The Finalists

HAUS OF REED - 2017 Level Up Winner & People's Choice

What they do: Contemporary design house featuring one-of-a-kind custom furniture made from only the best materials.

MORGAN'S LOBSTER SHACK

What they do: Restaurant with in Reno and Truckee, serving only the best, fresh seafood in Northern Nevada with a New England twist. 

JC FAMILY SERVICES

What they do: Non-profit organization that provides care for persons of all ages with behavioral and psychological challenges. 

SÜP - 2016 Level Up Winner

What they do: Süp works with their staff to create healthy, fresh soups, salads and sandwiches in MidTown Reno, in addition to catering services. Being a part of such a wonderful community is truly key within their concept. 

BLACK HOLE BODY PIERCING

What they do: Strictly dedicated to piercing, Black Hole Body Piercing is a full-service, female-owned studio that has been ruling Reno's piercing scene since 1994.

SoSu TV

What they do: Cutting edge production of moving pictures such as live government broadcasting, television and film production and online video packages and campaigns. 

HIDEit MOUNTS

What they do: Innovators producing Universal Wall Mounts for PlayStation, Xbox, Wii, Apple TV, DISH, DirecTV, Cable Boxes, Mac mini, Roku, TiVo, & more. Wall mounts for anything you need to hide!

RELAX N WAX - 2016 People's Choice

What they do: Relax N Wax distributes the finest wax, waxing supplies and retail products including No Scream Cream.


The Panelists

Tanya McCaffery is passionate about entrepreneurship.  Through her unique approach to accounting, she works to empower small business CEOs with financial information that allows them to meet the benchmarks they have set for their company and for themselves.  Tanya is a sought after speaker, consultant and confidant teaching entrepreneurs to embrace their finances. Tanya is a CPA and the President/CEO of VAST.

Tanya McCaffery is passionate about entrepreneurship.  Through her unique approach to accounting, she works to empower small business CEOs with financial information that allows them to meet the benchmarks they have set for their company and for themselves.

Tanya is a sought after speaker, consultant and confidant teaching entrepreneurs to embrace their finances. Tanya is a CPA and the President/CEO of VAST.

Mark McKinnon (then unaware of the term “entrepreneur”)  began working on his skills in elementary school. Using lunch money to buy candy from the market, he would break the candy into individual pieces and sell them at a premium to his desperate schoolmates. From then on he was constantly scheming new ideas to generate his own toy/candy funds.  Mark went to school for advertising design and eventually co-founded a backstage pass design company called Cube Services in 2003. One decade later, he opened Marked Studios and put his hand back to the ole worlde arts. 

Mark McKinnon (then unaware of the term “entrepreneur”)  began working on his skills in elementary school. Using lunch money to buy candy from the market, he would break the candy into individual pieces and sell them at a premium to his desperate schoolmates. From then on he was constantly scheming new ideas to generate his own toy/candy funds.

Mark went to school for advertising design and eventually co-founded a backstage pass design company called Cube Services in 2003. One decade later, he opened Marked Studios and put his hand back to the ole worlde arts. 

Dr. Todd Sala  was born and raised in Reno and is a fourth generation Nevadan. He followed his family’s legacy and attended dental school at the University of Louisville.   Dr. Todd is passionate about educating local elementary students on dental health and also on giving back to his community.  Through its annual Dentistry From the Heart day of free dentistry, Sala Family Dentistry has provided over $250,000 in free dentistry and treated over 537 patients in need of dental help

Dr. Todd Sala  was born and raised in Reno and is a fourth generation Nevadan. He followed his family’s legacy and attended dental school at the University of Louisville. 

Dr. Todd is passionate about educating local elementary students on dental health and also on giving back to his community.  Through its annual Dentistry From the Heart day of free dentistry, Sala Family Dentistry has provided over $250,000 in free dentistry and treated over 537 patients in need of dental help

Mark Trujillo was born and raised in Reno Nevada, attended the University of Nevada Reno on a track scholarship as a High Jumper. After 20 years in the work force Trujillo’s fascination with South and Central America lead him to find his passion in the coffee industry.  In 2009 Trujillo opened the Hub Coffee Company.  Trujillo started the company with his children, Joey and Jessica. Trujillo wanted to bring his life’s passions together hence the name “HUB”.  The Hub is not only where all the spokes on the wheel of a bike come together, but also where people can come together into a community.

Mark Trujillo was born and raised in Reno Nevada, attended the University of Nevada Reno on a track scholarship as a High Jumper. After 20 years in the work force Trujillo’s fascination with South and Central America lead him to find his passion in the coffee industry.

In 2009 Trujillo opened the Hub Coffee Company.  Trujillo started the company with his children, Joey and Jessica. Trujillo wanted to bring his life’s passions together hence the name “HUB”.  The Hub is not only where all the spokes on the wheel of a bike come together, but also where people can come together into a community.

Ashley Jennings is a serial entrepreneur and super-connector. She founded Girlmade, the first female-focused startup accelerator in Nevada and continues to help women "play big.” Her latest startup, Parlor Shows, is changing the way that musicians make money by utilizing technology to create more venues for musicians around the world. She has won numerous awards for marketing, branding, and community building.      She can be found on Twitter @ashdotjen or you can connect with her via email ashley@jura.io

Ashley Jennings is a serial entrepreneur and super-connector. She founded Girlmade, the first female-focused startup accelerator in Nevada and continues to help women "play big.” Her latest startup, Parlor Shows, is changing the way that musicians make money by utilizing technology to create more venues for musicians around the world. She has won numerous awards for marketing, branding, and community building. 

 

She can be found on Twitter @ashdotjen or you can connect with her via email ashley@jura.io

Nate Pearson is the co-founder and CEO of TrainerRoad which makes indoor cycling software. TrainerRoad launched it's product three years ago and has grown to 45 employees. TrainerRoad has international reach with half of revenue generated internationally with sales in over 30 countries.  Pearson grew up in Reno and is an alumni of the University of Nevada, Reno and IGT. While not cycling he loves coffee and good BBQ.

Nate Pearson is the co-founder and CEO of TrainerRoad which makes indoor cycling software. TrainerRoad launched it's product three years ago and has grown to 45 employees. TrainerRoad has international reach with half of revenue generated internationally with sales in over 30 countries.

Pearson grew up in Reno and is an alumni of the University of Nevada, Reno and IGT. While not cycling he loves coffee and good BBQ.


Key Note Speakers

Sandy Gallagher is an esteemed attorney with a successful career in banking law, Sandy regularly handled billions of dollars in mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, and other big-ticket transactions, and was an advisor to boards and top executives of Fortune 500 firms. She epitomized success in the classic corporate mold.   Yet an encounter with Bob Proctor set Sandy on an extraordinary new path — one that would ultimately change not only her life, but countless others.   Through Bob’s teachings, Sandy finally understood the “why” behind her lifelong success. Without realizing it, she had spent her life practicing the very principles Bob espoused, and exemplifying their power. She knew then that her next mission in life was to teach others how to do what she had done. And she became determined to join forces with Bob in order to fulfill that mission.

Sandy Gallagher is an esteemed attorney with a successful career in banking law, Sandy regularly handled billions of dollars in mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, and other big-ticket transactions, and was an advisor to boards and top executives of Fortune 500 firms. She epitomized success in the classic corporate mold. 

Yet an encounter with Bob Proctor set Sandy on an extraordinary new path — one that would ultimately change not only her life, but countless others. 

Through Bob’s teachings, Sandy finally understood the “why” behind her lifelong success. Without realizing it, she had spent her life practicing the very principles Bob espoused, and exemplifying their power. She knew then that her next mission in life was to teach others how to do what she had done. And she became determined to join forces with Bob in order to fulfill that mission.

Mary Morrissey is an international inspirational speaker, executive coach, and corporate consultant. She has over 40 years of experience empowering individuals to achieve new heights of authentic aliveness, full-spectrum wealth, and spiritual success.   Mary has a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology, an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters and is the author of two best-selling books, No Less Than Greatness and Building Your Field of Dreams, which also became a PBS special. As a sought-after expert on the “Spiritual Side of Success”, Mary has spoken three times at the United Nations, facilitated 3 different week-long meetings with His Holiness The Dalai Lama and met with Nelson Mandela in Cape Town, South Africa to address the most significant issues our world is facing. Among all of her achievements and degrees in higher learning, Mary’s favorites are the two black belts she has earned; one in Success and the other in Failure.

Mary Morrissey is an international inspirational speaker, executive coach, and corporate consultant. She has over 40 years of experience empowering individuals to achieve new
heights of authentic aliveness, full-spectrum wealth, and spiritual success.
 
Mary has a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology, an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters and is the author of two best-selling books, No Less Than Greatness and Building
Your Field of Dreams, which also became a PBS special.
As a sought-after expert on the “Spiritual Side of Success”, Mary has spoken three times at the United Nations, facilitated 3 different week-long meetings with His Holiness The Dalai
Lama and met with Nelson Mandela in Cape Town, South Africa to address the most significant issues our world is facing. Among all of her achievements and degrees in higher learning, Mary’s favorites are the two black belts she has earned; one in Success and the other in Failure.