Sierra Nevada College Professor Richard Normington Receives NCET Award

Normington is recognized at Annual Governor’s Cup Award for ongoing commitment to entrepreneurship and higher education

Sierra Nevada College Professor Richard (Rick) Normington was honored last night at the  Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition Dinner and Awards Ceremony in Reno.  Nevada Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki introduced the award by saying:

Because of the time and dedication our faculty advisors invest in supporting our student teams, NCET thought it would be fitting to formally recognize their substantial contributions. I’m very pleased this year to present the NCET Faculty Advisor Special Recognition Award to an individual who has helped make the Governor’s Cup to a new level, and even created a feeder competition at Sierra Nevada College… Ladies and gentlemen – Professor Rick Normington.

This year Sierra Nevada College had four students involved in Gov/Lt Gov Cup presentations.  This is the first time The College had more than two finalists.  In 2008, Seth Gunsauls and Aaron Kerson made finals in both Competitions taking 3rd place and winning $5000 and taking first in the and Lt Gov Cup for another $5000. Previously Mike Chestone took 3rd place in the first Gov Cup competition in 2004; re-entered in 2005 and won $20,000 for first place.  James Weingard and Jim Keranen entered Gov Cup in 2006 and won $20,000 for first place. In 2009, Amanda Badger made the Lt Gov Cup finals and was a finalist again this year along with Sweigard; Ryland Sweigard and Andy Gendron.

Richard S. Normington is the Business Department Chair, Continuing and Online Education & Summer Programs Dean, and Harold Walter Siebens Entrepreneurship Chair. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Davis; and an M.S. in Advanced Business Management from Pace University. Rick spent 30 years with Pacific Bell, AT&T, and Bell Laboratories in a wide variety of assignments in engineering, operations, sales and marketing, product development, corporate strategy, European business development, legal, and public-policy outreach.  He is also a Certified Management Consultant, focusing principally on organizational effectiveness and process improvement.  Rick joined the faculty as an adjunct in fall 2005 and accepted a full-time position in fall 2006.

The NCET Governor’s Cup is a year-round program that is open to all undergraduate and graduate students of every Nevada college and university. During the program, students first practice the techniques of formulating a business plan as an academic exercise. Judges and mentors, who represent the "real world" of business start-ups, then provide the students with relevant and timely feedback. Since its inception, the Governor’s Cup has continued to grow and thrive. To date, nearly 1,000 students have entered over 265 business plans and received more than $550,000 in cash prizes which they’ve used to further their education or start their businesses. Students from nearly every college and university in the state have participated in the competition, with several going on to place in the Tri-State Reynolds Cup Competition. Over 15 participants have taken their concepts and launched successful business ventures in Nevada.