Sprint Says Thanks a Million
Sprint recently installed its millionth telephone line in Southern Nevada, doubling the number of phone lines since 1992. In honor of the occasion, the Sprint Prize Patrol showed up at the home of Scott and Angela Shepherd to congratulate them on receiving the millionth phone line. Sprint’s vice president and general manager Lou Emmert awarded the Shepherd’s the ultimate bundle — a calling card with 1 million minutes — 500,00 free Sprint long distance minutes and 500,000 free Sprint PCS minutes. The Shepherd’s also received a cordless phone, a wireless phone and other prizes.
Dynamic Job Market Forecast for Nevada
Job seekers can expect excellent opportunities in the Las Vegas area during the second quarter, according to a poll of employers’ staffing plans recently released by Manpower Inc. Manpower’s Employment Outlook Survey found that 40 percent of Southern Nevada employers are intending to add personnel during the spring months, 60 percent will stay with current payrolls, and none foresee labor cutbacks. Reno statistics are also above the national numbers, with 20 percent of employers predicting an increase in staff, 60 percent planning no changes, 3 percent planning a decrease in staff and 17 percent undecided.
Advertising and PR Firms Win Addys
The Reno Addy Awards program, sponsored by the Advertising Association of Northern Nevada (A2N2), recently honored the best efforts of Reno advertising agencies and public relations firms. Dan Morgan, president/CEO of Innerwest Advertising & Public Relations, was named Advertising Person of the Year. Valerie Glenn, president and CEO of the Rose/Glenn Group, received the Thomas C. Wilson Lifetime of Service Award for her contributions to the advertising industry and her community leadership. The Rose/Glenn Group received 26 awards, including Best of Show-Broadcast for the campaign it designed for the Reno Philharmonic. The award for Best of Show-Print went to CLM Design for its work with Luctor International.
Sunrise Hospital Recognized by Child Magazine
Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas has been named “one of the best children’s hospitals in the United States” in a survey by Child magazine, which evaluated top pediatric hospitals throughout the country. Sunrise ranked 21st out of the 178 hospitals in the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions. Evaluations by an independent agency subjected institutions to a rigorous three-day examination of dozens of crucial areas, including treatment protocols, record keeping and dispensing of medication. The Sunrise Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) was recognized as one of the leading neonatal facilities in the southwestern United States. Sunrise Children’s Hospital is the only dedicated children’s hospital in Nevada.
Staples Inc. to Open Superstore in Carson
Staples Inc. has announced plans to open a 23,942-square-foot office superstore in Carson City, which will employ 35 to 40 people in full- and part-time positions. The facility, Nevada’s first superstore, will stock over 7,000 brand-name office products including furniture, computers, software, business machines and teaching supplies. It will also offer business services such as payroll processing, on-site printing services, Internet access, FedEx and shipping services. Construction will begin soon on the site at Highway 395 and Jacks Valley Road.
Law Firm Renamed Schreck Brignone Godfrey
Long-time Las Vegas attorney Frank Schreck has announced the restructuring and renaming of his firm to Schreck Brignone Godfrey. The firm is centralizing its operations by closing its Reno office and expanding operations at its downtown Las Vegas office, located in the Bank of America building. Two new members have joined the team. David Arrajj, formerly counsel to Park Place, will practice in the areas of gaming, licensing, administrative law and commercial transactions. Nancy Helmbold, formerly associate general counsel to Employers Insurance Company of Nevada, will practice in worker’s compensation and litigation.
Great Basin Bank Wins National Award
Great Basin Bank of Nevada, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Great Basin Financial Corporation, was recently honored by ICBA Mortgage Corporation for outstanding performance of the bank’s mortgage department throughout 2000. Great Basin Bank, located in Elko, is one of only 16 independent community banks nationwide to receive the annual award. This marks the seventh consecutive year Great Basin Bank was chosen from over 1,000 community banks in 49 states to receive recognition. Terry Sullivan, president and CEO of Great Basin Bank, stated, “To have received this award seven years in a row testifies that giving an extra measure of personal service is our normal way of doing business here in Elko and at our loan production office in Winnemucca.” Banks named “Outstanding Performers for 2000” were honored for quality originations, customer satisfaction, commitment to providing affordable housing solutions and distinguished service within their communities.
AutoNation Launches Desert Branding
AutoNation, America’s largest automotive retailer, has launched a branding initiative, sub-branding its Las Vegas automobile dealerships with the Desert name. The Florida-based company owns more than 400 vehicle franchises in 26 metropolitan areas, including 11 dealerships in Southern Nevada with 17 franchises. The 11 Desert dealerships will use common templates, spokespeople and themes in advertising campaigns, a move intended to yield efficiencies and cost savings for the group. The first Desert dealership was Desert GMC, which opened in 1973. Additional AutoNation members participating in the Desert branding effort are: Desert Buick GMC, Desert Lincoln Mercury, Desert Pontiac GMC-Buick, Desert Honda, Desert Chrysler Jeep, Desert Volkswagen/Audi, Desert Dodge, Desert Toyota, Desert Nissan and Desert BMW of Henderson.
NCED Delivers Progress Report
The Nevada Commission on Economic Development (NCED) released its 2001 Biennial Report to the Legislature in February. The report shows that NCED programs injected $6.7 million into the rural Nevada economy during the past two years. Other accomplishments include assisting Nevada companies to generate more than $5 million in new export sales, distributing $1.9 million to regional development authorities and providing small businesses with no-cost development opportunities. The complete text of the report may be found on NCED’s Web site, expand2nevada.com.