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Todd Rytting has been named president and chief executive officer of Panasonic Electric Works Laboratory of America, which performs research and development activities in the United States for its Japan-based parent company, Panasonic Electric Works. The first non-Japanese president in the company's history, Rytting will manage PEWLA from its laboratory based in Salt Lake City. He has been with PEWLA since 2005, when Panasonic purchased emWare, a Salt Lake-based startup that developed device networking software. Rytting's education includes a degree from the University of Utah.

Dr. Randy Alejo and Dr. Walter Smith have joined Ogden Clinic. An obstetrician and gynecologist,, Alejo will work at the Mountain View Clinic, having moved from Hawaii. His experience is providing obstetrical care to expectant mothers, as well as treating women's health-related conditions. Smith has joined the clinic's Radiology Department and will be based at the Harrison Boulevard Clinic. He has more than eight years' experience in musculoskeletal MRIs, CT scans and ultrasonography, as well as arthrography. Prior to joining Ogden Clinic, Smith practiced in Lansing, Mich., working in conjunction with Michigan State University's Department of Radiology. Smith's education includes undergraduate work at Weber State University.

Kenneth J. Naylor of Salt Lake City has been elected first vice president/president-elect of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. For the past year, Naylor has served as the council's second vice president. He will assume the presidency of NCARB in July 2010. He previously served on the Utah Architectural Licensing Board, including a period as chairman, as director of Region 6 of the council's Western Conference and as a member of the Western Conference executive committee. He is the current president of AIA Utah and is a founding principal and president of Naylor Wentworth Lund Architects PC. His education includes a degree from the University of Utah.

Megan Hoskins has been promoted to public-relations account manager at Richter7. Hoskins joined the company in 2008 as a public-relations account coordinator.

Aaron Kuehne has been promoted to audit manager at KPMG LLP's Salt Lake City audit-services practice. Kuehne has five years of experience in public accounting and auditing. His education includes degrees from the University of Utah.

Carly Kropf has been named marketing and public-relations specialist at Staker Parson Cos. She will oversee the company's advertising, public relations, Web site, newsletter submissions and viral marketing activities. She began working for Staker Parson as a receptionist in 2003. Since then, she has worked in accounts receivable, accounts payable, and most recently, as a contract administrator. She currently works as a liaison between Staker Parson and its subcontractors, the Utah Department of Transportation and the public. Kropf will retain her contract-administration responsibilities and work in Staker Parson's Smithfield office. Her education includes a degree from Utah State University.

Brandon H. Pace has been admitted as a shareholder at TraskBritt PC as a member of its Litigation Group. Pace joined the company in 2008, having previously been with several international law firms in their Silicon Valley and San Diego offices. He has experience representing international companies in multi-jurisdiction litigation matters, including representation of companies with operations in China.

Tyler B. Jones has joined the law firm Parsons Kinghorn Harris, practicing principally in bankruptcy and commercial litigation.

Brent Severe has been named executive director of the Davis Education Foundation. He succeeds Sheryl Allen. Severe has served as assistant director since 2006. He will be responsible for securing the long-term financial stability of the organization and its programs by overseeing development plans, fundraising efforts, marketing, special events and grant writing.

Michael Hoglund has joined Bank of Utah as a vice president and loan-center manager of the community bank's Tremonton branch. Hoglund will oversee all commercial lending. He has 22 years of banking-industry experience, most recently as senior vice president of commercial lending at a bank in Wyoming. His education includes a degree from Utah State University.

Bill Mullen has been appointed a vice president and financial consultant in the Park City office of TriCor Financial. Mullen has 17 years of experience in the financial-planning and investment industry as owner of Mullennium Finance LLC, which he started in 1992. He previously was director of customer service and director of operations for a pair of California companies.

Peter Hoj is serving as board president of the Granite Education Foundation, part of the Granite School District. Hoj is vice president of Hoj Engineering. He has been on the board of directors and the executive board of the foundation for the past eight years. His education includes degrees from the University of Utah.

Dave Roberts has been named vice president of business development at the Salt Lake Chamber. In that role, which is a new position at the chamber, Roberts will oversee a staff of business-development professionals working to help Utah businesses grow and prosper. Roberts has experience in sales and marketing, most recently as a regional sales manager for a local technology company. His education includes a degree from the University of Utah.