CENTERVILLE -- Mary Tullius, a resident of Centerville, has been named Interim Director for Utah State Parks and Recreation, replacing Courtland Nelson, who has accepted the position of Director of Minnesota State Parks.
Tullius, a 25-year veteran with the state of Utah, will manage the parks agency until the newly-elected governor appoints a new director.
As interim director, Tullius will be be involved with the development of a new strategic plan, budget and maintenance issues and heritage park tourism.
"I appreciate Mary accepting this position," said Robert L. Morgan, executive director of the Utah Department of Natural Resources. "She brings a lot of knowledge and experience to the job. "
Most recently, Tullius served as deputy director of Utah State Parks. She was directly involved with all administrative aspects of the division, including the off-highway vehicle and boating programs, reservation system, budget and public affairs.
"This is a great opportunity," commented Tullius. "State parks fill an important outdoor recreation and heritage niche in Utah by providing high quality programs and experiences to Utahns and out-of-state visitors.
"I am committed to improving the quality of life through state parks and programs in Utah," she added, "and I look forward to the challenge of leading the agency and employees through the many exiting projects identified over the next year."
Tullius was highly involved at the Soldier Hollow/Wasatch Mountain State Park Olympic venue. She coordinated and managed all logistics for America's Public Lands (APL), to ensure a spectacular presentation of the state's western heritage to millions around the world.
Her work with other land management agencies has been a great asset to the success of many state programs and earned her the "Shoulder to Shoulder Award" from the National Park Service in 2002.
Mall promotes John Lee
LAYTON -- John Lee, a employee of Layton Hills Mall's maintenance department, has been promoted to operation manager for the facility.
His responsibilities will include overseeing the property's overall maintenance including security and janitorial.
Lee will will also be working with capital projects, new store construction, vendor contracts, fire/life training and safety training for mall management and security.
Working in many areas, Lee has been with Layton Hills Mall for 14 years now. Thirteen of the years were spent in the maintenance department.
Free CPE/CLE course slated
FARMINGTON -- A free course, entitled "Marketing your Profession: Ideas for the Successful Practitioner" will be conducted at the Farmington Edward Jones office, 824 West Shepard Lane on March 10.
David Burns, the local Edward Jones investment representative, will host the seminar from noon to 3 p.m.
Broadcasted from Edward Jones' satellite system, the program is produced by the firm's Professional Education Network for area CPAs and attorneys.
Course topics include the following: how to develop a marketing plan that works; how to develop client referral sources; and other successful marketing techniques. Participants are eligible for three CPE hours for CPAs, while CLE credit for attorneys is pending approval in states with general education requirements.
For more information or to register for this program call 451-7229.
Homebuilder posts record
BOUNTIFUL -- During a year when Utah was struggling to recover from an economic downtown, the homebuilding industry in Davis County, and across the state, experienced substantial growth.
Hamlet Homes, a nine-year-old Salt Lake area-based homebuilder, achieved its best year ever by closing on 293 homes in 2003, posting $46 million in sales.
Hamlet Homes currently operates eight communities along the Wasatch Front including three in Davis County -- Birnam Woods in West Bountiful, Farmington Ranches in Farmington and Argyle Acres in Woods Cross, the later sold out in 2003. Another new development is planned for Woods Cross in 2004.
Founded in 1995, Hamlet homes has become Utah's fifth largest homebuilder, constructing more than 1,650 homes.