Loyal Contributor Spotlight | Dan Schwarz

Dan-SchwarzA 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 the broadcasting field in Las Vegas for nearly 30 years, working in Commercial Sales offering marketing and advertising solutions to local and national clients. Dan and his wife Cheryl have been married for 26 years and enjoy dining on Italian favorites at Ventano’s in Henderson.

In his spare time, Dan can be seen on the golf course or rooting for the Chicago Cubs or Green Bay Packers. It is no surprise that his favorite film is “Field of Dreams.” He is also very involved with his church, St. Thomas More Community in Henderson. For Dan, he LIVES UNITED in everything he does. Most importantly, he listens and has empathy for others.  He sees himself not as an island, but part of an ecosystem, in which we are all connected, and where our success directly impacts another person’s life. As Dan says, ..”Listen and don’t look the other way, we are all a family and need to help each other.”

Dan is a long-time supporter of United Way. With people like Dan on our side, we can do anything!

Thank you Dan for just being you!

Loyal Contributor | Rick Remington

Rick-RemingtonRick 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 4 children and 14 grandchildren, Rick spends lots of time with his entire family who live in close proximity to him in the Pahrump area.

A Native Oregonian, Rick moved to Pahrump in 1984 and spends his free time, when he is not at work as a General Superintendent at National Security Technologies, LLC, outdoors in the fresh air.

A golfer, fisherman, and consummate grandfather, Rick can be seen reeling one in or cheering on one of his grandchildren at one of their games.

Rick has worked at NSTEC for 31 years, with a typical 16 hour work day supervising other Superintendents and the crafts from the local trade unions on construction projects. Rick occasionally treats himself to a good steak at the Outback Steakhouse.

A loyal contributor, Rick has supported United Way for 18 years through his contributions and community activities. Rick established the Pahrump chapter for Rebuilding Together Pahrump Valley (formally Christmas in April) in 1996. With the support of United Way, he and other volunteers renovated 22 homes in the Pahrump Valley for elderly and low income households. Rick told us that “the incredible change that it has made in these people’s lives is remarkable. Some of them had just about lost all faith that things were ever going to get better in their lives. These renovations have given them hope for a better future and an appreciation for the support from others who care about their wellbeing.” Rick has had the supreme opportunity to see the power of communities giving back and transforming lives.

Every year, Rick stewards his annual workplace campaign by co-sponsoring a Barbeque for the National Securities Technologies employees. He challenges every craft shop to have 100% participation in supporting United Way with their contributions. Those that achieve 100% participation get a free BBQ cooked and served by management. Rick has seen that engagement is a powerful tool. “We have been very successful with this program and have seen a positive impact on contributions to United Way.”

Rick Remington LIVES UNITED in everything he does. A family man, an outdoorsmen, a philanthropist and community advocate, as well as a dedicated employee, this Loyal Contributor seems to have life pretty well figured out. Thank you Rick Remington for all you do!

Loyal Contributor | Tony Raimondo

Tony-RaimondoTony 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 school students for leadership. Tony went on to attend State University of New York and Farmingdale State College and received a bachelor’s of science degree from Western International University in Phoenix, AZ.

Tony leads a men’s study group and enjoys racquetball, woodworking and golf. With a deep and believable voice, Tony also does voice overs.

With a 32-year career for Southwest Gas, Tony manages Federal Energy Conservation Management projects and is a Certified Project Manager.

Tony has completed mission trips building homes in Mexico and volunteers annually for the Rebuilding Together Christmas in April national project. He also serves on the board of Transitions Services Inc. and has volunteered for community projects including cleaning up neighborhoods, feeding the homeless and donating to food and clothing drives.

Since the mid-1980s, Tony has been involved with United Way through his career and he served as a Loaned Executive for United Way in the 1990s in Phoenix.

“United Way helps support and nourish non-profit organizations who strive to serve the community in all possible ways to improve their standard of living,” said Tony. “They show that there is hope from people who care!”

Loyal Contributor | Jeff Rodefer

Jeff-RodeferFor 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 they were both working for the FBI.  Following his parents’ marriage in 1962, Jeff’s mom left the FBI and his dad was transferred to Santa Fe, New Mexico where Jeff was born in 1963.  He subsequently moved every few years.  Jeff’s sister, Terri, was born in Reno and is the only “native Nevadan” in his family.  In 1970, Jeff’s father was transferred again to open an office in Carson City.

“On Christmas Eve of 1971, our home burned down due to an electrical wiring issue,” remembered Jeff. “As a result, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover called my parents and offered for my dad to stay in Carson City until his retirement in December 1984.”

Growing up in Carson City, Jeff and his sister were active in sports. “My sister was a ranked barrel racer and I played football, baseball and skied,” said Jeff.

Following his graduation from Carson High School, Jeff attended the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) earning a bachelor of science degree and after he graduated from law school, returned to Carson City.  In 1989, Jeff began his 13-year tenure in the Nevada Attorney General’s Office where he spent eight years as counsel to the State Gaming Control Board and Nevada Gaming Commission; last holding the position of Assistant Chief Deputy Attorney General.

In 2002, he was recruited by Boyd Gaming Corporation; where he last held the position of Vice President of Legal Affairs, Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Compliance Officer. Earlier this year, Jeff joined Golden Gaming, LLC as its General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer.

“My typical day is never typical and always changing, challenging and interesting,” said Jeff. “The position is rewarding and the company, under the leadership of its owner and CEO, Blake Sartini, provides a very professional environment that values the input of its team members.”

Since 2002, Jeff has been a “Leadership Giver” to the United Way specifically to help benefit cancer and Parkinson’s related programs.

“My mother was diagnosed several years ago with Parkinson’s and eradicating this disease has become personal cause for our family and me,” said Jeff.

In 1993, the Nevada Supreme Court appointed Jeff as one of the original seven members of the State Bar of Nevada’s Functional Equivalency Committee where he serves as Vice Chairman. Jeff serves as the Chairman of the Gaming Law Section’s Executive Committee and in 2012, the University Board of Regents appointed Jeff to serve on the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) Foundation’s Board of Trustees.  In addition to being a member of the State Bar of Nevada, Jeff is also a member of the State Bars of California, Colorado and Oregon; and he established the “Jeffrey R. Rodefer Family Endowment” for the College of Business at UNR.

Loyal Contributor Spotlight | Jeffrey Ortwein

Ortwein-Jeff-and-SherriBeing 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 to Las Vegas in the mid-1950s to begin their careers with the Clark County School District and are still active members of the community.  They instilled the importance of education, community and giving back.

Jeff graduated from Clark High School and the University of Nevada at Reno, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. After graduating he started his career with Deloitte in Las Vegas as a CPA and currently is Deloitte’s National Gaming Leader.

Jeff and his wife Sherri, along with their two sons, Christopher (22) and Austin (19), have a strong commitment to the community.

“I enjoyed watching our boys grow up and observing their numerous sporting events,” said Jeff.  He also enjoys traveling, playing tennis and golf.

A dedicated employee, Jeff began his career with Deloitte in 1985 providing client’s access to Deloitte’s extensive gaming industry resources.

Jeff has been a United Way Leadership contributor for almost 20 years, as he understands the far-reaching impact United Way has in southern Nevada as well as across the country.  “I also encourage more people to contribute to this very worthwhile organization,” said Jeff.

Jeff is honored to be a current YMCA of Southern Nevada Board Treasurer and Vice Chairman. He also serves on the UNLV Lee Business School Executive Advisory Board. Over the years Jeff has been involved in many other charitable organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada, Rotary International and the Las Vegas Founders Club.

“Participating alongside with the most passionate and committed board members provided me with a very humbling outlook on the needs that Las Vegas residents face on a daily basis,” said Jeff.

With the 7th largest United Way campaign in the United States, last year Deloitte’s national United Way campaign raised $21.9 million with the most Tocqueville Society members for the 12th consecutive year at 900 Tocqueville members giving $10,000 or more a year.

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