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Only half of new businesses survive their first five years. That's why corporate anniversaries are so significant--and worth celebrating! So don your party hat and in celebrating companies in Utah that hit important milestones this year.

Eide Bailly[R]



Five years ago, Eide Bailly LLP was the new public accounting player in Utah. Today, it's one of the largest CPA and business advisory firms in the state with plans for even more growth.

Eide Bailly, (pronounced I'd bay-lee) does things a little differently. Their mission statement emphasizes the end goal of enjoying their jobs and having fun, which may not be something you'd initially think of when you hear of accountants. Work-life balance is fostered, and fun isn't just a word in the company's culture statement--it's how they've worked for 100 years.

Although the firm has grown from their first office in Fargo, N.D., its roots are unchanged. Chief among the values that started in 1917 are Eide Bailly's culture of service, commitment to community and a fun work environment.

"We're proud to be celebrating our 100th anniversary as a firm," said CEO and Managing Partner Dave Stende. "There are many reasons for the successes we've had--we've built a great culture and spirit, and that's the foundation of who we are. We focus on innovation, too, and we're fortunate to live and work in some incredible communities where we help each other out."

With 29 offices total, the firm has created a remarkable industry footprint in Utah. Offices in Ogden, Salt Lake City and Lehi offer tax and audit services in addition to specialty services like R&D, National Tax Office (NTO), State and Local Tax (SALT) and technology. Their growth will continue into Orem when Hawkins Advisors joins the firm on Oct. 30. This addition will boost Eide Bailly's ranking to the largest firm in the state by numbers.

Sure, rankings matter, but what really excites Eide Bailly's partners is talking about the firm's services and staff.

The largest hub of Eide Bailly's technology services is located in Utah. Their technology capabilities include accounting software such as NetSuite, Sage and Salesforce; as well as cyber security services, positions the firm to help clients now and in the future. Utah Partner-in-Charge Ted Hill said that while other firms may do some work in specialty services, Eide Bailly does it full-time.

"We don't dabble--we have teams of talented specialists who live just for our specialty services," he said.

Technology Partner Stuart Tholen, who joined Eide Bailly in 2012 as its first Utah office, remembers the nerves he felt coming into the firm. As then-president of Schmitt, Griffiths, Smith and Co., he wondered if their staff and clients would be better off because of this decision to join a regional firm.

Now, he knows that it was a wise decision. "The tremendous growth that has happened is a testament to the decision to merge," he said. "We've collectively created the largest and most talented CPA organization in the state. This is an exciting time for us and for the business community in Utah."

Contributing to that success are the firm's 1,700 staff and partners who thrive because of Eide Bailly's culture.

"We want everyone to be happy and create a culture where they have choices and flexibility. We love what we do, and we show it through our work. We hope our clients see this and appreciate that we're more than accountants, we're their life-long consultants." Hill said.

Tholen sums up the firm's philosophy by saying they put people first, and keeping a local presence is equally as important.

"We never have to compromise our principles because we always do what's right--support our people and our communities."

With 100 years of experience and a desire to keep growing for 100 more, the future is bright for Eide Bailly. They may no longer be the new presence in Utah, but they're proving to be visionaries who lead the way.

Woodside Homes


For 40 years, Woodside Homes has been part of a noble business. We consider home building as more than just an assembly of walls. Our construction and real estate teams have an engrained understanding that our homes will serve as the enduring backdrop to cherished memories and family legacies.

According to independent Hanley Wood data, Woodside Homes is the 28th largest homebuilder in the United States, with more than 43,000 new homes sold since inception in Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California. Yet, we never rest on the laurels of pass successes. As part of our new parent company, Sekisui House Ltd., we will be building homes that feature SmartHome technology, sustainable materials, and the energy-saving appliances and systems--ensuring our homes serve the evolving needs of our homeowners at every life stage.

Founded in Salt Lake City in 1977, Woodside is building homes in some of the Wasatch Front's most vibrant areas. Some of our current communities include:

* Cascade and Providence at Waters Edge in Vineyard, UT

* Lakeside at Talons Cove in Saratoga Springs, UT

* Cottages at Fox Hollow in Saratoga Springs, UT

* Stillwater Preserve in Syracuse, UT

* Brookfield in Clinton, UT

* East Creek Ranch in Park City, UT

Our service motto is to being "Better by Design," delivering an exceptional experience to every customer, while acting as a trustworthy, knowledgeable guide throughout the home buying process. The act of handing over a set of keys to a new homeowner is celebratory event for Woodside Homes. Still, if you talk to our team, you'll hear the favorite part of our job is driving through our communities and watching as families grow and friendships take root.

We don't just build homes. We create a sense of place.

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Celebrating 70 Years

Still Climbing

Still Pioneering

Always Innovating


Celebrating the 70th anniversary of its founding in 1947, Holland & Hart is a full service, national law firm that today has over 450 lawyers in 16 offices across eight states and in Washington, D.C. delivering integrated legal solutions to regional, national, and international clients of all sizes.

We serve clients in an diverse range of industries, including energy ands resources, food and beverage, and technology, communications and media.

For more information, visit or on Twitter: @HollandHart.

Contact: Eric Maxfield, 801.799.5800

222 South Main Street, Suite 2200

Salt Lake City, UT 84101


Since its inception in 1957, Weber State Credit Union has been committed to providing members with financial road maps to help them successfully navigate toward their life goals, and in doing so, has become a recognized valuable pillar of the community.

WSCU came from humble beginnings, started by a group of just ten faculty members and staff at Weber College. Today, the credit union's products and services are available globally using any smart device. WSCU is a member-owned financial cooperative, with a full range of deposit and loan services for consumers and small businesses. One of the great services provided to members is the e-Branch Mobile Banking Suite which allows members and businesses to make payments, transfer funds, deposit checks, and even apply for a loan using the mobile site. Loan documents can also be signed electronically and remotely.

Weber State Credit Union is a community chartered credit union, which allows anyone who lives, works, worships, attends school, or volunteers in Weber, Davis, Morgan, and Box Elder Counties to join the financial cooperative. Membership is also open to family members of those who qualify.

Founded on the principles of "People Helping People," Weber State Credit Union takes its role in the community seriously and strives to help strengthen the community-at-large through social responsibility programs such as educational development, environmental sustainability, economic development and community recreation. This past holiday season marked the thirteenth year WSCU has supported Ogden and Weber School District students by providing more than 2,000 new pairs of shoes for kindergarteners in Title 1 schools. This annual tradition is a favorite of the employees, who graciously help sort and deliver the new shoes.

Over the past sixty years, Weber State Credit Union has worked tirelessly to deliver the best services and value to its members. For the past thirteen years successively, WSCU has been rated in the top 10% of its asset category for "Superior Member Value" by Callahan & Associates, an independent, Washington DC-based research firm. Weber State Credit Union has also earned a five-star credit union rating as ranked by Bauer Financial, a national bank and credit union rating company.

Weber State Credit Union has also been named by Credit Union Journal as one of the top 30 credit unions in the country to work for.

To learn more about WSCU and for help succeeding with your financial goals, visit

Weber State Credit Union is federally insured by the NCUA and is an Equal Housing & Opportunity Lender.


Mercato Partners, a Salt Lake City-based growth capital firm, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Founded in 2007 by Greg Warnock and Alan Hall with a focus on providing capital and guidance for firms in their growth stage, Mercato Partners has led or participated in providing the fuel for market-leading companies that have become familiar to investors, technologists and consumers worldwide.

Mercato's investment philosophy is centered around companies who have successfully emerged from their initial launch phase and are ready to experience rapid growth through the application of growth capital and value-add resources. What sets us apart is our active commitment to provide ongoing support, focusing on sales acceleration, innovative marketing, and human capital development.

Mercato is committed to understanding what companies need in each of these three areas and enabling them to create more efficient, sustainable growth aggressively attacking new products, categories and sales channels. Mercato's portfolio gravitates towards exceptional management teams that can articulate and anticipate challenges at scale while building the vision of a great company. We focus in three key sectors: technology, digital media and branded consumer products.

Mercato has been fortunate to partner with well-known companies such as Fusion-io, Domo, Skullcandy, Venafi, ObservePoint, Sphero, Control4, Stance and Goal Zero. Mercato is one of the top-performing funds in the nation, with Fund I already having returned 4.2x net multiple of invested capital as of June 30, 2017. Mercato now manages more than $420M across three funds and is actively seeking new partnership and investment opportunities in Fund III.

Mercato's core team of experienced investors and analysts work with our dedicated in-house performance team, extended network of advisors, service providers and corporate contacts to accelerate growth and support the ambitions of some of the fastest growing high-tech entrepreneurial communities.

It all comes down to one simple idea:


The Preferred Source


Western Rock Products is celebrating 50 years of construction service in Southern Utah and the surrounding areas. In 1967, Jack Whiting founded Western Rock Products and began supplying asphalt, paving, and construction services in Cedar City, Utah. Western Rock Products has continuously expanded, first into St. George, and then into Mesquite, Nevada and Page Arizona.

SAND, ROCK & LANDSCAPE PRODUCTS--Western Rock Products offers a full range of rock products including base course material, fill products, washed aggregates of all sizes, sand of all types, golf course sand, landscape boulders, and specialty landscape products. Custom crushing and processing capabilities are also available per customer specifications. Most of the products can be used to xeriscape and assist with water-wise landscaping, resulting in varied, colorful, and even lush gardens that require 70 percent less water than traditional landscapes.

READY-MIXED CONCRETE--Western Rock Products' ready-mixed concrete is produced at plants that are certified by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA). Western Rock Products uses state-of-the-art dispatch and communication systems to ensure timely deliveries. Let Western Rock Products' expert staff of drivers, salespeople, operators, and quality control professionals be your resource for your next successful project. Western Rock Products is experienced in specialty concrete design, offering customizable mixes, including fiber reinforced concrete, high-content fly-ash mixes, self-consolidating concrete and pervious concrete pavement.

ASPHALT & PAVING--Many Western Rock Products' asphalt plants have earned the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) Diamond Achievement Award, and several company projects have won quality awards and performance bonuses from national organizations and customers. Whether you're paving your driveway or an airport runway, Western Rock Products can supply you with the materials you need to complete a quality paving project. Our asphalt mix designs meet specifications for federal, state and government projects, including the Utah Department of Transportation and Federal Airport Authority.

CONSTRUCTION SERVICES--No project is too large or too small! Western Rock Products specializes in highway and site development work from small subdivisions to multi-million dollar highway and commercial projects. You can count on the Western Rock Products team to deliver. After 50 years in business, Western Rock Products has become well equipped to tackle even the most difficult construction challenges.

Western Rock Products awards include the 2016 Associated General Contractors AGC/Utah Department of Transportation UDOT Small Contractor of the Year Award and the Fort Pierce National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) Green Star certification. Recent UDOT projects include the 1-15 Mall Project that was completed in 2016, the SR-12 Henrieville to MP 79.4 project that is expected to be completed in 2017, and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Lakeshore Drive --Glen Canyon National Recreation Area project.

Western Rock Products is located at 851 Red Rock Road in St George, Utah. Call (435) 628-4384 to request a quote or visit

Western Rock Products is The Preferred Source for quality sand, rock & landscape products, ready-mixed concrete, asphalt, paving, and construction services.

"We continuously strive to be The Preferred Source in all the markets that we live and serve in. Congratulations to everyone at Western Rock and thank you for 50 great years!" Utah & Arizona Region President Michael Kurz


Roderick Enterprise was established in 1967 as a real estate holding company for "Roderick Oil Company." The initial assets were thirteen gas stations, two warehouses and two oil and gas bulk plants.

Roderick Oil Company sold its business operations to AMOCO in , 1973 but kept the majority of the real estate assets. The gas stations were all located on prime "trophy corners." After the sale of the oil company, Roderick Enterprises focused 100% of its efforts on maximizing and re-developing its real estate holdings.

Many of the prime corner gas stations were subsequently developed into well-known shopping centers such as Fashion Place Mall and Fashion Plaza Shopping Center, located in Murray, Highland Place in Cottonwood Heights and Olde Towne Square in Sandy, Utah.

In 1991 Michael Roderick, General Partner of Roderick Enterprises joined the firm after gaining professional expertise from Wells Fargo and John Price Development. Michael took the company to a different level and direction. Michael steered the company away from retail and into industrial real estate and particularly into pre-planned business parks. This new direction has been very successful as the growth in e-commerce has exploded the demand for industrial warehouse space.

Today, Roderick Enterprises owns and operates just under two million square feet o commercial space. They still own several of the old gas station sites. Roderick takes tremendous pride in the quality of their projects, the extensive customer service (learned from washing windows in the gas station days) and cutting edge design.

Please see to view our quality portfolio of the best in class real estate.


Packsize International LLC is proud to announce its 15th year as an award-winning supply chain and sustainable packaging industry leader. Since its founding in Salt Lake City in 2002, Packsize has helped customers reduce their environmental footprint through the use of more efficient, less wasteful packaging processes. With operations in more than 25 countries, Packsize has achieved a high-level of growth yearover-year and has won several industry awards based on package innovation, sustainability, protection, economics, performance, and marketing. Companies across a variety of industries have adopted Packsize's On Demand Packaging* custom box-making system to streamline their packaging operations, decrease waste, and improve sales.

But there's much more to Packsize than making right-sized boxes, on demand. Packsize CEO Hanko Kiessner is passionate about making this world a better place to live by using the best principles of lean manufacturing, supply chain optimization, and green packaging to create Smart Packaging for a Healthy Planet". Kiessner's passion for the environment and entrepreneurial spirit have proven to be contagious at Packsize, creating a workplace culture that is innovative, fast-paced and exciting, with a steadfast commitment to environmental sustainability.

While Packsize proactively identifies and implements more sustainable packaging alternatives for its customers, this is a philosophy that stretches across the entire organization. As one example, the entire building at 3760 W. Smart Pack Way in Salt Lake City will soon convert to solar energy. Additionally, Packsize switched its entire local fleet to electric cars with more than 35 free-access electric vehicle chargers and regularly makes various eco-friendly incentives available to employees.

Through its strong commitment to sustainability and business efficiency, Packsize has earned its reputation as a global leader in the corrugated packaging industry. With an expert mix of On Demand Packaging* machinery, software, accessories and services, Packsize delivers several distinct benefits to its customers while helping to save the planet--one perfectly-sized box at a time.

Caption: William Roderick, Sr.

Caption: William Roderick, Jr.

Caption: Fashion Plaza

Caption: Highland Place

Caption: Michael W. Roderick
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