Terri Lightfoot: Nevada Health Partners

Meet Terri Lightfoot, CEO and Executive Director of Nevada Health Partners and Nevada Business Group on Health

CEO and Executive Director Nevada Health Partners and Nevada Business Group on Health http://www.nvbgh.org/ How did you first get into your profession? My first job in healthcare was a receptionist when people still paid their doctors with cash … or chickens. I left healthcare for the early part of my career and returned as a healthcare lobbyist in 1990 which led to … [Read more...]

Bryce Clutts: DC Building Group

Meet Bryce Clutts, President of DC Building Group

President DC Building Group http://buildwithdcbg.com/ What do you want your legacy to be? That I loved God, my wife and children before anything else. What is your pet peeve? Lack of accountability. Not doing what you said you were going to do. What is a little known fact about yourself? I am the youngest President of the Las Vegas Chapter of the AGC (Associated … [Read more...]

Ann Simmons Nicholson: The Simmons Group

Meet Ann Simmons Nicholson, President & CEO of The Simmons Group

Las Vegas President & CEO http://www.simmons-group.com/ How did you first get into your profession? I was working as director of operations for a fast food chain. The position responsibilities were divided up and I was given my choice. I choose HR and training and development. What business advice would you give someone just starting in your industry? Find a way … [Read more...]

Charlie Abowd: Cafe at Adele’s

Meet Charlie Abowd, Chef & Owner at Cafe at Adele’s.

Carson City Chef & Owner http://www.adelesrestaurantandlounge.com/ How did you get into your profession? [I was] a fourth-generation, born into an immigrant family of farmers, restaurant owners and candy makers that had strong family values that surrounded the celebration of food. It was a natural path. What business advice would you give someone just starting in … [Read more...]

Mark Haley: Smart City Networks

Meet Mark Haley, president of Smart City Networks

President Las Vegas http://www.smartcitynetworks.com/ When you were a kid, what did you want to be? A public accountant. Just kidding! I wanted to be a professional athlete. Baseball, hockey and then soccer. I didn’t quite make it, but I still enjoy the “thrill of victory” in my work life. What business advice would you give someone just starting in your industry? I … [Read more...]

Joseph F. Dutra: Kimmie Candy Company

Meet Joseph F. Dutra, President & Owner of Kimmie Candy Company.

President & Owner Reno http://www.kimmiecandy.com/ How did you first get into your profession? I was a farmer and a friend who I had helped out financially decided he wanted to pay me back. So his solution was for me to buy a 40 foot container, of candy coated chocolate covered sunflower kernels that he would sell and pay back the money. He could not sell the 40,000 … [Read more...]

Eric Speer: Logical Position

Meet Eric Speer, General Manager at Logical Position.

General Manager Henderson http://www.logicalposition.com/ How did you first get into your profession? I spent 11 years working in my family’s tree farming business. In 2009, the industry took a hit, so I took an opportunity as a salesperson for an online marketing startup. I was excited to get involved in an emerging industry with a lot of growth potential. When you … [Read more...]

Leticia Murphy: Murphy Counseling and Associates

Meet Leticia Murphy, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at Murphy Counseling and Associates

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Las Vegas What business advice would you give someone just starting in your industry? Treat your company as a business. You can help others and still get paid. Establish a business budget and a business savings account. What is a little known fact about yourself? At times I can be silly and adventurous. A good example was when my … [Read more...]

Scott Owen: Reno Green Landscaping

Meet Scott Owen, president of Reno Green Landscaping.

President http://www.renogreen.com/ Reno How did you first get into your profession? My brother, Travis Owen, had a degree in horticulture and I was interested in owning a business with a lot of growth potential. We purchased Reno Green Landscaping in 2004. When you were a kid, what did you want to be? When I was a kid, I wanted to be an airline pilot. I received my … [Read more...]

Katie Coombs: Financial Advisor, LLC

Meet Katie Coombs, owner of Financial Advisor, LLC

Owner Carson City How did you first get into your profession? I began working at a credit union in college supporting a financial services representative. I was drawn to the process of helping people with all aspects of their financial picture. If you could be any fictional character, who would you be and why? Rocky Balboa. I would want to inspire people the way he … [Read more...]

Sam Nicholson: Grand Canyon Development Partners

Meet Sam Nicholson, president of Grand Canyon Development Partners.

President http://grandcanyoninc.com/ How did you first get into your profession? I worked as a heavy equipment operator in the summers during high school and college, going into heavy highway construction right out of college, then later into building and construction. What is a little known fact about yourself? I was a commissioned reserve police officer with the … [Read more...]

Lori Brazfield: Nevada System of Higher Education

Meet Lori Brazfield, director of Nevada System of Higher Education

Director http://epscorspo.nevada.edu/ http://system.nevada.edu/Nshe/ How did you first get into your profession? Grant administration is one you fall into. I began writing grants for local non-profits to gain awareness and funding for projects; then one thing led to another and I began managing the projects and my career in higher education overseeing the entire grant … [Read more...]

Andy Chapman: Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau

Meet Andy Chapman, President/CEO of Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau

President/CEO Incline Village http://www.gotahoenorth.com/about-tahoe/business-and-community/incline-village-crystal-bay-visitors-bureau How did you first get into your profession? I have worked in the tourism industry in the Lake Tahoe basin for over 22 years for both public and private entities. What do you want your legacy to be? I am a big fan of Lake Tahoe and I … [Read more...]

Terrence Downey: Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa

Meet Terrence Downey, the President and General Manager of Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa.

President & General Manager North Las Vegas http://www.aliantegaming.com/ What do you want your legacy to be? Children and grandchildren who are honorable and productive members of society; business associates who remember me as a fair and trustworthy gentleman; and friends who cherish the time we spent together. What business advice would you give someone just … [Read more...]

M. Favil West: Foundation Assisting Seniors

Meet M. Favil West, President of The Foundation Assisting Seniors.

President Henderson http://www.foundationassistingseniors.org/ How did you first get into your profession? I co-founded the Foundation Assisting Seniors, a nonprofit organization with the mission of improving the quality of life for the seniors in our community. When you were a kid, what did you want to be? From my earliest days, I am told that all I wanted to be was … [Read more...]

Jason Champagne: Trusted Dental Partners

Meet Jason Champagne, DDS CEO of Trusted Dental Partners.

CEO Reno What do you want your legacy to be? I would like my legacy to be that I embedded the right values and advocacy of responsible approach to business throughout our organization and the dental industry. When you were a kid, what did you want to be? Having a dentist for a father, it was always very clear that I had tremendous opportunity to follow in the family … [Read more...]

Jeff Ehret: The PENTA Building Group

Meet Jeff Ehret, President and CEO The PENTA Building Group

President and CEO Las Vegas http://www.pentabldggroup.com/ How did you first get into your profession? My father was a commercial contractor. He started bringing me to work on Saturdays when I was 5 years old. He let me ride to the jobs with his laborer foreman in a dump truck. I haven’t looked back since then. If you had to choose another profession, what would it … [Read more...]

Mark Estee: Reno Provisions

Meet Mark Estee, Owner and Chef of Reno Provisions.

Owner/Chef Reno https://www.facebook.com/RenoProvisions When you were a kid, what did you want to be? I wanted to be a football player, then realized coaching was more in the cards. Then I wanted to be a drill sergeant in the Marines. But, that would require me to join the Marines and, back then, I was not the most dedicated person. This one is odd, I also wanted to be a … [Read more...]