Join Us For “Finding and Retaining the Best Employees” on June 15th

Finding and Retaining the Best EmployeesWhat can a business owner do today, in 2016, to find and retain the best employees available?  Where do you find them?  How should you review applications and conduct effective interviews?  If you find a great candidate, what can you do to make the hire and keep the employee productive for the long term?

Learn the answers to these and other questions by joining Vest Pocket on June 15 for our next lunchtime educational event, “Finding and Retaining the Best Employees”.

The event will feature employment experts Sheila Sconiers, training and development coordinator for the University Of Utah’s Division of Human Resources, and Dr. Denis Petersen, Director of Professional Education at the University of Utah.

This event will begin at 12:00pm with lunch and will conclude at 1:30pm.  It is FREE for Vest Pocket members or $20 for non-members.  

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“Finding and Retaining the Best Employees” will be held at Wasatch Retreat & Conference Center, 75 South 200 East, Salt Lake City 84111

Seating is limited so register now.

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Speaker Bios

Sheila Sconiers

Sheila Sconiers, M.Ed.

Ms. Sconiers has spent the bulk of her career in employee development and talent management. She is the training and development coordinator for the University of Utah’s Division of Human Resources and focuses on developing staff for leadership and management positions both in and outside of the University. Ms. Sconiers previously worked for the Utah Department of Workforce Services in a variety of positions, including employment counselor and business liaison. She has owned a resume writing and career coaching firm, and is an education instructor for Salt Lake Community College, for which she has taught topics including workforce re-entry and computer skills for professional success. Ms. Sconiers holds a B.S. degree in Home and Family Life from BYU and a M.Ed. degree from Western Governors University.

Denis Petersen, DSc, PMP

Denis Petersen

Dr. Petersen was appointed as the Director of Professional Education at the University of Utah in 2015. During the past year, he has transformed the Professional Education offerings into a collection of academies and certificate programs that meet the needs of employers in business and technology sectors, including courses for human resources management.

Before he assumed his current position, Dr. Petersen founded and ran a project management and leadership training and consulting company for over twelve years. His company trained and certified technical professionals in over forty countries all over the world. In addition, Dr. Petersen served as an officer for several years in the United States Army during which time much of his service was focused on project management. He is the author of the book The Art of Project Management and has taught as an adjunct professor for nearly 20 years, first at George Washington University and for the last several years at the University of Utah.

Dr. Petersen earned his B.S. degree in civil engineering from BYU in 1994, his M.P.A. from Golden Gate University in 1997, and his D.Sc. degree in Engineering Management from George Washington University in 2003.


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Vest Pocket 2016 Awardees Kim Angeli & Scott Anderson Honored at Special Luncheon Event


On May 25, 2016, Vest Pocket held its fourth annual awards luncheon at the Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake City.  Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski spoke at the event and presented the Independent Business Advocate Award  to Kim Angeli, former director of the Downtown Farmers’ Market in Salt Lake City.  The award honored Ms. Angeli’s several years of work in diligently  promoting and strengthening the market, including many local food industry businesses.  Mayor Biskupski also presented the Richard M. Wirick Achievement Award to Scott Anderson, President and CEO of Zions Bank Corporation, in recognition of his many years of business and community leadership, especially with respect to advancing local independent business issues.  A good crowd of over 60 people attended the luncheon and were inspired by the reflections and stories of Mayor Biskupski and the awardees who spoke about the central role local, independent businesses play in the life of our community.