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University of Nevada, Reno alumni Mark Glodowski and Brad Platt turn passion for Wolf Pack sports into a thriving business


WELCOME Growth and change! Those words best describe the last year in The College of Business. In fact there might have been so much growth and change that many of our alumni might not recognize their alma mater next time they are on campus. Student enrollment continues to grow at an astonishing pace. The quality of our academic programs has become well known throughout the state and region resulting in total enrollment of over 3,200 students in our undergraduate and graduate programs. Those programs include the largest undergraduate enrollment by major in management, the largest graduate program on campus, the MBA and, in response to evolving business and industry demands, the new emphasis on data analytics in the Master of Science in Information Systems. All College of Business majors and programs continue to be incredibly popular choices for students pursuing higher education at the University of Nevada. In the area of entrepreneurship the College continues to grow in reputation by supporting student-focused programs through the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship. Activity highlights this last year include the annual Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition that awards $50,000 to the winning student-created business, the speed mentorship networking program presented by the UNR Entrepreneurship Club and supported by the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship, and the recently launched Ozmen Center Women’s Initiative intended to encourage more women students to become active in entrepreneurship. Change is obvious now when you set foot inside the Nazir Ansari Business Building. Thanks to generous donations by the Nell J. Redfield Foundation and the William N. Pennington Foundation, the building was remodeled during the last academic year for the first time in its 35-year history. The results are more professional, collaborative classrooms and work spaces for students and faculty. The enhanced learning environment will be a great benefit to our already high-quality programs. As we continue to grow and change, the contributions and accomplishments of outstanding alumni are never far from our minds. You have helped build an outstanding institution. We hope that you are as proud of it as we are of you.

Greetings Fellow Alumni and Friends! The mission of the College of Business Alumni Association (COBAA) has always been to support The College of Business (COB) and enrich the lives of alumni and friends of the College by helping establish lifelong relationships between the College, its alumni and friends, and our community. This magazine, along with the numerous events COBAA is involved with throughout the year, are just a few of the tools COBAA uses to support its mission and help build those lifelong relationships. The purpose of the magazine is to open the doors of the College and share the stories and current activities happening within its walls and to give an opportunity for our alumni and friends to share their stories, job promotions, and other significant life accomplishments. With that said, as with past presidents, I encourage you to share your stories by emailing us at These stories help build the foundation of the magazine and is the reason we’ve been able to successfully continue to publish great magazines with great stories and content. After completing my undergraduate studies in 2006 (accounting), I wanted to find ways to give back to the University and The College of Business. I wanted to stay connected with my fellow Alumni and also find ways to hopefully pay it forward to others who were attending the COB. I was recruited to the College of Business Alumni Association board of directors through co-workers who had been involved with the board in the past. I am fortunate to work at a company that values our connection to the community and the University who initially encouraged my participation and continues to support my growth and participation with the board. I, along with so many others who have been part of the COBAA, have been able to build and create new relationships with alumnus and faculty that continue to have an impact on my personal and professional life. As incoming President of the College of Business Alumni Association, I am excited to fulfill my first official Presidential duty to present you with the fifth annual issue of the College of Business Alumni Association magazine, N Venture. I encourage everyone who is looking for a way to get more involved with the College and COBAA to do so through participation in our activities and events or financial support or both! The best way to stay connected is through membership in COBAA. If you would like to consider membership or other involvement, please visit www.unr. edu/business/alumni-and-giving for more information regarding such opportunities. Throughout my years on the board I have had the pleasure to watch The College of Business continue to grow in attendance and national accreditation. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to everyone for the continued support and involvement with COBAA and the College, without you The College of Business and the alumni association would not successful. I am ready to start another year of growth and outreach for the College of Business Alumni Association and look forward to continuing to support the Legacy of all our alumni.



Gregory C. Mosier Dean, College of Business

Stephanie Berggren President of COBAA The College of Business Alumni Magazine


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PACK PRIDE Silver and Blue Outfitters backs the Pack by Annie Conway


ocal business owners and University of Nevada, Reno graduates Mark Glodowski and Brad Platt have taken their enthusiasm for Wolf Pack sports and turned it into a thriving business in Northern Nevada. Their business, Silver and Blue Outfitters, is a Wolf Pack apparel and accessories retailer. Looking around town now, you can see strong support for the Wolf Pack with car decals, Nevada clothing and Wolf Pack apparel sold in many Northern Nevada locations. But according to Platt and Glodowski, it wasn’t like this over 10 years ago. “There wasn’t Scheels; there wasn’t the two-story Wolf Shop in the student union,” Glodowski said. “There was just a small selection (of Wolf Pack merchandise) in the old student union.” “If you saw someone wearing Wolf Pack gear, you would go give them a high five (because it was rare),” Platt said. This lack of Wolf Pack attire coupled with their passion for sports provided the opportunity to fill this void. Glodowski started an online sports-related message board while he was in college that was designed to connect sport fans. After graduating from The College of Business with a degree in Marketing in 2004, he went on to attend Texas A&M for graduate school. He quickly found that he could not effectively manage the site without being in the Reno area and transitioned the message board to Platt, one of the more active users on the site. While Glodowski was at Texas A&M, he experienced “a massive amount of school spirit.” “Part of the college experience is feeling like you are part of something bigger than yourself,” Glodowski said. Being at Texas A&M showed him how vibrant school tradition and pride could be. After graduating, he wanted to bring the college pride that he experienced in Texas to Northern Nevada.

Like Glodowski, Platt had a similar experience when visiting his brother who attended Auburn University in Alabama. He said the rich culture and tradition of the school left him in awe. So in 2006, the two teamed up to launch an online retail store to offer a wider range of Wolf Pack apparel. Within the first year of operating the online store, the boxes of merchandise started overtaking Glodowski’s house from all the orders. They got a warehouse and bought a trailer so they could sell apparel at Wolf Pack games. They realized that they were able to sell the merchandise much faster with a physical location. In 2008, they opened their first store in the Meadowood Mall. Silver and Blue Outfitters became the official merchandiser of Wolf Pack Athletics in 2009. The business runs concession stands at the Nevada games and fills all the online orders through the university’s athletics web page. The contract runs to 2017 — at which time they will look to renew their contract. Last year, they opened their second brick-and-mortar location on Virginia Street across from the UNR campus. “The more merchandise out there the better it is for the (Wolf Pack) brand,” Glodowski said. “At other universities, every campus is surrounded by other stores like ours.” Glodowski and Platt acquired the building in April 2015 and signed a 10-year lease for the 2,900-square-foot store. The building was previously used as a day care center and was in need of major renovations to convert it to retail use. Glodowski and Platt worked with the landlord of the building, Josh Theriot with JEF Enterprises, to add $150,000 of renovations to the property. They also had a mural of the Wolf Pack logo painted on the side of the building to further show their Nevada pride. The store opened with a special-use permit on Oct. 3, just in time for the Nevada vs. UNLV football game. The official grand opening was held Nov. 5. The new store allows them to better serve students and faculty. “It is a more campus centric crowd,” Glodowski said. “They are more plugged in.” The business also provides part-time jobs to university students. The two stores employ anywhere between nine to 18 employees during their peak seasons. One of their notable former employees includes San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick, who worked at the Meadowood Mall store while he attended UNR.

University of Nevada, Reno graduates Mark Glodowski and Brad Platt are the co-owners of Silver and Blue Outfitters. Photo courtesy Silver and Blue Outfitters The College of Business Alumni Magazine


According to Platt and Glodowski, the relationships they have built with their customers and the sense of community they have built are the most rewarding aspects of the business. Throughout the years, many of their customers and employees have become friends. Glodowski and Platt’s ties with University of Nevada, Reno and The College of Business run deep. “The Nevada pride has always been a part of me,” Glodowski said. He is a native Nevadan and his father also attended UNR. During his time at The College of Business, Glodowski interned with Nevada Small Business Development Center (NSBDC), a statewide business assistance outreach program run out of The College of Business. Throughout college, he was a member of the business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi and an internal coordinator for student orientation staff. “The College of Business definitely influenced my life in a huge way,” Glodowski said. “During college, I practically lived at The College of Business and everything that I’ve done as an entrepreneur has some tie back to the college.” In 2004, Glodowski, along with Kurt Esser, founded Blue Crew, the official student spirit club of Wolf Pack Athletics, to foster school pride. Glodowski served as the inaugural president of the club and was in charge of defining the organization. While he was president, the group took over painting the “N,” organized road trips so students could attend Wolf Pack away games and more. Blue Crew is still an active club today. Platt graduated from University of Nevada, Reno in 2000 with a degree in electrical engineering. He is also currently the director of geothermal, solar and energy storage for Enel Green Power North America, Inc., in addition to being a co-owner of Silver and


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Blue Outfitters. Prior to attending UNR, he was in the military. Platt moved to Reno 1992 around the time the Wolf Pack moved up to Division 1-A. Even as a student, he purchased season tickets to ensure he would have good seats for the football games. This led him to become an avid fan of Wolf Pack athletics. “Both of us live and breathe passion for our school,” Glodowski said. “That passion has been key (to our success).” Now as the university continues to grow, Platt and Glodowski are excited to see more businesses settling in the University District. Along with the new location for Silver and Blue Outfitters, several other businesses, like Laughing Planet Café, Hub Coffee Roasters, The Dropout bike shop and The Mill juice shop, have opened around the university within the past year. “It is so long over due,” Glodowski said about the revitalization to Virginia Street in the University District. They hope that Reno will continue to become more of a university town and are proud of how much support has grown in recent years for the University of Nevada, Reno. Platt pointed out that Wolf Pack head football coach Brian Polian and head basketball coach Eric Musselman often comment on how much Wolf Pack gear they see around town. “I think if they could see what it was like 10 years ago they would be floored,” Platt said. “It is really neat to see that transformation from a school that really didn’t have an identity in the community.” “I would like to think we have been a significant part of that (transformation),” Glodowski said. ■ Silver and Blue Outfitters opened their second store in 2015 across from UNR’s campus at 1505 N. Virginia St. Photo courtesy Silver and Blue Outfitters.

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EXPANDING ENTREPRENEURSHIP Mick Hitchcock, Ph.D., supports entrepreneurship in The College of Business


oted biomedical entrepreneur and University Foundation Trustee Mick Hitchcock, Ph.D., has established a fund to bring enhanced training in entrepreneurship to The College of Business. The fund will support a part-time lecturer and a part-time graduate assistantship in entrepreneurship, with the goal of bringing top students from other disciplines, like medicine, into the entrepreneurship program. “The University continues to excel at graduating scientists with the knowledge and talent we need to address the challenges we face with innovative techniques and ideas,” Hitchcock said. “But science and scientists are not enough. Their nascent ideas must be turned into something useful. And this requires the vision and passion of entrepreneurs. Build a company around the idea, develop the material, and then create the value that makes the company successful.” He understands this concept well. As senior advisor at the bio-pharmaceutical company Gilead, he helped build the company from a small biotech with 100 people and no products to the successful organization it is today with over 20 marketed pharmaceuticals and more than 8,500 employees. “Sound, successful business practices at Gilead have enabled us to pursue our passion: developing pharmaceuticals to improve lives,” Hitchcock reflected. “In supporting entrepreneurship at the University, I hope that students come to understand that

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their goals — whether they are developing new life-saving pharmaceuticals or unmanned autonomous vehicles — will be served by creative and disciplined applications of solid business principles.” Hitchcock’s gifts to secure a lecturer and graduate assistant in entrepreneurship complements The College of Business’s increasing emphasis on fostering budding entrepreneurs. In 2014, The College of Business opened the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship. Funded by Fatih and Eren Ozmen, founders of the Sparks-based aerospace company Sierra Nevada Corporation, the Ozmen Center is located in the Ansari Business Building and provides counseling for students and community members looking to launch their own businesses. The Ozmen Center functions as both a formal and informal meeting place that allows aspiring entrepreneurs to meet with successful business owners to receive feedback and guidance. Every Monday it hosts the Entrepreneurship Club, which helps students, business owners, and those interested in entrepreneurship mold ideas into products and services. The Ozmen Center’s participation in the City of Reno’s Assess-LicenseLaunch program brings together professionals to assess new business ventures and help entrepreneurs through the process of licensing and launching a start-up. The Ozmen Center also supports existing programs and activities within The College of Business, including an undergraduate minor in entrepreneurship, a graduate emphasis in entrepreneurship, and the Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition. Founded by Rick Sontag ’66 (physics) in 2011, the Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition offers a prize of $50,000 annually to the best proposed potential business created by University students. Sontag winners range from EscaZyme Biochemicals, dedicated to reducing the deleterious effects of bark beetles, to Instally, a mobile platform that provides parking solutions for universities. “The University’s robust approach to fostering entrepreneurship in its students is critical,” Hitchcock said. “For the community’s continued growth, we need more entrepreneurs.” To learn more about supporting entrepreneurship training in The College of Business, please contact Mitch Klaich, director of development, at or (775) 682-6490. ■

Mick Hitchcock was named a University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Trustee in 2015 where he serves on the Planning and Governance Board and the Audit and Finance Committee. He has been recognized for his philanthropy in the University’s Honor Court where he was inducted as a Founder in 2014 and Philanthropist in 2015. Photo by Theresa Danna-Douglas. The College of Business Alumni Magazine


MBA 50TH ANNIVERSARY 50 years in business

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University MBA program celebrates golden anniversary


hile silver might be the standout color at the University of Nevada, Reno, The College of Business happily celebrated another color in 2015 – gold. It’s been 50 years since the college first started its Master of Business Administration program. One of only two MBA programs in the West when it first began in 1965, the University has since conferred over 2,400 master’s degrees. Today, it is the largest graduate school program on the University’s campus, with 205 students enrolled for the fall 2015 semester. “On the surface a lot has changed over the last 50 years,” University College of Business Dean Greg Mosier said. “However, the college has always had an ongoing commitment to provide a highly educated workforce and to help diversify Nevada’s economy.” Economic impact “Business for Nevada,” a book written by Robert Weems, The College of Business’ founding dean, details the college’s efforts to partner with Nevada’s key industries from the get go. Weems’ book provides accounts of early research that took place within The College of Business to help diversify Nevada’s economy and industries.

According to Weems, the college aimed to bring national attention to Nevada’s business-friendly climate. Faculty worked to partner with several businesses in the state from the beginning and continue to remain a resource for government and private industry alike. Currently, the college boasts 20 Corporate Partners. These organizations, which range from Reno-area businesses to international technology corporations, help students gain first-hand experience and insight into the business world. Partners often hire College of Business students directly out of the program and readily encourage their own employees to participate in the college’s MBA program. “The MBA program allowed me the opportunity to learn great business knowledge that I’ve been able to leverage in my professional career,” Atlantis Casino Resort Spa Director of Casino Marketing Brandon McNeely, said. “Working with other aspiring business professionals and learning of their many different perspectives and opinions have been invaluable in my career.” As the state’s land-grant institution, the University’s College of Business also recognized a need to connect with smaller businesses in the state. With the start of the Nevada Small Business Development Center (SBDC) 30 years ago, the college became a go-to resource for Nevada small business owners as well. Its mission to promote and facilitate sustainable economic prosperity across Nevada tied in well with the MBA program. The Nevada SBDC employs two MBA graduate assistants who help mentor clients, under the guidance of business faculty, and identify areas of need for Nevada small businesses. Program alumni “Many of our MBA alumni have gone on to become some of our biggest supporters,” Mosier said. Some of the college’s most notable alumni include Eren Ozmen of Sierra Nevada Corporation and co-founder of the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship in The College of Business and Hera Siu, former vice president at SAP China and currently managing director for Greater China at Pearson. “Students who go through the University’s MBA program take away relevant, impactful knowledge they can apply to their career over a lifetime,” College of Business Associate Dean Kambiz Raffiee said. “Throughout the last 50 years, the consistent strength of the program has been the quality faculty dedicated to teaching the depth of curriculum that is offered.” More than 2,400 students have graduated from the University’s College of Business MBA program, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015. Photo courtesy University of Nevada, Reno


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The University of Nevada, Reno’s Master of Business Administration program first started back in 1965 and received full accreditation in 1971 from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools in Business. Photo courtesy Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Sam Males, director of the Nevada SBDC and MBA program alumnus, credits the faculty for his success. “The time and patience shown by College of Business faculty allowed me to adjust to a different discipline and afforded me life skills that I still use today with my colleagues and employees,” Males said. Alumna Heidi Gansert, now the University’s special assistant to the president for external affairs, also recognizes the MBA program as valuable to her career. “I used the fundamentals I learned through the program to develop a business model for medical practices that included everything from incorporation decisions, to billing, to complex health care contract negotiations,” Gansert said. “My education also served me well as a six-year member of the Nevada Assembly’s Ways and Means Committee and as chief of staff for Governor Brian Sandoval.” Changing with the times While the MBA program first started in 1965, it received its full accreditation in 1971 from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools in Business, the highest level of accreditation attainable in business education. Forty years after this accreditation, the college, in partnership with University Extended Studies, launched the Online Executive Master’s in Business Administration. Its first cohort started with 13 students in the fall of 2011. The format of the program allows mid-career executives and experienced professionals to continue working while advancing their skill set and earning an Executive MBA. “I really felt like the difference between the online and face-toface Executive MBA programs was minimal,” Jeff Wong, associate professor and accounting department chair at The College of Business, said. “Our goal with structuring the program was to offer two first courses that really got students used to learning in the online environment. Students in the Online EMBA program quickly develop a rhythm of work.” Building a national reputation Soon after the online program’s inception, it became nationally ranked. Most recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Online Executive MBA No. 29 of 195 schools in the “Best Online MBA Programs” category in January 2015. The Princeton Review named the program one of the “Top 25 Online MBA Programs for 2015.” The list is the first ranking of online MBA programs that is based on both surveys of administrators at the schools and of students enrolled in the schools’ online MBAs. It also gave a nod to The College of Business including it in “The Best 296 Business Schools: 2015 Edition.”

The college’s part-time MBA program is also nationally ranked 24th by Bloomberg Businessweek for part-time MBA programs. “The college has a strong, visible reputation for its MBA programs,” Raffiee said. “Through these programs, we look forward to continuing to support Nevada business for another 50 years and beyond.” Calling all MBA alumni The College of Business wants to reconnect with its MBA alumni. Alumni are encouraged to visit and fill out a short survey to update their contact information. As a thank you, the college will send each respondent a 50-year commemorative coin. To learn more about the University’s MBA program visit, ■

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Eide Bailly’s Wolf Pack

by Anna G. Larson

CPA firm boasts a strong connection to the university


auren Sankovich attended her first accounting class because of the FBI. As a college student at the University of Nevada, Reno, Sankovich met with an FBI recruiter who told her they were only accepting lawyers and accountants. Sankovich earned her accounting degree, but she traded federal investigation for audit work and an eventual partnership at Eide Bailly (pronounced Eye-d BAY-lee). “I decided when I came to UNR, that’s what I wanted to do. Mainly it was just that I took the first accounting class with Cynthia Burke. I really like her and I really liked the class. That’s what got me hooked,” she says. Sankovich’s time at UNR did more than just hook her on accounting. She is a proud member of the Wolf Pack and a champion for the school. In 2015, she was awarded a Nevada Alumni Association Service Award for her service to the association. She’s in good company at Eide Bailly — its Reno office is almost a Wolf Pack itself. Eight of Eide Bailly’s nine Reno partners graduated from The College of Business, and nearly three-fourths of staff members also attended the university. Eide Bailly expanded into Northern Nevada in 2014 when Muckel Anderson CPAs and Kafoury Armstrong became part of the firm. It was the first Nevada location for Eide Bailly, and the union marked the first regional CPA firm in Reno. Eide Bailly currently has four offices in the state.

Eide Bailly continued Muckel Anderson and Kafoury Armstrong’s close relationship with the university, and hiring staff from the accounting business programs is seen as a key component of the firm’s current and future success in Reno, says Felicia O’Carroll, a 1976 graduate and partner at Eide Bailly. “There are a lot of us who feel very passionately about the university. We have so many people who are vested in various aspects of the university,” she says. “Many of our new hires graduated from the university. That’s one reason why it’s important to stay connected with the university. They’re an integral part of our community.” A top 25 CPA firm in the nation, Eide Bailly counts community connection as one of its values. The firm’s partners are involved in various university activities and organizations, like the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation, and the Alumni Association. Eide Bailly participates in Meet the Firms, on-campus interviews, Beta Alpha Psi and homecoming events. You’ll also find staff cheering on the Wolf Pack at football and basketball games, or helping students with mock interviews and resume writing workshops. Eide Bailly’s commitment to community extends beyond the campus as well. The firm is a regular sponsor of local events such as Go Red for Women, the Children’s Cabinet Art of Childhood and the Great Reno Balloon Race.

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That sense of community extends into the office, says Butch Anderson, a 1981 UNR graduate and partner-in-charge of Eide Bailly’s Nevada offices. He enjoys the comradery among his fellow UNR alumni. “Almost everyone here is a Nevada graduate. It’s awesome. We all have similar experiences and received similar education. It’s really a lot of fun. We go to alumni events and sporting events together,” he says. “It’s good to give back to the institution that helped me get to where I am today.” When Eide Bailly’s UNR graduates talk about their alma mater, they emphasize how both the university and internships prepare students for the workforce. Combining the intimacy of a small campus with the dynamics of a large campus and student body ensures students have the best of both worlds, O’Carroll says. O’Carroll’s path to UNR and Eide Bailly started four years into her college education. She was a nutrition major who tried accounting at the spur of the moment. The “A” she earned in her first class encouraged her to continue the accountant career path. She was the first female partner elected at her previous firm, and she strives to especially encourage women to pursue accounting careers. “I think there’s a lot I can share with our female staff particularly, like it’s very doable to have a career and be a mom,” she says. Eide Bailly has made it a point to nurture a firmwide culture where women are as likely to succeed as men. First Focus, its women’s initiative, helps empower the women of the firm to accomplish all that they can in what has traditionally been a male-dominated industry. Since the inception of First Focus, the percentage of women partners in the firm has grown from 19 percent to 27 percent. O’Carroll was awarded the President’s Medal in 2016 (an award that honors individuals who have contributed substantially to the advancement of the university), and she’s an emerita trustee of the University Foundation, previously serving as chair of the foundation and Vice Chair of Finance. She also received the Nevada Alumni Association Professional Achievement Award in 2008 and is currently chair of the Sanford Center for Aging Oversight Committee. “The university played an important role in my career. I Eide Bailly partners : want to see it continue to grow • Butch Anderson ‘81 and keep inspiring students to reach for their dreams. The • Daniel Carter ‘06 work going on around campus • Kristen Chinvarasopak is truly amazing and provides an • Todd Ferguson ‘85 opportunity for all to pursue an education,” she says. • Kirk Gardner ‘84 Eide Bailly attracts graduates • Caesar Ibarra ‘00 with benefits such as tuition reimbursement, a fun work • Mike Klaich ‘82 environment, focus on work-life • Felicia O’Carroll ‘76 balance, and opportunities for growth. Interns often become • Lauren Sankovich ‘98

Eide Bailly’s Felicia O’Carroll, Butch Anderson and Lauren Sankovich pose in their Wolf Pack gear.

full-time employees who start their careers at the firm. Part of ushering in the new generation of CPAs is helping them see that accounting is more than numbers, O’Carroll says. “It’s about communication, with your client, your own staff, and making sure everything happens at the right time and the right way,” she says. Sankovich says one of her roles as a partner is to encourage students to be enthusiastic about accounting. “The people are my favorite part. You know you’re doing your job when you can teach someone and they’re excited about it,” she says. “We get to see it all working here. We’re growing. This is a small community and the students are a big part of it.” Qualities that attracted partners like Sankovich, O’Carroll and Anderson to the university are similar to what attracted them to Eide Bailly—a commitment to community and a small-town feel that offers endless opportunities. “The people are genuine. They are some of the nicest people I’ve ever worked with. That’s what drives me in the morning, to come to work with people I like,” Anderson says. “It’s all about the culture and a connection between the firm and university.” That culture is key to Eide Bailly’s continued growth and success. The regional firm serves 59,000 clients across the nation and currently has 29 offices in 13 states. Even as it continues to grow, each individual office has a small family feel, making it easy for students to feel at home. “The businesses here and the university work as a team to ensure students are happy and have jobs after college,” Sankovich says. “Most of all, it’s just about giving back to the community and to the university some of what they gave to us.” ■ The College of Business Alumni Magazine


UNIVERSITY DISTRICT New businesses revitalize 10th and Virginia


ome might have viewed the three dilapidated brick houses on the corner of Virginia and 10th streets across from Manzanita Hall as a bit of an eyesore, but University of Nevada, Reno College of Business alum Paddy Egan saw nothing but opportunity. When Egan, head of Urban Investments along with managing partner Joe Udvare, looked at the corner he saw a thriving mixed-use development that would serve UNR students and nearby residents. Two of the run-down buildings were long used as student housing, while the last was a professional office. Urban Investments repurposed the buildings into four bustling businesses. Urban @ University at the corner of 10th and Virginia now houses Laughing Planet Café, Hub Coffee Roasters, The Dropout bike shop and The Mill juice shop. Urban @ University is the second redevelopment project for Egan and Udvare. The duo completed their first mixed-used multi-component redevelopment project at Urban @ Riverside in 2013. Urban @ Riverside was years in the making, Egan says — he even sold a piece of the land to a developer who had planned condominiums, but the housing downturn put the kibosh on those plans. But not Egan’s and Udvare’s vision for the parcel. “We always believed in it,” he says. It was kind of fortuitous we were able to do it ourselves. “We thought for years about it, about how the pieces would come together,” Egan adds. “We also give a ton of credit to our tenants on the project because we are all in it together.” The success of Urban @ Riverside, anchored by Hub Coffee Roasters, Dorinda’s Chocolates, Beaujolais Bistro, a salon, a boutique and several other small businesses, helped Urban Investments move forward with Urban @ University — but Egan had long been fostering plans for the site. “We identified this very early on as a strategic corner,” Egan says. “It’s what the university needed to become more of a community-oriented college. We have always had this sort of commuter-college aspect, and there was a desire and a need for services and something at the university that wasn’t on campus. “We don’t really have a (University) district,” Egan adds. “You hit I-80, and then there’s downtown. There’s nothing in between where people congregate that’s sustained by the college.”

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The buildings across the street from the university were erected in 1928 and 1930 and totaled about 8,500-square-feet of developable space. Due to their age, they weren’t the easiest buildings to repurpose, Egan admits. But rather than tear the structures down and start new, Urban Investments chose to preserve the historical brick buildings that dovetail perfectly with the stately beauty of neighboring Manzanita Hall. “We wanted it to be true and representative of the university and provide some character,” Egan says. “And it gives the businesses some identity.” Urban Investments had Hub Coffee Roasters and The Dropout in tow when it purchased the buildings, and it wanted to populate the other retail spaces with tenants that represented Reno rather than faceless national tenants. Laughing Planet definitely fit that bill — Franz Spielvogel, owner and chief executive officer of the 14-chain franchise, attended UNR and once dormed at Sierra Hall on 10th Street. “We wanted something that represented us as a city and as a university in these old buildings,” Egan says. The Hub opened November of 2015, and the other businesses opened in early 2016. Egan says his experiences with the MBA program at The College of Business, along with learning the real estate brokerage business from his dad, helped position him to be successful in his real estate ventures. “It’s really what you put into it and how you are applying it,” he says. “I was working through a lot of business plans at the same time I was going through the MBA program. It was really helpful to look at them from all different angles, from strategic placement to finance and what our debt structure would look like. “It helped build confidence,” he adds. “More than anything, my education (at UNR) helped me be more confident in the ideas I had and to be able to make those ideas materialize. As a whole, it was hugely beneficial to get me where I am today.” Next up for Egan: transforming a dilapidated motel and liquor store at 200 S. Center St. and an old commercial building on Pine Street into Center + Pine. The motel has been gutted to its concrete floors and load-bearing posts and will be completely redeveloped. They are developing the Center Street project in tandem with Desert Wind Homes owners Allyson and Victor Rameker, who also is a graduate of The College of Business. Egan urges other property owners in the university area to consider redeveloping their holdings and capitalize on the synergy created by Urban @ University. “We are huge supporters of the university,” Egan says. “This is not just a profit center for us — we are vested in all aspects of this. We hope other property owners move in this direction and help create a university district. It’s something that will benefit everybody up here. There’s so much potential here that is untapped. ■




College of Business alumnus and head of Urban Investments Paddy Egan along with managing partner Joe Udvare repurposed the dilapidated brick houses on the courner of Virginia and 10th into four bustling businesses. The buildings now house Laughing Planet Café, Hub Coffee Roasters, The Dropout bike shop and The Mill juice shop. Photo by NNBW staff


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DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION College of Business alumni works to bring Northern Nevada’s first container park to life


hen Phil Buckheart graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno College of Business in May of 2002, he had no idea that more than a decade later he would be transforming a small swath of bare dirt in downtown Reno into a hip gathering spot. Buckheart, who works as an account management administrator at International Game Technology in South Meadows, is spearheading development of The Eddy at 16 S. Sierra St. along with partner Kurt Stitser of Realm Constructors. Slated to open in April of 2017, the Eddy will be Northern Nevada’s first container park featuring an open-air beer garden and room to host food trucks throughout the day. Buckheart says the idea to develop a retail hub using old shipping containers came to him after seeing the concept utilized to great success in the artisan-rich Hayes Valley neighborhood in San Francisco. “I loved the concept,” Buckheart says. “It was in a great little downtown area that was formerly an old parking lot. They had built a multi-use space in between retail, and it’s still there. It’s just a very cool little place with ice cream, a coffee bar, a beer garden — it was packed on the day I walked by and I thought it would be a cool idea for Reno.” Like many nascent business plans, this one took some time to gel. Buckheart kept the idea floating around in the back of his head over the course of a few years, and eventually it took some slight prodding from Stitser at Realm Constructors to finally get the project moving forward. “Being a developer, he said one day, ‘What’s up with that beer garden? Let’s try it and see if we can build it out.’” The project is unlike any other in the Truckee Meadows. Buckheart and Stitser will secure several old shipping containers and will refurbish them at a site in West Reno. Typically, for container-based business, the face of the containers is cut open and built out to serve as a retail walk-up counter. Refurbishment includes adding plumbing and electrical, as well as shelving and any other equipment needed to run a small business. Realm Constructors will need to maximize every inch of a 40-foot container to build it out to serve beer. Each container has 10 feet of usable space on each end. One side will be the cooler that stores kegs, with taps extending through the walls. The middle 20 feet serves as actual bar space to service customers, while the remaining 10 feet functions as a back bar to hold glassware and other bar necessities. On-site work at South Sierra Street includes lot grading and installation of electrical and plumbing infrastructure. Once the containers are readied, they will be dropped into place and “plugged in.” “Ideally, when they are all done and ready to go, we will just drop the containers, hook them all up, put up fencing and seating and make the site pretty,” Buckheart says. “Hopefully it all comes together pretty quickly once we lay in the containers.” The Eddy has a five-year operating lease for the lot at South Sierra Street that begins next April when the project is slated to open. The developers originally planned on a 2016 opening but had to push the date back until next year after public pushback on the project from downtown residents and other parties.

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Buckheart says he learned a lot while working with City of Reno officials and others to assuage their fears that The Eddy would not turn into a noisome late-night party spot. “When we first put our business license through the city, we did some due diligence by reaching out to surrounding neighbors and businesses,” Buckheart says. “We should have followed up as the project became public because some citizens were a little wary of what actually would be built there.” Buckheart and Stitser spent months working with downtown development groups and residents to ensure the project stayed on track. Despite the delay in development, Buckheart says it was time well spent as he became closely acquainted with downtown leaders and business owners. “We had to step back, and we redesigned the project to mitigate noise and the impact of the project,” he said. “In the end it was a positive experience for us and will help us out in the long run.” The project developers also are reaching out to local artist groups and individuals to help create the space with the goal of hosting art installations, murals, custom/creative seating and the like. “Our vision is to create a creative, funky atmosphere and another outlet for artists to show their art,” Buckheart says. “We hope to host many events tied to existing events throughout Reno, such as Artown, the Reno River Festival, Reno Sculpture Fest and more.” Buckheart credits many of his professors at The College of Business for providing real-life business examples that have helped bring The Eddy to fruition. In class, he says, those examples seemed obscure, but in the workplace they became crystal clear. “It really doesn’t hit you until you are in the business environment,” he says. “I understand all of it a lot better now. “Downtown Reno is being revived by local people that live here, who went to school here, and who are trying to take Reno to the next level as a fun place to visit and live,” Buckheart adds. “The classmates I graduated with in the School of Business, most of them now own their own business, bars or real estate agencies. We all are in our mid to late 30s and are becoming the young leaders of Reno. It’s exciting to see the transformation from where we were to where we are now.” ■

Phil Buckheart, a College of Business graduate, stands on a parcel of dirt in downtown Reno. Buckheart and Kurt Stitser of Realm Constructors are working to develop the space into northern Nevada’s first container park. Photo by NNBW staff The College of Business Alumni Magazine


ENTREPRENEURIAL ALUMS Raver Swag launched with help from The College of Business

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company based in Las Vegas has benefited from programs in The College of Business and is making its mark in the youth apparel industry. Raver Swag, a brand of ElectroVentures, Inc., sells apparel, costumes and accessories for music festivals and raves as part of the electronic dance music industry. That industry has grown to $7.1 billion globally, an increase of nearly 60 percent in the past three years. Raver Swag was founded in November 2011 by River Jangda and Brad Cabanilla. The two were inspired by attending the Electric Daisy Carnival in summer 2010 in Los Angeles. “We saw something about to blow up and became passionate about it,” said Cabanilla. They saw an audience that was not being served, and they wanted to focus on it. The event has since moved to Las Vegas. Jangda describes Raver Swag as “a fashion brand that allows festival goers to express themselves through thousands of unique apparel, accessory, and outfit items.” He adds that “ElectroVentures is a Las Vegasbased digital agency that helps entrepreneurs and small businesses make more money online though ecommerce and Internet marketing.” One of the early competitions that ElectroVentures entered was intended to teach the value of drop shipping. ElectroVentures learned the power and potential of shipping products directly from the manufacturer to customers without the need to maintain a large inventory. This leaves Raver Swag more free to focus on customer service, while ElectroVentures can focus on its other businesses, SEO and web development, email marketing and other Web marketing. They also are growing in web development, with several large clients in Las Vegas. Counting Jangda and Cabanilla, the company has seven employees. Jangda is the operations manager, and Cabanilla is the sales director and CFO. Jakob Wildrain is lead developer, and Carlos Rodriguez is the warehouse and customer service manager. Raver Swag occupies a 2,000-square foot facility in Las Vegas, with about 500 square feet of that total allotted to their warehouse. Ninety-five percent of Raver Swag’s sales are online, with the remainder from vending at events. Their market is 65 percent female in the age range of 18 to 24. Males are in the same age range, which is about 60 percent of their demographic. Raver Swag received assistance in its startup from University of Nevada, Reno, College of Business programs. After starting Raver Swag, they started ElectroVentures by winning $5,000 in a web design competition at the 2011 University Program Website Competition. Crexendo, a web development firm, sponsored the competition. They also were a finalist in the UNR Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition in 2011. In 2013, they placed second in the Sontag competition, earning a $5,000 cash prize. That same year they placed third in the 2013 Governor’s Cup Business Plan Competition, winning $10,000.

The College of Business graduates River Jangda and Brad Cabanilla pose with Raver Swag Customer Service Manager Carlos Rodriguez in the Raver Swag warehouse in Lake Havasu, Ariz., where the company was sponsoring Spring Break 2015. Photo courtesy Raver Swag


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ElectroVentures also benefited from the Nevada Small Business Development Center. Jangda was an intern and counselor for the NSBDC while in college, so that provided a valuable resource for his company. “It was a game changer for me and for the business,” said Jangda. He was given clients for whom he wrote business plans and marketing plans. This experience helped them place in competitions, from which they won about $20,000. Those winnings provided the bootstrap for starting their company. Working with the NSBDC gave Jangda real-world experience, which he used in starting their business. Jangda still works as a counselor for the NSBDC in Las Vegas. He loves helping entrepreneurs, as it keeps him connected to the community. During 2012 and 2013 Cabanilla was an intern for the technology transfer office, part of the Governor’s Office on Economic Development. That office aimed to find commercial applications for University of Nevada patents. Similar to Jangda’s experience, Cabanilla gained a new perspective by working with patents from the university’s portfolio. Determining a practical use for a patented invention helped Cabanilla develop his creative thinking. Ironically, one of his projects was for a company that developed enzymes. That company would later rank first, while ElectroVentures ranked second, in a Sontag competition. The Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition was founded in 2011 by the UNR College of Business. The competition aims to develop the entrepreneurial capacity of UNR students and facilitate the creation of new businesses. UNR alumnus Rick Sontag helped fund the competition with a major gift to the university. The gift created an endowment that will fund the competition in perpetuity. The Nevada Small Business Development Center is based at UNR and at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. This statewide business assistance outreach program provides an array of services including the starting, growth and development of a business. Services include helping businesses select a site, providing research and demographics, and assisting with environmental and energy-efficiency matters. Both of these programs have proved crucial to Raver Swag’s beginnings and growth. Cabanilla and Jangda are grateful to The College of Business for its role in helping them start their business. ■

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship launches Women’s Initiative by Nicole Shearer


tudent and community leaders gathered to celebrate and promote women in entrepreneurship at the launch of the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship Women’s Initiative this past May at the University’s Innevation Center Powered by Switch. The launch included a mayoral proclamation from Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve, a screening of the first video in a series designed to promote female achievements in local entrepreneurial activity, and a brainstorming exercise to address women’s issues in entrepreneurship. The Women’s Initiative is aimed toward connecting innovative female entrepreneurs with leaders and established professionals and business owners in the community. It will also highlight female business achievements in and around the community. As part of its mission to create a space for students to learn and pursue their entrepreneurial endeavors, the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship is looking to create a more inclusive space for business-minded women to pursue their dreams, according to Chris Howard, director of the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship. “I think a lot of people don’t understand that the key to developing a business is not really capital,” Howard said. “It’s having the right people and the right connections. These kinds of events allow people to connect and share ideas and find out that, ‘wait a second, I can be a resource for that person or they can be a resource for me.’ That’s really what develops business at the entrepreneurial level.” The idea for the Women’s Initiative began after members of the Ozmen Center noticed that no women entered the 2016 Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition. The Ozmen Center’s Assistant Director Kylie Rowe said her hope with the Initiative is to engage female entrepreneurs and to give women more confidence and

connections to make their dreams a reality. In 2015 the number of female-owned businesses grew 1.5 times the national average, more rapidly than any other segment of the population, according to Fortune. However, there is still a lack of representation and engagement among the growing segment of female entrepreneurs. Community leaders such as Schieve, a business leader in her own right, acknowledged that women face a separate set of challenges than men when it comes to starting a business. She sees the Initiative as an excellent way to bridge the gap and propel the city’s economy forward. “I think our possibilities are endless,” Schieve said. “I don’t think there has ever been a better time to open a business in Reno. We are thriving, and you could tell today, given the support of women at this event. We’ve never seen this kind of momentum and certainly not in female entrepreneurship.” Community members outside of the Ozmen Center also hope to see the Initiative make a positive change in their organizations. The Innevation Center’s facility coordinator Rose Catron said she hopes to see more women using the makerspace and coworker facilities at the Innevation Center with the Initiative’s launch. Though Howard observed a cultural predisposition toward associating entrepreneurship with men, he feels the introduction of the initiative will dispel those notions and help the community realize the important role women play in the local and national economy. “This initiative is designed to support female students as they launch into their careers,” Howard said. “We want to address any potential stigma and help them better understand and facilitate many of the opportunities available to them.” ■

The Ozmen Center launched a Women’s Initiative this past May designed to foster female entrepreneurship. The College of Business Alumni Magazine


COLLEGE STARTUPS ‘Instally’ instantly wins Fifth Annual Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition


s Ryan Klekas can now attest, sometimes when something bad happens to a good person, a lot of good can ultimately come from it. Klekas, an MBA candidate in The College of Business, was awarded first place and $50,000 for the Fifth Annual Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition, during a luncheon held March 30 in the Ballrooms of the Joe Crowley Student Union. Klekas’ project, “Instally,” which is an innovative mobile platform that provides parking solutions for universities, topped four other finalists and more than 30 other student teams in earning one of the most prestigious student entrepreneurial contests in the country. The Sontag Entrepreneurship Award is funded with a major gift from University alumnus Rick Sontag and his wife, Susan. The $50,000 award has been presented in the spring semester to one finalist team to further develop their business. Klekas related the inspiration behind “Instally,” which centered around a first day of class, a rush to get to class, and no apparent parking available for class. “It was the first day of class, I was running late and I couldn’t find a parking space,” said Klekas, who said that day he did quickly note that in the nearby campus neighborhoods there seemed to be plenty of parking spaces in the form of empty driveways at private residences. “As I was wondering why bad things can sometimes happen to good people, I also began to wonder why in this day and age, when people can reserve a table at a restaurant or a plane on an airplane, why can’t they also have the capability of reserving a parking space?” The idea was further cemented during Klekas’ time last fall semester in the class of Matt Westfield, an entrepreneurship instructor at the University as well as a member of the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship’s Entrepreneurs Assembly. Westfield, who served as the mentor for Instally, encouraged Klekas to flesh out his idea and to enter the Sontag Competition. “It started in Matt Westfield’s class last semester,” said Klekas, adding that the past several months had been busy as he juggled his studies, family commitments as a married father of four children, and the intense preparation that was at the center of what proved to be a serious and highlevel Sontag entry. Instally is said to work at doing things: first, to supply a mobile platform to provide additional parking by utilizing surrounding neighborhoods and their remnant resources – privately owned parking spaces; second, to incentivize and streamline human connection to make the process of finding a parking space on campus more efficient. Klekas, who embraced Westfield warmly before they received an oversized $50,000 check from competition director Dave Croasdell, added, “If you are ever sitting there wondering (if the Sontag Competition) is working, the finalists who are here today are proof that it’s working.” Indeed, Sontag Competition organizers said this year’s field was the deepest and had the best quality of any of the years previous.

Professor Dave Croasdell, President Marc Johnson, Instructor Matt Westfield, MBA candidate Ryan Klekas and The College of Business Dean Greg Mosier all were on hand to celebrate Klekas’ victory in the Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition. Photo by Theresa Danna-Douglas.


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Rick Sontag, who spoke to the luncheon via Skype from his home and announced the 2016 winners, said that in his estimation, “The quality of the applications have risen greatly over the past five years.” Sontag said his time as a graduate student in physics at the University in the mid-1960s was a “very big inflection point in our life, when we switched from science to business.” Sontag’s career in the aviation component industry led to international success and the founding of one of the country’s most active and influential medical research and “self-help” organizations, the Sontag Foundation. The foundation is the largest private funder of brain cancer research in the U.S. University President Marc Johnson noted how the competition has seen 158 student teams submit business plans, which 586 students participating directly, along with 112 mentors and 287 judges. The Sontag Competition has helped embed a spirit of entrepreneurialism in the University’s students, as well as in creating a ready pool of talented graduates to enhance and diversify the community’s business community. “One gift, one prize, has brought hundreds of judges, mentors and many hundreds of students into this competition,” Johnson said. “For one gift to spawn this kind of magnifier, a magnifier for our campus and for our community, has been phenomenal. Everyone who gets involved in the Sontag Competition develops their potential, and helps develop our community for the better.” The runner-up in the competition was “Helmet Neuro Protection Technology,” which included MBA student Chase Houston and mentors Dr. William Torch and Ray Garcia. Helmet Neuro Protection Technology’s vision is to create a modern sports helmet that is lighter, more comfortable, cost competitive and most importantly, will effectively reduce the probability of a concussion and/or traumatic brain injury. Using the power of 3-D printing, Helmet Neuro Protection Technology will create a new-age helmet that not only disperses the brute force of an impact, but also helps with reducing the more serious effects of shearing forces to the brain. The three other finalists included: • “UCraft Brew,” a custom beer creation platform, from business students Spencer Lewis, Brad Humphreys and Tanner Johnson and mentor Kirk Allaire; • “Fraktion,” which focuses on developing a bitcoin-based service that capitalizes on the emerging market of cryptocurrencies, from mechanical engineering student Dakota Ward and mentors Jesse Adams, Anthony Faddis, Anthony Fernandez, and Wanliang Shan; • “HANA Energy, LLC,” which aims to design and manufacture graphenecoated anodes for use in lithium ion battery manufacturing from MBA student Chase Houston and MBA student and Ph.D. candidate in Material Science Mohamad Massoumi and mentors Chris Howard and Sean Nichols. ■

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TEDx TEDxUniversityofNevada ignites community dialogue


wenty-five speakers and artists took to the stage during TEDxUniversityofNevada, held this past January at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. Each speaker brought a new idea or concept meant to spark conversation both locally and internationally through TEDx videos, which can be found on the official TEDx YouTube site. This year’s event was a milestone for organizers at The College of Business. Rather than hold the event at the University, the decision was made to move it from campus out into the community to inspire a broader local audience. “We had no idea how many people we could expect by doing this,” Bret Simmons, College of Business associate professor and TEDxUniversityofNevada organizer, said. “Seeing the Pioneer Center filled with people from our community was such an incredible honor for our team. Our goal has always been to create an inspiring event, and this year was a home run.” TEDx events are locally organized programs aimed at sharing short, powerful talks. The format is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals spark conversation. Here is a recap from the day’s event: Session One David Burkus, author of the best-selling book The Myths of Creativity and the forthcoming Under New Management, kicked off TEDxUniversityofNevada 2016. Burkus offered a dynamic talk about salary transparency. His talk was followed by University student speaker competition winner Alex Ellison. Ellison spoke of the power of a liberal arts education and encouraged people to support young job hoppers. In contrast to Ellison’s message, Bristlecone Holdings Founder and CEO Dusty Wunderlich pointed out the disparity between education and the jobs people are doing. His talk, “Educational Arbitrage,” encouraged students to step up and take responsibility for their future and challenged higher education institutions to start guaranteeing job placement after graduation. Next, Jennifer Gurecki took the stage to speak about the many different layers of poverty and to voice her frustrations with the way society measures wealth. As part of her work with Zawadisha, Gurecki touched on what she believes are the four types of capital: financial, social, natural and human. Sherry McConkey delivered the final talk of the first session. She shared how, through her husband’s death, she learned to endure heartache, overcome obstacles and become a bigger version of herself.

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Session Two Gino Borges, principal and director of impact at OpenPath Investments, then challenged the audience to think about syncing personal values to money and making money matter. Architect and author William R. Smith, the principal architect for Las Vegas’ $9 million City Center, offered insight into what he learned about people during the building of the multi-million dollar project. Anjala Krishen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas professor, talked about the dichotomy heuristic and how she believes everyone lives inside a box, and Zeb Hogan, University of Nevada, Reno researcher, shared his journey exploring the lives of the world’s mega fish. The final talk of the second session was masterfully delivered by Jill Tolles on the topic of child sexual assault. Session Three Steven Hayes, University of Nevada, Reno foundation professor in the Department of Psychology, led the third session’s talks with his haunting and personal accounts of panic attacks. Elissa Altman, author of Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking, challenged others to actively include senior citizens in their communities. Amy Selinger, founder of Back to Life, a physical therapy practice in the Bay Area, spoke on the topic of back pain, something 99 percent of the audience agreed – through a show of hands – they suffered from at least once. Anthony Slonim, president and CEO of Renown Health, then offered a new model for creating healthy communities. In wrapping up the third session, Davidson Academy alumni Taylor Wilson took the stage to talk about the future of energy. Session Four Hayley Quinn, the UK’s leading dating expert, offered the audience a new approach on looking for love. Following Quinn, University student and Reno High Football Coach Shane Wickes took the stage to share his personal journey as a football player, coach and openly gay man. Rounding out the final session, Emily Reese recounted learning about her spouse being gay and how, in the years since, she has healed. Emily Nagoski, author of Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life, shared her frank, honest and humorous insight into human sexuality, challenging everyone to look at themselves “as naked as you can stomach” every day. The sessions also included performances from various musicians and performers such as the local band Freedom Revival, the folk/pop group The Novelists, the renowned magician Mark Kalin and more. TEDxUniversityofNevada is one of four local TEDx-style events in northern Nevada. This year’s event location was designed to promote the idea that Reno is becoming a University town. The event was sponsored by The College of Business Executive MBA Program; The Associated Students of the University of Nevada; Peppermill Resort Spa Casino; Microsoft Licensing; AT&T; the University of Nevada, Reno; White Rabbit, Red Carpet Events & Design, JamPro Music Factory, Marcio Decker, and Siena Hotel. ■

Jill Tolles masterfully delivered a talk on the topic of child sexual assault at the 2016 TEDxUniversityofNevada. The College of Business Alumni Magazine



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BECOME OF MEMBER OF THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION The mission of the College of Business Alumni Association is to support The College of Business and enrich the lives of the alumni and friends of the College by helping establish lifelong relationships between the College, its alumni and friends, and our community.

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CORPORATE PARTNERS Sierra Nevada Properties on the cutting-edge of real estate brokerages


he Real Estate market is hot again in northern Nevada. An influx of national corporations, new start-up ventures and new home construction have brought a revitalized boom to the region. For Darrell Plummer, a fourth-generation Nevadan and Broker/Owner of Sierra Nevada Properties (SNP), this is nothing new. The Plummer family opened their first Real Estate office in Reno 37 years ago; Darrell took over the business from his father Hal in 2001, and the new brand, Sierra Nevada Properties, was born in 2013. With over 80 Real Estate agents and offices in Reno, Incline Village and Fernley, Sierra Nevada Properties is growing at a fast pace. Loyalty, commitment, and vision have made Sierra Nevada Properties one of the leading real estate brokerages in northern Nevada. Darrell, a 1984 graduate of the UNR College of Business with a degree in Business Administration/Finance and a minor in Economics, has been heavily involved in the community on many levels. Besides being a Corporate Partner of the College of Business, he is a Board Member of The Chamber, Investor in EDAWN, Board Member of My Hometown Heroes, Corporate Sponsor of the JUSTin Hope Foundation, Libby C. Booth Elementary School Partner in Education, and Past President of WIN. This same level of commitment pervades Sierra Nevada Properties and its goal of helping agents succeed in a competitive market. One of the unique offerings of Sierra Nevada Properties is its cutting-edge technology and training for agents. “Our objective is simple: provide the best service, the most comprehensive marketing system and maximum exposure for our agents.” said Darrell. Sierra Nevada Properties holds weekly classes for its agents covering topics from social media, customer service, and personal marketing. For brand new agents, they provide the Sierra Academy New Agent Training program comprised of several days of classroom training. SNP has an in-house marketing and technology team that offers agents email marketing, YouTube virtual tours, custom listing presentation materials, signage, postcards, managed social media, custom CloudCMA presentations, and technology support. The company also has a dedicated Transaction Coordination team the handles all the MLS paperwork and Division documents for compliance. There are monthly Business Summit meetings held for agents off-site with guest speakers from the local business community who share their insight and knowledge. SNP conducts weekly ‘home tours’ in the company minibus that take agents to different areas of Reno to view current housing inventory. One of the special perks of being an agent at Sierra Nevada Properties is the use of the company moving trucks for buyers and sellers. Darrell Plummer had the first real


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25 percent of residential/ commercial sale or purchase commission earned from this ad will be donated to the University of Nevada, Reno College of Business Scholarship. For more information, contact Darrell Plummer at 775-8233307 or

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estate company in Reno/Sparks that provided free moving trucks to its agents. Sierra Nevada Properties has added to its fleet since the inception of the program and now owns three 15-foot moving trucks. Sierra Nevada Properties is not only a real estate brokerage, but an active participant in the community. Every April for the past five years, SNP has held the Sierra Shreds for Earth Day event where the community can go to any SNP office to recycle boxes of paper with all proceeds benefitting My Hometown Heroes. All three locations of Sierra Nevada Properties also participate annually in the Pumpkin Drive which hands out free pumpkins to children and families in the community. SNP has raised over $50,000 for the Libby C. Booth Elementary School for supplies and equipment and works with employers to provide community tours for out of state candidates relocating to the Reno/Sparks area. Sierra Nevada Properties’ three core areas are residential sales, commercial, and property management. With his extensive real estate experience, and community involvement, Darrell and SNP offer comprehensive coverage of the areas they serve. With some agents having been with the company for over 30 years, they have high retention rates in a transient business. Maintaining consistently high standards of customer service and support, Sierra Nevada Properties has remained on the cutting edge of real estate brokerages offering unique services and training. ■

s Darrell Plummer is the Past President of Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity (1984), Past President of the College of Business Alumni Association (1990-1992), Past Chair of the Deans Advisory Board (1998), and the recipient of the 1992 College of Business Outstanding Alumnus Award for his professional and community involvement. Photos courtesy Sierra Nevada Properties

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CORPORATE PARTNERS United Federal Credit Union’s strong ties to College of Business


nited Federal Credit Union is passionate about supporting education and proud to serve as a Corporate Partner of The College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno. We are involved with UNR in a variety of ways including:

Sponsorships, programs and events that benefit both students and the community

Sponsor of the Honors and Awards Banquet where the College of Business recognizes outstanding students, faculty and student organizations, and gives students the opportunity to network with local business professionals.

Participation in Business Week, a week-long celebration that offers workshops, speakers, information sessions, and networking opportunities with business students, alumni, and the community.

Sponsor of the Nevada Global Business Programs, which are international programs offered to undergraduate and graduate students each summer to help them learn business from other perspectives.

Participation in the UNR Career Fair every year.

United also promoted environmental initiatives at the school by co-hosting a free community shred day, along with the Sierra Nevada Chapter of the Association of Records Managers and Administrators International, in the University’s north parking lot in April. They collected 9,880 pounds of paper, filled a 26-foot truck with unwanted electronic items for recycling, and raised more than $600 for STEP2, an organization that provides resources to women who are struggling with substance abuse, poverty or family violence UFCU’s ties to UNR even extend to its boardroom. Jim McClenahan, the director of corporate relations and outreach in The College of Business, is a member of United’s board of directors. McClenahan was selected for the board position because of his expertise at developing synergy among organizations as evidenced by his success at connecting students to the local business community and recruiting graduate students. UFCU has long recognized the importance of strong ties between the business community and local educational systems. Nevada Market Vice President Danny DeLaRosa encourages business/educator partnerships in his role as chairman of the Reno-Sparks-Northern Nevada Chamber of Commerce.

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The credit union’s support of local education starts at the grade school level by sponsoring incentive programs to encourage attendance, and DeLaRosa is not above rolling up his sleeves to dive in to help when he sees a need. In 2014, when he was “Principal for the Day” at Edward C. Reed High School, he visited seven mobile classrooms where, in DeLaRosa’s words, “the paint was chipping so badly on the units that it looked like a major storm had struck.” DeLaRosa was aware of the district’s struggle to balance the budget and its inability to fund even basic maintenance, so he assembled a group of UFCU volunteers who were willing to start scraping and painting the mobile classrooms. He also approached a local church to partner in the project, which was successfully completed in one day. DeLaRosa sees United’s partnership with educators as one that will endure. “We will continue to support the University and draw upon them for talent when it comes to hiring. I have always been impressed with the quality of education students receive at UNR and some of our best employees are graduates of the school,” DeLaRosa says. UFCU has six free-standing branches located in Nevada with another two under construction. It also operates an in-store branch at the Walmart Supercenter on Kietzke Lane in Reno, and a satellite branch at Reed High School. Headquartered in St. Joseph, Michigan, United has additional branches in Arkansas, Indiana, North Carolina, and Ohio. The credit union has a current membership of more than 140,000 people and manages assets in excess of $2 billion. UFCU has been helping its members build a sound financial future since 1949. ■

United Federal Credit Union’s Summit branch in South Reno. Photo courtesy UFCU The College of Business Alumni Magazine


WOMEN & TECHNOLOGY Microsoft and College of Business partner for DigiGirlz Camp


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High school girls are encouraged to build the foundation for a solid STEM education


he University of Nevada Reno’s College of Business and software giant Microsoft partnered to present the seventh annual DigiGirlz camp for the high school girls from northern Nevada and California. The camp, which aims to break down the stereotypes associated with careers in technology, was held Thursday, July 21 and Friday, July 22. This year’s camp featured sessions on drones, virtual reality, personal branding, electric sculptures, health and wellness and financially planning for college. Both The College of Business and Microsoft hope that by introducing girls to information about career opportunities and education paths available to them, DigiGirlz will help close the gender gap that currently afflicts the STEM community. “We told the girls at the beginning of camp to keep an open mind and not to let fear dictate what you can and cannot do,” Lacee Thomas, program manager for DigiGirlz, said. “Break down the barriers, think big, dream big and go after it. There’s no reason why you can’t do something.” The camp reflects Microsoft’s effort to recruit more women and minorities into their workforce. According to Microsoft, the number of women hired from universities has increased from 27.7 percent

to 30.6 percent in the past year. It is believed that the increase can be attributed to programs like DigiGirlz. Not only does the program benefit young women aspiring to succeed in STEM fields, but it also aids The College of Business in recruiting some of the top students in the northern Nevada area. According to the college’s Director of Corporate Relations and Outreach Jim McClenahan, the program also helps girls learn the educational benefits of pursuing a career in the field from experts at the University. “When you bring young students to the University, they walk around and get to know it,” McClenahan said. “It helps them feel like they belong here. DigiGirlz, in partnership with the University, helps these young women feel like they belong here and encourages them to not only be interested in technology, but also actively pursue it as a career.” The partnership between The College of Business and Microsoft also afforded University staff to become involved. This year, Bret Simmons, associate professor of management, and Susan Welsh, technical program manager at the Nevada Advanced Autonomous Innovation Systems Center, taught sessions on personal branding and drones, respectively. For the first time, this year’s camp curriculum featured workshops designed to complement the STEM focus and included workshops around financial planning and health & wellness. “These topics were introduced to round out the program and help these young women get a sense for the complete picture,” Thomas said. To learn more about DigiGirlz, visit com/en-us/diversity/programs/ digigirlz. ■

Camp participants pose with a staff member at this year’s DigiGirlz camp held at the Ansari Business Building on Thursday, July 21. Photo courtesy Microsoft


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uccess can mean so many things to so many different people. Whatever meaning you apply to success- you will never get there alone, we are just not that good. I am not rich, I am not famous, I have been blessed enough to dodge any major personal tragedies, I have lived a good, fruitful and purposeful life during my time in Reno. I don’t have some unbelievable story to tell you that is uncommon or peculiar, but I have learned an incredible lesson and have had an experience that could apply to many others. Success is not earned alone. It takes a village. There are 600,000-plus people living in our region. That’s a minutia compared to the mecca of Southern California from which I came from. I had support from a very good, down-to-earth family but I was never exposed to what community truly means. I moved to Reno at the green age of 18 to join the Pack’s softball team. I didn’t know what was in store for me in the Biggest Little City, nor would I have believed anyone if they had told me. In all honesty, I just came here to play some ball- then go home with a degree. I, like the rest of our country, had low expectations for this town that seemed to be nothing but casinos, dirt and sagebrush. If you are from Reno you might argue this statement, but to me, this town is really small. There is tremendous benefit from this intimate place and it’s something I really try to get students at UNR to understand: This community is here to help you. An underdog mentality still exists and people are waiting, ready and wanting to champion success, because it is still unexpected that greatness can be conceived and flourish in Reno, NV. I am not sure how much longer Reno will be viewed as the red-headed step-child. In the meantime, opportunity is brewing as this underdog city continues to battle outdated notions and stereotypes. My first champion was UNR. Education was good, but during a time when everyone is achieving bachelor’s degrees, students need so much more to succeed. My softball coach, professors, advisors, and peers began championing my success. The key, however, was that I also began championing the success of others. I had a fantastic experience at UNR because of the people I met and the support I received. A year after college, in the midst of the Great Recession, 2008 kicked off with a layoff so I returned to California, still unaware of the importance of community. Orange County is pretty and big. I

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wanted Reno back. My Dad said to me, “How can you leave limitless opportunity in Orange County for a city that has the highest unemployment rate in the country?” Community meant so much more to me than opportunity at that point, because I realized that I needed community in order to create sustainable opportunities. Four years ago I was bartending at the Atlantis, all of my champions had moved on just like I had. I was on the hunt for opportunity. I began the MBA program at UNR, a flame was lit and I was soon surrounded by an entire network of champions. Flash forward to today, amongst a handful of other really wild and wonderful opportunities and achievements, I oversee marketing for one of the fastest growing startups in the state, arguably the nation. I also will teach my first semester at UNR this Fall. Cool, right? It is very cool. What’s far cooler though, is that I call this place home. Human beings cannot achieve goodness alone. We need support and community. We aren’t designed to be perfect. We make mistakes. As individuals we are extremely short-sighted, and we are much better off with help and support in our lives. The city of Reno and the years spent at UNR have offered me just that. I think it is extremely important for your professionals and college students in our community to realize this, and even more so it is important for the university, businesses and the general Reno community to realize. Young people are uprooting their lives to come here and they’re staying. We need to do everything we can to keep young talent in our city and we need to continue to champion for and pour into them. Success is the whole picture, the big picture. It’s not just about career, it’s about building a life. It takes a village to make sure you are walking down the right path. I have been given grace, second chances, third chances, introductions, opportunity after opportunity, support, favors, community, and friendship. I opened up when I didn’t want to, I sought help when darkness crept in. I make it a daily goal to give back the same grace and support I have been given. No one did my work for me, but so many people, right in this town, gave (and continue to give) me a platform to mess up and a platform to succeed. I am grateful to this town for my opportunities. As much as I want this town to flourish, I hope we will always be able to balance the underdog mentality that makes us so hungry to champion new talent. ■ — Kristin Stith is Vice President of Customer Acquisition and Experience at Bristlecone Holdings.

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LEGACY GIVING Robert L. Sims Scholar Leader Endowment established


ast October, the University lost a dear friend when Robert L. Sims passed away at age 83. Robert was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, earned his degree from Wichita State University, and served for two years in the United States Army. He moved to Reno in 1966 with his new bride, Joan. Robert founded the Reno office of the CPA firm Elmer Fox & Company. He worked closely with his clients and developed long-term relationships for the next forty-nine years. Sims served as a trustee for a number of foundations, including the Roxie & Azad Joseph Foundation and the E.L. Cord Foundation. After his retirement, he served on the board of the Sparks Rotary Club, the Navy League, the Prospectors’ Club, and the Nevada Opera Guild.

“Bob was a consummate professional. He offered advice informed by his decades-long career and guided the Roxie & Azad Joseph Foundation effectively,” said Mike Melarkey ’72 (political science), trustee of the Roxie & Azad Joseph Foundation. “The community has lost a thoughtful and kind man. His service to our foundation is irreplaceable, and the impact he made on the community is immeasurable.” In appreciation of Sims, the Roxie & Azad Joseph Foundation and the E.L. Cord Foundation recently established the Robert L. Sims Scholar Leader Endowment. The four-year scholarship is designed to provide exceptional students with a unique opportunity to develop their leadership skills through participation in student and professional organizations, and internship opportunities. Scholar Leaders will make life-long connections with peers, faculty and alumni to better prepare them to assume leadership roles in the workforce and the community. ■

Emilia Mao Lee leaves a lasting legacy for accounting students


y the time Emilia Mao Lee moved to Sparks in 1994 for retirement, she and her husband, Che-Ching Lee had enjoyed successful careers, her in accounting and he as an engineer with McDonnell Douglas. Each had received their college degree in Taiwan before immigrating to the United States to further advance their education. The couple lived in St. Louis, Missouri for more than 25 years where they raised two sons and was active in their community. In 1994, Emilia and Che-Ching moved to Sparks to retire. Emilia reached out to the University of Nevada, Reno in early 2003 after her husband passed away. She explained to the University her wish to leave her investment portfolio to the University to aid accounting students with financial need. As she organized her estate plans, she worked closely with University staff and her legal advisor to clearly

outline her intentions. With her plans documented, she continued to visit with University staff to stay current with campus progress for more than a decade. “I was fortunate to enjoy many wonderful conversations with Emilia through the years,” Director of Donor Relations Keiko Weil said. “I admired her keen business sense and will miss her enthusiasm and lively spirit. We are grateful to her for her forethought and generosity which will touch generations of students.” Emilia passed away earlier this year and the proceeds of her investment and retirement accounts were gifted to the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation. Just as she had directed, her substantial gift established the Emilia Mao Accounting Scholarship Endowment, which will celebrate its first recipients in 2017. “Mrs. Lee’s bequest to the University to benefit students in accounting is an incredible act of kindness,” College of Business Dean Greg Mosier said. “Her commitment to assist those students in their career endeavors creates a lasting legacy for which we are very grateful.” ■

To learn more about supporting students in the College of Business, contact Mitch Klaich, director of development, at or call (775) 682-6490.


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FACULTY University of Nevada, Reno names Bo Bernhard new Philip G. Satre chair in Gaming Studies by Nicole Shearer and Raegan Pietrucha


o Bernhard, the executive director of the International Gaming Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, was recently named to the Philip G. Satre Chair in Gaming Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. This appointment will allow both Nevada universities to work together to collaboratively offer the world’s most sought-out gaming studies programs. Bernhard replaces the late Bill Eadington in the appointment to the Satre Chair. Eadington, the pioneer of commercial gaming studies, last held the Satre Chair position until his death in 2013. Eadington was an economist and one of the first academics to study gambling. He was the founder of the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming at the University of Nevada, Reno where he worked and taught for 44 years. During his time at the University, Eadington founded the Executive Development Program in 1990 and the International Conference on Gambling & Risk Taking in 1974 – now known as the Eadington Conference, according to Bernhard. “Being named the Satre Chair is the honor of a lifetime because of the role of my mentor,” Bernhard said. “Bill was one of the kindest, most generous people – with the heart of an educator, he always, always said yes. He took the time to speak with everyone, share his knowledge and teach what he knew regardless of who it was or where they were from. As a naïve undergraduate interested in learning more about gambling, all the way through my doctoral program and beyond, Bill was an incredible mentor to me.” Bernhard began his research career at Harvard University where, as an undergraduate, he completed a double major in sociology and psychology. Bernhard originally approached Eadington when one of his former professors attended a soccer game Bernhard was playing in and learned from the starting lineup announcements that Bernhard was from Nevada. The professor suggested he study gambling, and Bernhard quickly discovered that Bill Eadington had written nearly everything he needed to know on the topic. He then reached out to Eadington for help

and soon received a package in the mail. The rest is history: Bernhard’s magna cum laude thesis on the community impacts of gaming and industry in Nevada, was the foundation for analyses that have since been presented on all six inhabited continents. After earning his Ph.D. in 2002, Bernhard was named the inaugural research director at IGI, and in 2011, he became IGI’s executive director. In his new role as the Philip G. Satre Chair in Gaming Studies, Bernhard will maintain his position at UNLV. He will continue to facilitate the world-renowned Executive Development Program, held in Lake Tahoe each fall, for which Bernhard and The College of Business’ Dean Greg Mosier brought both universities together to collaborate. EDP is known globally as gaming’s most prestigious leadership development academy. As the Satre Chair, Bernhard will also continue to develop the gaming minor at the University of Nevada, Reno and will spend time in Reno developing courses. “This is the quintessential bridge linking the two great universities of Nevada,” said Tom Piechota, vice president of the Division of Research and Economic Development at UNLV. “The work UNLV and the University of Nevada, Reno, do together in the field of gaming will continue to foster the state’s reputation as a leader in this area.” Before his passing, Eadington asked his mentee to take over both EDP and the International Conference on Gambling & Risk Taking. “Bo has continuously worked to collaborate with the College of Business on the topic of gaming,” Mosier said. “His efforts throughout his time in Nevada were never in silos. He’s an incredible person and a terrific asset to have in the state.” Eadington’s family was in attendance at the International Conference on Gaming & Risk Taking this month, when the Satre Chair announcement was made, making the appointment all the more special for Bernhard. “My family and I are delighted Bo has been chosen as the second recipient of the Satre Chair,” said Margaret Eadington, wife of the late gaming pioneer. “As Bill’s chosen successor, there is no better person to receive this honor than Bo.” “I’m thrilled to continue the work that my mentor and I started, and I will strive to make both universities proud of all that we do together,” Bernhard said. When asked about the diversification in Nevada’s economy and what it means for the future of gaming, Bernhard is quick to explain how relevant gaming remains in the Silver State. “Certainly what we’re seeing is diversification within and around the gaming-hospitality industry,” Bernhard said. “However, gaming is a more formidable economic force than it ever has been, and never in human history have more people had more ways to gamble than they do today. Gambling remains a long-standing human activity, and as Bill would say, it deserves our academic attention.” ■

Bo Bernhard, pictured here with his mentor, the late Bill Eadington, was recently named the Philip G. Satre Chair in Gaming Studies marking a new partnership between University of Nevada, Las Vegas and University of Nevada, Reno. The College of Business Alumni Magazine


BUSINESS ENGAGEMENT Shadow program gives students a glimpse of potential careers

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tudents in The College of Business are getting a chance to experience what a typical work day is like for professionals already in the workforce thanks to the Wolf Pack Shadow program. The program, which began in 2014, is designed to help students gain experience in a work setting beyond the college campus and classrooms in various professions with the aim to give students an insight into the careers they are studying for. Participants go through an application process that requires the students to submit a resume and respond to questions including: why applicants are interested in the program, future goals, and what they find interesting about the company they want to shadow. Among the companies that recently participated in the Wolf Pack Shadow program are the Grand Sierra Resort and Peppermill casinos, Server Technology and Ameriprise Financial located in Las Vegas. Once students are selected, they are required to attend an orientation before they are allowed to meet and shadow professionals and tour the facilities for a day. Students in the program are able to meet presidents and CEOs of the companies and network with some senior level managers from various fields ranging from marketing, human resources and engineering. The Wolf Pack Shadow program has helped some students obtain internships with some of the companies and has even lead to employment for a few. Maria Martinez participated in the spring 2015 event and scored an internship with Server Technology in the marketing department. After she graduated in the fall of that year, she gained a full-time position with the company. Martinez said that the program is a good way for students to get the opportunity to understand what its like in the workforce beyond the classroom and it was a really good opportunity to network with working professionals and get a feel of life after college. “I think companies should take advantage of the program because the students that come to see the company are not the average students; they’re students that are taking the initiative to want to learn more and are involved,” Martinez said. “It would be great for any company to do something like this because it gives the student an opportunity, and the companies can also take advantage of the people that are new and coming into the workforce.” When the program began, it had one company and about seven student participants. The program has grown from one to three companies and 10 to 15 students visiting each company in the program.

College of Business students tour the Grand Sierra Resort through the Wolf Pack Shadow Program. The program allows students to meet professionals and get insight into the careers they are pursuing.


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Stallar Lufrano-Jardine, director of career services for The College of Business, oversees the program. She says that in the four semesters of the program’s existence, the number of students and companies who participate has tripled. She plans on expanding the successful program to see if other places like Renown Regional Medical Center or the Washoe County School District would be interested in having University of Nevada, Reno students visit their place of business to shadow employees. “I would love to expand the program where students visit bigger companies like Zappos or Microsoft,” Lufrano-Jardine said. “I think when getting our students in front of these executives and employers they learn a lot about what UNR has to offer and the students learn about what skills they need to work at a company like that or in a job position they are interested in.” Lufrano-Jardine added that the program has been fortunate enough to have a diverse group of students ranging from freshman level to masters students, which helps the companies see a range of students who would be interested in working for them. She says that some of the students might not know what they want to do for a career or what field they should go into, so the program has the potential to guide the students into the field they are interested in pursuing. She added that the goal of the program is not to get students employment, but for them to learn more about what they want in their career. It’s a great perk for students who receive an internship or employment, but the program was designed as a career exploration for students and giving companies a chance to teach students more about what they do. The next Wolf Pack Shadow program is scheduled for the 2016 fall semester. Lufrano-Jardine asks that if a company is interested in participating in the program to contact her at 775-682-9144 or by email at ■




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nn Silver, former Executive Director of JOIN, always offered to me that when her brother came to visit, she would arrange a visit for business students with him. On October 30, 2015, the Business Student Council was invited to spend Nevada Day with Ann’s brother—NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. Joining the Business Student Council were members of UNR’s basketball team and Doug Knuth, Athletic Director. Mr. Silver spoke for a bit and spent an hour taking questions from students. Student questions ranged from contract negotiations, sharing league revenue, player behavior, to questions about Mr. Silver’s personal background and his ascent to NBA Commissioner. There were several takeaways for students. First, people aren’t born into positions like this. Hard work and a willingness to do jobs that are hard and nobody wants are critical to success. Building your personal network is important as well. At some point in his career, Mr. Silver met someone who knew someone connected with the NBA. Students need to start early building their network of folks that can help them find a great job or achieve other dreams. If your dream is to work for Mark Cuban, you may not be able to reach him directly, but you can probably build your network to get to someone within his organization that can help you. Web based platforms like LinkedIn are very

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helpful for doing this. I met Ann Silver at a Chamber of Commerce event and we stayed connected. I never knew this event would be possible when we met. Mr. Silver will never know the impact a visit like this can make on students. Since that visit, two students that were present enrolled in graduate programs in sports management. Although they may have pursued that path regardless, Mr. Silver definitely helped push them along. If you have been fortunate to have success in your career, please use services like LinkedIn to connect with students, attend College of Business events and get engaged. You may be able to push a student along into a great new career as well. ■

Members of the Business Student Council had the opportunity to meet NBA Commissioner Adam Silver last October.

Nevada Global Business Programs enhance student knowledge and marketability

by Nicole Shearer


usiness leaders with experience in the global marketplace aren’t easy to come-by. According to Jim McClenahan, the director of corporate relations and outreach in The College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno, it is global business experience that really sets professionals apart. “In this day and age, chances are the people you are communicating with, either within your own company or with vendors and outside agencies, aren’t from the United States,” McClenahan said. “Our goal is to offer international programs that provide students an advantage in the global economy as well as in their job search.” McClenahan, along with College of Business faculty and administration, facilitated four business-centric international programs for undergraduate and graduate students this summer. Students visited Toronto, Canada; New York City, New York; London, England and Switzerland. In Toronto, 15 undergraduate and graduate students were accompanied by McClenahan and College of Business Dean Greg Mosier. Students stayed for a week at the University of Toronto while learning about the provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the world’s largest bilateral trading partnership between the U.S. and Canada. With a variety of Nevada connections including Barrick Gold and Spin Master Toys, students were able to meet alumni from the University and hear their perspectives on international business. While not “international” through its boarders, the program in New York City is designed with an international focus. Titled “Leadership through Art and Culture in New York City,” the class is designed to help apply humanities to business concepts and theories. This year, students focused on the intersection of design and leadership. Co-taught by Jim Sundali, College of Business professor of strategic management, and Colin Robertson, the former Charles N. Mathewson

Curator of Education at the Nevada Museum of Art, students visited the National Design Museum, evaluating concepts of design and learning how to apply those in business. “Exploring the arts and culture from a business perspective is unique, which is part of the reason I was so interested in this class” Elton Colbert, a University master’s in business administration student said. “Even if you don’t end up as a business leader, the relationships you build on a trip like this are much more substantial than those you build over a semester in a classroom.” Held in partnership with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Lee School of Business, the Summer program in London offers seven undergraduate students from each institution the opportunity to learn about international trade and business law. Taught by McClenahan and Brent Hathaway, dean at the Lee Business School, this year offered an exceptional case study – the British Exit from the European Union. In addition to meeting with companies like International Gaming Technologies and Server Technologies, both Corporate Partners of the College of Business, students were able to discuss what the Brexit meant to expatriates as well as to the companies they were working for. “Events like this always have lasting impact on global markets and eventually make their way into text books,” McClenahan said. “For the students who participated in the program this year, they witnessed a global event and were able to talk to people firsthand about the impacts, results and concerns moving forward.” Scholarships for students attending the programs were made possible by Server Technology, the Crystal Family Foundation and the Confidence Foundation. Great organizations like these help several students attend that could not have done so without assistance. ■

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STUDENT SUCCESS Luke Tanaka named University’s Fall 2015 Herz Gold Medalist

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he University of Nevada, Reno has named Luke Tanaka the recipient of the Fall 2015 Herz Gold Medal for having earned the highest grade-point average. The Herz Gold Medal was presented to Tanaka for his outstanding scholarship during the University’s 2015 Winter Commencement ceremony. Tanaka, a native Nevadan and graduate from Clark High School in Las Vegas, graduated from the University last December with a bachelor’s of science degree in accounting and a minor in computer science and engineering. Tanaka has dedicated his time toward the betterment of The College of Business and the Reno community through extensive involvement with the Business Student Council and Circle K International. Chapter members of Circle K demonstrate fellowship, leadership development and collectively perform more than 1 million hours of service on their campuses and communities every year. Tanaka studied abroad in London with the Nevada Global Business Program and represented The College of Business during the Executive Mentorship Program in Seattle. In addition to his work with the College of Business, Tanaka is an Honors Program student who served on the student board of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society chapter.

“The University has a lot of opportunities and I think students do not realize that when they come in as freshman,” Tanaka said. “I encourage students to seek out the many opportunities available on campus and pursue the things that they have passion for.” Outside of academic pursuits, Luke has developed a passion for bicycle touring and spent last spring break biking the California coast to raise money for the Kiwanis International and UNICEF joint venture, the Eliminate Project. Tanaka has worked at the University as a career mentor at the Nevada Career Studio and a student worker in the Advising Center. After graduation, Tanaka plans to take his Certified Public Accountants examination, bike from Vancouver, British Columbia, to San Diego, Calif., and then start his career in public accounting with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Las Vegas area starting this August, where he previously worked as an assurance intern. In addition to the Herz Gold Medal, Tanaka was recognized as the Fall 2015 Senior Scholar for the College of Business, and has named the University’s Associate Professor of Accounting Charles Carslaw as his academic mentor. Tanaka has also received the IABNS scholarship, Nevada Society of CPAs scholarship, NVCPA/ CAMICO scholarship, Millennium Scholarship, Kafoury Armstrong Accounting Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship and the IGT Business Scholarship. Tanaka plans to become a licensed CPA and pursue a career in related fields while actively finding opportunities to better communities through volunteerism. The Herz Gold Medal is the University’s oldest and most prestigious award and was established in 1910 when the University was only 36 years old by brothers Richard, Carl and Otto Herz. Funding for the award is provided by the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation and the Thelma B. and Thomas P. Hart Foundation, a Reno-based charity. The foundations continue to honor the Herz family and this tradition of recognizing excellence. ■

Executive Vice President and Provost Kevin Carman and President Marc Johnson congratulate Herz Gold Medalist Luke Tanaka during the 2015 Winter Commencement Ceremony. Tanaka was named the University of Nevada, Reno’s Fall 2015 Herz Gold Medalist for highest grade-point average.


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ifficult. Confusing. Overwhelming. These are just some of the adjectives that far too many adults in America today are using to describe the job market. In the post-Great Recession economic world that we live in, many individuals find it difficult to find well-paying jobs that provide the finances and benefits that it takes to raise a family, and many have trouble finding positions of employment at all. This harrowing fact rings especially true for our fellow Americans that have to overcome the challenges of mental, physical and emotional disabilities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only a mere 17.5 percent of people with disabilities in the United States are currently employed in the labor force, whereas that number for Americans that do not have a disability sits at 65 percent. There is a massive discrepancy in our nation between Americans that have disabilities and those that do not. It is this discrepancy that The College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno is striving to remedy. Working in conjunction with the State of Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, the University’s College of Business has been providing Nevadans with a vocational rehabilitation career course to help equip disabled Nevadans with the skills and knowledge necessary to find employment and make a comeback in the workforce. A comprehensive course, this educational opportunity has seen wide success, teaching students valuable skills such as resume writing and how to conduct a stellar job interview, all the while preserving a post-course employment rate of around 60 percent. The University’s vocational rehabilitation course is truly a success, helping to lead Nevada in the fight against high unemployment for disabled Americans. Of the many invaluable skills that the University’s vocational rehabilitation class instills within its students, the first is perhaps the most critical when trying to find a job…resume writing. Possessing a strong resume is key to landing the job of your dreams and it is for this very reason that the vocational rehabilitation class teaches how to write one on the very first day of instruction. As students nervously filter in on the first day, they wonder what sort of adventures and tasks lay before them. Understandably so, many students enter the class with a great deal of anxiety. The nature of their disabilities makes it difficult for many of them to find work and it isn’t uncommon for students to have been out of the workforce for ten years or more. Needless to say, many may feel desperate upon their entrance into the class. However, students quickly learn what their disabilities truly are when they begin their participation in the class, merely obstacles. And like all obstacles, they

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can be overcome. The first building block in this process of constructing new careers and professional lives for themselves is the resume. On the first day, many students enter with not even an idea of what a resume is supposed to entail or look like. However, by the time they leave the classroom on the end of the first day, all students walk out with a clean and crisp new resume in hand. Individual tutoring is all students need to get their professional lives out on paper; a chronology of their achievements and involvement in the professional workforce and local community. By the end of the first day, almost all students exit the classroom with resumes in hand and smiles upon their faces, they have taken the first step in the journey of rejoining the workforce. Throughout the rest of the course, miracles are truly worked. Under the tutelage of the University’s very own Stallar Lufrano-Jardine, director of career services for The College of Business, students achieve milestone after milestone on their journey towards vocational rehabilitation. Business cards are designed, cover letters are drafted and mock interviews are held as students gradually reacquire the skills and knowledge base necessary to reenter the workforce. By the end of the third class session, most students are beaming with joy and confidence, eager to tackle the fourth and final session…the networking event. For students, the BizTalk Blender Networking event is the climax of the class. All of their efforts in the class so far have led up to this moment, the time when they go and meet different professionals and business leaders from the local community. Dressed in their best and armed with their new business cards, students attend the event with high hopes, and more often than not, leave with future career opportunities. Of the many hard-working people that contribute to the success of this event and the students, one person that stands out is Alice Heiman, a nationally recognized sales expert whose efforts to help the vocational rehabilitation students relax and fit right in at the networking event are invaluable. While The College of Business provides a course that is truly impactful and has the potential to change lives, it cannot be done without the dozens of professionals that attend our mock interview sessions and networking events. Industry professionals and hiring managers interested in helping with the class and its events should contact Stallar Lufrano-Jardine, director of career services for The College of Business, at It is because of people like you that our fellow Nevadans are making a comeback in the workforce. Together, we can solve the problem of high unemployment amongst the disabled. Thank you. ■

NEVADA LEGACY SOCIETY Join others who have chosen to make a planned gift to The College of Business through the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation. Members are recognized for their generous commitment, invited to special University events and receive a membership lapel pin. Contact Mitch Klaich,, to learn more about how to leave a charitable bequest and other planned giving options. We can also work with your financial advisor or estate planner to help you customize your gift.

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BUSINESS COUNCIL BUSINESS STUDENTSTUDENT COUNCIL The Business Student Council is a student organization that provides input to the Dean on issues relating to the student experience. The Business Student Council provides for recognition of outstanding College of Business students and faculty, and serves the interests of The College of Business by creating and promoting new opportunities for students to interact with the business world, such as Business Week, the Honors and Awards Banquet, firm tours, and professional speakers on campus. The Business Student Council is made up of College of Business students that interact with and represent each of the current business student organizations, The College of Business ASUN Senators, and a student representative from each major. The Council includes students from each class, freshman through senior level to greater encompass a wide variety of opinions and perspectives.


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OUTSTANDING SENIORS About the 2016 Outstanding Seniors The student representatives of the Business Student Council selected four seniors to be honored with the Outstanding Senior Award. The four seniors selected have succeeded in multiple aspects of the college experience, including academics, leadership positions, extracurricular activities and community involvement. ABHAY SHARMA Abhay Sharma is a graduating senior from The College of Business receiving a degree in Finance and Accounting. He has served in executive roles of several on-campus organizations including the Business Student Council, Diverse Organization of South Asia, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. Abhay has also served as Senator of The College of Business and ASUN Director of Clubs and Organizations. Upon graduation, Abhay is eager to begin a career in corporate finance as a financial analyst. Abhay thanks The College of Business for providing him with the foundation to become a better leader for tomorrow.

ASHLEY ANDREWS Ashley Nickole Andrews graduated from The College of Business in May 2016 with a degree in marketing. Ashley is a dedicated University student with a 3.96 GPA. She is also an exemplary UNR employee, serving as an events and web presence manager at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE). Ashley’s passion for improving the University is evidenced through her continuous service in leader and member capacities on policy and culture-influencing committees, including UNR’s Staff Employees’ Council and UNCE’s Image Enhancement and Diversity Committees. Her expertise in marketing is demonstrated by her two Constant Contact All Star Awards. Additionally, she founded and administrates a Facebook group for local marketing and communications professionals. Ashley plans to pursue a master’s degree in strategic communications from The Reynolds School of Journalism. JORDAN BAUZON Jordan Bauzon is a senior at the pursuing a B.S. in International Business and a B.A. in International Affairs with Honors. With these degrees, Jordan is receiving minors in Asian Studies, Japanese Studies, Accounting, and Dance. When Jordan is not on the stage moving as a dancer, he can be found endeavoring to move students through mentorship and tutoring, striving to instill strategies and techniques that will serve to help these students realize their own unique, individual capabilities. He also enjoys enacting change in the local community through volunteerism and reaping “life lessons” from the popular American sitcom Friends. Post-graduation, he strives to enhance internationalization and foster effective communication between the United States and Japan by serving as an intercultural ambassador, existing to nurture intercultural communication at interpersonal levels. KELSEY HANNAH Kelsey is completing her degree in Business Management this past Spring. She is from Las Vegas, Nevada, and considers attending the University of Nevada, Reno, one of her best decisions. She owes the incredible opportunities she has been given to her mother, Wendy, who is her biggest role model. She has spent her time at the University diversely involved on campus and through community service. She joined the Business Student Council her freshman year and she currently serves as President. Kelsey is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta where she held the position of Chief Financial Officer. She was also elected and served as a College of Business Senator. She aspires to work in the sport’s industry in a community relations role, an aspect of the industry she found a passion for while interning for the Reno Bighorns.

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ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT Celebrating 25 years of tradition


he College of Business Alumni Association (COBAA) held their 25th annual golf tournament this past spring. This was a very special year as the board was proud of keeping the golf tournament tradition alive for 25 consecutive years. COBAA past presidents were recognized for their contribution throughout the years in making each year’s tournament a success by presenting them with trophies. This year’s tournament was held on a sunny Friday afternoon and drew in more than 20 teams. Everyone in attendance enjoyed a barbecue lunch, followed by an afternoon “scramble” on the links at the Wolf Run Golf Club in Reno. After the round of golf, teams relaxed and ate, while some lucky individuals won raffle prizes worth over $200! Everything from family photo packages to luxury men’s watches was up for grabs. With the support of players and sponsorships, COBAA raised over $10,000, and the proceeds will be used by COBAA to support their mission of developing relationships with The College of Business and their students. Stephanie Berggren, president of COBAA, stated that with the funds raised from the golf tournament enable COBAA to follow their mission statement through support of student organizations, sponsorship of networking events, the College’s Career & Internship Fair, and funding of business student scholarships. Highlights from last year’s student funding include COBAA providing the funds for the student group ENACTUS to go to and subsequently win regionals, while providing additional support for finals. COBAA was also able to sponsor The Business Student Council’s Silicon Valley trip knowing that this trip provides amazing experiences for the students, but also invaluable networking opportunities. This is in addition to COBAA’s continued support of The College of Business through collaboration with the college on special projects. Using these opportunities, the association sees the unique opportunities to help students with their future success.

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Berggren stated that the value of the tournament extends beyond the money raised since participants come from a wide swath of the northern Nevada business community. College of Business Alumni and other members of the community are provided with an excellent opportunity for networking in a relaxed and informal setting. COBBA would like to thank the past presidents and members for their continued support as this shows the selflessness of the individuals recruited and retained by the board within the past 25 years. The success of the golf tournament hinges on the support from the participants and corporate sponsors. This year’s winning team included team players from Abowd & Rose Financial Group. COBAA would like to give a big thank you to all the participants and attendants. A very special thank you goes to our sponsors: Wells Fargo, Eide Bailly, Dunham Trust Company, Dixon Golf, New West Distribution, Port of Subs, and Sierra Nevada Properties. The continued support of the corporate partners and Alumni is highly appreciated. COBAA hopes to continue to have successful tournaments in the coming years. A continued effort will be made to increase the positive impact on The College of Business, the students, as well as the community. The 26th annual golf tournament will be held on June 9, 2017 at Wolf Run Golf Course. For more information about participation or sponsorship opportunities, please contact the association at or visit ■

Past COBAA Presidents honored by The College of Business at the 25th annual golf tournament. Photo by Stallar Lufrano-Jardine


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COBAA BOARD BIOS Stephanie Berggren Stephanie Berggren (’06, Accounting) is a manager at Eide Bailly LLP (formerly Muckel Anderson CPAs) in Reno. She provides accounting services, tax and audit and specializes in account and auditing services for government and not-for-profit organizations. Stephanie currently serves as the president of the College of Business Alumni Association Board. Erika Saiz Erika Saiz (’09, Management, ’14, MBA) is a pharmaceutical sales representative for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). She is also the co-owner of a manufacturing company, Silver State Design, which manufactures custom architectural foam shapes. Erika is the president elect of the College of Business Alumni Association Board. Gary Brooks Gary Brooks (’14, MBA) is director of pharmacy and dietary services at Tahoe Pacific Hospitals. He is part of a team that specializes in the treatment of medically complex patients who require extended hospitalization. He earned his doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Pacific in Stockton, Calif. in 2004 and holds advanced board certifications in pharmacotherapy and nutrition support. Gary is the secretary for the College of Business Alumni Association Board. Trevor Howell, CPA Trevor Howell (’11, Accounting) is a manager at KBCA, LLC in Carson City. His main focus is on taxation, including all types of business, individual, and estate and trust returns. Trevor is currently the treasurer of the College of Business Alumni Association Board. Laura Nelson, CPA Laura (Kelb) Nelson (’12, Accounting) is a senior accountant at Intuit. She started her career at a local firm in public accounting where she gained audit experience working with a variety of industries, including nonprofit organizations, government entities and gaming. Laura joined the College of Business Alumni Association in 2015 and is currently serving as the VP of Development on the Board of Directors.

Victor Wowo Jr. Victor Wowo Jr. (’11, Business Management) is a hospitality professional and regional sales manager with the Whitney Peak Hotel. Victor currently serves as VP of Public Relations for the College of Business Alumni Association Board. Megan Lowe Megan Lowe (‘10 Management) is a residential Real Estate Associate for Chase International Real Estate. Megan currently serves as VP of membership for the College of Business Alumni Association Board.

Kyle R. McCann, CFP Kyle R. McCann (’05, Finance, ’11, Masters in Finance) is a certified financial planner and founder of KRM Wealth Management, LLC. KRM is an independent, fee-only advisory firm specializing in comprehensive wealth management for families, high-net-worth individuals, small businesses and non-profit organizations. Spencer Lewis Spencer Lewis (’11, Psychology) works for the UNR Environmental Health and Safety Department as a safety specialist. His role within the department includes developing emergency response plans and egress maps, as well as conducting evacuation drills, safety training, and accident investigations. Spencer is currently pursuing his MBA and serves as a graduate student liaison for the College of Business Alumni Association. Ziad Rashdan Ziad Rashdan (’15, Finance with an emphasis in Economics) was actively involved in many of the student organizations while attending The College of Business. There he worked in the Career Connections Office and the Student Success Center. In March, he relocated to Colorado and began working for Sierra Nevada Corporation in their Associate Business Analyst program.

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Paul Klein Paul Klein is a partner at Argentum Partners, a public affairs firm located in Reno and Las Vegas. Klein graduated magna cum laude from the University of Nevada with a bachelor’s degree in Pre-Law Criminal Justice and a MBA with a concentration in public policy. An award-winning creative director, Klein has over a decade of experience in designing and managing campaigns for candidates, causes, and consumer products. In total, he has won over 70 advertising and marketing awards with multiple ‘Best in Show’ honors. Klein served as a two-term commissioner on the City of Reno Parks and Recreation Commission and the Arts and Culture Commission. Klein also helped found the #BiggestLittleCity movement and the Reno-Tahoe Young Professionals Network. Thomas (TJ) O’Carroll TJ O’Carroll (’10, Accounting, ’11, Master of Accountancy) works as a tax senior associate at Eide Bailly. After graduating in 2011, he moved to San Francisco to start another master’s program in Sport Management. There he worked for the United States Golf Association and the San Francisco Giants. Working in those organizations made him realize how important being a CPA would be if he wanted to move up in the finance department of an organization. He moved back to Reno in 2013 after graduating from the Sport Management program.

Theo Meek Theo Meek (’15, Business Administration Management) works in the Division of Enrollment Services at the University of Nevada, Reno as a registration coordinator. He is also pursuing his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration at UNR. Theo plans to pursue a long career in higher education, where he hopes to one day serve as the vice president for Student Services. Richard J. Corn, CPA Richard J. Corn (’14, Finance & Accounting) is a senior accountant at Intuit where he specializes in payments accounting for Intuit’s QuickBooks customers. He is also the co-founder of 775blue, a clothing company with the mission of returning profits to the university. Drew Lucero Drew Lucero (’11, Business Management) is a satisfaction assurance associate at CustomInk in Reno. This is Drew’s first year serving as a board member for COBAA. He is also an active member of the Nevada Alumni Association and Young Alumni Chapter.


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