The RSCVA is governed by a nine-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.
Chairman of the RSCVA Board of Directors, Bob Lucey is the Washoe County Commissioner of District 2. Commissioner Lucey is known for his professional real estate and investments businesses, which include a pair of animal hospitals. Mr. Lucey attended the University of Nevada, Reno, is a fifth-generation Nevadan and a longtime resident of Washoe County.
Ed LawsonVice Chair
Vice Chair of the RSCVA Board, Ed Lawson was elected to the Sparks City Council in November 2010, and re-elected in 2014. He was born in Sunnyside, Washington, grew up in Las Vegas, and later attended Colorado State University. 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.
Hillary SchieveBoard Member
Elected Mayor of the City of Reno in 2014, Ms. Schieve is the owner and operator of two clothing stores in MidTown: a shop with recycled apparel for teenagers and a similar clothing store for business professionals. Born and raised in Reno, Mayor Schieve attended Reno High School and Arizona State University. Ms. Schieve’s business success landed her various community accolades, including the “Entrepreneur of the Year" award, “Twenty under Forty” recognition, and the NV Energy Women of Achievement award.
Nat CarasaliBoard Member
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. Mr. Carasali grew up in Petaluma, California, graduated from San Jose State University, and served in the United States Marine Corps. Carasali is a current board member of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority and served previously on the Nevada Athletic Commission.
John FarahiBoard Member
John Farahi is Co-Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of publicly traded Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc., and has served in those capacities since 1993. He is licensed by both the Nevada Gaming Commission and the Colorado Division of Gaming, and has served on the Nevada Commission on Tourism. Additionally, Farahi served for eight years as a Trustee for the Washoe County Airport Authority, and was a member of the V&T Railroad Development Committee.”
Bill WoodBoard Member
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. Inspired by a summer trip, Mr. Wood moved to Lake Tahoe in 1976, and has worked in tourism and gaming ever since.
Rick MurdockBoard Member
Rick Murdock is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Eldorado Resorts’ downtown Reno properties. With more than 35 years at the Eldorado, he has grown along with the company and is well-versed in all aspects of tour and travel in northern Nevada, including the hospitality and gaming industry. Having served two terms with the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, Mr. Murdock also resides on the boards of the Reno-Tahoe Regional Air Service Committee and the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada.
John VineyardBoard Member
Vice President and Assistant General Manager of Harrah’s Reno John Vineyard has more than 30 years of gaming experience in northern Nevada. A graduate of the University of Nevada’s Executive Development Program, Mr. Vineyard began his career at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe in 1987. He was also the casino operations manager for Bill’s Lake Tahoe for nine years, before becoming the Director of Gaming Operations at the company’s Reno location.
Vick WowoBoard Member
Vick Wowo is the Senior Sales Manager for Whitney Peak Hotel in downtown Reno. A graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, Mr. Wowo has a decade of experience, ranging from supervisory roles with the City of Reno to hotel business development within the Reno Tahoe hospitality community. Mr. Wowo sits on the Board of Directors for the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce, the Governor’s Workforce Development Board and is the current President of the Reno-Tahoe Young Professionals Network.