Elected Mayor of the City of Reno in 2002 he’s one of Nevada’s best known business and public figures. He’s looked upon as a leader and consensus builder. He has brought respect back to City Hall and has set a fresh progressive course for the future of Reno, northern Nevada’s economic engine.
In his business career, Bob serves as Chairman of the Board of Cashell Enterprises a hotel casino management company. Bob and his son Rob, own and operate the Alamo Travel Plaza and the Topaz Lodge.
Bob began his gaming career in 1967 when he and four friends bought Bill & Effie’s Truck Stop located just west of Reno. He personally managed the growth of the company, now known as “Boomtown” and completed a master plan for the hotel and casino development. He sold his interest in 1988.
Bob has been associated with some of the most successful gaming properties across the United States and has been approved for some 24 separate gaming licenses. When gaming properties have management problems, they call upon Bob Cashell’s management team for advice and counsel.
The Community Leader
Bob began his public life in 1979 when he was elected to the University of Nevada System Board of Regents and was immediately elected Chairman by his peers. Following his term as University Regent, he was elected Lt. Governor for the State of Nevada in 1982. Working together with then Governor Richard Bryan, they created both the Nevada Commission on Economic Development and the Nevada Commission on Tourism. Bob subsequently served as Chairman of both Commissions.
Bob has long been active in the community both at the local level and also throughout the state of Nevada. Some of his involvement include; White House Fellowship Commission (Appointed by President Ronald Reagan) past Chairman National Lt. Governor’s Conference, past Chairman Nevada Comprehensive Health Planning Board, past Chairman Nevada State Higher Education, past Chairman Reno/Tahoe Olympic Organizing Committee for the Winter Olympic Games, past Chairman Nevada Museum of Art, Founder YMCA Youth Soccer, Reno (Nancy’s idea) Member of Casa de Vida (home for unwed mothers, another of Nancy’s ideas)
Voted Distinguished Alumni, Stephen F. Austin University, Graduate Stephen F. Austin University 1961. Voted Honorary Alumni, University of Nevada, Reno, Member and former Director University of Nevada Wolf Pack Boosters, Named Citizen of the Year by the Reno Gazette-Journal in 2005, Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce Raymond I. Smith Civic Leader of the Year 2005, Board of Realtors Carson City/Douglas County Citizen of the Year 1998.
Veteran United States Air Force.