Marriott Alumni Magazine

Winter 2021

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Alumni News CLASS NOTES 1978 Kirk Larsen graduated from BYU Marriott in business management with a finance empha- sis in 1978 and from Idaho State University with an MBA in 1994. He held positions at Idaho First National Bank, US Bank, and Wells Fargo before joining Citizens Community Bank, a division of regional commercial bank Glacier Bancorp. As vice president and commercial lender at Citizens Community Bank, Larsen origi- nated and managed loans to small- and medium-sized businesses. He has also served extensively in the community: on the boards and as president of two local rotary clubs; as a board member of a Certified Development Company; as a board member and president of the Idaho Falls Business Assistance Corporation; and as a board member of the Idaho Falls Redevelopment Agency, which promotes the growth of the city of Idaho Falls, where Larsen resides. Now retired, Larsen enjoys fly-fishing, sports cars, and studying economic development. He and his wife, Jeannine Berry Larsen (a 1976 BYU graduate in music), have four children and fifteen grandchildren. 1984 Kari Cluff earned her associate's in business from BYU Marriott in 1984 and graduated summa cum laude from Western International University with a degree in business administration in 2003. Cluff served a mission in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, before moving to Mesa, Arizona, to work for telecommunica- tions company Motorola for three years, where she learned multiple programming languages. "During the next twenty-plus years, I took advan- tage of every opportunity I was given Ethical Leadership Worldwide From 30 September to 2 October, BYU Management Society (BYUMS) chapter leaders from around the world came together for the 2020 BYUMS Chapter Leader Conference. Titled "You Are BYUMS: Living Moral and Ethical Leadership," the annual conference "is intended to train and inspire chapter leaders, including presidents, committee members, and board members, to con- tinue doing good work and be equipped with the skills they need to be success- ful," says Kristina Southam, 2019 MPA graduate and member of the conference's organizing committee. "The BYUMS mission is to 'grow moral and ethical leadership around the world,' and we always spend time on increas- ing our own ethics skill set during the conference," Southam continues. "With this theme and mission, it was particu- larly exciting to learn more about the new David E. and Verla A. Sorensen Ethics Center from our Q&A with Dean Brigitte Madrian and BYU advancement vice president Keith Vorkink." Other speakers at the conference included Kim B. Clark, NAC Professor of Business and emeritus General Authority Seventy; Aaron Miller, associate manag- ing director of the Ballard Center for Social Impact and assistant teaching pro- fessor for the Romney Institute of Public Service and Ethics; and George Youstra, United States Special Operations Command chaplain. During the last session of the conference, George W. Romney Endowed Professor Brad Agle was awarded the 2020 W. Lowell Benson Award for service to the BYUMS. "Though we wished we could host our guests in the beautiful mountains of Aspen Grove as is our tradition, we were grateful to have more of our international audience be able to participate," Southam says, adding that the conference was "a hit." Feedback on the conference was overwhelmingly positive, and organizers look forward to meeting with chapter leaders again next year. MANAgEMENT SOCIETY Scavenging for History The Arizona Prescott Chapter of the BYU Management Society turned a tricky situation into a positive experience with its "Journey Through Prescott History: A Family Scavenger Hunt" event held between 18 July and 15 August 2020. To benefit the chapter's scholarship fund, families solved puzzles and riddles while learning about Prescott's history—all while adhering to COVID-19 guidelines. "We wanted to provide an activity for families to enjoy outside of their houses," says Katy Kimball, who began serving as the chapter's president in June 2020. Participants completed the scavenger hunt at their own pace and shared their expe- riences on social media with the hashtag #PrescottFamilyScavengerHunt2020. More than thirty families joined in the fun. "We are planning on adding this activ- ity to our list of annual events," Kimball says. "It may change a little bit based on loosening COVID-19 restrictions in the future, but it was a great event for pro- moting family fun and exploring this great town that we live in." 28 MARRIOTT

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