Annual Awards Banquet sponsored by Conservice - The Utility Experts
Noelle Cockett - President, Utah State University
After receiving her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Animal Breeding and Genetics from Oregon State University, Noelle Cockett spent five years as a Research Geneticist at the USDA, ARS U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska. She joined Utah State University (USU) in 1990 and has served in several administrative positions, including the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, the Vice President for Extension, the Director of the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station and for the last three years, as the Executive Vice President and Provost. Cockett assumed the role of Utah State University President in January, 2017.
Cockett's research program has centered on the identification of genetic markers associated with economically important traits in sheep, as well as the development of resources that advance research on the sheep genome. Cockett and her colleagues published an article describing the sheep genome sequence in Science in 2014. Her current project focuses on the identification of genetic regions associated with entropion in newborn lambs. Noelle has served as the U.S. Coordinator for Sheep Genome Mapping since 1993 and is an active member of the International Sheep Genomics Consortium.
Logan Downtown Alliance Awards:
- Business of the Year - Even Stevens Sandwiches
- New Development of the Year - Zions Bank & Maverik
- Renovation of the Year - The Sportsman
Dolores Wheeler - Gossner Foods, Inc.
On September 1955 Dolores married a young farmer named Allen Wheeler and moved to the family farm in Lewiston, where she learned firsthand about the hard work farm families do.
She has always had a deep appreciation of the farmers importance to America, and the milk and cheese industry. Her father Edwin Gossner had always said, “Take care of the farmers, you can’t make cheese out of water.”
In 1984 Dolores became the President and CEO of Gossner Foods Inc. She has continued to work closely with Utah and Idaho dairy producers and does all that she can to pay top dollar to the dairies that sent milk to Gossner’s. She continues to support organizations and town celebrations that farm and company employees families are involved in.
Small Business Advocate Award: Paul Davis - Bear River Association of Governments
Paul Grew up in Logan and attended Logan City schools, Graduated from Logan High and Utah State University. He Served in Vietnam as a draftee then returned, attended the ROTC program and accepted a commission as an officer. Paul retired in 1993 and went to work at The Herald Journal for 17 years until the paper was forced to downsize and retired from there in 2011. He started working as a business outreach specialist at Bear River Association of Governments for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development in 2012.
Paul has been a member of the Logan Lions Club for over 20 years and an adult leader in Boy Scouts for over 25 years. Paul has received the Silver Beaver award, District Award of Merit and the Scoutmaster Award of Merit in scouting. He has also served as club president and zone chairman in Lions. Paul also conducted fund raising activities for both organizations and coordinated the eyeglass efforts locally.
Family Owned Business Award: Slide Ridge Honey
We all have childhood dreams of what we want to do when we grow up, and Martin James dreamed of being a beekeeper. At age 8, he tried to enroll in a beekeeping class at Utah State University, but the professor said he was too young. After he pleaded with his mother for a year, she enrolled in the class, and Martin happily attended with her. Martin enjoyed beekeeping as a hobby for more than two decades.
He was installing flooring for a living when, in 2004, he and his family decided to launch Slide Ridge and turn that lifelong passion into the family business. Martin, his parents and three siblings—Kelli, Karla and Mike—all work here.
Expansion Project Award: Blue Ribbon Beef JBS Hyrum Utah
JBS in Hyrum Utah has recently completed a large expansion of our Beef Processing facility. This expansion includes several new state of the art processing and storage rooms including:
• 60,000 square foot Fabrication floor where beef carcasses are broken down into primal cuts and trim, this includes a new and unique layout to better meet the demands of the customer.
• 15,000 square foot ground beef room with space to grow, where trimmings are ground up to make several different ground beef products.
• 5,000 square foot storage cooler for Trim, where the product waits to be ground up, or sold to other customers
• 75,000 square foot distribution center fully automated to individually store each box, so as to better provide the customer with the individual specifications that they want, create better inventory rotation, and alleviate all the heavy lifting of boxes.
• A new Edible rendering, where we capture unwanted and excess fat, and all the bones to make what is called “meat and bone meal” and “edible beef tallow”, products that are used in several other industries and products.
• 30,000 square feet of supporting areas including locker rooms, a full service kitchen and cafeteria, offices, and other storage and support areas all designed to improve the operations flow and efficiency.
• A new parking lot with more than enough space for everyone complete with green space and landscaping.
• Finally a new electrical substation to power all of this new equipment.
This addition and investment in the Hyrum Utah plant demonstrates JBS’ commitment to Cache Valley and the neighboring communities, to be here as a top employer for many years to come!
We would like to thank all the local contractors who participated in our project!!!
o Cache Valley electric
o Staker Parsons
o CMT Engineering
o Skyline AES
o Johnson’s Ready mix
o National Equipment Services
o Sid Crookston Construction
o Grange Construction
o Rupp’s Trucking and Excavation
o Cache Valley Fire Extinguisher
o Custom Fence
o DWA construction
o Ed Christensen Construction
o Grover and Daugherty Masonry
o Robertson Manufacturing
o Spindler Construction and Crane service
o Standard Drywall
Event of the Year Award: Bike with Brent - Cache Employement & Training Center
"Bike with Brent" is an annual event that has been held in June for the past seven years. The goals of the event serve two purposes. One is to raise community awareness about both the needs and the potential of people with disabilities. Secondly, it is a fundraiser for Cache Employment and Training Center, a local non-profit that has supported people with disabilities for 55 years in Cache Valley.
Brent Carpenter is a local celebrity who is the face of "Bike with Brent" each year. Brent is an example to us all through his determination to live an independent life. In spite of his disability Brent worked for many years, lives in his own apartment, and has a tremendous impact on our community. Everyone knows Brent as he rides his bike and honks and waves at everyone or when he carried the torch into the USU stadium for the Olympics. Brent is a part of every community event.
CETC works everyday helping people like Brent to reach their potential and to share their gifts with all of us. Cache Valley has been very supportive of Bike with Brent and we appreciate your support.”
Outstanding Citizen Award: Michael Ballam - Utah Festival Opera
Michael Ballam has received critical acclaim with the major opera companies of the USA and a recital career in the most important Concert Halls of every continent and command performances at the Vatican and the White House. His operatic and Musical Theatre repertoire includes more than 800 performances of over 100 major roles sharing the stage with the world’s greatest singers including: Roberta Peters, Jerome Hines, Joan Sutherland, Kiri Te Kanawa, Birgit Nilsson, Beverly Sills, Placido Domingo and Ethel Merman performing regularly with such companies as the Chicago Lyric, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Dallas, Washington, Philadelphia, St. Louis and San Diego Operas.
Fast Track Grant Award: Val Hale, Governor's Office of Economic Development
Val Hale is the executive director of the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), which promotes state growth in business, tourism and film. Hale was appointed to the position in 2014 by Gov. Gary R. Herbert.
Before accepting the position as executive director, Hale served for two years as president and CEO of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce. Prior to the chamber, Hale was vice president for university relations (2010-2012), vice president for advancement (2006-2010) and assistant vice president for external affairs (2005-2006) all at UVU, and he played a key role in transitioning Utah Valley State College into Utah Valley University.
Fastest Growing Chamber, State of Utah: Cache Chamber of Commerce
Award to be presented by the Utah State Chamber of Commerce.