Provo-based ad agency launches podcast

Provo-based advertising agency Relic announced Tuesday the launch of “The Destination Marketing Podcast” featuring two of the company’s co-owners, CEO and President Adam Stoker and Chief Marketing Officer Jordan Barker as hosts.

Stoker and Barker will be joined each week of the podcast by marketing professionals from the travel and hospitality industry, conversing about the world of marketing through tourism destinations.

“I’ve benefited so much from talking to others and making connections in the tourism industry, I wanted to open that door and share those insights with others and give them that opportunity to connect,” Stoker said. “There’s so much that can be learned and shared and by learning together, we skip some of the trial and error we’d encounter if we tried to tackle everything on our own. I loved the idea of bringing those ideas to marketers, wherever they are.”

The first season of the podcast is meant to help “over-worked and under-staffed tourism marketing professionals around the nation and world,” according to a press release. Kaitlin Eskelson from the Utah Tourism Association is one of the first season’s featured guests.

“I’ve loved this opportunity to talk to other destination marketers,” Barker said. “Since I come from a digital background myself, it’s fascinating to talk about all the different ways that problems in destination marketing can be solved.”

The first episode of the podcast is now available on Relic’s website, and can also be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify.

SimpleNexus appoints new executives

SimpleNexus, a Lehi-based company which provides a digital mortgage platform that allows lenders to originate and process loans from anywhere, announced last week the appointment of three new vice presidents to its senior leadership team.

Kent Besaw has been appointed the vice president of customer success, Kevin McKenzie has been appointed vice president of finance and Shane Westra is the new vice president of product.

According to a press release, Besaw has 17 years of management experience in the financial service and technology sectors and has a “proven track record” of improving the growth and impact of customer success teams. In his role as VP of customer success, Besaw will work to “maximize client outcomes and loyalt.” Besaw previously worked for SaltStack and Instructure.

McKenzie, according to the press release, has 15 years of experience in financial analysis and controllership. His role will allow him to prepare SimpleNexus for “the next stage of its development.” McKenzie previously worked at Zane Benefits and AdvancedMD.

Westra has a 20-year background in product development and has previously worked with Bynder and LexisNexis. All three executives received their master’s degrees from Utah universities.

“Our rapidly growing user base underscores a strong lender appetite for digital mortgage tools that help fill referral pipelines and improve loan application conversion,” SimpleNexus President and COO Ben Miller said. “We are proud to welcome three talented leaders who share SimpleNexus’ commitment to excellence and innovation.”

Learn more about SimpleNexus by visiting its website.

Dominion Energy requests rate increase

According to a press release, Dominion Energy Utah has asked the Utah Public Service Commission for a $19.2 million increase in its Utah general rates. If approved, the increase would raise a typical residential customer’s monthly bill by about $3.51 beginning March of next year.

The general-rate request covers the cost of system maintenance and expansion, the press release states. It does not include the cost of natural gas Dominion Energy buys for its customers.

“We request these rate adjustments to make sure our system is both reliable and safe,” Colleen Larkin Bell, Dominion Energy Vice President & General Manager – Western Distribution, said. “These investments in our infrastructure are designed to match customer needs, but we are working hard to control operating costs and deliver natural gas service at rates that are among our nation’s lowest.”

Dominion Energy will spend over $232 million on gas-distribution facilities for safety, reliability and to meet customer growth, according to the press release. The utility estimates it will need to invest the same amount each year over the few years to ensure safe, reliable service to existing customers and to meet growing demand for natural gas.

“We take seriously the trust our customers have in the service our employees perform,” Bell said. “And we pledge to continue providing a safe and reliable product at the best possible price.”