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Stan Sorensen: Host and Chief Marketing Officer at Altabank
A business podcast geared toward elevating your financial future.
Oct 10, 2023
Altabanking Podcast Ep.13 - Domestic Violence Awareness in Utah
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Altabank recognizes domestic violence awareness and prevention as one of our core public issues. In this episode of Altabanking, Stan sits down with Jill Anderson from CAPSA, Gillian Penhalee from the Dove Center, Ashley Taylor from the Refuge, Lindsay Boyer from South Valley Services, and Carol Earnshaw, a survivor of domestic abuse. One in 3 Utah women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime which means, someone you know is either experiencing or deals with domestic violence. Our panellists discuss the efforts being made to raise awareness, provide support, and help survivors, emphasizing the importance of recognizing different forms of domestic abuse and how to support victims. The role of family, friends, and employers in assisting survivors is vital in so many cases to a survivor getting the help they need. Survivors so often leave their homes with nothing to their name and need the support of these great organizations to find housing, make a safety plan, and take the steps needed to move forward. #dvam2023 #dvam #domesticviolenceawareness #standagainstdomesticviolence
1 hr 12 min
Aug 9, 2023
Altabanking Podcast Ep. 12 - The Impact of the Great Salt Lake on the State of Utah
Throughout the year, Utahns participate in an array of outdoor activities. You’ll find us hunting, fishing, boating, hiking, skiing, just to name a few. One of Utah’s most unique features is the Great Salt Lake. It pulls in tourism and many activities mentioned above can be participated in around the lake. It plays a significant part in Utah’s ecosystem. If we do not preserve the Great Salt Lake and its ecosystem, the entire state of Utah will be impacted. In this episode of our Altabanking Podcast, we are joined by three panelists to discuss the Great Salt Lake. Max Malmquist is the engagement manager for the National Audubon Society, Dr. Bonnie Baxter is a Westminster University professor of biology and a director of the Great Salt Lake Institute, and Natalie Gardner is the leader of the University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. All three of these individuals care for the Great Salt Lake. They discuss the role of the lake in Utah’s ecosystem. They highlight its impact on agriculture, the economy, and wildlife. They emphasize that urgent preservation efforts require collaboration to protect Utah’s unique environment and outdoor activities. The message is clear: safeguarding the Great Salt Lake is crucial for Utah’s well-being.
Feb 26, 2023
Altabanking Podcast Ep. 11 — Recession Tips from a Veteran-Owned Business in Utah
Starting a business during uncertain financial times can be a challenge. Kenny Knight, who opened his business, Rage Fitness, on the eve of the recession in 2008, knows that all too well. Still, even in a recession, and later, a pandemic, Kenny has found ways to keep challenging himself and growing his businesses, even as the possibility of another recession looms ahead. Kenny credits the discipline he learned in the Marines, as well as the obstacles he’s faced as a Black business owner for the success he’s had at Rage Fitness and in his other business ventures. Rage Fitness has built a reputation as a no-nonsense training center, but at the end of the day, it’s “still love” as Kenny explains to Altabanking host Stan Sorenson, Altabank’s SVP & Chief Marketing Officer. With high energy and a passion for self-improvement and helping others on their personal journeys, Kenny describes how he’s grown his business after his days in the military and another career as a truck driver.
1 hr 3 min
Nov 8, 2022
Could More Women in Construction Fix Utah’s Labor Shortage, Supply Chain Disruptions and the Housing Crisis? | Altabanking Podcast Ep. 10
Trade professions and the businesses that support them have long been a staple of industry here in Utah. However, as the entire business world grapples with the challenges of staffing issues, supply chain disruptions, and a housing crisis, those who work in the trades are also finding new ways to adapt. Jennie Tanner, who owns and operates her family’s business, Tanner Glass & Hardware, has seen many of the issues now facing many small businesses. What makes running the day-to-day of Tanner Glass & Hardware even more interesting are the specialized skills and know-how required to supply the trade labor workforce. Leaders like Jennie have been searching for new ways, not only to expand their businesses but also to recruit new talent, including reaching out to young women who may want to work in construction. Right now, construction is a vital industry to the future of our communities. But getting construction and trade workers up and running with the supplies and knowledge they need is an important part of the equation, as Jennie explains to explains to Altabanking host and Altabank SVP & Chief Marketing Officer, Stan Sorensen.
Aug 11, 2022
What Snowbird’s Dave Fields Says about Utah Business in 2022
As the President and CEO of one of the most popular ski resorts not only in Utah, but in the entire world, Dave Fields has a lot on his plate. In addition to providing a world-class outdoor recreation experience year-round for guests, Fields also has oversight of Snowbird’s workforce, sustainability efforts, discussions with government leaders over infrastructure concerns and just about everything else you could think of. Just as well as anyone else, Fields is well aware of the issues that face Utah’s landscape such as climate change, population growth, and an ongoing discussion regarding a proposed gondola system in Little Cottonwood. Still, as he explains to Altabanking host Stan Sorensen, there is a lot to be proud of in our community and the future is very bright.
1 hr 9 min
Jul 7, 2022
Why Are Businesses Moving to Utah with Jake Boyer
If you can imagine how much Utah has changed in the last 50 years, try to imagine how much the state will transform in the next half-century. Jake Boyer, CEO of the Boyer Company, a full-service real estate development group based in Salt Lake City, has seen a stunning amount of growth in the community for a while now. However, Jake believes the biggest growth is still yet to come. The Boyer Company has deep interests not only in the bustling Silicon Slopes area at the Point of the Mountain, but also in the explosive demand for multifamily housing in downtown Salt Lake City. As Jake explains to Altabanking host, and Altabank SVP & Chief Marketing Officer, Stan Sorensen, what is happening now is “unlike anything we’ve ever seen.” While the growth is exciting, it also presents a number of challenges for the community. Being aware of what issues may arise from a huge influx of construction projects and developments is the first step in meeting any difficulties head-on, as Jake explains to Stan.
May 3, 2022
Valley Implement President Fred Titensor
Welcome to Altabanking, a business podcast for anyone interested in elevating their financial future. I'm your host, Stan Sorensen. And together, we're going to hear interviews, and information, and insights for making great financial decisions. It's Small Business Month this month. And today, it is my great pleasure to sit down with long-time Altabank customer Fred Titensor, who is the president of Valley Implement & Irrigation up in North Logan, Utah. We will talk about agriculture, farming, machinery, leading a business in a time of high inflation and high priced commodoties.
Mar 18, 2022
Utah Economic Report and Outlook with Natalie Gochnour
In this year’s first episode of Altabanking, a business podcast geared toward elevating your financial future, Altabank’s Stan Sorensen sits down with Natalie Gochnour, director of the Kem C. Gardner Institute at the University of Utah to discuss the Governor's Economic Report for 2021. Natalie shares an important outlook from an economist's perspective on how Utah can sustain continued growth, the state's population growth and how it will affect the state's national parks, and how to correctly gauge the outlook of our economy.
Nov 30, 2021
Business Planning: Year-End Tax Planning and a Road Map for the Future with Judd Austin
In this year’s final episode of Altabanking, a business podcast geared toward elevating your financial future, Altabank’s Stan Sorensen sits down with Judd Austin, Altabank’s chief banking officer to discuss what businesses can do to wrap up the year and how to best prepare for 2022 and beyond. Austin shares key planning tips to sustain continued growth, from the importance of laying out a long-term plan and continuously refining the strategy, to financial and tax planning and investing in the future. He also shares his insight on what the new year may bring – as COVID-19 continues to fade, supply chain and labor shortages remain, and optimism returns.
Oct 27, 2021
The Power and Progress of Women in Business with Deborah Bayle
While October is Women in Business Month, this is a discussion that carries year-round. Join Stan Sorensen and Deborah Bayle to discuss the power and progress of women in business.
Sep 3, 2021
Altabanking, Real Estate and Utah’s Housing Market
The pandemic has supercharged the housing market across the nation, driven by historically low interest rates and low unemployment rates, with Utah leading the way. The state continues to reap the benefits of a solid recovery and Utah’s real estate market is expected to shatter records in 2021. In this episode of Altabanking, a business podcast geared toward elevating your financial future, Altabank’s Stan Sorensen sits down with Ben Pack, President of Altabank’s mortgage division to discuss real estate and Utah’s housing market, from home buying, home selling, and everything in between. Pack shares shares his outlook on Utah’s current real estate climate, inflation and how to think strategically to gain an edge in this red-hot seller’s market.
1 hr 20 min
Jun 30, 2021
All Things Commercial Real Estate with Ryan Jones
In this second episode of Altabanking, a business podcast geared toward elevating your financial future, Altabank’s Stan Sorensen sits down with Ryan Jones, executive vice president and chief lending officer at Altabank to discuss all things commercial real estate, from construction, to labor and inflation, to lending and everything between.
Apr 9, 2021
Discussing Utah’s Economy in 2021 with Natalie Gochnour
In this inaugural episode of Altabanking, a business podcast geared toward elevating your financial future, Altabank’s Stan Sorensen sits down with Natalie Gochnour, director of the Kem C. Gardner Institute at the University of Utah and member of the Altabank Board of Directors, to discuss the outlook of Utah’s Economy in 2021. Gochnour shares highlights from the 2021 Economic Report to the Governor, as well as Governor Cox’s One Utah Roadmap. She takes with us her perspective on various hot topics such as travel and tourism, the housing shortage, education, employment and more.