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  2. 2. Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce6671 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Ste. 300 Las Vegas, NV 89119-3290 Chairman’s Message702.641.5822 • 2011 Board of Trustees Executive Committee Michael Bonner Chairman of the Board W Greenberg Traurig, LLP Kristin McMillan Immediate Past Chairman hen the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce kicks CenturyLink off its Bicentennial celebration in 2111, will the Kevin Orrock Chairman-Elect members look back at the previous century and The Howard Hughes Corporation Hugh Anderson conclude that the Chamber made a difference? Anderson & Delutri @ Merrill Lynch Jay Barrett Barring major medical breakthroughs, those of you The Marnell Companies reading this today will probably not be there to see it. Kevin Burke Burke Construction Group, Inc. As your Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce starts its Centennial Steve Hill CalPortland year, we can look back and see the amazing changes that have taken Vicky VanMeetren place in Las Vegas since 1911. From a sleepy desert town whose St. Rose Dominican Hospital, San Martín Campus principal function was to be a stop for the railroad, Las Vegas has Nancy Wong Arcata Associates, Inc. become one of the most famous and exciting cities in the world– Matthew T. Crosson Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce a name that evokes smiles when mentioned almost anywhere. Trustees Las Vegas is one of the most recognizable and marketable brands on Bob Ansara the planet. Ricardo’s Mexican Restaurant Bob Brown Many of us have had the opportunity to benefit from the economic Las Vegas Review-Journal Senator Richard Bryan engine that Las Vegas created. However, 2007-2010 taught us that nothing can be taken for Lionel Sawyer & Collins granted. The world in which we live today is a different one. Marilyn Burrows Cox Communications The Chamber exists to serve the business community of Las Vegas. One of the hallmarks Tim Cashman Foghorn Consulting of the American success story is that private enterprise is the engine of prosperity. We can and Doris Charles should use that engine to direct change for our economy and our community. Wells Fargo Bank Cornelius Eason Your membership in the Chamber can make a difference to both your business and Southern Workforce Connections Jonathan Halkyard Nevada. Your active involvement in Chamber programs and initiatives can help us turn this Caesars Entertainment Corporation economy around. It will take work; it will take time; it will take sacrifice; it will take long-term Dallas Haun Nevada State Bank thinking; and it will take some politically tough decisions. Corey Jenkins SAVMOR Rent a Car Many constituencies in our city are looking for the answers, searching for the means to help Bart Jones Merlin Contracting & Developing our economy develop and diversify, all toward improving short-term job growth and long- Russ Joyner term economic sustainability. Your Chamber of Commerce believes that you – its members Miracle Mile Shops William (Bill) Nelson – expect this. Throughout the past year, your Chamber has begun to work actively with other Piercy Bowler Taylor & Kern community leaders, including our friends at the Nevada Development Authority and other key Karla Perez Valley Health System continued on page 28 Gina Polovina Boyd Gaming Corporation What’s inside Larry Singer Grubb & Ellis - Las Vegas Dr. Neal Smatresk University of Nevada, Las Vegas Bruce Spotleson Greenspun Media Group John Wilson MedicWest Ambulance 4 Power Luncheon with Brian Sandoval Chamber News 10 Ideas Insight Inspiration Member Benefits 14 Spotlights 18 Member News Anniversaries Michele Tell Woodrow Preferred Public Relations, LLC 6 Cover Story: Chamber Centennial Edition 12 Preview Las Vegas 16 Calendar of Events 20 Ribbon Cuttings Photos are courtesy of Las Vegas Review-Journal, 23 New MembersTHE LAS VEGAS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MAGAZINE Las Vegas News Bureau, UNLV Special Collections, Volume 31 Number 1 Cirque du Soleil and Las Vegas Sun Cover design by The Glenn Group Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice January 2011 3
  3. 3. Chamber News Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval to discuss upcoming legislative session at January 26 Membership Luncheon N evada Governor Brian Sandoval will be the keynote speaker at the Chamber’s January 26 Membership Luncheon at The Four Seasons Hotel. Sandoval will outline his vision for Nevada during his term and provide insight into some of the more pressing issues facing the Southern Nevada business community. He will also share his strategy for economic development and recovery. This will be the first time the new Governor will address the Southern Nevada business community. Governor Sandoval ran for office on a pro-business platform and advocates strategies to keep Nevada a business-friendly, low tax environment. He will discuss the state’s budget crisis as well as how the state can work toward economic recovery, competing for new jobs, new industries and a more diverse economy. This event represents anVEGAS CHAMBERnew leader of our state and gain valuable insight LAS opportunity to hear from the OF COMMERCE DAY into his vision for Nevada. ® About Governor Brian Sandoval Business Power Luncheon Governor Brian Sandoval was elected in November 2010. Prior to that, he was appointed Wednesday, January 26 United States District Judge for the District of Nevada by President George W. Bush in 11:30 a.m. - Noon: Registration & networking October 2005, becoming the state’s first Hispanic federal judge. He has also served as Noon - 1:00 p.m.: Program Nevada’s Attorney General. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University The Four Seasons Hotel of Nevada in 1986, and his law degree from the Ohio State University Moritz College 3960 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, 89119 of Law in 1989. In September 2009, Sandoval entered the race for Governor to get $60 for members, $75 for non-members, Nevada working again by diversifying our economy, maintaining a business-friendly $80 for walk-ins environment and reforming education. Governor Sandoval was endorsed by the Las Vegas RSVP: or 702.641.5822 Chamber of Commerce. FOR A GREAT NETWORKING EVENT FRIDAY, MARCH 4TH Office Depot presents Las Vegas Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Day Chamber of Commerce Day at the at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Friday, March 4 Las Vegas Motor Speedway! 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 7000 Las Vegas Blvd N. The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce is hosting an Tickets are $40 exclusive “Chamber Day” at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway RSVP: or 702.641.5822 on March 4. Sponsored by Office Depot, this exciting and unique networking opportunity includes a Q&A session with Office Depot race car driver Tony Stewart and grandstand NASCAR® is a registered trademark of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. The Tony Stewart®, Stewart-Haas Racing™ and the # 14™ are trademarks of Stewart-Haas seats for the high-octane excitement of NASCAR Sprint Cup with views of the Superspeedway. Racing and are used under license. Office Depot® and the Office Depot logo are registered trademarks of The Office Club, Inc. © 2011 Office Depot, Inc. All rights reserved. Series practice and qualifying rounds. Guests will also enjoy In addition to the exciting action taking place in the appetizers, lunch and the chance to win great door prizes. In stands, guests at this special event can participate in a VIP addition, Office Depot vendors will be available in the Black tour of the “Neon Garage,” located in the in-field of the 1.5 Jack Club, located on the third floor of the Media Center, mile tri-oval. The Neon Garage is comprised of four garage continued on page 304 January 2011 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice
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  5. 5. Chamber Centennial The 1905 land auction that founded Las Vegas. Chamber Celebrates Centennial Anniversary in 2011 T he history of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce is nearly as old as the history of Las Vegas itself. In fact, if you look back through time, you’ll see inspiring, innovative tales of the city’s birth and spectacular development intertwined with the Chamber’s influence. Throughout the city’s colorful history– its most notable milestones, its most impressive figures, its most significant undertakings and most ambitious business success stories– the Chamber has been there. During the course of 2011, The Business Voice will highlight some of these powerful stories and showcase a side of Las Vegas’ evolution not often seen by the general public. We’ll look at key milestones and Chamber accomplishments, but even more important, we’ll hear from some of the fascinating people who have been in the know throughout the decades. Much as Las Vegas itself arose from humble beginnings. So, too, did the Las Vegas Chamber First Chairman of the established Las Vegas of Commerce. Founded in January 1911, the Chamber came into being at a time when the Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Roy Martin. dusty desert oasis that was Las Vegas was just beginning to get a foothold on the business of building a center of commerce. The earliest business people in the valley recognized a need6 January 2011 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice
  6. 6. for creating an organization to both address and represent the modern-day major markets – Southern California. interests of businesses in developing the overall foundation for While still a small and close-knit desert town, the Chamber’s this bourgeoning community. first emerging leaders recognized the value of using their “The Chamber was born out of necessity and out of collective connections and resources to get things accomplished. dreams,” says Dr. Michael Green, Professor of History at the Several of the Chamber’s earliest leaders were also those who ran College of Southern Nevada. Green is a veritable expert on Las the fledgling city’s utility companies, banks and mercantiles and Vegas’ earliest days and offers a unique look at the integrated were leaders in the state’s developing political scene. elements that have woven the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce “At times, it’s difficult to separate the Chamber itself from into virtually all aspects of the city’s growth and development the early people of Las Vegas,” says Green. “Everyone was over the last 100 years. “When the Las Vegas Chamber of interconnected somewhere. The Chamber and its people were Commerce was launched, the city was almost completely in the middle of everything.” known as a railroad town,” explains Green. “There was seen a Chamber leaders had a vision, in as early as 1911, to need for diversification even then.” begin promoting Las Vegas as a warm vacation destination, It was, in fact, a devastating flood that spurred 1911 business soliciting visitors from California and working with the leading leaders into action, creating the Chamber to encourage industry of the day - the business, investment and community. One of the first Chamber railroad - to promote the presidents, E.W. Griffith, was one of Las Vegas’ first true area’s climate, recreational entrepreneurs, settling in the area as a railway worker who opportunities and access eventually embarked on a number to natural springs. “Later,” of business ventures. says Green, “The Chamber Griffith went on to serve would also play a major role as a state senator, and in that in promoting both tourism capacity, was a vocal advocate and gaming.” for the highway construction “Big Jim” Cashman The Chamber was that would become vital to Las a steadfast advocate and a leader of growth and development Vegas’ economic infrastructure. through Las Vegas’ early beginnings. In its first year, the He was largely responsible for Chamber exhibited Las Vegas’ attractions and possibilites at the legislation to build highways from Land and Products Exposition in Los Angeles, trying to draw Mesquite to Jean and Las VegasE.W. Griffith investment from Southern California. to Goldfield – vital steps in the In the realm of education, 1933 Chamber chairman Archie eventual connection of Las Vegas to Reno, Salt Lake City and Grant was instrumental in the creation of the University of Los Angeles. Nevada, Las Vegas. Charles “Pop” Squires, another Chamber Of his many contributions, Griffith is perhaps best known leader and owner of the Las Vegas Age newspaper, played a for this commitment to ensuring Las Vegas protect itself from pivotal role in supporting the construction of Hoover Dam, isolation by supporting creation of modes of transportation advocating the myriad ways in which the project would create other than rail. His early efforts helped ensure that Las Vegas new jobs and bolster the economy. remain literally connected to the world beyond the desert, “Big” Jim Cashman was another Las Vegan who was and laid the groundwork for connecting the city to one of its continued on page 8 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice January 2011 7
  7. 7. Cover Story Centennial Edition ...continued from page 7 Chamber Centennial ...continued from page 7 in the city at its very By 1941, Chamber leaders were working with Nevada inception. Cashman came United States Senator Pat McCarran to spur development to Las Vegas in 1904 as a of McCarran International Airport, now one of the busiest dishwasher in a railroad airports in the nation. In 1944, Chamber chairman camp. Over the next four Maxwell Kelch, owner of KENO radio, was developing decades, he would make other ways to bring people to Las Vegas. Kelch led the numerous contributions charge to create the Livewire Fund, an early advertising to the city. He started collective that funded early promotion of Las Vegas. Kelch a freight company, a is credited with encouraging the idea that businesses had garage and an auto to band together to create prosperity in Las Vegas. Taking dealership, and as a county that concept one step further, 1953 Chamber chairman commissioner, backed Ed Converse of Bonanza Airlines helped create the early highway construction and organization that today is responsible for promoting LasOne of the firstHelldorado Days celebrations the creation of Hoover Vegas world-wide: The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Dam. Cashman is also Authority. recognized for his efforts By the 1960s, the gaming industry was making to attract visitors to the city for recreational pursuits unprecedented economic strides. In 1961, respected through creation of Helldorado Days. He was responsible gaming leader Sam Boyd took over the Chamber for the first Helldorado event in 1935 and construction of chairmanship, aligning the business organization in the two complexes that housed it: Helldorado Village and promoting what was coming to be the area’s number one Cashman Field. These early efforts helped set the stage for industry – gaming and hospitality. Understanding the expanding Las Vegas’ reputation as a destination city. need for supporting existing industry while cultivating a Another early pioneer of the city’s business community was Ernie Cragin. Cragin also worked for the railroad at a young age as a stenographer. When he was only 19 years old, Cragin bought out an insurance agency run by Peter Buol, Las Vegas’ first mayor, and took on Bill Pike as a partner. Cragin & Pike was born, and today, is the oldest member of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce. In addition to his business acumen, Cragin served three terms as mayor of Las Vegas, beginning in 1931 and ending in 1951. He was a staunch advocate for civic improvement and secured New Deal funding for a city park, sewer system and a War Memorial Building, which today is the site of Las Vegas City Hall and soon will be the headquarters for The Las Vegas Army Air Corps Gunnery School8 January 2011 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice
  8. 8. diversified business base, 1966 Chamber chairman FrankScott founded the organization that is now the NevadaDevelopment Authority. The Chamber played an additionalrole in this effort, helping to develop the organizations thatwould later become the Las Vegas News Bureau and LasVegas Events. “Las Vegas specializes in reinventing itself,” says Green.“Now the need for innovation is greater than it has been fora very long time.” “Throughout its history of leadership, the Chamberhas always strived to create a climate that gives all of ourmembers, large and small, a number of avenues to connect, An early Chamber of Commercebuild professional relationships and become a part of a larger Officeeffort to advocate for business and improve our quality of lifein Southern Nevada,” says Immediate Past-Chairman of the Chamber’s ability to step up and enhance partnerships with itsChamber’s Board of Trustees Kristin McMillan. “Throughout members in the face of challenging times that has increased thethe past 100 years, the Chamber has given our business strength of our membership and our business community.”community the confidence to take risks and grow and to face Even 100 years ago, our forward-thinking forefatherschallenges with an optimistic outlook.” understood the value of harnessing Las Vegas’ yet untapped potential. What would it take to develop the resources for growth? To attract new residents, diversify business and create a place where people would both live and grow businesses? The Chamber was fortunate to be part of the excitement from the earliest of times... 1924 The Chamber helped secure the first Federal building and U.S. Post Office, which opened in 1933. 1920s Community leaders lobbied heavily through the The Las Vegas Hospital opened in 1941 Chamber for construction of the Hoover Dam. 1941 The Chamber supported early efforts to create what While there have been numerous predictions of Las Vegas’ would become McCarran International Airport.impending “bust” over the last 100 years, the Chamber, the 1944 The Chamber created the Livewire Fund to promotecity and its leaders have repeatedly found ways to reinvigorate, Las Vegas as a tourism destination.reinvent and recreate. 1945 The Chamber led the formation of the Las Vegas “Historically, we have been a business community diverse Valley Water opinion and needs,” adds McMillan. “But it has been the continued on page 26 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice January 2011 9
  9. 9. Ideas Insight Inspiration Invest in the Future by Participating in Project 5000 Kids F or years, WorkforceCONNECTIONS has been a vital force in getting Southern Nevada’s workforce back on its feet through partnering with a wide array of employers and agencies dedicated to investing in the future of our community. The latest initiative of this vital agency is Project 5000 Kids. Project 5000 Kids is a community-wide movement to increase our high school graduation rate by connecting 5,000+ young people to “meaningful work experiences” that will motivate them to stay in school. A “meaningful work experience” can be a job shadow, career mentoring, or a 6 to 8 week internship. Youth who intern are more likely to graduate high school and transition into post secondary education. When we connect our young leaders to the workplace at an early age, we can positively impact our community. On February 2, 2011, Project 5000 Kids and the Clark County School District are partnering to sponsor National Job Shadow Day. Southern Nevada is attempting to lead the nation by having more students in a job shadow experience on that day than any other city. As of December 15, our business community has pledged more than 2,700 job shadow opportunities for this day. If your business would like to join this quest to be #1 in the nation by providing a job shadow opportunity, please contact Nancy White at 702.636.2384 or Gina Campbell at 702.636.2334 at Project 5000 Kids. Member Benefits Exclusive Chamber benefit helps members attract new customers via direct mail T he Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce has created Excel spreadsheet. an innovative new member benefit designed to Eleven consecutive monthly updates with the mailing help you market your business and attract new information for new members will be provided to you in an customers. Excel spreadsheet. Back by popular demand, the Chamber’s Member Mailing List subscription program allows member Monthly New Member Lists: Want to market to just new Chamber members? Members may businesses to market directly elect to order only new member lists without ordering the full to 6,000 fellow Chamber member list. members! Here’s how this Eleven consecutive monthly updates with the mailing new program can benefit your information for new members will be provided in an Excel small business: spreadsheet. Annual Subscription: “We brought this member benefit back because of You will receive a high member demand,” explains Chamber Sales Director complete list of current Chamber Peggy Franzino. “The lists provide our members with a cost- members’ mailing information in an effective way to market directly to the decision makers in both continued on page 3010 January 2011 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice
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  11. 11. Fast Company co-founder Bill Taylor to keynote Preview Las Vegas 2011 T he Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Fast Company co-founder and best-selling author Bill Taylor will be a keynote speaker at Preview Las Vegas. Taylor is an agenda- setting writer, speaker and entrepreneur who has shaped the global conversation about the best ways to compete, innovate and succeed. His new book, Practically Radical: Strategies to Transform Your Company, Shake Up Your Industry, and Challenge Yourself, is based on in-depth access to 25 organizations that are making deep-seated changes under the most trying circumstances imaginable. About Preview… Slated for Friday, February 11 at the Thomas & Mack-Cox Pavilion, Preview brings together leading national speakers as well as local economic experts who have their fingers on the pulse of Las Vegas’ ever-changing economic heartbeat. It’s hard-hitting information is accurate, up-to-date and provides a roadmap with which to navigate the valley’s road to economic recovery. More than 2,000 top business executives attend Preview each year to learn what to expect from a business and economic standpoint in the year ahead. The in-depth analysis of the latest economic indicators helps professionals from all industries chart their business plans for the year to come. Attendees also have an exceptional opportunity to network and make new business connections. Exhibitors have the chance to tap into this notable demographic through sponsorship and high-profile booth exhibits. Booth price is just $1,200. Call 702.586.3827 for details. Be a part of Preview! A limited number of booths are set aside for Preview! For information, call 702.641.382712 January 2011 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice
  12. 12. Bill Taylor Rossi Ralenkotter Co-Founder, Fast Company President & CEO, Las Vegas Topic: Practically Radical: Unleashing Convention Big Change in Tough Times and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) As co-founder and founding editor of Topic: Tourism Trends in 2011 Fast Company, Bill Taylor launched a Rossi Ralenkotter is responsible for marketing magazine that won countless awards, earned Las Vegas and Southern Nevada as the world’sa passionate following among executives and entrepreneurs most desirable destination for leisure and business travel. An industryaround the world and became a legendary business success. expert on the intricacies of Las Vegas’ leading industry, RalenkotterFast Company has been named “Startup of the Year” and has embarked on a new three-year vision plan to see the city through“Magazine of the Year” and has received multiple National unprecedented economic times. The plan includes global sales andMagazine Awards. Taylor is also an adjunct lecturer at Babson marketing strategies designed to aggressively market the Las VegasCollege, America’s top-rated school for Entrepreneurship. destination while also ensuring efficiency and flexibility.Additionally, he is the co-author of several books on strategy,leadership and innovation, including: The Big Boys: Power Jeremy Agueroand Position in American Business; No-Excuses Management Principal Analyst, Applied Analysisand Going Global. Topic: 2011 Economic Landscape Jeremy Aguero is a principal analyst with Robert E. Lang, Ph.D. Applied Analysis, a leading economic, fiscal and Executive Director, the Lincy Institute policy research firm based in Las Vegas. A fourth- and UNLV Director, Brookings generation Las Vegan, Aguero graduated with Mountain West honors from the William S. Boyd School of Law. He co-founded Topic: Las Vegas in the 2020s: Five Applied Analysis in 1997. Aguero has performed economic and Key Steps to Becoming a World City fiscal impact assessments for projects of local, regional and national In 2008, Robert E. Lang, Ph.D., was the significance. Some of his major projects include The Hospitalityco-author with Mark Muro of the Brookings Institution Industry’s Impact on the State of Nevada, delivered to the Federalreport, “Mountain Megas: America’s Newest Metropolitan Gaming Impact Study Commission in 1998; in 2003, he chairedPlaces.” He is also the editor of the scholarly journal, the Governor’s Task Force on Tax Policy’s technical working group,Housing Policy Debate, and his research specialties include co-authoring its 1,400-page report and ultimately receivingsuburban studies, real estate, world cities, demographic a Good Government Award from the Nevada Taxpayersand spatial analysis, housing and metropolitan governance. Association; in 2005, he served as the lead analyst for the ClarkHe has authored more than 150 academic and professional County Growth Task Force; and beginning in 2008, he was thepublications on a wide range of topics and has developed principal researcher for the Las Vegas Chamber of Commercemany new urban concepts such as “Boomburbs,” “Edgeless Fiscal Impact Series, which helped pave the way for significantCities” and “Megapolitan Areas.” reforms to Nevada’s public employee pay and benefit systems as well as its collective bargaining statutes. Tickets are $60 for Chamber members, $80 for non- members. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 702.641.5822. Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice January 2011 13
  13. 13. President’s Club Spotlights Kevin E. Burke Richard DePaso Mark Heuer Ron Lurie Catherine Savello Don Thrasher Kevin E. Burke the process understandable ability to understand and Edgewater Hotel and President & CEO with a high ROI on their appreciate the gaming Casino in Laughlin and Burke Construction Group, investment. industry as well as the assistant general manager Inc. desire to ensure that Las for Excalibur in Las Kevin Burke has more than Mark Heuer Vegas continues to be Vegas. Thrasher received 24 years of experience in Executive Director one of the fastest growing a bachelor’s degree in the construction industry. Atria Senior Living communities in the country. Accounting from UNLV. He is Burke Construction Group, Mark Heuer has 25 years a member of the American Inc. is the recipient of of senior management Catherine Savello Institute of Certified Public many honors, including the experience and has Creative Director Accountants. 2008 Contractor of the Year been instrumental Ad Cat Award by the Associated in executing operational Catherine Savello founded General Contractors of and cultural efficiency in Ad Cat in 2008. Having had President’s Club America. Burke is proud to be a member of the his position as executive director at Atria Senior experience working as the director of marketing at New Members Executive Committee on Living. Heuer gained one of the largest financial Amonix, Inc. the Board of Trustees for national attention in 2009 planning firms in Las Vegas, David Pool the Las Vegas Chamber of when he returned from Iraq she decided to open her Carla Pihowich Commerce. He also sits to find jobs were scarce. He own advertising agency Tran Luu on the Board of Directors took out a billboard reading, to work one-on-one with for the Associated General “,” and the businesses both locally International Game Technology/IGT Contractors of America and story was covered by FOX, and nationally. She loves Susan Macke is Chairman of the Nevada ABC, NBC, CNN and Good working collaboratively with Charles Brooke Steven DiMasi State Contractors Board. Morning America. Shortly clients and creatives alike, Thomas Knobloch thereafter, Heuer was to develop ad campaigns Denise Marcilio Richard DePaso recruited to Atria Senior that bring clients through Director Living as an executive the doors. Verizon Wireless Aardvark Video & Media director for Atria Seville in Paul Snow Productions the heart of Summerlin. Don Thrasher Richard DePaso opened his first video production studio Ron Lurie President and COO Circus Circus Las Vegas Executive Level in 1987, in Pleasantville, NY. Clients included Mobil Executive Vice President & General Manager Don Thrasher is responsible for the strategic planning New Members Oil, IBM, Pepsi, QVC, Oracle, Arizona Charlie’s and daily operations of and New York State to Ron Lurie has been a the 3,773-room hotel and Dunkin’ Donuts name a few. In 2002, he resident of Las Vegas for 50 casino, as well as The Courtney Barth opened Aardvark Video in years. During his 30 years Adventuredome, Nevada’s Las Vegas. DePaso is the in the gaming industry, largest indoor theme Health South Las Vegas at Valley View president of the Las Vegas Lurie has been involved park. Thrasher joined Cheryl Williams Videographers Association, in the development and Sherilene De Leon the company in 1984, Patrick Ozosky a national speaker at growth of the Las Vegas as assistant controller. conventions, and recognized community. He served 14 Throughout his tenure, he Wade Law Group as an expert in the video years as a Las Vegas City has held key management Stanley Wade business. He believes in Councilman and four years positions, including roles Dayna Wade thoroughly understanding as mayor. These positions as vice president and clients’ goals and making have enhanced Lurie’s general manager for14 January 2011 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice
  14. 14. Executive Level Jeremiah Cox Owner ServiceMaster 1st Response Jeremiah Cox has grown up with the ServiceMaster franchise. Cox opened the First Response branch in January 2003, which specializes in disaster restoration in Las Vegas. Cox now owns one of the largest ServiceMaster franchises, which is ranked in the top 1 percent Jeremiah Cox Mark Dukes Victor Fuchs Scott Howard Stephen Kordt worldwide. With more than 20 years experience in the industry, Cox has become an expert in the field of disaster restoration. Mark Dukes General Manager Red Rock Harley-Davidson Red Rock Harley-Davidson is the premier Harley- Davidson dealership featuring 104,000 square feet of Harley- Georges Maalouf Josh Miller Jeffrey W. Shaw Larry Singer Stephanie Tyler-Jackson Davidson motorcycles, merchandise, genuine parts and accessories. Mark Scott Howard such as CityCenter, World of Virginia. He serves on top producing tenant rep Dukes has more than 24 Principal Market Center, the Venetian the boards of the Las Vegas agents. He is an active years experience in the Commercial Roofers, Inc. Resort Hotel Casino, Nevada Rotary, the Public Education member of the Las Vegas motorcycle industry. He Scott Howard is a third Cancer Institute, and the Foundation, the Nevada Chamber of Commerce relocated to Las Vegas in generation roofer/contractor Colosseum at Caesars Taxicab Authority, and the Board of Trustees. In 2005 to take the position whose family business Palace. Nevada Captive Insurance addition, he has served of sales manager at Las has been in the Las Vegas Association. He is also as chairman of the Lied Vegas Harley-Davidson Valley since 1959. Howard Georges Maalouf involved in various other Institute of Real Estate and was promoted to has held several positions Owner and Consultant community organizations in Studies at UNLV and general manager a year including project manager, Maalouf Benefit Resources Southern Nevada. chairman of Big Brothers later. He now manages all unit manager, and regional Maalouf Benefit Resources Big Sisters of Southern operational functions of Red manager. He serves as a is a locally owned and Jeffrey W. Shaw Nevada. Rock Harley-Davidson. trustee of the Las Vegas operated insurance Chief Executive Officer Metro Police Neighborhood brokerage and consulting Southwest Gas Corporation Stephanie Tyler-Jackson Victor Fuchs Watch Board, is a graduate firm specializing in Jeff Shaw joined Southwest President, External Affairs President of Leadership Las Vegas employee benefits. With Gas in 1988 as director AT&T Nevada Helix Electric and has served the Desert more than 16 years of of Internal Audit. He was With more than 15 years Victor Fuchs began his Southwest chapter of the industry experience, promoted several times of experience in the electrical contracting National Multiple Sclerosis founder Georges Maalouf throughout the years before telecommunications career at Helix Electric in Society in several positions. has emerged as a foremost being named CEO. Shaw industry, Stephanie Tyler- 1984, and in 2001 acquired expert in the field. Maalouf serves on the boards of the Jackson is responsible ownership of the Las Vegas Stephan Kordt is a lifelong Las Vegas American Gas Association, for AT&T’s regulatory, Division. His community Structural Engineer resident and a graduate the Desert Research legislative, governmental involvement includes Los Halcrow Yolles of UNLV. He is active in a Institute Foundation, the and community affairs in Vaqueros (a charitable Stephan Kordt, a licensed number of local charities UNLV Foundation and as Nevada. She has lobbied organization), Opportunity structural engineer with and civic organizations. chairman of the Western telecommunications and Village, Communities more than 15 years of Energy Institute and general business issues in Schools (doing food experience, manages the Josh Miller president of the Las Vegas in seven western states. drives and toy drives), Las Vegas office of Halcrow President Area Council of the Boy Prior to joining AT&T, Street Teens, Links for Yolles, an international KeyState Corporate Scouts of America. Tyler-Jackson served in Life, Habitat for Humanity, engineering firm with Management the Nevada State Senate Candlelighters, and YMCA projects located around KeyState provides Larry Singer and managed political as well as numerous the globe. Halcrow corporate and captive Vice President campaigns in both Nevada youth teams, 4H clubs, Yolles has demonstrated management services in Grubb & Ellis Las Vegas and California. and many other charitable excellent leadership, Nevada and Delaware. Larry Singer is a 30-year organizations. design capability, and Josh Miller received his BA veteran of commercial real client focus through work in economics and foreign estate and is consistently on challenging projects affairs from the University one of Southern Nevada’s Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice January 2011 15
  15. 15. Events January Two easy ways to register for Chamber events: Log on to and find your event on the Event Calendar, or call Member Services at 702.641.5822. 19 SCORE Counseling Wednesday SCORE counselors will be on hand to provide FREE one-on-one help sessions exclusively for Chamber members. Expert business professionals will help you assess your business concerns and provide you with the advice, tools and resources you need to 5 12 Voices Toastmasters keep your business operating in this slow economy. 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 & 4:00 p.m. Wednesday Wednesday One member per time slot SCORE Counseling Chamber CenturyLink™ Conference Center at the Las Vegas SCORE counselors will be on hand to provide FREE Looking for a way to improve your communication skills Chamber of Commerce, 6671 Las Vegas Blvd. S., in both your personal and professional life? The Chamber one-on-one help sessions exclusively for Chamber Ste. 300, 89119 Voices Toastmasters group is open to all members to aid in members. Expert business professionals will help you the development of speaking, presentation and leadership Complimentary, Chamber members only. assess your business concerns and provide you with skills. Sponsored by: the advice, tools and resources you need to keep 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. your business operating in this slow economy. CenturyLink™ Conference Center at the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, 6671 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 & 4:00 p.m. 20 Ste. 300, 89119 One member per time slot $45 every six months, guests always complimentary. CenturyLink™ Conference Center at the Las Vegas Hosted by: Thursday Chamber of Commerce, 6671 Las Vegas Blvd. S., President’s Club and Executive Ste. 300, 89119 Complimentary, Chamber members only. Level Member Foundation Room Mixer 13 Networking NEW Sponsored by: President’s Club and Executive level members will Thursday mix and mingle at this exclusive mixer inside the Turbo Foundation Room, a private members-only club 12 Wednesday Turbo Networking provides a fun, fast, and very productive way to maximize your time and business contacts through faciliated round table discussions. located in Mandalay Bay. 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Foundation Room, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd., 89119 Customer Service Excellence 8:15 - 11:00 a.m. Complimentary, space limited Recognition Ceremony, 4190 N. Pecos Rd., 89115 Hosted by: Customer Service Excellence is created and $35 for Chamber members, $50 for non-members. managed by the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Sponsored by: in cooperation with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) to encourage and reward 26 excellence in customer service in all aspects of local business. 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. Cashman Center Club Level Restaurant, 850 Las 19 Wednesday Wednesday Chamber Voices Toastmasters Vegas Blvd. N., 89109 Flashpoint– Success is No Accident Looking for a way to improve your communication By Invitation Only, Complimentary. Learn how to set the course for your future and skills in both your personal and professional life? create your own unlimited achievements at this The Chamber Voices Toastmasters group is open to Business Education Series workshop. all members to aid in the development of speaking, presentation and leadership skills. 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. Follow us on Twitter 10:45 a.m. - Noon and Friend us on Facebook! CenturyLink™ Conference Center at the Las CenturyLink™ Conference Center at the Las Vegas Vegas Chamber of Commerce, 6671 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, 6671 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Blvd. S., Ste. 300, 89119 Ste. 300, 89119 $30 for members, $45 for non-members, $55 for walk-ins $45 every six months, guests always complimentary. Signature Sponsor:16 January 2011 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice
  16. 16. 26 Wednesday January Events Business Power Lunch Featuring Nevada Governor To RSVP for VYP events visit Brian Sandoval Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval will share his vision for Nevada, address some of the pressing issues facing our state, and discuss the upcoming legislative session. 10 Monday 11:30 a.m. - Noon: Registration & networking VYP Toastmasters: Strip View Speakers Noon - 1:00 p.m.: Program Exceptional communication skills are vital to success in the business The Four Seasons Hotel world. VYP has created a Toastmasters group for all members to aid in the 3960 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, 89119 development of speaking, presentation and leadership skills. Help yourself $60 for members, $75 for non-members, and take advantage of what VYP Toastmasters can offer you. $80 for walk-ins 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Registration & networking Sponsored by: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Meeting The Platinum Hotel, 211 E. Flamingo Rd., 89169 Free for guests, $60 to join, $36 every six months Sponsored by:27 ThursdayNew Member BreakfastStart your new Chamber membership off right at this exclusive event for all new 20 Thursdaymembers of the Chamber. Each participant will have the opportunity to introduce VYP January Fusion Mixerthemselves and their business and network in a friendly and upbeat atmosphere. Bring Kick off the new year with VYP at Todd English P.U.B. at Crystals inplenty of business cards. CityCenter. Todd English P.U.B. is everything you love about your favorite7:00 - 9:00 a.m. East Coast traditional hangout, transplanted and translated Vegas style!Ricardo’s Mexican Restaurant, Enjoy a mix of traditional American comfort foods and creative delicacies,4930 W. Flamingo Rd., 89103 while networking with fellow VYPers.By invitation only, Complimentary 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Hosted by: Todd English P.U.B., 3720 S Las Vegas Boulevard, 89109 $10 per VYP member, $15 per non-member. Sponsored by: RSVP policy The Chamber’s RSVP policy encourages early registration for popular programs and allows our event partners adequate time to prepare for 24 Monday functions. Any reservation made the week of an event will be subject to VYP Toastmasters: Strip View Speakers See December 10 for details a $5 surcharge, so please register early. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this policy, please call 702.641.5822 Follow us on Twitter and Friend us on Facebook! | Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice January 2011 17
  17. 17. The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce is proud to provide members with a place to publish their current announcements. Email news items to Member News or fax to Public Relations at 702.735.0320. President’s Club member Executive Level n Coming Events AlertBoot created a new charity program that donates 25 percent of the revenue from Jason Woehrle, vice president at The Firm Public Relations & Marketing, was named new customer purchases to various charitable “Manager of the Year” at the Electronic The University of Nevada Cooperative organizations. Media Awards. Extension is offering fruit tree pruning classes through March 5. The classes will be held Lionel Sawyer & Collins shareholder Robert on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon n Congratulations Faiss was named the “Las Vegas Best Lawyers at the Orchard. For more information call Gaming Lawyer of the Year” for 2011. 702.257.5516. Gwen Migita, corporate director of sustainability and Las Vegas veteran journalist and critic Tony Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada corporate social responsibility Illia received the 2010 Award of Distinction will debut the Thin Mint Sprint at Caesar’s Entertainment, Inc., from the Western Mountain Region of the 5k and 1 mile Shortbread was honored by the Gay and American Institute of Architects. Shuffle on January 22. For Lesbian Community Center of more information or to register, Southern Nevada as “Woman of the Year.” CityCenter Las Vegas received the AAA Five go to Diamond Award® for ARIA Resort & Casino Pugsley. Simpson. Coulter. Architects and Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas. n Community Service received the “2010 Architecture Firm” award and Rob Filary, AIA, received the The Ferraro Group received three Pinnacle “2010 Young Architect” award from the Awards by the Las Vegas Chapter of the City National Bank teamed up with Barnes Nevada chapter of the American Institute of Public Relations Society of America for the & Noble for their Reading is the Way Architects. company’s “Nevada Census 2010” campaign. Up® literacy program, with a book drive supporting schools in Nevada, California and Grubb & Ellis Realty Investors, LLC received New York. the “Office Building of the Year” award from n Announcements the local chapter of the Building Owners and Crovetti Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Managers Association for City Centre Place. Former Nevada Governor (COSM) partnered with Tropical Smoothie Robert List joined the law firm Café locations around the valley for a holiday Adam Burke, Nevada Public Radio’s news Kolesar & Leatham as a senior sporting goods drive that benefitted the Boys director, received the “Best News Feature” partner. He will continue & Girls Club of Henderson. award during the Third Coast Richard H. his work in public policy and Friehaus Foundation audio competition and government relations. Bank of America received a gold star on festival for his documentary “Sucked into the Three Square Food Bank’s Wall of Fame for Tunnels Beneath Las Vegas.” Verizon Wireless launched its new 4G LTE the company’s ongoing support and donating network. Business users will be the first to a $50,000 grant from the Bank of America take advantage of the new network with Charitable Foundation. speeds up to 10 times faster than its 3G network. Anniversaries +20 Years Lionel Sawyer & Collins 44 10 Years Kenneth A. Seltzer, CPA Jay D. Booth, CPA, Ltd. A.H.S. Group, Restaurant Service Palm Mortuaries, Cemeteries, Associated Counselors of Southern Nevada Law Offices of William S. Skupa JEM Properties Management, Inc. & Crematories 35 Audio Visual Design & Integration Snacks 2 Go Schiff Properties Coach USA & Gray Line Tours 32 Clarion Hotel & Casino, Near the Las Superior Center Tinting Auto Glass T-Mobile Las Vegas Magazine ShowBiz Group 31 Vegas Strip University of Southern Nevada Today in Las Vegas A Little Church of the West 26 College of Southern Nevada-Foundation Trans-X Best Western McCarran Inn Las Vegas Valley Water District Tower of Jewels 23 21 21 DiBella Flowers & Gifts Farmers Insurance Group-Peter Trimboli First Tee of Southern Nevada 5 Years Unity Baptist Church UPS Store #3487 American Language Services Harrison Insurance Agency 15 Years Bob’s Landscapes Landco Carol Norby & Associates Law Office of James Dean Leavitt Charles M. Damus & Associates AGC-Associated General Contractors Nelson Surveying, LLC Energetic Matrix Church Of The Firm Public Relations & Marketing RetailSystems, Inc. Consciousness, LLC Friendship Sports, Inc. Ralph J. Rohay General Growth Properties Royal Construction Co. Insurance Collision Center, Inc.18 January 2011 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice
  18. 18. The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce is proud to provide members witha place to publish their current announcements. Email news items or fax to Public Relations at 702.735.0320.Advise Media Group hired Erin Dorrance as The Community Associations Institute of CORE Construction, Nevada completedthe director of business development. Nevada renovated the Nevada Partnership for construction of Ruby Duncan Elementary Homeless Youth’s first and only emergency School and announced that it has acquiredR&R Partners promoted Todd Gillins to vice shelter. the assets of Walton Construction, LLC, apresident of research, Jeremy Thompson to Kansas City, MO based company.corporate director of media and interactive Nathan Adelson Hospice appointed Terriand Doug Richardson was named public Hanlon, M.D. to the position of medicalrelations director at R&R Partners’ director of the organization’s Buffalo Road n Wheeling/DealingWashington, D.C. office. location. Sumita Beauty, offering services in eyebrowGreen Valley Security, Inc. hired Ed Napier The Greater Las Vegas Association of and facial threading, body glitter and Mehndias vice president and general manager. REALTORS® (GLVAR) held its annual awards tattoos, opened its first Las Vegas location in dinner and presented awards to several the Fashion Show Mall. Co-director of Brookings local members and association leaders who Mountain West, Dr. Robert were recognized for their service to their Burke Construction Group began Lang spoke at the Nevada community, the association and the real estate construction of the Perry Plaza Senior Contractors Association’s 11th profession. Housing Complex for the Southern Nevada annual Contractor Awards Regional Housing Authority. Luncheon. The Southern Nevada Medical Industry Coalition (SNMIC) named Katherine Cylke, Soozi Jones Walker and Bobbi Miracle ofUrban Environmental Research, LLC hired program director, Sue Ullrich, assistant Commercial Executives represented PhoenixMiranda Jennings as a research analyst and program director and case manager, and III Investment, LLC in the leasing of anwill work on Nevada’s Critical Infrastructure Gabrielle Floyd administrative manager for 800-square-foot retail space located at 6370Protection Program, “Silver Shield.” the Health Care 20/20 Program. W. Flamingo Ave., and valued at $51,349.Cashman Photo launched its new corporate Jacqueline Bash joined Houldsworth, Russo The ONE Group opened its first Las Vegaswebsite, The site will & Co. as an accountant. restaurant, STK, at The Cosmopolitan.feature photographs, a blog, social medialinks and a timeline of Cashman Photo. S p l e n d o r i n t h e G l a s s Tickets Available (in December) at: Vegas PBS, Lee’s Discount Liquor, Whole Foods Market, Khoury’s Fine Wine & Spirits, Total Wine or online at For More Information call 799-1010 ext.5361 Sponsors Community Patron: MaryKaye Cashman Bordeaux: Findlay Toyota Chardonnay: NV Energy, Wells Fargo and Enjoy the taste of 65 wineries Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors and breweries, live wine auction, Printing Courtesy of Southwest Gas Corporation silent auction and jazz quartet. Special Thanks to CenturyLink Must be 21 years of age or older to attend. Las Vegas Hilton Hilton Center Saturday, February 12, 2011 Guest 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Lee’s Discount Liquor Appearance by Chef $65 Advance Reservation • $80 At the Door Total Wine Hubert Keller To B e n e f i t Ve g a s P B S & More Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice January 2011 19
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