HAN’s Jon Canton in his own words
Northern Nevada Business Weekly: Tell us about your company and the duties of your position:
Jon Canton: Hot August Nights is a nonprofit organization that puts on our main event in August — which attracts thousands of classic car enthusiasts to gather and enjoy a week of music, cars and other great events — along with a variety of others like Spring Fever Revival in May. There is also the nonprofit Foundation arm whose mission is to provide children in need or at-risk with a more meaningful and productive life through the availability of continuing and higher education.
I will be managing the setup and logistics of the event venues that are located throughout Reno, Sparks and Virginia City.
NNBW: How did you get into this profession?
Canton: I originally got a job at a resort hotel working in convention services with my main priority being a free ski pass.
NNBW: What do you enjoy most about working in your field?
Canton: I get to work with a wide variety of people and businesses throughout the entire community.
NNBW: What’s the most challenging part about your job?
Canton: To be honest, I am so new to this job I’m not sure yet. At this time I’m just learning how the entire organization works, as there are a lot of moving parts.
NNBW: What advice would you give anyone who wants to get in your profession?
Canton: You will need to expect the unexpected every day.
NNBW: What was the best advice anyone ever gave you either professionally or personally?
Canton: My dad always taught us the importance of self-confidence and believing in your abilities.
NNBW: What kind of specific skills or educational advancement have you found are necessary to be successful in your field?
Canton: Customer service and the ability to manage all types of personalities has been extremely helpful.
NNBW: Is there one thing that you learned over your career that’s become vitally important in your job?
Canton: Communication is one of the most important factors.
NNBW: What was your first job?
Canton: I worked in a machine shop during high school.
NNBW: What are your hobbies? How do you spend your time away from work?
Canton: Snow skiing, hiking, anything outdoors.
NNBW: How do you manage your time between the responsibilities of your profession and your personal life?
Canton: Luckily, the philosophy here is that family and health are most important.
NNBW: Do you have a favorite vacation spot?
Canton: I enjoy travelling to new places. My favorite spot so far is probably New Zealand.
NNBW: Is there a place around the world you have never been to that you would like to visit?
Canton: I would like to visit Belize or South America next.
NNBW: If you had enough money to retire right now, would you? Why or why not?
Canton: I wouldn’t retire completely but I would take some time off to travel.
NNBW: If you had the chance to have dinner with someone, who would that be and why?
Canton: My grandfathers who I never met.
NNBW: Is there anything in your life that you wish you could do over again? Why?
Canton: I think I would’ve pursued sports as a profession.
NNBW: Last concert or sporting event attended?
Canton: Raiders game last December.
NNBW: Why did you choose a career in northern Nevada? What do you like about living/working here?
Canton: I moved to northern Nevada to work in the hospitality industry and it wasn’t until then that I realized how much this area has to offer. I love the weather and our surrounding mountains, desert and lakes.
Heather Ashbridge, who started with Nevada State Development Corporation in 2008, previously served in several roles with the organization, including assistant vice president and loan officer. She is based in NSDC’s Reno office.