Visionary Award

Sam S. Jaksick Jr. Visionary Award 

John SandeIn 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.  

2017 Sam S. Jaksick Jr. Visionary Award Recipient | Gregg Carano

The 2017 recipient of the Sam S Jaksick Visionary Award is Gregg Carano. While Gregg’s name is on the award, it really is shared with the entire Carano family; one of the tournament’s biggest supporters since 1998. It was Gregg who raised his hand in the late 90’s and offered financial and community support for the inaugural Reno-Tahoe Open. Gregg and the entire Carano family are stalwarts of the northern Nevada community and they shared the vision of the PGA TOUR with the other founding members of the tournament. Gregg has served in a variety of positions with the tournament from a Foundation board member to caddying for a number of PGA TOUR professionals these last few years (John Daly & Ken Duke).

Mr. Gregg R. Carano serves as Senior Vice President of Food & Beverage at Eldorado Resorts, Inc. and has been its General Manager of Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort since November 11, 2016. Mr. Carano served as Vice President of Eldorado Resorts LLC since 1998. He served as Director of Eldorado Capital Corp. a subsidiary of Eldorado Resorts LLC since 1996 and General Manager of Eldorado Hotel & Casino. From 1993 until July 1998, he served as a Co-General Manager of the Eldorado. He served as General Manager of Circus Circus-Reno from 1993 to 1994. From 1985 to 1993, he served as Director of Food and Beverage at the Eldorado. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management from Florida International University and an Associates Degree in Occupational Studies in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America.

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