The Family Owned Business Awards began in 2010 as a way to recognize hardworking families throughout Nevada. Having now honored over 300 companies, the event has grown and pays tribute to businesses throughout the state. Without the support of the event’s corporate sponsor, Nevada State Bank (NSB), the Family Owned Business Awards program would not be possible. The bank has a long-term commitment to working with and helping family owned businesses in Nevada. Nevada Business Magazine, along with NSB, is honored to recognize and support some of Nevada’s finest family owned businesses for their hard work. Congratulations to this year’s finalists and winners.
A special thank you to the distinguished panel of judges for their work in identifying this year’s finalists out of hundreds of nominees and for the unenviable task of choosing this year’s winners.
Dave Archer, Nevada Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology
Jana Benton, Nevada State Bank
Connie Brennan, Nevada Business Magazine
Tim Brooks, Henderson Chamber of Commerce
Barbra Coffee, City of Henderson Economic Development
Megan Comfort, Nevada State Bank
Stephanie Kruse, KPS | 3
Len Stevens, The Chamber Reno Sparks
A business, less than 10 years old, in the first generation of succession
with expectations for future generations to run the company.
Christy McKinnon, Aedan McKinnon, Mark McKinnon, Noel Scofield, Moses Scofield
Founded by Mark and Christy McKinnon three years ago, Marked Studios is atypical in the tattoo parlor industry. The studio is built around the concept of customer comfort and has an upscale and welcoming feel. Working to change the stigma around tattooing, Mark and his wife, Christy have created a place where artists thrive and the customer benefits from that atmosphere. Since its inception the studio has grown to 10 full-time employees and has a future as alluring as the art it produces.
Sarah & Gus Gustason
End2End Swim Spa Covers
Like most great inventions, End2End Swim Spa Covers was born of a need. Don Gustason and David Teese founded the company based on Don’s invention, a lightweight cover that creates a seal around a swim spa or in-ground pool eliminating virtually all of the issues of the previous generation of covers. Since its creation, the business has taken off. Today the company has 15 employees including several family members and the next generation of leadership, Don’s son Gus and his wife Sarah.
Kim & Mike Grashuis
Servpro of Reno
Est: 2011 (Nevada Franchise)
Established in Nevada five years ago, Servpro of Reno was started by Mike and Kim Grashuis as a way to maintain steady work-flow through the recession. Moving from general contracting to restoration, the Grashuis’ found the franchise, Servpro, and now own two franchises in Northern Nevada with the hopes of adding another. The couple work with son-in-law Ryan Endres as well as Kim’s cousin, Stephanie Teer, along with their 32 full-time employees.
Wyndee & Dave Forrest
Hoping to create an experience for customers, Wyndee and Dave Forrest founded Crafthaus Brewery two years ago. Facing a myriad of challenges, including licensing issues, and supported by Wyndee’s parents, Carolyn and Steve Fowler, the couple was able to create a craft brewery that is unique to Southern Nevada. From the start-up crowdfunding financing to the quality beers and special events, Crafthaus Brewery is unique from top to bottom. The Forrest family hopes to make Southern Nevada known as a craft beer destination.
Michael Weinhouse, Daniel & John Ganey
A digital marketing agency, Logical Position was born of Michael Weinhouse’s dissatisfaction in the search engine marketing and sales industry. He partnered with his wife Jessica and her entrepreneurial family, the Ganey’s, to create a company that works for their clients and treats them as they would wish to be treated. Today the company has 135 employees and is owned by the Weinhouse’s and Ganey’s, the latter of whom officially joined on as the company began to grow and needed an extra boost.
Judy & Reed Alewel
When Judy and Reed Alewel began looking for a new business opportunity, they discovered the industry of “Paint and Sip” at a franchise expo. They looked into established franchises and decided on Pinot’s Palette, opening their first location 51 weeks after signing the franchise agreement. Two of the couple’s children, Katie and Jacob, pitch in on special projects. The Alewel’s hope to open a third location in the near future. In the meantime, they’re enjoying the fun of watching their clients create.
Don’t Forget to Share
A business that has made significant contributions
to the community and prides itself on giving back.
Genevieve Frederick & Renee Lowry
Pets of the Homeless
After witnessing the need of the homeless and their four-legged companions, Genevieve Frederick, founder of Pets of Homeless decided to step in and help. Ten years later, the organization has nearly 400 collection sites in the U.S. and Canada which have taken in over 407 tons of pet food and supplies. In addition, the organization has helped treat nearly 13,000 pets at hospitals and clinics. Today Genevieve, with the help of her daughter Renee, work tirelessly to help bring relief to homeless pets and their owners.
Back Row: Joe Bowers, Tylor Thomas, Paul Pierce, Angie Pierce, DJ Peri, Ryan Dunham, Jessica Peri Front Row: Ami Bowers, Pamela Peri, Leo Dunham, David Peri & Joey Bowers
Peri & Sons Farms
Carrying on a long family tradition, David Peri of Peri & Sons Farms has made agriculture his life’s work. Farming out of Yerington, David has turned a 100-acre field into a multi-million dollar business and one of the world’s largest onion farms. The Peri’s haven’t taken their success for granted and support the communities they live and work in through charitable works, donations and working to improve the lives of others. The family believes that giving to others brings joy to yourself and can turn a life around.
Shila & Chad Morris, Misty & Gary Young
Named because patrons of the original restaurant would have to “squeeze in” to enjoy delicious omelettes due to the restaurant’s size, Squeeze In was a long-time dream of Misty and Gary Young. Having taken their children there on special occasions, Squeeze In has long been a part of their family and today the restaurant is owned and managed by the Youngs and their daughter and son-in-law, Shila and Chad. The family takes their role in the community seriously and has made it a priority to help in as many ways as they can. Supporting several non-profits and giving back has become an essential part of Squeeze In.
Linda Alterwitz-Mizrahi, David Mizrahi & Joe Graziano
With 22 stores and approximately 60 full-time employees, Best Mattress, which started in Las Vegas as a test market, has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception. Owned by the Mizrahi’s who work along-side the Alterwitz’s and general manager Joe Graziano, Best Mattress has a long-standing commitment to Southern Nevada. Working with several non-profits in the area and having donated approximately $75,000 over the last year, Best Mattress’ owners and employees care for their community and do whatever they can to help.
FRSCO Corporation, which operates several McDonalds in Southern Nevada, is a labor of love for F. Ronald Smith and his son Christopher. With a military background and having witnessed the effects of poverty, the elder Smith works tirelessly to use his business to benefit the community. “Simply put, I am happy to support the community that supports me, my business and my employees,” he said. That simple statement has translated into hundreds of hours of time and several thousands dollars in donations to non-profits.
Madison Harris, Lauren Acevedo, Tiffany Twohig, Bri Lawrence, Julie Murray, Anthony Tomaro, Melody Zita, Ilya Rosales & Marthe Winner
Julie Murray is uniquely plugged into the philanthropic needs of Southern Nevada. After helping launch Three Square, she decided to venture out and connect other non-profits to resources they need to be effective, and Moonridge Group was born. Today the organization has eight employees. “Our community is only as good as each of us as individuals make it,” said Julie. She hopes to expand Moonridge into other communities in the near future.
When the Going Gets Tough…
A business that faced adversity and made changes to adapt to what was sure to be tough times.
SilverBlu Signs & Media
A Reno native, Joe Lawrence founded SilverBlu Signs & Media with his wife Connie when they were looking to make a change from the restaurant industry. The company started as a franchise of Sign-A-Rama and was growing rapidly until the economy began to take a toll in 2008. The Lawrence’s were forced to close their second location and decided to change to an independent company. Today SilverBlu is the official sign and graphics provider for the Wolf Pack and the company has once again begun to grow.
MaryBeth & Colin Smith, Beth Bach
Roundabout Catering & Party Rentals
The recent recession was difficult for many businesses and the restaurant business was no exception. The Smiths, who started Roundabout, realized that flexibility would be key to surviving tough economic times. With that in mind, they adapted their bistro to eventually become a full-time catering service. Working with their daughters, Beth and Victoria, MaryBeth and her husband, Colin have created new programs for Roundabout and have seen tremendous growth. The company now provides catering and meal programs for a number of area businesses.
Tannenbaum Event Center
Founded by Julie and Christian Nobis, Tannenbaum Event Center began as a way to provide a beautiful event venue that didn’t include a lot of hidden fees. When the Nobis’ realized that, while their bookings remained the same, their revenues weren’t moving and they knew it was time for a change. Deciding how to take care of clients while remaining solvent and growing was a challenge that both Julie and Christian welcomed. Today, they’ve added full-service event planning and design and applied for a liquor license, and people are responding. Bookings are up by 30 percent and the Nobis’ continue to look for ways to evolve.
Like most in the general contracting industry, H & M Unlimited took a hit when the economy crashed. As a housing contractor, the recent recession has been difficult for H & M, and owner and founder Hector Manrique, in particular. Finding himself with the difficult task of laying off employees during the tough times, Hector knew he’d have to adapt his business. Maintaining a reputation for honesty and taking care of customers, H & M Unlimited made it through the tough times and has seen a significant growth in recent years. Today, Hector hopes to expand the company and hire more employees as his project list grows.
Brooke & Michael Coxen
Paper and Home
Starting a new business and shortly after finding out your partner and husband has an auto-immune disorder gives new meaning to the word “challenge”. Nevertheless, it’s exactly what happened to Brooke and Michael Coxen after they founded Paper and Home, a graphic design studio, boutique and stationer. United in their love for design, the Coxen’s powered through with Brooke caring for their new business and her husband during the tough times. Today the Coxen’s are thriving and focused on growing both their business and their family.
Bret, Scott & Alice Loughridge, April Gasper
Founded by Scott Loughridge 25 years ago, SR Construction went from rapid growth before the recession to having to downsize in the midst of it. Going from 65 employees to 17, Scott, along with his wife Alice, son, Bret and step-daughter, April, learned quickly how to run a lean construction company. Today the company has grown to 41 employees and currently has a higher volume of work than before the recession hit. The Loughridge’s want to continue to be efficient, utilizing better technologies and embracing positive changes.
A business that has made significant efforts to promote healthy lifestyles for employees and the community.
Iain & Laura Dykins
After discovering a love for crossfit workouts, Iain Dykins, who co-founded CrossFit Bangarang along with a friend, Kirk Nordmeyer, realized that he could see himself teaching others the program. He began to go through the certification process and the workout quickly caught fire, growing from a small group to a community in six short months. Today CrossFit Bangarang has 3,000 square feet devoted to fitness. Iain and his wife Laura, who manages social media and events for the company, are devoted to helping their members lead active lifestyles.
The Bosma Group
Taking “treating employees like family” to a new level, Mike Bosma, owner of The Bosma Group has created an atmosphere that encourages employees to take care of each other. From vacationing together in Cabo to watching each other’s kids, The Bosma Group employees are one happy family. That attitude is furthered by the company’s commitment to promoting the health of their employees. The Bosma Group sponsors atheletic events, including marathons, provides healthy snacks and even bicycles for employees to use on lunchtime river path rides.
Adam & Jon Castleman
After receiving a juicer for graduation and discovering the healthy benefits of green juice, Adam Castleman founded Jüs just five years ago. Recognizing a need in the community, Adam and co-owner and brother, John, have made it their passion to help others along the journey to healthy living. The Castleman’s understand that juicing can be intimidating for those that are new to it and they work to educate others about the benefits. The brothers, whose father Deke has also gotten involved in the business, have grown to two locations and hope to continue that growth, making healthier choices simple for day-to-day living.
Joe, Jr., Rhonda, Joe, Sr. & Rose Pierro
Market Grille Cafe
With an Italian husband and a Greek wife, good food is not only expected, it’s a given. Ten years ago, the Pierro’s sought to take their combined heritages and create a restaurant that promotes healthy choices and delicious food and Market Grille Cafe was born. Joe, Sr. took his extensive experience in the restaurant business and, along with the help of his family, worked to create a menu that healthy-conscience customers would be excited about. That menu, combined with a great atmosphere, affordable prices and excellent customer service has been the Peirro’s recipe for success. Today, Joe, Sr. works alongside his wife Rhonda, mother Rose and son Joe, Jr.
Ava & Raffi Mucikyan
Salt Room LV
Seeking a solution to Ava’s eczema, Raffi’s allergies and baby Ethan’s dry nose, the Mucikyan family began to look for a way to relieve their symptoms naturally. They discovered halotherapy, a microclimate that simulates a Himalayan salt cave, and Salt Room LV was born. After opening, they learned that theirs was a common issue and gained over 10,000 clients in the first 15 months. The Mucikyan’s have begun expanding, and, while they’re not sure what the future holds, they are considering a second location or franchising options.
Shannon & Dr. Eric Miller
The Millers have a passion for healthy living and have directed that passion to help others. Dr. Eric is a board certified obesity specialist and his wife, Shannon, a personal trainer. In their respective careers, they noticed a large gap in treating those with obesity coupled with a market for “quick and easy” fad diets. They realized that combining their skill sets would offer people a holistic approach to losing weight and TransforMD became a reality. Together, the Millers have built a program that teaches their clients how to be healthy for life.
A business that is minority- or woman-owned.
Michael Iguban, Celestine Hernandez, MD, Querubin (Jun) Iguban, MD & Gabriel Iguban
Genesis Home Health Services, Inc.
Wanting to find a way to still practice in the field they love but spend more time with their sons and help their community, Dr.’s Celestine Hernandez and Querubin Iguban founded Genesis Home Health Services. The two saw a real need in their rural community and sought to fill that need. Today, the home health practice has three locations with a geographic footprint that covers nearly half of Nevada and several rural counties. The business currently employs 37 people and Celestine and Querubin, who are both Filipino, credit their respective parents for instilling an entrepreneurial spirit in them.
Rodlynn (Roddy) Casas
Contract Flooring & Interior Services, Inc.
Originally started with her late husband, Silvano, Roddy Casas has managed to take over the reins of Contract Flooring & Interior Services and help it thrive, despite a multitude of difficulties she has faced. From challenging family relationships in the transition to a male-dominated industry, Roddy relies on a support team of long-time employees and friends, both professional and personal. The company provides commercial and residential flooring options, including carpet, wood and tile, among others. Roddy hopes to continue to grow the business, adding employees as projects increase.
Elmer & Addie Figueroa
Miguel’s Mexican Food
After founder Miguel Ribera passed away, Miguel’s Mexican food, which had a 40 year history in Reno, began to struggle under his family’s leadership. They decided to sell the business and it was the perfect opportunity for Elmer and Addie Figueroa, who have a history in the restaurant business. The Figueroa’s, who are from El Salvador, decided to keep the name, Miguel’s, to carry on his tradition and began to turn the restaurant around. Today Miguel’s Mexican Food has grown to two locations and the Figueroa’s hope to leave the thriving business to their children.
Shawn & Monica Gresser
Brazen Architecture Inc.
“It’s tough being a woman who owns an architectural firm – but mostly it’s fun,” said Monica Gresser, owner and founder of Brazen Architecture, Inc. “We occasionally find people who think a woman can’t be technical,” she added. Despite that, Monica, who is wholeheartedly supported by her husband Shawn, continues to seek ways to change the architectural game. Adding a forum for discussions on social issues and community needs called Brazen Conversations is just one of many ways Monica is working to connect with the local community.
One of the first computer retail stores in Las Vegas, Business Continuity Technologies (BCT) has a rich history in Southern Nevada. Founded by brothers Earle and Lester Keizer, who are Asian-Pacific Americans, BCT has done a phenomenal job of adapting to the mercurial industry of computer technology. The Keizer’s pioneered managed services in the technology industry, helping clients stay connected proactively. As the information technology industry has a dearth of minority- or woman-owned individuals, the Keizers hope to see that improve in the future.
Starting with just two clients in a small rented cubicle, MassMedia has since grown into a 42-person full-service advertising agency. Led by women, including Paula Yakubik, co-owner and founder and Kassi Belz, co-owner, MassMedia has succeeded through hard work and determination. One challenge that women in leadership often face is finding a balance between running a successful business and raising kids. Regardless, Paula and Kassi have found ways to overcome that challenge and to help their female employees succeed as well. The company is currently in growth mode and expanding the corporate marketing division.
It’s Good to be on Top
A business that is at the top of its game, doing better than ever.
Bryan, Gary & Eric Raydon
Marmot Properties, LLC
Founded by brothers Bryan, Gary and Eric Raydon just seven years ago, Marmot Properties has since grown by leaps and bounds. The real estate company was born when the brothers realized there would be a significant recession in the Silver State and sought ways to reposition their own careers. They also realized that Reno would suffer in the downturn and wanted to help rehabilitate the city they love. Since it’s inception, they’ve added another managing member, Fernando Leal, whom the Raydon’s have dubbed the “fourth brother”. Together they hope to continue to grow Marmot and help Reno succeed as a result.
Adeline (20 mo.), Katie Finley-Dull, Darren Dull, David & Laura Finley
Finley Industries, Inc. dba Napa Auto & Truck Parts
Est: 1983 (2000 changed to Finley)
From humble beginnings, Finley Industries, which today operates under the Napa Auto banner, now has 7 stores in rural and Northern Nevada. The organization was founded by David Finley and owned by David and his wife Laura. The couple work alongside daughter and son-in-law, Katie and Darren Dull. With 69 full-time, 32 part-time employees and a 15 percent growth in revenue over the last few years, Finley is flourishing. David said keeping key employees and recognizing that, “people buy from people,” have been essential to his organization’s success.
Peter & Roberta Rathmann
Founded by Al Norman, BJ’s Barbecue, a staple in Northern Nevada, was purchased by Peter and Roberta Rathmann in 1991. Taking the recipes for sauces and spice rubs that came from Al’s family in Louisiana, the Rathmann’s took his concept a step further and began to expand the restaurant into catering, a new location and additional menu offerings. Today BJ’s Barbecue has an expanded menu that includes breakfast and the Rathmann’s credit their success to their quality, delicious, made in-house menu. For the future, the family hopes to continue to make their customers happy and carry on with the success they’ve had.
Shawn Danoski & Bryce Clutts
DC Building Group
In 2001, Shawn Danoski decided to leave the large corporate environment and venture out on his own; six months later he was joined by long-time friend Bryce Clutts and DC Building Group was formed. Consistently ranked amongst the top contractors in Southern Nevada, the firm has significantly expanded their services since it’s inception and, as a result, has grown over 200 percent in the last five years. For the future, Shawn and Bryce hope to continue expanding and provide opportunities for their employees while enhancing the communities in which they operate.
With the support of their parents and wives, Justin and Joe Micatrotto sought to get into the restaurant business and began searching for an opportunity that matched their business values. They found that opportunity in Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers. To date the brothers have opened 22 stores, 11 of which are located in Nevada, and employ over 1,400 people, more than 900 of whom are in-state. In fact, since 2011, when MRG had only five restaurants in Nevada, the company has grown over three times its size.
Brody, Steven, Devyn & Krystal Johnston
Starting a brick and mortar toy store in today’s world of Ebays and Amazons can be intimidating. However, the Johnston’s have found the recipe to success in their vintage and collectible toy store by offering competitive prices, quality products and community events. Steven was a professional DJ and Krystal was a paralegal when they decided to make a change and opened Rogue Toys five years ago. Since it’s inception they’ve seen a 300 percent growth and hope to continue that growth with new stores throughout the West Coast.
The More the Merrier
A business that has 50 employees or more.
Gary Platt Manufacturing
Est: 1996 (1999 in Nevada)
Founded by Bob Yabroff 40 years ago, Gary Platt Manufacturing provides seating solutions for the casino industry. Today the company employs 90 full-time workers who produce about 40,000 chairs each year. Bob manages to keep a family atmosphere by staying closely involved with his employee’s lives. The company helped revolutionize the casino seating industry by providing more comfortable seats to encourage gamblers to stay at their machines longer. Bob hopes to continue growing and adding employees as the company finds new seating solutions for other industries.
Dean, Traci, Kylie (6 yrs) & Cameron (7 yrs) DiLullo
Carson Nugget Casino Hotel
Founded by Dick Graves in 1954, the Carson Nugget stretches over 30,000 square feet in our state’s capitol and has been witness to over 60 years worth of changes in Nevada. Today the casino is owned by Dean DiLullo who proudly carries on its history. The company retains 224 full-time employees in the area and Dean strives to make sure each of them feels valued and part of the team. Adapting as times change, Dean works to keep the Carson Nugget fresh and most recently added a new italian bistro named after his grandmother, Angelina.
Fatih & Eren Ozmen
Sierra Nevada Corporation
When Fatih and Eren Ozmen acquired Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) in 1994, the company had only 20 employees. Under their leadership, SNC is now a globally recognized aerospace and defense company and employs almost 3,000 employees. The company works with a variety of organizations including the Department of Defense, space companies and international markets. The Ozmen’s believe that their employees are their most valuable resource and treat them as such. They are looking forward to a bright future and hope to bring all of the SNC family along for the ride.
Rebecca & Alec Morgan, Bret & Kathleen Holmes, Stephen Holmes
Advanced Management Group
With 245 full-time employees, Advanced Management Group has a daunting responsibility. Added to that, Bret and Kathleen Holmes formed the property management company in 2006, just in time for the housing crisis in Nevada. Even so, Advanced Management Group, who works with several apartment communities has managed to thrive. Today the Holmes work alongside their children, Rebecca, Alec and Stephen as well as Kathleen’s mother, Judy Zabielski. They manage their large group by remembering that family support is paramount and foster that support throughout their organization.
Frias Transportation Management
Founded by Phyllis and Charlie Frias as the indirect result of the ultimate in Las Vegas gambles, a coin toss, Frias Transportation Management has a 50 year history in Southern Nevada. Today the company, which employs 2,234 full-time and 253 part-time employees, is owned by Phyllis. The nearly 2,500 employees work for nine different divisions of the management company, including the Las Vegas staple, Union Cab. Motivating employees and providing top-notch transportation services continues to be Phyllis’ goal into the future. To that end, Frias offers an expansive benefits package, a retirement plan and management incentives.
Gayle Sue Blakely
Lake Mead Christian Ministries
Est: 1989 (incorporated 1995)++
Founded by Gayle Sue Blakely as a result of her life-long dream to educate, Lake Mead Christian Ministries (LMCM), which began with just 24 students and a volunteer staff, has expanded to include 115 full-time employees. Additionally, what began as a school has grown to include a public coffee shop, church and, most recently, a wellness center. Gayle has said that her and her family’s hope for LMCM is, “to maintain a strong family focused community … regardless of the physical size of the organization.” Over the years nearly 15 of Gayle’s family members have been involved with the school including each of her children.
Outside the Box
A business that offers a product or service that is unique to Nevada.
Meagan Ferguson & Tim Wilkinson
Selco Products Company
Est: 1958 (2009 in Nevada)
Founded by William Wilkinson, Selco Products is owned today by his family with his son, Tim acting as CEO and Tim’s niece Meagan serving as HR manager. The company, whose motto is “Our Service Makes a Difference”, offers product manufacturing for a wide variety of markets, including such items as thermal products and electronic controls. In addition, Selco developed a line of products that are custom fit based on customer needs. With manufacturing facilities in Reno and San Diego and partnerships in six other countries, Selco is well positioned to meet their customer’s needs.
Pourya & Jennifer Dehnadi
Apex Logic, Inc.
Jennifer Dehnadi founded Apex Logic with her husband, Pourya, after they became dissatisfied with the direction of the company they previously worked for. Apex was started to help customers efficiently and cost effectively run their businesses through software and hardware solutions. One of the ways in which the Dehnadi’s have done that is through a software called the Symphony Procurement Suite. The cloud-based program helps government procurement offices with task and delivery orders. For example, the software is in use with the National Institute of Health, managing over $5 billion in transactions.
Keith & Erin Anderson
Trinity Applied Internet
Husband and wife team, Keith and Erin Anderson brought his coding expertise and her management experience to form a company that helps businesses get the most out of online offerings while increasing efficiency and providing better product information to customers. The Anderson’s cleverly named their company Trinity Applied Internet, paying homage to the Matrix, a movie that heavily relies on coding. The company employs a concierge approach to their technical services company and is unique in their field. Today Keith’s sister Rachel works alongside the Anderson’s and their 8 full-time employees.
LivOn Laboratories, Inc.
After being given six months to live due to a heart condition, Les and his wife, Cindy Nachman began to search for solutions. What they found, Vitamin C, not only saved Les’ life, it prompted a manufacturing company that works to bring health improvement supplements to others. LivOn Laboratories was the first to bring Liposome Encapsulation Technology to Nevada. The process allows Vitamin C to be better absorbed by the body and, while not a new technology, has been revolutionary to the dietary supplement industry.
Momenti Spirited Ice Creams
Proving that inspiration can happen at any time, Leif Pearson created Momenti Spirited Ice Creams, a company that combines ice creams and sorbets and infuses them with top-shelf liquors. While it seems simple, the process is far from it and Leif has worked to perfect flavor combinations which are manufactured locally in the company’s state-of-the-art facility. Leif works alongside his sister, Nikki, and parents Niels and Gloria and hopes to make Momenti a name-brand throughout the world.
Frank, Lelia & Jake Friedlander
TuffSkin Surface Protection
Founded by Frank and Lelia Friedlander, TuffSkin Surface Protection provides surface protection for frequently used marbles or other surfaces. Utilizing a breathable polyester, the product bonds to a variety of surfaces and provides protection and easy clean-up. The Friedlander’s came upon the idea for TuffSkin while window tinting for hotels. They were asked for advice in protecting the resort property’s marble tables from etching and staining. A few years later, TuffSkin was born and today serves clients around the world.
Change is Good
A business that has moved on to the second generation, or further, and has successfully utilized the younger generation’s ideas.
Zachary & Travis Gerber
Gerber Law Offices, LLP
A. Grant Gerber, who was born and raised in Elko, returned to the rural community to practice law in 1978. Two years later he formed Gerber Law Offices and eventually worked alongside two of his sons, Zachary and Travis. The two inherited the firm from their father when he passed away in 2014 and have worked to carry on his legacy for Nevada. In particular, the Gerber’s are proud of Grant’s efforts to keep local resources in local hands and hope to eventually pass the firm to a third generation.
Founded by their parents Brent and Jeanne Curtis in 1983, Doug and David purchased Curtis & Sons Construction from them in 2012 after running it for a few years. The brothers began working for the family business in their teens and developed a love for the industry. The company has 30 full-time employees and both generations have made caring for employees a priority. In fact, over half of the 30 employees have been with the company for over 15 years. The Curtis’ hope to pass along their love for construction to a third generation.
Gordon Gagnon & Mitch Watts
Rubber Engineering & Development Co. (REDCO)
Est: 1948 (1990 in Nevada)
Founded by, Herbert Watts, the grandfather of one of the current owners, REDCO is a custom rubber producer that started in a small garage in San Leandro, CA. As the company grew the family sought more space and found a home in Carson City in 1990. In 1996, Mitch Watts and Gordon Gagnon agreed to buy out the second generation of owners which included Herbert’s sons Roland and Dean as well as Chuck Smith. Today, Mitch and Gordon work to increase sales and productivity for the company and its 35 employees.
Paula Delapasse, Trystan Tiberti, Mario Tiberti, Andra Maffey Tiberti, Renaldo Tiberti, Mark Maffey & Paul Maffey
JA Tiberti Construction Company
When J.A. Tiberti moved to Las Vegas in 1941 he was with the Army Corps of Engineers. After he completed his work for the Army, he decided to stay in the growing city and build a business. J.A. Tiberti Construction was formed. His children and grandchildren grew up working for the family company and today, his son Renaldo serves as president and four of his other children are owners. The third and fourth generation of the family have been taking active roles in the company and the family business is expected to remain just that into the future.
Chad & Allen Kaercher
Founded by Wm. Franklin Kaercher who started selling burial and life insurance from his car, Kaercher Insurance has a rich legacy in Nevada. Today the company is owned by Wm. Franklin’s son, Wm. Allen, and his business partners, James Porrello and Steve Waters. Allen, who started working for his father doing everything from cleaning to mail room work, has brought the company into the future and merged with smaller independents to grow. He works alongside the third generation, his son Chad.
Lorenzo & Frank Fertitta, III
Frank Ferttita, Jr., founder of Station Casinos, had the revolutionary idea to give local Las Vegans the downtown experience without the chaos of the Las Vegas Strip. He turned that idea into a 5,000 square foot facility he simply termed “The Casino”. Today that simple idea has grown to 19 properties employing 12,000 team members. Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, III took over for their father in 1993 and helped fuel the growth it’s seen in recent years. Frank’s oldest daughter Kelley is currently learning the ropes from her dad and uncle.
Wisdom of Age
A business that has been operating for over 25 years.
With a legacy of adaptability and doing what’s right for clients, HBM Technology Partners provides service and support for computer systems. The company was founded by Harry Stephen Foote and passed on to his son Gordon who, along with his own son Gary, run the business today. Starting with just 18 typewriters to sell to customers, the business has evolved and now provides everything from software and hardware to backups and troubleshooting for technology.
D & D Plumbing, Inc.
Founded by brothers Dale, Dalton and Jerry Lowery, D & D Plumbing started out of Dale’s garage with an old pickup being used as a work truck. The company has since grown and now has locations in both Sparks and Fallon and 52 employees. The brothers credit their long-time success to the way their business is organized. Each of the three brothers are responsible for specific arms of the business and they don’t step on each other’s toes in management. The three are working on succession strategies for future generations.
Nevada, Mitch, Lisa & Josh Besso
Reno Vulcanizing Works
Founded by Augustino “Gus” Besso and Frank Menante nearly a century ago, Reno Vulcanizing Works is amongst the oldest companies in Nevada. The auto care company has been handed down through the generations and currently has the third generation, consisting of Steve and Mitch Besso, running things. The fourth generation, Mitch’s son Josh and Steve’s daughter Stevee, are right there with them and plan to take over in the future. Josh has been working for the family business for 10 years already. The family attributes good old fashioned work ethic and relationships to their continued success.
Conner, Kevin & Austin Burke
Burke Construction Group, Inc.
Founded by Tim Burke just over 30 years ago, Burke Construction Group is run today by his brother Kevin, who took over as president and CEO in 2000. Kevin said he’s proud the passion the organization has for their people, their clients and the business. Tim, who passed away in 2002, wanted to build a contracting firm that exceeds client expectations and Kevin carries that tradition on today. The company is now licensed or registered in 26 states and Kevin, along with his nephews, Conner and Austin, hopes to continue that growth.
Quality Corrections & Inspections
Celebrating 30 years in business, Quality Corrections & Inspections specializes in helping importers resolve quality issues from overseas manufacturers. The company was founded by Ronald and Doris Burk and is owned and run today by the Burk family, including Ronald and Doris’ children and spouses. The company has managed to stay family-oriented because everyone is involved, helps shoulder the burdens and they all work hard. The Burk family wants to continue expanding their customer base and be part of the solution for quality issues that arise for their clients.
Martin, Linda, Natalee & Rodney Yack
Est: 1972 (1989 in Nevada)
Founded by Martin Yack over 40 years ago, Yack Construction has seen a multitude of changes in construction over the years. Martin formed the company as a way to spend more time with his family and learned the trade from his father and grandfather. Today, Martin’s son Randy has carried on his legacy and the family business is still going strong. Over the years, the Yack’s have focused on conservative management and good planning to grow. They hope that growth will continue on for the next generation.