Tom Nichols has been hired as a mortgage planner in the Reno office of Lake Tahoe Mortgage Corp.
Nichols also will continue as a co-owner of the Reno home decor and gift store, ClayNichols. He previously worked 24 years in international construction management.
He holds a business degree from the University of California, Davis.
Nevada was honored in the 3- to 5-million population category, alongside Kentucky and Utah, while Alabama was awarded the Gold Shovel in the same Category. Other Gold Shovel Awards went to Texas, Georgia, Virginia, Arizona and Mississippi.