Meet the Local First Utah Board of Directors
Betsy Burton, Founder
Betsy Burton is co-owner of The King’s English Bookstore, founded in 1977 in Salt Lake City. Burton co-founded Local First Utah, and has served as its Board Chair since its inception. She was a co-founder of Vest Pocket Business Alliance of Salt Lake City and has worked on behalf of local business and community in Utah for decades. She serves on several boards and foundations, including the American Independent Booksellers Association (ABA), and the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA).
Marci Milligan, Board Co-Chair
Marci Milligan has more than 25 years experience in community planning, banking, secondary market financial services, small business and affordable housing development arenas on both local and national levels. She continues to work in the non- and for-profit arenas “cultivating” sustainable neighborhood driven projects in both urban and rural Utah. Marci’s knowledge of private and governmental resources has assisted numerous projects in coming to fruition and has resulted in expansion of local financial tools and resources essential in strengthening small businesses. She has served as a municipal planning commissioner and continues to volunteer her time on various non-profit boards which strive to improve the lives of all Utahns.
Sheridan Mordue, Board Co-Chair
Sheridan Mordue is co-owner of Hip & Humble headquartered at 9th & 9th in Salt Lake City. Founded in 1999 in Sugarhouse as a high-end furniture store, she has since evolved her company into a women’s lifestyle boutique focusing on gift, home accessories and fashion. In 2007, Sheridan expanded her business to Bountiful and then Sandy neighborhood business districts. Her unique color driven and fun fashion business has been editorialized in many national, regional and local publications including a feature spread in Country Living Magazine (2006) and cover of Wasatch Woman (2009). Sheridan is currently serving as board secretary of the 9th & 9th Business District. You can find her at one of her shops, walking the streets of 9th & 9th, road biking, exploring canyons of Southern Utah or playing pickle ball with her family.
John Lair, Treasurer
John serves as President and CEO of Momentum Recycling, a family-owned business dedicated to moving communities towards zero waste. John received a B.A. from Fort Lewis College and an M.B.A. from the University of Utah. Although trained as a systems engineer, John has been an entrepreneur for more than 15 years. John enjoys bringing ideas to reality and creating entities that improve our community. In the community, John serves as Board Member & Treasurer for the Vest Pocket Business Coalition, Board Member for the Mayor’s Business Advisory Board, and as Loan Committee Member for the Salt Lake City Economic Development Loan Fund, in addtion to serving on the Local First Utah Board of Directors.
Previously, Shawn worked as Economic Development Manager in Salt Lake City and Ogden City, specializing in economic development finance and small business development. Shawn has also been a non-profit housing developer and executive director, assisted living administrator, and health law and general practice attorney. Shawn spent eight years on his hometown Hooper City planning commission and City Council. He earned associate's degrees at Weber State and Salt Lake Community College, a bachelors from BYU in Management, and a law degree from the University of Utah. Having lived in the Canary Islands of Spain, Shawn speaks Spanish as a second language. Shawn enjoys being on several boards/committees including Local First Utah, Neighborworks Salt Lake Expansion Committee, Governor’s Refugee Employment Committee, Advisory Board of Utah Communities Fund, and the board of Centerpoint Legacy Theater (Davis Center for Performing Arts). In his spare time Shawn enjoys hiking, biking, has completed 3 marathons and somehow still enjoys running (slowly), sports, travel, movies, music, theater, current events, local government, collecting hats, eating interesting food, and deciding who to cheer for between the red, blue, and purple.
Scott Pynes started his career at Arthur Anderson in 1981. In 1986 he founded a business application software company – Interactive Systems, Inc. which was later renamed to Assist Cornerstone Technologies. The company grew to employ nearly 200 people before it was sold in 2000 to a New York Stock Exchange company. In 2002 he purchased Cactus & Tropicals from its founder - Lorraine Miller. Since then he has expanded the business significantly by opening a second retail location and growing the commercial side of the business. Cactus & Tropicals currently employs over 120 people. Its retail locations specialize in providing indoor and outdoor plants for homes and businesses as well as creative gifts and garden accessories.
Scott enjoys spending time with his wife and two children and when weather permits road biking up the various canyons around the Salt Lake Valley.
He has served on the boards of the Vest Pocket Business Coalition, Local First Utah and Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment.
Barry Scholl has more than 25 years of experience in the non-profit and community development areas. A co-founder of the Entrada Institute in Torrey, he has also served on the boards of the Utah Wilderness Association, Writers at Work, the Glen Canyon Institute, and P3Utah, among other volunteer boards. From 1996 to 2014 he was the co-owner with his family of Robbers Roost Books and Beverages, a literary bookstore and coffee shop in Torrey, near Capitol Reef National Park. He is currently an attorney with the law firm of Richards Brandt Miller Nelson, where his practice concentrates on business mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, non-profit law, and contract negotiation and drafting. He is also the co-owner of a vintage guitar and stringed-instrument business, Aardvark Guitars, LLC. Prior to attending law school, he was a journalist, serving in various editorial capacities with numerous local publications, including Catalyst, Salt Lake magazine, Utah Business, and Utah Outdoors. He also worked as the Director of External Relations for the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. Scholl holds a B.A., M.F.A. and J.D. from the University of Utah and an M.P.C. from Westminster College of Salt Lake City.
Lisa Wise, Wise Cabinetry
Lisa Wise, along with her husband, Cliff, are owners of Wise Cabinetry - a high-end custom cabinet and furniture business in Davis County. They opened their business three years ago with the help of a start-up loan through the Utah Microenterprise Loan Fund and currently employ 10 full-time craftsmen. They source 90% of their supplies and materials from local businesses.
Lisa also works in her other business assisting local merchants with setting up their credit card processing and merchant services. Lisa is a graduate of the Banking on Women Program and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program. She has always had a passion for community and supporting "local" businesses. Lisa served her community in the past as both chamber president and executive director and is honored to be part of the Local First Utah Movement.