November 8, 2018


5:30 – 9:30 p.m.


Harrah's Lake Tahoe Convention Center Sand Harbor Rooms 1,2,3, NV 89449

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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 350 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 silent auction, 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, 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

Collie Hutter

2017 Pioneer of the Year Award Winner

Co-founder and Past President

Clickbond, Inc.  

William “Bill” Miles

2016 Pioneer of the Year Award Winner

President & CEO

Miles Construction

The Honorable Robert Crowell

2015 Pioneer of the Year Award Winner

Mayor of Carson City, Nevada

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2018 Pioneer Award Winners

Battle Born Award

The Battle Born Award salutes leadership and excellence in achieving sustainability which benefits their company and community.

Silver Forge Award

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

Kit Carson Award

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

Boundary Peak Award

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

Nominations / Sierra Region Economic Impact Recognized

Nominations Closed for 2018 Pioneer Awards

Pioneer Awards Gala Program

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Event FAQS

Suggested dress: Cocktail attire.
Harrah's charges for valet and self-parking. NNDA will provide complimentary self-parking validation tickets at the Pioneer Awards registration desk. The validation tickets are not applicable to valet parking.
The Sand Harbor event rooms are located upstairs in the Harrah’s convention space. It is recommended you enter the building from the main entrance directly into the hotel lobby. The other option is to enter Harrah’s from the back entrance where there are some steep stairs to the hotel lobby. Signage with directions to the Sand Harbor Rooms will be located near the elevators and escalators.

Event Location

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe

Convention Center

Sand Harbor Rooms 1,2,3

Stateline, NV 89449

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