2018 CFO of the Year Awards Judges

Tom Elmer, Executive Vice President

Thomas Elmer is Executive Vice President and Senior State Credit Administrator, overseeing all aspects of credit administration, including loan approval, risk grading, loan servicing, special assets, construction disbursement, and appraisals. He joined Nevada State Bank in 2013 after serving for more than 15 years with a regional bank in the Pacific Northwest, most recently as Senior Vice President and Regional Credit Officer.

Before beginning his banking career, Elmer studied accounting and economics at Washington State University and Eastern Washington University. He has extensive experience in the banking industry and has been recognized with several professional awards.

Howard Stutz, Executive Editor of CDC Gaming Reports & Contributor to the Nevada Independent

Howard Stutz has spent more than three decades in Las Vegas as an award-winning journalist and communications professional. He covered the gaming industry from a local, statewide, national and international perspective during two stints with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, from 1987 to 1991 and from 2004 to 2016. Howard also worked in the gaming industry as a corporate communications and public relations representative for publicly traded companies. That vast experience gave Howard a knowledge of gaming’s history and a unique insight and perspective into the industry’s growth. Howard was part of the Review-Journal team that won several ethics awards in 2015, including the James Foley Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism from Northwestern University. Howard won the Peter Mead Memorial Award for Excellence in Gaming Media & Communications from the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers in 2016.

Jessica Colvin, Chief Financial Officer

Jessica was appointed Chief Financial Officer for Clark County, effective December 2016. Prior to this appointment, she was Comptroller. In her role as the CFO, Ms. Colvin is responsible for administering the County’s $8.2 billion budget and overseeing the County’s bond program, capital program, accounting, payroll and benefits for approximately 8,300 employees, the County’s automotive fleet. Ms. Colvin currently chairs the Clark County Nevada OPEB Trust, vice-chairs the LVMPD OPEB Trust, and is a member of the Committee on Local Government Finance. Ms. Colvin has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Nevada, Reno and is a licensed certified public accountant in Nevada.