The Executive Team of Q&D Construction is made up of Chris
Dianda, Mike Dianda, Lance Semenko, Tobin Basta, Jeff Bean and
Chuck Cook. While Norm 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, Norm 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. Hospitals. Hotel-Casinos. Retail centers. Manufacturing facilities. Office buildings. Highways. Bridges. 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.
The list of organizations receiving generous donations from Norman each year typically includes the American Heart Association, American Lung Association, March of Dimes, 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.
His 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.
He 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. Norman is presently involved with helping to build a new ACE Charter High School.
Norman has sponsored the Western Industrial Nevada annual dinner to showcase a community pride campaign, “We Love This Place,” for many years. Q&D proudly displays large “We Love This Place” decals on all of our trucks.
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.
He received the Air Quality Community Service Award (for dust control) from the Washoe County District Health Department in 1991.
In 1992 he received the President's Medal from Joe Crowley, president of the University of Nevada, Reno.
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.
He received the American Lung Association’s 1997 Honor Award recognizing outstanding contributions to the Reno-Sparks community.
In October 1997, Q&D received one of the Silver Star Awards at Truckee Meadows Tomorrow’s Accentuate the Positive recognition lunch. They acknowledged the Q&D/Sarah Winnemucca Elementary’s Project It Can Be Done, in which students learn about responding to the needs in their community.
Recognized by Accentuate the Positive in 1998 along with the Associated General Contractors for organizing the Contractor’s Auxiliary Posse to work with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Department in the event of a community disaster.
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.
He was recognized in 2000 at Accentuate the Positive for contributions made to improve local parks.
He 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 named Norm the 2005 Heart of Gold Honoree.
Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce gave Norm the Raymond Smith Community Service Award in 2006, and Nevada Policy Research Institute honored Norm 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.
Trustee Emeritus for the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation, was a member of the Foundation Executive Board, and a director for the College of Engineering Advisory Board.
Chairman Emeritus of Bishop Manogue High School's Board of Trustees.
Member of the Huffaker School Restoration Project.
Active in Associated General Contractors of America, Nevada Chapter. Served as the group's president for 2 years, as a board member and as secretary.
Active with Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada and served as president in 1991, vice-president and secretary and has served on EDAWN's Strategic Planning Committee and Board of Directors.
Trustee and member of the board for Northern Nevada Laborers Trust Funds, Operating Engineers and Carpenters.
Past board member at the Desert Research Institute.
He has also served on the board for United Way.
CURRENT SPECIAL COMMITEES
Washoe County Sheriff’s Department Contractor’s Auxiliary
Northern Nevada Business Roundtable
RECENT SPECIAL COMMITEES
RTC Blue Ribbon Committee
State of Nevada All Hazards Mitigation Committee
Nevada Development Capital Fund Steering Committee.
State of Nevada Department of Transportation's Contract Claims Review Board.
Reno City Council Bond Advisory Board and City of Reno Development Service Advisory Task Force.
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.
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.