- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Salt Lake City businessman praised for promoting work-life balance at his company is one of first lady Michelle Obama’s two dozen guests for the State of the Union speech.

Peter Mouskondis will take a special box seat at Tuesday evening’s address. Other guests include the first woman to lead a major automaker, an openly gay former NBA player and a hero of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Mouskondis is chief of Nicholas & Company, Inc., a food service distribution business that has about 500 employees.

White House officials say the company emphasizes benefits such as maternity, paternity and bereavement leave, and has won several awards for its workplace culture.

It’s become tradition for the first lady to sit with guests whose personal stories can highlight a particular policy or issue.

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