|[August 07, 2014]
UTC Announces A. Scott Anderson, Alan Hall and Kirk M. Ririe as 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees
SALT LAKE CITY --(Business Wire)--
The Utah Technology Council (UTC) (http://www.utahtech.org)
today announced A. Scott Anderson, Alan Hall and Kirk M. Ririe as its
inductees into the 2014 UTC Hall of Fame. These Utah executives will be
honored on November 7 at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City at
the annual celebration of the technology industry.
This year's gathering of Utah's technology executives will be keynoted
by Marc Benioff (News - Alert), chairman and CEO of salesforce.com.
"This is a stellar group of leaders in our 2014 inductees,"�said
Richard R. Nelson, president and CEO of the UTC. "They have helped
Utah become a great place for technology companies to thrive as they've
led their respective companies to success. We're enthused to celebrate
their accomplishments at the UTC Hall of Fame Celebration."
A. Scott Anderson (photo)
is president and chief executive officer of Zions First National Bank.
Zions Bank is Utah's oldest financial institution and is the only local
bank with a statewide distribution of branches.
A native of Salt Lake City, Scott joined Zions Bank in December of 1991
as executive vice president of Retail Banking. In this position, he was
responsible for the growth and operation of the bank's branch network
throughout Utah and Idaho, as well as overseeing other consumer and
small business banking activities. He assumed his current
responsibilities as president and CEO of Zions Bank on January 20, 1998.
Prior to joining Zions, Scott spent 17 years with Bank of America in San
Francisco. While at Bank of America, Scott held a number of positions
including: merchant banking officer, investment officer, high-tech
lending specialist, commercial lending officer, business banking manager
and manager of the San Francisco main office. He also spent seven years
working in Bank of America's Asia division, headquartered in Tokyo.
Scott received a bachelor's degree in philosophy and economics from
Columbia University in New York. He also received a master's degree in
economics and international studies from Johns Hopkins University in
Active in community affairs, Scott is currently serving, or has
previously served, on the boards of numerous Utah organizations,
including Intermountain Health Care, EB Medical Research Foundation,
Huntsman Cancer Foundation, University of Utah, Utah Technology Council,
USTAR, and Western Governors University, to name a few. He was named
2005 UTC Trustee of the Year and given their Bridge Builder Award in
Alan Hall (photo)
is an experienced entrepreneur and investor, and has created thousands
of jobs worldwide over the past three decades. Most recently, Alan
founded and became CEO of Tempus Global Data, an innovative satellite
company that manufactures and operates highly-sophisticated weather
instruments. Alan also currently serves as co-founder and managing
director of Mercato Partners (News - Alert) where he is involved on the boards of
Central Logic, Control4, CradlePoint and Goal Zero. He is a proven
operator and investor with deep expertise in channel sales, marketing
strategy and sales execution.
Prior to founding Mercato Partners, Alan Hall was founder and CEO of
Marketstar Corporation, an outsourced global marketing and sales
organization, which helps the world's largest high-technology companies
generate billions of dollars in revenue. He is also the founder of Grow
Utah, a non-profit organization which fosters entrepreneurship, and is a
founding board member of the World Trade Center Utah.
Alan has been honored as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and
the Mountain West Capital Network Entrepreneur of the Year. He also
served as chairman of UTC from 2008-2013 and was honored as Trustee of
the Year for 2006.
Alan received a bachelor's degree from Weber State University in
Psychology and an MBA from Brigham Young University's Marriott School of
As an active member of his community, Alan is the chairman of both the
Board of Trustees and the Capital Campaign Committee at Weber State
University. He also serves as a trustee for the Intermountain Healthcare
Foundation, chairman of Ogden Pioneer Heritage Foundation and chairman
of Prosperity 2020, a business-led movement committed to enhancing
Utah's education system.
Alan has been married to the love of his life, Jeanne, for 45 years now.
They have six married children and 17 grandchildren. Together, they
serve as co-founders and co-chairs of the Hall Foundation, an
organization dedicated to improving the lives of low-income families and
eliminating poverty. Their mission is that "there be no poor among us."
Kirk M. Ririe (photo),
born into an entrepreneurial family, pursued a broad education in
chemistry engineering, languages, and communication, receiving his B.S.
in Chemistry from the University of Utah in 2005.
Dr. Carl Wittwer, Ph.D., M.D., friend and mentor at the University of
Utah, mentioned an idea for an incredible new technology that shortened
a cutting-edge DNA analysis technique (PCR) from hours to minutes. Kirk
built a prototype, photographed it and ran an ad in a scientific
journal. Thus, Idaho Technology, Inc. (ITI) was born in 1990. Working
with Dr. Wittwer and the University of Utah, ITI received NIH funding to
add real-time fluorescent monitoring of the PCR reaction to its earliest
PCR instrument, thus creating the LightCycler.® In 1997, Kirk, Carl and
colleague Randy Rasmussen brokered a multi-year, multimillion-dollar
licensing and collaborative research agreement with Roche Molecular
In 1999, Kirk received the National Tibbetts Award on behalf of ITI's
outstanding contribution to the SBIR program and the Franklin Jefferson
Award in Science and Technology Innovation. In 2004, Kirk was an honored
recipient of the 2004 Utah Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award,
and ITI received awards from Frost & Sullivan (News - Alert) for Business Development
Strategy Leadership in the Biological Detector Market and Utah Business
Magazine as one of Utah's Top 20 High Tech Companies. ITI was awarded
the North American Biological Detection Company of the Year in 2007 and
celebrated 20 years in business in 2010.
In 2011, Kirk's latest invention, the FilmArray® System and Respiratory
Panel, a user-friendly PCR system for the point-of-care diagnostic
market, received FDA clearance with the ability to test for dozens of
different organisms simultaneously in under an hour. Other panels that
have since been FDA cleared are the Blood Culture Identification Panel
(2013) and Gastrointestinal Panel (2014).
On August 28, 2012, Idaho Technology, Inc. officially changed its name
to BioFire Diagnostics, Inc.
On May 2, 2014, the University of Utah, College of Science formally
inducted Kirk into the Science Hall of Fame.
Kirk serves on the Board of Trustees of the Utah Technology Council.
About The UTC Hall of Fame
The annual Hall of Fame event honors individuals with Utah ties who have
made global contributions to the information technology, life science
and clean tech industries through new technology, innovation and
leadership. The gala also headlines keynotes from the world's great
technology companies. Past keynote speakers include: Shantanu Narayen of
Adobe (News - Alert); Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com; John Chambers of Cisco; Eric Schmidt of
Google; Jerry Yang of Yahoo!; Steve Ballmer of Microsoft; Mark Hurd of
Oracle; Paul Otellini of Intel (News - Alert) and Kevin Rollins of Dell.
The Hall of Fame celebration is the year's largest gathering of Utah
technology executives. UTC invites members of Utah's technology
industries, as well as business and community leaders, to join in
honoring this year's inductees.
The lead Palladium sponsor for this event is Domo
and media sponsor is Utah
For more information or to be a sponsor and register for the Hall of
or call (801) 568-3500.
About the Utah Technology Council
The UTAH TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL is the state's premier professional
association for over 5,000 high tech, clean tech and life science
companies. At its core, UTC exists to help Utah technology businesses
become more relevant and competitive by creating�VALUABLE
CONNECTIONS�with members and others who offer�peer
experience and advice, by addressing the serious�TALENT SHORTAGE�faced
by member companies and by assisting members to gain�ACCESS TO
FUNDING.�Members join UTC to share insights with industry peers,
counsel with government and academic leaders and receive help from
professional service providers and funding resources.�www.utahtech.org.
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