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Architecture

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Erik Fong and his team have designed a wide range of projects: hotels, casinos, medical facilities, office buildings, retail centers, convention spaces, concert halls, and an array of 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 or organ­ization 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

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Nevada Industry Excellence (NVIE), which is a statewide business and technical consulting service for industry – manufacturing, logistics, engineering, 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

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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, automotive dealerships and auto businesses, franchises, restaurants, service, and hospitality companies. Katrina previously owned and operated a car dealership, an auto pawn business, a motel, and 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 many times over and 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

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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
CPA, MBA, CVA

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

Commercial Interiors

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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, Reno Business Interiors has brought knowledge and experience to every project. For 35 years, Gretchen Graybar 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

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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 real estate 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 $271 million in 92 investment sales trans­actions in the Reno MSA. Since the advent of the Great Recession he has com­pleted 69 broker price opinions totaling $511 million, resulting in $66.9 million in listings. Floyd is active in many local business and civic organizations to keep him 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

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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
President

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

Construction Services and Structure Inspections

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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
President

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




Full Service Law Firm

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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
Partner

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

General Contractor

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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
President

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

Insurance Consulting &
Coverage Placement

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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
Producer

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

Land Use Planning

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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

Landscaping

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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. Lebo Newman, Signature Landscapes’ manag­ing partner, has more than 40 years of leadership in the green industry for industry related commentary and advice. Lebo and Signature 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   Lebo Newman
Managing Partner

contact: 775-857-4333
email: lebo@siglands.com
web: www.SigLands.com

Northern Nevada Business Banking

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Darcy Houghton is a Senior Wealth Planner 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 Fargo, 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 over 20 years and is a seasoned counselor to the high net worth client.

Ms. Houghton 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

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    photo   Jim Pilzner
President

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

Public Broadcasting

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Kurt Mische is the President & CEO of KNPB-TV, the PBS member station in Reno, NV. He joined the station in September 2009 and leads a staff of 30.Under his leadership, KNPB 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
President & CEO

contact: 775-682-7824
email: kurtm@knpb.org
web: www.knpb.org

Public Relations

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A veteran of international media campaigns for some of the nation’s largest real estate, tourism and BtoB companies, Abbi innately understands what drives media coverage. She’s launched national franchise campaigns, turned technology start-ups into industry heavyweights and sold luxury real estate and tourist destinations across the globe. Despite her role directing the company’s public relations strategy and orchestrating cam­paigns, Abbi is still most at home picking up the phone and landing top-tier media placements herself, securing feature coverage in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune Small Business and MSNBC — and has the established relation­ships with world-class reporters and writers to show for it. Abbi has organized and led media tours locations from London, Mexico and Costa Rica to Chicago and New York. Abbi is a long-time Reno resident and a graduate of UNR.   photo   Abbi Jayne Whitaker
President/Owner

contact: 775-323-2977
email: abbi@theabbiagency.com
web: www.theabbiagency.com

Real Estate Management

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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
CPM® ARM®
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

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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

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Sales Consultant

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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

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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
CEO, MBA, PHR

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

Tax & Accounting

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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
President

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

Title Company

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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

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Denise came to Nevada in 1997 and has a varied work history including commercial real estate and development, technology, large-scale distribution, and retail. Denise 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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