While our Silver State is working diligently to diversify its economy, I am proud to report that the four-county Sierra Region has already accomplished the diversification of its own economic ecosystem. NNDA and its investor partners continue the never-ending work to strengthen and broaden that ecosystem, and make it more prosperous and resilient for Sierra Region communities and residents.
NNDA is proud to host the Annual Pioneer Awards which have become a showcase for our region’s economic diversification. The categories for this year’s awards have been updated to better highlight the region’s innovations and successes. For example, since manufacturing is one of the top five industries in the region and statewide, the new Silver Forge Award recognizes the Manufacturer of the Year. Also, each Sierra Region county will present a Silver State Award to the county’s high school student of the year.
The NNDA Pioneer of the Year Award will be presented to Collie Hutter during the Pioneer Awards 2017 Banquet on March 31, 2017. Collie is the Co-founder and Chairwoman of Click Bond, Inc., Carson City’s largest manufacturer. The company manufactures adhesive-bonded fasteners for planes, trains, boats, and more. Click Bond products are used in a wide array of industries including defense, naval, transportation, and energy.
Nine new and expanded businesses in the Sierra Region during 2016 will be celebrated during the banquet, which will be emceed by the dynamic duo of Brad Bonkowski (Carson City Supervisor) and Andie Wilson (NAI Alliance Carson City Owner-Broker). Nevada Builders Alliance will present their annual Golden Hammer Award to Shaheen Beauchamp Builders in recognition of the firm’s Top Notch Distributers Warehouse Building Addition project in Carson City, now the largest of Top Notch’s four U.S. locations.
The following Pioneer Awards will recognize those businesses who achieved outstanding results or had a significant impact on the region in 2016:
Battleborn Award for Leadership in Sustainability: Bently Enterprises – Sustainability is the cornerstone of all Bently business practices which consistently incorporate the conservation of resources and protection of the environment; Boundary Peak Award for Nonprofit of the Year: Nevada Rural Community Partners – NRCP provides disadvantaged local youth with opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities, e.g., school sports or clubs, cheerleading, band, gymnastics, dance, science camps, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, etc.; Silver Forge Award for Manufacturer of the Year: CGI, Inc. – CGI, Inc. Is involved in several High-Tech projects, for example CGI is currently involved with the design, Manufacture and support of products used in Commercial Space Missions. And is helping to develop and design equipment for the New 2020 Mars Rover. Kit Carson Award for Most Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year: QuantumMark®, LLC – This women-owned project management firm has become a recognized national leader in vital records transformation for its work guiding eleven states, including Nevada, through the modernization of their state systems; Mark Twain Award for Marketing Campaign of the Year: In Plain Sight Marketing, LLC – Over $3,000 and 400 pounds of food were collected by the agency’s marketing campaign done for the Carson Valley Food Closet, which included an on-air interview with KTVN-TV; and Silver Apple Award for Best Education Initiative: Lyon County School District – Silver Stage High School collaborated with Western Nevada College, through its Jump Start College, to launch an onsite manufacturing training hub for high school students.
Silver State Awards will be presented to: Carson City School District – Elise Brady, Carson High School; Douglas County School District – Scott Harrison, George Whittell High School; Lyon County School District – Jakeline Guerrero, Yerington High School; and Storey County School District – Allison Hultberg, Virginia City High School. Each Silver State Award winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship to any Western Nevada College campus or program. Many thanks to the Campagni Auto Group for their generosity in providing these scholarships.
Please join us for the Pioneer Awards 2017 Banquet on Friday, March 31, 2017, from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at the Carson Nugget Ballroom. Banquet tickets sell out every year, and a few are still available. To reserve your seat, please visit www.PioneerAwards.com.
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