Jesse Haw Named President of Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation

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RENO, Nev. (January 25, 2016) – The Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation, the non-profit that oversees the Barracuda Championship PGA TOUR event, has named Jesse Haw president. Haw will take the position formerly held by John Sande III for more than 10 years. Since its inception in 1998, the Foundation has donated more than $3.2 million to charities.

“On behalf of the PGA TOUR, I would like to thank John for his many years of leadership and unwavering dedication to the Barracuda Championship,” said Andy Pazder, executive vice president and chief operations at PGA TOUR. “During his tenure as chairman of the Reno-Tahoe Foundation, the tournament became an integral part of the Reno/Sparks community by having a positive impact on many worthwhile charities in the area while also providing many people an outlet for giving back to the community through volunteerism.”

In his years on the board, the tournament has seen a resurgence after feeling the impact of the recession. One major change initiated during Sande’s leadership was the scoring format to the current Modified Stableford. Currently, the only PGA TOUR tournament using the format, it has garnered praise from both players and spectators alike. Sande was instrumental in bringing on the first title sponsor, Legends at Sparks Marina. He has been a driving force behind the tournament as a major proponent of the Renegades and has positioned it for a bright future.

“When I was initially recruited to become chairman of the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation, I thought really hard about the level of commitment, time and energy required,” said John Sande III, past-president Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation and director at Fennemore Craig. “I truly love this community with all my heart, and I deeply believe the continuity of this PGA TOUR event is invaluable as a tool to show the people of the world the beauty of the Reno-Tahoe country. Although we had some difficult times, the local community came together to create the Renegades that, in turn, became one of our valued sponsors. All of our sponsors worked very hard to keep the tournament going, and for all the people who got involved as volunteers, I am very grateful. I know I will always support the Barracuda Championship. It has been an experience I shall never forget.”

In addition to his work with the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation Sande is an active member of the Reno area. He has served as a Capital Campaign chairman for KNPB, is a past two-term member of the Stanford Athletic Board, former trustee of the Northern Nevada Youth Golf Foundation (The First Tee), former chairman of the Harrah’s Automobile Museum and a former director of the Reno Air Racing Association.

This year Sande hands over the reins to Jesse Haw.

“I was drawn to the Barracuda Championship when it was still the Reno Tahoe Open for the simple reason that I see this as a vehicle to improve the image of northern Nevada while also raising money for charity,” said Jesse Haw, president Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation. “The event itself is a great time. The synergy for business, charity, image and overall economy is something I felt compelled to help with.”

Haw is an active member of the Reno-Tahoe community, recently receiving the 2015 Builder of the Year award presented by the Builders Association of Northern Nevada. He is the current president of the Nevada State Homebuilders Association and past president of the Builders Association of Northern Nevada.

His company, Hawco Properties, has built more than 1,500 homes, sold more than 1,800 lots, developed shopping centers, neighborhood centers, a 511-acre business park and master-planned another 1,400 acres. He is involved in many local organizations including coaching girl’s soccer at Reed High School for eight years. Hawco Properties has helped donate land to Washoe County for two elementary schools, one middle school and the Spanish Springs High School in addition to giving more than 150 acres for parks and open space.

“The future of the Barracuda Championship is organic. We can utilize this conduit to craft the image of what we already know about Reno/Tahoe – it’s a wonderful place to raise a family, start a business, change the future of energy and automobiles, explore the outdoors and help charities near and dear to us,” said Haw. “The event would not be in existence without people like John Sande, Bob Sader, The Jaksicks and the members at Montrêux. I am excited to collaborate with our community partners to build on the great foundation that has been laid and show the world why Reno is an amazing place to be.”

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About Barracuda Championship
The 18th annual Barracuda Championship, an official PGA TOUR event, takes place June 27-July 3, 2016 at Montrêux Golf & Country Club in Reno, Nev. The tournament is one of just 46 full-field stops during the PGA TOUR Season and is part of the FedEx Cup series, a points competition for PGA TOUR professionals. The internationally televised event brings in millions of dollars in coverage for the Reno-Tahoe region through its affiliation with Golf Channel as it follows 132 PGA TOUR professionals competing for a share of the tournament’s $3.2 million purse. Montrêux Golf & Country Club has been the host site since the tournament’s inception in 1999. The Barracuda Championship is managed and operated by the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, comprised of key sponsors including title sponsor Barracuda Networks, Eldorado Hotel Reno, AT&T and NV Energy.

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