is still a very big part of Q&D, he
has also surrounded himself with some of the best young minds within the construction industry.
President and Chairman of the Board
The D of Q&D
is not only the founder, but the heart, soul and official tour giver of Q&D
Norm is a native Nevadan who began his career working in a cabinet manufacturing facility during high school.
Then, right after graduating, he headed to Sargent Showcases and Fixture Company for a full-time gig.
He founded Q&D a mere seven years later and has not looked back since.
You name it, Q&D
has built it.
But more than just a construction company, Norm
has created a mammoth operation that can take on any project, no matter how big or small.
Over the years, he
has added a cabinet and millwork facility (Artefice), a general engineering department, a rock, sand and asphalt supplier, a paving department, a concrete department, a concrete and asphalt recycling plant and a special projects department.
Oh yeah, he
also found time to marry Laura Caramella some over 40 years ago and they have two boys, Mike and Chris who are both Managing Directors of Q&D
CONTRIBUTIONS The list of organizations receiving generous donations from Norman
each year typically includes the American Heart Association
, American Lung Association
, American Cancer Society
, Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows
, Big Brothers Big Sisters
, Saint Mary's Hospital
, Western Industrial Nevada
, Junior Achievement and Nevada Discovery Museum
most generous donations go to education in the area.
He supports Bishop Manogue High School, where he has done numerous capital improvements for the school at little or no cost over the years, and where he led the construction of a new school delivered in 2004.
A sports enthusiast, he is a member of Manogue High School Linebacker Booster Club, supports various high school teams, and belongs to the Wolf Pack Booster Club.
gives regularly to Truckee Meadows Community College
and University of Nevada
, Reno programs including the College of Engineering.
Each year, Q&D
hosts a series of job tours, including 8th grade district-wide Career Exploration Day.
is presently involved with helping to build a new ACE Charter High School
has sponsored the Western Industrial Nevada annual dinner to showcase a community pride campaign, "We Love This Place," for many years.
proudly displays large "We Love This Place" decals on all of our trucks.
AWARDS In 1991, Norman
received a Governor's Proclamation for conceiving the Adopt an Orphan Abandoned Mine Program He
secured three dangerous mines in 1991 and two more in 1992.
received the Air Quality Community Service Award (for dust control) from the Washoe County District Health Department
In 1992 he
received the President's Medal from Joe Crowley, president of the University of Nevada
In 1993, Norman
received the S.I.R. Award from the Association of General Contractors
The S.I.R. award is the highest accolade in AGC
and recognizes exemplary Skill, Integrity and Responsibility.
In 1993 he
received the Service To Mankind Award from the Sparks Sertoma Club
Northern Nevada members of AGC
voted Q&D Contractor of the Year in 9 of the last 13 years.
Northern Nevada Junior Achievement named Norman
to the Business Leaders Hall of Fame
in 1996 for his
contribution to youths and education.
received the American Lung Association's
1997 Honor Award recognizing outstanding contributions to the Reno-Sparks community.
In 1999, the University of Nevada
Regents named Norm
a Distinguished Nevadan.
He later received an honorary degree from University of Nevada, Reno and an honorary degree from Truckee Meadows Community College.
was recognized in 2000 at Accentuate the Positive for contributions made to improve local parks.
was recognized in 2001 at the Bowling Ball for contributions to Little Flower Church
In 2005, Big Brothers Big Sisters
recognized him for outstanding contribution to their organization.
In 2005, Boys and Girls Club
of Truckee Meadow gave him the Distinguished Service Award.
American Heart Association of Northern Nevada
the 2005 Heart of Gold Honoree.
Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce
the Raymond Smith Community Service Award in 2006, and Nevada Policy Research Institute
at their October 2006 dinner.
American Red Cross Northern Nevada Chapter
recognized Norm Dianda
at its 2008 Heroes Salute for leading the formation of AGC Contractor's Auxiliary.
Formerly, Norman served on Sparks Redevelopment Committee and Citizen Advisory Committee for Washoe County School District and the Master Plan Task Force for Airport Authority.
SPECIAL ORGANIZATIONS Since 1961, Norman has been a member of the Elks Lodge 597, and since 1975, He had been a member of Italian Benevolent Society.
He is a member of Ducks Unlimited, Nevada Bighorns, National Rifle Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Prospector's Club.
When his children were younger, he served as president of Reno National Little League and on the Board of Directors for Pop Warner Football and he was active in 4-H programs.