2015 Award Winners

2015 Twenty under 40 Winners group photo
Meet the winners of the 2015 Twenty under 40 Awards:

Rebecca Curtis
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Rebecca Curtis

NV Energy - Senior Tax Accountant
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A 10-year NV Energy Finance Department leader with skills in communication and efficiency

Serves as: o Treasurer Board of Directors, Girl Scouts of Sierra Nevada; previously served 3 years as troop leader and remains involved at the troop level
o Leader and volunteers in community events for Humane Society, Food Bank, schools, law enforcement

Accomplishments include: earning two master’s degrees while being the busy mom of nine-year old twin girls

Nathan Daniel
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Nathan Daniel

Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation - Executive Director
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Saw a need in improving the quality of life in Truckee Meadows, co-founded a non-profit foundation in 2013 to meet that need and now leads a team of five full-time AmeriCorps members

Lives the mission to raise awareness and appreciation of local parks and to foster stewardship

Started the Student Stewards Program which turns parks within walking distance for schools into learning laboratories; reaching 250 students last school year and on target to triple that outreach this year

Seeks ways to engage Title 1 schools, seniors and other underserved communities

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Danny DeLaRosa

United Federal Credit Union - Market Vice President Nevada
Danny DeLaRosa
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Has earned numerous distinctions during his three years running UFCUs local operations; #1 Financial institution in Northern Nevada (Big Nickel 2015), #1 Credit Union and the 2nd best local place to work (RN&R 2015).

Has promoted numerous local employees and opened 3 new locations with more to come in 2016

Serves as:o Chamber Reno-Sparks Board Member since 2014 and 2016 Chair
o Boys & Girls Club Truckee Meadows Board
o The Pursuit Young Adult Ministry Lead Horizon Christian Church

Accomplishments include: TedX Speaker 2013, NNBW 2014 ‘Money Maker Award Northern Nevada’

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Britton Douglass

Reno Engineering Corp - Vice President Operations
Britton Douglass
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Runs a successful engineering company with influence in growing our new Truckee Meadows economy

Serves as:o Co-Chair of Special Events, Riverwalk District
o Committee Chair, Liberty District
o Board Member, Nevada Youth Empowerment Project
o Co-Founder and Director of High Heels & Hopes, ROFF Fashion Show and Biggest Little 5k
o Director of Finance, Delta Sigma Pi, Sierra Nevada Region Board and Founder of DSP; Alumni Chapter

Accomplishments include: Reno News & Review: 2014 Best Business Woman and Best Social Networker, 2014 NCET Tech Star

Kelly Doyle
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Kelly Doyle

University of Nevada, Reno - Coordinator, Earthquake Engineering Program
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Directs education and outreach activities for Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at UNR, reaching over 1,000 students/year

Designed and installed ‘Make your own Earthquake’ exhibit at the Nevada Discovery Museum

Project Engineer for many experiments at UNR’s earthquake lab, including the largest ever; a $7M project, spanning all 4 shake tables

Serves as:o President, ASCE TMB Younger Member Forum
o Program Advisor to nationally–ranked UNR concrete canoe team

Accomplishments include: Masters in Civil Engineering, currently earning her MBA, ASCE TMB Young Civil Engineer of the Year 2013

Melissa Flatley
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Melissa Flatley

State of Nevada, Attorney General - Deputy Attorney General
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Works to ensure that Nevada’s financial future and citizens are protected by representing bankruptcy cases, net proceeds of minerals and shared responsibility for sales and use taxes

Mentors Girl Scouts as Service Unit Coordinator for the local council; responsible for managing fall and spring sales for 400 Scouts.

Serves as:o Provider of pro bono services through Nevada Legal Services and Washoe Senior Law Project
o Member of Inns of Court, Northern Nevada Women Lawyers, Carson City mentoring circle and the 20-30 Club

Accomplishments include: Air Force wife, supporting her husband’s military and financial advisor careers

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Jennifer Gurecki

Coalition Snow - CEO & Founder
Jennifer Gurecki
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Founded Zawadisha in 2010, a non-profit working with local community members to provide micro-loans to business women in Kenya

Founded Coalition Snow, a fast-growing startup of women’s ski and snowboard equipment and apparel; raised $31,000 in 31 days on Kickstarter

Teaches a 2-week course on Social Entrepreneurship at NYU

Serves as:o Advisory Council, Gateway Mountain Center
o Coordinator, Boarding for Breast Cancer
o Mentor to MiddCORE business students at Sierra Nevada College

Accomplishments include: Completing her third higher education degree; a PhD in Sustainability

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Chad Hallert

Noble Studios - Digital Strategy Director
Chad Hallert
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As architect of marketing, analytics and optimization service offerings, increased department revenue by 686% and overall corporate revenue by 45% in 2 years

Led Noble to become Nevada’s only Google Analytics Certified Partner

Serves by: o Volunteering with Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows and NCET
o Teaching courses on digital marketing at UNR and ProNet; helping unemployed adults return to the workforce with digital skills
o Lending his digital marketing expertise to non-profits; NCET and Nevada Museum of Art

Accomplishments include: Direct Marketing News 2015 40 under 40 Winner

Danny Heinsohn
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Danny Heinsohn

ACCESS Event Solutions - Account Executive
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Built national business with 100 of the nation’s most prestigious sports properties and corporate brands; NY Yankees, SF Giants, GoPro and Red Bull to name a few.

Founded national non-profit, My Hometown Heroes, a scholarship fund for young adult cancer survivors; awarding $33,000 in scholarships to date

Motivational speaker, mentor to young people emphasizing the importance of overcoming obstacles and being involved in the community

Accomplishments include: o Winner 2014 National Sports Forum (inaugural) OM Foundation Award
o Winner 2014 SportsTravel Humanitarian Award at the TEAMS Conference

Denis Isbister
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Denis Isbister

Wild Fish Wild Places
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Host of two hunting/fishing shows, ‘The Birdmen’ (2010-2014) and ‘Wild Fish Wild Places’ currently in its 6th season traveling internationally and slating one episode per season to highlight world-class fishing in Nevada

Partners with Adamsbuilt, a fishing tackle and gear manufacturer and importer

Through his shows and various wildlife and hunting organizations, emphasizes safe hunting practices for youth

Serves by:o Donates an annual fishing trip to the Fallon Youth Club
o Mentors young entrepreneurs in Fallon

Accomplishments include: raising $20k for NV Outdoorsmen in Wheelchairs through Cabela’s Adventure Trek 2014

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Lisa Jansen

Nugget Casino Resort - Director of Special Events & Entertainment
Lisa Jansen
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Plans and runs some of the region’s biggest special events; Best of the West Rib Cook-Off with a $25M community impact and Star Spangled Sparks

Coordinates Sparks and Nugget participation with producers if Hot August Nights and other major events

Serves by:o Produces Brew HaHa, Sierra Arts biggest fundraiser
o Writes ‘Mad About Events’ Blog
o Volunteers with 39 North among other organizations and events

Accomplishments include: 2015 Women of Achievement Nugget Nominee, 2011 Winner of Reno Rodeo Association Award of Merit, Rotary Club of Reno Paul Harris Fellow Award

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Kate Kirkpatrick

Truckee Meadows Community College, Director of Marketing and Communications
Kate Kirkpatrick
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Manages all communications with prospective and current TMCC students, advertising campaigns, social media, internal and emergency communications

Planned the inaugural College Heritage Black-Tie Event

Raised $2.5M as manager of Sustained Giving and special event coordinator for Saint Mary’s Foundation

Serves as:o Board Chair of Note-Ables Music Therapy Services
o President of Reno Alumni Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota women’s music fraternity; national board member for SAI Philanthropies
o Plays trombone in the Sierra Swing Band and Reno Wood Symphony
o Marketing committee of Education Alliance and member of PRSA Sierra Nevada Chapter

Heidi McFadden
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Heidi McFadden

RCM Realty Group - Broker/Owner
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Partnered with local developers in 2014 to open her own brokerage

Has grown business to more than 10 professionals, closing more the $45M in transactions in the first 15 months in business

Manages more than 100 residential properties with a reputation as a property manager who cares about the landlords investment and renters well-being

Serves as:o Nevada Association of Realtors Community Service Committee and past-Chair
o Co-founder of Cancer Sucks 5k and Pink Totties non-profit raising over $80k for breast cancer causes

Accomplishments include: appointed by Carson City Mayor to chair Board of Equalization

Courtney Miller O'Mara
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Courtney Miller O'Mara

Fennemore Craig - Of Counsel Attorney
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Expert in business litigation, creditor’s rights litigation, employment litigation, trust & estate litigation and bankruptcy

Serves as:o Co-President, Northern Nevada Bankruptcy Bar Association
o Member, American Inns of Court and Northern Nevada Women Lawyer’s Association
o Board Secretary, Board Vision Committee Chair and Event Committee member, Casa De Vida and Wanda’s Closet
o Volunteer Mediator for Inmate Mediation Program

Accomplishments include: most peer votes of any Silver State attorney in Nevada Business Magazine’s 2015 Legal Elite, appearing on the cover; 2010 graduate of Leadership Reno Sparks; 2014 Woman of Achievement

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Melissa Molyneaux

Colliers International - Managing Director
Melissa Molyneaux
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With Colliers, has been involved with transactions totaling over 2.4M square feet of office space; currently handles leasing for nearly 850k square feet

Serves as:o VP of Programs, Western Industrial Nevada (WIN)
o Board of Governors Treasurer, Renown Regional Medical Center
o Board of Directors, The American Heart Association.
o Member of Northern Nevada CCIM Chapter, EDAWN, Rotary of Reno, Renown Finance Committee and Sierra Sunrise Toastmasters

Accomplishments include: one of the youngest Managing Directors of a local office for Colliers; 2015 Office Broker of the Year at the Summit Awards

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Monica Pappas

Fingerprinting Express - Owner
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Grew family business from $150k in the red to profitable in one year and expanded in three years

Increased service levels and offers discounts to many people who cannot afford services, but need them for work

Founded a travel destination experience agency, Las Vegas Passport; grew to an $8M company in 2010

Serves as:o Board of advisors, Volunteers of America
o Chair Operation Backpack drive, leading to a 20% increase in collecting school supplies for children in need.
o Supports homeless through the VOA shelter, Catholic Charities and the Marine Corps Toys for Tots

Steph Peterson
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Steph Peterson

Microsoft - Director of Transactional Services
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Leads global implementations, including a transformational, $150M three-year project to convert the supply chain from physical to digital in support of the Windows 8 launch

Supports North and South America revenues for Microsoft’s commercial business (over $40B), ensuring on time processing and provisioning

Serves as: o Active alumni of UNR’s Upward Bound program, offering college prep services and support to first-generation, income-qualified students
o Mentor and role model to participants in Microsoft Reno’s Annual DigiGirlsz Day
o Leads Operations Division of Microsoft’s annual company-wide employee Giving Campaign which annually raises $1.2M for charities

Randi Reed
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Randi Reed

Lumos & Associates - Business Development Manager
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Increased company business by $4.5M during 12 months; the largest increase in company history

Secured the largest contract in history; over $3B in construction costs

Co-owns Haus of Reed Custom Furniture with her husband, Tim

Ran her own marketing and business development firm for more than 8 years

Serves as:o Executive Director, NAIOP, increasing membership by 50% in 6 months
o Executive Director, RAD
o Vice President, Nevada Youth Empowerment Project

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Michele Salazar

Litigation and Valuation Consultants, Inc. - Owner
Michele Salazar
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Started her business; has grown to five employees and 81% revenue increase since 2010

Qualified expert witness in Nevada, Washington and California

Serves as: o Committee member American Heart Association; Wear Red Day official spokesperson
o Adopt a Family Coordinator
o Washoe County Debt Management Commission, At Large member, Past Vice Chairperson and Past Chairperson
o Nevada Society of CPAs Business Valuation
Committee, Chairpersono Volunteer with Washoe Little League, Veteran’s Guest House and Rib Cook Off
o Member of Prospector’s Club and Planned Giving Roundtable of NN

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Joe Zweifel

Wildlife Revolutions - CEO and Owner
Joe Zweifel
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Started his business in his garage and in just 3 years he has quadrupled his sales, hired 4 employees and leased a 2500 square foot facility

Serves as: o Volunteer, Nevada Bighorns Unlimited, to support and grow sheep populations
o Supports NV Department of Wildlife, providing bone samples to track wildlife populations
o Puts radio collars on mountain lions for UNR research
o Offers free taxidermy services through The Wounded Warrior Project
o Donates his services to the Wild Sheep Foundation’s <1Club

Recognitions include: 2010 and 2011 Nevada Bighorn Unlimited ‘Peoples’ Choice” Taxidermy Award

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Thank You to the Sponsors and Partners of the 2015 Twenty under 40 Awards:

RGJ Media
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Northern Nevada and regional news; digital, print; at home, on the go.
Peppermill
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Snell & Willmer
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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.
NV Energy
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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.
Lumos & Associates
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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.
TMCC
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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.
Microsoft
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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.
NCET
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NCET is a member-supported nonprofit organization that produces events to help individuals and businesses explore and use technology.
Joshua M. Flatley
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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.
Colliers International – Melissa Molyneaux, CCIM
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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.
The Chamber Reno-Sparks
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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.
Fox11 News4 my21
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Upward Bound
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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.
United Federal Credit Union
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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.
Litigation & Valuation Consultants
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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.

 

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