Over the past 30 years Tom has had a diverse mix of private and public sector experiences both as an entrepreneur and economic development professional. Currently, he is the Director of Community and Economic Development with Ogden City Corporation. Ogden has been nationally acknowledged for its job creation and economic turnaround; becoming a primary area for the consolidation of many outdoor brands to the area including Amer Sports with Solomon, Atomic Suunto and Wison Brands, Goode Skis, Scott and Rossignol Skis.
Much of this attraction has emerged from the aggressive positioning of the City as an outdoor recreation Mecca. Much of the recognition of this position came from a pioneering catalytic downtown redevelopment project known as The Junction, which replaced an old closed downtown mall that had set vacant for a number of years. The effect of this catalyst and other supporting strategies gave Ogden the distinction as a City leading the United States in recovery and has resulted in being acknowledged as one of the cities which has created more jobs than any city of its size in the USA.
Prior to employment with Ogden City, Tom is Founder and President of Singleedge Inc. a Data Center founded in 2000 and acquired in 2007. The company was built from a small local data facility to one of the larger regional facilities during his tenure. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Tonaquint Data Center in St. George, Utah.
He has also served as the Executive Director for Morgan County Economic Development and for Layton City as well as a specialized consulting company, Rural Designers, which focuses on communities with deeply embedded economic distress.
He is past President of Utah Alliance of Economic Developers, Board Member of Utah Capital, founder and board member of Ogden Redevelopment Corporation, a CDFI.
He graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in International Relations and his graduate degree was obtained from Pepperdine University.
Steve Fishburn comes to Ogden City after a 20 year career in the travel industry. He was President and CEO of Fishburn World Travel, Inc., one of Utah’s first and largest travel agencies. He was instrumental in the merger and acquisition of Morris Travel, one of the largest travel companies in the United States. He was a partner and Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Customer Relations as the company grew to over 50 offices with sales of over $350 million.
After selling the company in 1995, Mr. Fishburn has been involved in numerous successful commercial and residential real estate developments.
Mr. Fishburn attended Brigham Young University – Idaho and Weber State University on a football scholarship where he studied business management and marketing.
Brandon Cooper is the Deputy Division Manager and also serves as the Ogden City Brownfields Coordinator. In these positions, Mr. Cooper oversees all facets of the Department's real estate construction projects such as:
Mr. Cooper came to Ogden City in 2007 after a 15-year career in real-estate development and commercial contracting. His knowledge of private sector real estate and construction transactions offers a keen insight into the challenges and expectations facing businesses and developers as they seek to relocate or expand within the community. This insight allows the Department to offer an elevated level of service to businesses and helps to facilitate innovative incentives and customized support packages. During his time with Ogden City, Mr. Cooper has managed over $50 million dollars in real estate and construction transactions and has coordinated and implemented over $2 million dollars in environmental assessment and cleanup.
Mr. Cooper's community involvement includes church and civic volunteer work. He enjoys mountain biking, classic cars, skateboarding, and spending time with his lovely wife and 4 children. Mr. Cooper attended the University of Utah where he studied Business and Psychology. In 2007, he was recognized by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) as a LEED Accredited Professional and is passionate about supporting green initiatives.
Terrence Bride was educated at the University of Utah where he received degrees in Economics and Political Science. As an economist for the State of Utah he worked closely with the US Department of Labor. He has 9 years experience in directing and administering economic and community development programs throughout Utah and in rural Appalachia, where his strengths were strategic planning, economic impact analysis, market feasibility studies, government/business partnerships, marketing, business recruitment/retention, and infrastructure development.
As Senior Property Development Director with the largest retail diesel fuel reseller in North America, he worked independently to increase totals sales by more than $2.5 billion annually through the aggressive entitlement and permitting of facilities throughout the US, Canada and Europe. This multi-disciplinary process involved business and logistics metrics research, retail tax, cost benefit, land use and entitlement, and economic impact analyses. He is recognized by his colleagues across North America and Europe as a consummate expert in unpopular land use entitlement for projects that may be poorly understood. He has been effective at acquiring tens of millions of dollars through public and private partnerships to create project critical infrastructure. In both his public and private sector work he has been effective in overcoming contentious opposition through diplomacy; his style is one of listening, informing, educating, and building alliances. In his positions, he has always served as spokesman, working with the media, public relations, and presentations, being adept at working with local, state, provincial, and federal staff and elected officials. As a consequence of his successful economic development work in rural Appalachia he was invited to meet and dine with the president of the United States in the Whitehouse.
Mr. Bride has served as treasurer and secretary on Metro Utah, Inc. and as a trustee of Small Cities, Inc., and on a hospital board. He was also a licensed real estate appraiser and has been certified in financial management for nonprofits through the University of Utah. Bride is currently the Assistant Business Develoment Manager in the Ogden Community and Economic Development Department.
Shawn earned associates degrees in physical therapy and general studies from Salt Lake Community College and Weber State University, as well as a bachelor's degree in management from BYU, and a Juris Doctor from the University Of Utah College Of Law. Shawn has over 15 years' experience in health care and administration, property development, community and economic development, and as a nonprofit executive, health law and general practice attorney, and local government official.
Shawn was raised on a family farm in and once again lives in Hooper, Weber County, Utah where he serves on the City Council. Having lived in the Canary Islands of Spain, Shawn speaks Spanish; he has also lived in Idaho, Minnesota, and Washington. Shawn and his wife are raising four young daughters and together enjoy sports, outdoor recreation, tinkering with home improvement, travel, community involvement, and spending time with family.
Carolyn Brierley is the Community and Special Events Coordinator for the city of Ogden. She has extensive experience and knowledge of event production and management and has produced several events for Ogden including the Historic 25th Street Car Show, Street Festival, Ogden Marathon, Oktoberfest, Holiday Electric Light Parade, Christmas Village, Witchstock, Talent in the Park concert series, etc. She manages the event permitting process for over 100 public events held annually in Ogden, assuring that all health, safety and licensing requirements are met by event coordinators. She has created policies, procedures and ordinances to control all aspects of public events. She also oversees the Special Event Advisory Committee which evaluates events for the Mayor and City Council.
Ms. Brierley also manages contracts for Ogden City Arts, the Ogden Marathon and the Farmers Market, all of which are Ogden City programs that are contracted to private firms to manage. She oversees the Arts granting program and the Percent for Art program, both of which help in creating a better community in which to live.
Ms. Brierley represents the city on several local boards and committees such as the GOAL Foundation, Women in Business, Historic 25 business Association, and the Ogden-Weber Chamber. She has been employed by Ogden City since 1998. Prior to 1998 she worked for Westinghouse/Western Zirconium and was extremely involved on a volunteer basis with the Corporate Sports Challenge and many other Ogden events.