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“Speaking on Business” Recognizes Utah Companies

Zions Bank honors Beehive State businesses for their outstanding example of entrepreneurship.

Zions Bank Feb 9, 2018

Eleven Utah companies were honored by Zions Bank as a Top Business in 2017 at a luncheon in Salt Lake City on Feb. 9. The awards were presented by the bank’s radio program, “Speaking on Business,” for their example of entrepreneurship in Utah.

Kendall Ritz, Roger Eggett and Brooklyn Ritz of Bear River Lodge in Christmas Meadows.

Bear River Lodge is providing a great recreation experience with one, two, three and five-bedroom cabins available for rent and partial ownership, and the biggest cabins sleep up to 22 people. There’s also equipment rentals, like ATVs and side-by-sides for summer, and snowmobiles and snow bikes in winter. While families are their target market, owners Roger and Heidi Eggett have found an audience with large groups. Bear River Lodge borders the National Forest Service, so they have 400 miles of trails. This popular recreation destination is hosting approximately 5,000 guests annually, with high repeat business, and they have The Burly Bear Grille on property that serves lunch and their famous soft ice cream.

Jestine Salazar, Joe Salazar, Janet Salazar, Don Salazar, Seve Salazar, Andrea Miller and Trevor Miller of CTI Construction in Ogden.

CTI Construction serves clients across the Western United States, with a presence as far east as Mississippi and as far north as North Dakota. Their specialty is providing design/build construction services for government agencies, with emphasis on electrical and roofing systems. Company president and founder Don Salazar currently serves as chairman of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, headquartered in D.C. He learned more heads are better than one, so he created a management team at CTI Construction who helped produce the company’s mission and core values. This has created a company culture known from top to bottom that is assisting the company’s growth at an exponential rate, with engaged employees who stay on board long-term.

Bill Oplin, Jan Oplin, Kim Houtz, Steve Houtz, Rebecca MaWhinney and Colleen MaWhinney of Dairy Keen – Home of the Train in Heber City.

When speaking about Utah destinations, it doesn’t get more iconic than Dairy Keen – Home of the Train in Heber City. This local favorite has been around for 71 years and is known for its shakes, Train Burgers, French fries and soups, not to mention an extensive specialty menu of gluten-free items, with everything from gluten-free chicken strips to burgers and grilled cheese. Dairy Keen receives Best of State awards every year for Best Fast Food Restaurant and Best Soups. Siblings Jan Olpin, Mike Mawhinney, Kim Houtz, and their spouses are bringing the business into the third generation of family ownership, with the fourth generation already involved.

Ed Hemphill, Scott Burton, Tyler Christensen, Johnny Ferry and Wayne Watkins of Honeyville in Brigham City.

The next time you’re eating a bowl of cereal or enjoying a bag of chips, there’s a chance those grains were produced right here in Utah by Honeyville, founded in 1951 by Lowell Sherratt. Honeyville, headquartered in Brigham City, is one of the larger food manufacturers in the United States. Johnny Ferry, vice president of business development, says Honeyville is known for its specialty flours and grains, blended products for baking, breakfast and drink mixes, with locations in Utah, California and Arizona. Honeyville holds food safety certifications in organic, gluten-free, kosher and non-GMO and recently completed a brand new 240,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Ogden to continue its growth in dry food production.

Jake Mellor, Mikaleen Mellor, Katherine Loveless, Colleen Loveless, Marcy Loveless and Spencer Loveless of Loveless Ash in Price.

Now in its 29th year, Loveless Ash, known as Dustless Technologies, in Price specializes in dust control. Their wet/dry vacuums come in 16, 35 and 50-gallon sizes, and the selection has expanded into the industrial market. There are also dust shrouds used in construction applications to contain dust. Mike and Colleen Loveless started the company together, Mike as the innovator and Colleen handling operations. He worked two jobs, as a diesel mechanic then came home to work the business all night. While Mike passed away eight years ago, Colleen says business is strong, especially as one of the few manufacturing companies in Price. Her son Spencer works for Loveless Ash in management as well as research and development.

Ghazeleh Semnani, Nicholas Pensari, Jeanie Ashby and Elaine Ellis of Maliheh Free Clinic in Salt Lake City.

With a team of more than 400 volunteers, the Maliheh Free Clinic is providing free healthcare for uninsured individuals and families, and is sponsored by the Semnani Family Foundation. To give an idea of the impact of the Maliheh Free Clinic, in 2016, they had more than 15,000 patient visits. Their volunteers provided 29,000 hours of service valued at $1 million. Without the clinic, many patients would be faced with going to a hospital emergency room as their only option for healthcare. Executive Director Jeanie Ashby says this is critical work, and their appointments fill up fast. All patients of the Maliheh Free Clinic are living below the federal poverty level. They’re currently raising funds for a brand-new clinic that will double their space and expand their services.

Morgan Vanvalkenburg, Matt Vance, Brian Blotter, Keegan Garrity, Brock Streeper and Lisa Peterson of Malouf in Logan.

Malouf is best known for its high-quality sleep products, with one of its newest releases, Supima cotton sheets, made from 100 percent American-grown cotton. You can also find an innovative line of Z pillows, filled with memory foam or latex, to provide a more comfortable sleep experience, with designs for side, back or stomach sleepers, and mattress toppers intended to enhance any mattress. Malouf started with founders Sam and Kacie Malouf working their tails off and grew into a multi-national corporation with 230 employees now supplying luxury sleep products around the world. This Logan company is also known for their focus on taking care of employees by providing flexible work schedules, a lunch program and outside activities like staff parties, yoga nights and Spanish classes.

Gary Bowen, Jan Black, Dale Hull and Greg Summerhays of Neuroworx in Sandy.

Not everyone can turn personal tragedy into a wonderful success story, but that’s what Dr. Dale Hull did with his organization, Neuroworx, in Sandy. Following an accident that resulted in life-changing paralysis, Dr. Hull met an extraordinary physical therapist, Jan Black, and with her focused and specialized approach, combined with his hard work, regained substantial physical movement. Neuroworx is a non-profit organization providing community-based outpatient physical and occupational therapy to offer specialized rehabilitation care for children and adults affected by paralysis. Their approach is a combination of expertise, specialized equipment and time, and it’s been so successful that as of last year, they treated more than 1,700 individuals from 24 states and four countries.

Marc Rowley, Jace Rowley, Phil Rowley and Tod Rowley of Rowley’s Red Barn in Santaquin.

The Rowley family of Rowley’s Red Barn in Santaquin has been an important part of Utah’s agricultural industry for years. They were one of the state’s first commercial fruit growers in the early 1900s. And the tradition continues today. With 1,000 acres, Rowley’s is known for its fresh produce that includes apples, peaches and cherries, with tart cherries as the largest crop. This family-owned business is now entering the fifth generation of family involvement, known for the iconic Red Barn store off I-15 in Santaquin with a second location in Southern Utah. Agritourism is a big part of the operation with activities for families. Rowley’s Red Barn makes old-fashioned ice cream daily and offers 32 flavors at both Red Barn stores.

Sarah Christensen, Chris Christensen, Brad Stapley and Jana Stapley of Stapley Pharmacy in St. George.

As a second-generation pharmacist and the president of Stapley Pharmacy in St. George, Brad Stapley believes in patient engagement and community involvement. In addition to providing medicines, including compounded prescriptions, he travels throughout the community addressing prescription drug safety and proper medication use. He’s also launched a pet medication program to prepare specialized medications for pets. Brad is continuing the legacy of service his father, Evan Stapley, created when he started Stapley Pharmacy in the late 1970s. It’s one of the reasons the company has grown to four locations, including one that serves customers in long-term care and rehab facilities.

Joe Sharp and Roger Alworth of Vector Structural Engineering in Draper.

After 16 years in business, Vector Structural Engineering in Draper is experiencing impressive success with five offices in three states, including a brand-new headquarters in Draper to accommodate their growth. CEO Roger Alworth says they’re averaging revenue growth of 50 percent annually for the last four years with their service-driven business model. Vector Structural Engineering is licensed in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Their expertise is in structural engineering including all types of buildings, bridges, towers and industrial facilities. They also discovered a business opportunity with the rapidly expanding solar energy sector and are supporting installers nationwide.

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