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Loyal Contributor Spotlight | Andrea Smith

Andrea-SmithBorn in Southern California as an only child in an Air Force family, Andrea Smith lived in 13 different places the first 12 years of her life. Nellis Air Force Base was only a stop along the way.

“So much had changed about Las Vegas when I returned here in 1987 from Albuquerque, New Mexico to attend UNLV,” said Andrea. “It took a few years after graduation to realize I was home.”

Growing up in the military, Andrea got used to moving around and meeting new people.  “UNLV and Las Vegas played a big part in changing that for me,” said Andrea.

Today, Andrea’s 12-year-old son Jaxson takes up most of her spare time with school, music and sports. “The latter is no hardship as I’ve always loved participating in and watching sports,” said Andrea. “Baseball and football are my favorites.”

Andrea tries to work out on regular basis, golf and is an avid writer with the hope of publishing a children’s book or fictional novel someday. Living close to her parents affords Andrea and her family the opportunity to connect and travel often.

“An annual fishing trip to Colorado for trout is a must every summer,” said Andrea. “Trips to the ocean are not nearly as frequent as I’d like, but we look forward to them at least once or twice a year when athletic schedules allow.”

Andrea’s favorite restaurant is Archi’s Thai and her movie pick is ‘Top Gun.’ “Being an Air Force fighter pilot’s daughter, I probably shouldn’t admit this – but in college I watched ‘Top Gun’ over and over again until the VHS was worn out,” explained Andrea.

With a career path as diverse as her upbringing, Andrea joined NV Energy on September 13, 2001.  One of her first acts at the company was to plan a short ceremony to honor those killed on 9/11.

“It didn’t take long for me to figure out that I was at the right place, with people who are as passionate about their community as they are to their jobs,” said Andrea. “Our resolve as a company was certainly tested over the next few years, and we’re better and stronger for it. And I dare say, our customers are better off as well.”

For most, electricity isn’t something that is top of mind until it’s not there, or when they feel like they are paying too much for it. “I have the privilege of working with folks who make this complex industry seem easy, and they do so always with our customers in mind,” said Andrea. “They deserve a lot of credit that they don’t always get because it’s so hard to put a value on it.”

The NV Energy communications team’s job is to help customers understand the industry, how to be more efficient in using energy, and to promote the tools and services NV Energy provides to help them do so.

“We haven’t found one perfect way to do this, but we constantly challenge ourselves to be creative and effective in how we go about it,” said Andrea.

With a goal of setting an example of compassion and kindness for her son, Andrea believes in giving both time and resources.

“I’ve supported United Way since 2004 because the organization provides me with a level of comfort that the financial resources are being put to the best use, and I know I’m helping those in my own community,” said Andrea.

Loyal Contributor Spotlight | Dan Schwarz

A Midwesterner through and through, Dan Schwarz may be  officially a native of Las Vegas by now, but his Midwestern roots are never far away.  Born and raised in the Chicago Suburbs, this father of four leads a robust life of philanthropy, creativity, faith and family. A loving and involved grandfather, Dan has worked in…More

Loyal Contributor | Rick Remington

Rick Remington wholly embodies the very characteristics that many people seek, especially as they set sights on healthy thoughts in the New Year. Active? Check. Dedicated? Check. Healthy, happy family? Check. Hard worker? Check. Rick is the embodiment of longevity, passion and loyalty. Having been married to the same “wonderful” lady for 41 years, with…More

Loyal Contributor | Tony Raimondo

Tony Raimondo grew up in North Massapequa, Long Island as the middle child of two immigrants that migrated to America in the late 1940s. With a heart of gold, Tony volunteers his time to build homes for those in need and serve the homeless. He attended Farmingdale High School and was involved in DECA, which prepares high…More

Loyal Contributor | Jeff Rodefer

For Jeff Rodefer public service has been a way of life from an early age. His father was a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) special agent in Northern Nevada, his mother also served with the FBI and Jeff served with the Nevada Attorney General’s Office for 13 years. His parents met in Portland, Oregon while…More

Loyal Contributor Spotlight | Jeffrey Ortwein

Being an active contributor to the Las Vegas community is very important to Jeff Ortwein of Deloitte & Touche LLP.  As a Vegas native and a part of Deloitte’s Las Vegas office for over 25 years, Jeff has seen the consistent support that United Way provides to the Valley. His parents, Dennis and Betty, moved…More

Loyal Contributor Spotlight | Susana McCurdy

Susana McCurdy grew up as an Air Force brat, traveling to different states following her father’s career. Her last destination was Las Vegas, where she settled and graduated from University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a degree in human resources management. “I feel blessed to have an amazing husband, stepson, parents, sister, godchildren, in-laws, close friends and last but…More

Loyal Contributor | Francine Mazza, PHR

Francine Mazza, PHR is originally from Southern California and moved to Southern Nevada in 1996. She has two daughters; Shelby (17) and Sophia (16), who have grown up in Southern Nevada. “This is a great community and we really love living here,” said Francine. Francine has worked for Enterprise Rent-A-Car since graduating from California State University,…More

Loyal Contributor | Pat Janjetovic

Her story would inspire anyone. Though challenging life circumstances, Pat Janjetovic became homeless and then overcoming the odds, she got a job at Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) where she eventually became a supervisor in the Records Bureau. Pat has four children but it is her disabled son Brian who motivates her to support…More

Loyal Contributor | Steve Linder

Steve Linder was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, moved around the country, and graduated from high school in Pittsburgh, PA.  He was selected for and graduated from, the United States Naval Academy in 1969 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. “I flew the A-4 Skyhawk light attack aircraft and…More

Loyal Contributor | Bruce Hendricks

A native of Las Vegas, Bruce Hendricks began his banking career in 1969 and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Nevada. He and his wife, Judi, have two children and five grandchildren. In his spare time he enjoys traveling and hiking. As the CEO for Bank of Nevada he is faced with new…More

Loyal Contributor | Fred Hipwell

Born and raised in San Jose, CA, Fred Hipwell enjoys bicycling, hiking and spending time with his family. He met his wife at UCLA and began his career in public accounting with PwC in 1985.  The couple has two sons, Nick (21), a senior studying sociology at UC Santa Cruz and Vince (19), a sophomore…More