NCET Special Event – Lessons from Northern Nevada’s Fastest Growing Companies – January 22

Wednesday, January 21, 2020 | 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Reno-Sparks Convention Center

Northern Nevada is home to some of Inc. 5000’s Fastest Growing Companies, and NCET’s January Special Event luncheon brings them – along with some other special companies – together to share the successes and challenges they faced, and to offer advice for growing YOUR company.

Our panelists include:

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NCET members may bring an unlimited number of guests at member prices. Join before you RSVP for this event and your savings will pay for some or all of your membership!  Join NCET now and save.

Wednesday, January 22 – Register Now

Networking:  11:00 am – Noon
Lunch and Program:  Noon  –  1:30 pm

•  Prices:  $45 – NCET members  /  $55 – non-members

Tables for 8 – includes premium location at front of room, table signage and recognition from the podium during the luncheon.

•  $360 – NCET members  /  $440 – non-member

All NCET luncheon events must be paid for in advance.  Unpaid reservations will be cancelled automatically.

NCET events have been selling out! RSVP early so you don’t miss this great event.

The Fine Print:

  • Advance reservations required.  (Walk-in registration is not available.)
  • No-shows will be charged the full amount of the reservation unless cancelled at least 48 hours prior to the event.

Reno-Sparks Convention Center
4590 S. Virginia St, Reno NV 89502

For more information about NCET or any of its events, please call (775) 453-0130 or


Tray Abney

Tray Abney is a partner of the Abney Tauchen Group (ATG), offering a wide range of services to help navigate Nevada’s complex political landscape.  Tray is proud to represent clients in the retail, agricultural, pharmacy, health insurance, behavioral health services, energy efficiency, and drone delivery industries before local, state, and federal government entities.  Tray provides a unique blend of experience that includes a deep understanding of the political process, along with strong public policy expertise, and a history of successfully educating, lobbying, and influencing elected officials.

Steve Conine

Steve Conine is a speaker, workshop facilitator, and a successful business consultant who has effectively taken the principles that he learned as an operations manager and recruiter for 25 years. Steve Conine has conducted thousands of interviews and assisted companies of all sizes to successfully hire and manage everyone from simple warehousemen to senior level managers. Steve has trained managers and executives how to attract, hire and retain top talent.

Kunall Patel

Kunall Patel is the Owner of Davidson’s Organic Tea, the first certified organic, fair trade and specialty tea company in the U.S.

As a third generation tea grower with family-owned farms in Darjeeling, India, Patel has introduced over 300 loose leaf and bagged tea varieties to the national market. Along with his wife and co-owner, Promilla Mohan, he has maintained an 80 percent women-run company while providing jobs for international communities.

Relina Shirley

Relina is the Co-Founder and CEO of HIDEit Mounts. As a self-funded entrepreneur whose initial investment was paid back within the first year of business, Relina and her husband Chuck turned their frustration with electronic clutter into a successful global brand and new market segment: technology device wall mounts. Under Relina’s leadership, HIDEit Mounts can be found in the offices of Buzzfeed, Indeed, and Nationwide Insurance, the Legoland UK Hotel, dozens of hospitals including Stanford Children’s Hospital, school districts across the country, plus hundreds of thousands of homes around the world. 

Ty Whitaker

Ty is the Chief Executive Officer & Founder of the Abbi Agency. He’s the eye of the storm, the cool, calm, clear-eyed, level-headed ambassador of logic. A guy who began his professional life as, get this, a water quality scientist.

Yeah, The Abbi Agency’s CEO is a freaking scientist. In a company of dreamers, Ty is the analytical left-brain who keeps every idea anchored to results. He brings rigor and objectivity to the table, embracing data and fiscal responsibility as kin.

Ty’s belief that brands are part of a greater ecosystem enables him to envision new common-sense contexts for their continued relevance and strategic growth. Ahh, the beauty of science.