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he Las Vegas Metro Chamber has a renewed spirit of bringing you fresh ways to connect. And we are even more energized in representing you at the Nevada Legislature as we enter the final two months of the session.


I was honored to sit down with Governor Steve Sisolak to interview him for our television show, “Like Nobody’s Business”. This was the Governor’s first full-length television interview since taking office. We discussed a wide-range of legislative topics, as well as his vision for the future and the small business owner perspective he brings to his role as leader of Nevada. You can read highlights of the interview in this issue. Be sure to tune in to see the full interview on YurView LV, Cox channels 14 and 1014 beginning Sunday, April 7, as well as the Chamber’s YouTube channel. This month, the Las Vegas Chamber is leading a delegation of members to Carson City for Chamber Day at the Legislature. We appreciate many of our members joining us for a day of meetings with lawmakers to discuss pending legislation that would impact our businesses and community. While the Las Vegas Chamber’s Government Affairs team is in our state’s capital every day during the session looking out for you, our Chamber trip is an opportunity for legislators to hear directly from member businesses. The Chamber’s Legislative Day is another example of the Chamber’s effective leadership in Carson City, serving as the Voice of Business.

Speaking of leadership, our growing community needs a pipeline of insightful leaders who can help our community tackle challenges and enhance quality of life. Applications are open for two of our leadership programs. Leadership Las Vegas, the most prestigious leadership development program in Southern Nevada, is for accomplished professionals who want to expand their knowledge of the region to become more effective community leaders. Since its inception in 1986, more than 1,300 people have graduated from the program including those who have gone on to serve as top executives, non-profit leaders, and elected officials. And we have retooled our Leadership Advance program. It is now a 5-month program that provides professional leadership skills and management training. It is perfect for your in-house talent who need leadership training to become more effective managers. Both programs are through the Chamber’s Leadership Foundation of Greater Las Vegas, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to cultivating knowledgeable and engaged leaders who can help our community grow and thrive. Please go to and click the Leadership Foundation link. As always, the Las Vegas Chamber’s mission every day is to serve you, our members. We are proud to be your voice, and we are driven to help you succeed. I look forward to seeing you on April 23, at our Pop-Up Business Showcase and Business Blend.




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Table of 12 Contents


APRIL 2019


News You Need


Chamber News


Your Scene | You're Seen


Governor Steve Sisolak's First 90 Days


Insightful Luminary Conversations


What's Happening


We Do Shots


President's Club Spotlights


CCSD Legislative Platform


Member News


Ribbon Cuttings


Welcome New Members!


Leadership Applications Open


Vegas Young Professionals


Jobs Outlook, Provided by Nevada State Bank

















News You Need Nevada Consumer Affairs is Here to Help Victims of Fraud or Deceptive Business Practices If you believe you are a victim of fraud or deceptive business practices, the Nevada Consumer Affairs is here to help. Its mission is to protect consumers who visit, live, and work in Nevada from unfair and misleading business practices. They also aim to provide education and preventative measures to assist consumers from becoming victims of fraud. If you are unsure what is considered a deceptive trade or business practice, here are a few examples: • Knowingly making any false representations in a transaction • Failing to make delivery of goods or services for sale or lease within a reasonable time or to make a refund for the good or services in accordance with published refund policies • Fraudulently altering any contract, written estimate or repair, written statement of charges or other documentation in connection with the sale or lease of goods or services All complaints must have supporting documents, if none are attached, the Nevada Consumer Affairs will be required to close the case until documents are received. If you do not have supporting documents, please state the reason. If you would like to file a fraud or deceptive business practice report or if you need more information please visit,



U.S. Chamber Launches New Program for Business Owners The U.S. Chamber of Commerce exists to help businesses across the nation thrive by advocating for the progrowth policies that will generate a strong economy, by providing the tools and resources they need to start, manage and grow their business. The U.S. Chamber has launched a program called, CO–, an invaluable digital platform designed specifically for determined, growth-minded business owners who are eager to take the next professional leap. Its goal is to reach businesses at every stage of growth – from creation to expansion. The interactive platform connects business owners with time sensitive and relevant content by giving them access to ideas and advice from business leaders, CEOs, and forward-thinking professionals from across the country. Imperatively, it allows the U.S. Chamber to now meet startups where they are in their developmental journey, by providing help and resources they need, when they need it most. For more information about CO–, please visit,

National Volunteer Week from April 7 to 13 Join the Las Vegas Chamber in celebrating National Volunteer Week from April 7 to 13! We honor and thank our volunteers who put in numerous hours of their personal time to support the Chamber through events, committees, councils and much more. The Chamber’s foundation was built on those who are willing to serve our community, and there is no doubt that the Chamber has the best volunteers in Nevada. Thank you, all, for your time, dedication and contributions in cultivating our organization into what it is today!

IT MATTERS WHO YOU SHARE INSIGHTS WITH. Nevada State Bank has released the sixth annual Small Business Survey report. More than 80% of respondents feel bullish on Nevada’s economy, a full 10 percentage points better than their opinion on the national economy. They are also the most optimistic yet (57.2%) on an improving business environment in Nevada. But it’s not all rosy…download the results at


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Chamber News Western Association of Chamber Executives Names Business Voice "Best Magazine" The Chamber magazine “Business Voice” was awarded First Place/2018 Best Magazine from the Western Association of Chamber Executives (WACE). The recent announcement was made at the 2019 WACE Conference in Anaheim. More than 20 chambers across the country submitted for this category, and the Vegas Chamber’s work came out on top. According to WACE President Dave Kilby, the judging team was “impressed with the quality of the piece, as well as the content.” The Chamber has won this award several times over the years. Please congratulate the Chamber’s Marketing and Communications team, and all involved, in making “Business Voice” the #1 chamber magazine! Chamber members, are you looking for new ways to participate as a volunteer within the various Chamber programs? Well, here is your chance! The Las Vegas Metro Chamber would like to invite you to serve on the Business Excellence Awards Committee, Customer Service Excellence Awards Committee and the Executive Women’s Council. For more details, please read below.

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Live. Work. Lead. The Executive Women’s Council was developed to create a network of female leaders equipped with the skills, insight, and passion needed to work collaboratively across industries and issues to positively enhance the business community of Southern Nevada. Executive Women’s Council members connect with fellow female executives and will build lifelong relationships with inspiring women who will change the face of the region’s business, government and nonprofit sectors.

The Business Excellence Awards (BEA) ceremony is held annually to highlight exceptional member businesses. Any member business in good standing is eligible for nomination! Anyone may nominate a Chamber member for an award, and member businesses may also selfnominate. Nominations close in mid-June and afterwards, scoring will commence by the committee. At the annual luncheon, the honorees will be recognized and given trophies.

How to participate: The Executive Women’s Council, a dues-based council, is planned to launch later this month and will consist of four bi-monthly lunch meetings, beginning in May and continuing in July, September, and November, and one-half day program at the end of the year (subject to change).

Responsibilities include: • Attend committee meetings (generally 7-9 per year) • Read and score nominations to determine the honorees • Promote businesses to self-nominate and nominate others • Support the annual luncheon with ticket/table purchases

Proposed curriculum topics to include: • Assessing Yourself to the Top • Speaking Powerfully While Maintaining Relationships • Promoting Yourself • The Work/Family Balance

If you are interested in joining the Business Excellence Awards Committee, please contact Sage Hunt at

If you are interested in joining the Executive Women’s Council, please contact Grecia Small at




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Customer Service Excellence In honor of the Customer Service Excellence (CSE) 30th Anniversary, the Chamber is wanting to grow the CSE committee and actively looking for new/additional volunteers. CSE is a FREE turnkey program that is designed to encourage “above and beyond” service in Las Vegas and reward extraordinary customer care throughout Southern Nevada. The program is a partnership with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Participation in the program is easy; anyone can nominate a local employee who has shown excellent customer service, including customers, co-workers, supervisors, and others. First time nominees are invited to a quarterly recognition ceremony featuring live entertainment, a photo opportunity with a local dignitary, a commemorative pin and certificate as well as prize drawings. Any business may participate in the program-members or non-members. A business can use the CSE program as its employee recognition program or use it to enhance their existing program. In December, the Chamber hosts the CSE celebration, where employees with multiple recognitions throughout the year are honored and the Customer Service Person of the Year is announced.

Responsibilities include: • Attend committee meetings (generally 7-9 per year) • Nominate 10-12 individuals quarterly • Promote the CSE program to others • Attend at least two of the quarterly ceremonies a year • Represent CSE program at program sponsor’s monthly Team Member of the Month/Quarter programs • Support the annual luncheon with ticket/table purchases • Participate in representation of committee at events, as needed If you are interested in joining the Customer Service Excellence Awards Committee, please contact Meghan Maxwell at



Your Scene | You’re Seen Eggs & Issues With U.S. Congresswoman Dina Titus

At Eggs & Issues, the Las Vegas Metro Chamber welcomed U.S. Congresswoman Dina Titus to share her insights and perspectives with the Southern Nevada business community on a variety of federal issues that impact Nevadans.

Customer Service Excellence

We kicked off the first quarter Customer Service Excellence awards on ice at the City National Arena, home of the Vegas Golden Knights! During the event we welcomed 300 attendees to honor the ladies and gentlemen who go above-and-beyond the call of duty each day to give outstanding customer service. Congratulations to all and the 5 Star Award winner Adriana Perez!



Governor Steve Sisolak's First 90 Days The Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce secured its first interview with Governor Steve Sisolak, in the middle of the 2019 Legislative Session. The Governor graciously spent time with Las Vegas Chamber President and CEO Mary Beth Sewald to share his insights on his first 90 days as the Governor of the Great State of Nevada.

Governor Steve Sisolak sits down with Chamber President and CEO Mary Beth Sewald to discuss his first 90 days in office.

MBS: Governor, you’ve achieved your first 90 days and we are half way through the 2019 legislature your first session as governor. What are your thoughts about this session so far and what’s different than what you might have expected? GOV. SISOLAK: It’s going well. I’m really pleased with how it’s going. I’m in constant communication with the legislators. I had the opportunity to go and visit with all 63 of them, one-on-one for a few minutes and get to know what their priorities are and explain what my priorities are. And that was important. It’s moving a little slower than I would have liked it to. We’re watching a lot of committee meetings and hearings and a lot of bills have been dropped in the last few days. So, it’s going to be an exciting couple of months we’ve got ahead of us. MBS: I remember your remarks from your Inaugural Address and your State of the State Address, and you were very clear about your priorities. Talk about your key drivers and how you see these affecting the state. GOV. SISOLAK: My priorities are the same as they were. Education is a number one priority for me; it’s extremely important. Every student, every child and every family in every school should have the opportunity for good quality education. It shouldn’t matter what your bank balance is or what your zip code is.

Healthcare, especially with the new revelations as it comes to the ACA, is extremely important to me. We’ve got people with pre-existing conditions that are afraid or fear of losing their coverage. I want to make sure that people continue to have healthcare coverage. Thirdly is that we continue to expand on good paying jobs that have benefits and have a future. So those are our three focuses and we’re talking about the bills coming out in the legislature. I want to make sure that all those bills that come over that I’m going to sign are going to have, advance one of those priorities for us down the line. MBS: You mentioned healthcare – that’s something that the Chamber is very keen on because the Las Vegas Metro Chamber was one of the first in the country to stand up our Association Health Plan. Affordable care and robust health plans [are] something that is very important to us. Do you see any legislation coming up in Nevada that might affect that at all? GOV. SISOLAK: Well, there’s going to be a lot of legislation as it relates to healthcare. Regularly with leadership, and we’re trying to consolidate some of this because we got a lot of one-offs. Folks that are doing healthcare bills, and we want to get them all consolidated as best we possibly can. Want to make sure that healthcare stays…

healthcare’s only quality if it’s both affordable and available and that’s what we’re focusing our administration on. We’ve invested in women’s healthcare, in particular. We’ve invested in mental healthcare; we’ve invested more money put into the autism situation; we’ve tried to invest in the areas that we think that have the most needs and we can continue to advance that forward. We’re working with the UNR School of Medicine and the UNLV School of Medicine to advance those and hopefully train some more doctors. MBS: You have said you want to make it “easier for our small businesses to thrive by streamlining complicated processes, eliminating red tape and needless regulations,” and so you created a Small Business Advocate in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. I’ve spoken with the Lieutenant Governor about this and she is excited to be able to provide this service for our small businesses. Tell us how this will work and how the Vegas Chamber can help. GOV. SISOLAK: The Chamber’s a great spokesperson and outfront person that we have for small businesses. You get the big companies, the Tesla’s, and the Panasonic’s, and Google’s [that] get a lot of the headlines when it comes to business in Nevada. But we’ve got almost 80,000 small businesses here and, I mean, by small businesses, it’s 100 employees or less. Some of them



are family businesses that are two employees or one employee. Those are really important businesses and those are the backbone. What we need to do is simplify any regulations that we possibly can to cut out some of the bureaucracy and red tape, make it easier for them to expand and flourish and continue to expand in our state. MBS: Governor, you built a small business in Nevada, so you know all too well the challenges that go along with that. Some of our small business members have expressed concern that there are bills being considered in the legislature that would add to the cost of doing business in Nevada. What comfort can you give the Vegas Chamber’s small business members that this is something you’re concerned about too? GOV. SISOLAK: I’m extremely concerned. Any bill that comes over I’m going to analyze how it’s going to affect the citizens, the families of Nevada and small businesses in Nevada. And, you’re right, a lot of


our small businesses are small business families. I mean, you get to know them, your fellow employees. You go to the birthday parties and the Christmas parties, and the births. You become very well acquainted and you get to know each other. You feel each other’s pain and you also share each other’s joy. And I want to make sure that we do whatever we can to assist them to make it possible for them, like I say, to continue. At the same time, make sure that it’s not necessarily that they’re fighting against each other, that the citizens of the state of Nevada are protected moving forward and I think there’s a common area that everybody benefits from. MBS: With the departure or resignation of some of those in leadership at the legislature, how do you help lead the legislators to keep everyone focused and on point? GOV. SISOLAK: Well, I’m not really leading them. I’m doing a lot of consulting with them, that’s for sure. I spend a lot of time with both Speaker [Jason] Frierson and Leader [Nicole] Cannizzaro. We meet regularly. In fact, we just had a meeting yesterday and went over their priorities and my priorities and how we’re going to keep those in line to get on a


schedule so that we can make sure we get out of here on time. Everybody has their opportunity to have their bills introduced and be heard and that we can move this legislation forward. There’s a lot of bill drafts. There’s going to be a lot of hearings. It’s going to get a lot busier in the second half than it’s been in the first half clearly, but we’re working together to prioritize what bills need to get out of committee and they’ve got deadlines they have to meet. We’re going to make sure we’re doing everything we can to assist them and getting those deadlines met. MBS: Education has long been a passion for you. Before the election, you told me a story of one time when you were in a store and saw a teacher with a cart filled with protein bars that she was buying for her students. Why did that experience have such a major impact on you? GOV. SISOLAK: It impacted me tremendously. The First Lady and I were there doing our shopping and I saw this young woman with a whole cart full of protein bars and I said, “You must be a teacher.” We got in a conversation, “how did you know?” I said, “No one can eat as many protein bars as you’re buying.” And she explained to me that she was buying those with her own money to give to her students because you can’t learn on an empty stomach, and these kids are coming to school, oftentimes, hungry. Vast majority of some of these schools are on free

or reduced lunch so it might be the only meal that they get in a day. And teachers are taking money out of their pocketbook in order to buy a protein bar to give to these kids, so they have something to eat. And it showed me what the commitment that these teachers have. I will guarantee you that the vast, vast majority, if not all of these teachers, could find another job that pays a lot more than they make teaching, but they don’t. They love education, and, more than the education, they love the students. And they’re so committed doing everything they can that they need our support and that’s why our administration is so focused on helping education, helping educators. MBS: What are some of your plans for improving education in Nevada and how can the Vegas Chamber, and the business community get involved with you and help you in those efforts? GOV. SISOLAK: Well, we’re doing more, in terms of helping the schools that we can. We’re trying to start a program where I know a lot of businesses in Southern Nevada and Clark County have adopted a school. And I don’t mean ‘adopt a school’ just to buy toys at Christmastime. They’re adopting a school and they’re having employees going to mentor the students. You know, help them with their math maybe a little bit; help them to coach on the basketball team and show them how to, you know, throw a football.

L-R: Chamber President and CEO Mary Beth Sewald, Gov. Steve Sisolak, Chamber Vice President of Government Affairs Paul Moradkhan And to actually get involved with these students. Some of them don’t have…they come from single parent families, and they don’t have, you know, a mother or father figure in order to help them. And a lot of businesses have really stepped up in doing that. They’re stepping up in providing more school supplies. When I went to school, my mom had to sign up if you’re bringing the cake, or the cupcakes or the vegetable tray for a party. Now, they’re asking you to bring hand sanitizer, Kleenex, a ream of paper because they’re so desperate to get school supplies and our businesses have stepped up and are participating a lot. And we just want to spread that word as much as we possibly can. MBS: When it comes to economic development, what are some of the key industries that Nevada should be going after? GOV. SISOLAK: Well, I think there’s a lot that we need to do. I mean, in certain areas, our high-tech

business has become extremely important. I’m spending a lot of time with some of the folks dealing with blockchain technology, and coders and provides opportunities, good job opportunities and a good future for some folks. We’re using product distribution in some areas in Southern Nevada along I-15 going down towards LA and I-11 that’s coming through is certainly going to help, in terms of product distribution. And we need to get away from just solely [focusing] on the tourism and hospitality. It’s not gaming anymore. It’s a combination of the gaming and the dining and the restaurants and the shows and those sort of things, but we need to do more. We’ve expanded our convention business, which is great. That’s why I supported and advocated for the expansion of the convention center, where we’re bringing more conventions in. A lot more international travelers, which is a good thing. If you’re an international traveler, you stay longer, and you spend more money. So under [Las Vegas Convention



and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) CEO] Steve Hill’s leadership, I think we’re going to do a lot more at the LVCVA and Larry Brown is the chair of that now, so I look for great things coming out of there. MBS: You talk a lot about the powerful women in your life. Your chief of staff, your daughters, your mom and your wife, Kathy, First Lady. How are they adjusting to being the “First Family” in your first 90 days? GOV. SISOLAK: They’re adjusting great. My mom came up for the inauguration. She hasn’t been back; she’s 92, doesn’t travel very much certainly. My daughters [were] up for a couple days during the inauguration; they’ve come back one time since then. I think they’re waiting for the weather to get a little warmer so they can spend some time in Tahoe. The First Lady’s been up pretty regular. I try to get back every other weekend to see my mom and my kids, and she comes up on the alternating weekends. She’s gotten active in some causes, which I really appreciate. She’s a tremendous spokesman. She’s better out on the stump than I am, in terms


of raising awareness. So, they’re adapting well. They’re keeping me grounded and safe and I think we’re in a good place. MBS: It's so endearing how emotional you get about mom, your wife, and your daughters. Talk to us about what they mean to you and when you say they keep you grounded and safe. GOV. SISOLAK: They’re my whole world. I mean, you know, you’ve got strong women. Nothing’s held them back, which I really appreciate. My daughters are accomplished on their own right, which I’m really proud of. My mom, to get to be 92, and she survived a heart attack, and a stroke, and a back surgery and a leg surgery, which most people would have given up along the way. And she’s a rock for me; she’s a real inspiration. And Kathy, she’s a successful businesswoman on her own; does a tremendous job. She’s got a great sense of discipline and compassion, and you’re never going to meet a more generous, kind, loving person than my wife. MBS: What are some of the First Lady’s priorities?


GOV. SISOLAK: She’s been involved in several things. Education is also a big priority for her. Her mom and her aunt are both breast cancer survivors, so I know [that's] important [to her]. She was up here; she did some heart awareness situations for women, Women in Red. Financial literacy is important to her because of her job. So, she’s trying to land on one or two that she can really focus and get her teeth in. She’s being torn in a million different ways. Everybody wants her to speak for their cause, but she’ll land on some things and she does an incredible job anytime she gets the opportunity to speak. MBS: On behalf of the business community and the Chamber of Commerce, we appreciate your service, Governor Sisolak, and we thank you. GOV. SISOLAK: I appreciate everything the Chamber is doing for small businesses. Keep it up.



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Insightful Luminary Conversations with Lilian Tomovich - May 8 he Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce invites you to Insightful Luminary Conversations, a new, unique luncheon series sponsored by NV Energy that brings Las Vegas’ top tier professionals together for conversation and relationship building. Insightful Luminary Conversations (replacing the Business Power Luncheon program) is the Vegas Chamber’s newest opportunity to shape the conversation and partnership with public and private stakeholders throughout our world class city and Southern Nevada. The goal is for companies and organizations to collaborate more strategically by positioning the Las Vegas brand as a global intellectual capital in our region’s priority sectors. The series will feature prominent local figures, focusing on relevant economic and business issues.


Join the Vegas Chamber as it welcomes Lilian (Lili) Tomovich, MGM Resorts International Chief Experience and Marketing Officer, on Wednesday, May 8 at Waldorf Astoria from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Chamber President and CEO Mary Beth Sewald will host an illuminating conversation with Lili for her insights on crafting the ultimate customer experience. Lili is currently the Chief Experience and Marketing Officer at MGM Resorts International, a $10 billion global hospitality and entertainment company operating a portfolio of 15 brands, 27 global resort destinations, 470 food and beverage outlets, 330 retail outlets and 25 arena and entertainment venues. In her role, Lili is responsible for all marketing and guest experience functions including portfolio brand management, guest strategy and insights, media, advertising and content, digital innovation, loyalty, partnerships, ecommerce, social and public relations. Prior to joining MGM Resorts, Lili worked in New York, where she was Senior Vice President of Consumer Marketing for MasterCard. Her role included directing the award-winning Priceless campaign. Prior to New York, Lili was head of Marketing for MasterCard in Canada where she left her mark by securing a spot on Ipsos Reid’s Top 10 Most Influential Brands in Canada.



In her early career, Lili held senior marketing positions with Loyalty One, the world’s leading provider of loyalty marketing programs to global corporations. Before joining Loyalty One, Lili honed her marketing skills with roles at Rogers, Canada’s largest mobile carrier and Citi Canada. Lili is a current member of the Board of Directors for Dine Brands Global (IHOP and Applebee’s) and a past board member of Basketball Canada, and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Lili was most recently named to Brand Innovators Top 100 Women in Brand Marketing List recognizing the most innovative and influential women in brand marketing today. Other recent recognitions include Brock University Distinguished Alumni Award, Vegas Inc. Magazine “Women to Watch List, Internationalist of the year, the SXSW Interactive festival recognizing marketing change agents. Las Vegas is home to world-leading tech conferences such as CES, IBM Think, and Adobe Summit, as well as major medical conferences in every field of healthcare. Las Vegas, therefore, is where the world’s brightest minds come together to discuss the very future of digital transformation, mobility and connectivity, wellness and longevity, and other innovations helping people live and work more productively. Today, destinations worldwide are leveraging their local knowledge capital and innovation economy more intentionally to differentiate themselves. In Las Vegas, hospitality and tourism leaders have a legitimate advantage to position the city as a global incubator of innovation. Event costs are $65 for Chamber members; $650 table of 10; $95 for non-members (prices include complimentary valet parking). For more information and to register, visit or call 702.641.5822.

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Become a better speaker and a more effective presenter by joining Chamber Voices Toastmasters. Open to all members. 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce 575 Symphony Park Ave., Suite 100 $63 every six months. Guests always complimentary.



WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3 LEGISLATIVE DAY IN CARSON CITY As leaders of the Metro Chamber, we hope that you will be able to join us as we head to the State Capitol to advocate on behalf of Nevada's business community at the state level. This year's trip will be comprised of meetings with legislative leadership and legislators. Exclusively For: President's Club members, Advocacy Impact members, Board of Trustees, and the Government Affairs Committee. Contact Erica Valdriz at or call 702.586.3846 for more information. Nevada State Legislature Building 401 S. Carson St. Carson City,NV, 89701 Sponsors: Boyd Gaming, Century Link, Cox, IGT, NV Energy, Southwest Gas


Join us for a special breakfast roundtable discussion that will look at the 2019 State Legislative Session and how it will impact Nevada’s business community. Hosted by Mary Beth Sewald, President & CEO of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce with Paul Moradkhan, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Metro Chamber and Jim Wadhams, director with Fennemore Craig. 8 - 9: 30 a.m. Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce 575 Symphony Park Ave., Suite 100 Exclusively For: President's Club members, Advocacy Impact members, Board of Trustees, and the Government Affairs Committee

TUESDAY, APRIL 2 CHAMBER CONNECTIONS Chamber Connections is a dedicated leads group comprised of professionals from a variety of industries. This is a place for professionals to grow their network and their businesses by sharing contacts, referrals and ideas. 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce 575 Symphony Park Ave., Suite 100 Contact or call 702.205.5492 for space availability and cost.




WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION We are excited to meet each of our new members and put a face with your membership! Member Orientation is a great time for you to connect with fellow Metro Chamber members, staff and our volunteer Prospectors and Ambassadors. We provide a light breakfast and a brief overview of your Chamber membership benefits, as well as our role in the greater context of Southern Nevada’s economy. Advanced registration is required. 11:30 a.m. – Noon Registration, Networking & Lunch Noon - 1: 30 a.m. Program Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce 575 Symphony Park Ave., Suite 100

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John Entsminger, general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), oversees operations, which handles acquiring, treating and delivering water to local agencies that collectively serve two million residents and more than 40 million annual visitors. He will share the unique water challenges facing Southern Nevada, water sustainability, initiatives, and as young leaders what we can do to help. 11:30 a.m. – Noon - Registration & Complimentary Lunch Noon - 1 p.m. – Program Southern Nevada Water Authority 1001 S. Valley View Blvd.

Meet potential new customers and make valuable businessto-business connections! Learn effective ways to network, incorporate social media into your personal and professional branding, and establish a group of peers dedicated to helping one another grow through business relationships. 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce 575 Symphony Park Ave., Suite 100 Contact or call 702.641.5822 for space availability and cost.




Be the first to experience the newly renovated Strat Hotel and Casino at VYP's 13th Anniversary Mixer! Check out the wall-to-wall action at the best new Sports Bar (Boulevard) on the Vegas Strip. Enjoy a specialty cocktails with a flair prepared by award winning bartenders, while making meaningful connections with your fellow VYPeeps. You don't want to miss this grand opening. Register at 6 - 8 p.m. The Strat Hotel & Casino 2000 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Presenting Sponsors: IBM and Station Casinos








THURSDAY, APRIL 25 LEADERSHIP LAS VEGAS RECRUITMENT MIXER Leadership Las Vegas has been a game-changing program in our community for more than 30 years. With more than 1,400 alumni, including elected officials, business and community leaders, and major influencers in Southern Nevada, this program gives you the information, connections, access, and resources to become a more effective leader and change agent. Learn more at the Recruitment Mixer. Meet Leadership Las Vegas Alumni and current class members, and hear their stories on how the program has positively impacted them. Hors d'oeuvres and nohost bar will be available. Register at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. DISCOVERY Children’s Museum 360 Promenade Place

TUESDAY, APRIL 23 POP UP BUSINESS SHOWCASE & BUSINESS BLEND The Pop-Up Business Showcase is a boutique expo focused on small business connections, value, and resources. It combines a limited capacity table-top and a traditional mixer. The Troesh Studio Theater will host the table-top expo, and the Boman Pavilion atrium will hold the Business Blend. 4 – 6:30 p.m. Educational Session 4 - 4:45 p.m. Showcase 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce 575 Symphony Park Ave., Suite 100 Chamber Members: $15 Non Members: $25 Day of Event: $25 For more information please contact Sage Hunt at shunt@ or call 702.586.3843. Presenting Sponsor: Wells Fargo Gold Sponsor: Cox Communications Blend Sponsors: American Family Insurance, Anthem, IBM, Office Depot and Station Casinos

THURSDAY, APRIL 25 FOCUS LAS VEGAS: SECURITY IN LAS VEGAS – KEEPING OUR COMMUNITY SAFE How has security changed in our community? How do law enforcement and the public and private sectors work together to keep our region safe? Hear from top level experts about how their approach to security has changed in the last two years. Join Focus Las Vegas to learn more about this vital topic and what leaders in Southern Nevada should know. Register at 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Location TBD $25 Sponsors: Bank of Nevada, Geotab, Howard Hughes, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada State Bank, Wynn Las Vegas

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FRIDAY, APRIL 26 EGGS & ISSUES FEATURING U.S. CONGRESSWOMAN SUSIE LEE U.S. Congresswoman Susie Lee, representing Nevada’s Third District, currently serves as the Chairwoman of the Technology Modernization Subcommittee of Veteran Affairs, as well as on the Education and Labor Committee. She is also involved in New Dems and Problem Solver’s Caucus. President’s Club members are invited to participate in a Meet & Greet with U.S. Congresswoman Susie Lee immediately following the breakfast. Must be registered for the breakfast to attend. To inquire or secure a reservation, please contact the Metro Chamber’s Events team at 702.641.5822. For further information on this event, call 702.641.5822. 8 - 8:30 a.m. - Registration & Networking 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. - Program Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas 3960 Las Vegas Blvd. S. RSVP Required



We Do Shots – Yes, They Do! isual communication is the cornerstone of selling a product, whether it be a tangible or non-tangible item, and especially when the product is your personal brand. Along with your professional experience and ethics, your personal presentation is critical. It is amazing what a headshot can do to make or break your personal brand, and no business knows that better than We Do Shots here in Las Vegas.


The first and only headshot truck in Nevada, We Do Shots is a new Vegas Chamber member and a mobile headshot photo studio that takes high quality shots – think, “a food truck (sans food) for headshots!” Meet the Married Duo and We Do Shots Team: Lindsay and John Parker Lindsay Parker is the Director of Operations and Owner of We Do Shots. As Michigan native and a graduate of the University of Michigan, she takes pride in the hard work, dedication, and perseverance that were needed to become the entrepreneur that she is today. When she isn’t working on growing her business relationships, you can find her at the dog park with her precious pups. Lindsay loves going to the movies and playing basketball in her free time. Of all the adjectives we could use to describe Lindsay, innovate, passionate and caring come to mind.



John Parker is the Lead Photographer and Owner of We Do Shots. John was born and raised in Michigan and moved to Las Vegas a little more than three years ago with his wife Lindsay. Photography has always been a passion of his, and something that he has been doing for more than 10 years. John is a self-proclaimed "nerd" at heart, as he loves collecting old video games and consoles. When he isn’t taking amazing photos, he spends his time graphic designing which allows him to channel his creative side. John is one of the most easygoing, kind hearted and funny individuals around. What inspired you to start this business? We Do Shots was created out of necessity. Lindsay had been working one day at her employer’s corporate office and was given the task to hire a photographer to come to the office and take headshots. She had no idea what the task would entail, but would soon discover that there was an unbelievable amount of improvement that could be made in the photography process. That evening when she came home from work, she vented to her husband, John, and said: “Why can’t someone just drive up to my office, take headshots, and get out?” It was like a light bulb went off. After researching her idea, Lindsay learned that nothing like that was available. A few months later, We Do Shots was created.

Why are headshots so important in visual communications? In 2019, your client is going to research your business and your competition. Having a current, professional headshot is a game changer in every industry. Headshots are typically used for marketing materials, company publications, and a website's “About Us” section. They are also used for social media profile pictures, and advertising collateral.

dress for their role, and it can be just as off-putting as not having a headshot. 4. Ask questions. We love to help clarify anything and make sure you love your new headshot! 5. Get excited, this is going to be fun! We always tell our clients that people want to buy from happy and successful look like it. With the music we play, drinks we provide, and overall atmosphere, We Do Shots is all about creating the fun. Do you only do headshots? If not, what other services?

What are your top five and most unusual tips to look your best in a headshot? An unusual, but highly effective tip that we share with our clients is to get outside of their comfort zone. We always suggest taking a headshot with a more personable background that allows your clients to get to know you, the “person,” as well as you, the “professional.” Five tips that make for amazing headshots are: 1. Schedule your headshot in the beginning of the day. 2. Keep an open mind. We are professionals who are going to make you look like the best version of yourself. TRUST US, we know how to capture your “good side.” 3. Dress appropriately for your business, role, client base, and future sales. Oftentimes, people over or under

While We Do Shots specializes in professional headshots, we also take residential real estate photos, drone photos and have an amazing open-air photo booth! Anything else we should know about We Do Shots? Our mission is to change the entire experience of getting a headshot. With us, you get five to six retouched digital photos, in three days or less and we come to you! There is no set-up, no long turnaround times, and no overpaying. By always following our values of Focus, Passion and Service, we know we can change the world of photography one headshot at a time. For more information or to book an appointment, visit or call 702.727.1195.



President’s Club (B) Ashlee Hott Las Vegas HOA Account Executive/The Sherwin-Williams Company Ashlee serves as the Las Vegas HOA Account Executive for The Sherwin-Williams Company. She possesses a BFA in Interior Design from IADT Chicago and is an active member of the design and property management communities, including Community Associations Institute . With over 150 years of experience, a wide range of products, extensive color library, expert representatives and more, Sherwin-Williams offers proven solutions for all your painting needs. Sherwin-Williams has more than 20 Las Vegas area stores, servicing a wide variety of customers and offering a wide range of job opportunities.

(A) Jesse Clark President & CEO – HemoAware Corporation Jesse John Francis Clark is a Las Vegas-based executive professional, entrepreneur and passionate advocate for people living with Hemophilia and related bleeding disorders. He currently serves as CEO of Flash House Media, LLC, where he leads the team responsible for providing clients with customized digital marketing strategies. Born with severe Hemophilia, Clark is the President & CEO of HemoAware Corporation, a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of people with inherited bleeding disorders through advocacy, education, and technology. Clark also serves as CEO for three additional companies.


B (D) Curry Aldridge VP of Origination & Commercial Operations – Tenaska Power Services, Co.



(C) Tony Ferriera Founder & CEO – Infinity Business Media Group Tony Ferriera is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Infinity Business Media Group. Tony is an entrepreneur, founder of Infinity Networking Group, self-motivator, keynote speaker, and a mentor to entrepreneurs. Infinity Business Media Group brands include, A&D Designs,, Infinity Business Magazine, French Quarter Magazine, Women in Power Magazine, Nevada Pipeline Magazine and The Breeze Magazine.



As VP of origination and commercial operations for Tenaska Power Services Co. (TPS), the power marketing affiliate of Tenaska, Curry Aldridge is responsible for managing the company’s originating team, which implement complex, structured energy sales and services agreements across the United States and Canada. Mr. Aldridge also manages the day-to-day operations of several back-office units of TPS, included managing the settlements, commercial operations, strategic technology and contract administration. Mr. Aldridge joined Tenaska in 2000 and has extensive experience in the energy industry in trading, energy management, commercial operations and origination.

Spotlights (E) Matthew Stewart Partner – New York Life Insurance Company Matt is a Las Vegas native of 29 years. He started with New York Life as a Financial Advisor in 2012 where he received numerous accolades including qualifying for the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table. He was promoted to Partner in 2016 where he oversees the growth and career development of over 50 plus agents and financial advisors. In 2018, Matt lead a top 10 national producing office with in New York Life. Matt enjoys traveling with his family and is an active triathlete competing in 70.3 Ironman races.

(F) Dick Tomasso VP of Security & Government Affairs – Mesquite Gaming, LLC Dick serves as VP of Security & Government Affairs for Mesquite Gaming, LLC, which owns and operates the Casablanca Resort & Casino and the Virgin River Casino in Mesquite, Nevada. Following his retirement as a special agent of the FBI, he became Director of Security for Michael Gaughan's Coast Casinos and subsequently for Boyd Gaming. Currently, he maintains a strong liaison with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and with the Nevada Gaming Enforcement Division. He also serves as a member of the Nevada Corporate Security Vice Presidents Group.



(G) Karl Nickoley Executive Producer – Frequency Pictures Karl Nickoley started Frequency Pictures in Hollywood, CA in 2011. Frequency is an award-winning production company that produces national and regional commercials, brand films, training series, social media campaigns and feature films. In 2017, Frequency expanded to Las Vegas producing campaigns for Visit Las Vegas and The Grand Canyon. Karl has over a decade of experience producing campaigns for major brands like Geico, AT&T, Ford including equity raises for internationally distributed feature films. An honors’ graduate of The Los Angeles Film School, he is certified in Film Finance from Pepperdine University.



(H) Kim Sonerholm Senior VP, Sales & Account Management – UnitedHealthcare Kim Sonerholm is senior vice president of sales and account management for UnitedHealthcare in Nevada. She started working for Sierra Health Services 24 years ago, prior to its merger with UnitedHealth Group, working in provider and network relations, customer service, and in an administrative capacity at Southwest Medical Associates. Dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, UnitedHealthcare is Nevada’s largest health insurer offering health coverage through Health Plan of Nevada, Sierra Health and Life, Senior Dimension, and Medicare Complete.




Once we fix the education formula, then we can work to address Nevada’s very real challenges with education funding adequacy. CCSD is one of the most urbanized school districts in the nation. A recent analysis conducted by the wellrespected Council of Great City Schools reported CCSD receives $9,880 in per-pupil funding each year, compared to nearly $14,000 in Chicago and $28,000 in New York City. CCSD is significantly behind the median reported per-pupil funding amount for the nation’s 74 largest urban school districts.

By Jesus F. Jara Clark County School District Superintendent of Schools

he top priority for the Clark County School District (CCSD) in the 2019 Nevada Legislature is to stabilize the district’s budget and to provide for the needs of all students by modernizing the state’s K-12 school funding formula.


Nevada’s 52-year-old funding formula - known as the Nevada Plan - has a number of challenges. Most notably, the Nevada Plan assumes that the cost of preparing students for college or a career is essentially uniform. In recent years, the state has attempted to address this problem with the creation of “categorical” programs for English Language Learners and students who live in poverty. While these additional allocations have helped some students in some schools, they have led to disparate funding levels, and disparate educational opportunities, even among students in need. Categorical funding typically focuses on school-specific programs. Thus, two students with similar challenges within the same school district may have very different educational opportunities just because they live in different neighborhoods and attend different schools. The Nevada Plan has other challenges. For example, it doesn’t capture the actual cost of the


district’s operating expenses, such as health care increases or growth in energy costs. These costs are not recognized by the state’s funding formula, but they are very real expenses that must be paid by the district. This has led to a need to cut budgets or increase class sizes. Nevada’s new education funding plan must be: 1. Transparent - The plan should be clear how much money Nevada is spending on education, where those dollars come from, and where they are allocated. 2. Student-centered - Allocations should recognize that the cost to ready students for college or a career is not uniform. Additional resources must be allocated to children who are at-risk, who are English Learners, who have special education needs or who are gifted. 3. Geographically sensitive Nevada's school districts have differences that must be accounted for. 4. Classroom-Focused - Primary funding allocations should support classroom (instructional) programs. CCSD is currently supporting legislative leaders who are proposing a modernized studentcentered weighted funding formula, which we believe will be among the most significant pieces of legislation ever passed in terms of putting the needs of today’s students first.


Our Trustees have identified the following priorities for any new funding provided to education, which align with “Focus: 2024”, CCSD’s ambitious five-year plan: • Investing in our students and our staff, including reducing staff-tostudent ratios by adding more adults on campuses such as teachers, support professionals, school police, school psychologists, school counselors, and school social workers. • Funding professional development for teachers and administrators, along with research-based instructional materials aligned to the academic standards to provide high quality, standards-based instruction in every classroom. • Ensuring a safe learning environment, including Comprehensive School Safety Evaluations and facility upgrades, to improve safety measures. We have never had a better opportunity to rethink how we fund education in Nevada than we do this legislative session. Nevada has the key leadership in place who understand the problems with our funding formula and have developed common sense strategies to fix them. Our kids only have one shot at school – we must act now. This starts with fixing the funding formula. Please sign up for updates about CCSD’s legislative platform at ccsd. net/spotlight or follow us on Twitter at @ClarkCountySch.

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A “Handprints of Hope” ceremony to honor 19-year old local donor and hero, Triston Green was hosted by the Nevada Donor Network (NDN). NASCAR driver Joey Gase teamed up with NDN and used NASCAR as a platform to promote lifesaving organ, eye, and tissue donations. In honor of Triston, handprints big and small, of all different colors, were placed across the hood of the car along with written tributes to Triston.

The Salvation Army Southern Nevada partnered again with Safari Club International Foundation and Sportsmen Against Hunger Committee to provide a community meal, along with each guest receiving a care package at the end of their meal. They fed approximately 1,000 homeless and low-income individuals.

Vegas PBS hired Margaret Ann Schneweis as the new member services manager. In her new role Schneweis will serve as the responsible administrator for the development, coordination, and management of membership revenue, producing plans for individuals, corporate, and governmental financial support for Vegas PBS’ public television services. Comprehensive Cancer Centers have hired two advanced registered nurse practitioners, Katelyne Atijera, as well as Dulce Novakovic. Atijera is certified in Basic Life Support and ONS Chemotherapy Biotherapy and Novakovic has certifications in Basic Life Support and Chemotherapy. Lisa Manning has been named Chief Financial Officer for Easterseals Nevada. Manning has over 25 years of experience as a certified public accountant and over a decade of experience as a chief financial officer. Bourbon Street Sports Bar opened a new location in Henderson, NV with the help of G.C. Garcia Inc., an international Commercial Real Estate Development and Redevelopment services company. Nevada Restaurant Services, Inc. sought G.C. Garcia, Inc.’s services when it became evident obtaining the necessary entitlements for the new bar and grill would involve a complex process. G.C. Garcia guided the restauranteur through the process of addressing local government approvals, planning boards and other necessary public entities. Bourbon Street is located at 2990 St. Rose Parkway. The new restaurant features a full bar, broad food menu and various gaming machines.



During halftime at a UNLV Runnin’ Rebels basketball game, Nevada State Bank presented a check for $10,000 to Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada for a program the bank sponsors called, Swish for a Wish. Since 2018 Nevada State Bank has donated nearly $33,000 to this local charity through the Swish for a Wish sponsorship, helping to make wishes come true for many local children and their families. City National Bank has awarded Reading is the Way Up literacy grants totaling close to $77,000 to support literacy-based projects as well as financial literacy to elementary, middle and high school teachers. The grant will help enhance literacy projects that were judged to be creative, engaging and have a tangible effect on student achievement.

Upcoming Events Making A Real Autism Difference invites you to their one-year anniversary celebration with dinner, live entertainment, and a silent auction. This will take place on Saturday, April 27, from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. at Revel Nevada. For more information or to purchase a ticket please visit, Vegasnomics will be hosting the Las Vegas Property Development & Infrastructure Conference, which the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce is a sponsor of. They will address key issues that are driving property growth and provide insight from local experts through interactive and engaging panel discussions. The conference will take place on May 7-8 at South Point Hotel and Casino. For more information please visit,

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Congratulations The U.S. Travel Association appointed Michael Dominguez, senior vice president and chief sales officer of MGM Resorts International to Second Vice Chair of its board. Jennifer Ko Craft with Dickinson Wright LLC has been named to the National Law Journal’s list of Intellectual Property Trailblazers. The National Law Journal recognizes professionals who have moved the needle in the legal industry. Jennifer was chosen for her passion for the practice of law, original thinking, and creative strategy.

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Ken Ladd is the new Chairman of the Board of Directions for Nevada HAND. In addition to his duties as Chair, Ladd also heads the search committee tasked with finding a successor to Mike Mullin, Nevada HAND’s founder and CEO, who announced his retirement in February. The Nevada Board of Regents announced The Regent’s Scholar Awards for 2019, honoring eight students for their academic achievements, leadership ability and service contributions throughout the state. Each recipient will receive a $5,000 stipend funded by the Nevada Systems of Higher Education administration. The League of Agricultural and Equine Centers presented South Point Hotel Casino and Spa Arena and Equestrian Center with the “Facility of the Year” Award, in recognition for the center’s commitment to the equestrian industry and excellence in the management and operation of an equestrian facility. Charles Perry, founding partner of Quality Care Inc., a small group of skilled nursing facilities located primarily in Texas, has been named Chairman of the Board of Directors for Las Vegas HEALS. PRWeek Magazine inducted Jenn Michaels, MGM Resorts International Senior Vice President of Public Relations, into its exclusive 2019 Hall of Femme class. Michaels along with 13 other women across the country were selected by PRWeek, which has been building its Hall of Femme over the past four years. Jenny “JennyO” Calleri, jewelry designer, creator, curator, appraiser and owner of Huntington Jewelers was nominated and featured in Las Vegas Weekly’s “40 Under 40.”

A colleague told me about a man who was brought to tears talking about the Moulin Rouge property as he gave her a tour. I knew I wanted to interview him about what the long-closed hotel-casino meant to him and why. To Deverynn Bryant and Katherine Duncan, this property was an opportunity to repair race relations. After it burned on Oct. 5, I added audio from a town hall meeting where community members still spoke of bringing it back. Why does the government not invest in the Historic Westside in a way that benefits the area? People at that meeting echoed what Deverynn had already spoken of. They believe officials and the larger community don’t care to preserve their history or assist in their struggles. I hope someone will see the film and decide to help the Westside in some way, even if that never brings back the Moulin Rouge.

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DOGGIE DISTRICT The Nationally renowned Doggie District franchise and premier provider of doggie day care, pet boarding, training and grooming services unveiled their newly renovated state-of-the-art facility on Craig Road. For more information

REBORN CABINETS Reborn Cabinets recently opened its newest location at 5895 W. Wigwam Ave. Offering 3-day Signature Cabinet Refacing and Reborn Bath Solutions, they are dedicated to providing “The Ultimate Remodeling Experience” to homeowners throughout Nevada. For more information, visit

SWBC MORTGAGE SWBC Mortgage is thrilled eto announce the opening of their Henderson branch. The variety of products, both standard and “out of the box” are designed to assist a variety of borrowers. They specialize in first-time home-buyers to savvy investors throughout Nevada, Arizona and California.

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LASVEGAS.NET LasVegas.Net launched the newest magazine in Las Vegas – LasVegas.Net Magazine. For more information, visit

SOUTHERN HILLS HOSPITAL Southern Hills Hospital celebrating the opening of the Pavilion, an 80-bed inpatient unit dedicated to serving the critical behavioral health needs of Southern Nevada. The Pavilion treats patients age 13 and older and offers 24/7 admissions. For more information, visit

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CODE NINJAS Code Ninjas Summerlin is proud to announce the grand opening of their Las Vegas/Summerlin location. Code Ninjas Summerlin is located at 7501 W. Lake Mead Blvd. #118 and specializes in teaching kids ages 7 – 14 how to code also known as Computer Programming.


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Applications Open for Leadership Las Vegas and Leadership Advance reat communities and companies need strong, capable, and knowledgeable leaders. Whether experienced professionals who want to develop a deeper understanding about the community or young professionals who want to hone their management abilities, the Chamber’s Leadership Foundation of Greater Las Vegas programs help you build your organization’s leadership and executive talent.


The Leadership Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit affiliated with the Las Vegas Metro Chamber, has created a strong legacy of proven leadership development in Southern Nevada. More than 1,400 graduates have graduated from its Leadership Las Vegas and Leadership Advance programs and have gone on to serve in executive positions, as well as in elected office and non-profit boards. Applications are open for the following programs that may be valuable to the professionals in your organization: LEADERSHIP LAS VEGAS Leadership Las Vegas, the premier executive development program in Southern Nevada, brings together 60 individuals in leadership roles within the community from a breadth of industries and local businesses for an intensive 10-month experience. Class members begin with an opening retreat in September where they get to know their fellow classmates and embark on their Leadership Las Vegas experience. Through monthly session days, class members develop new perspectives on the community by exploring the inner-workings of Las Vegas, including its greatest strengths and most challenging issues, hearing from area experts and leaders, and participating in interactive tours, simulations, and other activities. At the end of the class year, participants join a network of leaders committed to using their talents and strengths to



improve Southern Nevada. Leadership Las Vegas has graduated more than 1,300 business leaders since its inception in 1986. The program begins with an intensive three-day retreat known as Gateway. Daylong sessions on various aspects of the community are held once a month throughout the session year. The culmination of the program is a graduation gala and ceremony held in June. There will be a Recruitment Mixer on Thursday, April 25, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Discovery Children’s Museum. Applications are due Thursday, May 16, at 4:00 p.m. LEADERSHIP ADVANCE – NEW VERSION Leadership Advance is now a 5-month leadership skills training program that is tailored specifically to professionals wanting to enhance their leadership abilities and advance their careers. Led by a professional leadership facilitator, class members gain extensive experience and insights into their own leadership strengths, and grow in understanding effective leadership, communication, and organizational management. Leadership Advance is ideal for your up-and-coming talent who need to hone their leadership skills to become effective managers. Through Leadership Advance, companies can develop a pipeline of in-house leadership that will drive growth in their operations. The class meets once a month for five consecutive months. Applications are due Thursday, May 30, at 4:00 p.m. The class begins Friday, August 2, and concludes in December. For more information on these leadership programs or to apply, go to or contact Cara Clarke, executive director of the Leadership Foundation, at cara@leadership.Vegas or 702-586-3832.

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Knock knock, it’s election season. By Elizabeth “Izzy” Thorn, VYP Community Outreach Co-Chair & Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Campaign Manager

Mailboxes are overflowing with political flyers, candidates have become a staple on local television, and campaigners are fanning out going door-to-door for your vote.

Simply put, politics will be happening whether you are involved or not. Only by participating can you ensure the political decisions that affect your life are ones you can live with.

Have you even heard the knocking over all of the noise that fills your life? Do politics matter enough to you to compete with watching Netflix, scrolling through Instagram, or texting your friends a funny meme? Why open the door and engage at all?

You give a percentage of every dollar you make to the government in taxes. Federal economic policy affects business decisions both big and small, and the government decides how much money they will take from you in taxes and what public projects they will fund with that money.

According to Bryan Griffin; Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, it’s exactly when we aren’t paying attention that we can lose the most. “It is more important than ever for people to be involved in the political process. In the day and age of social media depth news coverage, the voting public is losing genuine political discourse. Bad-actor elites in office will use apathy to pass massive government overhauls over the American people without push back, unless we can cut through their rhetoric and identify true political objectives through intelligent and thoughtful political and ideological analysis.”

Alexander Marks, a lobbyist and political coordinator for the Nevada State Education Association (NSEA) says, “the importance of young professionals getting involved in politics or advocacy cannot be understated. I truly understand how off-putting politics can be, and it often causes immense cynicism among young professionals. It’s easy to fall into that trap. As young professionals, apathy is not our friend. If you are too cynical and uninvolved with issue(s) you care deeply about, someone else will fill that void, and you may not like the results. We all have at least one issue

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we care about, so find that issue and pursue change! Every day, I work in the legislative building where one person can truly make a difference; it may sound idealistic, but I see it every day.” You don’t have to be a political junkie to make a difference. You can start by staying up-to-date on the news, following politics, and holding your elected officials accountable. Here are three ways Alexander suggests getting involved: 1. Work on a campaign 2. Testify on issues during public comment 3. Contact your elected officials Polarization and cynicism are rampant, but you have more power than you may realize. We all have roles to play in the political landscape. You can use the power of your voice to create real actionable change. If we want our democratic systems to be more responsive to our needs then we need to be willing to weigh in and tell them what those needs are and hold them accountable. If we are unwilling to speak-up on issues that affect us and our loved ones, who will?

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