doTerra convention breaks records; Duncan Aviation breaks ground in Provo; Ancestry CEO steps down, IPO postponed | Local Business

doTerra Global Convention breaks records

doTerra, the Pleasant Grove-based essential oils company serving all parts of the globe, hosted its sold-out 2017 doTerra Global Convention from Thursday through Saturday in Salt Lake City.

Almost 40,000 essential oil enthusiasts from 68 countries gathered at the Salt Palace Convention Center for the annual event. Organizers say it was the largest single-company convention to date in Utah.

The convention promoted doTerra’s mission statement and values, educated attendees on doTerra products and launched new products and company directives, including an announcement of new initiatives regarding medical clinics and the state of the art Aromatic Plant Research Center.

“This year’s convention theme, ‘you,’ speaks to what I admire most about the people of doTerra: our love of others and commitment to share and give back,” said David Stirling, founding executive, chairman and CEO at doTerra. “This annual gathering of our community is a great way to celebrate our collective achievements, learn about the future of essential oils and get inspired together.

“We are honored to host Utah’s largest-ever single-company convention and introduce so many people from around the world to our beautiful state.”

As part of its Healing Hands initiative, doTerra employees, wellness advocates and volunteers with the Days for Girls Foundation came together for service Friday. The group assembled 5,110 feminine hygiene kits in only 36 minutes, breaking the previous Guinness World Record for the most personal hygiene kits assembled in one hour. The previous record was 1,002 kits.

Duncan Aviation begins Provo construction

Duncan Aviation has begun construction on its new business aircraft maintenance, modifications and paint complex in Provo.

“We have started installing Geopiers, which are deep stabilization piers, and will soon begin pouring footings and foundations,” said Bill Prochazka, chief operating officer of the Duncan Aviation Provo location. “If the early winter weather cooperates with those two items, we could be putting up steel this winter.”

Duncan Aviation opened its doors in 2010 in Provo. Building on nearly 45 acres of land at the Provo Municipal Airport, Duncan Aviation will add nearly 275,000 square feet of buildings with a 222,000-square-foot maintenance and modifications center and a 53,000-square-foot paint facility. The expansion is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

“We consistently hear from operators in the western United States that they would like to see more investment in a Duncan Aviation location closer to their home base,” said CEO Aaron Hilkemann. “The Provo area is the perfect complement to our other full-service facilities in Battle Creek, Michigan, and Lincoln, Nebraska. That is why we initially started our Provo facility.”

Ancestry CEO steps down, IPO postponed

Ancestry announced Tuesday it has postponed its previously announced initial public offering. A company press release said Ancestry executives will continue to evaluate the timing for the proposed offering.

In another press release Tuesday, Ancestry announced that after 12 years of leading the company, CEO Tim Sullivan is stepping down and will transition to chairman of the company’s board of directors, effective Oct. 1.

Howard Hochhauser, the company’s chief financial officer since 2009 and chief operating officer since 2012, will assume the role of interim CEO as the company conducts a search for a permanent replacement.

“The last 12 years at Ancestry have been a joy for me, but I believe it’s the perfect time to find the right person to lead the company going forward,” Sullivan said. “We’ve assembled a world-class management team, have an exciting strategic roadmap, and see tremendous potential ahead. I’m also pleased to pass the baton when our company’s performance is so strong.”

In his time as CEO, Sullivan has built the company into the recognized world leader in family history, overseen its transformation into the world’s largest consumer genomics provider, and grown revenues to what is expected to be in excess of $1 billion for 2017. The company has also expanded internationally, established and grew a San Francisco office to complement its Utah headquarters, and today employs almost 1,600 people.

Karissa Neely reports on Business and North County events, and can be reached at 801-344-2537 or kneely@heraldextra.com. Follow her on Twitter: @DHKarissaNeely

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