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  • 2. Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce6671 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Ste. 300 President’s Message Las Vegas, NV 89119-3290 702.641.5822 • 2011 Board of Trustees Executive Committee I Michael J. Bonner Chairman of the Board ’d like to take this opportunity to express how pleased Greenberg Traurig, LLP I am to join the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce as Kevin Orrock Chairman-Elect president & CEO. During my term as 2010 chairman The Howard Hughes Corporation of the Chamber’s Board of Trustees, I developed an Hugh Anderson Anderson & Delutri @ Merrill Lynch in-depth understanding of the varied and changing Jay Barrett needs of our business membership. In short, it is my belief that The Marnell Companies the role of the Chamber is to serve and advocate for the needs of Kevin Burke Burke Construction Group, Inc. the business community. I plan to make that my leading priority Steve Hill as your president. CalPortland Vicky VanMeetren St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, In today’s economic climate, there is a great need for our St. Martín Campus Chamber to focus on programs that lend support to all of our Nancy Wong Arcata Associates, Inc. member businesses – in particular, our small business members Kristin McMillan Kristin McMillan President & CEO – to help them sustain operations during this precarious time President & CEO period. Not only are we focused on the challenges of today, but also on the opportunities of Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce the future. We want to help our members pave the way for the growth and expansion that I am Trustees confident will be on Las Vegas’ horizon. It is our goal, as a member-focused organization, to Bob Ansara Ricardo’s of Las Vegas, Inc. provide an atmosphere of advocacy and of what I like to refer to as a “high touch, high tech” Bob Brown connection with our members. This means leveraging the use of technology to strengthen the Las Vegas Review-Journal connection we have with our members as well as help members strengthen their connections with Senator Richard Bryan Lionel Sawyer & Collins each other. Marilyn Burrows Cox Communications Like other businesses, the Chamber must constantly look for new and innovative ways to reinvent Tim Cashman Las Vegas Harley – Davidson ourselves in such a way that we stay relevant and well-positioned to provide the resources and the Doris Charles connections that members need from us. This doesn’t mean the Chamber you have come to know Wells Fargo Bank and rely on as a trusted business resource and advocate is disappearing; it simply means that we Cornelius Eason Workforce Connections are continually adapting in ways that best meet the evolving needs of our members and building Jonathan Halkyard on our strengths. Caesars Entertainment Corporation Dallas Haun The Chamber fully understands the realities many business owners are currently facing. It’s a new Nevada State Bank Corey Jenkins world economy, and we must all work together to find effective ways to not only navigate this new SAVMOR Rent a Car world, but to thrive in it as well. I will be asking for your input and your feedback along the way. Bart Jones It is only with our collective voice that we will be successful at reaching our goals. Merlin Contracting & Developing Russ Joyner Miracle Mile Shops I’m also very excited about the new community ties we are simultaneously forging. We are William (Bill) Nelson at a pivotal juncture in setting a course for the future, and we want to be actively involved in Piercy Bowler Taylor & Kern strengthening our community on all levels. We are currently reaching out to form strategic Karla Perez Valley Health System alliances and partnerships with other entities including business and economic development Gina Polovina organizations, government agencies and educational institutions. We are looking at alliances Boyd Gaming Corporation continued on page 13 Larry Singer What’s inside Grubb & Ellis - Las Vegas Dr. Neal Smatresk University of Nevada, Las Vegas Bruce Spotleson 6 10 18 Greenspun Media Group COVER STORY Chamber News Member News John Wilson Anniversaries MedicWest Ambulance FACING THE FUTURE Michele Tell Woodrow Preferred Public Relations, LLC Cover photo by 8 Chamber Centennial The Fabulous Fifties 16 Calendar of Events 20 Ribbon Cuttings 22 Francis + Francis Business Expo Volume 31 Number 5 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice May 2011 3
  • 3. celebrate National Small Kristin McMillan begins role as Gold is valued at Business Week NatioNal Small BuSiNeSS Week 2011 Chamber President and CEO $1,500. 00*an ounce. Now that we have your attention, we wanted to let Will Be celeBrated throughout the The Las Vegas Chamber Chamber formulate strategies you know that our photography has garnered us a NatioN may 16-20. aN aNNual traditioN couple of coveted Gold awards at this year’s American of Commerce’a new for developing programs, SiNce 1963, NatioNal Small BuSiNeSS Advertising Federation annual competition. We were president & CEO Kristin tools and opportunities that Week WaS created to recogNize the awarded Gold ADDYs in both Color and Digitally McMillan is beginning will help small businesses coNtriButioNS of Small BuSiNeSSeS to Enhanced Photography categories by the AAF, Las her new role on May 2. reach their goals. the ecoNomic Well-BeiNg of america. Vegas. Our images even went on to win awards in the regional competition and have been recognized by A long-time Chamber supporter Prior to beginning her role with According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, industry publications. and 2010 Chairman of the Las the Chamber, Kristin served there are 27.2 million small businesses in America. More Vegas Chamber of Commerce as vice president of external We are Francis+Francis Photography. than half of Americans either own or work for a small Board of Trustees, Kristin relations for CenturyLink’s Call (702) 265-3206, email business. They also create 60-80 percent of new jobs in brings a unique combination 10-state western region, or view our portfolio at to the country. Small businesses drive innovation, create of business acumen, strategic where she managed diverse see how we can create something golden for you. 21st century jobs and increase U.S. competitiveness. planning, and government regional teams in a variety *Boy, do we feel stupid not getting any at $900/oz. You and your business can be part of celebrating and community relations of regulatory, legislative and Small Business Week right here in Nevada. skills to the organization. As local government affairs issues. Here are a few ways to participate: an attorney and business Kristin was co-managing executive, Kristin has been shareholder of the Las Vegas Call for a free estimate. • Make a commitment to buying local. actively involved in Las Vegas’ office of multinational law 702 25-Shred | 702.257.4733 Keeping Supporting local small businesses strengthens business community for more firm Greenberg Traurig, your confidential the local economy for all of us. than 20 years. Her on-going and was managing partner information involvement with the Chamber of Hale Lane law firm. secure. • Do business with other Chamber members. Chamber gives her a unique perspective members have made a commitment to be part of the Kristin serves on the boards on how the organization works, fabric of the small business community. Consider of the Foundation for an as well as insight into the LVCC Green Business the value of doing business with others who share Independent Tomorrow, of the Year needs of Southern Nevada’s this philosophy. Many Chamber members even offer Nevada International Women’s small business community. special pricing and discounts for fellow members. Forum, Nevada Taxpayers • Take advantage of federal, state and local One of Kristin’s first priorities as president & CEO is to reach Association and the I-11 Coalition. She has also been spruce up for spring programs designed to help small businesses are you looking to find a fresh, new space for your out to Chamber members a board member of Nevada business? Let us Help You! succeed. Numerous agencies exist for the through conversations and Development Authority, express purpose of providing free and low-cost relocation expansion representation surveys to find out what they Desert Research Institute counseling and financial assistance services to need to grow their businesses. Foundation and United Southern Nevada’s small business community. Call 702.655.4115 today for a F R E E consultation Kristin says understanding Way of Southern Nevada. Visit the resources page of to learn these needs will help the about the wealth of programs available for small business members.4 May 2011 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice May 2011 5
  • 4. ChaMber news Learn how to market Last call for applications your business in 3D for 25th aNNivErSary at May 11 BuSiNESS lEadErShiP laS vEgaS ClaSS EduCatiON SEriES The deadline is fast approaching to submit applications Top Dog Eileen Proctor will for the 25th anniversary class of the Las Vegas Chamber reveal the 3D’s for marketing of Commerce Leadership Las Vegas program. During your business. You’ll learn how its 25-year history, this executive enrichment series has to define your target market, helped professionals in a wide range of fields hone their develop a loyal following, leadership skills, develop new networks and business differentiate yourself from the competition, and deliver contacts, and gain an in-depth knowledge of Las Vegas. your value proposition consistently and convincingly. The session takes place on Wednesday, May 11, All completed applications must be submitted to 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. at the Chamber. The cost is $30 for the Chamber no later than May 19, 2011. For more Chamber members; $45 for non-members. You can information contact Lisa Gough, Leadership Las register at or call 702.641.5822. Vegas coordinator, at or call 702.586.3841. secretary of state Nominations Ross Miller to speak at open for 2011 SMall May 18 POlitiCal BrEaKfaSt BuSiNESS ExCEllENCE aWardS Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller is the featured speaker If you know of an exceptional small business deserving of at the Chamber’s first Political Breakfast on Wednesday, May recognition, or if you’d like to throw your own company’s hat 18. Miller will share the benefits of the new Nevada Business into the ring for consideration, submit a nomination for the Portal for the business community. The Nevada Business Portal 2011 Small Business Excellence Awards. Categories include: is a one-stop shop where entities incorporated in the State of Green Business, Non-Profit, Small Business (5 employees or Nevada can seamlessly transact all of their state business with- fewer), Small Business (25 employees or fewer) and Woman out having to visit several different agencies. This important and/or Minority-Owned Business. tool will allow for streamlined entity formation, the payment of annual business license fees and other online business- The deadline for Small Business Excellence Awards nomina- related transactions. tions is Monday, July 4, 2011. Winners will be announced The breakfast takes place on Wednesday, May 18, at the annual Small Business Excellence Awards luncheon 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at the Chamber. The cost is $30 for on Thursday, September 22, at the Rio All Suites Hotel & Chamber members. This event is open exclusively to Casino. Nevada State Bank is the exclusive sponsor for this members of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce. year’s Small Business Excellence Awards program. For more To register, call 702.641.5822 or go to information, visit For a business built on caring, she needed a bank that cared about her. Karen Jarvis, CEO of AmPro Orthotics & Prosthetics, said she never dreamed she could have a facility that would provide the space she needed for her ribbon-cutting photos go online to enhance member exposure growing number of patients. But when she found a great opportunity for a new building, she went to Bank of Nevada for help. Her Relationship Manager A favorite benefit of Chamber membership has always been the ribbon cuttings through email, Facebook and Twitter, giving arranged an SBA 504 loan and kept it simple. Now Karen has a state-of-the-art free ribbon cutting ceremonies the Chamber offers to members members even greater exposure. Now you can forward your photos facility and more staff and patients who are very grateful. Your business is our business. who are opening, expanding or relocating a business. Now, ribbon to colleagues, friends, customers and clients with the click of a cutting pictures and captions are published online at LVChamber. mouse! To schedule a ribbon cutting for your business, contact the com. The new online postings allow members to promote their Chamber one month before the event by calling 702.586.3838. Af f i l i a te o f We ste r n A l l i a n ce B a n co r p o ra t i o n 702-248-420066 May 2011 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice May 2011 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice May 2011 7
  • 5. ChaMber Centennial The Fabulous 50s brought challenges & rewards to a growing Las Vegas While the 1950s saw a surge in the The Bank of Las Vegas opened in 1954 tourism industry, it brought headaches and became the first bank to make as well. Illegal casino operators and mob loans to casino operators. Residential figures cast a shadow on the growing developers entered the fray in the 1950s industry for a time during the 1950s. to provide housing options for new The out-growth of this tarnishing image residents and commercial developers was a “stepping up” of legitimate casino began to build shopping centers. Higher operators to involve themselves in the education got a boost when in 1951, growing community. In 1955, the the Reno-based University of Nevada Chamber, along with other business and offered satellite classes at Las Vegas community leaders, determined that to High School. By 1955 planning was be effective, charitable contributions underway for what would become should be better regulated, and created the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. the United Way of Southern Nevada. Las Vegas came into the fabulous 50s The tourism industry began to taking full advantage of numerous Nevada’s population tripled between diversify with an eye toward attracting opportunities presented in the 1940 and 1950, straining the valley’s conventioneers. The Convention Hall post-World War II period – primarily water supply. The Las Vegas Valley Water Committee was established in 1955. federally-funded projects that brought District was created to address this vital Shortly thereafter the Fair and Recreation in money and new residents. The Las community resource. Business growth Board emerged, followed by creation of also meant a need for better oversight the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Vegas Chamber of Commerce also and consumer protection. The Chamber Authority. For the first time, hotel and began to take a greater leading role in was instrumental in creating the Better motel taxes were levied to pay for this promoting Las Vegas during the 1950s. Business Bureau. Regulation oversight infrastructure, funding the construction In 1945, Chamber Chairman Maxwell of businesses continued with an eye on of the $45 million Las Vegas Convention Kelch created The Live Wire Fund, gaming through the 1955 creation of Center, which debuted in 1959. an advertising collective to fund the the Nevada Gaming Control Board. The promotion of Las Vegas. In addition, the Nevada Gaming Commission followed Chamber and local casino executives in 1959. created the Desert Sea News Bureau, Concerns over the Cold War with eventually becoming the Las Vegas the Soviets had Southern Nevadans News Bureau. The Bureau promoted supporting the re-opening of the Las Vegas as a premium tourist Las Vegas Army Air Corps Gunnery destination through iconic photographs School and Basic Magnesium Plant. that were seen the world-over. The Air Force used the site of the The Strip began to take shape with several gunnery school for training purposes gaming properties opening throughout – the site would later evolve into Nellis While the 1950s were a somewhat the decade including the Desert Inn, the Air Force Base. The Chamber also tumultuous time for Las Vegas, it was Sahara, the Sands and the Tropicana. played a role in bringing the Atomic an era that defined the city in the Downtown Las Vegas also continued to Proving Ground, also known as the consciousness of the world and set the grow with the openings of The Horseshoe, Nevada Test Site, to Las Vegas. stage for the next phase of growth. the Fremont and the Lady Luck. photos courtesy of the Las Vegas News Bureau SMALV.COM 702.877.51998 May 2011 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice May 2011 9
  • 6. COVER STORY FACING THE FUTURE Over the past several years, Jeremy Aguero, a principal analyst with Applied Analysis, has TIME for provided economic information and insight to both the public and private sectors. As the 2011 Nevada Legislature enters its final stretch, Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Chairman Michael J. Bonner sits down with Aguero to discuss Nevada’s economic outlook and the need for reform. CHANGE What do we need to ask the 2011 Nevada is in the best position to change this trend, resetting expectations Legislature to do in regards to economic and holding school administrators and teachers accountable. development? IS NOW It is very important that the Chamber and businesses in general How do you see us changing our approach to understand, we have a short-term economic development problem economic development? and we have a long-term economic development problem. We have It seems there has been a real charge to make economic policy to fix them both. From an economic development standpoint two Governor-led, to consolidate our economic development efforts things are at issue: we need to do what we can immediately to get at the local level, and develop an economic development plan to Jeremy Aguero crunches the data and tells it like it is. some of the 180,000 people actively looking for work back on the provide a roadmap we can follow. I think the Legislature is doing job; looking further out we need to understand that the economy those things and is more engaged in economic development of our past is not going to be the economy of our future. We are than I have ever seen before. While these may seem like modest going to have to do things differently than we did in the past, from reforms, they are conditions precedent for changing the way Nevada Photography by K-12 education to transportation if we expect to be competitive. “does” economic development. The next round of decisions will be Francis + Francis harder: How do we reposition the state going forward? Should our What do you think about the Governor’s revenue economic incentives be restructured? How do we retain our existing plan and allowing taxes to sunset? workforce? What industrial clusters can we realistically attract? There are very, very good things about the budget the Governor brought forward, but there are some things that are worthy of So you think the three prongs constitute a good additional consideration. One is allowing the tax sunsets to expire. I economic model? I think it is the foundation from which an effective economic understand from an economic development standpoint, having lower development model can be built. I’d love to tell you, “Let’s go out and taxes will have benefits for businesses and consumers, but lowering be a global leader in renewable energy, let’s get some nanotechnology taxes that will require us to cut education and then borrow money firms to move to Nevada.” I’d love to say we can wave a magic wand is counterproductive to the ultimate goals we are trying to achieve. and have that happen over night. It’s not one thing that is going to What impact, positive or negative, can the 2011 solve our economic development challenges. It is everything. It’s Legislative session have on our economic future? changing the way we think and do business in Nevada. It’s going In reality, the Legislature has the ability to do more harm than good to start with laying a foundation from which we can grow. with regard to our state’s economy. Nevada’s small government, pro- What obstacles are there that the Legislature can business, pro-resident stance has served the state well over the past deal with? 30 years, and we would be well served to recognize that our prosperity From an economic perspective, funding adequate infrastructure, has not been by mere luck. That said, the State Legislature does have improving the quality of education, decreasing duplication of a critical role particularly as it relates to education and infrastructure. services between state and local governments, creating greater Both higher education and K-12 education are more problematic today equity between the public sector and private sector workers, more from an economic development standpoint than ever before. Much of effectively managing state assets, reforming construction defect our economic development will have to be home grown, which means litigation, actively pursuing a more equitable distribution of federal we are going to have to have a university that innovates and we are dollars and opening up e-commerce channels in all industries to going to have to have a school system that does the same. We have name a few. That said, in my opinion the single largest obstacle neglected our K-12 education system for two generations at least, facing the state is NRS 288, the statute that allows collective and now we are shocked and stunned that kids aren’t graduating bargaining for local government employees. The combination of or innovating and in many ways are unemployable. The Legislature continued on page 2410 May 2011 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice May 2011 11
  • 7. President’s Message continued from page 3 at the local and regional levels, and even at the national and international levels where it makes sense. There is an exciting momentum building for community and business organizations to pull in the same direction, becoming stronger in collaboration and partnership in addressing what’s needed to improve fundamental community systems and fortify the building blocks of economic and job recovery. To be specific about my immediate goals as the Chamber’s president & CEO, I am planning to increase the scale and scope wants them. of communications with members through high-tech CEO/ member forums, as well as conduct member surveys to gain insights into what business needs are for today and tomorrow. We St. Rose Dominican Hospital wants them. will also develop innovative technology tools to improve our on- line presence and to help our members find new customers and The school district wants them. business opportunities through social media and other venues. In addition to these efforts, our government affairs and public policy team will continue to be a leading advocate for the Nevada needs them. business community at the legislative level. We will set the course for finding new ways to provide value-added opportunities in this new political and economic era so that we can continue to meet And Nevada State College the basic covenants of membership fulfillment: service, advocacy educates them. and value. Las Vegas has a remarkable history of overcoming the odds. Optimism remains the beacon to guide us into the future. We cannot forget the attributes that have made us an inspiring and extraordinary community. I look forward to the opportunity to work for you, with you and beside you in the years to come. Part of the Solution. Our students earn four-year degrees in public are you ready to spring safety, nursing, education, business and biology. 70% of our alumni stay in the state, making from your lease? let us help you find the perfect location to enhance careers with some of Nevada’s top employers. the growth of your business! These are the employees we need, so our economy can diversify and thrive. relocation expansion representation Call 702.655.4115 today for a F R E E consultation 1125 Nevada State Drive, Henderson, Nevada 89002 702.992.2000 | nsc.nevada.edu12 May 2011 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice May 2011 13
  • 8. sPotlights Chris Breed, CHA, RRP Regional Vice President, Southwest Executive Level Desert Rose Resort Chris Breed has assisted with the renovations of five resorts within Shell Vacations Club. Renovating and opening the Desert Rose Resort is what brought her to Las Vegas five years ago. Upon completion of that project, Ed Bozarth William (Bill) Feather Samuel H. Kaufman Darrin McDonald James J. Murren Paul V. Pusateri Breed was promoted to Chris Breed Patrick Byrne Andy Katz Neill Miller Fafie Moore regional vice president. President’s Club In this position she oversees the operations and associations of seven resorts. Breed also serves as president and vice president on several condominium association boards. Patrick Byrne Ed Bozarth Darrin McDonald enjoyed a distinguished Administrative Partner Owner construction and operation of the first Westin mixed- Vice President, career with the company, President’s Club Snell & Wilmer, LLP William P. Moore II Bridget Richards Mark Scott Mike S. Wethington John Wilson Ed Bozarth #1 Nevada Chevrolet use Starwood Vacation Ownership Resort. Before General Manager FOX5 KVVU-TV having held positions as executive vice president, New Members Patrick Byrne has been with Snell & Wilmer since Ed Bozarth #1 Chevrolet is Darrin McDonald started chief financial officer and 1988. In 2001, he opened Neill Miller numerous positions within Real Estate Company, for the center, which Starwood, Feather held his television career A5 Group Founder the Greater Las Vegas an innovative, marketing opened in November of one of the largest Chevrolet senior management president. Prior to MGM the firm’s Las Vegas office. in 1989 and has been David Krause PM Digital Group Association of Realtors® forward, commercial real 2007. He works closely dealerships in Las Vegas. positions with Wyndham Resorts International, he Byrne is a member of Neill Miller formed PM and Women’s Council of estate brokerage. New with development, In addition to running the Hotels and Resorts, employed with KVVU’s spent 14 years on Wall the standing committee Canon Business Solutions, Inc. Digital Group in 2001. PM Realtors®. Growth represents all construction, marketing, day-to-day operations Doubletree and Hilton parent company, Meredith Street. Murren is very Shawn Tharp on judicial ethics and Digital Group provides facets of commercial real leasing and individual of the dealership, Ed Hotels. Broadcasting, since active in the community, Diane Hanson election practices for the complete video production William P. Moore II estate disciplines. Richards retailers. Wethington Bozarth is the president of 2005. He moved to Las and with wife Heather, La Juana Traylor State of Nevada. He is services, DVD & CD Chief Executive Officer has been engaged in the has more than 20 years five Warranty Assurance Samuel H. Kaufman Vegas in 2007 as general founded the Nevada Cancer Blair Bradley also the president of the James Brooks duplication and packaging, Desert Radiologists real estate industry since of retail-management Companies and is owner Chief Executive Officer sales manager and was Institute. board of trustees of the website development, William P. Moore, II joined 2002 and has successfully experience, including of Bozarth Development and Managing Director promoted to VP/general Las Vegas Boys & Girls Greater Las Vegas and graphic design. Desert Radiologists in closed more than $124 general manager positions Companies. USA Today Desert Springs Hospital manager of FOX5 in 2008. Paul V. Pusateri Club Foundation. Byrne Medical Center McDonald’s Owner/ Video projects include 2006 to provide hands- million in transaction at Galleria at Sunset in and NADA named him the McDonald oversees the President earned his law degree with Sam Kaufman became Palms Casino Resort Operator Association commercials, infomercials, on management of daily volume. Henderson and Victoria Auto Dealer of the Year. He day to day operations high distinction from the CEO of Desert Springs Paul Pusateri has an Emma Addis convention and event operations as well as to Gardens in Southern is a graduate of O.P.M at including FOX5 Television, University of Kentucky. James Vance coverage and web video. oversee the organization’s Mark Scott California. He holds a Harvard Business School Hospital (DSH) in 2005 and extensive background in after five years as COO. His Clients include many local strategic development and Managing Partner degree in finance and real and an alumnus of H.B.S. He the hospitality and gaming Strategic Telecom Solutions Andy Katz and nationally known long-term institutional Sahara Coins, LLC estate from New Mexico key responsibilities holds a bachelor’s degree industry. Prior to joining Terri Messick President companies. Prior to PM goals. Moore works Mark Scott has been State University. William (Bill) Feather include strategic planning, in business from Oklahoma the Palms, Pusateri served Rich Medina Manpower, Inc. of Digital Group, Miller was in closely with the physician- a respected industry President business development and State University. He is as the senior vice president Sarah Frayer Southern Nevada Planet Hollywood Hotels patient quality/safety. In Wayne Haddad the entertainment industry leadership and senior- professional for more than John Wilson also a board member for of The Venetian and Andy Katz is a noted and Resorts Worldwide for 30 years. management teams. He 34 years. Scott and his staff Founder 1991, Kaufman relocated the Nevada Broadcasting The Palazzo, overseeing authority on employment Verizon Wireless also directs the company’s of numismatists provide MedicWest Ambulance Bill Feather is responsible to Nevada to work as Association. operations for a 7,000-suite and outlook survey trends for the expansion of the the DSH medical records campus. Under his Krystal Mc Donald in Southern Nevada. He Fafie Moore internal functions for the discreet and attentive John Wilson serves on President/Owner achievement of corporate service to collectors and the Board of Trustees and Planet Hollywood brand assistant director. Later, he James J. Murren, CFA supervision, the properties was recognized by In Realty Executives of objectives. With more than investors, ensuring the Chamber Prospectors for in the hotel and vacation moved to Valley Hospital Chairman of the received numerous honors, Business Las Vegas in Nevada 20 years of management highest value for their the Las Vegas Chamber of ownership industry. Feather has more than as the medical records director and was promoted Board & CEO MGM Resorts including a Five-Diamond rating from AAA. Pusateri executive level their Top 40 Under 40, and also as one of the Most Realty Executives of and leadership experience collections and financial Commerce. He is a past Nevada is repeatedly in health care, Moore has portfolios. Scott’s goal is co-chair for the Customer 28 years of experience in the hospitality industry. to assistant administrator. He has served on various International Jim Murren is chairman also served in senior positions with Four Seasons New Members Influential Businessmen of the Year 2005. Katz serves ranked the No.1 woman- provided oversight of major to educate each client and Service Excellence Program of the board and CEO of owned business in the hospitals and medical patiently guide them to and a 1997 Leadership Las He was with Starwood local boards including the Hotels & Resorts. He is a on the Board of Directors Cirrus Aviation Services Business Press Las organizations. financial strength, growth Vegas alumnus. He is a Hotels and Resorts Henderson Chamber’s MGM Resorts International, graduate of the University of Dennis Hill of many organizations, one of the world’s leading Vegas Book of Lists. Fafie and sustainability through member of the American serving in a number of Foundation Board and New Haven and The Culinary Greg Woods including the Clark executive positions. Prior development companies Moore, past chairman of Bridget Richards tangible asset investments. Ambulance Association, the American Heart Institute of America. Milton Woods County Public Education in gaming, hospitality and the Las Vegas Chamber Broker-Principal and board of directors of to Las Vegas, Feather Association. Foundation and the entertainment. Murren has of Commerce Board of New Growth Commercial Mike S. Wethington the Nevada Highway Users was responsible for the Southern Nevada Workforce Trustees, serves on the Real Estate Company General Manager Coalition. Wilson also Investment Board. Katz is boards of Service1st Bank, Bridget Richards pioneered Town Square Las Vegas serves as co-chair of the an avid bicyclist and sports FIT for an Independent the development of New Mike Wethington manages Chamber’s Health Care enthusiast. Tomorrow and holds Growth Commercial all daily operating functions Industry Action Committee.14 May 2011 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice May 2011 15
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  • 10. MeMber news President’s Club member • Executive Level The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce is proud to provide members with a place to publish their current announcements. Management Summit at Mandalay Bay. Jim Mace joined Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s Las Email news items to or fax to Public Relations at 702.735.0320. * Vegas office in the Real Estate and Transactional Practices as a shareholder. In addition, Ed n Coming Events Bank. The donation will provide the equivalent of 22,000 meals to those in The Glenn Group received 36 awards including Best in Show, eight Gold, seven Chansky has been elevated to shareholder in the need. Silver and 20 Bronze ADDYS from the firm. Ricardo’s Mexican Restaurant is hosting American Advertising Federation. an “All-You-Can-Eat Tacos and Frozen Proforma element 7 started a summer Las Vegas Outlet Center has rebranded and is Margaritas” promotion for $25 per person internship program through the Joseph A. Vassallo, vice president of now the Las Vegas Premium Outlets-South. In with $10 going back to the charity of FIXED RATE University of Nevada, Las Vegas College Paragon Pools, was named one of the 40 addition, the shopping center added 13 new the patron’s choice. The offer is good of Business that will run May 16-August Under 40 honorees by in Business Las stores. through May 31, 2011. For more 13, with the programming continuing Vegas. For 5 years on unsecured and non-real estate information, visit through the Fall and Spring semesters. WaterMark Executive Suites at 5940 S. secured business loans up to $500,000 n Announcements Rainbow is now offering its conference and n Community Service n Congratulations training rooms on a walk-in client basis, with Lentz & Mercier, CPAs named Barbara hourly and flat day rates. Cashman Equipment Company’s Pope as vice president of client relations Toys 4 Smiles, a non-profit organization corporate headquarters won the 2011 and marketing. 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  • 13. continued from page 11 higher-than-average wages and salaries and remarkably generous profession. The stakes are simply too high to turn a blind eye to reality system for Nevada’s colleges and universities. This would be a set Where does Nevada really rank in K-12 education? retirement and health care benefits have saddled Nevada with billions when you consider the life-changing implications of having a good amount of money from the state, and would need to be accompanied In terms of student performance, by almost all measures we of dollars in unfunded liabilities and — if unabated — threaten teacher or a bad teacher, particularly in the developmental grades. by a change in fiscal policy to allow the state’s institutions to keep are in the bottom third of the states. In terms of graduation to further erode core state services over the next two decades. their tuition payments. I believe this system should be competitive, not completion rates at the K-12 level, we are dead last in the What about performance pay? only relative to attracting students but also relative to the state funds nation. Overall, our students are failing at an alarming rate. They From your perspective, what meaningful reforms do I am very much in favor of pay for performance for teachers. are not reading proficiently by third grade; they are behind allocated to each college and university. Over time, I could see as much you think need to occur with collective bargaining Teachers who are very effective need to be paid more and rewarded; in math and science in elementary and middle school. as 50 percent of those block grant dollars guaranteed and the other and Chapter 288 of Nevada Revised Statutes? I think the same logic should also apply to administrators. 50 percent go to college and university programs that demonstrate With regard to NRS 288, there are relatively few reforms that need In an analysis we recently did for the Chamber in which we looked at that they are diversifying the economy or meeting goals in regards to to be done, but they have far reaching impact. First, if the last What about social promotion? all the reasons students succeed or fail, what was most meaningful to training students who are employable upon completion of the program. few years have taught us anything, it is that collective bargaining I think it is important to note that the Clark County School District me were two things: the single most important variable of a student’s agreements need to open automatically in the event of a fiscal has made some important strides relative to social promotion. Too What are some other steps the higher education success or failure was the educational attainment of the parent. emergency. Second, binding arbitration should be limited if not often, we focus on our challenges while ignoring individual and system can take to help our economy? Education starts at home and that is ultimately where it needs to be repealed altogether. Not giving elected officials final say with regards system-wide successes. Respecting this improvement, we need Focusing on bringing in some of the most talented researchers reinforced. This is not something we can easily change, as we have to collective bargaining is counterintuitive to most people outside to do more. We still have too few kids reading at grade level and into the state and becoming more aggressive relative to the developed an economy that provided higher-than-average wages for of government, and even to some within government. Third, the less than 50 percent of our students are graduating on time from commercialization of university-based research. From an economic those with lower-than-average educational attainment. What we do evergreen provisions that are included in some contracts, which high school, much less going on to college. Part of this is being development standpoint, finding those women or men who are leaders know is that if a child is not succeeding in early grades their chance of essentially allow those agreements to continue into perpetuity honest about who we are as a community. For example, it doesn’t in their areas are what make universities stand out to both emerging success in later grades — and later in life — is substantially reduced. until another agreement is reached are counterproductive. Fourth, make sense to have only two percent of your teachers who are industries and talented students. It is also where innovation happens. Focusing on student proficiency in early grades, not only ending social allowing management and supervisory personnel to collectively bilingual when 16 to 18 percent of your students are English promotion, but creating remediation and literacy initiatives, would Is there a meaningful way to communicate to the bargain has blurred the line between management and labor and language learners. Social promotion can take any number of has led to overall inflation in pay and benefits — labor should be likely have the greatest immediate impact on school performance. forms, including low expectations for certain groups of kids. broader business community that we have begun to make changes? allowed to collectively bargain, management should not. Finally, I Why is education so important to economic There has been a lot of discussion on higher I think the business community has a better pulse on change than think the state should take particular issue with contract provisions development? education funding. What are your thoughts? we might give them credit for. From an economic perspective, they that basically call for wages and salaries to be increased in order Education is the silver bullet. It is the common denominator in I believe it will be more effective to create a competitive block grant continued on page 26 to offset retirement contributions that employees are supposed addressing economic development problems, poverty problems, crime to be making. While government administrators may be able to problems, and any number of social ills. Even property values are rationalize how this scheme can meet the letter of law, it is clearly linked to educational opportunity and success. Education also levels inconsistent with its spirit. Today, local government employees have the playing field for children and families who might otherwise not an effective contribution to their retirement benefit approaching have opportunities to make a better life for themselves. Unfortunately, zero, while their state counterparts, who cannot collectively bargain, education is also largely a pay me now or pay me later proposition. see their paychecks reduced to cover half the program’s cost. For the State of Nevada, it is already later. And we are already dealing with the outcomes of failing to make education a priority. What will be the impact if these reforms are not addressed by the 2011 Legislature? As we look at the Nevada Legislature today, which In the immediate time frame, you’re not going to change the collective education reform proposals are important? bargaining process or pay down the current unfunded liabilities The teacher tenure issue is particularly important; we need to stop over night. We’ve made promises to state and local workers, and promoting kids who cannot read and teachers who cannot teach. those are promises we need to keep. The more important step Ninety-five percent of the teachers who are in the classroom are forward is that we start on a new path and not make the same sets remarkably talented teachers and are an asset to this community and of promises to newly hired employees. Just based on a preliminary to this state. The other five percent frankly have no business being look, I would submit to you that would save the state billions of in the classroom. We want to live under this illusion that everyone dollars over the next two decades. If we fail to make some of those who enters the teaching profession is a good teacher — this is reforms, it will be the reason that Nevada’s services continue to simply not the case. Teachers should be given every opportunity to erode over time and probably within the next 10 to 20 years, creating succeed, but the systems must also provide the ability to weed out financial challenges beyond repair for some local governments. those who would be better served applying their skills in another24 May 2011 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice May 2011 25
  • 14. continued from page 25 are seeing stability and even growth in some sectors. From a the tax base and lower the tax rate would go a long way to easing fiscal perspective, they are talking more about balancing the need the fiscal rollercoaster we have been on for the past 15 years. to keep taxes low while improving the state’s education system. From a policy perspective, they are increasingly savvy about how If the Legislature were to broaden the sales tax base and more adequately address the business tax, do changes in the way we view the world might affect them. If there you believe either of those would be anti-business? is anything that I think we need to remind the broader business As a matter of fact, I believe it is absolutely the opposite. The community about it is that economic development — creating both measures you outline could be done on a tax neutral basis, which jobs and fostering new opportunities — is all of our responsibility. is to say that the state would change where its gets it revenue, How do we make meaningful reforms to our not how much money it collects. I don’t want to leave you with underlying tax systems? the impression that additional revenue is not needed. I believe Report after report after report tell us there are some real that it is. As I stated before, reducing taxes and then cutting K-12 shortcomings in our revenue system. Most of our tax system works education and borrowing money to fund ongoing operations is very well. But most of our taxes were designed in the 1950s and suboptimal fiscal policy and runs counter to the state’s longer run 60s and our economy doesn’t look like how it looked back then. In needs. Further, if those monies were spent correctly, I believe it addition, I think we have to compel our Legislature to fully fund our would only enhance our economic opportunities going forward. capital reserves. If we spend 100 percent of what we have when I should say, however, that increasing revenues in absence of the other revenues are higher, then when revenues come in under expectations, reforms we have talked about would be a serious mistake. If we do which is about half the time, we have to raise revenue to get back not address the immediate and future challenges created by public to where we were. We sometimes refer to this as the fiscal death employee wage, salary and benefit disparities, additional money will spiral. What we need to do is make our revenue system as stable be funneled solely to more and higher paid public workers too often at as possible. While there is no perfect tax, nor a perfect tax system, the expense of the programs we are trying to improve. If you get those we can take steps to limit the variability, limit upward growth in reforms, then spending additional money where it can do the greatest spending and fund reserves at a level sufficient to insulate the good, where the return on the investment is clear and compelling, Nationwide. state from normal ups and downs in the economy. I will leave the But still very, and where the results are defined and measureable, I think it would question of tax sufficiency to elected policy makers; however, I would very local. be money well spent for every business and individual in Nevada. suggest that whether we don’t raise a single dime in new revenue Get great local service with Nationwide®. or $1 billion in new taxes, restructuring our system to broaden Steve B Ruley Agency Steve Ruley SMALL 7331 West Lake Mead Blvd Ste 104 Las Vegas, NV 89128 (702) 304-1600 ©2006 Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and A liated Companies. Nationwide Life Insurance Company. Home o ce: Columbus, Ohio 43215-2220. Nationwide, the Nationwide Framemark and On Your Side are federally registered service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. Not available in all states. The Annual Small Business Excellence Award Luncheon BUSINESS EXCELLENCE Thursday, September 22, 2011 AWARDS Nomination Deadline July 4, 2011 We make IT easy. We make IT work. Submit your nominations online We guarantee IT. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS! Exclusive Sponsor: Technology with a human touch. 702.318.7700 • www.neteffect-it.com26 May 2011 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice May 2011 27
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