The Man: Both in terms of corporate philanthropy and the growth of the gaming industry, Raymond I. Smith was a precedent-setting pioneer. He donated, on an annual basis, more than $90,000 in college scholarships and another $100,000 to worthy charities.
The Award: Each year since 1966, The Chamber has presented a Civic Leader of the Year Award in Smith’s memory.
The Selection Process: The honoree is to be selected by a panel made up of past chairs of The Chamber and past recipients.
The Criteria: The award will be presented to an individual who has: 1) led organizations that improve the quality of life in our community; 2) selflessly devoted time and/or money to worthwhile local causes; and/or made an impact in finding and implementing solutions to local challenges.
Recognition: The honoree will be recognized at a major Chamber event and on a plaque alongside the Truckee River.
2017 Eric Musselman 2016 Stacie and Chuck Mathewson 2015 The Ascuaga Family 2014 TJ Day 2013 Phil and Jennifer Satre 2012 Perry Di Loreto 2011 Estela Gutierrez 2010 Jeff Griffin 2009 Fred Davis 2008 Valerie Glenn and Roberta Ross 2007 Norm Dianda 2006 Anne Loring 2005 Bob Cashell and Tony Armstrong 2004 Jack Reviglio and Tom Reviglio 2003 Link Piazzo 2002 Evelyn Mount 2001 Karen Goldman-Craig 2000 Daryl Drake 1999 David Morgan and Bill Raggio 1998 McLellan “Mac” King 1997 Mike Reed 1996 Michael Dermody 1995 Fred Boyd 1994 Phil Rose 1993 Lynn Atcheson 1992 Bill Thornton 1991 Ernie Martinelli 1990 Luther Mack 1989 Clarence Jones 1988 Mark Curtis 1987 Harry Parker 1986 Rollan Melton 1985 Art Smith 1984 Moya Lear 1983 John Ascuaga 1982 Bill Kottinger 1981 Pete Barengo 1980 Pete Walters 1979 Wallie Warren 1978 George Hamilton 1977 Earl Wooster 1976 Harold Gorman 1975 Bill Harrah 1974 Neil Plath 1973 Les Kofoed 1972 Ben Dasher 1971 Jessie Beck 1970 Frank Bender 1969 Paul Garwood 1968 Preston Hale 1967 Robert McAdam 1966 Roy Powers 1965 Fred Fletcher