Knight to join firm, Sato, Cruz promoted
Rocky Finseth, President and CEO of Carrara Nevada, announced the following staff changes effective September 1,2021.
Samantha Sato has been appointed to the position of Director of Legislative Operations and Affairs. Previously, Sato served as an administrative assistant in the Las Vegas office.
Ashley Cruz has been appointed to the newly created position of Director of Strategic Planning and Initiatives. Cruz has served as an assistant to Mr. Finseth since she joined the firm in 2018. Like Sato, Cruz is based in the firm’s Las Vegas office.
“Samantha and Ashley have worked incredibly hard under stressful conditions throughout the pandemic and done a remarkable job in assisting me. During the pandemic, they were at my side helping me maneuver through a very challenging business environment while at the same time keeping our clients engaged and informed. As we emerge out of the pandemic, both continue to accept more and more responsibilities, so the promotion was a natural fit for the two of them. I’m excited for them and their next steps in our organization engaging with our vast array of clients,” said Finseth.
Replacing Cruz as Mr. Finseth’s assistant will be Ms. Kelly Knight. Knight has an extensive background in the business world, having seen successful stints at both Altria, a client of the company where she served as a financial analyst, and at PWC in New York City. “I’ve known Kelly for a number of years, and we have worked on several initiatives at the Legislature relative to mental health and childhood trauma and loss. I was excited when she accepted my offer to join the Carrara Nevada team as my Special Assistant. She brings a wealth of business acumen into the position, and I look forward to working alongside of her,” noted Finseth.
Carrara Nevada is a government affairs firm with over two and a half decades of work in Nevada. With state, national, and international clients in its portfolio, Carrara Nevada is one of the premier government affairs firms in Nevada.