Tag: Excellence in Reno


Food Allergy Advocate, Blogger & Consultant: Caroline Moassessi Entrepreneurship / Stories

It wasn’t hard for Caroline Moassessi to find the motivation to get involved. Data and information was lacking and there was only one national organization that increased public awareness for food allergies nearly 15 years ago. When her son was diagnosed with life threatening food allergies at age 2, there was no support in school or the community to protect her son. Her maternal instinct is...

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From Performing Arts to Politics: Alex Bybee Politics / Stories

You learn a lot about empathy when training to perform the character of others in Hollywood, on the musical theatre stage in Las Vegas and through other performance groups growing up. You regularly put yourself in someone else’s life and try to understand who that character is. You are encouraged from a very early age to not only define your voice but to gain the confidence to define the voice of...

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A Decade of Experience Turned a Garage Dream into a Reality: Chris Shanks Entrepreneurship / Stories

Don’t underestimate the power of business planning in the garage with your college roommate. Although ideas at that time in your life may not necessarily work out, it’s worth thinking it through with people you trust and envisioning a business that might some day come to fruition. This story is true for Chris Shanks who brewed beer in the garage during his days as an undergraduate...

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Saving Water in the Truckee Meadows one PR Campaign at a Time: Marlene Olsen Business / Stories

Marlene Olsen is a humble gem in Reno. When I met her for an interview on a beautiful day outside of Walden’s, I lucked out and also had the chance to meet Levy, her very sweet, soft white pup that reminds me of one of the “Please Pet Me” dogs at the airport. Marlene didn’t know his breed because as it turns out, Levy is the product...

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