Garrett Gneitling

Garrett Gneitling is competing Dec. 15, 2018 at the World Axe Throwing Championships in Chicago.

Utah County Allstate agency owners honored as premier agencies

Allstate Agency recently announced the list of Allstate Premier Agencies for 2018 in Utah County. The following business leaders and agency owners are a part of that list:

  • Cathe Cook on State Street in Pleasant Grove.
  • Dana Pack on Main Street in Pleasant Grove.
  • David Smith on 900 East in Provo.
  • Antonio Perez on 1120 West in Provo, and on Redwood Road in Salt Lake City.
  • Ryan Larson on 100 East in Provo, and on Expressway Lane in Spanish Fork.

The Allstate Premier Agency designation is given to 32 percent of Allstate’s nearly 10,000 agency owners across the country and is awarded to Allstate agency owners who have demonstrated excellence in delivering a knowledgeable and personal customer experience, while achieving outstanding business results.

Utahn to compete in World Axe Throwing Championship

Prodigious Entertainment, a Pleasant Grove entertainment venue featuring ax throwing, will be sending its league champion to Chicago Dec. 15 to compete with players from all over the world in a single elimination tournament for the title of World Axe Throwing Champion.

Garrett Gneiting, a Payson resident and Utah Valley University student, will be the only Utahn to compete at the championship. Gneiting will join more than 60 World Axe Throwing League affiliates from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The competition will be televised on ESPN.

Prodigious Entertainment only opened this May, but being part of the larger axe throwing movement was a major part of the business plan, says Taylor Reynolds, founder.

“We want Utah to be viewed as a major contender and a hotspot for axe throwing,” Reynolds said in a press release. “So, we joined the World Axe Throwing League with the intent to push our players into the league and foster their talents as much as possible.”

Reynolds is excited Gneiting is representing Utah at the December championship.

“There are couple of throwers sitting in the top spots right now, but it all comes down to that final tournament. We’re sending our local champ. He proved he can handle the pressure of tournament play,” says Reynolds.

Nominations open for governor’s medals for science and technology

The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative, or USTAR, is now accepting nominations for the 32nd annual Governor’s Medals for Science and Technology.

Established in 1987, the Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology is the highest civilian award bestowed by the State of Utah to residents who have provided distinguished service or made significant contributions to Utah in scientific and technological fields. A panel of industry experts and educators review the nominations prior to making their recommendations to Gov. Gary R. Herbert.

Nominees must have demonstrated important contributions in the fields of science, research, deep technology industry, or in science, technology, engineering and math education.

A one-page nomination form is available for download online at Utah residents or organizations may submit completed nomination forms by 5 p.m. Dec. 19. Nominations may be submitted online, emailed to, or mailed to USTAR, attn. Science Medals, 111 S. Main St., Suite 550, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.

The awards honor those who have made an impact across their careers and highlight accomplishments in 2018. Following the final selection of the awardees, Gov. Gary R. Herbert will present the awards at a ceremony at the Utah Technology Innovation Summit scheduled for Apr. 1.

Karissa Neely reports on Business and North County events, and can be reached at 801-344-2537 or Follow her on Twitter: @DHKarissaNeely