September 30, 2016 WIN Breakfast Meeting

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Event Details

This month’s WIN Breakfast Meeting is Friday, September 30, and will be held at the Peppermill Casino Resort Spa.

The buffet opens at 7 a.m., with the program running from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. The entrance fee is $30 for non-members and $15 for members who do not have the Pre-Paid membership. Tickets will be available for online purchase the month of the event, OR attendees can pay at the door.

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This month’s Breakfast Sponsor is:

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This month, WIN presents a panel discussion:

State of Higher Education in Northern Nevada

Our economy is evolving in Northern Nevada. This panel will discuss how our education system is changing to meet the demands of a very different labor market in the next twenty years. Here to fill us in on what we can expect and what challenges are still to be met we will have:

Jason GeddesModerator: Jason Geddes, Ph.D. –
 Jason Geddes was appointed by Gov. Kenny Guinn to serve on the Board of Regents in 2006 and was retained in the 2008 election as the representative for District 11. He currently serves as chair of the Academic, Research and Student Affairs Committee and the ad hoc DRI President Search Committee. He serves as co-chair of the ad hoc Committee on Athletics. He is also a member of the Community College Committee, Health Sciences System Committee, Investment Committee and the ad hoc Chancellor Search Committee. He served in the Nevada Assembly from 2002-2004.

Regent Geddes was born in Winnemucca, Nevada but spent his formative years in Gabbs. He attended Traner Middle School and Sparks High School. Through scholarships and a full-time job, he attended the University of Nevada, Reno where he became involved with student government and public service. While pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, he worked full time and served as the ASUN agriculture senator, student body vice president, student body president and University of Nevada System Student Legislative Spokesman.

Marc JohnsonDr. Marc Johnson, UNR President – Dr. Marc A. Johnson has served as President of the University of Nevada, Reno since 2012. He previously served as interim president, executive vice president and provost at the University since 2008.

During his tenure at the University, Dr. Johnson has stressed a culture of student success, world-improving research and creativity by University faculty, and engagement that enhances the communities and businesses of Nevada. The University has responded with all-time high enrollment and graduation figures, as well as institutional records for the diversity and accomplishment of its student body. In addition, faculty productivity, in a number of areas, has reached record levels.


kh lo resDr. Karin Hilgersom, TMCC President  – Dr. Hilgersom became President of Truckee Meadows Community College in June 2016. She most recently served as the president of Sullivan County Community College, SUNY Sullivan, in Loch Sheldrake, New York. She previously served as the executive vice president for Walla Walla Community College and for Central Oregon Community College. She earned her doctorate in Educational Policy and Management, and her Masters in Rhetoric and Communication at the University of Oregon. She began her community college career as a faculty member in 1986, which included experience as full-time faculty, department chair of Communication Studies, and dean of Arts and Sciences at Spokane Community College. She has taught thousands of students in numerous professional technical, health careers, and transfer majors. Her management experience has included the supervision of academic programs, executive teams, tutoring centers, community and extended learning, small business development centers, libraries, distance learning, and campus IT.


Mike Kazmierski lo resMike Kazmierski, President/CEO EDAWN – Kazmierski leads a team of fourteen economic development professionals to recruit, expand /retain and grow through entrepreneurial support, primary businesses that create quality jobs in the Reno-Sparks region.  In the past four years this team has assisted in the attraction of more than 100 new companies, resulting in the addition of more than 8,000 new jobs; this in addition to the recent announcement by Tesla who will build the largest battery factory in the world, adding an additional 6,500 new jobs over the next several years.  Additionally, the entrepreneurial development program, just three years old, was nationally recognized as one of the best programs in the Nation.  Prior to his position at EDAWN, Kazmierski managed a 14-person non-profit economic development corporation in Colorado Spring, Colorado, as the head of the Regional Economic Development Corporation of Colorado Springs.

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Chet Burton,Western Nevada College President – Prior to being named president of WNC in 2015, Burton served as the college’s Vice President of Finance and Administration, Finance Director and Controller. He brings more than 30 years of administrative management experience from the private, public and government sectors. Burton spent 11 years in the private sector, at International Game Technology in Reno, where he rose from Senior Financial Analyst to Director of Finance, and as the chief financial officer at Cowan and Associates, a veteran-owned management consulting firm in Virginia.

Burtons’s broad experience includes 20 years of distinguished service in the in U.S. Navy, including time as Naval Supply Officer at the Fallon Naval Air Station, supporting the “Top Gun” training school. Prior to that, he served as supply officer on the USS Ohio, the Navy’s first Trident class submarine, and as an executive assistant to a Navy Admiral in the Pentagon, with responsibility for all Navy logistics, ammunition and petroleum policy. He also supported the major logistics build-up in the Middle East during Operation Desert Storm. He was also a Legislative Liaison Officer for the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, where he represented the Navy to Congress on all major policy decisions for logistics and contract support.