Sam S. Jaksick Jr. Visionary Award
In 2016, the Barracuda Championship was proud to unveil the Inaugural Sam S. Jaksick Jr. Visionary Award to recognize individuals in our community who have demonstrated a significantly impactful influence on the Barracuda Championship’s success and contributions to the community.
Sam S. Jaksick Jr. (1937-2013) was the inspiration for this prestigious award due to his legacy of commitment to this community and his vision for the growth and success of Northern Nevada. Growing up in Reno, Nevada and eventually graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno with an undergraduate degree in business and MBA, Jaksick Jr. was engrained with deep ties to this community, which in turn led him to develop the community of our home course Montreux Golf and Country club, among others.
Congratulations 2018 Visionary Award Recipient Iris Shimabukuro
Iris has been a volunteer with the Barracuda Championship for 20 years. She has an entrepreneurial spirit, and her work experience reflects that. She owns a 20-year-old wholesale dental distribution company — Marie Reiko Inc — that sells products to retailers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and South Korea. She also oversees operations for the Hawaiian Egg Company, the largest producer of island eggs in Hawaii. This is her family’s 71-year-old business. She spends two-thirds of her time in Hawaii and the balance in Northern Nevada.
Iris is passionate about NFL Football (Niners and Dolphins fan) and Fantasy Football. Loves movies, hiking, golf, good wine, and good friends.