Winner’s Awards

The Winner’s Award is given to individuals or entities who have made significant contributions to our community.
Len Stevens
Awarded May 2016

Len Stevens was the CEO of The Chamber from 2002-2016. Under his leadership The Chamber saw consistent growth in its membership while providing more value to all members. Len has served on numerous education committees, supporting education as a means to an end for poverty and crime and leads to economic stability. Prior to the Chamber, Len coached basketball at the high school and university levels for 34 years, including the University of Nevada, Reno.

Hal Plummer
Awarded March 2015

Hal Plummer worked in local real estate for 30 years as agent, broker and company owner of Coldwell Banker Plummer and Associates. He was involved in the community at large, serving many organizations for the betterment of Reno/Sparks and the State of Nevada, including serving as WIN President in 1986.

Phil Rose
Awarded August 2014

Phil Rose spent more than 20 years in broadcast in the Reno area before establishing Phil Rose Advertising in 1989 (currently The Glenn Group). At the same time, he was President and founder of Kelley-Rose, Inc, publishing the Reno-Tahoe Visitor. For 60 years, he was an active leader to many community service organizations.

Krys Bart
Awarded August 2013

Krys Bart served as Director for the Reno Tahoe Airport Authority from 1998 until 2013. She was named 2007 Airport Director of the Year by Airport Revenue News Magazine Bart was named One of the Seven Most Respected CEOs in Nevada by Nevada Business Journal.

Cary Groth

Cary Groth served as director of athletics for UNR from 2004 to 2012. During this time, the Wolf Pack enjoyed an era of program-wide success with all of Nevada’s teams participating in postseason play. She increased the graduation success rate for UNR student-athletes from it’s all-time high of 78% and increased revenue in nearly every category.

Katy Simon Holland

Katy Simon Holland retired in 2013 after serving in local government for more than 25 years, most recently as the Washoe County Manager for 15 years. During her administration, Washoe County was named the #1 Digital County in the US (midsize), was awarded the Cashman Good Government award three times by the Nevada Taxpayers Association, was three times named the #1 Local Government in the US for Waste Reduction among other awards.

Awarded November 2011
Frank Osborn
Good Samaritan who helped a woman and her two-year old child when they had an accident on Mt. Rose Highway.


Awarded June 2011
Jason Craig & Grant Korgan
Spinal Cord Injury Survivors


Awarded August 2009
Paul Dugan
Superintendent, Washoe County School District


Awarded May 2008
Kendyl Depoali
Principal, Sparks High School (awarded posthumously)


Awarded November 2007
Rand Tanner & Chuck Fulkerson
Veteran’s Guest House


Awarded September 2007
Phillip Ringle
President of TMCC


Awarded June 2007
Paul Tholl
Tholl Fence, Inc.


Awarded January 2007
Washoe County Literacy Program


Awarded October 2006
Andrew Kelly
Principal, Hug High School


Awarded August 2006
Mark Fox
Head Coach, Nevada Men’s Basketball Team


Awarded June 2006
Ron Smith


Awarded March 2006
Dave Bianchi


Awarded January 2006
Trip Barthell
Truckee Meadows Tomorrow


Awarded July 2005
Phil and Jennifer Satre


Awarded February 2005
Reno/Sparks Rotary Clubs


Awarded January 2005
Roy Walker
W.E.S. Construction, Nevada Chapter AGC


Awarded November 2004
Fritsi Ericson


Awarded April 2004
Trent Johnson
Head Coach, Nevada Men’s Basketball Team


Awarded March 2004
Don Richter
Secret Witness Program


Awarded February 2004
Dr. James Hager
Washoe County School District


Awarded November 2003
Jim Litchfield
Truckee River Whitewater Recreation Project


Awarded September 2003
Lynn Fritz


Awarded March 2003
Denise Hedrick
The Education Collaborative


Awarded January 2003
John Stearns


Awarded August 2002
Nevada Women’s Fund


Awarded July 2002
Girl Who Saved Child’s Life By Jumping In Front of Car


Awarded February 2002
Western Nevada Supply


Awarded November 2001
Norm Dianda


September 2001
Lincoln Piazza


August 2001
Hands On Northern Nevada


Awarded June 2001
T.J. Tutay


Awarded May 2001
Nevada Museum of Art


Awarded April 2001
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)


Awarded March 2001
Deputy Ed Walters
The Inmate Assistance Program