Rob Conti has been promoted and Makito Nimomiya has been hired at Freestyle Marketing Group. Conti is senior art director. He joined Freestyle in January 2006 as associate art director and later was promoted to art director. Nimomiya is the company's junior art director. His education includes a degree from the University of Utah.

Brad W. Merrill has become of-counsel with Snell & Wilmer in its Salt Lake office. Merrill has experience in corporate structures, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and banking. Merrill's education includes a degree from the University of Utah.

S. Reed Grant has been promoted to private client adviser for Wells Fargo's Wealth Management Group in Utah. Grant has more than 20 years of experience in financial services. Grant, who joined the Wells Fargo team in 1996, has served as a senior private banker for Wells Fargo's WMG since 2006. Prior to that, Grant was a senior relationship manager for Wells Fargo's Business Banking group. His education includes a degree from the University of Utah.

• Weber State University recently announced a few personnel changes. Yasmen Simonian has been named the new dean of the Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions. Simonian, who is chairwoman of the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences at WSU, has more than 27 years of experience as a faculty member, academic leader and clinical health-care practitioner. She will assume her new role July 1. Ryan Thomas has been selected as the associate provost and dean of undergraduate studies at WSU. Thomas, who has more than 20 years experience in higher education administration, comes to Weber State University from the College of Eastern Utah, where he served as the college's president for the past seven years. Bruce Davis has been named a vice provost. Davis, who has served as the director of the Weber State University Davis campus since July 1999, will now manage the Division of Continuing Education and career and technical education, while continuing to be responsible for WSU Davis. In his new role, he will direct the program offerings at a growing number of locations, while maintaining and cultivating relationships with charter schools that partner with WSU.

Scott Larkin and Robb T. Harrop have been promoted at Architectural Nexus. Larkin, who has more than a decade of experience specializing in planning health-care facilities, has been promoted to senior principal. His education includes a degree from the University of Utah. Harrop has been promoted to principal. His education includes degrees from the University of Utah.

Sheila Burton has become president and chief executive officer of Saltworks. Burton has more than nine years of experience developing and executing strategic media planning for consumer and business-to-business clients. Prior to joining Saltworks, she was marketing director for another company.

Wayne Griggs has been named manager of the new Murray branch of Mountain America Credit Union. He previously was at the Kimball Junction branch and has eight years of financial services experience. His education includes a degree from the University of Phoenix.

Cecilia "Cece" Mitchell and Lori Chillingworth have been promoted at Zions Bank. Mitchell is senior vice president and manager of the Women's Financial Group, which has been managed by Chillingworth since its launch in August 1997. In her new capacity, Mitchell will continue to work with Chillingworth in SBA lending, serving as an SBA manager. She also oversees the Zions Bank Business Resource Center and served as its founding director when it launched in 2006. With more than 30 years of banking experience, Mitchell previously worked for another bank as senior vice president for Utah branches and was vice president and national SBA operations support manager for the SBA lending group of another bank. Mitchell's education includes a degree from Westminster College. Chillingworth has been promoted to director of business banking and is a senior vice president. She will be responsible for overseeing sales and strategic planning for the bank's small- and middle-market commercial lending in Utah and Idaho. Prior to joining Zions Bank to manage the Women's Financial Group, Chillingworth was a commercial loan and SBA relationship manager for another bank in Salt Lake City.

Lena Dibble has joined Love Communications as account supervisor for social marketing, overseeing all health-related clients handled by the firm. Before joining Love Communications, Dibble worked for the Utah Department of Health's Tobacco Prevention and Control program, where she managed "The Truth" marketing campaign for seven years. Her education includes a degree from the University of Utah.

David H. Bywater has been appointed global president of MediConnect Global Inc. He has held executive positions at several companies. His education includes a degree from Brigham Young University.

Jordan Needles has been named principal of CMF Associates' West Coast operations hub in Salt Lake City. He will provide operations oversight, project leadership and management support to CMF's West Coast financial consulting clients and will be responsible for regional business development for CMF's three primary business lines. He previously was an assistant controller at another company. His education includes degrees from Utah State University.

Daniel Wadley has joined the Salt Lake City office of Holland & Hart as of-counsel. Wadley has experience in commercial litigation, securities enforcement actions and intellectual property disputes. His education includes a degree from Brigham Young University.

Ken Petersen has been appointed chairman, Bill Donnelly has been appointed president and Mike Kobayashi has been appointed chief financial officer at the BMW Bank of North America in Salt Lake City. Peterson has more than 20 years' experience in the industrial bank industry. Donnelly had been the bank's chief financial officer since 2002 and joined the bank's parent, BMW Financial Services, in 1999 as its risk manager. Prior to that, he spent 12 years with the credit card and automotive finance divisions of another bank. Kobayashi began his career with BMW of North America in 1991 as a senior operations analyst and in 1994 moved to BMW US Capital Corp. as assistant treasurer. In 2001, he joined another company before rejoining BMW US Capital Corp. in 2004 as treasurer.

Todd W. Marriott has been appointed executive director and chief executive officer of the Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency, or UTOPIA. Marriott has more than 15 years experience in the telecommunications industry.