SPRINGVILLE A new name for an old building turned out to be an old name for a new building, as Trivani International officials unveiled the name for the newly renovated historic Reynolds building in Springville.
Those present for the announcement reacted with delight Tuesday afternoon, as company CEO Bob Steed unveiled the new sign atop the nearly 120-year-old building and showed the building would retain the name of its original builder: Henry T. Reynolds.
Steed said the company had some initial discussions about renaming the structure the Ken Dolezsar Memorial Plaza, after the late husband of Steed's mother, Leslie DeeAnn Dolezsar, formerly Leslie DeeAnn Mower. Ken Dolezsar, a businessman and former part-time UVSC hockey coach, was killed in November. In the end, however, Steed said only one name truly fit on the side of the building.
"We had a lot of different thoughts. Ultimately, none of those thoughts even came close to comparing to putting the name on here that really belongs," Steed said. "We could have put the 'Elmer Fudd and Co.' name on the side of that building, and people would have still called it 'H.T. Reynolds' because since 1892 that's all it's ever been."
In addition to Springville city officials and Trivani employees, descendants of Henry T. Reynolds were also on hand for the day's events. Another Henry T. Reynolds, this one the great-grandson of the builder, said his great-grandfather would have been speechless if he'd seen his building still standing after more than 100 years.
"People have a fascination, or are drawn to old buildings, and I'm glad they were able to preserve this one," the fourth-generation Reynolds said. "I think this will be a real anchor for Springville, a real drawing point."
Upon completion, the 19,000-square-foot building will house the corporate headquarters of Trivani International and the company's humanitarian organization, Trivani Foundation. The corporate offices will be located on the second and third floors, with employees moving in as soon as this week, while the Trivani Foundation will take its place on the first floor, which is expected to be completed later this year. Trivani's plans for the building, rebuilt by Classic Construction, include a public spa and a juice bar.
Like Neways Inc., the international multimillion-dollar multilevel marketing company, which was co-founded by Steed and Leslie DeeAnn Dolezsar in the early '90s, Trivani was founded in 2006 by the same duo. Neways Inc. was acquired by San Francisco-based firm Golden Gate Capital in 2006. Dolezsar and her former husband, Thomas Mower, are both now serving sentences in federal prison after convictions for tax fraud in 2005.
Trivani's business plan is organized so that a portion of the company's profit finances multiple humanitarian projects around the world. The company specializes in health and personal care products sold through individual vendors. To date Trivani has sponsored numerous surgeries, built a number of schools in addition to assisting in the construction of health clinics and a hospital. Most significantly, Steed said, it sponsors thousands of needy children in Africa, Asia and the South Pacific.The H.T. Reynolds Building was originally used as a general merchandise store with a dance hall on the top floor, Reynolds said. Over the years it has been used for everything from a meeting hall to a gymnastics studio.