News Briefs

Week of June 17

June 20, 2016 — 



Reno-Tahoe International Airport will now have non-stop service to Los Angeles on Allegiant Air. The Los Angeles flight will operate two times a week, on Thursdays and Sundays, with the following schedule: Flight #307 will depart Reno at 9:29 a.m. and arrive in Los Angeles at 10:53 a.m. Allegiant flight #306 will depart Los Angeles, at 7:30 a.m. and arrive in Reno at 8:49 a.m.


Cintas Corporation’s Reno location will receive the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star certification from the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration on June 24. VPP Star is their highest recognition for the practice of and commitment to exemplary occupational safety and health.


In a proclamation by Governor Brian Sandoval, June is Nevada Rural Housing Month in the state, and the Nevada Rural Housing Authority celebrated a record-breaking number of mortgages through its Home At Last program, a groundbreaking event at Richards Crossing, a 39-unit apartment complex and life skills assistance program for veterans and homeless of Carson City, and other groundbreaking and grand opening events throughout rural Nevada.


The Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Nevada will celebrate the grand opening of its William N. Pennington Teen Center Thursday, June 23, at 9 a.m. The 6,500- square-foot center replaces the Club’s current 1,200-square-foot office space.


WGU Nevada is accepting applications for a new online bachelor’s degree program aimed at preparing IT professionals for roles in the growing field of data management and analytics. The Bachelor of Science in Data Management/Data Analytics is designed for experienced IT professionals seeking a bachelor’s degree and industry certifications to advance their careers. The B.S. in Data Management/Data Analytics program is online and competency-based.


The Health Sciences Committee of the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents accepted the School of Medicine’s request to formally change its name to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, effective July 1.


The Nevada System of Higher Education’s Board of Regents on June 10 approved the School of Medicine’s request for a new Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree.

The Board’s decision allows the School of Medicine’s PA program to move on to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the University’s regional accreditation agency, for final degree approval.

The PA program application deadline is Sept. 1, 2016.

The School of Medicine’s PA program, created in partnership with Renown Health.


The International Ski Federation and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association announced that Squaw Valley will host an Audi FIS World Cup in March 2017, consisting of a women’s giant slalom on Friday, March 10 and a women’s slalom on Saturday, March 11. The event will mark the return of World Cup ski racing to California for the first time in 19 years.


The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows will receive a $250,000 grant from Renown Health to apply towards capital improvements to their Bresson Avenue Youth Facility located at 1090 Bresson Avenue in Reno.


Reno-Tahoe International Airport will host major airline and aircraft manufacturing executives from around the world at the prestigious Boyd Group International Aviation Forecast Summit Sept. 18-20 in Squaw Valley.


Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe is hosting a hiring event for all positions on June 22 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the revolution ballroom at Hard Rock. They will have onsite interviews and hires.


May’s statewide unemployment rate rose slightly to a seasonally-adjusted 6.1 percent, however the rate decreased relative to May last year by 0.8 of a percentage point, the 63rd consecutive month the unemployment rate in the Silver State decreased on a year-over-year basis.


Itronics Inc., a creative green technology company headquartered in Reno, has installed and started up two grinders that are being used to reduce the size of shredded pc circuit boards (e-waste) so that they can be used as feed for its’ silver refining operation.

This installation was completed as part of the e-waste recycling study being conducted by the company.


BootRoxx, a boot cover company founded in Reno, has added a ‘Nevada Proud’ design to its collection of over 50 BootRoxx styles.

The new design comes in black or navy blue and features the State of Nevada and the words ‘Nevada Proud’ in blue and silver rhinestones. The Nevada Proud boot cover will be available for purchase at the Reno Rodeo BootRoxx booth from June 16-25.


RDC hosted Free Mammo Mondays during the month of May with great success. RDC was able to provide 93 women with free screening mammograms through the event.


Bravada Gold Corp. has received assays for recent drilling at the Company’s Baxter Low-sulfidation gold property in the Walker Lane Gold trend in western Nevada. Kinross Gold U.S.A., Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Kinross Gold Corp. completed 16 reverse-circulation drill holes for a total of 4,439 meters at the Baxter property.


Lifeline Biotechnologies, a corporation, based in Reno, has entered into an option agreement with its affiliate, Cyrcadia, Inc. which grants certain rights to potentially acquire Lifeline’s patents.


Reno City Council approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Reno and Humboldt General Hospital EMS that adds two more MRUs to RFD’s fleet. Council also accepted the donation of a Ford F350 medical response vehicle from the Mason Valley Fire Protection District.


WGU is offering a scholarship program for new students enrolling in any of its undergraduate degree programs in its College of Business. Applications are now being accepted for the Excellence in Business Scholarship, which provides up to $3,000 ($600 per six-month term, up to five terms). In addition, the $65 university application fee will be waived for those applying for the scholarship at by Aug. 31.


Through 2015, data shows Nevada has the third fastest growing private sector employment in the nation, with a 3.8 percent growth rate. Utah and Florida had slightly higher growth rates, at 4.3 percent and 4.1 percent, respectively.


Independent drone delivery service Flirtey, based in Reno, and Dr. Timothy Amukele, assistant professor of pathology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will conduct the first ship-to-shore drone delivery in the U.S. on June 23 on the New Jersey coastline.

The purpose of the joint mission is to demonstrate how unmanned aircraft can provide life-saving aid to victims of a disaster, such as a hurricane or system-wide failure of electrical or communications infrastructure.


Sierra Nevada Construction, Inc., is accepting subquotes from subcontractors and suppliers for pedestrian safety, lightining, and ADA improvement projects at Sun Valley Boulevard. The bid date for the project is Thursday, June, 23 at 2 p.m.

For details, contact Mike Rooley at or call SNC at 775-355-0420.

A&K Earth Movers, Inc. is also is accepting subquotes from subcontractors and suppliers for the road project on State Route 443 from Sun Valley Boulevard, 6th Street, Gepford Parkway and Skaggs Circle. For details, email or call 775-423-6085.


Here are this week’s real estate transactions submitted to NNBW:

An undisclosed tenant renewed its lease of 2,104 square feet of office space at 5422 Longley Lane in Reno. The landlord is EVMAR Investors, LLC. Mike Van Blaricom and Kevin Annis of ArchCrest Commercial Partners represented the landlord in the transaction.

Employers Business Solutions, LLC leased 1,200 square feet of office space at 1575 Delucchi Lane in Reno. Mike Van Blaricom and Kevin Annis of ArchCrest Commercial Partners represented the tenant in the transaction.

An undisclosed tenant leased 3,812 square feet of office space at 10587 Double R Boulevard in Reno. The landlord is Doolittle Investors, LLC. Mike Van Blaricom and Kevin Annis of ArchCrest Commercial Partners represented the landlord in the transaction.

An undisclosed tenant renewed its lease of 12,000 square feet of industrial space at 1950 Zinc Street in Reno. The landlord is Casazza SLV, LLC. Mike Van Blaricom and Kevin Annis of ArchCrest Commercial Partners represented the landlord in the transaction.

Hilltop Refrigeration, Inc., leased 2,743 square feet of industrial space at 1215 Kleppe Lane in Sparks. Chris Shanks of Dickson Commercial Group represented the tenant in the transaction.

AU Salon leased 650 square feet of retail space at 120 Thoma Street in Reno. Kimberly Clark of Coldwell Banker Commercial Business Properties represented the landlord, Goff Living Trust.

Cooper Metal & Wood leased 909 square feet of industrial space at 380 Freeport Boulevard in Sparks. Kimberly Clark of Coldwell Banker Commercial Business Properties represented the landlord, 380/390 Freeport LLC.

Sectran Security leased 1,818 square feet of industrial space at 380 Freeport Boulevard in Sparks. Kimberly Clark of Coldwell Banker Commercial Business Properties represented the landlord, 380/390 Freeport LLC.

An undisclosed buyer purchased 6,667 square feet of medical office space at 6410 S. Virginia Street in Reno. Ken Mattison of Coldwell Banker Commercial Business Properties represented the seller, The Diefenderfer Trust.

Week of June 10

June 13, 2016 — 



University of Nevada, Reno student and community leaders gathered to celebrate and promote women in entrepreneurship at the launch of the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship Women’s Initiative, May 26 at the University of Nevada, Reno’s Innevation Center Powered by Switch. The launch included a mayoral proclamation from Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve, a screening of the first video in a series designed to promote female achievements in local entrepreneurial activity, and a brainstorming exercise to address women’s issues in entrepreneurship.

The Women’s Initiative is aimed toward connecting innovative female entrepreneurs with leaders and established professionals and business owners in the community. It will also highlight female business achievements in and around the community.


The Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) awarded in May the Eco-Healthy Child Care® certification to E.L. Cord Foundation Child Care Center at Truckee Meadows Community College. TMCC’s Center is the only Eco-Healthy Child Care-certified facility currently listed in northern Nevada, and just one of two in the state. The CCLC Venetian Child Development Center, in Las Vegas is the other CEHN-endorsed facility.

The Eco-Healthy Child Care® Program endorses child care providers who successfully complete 24 or more of the 30 criteria required on its checklist.


NCET has launched a new job board designed to connect Nevada professionals with companies seeking assistance.

The NCET job board can be utilized for any Nevada job - part-time or full-time, and from any sector.

The job board will be promoted through NCET’s social media network, via email and through NCET’s bi-weekly newsletter. The newsletter alone has an audience of 10,000 Nevada business and community leaders - 7,000 in the north, 3,000 in the south.

To submit a job listing or review job postings on the new NCET job board, visit


University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Herds and Harvest Program is offering certification classes this June and July for those who want to learn about meat harvesting and processing. Basics 1 and Basics 2 are hands-on classes, taught in partnership with the University’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, that teach skills in food safety and the slaughter and processing of livestock, and that provide insight into the processing and retail sales of meat in Nevada.

The first Basics 1 session is on July 7 and covers the basics of meat harvest (slaughter). The second Basics 1 session is on July 19 and covers processing (cutting). Participants will learn how to keep meat safe and sanitary for consumers, while maximizing the meat’s use and profit. Register for Basics 1 Slaughter at, and for Basics 1 Processing at

Basics 2 will cover how packers make their money. Topics include the USDA Grade & Yield System; livestock evaluation; grade and yield; a live evaluation of cattle and ultrasound evaluation of cattle; business planning; enterprise budgets for Farm-to-Fork operation; marketing; and what restaurant owners, wholesalers and retail sellers are looking for in their meat. Register for Basics 2 online at


TEDxUniversityofNevada organizers have announced their fifth annual event will be Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. The call for speakers is open from now until June 24.

Local speakers interested in participating in the event are encouraged to submit proposals to share their “big idea worth spreading.”

The call for speakers can be found at and is open from now until June 24. Those interested in applying are encouraged to do so early. The event’s programming committee is hoping to have the majority of the speaker line-up selected and announced by Sept. 1.


NV Energy filed its required General Rate Case with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) for its northern utility, Sierra Pacific Power Company. The filing requests no change to the company’s core electric operations revenue requirement, which are costs associated with management of the utility and delivering electricity to customers. If the filing is approved, customers will continue to experience the lowest overall electric rates in nearly a decade. The filing also seeks a decrease in the costs needed to fund delivery of natural gas to Sierra Pacific Power Company’s customers.

NV Energy’s two utilities, Sierra Pacific Power Company and Nevada Power Company, are required by law to make General Rate Case filings every three years. Sierra Pacific Power Company’s filing in 2013 resulted in a $39 million dollar decrease in annual core operations revenue which provided significant bill savings for customers over a three-year period. The company is requesting through today’s filing to provide price stability through 2020.

While the company seeks no increase in its core operations revenue requirement, legal mandates require NV Energy to adjust rates for most customer classes. If approved as filed, this reallocation of costs for the average northern Nevada single-family residential electric monthly bill, based on a monthly use of 739 kWh, will result in an increase of $1.46, or 1.87 percent, from $78.10 to $79.56. Multi-family residential customers and small business customers would experience a decrease. Even with these changes, the residential customer bill will be around $80, lower than it was in the summer of 2007 at $100.

Nevada Builders

New members of the Nevada Builders Alliance were:

Reno: Finch Construction Company, Desert Hills Landscape, Michael Rohrer Construction, Sierra Mountain Mortgage, and Howard Financial Group.

Carson City: Outdoor Impressions.


Fitch upgraded the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony to a ‘BBB’ from a ‘BB+’ giving it investment grade status.

The key rating drivers reflect expansion and diversification of the Colony’s tax base over the past eight years which has contributed to a healthy financial cushion in 2014 with reserves equal to 96 percent of spending.

‘BBB’ ratings indicate that capacity for payment of financial commitments is considered adequate. Investment grade refers to the quality of a company’s credit. In order to be considered an investment grade issue, the company must be rated at ‘BBB’ or higher.

Additional information is available at

Reno Bighorns

The Reno Bighorns were recently the recipients of the NBA Development League Top 3 Community Appearances Award for their outstanding efforts in the Reno/Sparks community during the 2016 NBA D-League League Meetings. The Bighorns placed in the top three out of 19 NBA Development League Teams. The award recognizes the top NBA D-League teams who reflect the passion the league and its players have for giving back to their communities.


The Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA) earned reaccreditation as an Emergency Medical Dispatch Accredited Center of Excellence (ACE) last month from the Board of Accreditation of the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED).

REMSA retained the distinction as the 54th Emergency Medical Dispatch Accredited Center of Excellence in the world.


The newly renovated William N. Pennington Applied Technology Center (ATC) has increased its capacity to train employees for companies that represent an increasingly technologically-based workforce.

The ATC, one of the campus sites of Truckee Meadows Community College, has undergone a two-year remodel and expansion project that will be completed by Fall 2016. Construction costs alone for the two phases of renovation have totaled $6.8 million. For more information, visit


Nevada has set records for six consecutive quarters for the total number of employers, increasing by 1,240 or 1.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015. This brings the total to 66,900 as of the first quarter of 2016. Additionally, the state has experienced year-over-year growth in employer totals for 19 consecutive quarters.

Year-over-year, the sum of businesses in the Silver State increased by 5,040 or 8.2 percent. From the recessionary low of 56,000 employers, Nevada has seen the numbers grow by 10,900 or 19.5 percent. Visit for the full report.

Commercial real estate transactions

The Pit Shop LLC leased 4,956 square feet of industrial space at 2205 Glendale Avenue in Sparks. The landlord is Coulter Properties. Randy Walker with Dickson Commercial Group represented the tenant in the transaction.

Ortho Implant Co. leased 3,600 square feet at 770 Smithridge Drive in Reno. The landlord is American Capital Properties LLC. Joel Fountain of Dickson Commercial Group represented the tenant in the transaction.

The Bendetti Company, a Southern California commercial real estate investment company, purchased Southern Way, a three-building portfolio consisting of 631,115 square feet located in Sparks, and Spice Island, a 165,000-square-foot building also in Sparks.


This year, Renown Health has come on board as the AHA/ASA’s first ever northern Nevada “Life is Why” sponsor, committing to a three-year, year-round partnership in an effort to build healthier lives free from cardiovascular disease and stroke.


Triumphant Marketing pulled out a victory against fellow marketing firms on the West coast during a regional contest spanning across Sacramento, Calif. and companies in the Bay area. Holding true to the company name, Triumphant Marketing proved triumphant over a three-week period, clinching their multi-million dollar clients’ attention as locations across the nation become available for expansion.

As Triumphant Marketing gears up for the third quarter, the hiring team opens the doors as they seek the future leaders of the company. Providing a fully paid training program, Triumphant Marketing associates do not need any previous experience in the field of marketing, sales, business or event promotions to grow within the company. For more information regarding career opportunities offered in Reno, visit

Week of June 3

June 3, 2016 — 

Veterans, awards, budget and more


In May, the Nevada State Contractors Board awarded nearly $160,000 in Residential Recovery Fund monies to homeowners damaged by licensed contractors. Appearing before the Residential Recovery Fund Subcommittee on May 18, 2016, 12 homeowners sought financial recourse after licensed contractors they hired abandoned their construction projects or performed substandard workmanship. The average claim awarded was approximately $13,300.

Nearly $100,000 of the awarded funds were granted to five homeowners whose projects were abandoned by Reno Sunrooms, Inc., license number 49308. In every case, Reno Sunrooms, Inc. failed to perform any work on the project after receiving anywhere from 40-100 percent of the contract funds up front. The license of Reno Sunrooms, Inc. was revoked on Feb. 2, 2016, by the Board, at which time the damaged homeowners filed claims for the Residential Recovery Fund.


Northern Nevada Medical Center announced that Humboldt General Hospital (HGH) in Winnemucca, has joined Northern Nevada Medical Center’s TeleStroke Network. HGH can now provide a higher level of care to patients experiencing a stroke as part of NNMC’s robotic telemedicine program. The program gives HGH the resources of NNMC’s Primary Stroke Center and allows HGH physicians access to neurologists 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. HGH joins South Lyon Medical Center, Battle Mountain General Hospital and Plumas District, all in partnership with NNMC’s TeleStroke Network.


City National has provided STEP2 in Reno with a $2,500 donation for an expansion project. The funds from City National’s donation will help fund the needed $3 million to build a 20 bed residential housing facility.

STEP2 is a comprehensive residential and out-patient treatment program that provides women struggling to overcome substance abuse disorders, poverty and family violence the opportunity to rebuild their lives. STEP2 is the only program in northern Nevada that allows women to maintain custody of their children while participating in treatment.


Atlantis Casino Resort Spa announced its Race & Sports Book to be the first and only non-smoking Race and Sports book in northern Nevada. Being the first casino to have a designated specialty gaming area is not new to Atlantis, as it was the first poker room in Reno to go non-smoking.

Also, reel and video slot players have two non-smoking areas, totaling the highest concentration of non-smoking slot machines in the region. Atlantis also offers 10 permanent non-smoking table games and two non-smoking bars.


USA Today recognized the Sparks event as one of the best barbecue festivals in the nation. The Nugget Rib Cook-Off was one of the top 20 events nominated by BBQ experts in a quest to find USA Today’s “10 Best BBQ Festivals”. To vote, go to You can cast your ballot once a day until Monday, June 20 at 9 p.m. PT.

The 2016 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off will be held at the Nugget Casino Resort from August 31 – September 5.


Renown Regional Medical Center, The Lactation Connection and The Pregnancy Center were recognized for excellence in lactation care with the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant certification (IBCLC) Care Award.

Renown has eight IBCLC certified care members on its team.

The IBCLC Care Award is jointly sponsored by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) and International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA).


Western Environmental Testing Laboratory (WETLAB), a Sparks-based environmental testing laboratory, has been recognized for being a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE). The certification was awarded in February 2016 by the Women’s Business Enterprise Council – West, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

WBENC’s national standard of certification is a meticulous process, including an in-depth review of the business and a site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm that the business is at least 51 percent owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.


Nearly $8.7 million in federal transportation funds for projects that improve non-motorized mobility, historic preservation for transportation-related projects, scenic accessibility, safe routes to school and more are available as the Nevada Department of Transportation accepts applications for Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) projects through July 8.

Under the program, there are two broad types of eligible activities: transportation infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects. TAP projects may be part of an existing planned project or a “stand alone” project and must be publicly accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Maximum infrastructure funding will be limited to $750,000 per project. It is estimated that nearly $8.7 million will be available for these projects statewide over the next three years.

For detailed information and applications, visit


This year 88 students applied for scholarships from Greater Nevada Credit Union, and 20 were selected to each receive $2,000 for the 2016-2017 school year. Nearly $300,000 has been awarded to students since Greater Nevada began its academic scholarship program 17 years ago.

The scholarship program, sponsored and administered annually by the credit union, is available to Greater Nevada members and their families. Scholarships are awarded based on each applicant’s financial need, academic performance, community involvement, and educational and career goals. The scholarships can be used for tuition, course registration, special classes or laboratory fees, room and board, textbooks and class materials.


JoAnn Moore, wedding planner and event coordinator, is making her way to Reno and Lake Tahoe. She is bringing her company, Mountains & Meadows, to the Silver State where she can plan weddings and events throughout The Sierras.

Specializing in high-profile happenings for celebrities and esteemed clients, Moore was recently awarded Wedding Wire’s 2015 Bride’s Choice Award and inducted into Best of Weddings Hall of Fame. The Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Awards recognizes the top five percent of local wedding professionals from their network that demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism.


The Reno City Council and Redevelopment Agency Board approved to adopt a $532.2 million City of Reno budget for Fiscal Year 2016/2017 (FY 16/17), which includes tax levies and the adoption of the Fee Schedule. The FY 16/17 General Fund budget, or expenditures, is $178.8 million, an increase of more than $10 million compared to the FY 15/16 adopted figure of $168.4 million.

The formal budget adoption comes after two Budget Workshops held earlier this month. For “Budget Highlights” visit


IGT reported first quarter results. Adjusted EBITDA of $460 million; pro forma operating income up across all segments. Strong global lottery growth, especially in North America and Italy; resilient global gaming revenues. Adjusted EPS of $0.57; reported EPS of ($0.46) reflects non-cash foreign exchange impact. Cash dividend declared of $0.20 per ordinary share. Investor Day to be held on June 21-22, 2016. For the full report visit &ID=2172650


The U.S. Small Business Administration has recently launched the Boots to Business REBOOT program throughout the country. REBOOTS is designed for Veterans of all eras, and Service members, that include National Guard and Reserves, and their spouses. The Nevada Small Business Development Center is providing this program throughout the state of Nevada in 2016. The program is entirely free.

Boots to Business REBOOT is a 2-step program: Step One is a full-day training event that provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, an outline and knowledge of the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to available public and private resources. Step Two provides the opportunity to enroll into a free, eight-week online Foundations of Entrepreneurship course instructed by a consortium of professors and practitioners led by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University.

To register and find out more information and full details of the REBOOTS program in all Nevada locations please visit the Nevada SBDC’s training calendar at dar/ .


Design on Edge announced its new marketing, design and communications partnership with The Regional Alliance for Downtown (RAD).

The service areas in which Design on Edge will further assist the organization are the development of integrated media campaign conceptualization and execution, graphic design, digital illustration, art direction, digital design and website development. The firm will also further develop the website, provide enhanced email marketing services, social media maintenance, marketing assistance and membership. The role of Design on Edge is to share the key messages of the Regional Alliance for Downtown and it’s members and help to expand the brand recognition of the organization as a whole to build grass-roots support, including the local business sector, and educate the community about the organization and the revitalization of the downtown corridor.


Reno Sub-Systems, a developer of high-performance radio frequency (RF) matching networks, RF power generators and gas flow management systems for semiconductor manufacturing, has closed its Series B funding round of $14 million led by MKS Instruments.

Plasma processing is a critical technology in the fabrication of advanced microelectronic circuits. To create the next generation of advanced devices (sub-14nm), highly repeatable, precisely controlled, short-time cycle plasma etching and deposition are essential. Plasma processing environments are characterized by precise gas flows, rapid RF matching and vacuum control.

Reno Sub-Systems’ enabling technologies open the plasma processing door to deep submicron feature sizes and the very short process times necessary for both planar and 3D device architectures. In addition to new process regimes, Reno Sub-Systems’ technologies facilitate “always on” plasma management, fast gas transitions and extremely low-flow management, reducing on-wafer particles, improving film properties and reducing cost per transistor, according to Moore’s law.

Real estate transactions

June 3, 2016 — 

Below are recently completed commercial real estate transactions:

Dr. Ryan Zeller

Dr. Ryan Zeller purchased a 3,238-square-foot office building at 518 Pyramid Way from American Property Exchange. Dr. Zeller was represented by Tom Fennell and Lindy Deller of QDickson Commercial Group.

Home Advantage, LLC

Home Advantage, LLC, a marketing technologies and strategy company, leased 2,275 square feet of office space at 225 S. Arlington Avenue. House Advantage was represented by Dominic Brunetti and Scott Shanks of Dickson Commercial Group.

Rini Insurance Agency

Rini Insurance Agency leased 900 square feet of retail space at 2838 Vista Boulevard. The landlord is D’Andrea Marketplace SC, LP. Rini was represented by Joel Fountain of Dickson Commercial Group in the transaction.

PSG Resources LLC

PSG Resources LLC purchased 3,890 square feet of office space at 9444 Double R Boulevard. Double R Professional Building, LLC is the landlord. Don Welsh of Dickson Commercial Group represented PSG in the transaction.

This week's briefs

May 26, 2016 — 

Expansion, housing, grand opening and more

Contractors cited

The following northern Nevada contractors were cited by the Nevada State Contractors Board:

Eric Louis Holman, DBA: Building Innovation, a carpentry and repair contractor based in Reno, had his license revoked for contracting on an inactive license, contracting beyond the scope of the license, failure to provide a homeowner information regarding the board’s Residential Recovery Fund, failure to include the license number or monetary limit on a bid or contract, and failure to establish financial responsibility. Licensee also was fined $2,700, ordered to pay restitution, and assessed investigative costs.

Armor Building Corp., a carpentry contractor based in Carson City, was found in violation for failure to obtain a building permit and contracting beyond the scope of the license. Licensee was fined $500, ordered to pay restitution, and assessed investigative costs. If fines and costs are paid within 120 days, the license will be voluntarily surrendered. If the deadline is not met, the license will be revoked.

Northshore Construction and Roofing, Inc., a roofing) and residential and small commercial contractor based in Incline Village, was found in violation for diversion of funds, failure to pay for materials or services, failure to establish financial responsibility, failure to keep in force a bond or cash deposit, failure to include the license number or monetary limit on a bid or contract, failure to provide a homeowner information regarding the Board’s Residential Recovery Fund, constructing or repairing a mobile home without proper licensure, and failure to respond to a written request by the board. Northshore’s licenses were revoked. Licensee was fined $3,450 and assessed investigative costs.

NNMC certification

Northern Nevada Medical Center was awarded recertification by The Joint Commission in Spine Surgery and Orthopedics: Hip Replacement.

NNMC is the only local hospital to have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval in both spine surgery and in hip replacement.

Certification requirements address three core areas including: Compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

New tenant at 777 Center

Eyelash Connection & Mystique Boutique, a personal care service provider, has signed a lease to move into the 777 Center Building in Reno’s Midtown district.

Tenant improvements will begin in June and Eyelash owners plan to be open for the upcoming Midtown Art Walk in late July.

SVN Gold Dust Commercial Associates, the commercial real estate brokerage that handling negotiations with potential tenants interested in 777 Center, indicated only four retail and/or office units remain open, with one of those currently in lease negotiations.

Innotrac renews, expands

Innotrac Corporation, an omnichannel commerce technologies and operations company, renewed their lease of 224,778 square feet of industrial space at 4910 Longley Lane in Reno, and expanded an additional 52,500 square foot at the same location. The space is owned and managed by Bond Commercial Properties.

Michael Hoeck, Dave Simonsen, Michael Nevis, Steve Kucera of Kidder Mathews commercial real estate represented Innotrac in the transaction.

Dickson housing report

Dickson Realty released it March 2016 housing report. Among the findings were:

There were 1,543 available listings at the end of March 2016, which is an all-time record-low. Our market has hovered just above the 1,500 active listing mark since December 2015, which set the previous record number of 1,547. As buyers outpace sellers, the need for new construction will become increasingly necessary.

The six-month trend of sold properties has fluctuated more than the total number of available listings. There were 559 sold properties for March; an astounding 52.7 percent increase from February. The increase in sold properties is one of the largest monthly increases in recent memory.

March recorded an average of 93 days on market, which was a 19 percent decrease compared to February. While the average for days on market routinely fluctuates throughout the year, the market has stayed around the 100 day mark since about mid-2013.

Shuttleworth moves into Reno Aircenter

Shuttleworth, a company that designs and manufactures exhaust systems, has leased a 24,900 square foot industrial building at Reno Aircenter, located at 4945 Aircenter Circle. The landlord of the building is Global Logistic Properties. Michael Hoeck, Dave Simonsen, Michael Nevis, and Steve Kucera of Kidder Mathews represented the tenant and landlord in this transaction.

Yoga Pod at The Summit

Yoga Pod, a health and wellness studio, will open early this Fall at The Summit shopping mall,

John Reynolds and Joanna O’Neal are the franchise owners of the Reno location, which will be located between Starbucks and DeVons Jewelers.

Yoga Pod will offer its 200-hour, Yoga Alliance certified Seva Teacher Training program for aspiring yoga instructors in the Reno area, through Yoga Pod University.

Early signups for memberships will receive a discounted rate at $99 a month. This membership includes unlimited classes each month, discounted retail and priority check-in.

For hiring opportunities or for more information, please visit, or call 775-853-7800.

Miles celebrates 30 years

Miles Construction, a diversified general contractor, design build, design assist and construction management firm based outside of Carson City, is celebrating 30 years in business.

The company was founded in 1986 by two brothers to now employing more than 29 employees.

Miles has completed projects such as Bently World Headquarters in 1999 at 285,000-square-feet, the pre-engineered steel building.

It also completed award-winning projects including Schluter Systems Nevada a 95,000-square-foot training and distribution center, a 200,000 square-foot distribution center for Battery Systems at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center and the extensive structural upgrade and renovation of the historic Farmer’s Bank building in Minden. Remaining true to the company’s roots, Miles completed the Carson City Multi-Athletic Center.

Nevada unemployment

Nevada’s unemployment rates in April varied on a month-over-month basis, but decreased year over-year with the statewide unemployment rate remained at 5.8 percent in April.

The rate in the Reno/Sparks area decreased 1.2 percentage points, to 5.4 percent, and is down 0.1 percentage point over-the-month. The Carson City MSA rate is down 0.1 percentage point relative to last month, and declined 0.8 percentage point over-the-year, with an unemployment rate of 6.7 percent.

In April, 10,842 initial claims for unemployment insurance were filed in Nevada, a slight decline from March, and the fewest seen in a month since 2006.

IGT releases 2015 report

International Game Technology PLC will release of its Notice of 2016 Annual General Meeting and Annual Reports and Accounts for the period from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015 on June 20, at 12:00 noon British Summer Time.

The Notice of the 2016 AGM, Annual Reports and Accounts, and instructions to participate at the AGM are available at, along with IGT’s Annual Report on Form 20-F. These materials can be viewed directly online and are also available for download in PDF format.

Avison Young transactions

Meadows Partners purchased 1.76 acres of land at 2757 Beck Street, parcel B1, in Reno. John Pinjuv and Bram Buckley of Avison Young | Western Alliance Commercial represented Meadows in the transaction.

Garrett Group, LLC purchased a 4,451-square-foot medical office building at 900 Ryland Street in Reno. Pinjuv represented Garrett Group in the transaction.

An undisclosed buyer purchased an 11,641-square-foot retail investment property at 1090 Kietzke Lane in Reno. Tad Loren of Avison Young represented the seller, Sterling Living Trust.

Papa G’s leased 3,542 square feet at 1560 S. Stanford Way in Sparks. Tad Loren of Avison Young represented the landlord, Acterra LLC in the transaction.

Eden Home Health leased 6,600 square feet of office space at 907 Mountain Street in Carson City. John Pinjuv, Reed Simmons and Bram Buckley of Avison Young represented the landlord, Leviculus in the transaction.

Greater Nevada Mortgage Services leased 7,900 square feet of office space at 10385 Double R Boulevard. Reed Simmons and Bram Buckley of Avison Young represented the landlord, Lakeside CM, LLC in the transaction.

The State of Nevada-Aging & Disability Services leased 12,622 square feet at 9670 Gateway Drive in Reno. Reed Simmons and Bram Buckley of Avison Young represented the landlord, FNT Corp., in the transaction.

Plante DJ, Inc., leased 1,896 square feet of flex space at 1360 Greg Street in Sparks. Matt Harris, Ron Sheehan and Tim Gunsten of Avison Young represented Planet DJ in the transaction.

Military job site

Work For Warriors-Nevada, launched a new Web site,

The Web site provides pages that explain services to job candidates and employers, allows candidates to register for the program and National job board, and also provides a page called Hot Jobs, that matches candidates and employees.

Dickson deal

House Advantage, a Nevada LLC leased 2,275 square feet at 225 S. Arlington Avenue in Reno. Zichichi Family Trust is the landlord. Dominic Brunetti and Scott Shanks of Dickson Commercial Group, represented the tenant in the transaction.

CBC transactions

The Reno office of Coldwell Banker Commercial Business Properties completed the following transactions:

An undisclosed buyer purchased 11 acres of land on Moya Boulevard in Reno. The seller, Lear Family Trust, was represented by Kyle Eigenman of Coldwell Banker.

Brandt leased 909 square feet of industrial space at 380 Freeport Boulevard in Sparks. The landlord, 380/390 Freeport LLC, was represented by Kimberly Clark of Coldwell Banker.

Pup and Friends LLC leased 1,233 square feet of retail space at 314 Broadway Boulevard in Reno. Pup and Friends was represented in the transaction by Tim Dayner of Coldwell Banker.

Seyferth leased 2,50 square feet of industrial space at 340 Freeport Boulevard in Sparks. The landlord, The Ribeiro Company, was represented by Kyle Eigenman of Coldwell Banker.

The Mizpah Club

The Mizpah Club, an entertainment center featuring live music, a full bar and cafe, conference facilities, and a video arcade locate in the central Nevada town of Tonopah, will had a grand opening the week of June 24-25.

Kimmie Candy honored

May 19, 2016 — 

Kimmie Candy Company, a candy maker with a factory in Reno, was presented with the “E” Award for the company’s significant contribution to increasing America’s overall exports into more than 200 global markets.

Kimmie Candy was one of 123 companies presented with the presidential level export award during a May 16 ceremony in Washington, D.C.

BLM seeks input

May 19, 2016 — 

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District is asking the public to provide input on potential issues associated with oil and gas leasing on 41 parcels of public land, totaling 82,121 acres, in White Pine County, Nevada. Leased parcels may later include exploration and development. The BLM is analyzing the parcels to identify potential impacts in an environmental assessment (EA), in accordance with the Oil & Gas Leasing Reform mandated in 2010. The deadline to provide input is Friday, June 3.

Abbi inspiring creativity

May 19, 2016 — 

The Abbi Agency, a public relations, creative and digital agency in Reno, has launched a new initiative to inspire the innovation and creativity of its staff.

“The Abbi Percolator” will provide $5,000 grants for staff members to pursue creative projects that are outside the scope of their regular workday responsibilities.

Twice a year, participating employees will pitch their ideas to Abbi Whitaker, the founder and president of the firm, and her husband, Ty Whitaker, the chief executive officer of the firm. Ideas are expected to range from development of new business units to creation of community outreach projects.

All employees of The Abbi Agency who aren’t directly involved in pitching an idea will be eligible to vote for the winner of each $5,000 grant. The first round of The Abbi Percolator is scheduled to begin in July.

Terrain leases space downtown

May 19, 2016 — 

Terrain Pharmaceuticals, a drug manufacturer, has leased 1,416 square feet of office space at 50 W. Liberty Street in Reno.

Seacoast offers dividend

May 19, 2016 — 

Seacost Commerce Banc Holdings, parent company of Seacoast Commerce Bank headquartered in San Diego with a producton office in Reno, has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per common share. It is payable to June 10 to shareholders of record on the end of business day June 2.

Lake Shore completes redemption of debentures

May 19, 2016 — 

Tahoe Resources Inc.’s subsidiary Lake Shore Gold Corp. has completed the redemption of its 6.25% senior unsecured convertible debentures due September 30, 2017. Lake Shore Gold elected to satisfy the redemption price for each debenture by issuing Tahoe common shares. All outstanding Debentures have either been redeemed by Lake Shore Gold or voluntarily converted into Tahoe Shares by holders of the debentures.

Business grows in Carson

May 19, 2016 — 

Nevada Business Connections announced Wednesday that one new business has plans to move into the Carson area and several others are expanding.

Past Time Signs is coming to the area.

Expanding businesses include: Top Notch Distributers, Ametherm, Nature’s Bakery, CGI, Ganesha Enterprises, Durabond Bearing Co., and Triangle Labs.

ImmunizeNevada honorees

May 19, 2016 — 

Immunize Nevada recently recognized healthcare providers that have protected Nevadans from vaccine-preventable diseases as a part of its Healthy People 2020 awards.

The healthcare providers honored were: Aspen Pediatrics Community Health Alliance - Neil Road, Community Health Alliance - Sun Valley, Family Medicine Associates, Gurjeet Wadia, MD, Medical Profession, LLC, Newe Medical Clinic, Northern Nevada Pediatrics, Pediatric Associates, Pinecone Pediatrics, Reno Center for Child and Adolescent Health, Renown Medical Group-Pediatrics, Sally Weare Edney, Children’s Health Center, Sierra Pediatrics, Saint Mary’s Medical Group - Bell, Summit Pediatrics - Mae Anne, Summit Pediatrics, Dr. Dinwiddie, University Health System Pediatric.

Sleep and lung experts join Renown

May 13, 2016 — 

The team of pulmonary and sleep experts from Pulmonary Medicine Associates have joined Renown Health.

The experts will form two new medical groups: Renown Medical Group - Pulmonary Medicine and Renown Medical Group - Sleep Medicine.

The pulmonary medicine clinic will be located at 236 W. 6th Street in Reno.

The sleep medicine clinic will be located at 990 Caughlin Crossing in Reno.

Physicians who joined Renown are: John Andrews, M.D., Stephen Baez, M.D., David de los Santos, M.D., Bruce Denney, M.D., Jeremy Gonda, M.D., Michael Jackson, M.D., Robert Richeson III, M.D., Leslie Smith, M.D., Christina Szot, M.D., Michelle Morrison, APRN, Deborah Baker, APRN, Carrie Yamamoto, APRN, Jennifer Bickford, APRN, and Jennifer Brown, APRN.

For details, call 775-982-5000 or go online at

Reel Construction featured

May 13, 2016 — 

Matt Caviglia, owner of Reel Construction, Inc., has been selected by REMODELING magazine to join the REMODELING Big50.

The Big50 awards will be presented at a gala dinner at the Remodelers Summit and Awards Gala on Oct 25-27 in Kansas City, Mo. The 2016 Big50 winners are featured in the May issue of REMODELING, a national trade publication read by more than 130,000 professional remodeling contractors, with longer profiles of the winners posted on the REMODELING website,

Holland & Hart release podcast

May 13, 2016 — 

“The Brief,” a series of free podcasts offering legal commentary helpful to business owners and managers as well as consumers, has been launched by Holland & Hart.

The series will include 16 episodes as well as 10 bonus episodes that focus on marketing strategy. The first episodes includes a discussion on employment law featuring Dora Lane and Fritz Battcher, Holland & Hart partners in the firm’s Reno office. Subjects of the podcast include entrepreneurship, emerging companies, health care, employment, and more. Holland & Hart is one of the largest law firms in the nation and delivers integrated legal solutions to regional, national and international clients.

Episodes are available for free to download at:

Barnes represents MEH

May 13, 2016 — 

MEH Family Trust purchased a 6,000-square-foot light industrial building at 150 E. Grove Street in Reno. Scott T. Barnes, broker/owner of HG Commercial Real Estate Services, LLC represented MEH in the transaction.

ArchCrest transactions

May 13, 2016 — 

An undisclosed tenant leased 4,569 square feet of industrial space at 10 Greg Street in Sparks. Christopher Capurro of ArchCrest Commercial Partners represented the landlord, 10 Greg Street Investors, LLC, in the transaction.

An undisclosed buyer purchased 2,986 square feet of office space at 4854 Sparks Boulevard. The seller, TAG Vineyards, LLC, was represented by Mike Van Blaricom and Kevin Annis of ArchCrest.

Coldwell Banker transactions

May 10, 2016 — 

Coldwell Banker Commercial Business Properties released the following transactions:

An undisclosed tenant leased 1,520 square feet of retail space at 2303 S. Virginia Street. The landlord, Orchard Plaza, LLC, was represented by Tim Dayner of CBC.

Western States Intermodal leased 385 square feet of industrial space at 385 Freeport Boulevard in Sparks. The landlord, F & M Real Estate, LLC, was represented by Kimberly Clark of CBC.

Avalon Massage leased 650 square feet of retail space at 120 Thoma Street. The landlord, Goff Living Trust, was represented by Kimberly Clark of CBC.

Reno Tattoo Company leased 3,900 square feet of retail space at 818 S. Virginia Street. The landlord, Celadon Select Investments, LLC, was represented by Kent Whelan of CBC.

An undisclosed buyer purchased 3,056 square feet of industrial flex space at 5475 Reno Corporate Drive. The seller, Jetco Rentals, LLC, was represented by Kent Whelan and Michael J. McCabe of CBC.

Insurance partnership

May 10, 2016 — 

Builders Alliance, Clark partnership

The Nevada Builders Alliance has partnered with Clark & Associates and Solutions at Work to provide a full suite of cost-effective employee benefits and human-resources services to members of the Builders Alliance.

The employee-benefits package provided by Clark includes five health insurance options (including a Health Savings Account), dental and vision coverage, a 401(k) program and the supporting paperwork that employers require.

Solutions at Work, meanwhile, will provide payroll services, management of unemployment insurance claims, preparation of employee handbooks and job descriptions, compliance review and support for disciplinary actions.

Miles begins hotel renovation project

May 10, 2016 — 

Miles Construction, a general contractor based outside of Carson City, has begun renovation of the former Siena Hotel Casino located at 1 South Lake St. in Reno, into the non-gaming Renaissance Hotel.

Miles is remodeling the hotel’s 214 rooms, 15,500 square feet of convention space, lobby and public spaces. The renovation also includes the conversion of the former 17,000 square foot casino area into a restaurant and event center that featuring seven indoor bocce courts and a 9,000 square foot outdoor garden with two additional bocce courts, a dining area and private event area.

Expected completion for the Marriott Renaissance renovation is late 2016.

Wells Fargo introduces loan program

May 10, 2016 — 

Wells Fargo has launch of FastFlexSM Small Business Loan, an online, fast-decision loan that is funded as soon as the next business day and offers a competitive interest rate to small businesses with short-term credit needs. An innovation built in-house by Wells Fargo, the new loan product will be available in late May to existing customers, and joins the Wells Fargo family of small business products and comprehensive support offered through Wells Fargo Works for Small Business.

FastFlexSM Small Business Loan builds on Wells Fargo’s focus on small businesses, a market in which the company has set a five-year $100 billion lending goal. Since setting the goal in 2014, Wells Fargo has provided $40.7 billion in new loans to small businesses (Jan. 2014 – March 2016).

Gostin starts public relations firm

May 10, 2016 — 

Ira M. Gostin, a veteran marketing professional in northern Nevada has launch of 120 West Strategic Communications LLC.

120 West will provide investor relations, marketing and communications strategies to both private and publicly held companies.

Gostin previously was vice president investor relations and corporate communications with Tahoe Resources. 120 West is a member of EDAWN, NCET, the Public Relations Society of America and the National Investor Relations Institute.

AAA gas prices report

May 10, 2016 — 

Gasoline supplies remain well above levels commonplace for this time of year, which should keep prices relatively steady as more drivers take to the roads. Today’s gas prices registering on the AAA gas survey show the state pump price of unleaded regular is $2.48 per gallon, which is $0.04 higher than a month ago.

Today’s gas prices registered by AAA Fuel Gauge Report, shows Nevada pump prices are up $0.01 from a week ago. State gas prices are still cheaper than a year ago when the average price was $3.22 per gallon of unleaded regular.

Reno is registering the state’s highest pump price, with drivers paying an average price of $2.72 per gallon for unleaded regular gas. Carson City and N. Las Vegas are registering Nevada’s lowest price, at $2.40 a gallon.

Spiritual care comes to Reno

May 10, 2016 — 

The Nevada Clergy Association, a nonprofit interfaith network of religious and spiritual leaders, has partnered with Renown Health to bring a more comprehensive spiritual care program to northern Nevada.

The current Chapel at Renown Regional Medical Center opened 50 years ago and has received basic updates, but a renovation and expansion is needed to better suit the needs of our diverse, growing community.

Construction is already underway and the Center is expected to open this summer.

Codale acquires Grove Madsen

May 9, 2016 — 

Codale Electric Supply, a subsidiary of Sonepar USA and headquartered in Salt Lake City, has acquired Grove Madsen Industries, which has an office in Reno.

Grove Madsen will now operate under “Grove Madsen Industries, a Division of Codale.” Grove Madsen provides electrical, automation and training solutions.

SNC roadway contract

May 9, 2016 — 

The Sparks City Council approved an agreement with Sierra Nevada Construction in the amount of $394,000 to provide preventive maintenance through a slurry seal program.

The program will treat more than 2 million square feet of Sparks’ roadways to improve the lifespan of the pavement.

Ace Award nominations

May 9, 2016 — 

Nominations are under way for the Ace Awards, an annual event hosted by the Reno-Tahoe Chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA).

For complete information about the nomination and submission process, the awards categories, the event timeline, and the judging process, visit

Artown Web site

May 9, 2016 — 

Artown unveiled a new Web site at, which presents more than 500 events, workshops and ongoing exhibits.

After July, Artown events will be featured on the website for a year-round calendar of events.

Artown partnered with Stan Can Design and JM Studios to create the new site.

North Lake Tahoe community awards

May 9, 2016 — 

North Lake Tahoe honored local leaders and businesses during the 62nd Annual Community Awards Dinner, April 20 at the Resort at Squaw Creek. Numerous awards were bestowed to community members who have excelled in multiple areas throughout 2015.

Those honored were:

2015 Best Place to Work: Auerbach Engineering.

Citizen of the Year: Patti Boxeth.

Public Servant of the Year: Mike Brown.

Best New! Business: Moe’s Original BBQ.

Non-Profit Organization: Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue.

Business of the Year: Bridgetender.

Regional Marketing Award: Resort at Squaw Creek.

Hospitality Award: Trunk Show.

Distinguished Community Service Award: Kay Williams.

Ambassador of the Year: Ambera Dodson.

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