Advisor Bios

Mountain Alarm, Chief Technical Officer
6268 S. 2275 E.
Ogden, UT 84403 
(801) 698-8307

Aaron Allen is Chief Technical Officer for Fire Protection Service Corporation (FPS) and its affiliated brands Mountain Alarm, Link Interactive, CopperState Fire Protection, and Kenco Security & Technology. In this role, he is in charge of managing teams responsible for maintaining and supporting the organizations IT infrastructure among its 12 branch locations and development teams responsible for creating and integrating systems used by customers, employees, and vendors.

Prior to this position, Aaron helped build a successful programming and consulting company working with the United States Air Force. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems & Technology from Weber State University and a Master’s degree from Brigham Young University in Information Systems Management.

Aaron lives in South Ogden with his wife Crystal, three boys, and one daughter. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, hiking, beach exploring, and collecting and playing board games.

WCF Insurance, VP Central Region
580 S. State Street
Orem, UT 84058
(801) 852-4601

Brian is the Vice President of the Central Utah Region for WCF Insurance in charge of branch operations, sales, business retention and development. Brian has been with WCF since 1994 having previously worked in the claims/special investigation department. In 1994, he graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Sociology-Economics, and in 2003 graduated with a Master of Public Administration (MPA) also from the University of Utah. Brian has the designation of Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and Certified Fraud Specialist (CFS) from the Association of Certified Fraud Specialists. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for United Cerebral Palsy of Utah.

The Boeing Company, Engineering Manager
1215 North 2200 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
(801) 537-6469

Bryan works at The Boeing Company’s Salt Lake fabrication facility where he is the Engineering Manager for Design and Liaison Engineering Teams. Bryan and his team are responsible for the design of the Flight Deck structures for Boeing’s commercial airplanes. In addition to his current position as Engineering Manager Bryan has worked as a Design Lead, Program Manager and a Liaison Engineer. Bryan received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Utah State University. He started his career in 1987 with McDonnell Douglas Aircraft, which merged with The Boeing Company in 1997.

Along with his love of airplanes Bryan is an avid water-skier and wake boarder. Bryan likes to work out and swim to keep in shape; he also likes to play racquetball and basketball. In his spare time Bryan rebuilds cars with his father and works in his yard fighting the battle against the weeds.

Mountain America Credit Union, Chief Risk Officer
7180 S. Campus View Drive
West Jordan, UT 84084
(801) 673-4301

Cathy Smoyer is the Senior Vice President/Chief Risk Officer for Mountain America Credit Union. Working in the financial institution industry for over 30-years, Cathy joined the Mountain America team in 1997. In her capacity as Chief Risk Officer, Cathy is responsible for multiple business units including risk management, fraud management, legal, operational compliance, and lending compliance. Cathy obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and holds a Master of Business Administration. Cathy is currently a Doctoral Candidate with an anticipated completion date of December 2018. She is a Certified Internal Auditor and a Certified Fraud Examiner. Cathy is an avid runner and lives in South Jordan, Utah with her husband and family.

Dominion Energy, Regulatory Analyst
P.O. Box 45433
Salt Lake City, UT 84145-0433
(801) 324-5383

Jessica Ipson has worked at Dominion Energy for 12 years. She is a Regulatory Analyst in the State Regulatory Affairs department. The department calculates what customers pay for their natural gas service and propose new tariff policy to the Utah and Wyoming Public Service Commissions for approval. The first eight years of her career she worked as an accountant at the company in asset then project accounting.

Jessica has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Weber State University and a Masters of Business Administration from Westminster College. She resides in Centerville. Outside of work she enjoys live music, traveling, tennis and skiing. She is a 2001 Utah Business Week graduate.

Utah Jazz, VP Corporate Partnerships
301 W. South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 718-5964

John was born and raised in Salt Lake City where he attended East High School and then graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in Communications. John joined the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies in September of 2015 and has a varied background in sports and media. John has worked with the University of Utah, Brigham Young University, Real Salt Lake, KSL, Broadway Media and now the Utah Jazz. As one of the vice presidents of corporate sales, John works with all the Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment properties to bring value to their clients through the many marketing opportunities available, while focusing on the Zone Sports Network. John is also the Managing Director for the Tour of Utah, the professional cycling race held in Utah the first week of August. John and his wife, Allyson, have been married for over 20 years and have three beautiful children, one dog (Portuguese water dog) and a fish. Abe (21) is attending the University of Utah focusing on environmental studies; Lucy (19) is attending the Utah State University; and Ella Mae (12) is home keeping her parents young. John and Allyson live at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon and enjoy all the activities Utah has to offer.

Corporate Alliance, President - Salt Lake Hub 
7730 S. Union Park Ave. #150
Midvale, UT 84047
(801) 792-7360

Katie is currently President of Corporate Alliance of Salt Lake and is an owner/partner. She joined Corporate Alliance as General Manager of the Salt Lake Hub in 2008 and has thoroughly enjoyed building the market from a couple of hundred members - to several thousand. In 2014, Katie Founded Illuminate –a women’s networking group focused on personal and professional development of women across Utah. Katie formerly served for 20 years as COO of Innovations International. In this capacity, Katie has years of experience with consulting, training and executive coaching, and has traveled the world working with Fortune 200 companies (Merck, Dow Chemical, Anheuser Busch, Kellogg, EDS, Eastman Kodak, Northrup Grumann, etc.). She and her husband, Wayne, enjoy a full life with family, friends, and their work in the community. They have 4 grown children, 2 spouse-in-laws, and 5 grandchildren – call her “Glamma”! Outside of work, Katie is a pianist, loves to cook and is an avid reader.

WCF Insurance, AVP Agency Relations 
100 W. Towne Ridge Parkway
Sandy, UT 84070
(385) 351-8271

Laura Stireman is the Assistant Vice President for the Agency Relations Department for WCF, Utah’s largest worker’s compensation carrier. As AVP of the Agency Relations Department at WCF, Laura oversees the agency relationship functions of WCF’s appointed agency community in Utah, Colorado, Idaho & Nevada.

Laura enjoys the opportunity to work with a variety of people from assisting agents in placing accounts to developing new training strategies. Laura has been with WCF for 20 years. Laura is the current President for the Catholic Schools Diocesan School Board. When Laura is not at work, you can find her on the beach with her family.

Progrexion, Payment Processing Specialist - Accounting 
199 Farm Circle 
Farmington, UT 84025 
(801) 882-5519 

Mandy has been with Progrexion for 3 years. She attained this job through connections she met right here at Utah Business Week. Her responsibilities include the processing of credit card payments and daily batch processing. This also includes the review of output for errors and problems and the correction of those problems.

Previously, Mandy worked at Mountain America Credit Union for over 22 years, in branches, training and finally in her last position as a Membership Development Officer in Branch Administration. She was responsible for growing the membership of 60+ branches covering Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho and New Mexico.

She lives in Farmington with her husband, Darin and their 7 children. Her children range in age from 21 years old down to 5 years old. Mandy enjoys Diet Coke and spending time with her immediate and extended family.

Mountain America Credit Union, SVP Payments/Business Services
7181 S. Campus View Drive
West Jordan, UT 84084
(801) 325-6460

Tony Rasmussen has worked in financial services for over 25 years and he is currently part of the senior management team at Mountain America Credit Union (MACU). Prior to accepting his current position as SVP Payments/Business Services at MACU, Tony worked in several other operational areas including accounting, training, and manager of information systems. His recent and present areas of focus include Internet and mobile banking, payments, card and ATM services, call center, and business services. Over the years, Tony has been invited to speak at a number of industry related conferences and to other business and community groups on topics ranging from customer service to innovation and technology. Tony’s other interests include film, music, and fitness. Tony is the father of four children; he and his wife make their home in South Jordan, Utah. Tony also attended Utah Business Week as a high school student.