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Stewart ‘Mac’ Bybee

December 17, 2014 — 

Stewart ‘Mac’ Bybee has been named president and CEO of the Nevada Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors.

Bybee has a background in public relations, legislation, advocacy and campaigns. He has served as a senior advisor to Sen. Dean Heller and Gov. Brian Sandoval.

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Coldwell Banker graduates

December 17, 2014 — 

Recent graduates from the Coldwell Banker Select Success Class were: Ania Serrano, Barbara Berry, Becky Cawthorne, Brandon Rhoades, Cindy Cullen, Melinda Johnson, Nicole Merwin, Ronald Nicasio, Sherrie Watterson, Simon Bradbury, and Sunee Byfield.

The graduates have begun working as Realtors in Coldwell Banker Select offices in northern Nevada and Lake Tahoe.

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Gary Koy

December 17, 2014 — 

Gary Koy will retire as manager of the California Trail Interpretive Center near Elko effective Dec. 31.

Koy began working for the California Trail Interpretive Center in 2007 as a supervisory park ranger. He was promoted to Trail Center manager in November 2012. Koy started his career in 1986 working at Denali National Park in Alaska. He also served at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota and Yosemite National Park in California.

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Rod Luck, Mohammad Rafaqat

December 17, 2014 — 

Rod Luck and Mohammad Rafaqat have joined the staff of Grand Sierra Resort and Casino.

Luck was hired as senior vice president of I.T. services.

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Jessie Fisher, Amanda Mueller

December 17, 2014 — 

Jessie Fisher and Amanda Mueller, physical therapists at Northern Nevada Medical Center’s Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Center, have received their Level 1 functional movement screen certifications.

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Dr. Ronald Sobczak

December 16, 2014 — 

Dr. Ronald Sobczak of Digestive Health Associates in Reno, will be honored with the 2015 C.H. Woods award presented by the Washoe County Medical Society.

Dr. Sobczak, who was recognized for his contributions in the art of medicine and patient care, will be presented with the award at the 2015 Presidential Inaugural Dinner and Award ceremony Jan. 24.

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Patricia Ginocchio

December 16, 2014 — 

Patricia Ginocchio, with RE/MAX Premier Properties, was presented with the RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award, which honors agents who have earned more than $1 million in commissions during their careers with the company.

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Shannon Chambers

December 15, 2014 — 

Shannon Chambers has been appointed Nevada labor commissioner effective December 29.

Chambers previously served as the chief financial officer and director of administration for the Department of Business and Industry. She also worked at the Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau and where she senior staff attorney and deputy attorney general and administrative law judge for the State of California. She has 15 years of legal and administrative experience in public sector employment.

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SMMG hires

December 15, 2014 — 

Christina Calvanese, M.D., Georgianna Duxbury, M.D., Maria Gorgona, M.D., Thomas Hope, M.D., Cathy McNamara, APN and Ben Prohaska, PA-C. have joined the staff at Saint Mary’s Medical Group’s Pringle Way office.

Calvanese, Duxbury, Gorgona and Hope join Saint Mary’s as primary care physicians. McNamara was hired as a nurse practitioner and Prohaska was named a physician assistant.

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SNAR president, board

December 12, 2014 — 

Dan La Porte, a residential and commercial Realtor for Chase International in Minden, was named President of the Sierra Nevada Association of REALTORS.

Avis Cherry, a Realtor with Charles Kitchen Realty in Carson City, was named as SNAR’s president-elect.

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Laura Moline

December 11, 2014 — 

Laura Moline, a Realtor with RE/MAX Realty Affiliates in Reno, has been presented with the RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors agents who have completed seven years of service with the company.

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Darius Toston

December 10, 2014 — 

Darius Toston has been named Nevada regional diverse segments consultant for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.

He will be responsible for outreach to diverse communities on mortgage lending and housing issues.

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James Raftery

December 10, 2014 — 

James Raftery has joined LendClear, a division of All Western Mortgage, as a mortgage advisor.

Raftery studied communications with a minor in business at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Jay Kenny

December 10, 2014 — 

Jay Kenny, an agent with RE/MAX Realty Affiliates, was presented with the RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award, which honors successful agents who have earned more than $1 million in commissions during their careers with the company.

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CARE Chest honorees

December 9, 2014 — 

Jeff Ross, Sam Breen and Tim Hosfeldt were honored for their support of CARE Chest, a Northern Nevada non-profit that provides free medical resources for underserved clients.

Ross, a Reno photographer, Sam Breen, a video production professional, and Hosfeldt were recognized for lending their “Creative Genius Telling the CARE Chest Story” at the annual Giving Circle Luncheon, Thursday, Dec. 4 at the Gas Lamp restaurant in Reno.

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LeadershipNVAR graduates

December 9, 2014 — 

Northern Nevada graduates of the 2014 Nevada Association of Realtors’ LeadershipNVAR class were: Alexandra Cleary, RE/MAX Professionals, Reno, Dawn Mitton, Allie Bear Real Estate, Elko; Angelica Reyes, RE/MAX Professionals, Reno; and Antonette Shaw, Ferrari-Lund Real Estate, Sparks.

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Jessica Johnson

December 8, 2014 — 

Jessica Johnson has been hired as production manager for KPS3 Marketing, a full-service marketing and digital communications firm.

Johnson, who has more than 10 years experience in project management, previously was a production assistant for 3G Studios. She began her career in Sacramento, Calif., as a project manager for RagingWire. She also served as an operations coordinator for Syncon Homes in Minden, product development manager for Centex homes in Reno, and project manager/field operations manager for PRC, a construction company in Reno.

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EO’s new members

December 5, 2014 — 

New members of Entrepreneurs’ Organization Reno-Tahoe include Alex Roodhouse of BeaverFit North America; Chris Yount of Fortifiber Corporation; Ty Whitaker of Abbi Agency and Greg Buchheister of Coffeebar.

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Harry Edelson

December 5, 2014 — 

Harry Edelson, managing director of Edelson Technology Partners of Woodcliff Lake, N.J., has joined the board of directors of Pinyon Technologies of Sparks.

Privately held Pinyon Technologies is supplier of antenna technology for mobile applications.

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DRI Research Foundation board

December 5, 2014 — 

Stephanie Tyler, president of AT&T Nevada in Reno, was elected vice-chair to the Desert Research Institute Foundation’s board of trustees. She was also re-appointed a second four-year term to the DRI Foundation board.

Soraya Tabibi Aguirre, a partner for the Carson City law office of Holland and Hart, was elected treasurer of the DRI Foundation board.

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Mary Ann McCauley

December 5, 2014 — 

Mary Ann McCauley, an independent public relations and communication consultant in Reno, was elected to the Northern Nevada Literacy Council board of directors.

The Literacy Council provides educational and training services to adults who want to improve their English language, math and computer skills.

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Dr. Daniel Kokmeyer

December 5, 2014 — 

Dr. Daniel Kokmeyer has joined the staff of specialists at Great Basin Orthopaedics.

Dr. Kokmeyer completing a fellowship at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center in Indianapolis.

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Jing Chen, Joanna Kardys-Stone

December 5, 2014 — 

Jing Chen and Joanna Kardys-Stone have joined the Reno accounting office of J.A. Solari & Partners as staff accountants.

Chen previously worked as an office clerk for KNPR Channel 5, and as a sales assistant for Standard Chartered Bank Limited.

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Jamie Winter

December 4, 2014 — 

Jamie Winter has joined the Reno office of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP in an of-counsel role in its natural resources department.

Winter previously practiced with two Nevada-based law firms.

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Gary Monardo

December 3, 2014 — 

Gary Monardo has joined the Reno office of RE/MAX Professionals as a residential Realtor.

Monardo has more than 12 years experience in real estate.

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Kevin Sigstad, Greg Martin

December 3, 2014 — 

Kevin Sigstad, an agent with RE/MAX Premier Properties in Reno, was named 2015 president of the Nevada Association of REALTORS.

Sigstad is a former president of the Reno-Sparks Association of REALTORS and served as NVAR’s president-elect in 2014.

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Ralph Thomas

December 2, 2014 — 

Ralph Thomas been named manager of the Carson City district of the Bureau of Land Management.

He oversees 110 employees who manage 4.8 million acres in 11 counties of Nevada and California.

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Shyanne Schull

December 2, 2014 — 

Shyanne Schull has been named director of regional animal services in Washoe County.

Schull, who will take the post Jan. 12, most recently worked as director of Kern County (California) Animal Services. She also has worked as animal control manager for the City of Shafter in California.

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Bob Roper

December 2, 2014 — 

Bob Roper has been named administrator of the Nevada Division of Forestry in the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

He will join the Division on Feb. 2, succeeding Pete Anderson, who retired.

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Gary Tremaine

December 2, 2014 — 

Gary Tremaine has joined Dickson Commercial Group as a commercial broker.

Tremaine, most recently an associate director specializing in retail properties with Cushman & Wakefield | Commerce, also has worked with NAI Alliance and CB Richard Elllis. He has worked more than 20 years in retail commercial real estate.

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