Matt Fisher, Maria Gerlinger, Andrea Quiruz, Toni Quiruz and Chuck Sweeney have been re-elected to the board of directors of NCET, a member-supported non-profit that produces educational and networking events to help people explore businesses and technology.
Fisher, re-elected as co-vice president of special projects, is a fully ordained Buddhist priest who teaches at Reno Buddhist Center and works as a product visionary at Trakker Design Research, an industrial design studio in Reno.
From 30 years as a product designer he holds 16 patents. Fisher has created innovative and disruptive designs for consumer goods and industrial clients across the nation. As a priest at Reno Buddhist Center, he teaches a world view based, like his design aesthetic, on simplicity and sustainability.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College in comparative religion and a master’s degree from San Jose State University in industrial design.
Gerlinger, re-elected as NCET’s vice president of enterprises, is an account executive with CoStar Group in Northern Nevada.
She previously worked as a broker salesperson with Intero Real Estate Services and as a marketing specialist for retail and multi-family properties with NAI Alliance in Reno.
Gerlinger earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno, and master’s degree in business from UNR.
Andrea Quiruz, re-elected as NCET’s vice president of special events, works as corporate partnerships manager for the PGA TOUR Barracuda Championship.
In addition to her position at the PGA TOUR event, she is a freelance content writer and serves on the board of directors of Each One Tell One, a local dense breast tissue and cancer awareness nonprofit.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Toni Quiruz, re-elected as vice president of membership, has worked 13 years in marketing and sales for Digiprint Corp. in Reno. She previously held positions in graphic design and pre-press operations at Sierra Packaging and Converting Corp.
Quiruz was recognized as Plum100 Magazines 1 0f 100 Influential People of Reno/Tahoe and additionally as Northern Nevada’s Professional Saleswoman of the Year. During her time at Digiprint, the company has been recognized as Best in Printing by Reno News and Review nine years in a row along with Ambassador of the Year and Company of the Year for the Reno Sparks Chamber of Commerce.
Sweeney, re-elected as co-vice president of special projects, serves as a business coach who helps leaders of organizations develop and implement a stronger vision for their companies.
He previously worked as a senior executive with 30 years of administration, marketing, and field operations management experience with the New York Life Insurance Co. His background includes responsibilities for international, national and regional marketing strategies as well as business development, sales, and special promotions.
Sweeney earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Francis University in Pennsylvania.
“NCET is strengthened by the diverse set of skills that our hard-working board members bring to their service,” said Dave Archer, president and CEO of the nonprofit. “The experienced leadership of Matt, Maria, Andrea, Toni and Chuck is invaluable to the organization’s continued growth and success.”
NCET, Northern Nevada’s largest educational and networking organization, is a member-supported nonprofit organization that produces educational and networking events to help people explore business and technology. NCET’s award-winning programs include the annual NCET Small Business Expo and NCET Tech Showcase and Awards, the monthly Biz Bite and Special Event luncheons, and the Tech Wednesday and Biz Café events. NCET is funded by memberships, sponsorships and program revenues, and receives no state or Federal funding. NCET is not affiliated with the State of Nevada or the University of Nevada.