David Wright has joined McNeil Aspen Consultants LC as landscape architecture department head. Wright has nearly 14 years of professional experience, with landscape architecture design projects across the nation but mainly in the West. His education includes a degree from Utah State University.

Joshua G. Gigger and Jared L. Cherry have joined the technology and intellectual property practice group at the law firm Stoel Rives LLP, and Michael W. Christopherson, an attorney at the firm, has been appointed to a five-year term as a member of the Sandy city board of adjustment. Gigger provides intellectual property services relating to biotechnology, medical devices, software, semiconductors and the Internet. His litigation practice encompasses patent and trademark litigation, domain name disputes and opposition and cancellation proceedings. He also advises businesses regarding compliance with various federal and state laws. He previously was with law firms in San Diego. His education includes degrees from Brigham Young University. Cherry previously was an associate with another Salt Lake law firm. His education includes degrees from the University of Utah. Christopherson, as a regular member of the Sandy board, will be responsible for considering and ruling on applications for zoning variances, special exceptions and appeals from certain types of alleged errors in planning determinations. He also has been appointed to the Sandy City Mayor's Economic Development Council. Christopherson is in Stoel Rives' real estate section of the resources, development and environment practice group. His education includes a degree from the University of Utah.

Jared McPherson and Mike Dodge have joined advertising agency Love Communications' interactive services division. McPherson is a new motion graphics designer. Dodge is the agency's new Web developer. Before joining Love, McPherson was a motion graphics designer for another company. McPherson also worked for another company as the television graphics designer for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. His education includes a degree from Utah Career College. Dodge previously was the Web developer for another company and also has taught Web development at Brigham Young University. His education includes a degree from BYU.

Mike McGinnis and Rob VanPutten have joined R&O Construction. McGinnis is a senior project manager. He has experience in high-end office, residential, retail and hotel development projects. Before joining R&O, he was a senior project manager and vice president of development and construction. He will work from R&O's Las Vegas regional office. VanPutten is a superintendent to work on R&O's projects in Phoenix. He has experience in managing warehouse and other retail projects and as an on-site quality assurance manager.

Nancy Horrocks has been selected by America First Credit Union as the new manager of its Pleasant Grove Macey's branch, and Doug Spainhower has been named manager of the credit union's IT support department. Horrocks started her career at the credit union in 1999 as a teller at the Layton Dan's branch. She has served in many positions, including backup lead teller, lead teller and assistant manager at the American Fork branch. Spainhower began working at the credit union in 2000 in the PC systems department as a PC systems specialist. The PC systems department became the IT support department, and he served as an IT support specialist. Since April of 2006, he has been the IT support team leader.

Brent Coles has been appointed vice president of sales at Acceptx Financial Solutions Inc. Coles has more than 15 years of experience in sales in orthodontics and previous experience selling financial services.

Gifford Briggs has been named project development manager of the Lindon office of Big-D Construction, and Rick Brooks has been promoted to estimator in the firm's Salt Lake office. Briggs will oversee all marketing and project proposals, manage project preconstruction and be involved in all other aspects of business development. He has worked in various areas of the construction industry the past 10 years, including five at Big-D. His education includes a degree from Brigham Young University. Brooks previously was an estimating engineer for Big-D on several projects. In his new role, he will be responsible for providing budgets and estimates for new and current jobs. He has been with Big-D for one year. Prior to joining the company, he had seven years of construction experience working with developers and engineers to provide the infrastructure design for master planned communities.

Tyler Hollon has been named director of construction for services and small projects for Wadman Corp. Hollon has been with Wadman for five years as a project manager for its service division, specializing in special projects. As director, he will focus on the training and management of the service division's personnel, as well as development and implementation of new construction management processes. He also will be responsible for budget, revenue and forecasting for the division. Hollon previously was project manager for another company.

Melynda Geronimo has been named sales coordinator at Obeo. She helps to launch and train new Obeo consultants, maintain current consultants and assist in growing the sales team. She previously was the executive assistant to the company's president. Before joining Obeo, Geronimo spent three years as the shipping specialist for the Corporation of the Presiding Bishop through the LDS Church. Her education includes a degree from Westminster College.

James Edwards has joined Consonus Technologies Inc. as client solutions leader for the company's Western region. He joins Consonus' Salt Lake office with a technical background in information security, managed services, systems support and corporate network implementations. He previously was senior systems engineer with another company.

Jennifer Falk has joined law firm Kruse Landa Maycock & Ricks in the firm's family law and employment law practice groups. Prior to joining the firm, she was engaged in private practice in Salt Lake City, specializing in employment law and commercial litigation. Her education includes degrees from the University of Utah and Utah State University.

Christopher Liechty was recently hired as vice president of communications at Bank of American Fork. Liechty is co-founder of the AIGA Center for Cross-Cultural Design, a national nonprofit that helps graphic designers compete in the global design community. He was also the owner of Dialect. His education includes degrees from Brigham Young University and the University of Utah.