Stories for March 2022


Thursday, March 31

Save Mart Companies stores sells to private equity firm

Los Angeles-based Kingswood Capital Management LP has acquired the Save Mart Companies.

The Abbi Agency Earns B Corporation Certification

The Abbi Agency has become the first integrated marketing agency in Nevada to earn the prestigious B Corp certification, furthering its dedication to conduct meaningful business and support important causes rather than simply meeting a profit margin.

Strip drives record win for Nevada casinos

Nevada casinos reported their 12th consecutive billion-dollar month in February.

BBB Study: Cryptocurrency is ripe for fraud and financial loss

Cryptocurrency is the hot new trend in investing, and much is still not understood about this buzzy, volatile digital payment system. Because cryptocurrency doesn’t rely on banks to verify transactions, this has created a fertile ground for scams, according to a new, in-depth investigative study by Better Business Bureau (BBB).

People: Heather Reimer joins AssuredPartners’ Reno office as vice president of key accounts

Heather Reimer is bringing her 14 years of health plan experience to AssuredPartners’ Reno office as vice president of key accounts.

Keller Williams Group announces merge with KWSN

Keller Williams Group One has announced the successful merger of Keller Williams Sierra Nevada. Within the merger, KWGO will now operate the KWSN Sparks location with its 90 Realtors.

Sierra Nevada Corporation earns FAA Diamond Award

Sierra Nevada Corporation has once again been recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration for outstanding commitment to quality, knowledge and safety demonstrated by its Aircraft Maintenance Technicians.

Harris to instruct at Nevada Real Estate Division event

Buzz Harris, business broker from the Liberty Group of Nevada will speak at an upcoming continuing education class for the Nevada Real Estate Division on “Valuing a Small Business.”

Wednesday, March 30

Largest apartment deal in Nevada: ERGS divests a six-property portfolio in Reno

Back in 1964, ERGS constructed its first multifamily complex in North Valleys – the Vale Townhomes in Lemmon Valley. Building in small but expanding north Reno communities like Lemmon Valley and Stead was a niche that would eventually prove extremely fortuitous for the family-owned real estate development and property management company. ERGS in February divested a six-property portfolio consisting of 1,077 doors across eight assets for $302.5 million, or just north of $280,000 per unit. It’s the largest apartment deal ever recorded in the state of Nevada. MG Properties Group of San Diego, along with investment firm Osso Capital of New York City, were the buyers.

People: Kimbre Mee joins Sierra Nevada Properties

Sierra Nevada Properties welcomes Kimbre Mee as its newest real estate agent.

Nevada State Tow Association announces official launching

The Board of Directors of the newly formed statewide towing association in Nevada has announced the official launching.

Nevada adds 6,300 jobs as hospitality continues recovery

More than half the jobs, 3,400, were in the hard-hit sector that supports Nevada’s tourism and gambling industry.

UNR to get grant to develop drought solutions

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., has announced a grant to the University of Nevada, Reno to create a Nevada Water Partnership.

Nevada senators call for infrastructure money for West

They pointed out the funding will create rural jobs, address conservation needs and reduce fuels.

Tuesday, March 29

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Togo’s expanding Northern Nevada footprint

The Hewlett-Packard engineer lived in the South Bay area and attended San Jose State for college – the same path followed by Togo’s founder Mike Cobler, who opened his first sandwich shop in 1971 near the San Jose State campus.

People: Rhonda Berning joins Sierra Nevada Properties

Sierra Nevada Properties welcomes Rhonda Berning as their newest real estate agent.

Capital Insurance Group announces 2021 agency of the year

Capital Insurance Group announced Dixie Leavitt Insurance Agency is its southwest region 2021 agency of the year.

Quick Space donates scholarship to Western Nevada College Foundation

Quick Space recently donated a scholarship to the Western Nevada College Foundation. The scholarship will provide students the opportunity to earn a degree that is marketable within the local business community.

Monday, March 28

NCET Biz Tips: Celebrating Northern Nevada’s technology and business community

What do Planet of the Apricot Ale, shred sheds, cataracts, deep cycle batteries, VR/AR/NFT and a church turned bank turned co-working facility have in common? They’re all products or services offered by the organizations and people that won the 2022 NCET and EDAWN Awards.

People: Teva Hopper joins KPS3

KPS3, a full-service marketing and digital communications firm, has hired Teva Hopper as art director. Hopper has 15 years of strategic and versatile design experience.

Nonprofit organizations receive donations

The Northern Nevada Regional Multiple Listing Service made donations of $2,500 to the Nevada Youth Empowerment Project and Austin’s House, nonprofit organizations based in Northern Nevada.

Ann Silver: Register, educate and vote in this important election year (Voices)

Elections are heading our way and whether or not we intend to vote, haven’t yet registered, or intend to sit-out this important responsibility, the Reno + Sparks Chamber of Commerce is concerned that an education in civics is an important course of study.

Friday, March 25

Federal Reserve Chair: Digital currencies will require new regulations

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said new forms of digital money such as cryptocurrencies and stablecoins present risks to the U.S. financial system and will require new rules to protect consumers.

American weekly jobless claims at lowest level since 1969

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits last week fell to its lowest level in 52 years as the U.S. job market continues to show strength in the midst of rising costs and an ongoing virus pandemic.

People: Susan Lee named Chief Operating Officer for Renown South Meadows Medical Center

Renown Health is pleased to announce that Susan Lee, DO, MBA will serve as Chief Operating Officer for Renown South Meadows Medical Center. Lee begins her new role succeeding Chris Nicholas, who resigned last month for a position with a health system in Florida.

Luxury apartment complex breaks ground in Carson City

Kingsbarn Capital & Development is beginning construction on a 140-unit “garden-style” multifamily development on Little Lane.

Thursday, March 24

Officials pitch 7-percent pay hike for Douglas County employees

Douglas County commissioners are conducting budget hearings March 28-31. For more information, visit and click on Agendas and Meetings

State tax collections running ahead of predictions

Through the first six to eight months of this fiscal year, actual state tax collections are running well above what the Economic Forum predicted.

People: Melanie Stewart promoted to office and marketing manager at ArchCrest Commercial Partners

ArchCrest Commercial Partners, an independent powerhouse commercial real estate firm in Northern Nevada specializing in the sales and leasing of land and commercial properties, congratulates Melanie Stewart on her one-year anniversary with the firm. In addition to her current duties as transaction coordinator and executive assistant to principals Kevin Annis and Mike Van Blaricom, Stewart has been promoted to office and marketing manager.

Sierra Nevada Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America names 2022 Board of Directors

The Sierra Nevada Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) has named the 2022 Board of Directors. The leaders chosen in the community include:

Wednesday, March 23

Nevada Urban Indians’ Carson City clinic expands services

The satellite clinic in Carson City is expanding hours and services with medical care, mental health counseling, and prevention education.

3 Carson City restaurants offer reusable takeout containers

So Juicy, Squeeze In, and The Union are running pilot program offering customers a reusable container option for take-out orders.

Advocates see landscape toll of Nevada green energy projects

For activists, renewable energy projects that aim to curb the planet's warming also come with a heavy price of killing species.

Buzz Harris: Honesty is important for all sides of deals (Voices)

As a business broker, when looking at the issues that affect the industry of helping people buy and sell businesses, there are many forces at work.

People: Maria Gatti named board chair for Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates

Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates (J4NG), a Nevada statewide education-based nonprofit organization that aims for all students to graduate high school college and career ready, recently announced Maria Gatti as the new board chair.

Newspaper Carrier Position – Part Time – Routes in Gardnerville, Genoa, and Minden

Newspaper Carrier Position – Part Time – Routes in Gardnerville, Genoa, and Minden

Tuesday, March 22

NCET Biz Tips: Setting up a simple accounting system for new business owners

Once you have obtained your business license and permits, it’s time to create a simple and effective accounting system.

Women’s History Month: Supporting women entrepreneurs

The Pandemic tested the strides of record women-owned businesses started during the last decade.

People: Kevin Price named Northern Nevada programs manager for Special Olympics Nevada

Special Olympics Nevada has hired Kevin Price as Northern Nevada programs manager.

Carson City appropriates $8 million for infrastructure projects

The city will fund work on the water treatment plant, sewer extension, safe routes to school, a new fire station and emergency operations center, and William Street.

Monday, March 21

Homes were on the market for only 5 days in February, report says

The median home price across Greater Reno-Sparks was $559,000 in February, according to the Reno/Sparks Association of Realtors.

The Children’s Cabinet recognizes National Safe Place Week

As part of Safe Place Week, March 20-26, The Children’s Cabinet is hosting local events for youth including a skate night on March 23rd and pizza at Barbara Bennett Park on March 24th. In addition to these events, The Children’s Cabinet is looking to local businesses to expand the network of safe places in Washoe County.

Spirit Airlines to offer daily flights between Reno and Las Vegas

Beginning August 10, Spirit will offer twice daily flights between Reno-Tahoe International Airport and Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas.

People: Clare Christensen named director of strategic partnerships at Clark/Sullivan Construction

Clark/Sullivan Construction is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Clare Christensen to director of strategic partnerships.

People: Carl Stanfield named administrator of DETR’s Information Development and Processing Division

The Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) announced the appointment of Carl Stanfield as administrator of DETR’s Information Development and Processing Division. Stanfield is based in Carson City.

Friday, March 18

State funds CDL program at Western Nevada College

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development has approved a $400,000 grant to fund the CDL training program at Western Nevada College.

State awards tax abatements to 6 companies to invest $164 million

The companies are required to invest $164 million in capital improvements, create 750 new jobs and pay an average hourly wage of $25.17.

Treasurer spells out Nevada housing response at White House

“This week we were able to show the White House how we are using every tool available to us in Nevada to build more affordable housing as quickly as possible."

Biz & Books Review: Learning and living with regret

It probably wasn't the smartest move you've ever made. Eh, it was actually pretty dumb but you were young, inexperienced, parsimonious, brash, uninformed, or bullheaded and over time, you've learned to own that oops. It bothers you sometimes, and you think about it too often. So find “The Power of Regret” by Daniel H. Pink and learn what to do with those itchy thoughts.

People: Matt McSorley, Jessica Rust & Jessica Johnson join Chase International

Chase International recently welcomed three more Realtors to its luxury real estate firm. In California, Matt McSorley joined the team in South Lake Tahoe, and Jessica Rust is now part of the firm’s Truckee office. In Nevada, Jessica Johnson represents her clients through Chase International’s Reno office.

Thursday, March 17

Legacy Supply Chain Services expanding Northern Nevada operations

Legacy Supply Chain Services is doubling – even tripling – down on its Northern Nevada operations in a continued push to shift its third-party logistics operations away from Southern California.

Teaching computer programming and STEM skills for the future

Six months ago, a martial arts-inspired program for young computer programmers opened in Reno called Code Ninjas. Incepted by University of Nevada, Reno, alums Eric and Christine Miller, Code Ninjas is a place where kids can go to build their own video games, practice coding, and gain problem solving and critical thinking skills in a fun, safe environment.

People: Robert Thompson named administrator of the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services

Steve Fisher, who has served as administrator since 2014, is retiring

Nevada Department of Health and Human Services Director Richard Whitley has announced that Robert Thompson has been appointed as administrator of the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services.

People: Jon Edmondo & Bruce Robertson re-elected to NCET Board of Directors

Jon Edmondo and Bruce Robertson have been re-elected to the board of directors of NCET, a member-supported non-profit that produces educational and networking events to help people explore businesses and technology.

People: Gino Vincent named executive vice president at LOGIC Commercial Real Estate

Nevada-based LOGIC Commercial Real Estate has promoted Gino Vincent, CCIM to executive vice president.

Campagni Match Campaign for Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Nevada increased to $20,000

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Nevada’s annual Campagni Match Campaign has been doubled with a donor matching an additional $10,000.

Wednesday, March 16

Entries sought in NNBW's best office pet contest

The Northern Nevada Business Weekly is searching for Northern Nevada’s Best Office Pet.

St. Patrick’s Day spending to eclipse $56 million in Nevada

Spending expected to increase by 15.5 percent from last year

Nevadans are getting ready to flock to restaurants and parties around the Silver State to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, enjoying traditional Irish fare like green beer and corned beef and cabbage.

People: Edward Morgan named CFO of United Construction Company

United Construction Company, a best-in-class general contractor and design-builder serving Nevada industrial and commercial markets, has named Edward Morgan as chief financial officer. CFO Brad Breach announced his retirement after 35 years of professional service to the company.

Lyon County seeks ideas for spending federal funds

The Lyon County Commission will hold a special meeting April 14 to decide how to spend nearly $6.16 million.

Affordable housing is a crisis, Nevada lawmakers told

Nevada Rural Housing Authority Director Bill Brewer said that inflation, labor costs and demand are driving prices through the roof.

Tuesday, March 15

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Reno Tahoe visitation starts strong in 2022

Visit Reno Tahoe released transient lodging and room tax statistics showing January 2022 surpassing January 2021 in the three major visitation indicators tracked by the organization, with Washoe County resorts generating the second-most taxable room revenue ever for the month of January.

Carson Conversation: Build out in Carson City? (Voices)

While there are many positive assets to attract one to live in Carson City, one of the most compelling reasons is that this consolidated municipality is only about 144 square miles thus growth will be self-limiting.

People: Gautham Jayaraman named leader of Kimball Midwest technology teams

Kimball Midwest, a national industrial supplier based in Columbus, Ohio, has named a new leader for its information technology and business intelligence teams.

NCET Biz Tips: Don’t get hooked by ROI

As business leaders, we know the value of the Return on Investment (ROI) metric to help us make decisions. It’s probably safe to say that it’s one of the most straightforward and most-used decision-making tools available, and we all are hooked on ROI.

Monday, March 14

Douglas County cuts sales tax umbilical

Internet sales tax helped put Douglas over the threshold for guaranteed tax revenue from the state.

Reno developer plans 1.9 million-square-foot distribution center in Jean

Par Tolles has purchased a 140-acre parcel in the small Southern Nevada border town of Jean.

Nevada adopts 'Gener8tor' program to fund small businesses

Nevada is backing a bid to boost entrepreneurship and improve access to funding for small business and startup accelerators in Reno and Las Vegas.

People: Eaton Dunkelberger named president and CEO of Community Foundation of Northern Nevada

For the first time in nearly 22 years, the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada is preparing to have a new leader at the helm.

Friday, March 11

Business construction up in Fallon

City Engineer Derek Zimney gave a rundown Friday on the latest construction projects. He said Arby’s is being constructed east of U.S. Bank and near Walmart off Casey Road and U.S. Highway 50. John Anderson Construction said Arby’s is scheduled to open sometime after the Memorial Day weekend.

Tax hikes to fund Nevada schools won’t be on ballot

Carson District Judge James Wilson barred two education funding petitions from the November ballot.

Renown Health Board of Trustees fire CEO

The Renown Health Board of Trustees fired CEO Dr. Tony Slonim on Thursday. The health system said Thomas R. Graf, M.D., FAAFP will serve as interim Chief Executive Officer, a press release said.

Harley-Davidson donates $40,000 to Carson schools

$28,000 was specifically earmarked for student housing needs.

Thursday, March 10

Senate Republicans reimbursed for court fight over tax

Minority Leader James Settelmeyer said the $150,000 is about half the total cost of the legal battle.

Carson Valley Meats sues Carson City over slaughterhouse denial

Carson Valley Meats asserts “The denial by the Board of Supervisors ... was arbitrary, capricious, and characterized by an abuse of discretion.”

State department heads told to plan flat budgets

The goal is to produce budget plans that lay out the cost of, “continuing the same level of service as the current year.”

State Finance Board approves infrastructure bonds

The issuance of millions in bonds will support a long list of projects designed to develop infrastructure and expand housing.

NAI Alliance’s Chase Houston wins CoStar’s Q4 2021 Power Broker Quarterly Deals award

CoStar Group, Inc., the leading provider of commercial real estate information, analytics and online marketplaces, today announced the CoStar Power Broker Quarterly Deals winners for the fourth quarter of 2021. Chase Houston, MBA, SIOR of NAI Alliance came out on top in the list of winners in Reno. The CoStar Power Brokers Quarterly Deals winners are determined by the top deals executed every quarter, based on price and square footage.

Wednesday, March 9

Douglas County settles vacation rental lawsuit

After rejecting a vacation home rental settlement offer in January, county commissioners voted 5-0 to approve a new deal last week.

People: Adam Shoup and Sherry White join J.A. Solari & Partners

Reno-based CPA firm, J.A. Solari & Partners, welcomes two members to its team. Adam Shoup joins the firm as staff accountant and Sherry White joins as administrative assistant.

Nevada's unemployment rate falls to 5.2 percent

The biggest change was in the Las Vegas area where a significant improvement was reported in the hotel casino industry.

Tahoe license plates raise $350,000 annually

A virtual trail from Spooner Lake to Tunnel Creek is just one of the projects paid for by more than $350,000 a year in proceeds from Nevada’s Lake Tahoe license plate sales and annual renewal fees.

Pay hikes OK’d for unionized state employees

Board of Examiners approved agreements with collective bargaining units that will cost the state $26 million in added pay for several categories of state workers.

Tuesday, March 8

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Event encourages Carson girls to explore STEM field

UNR’s first “Introduce a Girl to Engineering” event as held Feb. 24.

500-plus Cat autonomous trucks in operation worldwide

Caterpillar has long been recognized as the industry leader with the world’s largest autonomous fleet of haul trucks. Reaching a significant milestone of 500-plus Cat® autonomous trucks in operation worldwide is an exciting achievement, particularly for the mining industry. Future plans include scaling autonomy into quarry/aggregates and construction industries’ product lines with competitive offerings.

People: Dr. Steven Evans appointed chief medical officer at SilverSummit Healthplan

SilverSummit Healthplan announced Dr. Steven Evans has been appointed as SilverSummit Healthplan’s chief medical officer.

Monday, March 7

People: Ila Achtabowski named president and CEO of Nevada Women's Fund

Nevada Women's Fund Board of Directors has named Ila Achtabowski as president and CEO. She will assume day-to-day leadership and oversight of NWF's operations and fulfill its mission of strengthening the community by empowering women to improve their lives through education.

NCET Biz Tips: Making a meaningful impact

If you close your eyes and say the words, "homeless, addicted and, or mentally ill," what do you see? Well, whatever you see will be based on all your previous ideas and the experiences you’ve had with anyone of these.

Sarah Scattini: How can buyers remain confident in a low-inventory housing market? (Voices)

It’s highly likely the supply of homes for sale in the Reno-Sparks area will remain very tight through 2022 — but that doesn’t mean that buyers need to give up hope.

Friday, March 4

University of Nevada, Reno and Sierra Nevada Corporation named to NASA University Leadership Initiative team

The University of Nevada, Reno is taking over the state’s unmanned aircraft systems testing program.

People: DRI Foundation welcomes new trustees

The DRI Foundation is pleased to welcome the following new members to its Board of Trustees, each serving a 4-year term beginning Jan. 1.

People: Callee Marlow and Shyene Joubert join KPS3

KPS3, a full-service Marketing and Digital Communications firm, has hired Callee Marlow as social content creator and Shyene Joubert as copywriter.

Thursday, March 3

Carson Tahoe Hotel in Carson City under new ownership

The new owners say they are planning to welcome guests in April or May, just in time for summer vacations.

Colorado casino company buying Nugget in Sparks for $195 million

Colorado-based Century Casinos said Wednesday it is buying the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks for $195 million, marking the company’s first venture into Nevada.

People: Tiffanie Rhodes promoted to credit analyst at Nevada State Bank

Nevada State Bank recently promoted Tiffanie Rhodes to credit analyst on the bank’s statewide business banking team.

People: Tom Kulas named operations manager at University of Nevada, Reno Experiment Station’s Wolf Pack Meats

Tom Kulas has joined the University of Nevada, Reno Experiment Station’s Wolf Pack Meats facility as the new operations manager. Kulas will be overseeing the operations of the facility, which includes the slaughter, processing and packaging of livestock such as beef, lamb and sheep, swine, and goat.

Wednesday, March 2

Bently puts distillery, ranch on market

Tasting Room closed, distillery production will continue through end of the year.

Reno discusses critical need for affordable housing

Amid growing unease about skyrocketing rental and home prices, Reno’s city council held a special meeting Tuesday to discuss solutions that may alleviate pressure on the market and increase affordable housing.

Supervisors discuss Carson City’s code enforcement challenges

Carson City has no budget for abatements, which means city staff have no resources to correct code violations like abandoned vehicles.

People: Eric Maiss named Division Director of Krch Realty

Eric Maiss will serve as Krch Realty’s Division Director Retail, overseeing Krch Realty’s real estate offices in Reno, St. Louis, Birmingham, Cleveland, and Toledo, as well as the company’s lending company, Move Home Mortgage. In his position, Maiss will be the chief architect behind the integration of Krch Realty’s real estate brokerage offices nationwide with the firm’s affiliated companies and agent ownership program.

People: Christian Ogata elected to the Board of Directors of Aid for AIDS of Nevada

Snell & Wilmer has announced that Christian Ogata, an attorney in the firm’s Las Vegas office, has been elected to the Board of Directors of Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN).

OSHA construction industry classes start Thursday

Nevada Job Connect is offering three Occupational Safety and Health Administration classes this month for those in the construction or general industry.

Tuesday, March 1

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Reno tech start up addresses temporary worker housing shortage

Finding housing for traveling workers is a growing challenge for companies. The labor shortage is forcing companies to relocate workers for several months to work on projects all around the nation. However, motels and hotels are not ideal for longer stays and don’t provide great accommodators for visiting families. Plus, staying at a motel for months is tough on employee moral!

Nevada casinos’ win continues record run

Nevada’s non-restricted gaming licensees reported another billion-plus month for January for a record 11 in a row.

Nevada Green Tech startup caps 2021 with $25M in defense contract

EnviroSafe Demil LLC of Fallon recaps 2021 as a year of success and awards after seeing amazing breakthroughs throughout the year.

NCET Biz Tips: Event and co-working space reimagined at The Virgil

Did you know that Reno’s newest all-in-one co-working hub, event space and wedding venue can be found on the corner of Wells Avenue and Vassar Street?

Renown Health recruits for the ‘career of the future,’ patient monitor technicians

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Patient Monitor Technicians is projected to grow 14 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations, and produce the need for 89,000 job opportunities nationally.