Loyal Contributor | Bruce Hendricks

Bruce-HendricksA 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 challenges and opportunities every day.

“I enjoy most working closely with our valued employees and customers,” said Bruce. “The local economy is improving and we look forward to continuing to grow and support our community.”

A graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, he is active in the community through various organizations including the UNLV Foundation Board of Trustees, the UNLV College of Business Executive Advisory Board, and he serves as Treasurer of the Nevada Bankers Association.

Bruce has been contributing to United Way for over 40 years. “I am proud to support the United Way which provides education and services to our community to help us continue to move forward together.”

According to Bruce, volunteering and supporting the community is a part of Bank of Nevada’s culture.

“We all work closely at our bank to support our community,” said Bruce. “In 2013 our employees volunteered over 1,800 hours to local organizations.”

Loyal Contributor | Fred Hipwell

Fred-HipwellBorn 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 studying chemistry at UC Berkeley.

“My best vacation every year is spending the holidays in Lake Tahoe skiing with my family,” said Fred. “Every run is the same: Nick is boarding, looking for every jump; Vince is popping in and out of the trees; and Kris and I are cruising the corduroy.”  

Fred and his wife collect wine and bourbon and enjoy spending time in Carmel, CA and Lake Tahoe.  He also just completed a rim-to-river-to-rim 16-mile hike at the Grand Canyon in one day. 

“Las Vegas will always be our home: we moved here in 1994 and this has been a fantastic community to raise our family, make friends and enjoy life,” said Fred.

As the managing partner of PwC’s Las Vegas office, Fred’s primary focus is on helping clients and employees to be successful.

“Every single day I work to develop long-lasting relationships with our clients and deliver value in everything our team does,” said Fred. “We have a great team of professionals in our Las Vegas office, and the opportunity to recruit, train and work every day with people who are the best at what they do keeps me young.”

Fred says that he can’t remember when he began supporting the United Way in Las Vegas, but he still has a 2001 Gold Knight badge. He has supported United Way at the Tocqueville level since 2008.

“I trust the United Way with my contributions because I know this organization will ensure that my dollars, and everyone’s dollars, are efficiently used to make a real impact in our community,” said Fred. ”We give to the United Way year-after-year because of this organization’s deep integrity and the ability to have our dollars support literally hundreds of great community charities.”

Loyal Contributor | Robbie Graham

Robbie-GrahamWith a rich career of over 30 years in the title and escrow industry, Robbie Graham now serves as President of NTC Global Holdings. Robbie is deeply committed to the community and has supported United Way throughout her career.

“The one organization that I personally have been consistently involved with is United Way,” said Robbie. “I was a founding member of United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, and I am pleased to have contributed to United Way both financially and with my time for 30 years.”

Robbie was born and raised in the small, quaint town of Prescott in northern Arizona and moved to Las Vegas when she was in High School. After graduating, she returned to Prescott and began her career in the title and escrow industry.

“I was provided an opportunity not many received,” said Robbie. “My first position was hand-posting real property records in a title plant, which is currently electronically posted.”

In 1979, Robbie joined Terry L. Wright in the newly formed Nevada Title Company where she served as title manager, escrow manager and from 1992-2008 was honored to lead the company as its President.

Robbie retired from her presidency to assume the position of President of NTC Global Holdings and to support its family of companies in managing the claim, legal, and risk assessment initiatives.

“It seems there are always challenges and opportunities in my professional life,” said Robbie. “Not many understand title and escrow, yet it involves the single largest and most important investment they will make.”

In her current position, Robbie has been able to work from her home in Prescott as well as in Las Vegas.

Married to Alex Graham, a retired art teacher, artist and writer, the couple’s children Kelly and Kiley and their grandchildren all live in Prescott.

“I am so lucky to be married to my best friend,” said Robbie. “Alex and I both love movies, music, sports, exercise, books and spending time with our children and grandchildren.”

The active couple are fans of the Arizona Diamondbacks and also have season tickets for the Arizona Cardinals.

Throughout her career, Robbie has been able to be involved in a multitude of non-profit, educational, and community-based organizations. Some of these include past Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the College of Southern Nevada Foundation, a Trustee for the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliances, and an immediate Past President and member of the Las Vegas Executive Association.  She has also previously served as President of the Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Club, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Greater Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, President of the Nevada Land Title Association, and the Fundraising Chair for the Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

“I believe that a person lives UNITED when he contributes to the community and makes a difference in the lives of others,” said Robbie. “Living UNITED means you make every attempt to provide for others, understanding there is always someone who has been burdened with more challenges than yourself.”

Loyal Contributor | Jim Gianoulakis

Jim2A proud native of Las Vegas, Jim Gianoulakis has three sons ages 26, 24 and 23 who also live in the Valley. Jim graduated from Western High School and from University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a degree in business and a computer science emphasis.

In his 30th year at Southwest Gas Corporation, Jim can’t imagine a better place to work.

“I am a manager in the Information Services department and am responsible for the software used by the company’s field workers,” said Jim.

In his spare time, Jim is an avid golfer, high school and college baseball umpire and he is an amateur astronomer.

“In my role as the President of the Las Vegas Astronomical Society I am involved in an exciting project,” said Jim. “My organization is building an observatory in the mountains outside of Las Vegas with the intent of introducing astronomy to the Las Vegas valley youth.”

Jim has supported United Way for over 25 years and believes the organization plays an integral role in helping families and individuals throughout the Valley.

“The United Way has been a part of this community for as long as I remember,” said Jim. “The organizations they support touch all of our lives in one way or another. They do so much for the community that I am happy that I can be a part of that.”

Jim also volunteers with Los Vaqueros to help at-risk kids in the valley.

“I get far more out of the experience than what I put in,” said Jim. “Helping in this way keeps me humble and reminds me every day how lucky a guy I am.”

Loyal Contributor Spotlight | Kirk Clausen

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Kirk Clausen came to Las Vegas from Sioux City, Iowa. Inspired by his father who was a labor leader, he is committed to helping others in Southern Nevada.

“My father would always make Shrine Circus tickets available to children in the Sioux City School District,” said Kirk. “He always made it a goal to give back to the community.”

Originally Kirk planned to study children’s dentistry and worked the overnight drive up at the bank as a way to pay for college.

“Dr. Papenfuss at Morningside College Business School got me focused on a career in banking instead of dentistry,” said Kirk.

In his role, Kirk works to ensure that the 3,700 team members across the state have the tools and resources they need to accomplish the mission of helping Wells Fargo customers succeed financially.

“Everyone from our tellers to our bankers to our leadership are all team members working towards a common goal,” said Kirk. “Our customers trust us to help them with their financial needs. That is something we do not take very lightly.”

Kirk has been giving to United Way ever since his early days in the banking industry while in college. He LIVES UNITED by asking others to join him to make the community a better place to call home.

“I also advocate for the United Way. Volunteerism and giving back to the community is very important to me,” said Kirk. “I am fortunate to work for a company like Wells Fargo that wants us to make our community a better place.”