RSAR award winners

November 24, 2014 — 

Helen Graham, a Realtor with Keller Williams Group One, who was named Realtor of the Year at the Reno/Sparks Association of REALTORS® 2014 annual award dinner.

Other award recipients were:

Pam Reese, a Realtor with RE/MAX Realty Affiliates was presented with the Abraham Curry Award.

Christopher Cunningham, a loan officer with Guild Mortgage was awarded with the Affiliate of the Year.

Ken Amundson, a broker manager with Keller Williams Group One, was named Educator of the Year.

Mark Ashworth, a Realtor with Transaction Realty received the Good Neighbor Award.

Dana Bennett

November 21, 2014 — 

Dana Bennett has been appointed president of the Nevada Mining Association.

She replaces Tim Crowley, who resigned in August.

Bennett is the former regional director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development and current owner of Bennett Historical Research Services. She also served as staff director for Nevada’s Legislative Committee on Public Lands a division of the Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau and worked for Morrison Institute for Public Policy in Phoenix.

Bennett earned her doctorate degree in history from Arizona State University.

Brett Sutton

November 21, 2014 — 

Brett Sutton, an attorney with Sutton Hague Law Corporation that has an office in Reno, was honored at the 2014 Culinary Excellence Awards Gala in Las Vegas by the Nevada Restaurant Association for his legal advocacy on behalf of the industry.

Anjali Webster

November 20, 2014 — 

Anjali Webster, an attorney in the Reno law office of Gordon Silver, was selected as the 2014-2015 Washoe County member at large for the appellate litigation section of the State Bar of Nevada.

Scott Blazek

November 19, 2014 — 

Scott Blazek has been appointed senior vice president of Wirtz Beverage Nevada, a division of Wirtz Beverage Group.

Blazek, who has two decades of beverage industry experience, previously was senior vice president of sales for Heineken USA. He also spent 10 years at Diageo in a variety of roles in the beer, wine and spirits divisions.

Margaret Cavin, Jan Leggett

November 19, 2014 — 

Margaret Cavin, co-founder of J & J Mechanical Inc. in Sparks, and Jan Leggett, manager and qualified employee with Moana Nursery in Reno, have been reappointed to a three-year term on the Nevada State Contractors Board by Gov. Brian Sandoval.

Robert Lewis, George Peek

November 18, 2014 — 

Robert Lewis and George Peek were inducted into the Housing Hall of Fame at The Builders Association of Northern Nevada’s 18th Annual BANN-ER Awards last week.

Lewis is Nevada president of the Lewis Group of Companies, was honored for his contributions and commitment to housing Nevada’s citizens. He is responsible for construction of 25,000 homes in the state.

Peek is president of ERGS, Inc., and a developer of land and multifamily homes in the North Valleys. He is credited with creation of apartment communities in the region.

Edward Estipona, Kelly Glenn

November 18, 2014 — 

Edward Estipona, Principal of Estipona Group and Kelly Glenn, vice president of account service of the Glenn Group advertising and marketing firms in Reno have joined the marketing committee on the board of directors for the Community Foundation of Western Nevada.

Farm Bureau leadership

November 18, 2014 — 

Anna-Lisa Laca of Churchill County has been named chair of the Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee of the Nevada Farm Bureau Federation.

Craig Shier of Humboldt County has been re-elected as area director of the organization, and Marlene Shier of Humboldt County was elected vice chair for Women’s Leadership.

Reid Kaiser, Sondra Rosenberg

November 18, 2014 — 

Reid Kaiser and Sondra Rosenberg have been promoted to executives in the Carson City office of the Nevada Department of Transportation.

Kaiser has been appointed as NDOT assistant director of operations.

He has more than 25 years experience of engineering experience with NDOT, including positions as assistant district engineer, resident engineer, assistant chief construction engineer and chief materials engineer.

Kaiser earned a bachelor¹s degree in construction engineering management from Oregon State University.

Rosenberg was named assistant director of planning.

She has served in NDOT¹s planning group since 2008, She worked on the Interstate 11 and Intermountain West Corridor Study to develop a future interstate link connecting Las Vegas with Phoenix and beyond.

She earned a bachelor’s of science degree in physics from the University of Rochester and a master of science degree in transportation technology and policy from the University of California, Davis.

Joshua Hicks

November 17, 2014 — 

Joshua Hicks, a shareholder in the Reno law office of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, has been named to Nevada Attorney General-elect Adam Laxalt’s transition team as he takes office in January.

Hicks has served with Brownstein since 2009. He also served with the Nevada state government, serving in various positions, including chief of staff and general counsel to Gov. Jim Gibbons, and deputy attorney general under Attorney Generals Frankie Sue Del Papa, Brian Sandoval and George Chanos.

RSAR officers, board

November 17, 2014 — 

Dave Hansen, a Realtor with the Reno office of Coldwell Banker Select Real Estate, was named 2015 president of the Reno/Sparks Association of Realtors.

William Process of Homegate of Nevada was named president-elect.

John Graham of the Reno office of Keller Williams Group One, was named treasurer.

Mark Ashworth of Transaction Realty 500, is immediate past president.

Named to the RSAR’s board of directors were: Alexandra Cleary, RE/MAX Professionals; Kellie Flodman, RE/MAX Authority; Rodney Lee, Reno office of Coldwell Banker Select Real Estate; Doug McIntyre, Mt. Rose Brokerage; Linda Meissen, RE/MAX Affiliates; and Kevin Sigstad, RE/MAX Premier Properties.

Angelica Reyes of RE/MAX Professionals was elected Reno director.

Sandy Lindsay with Eagle Home Mortgage was named affiliate director.

Ken Amundson with the Reno office of Keller Williams Group One, was named Northern Nevada Regional MLS trustee director.

Completing their terms on the RSAR board are: Donna Clark, RE/MAX Affiliates; Helen Graham, Keller Williams Group One; Kandas Myer, Coldwell Banker Select Real Estate; Matt Swanson, Solid Source Realty; and Tayona Tate, Ferrari Lund Real Estate.

Barbara Andrade, Cindy Richter

November 17, 2014 — 

Barbara Andrade and Cindy Richter have joined Chase International as agents.

Andrade has joined Chase’s Minden office.

She has experience as a private business owner, leadership trainer and property manager.

Richter joined Chase’s Zephyr Cove office.

She previously served as a firefighter, registered nurse and emergency preparedness instructor.

Ashley Elson

November 17, 2014 — 

Ashley Elson has joined CFA Inc. as a civil designer.

Elson has a background in roadway design, mining, residential and commercial construction.

He earned a bachelor’s of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Dennis Bass

November 14, 2014 — 

Dennis Bass has been named managing director for the Nevada division of Wells Fargo Insurance.

Bass previously worked in the insurance company’s Rancho Cordova, Calif., office since 2002. He was recognized as “Partner of the Year” by the Commercial Banking Group in 2007. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Bass served with the California State Automobile Association, working in positions such as claims adjuster to district office sales manager.

He earned a bachelor of science degree in finance and economics from Chico State University.

Tom Chase

November 14, 2014 — 

Tom Chase will join RUBY Radio Corp. as vice president of programming, overseeing the companies’ radio stations in Elko an Winnemucca.

Chase spent most of the last 22 years as the program manager of Clear

Channel’s Las Vegas cluster.

Nick Rossi

November 14, 2014 — 

Nick Rossi, president of LP Insurance was presented the 2014 Distinguished Service award by the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows for service to community.

Nikita Cleveland and Eric Cruz was named as 2014 Youth of the Year by the organization.

CREW officers, board

November 14, 2014 — 

Erin Krueger-Seipel was elected 2015 president of the Commercial Real Estate Women of Northern Nevada.

Cheryl Evans was named president-elect while Janet Hanley was named treasurer and Julie Carter-Ott was elected director.

Alicia Roman is past president of the organization.

Named to CREW’s board of directors were: Marion Hose, Brittany Diehl, Andy Tourin, Roxanne Stevenson, Carole Brill, Suzy Klass, Lindsey Juriaan, Chemane Trimble, and Cory Miller.

Janet Chubb was named board counsel and Lucie Hale was selected as administrator.

Michelle Batter, Jesse Tillotson

November 13, 2014 — 

Michelle Batter and Jesse Tillotson have been hired to head the newly created Student Advisement Center for Prospect Education, which owns and operates Charter College campuses in Washington, California and Alaska.

Batter was named manager of the department.

She previously served as manager of customer service for Hometown Health.

Tillotson was hired as assistant manager.

She previously served as associate director of admissions for Morrison University.

Ten student advisors have also been hired to staff the new department.

Chase International agents

November 13, 2014 — 

Chase International founder, president and CEO Shari Chase attended with agents Kerry Donovan, Donna Spear, Trinkie Watson, Marian Huish, Mary Kleingartner, and Georgia Chase attended the first-ever Luxury Connect, a private, one-day gathering of real estate professionals at the Beverly House in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Richard M. Teichner

November 11, 2014 — 

Richard M. Teichner, owner of Teichner Accounting Forensics & Valuations, PLLC, has been awarded his master of financial forensics by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts.

Zack Totans

November 10, 2014 — 

Zack Totans has been named coordinator of Truckee Meadows Community College’s Veterans Resource Center.

Totans served for more than four years in the U.S. Army as an infantryman, with two tours of duty in Iraq.

Totans was also a member of the Student Veteran Advisory Council for Governor Brian Sandoval.

He is a 2012 graduate of TMCC and is expected to graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno in December with a double major of business administration in finance and economics.

Jeff Panko

November 7, 2014 — 

Jeff Panko has been appointed member service advisor at the Reno office in United Federal Credit Union.

Panko has experience in financial industry includes personal and business banking, branch management, service and lead teller positions with Wells Fargo Bank.

Panko earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration/information systems from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Gregory Crawford

November 6, 2014 — 

Gregory Crawford, managing director of Alliance Trust Company will be part of the faculty at the 40th Annual Notre Dame Tax & Estate Planning Institute along with a panel of asset protection professionals Nov. 13-14 on the University of Notre Dame campus in South Bend, Ind.

Brian Gibbons

November 6, 2014 — 

Brian Gibbons has joined Eagle Home Mortgage as a loan officer.

Gibbons has worked in the residential lending industry for more than 15 years.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in international business and a minor in German from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Direct Tools opening

November 6, 2014 — 

Direct Tools Factory Outlet has opened a 1,854-square-foot store at Outlets at Sparks in Legends at Sparks Marina.

John Rollins

November 6, 2014 — 

John Rollins has been named financial data analyst at Prospect Education LLC, a Reno company that owns s Charter College campuses in Washington, California and Alaska.

Rollins previously worked as an operations supervisor for West Customer Management Group.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in database administration from the University of Phoenix after completing an associate’s degree at Diabo Valley College.

Andy Chapman, Bill Hoffman

November 6, 2014 — 

Andy Chapman has been named executive director of chief executive officer of the

e Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors and Convention Bureau.

He succeeds Bill Hoffman, who is retiring after 16 years in the post.

Chapman has worked the past 12 years as the chief marketing officer of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association.

Jamie Cooke

November 6, 2014 — 

Jamie Cooke of MC 2 Wealth Consultants LLC in Reno has earned designation as Certified Tax Coach after completing the American Institute of Certified Tax Coaches’ three day training academy.

Joel Fountain

November 6, 2014 — 

Joel Fountain has joined Dickson Commercial Group as a commercial broker.

Fountain previously worked four years as an associate with Sperry Van Ness. His experience also includes work as an associate in the office division of Grubb-Ellis | NCG. He played in the minor league system of the Miami Marlins organization.

Fountain earned an associate’s degree from Feather River College in California.

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