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Local Leaders Present “Strategic Priorities for Northern Nevada” At This Month’s WIN Breakfast Meeting


A panel of local leaders will present “Strategic Priorities for Northern Nevada” at this month’s WIN Breakfast meeting, sponsored by Renown Health, on March 30at the Peppermill Hotel & Casino at 7 a.m.

Among the panelists will be Chris Baum, president and CEO of the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority, Lee Gibson, CEO of the Regional Transportation Commission, Dr. Marc Johnson,  president of the University of Nevada, Reno, Mike Kazmierski, president and CEO of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada andJim Miller, president and CEO of Renown Health. The panel will be moderated by Michael Thomas, WIN board member, and vice president of business development of Noble Studios.

About the speakers: 

Chris Baum –
Baum, president and CEO of the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority, is responsible for all activities associated with the operation of the RSCVA and its facilities. A graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, Baum has more than three decades of experience in sales, marketing, hospitality and tourism industries. He has served in senior roles at Westin, Hilton and Sonesta International Hotels, as well as The New Yorker magazine. Prior to joining the RSCVA in 2012, Baum served as the senior vice president of sales and marketing at the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Lee Gibson –
Gibson serves as the chief executive officer of the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC). Since his appointment in 2009, Gibson has focused on customer service, partnerships, collaboration, and reducing agency operating costs and using alternative project and program delivery methods. Prior to joining the RTC, Gibson was a vice president and senior professional associate with Parsons Brinckerhoff. He also worked at the RTC from 1989 through 2002 as the planning manager for the Metropolitan Planning Organization function and then as assistant general manager for Transit where he led the initial development of the Bus Rapid Transit program.

Dr. Marc Johnson –
Johnson served as executive vice president and provost at the University of Nevada, Reno since 2008, and in April 2011 was appointed to serve as interim president, following the sudden death of President Milton Glick. Johnson strives to follow Glick’s legacy of student success, quality undergraduate and graduate academic and research offerings and community engagement through outreach. Prior to coming to Nevada, Johnson was dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Colorado State University. From1992 to 2003, he served as dean of the Kansas State University College of Agriculture and director of the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service. Prior to that he was a member of the faculty at Oklahoma State University and served in faculty and administrative roles at North Carolina State University.

Mike Kazmierski –
Kazmierski joined EDAWN in November of 2012 after a national search to find a president/CEO. Currently, Kazmierski and EDAWN are collaborating with local and state partners to implement Assembly Bill AB449 and the reorganization of economic development in the state to enhance business recruitment, expansion and job creation. Before coming to Northern Nevada, Kazmierski was president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation, after having served as that organization’s COO. He was City Manager of Ft. Carson, Colorado from 1997 to 2000, heading a staff of 3,000 employees and contractors that served a population of 116,000. Kazmierski has a Master of Business Administration from Webster University, Kansas City, a Master of Military Arts and Science, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

Jim Miller –
With more than 30 years in healthcare finance and administration, Miller brings great vision and experience to his role as president and chief executive officer of Renown Health. He is committed to bringing new healthcare services to the Reno/Tahoe community and to having the healthcare workers and facilities to serve the population of northern Nevada. Miller oversees the strategic direction and ongoing operations of all Renown Health services, and meets personally with all new employees. He has been with Renown Health for more than 20 years and was named president and CEO in January 2000. Miller lends his time and talent to the EDAWN and High Sierra Industries boards and the Nevada Hospital Association. As a longtime Nevadan, he spent his childhood in Henderson and is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

WIN holds monthly breakfast meetings, generally on the last Friday of every month, at the Peppermill Hotel and Casino beginning at 7 a.m. Please RSVP to 775-359-7117. Breakfast is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. For more information, please visit www.winevada.com.

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