Nevada State Bank is proud to sponsor the Family Owned Business Awards, an annual event hosted by Nevada Business Magazine. The honorees are chosen by a panel of judges who review hundreds of nominations to narrow it down to 30 Northern and 30 Southern finalists. Winners are announced at events held at both ends of the state in March.
Although each family business is unique, successful companies share qualities like perseverance, ingenuity, teamwork, and community service – qualities exemplified by the businesses recognized at these events.
The finalists profiled below represent just four of the many family owned businesses that call Nevada home. To read about all the finalists, please visit the Nevada Business Magazine website, www.nevadabusiness.com.
Studio 21 Tattoo Gallery, Las Vegas
Studio 21 was nominated in the “Don’t Forget to Share” category, recognizing companies that have made significant contributions to their community. The tattoo shop, which recently celebrated its 15th anniversary, is owned by the husband and wife team of Charlie and Becki Spencer, along with their son, Austin. Located just west of the Strip, their clientele includes many workers in the resort industry, as well as repeat customers from all over the world, who visit them for a tattoo as part of their Las Vegas vacations.
When the family heard about the October 1 shooting on the Strip, they wanted to get involved in raising money for the victims. Austin Spencer suggested designing a tattoo representing love, strength and unity, and the team came up with a design showing an outline of the state with a red heart at Las Vegas’ location. Word of the design spread quickly, and the shop’s nine artists did nearly 3,000 tattoos in one week, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting the victims’ fund. They also collected cash donations, and the grand total raised exceeded $17,000.
Whispering Vine Wine Co., Reno
Also nominated in the “Don’t Forget to Share” category was Whispering Vine Wine Co., with three stores in the Reno area offering premium wines. Founded in 1998 by owners Curtis and Laura Worrall, Whispering Vine is celebrating its 20th year as a Northern Nevada business. In addition to wine sales, each location has its own unique offerings, including wine tastings, small plate menus, or custom made cheese plates.
The owners take pride in donating to non-profit groups and sports teams throughout the community, including local sports teams. They are a major sponsor of the annual Blue Tie Ball hosted by the University of Nevada athletics department. Proceeds from the gala event held each February fund scholarships for Wolf Pack student-athletes.
Hirschi Masonry, Las Vegas
The Hirschi family has been involved in the masonry business in Southern Nevada for more than 30 years, and Chad Hirschi grew up helping in his father’s company. In 2009, Chad established Hirschi Masonry, LLC, bringing together a team that now includes his son, Christian and his brother-in-law, Brett Hales. His company was nominated in the category titled “The More the Merrier,” recognizing the accomplishments of businesses with 50 or more employees.
Over the years, Hirschi Masonry has become one of the most successful masonry contractors in the Las Vegas area. Specializing in retaining walls, block walls and other masonry jobs for commercial and residential contractors, the company employs more than 500 workers and has expanded operations into Texas. In January, the company accepted six awards at the second annual World Wide Safety Awards recognizing construction organizations that excel at safety performance.
Full Tilt Logistics, Reno
Full Tilt Logistics is a full-service third-party logistics provider offering logistics, trucking, warehousing and distribution services in the Reno area, which is an important hub for freight travelling to and from the West Coast. It was nominated in the It’s Good to be on Top category for businesses “at the top of their game, doing better than ever.”
Full Tilt is truly a family-owned company, with Tiffany Novich as CEO and president, her husband Nic as VP of operations, Nic’s brother Cris as VP of sales, and Jessica Novich, Cris’s wife, as chief operating officer. Cindy Novich, who serves as chief financial officer, is Nic and Cris’s mother. This tight knit family is goal-oriented, but still manages to carve out quality family time while running a rapidly growing business.
Nevada State Bank Resources
We appreciate the chance to recognize the achievements of family owned businesses in Nevada and to be a part of the annual event celebrating them. As part of our commitment to Nevada’s family owned companies, the Bank provides important online resources, including nsbank.com/familybusiness, which features webinars and articles targeting the needs and interests of family owned firms.
The information provided is presented for general informational purposes only and does not constitute tax, legal or business advice. Any views expressed in this article may not necessarily be those of Nevada State Bank, a division of ZB, N.A.