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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.


Nat Carasali

Nat Carasali is a founding partner and secretary/treasurer of Peppermill Casinos Inc., which owns and operates the Peppermill Hotel Casino in Reno, Western Village in Sparks, the Peppermill Wendover Hotel, Rainbow Casino Wendover and the Rainbow Club in Henderson.
Nat is also a partner in Peppermilllnc. with Peppermill restaurants in Las Vegas. Nat grew up in Petaluma, California, graduated from San Jose State and also served in the United States Marine Corps. Nat has been a board member on the Reno Tahoe Airport Authority and Nevada Athletic Commission.

 Cindy Carano

Cindy Carano

Cindy Carano graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) College of Hotel Administration in 1984, and joined the Hyatt Regency San Francisco where she held multiple positions, mastering the ins and outs of hotel operations and was promoted into restaurant management.
In 1985, Carano joined the Eldorado management team as a reservation supervisor and quickly moved her way up to Hotel Manager and on to Director of Hotel Operations.
In 1997, Cindy moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico to work as General Manager of a group of Bed and Breakfast Inns.
Upon return to Reno, she became Director of Development at a private school for two years. In 2003, Cindy returned to the Eldorado as Community Relations Manager, representing the hotel casino on several community committees. In 2005, she returned to her roots in the Hotel Division as Executive Director of Hotel Operations at the Eldorado.
Cindy is the youngest child of Eldorado Hotel Casino Owner and Chief Executive Officer Don Carano. She has one daughter and enjoys golfing, traveling, and gardening.
Cindy’s community and professional involvement includes Artown, Nevada Commission on Tourism, Nevada Women’s Fund, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada and the Nevada Hotel Lodging Association.

John Farahi

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.


Fred Findlen

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.
Findlen and his wife, Jayne, have two daughters, Madeline Rose and Victoria Rae.

 Ed Lawson

Ed Lawson

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

Bob Lucey

Bob Lucey

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.
Along with his wife and son, Commissioner Lucey loves skiing, camping, hunting, hiking and basically anything that involves the outdoors. When he isn’t working, his favorite place to enjoy some rest and relaxation is Lake Tahoe.
He said he will strive to bring the spirit and excitement of entrepreneurship to the County.
He hopes to be remembered as a humble and effective leader for the community.


Tony Mavrides

Responsible for property operations and results, strategic planning, manager and employee development and capital planning.  Results of 2014 MGM International  employee survey rated Circus Reno #1 overall property (out of 17 MGM properties)  for employee engagement,  total management index and guest service index.  Property was ranked #2 overall in management team index, diversity and inclusion index, corporate social responsibility index (philanthropy, diversity, sustainability), One company index and direct supervisor index….and #1 overall.
Active in community events, planning with City, RSCVA, and Nevada Resort Association.  Serves on the downtown capital subcommittee of the Reno City Council and downtown tax surcharge sub committee of City council.


Dennis McGovern

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).
Currently the General Manager of The Legends at Sparks Marina and The Outlets at Sparks, McGovern has been developing and managing shopping centers across the US for over 20 years many of which have been among the top tourist destinations in the states where they operate.
McGovern is a strong believer in business managers giving back to the communities that support them. In addition to his positions with The Chamber he also serves on the Hot August Nights and Hot August Nights Foundation Executive Boards as well as the City of Sparks, Brand Leadership Team, formed of City Staff and Community Stakeholders to provide recommendations on streamlining event approval processes and to assist in the re-branding program.

 Hillary Schieve

Hillary Schieve

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 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 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 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.




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