WTC Utah awards champions of business

The World Trade Center Utah presented Orem’s Jive Communications with the Vanguard in International Business Award at the Utah County International Business Forum on Monday at Provo’s Nu Skin headquarters. WTC Utah also recognized Erlend Peterson with the Champion for International Business Award.

Jive provides cloud-based phone systems and unified communications services. It is the largest privately owned hosted VoIP provider and the only large unified communications as a service company expanding its operations to South America. Jive Communications has clients in many countries around the world, including Brazil, Mexico, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.

“Jive has achieved significant international growth since it was founded in 2006. Its success illustrates that there are tremendous opportunities available globally for tech companies and service providers,” said Derek B. Miller, president and CEO of WTC Utah.

WTC Utah recognized Peterson for the contributions he’s made to growing Utah’s international presence through outreach and hosting. Peterson hosted more than 260 ambassadors from 104 countries during his career at Brigham Young University, and was instrumental in establishing the BYU Ambassadorial Lecture Series, which brings five to 10 ambassadors to Utah each year.

“Dr. Peterson has played an instrumental role in elevating the international visibility of Utah, and it is an honor to present him with a Champion for International Business award,” said Miller.

Vivint Solar teams with Mercedes-Benz Energy

Mercedes-Benz Energy and Vivint Solar announced an exclusive strategic collaboration to bring the Mercedes-Benz customizable home energy storage system to the United States. The two companies will introduce a joint offering that will provide customers with Mercedes-Benz batteries coupled with Vivint Solar solar energy systems.

For Vivint Solar, which has installed solar energy systems in more than 100,000 homes across the United States, this is the first collaboration to integrate batteries with its offering. This will also be Mercedes-Benz Energy’s first collaboration with a U.S. solar provider.

“With batteries featuring the best in automotive engineering from Mercedes-Benz, and high-quality solar energy systems from Vivint Solar, our solution allows customers to take the next step toward a sustainable energy future,” said Boris von Bormann, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas. “The launch of our home battery system in Europe has been successful and we are thrilled to be working with Vivint Solar to bring a reliable and compelling solar plus storage offering to American homes.”

With energy storage to complement rooftop solar, Vivint Solar customers will be able to have more control over the renewable energy they generate. In addition to providing a backup power source if the grid goes down, the new combined solution may help customers reduce energy costs. For instance, in areas with time-of-use electricity rates, customers can store excess solar energy produced by the system during the day in the batteries and then consume it during periods of peak energy usage in the evening and at night when electricity rates are typically higher.

California is the first U.S. market where Vivint Solar will offer this solution directly to homeowners.

New Provo Marriott Residence Inn

Sunridge Hotel Group announced the development of a new Marriott Residence Inn hotel in downtown Provo. The new 100-room extended stay hotel will be located at 1290 S. University Ave., on the west side of University Avenue, in front of the Provo Towne Centre mall.

“We are very excited to be in Provo and develop one of Marriott’s power brands with the extended stay Residence Inn,” said Paul Welker, Sunridge CEO.

The four-story hotel will offer views of the Wasatch mountain range to the east and a pedestrian access to Provo Towne Centre’s shopping and restaurants on the west side. Its location is near the freeway and has easy access to the Provo Airport via Lakeview Parkway.

Sunridge representatives expected the hotel will be completed by early summer 2018.

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