Hospitality Industry Partnerships (HIP) is a non-profit organization providing food relief and basic need assistance to low income and unemployed hospitality and service industry workers.

HIP was originally founded by a group of local individuals who came together to brainstorm a way to give back to the industry we love during COVID-19.

HIP is currently seeking exemption under section 501(c)(3) as an organization providing relief to the poor and distressed.


Cheree Boteler | President
Cheree Boteler is a highly qualified marketing and business development professional with extensive experience in marketing and advertising principles, strategies, practices, implementation, communication and evaluation, business strategy, process improvement, contract negotiation and relationship networking.

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Kevin Berge | Treasurer
Kevin Berge, the Founder and President of Berge and Company CPA, works with individuals and businesses to develop and implement tax strategies that help them avoid overpaying taxes or overcome the agony of delinquent taxes.

Past Board Members

Mark Estee | Past Vice-President
Mark Estee is an award-winning chef, restaurateur and visionary on a mission to reinvent dining culture as we know it. Now flanked with a superstar team of partners, Estee is prepared to parlay 20 years of experience into building a restaurant empire. This includes expanding into new regions, harnessing new technology platforms, exploring new restaurant concepts, hiring talented teams and embracing a diversity of opportunities.

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Katrina Loftin | Past Secretary
Katrina Loftin is the Managing Partner/Co-Founder of M&A Business Advisors, a full-service Business Brokerage and M&A Advisory Firm. Katrina has been involved in business sales and acquisitions since 1992.  Over the years, she has handled numerous transactions including privately held businesses of all types including manufacturing, distribution, service, automotive dealerships, various auto related businesses, franchises, food & beverage and hospitality companies.

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Blake Smith | Past Treasurer
Blake Smith is the pioneer and developer of the award winning Somersett Master Planned Golf Community and founder of S3 Development. A 3rd generation native Nevadan with family living in Nevada for the past 92 years, Blake takes pride in all of his endeavors in the State.  A family man at his core, Blake’s measurement of success is hearing his kids tell their friends their father built “that” property.

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