The Board of Branded One CrossFit is comprised of a unique set of individuals who realize the importance of giving back to the community and, more importantly, helping our disabled police, fire, and military veterans.
Nick McCombs previously worked at Realm of Design Inc., but recently left his position as the Director of Operations to start Branded One CrossFit. At Realm of Design Inc., Nick gained the fundamental skills and experience necessary to run a successful business. In 2009 he took part in a green project that used 500,000 recycled beer bottles from the Las Vegas Strip to construct a commercial building’s exterior facade – saving over 7,200 gallons worth of oil that would normally be used to create the raw materials for the same outcome. Given Nick’s passion for sports and staying active, he naturally found CrossFit in 2011. From there, he became a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1) in February of 2012. Since then, he has been coaching family and friends in his own “garage style” gym and is now a CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2). His love and passion for helping people to become a better version of themselves has taken over and, with that, is the start of the first non-institutionalized nonprofit CrossFit gym in Nevada.
Whitney Short graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Spanish. During her undergraduate years, Whitney was active in various organizations, which fueled her desire to help the community. Whitney later returned to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to obtain her Juris Doctor degree, where she was Managing Editor of the Nevada Law Journal and a mediator for one of the top clinical law programs in the nation. She now practices law in Las Vegas, works pro bono for veterans with estate planning issues, and teaches Public Speaking at the College of Southern Nevada. In her spare time – if she’s not helping or working out with Branded One CrossFit – she’s traveling or volunteering at the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Heather Torgersen is currently the Director of Development for the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Heather Torgersen joins the Branded One CrossFit board with over a dozen years of development experience. After receiving a B.S. in Political Science and Sociology at Southern Utah University, she started her career working on political campaigns and earned a M.A. in Political Science, officially becoming a UNLV Rebel. In 2008 she graduated from Emerge Nevada and transitioned into work with nonprofits, and spent nearly a decade with the American Cancer Society. While there, she worked in event planning and fundraising, led a national training team for development, and secured major gifts while managing a team of fundraisers. She is passionate about making a difference and looks forward to being a part of the impact created by the Branded One CrossFit organization.
Vinny Spotleson is the Program Director for the Nevada Conservation League and Education Fund in Las Vegas. Vinny spent the last decade working on political campaigns and environmental issues to promote renewable energy and the protection of public lands. He is proud to have led the coalition to transition NV Energy off of coal power and to have worked on the successful passage of the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument while he was employed by Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid. Vinny earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Hey there. I’m Kyle! Growing up, I found enjoyment of being a part of a team and played in multiple sports throughout school and clubs. My ultimate passion was in baseball I went on to play ball in Junior College in Monterey, CA. After being sidelined due to a couple of knee surgeries, I felt it was time to hang up the cleats. If I could no longer be a competitive athlete, I wanted to do the next best thing and work with them. I found the solution by becoming an entrepreneur and starting a health business with particular emphasis on competitive athletes. Through my investment in health education, I have helped athletes adopt healthier standards, and make better choices, to help them rise to elite status. I was fortunate to obtain leadership growth in high school. Being selected by school administration and teachers at my high school, I received acceptance into the Boys’ and Girls Club Leadership Program where I was given a chance to hone my leadership skills even further. I was also chosen to represent my school at Nevada Boys’ StateI have been given many opportunities in my life. I take none of these for granted. It’s now my turn to give back to this great community that’s helped shape me and my destiny.