Alumni Feature – Bob Kasner, Class of 1971

3455The Little Falls High School Alumni Association is proud to present the latest edition of “Where Are We Now?” featuring Class of 1971 graduate, Bob Kasner.

Bob was part of the very first class to matriculate at the “new” high school and he fondly recalls his childhood in Little Falls.  He says, “Little Falls was a great place to grow up.  The small population made it possible to know many people in the city.  It was a very friendly place.  It was surrounded by natural beauty with the greenery, hills, valleys and river running as the centerpiece.”

Bob’s best memories of being young in Little Falls centered on athletics.  He appreciated that the small size of the student population made it possible to play four varsity sports without having an out of the ordinary athletic ability.  Although that hardly seems the case for Bob!  He was MVP of the winter sports team and he went undefeated as a senior on the golf team.  He credits small town benefits for his desire to work hard, play hard and volunteer.  Bob’s parents were a big influence.  They taught and coached in the Little Falls City School District for 55 years collectively.  There is even an annual winter basketball tournament in his parents honor.

Bob’s favorite teacher was Coach Charlie Young.  He was his PE teacher for many years.  Bob says, “He kept us in good physical condition while making classes really fun.  We sometimes played dodge ball, which made me appreciate the movie with the same name even more!  He taught me golf which I wound up playing my senior year in high school and freshman year in college. It is a lifetime sport I still play 45 years later.

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Following graduation, Bob attended Ithaca College graduating with a degree in Accounting.  After he worked two years in Albany, he received a graduate assistantship to attend the MBA program in Southern Nevada at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  After achieving his MBA, he passed the CPA exam.  He also later completed studies from the College of Financial Planning and passed the CFP (Certified Financial Planner) exam.  All of these studies had a profound, positive affect on his career.

After working for the University of Nevada System in Internal Audit for two years, Bob went to the City of Henderson and became the Finance Director within a year, at the age of 28!  He later worked in finance for the 5th largest school district in the country, the Clark County School District.  Seven years later, he worked for the local teacher’s union which represented approximately 12,000 teachers.  Three years later, along with an acquaintance, he started an investment company.  Together, they grew the company from zero to over $600 million in assets under management within eight years.  They then sold the company to Mellon Bank.  Bob worked there for 7 years before retiring in 2011.

In addition to his career aspirations, Bob remembered the spirit of volunteerism instilled in him in Little Falls.  He states, “I think the small size of the city and having a great family allowed us all to participate in meaningful ways in the community.”  Along these lines, he was a member of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, Henderson Chamber of Commerce-Issues; Political Action; and Legislative Committees.  He has also been a member of the St. Rose Dominican Hospital Planning and Finance Committee and the Public Education Foundation Investment Committee.  He was one of the founders and members of the Friends of the Henderson Public Libraries, Henderson Community Foundation and Henderson Historical Society.  Bob was selected for and completed the first Henderson Leadership Class of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce in 2001.

Bob has been married to a great wife, Alison, since 1993.  She retired in 2006 from her dream job as the Principal of a Special Education Campus, part of the Clark County School District, after a 30+ year career working with students with disabilities.  He and his wife started a foundation in 2012 to help provide services in the areas of health, education and quality of life in Southern Nevada.
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Bob has remained connected to LFHS despite living in Nevada.  Bob tells us, “I am grateful for being able to grow up in Little Falls and go to school there.  I started a scholarship (Kasner Family Scholarship) about 10-15 years ago to help a worthy Little Falls High School senior attend college.  The last I knew, there has been a 100% college graduation rate for scholarship recipients.  The success of the program can be attributed to the great selections with input from the Little Falls guidance counselor, James Judd, Sam and Colleen Corsi and the teacher representatives making the selections.”

Bob says, “The Little Falls environment always allowed me to be positive and look on the bright side of life.”  His advice to the new generation of LFHS graduates is, “Stay in school, work hard, have fun and do the best you can no matter how difficult the task.  Persevere.  Life goes by quickly.  Only you can change things.  If you are unhappy, make a change.  If you are happy, take a moment and recognize it.”

We would like to thank Bob for taking the time to share his story with us.

The Little Falls High School Alumni Network’s Where are They Now series was initiated in January of 2015.  This feature highlights individuals who have enhanced their lives and/or the lives of others using the foundation of the education they received at LFHS or St. Mary’s and the family values they developed while growing up in Little Falls.  Success isn’t always defined by financial achievements.  Many people find personal satisfaction by giving back to their communities, organizations or to others in general.  Those on the receiving end of these heartfelt contributions may consider this person in the highest regard as well.  With this being said, we are looking for individual nominations of Little Falls alumni who have made a difference in the lives of others as well their own.  Before submitting your nominations (to AlumniLFHS@gmail.com), please confirm your nominee is currently registered on the Little Falls Alumni Website as this is also a requirement.

Thank you and we look forward to reacquainting with our fellow classmates.

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