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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

It is not uncommon to see successful business people move into a new venture without experience in that field. Nor is it uncommon to see that dedication, hard work and commitment, combined with great business expertise, can bring success to any venture.

A mutual friend of Randy Christensen and Rick Peterson was an owner of the new Comfort Inn in Richfield. This friend indicated he wanted to sell, and Randy and Rick, with no experience in the hospitality field whatsoever, decided to buy it.

It was apparent that Randy and Rick needed to hire an experienced manager for the property because they were very busy with their own businesses and needed a "hands-on" person to be at the Comfort Inn at all times. They found Jordan Shumway, who had nine years of experience with another national hospitality chain. Jordan worked initially on a part-time basis, but is now the manager of the property.

When I arrived for my appointment, Randy and Rick were busy filling and opening the swimming pool for the season. It was a gorgeous day, and the water and the hot tub looked mighty inviting. We sat in a beautiful room that serves as a lobby and common area for the Inn. They told me the Inn offers free high-speed wireless Internet access, with Internet ports in each room. The rooms also have supreme, pillow-plus mattresses and linens that are four grades higher than average.

Each morning a free, hot breakfast is served for guests. The employees are very knowledgeable about the area and are prepared to help visitors truly enjoy their visit in Sevier County. There is a great golf course a half-mile from the property, and ATV riders can be directed to hundreds of miles of trails to enjoy the grandeur of the scenic area.

The Comfort Inn is off of the I-70 freeway near the Sevier County Center and is a great stop for transcontinental travelers or Utahns who want to enjoy this great part of the state.

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

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