Lou Manna has been elected vice president of email services for Tech Bite by NCET, a member-supported non-profit that produces educational and networking events to help people explore businesses and technology. Kevin Ciccotti, Steve Gill, Jodi Herzik and Patrick McFarland have been re-elected to the NCET board.
Manna is chief executive officer and chief photographer at Nevada Business Network in Reno and works extensively to enhance the image of the Reno-Tahoe area with digital photography, video, marketing and social media content.
He is an award-winning photographer and entrepreneur whose work has appeared in national ad campaigns, major magazines and more than 50 cookbooks. After working 15 years as a photographer for the New York Times, he established his own studio in New York City. He is also the author of a book, “Digital Food Photography.”
Manna is the founder and chief executive officer of Wonderful Properties LLC, a real estate solutions business in Reno, and mentors several startups in the Reno-Tahoe region.
Manna earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in electrical engineering from State University of New York at Stony Brook. He also earned a degree in real estate.
Ciccotti, re-elected as vice president of membership for Biz Café, is a Certified Professional Coach and president of Human Factor Formula, Inc. Prior to forming his company in 2008, he spent 25 years working for International Game Technology, including more than 16 years in leadership roles in IGT’s Product Development Group.
He was trained at The Coaches Training Institute and with the Robbins-Madanes Center for Strategic Intervention.
Gill, re-elected as vice president of membership administration, is controller for Jobsite Steel Manufacturing, LLC, which manufactures steel wall panels for multi-story buildings.
He previously held management positions in accounting with Unwired Planet Inc., Allied Nevada Gold Corp., Meridian Gold Corp and United Components Inc.
He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from the Harry B. Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa and also attended the University of Iowa School of Law.
Herzik, re-elected as NCET’s vice president of Biz Cafe, works as executive director of professional development programs at the University of Nevada, Reno.
She previously worked as director of UNR’s Redfield Campus and as chief administrative officer of Bristlecone Family Resources. She also has held development and human resources positions with the College of Liberal Arts at UNR.
Herzik earned a bachelor’s degree in English and political science and a master’s degree in public administration from UNR.
McFarland, re-elected as NCET’s vice president of creative services, is the director of marketing at ITS Logistics, a local third-party logistics company with fleet, brokerage, and distribution services. For more than 20 years, he has worked in marketing, advertising and graphic design, and held full-time positions with Greg Mason Advertising Arts, Saint Mary’s, and the University of Nevada, Reno, as Art Director of Nevada Silver & Blue magazine, and the manager of design and publications in development and alumni relations. McFarland earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno.
“Experienced, energetic board members have been a cornerstone of NCET’s growth into the leading business networking organization in northern Nevada,” said Dave Archer, president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit. “We are grateful that Lou, Kevin, Steve, Jodi and Patrick will share their expertise with NCET and its members.”
NCET, Northern Nevada’s largest educational and networking organization, is a member-supported nonprofit organization that produces programs and events to help people explore business and technology. NCET’s award-winning programs include the annual NCET Small Business Expo and NCET Tech Awards, and the monthly Biz Bite, Biz Café and Tech Wednesday 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.