2017 – 2018 Board of Directors
Darrell Clifton is the Executive Director of Security for the Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus downtown resorts. During his 27 years of working downtown, he has been involved in many public and private efforts to keep our community safe, clean and successful. He currently sits on the Downtown Special Assessment Police Advisory Board, the Neighborhood Advisory Board Ward 5, Private Sector Liaison for the Washoe County Emergency Operations Center, Secret Witness Board of Directors, and several county and state task forces on Emergency Management. He is the ASIS Regional Vice President, and chairs the RAD Safe and Clean committee. He is a recognized national security expert and published author on Hospitality Security. In 2015, Darrell doubled-down on his commitment and moved his residence to Downtown Reno.
Circus Circus Reno
Darell Clifton / President
Britton Griffith Douglass
Reno Engineering Corp
Britton Griffith Douglass / Vice President
Jim Hunting is the Chief Executive Officer and President at Sierra Pacific Federal Credit Union which serves Northern Nevada, Las Vegas and Phoenix. His prior career was primarily in planning and finance at NV Energy Company. He has been passionate about downtown Reno and, with many others, assisted in efforts to upgrade the downtown bridges and flood mitigation, reduce barriers to development of blighted areas and bring additional venues to downtown. Jim has served on the RAD board for over 20 years, including three years as RAD President. He also held an appointment to the Washoe County Debt Management Commission, served as chair of the former Reno Redevelopment Area Advisory Board and served on the Board of the Chamber of Commerce.
Sierra Pacific Federal Credit Union
As a devoted member of the Reno community, Ms. Carano has held positions on the boards of many important organizations over the span of her career. Some of these include the Nevada Commission on Tourism, The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, Nevada Hotel & Lodging Association, Downtown Reno Maintenance District Advisory Committee, Nevada Women’s Fund, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada, Founding Liaison between Eldorado Hotel Casino –Wooster High School’s Partner in Education and, most recently, the boards of both the Regional Alliance for Downtown and the Washoe County Child Advocacy Center. .
Ms. Carano leads Eldorado Resorts Reno’s Community Relations department as Executive Director, spearheading the corporation’s commitment to the betterment of programs in education, arts and culture and civic giving in northern Nevada.
Cindy Carano / Director
Steve T. Polikalas, LTD
Steve Polikalas / Director
Tim Carter has owned Carter Bros Ace Hardware in Midtown for 10 years. He has committed the last 10 years to commercial redevelopment in the Midtown area and the downtown post office, working with his brothers and business partners. Prior to becoming a Midtown business owner, Tim worked for Bechtel Construction in heavy industrial construction for 9 years. He was also employed for 15 years with NUCOR Steel, acting as the Plant Maintenance Manager. Tim earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Ace Hardware – Midtown
Eric Raydon has over 25 years of experience in real estate development, management, strategy, and finance. In 2009, Eric co-founded Marmot Properties, LLC with his two brothers, Bryan and Gary. During the past eight years, Marmot Properties acquired and rehabilitated over 200 residential units and multiple vacant lots in Reno’s urban infill neighborhoods. Their focus is on Reno’s MidTown, Wells Avenue Bungalow, Old Southwest, and West University neighborhoods. All of these units cater to the crucial Millennial demographic, which is key to Reno’s economic renaissance. Marmot developed core operating systems including brokerage, development, renovation, property management, leasing, asset management, and in-house accounting. Marmot created an effective and lasting business plan for the redevelopment of Reno’s MidTown urban redevelopment zone, successfully executed on that plan over the past 8 years, and is the preeminent multifamily and social entrepreneur brand in Reno’s urban core. Eric received his MBA from Purdue and his BSBA from U.S.C. Eric’s career is focused on development and investments, with strong experience in residential, mixed-use, resort, commercial, and industrial real estate.
Eric Raydon / Director
Par Tolles is the Principal of Tolles Development Company (TDC) which is focused on the acquisition and development of commercial properties in the northern Nevada area with a concentration on the downtown core. Prior to TDC, Par was the President of Basin Street Properties, a west coast real estate investment firm, President of Dermody Properties from 2007- 2011 and also spent nearly 15 years as the principal with the Trammell Crow Company. Par is an engaged leader in the local commercial real estate industry and serves as a current board member to the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Nevada. Par has served as President of the Northern Nevada chapter of CCIM, a past executive board member and treasurer for the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN), past board member of NAIOP and as a trustee for the Desert Research Institute. He is the founder of the Summit Awards, the preeminent recognition of distinguished accomplishment within commercial real estate in northern Nevada. Par is a graduate of UC Davis.
Basin Street Properties
Richard “Dick” Bartholet is a Research Associate with the University Center for Economic Development within the College of Business at UNR. His areas of research and outreach include economic impact analyses, social issues, energy policy, economic and fiscal policy and economic development. Prior to his position at UNR, Dick was an owner, President and corporate broker at Pennington & Associates, a Reno business-brokerage firm. Dick was also a founder and business manager for SUMMIT Engineering Corporation, a Nevada-based civil engineering firm. He is a past-president of the Regional Alliance for Downtown and serves on the board of the Nevada Capital Investment Corporation. Dick has a MBA from UNR and is a business school graduate from Montana State University.
University of Nevada, Reno
Executive Operations Pastor / Living Stones Church
Craig Parish / Director
Allison Gorelick CFA, Leed A.P.
Allison has 23 years of development and financial leadership experience. For the past seven years she has acquired, renovated and managed over 200 units in Reno, NV.
Prior to moving to Reno, Allison was a Vice President with SARES•REGIS Group of Northern California, focusing on commercial development and acquisitions. SARES•REGIS Group is one of the largest, most diversified private real estate companies in the Western United States. The company develops, acquires, builds and manages a variety of commercial and residential properties for sale, lease and investment. In her eight years with SARES•REGIS Group, Allison developed five office buildings totaling over one million square feet and $315 million and acquired four commercial assets totaling 1.2 million square feet and over $220 million.
Prior to SARES•REGIS Group, Mrs. Gorelick was vice president of Business Development with Stonepath Group, a publicly traded venture capital company funding early stage tech start-ups and was the director of Acquisitions with Alert Alarm Company where she completed 15 acquisition and assisted in the negotiation and sale of the company to a private Fortune 50 company within 15 months. Allison began her career in New York with Chase Manhattan Bank and Banque Paribas. Allison is a Chartered Financial Analyst and LEED-certified. She is a licensed real estate broker in both California in Nevada and is on the Board of Arts for All Nevada.
Allison Gorelick / Director
Bryan McArdle (UNR BS 05’, MBA 10’) is currently the Manager of Entrepreneurial Development at the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN). As part of EDAWN, Bryan is also the Operations Manager for the Summit Venture Mentoring Service (Summit VMS), a mentoring program for startups which is a sister program with MIT. Summit VMS brings together experienced executives to mentor founders of high growth startup ventures.
Bryan is a small business owner and entrepreneur himself. Upon finishing his undergraduate degree at the University of Nevada, Reno in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Science Bryan went on to open Reno’s first hookah lounge, Hookava, and later the popular Irish bar Filthy McNasty’s. This led him back to UNR to obtain his MBA. Bryan remains passionate about the growth and reputation of Reno which lead him to take part in the Biggest Little City Campaign. He is a past board member of the Midtown District during its infancy and is a past Vice President of the RiverWalk Merchants Association that hosts the monthly Wine Walk and other events.
Bryan McArdle / Director
As Vice President of Development, Frank is responsible for the assessment and evaluation of new projects and oversees the initial phases of ground-up development. He is also responsible for due diligence and transaction management for the company’s property acquisitions. Since his arrival at Basin Street Properties in 1994, Frank has played a direct role in most functions of the company including entitlements, construction, leasing, and property management.
In his time with Basin Street Properties, Frank has overseen acquisitions totaling more than $500 million, including three downtown Reno office towers (50 W. Liberty Street, 200 S. Virginia Street, and 300 E. 2nd Street), as well as the development of the Downtown Reno Marriott Courtyard and 3rd Street Flats (formerly the Kings Inn).
Frank holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Chico State. He has served on many boards including as an executive member of Innovate North State, a non-profit Regional Economic Development Company and currently serves on multiple boards and committees including those of economic development groups as well as his children’s athletic leagues and school programs. Frank is a mountain bike enthusiast who enjoys the outdoors of Northern California and Northern Nevada with friends and his wife and two children.