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Kathy DiCenso

March 31, 2015 — 

Kathy DiCenso, of DiCenso & Associates, earned a paralegal studies certificate from the Extended Studies department at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Carleen Sanchez

March 31, 2015 — 

Carleen Sanchez, a hair stylist in Reno, was recently honored by being named “International Curly Hair Artist of 2014” by the Curly Hair Artistry, an organization of the top curly hair stylists in the world.

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Tasha Courtney

March 30, 2015 — 

Tasha Courtney has been hired as marketing and special projects coordinator for the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority.

Courtney previously spent more than four years with The Great Reno Balloon Race, managing event logistics and coordinated other activities associated with the event.

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Annie Grogan

March 30, 2015 — 

Annie Grogan, an agent with the Reno affiliate of Fidelity National Home Warranty, was named the company’s number-one producer in the United States for 2014. It was the sixth year she has won the award.

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Hawley MacLean

March 30, 2015 — 

Hawley MacLean, CEO of Reno-based MacLean Financial Group, has been appointed to represent the Reno-Tahoe region in the World Union of Olympic Cities’ Executive Committee.

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RE/MAX awards

March 30, 2015 — 

RE/MAX Realty Affiliates members who were recognized by RE/MAX International are:

Chairman’s Club: Linda Averett, Brian Lessinger, David Morris, and Michael Wood.

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Rick Abend, Lisa L. Milke

March 27, 2015 — 

Rick Abend has been hired at Heritage Bank of Nevada while Lisa L. Milke has been promoted by the bank.

Abend has been named vice president, branch manager of Heritage’s new location on Corporate Boulevard in Reno.

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Tanya McCaffery

March 27, 2015 — 

Tanya McCaffery, president of The CFO Group in Reno, has published her first book, “The Entrepreneurial Standard-Taking Your Company from Garage to Great”

A version of the book will also be available on Kindle.

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Stephen Eric Kucera Jr.

March 27, 2015 — 

Stephen Eric Kucera Jr. of the Reno office of NAI Alliance, earned his CCIM designation from the CCIM Institute. He was honored at CCIM’s Midyear meetings in Chicago.

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Kyle Beebe

March 26, 2015 — 

Kyle Beebe has been hired as director of new business and innovative program development for Prospect Education, headquartered in Reno.

Beebe’s previously served as program manager for Buckley Education Group. He was served in various roles for Kaplan Precollege, including community relations coordinator, regional academic director and senior director of sales and operations.

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Brian Trost

March 26, 2015 — 

Brian Trost, branch manager of the Reno office of Wells Fargo Advisors, has been recognized as a 2015 Premier Manager.

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NCET members

March 26, 2015 — 

New members of the Nevada Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology are:

Corporate Membership: Jackie Caton, Server Technology; Brandon Ewing, Teresa Finn, George Holman, and Nate Moll, Server Technology; Rodney Helsel, Jeff Pheasant, and Gina Stammers, A Master Mechanic; Server Technology; Sandi Renden, ServerTech.

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Charles Christian

March 25, 2015 — 

Charles Christian has joined the Reno office of RE/MAX Premier Properties as a broker/sales associate.

Christian previously owned a real estate company. He also was a broker/sales associate with RE/MAX offices in Reno and Anchorage, Alaska.

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Kris Sanchez

March 24, 2015 — 

Kris Sanchez, director of international trade for the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development, has been named as a leader of the FDI Frontlines Coalition, a national organization that helps state, regional and local economic development organizations attract more foreign direct investments.

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Marka Turner

March 24, 2015 — 

Marka Turner has been appointed to the Interagency Council on Homelessness for the State of Nevada.

Turner currently is the director of rental and housing programs for the Nevada Rural Housing Authority. She was the director of homeless programs for the Housing Authority of Salt Lake City for five years and ran non-profit residential and vocational training programs for those with mental illness and disabilities for six years.

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Patrick Harris

March 24, 2015 — 

Patrick Harris has joined the staff at Western Title as a salesperson.

Harris, a native of Spring Creek, graduated form the University of Nevada, Reno in 2014.

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Michael Thomas

March 23, 2015 — 

Michael Thomas, a partner in the Reno office of Noble Studios, has been promoted to chief marketing officer.

Thomas has been with Noble Studios five years in May, first serving as vice president of business development before being named partner in 2011.

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Olga Ortiz

March 23, 2015 — 

Olga Ortiz, a test engineer at Click Bond Inc., has been awarded the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Award. The STEP award honor 130 women nationally and internationally who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers in the manufacturing industry.

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BBB board

March 20, 2015 — 

Lynne Hartung of KTVN Channel 2 was named 2015 chair of the Better Business Bureau’s board of directors.

Jeanne Baxter of Ethan Allen and Bassett Furniture was named vice chair.

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Thomas Taelour

March 20, 2015 — 

Thomas Taelour, CFO of the Regional Transpiration Commission where he worked for 31 years, has been named board member of the local PBS Member Station in Reno. Taelour, worked as the CFO for the Regional Transportation Commission for more than three decades.

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Cibolan Gold hires

March 20, 2015 — 

William Matlack, Robin Hendrickson, Donald McDowell and Dr. Steven Garwin have joined the staff of Cibolan Gold Corp., an exploration and development company in Reno.

Matlack has 14 years experience in metals and mining equities, including positions with BMO Nesbitt Burns and Salomon Smith Barney. He also worked for General Moly Inc. and Western Prospector Group Ltd.

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Thomas Y. Johnson, Jack Brower

March 20, 2015 — 

Thomas Y. Johnson and Jack Brower of the northern Nevada offices of Sperry Van Ness, a commercial real estate brokerage, were honored at the company’s national conference in Orlando, Fla.

Johnson earned the Partner Circle Award for earning more than $550,000 in gross commissions in the previous year.

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Eagle Home Mortgage honors

March 20, 2015 — 

Dereck Bowlen, Doug Carling, Jackie Griffin, and Linda Parker, agents with Eagle Home Mortgage, earned the company’s 2014 Circle of Excellence for outstanding production performance.

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Tiffany Robinson

March 18, 2015 — 

Tiffany Robinson has been appointed an account assistant in the commercial lines division of LP Insurance Services, Inc.

Robinson previously worked for Distinctive Insurance and has more than five years experience in personal and commercial insurance.

She graduated from Sparks High School.

Michael Dooley

March 18, 2015 — 

Michael Dooley has joined Cal-Mazz Golf Management, which operates Sierra Sage Golf Course, as its head golf course superintendent.

Dooley, who has 20 years experience in golf management, most recently was golf superintendent for the Duncan Golf Management Group. He also was golf course superintendent at Hidden Valley Country Club in Reno as well as general manager at Tres Rios Golf Course in Goodyear, Ariz.

Dooley earned an associates degree in agricultural technology/ golf course management from Horry-Georgetown Technical College in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

John Hargrove

March 18, 2015 — 

John Hargrove, previously director of renewable programs at NV Energy in Reno for the last 10 years, was named president and chief executive officer of The Association of Energy Services Professionals.

David Morandi

March 17, 2015 — 

David Morandi has been appointed area manager of Rex Moore Electrical Contractors & Engineers’ Sierra-Nevada branch office in Reno.

Morandi joined Rex Moore in 2008 as a project engineer, and shortly thereafter was promoted to project manager.

Morandi earned a degree in general studies from Shasta Community College and earned his journeyman electrician certification in 2005.

Raul Rojas Gonzalez

March 17, 2015 — 

Raul Rojas Gonzalez has joined the University of Nevada, Reno as a mathematics and statistics professor.

He also studies and teaches about intelligent systems and robotics and collaborates across a number of disciplines

Rojas Gonzalez previously served at Visiting Fellowship at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton and Freie University in Berlin, Germany where he has been a professor of artificial intelligence and robotics. He also served as a professor at University of Halle-Wittenberg in 1994. He has been developing intelligent systems since 1986. His team of soccer robots at Freie University won the World Championship in 2004 and 2005. He is member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and is the recipient of Berlin’s Technology Prize for 2008.

Rojas Gonzalez attended the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico City, where he majored in mathematics and physics. He moved to Germany in 1982 as a doctoral student in economics.

Kurt Hoge

March 17, 2015 — 

Kurt Hoge of Reno Typographers, Inc., has been honored for his company’s sales growth over the past year by CPrint International during its bi-annual board meeting in Oakland, Calif.

Elizabeth High

March 16, 2015 — 

Elizabeth High, an attorney, has been named a shareholder at the newly renamed Reno law firm, Lee & High, Ltd., (formerly Cecilia Lee, Ltd.).

High has served as federal law clerk to the Hon. Valerie P. Cooke in the United States District Court, District of Nevada. She returned to Washington, D.C. after her clerkship and began the practice of law at Arnold & Porter in the environmental practice group. High returned to Reno in 2006, where she worked in Reno office of Lionel Sawyer & Collins in the gaming and regulatory law group.

High completed her law degree at the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, graduating summa cum laude in 2002.

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