2014 Award Winners

Meet the winners of the 2014 Twenty under 40 Awards:

AG_Logo_Horz_lrg12Click here to see the 2014 Winners Video courtesy of Aborglyph and Mike Henderson

Rabbi Ethan Bair
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Rabbi Ethan Bair

Temple Sinai Reno
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Rabbi Bair came to Reno from Boston, but immediately immersed himself in his congregation and this community. His contributions have led to growth in Temple Sinai, greater outreach to the region and strong ties to issues that affect our community. Look or him in inter-faith dialogues and groups that are tackling equality and access concerns.
Jeff Bean
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Jeff Bean

QD Construction
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Jeff Bean leads a team on major construction, including award-winning projects. He holds a patent for for bridge construction materials. And, he facilitates major Special Events with equipment donations, traffic control support and helping to secure permits.
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Jordan Davis

Attorney/Lionel Sawyer & Collins
Jordan Davis
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Jordan Davis was named a 'Rising Star' by Mountain States Super Lawyers in 2014; a distinction awarded to the top 2.5% of young attorneys. In addition he offers legal aid to veterans, senior and children. He is the President of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Young professional committee, a Big Brother himself and active with the Board of Directors of the Eddy House.
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Jennifer Fonda

Nevada State Bank
Jennifer Fonda
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Jennifer Fonda travels all over Northern Nevada, serving rural communities and cities for Nevada State Bank. She serves on the board of Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful and the Veterans' Guest House. She started a financial literacy program through NSB and is a graduate of Leadership Reno Sparks.
Mariluz Garcia
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Mariluz Garcia

Deans Future Scholars
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Mentoring a team of first generation college students, Mariluz helps provide these young people the tools and support they need to succeed.
Kristopher Hackbusch
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Kristopher Hackbusch

Principal, Reno High School
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The youngest person to become a principal in WCSD after only 12 years teaching, Hackbusch is also a UNR Distinguished Alumni and former basketball player. Currently he coaches Little League and Boys and Girls Club basketball.
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Katie Hoffman

Attorney - Lionel Sawyer & Collins
Katie Hoffman
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Katie serves as a lawyer for new businesses, as well as established gaming companies. She founded Crazy Tooth Studio, a multimeida game development company on Startup Row with her husband, Ben Hoffman. She also serves on boards of the Old Northwest Neighborhood Advisory Board and UNR Young Alumni Chapter.
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Doris Kelly

Clark /Sullivan Construction
Doris Kelly
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As a construction estimator and project manager, Doris has handled many large projects for Clark/Sullivan. She also gives her time generously to many projects, including St.Albert the Great Church, Big Brothers and Big Sister, coaching volleyball and her child's school. She was named a Woman of Achievement by Nevada Women's Fund and won an ASLA Award of Excellence for a construction project at Lake Tahoe.
Lance King
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Lance King

Nevada Air National Guard/Custom Truck Accessories
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Lance has earned many distinctions in his National Guard Career, flying missions in many countries. He also is the owner of Custom Truck Accessories, a local business with 7 stores and more than 30 employees. He was instrumental in founding Reno's first TEDx event and constantly finds ways to give back to this community.
Leigh Metcalfe
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Leigh Metcalfe

Teacher, Reed High School
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Leigh is an inspiring and hard-working science teacher. She advises the Reed High EcoWarriors, which raised more than $15k for school improvement projects. She and her students work with GREENevada and Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful. She brings nutrition education and school gardens to nearby elementary schools in partnership with Urban Roots. She also received the Excellence in Environmental Education Award from the Eastern Sierra Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Assoc.
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Jason Morris

Attorney, Woodburn and Wedge
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Jason not only provides charitable legal work as part of his role as a senior associate, he also volunteers much of his time to community groups and organizations. He chairs the Planned Giving Roundtable of Northern Nevada, annually participates in the Lawyer in the Library, Reno Rodeo and Balloon Races. He was a recipient of Washoe Legal Services Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award.
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Stephanie Rice

Hardy Law Group
Stephanie Rice
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Stephanie is an experienced attorney who advocates for a wide variety of clients, including the 2014 mayoral term limits case for Eddie Lorton. She also is active on the board of Amplify Life, volunteers as St Mary's pediatric department and let a volunteer team for Lawyers for Children to advocate for at risk youth. She was named a Goodwill Ambassador by mayors from both Reno and Sparks.
Jennifer Richards
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Jennifer Richards

Renown Health
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Jennifer is a RN with a doctorate degree. She leads Transformational Health Care efforts at Renown to improve processes and patient experience. She also service on the Education Advisory Board for the NV State Board of Nursing, mentors at TMCC and collaborates with advisory boards at all local nursing schools. She has been named a Nevada Nurse of Achievement and a Woman of Achievement and she regularly presents at national conferences and writes for professional publications.
Carrie Ann Rogers
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Carrie Ann Rogers

Regional Sales Dir, Peppermill Reno
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Carrie Ann has made huge leaps in growing her business at the Peppermill, and she is a dedicated community leader. She is a director with the Reno Rodeo where she serves on the Sponsors, Contestant Hospitality and Queen Committees, among others. She currently serves as Past President of Reno-Tahoe YPN and is active with EDAWN, the Chamber, WIN and the Nevada State Board of Cosmetology.
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Jason Sala

Sala Family Dentistry
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A fourth-generation Nevadan, Jason has grown his father's family business from four employees to more than 30. The family practice has a goal to give $1million to the community. He organizes an annual, Dentistry from the Heart, to offer free treatment for up to 125 patients.
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Todd Sala

Sala Family Dentistry
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Todd's family practice dentistry has grown exponentially and the impact on this community has grown with it. Todd and his brother have committed to give back $1M to the community by 2017. Todd is active in professional dentistry organizations and educates local elementary students about dental health. He has been featured on KOLO-TVs Medical Minute.
Harvey Turner
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Harvey Turner

Pastor/Founder, Living Stones Churches
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With a mission of 'In the city, for the city', Harvey helped found Living Stones Church in downtown Reno and has played a role in the revitalization of downtown and midtown as cultural and spiritual centers of our community. From there, Living Stones has expanded to more than 20 staff and 2000 parishioners in Reno, Sparks, Truckee, Carson City and Elko. Harvey is West Region Director of Acts 29 Church Planting Network, providing coaching for new churches all over the West coast and Hawaii. He gives his time generously and encourages his staff and parishioners to do the same.
Jessica Woelfel
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Jessica Woelfel

Partner, McDonald Carano Wilson LLP
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Jessica leads complex commercial litigation cases for her firm and also finds time to serve her community. She serves on the board of WIN and advisory boards for Sierra Pediatric Blood and Cancer Specialists and Kaia Fit. She is active in the annual toy drive for Northern Nevada Childrens Cancer Foundation created to honor her daughter, Stella, who was diagnosed with cancer at age 2. She has been recognized as a Legal Elite by Nevada Business magazine and as a Woman of Achievement.
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Dusty Wunderlich

Bristlecone Holdings
Dusty Wunderlich
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Dusty is CEO of Bristlecone Holdings, a consumer finance company with a staff of 20 and growing. He is a principal of DCA Capital Partners, where he advises on private equity financing. He is treasurer for the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum and a board member for the Reno Tahoe Open foundation. He was active in promoting Nevada State Senate Bill 75 to create the Silver State Opportunities Fund to support Nevada businesses in growth. He founded the Growing Worldwide Opportunity Foundation and Inspire Reno to support children with special needs. He leads and supports various entrepreneurial programs locally, including Project Vesto
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Palkin Zed

Project Solution
Palkin Zed
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Palkin Zed has been executive director of Project Solution since 2011, developming and creating growth programs for homeless and low-income youth, including those emerging from foster care. She also serves as chair of the Reno Youth Council, creating, funding and promoting youth programming. She has won multiple awards, founded several media and online ventures.

Thank you to the sponsors of the 2014 Twenty under 40 Awards!

RGJ Media
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RGJ Media is our media partner and co-presenter of the Twenty under 40 Awards. Look to RGJ for all local coverage of news, business and events to keep you up to date!
Peppermill Reno
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Peppermill Reno is the premiere spot for big events, small events and corporate visitors.
Clark/Sullivan Construction
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Our unbeatable combination of technical ability and financial strength enables Clark & Sullivan to take on and complete even the most demanding projects of any size utilizing the following delivery methods:Design-BuildDesign-AssistCM-at-RiskLease-Lease BackConstruction ManagementDesign-Bid-Build
Sala Family Dentistry
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"Caring people, caring for people". Since 1974, our commitment has been to put your needs first. Providing you with caring service and cutting edge technology.
Renown Health
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Renown Health is Northern Nevada’s healthcare leader and Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health system. We are an entire network of hospitals, urgent care centers, lab services, x-ray and imaging services, primary care doctors and dozens of medical specialties. We help you live a healthier life, and we’re the experts you go to when you are seriously ill or injured. We have more than 5,000 nurses, doctors and care providers dedicated to your health and well-being every day of the year. Find out more about Renown.
United Federal Credit Union
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Committed to helping members build a sound financial future. Locally, UFCU contributes to the community and is dedicate to being a force for good!
McDonald Carano Wilson LLP
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Our firm was founded with the philosophy of providing our clients excellent service while maintaining the highest standards of the legal profession. Each member of our firm is dedicated to aggressively pursuing these standards in all fields of law and business. Many of our lawyers and professionals serve as leaders and members of many professional organizations focused on strengthening the legal and business climate in Nevada. We believe a firm is only as great as the individuals it employs. Our firm is comprised of individuals with extraordinary accomplishments. Our current and former partners have held high ranking positions in the Nevada Legislature, been selected for judgeships, chosen to lead some of Nevada's most important government agencies, recruited to oversee high level federal agencies and have served with distinction in the Nevada Air Guard and other branches of the service as well as local police and fire departments. Our professionals have been recognized for their work and commitment to the industry and community with numerous awards such as Best Lawyers in America, Captains of Industry and Women to Watch.
Arborglyph
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Arborglyph is a unique web video production service in Reno, Nevada. We create compelling moving imagery, including the 2014 Twenty under 40 Winners Video.
Woodburn and Wedge
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Formed in 1918, Woodburn and Wedge is one of Nevada's largest independent law firms with its office located in the Sierra Plaza in Southeast Reno. Woodburn and Wedge is a general practice law firm which has developed a strong corporate and business clientele, especially among mining, utility and real estate companies. Although Woodburn and Wedge maintains a general law practice, its attorneys concentrate on litigation, corporate law, commercial law, real estate law, mining law, water law, environmental law, bankruptcy, utility law, and public and private land use law. The firm also has broad experience in estate planning, probate, trust administration, probate and trust litigation and tax law. Several of the firm’s attorneys devote a substantial portion of their practices to family law, including divorce, prenuptial agreements, child custody, spousal support and family mediation.
Cheeseboard Catering
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Fantastic lunches in their beautiful downtown location and amazing catering wherever you need it! A go to when you want to impress!