Christine Menges has been promoted at Penna Powers Brian Haynes, and the firm has hired Summer Clarke, Jeff Bleak, Karen Vardeny, Geoff Dupaix and Britni Sanchez. Menges has been with the agency for more than 12 years, from advertising account supervisor to advertising director. Clark joins the agency as an account coordinator. She previously worked in the journalism, photography and public-relations fields for five years. Bleak joins the company as outreach coordinator. A recent graduate of the University of Utah, he started as an intern with PPBH. Vardeny is events manager. She worked for PPBH for four years before taking a break to found two companies, The Fusion Factory and Tummy Talk. Dupaix is public involvement manager. He oversaw public outreach efforts for a previous employer's office in Orem. Sanchez is advertising account manager. She comes to PPBH with five years of experience in advertising.

E. Troy Blanchard has been named chairman of the Corporate & Securities Practice Section at Durham Jones & Pinegar. Blanchard is a shareholder in DJP's St. George office. Blanchard advises business owners regarding tax and business matters related to entity formation and operation, asset protection, business transactions and real-estate sales and exchanges. His practice also includes working to resolve problems in structuring, forming and financing real-estate development ventures. Before joining DJP, he spent several years as an attorney in Milwaukee. His education includes a degree from Brigham Young University.

Ryan Tuttle has joined the Lehi office of Farm Bureau Financial Services. As a bureau agent, he can provide insurance and investment products to clients to plan for their financial future. He previously was an insurance agent at a prior company and has nine years of experience in the insurance industry. His education includes a degree from the University of Utah.

Mark Ludlow has been promoted to Qwest director of sales for mid-markets. In his new role, Ludlow will have responsibility for the Salt Lake City customer account manager organization. He has more than 16 years of experience in telecommunications, including eight years with Qwest in various leadership roles. Most recently, he served as site manager for the Utah CAM organization. His education includes a degree from the University of Utah.

Whitney Ward has been promoted to sustainable design manager at VCBO Architecture. Ward has worked for the firm since 2007. Ward's position was established in response to the increasing number of VCBO's projects that are designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certification and other sustainable accreditation programs. In her new role, Ward will work with all of the firm's teams to incorporate sustainable design principals into every project and provide expertise in the documentation processes.

Darwin Morrison has joined Big-D Construction Corp. as a project manager. With 32 years of construction experience, Morrison has spent time as a journeyman, project superintendent and project engineer.

Alan Taylor has joined the Southland office of Windermere Real Estate/St. George LLC, Inc. as a sales associate. He had been a realtor with another firm from 2004 to 2006.

Josh Harbison has been named manager of the Roosevelt branch of Mountain America Credit Union. Harbison has been with Mountain America for three years, most recently as an assistant manager.

Jason D. Boren has been named a partner in the Salt Lake City office of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll LLP. Boren is a partner in the Litigation Department and a member of the Construction, Labor, Employment & Immigration, Product Liability, and Mass Tort groups. He has experience with commercial, real-estate, product-liability, labor and employment and construction disputes. His education includes a degree from the University of Utah.

William "Bill" Davison has been named chief executive officer and president of The American Academy. Davison will focus on the company's growth strategy, including sales, marketing, and business development. Davison also joins The American Academy's board of directors. Davison brings more than 20 years of corporate strategy, operations management and marketing experience to The American Academy.

Eric Morgan has been named president and chief executive officer of AdvancedMD Software Inc. Morgan, who has held leadership positions at a pair of other companies, assumed responsibility from John Trzeciak, who served as interim CEO since the acquisition of AdvancedMD by Francisco Partners in January. Trzeciak will continue to serve on the AdvancedMD board of directors and as operating adviser to Francisco Partners.

Scott Halstead has been named president and chief executive officer of Zane Benefits. He succeeds the company's founder, Paul Zane Pilzer, who will remain chairman of the board. Prior to joining Zane Benefits, Halstead was chief executive officer of another company and was chief operating officer of a publicly held health and welfare benefits administrator.

Thomas Cooke has joined Deer Valley Lodging as director of marketing, and Tracy Mullen has been appointed as director of sales at the company. Cooke formerly was an account director at a Salt Lake advertising agency, an account executive at another agency, and marketing and interactive manager at a Park City resort. Mullen is a former director of conference sales and the national sales manager of a hotel in Park City and was a sales manager at another Park City hotel.

Jennifer Botter has been appointed chief financial officer at Powdr Corp. Botter has more than 20 years of experience in financial and information technology management, most recently serving as chief accounting officer and vie president of finance and corporate controller for another company.

Annalisa Steggell has been appointed director of community relations at Westminster College. Steggell will represent the college to community, civic and business representatives, and function as a liaison and a catalyst to enhance Westminster's community relationships and emphasize the college's commitment to community involvement. She will maintain her role as liaison to the college's board of trustees and as board secretary, and will continue to serve on the senior administrative team. She has previously filled other roles at Westminster, including chairing the Alumni Board, serving as the assistant director of alumni relations and special assistant to the president, and teaching as an adjunct professor.

Maureen Riley, executive director of the Salt Lake City International Airport, has been named to the American Association of Airport Executives' Energy/Air Service Task Force. The association created the task force to explore approaches that airports can take to address the changing air-service landscape that is occurring because of dramatically higher fuel prices. The task force will work to develop industry consensus recommendations for a national energy policy and a potential national air service policy. More than 70 airport executives representing airports of all sizes from all parts of the country are involved with the task force.