McQuillen, Ridge, Robertson re-elected to NCET Board of Directors


Wes McQuillen, Alana Ridge and Kyle Robertson have been re-elected to the board of directors of NCET, a member-supported nonprofit that hosts educational and networking events to help people explore business and technology.

McQuillen, re-elected NCET’s vice president of messaging services for Tech Wednesday, is director of ALTER Strategies, a company that provides alternative marketing approaches for age-restricted and highly regulated industries, and recently a recipient of two 2021 American Advertising Awards.

Previously, he was Marketing Director for a vertically integrated cannabis company, worked as an award-winning Creative Director for a digital marketing company and developed digital and cross-channel marketing strategies for a college and two event venues in Virginia.

McQuillen received a Bachelor of Music from James Madison University.

Ridge, elected NCET Vice President of Communications for Tech Wednesday (formerly NCET Vice President of Public Relations), is the new Director of Marketing and Communications for United Construction Company, where she will oversee and execute every day and more. -level of external and internal marketing efforts.

Previously, she worked in public relations for The Abbi Agency and in grant writing and content creation for the Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada.

Ridge received a BA in Journalism with a double major in Strategic Communications and News from the University of Nevada at Reno. At the onset of the pandemic, she obtained a certificate in hospitality and tourism management from Florida Atlantic University.

She also sings in a hairdressing salon women’s choir and participates in community theater.

Robertson, elected vice president of speaker management, works as a mortgage consultant with New American Funding.

He is an experienced mortgage lender, offering home loans for purchases as well as refinancing.

He attended the University of Nevada, Reno, on a football scholarship, where he met his wife. They have two young boys, Vincent and Thomas.

“The new perspectives and cutting edge skills that Wes, Alana and Kyle bring to the NCET Board of Directors ensure that the organization meets the needs of a wide range of leaders in the region,” said Dave Archer, President and chief executive officer of the association. “We are grateful for their service.”

About NCET

NCET, the largest educational and networking organization in northern Nevada, is a member-backed nonprofit organization that hosts educational and networking events to help people explore business and technology. NCET’s award-winning programs include the annual NCET Small Business Expo and NCET Tech Showcase and Awards, the monthly Biz Bite and Special Event lunches, and the Tech Wednesday and Biz Café events. The NCET is funded by program memberships, sponsorships, and revenues, and receives no state or federal funding. NCET is not affiliated with the State of Nevada or the University of Nevada. For more information, visit


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