yearbook, and worked professionally as<br />

a staff news writer for The Associated Press. For twenty-four years, he has served on the adjunct<br />

faculty at WSU, teaching communication, public policy, and local, state, and national government.<br />

Bob is a volunteer reading tutor in Ogden City Schools, and addiction recovery volunteer for<br />

the Utah State Department of Corrections in its state prisons.<br />

He is proud of his two tours of duty with the United States Peace Corps in India and service as<br />

a missionary for his church in Bavaria, Germany.<br />

Bob was the 2014 recipient of the community’s Wall of Fame award.<br />

A native of Farr West, he and his wife, Rula, currently reside in Ogden City. They are parents of<br />

three and grandparents of seven.<br />

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About the Profile Writer<br />

A NNETTE<br />

H ANSON<br />

When it comes to writing, Annette Hanson will tell you, “It’s not my job—it’s my passion!” She proclaims an affinity for<br />

words and feels that words not only tell a story, they paint a picture. Well chosen words have the power to invigorate, lift,<br />

transport and transform. Annette won her first acclaim as a writer when she was declared by her third grade teacher as<br />

“the most creative and imaginative fiction writer in the entire class.” This distinction takes on a whole new meaning when<br />

you consider that the celebrated writing to which her teacher referred was Annette’s student auto-biographical journal.<br />

Annette reports, “While my home was a simple one in a tiny little town, through writing I was a world traveler experiencing<br />

breathtaking adventures!”<br />

Annette graduated summa cum laude from <strong>Weber</strong> State University, gaining a degree in technical sales with an emphasis in<br />

business administration. She has earned professional certificates in economic development, communications, and mediation.<br />

Currently employed as community development specialist for Bountiful City, Annette boasts a unique resume which includes<br />

everything from student housing manager in Hawaii, to a short stint as boat swamper in the Grand Canyon, and tax credit<br />

compliance auditor for multiple properties in California and Utah. Annette is determined that life should never be boring!<br />

Annette met her husband Tom while “dragging” Main Street in Logan, Utah; thirty-six years later they are still enjoying<br />

an adventurous ride as best friends. She and Tom keep busy hiking, biking, skiing, and boating, along with their favorite<br />

sport of all—trying to keep up with their four sons, six grandchildren, and one very energetic golden retriever…Life is good!<br />

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