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I guess if someone asked me the vocation of John Fogg down in Moab, I would say he's the owner-agent of Central Utah Insurance.

That would be accurate but only partly so. John is indeed the owner of Central Utah Insurance. But he originally came to Moab as a schoolteacher specializing in the education of children with special needs. He also coached at the local high school and began selling insurance on the side. His insurance business became so successful that he left teaching to concentrate it.

I asked John about the name. Is Moab really in Central Utah? Why call the company Central Utah Insurance? "Well," John explained, "the company originally started in Spainish Fork, which is in Central Utah and it was just easier to keep the name."

John designed and decorated his offices into a beautiful facility with definite Southwestern motifs and colors. Inside you can see beautiful Native American artwork and Navajo rugs used as wall coverings.

There was an empty building behind John's office so he leased it and again did some remodeling work and opened the Moab Fitness Center. There are weight rooms, exercise rooms with all of the latest equipment, an aerobics studio and an area for the teaching and practice of martial arts. He caters to mostly locals but he gets visits from movie stars who are filming in the area, and tourists from all over the world who can't vacation without a daily dose of exercise and conditioning.

I commented that he was indeed a Renaissance man. He's an educator, an insurance executive, a bodybuilder and the owner of a fitness center. He smiled and said, "Maybe you could also add restaurateur." He said he just bought the Rio Colorado Restaurant and Bar in town. He then when on to explain how he wants to become an amateur architect and design and remodel the facility.

I don't think John realized when he came to Moab to teach school that he would end up running a conglomerate of businesses in this great community. But what a great job he's done.

For Zions Bank, this is Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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