The people behind SOS

Mark Nelson



National Account Manager

Conley Equipment Company

Mark has been in sales and marketing for over 20 years in many industries including health, construction and power.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of Northern Colorado and resides in Lehi, UT.   




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Robert Sorenson



Sorenson has been involved with educational processes for 30 years.  As a senior Pfizer, pharmaceutical consultant, Sorenson trained and educated doctors and hospital staff on complex medications and provided expert field knowledge to senior Pfizer executives.  Sorenson’s strategic and conceptual abilities are critical in identifying and overcoming road blocks and obstacles to bring projects together and make them financially feasible to insure all parties will benefit.  Sorenson left pharmaceuticals and helped form several start-up companies including SideKick ICS, to help improve education through technology innovation.   Sorenson is a former Chairman of the Board of a Utah Credit Union and a graduate of Utah State University.  He resides in Alpine, Utah.   


David G. Beckstrand



Beckstrand is an expert in bringing people and organizations together through partnerships and joint ventures, creating win/win strategies through proven managing change and conflict resolution principles and processes.  For many years, Beckstrand was responsible for Citibank’s Consumer Human Resources organizations in the United States and Latin America.  David retired from the corporate world as a Senior Vice President over Human Resources for Kelly Services, a fortune 400 company.  He moved west, became a real estate developer and helped form several small companies including Skilled SOS.  He has devoted the last few years of his life developing creative educational solutions to help students make smart career choices.  He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and resides in Utah. 




Brian Ballard



Ballard is an experienced software designer, developer, and systems analyst with expertise in systems planning, deployment, communication development, data design, collection strategy and application.  He helps companies identify and implement critical technology needs.  He is founder and President of Hoplite, LLC. 




Advisory Board

IJace Croshaw


Event Director, Marketing

at Nicola Motor Company

IChris Griesemer


High School

CTE coordinator


Croshaw was named the Sandy, Utah Small Businessman of the Year in 2016 and received the Sandy Summit award for Best New Business in 2014 for his successful management of a new market start up.  He is an expert in increasing sales and reducing expenses year after year.  He has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah. 

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Chase Cooper


PresidentLow VA Rates Insurance Agency

IKevin Bright



Murdock Chevrolet


Bright has extensive senior management operating experience in post-secondary student centered career schooling establishments, managing multi-million dollar capital projects.  He has an MBA in Global Business Management and a BS in Business Administration. 




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Christopher Shirley


Masonary Instructor at the Indiana

Christopher Shirley is the Masonry instructor at the Indiana County Technology Center. He has been in his current position for the last five years and has been teaching for nine years.

Christopher holds an Associate’s degree from the PA College of Technology in Masonry. He earned his teaching certification, administrative director’s certification Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees in Workforce Education and Development from the Pennsylvania State University.

Christopher is the PA State Chairman for the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA). He is a member of the Industry Advisory Council for the PA Housing Research Center and a member of the Pennsylvania Concrete Masonry Association (PCMA) where he serves as President of the Masonry Instructors Association of PA and Maryland, a committee of the PCMA. He is also a board member of the Indiana-Armstrong Home Builders Association and is an advisor of his schools SkillsUSA organization and a supervisor for the Pennsylvania SkillsUSA State competitions.




Chase Cooper has a bachelor's degree in business management from Utah Valley University. Since his graduation, he has been hard at work creating several businesses, including two insurance agencies. His current business, Low VA Rates Insurance Agency, has a book of business with over $3 million in premiums and about 1300 customers. As an entrepreneur at heart, Chase loves working with people and enjoys the challenge of figuring out how to make businesses run smoothly and efficiently.


Skilled SOS

        (Student Occupational Solutions)  


Helps students make smart career choices by gaming through:

  • conversations

  • quizzes

  • evaluations

  • job shadows 

  • internships