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WELCOME TO THE LAS VEGAS ISSUE Welcome to the inaugural issue of the McSweeny Farms magazine. I hope everyone here agrees that we love the community and the small town atmosphere in Hemet. Your home in McSweeny Farms is at the center of the Inland Empire with all the comforts of living in Southern California. Please enjoy reading about all the amenities your town has to offer – from Diamond Valley Lake to the March Air Field Museum – and the miles of trails and tree-lined streets that make “working from home” a pleasant reality. McSweeny Farms is located in the perfect spot to experience all that is Southern California…and Southern Nevada! In this issue, we explore the short “drive to” vacation spots available just next door in Las Vegas. As we all dream about getting out – at least a little – I hope this “Visit Vegas” issue inspires you to spend time relaxing around McSweeny Farms, in Hemet and maybe even Vegas. For now, let’s all enjoy our time together in the city of Hemet.

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Oakridge at McSweeny Farms Oakridge at McSweeny Farms features a collection of single and two story homes ranging from 1,898 sq. ft to 2,537 sq. ft. with up to 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, and 2-3 car garages. This community also offers our popular MultiGEN floor plan with a private suite attached to the main home.

Priced from the Mid $400's

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D. R. Horton is an Equal Housing Opportunity Builder. Images are representational only. Homes are subject to prior sale. Home and community information, including pricing, included features, terms, availability and amenities, are subject to change at any time without notice or obligation. Square footages are approximate. D.R. Horton Los Angeles Holding Company, Inc – CA DRE License #01258550; Contractor’s License #770126.


Discover the Heart Of The Inland Empire

At McSweeny Farms — By Sarah Thornton Explore the outdoors, connect with neighbors and enjoy the simple pleasures and homegrown experiences uniquely found at McSweeny Farms, one of the Inland Empire’s newest master plan communities located in the heart of Hemet. Nestled among hundreds of acres of open spaces and walking trails, McSweeney Farms is a prime location for the outdoor and community enthusiast. “You can go ride your bike around the community, venture out on a hike in the surrounding hillsides or enjoy the sun at Diamond Valley Lake, all of which are just minutes from your front door,” said Matt Villalobos, vice president of Raintree Investment Corp. which is developing McSweeny Farms with Cross Lake Partners. McSweeny Farms is home to two new home neighborhoods by builders KB Home and Richmond American Homes. KB Home’s Savannah collection will open this summer. Richmond American Homes’ Seasons neighborhood offers floor plans ranging in size from approximately 2,080 to 2,660 square feet with up to five available bedrooms

and up to three baths. Prices start in the $300s. All of the homes are offered with two-car garages. McSweeny Farms is located in the center of the Inland Empire near Diamond Valley Lake and the San Jacinto mountains. The community offers residents abundant amenities including walking trails and private and public parks and which all complement an 18,000 square foot farmhouse-style recreation center with a fitness center, outdoor amphitheater and resort-style pool and spa. “McSweeny Farms gives you the small-town atmosphere with terrific recreational amenities,” said Villalobos. “It’s nearby every shopping and dining option you could want, and a short drive to the community clubhouse, an airport and many beautiful natural resources.” Seasons’ sales center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sales center is located at 3041 Homeward Street in Hemet. Virtual appointments are available online or by calling 951-846-3554. For more information, visit

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DiamondValley Lake & Marina — By Whitney Maher You can’t live in the Inland Empire without visiting Diamond Valley Lake and Marina – a.k.a. the “Home of Monster-Sized Fish.”

full-day, starting at $35 per hour. For those who do not want to fish, deluxe and uncovered pontoon boats are also available for rent, starting at $70 per hour.

Diamond Valley Lake, celebrated for its top-tier fishing experiences, is one of the largest man-made reservoirs in Southern California. The marina offers fishing, boating and hiking opportunities unlike anywhere else.

Bring your camera to capture panoramic views of the lake and the marina’s surrounding hillsides that have become known for stunning wildflower blooms each spring. Hike or bike the variety of trails with views of the water and natural vegetation, including the Wildflower trail featuring native flowers and raptor sightings.

Take to the water for the ultimate fishing adventure, with opportunities to catch a variety of fish species throughout the year. Diamond Valley Lake is best known for its world-renowned black bass fishing experiences, but is also home to rainbow trout, striper, blue and channel catfish and panfish. Fishing access permits are $9 per day and $6 for children, 12 years old and younger. Bass boats and other fishing boats are also available for rent by the hour, half-day or 08 | Deluxe Version Magazine

Trails are open Wednesday through Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Trail entrance fees are available for $4 per person. Diamond Valley Lake is located at 2615 Angler Ave. in Hemet. For more information, visit or call 951-926-7201.

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Southern California Railway Museum: Tours are offered Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

March Field Air Museum: Located at 22550 Van Buren Blvd, the museum offers a sky-high experience with a peek into the achievements of some of the country’s most renowned aviation pioneers.

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HISTORICAL GEMS — By Whitney Maher

Uncover Inland Empire’s unique history at some of Southern California’s top historical exhibitions! Green Valley residents are a close drive to the region’s most popular museums, including the Southern California Railway Museum, which explores the celebrated history of California’s railway system. The museum, located at 2201 S A Street in Perris, encompasses more than 100 acres and is home to an expansive collection of retro locomotives, railcars, trains, trolleys and more. Locomotive enthusiasts can experience the past first-hand with a ride on the museum’s operating trolley or behind a train every weekend. Tickets are unlimited and are available in the museum gift store. Visitors can enjoy narrated tours that cover an impressive 64-year history with extensive descriptions of featured lo-

comotives and rail cars. Those interested can experience a free guided drop-in tour, with limited availability each day, or reserve your spots ahead of time online for $3. Nearby is the March Field Air Museum, another historical gem in Riverside. Aircraft fanatics can take a stroll back in time while walking through a World War I trench line beneath the SR-71 Blackbird, the world’s fastest manned aircraft, or step through a Vietnam-era Fire Base surrounded by a series of helicopters. Visitors of all ages can view more than 30,000 artifacts, including flight gear, simulators, authentic uniforms, original photos and personal letters. Experience 80 aircrafts located in the museum’s indoor hangar or along the outdoor flightline, with guided tours available aboard an electric tram.

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Reimagine Work-Life Balance At McSweeny Farms — By Whitney Maher The ability to work remotely has completely revolutionized the workplace, allowing for flexible work arrangements and creating a better overall work-life balance. Working from home has been on the rise for generations, but last year’s unique obstacles accelerated the trend that was already in motion. Recent teleconferencing and other technological advancements have made setting up shop full time in a home office much easier than ever before. “Working from home is the new norm and communities are tuned into the everchanging needs of residents,” said Patrick Parker, president of Raintree Investment Corp. which is developing McSweeny Farms with Cross Lake Partners. “People are spending more time at home than before. It’s no longer just the home that’s important, but also the amenities offered and what’s available in the surrounding community.” With homes available from some of the nation’s top builders including Richmond American Homes and KB Home, McSweeny Farms offers outdoor opportunities and an abundance of amenities in addition to well-appointed

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homes. Diamond Valley Lake is just a mile west of McSweeny Farms, and surrounded by almost 150 acres of recreational open space with miles of walking and hiking trails and community parks. At the heart of McSweeny Farms is the 18,000 square foot farmhouse-style clubhouse and recreation center, designed to complement the community. Residents can enjoy a resort-style pool and spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, outdoor amphitheater, meeting and multipurpose rooms, lounge area, full-service kitchen and outdoor BBQ space. The community is a short drive from numerous shopping and dining experiences, employment centers and Hemet-Ryan Airport. “McSweeny Farms gives you the small-town feel with big city conveniences,” said Parker. “It’s the kind of community that makes working from home a dream. Everything you could want and need is just outside your front door.” For more information about McSweeny Farms, visit

Live the Farm Life At McSweeny Farms — By Whitney Maher

Foster a wholesome and sustainable lifestyle at McSweeny Farms. The master plan community offers a farm lifestyle that promotes homegrown foods and a healthy and active standard of living that is reminiscent of the traditional American community. “There is truly nothing like McSweeny Farms anywhere in the Inland Empire,” said Patrick Parker, president of Raintree Investment Corp., the developer of McSweeny Farms. “The community features a modern farm lifestyle that is a fairly new concept in Southern California and has shown to be very popular among residents who want to live within a community that practices a symbiotic relationship with the surrounding environment.” The community includes acres of recreational open space, community parks and miles of trails, with stunning views of

Hemet’s sprawling natural landscape. Residents can experience the outdoors in a way that is unique to them, with walking trails that weave in and out of the community and are ideal for a leisurely walk or active run. Go just beyond the community boundaries and take a hike close to home among the hillsides, or enjoy a day out on the lake at Diamond Valley Lake, located just a mile from the community. In between outdoor escapades, residents can relax at their exclusive 18,000 square foot community clubhouse and recreation center, located at the center of McSweeny Farms and completed with a welcoming farmhouse design. Guests can lounge by the resort-style pool and spa and enjoy the fitness center, basketball court, outdoor amphitheater, meeting and multipurpose rooms, lounge area, full-service kitchen and outdoor BBQ plaza.

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San Jacinto Valley Certified Farmers’ Market is a local source for produce,fruit,eggs,flowers,honey , Hummus, Muffins, dried fruits, nuts & much more. Learn more on facebook at:

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We recently welcomed a new single-story community to McSweeny Farms! KB Home’s Savannah collection offers five beautifully designed single-story floor plans at the popular Inland Empire master plan. The new single-story homes at Savannah at McSweeny Farms showcase popular design characteristics like gourmet kitchens overlooking expansive great rooms, large bedrooms with walk-in closets and ample storage space. Savannah’s floor plans feature up to five bedrooms and three baths, and range in size from approximately 1,400 to 2,100 square feet. Savannah also offers the KB Home Office, a dedicated room that homebuyers can personalize for the way they work. “KB Home is building an exciting collection of single-story homes, and we are happy to have the homebuilder join our growing master-planned community,” said Matt Villallobos of Raintree Investment Corp., which is developing McSweeny Farms with Cross Lake Partners. More information about the Savannah collection is available online at KB Home’s sales office and model homes at Savannah are located at 516 Farmstead Street in Hemet.

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Flourishes Again

The arrival to a better way of life has begun as we look toward new opportunities in daily wellness, travel, and business returning to normal for many across the world. As I slowly navigate the rush of what’s evolved in our current return to social gatherings and reconnecting with loved ones, I am reminded that these moments are far too special to take for granted. At last, bright visions of the near future are now in full realization. We celebrate the openings of several top destinations around the world, including Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, The Royal Atlantis Residences in Dubai, and on June 24th, 2021, the grand opening of Resorts World Las Vegas. Additionally, my list of impeccable new venues and shows to visit this summer includes Elia Beach Club, CHICA Miami, Yardbird D.C., Kassi Beach House, Zouk Nightclub, Ayu Dayclub, Sneaker Garden, and soon Delilah at Wynn Las Vegas. Entertainment ignites with the live performances dates from Celine Dion, Luke Bryan, and Carrie Underwood at Resorts World Las Vegas begin this fall. I celebrate all those involved in creating these incredible experiences for all of us to take pleasure in and enjoy planning for the future. It’s safe to say, “imagination flourishes again.” In this issue, we highlight a stunning Interiors+Design spotlight on Thomas Burger, several stories of business leaders that now thrive in success, delicious places to dine, and our continued honoree categories in Top Twenty People Of The Year for 2021. As you appreciate these pages, Deluxe Version Magazine has you in mind for the euphoria that lies ahead!




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ith thousands of choices of things, you can do to get in shape, navigating the world of fitness can get tricky at times. That is where Xtend Barre stands out above the rest.

“We don’t just stand at the barre. We use hand weights, Pilates sticks, and stability balls in unique ways to keep our members moving” said Andrea Rogers, founder of Xtend Barre. Xtend Barre is a high-energy low-impact workout that combines classical Pilates movements with ballet and high-energy cardio to deliver a workout that tones, strengthens, and lengthens the body.

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Founder of Xtend Barre, Andrea Rogers, was born and raised in Michigan and started dancing at the age of 3. “My mother put me into dance classes because I was always dancing around. At age 12, I started teaching dance, and prior to that I was a dance teacher’s assistant,” Rogers shared. Rogers was a professional dancer and choreographer for several years, traveling the world with various dance companies and celebrity performers. “I’m so profoundly lucky that I found my passion early on and have been able to build a career of it” she said.

Rogers was first introduced to Pilates for its therapeutic benefits and became a comprehensive classical certified Pilates trainer. To offer her clients variety, fun, and increase fitness benefits, she created her own fusion of core dance and Pilates fundamentals. In 2008 Xtend Barre was born. “No other workout combines grace and athleticism like Xtend Barre, and this is why so many people love it. Ours is a serious workout for everyone – women who want to get or stay in shape; people looking to build their confidence; athletes seeking an incredible cross-training program. You’ll never take the same class twice at an Xtend Barre studio” she said. Want to take a class, Xtend Barre currently has studios in California, Massachusetts, New York, Michigan, and Virginia with studios in Canada and Australia too. And more expansion is on the way. “We are focused on international expansion and further franchise development in Australia and Asia. We are excited to launch new programming to our online members and in our studios while continuing to support all of our members worldwide,” she expressed.

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CHICA Nights Sizzle With Chef Lorena Garcia — By Danica Serena Stockton

CHICA Nights at the Las Vegas and Miami locations provide live DJ sets, a selection of specialty cocktails, and the delicious menu of celebrity Chef Lorena Garcia. The latin fusion restaurant hosts this special event every Friday and Saturday from 9:30 p.m. until late night. Chef Lorena partnered with 50 Eggs Hospitality Group to bring the latin fusion restaurant to the scene in Las Vegas in 2017, and then to Miami a couple years later. CHICA Miami recently celebrated a grand reopening while CHICA Las Vegas has stayed busy entertaining and feeding guests. Chef Lorena gives us a sneak peak of what patrons can expect when attending CHICA Nights,

“CHICA Nights offers a total immersion of the senses. Located right in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, it’s the perfect spot to spend an entire evening indulging in the vibrant flavors of Latin-America for dinner, perfectly paired with our incredible mixology program that offers exceptional Latin-inspired cocktails. After dinner, enter into a late night experience like 40 | Deluxe Version Magazine

none other that includes entertainment, bottle service, and a live DJ to dance the night away to, entertainment, and bottle service!” Whether it’s time with friends and family, a romantic date night, or a first date, CHICA is a great option to create new memories. The octopus comes highly recommended by owner John Kunkel. “I never liked octopus or squid. I had tried both several times at different restaurants, prepared in different ways. My two friends wanted to try the octopus so we decided to order it as an appetizer. To my surprise, I put in another order for a second plate. Every time I visit CHICA now, I order the octopus” a guest recalls. The paloma is another must have and is unlike any other paloma. Served with Fever Tree Grapefruit and an entire drink presentation, it is more than the drink itself. With the intricate handcrafted cocktail creations, lively atmosphere, exceptional customer service, and impressive menu, CHICA Nights is sure to imprint a positive experience for all. To learn more, visit



Elia Beach Club — By Dayna Roselli That’s the mantra of Élia Beach Club at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, part of Curio Collection by Hilton and owned by JC Hospitality. Get ready to be transported to an authentic pool club experience that feels like you are in Mykonos or Tulum. A beach house, a terrace, sand, and water. Élia takes pieces from around the world. Raw materials, progressive beach house music mixed in with live music featuring bongos, saxophones, trumpets. Managing partners Jason “JROC” Craig, Michael Fuller, and Mio Danilovic have come together to create a new day club experience for Las Vegas. They are nightlife veterans with a long list of notable venues on their roster. There was no doubt in their minds they wanted to work on this project together. “We are bringing a new venue to life,” notes JROC. Élia’s designer is Francois Frossard. He also worked on Danilovic’s venue Joia Beach in Miami. It has a different feel from the other pools around Las Vegas, and you’ll see that as soon as you enter. Élia will have its own entrance and valet separate from Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, but hotel guests will be able to enter through the property.


Fuller says, “we’re trying to carve out our own niche or marketplace, we’re not trying to compete or compare ourselves to anybody else, and we’re changing the platform of what we think a beach club or a day club should be. It’s refined, it’s mature, and we think that’s going to resonate.” Fuller adds, “I think coming out of quarantine, people are looking for a little bit more of an authentic experience. It’s not always about being loud, noisy, and aggressive. It’s a little bit more dignified. When you go to Mykonos or Ibiza, you see people that are jet-setters. They travel around the world to the best parties, the music is much more textured, and the soundscapes that you hear are people that have been going to clubs since they were nineteen. They could be 30, 40, 50, 60 years old, so we wanted to create something that caters not just to Millennials, but Gen X and even Baby Boomers.” The music will be programmed to resonate with everyone. JROC describes it as a ‘happy beach vibe.’

He says, “transitioning off the pandemic, I think people are looking for something more experiential. There are great DJs out there that people want to see; we do have a great roster of musical talent, a little bit different than some of the other venues’ programming, but world-class nonetheless. We’re bringing in resident DJs you’d find in Tulum, resident DJs you’d find in exotic spaces, as well as popular international guest DJs that have put out some great music. Bringing a sound that we are really looking for.”


Élia will extend past sunset. There is a beach house on the inside with raw wood and rope that has an organic feel, and you can also see the pool that’s up top. The second level is called, The Terrace. The club will activate the beach house, the downstairs living room, and the upstairs terrace. That’s when a different DJ comes on and might play more of a deeper house music. There will be fire dancers and a percussionist. It’s about letting the party evolve. They plan to do parties around the full moon, too, with lantern lighting. Élia will take cultures from places around the world and bring them into one space. JROC adds, “international travel still isn’t 100 percent, so if we’re able to transport someone through our ambiance, vibe and aesthetic, and create their reality in our vision of being in these exotic spaces, then I think we’re winning.”


The day club will also have an elevated food menu. It’s a different product from what the Virgin Hotels Las Vegas resort pool will have and will feature a couple of outside brands. Everbowl will offer Acai bowls and more. The club is working with Truff Hot Sauce as well. Élia is excited to have beers from around the world that you usually wouldn’t be able to get in Las Vegas.


Fuller says the locals are extremely important to them too. He was born and raised in Las Vegas and wants to own the locals market, “being a native here, that’s important to me, and it’s always been part of our philosophy. At the end of the day, when you take care of the locals, the locals take care of you.” Fuller says if he were looking at one award to win, it would be Number One Local Pool Party. JROC agrees, “it’s time to go back to taking care of people again. Remembering people’s names, making sure they are taken care of really well, going back to looking people in the eyes. We’re not trying to hit people over the head with our minimums. We want our pricing to be competitive with the market, but we don’t ever want to have anyone leave the venue feeling as though they spent the money and weren’t fulfilled with that experience. It’s really important to us.”


The Élia team has a health and wellness program they are really proud of as well. “Before our first team meeting, we organized yoga in a group workout session for the staff. Before we go into our pre-shift every day, we will be doing a vinyasa and breath empowerment for five minutes: no phones, no yelling, none of that. We want our staff to be in a good place. Positive mind and positive heart,” says JROC.


Stay Tuned for an exciting grand opening weekend, June 11-13, 2021, filled with star power and excitement as the venue officially opens its doors. Élia Beach Club will be open Thursdays to Sundays from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Instagram: @eliabeachlv | Website:

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ROLLS-ROYCE AND HERMÈS ARE SYNONYMOUS WITH LUXURY — By Ryan Gillum The two iconic manufacturing giants have long been known for combining innovation and elegance in their respective fields. Now, in 2021, we have the privilege of seeing them join forces. The Phantom Oribe, commissioned by Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa, was designed and handcrafted by Bespoke specialists at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, West Sussex, and Hermès in Paris.

“This magnificent expression of our pinnacle product represents a landmark for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, bringing together two houses with more than three centuries’ combined experience and heritage. It is the result of a deep, genuine collaboration between the Houses of Rolls-Royce and Hermès, in which designers, materials specialists and skilled craftspeople worked side by side to create a truly one-of-a-kind Phantom. It has been an extraordinary privilege to unite on such a creatively challenging, technically demanding commission and bring our client’s remarkable vision so beautifully to life.” — Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Envisioned as a ‘land jet’ to complement one of Maezawa’s recently commissioned private planes, the Phantom Oribe will certainly have its exclusive clientele flying high. PHOTOS COURTESY OF ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS PRESSCLUB

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TALKS MARRIAGE & FEAR THE WALKING DEAD – By Allison Kugek In AMC’s hit series, Fear the Walking Dead, the post-apocalyptic spin-off series of The Walking Dead, now in the second half of its sixth season, actress Jenna Elfman brings a tour de force performance as a former ICU nurse and apocalypse survivor, June Dorie. Her character carries significant trauma, and Elfman plays each note to perfection amid a flawless ensemble cast. What makes Jenna Elfman so interesting to watch on screen are her exotic blue eyes that dance wildly in comedic roles, and simmer with intent during heavier, more dramatic onscreen moments. Having come into our homes in the late 1990s and early 2000s as spirited Dharma Finkelstein on the Chuck Lorre created sitcom, Dharma & Greg, and later in romantic comedy films like Keeping the Faith and EDtv, audiences got to know the funny platinum blonde livewire that embodied a younger Jenna Elfman. As Jenna puts it during our conversation, “young ingenue” roles were her lane for many years; whether playing opposite Matthew McConaughey or Ben Stiller, her characters were somebody’s wife or somebody’s girlfriend.

Jenna Elfman yearned to tackle the kind of selfcontained, multi-dimensional character work she now enjoys with her role in Fear the Walking Dead. What parallels do you draw between the year 2020 and your apocalyptic show, Fear of The Walking Dead? Good question. We really got to see what people do when their survival is threatened (laugh). You see the ones that tend to help, and you see the ones that tend to hoard, and everything in between. I think with the extreme example of what we do on Fear, which portrays a true apocalypse setting, it is an extreme version of the homeopathic dose we saw manifest amongst ourselves last year. And your take on our current society and culture? Changing, and hopefully evolving… What do you think the upside would be if we needed to rebuild our society from the ground up, like in Fear? There is always a greater opportunity for harmony and tolerance, and a broader and enlightened sense of each other, and respect. I would always hope that as a culture changes, it would improve in those ways so that we could [collectively] expand our culture in a way that is safer and more fun to live within. What has been your greatest triumph, to date? Bringing children into this world. I think that is a huge triumph, and the most rewarding endeavor I have ever tackled. Do you pray? And if so, who or what do you pray to? I don’t pray per the literal definition, but I do like to observe life, dream, daydream about goals for myself and for the world, and then intend them. I like to grow myself mentally and spiritually as needed to help accomplish those dreams and make them come true for myself, for my family, and for others. I guess that is a form of praying, but it is not the commonly defined form of praying. I do like to dream and intend good things, and I am always intending good things for others. It makes me feel good to look at someone and hope and intend the best version

of themselves into them. I find that to be a very therapeutic endeavor. You and your husband just celebrated your 26th wedding anniversary. How do you get to twenty-six years? What do you attribute it to? I think there are three things. One, we started off as best friends and we are still best friends. That means we don’t keep secrets. We’re friends and we support each other. We don’t compete against each other, except for who’s more tired (laughs). That’s always a fun game. That is really the only area of competition. It’s about friendship and humor. Humor has always been a big part of our relationship. We love to laugh and be silly, and we love to make each other laugh. What do you think you came into this life to learn, and what do you think you came here to teach? I think there are so many facets to life. I feel like I am always learning and you kind of don’t know what you don’t know until you start to learn about it. Then you realize how much you don’t know. I think the benefit of our information age is how much you can learn, and how quickly you can learn it and increase your rate of knowledge. We can now access history and stories of mankind so easily. That has been one of the cool things about homeschooling my kids, is curating the stuff they are learning. Lastly, what is in store for your character June as this new season progresses? There are some big June stories coming. We are going to see this new strong, but challenged, side to her and she has more story to go through. I think viewers are really going to enjoy it. Photos Courtesy of Ray Katchatorian Allison Kugel is a syndicated entertainment and pop culture columnist and author of the book, Journaling Fame: A memoir of a life unhinged and on the record. Follow her on Instagram @theallisonkugel and at

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ebra Kelleher couldn’t be more of a perfect fit as CEO of the Stirling Club! She has been in the hotel business her entire career and she’s lived at Turnberry Place for twenty years. She has opened more than forty hotels, and overseen construction and renovations on numerous projects. She says, “I have worked with many designers, but in the big corporate sector, I never really had the chance to make a lot of those design decisions. This project gave me the opportunity, and it has been an amazing experience for me and many others on our team.” The project Kelleher is referring to is the remodel of the historic Stirling Club. The club was a Las Vegas hot spot for many years, known for its entertainment, upscale restaurant, and member-only club amenities. It closed down for a while, but now, it’s back! Kelleher says, “the repair and renovation process was protracted, then COVID hit. Our team was able to navigate through it, and now we are really starting to find our groove.” The new Stirling Club is a mix of old and new. Kelleher says they were able to preserve the history of the club through careful restoration of the grand entrance, cigar bar, main bar, and what they call the blue room which is used for meetings and dinner parties for up to 50 people. When you enter the club you’ll also see spaces that have a more modern and luxurious feel.

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“There’s a lot going on and I think we’ve struck a nice balance in our efforts to honor the legacy of the past at the Stirling Club with our vision for creating a state-of-the-art city club that caters to many different interests and activities.” Entertainment is a big part of the club’s history and it has stayed that way. In fact, throughout the pandemic, the club worked with local artists to keep entertainment going inside. The lineup of entertainers will also expand as things continue to return to normal. The club’s pool is also an upscale, relaxing area that’s lined with cabanas. Weekends include live music or local DJs on site. “It’s been an intense, challenging, and rewarding experience; and I feel we’ve only just begun.” Kelleher encourages people to schedule a visit, and says being a member has its perks! Prospective members get a complimentary single-day pass to experience a taste the of club in person.

“The vibe is really exciting! It’s what we hoped for when – By Dayna Roselli we started The Stirling Club’s transformation. I encourage VP Membership Sales, Kathleen Gustafson people to come see what we’ve | 702-274-5672 done to the place.”

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ttorney Patrick Kang knows the value of winning. As the owner of Ace Law Group, Kang leads an award-winning legal team that focuses on its clients and their success. In fact, the firm’s achievements caused it to double in size since 2018, growing to 15 employees.

“We’ve exploded as far as legal caseload and staff,” said Kang, whose firm specializes in personal injury and employment discrimination. “I think more people are coming to us because they are realizing we are aggressive and more than willing to go to court for them. Plus, we take on cases other offices might not, such as mold injury and sexual harassment.” Kang said there’s been a resurgence of reporting sexual harassment in the workplace, especially at fast-food restaurants. “A lot of underage girls fifteen to seventeen during Covid weren’t going to school so they were working part-time at fast-food chains, and we’ve been getting so many of those cases,” he said. “The stories I hear are bad, but the corporation’s reaction is the worst part.”

Kang’s firm, located at 6480 W. Spring Mountain Rd. near Chinatown, employs staff who speak Korean and Spanish to serve clients who might be more comfortable sharing their case with someone from their own culture who speaks the same language. “There’s a benefit to having someone on your team who understands your language and culture,” said Kang, who recalls a time he had to translate from English to Korean for his mother when she was stopped for speeding. “If I hadn’t been there, she might have received a more severe ticket or not understood what was taking place. I spent most of my life translating for my parents. I was their mini lawyer in a sense.” He might have been small-time back then, but law school at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, followed by 14 years in practice paved the way for his success today. The firm recently settled a tough case for $1.1 million. According to Kang, the defense counsel originally told him the case wasn’t worth more than a few hundred thousand dollars at best. “We fought it out and showed them they were wrong,” Kang said.

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COLLIN MARTINEZ — By Ashlee DeMartino

At a young age, life hit Collin Martinez smack in the face. Born in Michigan, he and his family moved to Las Vegas when he was three years old. “My parents divorced when I was young. My mother remarried to a doctor and our lives changed very drastically and financially for the better. Personally, it was the start of a big downfall for our family. My father saw that we were doing very well for ourselves and moved to another country to pursue business opportunities. About a year and a half later my mom and stepfather started having serious legal issues,” said Collin Martinez. This forced Collin to drop out of High School and start working to try and support him and his two siblings, but it was not enough. At the age of 17, Collin was homeless. “This was, hands down, one of the worst experiences I’ve had to endure in my life, but it was also the best thing that could have happened to me. It taught me perspective and that life is not all what it seems” he said. Collin was working as a bartender when one of his regulars, a realtor, started talking with him about what she did and how he would be great at it. “The thought of working in real estate had never crossed my mind. First, I tried timeshare sales at Westgate. I could not get behind the sales tactics, so I phased out rather quickly. That is when I started the transition into real estate in mid-2018. Once I was licensed, I struggled the first ten months. I felt that I needed more support being so new to the industry. I’ve met some amazing people through that struggle and an opportunity was presented to me to join Huntington & Ellis, a Real Estate Agency. Broker Craig Tann, embodies everything that a leader is. With the endless guidance, structure, and knowledge he gives us all, I’ve been able to make a name for myself” he said. What sets Collin apart from other realtors is the way he treats others, with the Golden Rule – “Treat others as you want to be treated”.

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“I am an advocate for always having a Common Concern for others and how we treat each other. Authenticity is another core value that I think is so important. Stick to who you are because that is what will carry you the furthest in life. Growth is a big one for me. It can be golf, finances, your career, stretching, etc. I push everyone around me to grow regardless of what area it is in your life. Leadership and inspiration. I’m making great strides in my life right now but if it weren’t for people with that leadership and inspirational quality in them it would have been a much harder road for me,” he said. Always looking to the future, Collin’s goal is to start his own Real Estate team by 2022. “My father is currently taking his real estate course to be my executive assistant so I’m already taking steps in that direction,” he said. When he is not at work, Collin spends his time either at the gym, playing basketball, boxing, golfing, or hanging out with friends. “My absolute favorite thing to do is golfing with my dad any chance that I get. We go every Sunday no matter what the weather is like. We just went a few weeks ago in 30mph winds” he said. He also donates his time to several non-profits in Las Vegas. “I work with the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth and Crazy4Pawz Animal Rescue.

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Dr.Akindele Kolade – By Dani Reeves Board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Akindele Kolade, MD has observed a lot in his 25+ years of years of experience; however, no one had plans for a global pandemic. Dr. Kolade treats many patients, including those struggling with addiction as he is certified in that area; however, he focuses on child and adolescent psychiatry.

“It was very important to me to find a way to continue to see these families without having to make a trip to my office during Covid.” He says. Although he still sees his patients in his office, he finds that this system he has developed over the past years and more so during the past year and a half could possibly help his patients more effectively. “I am calling my patients in their place of comfort be it work or in their homes now. This allows me to see how they are living which helps me understand them more.” Kolade says. Dr. Kolade has dedicated his life to mental health awareness, and because he knows how powerful the media can be he founded ProAscella Productions and Films. A Movie producer and an actor in his debut movie “Loving Daniella”, Dr. Kolade has been able to reach a larger audience while bringing light to mental health in Africa. Dr. Kolade is passionate about promoting and encouraging humanizing mental health both here in American and in Africa and hopes that ProAscella films can help bring awareness in future with the use of arts to share people and hope to fulfill their dreams as well. To find more information on Dr. Akin Kolade visit,, @drakinkolade

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Vision Is Optimal —By Sarah Jenkins When it comes to services her patients in the Summerlin and greater Las Vegas Region, Dr. Amel Youssef says the sense of community is undeniably the best part of her job. This passion for community extends from specialized care covering comprehensive optometry needs to her philanthropic involvement giving back.

“I love seeing return patients come back over the years, establishing those deep-rooted connections and those trusting her as their source of optimal optometry care,” Youssef says. Dr. Youssef spent years in New York for her professional Education before relocating to Las Vegas. Her beautiful flagship optometry office, VISION By Amel, located in Downtown Summerlin for the past six years. Her practice covers a comprehensive array of eye care and concerns, including eye exams on-site, glasses, contacts, Lasik Consultations, cataracts, dry eye, and pediatric care. Two of Dr. Youssef’s favorite state-of-the-art cuttingedge offerings her office provides patients are a specialized Vision Simulator machine, as well as an on-site lab that can provide patients with eyeglasses in the little as twenty minutes. As far as giving back, she additionally cites her involvement with Olive Crest, a nonprofit providing funds and resources for underserved youth in the community, such as eye exams for foster teens.

From Left: Amir, Deen, Amel, & Noor at the spring shop for charity event hosted by Giorgio Armani inside Crystals Las Vegas. 100% of the funds raised were donated to the Olive Crest foundation.

Lastly, when asked Dr. Youssef, what is her favorite way to unwind? She says, “Traveling to Cairo and New York! I find the ease of travel from Las Vegas refreshing.” Yousseff also loves hiking, hockey games, and shopping fine dining the city offers. Be sure to check out Dr. Amel Optometry the next time you visit Downtown Summerlin and add a little more VISION to your life.

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BEAUTY KITCHEN YOUR SOURCE FOR HIGH-END SKIN CARE Looking for branded items for clients? Beauty Kitchen has local manufacturing in Las Vegas Nevada and can logo everything from skincare to hand sanitizers and many personal care products to promote your business. Beauty Kitchen has customized many gift baskets for realtors and has done thousands of mini hand sanitizers (the perfect business card!) Beauty Kitchen also offers a wide range of private label programs for salons, spas, and anyone wanting to dive into the beauty business or add existing items to their brand, spa, or salon. With nearly ten years of experience, Beauty Kitchen offers retail-ready items, turn-key graphics, and personal coaching by Heather Marianna on wholesaling, manufacturing, packaging, labeling, and getting started in the skincare industry. To start your skin care journey, check out and take the free skin diagnostics and get your customized skin scores and recommendations in the comfort of your own home.

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Desert Bungalow Thomas Burger has taken his design talents across the globe with projects in China, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Jordan, Monaco, and London. Domestically he has projects across the country while headquartered at the World Market Center Las Vegas.

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THOMAS BURGER: DEVINE DESIGN Deluxe Version Magazine is proud to spotlight a new member of our Interiors+Design family, Thomas Burger. He is a worldrenowned interior designer and is set to bring new light to Las Vegas one project at a time.

“A good designer can do anything well, from traditional to contemporary, from restrained to extravagant. My goal is to create a perfect reflection above and beyond my clients’ vision,” Burger says. Upon graduating from Indiana University with multiple degrees in the sciences, Burger traveled Europe extensively, soaking in each country’s culture and immersing himself into the art and architecture of each city. At the age of 23 he returned to America to make New York City his home, where he continued his education in design and architecture. Filled with inspiration, Burger launched his own design firm in New York City which

quicky flourished into one of the most sought-after design firms for both commercial and residential projects. “I’ve renovated over one hundred landmark buildings in New York City, and designed several of the newer high rises, transforming the New York City skyline, with my clients,” he says. “I’ve been so blessed to have worked on so many incredible projects throughout the world. In Las Vegas there have been so many, but the one that stands out in my mind is assisting in the design of the most expensive home ever sold in Las Vegas.” Burger is ready to bring new design life into ‘the city that never sleeps’ by creating beautiful spaces, peaceful sanctuaries, and divine environments for everyone to live in. “I think that Las Vegas is at the precipice of catching up with the rest of the world and surpassing it in good, solid, creative design. I am excited to be a part of it.”

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st Priority Realty Owner and Broker, Shane Nguyen, has built a real estate business in which he and his team help enhance their clients’ lifestyles and estate portfolios with the best real estate deals. With a focus on motivation, mindset, and positivity, Nguyen has grown his business substantially from the ground up. “I moved to Las Vegas in ‘95 from Los Angeles and got my real estate license in ‘97,” he says. This allowed him to seize the opportunity to grow with the city as it was developing. “It was the greatest decision I’ve made,” he shares. Nguyen admits that the first few years of business were difficult and slow. After realizing his business needed a boost, he took a leap of faith and invested all of his life savings in addition to borrowed funds into his first paid advertisement. Once he committed to securing ad space at a bus stop, momentum picked up and he was able to secure additional ad space. His business has since propelled. Nguyen recounts another leap of faith he took to open his own business with no prior business ownership knowledge in order to meet the rising demands of his clients, “I opened my own business in 2005. I was growing faster than anticipated. As an agent I outgrew myself and I outgrew my team. The only thing that made sense was to open up my business to have space for my team.” Nguyen stays closely involved with his team and his clients alike. He offers weekly updates, his personal attendance to each showing, and postshowing updates in order to ensure the optimal experience and outcome for each of his clients. He explains, “I never give up. If you want to play

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big, you have to perform big.” Nguyen prioritizes advertising for both his business and his clients’ properties. He shares his many methods as, “pay ads on [well known social media sites], magazines, direct mailings, brochures, and constantly doing videos to show properties.” Nguyen’s dedication to his clients and the real estate industry have landed him leadership roles throughout his career. In 2018, he was president of AREAA, the Asian Real Estate Association of America. He is currently on the board of directors for Las Vegas REALTORS® (LVR) due to his evident leadership skills and his ability to forge new paths to benefit other agents and clients alike. Nguyen says, “I like to inspire other people, to motivate them. I feel it’s a way to continue to help me stay at my highest level of performance. To inspire others, you’ve got to be at your highest level.” Nguyen and his team also value giving back to the community.

“I’m very involved in the community here. Twice a year I help the teenage homeless; we donate shoes and clothing to a local non-profit. We give out turkeys during thanksgiving [and participate in] toy drives during Christmas. I do videos with different brokers and agents to educate the community as well.” Shane Nguyen, owner, and broker of 1st Priority Realty continues to push the boundaries in order to realize the best version of himself and to further excel in the luxury real estate field. To learn more, visit

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– By Ashlee DeMartino



Madalyn, before becoming an agent what did you do? I went to the University of Nevada Reno for my freshman year of college as a pre-nursing major and worked in a doctor’s office. After realizing that I had much more that I wanted to explore, I made the decision to leave Reno and got an internship at Los Angeles Magazine. After my internship ended, I went back to Las Vegas and began building a childcare business, which lead me to choose to au pair in Versailles

he savvy, local real estate brokerage firm “Around Town” prides itself on providing top-tier, conciergetype service for all its clients. That starts with providing savvy, educated, and talented agents who know the Las Vegas market like the back of their hands. GARRETT PAGE, REAL ESTATE AGENT Garrett, why was real estate your calling? My initial interest in Real Estate was sparked during my final year of college at the University of Nevada Honors College when I decided to take an elective class to satisfy my Finance degree requirements. The elective class I chose was Mortgage Finance, I found the study to be extremely interesting because I knew at some point, I would own a home and it would be useful to understand the steps during a real estate transaction. I decided to take more classes in real estate finance, and I ended up graduating with a Bachelor of Finance accompanied with a minor in Real Estate in 2020. What makes Las Vegas, one of the top cities in the US to move to? Vegas is such a rare gem in the United States with its balance between the serenity of Red Rock National park, its beautiful residential lifestyle, and the lively strip that we all fantasize about. Las Vegas is truly a one of a kind, and It is easy to see why so many people are deciding to establish their lives here. Why should a home buyer choose you as their agent? My ability to foster meaningful relationships with my clients is what separates me from other real estate agents. I pride myself on ensuring my clients feel like they are my only focus and that they can trust me fully. I help create this relationship by displaying loyalty and genuine interest in their life and wants; my goal is not only to find or sell a home for clients but also to gain a friend from the relationship.

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Now back in Las Vegas, what made you decide to go into real estate? I have always had an interest in real estate and knew it was something that I was going to pursue. I genuinely enjoy working with people and helping others. I realized that there are so many ways to help people and providing expertise and assistance in finding someone the perfect home or selling someone’s personal space is extremely rewarding. What sets you apart from the competition? I ensure that every part of the process is genuine, transparent, thought through, and pleasant. I build personal connections with my clients, as I want to know exactly what they value and desire so I can give them the best experience and service that I can offer. I believe that my life experience in many different areas, close attention to details, and high standards for serving my clients set me apart from other agents” she said. What are both of you seeing in the Las Vegas housing market right now? Miller shares, “The market right now is on fire! Houses go on the market and fly right back off. With the influx of people that Vegas has been receiving, housing has been in high demand and the available property has become limited. Although there are new builds in the works, the influx is overpowering the time it takes for the properties to be completed.” “The combination of low-interest rates, an increase of new residents, and the lack of home supply for willing buyers to choose from. This is understandably an intimidating process to many firsttime homebuyers, but this is why we are helping! To successfully navigate this market, we use effective marketing strategies and tools, interpersonal relationships, and professional experience to ensure we meet and exceed our client’s expectations. Our brokerage philosophy is centered around a concierge-type client journey. We want every client to feel empowered, informed, and comfortable during their real estate process regardless of if they are a first-time home buyer or an experienced homeowner looking to move” said Page.




ur day-to-day routine dings at us, one reminder at a time, thanks to our smartphones, tablets, and computers. This keeps us on track, focused, and organized. Unfortunately, many of us (me included) walk into our houses, and from room to room, it is sheer chaos. Piles of books and magazines, clothes, tools, toys, etc. “Organization is the key to everything, because it changes people’s lives,” said Liza Wolff, owner of Inspired Closets. For more than 30 years, Liza Wolff has been designing, planning, and creating inspired spaces in people’s homes, offices, and garages. After graduating from Arizona State University, Liza was able to learn from some of the founders of the closet organizing business. “I actually opened my first closet company in Southern California in the early 90s called The Efficient Space Planning Company. In 1998 I expanded my company and opened an office in Las Vegas. We were one of the largest companies working with builders, architects, interior designers, and realtors,” Wolff said. In 2019, Liza became an exclusive dealer for Inspired Closets, which allowed her company to offer clients a beautiful new collection of colors and quality components that no one in the industry in Vegas has. “We have a 2500 square foot showroom. It is exciting to be able to walk through and show our clients the quality we have. There are pieces that architects notice right away.

They’re like ‘wow, it’s about time the industry comes up with colors and caps that match every single piece of hardware,” she said with joy. Liza and her team have organized more than 25,000 people’s lives.

“Our team has done closets, entertainment centers, offices, toy rooms, mudrooms, laundry rooms, pantries and garages. Lots of garages. Getting people organized is my passion, truly it is. When you make such a transformation in a client’s life, where now everything fits perfectly, everything has a place, it changes people’s lives and I love doing it over and over again,” she expresses. She takes space planning very seriously, putting functionality, quality, and beauty in every design. “We bring out the homeowner’s personality but also make it so that they can enjoy the space, that it complements the house and it adds to the resale value for when they sell it. We make it so it’s never wasting time investing in your personal organization.”

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The Royal Atlantis Resort is among the many exceptional world-wide destinations to visit in the near future. – Written By Ryan Gillum & Curtated By The Hotel Boss

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THE ROYAL ATLANTIS RESORT & RESIDENCES When standard luxury isn’t enough, anything better might seem mythological. These residences are breaking into a new genration of resort-to-residence curated design. This $1.4 billion megaproject, located at The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai and designed by internationally acclaimed architects Kohn Pedersen Fox, is nothing short of legendary. Featuring signature underwater suites and sky-high infinity pools, Dubai’s Atlantis Royal Residences are as close to a utopian dream home as you can get.

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Seeking sanctuary? Look no further than Nômade Tulum. Dubbed ‘the meeting point of those whose journey never ends,’ this Yucatan getaway is an exquisite escape from the daily grind. Whether you’re into exploring Mayan ruins, practicing yoga, listening to live music, or simply searching for some rest and relaxation, the 44-roomed, wellness-focused resort will awaken your soul and free your mind.

All-inclusive luxury is the name of the game at Le Blanc Cancun. With breathtaking Caribbean views, opulent decor, top-of-the-line hydrotherapy treatment facilities, personal butler services, and 24 hour in-room dining, it’s hard to beat the overall experience of this world-class resort.


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A modern twist on good old Southern Hospitality, Virgin Hotels Nashville is as hip as it gets. Located on historic Music Row, this chique boutique hotel is mere minutes from downtown Nashville’s hottest attractions. Each of it’s 262 ‘chambers’ is equipped with blonde wood accents, velvet furniture and barn-style sliding doors, giving it a uniquely retro-meets-modern aesthetic.

Looking for luxury in the ‘live music capital of the world’? This 4-star, 37-story hotel, situated in the heart of Austin, houses an impressive 1,048 rooms. Known for its award-winning spa and trademark ‘Fairmont Gold’ experience, the Fairmont Austin is the perfect place to post up on your next trip to Texas.

Care to explore New York’s natural novelties? Designed by local artists using native greenery and reclaimed materials, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge offers breathtaking views of the East River and Manhattan Skyline. The 194-room hotel’s focus on reducing waste and supporting good climate habits makes it an ideal destination for the ecocentric traveler.


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rowing up in the small wine country town of Lodi, California, Faisal Sublaban learned that hard work, determination, and risk are what it takes to be a BOSS. “We were a middle-class family in a small town, Mom, Dad, myself, and my three siblings. My father’s a serial entrepreneur. He had multiple businesses that spanned car audio to car lots, all of which I worked within, as a kid” said Sublaban. After graduating High School Sublaban, attended UC San Diego, where he got his Bachelor of Science in Management Science. “When I graduated, I went right into a job working for Wells Fargo financial. I did extremely well and within 12 months I became a manager” he said. After two years Sublaban started his own company, working this time in the world of real estate. But after a few years, he got out of the financial industry and went back to school receiving his master’s degree from Harvard in Business Finance. Looking to get back in the financial industry he moved to New York City. “I was approached by a gentleman who I had known for about 10 years who had founded the company Bonotel Exclusive Travel. I worked side by side with him and the family for 18 months or so growing and helping to manage the company, taking on a direct leadership role.

The company was eventually sold to the Carlyle Group, a large Private Equity firm and at that point, I became the CEO,” he said. Management, investment, and focusing on the structure of the companies’ executive teams to bring new life, talent, and technology into the company have been his focus over the last few years. Traveling about 200 days out of the year around the world to various properties the company works with, Sublaban decided to start a new adventure. “Because of my job I have unique insight and access into destinations and hotels that others may not. So, I figured I might as well start documenting it” he said. “The Hotel Boss” was created. “What I thought would be cool is to provide an authentic lens into hotels and destinations and start to document some of the access that I have been given thanks to the role that I’m in, and it’s just kind of grown and expanded from there. I take an inside look into the hospitality industry. Managing your company, daily struggles around leadership, and being a thoughtful leader within the industry. And now, given the pandemic, really kind of providing that uplifting voice of things, the positive things within life, and navigating the day-to-day challenges of the pandemic especially in an industry such as the hospitality that has been completely decimated from it,” says Sublaban.

“We continue to try and figure out how to disrupt the industry, approach the market differently, and working with Deluxe Version Magazine provides us a unique and strategic marketing and distribution partner to hotels around the globe,” he says. When he is not working Sublaban, loves spending time outdoors mountain biking, hiking, snowboarding, surfing, skiing, and of course traveling. “I love Beirut, in Lebanon. It is one of my favorite places to go visit. I love Ibiza. Not ironically for going out to nightclubs because they have all those DJs here in Vegas, so we are quite spoiled, but it’s just the European vibe, it’s all about living life and enjoying life and taking a two-hour lunch and maybe even a little nap in between but still being productive. They don’t let work and everything else dictate their ability to just soak in all that life has to offer.”


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et ready for a palatial strip-side nightclub like no other! Yes, Resorts World’s Zouk literally sits on the edge of the famous Las Vegas strip. And, that’s just one of a long list of WOW factors that this world-class entertainment complex has in store. Ronn Nicolli, Vice President of Lifestyle Marketing for Resorts World Las Vegas says, “the partnership between Zouk Group and Resorts World Las Vegas will bring top-tier entertainment and lifestyle brands together to form the most exciting experiences on the Las Vegas Strip.” Zouk Group will bring its immersive entertainment and dining concepts to the United States for the first time. The company hails from Singapore and has 29 years of nightlife experience. It’s ready to breathe new life into Las Vegas, and the strip couldn’t be more ready for that breath of fresh air.

Nicolli adds, “Zouk Group is a leading company in the nightlife and entertainment industry, and we’re ready to make a splash in a city synonymous with those two ideals. Zouk Nightclub is a 36,000-square-foot venue that will become the most technologically advanced nightclub on the Strip, featuring performances from top names in the music industry like Zedd, G-Eazy, Tïesto, Jack Harlow, Becky G, and many more. The music roster at both Zouk Nightclub and Ayu Dayclub will span a variety of music genres, with global names and an unprecedented lineup of female talent.” 86 | Deluxe Version Magazine

Ronn Nicolli Zouk Nightclub debuts this fall. The club is located in the District, Resorts World Las Vegas’s retail and dining corridor, with access from Las Vegas Boulevard. “Zouk will have state-of-the-art lighting and sound capabilities unlike anything else in the city, with different rooms for guests to enjoy, each offering a unique experience,” says Nicolli. It will have art installations, retail opportunities, shareable photo moments, and more. The 4.3 billion-dollar integrated resort opens on June 24th.

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A BALI INSPIRED OASIS Performances will take place throughout the summer at Ayu Dayclub – both during the day and throughout the night. Nighttime programming is called Ayu Nights. If that’s not enough, Zouk will also debut Moonbeam on the 4th of July. It’s a day-to-night Sunday concept party at Ayu Dayclub that will transport guests from the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas Strip to a tropical oasis. This will be inspired by idyllic events of popular party destinations like Tulum and Ibiza, the party will be energized by the sun in the afternoon and powered by the moon into the evening and late night. Moonbeam will offer a unique experience with special performances and themed activations.

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Entertainment in Las Vegas is back and some of music’s Top Divas are ready to take their spot, center stage, at the Strip’s most highly anticipated new luxury destination, Resorts World Las Vegas. “The Theatre”, developed by Resorts World and AEG Presents, is a state-of-the-art, multi-level venue and will be home to Vegas’s largest and tallest performance stage.

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First to take the stage in The Theater at Resorts World Las Vegas: Celine Dion! Known for revitalizing the modern-day Las Vegas residency, Celine remains the highest-grossing, best-selling Las Vegas residency of all time. With more than 250 million albums sold around the world, Celine is one of the most immediately recognized, widely respected and successful performers in pop music history.

Country music fans rejoice as the multi-platinum country superstar makes her Vegas debut with “Reflection: The Las Vegas Residency”. She has sold more than 64 million records worldwide and has seven albums that are certified platinum or multi-platinum by the RIAA, all while continuing to sell out arena tours across North America and the UK. All nine of her consecutive album releases from the beginning of her career debuted #1 on the Billboard Country Chart,


She makes her highly anticipated return to Las Vegas with an incredible new intimate and imaginative production starting November 5th, 2021 with a special opening night performance to benefit COVID-19 relief. Her first set of show dates continue from November 6th through the 20th. With pre-sale tickets in demand, Celine announced 11 more show dates from January 19 to February 5. 2022.


Opening night at The Theatre is December 1st, 2021 with additional show dates through December 11th. Due to pre-sale ticket demand, Underwood announced six new show dates from March 23 through April 2, 2022. Underwood has worked closely with the Make-A-Wish Foundation for the past 15 years and is donating $1 from each ticket sold to the foundation. Celine Dion Photo By Alix Malka. Carrie Underwood By Jeremy Cowart.


DONALD CONTURSI — By Danica Serena Stockon Lip Smacking Foodie Tours is a five-time award-winner of Review Journal’s “Best Tour” category. Tour guides lead guests to the best restaurants in Vegas. Each restaurant on the tour serves about three different signature dishes, along with an optional drink. Self-guided tours are also available through Finger Licking Foodie Tours. Owner Donald Contursi’s passion for food began when he was working as a restaurant server. “I would talk with guests about food and where else they planned to dine during their trip. I stayed on top of all the restaurants in Vegas, and made a point to try each one.” Eventually, Contursi’s interest in food matured into a business.

“While working my last job as a server at Gordon Ramsay Steak, I started to take people around on my days off. When I realized how much people loved it, I transitioned to it full-time. The numbers were consistently good, with tours every day, repeat guests, phones ringing, and emails coming in. That’s when I realized there was no stopping.” Tour guests get to try several dishes from several revered restaurants. It’s a win-win situation for all involved, Contursi says, as “the tours increase revenue for everyone we bring in to the restaurants and resorts. Nothing beats the experience of guests actually trying the food to foster great word of mouth.” For those interested in a potential partnership, Contursi advises to call, email, or submit an inquiry via the website. To reserve a tour with Lip Smacking Foodie Tours or Finger Licking Foodie Tours, book online. And be sure to bring your appetite. To book a tour visit


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“With Toca Madera, we’ve pioneered high-energy experiential dining, while carefully maintaining our roots in all the important elements you would expect at a fine-dining establishment: quality of ingredients, bold flavors, remarkable presentations and world-class service.” —Tosh Berman

Taking a modern approach pairing locally-sourced ingredients with bold flavors and atmospheric spaces, Toca Madera curates memorable experiences where guests are sure to see vibrant energies at play. The menu is designed to offer an array of options for every flavor-seeker.

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Looking to get into the hottest and newest pool party addition to Miami this summer? Then meet the man who is behind the VIP ropes and much more, Eric Chine. Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, Chine went to Kent State University on a wrestling scholarship, where he majored in tourism management. He later moved to Las Vegas in 2011, where he started working for the Wynn and Encore with XS & Tryst Nightclubs. “I worked with Wynn properties for about six years, gaining most of my experience from all of the different nightlife venues. After the Wynn, I worked for Clique Hospitality Group, opening the Apex Social Club’s rooftop venue. A year later, I resigned to take a Senior Executive Marketing Host position with Kaos Dayclub/Nightclub,” said Eric Chine. Several months later, COVID had shut down the hospitality industry for over a year. With things finally starting to come back, in March of 2021, Chine got a call from a former Vegas co-worker and a good friend, Robert Yeadon, who was now the Director of VIP Services for Groot Hospitality in Miami. They were looking to recruit some of the top Hosting talents from Las Vegas to go and work in with him in Miami. “After working ten years in Vegas nightlife, I felt it was a great opportunity & perfect time for real change. They wanted Vegas-style hosts but were picky with who they offered jobs. They were looking for hard-working, disciplined, well-rounded hosts with multiple levels of skill sets,” he said. Chine works on the VIP services side of things for all Groot Hospitality properties, including their newest, Strawberry Moon. “David Grutman and Pharrell partnered up and opened the Goodtime Hotel, where the Strawberry Moon is located. The colors, the décor, the attention to detail. It is definitely top-notch,” he said. Strawberry Moon is a new, contemporary, high-energy, Mediterranean restaurant, bar, and day-tonight swim club tucked above the busy streets of South Beach.

“The exclusivity, I think, is a big reason to want to experience Strawberry Moon, because nobody wants to go to a place where literally everybody can get into. At the same time, I also think that it’s important we maintain a specific standard of service to all of our guests, including the high-end ones,” he said WHAT ARE SOME OF THE TOP REASONS TO INDULGE AT STRAWBERRY MOON THIS SUMMER? The Venue: Wrapped in pinks, lagoon blues, and palm greens the space from the enclosed restaurant to the covered dining terrace to the outdoor deck is highly sociable – and spacious. Celebrity Sightings: With David Grutman having such close and positive relationships with so many celebrities, it’s almost a regular thing to have the opportunity to see some of the biggest A-list celebs at the pool. The Music: DJs include The Martinez Brothers, DEUX, Loco Dice, Green Velvet, Black Coffee, and more. Ultimately, Strawberry Moon promises a tropical trinity of the experiential: exceptional food, exceptional drink, and an exceptional visit.

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THE KIMPTON SURFCOMBER HOTEL: A Delight for the Digital Nomad – By Paul Zahn


eople from all over the United States have been seeking out the sun and fun of South Florida in epic proportions over the past year. Miami has seen an uptick in both beach-loving tourists and individuals relocating from colder climates permanently. What if you want a taste of the sand and sun but still need to continue with the “work from home” situation most people have grown accustomed to over the past year? The answer is easy – enjoy an extended stay at The Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel.

Between being nestled in the heart of South Beach’s Art Deco District, a recent renovation and 200 feet of the oceanfront beach step away – The Kimpton Surfcomber has something for every type of digital nomad. For the foodie nomad, the boutique hotel has two restaurants helmed by newly minted Executive Chef, Javier Carballo. The Social Club is the signature restaurant of the property – which features cuisine that draws inspiration from Latin America with a flair from Italy and Spain. High Tide Beach Bar & Grill is the hotel’s al fresco dining option – located between the hotel and the beachfront. Guests who fancy a poolside moment can eat and drink the day away while gazing at lush palm trees. For a touch more privacy, poolside people can enjoy the hotel’s Vine Cabanas. The dedicated outdoor space offers an elevated and secluded lounging situation.

South Beach is a hub for healthy living so a fitness-focused nomad would be right at home at the Kimpton Surfcomber. Just steps outside the property is a paved path – perfect for a morning walk or run along the sandy beach. The property also has loaner bikes for the perfect sunset cycling situation. The modest fitness center features just enough equipment for daily work out of free weights and cardio machines. The Kimpton Surfcomber recently kicked off a WFH Work From Home Package. It includes unlimited morning kick-start coffee from 8-10 am, up to 20 pages of complimentary black and white printing, complimentary WiFi, a mini “office kit” at check-in and so much more. Between the sun, sand, strong WiFi, and sumptuous food and beverage – there really are so many reasons for the digital nomad to seek serenity at The Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel.

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TAKES THE STRESS OUT OF RELOCATING — By Whitney Maher Who says relocating has to be stressful? Despite what you may have heard, relocating to a new community can be one of the most enjoyable and invigorating times in your life. “Finding a new home in a community that checks all the boxes can feel like embarking on something new and exciting, particularly for those who live in a place that has become boring to them,” said Patrick Parker, president of Raintree Investment Corp, the master developer of Lake Las Vegas. “The opportunity to make a change and to live in a place that offers more than just homes on a street has been a driving factor in Lake Las Vegas’ success.” Parker, who also oversees communities in California, Colorado, Arizona, and Utah said relocating to communities with both indoor and outdoor amenities gives new residents easy ways to get to know each other.

“Relocating to a new city or neighborhood can be a lot of fun, especially when you find a place that brings people together as neighbors and friends.” Unlike the common suburban neighborhood, Lake Las Vegas offers residents a sense of community and adventure with access to two championship golf courses, membership opportunities to the state-of-

the-art Lake Las Vegas Sports Club, and endless mountainside trails to explore, with panoramic views of the community’s own 320-acre lake and the entire Southern Nevada valley. “Where else can you grab your paddleboard and head out to the lake, hike or ride some of the city’s best desert trails right from your front door?” said Parker. “Whether you want a casual evening stroll with your dogs or an invigorating trail ride after work, there are lots of opportunities to stay fit outdoors at Lake Las Vegas.” Residents can live in between the great outdoors and the bright city lights, with Lake Mead, the largest man-made lake in the country, and the Las Vegas Strip just a short drive in both directions. The award-winning community features a hub of eateries and entertainment at The Village, with a neighborhood grocery story – Seasons Grocery and Deli – and opportunities to have a meal, enjoy your morning coffee or just relax on the grass lakeside. “You have everything right at your fingertips without needing to travel far – a rare perk among large master plans,” Parker said. Located in Henderson, Lake Las Vegas is also nearby sports facilities including the Las Vegas Raiders’ practice facility, Henderson Event Center, and Henderson Silver Knights’ Lifeguard Arena. It is also nearby top-rated schools and home to roughly 80 miles of trails—more than any city in Nevada. Want to make sure your next move is the perfect one for you? Parker suggests visiting multiple times to get a true feeling for a community. “We have lots of new residents say they spent a weekend at Lake Las Vegas to get a true picture of what life is like here,” he said. “Stay in one of our two hotels, have dinner in the Village and brunch at your hotel, take a paddleboard or electric boat ride, play a round of golf and really experience what the community would be like for you.” For more information on neighborhoods with new homes available for sale at Lake Las Vegas, visit

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ackie Siegel is on a mission to end teen drug addiction. “2020 was the start of one of the most fantastic years of our lives…”

Jackie Siegel began the year by renewing her wedding vows with David, her billionaire husband of 20 years, during a lavish ceremony at the Westgate Resort & Casino, the property they own in Las Vegas. “Everything changed when the pandemic hit,” she says. Siegel, 54, recently emerged from her COVID “hibernation” with a visit to Las Vegas, and that’s just where I caught up with her, inside the Westgate’s Elvis Presley Suite. “I really believe that American cities—and Las Vegas especially—are resilient, and I think it’s just going to take a little bit of a time, but it will get back, and I can’t wait,” Siegel said. “We’re all struggling in different ways with this emotionally and financially.” This isn’t the first time Siegel has struggled emotionally and financially. The one-time model-turned-mother of 8 shocked the world when she and David, 85, allowed cameras to capture her family’s extravagant lifestyle inside Versailles, their $75 million, 90,000-square-foot Florida mansion under construction during the financial collapse. Over a decade later, their unrestrained castle remains unfinished. And five years ago, the Siegel family was devastated when their oldest daughter Victoria died at 18 from a drug overdose. “We all had a rough time,” Siegel says of her grieving family. “We all became distanced for a while; it was like a dark cloud over our house. The laughter was gone.”

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She says that what ultimately saved her family is the Victoria Siegel Foundation, a charity formed in honor of their daughter to help young people dealing with addiction. While their first annual Victoria’s Voice gala was a big success last year, the pandemic has postponed this year’s event. So, in the meantime, Siegel is out promoting a new outreach program with influencers called “Social Media for Good.” The bus tour across the country hopes to connect young people with resources to help them overcome opioid addiction.

“What I realized is that these influencers can safely get out the message of what Victoria’s Voice is all about: warning people about the drug epidemic,” Siegel said. “My goal is to promote being high on life.” Siegel also recently met with Washington, D.C. dignitaries, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, and DEA officials to unify everyone around ending teen drug addiction. “It’s been a learning process, but it’s all coming together.” What she also hopes comes together is Versailles. Siegel says they are planning a reality show around finally completing construction—in at least another year. For now, her focus is on sharing Victoria’s Voice with the world. “I think my daughter would be proud of me. I think I’ve grown and matured a lot, and maybe even become more responsible.”

— By Stacey Gualandi

“Real estate is a lifestyle. It’s not a career. It’s not a job. It’s really just how I live.”


uan Rubio refers to himself as the Wolf of Real Estate. “Every day I’m hunting for deals. If you’re part of my pack, I’m taking care of you no matter what,” he says with enthusiasm. The real estate agent has gained a reputation of being relentless in negotiating, double or triple closing deals on house flips, and managing high-volume investor hedge funds.

“Half of my business is geared towards the investor side. For big corporations and LLCs, it took me years and years to build that trust,” Rubio mentions. Rubio has a self-imposed responsibility to the big-name companies that look to him for their commercial real estate needs. “The fact that they trust somebody my age, 27 years old, is really important to me,” he says. Currently working on his biggest potential closing ever, Rubio is focused on a 70 million dollar commercial deal that he anticipates closing this year. With so many moving parts and people involved, real estate transactions may seem easy from the outside looking in, but they are far more complicated than some might assume. “Most people don’t see the work that’s been going on for years and years,” Rubio explains. Building a

network of trustworthy professionals and a healthy clientele list is critical to Rubio’s success. He also stresses how his “passion and work ethic,” got him to where he is today. Rubio attributes his ample connections within the home and commercial property industries to his avid networking techniques. At the beginning of his real estate career, he had just moved to Vegas and did not know many people. He shares, “I did open houses to get me started….I’d put up signs in my suit and wait in vacant homes until buyers came in, sometimes 10 days in a row, until I closed the deals. Those same clients I’ve used over the years to exponentially increase my business now.” Rubio explains, “I have great connections with builders. I get first picks on [several] lots before they are even released… I have certain contacts within the industry that gives my clients an advantage.” With exclusive inside opportunities like the first lot picks and such dedication to his real estate lifestyle, Rubio confesses, “A lot of times I work 16 hour days week after week and I love it! Honestly, it doesn’t feel like work to me anymore.” When asked what he found most important in business, he responded, “To use my skill set to make other people money. I know if I make my client’s money everything else will fall into place. I go to every extent to get a deal done and make sure my client is in the best position possible.”

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NiKi Koss

iki Koss has never been one to sit back and wait for opportunities. The 27-year-old actress and filmmaker, perhaps best known for her role as Alexis Glenn in the drama series Famous In Love, has quickly become a force in the directing world. An Angeleno by birth, Niki grew up in an artistic environment. Her fascination with film began at an early age.

“I’ve known since I was three years old that I wanted to be an actress. I’m not even sure I really knew what it meant at the time, but somehow I just knew it was where I was supposed to end up.” This self-assuredness would eventually lead her to sign with a youth talent agency, an experience that would introduce her to the world of entertainment. It would also show her the immense amount of time and dedication such a commitment required. “Rather than pursue the childactor life, I just wanted to focus on being a kid.” It wasn’t until age sixteen that she would join Ford Models and begin attending theater classes. After cutting her teeth with several supporting roles, Niki decided to delve into directing. “Within a year or two of acting, I quickly realized that other than waiting around for auditions, there’s not much you can do to progress your career.” She would go on to co-create and direct a web series called Royals with her writing partner at the time and fall in love with the filmmaking process. “Ever since that, I’ve been obsessed with wearing as many filmmaking-related hats as I can fit on my head.” Niki would land her first major role in 2015’s Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, a comedy/horror directed by Christopher Landon. Her time on set would prove to be inspirational, exposing her to the ins and outs of large-scale studio productions. “I had only ever really worked on indie films at the time, so it was quite different. I remember being really intimidated by how expensive of a production it was. I’m actually glad I had a few years to get my feet wet in the indie film world before diving right into studio projects.” Speaking of studio projects, Niki’s feature directorial debut, entitled Night Night, is set to be released later this year. Starring Brenna D’Amico (Disney’s Descendants), she describes the film as “a femaledriven psychological thriller that explores the concept of gaslighting and psychological entrapment in a really unique way.” Night Night is one of several projects to be released in the near future by K-Factor Films, Niki’s multi-platform production company, which she founded in 2020. When asked about her induction into Forbes’ prestigious “30 Under 30” Class of 2021, Niki stifles a laugh. “I’m still shook. It didn’t really sink in until I talked to my mom about it. I definitely had a good cry.” Her long list of accolades also includes: winner of the Female Filmmaker of the Year at the 2019 Burbank International Film Festival, member of the Women In Film Producing Mentorship Program, and alumni of the Sundance Directing Fellowship. Lately, Niki has been enjoying some family time with her mother in Philadelphia. When she’s not reading, writing, or binge-watching one of her favorite series, she can be found on the tennis court, or on the street taking mom’s chihuahua for a walk. With the future of Hollywood production looking bright, Niki Koss is ready to resume her role as one of film’s most influential female figures. Her fresh approach to cinema is sure to capture the hearts and minds of moviegoers for generations to come. So, when you get the chance to tune in to one of her projects, be like Niki, and seize the opportunity.

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he didn’t ever expect to be an influencer, in fact, she didn’t even like the word, but TV host and content creator, Guinwa Zeineddine took off… and now she’s on top of the world! Zeineddine won the title of Miss Arab USA in 2014 while still in college. She planned to be a doctor, but then realized how much she loved helping people with her humanitarian efforts and sharing her lifestyle with the world. She also enjoyed empowering other Arab women. Zeineddine moved to Las Vegas when she was 16-years-old from the United Arab Emirates. Her journey in America has been one of discovery, love, and hard work. She was a natural television host that got work in California, hosting a two-hour show on Sundays. She would drive there and back every single weekend just to make it work. She loved hosting and journalism but says, “I enjoyed being a storyteller based on my terms, rather than another station’s terms, and I saw that everything I was doing whether it was on my blog, creating content on Instagram or my YouTube channel, was pretty much everything that I’m doing as a TV host but it’s with my rules and my taste and what I like to do, without pressure to submit things at a certain time.”

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Zeineddine had created a following from her Miss Arab USA title, TV hosting, and red carpet interviews and realized she was influencing others… and that actually felt good. That’s when Zeineddine embraced being an influencer. She was planning to get married and knew she had to take her influencer status seriously, and decided to start her own YouTube series and lifestyle blog. She created an original show online called, “My Big Arab American Wedding,” and the views rolled in. The show followed her and her husband on a journey to plan a wedding that included their culture and traditions.

Zeineddine says, “it was a big hit, it helped grow my audience, we got so much exposure from different news channels and media outlets both internationally and locally, that’s kind of when my blog really took off, and I knew I was going to do it full time.” Shortly after Zeineddine got married, she was pregnant. Everything was happening quickly and she knew she had so many dreams and goals she still wanted to fulfill. She says, “as I was pregnant, I took it upon myself to start an influencer conference in Las Vegas for local influencers to provide them with inspiration and education that they need to keep thriving and growing in the industry.” The conference is called The Influencer Lab. Zeineddine was 7 months pregnant when she hosted it, “I actually partnered up with Nordstrom, we had a lot of great brands there, we had Foreo, we had Dior, we had great speakers that I booked from out of state that came in.” That conference was a huge success and they decided to do it annually. Zeineddine is now pregnant with baby number two! She says with COVID and a baby on the way her plans to continue working on TV as a journalist completely changed, “it totally shifted me and my business to something that is completely digital, now I’m working on producing another show where we are actually building a custom, modern home that’s about 10,000 square feet so I’m currently working on directing and producing a YouTube series around that.” It doesn’t stop there. The busy mom, wife, businesswoman, and influencer is now working on launching an e-commerce business, “it’s going to be a lifestyle brand with different products launching at different times, so that’s what’s keeping me busy right now.”

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elebrity fitness trainer Sidney Wilson knows a little something about determination. Raised by an abusive father, Wilson spent much of his childhood in Auburndale, Florida, figuring things out on his own. “Nothing was handed to me,” said Wilson, who has 12 siblings. “When I was 13 years old, my grandfather passed away, and the doctor said he didn’t eat healthy. As a young kid, that stuck with me.” Today, Wilson tells his clients that diet is the key to living a healthy lifestyle. “You can go to the gym and bust your ass, but your body won’t change to its full effect until the diet changes,” he said. Wilson is well known for getting his clients the quickest results in the shortest amount of time. “Diet is 80 percent, and water intake is key.” Wilson follows his own advice. He started out as a fitness model for Wilhelmina Models in New York City, where he moved to with his sister when he was in his mid-20s. A week after arriving, he said his sister left, and he had to find another place to live. He slept on trains in between a job at a local gym. “I was going from Brooklyn to the Bronx on the daily,” he said. He put in time learning the ropes at the gym until one day a manager from Equinox fitness hired him. He trained there for three years and garnered a high-profile following. “Someone from Murder Inc. Records came in and asked for the best trainer, and they told him it was me,” said Wilson, who put himself through school and studied social media management.

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“I started working with him, and it had a snowball effect. I went on to train people from Bad Boy Records.” Wilson, who will be 44 in June, hasn’t slowed down since. He brought his program to Las Vegas ten years ago and works with clients at Movement Fitness. His training focuses on the Vicious program, which boasts the motto ‘nothing less than 100 reps.’ It caters to every level of fitness.

“You don’t have to do 100 reps at one time, but do what you can do,” he said. “Rest and then do some more.” The program mixes in various forms of cardio, yoga, Pilates, Plyometrics and stretching. With more than 150,000 followers watching his life through Instagram, it’s easy to see his time is spread thin. He said he works out seven days a week, trains more than 45 people and travels on the weekends for modeling photo shoots. When he’s not working, he’s spending time with his wife, Chelsea Wilson. “She understands my livelihood and struggles and what drives and motivates me,” he said. “I’ve done it before without anyone, but now I have someone to talk to.”

— By Stacy D’Alessandro


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trenuous deadlines. High-pressure cases. Challenging advocacy cases. All characteristic scenarios typical for a day in the life of Attorney Kris Helmick, of Pacific West Injury Law. Fitness is often cited as a natural antidote to stressful and complex work scenarios, and avid fitness advocate Helmickrecently saw an opening in the industry.

they feel like a ton of weight has just been lifted off their shoulders and feel confident they can now just focus on getting better, knowing their case is being properly handled.”

Prompted by gym closures this past year, the concept for Fit Club LV was born between Helmick and his business partners, Ryan Diaz and Gavin McHale (pictured right.) Thus far, it’s been an overwhelming success.

“It’s a trainer-focused gym…. A lot of other gyms don’t bring in independent contractor trainers, and we’ve created a home for over thirty trainers that thrive there as well….bringing in their clients and becoming busier and busier over time.” Could expansion mean multiple Fit Club LV locations in the near future? “[We’re] always thinking about the future, for sure” Kris says….. “eventually, we want to open up another location in town and probably another one in Arizona…” As Pacific West Injury Law founder and lead attorney, Mr. Helmick walks clients through their personal injury cases every step of the way. “When most new clients come into my office, they are stressed out and honestly don’t know what to do or how to deal with the insurance companies.” He says. “At the end of the consultation, they express to me

Mr. Helmick says he experiences gratifying moments through his practice on a regular basis. In the end stages of representing a client, he says, “that moment at the end of a client’s case, where I am able to give them their check and see their expression of gratitude is really what makes everything worth it at the end of the day. No better feeling than being able to help people.” Follow Fit Club LV On Instagram @fitclublv Photographed By Joshua Stevens.

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— By Danica Serena Stockton


anaging Director of K&J Growth Hackers, Jonathan Maxim, shares, “As entrepreneurs and go-getters, spirituality, living in the moment, and enjoying life are often thrown by the wayside, in lieu of “making it”… But, if you’re not having fun with it, what’s the point?”. With the natural increase in competition as barriers to entry fall in business, stress levels continue to rise among everyone today. Combine that with unrealistic benchmarks from social media and societal pressures, it’s easy to find ourselves stressed out and questioning “why work so hard?” Maxim recounts, “For 4 grueling years, I was a tech founder and had a fitness app that gives users rewards for working out. As a young and green founder, I had to get really creative with my marketing strategies and began exploring viral techniques to get that immense growth we were seeking. On one occasion, [The app] got 14,000 downloads overnight. This really opened my eyes. I saw how much potential there was for me, but also for any other creative tech company. This led to a Forbes writer reaching out and publishing a story, and other start-ups in my coworking space started asking me to do the same for their company. As torn as I was to focus on my own startup, I really wanted to help other budding founders. At the start, I was working on a deal [with a famed comedic celebrity] who wanted to invest $2.2 million in the app, but after the LOI and term sheet, the deal got shot down by legal since he was already an investor in and sponsored by the Nike Run App – a direct competitor. When that fell apart, I decided to sell my fitness app and joined forces with a competing growth hacker, named Kale Panoho to found K&J Growth Hackers in 2017. [To date], we have launched around 150 campaigns for brands like TikTok, Monster Energy, and Universal Music Group – all remote from New Zealand and Los Angeles.” After overcoming the burnout and anxiety that accompanied his celebrity investor’s inability to invest due to his former contractual obligations, Maxim prioritized stress management and mindful practices. He encourages other entrepreneurs and professionals to do the same via his podcast, Zen Business.

Maxim explains, “The podcast studies successful entrepreneurs who meditate. I focus on the crossover between mindful habits and [consequential career success]. What are other people doing to stay balanced and focused when they are under immense pressure?” Maxim discusses the derivative of his calling, “Early-stage tech founders are often overworked and underpaid. After a “wake up call” moment (put nicely), I decided to try meditation and yoga. From then on, I began to see my career flourish – with less effort. Soon I started an annual retreat called the BioHackers Escape. I realized this is what would fill my cup. I watch people smile more often, and get to be there to experience their spiritual awakenings. There’s nothing more fulfilling. With my business, I can empower people’s lives beyond work so they can have true fulfillment from any endeavor.” Maxim pours himself into K&J Growth Hackers, and into other entrepreneurs to help manage stress in healthier ways. While K&J’s main focus is marketing and has helped clients reach milestones such as helping TikTok gain 18,000 downloads in 30 days and gaining international recognition – the business is still a lifestyle business at heart. The recent pandemic forcefully shifted countless businesses online, the digital space opened up. As a result, K&J was designated #28 on the Inc5000 2021 list of fastest-growing companies. While life and business present continual unique challenges that none of us can predict, there’s something to be said for keeping a centered poise. No matter what’s going on outside, mindfulness techniques can help keep us focused on staying true to ourselves and avoiding the distractions and anxieties life throws at us. “Whether you’re entry-level or executive level, remember that your best self lies within. Nothing anyone else says or does can change who you are. So take a deep breath, and realize your power. The world will unfold for you” explains Jonathan. Today, K&J is focused on a smaller base of deeper client engagements and holds common shares among several of their portfolio companies. Jonathan continues to launch unique marketing strategies for eCommerce, B2B lead generation, and tech companies as his main focus today. To learn more, visit, @itsjmaxim on IG, and Zen Business Podcast on Spotify and Apple.

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Richardson quickly became one of the fastest-growing agents in his first year. “What I found is everything that I went through from the car business to timeshare to insurance. That was not a setback it was an education. I started the Richardson Group in 2018 and in 2019 we joined with eXp Realty LLC, a global real estate firm” he said.


His passion for Real Estate does not stop there in 2020 Richardson created an innovative mentoring program to train up and coming real estate agents on how to run their own businesses.

In Las Vegas there is only one real estate agency that can do that – The Richardson Group. They specialize in providing their clients with effective solutions for selling their homes. With innovative marketing using modern photography, videography, and technology along with proven, traditional methods.

“What gets me more excited every day when I get up, is not as much my success, helping others achieve their success getting more real estate agents to a six-figure income to hit new levels to hit new achievements and do something for themselves at the end of the day.”

n the game of real estate, there are large corporate groups, with thousands of agents, all looking to take your money. Or there are smaller groups, with world-class teams willing to invest in you and your dream.

Owner/CEO, Johnny Richardson, grew up in a small town in New Jersey, later moving to Philadelphia, Atlantic City, and finally Las Vegas. “My sales career began in my 20’s. I started in the car industry, as a salesperson and eventually management. In 2008 I was recruited by a timeshare company and worked for them for six-year. After that, a friend of mine convinced me to come and work for him in the insurance business and I did that for about two years” said Johnny Richardson, Owner/CEO of Richardson Group. Richardson also had another passion, Real Estate. “I had never really worked a job I genuinely like, none of them fulfilled me. I kept wanting to go into Real Estate, but everything kept pulling me away. Finally, I was like that is it, I’m running after real estate” he said.

The group is expanding, opening another office in Las Vegas this year. Although this workhorse does not take many days off; but when he does, it is all about community. “Operation Underground Railroad a national non-profit organization to assist victims to get out of underground sex trafficking. We additionally worked with CARE Complex to help others get out of homelessness.”

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aniela Madrid is in demand, as Owner and Managing Attorney of Madrid, Hadges, and Associates. Add in her title as owner/realtor for Hadges House through Realty One Group, and Superwoman might be a more apt title.

“I think it started from the fact that there were a lot of language barriers in my family. So any time that they needed something resolved, I had to translate for them and advocate on their behalf. I felt the need to get them justice,” she says of her desire to go into Law.

Madrid Hadges & Associates offers multiple areas of legal representation: Personal Injury, Business Law, Criminal Defense, and Real Estate.

Ms. Madrid is also passionate about philanthropy and giving back to the Las Vegas community, with a focus on women in particular.

Prompted by former clients seeking real estate transaction assistance, Daniela was inspired to offer real estate services in addition to her Attorney areas of expertise. In Real Estate, Daniela regularly navigates the complex process of purchase agreements, as well as recovering clients’ earnest money deposits.

“That’s what I am always advocating for,” she says. “I think that’s part of the reason why I am interested in business. I like to work with entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses. Educating them on how to succeed and properly structure their businesses.”

Daniela attributes her having lived in Las Vegas for over 21 years to familiarity with the city from both a Real Estate Perspective, to advocating for clients she represents through Madrid, Hadges, and Associates. She has litigated hundreds of cases and successfully argued contested motions in federal and state courts.

“My main goal is to help others. When you become my client, you’ll be treated like family” she says.

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Meet Ziena Kohli A

s Owner and Operator of Las Vegas-based ZK Outpatient Rehab Center, no two days look alike for Zeina Kohli. Offering a fullspectrum of Physical Therapy and Outpatient rehab services, her firm sets the standard for personalized, one-on-one care. Zeina says her career trajectory was inspired by her passions for fitness and healing. “I knew I was going to have a career in the medical field, “ she says. “It made sense to me to combine my love of fitness and healthcare and figure out a way to heal people through that.” When it comes to Chronic Pain, there are numerous factors, which can motivate patients to seek help. Two major factors Zeina cites are injury and/or insufficient treatment. “We definitely look into the history of the injury, and what has led to the pattern of why it is now chronic,” she says. Patient-centric therapy to combat chronic pain that includes stretching, ergonomic training, and comprehensive patient education.

Zeina says a major motivating factor working in the Physical Therapy space is to serve as a proponent for traditionally underserved communities, such as minorities and the elderly. Oftentimes, these communities have a disproportionate number of people suffering from diabetes, obesity, and strokes.

“A lot of people [in these communities] are not really educated as to what physical therapy-slashtherapeutic exercises can do for these conditions outside of medication.” Raised in both Nigeria and India, Zeina says her viewpoint was naturally shaped by exposure to inequality of care for certain segments of the population. She stresses having seen that Physical Therapy is a TOP priority for those in recovery, and she is proud to bring those services to Las Vegas. For more information visit

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ALL FOR ONE & ONE FOR ALL — By Taylor Burk


epresenting each client with honor, as if a part of his own family, is business as usual for Nick Pomponio, owner and head attorney of Pomponio Injury Law. Nick and his firm remain undefeated in their dedication to represent every individual needing his assistance. His practice takes precedence in client-focused services and proactive methods to settle injury law cases quicker than most, and for maximum amounts. “My clients come from all walks of life,” Pomponio states. “Some are prominent community leaders or local celebrities, while others are young children, everyday common people, or even individuals who are down on their luck and perhaps find themselves without a home or job. Regardless of their background, I realize that their lives have been negatively affected due to their accidents and injuries.” Pomponio’s primary goal is to get his clients’ well-being back on track, as quickly as possible, and realizes the lasting effects of conducting client-focused business so much so that he admits many clients have become personal friends over the years. Pomponio is an example of a leader who spearheaded his motivation, precision, and drive to challenge himself mentally and physically, as a former professional hockey player, into the competitive practice of law. Pomponio’s unshakeable commitment to serve clients equally, as if his only client, remains one of the vast reasons why he is an in-demand referral, especially to those who have unfortunately had their cases mishandled and dismissed by other firms. Pomponio explains, “I can’t count the number of times that I have had clients transfer to my firm in the middle of their case due to them being unhappy with their current attorney. I have even had clients who were told by other law firms that they did not have a case. In those scenarios, I was still able to get great results for my clients. In most cases, it simply

takes extra work – unfortunately, many other law firms do not want to put in the extra work.” Previous clientele (pictured above) agree that Nick’s aggressive negotiation style and heart-centered will to win is what sets him apart from those who fail to achieve the rate of his success.

“I treat each of my clients as if they were a family member or close friend,” Pomponio expresses. “I feel that is what they deserve, and that’s what I will continue to provide each of them.” Pomponio is fully committed to going the extra mile for his clients, amounting to results that speak for themselves. Many might wonder what propels Pomponio to constantly go above and beyond and his answer is as real as it gets: ”My clients are happy – and that’s what counts.” Pomponio attributes much of his growth to his current and prior client referrals. Unlike many law firms, Pomponio is involved in each and every one of his client’s cases, making himself available from the very first consultation through the resolution of the case. “While I have great employees who assist with the daily case needs, I have my hand in every case, directing traffic as the case moves towards resolution.” Pomponio is upfront with his intentions for each client to focus on feeling better, while his firm handles the rest, as seamlessly as possible, for all involved. The ripple effect of Pomponio’s expertise and results are clearly seen by the growth of his satisfied clientele.

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Dr.Teddy Sim — By Ashlee DeMartino


n the 1990’s a new dance and fitness craze took over gyms and studios across the world -ZUMBA. Starting in Brazil by Alberto “Beto” Perez it combines Latin and world rhythms with dance to create what is called interval training, meaning it alternates between fast and slow rhythms. Dr. Ted Sim of ChriopracTED is not only one of the BEST Chiropractors in Las Vegas but in his spare time he is also a ZUMBA Instructor. Dr. Sim sat down with DVM’s Ashlee DeMartino to talk about the benefits of ZUMBA. Dr. Sim, how did you get started with ZUMBA? To be honest, I came across ZUMBA to escape the stress I was experiencing at a particularly trying time in my life. During my Chiropractic Exams, I had reached a point where my mind and soul were exhausted. Looking for a minor escape from the constant studying and testing, I went to the gym. It was there that I discovered this magnificent fitness format. Why do you like ZUMBA so much? Zumba ultimately brings people of different backgrounds together. I love the fact that Beto created a program where, seemingly ordinary people can feel like a superstar. The students that I get to teach often come with many concerns in their lives, and some need a moment to focus on themselves and nothing else. Zumba offers that escape. Not only do students work on their physical health, but they also focus on their mental health by having a moment to reflect. Also, Zumba creates a non-judgment zone where you can be unapologetically you. To me, that is amazing.

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How does ZUMBA help with one’s fitness? Primarily, the goal of Zumba Fitness is to improve cardiovascular exercise. By using interval training, the program helps to condition the heart to increase endurance. Why would you tell someone to take a ZUMBA class? In a world where so many can feel alone or feel like the outsider, Zumba brings people together who would otherwise have nothing else in common. I would tell someone to take Zumba because it teaches you how to be free in your body. What I have learned is that people are much better and stronger than they think. I have created the most beautiful pieces of choreography merely by being silly. When I bring it to students, it is a hit. That means that the Zumba floor is meant for everyone, so if you think you will be silly, come. You never know what that “silliness” might inspire your creativity.

“In the end, you will find out what is most beautiful about you, and that is the greatest gift anyone could ask for. Something that I often share with my students, do not allow your fear from helping you recognize your potential.” Where can we experience ZUMBA with you? Currently, I teach at Lifetime Fitness in Green Valley on Sundays at 10:30 AM for Las Vegas Area residents intereted in joining a session with me.

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MONICA COBURN — By Dayna Roselli

FORMER VICE-CHAIR OF SHERO FOUNDATION PAVES A WAY FOR UPCOMING LEADERS AND REMAINS A STRONG LEADERSHIP PARTNER. For Monica Coburn, philanthropy is not just a large part of her life, but a calling. As a business owner and Nevada business advisor, with over 20 years in banking high net worth organizations of over 5 million in revenues, Monica saw great opportunities to give to causes in need. Monica and Kimberly met through their business endeavors. Kimberly was on the inaugural founding board for Dress for Success and engaged Monica to join the executive team. The vision for SHERO started with Boss Lady Vegas a reality TV show concept for woman business owners to compete and raise much-needed funds/awareness for girls in vulnerable situations. Over time, the idea matured into a nonprofit concept with Monica Coburn as Vice-Chair of SHERO. The mission of SHERO is to serve young girls and women who have been in abusive situations, trafficked or exploited, and to help provide resources to get them out of the situation. A secondary arm of the foundation is the foundation’s Resource Center, which fosters a collaborative approach in conjunction with similar organizations serving Female abuse victims. All too often, Coburn says, well-intentioned nonprofits end up metaphorically shooting themselves in the foot vying for limited donor resources. The idea to collaborate built on the concept of strength in numbers, with the backbone ideology being every nonprofit supporting abuse victims could in theory work together to help the same at-risk populations.

To date, SHERO has worked in conjunction with over forty other nonprofits to serve at-risk women in abusive or exploited situations (Some examples of these are Seeds of Hope, Project 150, St Jude’s Ranch For Children, and Rape Crisis Center.) The SHERO Foundation does a variety of direct outreach in the community, doing everything from providing hygiene kits to clothing and bus passes. What’s the most rewarding part of serving on the Board for SHERO?

“Being able to provide…whether it’s a bus pass to a student… or hygiene items… to a young girl who otherwise would not go to school… we’ve also featured survivors of trafficking and abuse who’ve been part of our annual gala, and to hear them share their stories of how SHERO made an impact…[it’s rewarding] knowing that we are making an impact directly,” says Coburn. One hundred percent of SHERO resources are grassroots-driven, based on private and corporate donations, as opposed to government funding. This year’s annual SHERO gala was virtual this year due to COVID, and organizers are already looking forward to next year’s fundraising benefitting local nonprofits, as well as direct funds to be dispersed from SHERO. What’s in the future for the foundation? Two major goals are a future brick and mortar resource center, as well as housing for displaced women and children. For more information, check out

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n the market for a Mark Kostabi? Want to pick up some Pop art by Peter Max? Or simply looking to land a Nano Lopez…named Timothy? When in Las Vegas, you won’t have to go too far. The Park West Museum & Gallery now has a permanent home inside the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. From Picasso to Pino; Dalí to Dürer; and Chagall to Cheval, a worldclass collection of art is on dramatic display—to browse and to buy— throughout the 7,000-square-foot space. Whether you’re a casual consumer, or a careful connoisseur, Park West wants to accommodate any collector. Executive Vice President John Block says it’s all part of their over 50-year mission to bring the masters to the masses.

“We’ve always been about taking art to everyone,” says Block. “Las Vegas is booming and we believe that it’s going to come back and be stronger than ever.” The pandemic grounded the company’s popular cruise ship-based live art auctions, so launching their first brick-and-mortar location in a Strip shopping mall in 2021 sounds like a gamble. But Block says they’ve already sold several pieces since their January opening, including Rembrandt’s signed etching “The Three Trees,” for $530,000. “We do try to hit every segment of the art market,” says Block of their three million active clients world-wide. “There’s really something for everybody.” Park West also lets you brush up on your art appreciation. The museum

is currently hosting “From Renoir to Kostabi,” a traveling exhibit that highlights artwork by renowned artists like Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Mark Kostabi. During my personal tour, Gallery Director Candice Vergis said many of the museum pieces came right from the personal collection of CEO and art aficionado Albert Scaglione, who began the Southfield, Michigan-based company out of the back of his car. “[Albert] believes the public deserves to see art and enjoy it up-closeand-personal,” says Vergis. “He also wants everyone to see it for free.” And that includes the most comprehensive collection of Picasso’s ceramic works on display anywhere, according to Vergis. But the world’s largest art dealer still has big plans for their flagship gallery: a new exhibit (“The most famous living artist in the world today who is from New York and is a household name, but that’s all I’m giving up for now,” teases Block); opportunities to feature great local artists in person—like Las Vegas native Michael Godard; a “new artist search” in the works right now, and more Strip locations. “That would be great for the artists, great for us, and hopefully great for the community,” says Block. So whether you’re hoping to invest or just take in, no worries. At Park West, there’s plenty of art to go around.

– By Stacey Gualandi Admission is free, 7 days a week. For more information, go to

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