Notable Nevadans

April 19, 2012

REMEMBERING BRUNO BENNA

HON. DEAN HELLER

OF NEVADA

IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE

April 19th, 2012

Mr. Heller:  Mr. President, I rise today to pay tribute to a Nevadan who spent his life working to strengthen his local community and enrich the lives of its residents.  After a courageous nine year battle with cancer, Bruno Benna passed on April 1, 2012.  Our State has lost a selfless and giving Nevadan.  My thoughts and prayers continue to be with his family.

Bruno Benna

From starting a small concrete company that would later become a staple in Reno to his patronage for the fine arts, Bruno was involved in nearly every facet of Northern Nevada’s community. In 1958, he co-founded C.B. Concrete Company, which literally laid the foundations for modern Reno.  For the next 50 years, Bruno contributed to the construction of Reno’s major infrastructure projects.  Generations of Reno residents have become familiar with C. B. Concrete Company’s iconic yellow trucks emblazoned with the bumble bee logo.

C. B. Concrete Company exemplifies the vital role small businesses play in both our economy and local community.  As the backbone of our economy, they must continue to remain vibrant and healthy in order to create jobs at a time when Nevadans need them the most.  I am saddened that Reno has lost such a passionate entrepreneur who was responsible for employing hundreds of Nevadans.  Northern Nevada was fortunate to have such a talented businessman who was continuously striving to improve the business community while serving on the Reno Chamber of Commerce Board, the U.S. Interstate Commerce Commission, and as an advisor to the U.S. Small Business Administration.

In 1997, Bruno and his wife, Edna, started the Benna Family Foundation to give back to their community.  Through the foundation, the couple were avid supporters of the University of Nevada, the Nevada Discovery Museum, the Nevada Opera, the Nevada Art Museum, and the Reno Little Theater. In 2002, Governor Kenny Guinn awarded the Bennas with the Governor's Arts Award for their decades of service for arts in Northern Nevada. 

Bruno’s extensive philanthropic endeavors and generous contributions to our State continue to be inspiring to those within the Reno and larger northern Nevada community. I am both grateful for and humbled by his commitment to the Silver State.  I ask my colleagues to join me today in remembering the life of a great Nevadan.