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UTC Announces A. Scott Anderson, Alan Hall and Kirk M. Ririe as 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees

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, 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.”

2014 Inductees:

A. Scott Anderson

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 Baltimore, Maryland.

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 2011.

Alan Hall

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 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 Management.

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

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 Biochemicals.

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 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; 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 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 Business.

For more information or to be a sponsor and register for the Hall of Fame, visit utahtech.org/halloffame 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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