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Erik Fong and his team have designed hotels, casinos, medical facilities, office buildings, retail centers, convention spaces, concert halls, restaurants and bars. Erik is creative, cur­ious, and seeks challenges in both his personal and professional life. In the office, he enjoys learning how each client functions and how to create produc­tivity and efficiencies through space planning, building forms, and technology. Between AIA events, serving as a commis­sioner on the Reno Arts & Culture Council, volunteering with the Rotary Club of Reno, Midtown, and helping to organize the annual design symposium DICE, Erik manages to find time to produce inspiring designs and build long-lasting client relationships. His social and professional cal­en­dars often overlap in productive ways and he has helped MBA stay at the forefront of Reno’s growth.   photo   Erik Fong, AIA
Principal Architect

contact: (775) 336-2883
email: erik@mbarenonv.com
web: www.mbarenonv.com

Business and Technical Consulting for Manufacturing, Mining and Construction Companies

Nevada Industry Excellence (NVIE), which is a statewide business and technical consulting service for industry – manu­afacturing, logistics, engine&er­ing, mining, etc. Since its beginning in 1995, over 300 companies look to NVIE each year to help them achieve their goals of enhanced pro­duc­tivity, increased profitability and im­proved global competitiveness. NVIE serves as the Industrial Extension Program for the Nevada System of Higher Education and is administered through the University of Nevada Reno, and is Nevada’s Manu­facturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Center.   photo  

Mark Anderson
Director, Nevada Industry Excellence
Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE)

contact: 775-784-1935
email: manderson@nvie.nevada.edu
web: www.NevadaIE.com

Business Brokerage

Katrina Loftin has been involved in business sales and acquisitions since 1992, handling numerous transactions including privately held businesses of all kinds including manu­facturing, distribution, auto dealerships and auto businesses, fran­chises, restaurants, service, and hos­pitality companies. Katrina previously owned and operated a car dealership, an auto pawn business, a motel. She also owns the Nevada M&A Business Advisors office. Katrina is a member of the M&A Source, International Business Brokers Association and California Association of Business Brokers. Over her 26 years in Business brokerage, Katrina has earned numerous distinctions including Top Listing Agent and Top Producer every year since 2004. In 2017, Loftin was awarded the Deal Maker of the Year for Nevada from the M&A Insider. Katrina is a Certified Business Broker (CBI) and a Certified M&A Master Intermediary (M&AMI).   photo   Katrina Loftin
Co-Founder/Managing Partner

contact:775-828-5400 x310
email: katrina@mabusinessadvisors.com
web: www.mabusinessadvisors.com

Business Valuations

Eastern Sierra Professional Group specializes in business valuations, forensic accounting, litigation support, strategic financial management, consulting and accounting services. With over 20 years experience we work closely with business owners, attorneys, and financial advisors.   photo   Darrin Maddox

contact: 775-682-4388
email: dmadd@sbcglobal.net

Commercial Interiors

At Reno Business Interiors, we believe in functional design, and stand by our solid reputation as a client-centered commercial interior design firm and contract furniture dealership. Since 2000, We have brought knowledge and experience to every project. For 35 years, Gretchen has built a strong foundation in commercial interiors. She is a Nevada State Registered Interior Designer, NCIDQ Certificate holder and a LEED AP. Gretchen is proficient when designing workplace environments, and explores how the physical workspace relates to employee productivity, creativity and collaboration. RBI is proud to work with innovative and dynamic corporate companies, hospitals, schools, and mul­tiple other organizations in Nevada and Northern California.   photo  

Gretchen Graybar

contact: 775-786-2700
email: gretchen@renobusinessinteriors.com

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Commercial Real Estate Services

ROWLEY REAL ESTATE ADVISORS is Northern Nevada’s premier real estate investment brokerage firm. We focus on Reno, Sparks and Ferneley, and cover the region from Lake Tahoe to Elko. We offer a full range of services for the leasing and sale of commercial proper­ties. Floyd focuses on representing buyers or sellers in investment property sales, such as large apartments, office buildings, retail and industrial properties. Floyd also does sale / leaseback transactions. Since 2004, Floyd has closed $273 million in 95 investment sales transactions in the Reno MSA, of which 39% were apartments or MF land. Since the start of the Great Recession he has completed 72 broker price opinions totaling $515 million, resulting in $67 million in listings. Floyd is active in many local business and civic organizations to keep abreast of major events and trends in the region, and publishes a quarterly newsletter to keep his clients informed.   photo   Floyd Rowley
Founding Broker, CPA, CCIM

contact: 775-224-3183
email: floyd@rowleyrealestateadvisors.com
web: www.RowleyRealEstateAdvisors.com

Computer Consulting

Erlach Computer Consulting, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, provides IT design, installation and management services to small and mid-size businesses. Since 1998 our mission has been to keep your network running so your employees will stay productive.   photo   Tim Erlach

contact: 775-332-3282 ext. 206
email: tim@erlach.com
web: www.erlach.com

Construction Services and Structure Inspections

Through Development Resource Manage­ment Group (DRM), Ralph Smith utilizes his entrepreneurial drive and construction background to fulfill his clients’ needs. By integrating traditional construction man­age­ment methods with modern tech­nological advances, DRM offers a range of services tailored to our clients’ unique project requirements. These services include Process Management, Owner’s Representation, Expert Witness/ Neutral Expert and Contract Project Man­age­ment/Estimation.   photo   Ralph Smith

contact: 775-722-8730
email: rcsmith@drmgllc.com
web: www.drmgllc.com

Creative Services

Edward Estipona has been building brands and buzz since 1993. Edward was born to innovate: He was only 23 when he founded his business, and he is among the youngest recipients of the local “Adver­tising Person of the Year” and “Marketer of the Year” awards. And while the industry has evolved, so has Edward’s approach to marketing: He is a recent recipient of NCET’s Technology Advocate of the Year award in Creative Services. While his business has grown and changed over time, Edward’s commitment to the com­munity has remained consistent. The Esti­pona Group was awarded the pres­tigious Governor’s Arts Award in recognition of its support of the arts, and the agency was a finalist for the Governor’s Points of Light Awards, recog­nizing community con­tribu­tion through volunteer service. He recently launched justthepositive.com, a website that shines a spotlight on the people and organizations in Northern Nevada com­mitted to improving our community.   photo   Edward Estipona
President & CEO

contact: 775-624-8720
email: edward@estiponagroup.com
web: estiponagroup.com

Full Service Law Firm

Jim Newman is a partner at Holland & Hart LLP. He has significant experience advising individuals and companies (both public and private) on matters including entity selection and formation, governance and compliance matters, structuring and completing mergers and acquisitions and other business combinations, licensing and distribution arrangements, real estate acquisitions and dispositions, real estate leasing, and general business matters.   photo   Jim Newman

contact: 775-327-3014
email: jnewman@hollandhart.com
web: www.hollandhart.com

General Contractor

The philosophy at Frank Lepori Con­struc­tion is to always deliver a high quality project, which is completed on time or ahead of schedule, within budget and to the complete satisfaction of all parties involved. Frank Lepori Construction’s staff members are highly experienced in per­forming design/build and hard bid com­mercial, industrial, tenant improve­ment, residential and custom home projects of any size.   photo   Frank M. Lepori

contact: 775-337-2063
email: frank@leporiconstruction.com
web: www.leporiconstruction.com

Insurance Consulting &
Coverage Placement

Comstock Insurance Agencies, Inc. is a leading independent insurance agency that has provided Nevada with insurance solu­tions since 1957. We generate these solu­tions utilizing property, casualty, worker’s compensation, surety, personal lines, em­plo­yee benefits and executive liability coverages.   photo   Cheryl A. Justin CIC

contact: 775-853-9424 x235
email: cjustin@comstockins.com
web: www.comstockins.com

Land Use Planning


Randall Long's career has afforded him a diverse background from designing piles to hy­draulic modeling of public water sys­tems. Lumos & Associates was formed in 1978 and provides consulting services in civil engineer­ing, survey, landscape archi­tecture and land use planning.   photo   Randall M. Long, P.E.
Chief Operating Officer

contact: 775-827-6111
email: rlong@LumosInc.com
web: www.LumosInc.com



Signature Landscapes is Northern Nevada’s premiere full-service landscaping company with decades of experience creating and caring for visionary land­scapes. Signature provides award-winning commercial and residential land­scape instal­lations, reno­vations and enhance­ments in addition to irrigation, landscape maintenance and ISA certified tree care. Signature Landscapes empowers employee teams with a bottom up management style and engages em­ploy­ees through open communication, team meet­ings, team-building events and on-going education and training.   photo   Justin Trimble

contact: 775-745-9160 Cell
email: justin@siglands.com
web: www.SigLands.com

Northern Nevada Business Banking

Darcy Houghton is located in the northern Nevada Wells Fargo Private Bank office. Ms. Houghton works with clients to help develop custom wealth plans and im­ple­ment solutions based on a thorough understanding of their personal values, asset growth and wealth transfer goals, and vision for their legacy. Prior to joining Wells, Ms. Houghton worked with Hawkins Folsom & Muir for 3 years; she served as Of Council and she practiced in estate and business planning and estate and trust administration. She has been licensed for 20+ years and is a seasoned counselor to the high net worth clients. She is a board member for the Western Nevada College Foundation and a member of the Planned Giving Advisory Council for the University of Nevada, Reno.   photo   Darcy K. Houghton
Senior Wealth Planner

contact: 775-823-4801
email: darcy.houghton@wellsfargo.com
web: www.wellsfargo.com

Office Machines

    photo   Jim Pilzner

contact: 775-329-2870
email: jpilzner@nevadaofficemachines.com
web: www.NOMReno.com

Public Broadcasting

Kurt Mische is the President & CEO of PBS Reno, the PBS member station in Reno. He joined the station in September 2009 and leads a staff of 30.Under his leadership, PBS Reno has earned a regional Emmy nomination in 2012, 34 awards for pro­duc­tion, a PBS Inspiration Award for fund­raising in 2010, and has been a Greater Reno/Tahoe Best Places to Work Finalist four times. Mische has earned two cer­ti­fi­cations from the Radio Advertising Bureau. He is a writer and trainer of the PBS CSPI Corporate Support Sales Training Ini­tia­tive. Mische has been a panelist and featured speaker at National Association of Broadcasters’ conventions, NETA, PBMA and PBS Development Con­fer­ences.   photo   Kurt Mische, CRMC/CRSM
President & CEO

contact: 775-600-0553
email: kmische@pbsreno.org
web: www.pbsreno.org

Real Estate Management

Nevada Commercial Services, Inc. is a locally owned and operated Real Estate Management Firm. NCS Manages property types including Retail, Industrial, Flex, Office, Commercial Associations, Single Family and Multi-Family. Vanessa currently serves as the Director of Residential Property Management as well as a Pro­perty Manager for NCS. In addition to overseeing the other residential property manager, assistants and leasing agents, her management portfolio consists of over 2,200 units of single family, multi-family, self-storage and mobile homes.   photo   Vanessa Wood
Director of Residential Property Management

contact: 775- 851-3666 Main
contact: 775-691-7425 Cell
email: VWood@NCSReno.com
web: www.NCSReno.com

Residential Mortgage Services

At PrimeLending, we understand that buying a home is a big decision because we help hundreds of homebuyers through the process daily. Our goal is to guide buyers through each step of the process, from application through closing, making buyers feel at home before they even be­gin searching for a house. PrimeLending has grown from a staff of 20 to more than 2,800 professionals producing more than $10 billion annually. We have been able to grow, thanks to one simple principle — don’t treat the customer like a number; treat them like a neighbor. We pride ourselves on our level of service. From ap­plication through closing, our loan officers will be there to answer any questions, offer guidance and explain every loan option.   photo  

Vince Lotito
Area Manager for Nevada/Utah

contact: 775-445-9668
email: vlotito@primelending.com
web: www.TheLotitoGroup.com


Sales Consultant

Alice has been helping companies increase sales for over 20 years. Her deep roots in sales come from her time at her family’s former company, Miller Heiman, Inc. As a thought leader, she is always incor­porat­ing the newest research and best practices so that her sales programs produce results. Alice works with sales leaders and bus­iness owners all over the world to get the results they need. Other sales experts tell you how to increase sales but few show you exactly what to do it and make it so easy. Alice will show you a simple process, that fits your company culture, to generate leads, handle objections, close deals, retain customers and get a consistent flow of referrals. You can read and hear Alice’s words of wisdom on her blog on www.smartsalestips.com and on social media.   photo  

Alice R. Heiman
President, Chief Sales Officer

contact: 775-852-5020
email: alice@aliceheiman.com
web: www.aliceheiman.com
web: www.aliceheiman.com

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Staffing & HR

Celeste Johnson is the owner of The Applied Companies (TAC), the largest lo­cal­ly owned and operated employment firm in Northern Nevada and has been proudly serving the community for over 17 years. TAC specializes in HR outsourcing, payroll, benefits, executive recruiting and staffing. Our goal is to provide freedom to business owners and operators by manag­ing employment aspects of their busi­ness so they can focus on more revenue gener­at­ing strategies. TAC is a human re­source power house with three divisions: HR/Bene­fits, Executive Search and Staffing.   photo   Celeste Johnson

contact: 775-853-5433
email: Celeste.Johnson@theappliedcompanies.com
web: www.theappliedcompanies.com

Tax & Accounting

James Clausen is majority shareholder of Clausen & Company which is full service accounting firm. James is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Nevada with over 45 years of experience in public accounting. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Nevada Society of Certified Public Accountants.   photo   James Clausen

contact: 775-829-7797
email: james@clausencpas.com
web: www.clausencpas.com

Title Company

For over a century, Ticor Title has been a leader in the title insurance industry, providing our customers with professional expertise, exemplary customer service and rock-solid security. Ticor is a member of the Fidelity National Financial (NYSE: FNF) family of title companies, which collectively represent the largest title insurance and escrow services company in the U.S. Fidelity is ranked at 402 in the Fortune 500, the highest ranked title company. In addition to Ticor’s extensive direct and agency operations, as well as underwriting and title plant operations, Ticor is a pioneer in automation software, which reduces paper flow and significantly improves the efficiency of document imag­ing and electronic recording at county recorder offices.   photo   Erin Schiller
Vice President, Regional Sales Executive

contact: 775-343-7935
email: eschiller@ticortitle.com
web: www.ticortitle.com

Urban Market

Denise came to Nevada in 1997 and enjoys the intrigues of business develop­ment and the challenges with building relationships, careers, friendships, and busi­nesses. Denise enjoyed a 20-year career in the PC industry, 17 years in the conven­ience store industry, and most recently 5 years in commercial real estate. She has her sights set on building her fast-casual grocery market, The Urban Market (aka UM), into a household brand. Launched in 2017 as a new concept in the blossoming world of experien­tial retail, UM fills the huge gap in the ‘food desert’ of downtown Reno, providing fresh meats, produce, dairy, craft coffee, 100 craft beers, 60 wine labels, a host of specialty items, and 40 local vendor’s products. She is working to make ‘UM’ a household word and has sights on expansion in the western US and nationally. UM recently acquired a top gift basket business and is adding a full-service deli with a select made-to-order menu—and catering.   photo   Denise Barcomb
Owner/Chief Inspiration Officer

contact: 775-502-3555
email: denise@umreno.com
website: www.umreno.com

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