Twelve northern Utah professionals were honored Tuesday during Zions First National Bank's Up 'N Comers program.
Debbi Fields, co-owner of Mrs. Fields Cookies, and Jazz basketball player Karl Malone announced the winners who were touted as Utah's most promising under-40 professionals.The winners and their categories are:
- Architecture/Engineering: M. Louis Ulrich, FFKR Architecture. Ulrich was recognized for his work on the Pierpont Development expansion and the Block 57 master plan. Community service projects include the Utah Arts Festival and work on the Lion House.
- Arts and Leisure: Kirk Muspratt, associate director of the Utah Symphony. He was honored for his efforts with the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra and several international performances as a guest conductor.
- Business: Bruce O. Palenske, Little Caesars Pizza. Palenske received the award for Little Caesars' contributions to the Utah March of Dimes, Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the Utah Easter Seals Society.
- Communications: Ken Verdoia, senior producer at KUED-TV. Verdoia was recognized for outstanding community service when he hosted the 1990 Utah Valley World Summit for Children and his speeches to student and civic groups about the role of free press in America.
- Construction/Manufacturing: Richard D. Clayton, vice president of environment and special projects at Geneva Steel. Clayton was honored for his work on the Governor's Clean-Air Commission and the Utah County Clean-Air Commission. He is also an advisory board member for the Family Support Center.
- Education: Scott Matheson Jr., associate professor at University of Utah Law School. He accepted the award for his efforts for the Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake and the Utah Constitutional Revision Commission.
- Finance: Jeff K. Thredgold, senior vice president and chief economist of Keycorp. Thredgold was honored for his service on the Governor's Economic Coordinating Committee and Wasatch Front Economic Reform organization.
- Government: H. Craig Moody, speaker of the Utah House of Representatives. Moody was recognized for his service on the United Way and the American Cancer Society boards of directors.
- High Technology: Gary L. Crocker, president and chief executive officer of Research Industries Corp. Crocker was honored for his work on the board of governors of the Children's Miracle Network and board of directors of the Utah Symphony.
- Law: Jane A. Marquardt, Marquardt Hasenyager & Custen law firm. She accepted the award for efforts to curb child abuse and domestic violence.
- Medicine/Dental/Health: Kenneth N. Buchi, assistant professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Buchi was recognized for affiliations with the American Cancer Society and the Utah Medical Association.
- Non-profit: Bernadette Martinez-Astorga, executive director of The Turning Point Program. She was honored for her work in counseling single parents and displaced homemakers and for her activity with physically and mentally disadvantaged individuals.