Speaker Date Topic
Jeff Hale May 02, 2016
RTC Update

Jeff Hale is the RTC engineering director and oversees the development and maintenance of Washoe County’s multi-agency regional roadway network.  His experience includes major project development and implementation using alternative delivery methods, including design build and construction manager at risk processes. Mr. Hale earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from California State University at Chico.

No Meeting May 09, 2016
District Conference Week
Par Tolles May 16, 2016
Basin Street Properties
Basin Street Properties

Par Tolles is President of Basin Street Properties, having joined the company in 2011, bringing more than 25 years of commercial real estate experience with him.  Prior to Basin Street Properties, Tolles was president of Dermody Properties where he oversaw the corporate operations in six regional offices and led the planning and development activity for the company.  He held a significant leadership role during his nearly 15-year tenure with the Trammell Crow Company (TCC), most notably as the principal of the state of Nevada and as the managing director for CBRE Northern Nevada, then the parent company of TCC.  Significant developments in which he was involved during these dynamic times include the Sierra Corporate Center in Reno, NV, now home to Intuit and Microsoft; Southwest Commerce Center, a one million square feet, six building industrial complex in Reno, NV and Cheyenne Corporate Center in Las Vegas, NV.   

Par is an engaged leader in the local commercial real estate industry having served as president of the Northern Nevada chapter of CCIM as well as being a past executive board member and treasurer for the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN).  

His program will provide updates about Basin Street projects that include Kings Inn and the Marriott.

Dr. Kerry Nemovicher May 23, 2016
Is Cyber Security Possible? Or Are We Doomed to an Eternity of Cyber Crime?
Is Cyber Security Possible? Or Are We Doomed to an Eternity of Cyber Crime?

Dr. Nemovicher is the Principal Consultant of C. Kerry Ltd., a practice through which he provides his clients with the benefit of his insights, creativity, and the more than 40 years
of his leadership and technology experience. During the course of his career, Dr.Nemovicher has been a prolific innovator and actively involved in many aspects of Information Technology (IT) Systems, Intellectual Property, and Security Consulting. He is the inventor of the patented Keneisys Virtual StrongBox Technology and of the V. N. Hermes patented secure email system.

As a consultant to various financial services, investor groups, and software companies, Dr. Nemovicher has provided his expertise in Information Security, Physical Security, Strategic System Design, Business Continuity Planning, IP Management, and Cyber Risk Analysis. His professional experience includes:  CEO of Keneisys Corp, CEO of VN Hermes, Inc., President of CKN Knowledge Engineering Inc. and CIO of ABB Turbocharger Inc. (US). In addition he has served in technology management positions at AT&T/Bell Labs, Israel Aircraft Industries, and NYNEX.

The problem is one that has so far been addressed by myriad attempts to fit square pegs into round holes. It is the problem of providing cyber security in an environment that was designed to be open. There are, however, alternatives. This lecture will address some of these, as well as the obstacles to their implementation.


Club Mtg: Dark (Memorial Day) May 30, 2016
No Meeting
Robert C. Enlow Jun 06, 2016
Education Savings Accounts: Vision for School Choice in Nevada
Education Savings Accounts: Vision for School Choice in Nevada

Robert C. Enlow is the President and CEO of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, the school choice legacy foundation of Milton and Rose D. Friedman. Robert has been an integral part of the Foundation since its founding in 1996, previously serving as fundraiser, projects coordinator, vice president, and executive director prior to being named president and CEO in 2009.

Under his leadership, the Foundation has become one of the nation’s most respected and successful advocates for school choice, working in dozens of states to advance its founders’ vision by disseminating research, sponsoring seminars, undertaking advertising campaigns, organizing community leaders, and providing grants.

Robert is the co-editor of “Liberty and Learning: Milton Friedman’s Voucher Idea at Fifty,” author of “Grading Vouchers: Ranking America’s School Choice Programs,” and co-author of “School Choice: A Reform that Works” and a chapter in “An Education Agenda: Let Parents Choose Their Children’s School.” His opinions have appeared in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Arizona Republic, National Review, and USA Today.

Cynthia Albright Jun 13, 2016
Urban Form
Urban Form

Ms. Albright is a certified land planner and certified geographic information systems professional with outstanding experience in the areas of community and regional planning, urban design, entitlements for land development activities. Cynthia received her master's degree from UCLA, School of Architecture and Urban Planning. She manages large-scale multi-disciplinary projects that incorporate her knowledge of the area's environment, the political climate, and the community.

She recently authored a bike share feasibility study for the Truckee Meadows, managed the site development and entitlements for a 50MW solar project, oversees Stantec's various engineering services at the Apple Data Center Campus and is managing Stantec's basin-wide Transit Master Plan for Lake Tahoe.  The depth of her project experience is wide-reaching but she really enjoys specific projects that make a difference in a community. 

Cynthia serves on the City of Reno Charter Committee, Ward 2 Neighborhood Advisory Board, Urban Forestry Commission and has received awards from the Builders Association, the Nevada American Planning Association (APA) and the American Society of Civil Engineers for projects she has guided.  Cynthia is also a member of the APA Urban Design and Historic Preservation Division, New Urbanism Division, Transportation Planning Division, National Recreation & Park Association and Rotary Club of Reno.

Jesse Murray, NV Energy Jun 20, 2016
Renewable Energy Programs
Renewable Energy Programs

Jesse Murray was appointed as Director of Renewable Energy Programs for NV Energy in 2015.  He is responsible for overseeing NV Energy’s programs that help residential, commercial, public, and non-profit customers install distributed generation systems behind the meter.  A primary focus of these programs has been to incentivize customers to install “rooftop” solar photovoltaic systems under Nevada’s net-metering laws.

Murray has been with NV Energy since 2008. In addition to renewable energy, Murray also has a background in thermal generation. He has served as plant engineer, engineering manager, and maintenance manager at the Tracy and Fort Churchill natural gas generating stations for NV Energy in the Reno, Nevada area.  He also led the development of an asset management program for NV Energy’s natural gas generating fleet.  Murray’s technical focus has been on gas turbine based combined-cycle units.  He participated in the commissioning of an F-class 2x1 combined cycle resource at the Tracy Station in 2008, has served as outage manager for several maintenance outages, and has been heavily involved in negotiating and managing long-term service agreements for NV Energy.

Murray began his career as an intern with NV Energy subsidiary Sierra Pacific Power Company in 2000. His background gives Murray an understanding of not only the expanding renewable energy sector but also conventional power plants.

Before joining NV Energy, Murray worked for International Game Technology managing real estate transactions on commercial buildings and undeveloped land. He also has worked at Bechtel BWXT at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, where he managed chemically hazardous and radioactive waste for that facility.

Murray holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Nevada, Reno.  He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Nevada. 


Mike Crowell- CEO Jun 27, 2016
National Championship Air Races, Then and Now

Mike Crowell, CEO of the National Championship Air Races, will speak to the Club about how the Air Races has been able to turn around its financial position through better cost control, turning a profit of over $100,000 last year after the initial budget projected a $600,000+ loss, securing the future of this event that has an economic impact in excess of $60 million for our community. Plus, what the Air Races is doing in terms of bringing aviation technology (drones, etc.) to the event through their partnership with UNR and NASA that is drawing a younger audience to the event.