The Wolf Pack Fast Break Golf Challenge – Golf with the Wolf Pack Basketball Players and Coaches

09/07/14 2:20 pm | Comments (0) | Posted By:


Coach Carter’s Second Annual Fast Break Golf Challenge is one of the most fun preseason events! Last year the efforts of our Host Committee made this a great event with Wolf Pack boosters getting a chance to play golf with the basketball players and coaches. What a great way to get to know these kids and their coaches! This year we are again extending a unique opportunity for Wolf Pack basketball fans to get to know the players and coaches up close and personal by participating side by side with the players and coaches in the Golf Challenge. This will be a blast. Ask anyone who participated last year.

We are inviting a limited number of boosters to play with the players and coaches in the annual Fast Break Golf Challenge. We will not take our golf play too seriously. Each foursome working as a team will get to have bragging rights and will have a bond with these great kids that will translate into enthusiasm for following their player over the season.

We are raising funds for the team. We need to be competitive in the Mountain West, a conference rich in talented basketball teams. The event will be $250 per player. Space will be limited, first come first served. And the boosters entering the tournament this year will have the first chance to participate next year.

The Tournament will be held at Lakeridge August 28, 2014, 1:30 tee off time. Box lunch provided. Barbeque after. The Duncan Family has been gracious enough to host this event at their great new golf club. Golf shirts, barbeque at 5:30 and sunshine. What could be better?

Register by: Friday, August 15 Call: 775-682-6965 for info



Reno is Artown

02/07/14 11:02 am | Comments (0) | Posted By:


Barnard Vogler & Co. is celebrating its 45 Anniversary this year and during all of those 45 years, the firm has chosen to locate our offices in the downtown Reno area. Further, as one of the owners of our “locally-owned” firm, I have chosen to make my home in the downtown Reno neighborhood known as old southwest Reno and specifically the Newlands Manor area. My selection of this area more than 10 years ago was based partly on my hopes that Reno would continue to improve its downtown core area near the Truckee River. I am pleased with the progress that has been made over the years to the downtown area and recognize that there are many improvements that lie ahead as we strive to bring to fruition a vital year-round thriving downtown core area.

July 1st of each year marks the beginning of one of my favorite local events in our area. Artown is a month-long festival celebrating the arts and culture in Reno and northern Nevada. Artown’s mission is “to strengthen Reno’s arts industry, enhance our civic identity and national image, thereby creating a climate for the cultural and economic rebirth of our region.” I often find myself meeting people who have moved to Reno from other areas of the country and, if they are unfamiliar with our area, providing them with a list of “must-see” things to do. Artown is on that list and it cannot be adequately described in words…Artown must be experienced! I have had the pleasure of taking several people to their first Artown event and it has always been a successful outing. People become hooked and next thing you know, they are seeking out other types of events and venues. Artown is one of the many attractions of the northern Nevada area that makes me proud to call Reno my home.

If there are any people reading this blog in our area that have not experienced Artown firsthand, I say do it! I think you will be happy you did. My particular favorite events are the events that occur at Wingfield Park partly because of its proximity to my home but mostly because they are terrific entertainment. There are events nearly every weekday in the park and best of all they are free. The 2014 park events are as follows:

  • Monday Night-Family Series – 7/7, 14, 21 and 28 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday-Dancing in the Park – 7/8, 15, 22 and 29 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday-World Music – 7/2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday – Rollin on the River Music 7/4,11,18, 25 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday – Movies in the Park 7/11, 18, 25 – 9:00 p.m.

A complete Artown calendar is available here

Please celebrate July, the spectacular evenings and the arts at our very special and unique festival Artown.


Hiring for Potential

26/06/14 2:28 pm | Comments (0) | Posted By:


What’s more important: experience or potential? In an accounting firm, experience can sometimes be the focus of a hiring decision. However, potential really is a smart hire. High performing potentials…that’s a win.

In Claudio Fernandez-Araoz’s article 21st Century Talent Spotting in the June 2014 Harvard Business Review, he points out that employers must focus on potential versus experience.

Managers must learn to assess current and prospective employees on five key indicators:

  1. Motivation
  2. Curiosity
  3. Insight
  4. Engagement
  5. Determination
  • Motivation: a fierce commitment to excel in the pursuit of unselfish goals
  • Curiosity: a penchant for seeking out new experiences, knowledge, and candid feedback and an openness to learning and change
  • Insight: the ability to gather and make sense of information that suggests new possibilities
  • Engagement: a knack for using emotion and logic to communicate a persuasive vision and connect with people
  • Determination: the wherewithal to fight for difficult goals despite challenges and to bounce back from adversity

Who wouldn’t want to hire someone with these key attributes? They have the ability to form their own career path and design their future.

Our jobs as employers is to make sure they have opportunities that push them out of their comfort zone…stretch development. We should always be growing and learning at all levels of our organizations.

The CEO of Zoetis prepared for the top job.  He put together a development plan. The first step was identifying a mentor, an experienced CEO from outside of his organization. The next step was to find a communication expert to work with. The audience for an IPO road show is quite different and it requires the skill to communicate your company’s strategy to the outside world. Another step he took was to develop the skills to manage a board.


It all starts with potential.


Foreign Financial Asset Reporting: An unintended consequence

18/06/14 2:15 pm | Comments (0) | Posted By:


The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) became law in the United States in 2010. The provisions of the law focus on reporting for both U.S. taxpayers and foreign financial institutions to prevent tax evasion by U.S. citizens and residents through the use of offshore accounts. U.S. individuals must report information about certain foreign financial accounts and offshore assets on their income tax return if the total value exceeds certain reporting thresholds. The law also requires foreign banks and other financial institutions (like investment and insurance companies) to give information to the IRS about Americans’ accounts worth more than $50,000. If the foreign bank or financial institution fails to enter into an agreement with the IRS, all relevant U.S. sourced payments will be subject to a 30% withholding tax.

From a recent article published in the Financial Advisor, it appears that this law is having an unintended consequence: foreign banks are turning American clients away, even if they are U.S. expatriates living in and being paid in that foreign country by their U.S. employers. In the article, one such expatriate received a notice from Deutsche Bank that her account was being closed. Many of the account-closing complaints are coming from Americans living in Switzerland, which is most likely due to Swiss banks failing to meet the reporting requirements. UBS paid a $780 million fine to the IRS for failure to disclose information on American accounts and just this May Credit Suisse was fined $1.2 billion for similar charges. With American expats numbering between 5 and 6 million, this could become a potential nightmare for those individuals with limited options to open or maintain a foreign bank account.




Tax Scams: Beware of Fake Charities!

12/06/14 9:41 am | Comments (0) | Posted By:


At the beginning of the year, the IRS released its annual list of “Dirty Dozen” tax scams. The list covers a variety of scams, ranging from schemes perpetrated by taxpayers themselves (such as hiding income offshore or implementing abusive tax structures) to scams that are committed against taxpayers without their knowledge (such as phishing or stealing individuals’ identities to claim their tax refunds). While the IRS noted that there is an increase of these scams during tax season, taxpayers must be vigilant throughout the year, especially when it comes to fake charity schemes.

Impersonating charitable organizations has been around for quite some time and often occurs after major natural disasters. Scam artists will pose as legitimate charities to get money or private information from taxpayers by using various methods. One approach is to contact individuals via phone or email asking for donations or personal financial information. Another way is to create websites for fake charities where individuals can “donate.” Not only do these people lose their money, but they are also making themselves vulnerable to further theft by giving up their personal financial information. Other scam artists will contact victims of natural disasters directly and claim to help them file casualty loss claims and get tax refunds.

There are several things people can do to protect themselves against these types of scams.

  • Always donate to recognized charities. Many fake charities will use names that sound very similar to legitimate charities or will set up their websites to look just like those of well-established ones. To help people avoid this, the Better Business Bureau provides information about national charities at In addition, there is a search feature on the IRS website (Exempt Organizations Select Check), which helps people look for legitimate charities that are eligible to receive tax-deductible donations.
  • Do not give out personal financial information. Scam artists use information such as Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, and bank account numbers, to commit identity fraud and steal their victims’ money.
  • Use checks or credit cards to make donations. Not only does this provide documentation of the donation, but it is also more secure than to give or send cash.
  • Most importantly, be smart when it comes to donating. If it doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t. Don’t let scam artists take advantage of your acts of kindness!


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