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Dr. Bryan C. Tagge is the newest partner at The Ear, Nose and Throat, Intermountain Sinus Center. Tagge is board certified in otolaryngology, head and neck surgery. Prior to joining the sinus center, Tagge was on the faculty at Ohio State University. He is a graduate of the University of Utah Medical School.

Tim Howells was named president and chief executive officer of Sahara Inc., a Utah-based construction company. Prior to his appointment with Sahara, Howells was involved in the restaurant business. He also served as general manager for the Utah Jazz for more than 10 years. Sahara was founded in 1985 and has completed projects in Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Idaho and Hawaii.

The U.'s Academic Outreach and Continuing Education department announced several staff additions. Anne Palmer Peterson was named team leader for the Intermountain Academy for Leadership in Higher Education and manager of the AOCE's academic programs. Peterson is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the U. Philip Kramer was named career development specialist at the Intermountain Academy for Leadership in Higher Education. Kramer is a doctoral candidate in the university's College of Education. He is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles and Sonoma State University. Leolani Kaona is the administrative assistant at the academy. Kaona will be the teaching assistant for the academy's fall courses. She is a graduate of the U.

Matthew Caldwell has joined Ensign Engineering and Land Surveying Inc. as a planner and geographical information systems manager. Caldwell is a graduate of Brigham Young University and will anchor Ensign's Tooele office. Ensign provides consulting engineer services in civil and structural design, land planning, surveying, construction staking and building code review.

The University of Phoenix Utah Campus announced that Paul Benner was appointed college campus chairman for undergraduate business. Benner will be responsible for overseeing the academic quality of the undergraduate business department. He also will continue to teach courses in management, marketing, critical thinking and sociology. The University of Phoenix was accredited in 1978, and operates 85 campuses and learning centers in North America.

Edgar Perez was hired as transportation engineering manager at Sear-Brown's Salt Lake office. Perez has more than 13 years of experience as a traffic engineer. He is a graduate of the University of New Orleans and is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. Sear-Brown is an engineering, architecture, planning and construction firm with 20 offices nationwide.

Six people have been named to the management team at The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City. Tracy James was named general manager of The Gateway. James has 11 years of experience in leasing, property management and banking. He is a graduate of Idaho State University. Ken Zundel was appointed assistant manager. Zundel received a business management degree from Idaho State University and an organizational leadership degree from Anderson University in Indiana. Tami Ivy was named marketing director. Ivy has 13 years of experience in marketing, promotions and public relations. Heather Nash was hired as assistant marketing director. Nash graduated from Salt Lake Community College in business and marketing. David B. Fair was appointed central plant manager. Lee G. Cassity was named director of security.

Michael Rognon has been named vice president and chief operating officer of Ensign Wholesale Floral, a Utah-based wholesale distributor of fresh cut floral products and supplies. Rognon has experience in the floral industry, having founded two floral-related businesses. Ensign Wholesale is based in Salt Lake City and operates a branch location in Ogden.

Utah Business Magazine announced it has appointed Barry Scholl as its new senior editor. Scholl is a former editor-in-chief of Salt Lake magazine. He received a master's degree in creative writing from the U. At Utah Business, Scholl will be responsible for developing editorial plans and implementing content strategy.

James Favero has joined the Salt Lake office of D.A. Davidson & Co. as an investment banking analyst. He previously was employed as a finance and marketing intern with the company. D.A. Davidson was founded in 1935, and operates investment banking offices in Utah, Washington, Oregon and Montana.

The Utah Chapter of the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters Society has chosen its new officers. Troy Baldwin was named CPCU president; Denny Devlin is the new vice president; Frank Jorgenson was named treasurer; Betty Reed is the new secretary. The CPCU Society includes more than 28,000 members in 154 chapters nationwide.

Gentner Communications Corp. announced it has appointed Charles W. Sigars director of information systems. Sigars has more than 20 years of experience in the information technology field. At Gentner, he will be responsible for the development of the company's enterprise resource system infrastructure. Sigars is a graduate of New Mexico Highlands University and the University of Denver. Gentner develops, markets and distributes products and services to the professional communications, broadcast, business and consumer markets.

The state Division of Air Quality's Small Business Compliance Advisory Panel has elected its new chairman and vice chairwoman. Russ Larsen was named chairman of the panel. Suzanne Somers was elected vice chairwoman. Additionally, Mark May was appointed to the panel. Larsen is vice president of the excavation division of Herm Hughes and Sons in North Salt Lake. Somers owns Somers-Jaramillo & Co., a consulting firm specializing in environmental communication. May is vice president of May Foundry and Machine in Salt Lake City.< The seven-member advisory panel monitors the state's Air Quality Small Business Assistance Program.