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Twenty under 40 Awards


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Since 2007, the Twenty under 40 Awards has recognized exceptional leaders under the age of 40. The program is put on by Reno Tahoe Young Professionals Network with partner, RGJ Media. Each year a group of 20 talented, accomplished, very involved young leaders are chosen from nominations received.

2015 Twenty under 40 Winners group photo

2015 Event Photo Gallery | 2015 Winners Video

The honorees of the 2015 Twenty under 40 Awards:

Rebecca Curtis – NV Energy, Senior Tax Accountant

Nathan Daniel – Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation, Executive Director

Danny DelaRosa – United Federal Credit Union, Market Vice President Nevada

Britton Douglass – Reno Engineering Corporation, Vice President, Operations

Kelly Doyle – University of Nevada, Reno; Coordinator, Earthquake Engineering Program

Melissa Flatley –  State of Nevada; Deputy Attorney General

Jennifer Gurecki – Coalition Snow, CEO & Founder

Chad Hallert – Noble Studios, Digital Strategy Director

Danny Heinsohn – ACCESS Event Solutions, Business Development/My Hometown Heroes, Executive Director

Denis Isbister – Wild Fish Wild Places, Reality Television Show Host

Lisa Jansen – Nugget Casino Resort, Director of Special Events & Entertainment

Kate Kirkpatrick – Truckee Meadows Community College, Director of Marketing and Communications

Heidi McFadden – RCM Realty Group, Broker/Owner

Courtney Miller O’Mara – Fennemore Craig Attorneys, Of Counsel Attorney

Melissa Molyneaux – Colliers International, Managing Director

Monica Pappas – Fingerprinting Express, Owner

Steph Peterson – Microsoft, Director of Transactional Services

Randi Reed – Lumos & Associates, Business Development Manager

Michelle Salazar – Litigation and Valuation Consultants, Inc., Owner

Joe Zweifel – Wildlife Revolutions, CEO and Owner

Sponsors and Partners of the 2015 Twenty under 40 Awards:

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Northern Nevada and regional news; digital, print; at home, on the go.
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Snell & Wilmer is a full-service business law firm with more than 400 attorneys practicing in nine locations throughout the western United States and in Mexico, including Reno, Nevada. The firm represents clients ranging from large, publicly traded corporations to small businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs.
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NV Energy has served citizens in northern Nevada for over 150 years, and southern Nevada since 1906. Nevada Power, Sierra Pacific Power and Sierra Pacific Resources merged in July 1999 to create one of the fastest growing energy companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange. In 2008, both subsidiaries began doing business as NV Energy signaling our commitment to serving Nevada's energy needs. Our service area covers 45,592 square miles of the fastest growing state in the U.S.Among the many communities we serve are Las Vegas, Reno-Sparks, Henderson, and Elko. We also provide natural gas to more than 155,000 citizens in the Reno-Sparks area.
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Lumos & Associates is a regionally recognized, multidisciplinary consulting firm dedicated to fostering and promoting innovation and collaboration. We offer services to meet the needs of both large and small, public and private organizations in the areas of Civil Engineering, Surveying & Mapping, Resource Development, Landscape Architecture, Construction, Geotechnical, Specialty Services and Support Services. Over three decades we have grown through inward development to create one firm with many moving parts.
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Truckee Meadows Community College is a comprehensive community college located in Reno, and is part of the Nevada System of Higher Education. With five college sites and more than 20 community locations, TMCC serves more than 20,000 students each year in state-supported programs and another 12,000 students in non-credit workforce development classes.
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The Microsoft team based primarily in Reno is responsible for Operations in North and Latin America, but also has global reach. Reno is one of only three operations center in the world for Microsoft Corporation. We help large enterprises, government agencies, academic institutions and small businesses purchase and activate Microsoft products such as Windows, Office 365 and Azure. We also operationally support additional products like Xbox, BING, Dynamics CRM and latterly our Surface tablet.We have more than 500 team members in Reno, Fargo, Las Colinas, Charlotte, Florida and Puerto Rico, several field based employees who work out of their homes across the country, and a handful placed globally in places like Dublin and Singapore. Between all of our businesses based in Reno, our teams are responsible for supporting the fulfillment and revenue processing operations of the company’s $80 billion business.
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NCET is a member-supported nonprofit organization that produces events to help individuals and businesses explore and use technology.
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Committed to meeting the fiduciary standard, the firm always acts in the best interest of its clients by offering conflict-free investment and planning advice. We are a fee-only adviser; all compensation is paid directly to the firm by its clients. The firm does not specialize in any particular area, but considers all aspects of personal financial planning to include: Risk Management and Insurance Planning, Investments, Tax Planning, Retirement Planning, Estate Planning, and Business Planning/Management. To determine suitable recommendations, the firm uses the comprehensive 6-step financial planning process to assess needs and provide the client with a choice of viable solutions.
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Colliers International is a leading global commercial and residential real estate services organization defined by our spirit of enterprise. Our more than 16,300 professionals in 502 offices worldwide are dedicated to creating strategic partnerships with our clients, providing customized services that transform real estate into a competitive advantage. Our Colliers in Reno focuses on accelerating our clients' success by seamlessly providing a full range of services to investors, property owners, tenants and developers.
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The Chamber is a regional Chamber of Commerce composed of businesses, individuals and organizations that are united for the sole purpose of furthering the interests of our members and the Northern Nevada region. The Chamber has three key objectives Business Advocacy, Promoting Business for Our Members, and Networking & Professional Development. We are governed by a professional board of 28 directors from the Reno Sparks area who work on behalf of our business community to improve our quality of life. We are dedicated to providing service to our business community as well as visitors and travelers through providing a wide array of services, program, and community resources for local businesses, our members, and the general public.
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The Upward Bound Programs of the University of Nevada, Reno provide first-generation, income-qualified students with free college preparatory services and support to develop the skills and knowledge essential for successful admission, persistence, and completion of postsecondary education.
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United Federal Credit Union has served its Members since 1949 by helping them build a sound financial future. The credit union consists of more than 130,000 Member/owners worldwide and manages assets in excess of $1.83 billion. UFCU's footprint extends into six states, including Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina and Ohio. There are six branches in the Sparks-Renoa area, and two more are under construction. UFCU's dedication to Northern Nevada is shown by its support of community development and charitable organizations, and by its employees who spend hours mentoring students, cleaning up the environment, and volunteering to help the needy.
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Litigation and Valuation Consultants, Inc. (LVC) specializes in business valuation, divorce litigation support, forensic accounting, economic damages, litigation support and expert witness testimony. LVC works side by side with attorneys, accountants and business owners to provide insight into business value, distribution of assets in a divorce proceeding or to provide advice on any litigation, valuation related topic. LVC has a team of Certified Public Accountants who also hold the Certified Valuation Analyst, Accredited in Business Valuation and Certified Fraud Examiner credentials. LVC has professionals who have been qualified as expert witnesses in courts throughout Nevada, California and Washington.

This year, we received 194 nominations for 155 outstanding young professionals. Only 20 will win this year, but every one of these nominees is exceptional and noteworthy.

View the list of nominees of the 2015 Twenty under 40 Awards!

We celebrated the 9th Annual Twenty under 40 Awards on November 4 in the Peppermill’s Tuscany Ballroom.

View a gallery of photos here.

About the Awards:

Who is Eligible?

Nominations are open to exceptional business leaders under 40 years of age who work in the Greater Reno-Tahoe area.  Nominees must be age 39 or younger as of November 1 in the year of their nomination.  Judges look for strong achievement in all of the following areas: professional accomplishments, community involvement and leadership.

In 2014, we fielded 145 nominations for 110 different young professionals (some nominees received more than one nomination).  Check out the full list of 2014 nominees here! 

Click here for the Class of 2014 Twenty under 40 Award Winners

Click here for the Class of 2013 Twenty under 40 Award Winners

Click here for the Class of 2012 Twenty under 40 Award Winners

Click here for the Class of 2011 Twenty under 40 Award Winners

Click here for the Class of 2010 Twenty under 40 Award Winners

Click here for the Class of 2009 Twenty under 40 Award Winners

Click here for the Class of 2008 Twenty under 40 Award Winners

Click here for the Class of 2007 Twenty under 40 Award Winners