Feds, state holding free seminars on avoiding financial fraud

SALT LAKE CITY — Several federal and state agencies will hold free seminars to teach people how recognize and avoid financial fraud, which authorities say is an epidemic in Utah.

The first event is Wedensday at the University of Utah law school, 383 S. University St., from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is the keynote speaker.

A second seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, May 10, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Utah Valley University in Orem. U.S Chief Magistrate Judge Paul Warner is the keynote speaker.

Participants will learn key questions to ask before making an investment, where to find unbiased resources, how to spot red flags and how to report financial fraud.

A light dinner will be served at both events.

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Source:: Deseret News – Business News

Salt Lake Chamber celebrates 130th anniversary

SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert has proclaimed this week as Salt Lake Chamber Week in honor of the organization’s 130th anniversary.

As the state’s largest and longest-serving business association, the chamber serves as a catalyst for one of the top economies in the country. With a history that dates back to 1887, many are surprised to learn the chamber was established before Utah was even granted statehood.

In preparation for an anniversary celebration Friday at the Eccles Theater, the chamber unearthed a time capsule that was placed in the cornerstone of the original chamber building, the Commercial Club, in 1909. Contents of the capsule will be unveiled during Friday’s gala.

In addition, the chamber will host a 130th birthday bash from 5-8 p.m. at Publik Space, 975 S. West Temple. The event is open to the public.

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Former lawmaker joins Utah Hospital Association’s board of trustees

SALT LAKE CITY — Ross Romero, a former state legislator and a community trustee for Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, was recently named to the Utah Hospital Association’s board of trustees.

Romero joins the 21-member group in developing policy and direction for the association for 2017-18.

Romero, who served in both the Utah House and Senate, was elected Senate minority whip in 2008, and in 2010 he was elected Senate minority leader. He left office in 2014.

Professionally, Romero is senior adviser for Michael Best Strategies’ Utah office. The national consulting firm focuses on strategic planning, public policy development and government relations.

Prior to joining Michael Best Strategies, Ross was a vice president in the Community Development Group for Zions Bank. In that role, he assisted local and state government and corporate accounts with banking and business operation needs, working with elected and appointed officials in Utah and Idaho, and advocated with Utah’s congressional delegation.

Romero is a recipient of Utah Valley University’s Community Engagement Award, and he was recognized in the Forty Under Forty listing in Utah Business Magazine. He was also named a Chambers Champion by the Salt Lake Chamber in 2011-12.

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