Meet the Board
The RSCVA is governed by a 13-member board of directors representing a variety of business and community groups in Washoe County. The groups represented include: gaming, general business, financial industry, air service and motel industries. The cities of Reno and Sparks and Incline Village are also represented as well as the Washoe County Commission.
Fred Findlen the Secretary/Treasurer of the RSCVA Board, is currently the General Manager for the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort Spa and Casino. Findlen was most recently the General Manager at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort Spa and Marina. Findlen brings more than 25 years of hotel & hospitality experience with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, including domestic properties, international properties and Five Diamond resorts. Findlen began his career as a Hyatt corporate management trainee in 1985 after graduating Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst's Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration program.
Patrick Flynn is the executive director of hotel operations, sales and catering at Peppermill Resort Spa Casino. Flynn has more than 24 years of hotel and gaming experience, ranging from finance to hotel operations. Flynn has served on the council for the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada and the board of directors of the Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association. He earned his B.A. in Business Administration at the University of Nevada, Reno and a Hospitality Management Diploma from the American Hotel & Lodging Association.
Ed Lawson was elected to the City Council in November, 2010, and reelected in 2014. He was born in Sunnyside, WA, and grew up in Las Vegas, NV. He attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.
Councilman Lawson worked for the Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO) for 15 years, holding positions in sales and management and served on the organization's government relations committee. He is active in the Sparks Rotary Club and volunteers time to the community. A champion of economic development, Councilman Lawson also plays a significant leadership role with the annual Kid's Free Fishing Day, which attracts more than 3,000 kids to the Sparks Marina. In 2014, he was recognized as the Public Official of the Year by the Builders Association of Northern Nevada.
Mr. Lawson and his wife Dianne have two sons who graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno
Mr. McGovern the Vice-Chairman of the RSCVA Board, is the representative for The Chamber, Reno Sparks and Northern Nevada, on the RSCVA Board of Directors representing general business interests. McGovern sits on The Chambers Executive Board, chairs The Chambers Business Advocacy Council (BAC) and is a member of The Chambers Political Action Committee (PAC).
Voters elected Hillary as Mayor in 2014. Hillary brings to the Council her entrepreneurial experience as an employer and local business owner, as well as her out-of-the-box thinking which helped her businesses prosper during the downturn in the economy. She wants to use her business knowledge to help eliminate bureaucratic red tape and spur job creation. Hillary’s other key issues are economic growth, public safety, regional cooperation, and senior services.
Hillary is the owner and operator of two clothing stores in the Midtown – a shop with recycled apparel for teenagers called “Plato’s Closet” and a similar clothing store for business professionals called “Clothes Mentor”.
Hillary was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. She attended Reno High School and Arizona State University. Hillary grew up figure skating. She competed nationally in pursuit of an Olympic dream, but was stricken with kidney failure. Her sister Amanda Sanchez, a local News Anchor on KOLO Channel 8, saved Hillary’s life by donating her kidney for a transplant operation. Hillary is a tremendous advocate for organ donations and lobbied nationwide to promote organ donor awareness. She founded the world’s largest online organ donor card program.
Hillary’s business success landed her the Reno Gazette-Journal’s 2011 “Entrepreneur of the Year" award. Hillary was also named by the Nevada Young Professional Network and the Gazette-Journal as a “Top Twenty under Forty” recipient for her business expertise and her community service endeavors.
Hillary is a founding member of the Midtown Merchants Association. She is also a board member of the Nevada Youth Empowerment Project for homeless teens.
Hillary serves on multiple boards including EDAWN and the Regional Transportation Commission.
Kevin Sullivan is the Chairman of the RSCVA Board, is the Chairman of the Finance and Human Resources Committee and is the Reno Market President at the Mutual of Omaha Bank. With more than 20 years of banking experience, he previously served as corporate lending manager for northern Nevada, overseeing all commercial loan activity. He serves on The Children's Cabinet board and the board of directors for the Nevada State Development Corporation. Sullivan earned his B.S. in Business Management at the University of Nevada, Reno and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.