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2.9.19 - Amanda Burden

Amanda is the publisher and editor of Edible Reno-Tahoe magazine, which debuted in March 2010. The magazine celebrates and supports the local food and drink movement, which includes local farmers, ranchers, artisan and craft food and drink makers, home gardeners, chefs, distillers, brewers, and more.

Edible Reno-Tahoe is a food and drink magazine with a mission. With the high rates of diabetes, obesity, and other health concerns, it’s more important than ever that people learn how to eat better. The publication points readers to healthy, nutritious food sources. Another mission is to support environmentally friendly practices. The magazine is “green,” printing on recycled and uncoated paper with soy ink and covering environmental topics that relate to local food and drink. In addition, it’s edible Reno-Tahoe’s mission to stimulate the local economy by highlighting local businesses.

 

 
 

2.2.19 - Christi Cakiroglu

Hired as Executive Director of Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful in 2002, Christi leads her small staff to coordinate more than 100 volunteer cleanup and beautification events that engages approximately 5,000 volunteers, and educates more than 4,000 youth each year. Under her leadership, KTMB has undertaken several innovative initiatives including the Great Community Cleanup and Truckee River Cleanup Day that now engages close to 1,000 volunteers every spring and fall.

Working in partnership with local and federal agencies, KTMB developed and continues to lead the Illegal Dumping Task Force which pursues ways to prevent illegal dumping including educating residents and elected officials about the dangers and negative impacts of blight. Christi’s persistence and tenacity helped provide the spark needed to create what has evolved into the One Truckee River Partnership and Management Plan to guide local municipalities and agencies who want to protect the river. 

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1.26.19 - Itai Nemovicher

During the past 17 years in the medical device industry, Mr. Nemovicher has witnessed an ever growing, and now huge, disconnect between increasing implant costs and hospital reimbursement. When he became aware that a patient was charged over $120,000 for his orthopaedic implants, he realized that he had to do something to correct this destructive trend.

In Aug 2010, he co-founded The Orthopaedic Implant Company where he brings passion and commitment to the cause of reversing the wave of rising implant costs. Mr. Nemovicher gained much of his medical implant experience at Smith & Nephew Orthpaedics, a $3B medical device company.

Prior to working with Smith & Nephew, Mr. Nemovicher was a co-founding member of Keneisys Corp, a security software company and patent holder of the Virtual StrongBox™ Security Platform. As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Nemovicher was responsible for overseeing product development, back and front office operations, business development initiatives and participating in fund raising efforts.

 

1.19.19 Kaya Bromley

Kaya Bromley is an attorney, developer, author, and entrepreneur.  She serves as General Counsel for Community Ventures-RE, a Reno-based real estate consulting firm. Ms. Bromley is the co-founder of the Reno-Sparks Opportunity Zone Task Force which is a group of government officials, private developers, economic development authorities, attorneys, CPAs, and stakeholders whose mission is to educate the community about OZ and to connect OZ funds with deals. She has advised multiple OZ projects and funds in the Greater Reno-Sparks area, and she has partnered with the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada and the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development to sponsor the Northern Nevada OZ Summit in February 2019. She is the author of the book, “The Employer’s Guide to Obamacare” which was published in 2014.  She has served as General Counsel for Marco’s Pizza, outside counsel for Wal-Mart and Home Depot, and as Executive Director for the National Jack-in-the-Box Franchisee Association.

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1.12.19 Annie Flanzraich

Annie is an award-winning writer, editor, and content strategist. Annie is the owner of Flanz Writes, a Reno-based business that offers writing, editing, strategy, and other content services. Before launching Flanz Writes in 2016, Flanzraich was the Creative Development Manager of RGJ Media and led a team of editors, designers, and web strategists to produce 75 publications and online efforts each year. She also oversaw RENO Magazine as its editor in chief. A UNR alumni, Flanzraich graduated from the Reynold’s School of Journalism in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and American History.

 
 

1.5.2019 - Rod Jorgensen

Rod is the Director of counseling for the Nevada Small Business Development Center (Nevada SBDC), located in the College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno. As such, he directs the counseling efforts statewide, as well as running a local counseling office out of the Ansari Business Building at UNR. Rod has a degree in Ag Economics, is a Certified Management Accountant, a Certified Economic Development Professional, has completed the CPA exam, is a management professor at UNR as well as at Sierra College in Truckee.

Rod is involved in the community through his board positions with Munimetrix, a locally owned for profit business, and is currently on the board of Nevada State Development Corporation and Entrepreneurs Assembly. Based on the commonality of business types throughout his history, he has dealt with a significant number of businesses in: food and beverage; legal issues; business taces; access to capital (ie. loans); business purchases and sales; franchises; non-franchised licensing opportunities; childcare; and a smattering of others.

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