15 Sep

November 2016 Member Spotlight – Courtney Pino – EPIC Insurance

What do you love about your business?  The healthcare and insurance industry has been known to get a bad reputation, but I see the exact opposite. I am grateful that I get to work with companies to create unique, cost effective benefits programs that focus on the wellbeing of their company and employees, which in turn allows for an overall better quality of life. I get to help people, what more could you ask for!?

What do you get out of being a member of YPN?  Being an member of YPN has allowed me to connect with other young like-minded people. Most of us are in the beginning stages of our careers and trying to build our networks and relationships. It’s refreshing to be around people that are in the same place in their life and connect on more than just work we actually become friends!

What is your favorite special event in the region? My favorite special event would have to be the Reno Rodeo. I am a country girl at heart, and I love any excuse to throw on my boots and hat and watch the cowboys and cowgirls in action of course the Jack Tent is always a good time too.  Nothing beats the Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West!

Your favorite time of day is ________. Evenings, The workday is done (as long as there isn’t a networking event) and I get to do whatever I want!

If you weren’t at work right now, you’d be …I would probably be spending the day outdoors, doing whatever the day throws at me.

If you could take anyone out for a cup of coffee, who would it be? Why? My Grandpa Joe, My Grandpa was my hero. He passed away 4 years ago due to Alzheimer’s and I miss him every single day. If I got the chance to sit down for a cup of coffee with him, it would be a great day! I would fill him in on everything that has happened since he left, tell him how his family has grown, what we are doing with our lives and how we owe it all to his and my Grandma’s influence on our lives.

To you, networking is about …To me, networking is about building connections, relationships and most importantly, friendships. Some people say networking is how you grow your business, but to me it is much more personal than that. I network to meet people, learn what’s important to them and see if we have shared interests, values, and ideas. And, if it eventually leads to earning their business or referrals down the road, even better! I have met some truly amazing people through networking, and I am extremely proud to now call them friends.

If you were a wild animal, which one would you be and why?  I would be a giraffe. When I am in a crowd, I always find myself standing on whatever I can just so I can stand above everyone and watch. If I were a giraffe, I would never have to worry about seeing everything 🙂

 

15 May

Twenty Under 40 Alumni Spotlight, Attorney Marilyn D York

York, Marilyn - PICLooking back, what does the Twenty under 40 Award mean to you?
It was the first time I had seen young people honored in a community and it made me proud – proud of our community as a whole and most of all, proud of the youth leaders for what we accomplished in our young age. I met amazing colleagues that I am still close to and it was my introduction to Nevada Youth Empowerment Project, that is now my heart and soul charity.

What have you accomplished in your professional and community efforts since receiving the award?
Since my award, I am now the acting Board President of Nevada Youth Empowerment Project and in charge of fundraising, mentoring and events, not to mention zoning and a whole lot more. It was the beginning of my charity work and I have personally donated more than $50,000 to local charity since; and obtained hundreds of thousands of dollars in foundation and community support for this charity and others. My eyes have been opened to the plight of local homeless youth, since receiving my award, and I am very driven to help see and be part of the solution and change for our youth in Reno. Additionally, my law practice has continued to thrive and I have received National recognition for my work in men’s rights.

Name three compelling characteristics of a Twenty under 40 Recipient:
Community-minded
Selfless
Innovative

27 Apr

April 2016 Member Spotlight: Bryce Warner

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What Do You Love About Your Business? I’m in the industry of people, and it’s always a great feeling when I get to go out and meet fresh faces. Whether it’s meeting a new client, connecting with a member of the community, or finding someone a job, I feel lucky that I get to meet and work with so many different individuals on the daily basis.

What Do You Get Out of Being a Member of RTYPN? It’s a great way to build relationships with young professionals in the Reno-Tahoe area. RTYPN has helped me meet motivated individuals that are giving 110% every day and help inspire me to be the best professional I can be.

What is Your Favorite Special Event in the Region? WIN Breakfasts every month are great. Not only do you get to connect and network with amazing professionals, but you also get to hear a very motivating speaker. Each time I’ve gone, I’m inspired to be a better person.

If You Weren’t At Work Right Now, You’d Be?  At a San Francisco Giants’ game or enjoying beautiful Lake Tahoe.

Your Favorite Time of Day Is: Bright and early in the morning

Because?  I feel that I can accomplish so much when I wake up early. It’s very refreshing and motivating to hit the ground running right as the sun is rising.

If You Could Take Anyone Out For a Cup of Coffee, Who Would It Be? My grandpa

Why? He passed away when I was very young, and I never had the opportunity to have a real conversation with him. From what I’ve been told, he was an amazing man who touched a lot of people’s lives.

To You, Networking is About?  Building great relationships. It helps spark a connection so much quicker than any phone call or email could ever do.

If You Could Fix One Problem in Our Community, What Would It Be? The disconnect between the University and the Community.

How Would You Fix It? I would encourage local businesses to support the University as much as possible. Also, I would do all I could to encourage as many individuals to attend sporting events to build a bigger fan base for the University’s athletics department.

If You Were a Wild Animal, Which One Would You Be and Why? Probably Miley Cyrus. She’s wild, she has fun, and she makes a boat load of money while doing it.

If You Were a Box of Cereal, What Would You Be and Why? Chocolate Cheerios because I want to be a fresh spin on an old classic. I feel that I’m hip and up-to-date with the times, but I’ve also been told I’m an old soul.

If There Was a Movie Produced About Your Life, Who Would Play You and Why? Ryan Gosling. I’ve always thought there was a slight resemblance between the two of us, but he’s also a great actor (especially as Noah in the Notebook).

What Was the Last Gift You Gave Someone? I gave my mom flowers.

A Penguin Walks Through the Door Right Now Wearing a Sombrero. What Does He Say and Why is He Here? “Hey wanna taco bout a good time?” He’s here to take me on an adventure of flavor to eat as many tacos as possible.

If You Had to Choose a “Walk Out” Song, What Would It Be? “Sugar” by Maroon 5 or “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion.  

27 Apr

April 2016 Member Spotlight: Hannah Garrett

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What Do You Love About Your Business? With the Barracuda Championship and the PGA TOUR, I have the unique opportunity to work for a professional golf tournament and a non-profit all rolled into one. Professional sports is an exciting industry to be a part of and I’m fortunate to work for one of the few leagues located in Reno. The most rewarding aspect of my job is, as a non-profit, all of our net proceeds go to a wide-ranging list of charitable organizations doing incredible work here in Northern Nevada.

What Do You Get Out of Being a Member of RTYPN? Since moving here 5 months ago, RTYPN and its members have done a great job of making me feel at home. I’ve met so many wonderful people who have welcomed me with open arms and I only hope that I can do the same for other transplants. Being new to the area, RTYPN has helped me dive into all that Reno-Tahoe has to offer.

What is Your Favorite Special Event in the Region? Is this a trick question? The Barracuda Championship of course. Reno is only one of forty-seven cities worldwide that can boast hosting a PGA TOUR event. It’s such a unique opportunity to share our hidden gem, the Reno-Tahoe area, with the rest of the world.

If You Weren’t At Work Right Now, You’d Be?  Eating. Cooking is a hobby of mine and I love creating new recipes which is super convenient because I’m constantly hungry.

If You Could Take Anyone Out For a Cup of Coffee, Who Would It Be? My family.

Why? I know the question asks for one person, and I’m sure you are expecting a celebrity or iconic leader but I’m choosing the group of people that mean the most to me. They are all back home in Iowa which is a solid 1500 miles away. I would teleport them here in a second just to spend some quality time with the coolest cats this side of the Mississippi.

To You, Networking is About?  Networking is a chance to share ideas with like-minded people across a large range of industries. I’m always looking to learn and grow within my field and in my opinion, there is no better resource than your peers. Plus, it’s an opportunity to meet new people which is my favorite thing to do…after eating of course. (See previous question.)

If You Were a Wild Animal, Which One Would You Be and Why? A giraffe. I would love to know what it’s like to be tall. I’m vertically challenged.

 

22 Mar

March 2016 Member Spotlight – Megan Lowe

Megan Lowe for FB and WebWhat do you love about your business? I love that every day is different. I love how I am always challenged to think outside the box on multiple things. Most importantly, I love meeting new people, as well as connecting with old ones and helping them with one of the biggest purchases of their life.

What do you get out of being a member of YPN? I really enjoy networking with like minded people and being around people who I can learn something from. There really is a very special group of members within the RTYPN organization.

What is your favorite special event in the region? That is a hard one…There are sooo many good ones which is what is so great about Reno, you can always find something to do that fits your interest. However, to name one… I do love Wolfpack football.

Your favorite time of day is ________, because…  
My favorite time of day is around 7:30AM, because it is quiet at my office and I am the most productive first thing in the morning. I do like 9:30PM too because I can go to bed finally. I love my sleep. 🙂

If you weren’t at work right now, you’d be …
I would be hiking/walking with my dog, skiing, camping. My happy place is being outdoors.

If you could take anyone out for a cup of coffee, who would it be? Why?
Anyone…I couldn’t pick just one person… I enjoy talking with a variety of people and learning what drives them to succeed and the obstacles they have on the way. Every person has a story and I love hearing about it. Something new this year is that have been trying to focus on learning from those around me. I try to take something away from a conversation that I can put into my own life. Or even take away from my life… It is amazing how much you can learn just from those you come across on a day to day basis.

To you, networking is about …
Surrounding myself with like-minded people and people who challenge me to think differently about life. The type of people who I can learn something from, that is what is important to me about networking.

A penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
Today is going to be a GREAT DAY! He is here to remind us of the silly things in life. Life can be rough so take it with a grain of salt and have fun with it! We only get one shot let’s make it the best it can be even when everything is out of our control.

If you had a ‘walk out’ song, what would it be?
“I gotta feeling” – black eyed peas. No matter what this song pumps me up and gets me out of any funk I may be in…

24 Feb

Twenty under 40 Alumni Spotlight – Courtney Forster

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Shareholder/Attorney
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Looking back, what does the Twenty under 40 Award mean to you?
I see this award as a call to action: although it was a huge honor, I know I need to keep living up to it and to my fellow recipients every day.

What have you accomplished in your professional and community efforts since receiving the award?  
I recently became a shareholder in my firm, which has been such an adventure. I also serve a second term as the President of the Crisis Call Center, leading the organization through the tragic passing of its Executive Director and – along with many other dedicated Board members, staff and volunteers – bringing the Center to a much stronger place. And my second child was recently born, so the past few years have been very busy!

Name three compelling characteristics of a Twenty under 40 Recipient:
Vision, determination and a strong sense of community involvement.

24 Feb

Twenty under 40 Alumni Spotlight – Pete Parker

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Pete Parker, 2008

Founder, Director

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Looking back, what does the Twenty under 40 Award mean to you?
This award meant a great deal to me. Though I still don’t think I deserve the award, it let me know that the impact we were making in the community was really starting to pay off. It also marked the beginning of much more community leadership.

What have you accomplished in your professional and community efforts since receiving the award?
Hmm, well, I married a fellow Twenty under 40 classmate…nothing can top that! Since then, I’ve served as board chair for more charitable organizations, continued to serve on the RTYPN board, started a company to connect millennials to career opportunities and am now striving to prevent workforce shortages in aviation.

Name three compelling characteristics of a Twenty under 40 Recipient:
I guess 3 is a magic number, but it takes more than three in my book. Let’s see – passion, perseverance, community. Bring on the challenges and let’s create opportunity!

27 Jan

Twenty under 40 Alumni Update: Carrie Ann Sattler-Rogers, 2014

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Regional Sales Director
Peppermill Reno

Looking back, what does the Twenty under 40 Award mean to you?
This award is an incredible honor for me, mainly because it is an award selected by a jury of my peers and it represents dynamic leadership in both personal and professional ventures. To me, this is a wonderful honor considering the worthy peers that work in and contribute to this community.Peppermill for 20u40 usquare

What have you accomplished in your professional and community efforts since receiving the award?
I have taken on more responsibility with my roles within the Reno Rodeo Association and have become a board member for a new venture.

Name three compelling characteristics of a Twenty under 40 Recipient:
Dynamic. Well-rounded. Driven.

27 Jan

Twenty under 40 Alumni Spotlight: Jeff Bryant of Urban Roots

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Jeff Bryant, 2013 Winner
Executive Director
Urban Roots

Looking back, what does the Twenty under 40 Award mean to you?
Being part of a community of leaders from all sectors, that are collectively shaping the bright future of our city for years to come.

What have you accomplished in your professional and community efforts since receiving the award?  
(Editors note: Jeff was named 2015 RGJ Citizen of the Year in December! He completed this questionnaire prior to this announcement, but this is a HUGE accomplishment.) Also:

  • Awarded the Franklin Project Fellowship via the Aspen Institute in D.C..
  • High Desert Hops Project – Nevada’s first production hop yard, exclusively for local breweries
  • Founded the Polygrarian Institute – a holistic food-systems training and mentorship organization focused on education, research and civic engagement.

Name three compelling characteristics of a Twenty under 40 Recipient:urban_roots_stacked
Innovation. Leadership. Integrity.

19 Jan

January 2016 Member Spotlight – Kylie Rowe

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What do you love about your business?  I love working in service to the community and being in environments that promote entrepreneurial thinking strategy, creativity & execution. I also enjoy human development and empowering others to step into leadership.

What do you get out of being a member of YPN?  I love meeting new people and the RTYPN attracts the best kind! The members are very friendly and eager to get to know each other. It’s great meeting like-minded young professionals that are engaged in our community.

What is your favorite special event in the region?  I love TEDxUniversityofNevada! #TEDxUNR

Your favorite time of day is ________, because…
10:00 am; it’s the best time to grab a workout (if I’m not working) or get something serious done! I’m usually at my best energy level after that Americano takes full effect.

If you could fix one problem in our community, what would it be?
Revitalizing downtown Reno!

How would you fix it?
This is the million dollar question! If I had the opportunity, I would interview multiple stakeholders, organizations and interests to assess the situation and bring the community together to build and implement a plan.

If you weren’t at work right now, you’d be …
Cooking something extravagant.

If you could take anyone out for a cup of coffee, who would it be? Why?
Angelina Jolie. She’s a unique superstar and an incredibly influential humanitarian.

To you, networking is about …
Making really great new connections. I prefer to spend lots of time with fewer people to really get to know someone.

If you were a wild animal, which one would you be and why?
I always choose flying squirrel on this one. Why? No one ever picks it and they can “fly”.

If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?
This is hilarious. The other day I was joking with my sis about our passion for Cracklin’ Oat Bran. I’d be that because I’d want to be loved.

What was the last gift you gave someone?
It was a handwritten letter that featured several carefully drawn and very large emojis + a box of Altoids.

A penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?  Clearly the penguin is in the market for a new hat! He’s hat shopping! #WearAHat

If you had a ‘walk out’ song, what would it be?
Alicia Keys – Girl on Fire!