The RSCVA is governed by a 9-member board of directors representing a variety of business and community groups in Washoe County. The groups represented include: gaming, general business, and air service. The cities of Reno and Sparks and Incline Village are also represented as well as the Washoe County Commission.
John Farahi is Co-Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of publicly traded Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. (NASDAQ, MCRI), and has served in those capacities since 1993. He is licensed by the Nevada Gaming Commission and the Colorado Division of Gaming. John has served on numerous civic-related Boards and Commissions during his career. He was appointed by Nevada Governor Richard Bryan to the Nevada Commission on Tourism. John also was appointed by the Nevada Resort Association to the Board of the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors’ Authority, on which he served for a total of eight years. Additionally, he served for eight years as a Trustee for the Washoe County Airport Authority, and also was a member of the V&T Railroad Development committee, supporting the historical reconstruction of the V&T Railroad from Carson City to Virginia City. Mr. Farahi is also a partner in Farahi Investment Company, which engages in real estate transactions and development. Mr. Farahi holds a political science degree from the California State University at Hayward.
Kevin Winters has more than 14 years of gaming and tourism experience and became a Reno Tahoe resident in 2015. Currently the vice president and assistant general manager of Harrah’s Reno, Mr. Winters began a career in gaming and hospitality at Las Vegas’ Rio Hotel and Casino. Mr. Winters quickly ascended into property planning and analysis, gaining valuable experience in tourism-related matters of marketing, gaming, finance and operations, including a role as director of food and beverage. Having spent time as the vice president of planning and analysis for Caesars Entertainment’s eastern division in Atlantic City, Mr. Winters has extensive experience evaluating and generating tourism in a variety of markets. A graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Mr. Winters holds a degree in Business and Finance.
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.
Commissioner Bob Lucey is the Washoe County Commissioner of District 2. Commissioner Lucey is known for his professional real estate and investments business. He is also the owner of an animal hospital and in the process of building another. He attended the University of Nevada, Reno and is a fifth generation Nevadan and a longtime resident of Washoe County.
Bill Wood is the general manager of the Crystal Bay Casino in Lake Tahoe, where he’s overseen multiple levels of casino and hotel operations since 2003. Mr. Wood holds a State of Nevada-issued non-restricted gaming license, and has four decades of gaming and hospitality experience, from dealing and supervising table games to managing marketing and entertainment. Inspired by a summer trip, Mr. Wood moved to Lake Tahoe in 1976, and has worked in tourism and gaming ever since. Amidst his storied career in gaming and tourism, Mr. Wood is most proud of his happy marriage and his two loving, accomplished daughters.
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 and a similar clothing store for business professionals.
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 also a two time recipient of the NV Energy Women of Achievement award.
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.