November 7, 2019


5:30 – 9:30 p.m.


Atlantis Casino, 3800 S Virginia St, Reno

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ABOUT THE PIONEER AWARDS & GALA / Come Celebrate with Us

The annual Northern Nevada Development Authority (NNDA) Pioneer Awards & Gala recognizes individuals and business professionals whose outstanding contributions to economic development have helped the Sierra Region of Nevada grow. Showcasing the many success stories in the area, the Pioneer Awards highlight the strength and innovation of the Sierra Region economic ecosystem.

The Pioneer Awards & Gala is attended by approximately 175 influential business leaders, executives, and management teams of companies in the Sierra Region dressed in their best cocktail attire. The program will include a cocktail hour, entertainment, a raffle, and the awards ceremony, The Pioneer Awards & Gala is NNDA’s annual fundraiser. Event sponsorships and ticket sales are used to support NNDA’s mission.

NNDA is the regional development authority for the Sierra Region of Northern Nevada and a 501 (c)(6) nonprofit. The Sierra Region of Nevada is comprised of: Carson City, Douglas County, Mineral County, Lyon County, and Storey County. Our mission is to influence, facilitate, and support the ongoing growth and prosperity of the economic ecosystem of the region. You can learn more at:

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Network with the award winners and business leaders of the Sierra Region. Support Economic Development. Enjoy a night out!

Pioneer Award Winners


Jim Peckham

2019 Pioneer Award Winner


2018 Pioneer of the Year

Collie Hutter

2017 Pioneer of the Year

Co-founder and Past President

Clickbond, Inc.  

William “Bill” Miles

2016 Pioneer of the Year

President & CEO

Miles Construction

The Honorable Robert Crowell

2015 Pioneer of the Year

Mayor of Carson City, Nevada

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Pioneer Awards

Silver Forge Outstanding Manufacturer Award

The Silver Forge Outstanding Manufacturer Award showcases the manufacturer who is an innovator and leader in the manufacturing industry.

Silver Forge Outstanding Manufacturer Award: Franklin Armory® (Minden, NV). Franklin Armory specializes in manufacturing quality firearms for sporting, military, and law enforcement applications. The company is being honored as the creator of a new cluster of businesses that support the manufacturing of firearms in Nevada’s Sierra Region, as well as for its innovative manufacturing techniques, community involvement with local law enforcement, growing exports, and recent business expansions. “Northern Nevada continues to provide lower manufacturing costs including real estate, skilled labor, energy, and compliance,” said Jay Jacobson, President. “These competitive advantages allow us to prosper and grow in the Silver State as we satisfy global demand for new products.”

Kit Carson Extraordinary Entrepreneurism Award

The Kit Carson Extraordinary Entrepreneurism Award applauds the visionary individual or company who trail blazed a new or unique path to meet market and customer needs.

Kit Carson Extraordinary Entrepreneurism Award: Kevin Lindseth, CEO, Pure Ground Ingredients (Minden, NV). PGI is an industrial supplier of organic botanicals, spices, chili, and black and green teas. This visionary entrepreneur is being distinguished for his ability to meet market needs, the ongoing refinement of the PGI business model, the company’s growth and environmental responsibility, use of state-of-the-art systems, worldwide community engagement, work with students, and training programs for employees. Kevin Lindseth said, “Pure Ground Ingredients expresses our gratitude to NNDA and our community, our employees and global network of customers and growers. We couldn’t have made it this far without the continued dedication and support over the years!”

Boundary Peak Exceptional Nonprofit Award

The Boundary Peak Exceptional Nonprofit Award honors the Nonprofit who has scaled new heights in providing service(s) to the community.

Boundary Peak Exceptional Nonprofit Award: Western Nevada College Foundation (Carson City, NV). WNC Foundation develops resources and encourages philanthropy in support of Western Nevada College. The organization is being recognized for extraordinary growth in funding streams from 20162019, active board involvement, presence in the community, and support of workforce development initiatives. WNC Foundation Executive Director Niki Gladys said, “We are so honored to receive this prestigious award! The board of directors for the WNC Foundation has worked very hard over the past few years to support students through scholarships, emergency funding and WNC facility improvements in order to contribute to workforce development in this region.”

Pioneer Awards Program

Pioneer Awards Program

Event FAQS

Suggested Dress: Cocktail attire. We recommend a jacket and tie for men.
The Atlantis offers valet parking, but if you would prefer to park your own vehicle they recommend parking in the back parking lot for easy access to the convention center floor.
The easiest way to find the ballrooms is by taking the elevator next to the Starbucks up to the Convention Center/Ballroom floor.

Event Location

Atlantis Casino,

3800 S Virginia St, Reno

NV 89502, USA

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Nominations / Sierra Region Economic Impact Recognized