Despite current economic times, MHTN Architects, Van Boerum & Frank Associates and Reaveley Engineers + Associates recently raised $23,500 for the United Way of Salt Lake City and collected nearly 400 lb of food donations for the Utah Food Bank.

Rio Tinto recently promoted the following people: Kelly Sanders (left), president and CEO, Rio Tinto; Clayton Walker (middle), chief opperating officer, Kennecott Utah Copper; Andrew Harding (right), Rio Tinto Executive Committee.

All employees of the firms were offered the opportunity to pledge a donation to the United Way. Employees were also encouraged to participate in a lunch to kick off the week and a lunch to close the week. Participants donated the money they would have normally spent on lunch to the United Way.

In conjunction with the United Way fundraiser, each firm participated in a friendly competition to collect the most food donations for the Utah Food Bank.

Greene’s Inc. of Wood Cross recently initiated a safety program designed to prevent on-the-job accidents all year. It includes daily jobsite inspections to decrease workers’ compensation claims.

Designed to protect employees, the safety program is also a response to a difficult economy, says Kelly Downs, Greene’s safety supervisor. “The program is already getting results,” she says. “Since the beginning of 2009, not one worker’s compensation claim has been filed by Greene’s Inc.”

Greene’s new safety program also protects against rising insurance rates, Downs says. The insurance market is hardening as a result of more than 23,000 workers’ comp claims filed statewide in 2008, according to the Worker Compensation Fund of Utah.

“We are trying to do our best to be fiscally responsible,” says Downs. “And controlling our onsite accidents was the best place for us to start making an impact.”

Kelly Sanders, Kennecott Utah Copper’s chief operating officer, was promoted to lead Rio Tinto as president and CEO as of Nov. 1. Former president and CEO Andrew Harding has been tapped to lead Rio Tinto’s global copper products group. Harding will also become a member of the Rio Tinto Executive Committee based in London.

Harding replaces native Utahan Bret Clayton, who has been appointed to a new role as group executive, business support and operations. In this new role, he will oversee numerous functional areas and business units within Rio Tinto, including Kennecott Land in Utah.

The new KUC COO is native Utahan Clayton Walker, formerly KUC vice president of projects and value generation.

The Utah Chapter of The Society of Marketing Professional Services recently announced its newly elected 2009-10 Board of Directors. The board will serve from Sept. 1 through Aug. 31, 2010.

The new 2009-2010 SMPS Utah Board of Directors consists of the following: Kevin Franson, Franson Civil Engineers, president; Heather King, Spectrum Engineers, president-elect; Barbara Taylor, R&O Construction, past president; Julee Attig, Henriksen Butler, secretary; Hans Hendershot, R2H Engineering, treasurer; Kim Johnson, MHTN Architects, communications director; Keri Hammond, Marketlink, programs director; Ibi Guevara, Hunt Electric, education director; Allison Milne, Cache Valley Electric, membership director; Dana Sohm, Sohm Photografx, public relations director; Tricia Pilny, PSI, director-at-large; Shannon Bond, Psomas, director-at-large; Chris Hofheins, BHB Consulting Engineers, director-at-large; Marie O’Quinn, Stantec Consulting, special committee chair.