PUBLISHER'S NOTE:  Given what feels like accelerating growth within Utah's business community, at all levels, across all industries and throughout the entire state, this article marks a change for us in how we cover/report on personnel changes in the state.

Hence, starting with this report, we will begin publishing semi-monthly wrap-ups reporting about C-Level, Presidential, and EVP/SVP changes at Utah-based organizations, with the possible exception of standalone stories about new CEOs. As such, we will not report on personnel changes at the vice president level or lower.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Dave Politis, Publisher & Editorial Director


Lumio Adds Burggraaf as Chief Technology Officer

Lehi, Utah-based Lumio recently announced it has added David Burggraaf as Chief Technology Officer.

A Top-Five U.S. solar provider, and preeminent leader in Home Experience, Lumio has "... set out to decentralize power, elevate communities, and create Earth’s best home experience."

According to the company news release, "Burggraaf brings nearly 30 years of global enterprise technology experience including 20 years in senior leadership positions at Adobe Workfront, Instructure, FamilySearch, and Microsoft."

According to Lumio's chief experience officer, Jared Fitch,

“(Burggraaf's) leadership style promotes opportunity and growth for each team member and an environment that’s engaging and hyper-focused on solving meaningful problems with brilliant tech.”

Written by David Politis


St. George Area Economic Development Names John Minnick as Executive Director

St. George Area Economic Development has hired John Minnick as its new executive director, replacing St. George City Councilman Gregg McArthur.

According to SGAED's news release, Rusty Hughes, former St. George Area Economic Development deputy director, said Minnick is an excellent addition to the team.

“He will hit the ground running, contributing his knowledge, skills and energy to achieving our goals.”

Minnick plans to fully utilize his 20 years of economic development, business development, innovation management, entrepreneurship, start-up, and workforce development and training experience in his new role.  

“We need to maintain those things that make St. George a great place to live,” Minnick said, “while ensuring that we grow the way we want to grow. The only thing in life that is constant is change, so we’d do well to embrace it and manage it to the best of our ability.”

Written by J'Nel Wright


Lucid Software Expands its Executive Team by Hiring a CFO and CRO, and Promoting an Exec to Chief Product Officer

South Jordan, Utah-based Lucid Software recently announced it has made three senior executive changes in its C-Level ranks.

Specifically, Lucid Software has hired

  • Seamus Hennessy as its Chief Financial Officer, and
  • Sean Goldstein as Chief Revenue Officer.

According to Karl Sun, co-founder and CEO of Lucid, "(The) experience and leadership (of Hennessy and Goldstein) will be invaluable as we continue to grow, and I look forward to working with them as we build upon our mission to help teams see and build the future through visual collaboration."

Additionally, the visual collaboration software company promoted Dan Lawyer to Chief Product Officer from Sr. Vice President of Product Management.

Of Lawyer's promotion, Sun said:

"I'm excited for (Dan's) continued leadership as we hone and build upon our suite of products to enable teams to collaborate and communicate clearly about the most complex topics, no matter where teams are located."

Written by David Politis


Cotopaxi, a Salt Lake City-based outdoor gear provider, has recently welcomed Julie Bartlett to its team as Chief Legal Officer.

According to an article published by Inside Outdoor, Bartlett has over 20 years of experience as a law professional.

Her most recent role was Associate General Counsel for PillPack, an online pharmacy company that was acquired by Amazon last year.

Bartlett was also a member of the 2002 Winter Olympics Salt Lake Organizing Committee as Assistant General Counsel.

Cotopaxi founder and CEO, Davis Smith, recently shared on the following on LinkedIn:

"Over the last 12 months, we've added more than 50 people to the Cotopaxi Team. In 2022, our plan is to add an additional 80+ team members at the corporate level."

Written by Macy Reamer


ProSteel Security Products has Promoted Two Executives, Respectively, to CEO and COO

One of the leading manufacturers of gun safes, ProSteel Security Products, has promoted two executives to Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer, respectively.

Specifically, according to the company news release, Provo, Utah-based ProSteel has promoted

  • Kim Waddoups to CEO from CFO, and
  • Rick Stepp to Chief Operating Officer from Vice President – Operations.

Waddoups replaces Clay Linford, who will remain a member of the ProSteel Board of Directors.

Written by David Politis


Vivint Smart Home, the Provo-based national leader in smart home technologies and services, has appointed Garner B. Meads, III as its new Chief Legal Officer and Secretary.

Meads has been an integral legal contributor within the Vivint family since 2015 having served in several roles, including Associate General Counsel and most recently Interim General Counsel (as explained in the company recent press release).

“During his tenure at the Company, Garner has established an exceptional track record of managing complex transactions, ensuring corporate governance best practices and SEC compliance. We are confident that in his new role of Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, Garner will help us lead the Company into its next phase of growth,” said David Bywater, Vivint Smart Home’s Chief Executive Officer.

Vivint serves more than 1.8 million customers with its suite of intelligent products and services targeting the home experience marketplace.

Written by Victoria Bacon


Weave Names a New Chief Marketing Officer

Lehi-based Weave (NYSE:WEAV) has named Chris Baird as its Chief Marketing Officer, a new position at the firm.

According to the company news release, Baird joins Weave from from ObservePoint where he led marketing for the SaaS-based provider of data governance for six years.

Previously, Baird spent six years in demand marketing, content and web strategy initiatives for Adobe.

According to Weave CEO Roy Banks,

Chris brings talent, energy, and experience in the B2B digital marketing arena to Weave and we’re excited to add such a strong player to our C-team as we endeavor to grow our customer base and revenue in new and existing vertical markets.”

Written by David Politis

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