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The Effects of Solar in Real Estate..........................102 Can You Truly Afford to Buy a Home?...................104 Middle East investment in U.S. Rises....................107 Expanding Real Estate Horizons with Everett Academy................................................108
MYHOME & GARDEN Against All Odds.......................................................... 112 The Sunder Difference............................................... 114 We Are Brazilian Pavers............................................. 116 Spring Cleaning, In More Ways than One!.......... 118
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ow do you balance home life while working a full-time job, still have the time to compete in pageants and give back to the community?” This is one of the many questions I get asked all the time. Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Laura Damian, mother, pageant titleholder, philanthropist and MYVEGAS Magazine’s General Manager and Production Manager. Every one of the “hats” are very important to me and each play a key role in who I am today and who I am becoming tomorrow. Motherhood is by far my number one priority. Being a single mom means you have to juggle many things all at once. The dropping off at school, extracurricular activities, homework, practices & games, the list goes on and on. Although at times I get overwhelmed, I wouldn’t trade it for the world because I have the most amazing 9-year old son named Elijah. He has taught me what the definition of unconditional true love really is. Everything I have accomplished has a lot to do with him. He truly is my number one supporter.
Most think it is a beauty contest but a true pageant queen exhibits many more qualities than just outer beauty. Their beauty starts from the inside, a leader who inspires, teaches, and gives back to their community. Now, I spend countless hours volunteering, donating, teaching and mentoring within the Las Vegas community. A new-found love that pageantry introduced me to. When I’m not on-stage competing for a crown or spending time in my community you can find me at the MYVEGAS Magazine office. Putting together a magazine is an arduous process that I am involved with from start to finish. Photoshoots, customer service, ads, layout you name it! But I can’t take all the credit. Overseeing the day to day operations of the business while producing MYVEGAS and MYNASHVILLE wouldn’t be possible without the wonderful team that I have.
The key to balance, for me, is prioritizing and time management. Finding what’s important to you and blocking out time, whether it’s a couple of hours a day or a couple of hours a week. When you genuinely love, and enjoy what you do, you’d be surprised what you can accomplish with the 24 hours you have in your day. MV
His support helped tremendously when I competed in my very first pageant in 2018. When I decided to compete in pageantry I knew I would be pushing my limits and stepping way beyond my comfort zone but I had no idea it would change my life forever. There are many stereotypes on what pageants represent.
The Nevada Godfather of Marijuana change in the state constitution. Tick naively initiated steps to legislate access to medical marijuana. “It was still taboo in the legislature, and lawmakers rebuffed establishing a regulatory system to produce and sell marijuana”.
ichard “Tick” Segerblom’s background bares prestigious titles: Attorney, Assemblyman, Senator, and Clark County Commissioner. In recent years he has become best known as Nevada’s Godfather of Marijuana. “In the 60’s I recognized it as a natural drug that could be safe and enjoyable, but most people thought legalizing marijuana would cause Nevada’s silver-blue skies to fall. The truth is, people from all walks of life have been using marijuana all along, and now it is being tested for safety, regulated for sale, and taxed according to product sales laws. Equally important, people aren’t being arrested or incarcerated for selling and using it. Nevada’s journey to legalize marijuana began in 2001 when voters approved the right to grow and use medical marijuana—a
Bipartisanship had always worked well for his family. His great grandfather, Johnny Bell; grandmother, Hazel Wines; and mother, Gene Segerblom, all served in the Nevada Legislature. Senator Segerblom followed their leadership. “Fortunately, I was able to enlist Senator Mark Hutchison, a conservative Republican and a state’s rights advocate, to join proposing a system similar to Arizona’s model. If Arizona can grow and sell medical marijuana, surely the great State of Nevada can. Mark believed legislators were obliged to follow through with the voters’ Nevada Constitutional Mandate. Several legislators joined us in touring Arizona’s non-profit model of ‘seed to sale’ industry. We were determined to enact a similar regulatory scheme.” Their resulting better plan would enrich the state’s coffers, help fund education and address important civic projects. Nevada duplicated the lottery system to qualify licensees. “Together, we chose a merit-based system and set forth criteria to be used to choose the best, reputable applicants and added a requirement that all products be tested by independent testing labs—something no other state required.” Tick credits Senator Hutchison for getting the bill passed with a 2/3 tax vote in the
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Senate. All Republicans in the Assembly opposed his bill except Assemblywoman Michele Fiore. “In 2015 my bill squeaked by with just 28 out of 42 votes. Once Governor Sandoval signed the bill, we were off to the races.” “Soon after the medical marijuana bill passed, voters approved recreational marijuana, in 2016; and on July 1, 2017 Governor Sandoval implemented the law. Since our medical marijuana industry and laws were working so well, this addition simply required flipping a switch and adding a tax. Going from scratch to a billion-dollar industry has been remarkably scandal-free, considering marijuana is still a felony under federal law and listed as a Schedule 1 drug along with heroin.” Tick’s years of focus, diligence and ability to work with both sides of the aisle certainly makes him the Man of the Decade. “In retrospect, what once seemed impossible now seems inevitable and easy. Although I am called the Godfather of Marijuana because of the role I played in making this happen, in truth it was being in the right place at the right time. The wave is still cresting. We need access to banks to round out the business model. Nevada’s tourism needs places where marijuana can be openly used, such as restaurants, night clubs and hotels. So watch out; the best is yet to come!” MV
LVMPD Summerlin Area Command By: Jennifer Miller-Gonzales
ood Morning Charlie, we found one of your angels.
Captain Sasha Larkin is a Las Vegas Metro Police Department captain that was recently chosen to oversee the newest Metro Area Command in Summerlin that opened this January. Sasha is entering her 21st year with the police department, and with an abundance of experience and knowledge, she is ready to embark on a new chapter. “I want to do more community building because it’s my belief that if we integrate communities that are sectioned off or feel separate from the rest then we will have a stronger, tight knit community that will be safer.” Summerlin Area Command is the 10th police substation in Metro’s jurisdiction. The venture is completely funded by The Howard Hughes Corp. on donated land and occupies more than four acres west of the 215 Beltway near Summerlin Parkway. “While Howard Hughes had the foresight to see the need for police services closer to its residents, Sheriff Joe Lombardo worked equally as hard to make it happen. He saw the huge benefits this area command
would have to the area” Said Larkin. “The Sheriff gets it that cops matter and having more cops closer to a growing community can only be a good thing “Larkin continued. Summerlin’s biggest problems according to Larkin is home and auto burglaries. “But these are all things with the community’s help that we can address and improve.” Captain Larkin is as fierce as she is humble. And not only is she a pioneer example as a woman police officer but she just happens to be movie starlet beautiful. “It’s the wool and polyester,” she said coyly. “It can look good on anyone.” Joking aside, Larkin gives credit to current Sheriff Lombardo for all the opportunities he has given to female officers. “The Sheriff makes the final decision on where captains get assigned. During his term in office he has placed several female captains in big positions with a lot of responsibility. It’s been nice to know as a female officer that we aren’t limited under his leadership.” Larkin said. Her journey to Captain began when she was only 3 years old. She casted a vision for her life after watching a show on television called CHIPS. On the show, there was a female cop named Diana.
“I thought she was the coolest. And at 3 years old something inside me organically connected to that field and I told my mom, that’s what I am going to be when I grow up.” Before getting her badge and gun Larkin worked in a restaurant where police recruiters would come in to eat. They let her know about the opportunity to join the department. Initially she wasn’t interested because it conflicted with her goal to continue her education. But then the recruiters mentioned the department would pay for her schooling. So, she signed up in early 1998 and in January 1999 started at the academy. “The first years are the best, the comradery, learning something new every day and really getting a chance to help people,” Captain Larkin shares. “Back then policing was a little bit different. The way you policed and the style you policed. It was always busy, it was fun, it was exciting – it was everything a young cop would want to get involved in. It was exactly what I signed up to do and I would do it all over again because it is the greatest profession in the world.”
The next few years, doors opened for Larkin that allowed her to move up in the department. The spark was a conversation with a colleague who encouraged her to transition from patrol to a path that would ultimately lead her to captain. She started as a TAC officer that taught new recruits how to be cops in the police academy and then she took the test to be a Sergeant. “I love this police department, it is the best in the country, hands down”, she boasts. Larkin goes on to say how there are so many incredible opportunities on the LVMPD to learn and grow from. As Sergeant at Bolden Area Command, she was exposed to and learned a whole new style of policing. In the three years there, she was able to start an Outreach program called Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) program to help the community understand the nexus of terrorism and how to prevent terrorism through community engagement. Larkin started the roots of that program and then found out she was pregnant with her first child. She was then assigned to the Fusion Center for the next two years to continue to build the program department wide. She then went to work at Internal Affairs, which was a great learning experience and necessary piece of understanding the agency. After promoting lieutenant, she went to work at the Northeast Area Command for two plus years and then transitioned into the Gangs and Narcotics Bureau. During this time Larkin says Sheriff Lombardo decided to try something new and decentralized the traditional investigative units. “It was a bold and innovative idea—it was one of his campaign goals, and he was 100% right in how effective it was going to be!” Larkin says it was during the period of decentralization that the Sheriff gave her the opportunity of a lifetime and had her create the Office of Community Engagement. “OCE was a timely and powerful addition to this department and the community. It put a big spotlight on necessity of partnerships and bidirectional communication, giving the community a voice and sense of connection, it had never felt before.” Larkin goes on to say, “But none of it would have been possible without the Sheriff being willing to take the risk of trying something new and trusting us to implement it. I will forever be grateful to him for taking a chance on us”.
The LVMPD puts a big umbrella over all the different facets of community engagement; Gang outreach, prevention, redirection, terrorism and human trafficking. In this program, they created a refugee integration program, to integrate refugees into the community. She believes preventing social isolation can be key to preventing crime and terrorism. “If we, the police, can give individuals something positive to connect to, then we win. That [program] was one of the highlights of my career, because I got to do what I love and that is connect with people. “ When not in uniform, Captain Larkin is a supermom to twin 6-year-old daughters and a 9-year-old son. She enjoys yoga, running and Orange Theory. Her husband, Tim, is a retired navy operator who owns a machine gun range among other endeavors. Sasha credits him for keeping her balance. “When I go home, I really enjoy the fact that I get to be the mom and the wife. It’s such an interesting duality but we’ve really worked hard on that at home. It’s important for me to have that balance of femininity at home and strength and leadership at work.” MV
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Nevada Supreme Court Justice Abbi Silver
By: Sarah Moninger
MYVEGAS Magazine had the chance to speak with Supreme Court Justice Abbi Silver. Judge Silver is the only judge in the history of Nevada to have presided at EVERY level of Nevada’s court system and we asked her these 6 questions:
The Nevada Supreme Court is now, and for the first time, a female majority. How has the legal profession changed over the last 30 years with females in the profession?
When I first started as a young attorney in 1989, I was one of only five female prosecutors at the Clark County District Attorney’s Office. When I walked into the courtroom back then, the opposing male attorneys would ask me if I was the court reporter. They couldn’t believe it when I told them that I was the prosecutor assigned to the criminal case. Their underestimating me as an opponent was my greatest weapon. Thankfully, women are treated much better today in our profession. I really enjoy my male colleagues on the bench—who treat me with dignity and respect. As females within the profession of law, we have truly come a long way.
What initially inspired you to pursue law?
I was very inspired by Susan Dey from LA LAW. She was the epitome of a polished, passionate female trial attorney. Actually, I wanted to become a lawyer from the time I started high school. I couldn’t stand to look at blood, so becoming a doctor like my father was not in the cards for me. However, getting paid to talk seemed like a dream come true for a teenaged chatter-box like me.
Being a well-seasoned judicial leader with over 30 years of experience, did you have a mentor throughout your rise in the legal ranks? Yes, I met Judge Nancy Oesterle (when she was a prosecutor) during the time that I was an undergraduate student at UNLV. I was fascinated when she spoke to our class. After returning from law school years
later, I became a prosecutor with her at the Clark County District Attorney’s Office and she helped me every step of the way. She even helped me write my first closing argument in a rape case.
What does a typical day in your chambers look like?
It would probably seem very boring to most people. After getting a cup of coffee, I read and write at my desk or my standing desk for a good eight hours. But, I really enjoy reading. After years of sitting on the bench inside of the courtroom and watching attorneys pick a jury or fight with one another, I am perfectly happy just reading by myself in my quiet chambers.
As a Nevada Supreme Court Justice, how do you make changes or get involved with the community?
I am involved with the National Charity League, so I volunteer with teens at various non-profit organizations like Opportunity Village, the Salvation Army, Make-A-Wish and many others. And, being a member of the Nevada Supreme Court with my fellow colleagues allows me to shape Nevada’s jurisprudence. I really enjoy that part of my job the best.
What advice would you give to someone aspiring to be a judicial leader or attorney?
Never listen to the haters. If I listened to those individuals who put me down or gossiped about me based on my appearance or because of my gender, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Believe in yourself and never let go of your dreams. You can do anything you set your mind to. Supreme Court Of Nevada 408 E Clark Ave, Las Vegas, NV I 702.486.9300 nvcourts.gov/supreme
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ith more than 25 years in practice as a podiatrist, Peter J. Bregman, DPM, has been recognized as an expert in complex foot and ankle conditions, as well as sports injuries and pediatrics. Dr. Peter Bregman has been specializing in the treatment of peripheral neuropathy for more than 15 years, which is more than half of his private practice life at this point. As the founder of Bregman Foot-Ankle & Nerve Center in Las Vegas, Dr. Bregman has had many accolades bestowed upon him. He has consistently been in voted in the top three best foot doctors since practicing in Las Vegas. In 2019 voted TOPDOC as well. He’s treated professional athletes from the NFL and NHL as well as celebrities. Dr. Bregman has become world renowned in the treatment of lower extremity nerve problems and people travel from all over the world for his expertise in this area. This includes the use of stem cells/exosomes for non-surgical treatments as well as surgical options if needed. “I’ve dedicated myself to helping people with neuropathy in the lower extremity and I’ve had extensive training in this field by other pioneers in the field.” Over the past few years, a relatively new technology called StimWave has become readily available and a viable option for patients with chronic nerve pain, rather than undergoing any further surgery or taking medications that may have untoward side effects. The peripheral nerve stimulator is a small wire that is inserted underneath the skin near a specific nerve that is generating the pain and then activating the device through a wireless connection to significantly limit the pain or even completely remove it. This procedure much like a spinal cord stimulator also has a trial available for patient so that they can determine whether the procedure would be successful with a simple in office procedure that takes about 20 minutes.
“I’ve recently started performing these over the past year and so far, found great success with patients. I am excited and looking forward to helping many others.” One of his patients, Michael Silverstein is a diabetic but also had a nerve problem called tarsal tunnel syndrome. Mike had surgery previously with another doctor which unfortunately did not resolve his pain very much if at all. Then he was referred to Dr. Bregman. “Dr. Bregman is a wonderful doctor that explained the entire procedure, along with a representative from StimWave,” Silverstein said. “I was able to walk right after the procedure and it was amazing that I was quickly able to do anything that I chose to do.” He also recommends anyone with these ailments to visit Dr. Bregman. “I’d reccommed him to anyone. The entire experience how he explained everything made me feel confident and I had nothing to worry about. And I can’t wait to get my other procedure done!” There are a variety of neurological problems that occur in the lower extremity including complex regional pain syndrome or CRPS, trauma, failed previous surgery and even diabetic neuropathy that can be helped with the use of a peripheral nerve stimulator. There are two major companies right now that produce the devices. Both are similar, so it is usually the physician’s choice regarding which one they like to use. In most cases, Dr. Bregman will perform an extensive consultation to assess if the peripheral nerve stimulator is something that would be beneficial. If it is determined it is a fit, then an appointment is made to have a temporary device in place for several days to see if there is enough benefit to move on towards the permanent implant. Then if the patient feels that they benefited enough from the
stimulator, the next step is to move forward to placement of the permanent device that allows the patient to do almost anything - there are no real restrictions. The only challenge they’ve found is whether insurance will cover the procedure. For many patients, this procedure gives hope. Especially ones that have had multiple surgeries or cannot tolerate any more surgeries. In other cases of neuropathy of some kind, patients may develop an addiction to opioids and this is a great option for those wanting to get off opiods. If necessary, Dr. Bregman will work in concert with pain management specialists in order to coordinate this process. MV “Where passion and experience meet to provide the best possible foot and ankle care.” For more information or a consultation with Dr. Bregman visit the website bregmanfance.com or call (702) 703-2526.
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Stretching & Flexibility Tips
By: Victor B. Cohen
t’s not enough to build muscle and achieve aerobic fitness. You need to think about flexibility, too. Stretching can help.
You may think of stretching as something performed only by runners or gymnasts. But we all need to stretch in order to protect our mobility and independence. “A lot of people don’t understand that stretching has to happen on a regular basis. It should be daily,” says Victor B. Cohen, a Fitness Expert and Owner of Body Illusions, Inc. A Personal Fitness Training Company In Las Vegas, Nevada. www.bodyillusionsinc.com/ lasvegas #BII
strenuous activity that stretches them, such tight muscles are suddenly called on for a strenuous activity that stretches them, such as playing tennis, they may become as playing tennis, they may become damaged from suddenly being stretched. Injured muscles may not be strong enough to support the joints, which can lead to joint injury. Regular stretching keeps muscles long, lean, and flexible, and this means that exertion “won’t put too much force on the muscle itself,” says Victor. Healthy muscles also help a person with balance problems to avoid falls.
Why stretching is important Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, and we need that flexibility to maintain a range of motion in the joints. Without it, the muscles shorten and become tight. Then, when you call on the muscles for activity, they are weak and unable to extend all the way. That puts you at risk for joint pain, strains, and muscle damage.
Where to start With a body full of muscles, the idea of daily stretching may seem overwhelming. But Victor says you don’t have to stretch every muscle you have. “The areas critical for mobility are in your lower extremities: your calves, your hamstrings, your hip flexors in the pelvis and quadriceps in the front of the thigh.” Stretching your shoulders, neck, and lower back is also beneficial. Aim for a program of daily stretches or at least three or four times per week.
For example, sitting in a chair all day results in tight hamstrings in the back of the thigh. That can make it harder to extend your leg or straighten your knee all the way, which inhibits walking. Likewise, when tight muscles are suddenly called on for a
Find a physical therapist (your local directory is a good place to start) who can assess your muscle strength and tailor a stretching program to fit your needs. If you
have chronic conditions such as Parkinson’s disease or arthritis, you’ll want to clear a new stretching regimen with your doctor before you start. The cumulative effect of stretching Stretching once today won’t magically give you perfect flexibility. You’ll need to do it over time and remain committed to the process. “It may have taken you many months to get tight muscles, so you’re not going to be perfectly flexible after one or two sessions,” says Trainer Victor B. Cohen of Body Illusion, Inc. “It takes weeks to months to get flexible, and you’ll have to continue working on it to maintain it.” A hamstring stretch will keep the muscles in the back of your thigh flexible. Sit on the floor with your legs in front of you. Slide your hands down your legs until you feel a burning sensation. Hold for 30 seconds, then slowly return to a sitting position. Proper execution We used to believe that stretching was necessary to warm up the muscles and prepare them for activity. However, mounting research has shown that stretching the muscles before they’re warmed up can actually hurt them. “When everything is cold, the fibers aren’t prepared and may be damaged. If you exercise first, you’ll get blood flow to the area, and that makes the tissue more pliable and amenable to change,” says Victor B. Cohen. All it takes to warm up the muscles before stretching is five to 10 minutes of light activity, such as a quick walk. You can also stretch after an aerobic or weight-training workout. Hold a stretch for 30 seconds. Don’t bounce, which can cause injury. You’ll feel tension during a stretch, but you should not feel pain. If you do, there may be an injury or damage in the tissue. Stop stretching that muscle and talk to your Trainer or Doctor. MV Victor B. Cohen 702.576.3029
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Conquering your Fitness Goals By: Tana Ashlee
verwhelmed with your weight loss journey? I was too during postpartum. Here are simple ways to break down your goals and conquer them.
lot of women struggle with this due to hormones. I knew the pressure would be on because I am an influencer with 1.2million followers on instagram.
Tana Ashlee here, I have been in health and fitness for 16 years now! I have helped thousands of women worldwide conquer weight loss goals and actually maintain it. So, I wanted to share some tips with you so you can start conquering your goals now.
So postpartum hits. I have this beautiful little girl, no sleep, buried in laundry and trying to figure out how to get my life back on track!
I started my journey young, but that doesn’t mean it was always easy. I found myself binge eating after 2 days on a strict diet which always back fired and I’d gain weight instead of dropping weight. It was beyond frustrating to me and I knew something had to change so I could get this under wanted 40lbs off. I finally realized strict diets and spending hours in the gym weren’t my thing. I found an incredible balance with foods and workouts that worked well for my body type which allowed me to do shorter workouts with better results. So I dropped the 40lbs and kept it off for 7 years. Then I got pregnant… and I grew and grew and grew that 40lbs right back on. 42 to be exact. During pregnancy, I wasn’t worried about it because I just wanted a healthy baby girl (which I got thank God) I was worried about getting the weight off after giving birth because I know a
I was so overwhelmed at the thought of losing the 42lbs I gained during pregnancy. It was discouraging to say the least. I wonder how will I find the time or energy to workout now that I am constantly awake at night and feeding my baby!? On top of all of this, I am running a business, keeping a household together and trying to stay on top of cooking! I realized this wasn’t healthy because feeling overwhelmed will only lead to stress and stress leads to more belly fat so first thing first. It is time to break down this big goal into small goals. So, my big goal was losing 42lbs, I broke that down
into losing about 2lbs a week. I started simple. I drank more water, I eat cleaner foods and I got my butt moving more! I never push diets on my clients or myself because I found out the hard way that this is what leads to binge eating, yo-yo dieting and constantly starting over so don’t do some crazy, restrictive diet! Start by cutting out 1 simple meal in the day and replace it with whole foods (produce and meats) then up your water intake by adding an extra bottle of water a day and and meats) then up your water intake by adding an extra bottle of water a day and do something you enjoy to get moving… Me personally… I love hiking, dancing with my baby girl or doing family walks when the sun is setting!
If you want to kick it up a notch, here is a great workout you can do at your desk! Squats 15x3 Pulse lunges 15x3 Calf raises 15x3 You can find more workouts like this on my instagram @tanaashleee
Doing this small changes daily will get you the results you want and best of all KEEP them! Consistency is key to conquering all goals so make the time daily for your health. MV
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recently read that every cell in your body has its own brain. That’s pretty remarkable! When a cell is not well it knows exactly what to do to repair itself. This led me to new thoughts about the healing process. If I were laying in a coma and I had wounds or surgery while in a coma I would heal without being conscious of my condition. This is because the cells in my body are ready, willing and able to heal on their own. They don’t need me to think about it, stress about it, worry and fret about it. But this is what we normally do. We try too hard to heal and be well. How frustrating this is even for the individual cells. They simply want us to get out of the way so they can do the job at hand. Believe me, I’ve always been the first one to reach for a new supplement, diet, exercise, book, method, and just plain madness to reach a goal of wellness. But this is just another way of creating more stress. Remember the saying, “less is more”? How true this is – less thinking, less doing, less energy spent on trying to heal your body. How about getting up each day and thinking about being happy! Being happy will lead to wellness, I promise you. MV
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It’s so important for a couple to take a moment, completely by themselves, to envision what their perfect day will look like. I always tell my couples when doing this, to ask themselves the most important questions of all: What feeling do I want my guests to have when they leave? What emotions do I want them to take away? The answers to these questions will serve as a guide for planning the overall look and feel of the big day. With that said, here are a few important Do’s and Don’ts I always tell my couples to keep in mind when planning their wedding: Do inject you and your fiancé’s personalities into every element of your big day. You want this event to be uniquely yours! Quirky place cards, thoughtful favors, and your favorite foods during the cocktail hour are great places to bring in personal touches!
Do prioritize! Cut down on your budget by creating three categories: Non-negotiable, negotiable and neutral. Non-negotiable is for things that will not change no matter what. Negotiable is for things that you want, but you are willing to forego. Neutral is for things you do not have a stance on that you can prioritize at the bottom.
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Do remember to send Thank You notes to those who made your special day perfect, but may not have been a guest at your wedding. Loved your officiant? Developed a great relationship with the coordinator at your venue? Let them know!
Don’t forget to eat throughout the day and at your reception. It can be easy to miss it in all the excitement, but a few glasses of champagne can be dangerous on an empty stomach. No one wants to see the bride faint during the cake cutting!
Do be upfront with all of your vendors about what you do and don’t want at your wedding. For example, provide a “don’t play” list to your DJ or band and a “must take” list for your photographer so everything is just how you envisioned it!
Don’t be afraid to give your speakers a time limit for their toasts. Five minutes is a good rule of thumb to stick to. Your guests will thank you, and it will keep your reception feeling more like a party and less like a presentation.
Don’t spend the day on social media! I know you’ve been waiting a long time to change your relationship status to “married”, but save it for the next day. Stay in the moment and spend your wedding reception connecting face to face (not virtually) with your loved ones and new husband.
Don’t sweat the small stuff! Be prepared for small things to go wrong. But remember that it won’t be a big deal when they do. Whatever it is, you’ll look back on it and laugh, so enjoy your day in spite of whatever didn’t go as planned.
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TOP 100 L AW YE R S
• GREAT REPUTATION • HIGHLY ETHICAL • POSITIVE INFLUENCE ON LAS VEGAS MYVEGAS Magazine polled more than 100,000 of our readers to find the Top Lawyers in Las Vegas. These lawyers and law firms come highly recommended by our readers and for good reason! As dynamic as Las Vegas is, their service to locals within the community make our city still one of the safest places to live, work and play. They provide guidance, protect our rights and advise us. Each individual is significant in our lives. They know the laws when we don’t and represent us so that we see justice. We would like to honor and show our appreciation to them. Featured in this special issue are a diverse group of lawyers practicing various types of law. Along with well-known leaders, and the new rising stars this year we are proud to publish the “Top Lawyers in Las Vegas.” As we love to celebrate our locals that live in the community, you may recognize friends and familiar faces. Many have credentials too many to list, however note that their talents and contributions go far behind what we had space to print. This year’s recipients are amazing attorneys who achieved great success, contributed in more ways than one can name but most importantly, have had a positive influence in the community we live in. Don’t take our word for it… read our reviews: www.myvegasreviews.com
Adam Breeden has practiced in the fields of personal injury and malpractice for 15 years in Nevada. He is licensed in four states (Nevada, Arizona, Ohio and Florida) and nine different federal jurisdictions. In addition to litigation and trial practice, he has handled numerous appeals, arbitrations and mediations.
Amanda Litt is the managing partner of Litt Law Firm, A boutique law firm that makes a big impact in the Las Vegas community. She focuses her practice on family law and works as outside counsel for some great Las Vegas companies. She loves giving back to the Las Vegas community.
Anthony Modarelli is a Nevada and California licensed attorney, litigating personal injury and business matters. Learning the value of hard work and grit in his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio, Anthony earned degrees from Villanova University and Chapman University. Anthony has achieved success for his clients with compassion and resolve, by standing against injustice.
Adam Muslusky Practicing law since 2000, Adam focuses on personal injury and workers’ compensation. Adam graduated from U.C. Riverside in 1994 then California Western in 2000. He has taught CLE courses on Nevada workers’ compensation. In 2014, Adam started Muslusky Law. In January 2019, Adam was recognized as a workers’ compensation specialist.
Amber Fuhriman owns Fuhriman Law. The firm represents non-citizens in both criminal and immigration court in Nevada. Amber focuses on the area in which. criminal defense and immigration intersect to best defend her clients and minimize the chances of immigration consequences.
Anthony P. Sgro is a partner with the law firm of Sgro & Roger. He’s dedicated more than 30 years to serving our community in areas of criminal defense, personal injury and business litigation. He serves as Chairman of the Board for Boys Town, Nevada and owns several dining establishments, including 172 at the Rio, offering elevated Asian cuisine and live music.
Adam Vander Heyden is originally from Wisconsin. After graduating from Thomas Cooley Law School in Michigan, he dedicated his career to helping people through difficult times as a criminal defense attorney. When he’s not in the courtroom, Adam enjoys hiking, reading, playing hockey, and competing in NPC Men’s Physique competitions.
Andre Lagomarsino is an attorney that is born and raised in the Las Vegas community. The Lagomarsino Law team represents individuals and businesses in significant cases involving employment relations, discrimination, wrongful death, egregious violations of civil rights, and serious personal injury.
Ashley Watkins Co-founder of Sam & Ash, a personal injury law firm, Ashley vows to hold insurance companies accountable and fight for her clients while they focus on getting better. An expert in recognizing insurance company anti-consumer practices, she navigates the complex system to ensure clients receive the compensation they deserve.
Afshin Tadayon is considered one of the most proficient negotiators in Southern Nevada. Focusing on civil matters including personal injury, premises liability and mass tort litigation with positive results. He achieved the highest possible rating of “AV Pre-eminent” from the nation’s leading attorney rating agency, Martindale-Hubbell; only achieved by the top 10% of attorneys.
Andrew Leavitt is a 3rd generation native Nevadan. Mr. Leavitt has been practicing in criminal defense, personal injury and civil litigation for 30 years. Mr. Leavitt has obtained a not guilty jury verdict in a criminal murder case and a plaintiff’s civil jury verdict in excess of 2 million dollars.
Augusta Massey is a consummate entrepreneur and the Managing Partner of Massey & Associates Law Firm, PLLC. Ms. Massey practices in the firm’s business litigation and bankruptcy department, among other areas. When she’s not working, Ms. Massey gives talks to the youth and entrepreneurial communities about self-actualization and overcoming adversity.
Allen A. Cap attended law school in 1981 and received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1984 from the California Western School of Law in San Diego, California. Mr. Cap received a faculty award in legal drafting and he passed the Nevada Bar immediately after graduating from law school.
Anthony B. Golden (“Tony”) is one of the founding partners of Anthem Injury Lawyers and practices in the areas of personal injury and immigration. He represents employees to protect their rights with a proven track record in administrative claims, arbitration, and lawsuits. Tony has achieved an “AV” rating in Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer review rating measuring both ethics and skill.
Ben Nadig is one of the few attorneys who has excelled in all areas of the law; plaintiff’s civil, civil defense, criminal prosecution, and criminal defense. A former Deputy City Attorney, today Ben specializes in criminal defense and seeks to earn your vote for District Court Department 22.
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Blake B. Johnson is the managing attorney at Trusted Estate Planning Attorneys. He studied Business Management at BYU and then graduated from LSU Law School. He is the author of “You Can’t Take It With You” and regularly gives guest lecturers at colleges on the subjects of estate planning and business law.
D. Chris Albright a former law clerk to the Nevada Supreme Court and Judicial Extern at Nevada’s U.S. District Court, has represented clients from Fortune 100 Companies to local businesses, involving contracts, real estate, construction, employment, and banking. He’s represented in mediations, arbitrations, state and federal district court hearings and State Supreme Court appeals.
David Jacks is a sixth generation Las Vegas native with diverse experiences. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army in 2001. Following his military service, David worked as a construction superintendent during one of the largest periods of growth in Las Vegas.
Brian L. Blaylock is an attorney in Snell & Wilmer’s corporate and securities group, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters. A frequent lecturer, he has presented on a variety of topics for the American Bar Association, Alliance of M&A Advisors, National Business Institute and Exit Planning Institute.
Dana Dwiggins serves as the Managing Partner of Solomon Dwiggins & Freer since 2005. She has substantial experience litigating trust and estate matters involving complex claims for breach of fiduciary duty, including claims relating to allocation of investments, accounting discrepancies, valuation of businesses, sale of assets, distributions and tax matters.
Donald Kudler has been representing victims of personal injury accidents since 1993. He has appeared in nearly 100 Trials, including Short Trials, on behalf of his injured clients when he is unable to reach a settlement. Mr. Kudler is certified as an expert in Personal Injury and Civil Trial Advocacy.
Brian Vasek is the managing attorney of VASEK LAW PLLC. Dedicating his career to criminal defense, Brian provides his clients the time, attention, and care they deserve to achieve great results. Domestic violence, DUI, sexual assault, attempted murder—he is ready 24/7 to ask a simple question, “How can I help?”
David A. Riggi is a former U.S. government bankruptcy attorney and bankruptcy judge’s law clerk. With a big-firm background representing banks, Mr. Riggi knows the bankruptcy landscape like no one else in Nevada. He devotes his 30+ years of experience to helping people and businesses get a financial fresh start.
Donald Lowrey is a well-qualified and experienced attorney. His law practice is dedicated to solving problems for his clients in Wills, Trusts, Taxation and Real Estate. They are a boutique law firm that limits the number of cases we accept to give our clients individual attention. Call to schedule a consultation.
Cami Perkins is a member with Howard & Howard law firm that provides legal services to businesses and business owners. Her practice is concentrated in corporate/real estate transactions and business litigation. She focuses on solutions. Her ability to adapt and thrive in a changing business environment makes her an increasingly formidable legal presence.
David C. Johnson, Esq. is the Senior Partner at Johnson & Johnson, PC, an estate planning and probate firm, which has received the Preeminent Law Firms in America distinction by Martindale Hubbell. He is AV rated and has provided 27 years of competent and compassionate legal services to his clients.
Douglas R. Malan is Of Counsel with Kaempfer Crowell and has many years of experience handling real estate matters; representing commercial and residential developers, land assemblers and commercial landlords and tenants. Doug also negotiates and documents complex purchase and sale transactions, and prepares governing documents for commercial and residential owner’s associations.
Crane Pomerantz is a former federal prosecutor and is now with SklarWilliams, PLLC. His practice focuses on representing a variety of health care providers in litigation and administrative matters, including government investigations, and business litigation. He represents institutional providers such as car manufacturers, casinos, and land developers in complex civil litigation in Nevada.
David Edington is a rising star in the Greenberg Traurig Las Vegas office. David handles a broad range of commercial real estate, development and finance matters across the country related to all types of real estate classes and has significant experience representing clients in acquisitions, dispositions and leasing matters.
E. Brent Bryson is a solo practitioner. Mr. Bryson has conducted jury trials in both Federal and State courts. Mr. Bryson is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Nevada, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Bryson frequently lectures on trial tactics.
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Not Every Victory Ends Up on the Scoreboard
By: Sarah Moninger
n the business world, discipline, confidence, and hard work go a long way with any group of professionals working together for a common goal. These qualities are some you will find within Nick Pomponio; owner and head attorney of Pomponio Injury Law. Providing the best possible service to his clients is his passion. If fact, his firm’s slogan to prospective clients is “Get the Representation You Deserve” – believing that each client should be treated as if he or she is the only client. Nick believes that his background and upbringing have helped him succeed in the legal field, and also what sets him apart from the rest. Before becoming an attorney, Nick was a born hockey player, playing at the highest levels throughout the country, and eventually playing professionally. His skills allowed him to travel around the world to play a game that he loved. Along the way he played against and alongside many current NHL stars such as Sidney Crosby, Zack Parise, John Tavares, Ryan Kessler, Rick Nash, Jimmy Howard, and Jason Spezza. Through hockey, he has learned to adapt, move quickly, and dedicate himself to a cause, which has molded him into the “Power Player” he is today.
Originally from Livonia, Michigan, hockey was second nature for Nick. Beginning young, Nick has always been a go-getter, spending countless hours on the ice or in the gym. Aside from excelling at hockey year-round, Nick also excelled in school, regularly being admitted to the honor roll or dean’s list. This hard work and dedication allowed Nick to receive a fullride scholarship to Merrimack College in Massachusetts where he played Division 1 ice hockey in the illustrious Hockey East Conference. Despite badly injuring his ankle in college, Nick continued on to play professionally in Europe for a number of years and was even involved with the Los Angeles Kings organization of the National Hockey League.
While playing in Europe, Nick began to realize that he couldn’t play hockey forever. Eventually, he would have to “grow up” and get a normal job. He came to the notion that obtaining his Juris Doctorate would be a potential great fit for his personality and work ethic. On a whim, Nick took the LSAT (Law School Admission Test) and scored well. Shortly thereafter, Nick decided to put the ice and cold behind him and begin a new venture in Southern California by attending Whittier Law School.
Nick’s experience in the personal injury world began during his first year of law school, when he worked with Mark W. Eisenberg, a predominant personal injury attorney in Orange County, California. While working for Eisenberg, Nick began to gain the knowledge needed to be successful in the personal injury field. Raised on the mindset of, ‘Do the best you can, or don’t do it.’ Nick not only excelled in law school, but also strived to gain as much knowledge in the personal injury field as he
could. Quickly, it became a passion of his. After becoming licensed to practice law in California in 2014, Nick used the attributes he developed over the years to help him thrive in his new venture, practicing law in both the personal injury and employment law fields. Moving to Las Vegas in 2015, Nick quickly took the Nevada Bar exam and soon thereafter began to oversee numerous case managers and other attorneys, handling hundreds of personal injury cases. Through his hands-on aggressive style, Nick quickly became known both in the legal community and amongst clients for his uncanny ability to settle cases in very short periods of time, but also for the maximum amounts possible.
personally working on every client’s case, he wants the best results, and it shows. His approach is just a bit different, aiming for the quickest possible service, best monetary settlement, and the least amount of stress on his clients as possible. Nick truly believes that his work ethic and drive is what sets him and his firm apart from many others. “While maybe I haven’t been an attorney here in Las Vegas for as long as some of my colleagues, many of which I look up to, I feel my hands-on approach with every case goes a long way. At the end of the day, my results speak for themselves. While I must admit, the long hours and even working weekends at times does take a toll, I’m still more than happy to do so for my clients. After all, I feel as if each of my clients deserves the best and I don’t mind going the extra mile for them” Nick’s hard work and dedication is definitely paying off as the number of satisfied clients quickly grows both here in Nevada and California. While the battles may no longer take place on the ice, the thrill of victory still exists explains Nick, “While the rush of scoring a game winning goal or winning a championship might be a thing of the past, I really take pride in representing my clients to the best of my ability. Settling a case for a client definitely brings back some of those same feelings I used to feel while playing hockey.”
“Nothing comes easy,” explains Nick, knowing well that in the legal world, you get exactly what you put into it. Wanting to focus on providing the highest level of customer service to all his clients, believing each client is not a number, but rather a part of the family, Nick took a leap of faith and opened Pomponio Injury Law in early August 2018. “It is a great responsibility to represent your clients,” says Nick, understanding the magnitude of his position, “You’re not just helping them through a difficult situation, you’re potentially changing their lives and assisting in getting their life back on track.” His goal is to make it as easy as possible for clients, taking the time to meet oneon-one and even giving them his personal cellphone number. “I want to supply a service that my clients can depend on,” describes Nick, “I want the best for them.” Even more than interacting with clients and
While Nick’s new “team” these days are his clients, he still manages to get on the ice from time to time. In fact, he sponsors an adult league team at City National Arena here in Las Vegas. And it appears he still has some skills left over as they recently won the “A-Division Men’s League Championship.” Nick jokes, “It’s always nice to get back on the ice. Win or lose, at least I get a little exercise. Unfortunately, I then undo that exercise by having a couple beers with the guys after the game. But in all seriousness, hockey has been a big part of my life and I’m happy with what it has taught me over the years and who it has helped shaped me into today.” In 2020, Nick is looking forward to growing his business and continuing to fight for his clients – and ensuring they get the representation they DESERVE. If you or a loved one has been in an auto accident or sustained and injury, contact Pomponio Injury Law for a free consultation today! MV POMPONIO INJURY LAW (702) 888-3887 PomponioLaw.com
G. Mark Albright supervises the litigation department at Albright, Stoddard, Warnick & Albright. He was awarded Martindale-Hubble’s highest AV rating, AVVOs highest Superb rating, Super Lawyers Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in Las Vegas. He’s recognized by Who’s Who in American Law and America’s Top 100 in Personal Injury & Civil Defense and was granted a Fellowship by Litigation Counsel of America.
Jeffery A. Bendavid, Esq. with Bendavid Law, represents clients across the country in business and real estate transactions, complex commercial litigation, gaming and administrative law, complex class action defense for large privately and publicly held corporations. He structures and manages large complex business transactions and manages complex litigation.
Kari Molnar has focused on family and domestic relations laws. She was a member of the ProBono Advisory Committee and worked through the Truancy Diversion Program. She represented clients in the juvenile abuse and neglect courts. Kari is running for District Court Family Judge in Dept. Y, hoping to make a difference by assisting parties experiencing the most difficult times in their lives.
Glen A. Howard has spent over 15 years working exclusively in the personal injury law firm in Las Vegas. Mr. Howard has handled over 3000 different personal injury cases including auto accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice and wrongful death. Throughout his career Mr. Howard has recovered over 28 million dollars for his clients.
Jennifer Lazovich is a Partner with Kaempfer Crowell’s land use, zoning and legislative affairs practice, where she represents clients before local governmental entities and the Nevada Legislature. Jennifer provides counsel to casino-resorts, industrial, commercial, multifamily and residential developers. She also drafts development agreements for master planned communities.
Kathia Pereira originally from Lima, Peru, is the founding partner at Pereira Immigration Law Group. She practices exclusively in the area of immigration law. She is passionate about public service and is certain that practicing immigration law is her calling in life.
Hunter Sidell is an attorney in Southern Nevada that specializes in catastrophic injury cases. He leads the litigation team at Sidell Injury Law and continues to develop new strategies to achieve excellent results for his clients. As a Nevada native, Hunter is proud to call Las Vegas his home.
John Blackmon has an outstanding record in court is accomplished by very careful planning and preparation to ensure any legal issue he brings before a judge in family court makes sense under the circumstances, fits within the legal framework, and that bringing any issue to court actually serves the client’s long-term interests.
Keith E. Galliher Jr. has been a Las Vegas Lawyer for 45 years. He is a Trial Lawyer, Judge, Arbitrator and Mediator. He has received numerous accolades and is ranked in the top 1% of Lawyers in the United States. Most importantly, he has no plans to retire anytime soon.
Jacquelyn Witt is an attorney at Wood, Smith, Henning, and Berman and focuses her practice on complex civil litigation. Previously, she clerked for the Honorable Douglas Herndon and played poker for a living prior to law school. Jackie is also a proud member of the Muscogee Creek Native American tribe.
John S. Delikanakis is a partner with Snell & Wilmer’s commercial litigation group in Las Vegas. A former associate general counsel for a Fortune 500 company, his experience ranges from counseling senior management on day-to-day operational issues to litigating both simple and complex cases at the district court and appellate levels.
Keith Pickard was elected to the Nevada legislature in 2016 and represents Senate District 20. Keith is a prominent family attorney focusing on complex divorce, child custody, and child relocation cases. Before law school Keith was a high school teacher and then an executive for several construction and development companies.
Jacqueline R. Bretell is a personal injury attorney, specializing in helping riders get back on two wheels. Jacqueline is a member of the prestigious Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, ranked Top 40 under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers, and is a Super Lawyers Rising Star. An avid rider herself, she hosts the podcast, “The Girls Guide to the Ride”.
Justin W. Chong, Esq., is the Principal Attorney at Chong Law Group, LLC, practicing in the areas of Personal Injury, Traffic Tickets, Immigration, and Criminal Defense. He’s dedicated his practice in serving the Las Vegas community, inside and outside of the courtroom. Free time is enjoying time with family, watching movies, camping, and bowling.
Kelly H. Dove is a litigation partner whose practice focuses primarily on appeals and business disputes. She has been counsel to companies and individuals in hundreds of state and federal appeals and writ proceedings. Kelly has argued before the Nevada Supreme Court and multiple federal courts of appeals.
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Celebrating 50 Years of Impeccable Service, Quality, and Results.
By: Jennifer Miller-Gonzales
ne of Las Vegas’ most prominent law firms stands tall with over 50 years of experience, and a strong track record of results for clients. That firm is Albright, Stoddard, Warnick & Albright, and they have been serving Las Vegas since 1970. The lawyers that comprise the Albright, Stoddard, Warnick & Albright law firm focus on many aspects of business and commercial law, including but certainly not limited to civil litigation, business transactions, real property, employment law, mergers and acquisitions, and bankruptcy.
There are many things that separate the Albright Stoddard Law Firm from other legal teams in the valley. In addition to their vast experience in Las Vegas, they are unique in the longevity of their close clientele. Some of the firm’s biggest clients have been with them since the 1970s – that’s roughly 40 years of dedication in the making. Businesses change over time, including changes in ownership, management and employees, but this law firm has kept these major clients because they know that it will provide them the highest level of service. The decades of experience practicing law in Nevada gives Albright, Stoddard, Warnick & Albright the experience of major local law firms, while offering far better rates and service. Since their opening in 1970, the firm has accumulated a large list of clients, successful cases, and several lawyers with different areas of experience. Their growth over the years is in great part due to their level of expertise and ongoing rapport with their clientele. However, unlike large firms that begin to open practices in other states, this firm will always remain right here: A Southern Nevada law firm, with deep local roots in our community. Aside from their vast experience and values of excellence, the real evidence of the firm’s longevity is the “passing of the torch.”There have been 3 generations of Albrights that served the practice, as well as 2 generations of Stoddards. These fathers and sons live and breathe the law, and will continue to show their children, and their children thereafter, the value and importance of the work they do.
“In short, to be part of the ‘healing process’ in the lives of others has not only been a paramount goal of the Albright Stoddard Law firm, but a reality for us for all these years,” says William Stoddard, as all of their lawyers are passionate about the law they practice.
Within the firm are lawyers that specialize in different areas of law, making them a team of experts in a variety of practices. Testaments to this are very successful cases within that variety. The firm successfully defended a general contractor in a bench trial that lasted for fifteen
“It has been truly gratifying in the fifty years since the firm was founded in 1970 to reflect upon the many cases, transactions and proceedings we have handled, as well as the thousands
of individuals, families and companies we have been able to help, and indeed rescue at times, in their time of need. - William Stoddard
months arising out of the construction of a major Strip hotel (at the time the longest bench trial in the history of the State). They were also awarded a jury verdict in excess of one million dollars involving complex negligence and malpractice issues. The personal injury team has settled millions of dollars’ worth of claims involving truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and falls and other complex claims involving theme parks and restaurant accidents, burn victims and accidents at schools, parks and other places of entertainment. The firm was hired after trial to challenge a $4.5 million mechanic’s lien judgment, and obtained a 7-0 reversal from the Nevada Supreme Court. Their acquisitions team has overseen several multi-million-dollar business sale closings. This law firm is all about serving clients, without unnecessary obstacles or red tape. From the moment a client walks into the office, they will immediately meet with a lawyer – not a paralegal or other staff assistant. During the meeting, they will talk about legal needs and work directly with an attorney throughout their matter. While the staff plays a very important support role, the firm does not rely on paralegals to communicate with clients. The firm’s goal and practice are that phone calls and emails will be responded to by a lawyer in a timely fashion and no later than the end of the day. The longevity and loyalty of clients is a testament to the firm’s values.
“Our highest value as a law firm is representing our clients as vigorously and zealously as we can within the bounds of the law. Our clients can also expect a high level of communication about their legal matters,” Stoddard says. “We stay in close touch with our clients, using whatever technology our clients are comfortable with.” The firm understands that it is different for everyone. For some, that is phone calls, for others it is emails or text messages. But whether it’s good news, or the occasional bad news, it is a very high priority that clients always know what is going on with their legal matters. “Our senior partner, Will Stoddard, has been at the firm since law school graduation in 1976. Yes, that’s 44 years, and he still comes to work all day, every day, in large part because of the great feeling of satisfaction he feels in helping others.” Knowledge alone is not what makes you an impeccable lawyer, but the passion you have to continue practicing and learning. Over the past few years, Albright, Stoddard, Warnick & Albright have been expanding and hiring fantastic new lawyers and staff to keep up with the accelerating demand for the firm’s services. So often, new clients reach out because of a referral from someone who used this firm recently, or even in the very distant past. “We have built a reputation for advocacy and efficiency that our clients do not forget,” says Stoddard. And that’s something to be confident about when working with not just any attorney team, but with Albright, Stoddard, Warnick & Albright. MV ALBRIGHT, STODDARD, WARNICK & ALBRIGHT 801 S Rancho Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89106 702.384.7111 albAlbrightStoddard.com
Kelly K. Huang As the founder and principal attorney for Huang and Associates, he has worked with thousands of personal injury victims, helping them to recover compensation for their injuries and lost wages. He is known for his attention to his clients; his client-centered practice management leads the legal profession as one of the first of its kind.
Lewis Gazda of Gazda & Tadayon Injury Law Attorneys has extensive experience in both state and federal courts representing the rights of people who h been injured due to the wrongful acts of other people and corporations. He achieved the highest possible rating of “AV” from Martindale Hubbell and is a member of the “Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The National Trial Lawyers selected Lewis as one of the top 100 civil plaintiffs’ lawyers.
Maria Loventime U. Estanislao has always been passionate about the law, justice, and advocacy. The day after graduating from law school, Maria moved to Las Vegas. She has since honed her litigation skills in diverse legal fields, from personal injury, premises liability, civil rights, surety law, commercial litigation, and contract disputes.
Kevin L. Hernandez was born and raised in Las Vegas. He is licensed to practice law in Nevada and California. Kevin’s passion for helping Nevada’s consumers led him to open his own law practice in 2015, where he represents individuals facing identity theft, debt collection abuse, and illegal credit reporting.
Loren Young is Managing Partner of Lincoln Gustafson & Cercos’ Nevada office. Loren attended Washburn University Law School, and is a member of Washburn Law Journal Alumni. He handles product defect, premises liability, and appellate cases. He is a volunteer for the State Bar of Nevada, Past President Las Vegas Defense Lawyers, and Vice President Mountain Ridge Little League Baseball.
Mark Henness attended law school in Oregon where he prepared for his career as a trial attorney. Since 2000 Mark is privileged to be business partners with his best friend Mike Haight, who he met the first day of law school in 1992. Living his dream, Mark loves to work each day for and with people he truly cares about.
Kyle P. Cottner is an experienced trial attorney specializing in personal injury and criminal/DUI defense. During his career, Kyle has successfully tried over 20 jury trials to verdict. In December of 2018, Kyle earned his client a complete acquittal in one the most highly publicized trials in Las Vegas.
Louis C. Schneider is a private practice attorney who worked as a Deputy District Attorney for Clark County and consulted defense attorneys on a national basis. With a strong focus on Family Law and in divorce cases, he provides support through challenges and recently achieved success in a divorce of a same sex couple.
Michael Federico is a nationally recognized AV rated attorney in Nevada & Florida. Michael personally handles million-dollar jury trials for his clients from corporations to individuals. Michael is also a trusted Alternate Judge in Las Vegas, Judge Pro Tem in Clark County, Court Arbitrator, State Bar Fee Dispute Arbitrator and Property Investor.
Leila Hale was born in the Philippines and raised in the United States. She received her law degree in 2000, then was admitted to the Nevada Bar. Becoming part of the Las Vegas community, Hale Injury Law is dedicated to representing accident and injury victims and strives to obtain the best results for their clients.
Marc Randazza is primarily a First Amendment lawyer, defending the rights of victims of censorship. He also consults on cases for defamation plaintiffs, believing that freedom of speech requires responsibility. He handles intellectual property matters world-wide. He earned his JD from Georgetown and his LLM from the University of Turin, in Italy.
Michael I. Gowdey has been practicing law for 28 years. Licensed in Nevada and Cailfornia, he’s been named to America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys, Top 10 Criminal defense Lawyers in Nevada by National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Top 10 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Nevada, and AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell.
Leon Mead has handled construction law and devoted practice to representation of developers, contractors and design professionals in construction transactions and dispute resolution. Ranked by Chambers USA as Tier 1 in Construction Litigation since 2006, by Best Lawyers of America and Superlawyers in Construction Law, AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubble, and is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.
Margo Chernysheva, focuses her practice in immigration law where she works tirelessly to pursue client satisfaction. She assists clients as they apply for family, work, and investor visas, permanent residency, and U.S. citizenship through naturalization. Her experience includes business immigration, investor visa, immigration court, waivers of inadmissibility, fiancée visas, and family-sponsored immigration.
Michael Later graduated from Columbia University and received a Master’s Degree from Duke University. He received his law degree with honors from the University of Utah College of Law. He practiced commercial law, real estate law, and civil litigation for over 35 years and is currently general counsel for Growth Luxury Homes and its affiliates, in addition to other clients.
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MY TOP 100 LAWYERS
T-G-L-F! The Galliher Law Firm
By: Sarah Moninger
o, that is not a misprint. The Galliher Law Firm’s (TGLF) reputation is like the familiar acronym. And you will hear all of Las Vegas saying, “Thank goodness for The Galliher Law Firm!”
Keith Galliher, the law firm’s Principal, is now in his 46th year as a Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Lawyer. A resident since 1962, Keith knows Vegas. He has represented thousands of people from Las Vegas and all over the country. Keith’s journey into the legal field is unique, as he originally wanted to be an entomologist, until he discovered that it was the study of insects- and that bugged him! Really it just made him lose interest. He was also an outstanding baseball player, and received a scholarship to play at UNLV, but an unfortunate hit to his elbow off a line-drive restricted him from any future in that sport. It was then that he changed his direction and plans. “Everything happens for a reason,” he says, and he would be correct. Rather than accepting defeat, Keith immersed himself in school. He knew he was smart, but his academic effort was lacking, and knew he could excel if he just tried harder. This was the change in his life that would, in turn, create a future he never could have dreamed possible.
“Losing my scholarship and re-focusing on school was the best thing that ever happened to me,” he said. “I was good at ball. Not good enough to make the big leagues. Now [after the injury] I am so glad I made it out of that thought process and focused so that I could do something more productive.” Keith’s mother had an influence in this new direction, as she would often say, “You argue about everything, you should be a lawyer!” Maybe it was the little voice in his head telling him this was the right path, or maybeall along, it was him instinctually listening to his mother. Well, we’ll have to leave that one up to discretion.
During his college years, he was determined to make his own way through, working full time while attending classes during the day. He worked at Caesar’s Palace as Maître D’ of The Piazza Restaurant at night and the Binion’s Hotel on Fremont St as Director of Public Relations during the day. A fun little fact during this time: Keith publicized the very first World Series of Poker competition held at Binion’s Horseshoe Casino in 1970. After graduating from Law School in 1974, he was determined to be a good lawyer. He worked briefly at a large law firm but quickly realized it didn’t encourage his competitive nature, and decided to start his own firm with a colleague. That grew exponentially, adding over 6 lawyers as partners, and with that success decided to move forward alone. The Galliher Law Firm was incepted in March of 1980 and relocated in December of 1983, to the same building he currently conducts business. Additional associates have come and gone, but Keith has remained. Another fun fact, he previously employed Catherine Cortez (now Masto) as a runner, when she was just 15 years old, and she is now a U.S. Senator of Nevada. Keith jokes that he definitely had something to do with that but is very proud of her success. Recently, Keith’s brother, Jeffrey joined the team. Jeff is a 17-year lawyer who practices exclusively in Personal Injury and serves as the firms Of Counsel. It is
a close-knit office, as Keith’s beautiful wife, Linda works beside Keith as the firm’s Chief Financial Officer. And he jokes, “She’s my right arm. She’s the boss, I work for her!” Also adding value to the team is George Kunz, a retired NFL All Pro Offensive Tackle, but at The Galliher Law Firm as Of Counsel. Aspiring to be a lawyer at the age of 65, Keith encouraged George to secure his law degree and has been working alongside him for over 7 years. More recently, Keith added Kathleen Gallagher, a very talented young lawyer, to his team. After 46 years in business, Keith has never felt more confident in his firm. He has a phenomenal support team and looks forward to the future. Keith says, “Every client’s case is completely unique. I like that variety; it keeps me interested.” The Galliher Law Firm wants to ensure to protect you from the people or business responsible for harm. If you lost a job or income as a result of a head or spinal injury, they are here for you. Or if you have medical bills related to an auto crash or slip and fall injury, The Galliher Law Firm will support you.
They understand that no matter how you’ve been injured, your focus should be on recovering. And their focus will be on the details of your personal injury case. The Galliher Law Firm and Keith himself, knows that Insurance carriers do not have any compassion, it is a purely financial enterprise. That is why you need a highly qualified personal injury lawyer, and Keith Galliher and his team are ready to fight to get you the compensation you deserve. From the initial consultation until its final resolution through trial or settlement, Mr. Galliher and his firm are accessible and willing to meet with you in their Las Vegas office or in your hospital room or home. The Galliher Law Firm will also represent people not only in Las Vegas, but in Pahrump, Henderson, Green Valley and Boulder City, Nevada. During his entire career, Keith has never taken more money than the client and has never had a fee dispute in 46 years. He doesn’t accept offers that are too low, so he litigates much more often. Keith says, “You have an ethical obligation to represent clients competently and to the best of your ability, or you’re just not doing your job.”
Although Keith is very passionate about his law career, there is much more to him than meets the eye. He is also a celebrated and talented singer/songwriter and has worked with some of the best and brightest in the music industry, including Clarence Collins, Rock N’ Roll Hall of Famer and co-owner with Keith of Imperials Plus Records. Keith has won over 75 International Music awards to date in multiple genres. His phrase, and life mantra, is “Every day is a good day.” And we know every day is a good day with Keith Galliher. MV Call the office 7 days a week 24 hours a day at 702.735.0049. Or visit https://www.galliher-law.com/ or The Galliher Law Firm Facebook.
client’s case is completely unique. I like that variety; it keeps me interested.
– Keith Galliher
Michael P. Balaban has handled labor and employment cases for mostly employees since 1997 in cases involving discrimination or other employment related claims, including cases brought under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, for wrongful termination, whistle blowing, wages and hours disputes, and unemployment benefits and for employment benefits. Michael Haight has lived in Las Vegas since 1976, and left only to go to law school in Oregon, where he met Mark Henness. Mike was born to be an injury lawyer. His civil litigator father inspired his love of the law, and his mother inspired him to help others. Mike and Mark combined forces in 2000, and fight to protect the rights of Nevadans. Mike Valiente was born and raised in Las Vegas and proudly represents personal injury victims in Nevada and California. Mike graduated at the top of his class from the William S. Boyd School of Law and subsequently founded Valiente Mott Injury Attorneys with the goal of helping people, not insurance companies.
Mitchell Resnick is the co-founder and managing partner of Resnick & Louis, P.C. A renowned name in insurance and institutional defense litigation, representing hotels and casinos, retails stores, commercial litigation, regulatory/ administrative, and real estate litigation. Mitch is licensed to practice law in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Jersey, and New York. Navid Afshar is an appellate attorney with the Clark County Special Public Defender’s Office. Originally from Chicago but having lived most of his life in Las Vegas, Navid is honored to be part of an amazing team of experienced and talented attorneys. Navid strives to preserve his client’s constitutional rights.
Nick Pomponio recently opened his own law firm, Pomponio Injury Law, to focus on providing the highest level of customer service to all of his clients. He believes that each client is not a number, but rather part of the family. Give Nick a call today! Nikki L. Dupree-O’Brien is a founding partner of Green Valley Law Group. Her practice areas include consumer bankruptcy, family law and estate planning. Ms. DupreeO’Brien recognizes that every client has individualized needs and aims to provide first class legal service with personalized representation. Puneet K. Garg is one of the founding partners of Anthem Injury Law. He has vast experience serving various clients with different needs. Puneet’s representation of clients has included serving as counsel to Fortune 500 companies, large and small healthcare providers, celebrities, large and small businesses, and personal injury victims Rena McDonald a native Nevadan, has recently relocated and expanded her firm to downtown Henderson. Her areas of practice include Business Development, Family Law, Estate Planning and Bankruptcy. She was nominated for the HCC’s 2017 Small Business Award, and as Board member of The Shade Tree, she contributes to her community. Renee Finch is a Partner at the law firm Messner Reeves LLP. Her practice is devoted largely to defending corporations, insurers and their insureds in high-exposure cases in which claimed medical expenses and other alleged damages total in the millions. To date, she has tried 19 such cases to verdict. Robert E. Murdock opened his own law firm in 1992 and became a mainstay in Las Vegas newspapers, TV news and CourtTV. Mr. Murdock has lectured extensively on Catastrophic Injury Cases and Litigation and has been retained as an Expert Witness with regard to litigation matters. Super Lawyer and AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale Hubbell.
Robert M. Draskovich has broken new ground in courtrooms across the country. In seemingly impossible cases, he has confounded courtroom observers with complete acquittals. Draskovich has pioneered a methodology of combining Science with the Art of Persuasion and has been a legal commentator for the The New York Times, CNN, NBC, and Fox News.
Robert Sidell is a best-selling author and attorney. He’s been practicing law for over 43 years. He represents individuals who’ve been injured in all types of accidents – from serious car crashes to slip and fall injuries. He hosts a radio show on the #1 talk radio station in Las Vegas, NV.
Roger Croteau dedicates his firm to solving complex legal and financial problems utilizing the law to create intelligent and cost-effective solutions. Mr. Croteau focuses on litigation matters involving commercial / business disputes, personal injury matters, bankruptcy and family disputes. Members of the firm handle your legal problems with competency, compassion and concerns.
Ryan D. Johnson was named by MyVegas Magazine one of the Top 100 Lawyers and by the National Advocates as a Top 40 Under 40. He is an expert in trusts and estates and earned his J.D. from the Boyd School of Law where he served on staff for the Nevada Law Journal.
Sagar Raich is the Managing Member of Raich Law PLLC, a Nevada Law Firm serving Businesses of all size – from startups to companies generating nine figure revenues. Mr. Raich has successfully handled many complex litigation and transactional matters. Continued on page 68
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Muslusky Law: Fighting For Your Rights
By: Sarah Moninger
t Muslusky Law, it is all about protecting and fighting for those who are injured. Owner, Adam Muslusky, has been practicing law for over 20 years. And, as much as his vast knowledge of the industry is significant, his fantastic personability is really what speaks to clients. Aiming for and attaining the best outcome for every one of his client’s cases is Adam’s number one concern. Muslusky Law’s main areas of practice include Personal injury and Workers’ Compensation. Adam finds that his past work experience prior to becoming an attorney, gives him the edge in meeting and preparing his clients’ cases. Before entering the legal field, Adam worked in various industries. He was a furniture delivery driver, worked at a truck rental business, a doorman, barback,
bartender, food-server, assembly-line, and the list goes on and on. He recalls on many occasions the business and constant juggling of multiple tasks while working various “blue-collar” jobs. It was hard work which Adam had no idea would serve him later in his career. Adam gathered experience on how to multi-task at those blue-collar jobs, which he would continue to use and perfect in eventually managing his staff, and his clients in his law practice years later. After graduating with a Political Science degree from UC Riverside, Adam went to graduate school at University of San Diego which led him to becoming a paralegal at a prominent construction defect firm in San Diego. Eventually, Adam returned to the same firm as a law clerk. Not only
was attention to detail the main concern but being able to jump in and out of cases continued to attract Adam into pursuing a legal career. Adam noticed that his multitasking experiences from past jobs easily translated into the legal field, especially with customer service, which is a critical when speaking with clients. Many ask him what initially attracted him to law, and his answer is as real as it gets: “I can’t tell you because I don’t really know.” There was no single moment of decision, and maybe it was just meant to be. However, maybe it was the instinctual need to help others who have been injured due to no fault of their own. Adam attended law school at California Western School of Law. During the summer
With a history of working in many serviceoriented jobs prior to becoming a lawyer, it is easy to see why Adam earns a lot of his business through referrals, his personality, and the results he gets. From working right alongside his clients, Adam explains to each client of his “team” concept. Adam, and his staff are on the same “team” with every client. Thus, communication is vital for the “team” to succeed on every case. Adam is as hardworking as they come. In his free time, Adam loves watching and attending professional sporting events, including NFL football, and the Vegas Golden Knights. Adam hopes to continue representing those who are unfortunately injured and do not know what to do or where to go, and help them get the care they need and the compensation they deserve.
following the first year of law school, Adam moved to Las Vegas for a summer internship. While in Las Vegas, Adam met and fell in love with his wife, Linda. After California Western, Adam moved to Las Vegas in 2000 and has been helping injured people ever since! Adam began working on Workers’ Compensation cases in 2003. This is where his past work experience really helped him analyze cases and connect with his clients. From how he speaks and works with people to how he remains calm in stressful situations, helps his clients trust Adam. In his position, Adam is able to creatively problem solve a situation and then help his clients make well-informed decisions about how to move forward. Adam finds that his past work experience helps him connect with particularity on Workers’ Compensation cases. Adam can relate to the clients, as he too, has worked many physically demanding jobs previously. Adam also speaks Spanish, which he studied in school when he was younger, and uses on a regular basis when meeting with Hispanic clients. Regarding personal injury cases, Adam knows there is nothing he can do to ease pain and suffering; however, his clients are quite confident in knowing they have someone on their side fighting for them. Many of his clients share raving reviews
which highlight how much they feel cared for upon walking into his firm and meeting with Adam. Adam and his staff help clients by finding the right medical providers and then manage these claims to conclusion. After several successful years of practicing in other firms, and with much encouragement from friends and family, in 2014 Adam made the decision to open his own practice. After just a short time, Muslusky Law already has achieved a vast amount of respect in Las Vegas. The main focus of Muslusky Law is Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation. However, Adam recognized people needed occasional help with other areas of the law. Thus, part of Adam’s practice can also help with DUIs and Reckless Driving, Tickets and various Moving Violations. The first consultation is always free, and just remember to come prepared to talk about your case.
Contact Adam Muslusky today for your free consultation and choose the lawyer with proven results! Adam was recognized by the Nevada State Bar as a Workers’ Compensation Specialist in January 2019. MUSLUSKY LAW www.MusluskyLaw.com 702-302-2277
Once clients arrive, they can expect to meet directly with Adam, where they can fully explain their situation and get all of their questions answered. Many clients leave his office feeling like they gained a friend in addition to a lawyer, and it is that customer service that will continue to bring Adam more business. Adam and his staff offer the ability to come to you if you are too injured to drive, which makes it as convenient as possible for his clients to speak with a lawyer about their cases.
Sam Mirejovsky’s innovative approach to practice development and legal technology has transformed the personal injury business. Co-founder of Sam & Ash, a personal injury law firm, committed to helping Nevada accident victims, he brings a compassionate, client-focused approach to every case to ensure clients receive exceptional support, counsel and fair compensation.
Timothy Mott was born and raised in Las Vegas and proudly represent personal injury victims in Nevada and Utah. Tim won almost all of the awards available in Law School, including Outstanding Graduate, and has continued being honored for his tireless work with countless awards every year in practice.
Vernon Nelson has served as in-house counsel for some of the world’s largest hospitality and gaming companies. He’s been a partner in the nation’s largest law firms, and represented commercial clients in jurisdictions across the world. He’s recently transitioned to his own firm where he is free to develop custom strategies to provide “best in class” service to his valued clients.
Shane Jasmine Young is the Founder of Young Law Group. She’s been practicing in Nevada since 2005. Her firm’s main practice areas are Estate Planning, Kids Protection Planning, Business, and Personal Injury. She takes a comprehensive, holistic approach that focuses on educating and empowering others to make informed decisions and creates on-going, lifetime relationships.
Timothy E. Revero is a personal injury attorney for Richard Harris Law firm. His education includes a Juris Doctor (J.D.) , Master of Laws – Gaming Law and Regulation (LL.M), and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.). Additionally, Mr. Revero is a member of the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
W. Michael Horvath is a trial attorney whose practices areas include criminal defense and personal injury. Mr. Horvath has experience representing clients at both the state and federal trial court levels. He works with a team of experts to present his clients’ cases clearly and effectively that put them in the best position.
Shea Backus is a shareholder with Backus, Carranza & Burden. Ms. Backus is a civil litigator who practices before state, federal and some tribal courts in Nevada. Shea is also a current Assemblywoman serving District 37, in Northwest Las Vegas. Stephanie H. Allen is a Partner with Kaempfer Crowell who focuses her practice in the areas of government affairs, land use and zoning, administrative law and real estate law. Stephanie represents local and national developers, home builders, property owners and individuals on land use and zoning and real estate matters in Nevada. Steve Dimopoulos His elite legal team has grown to a staff of nearly 50. The firm is licensed in five states and staff speak eight languages fluently. Look forward to the firm’s new 13,000 square foot Townsquare location opening next month. Swen Prior is a partner whose practice is concentrated in defending employers in a variety of litigation arising under common law and employment-related statutes. He represents and counsels clients in many industries, including hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing, construction, higher education, telecommunications, waste management, financial services and retail.
Tony May has dual licensure as both an attorney (Nevada/California) and a professional engineer (California). Tony graduated from law school at the University of Iowa, College of Law. Tony’s legal practice include: Administrative, Construction, and Real Estate Law, as well as Construction Litigation, Professional Design Liability, Mechanic’s Liens, and Bond Claims.
Tristan Rivera is a personal injury attorney serving the Las Vegas community since 2011. To him, putting his clients first is his primary objective. This means being transparent and informative so that clients understand the legal process and make the most informed decision possible for themselves. His clients win.
Tyler Andrews is a Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig and specializes as a commercial litigator with an emphasis on intellectual property enforcement, entertainment law, business disputes, and legislative affairs. Tyler represents clients in the apparel, sports, entertainment, gaming, automotive, and technology industries before legislative and regulatory bodies.
Whitney B. Warnick is in Representation of Personal Representatives, Trustees and Beneficiaries in complicated Will/ Trust/Probate litigation, including cases setting new legal precedent and development of laws in the State of Nevada. Representation of persons in the preparation of estate planning documents, including Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney and Healthcare Directives. William Stoddard has practiced law in Southern Nevada since 1976, with an emphasis on business, corporate and real estate law, including litigation and transactions. He regularly litigates matters in State and Federal Courts and handles private mediations and arbitrations. His clients range from start-ups to major international businesses. Mr. Stoddard has the highest A-V rating. William H. Stoddard joined the Albright, Stoddard, Warnick & Albright firm after practicing in a highly regarded products liability defense practice. Representing clients in construction, mining, healthcare, finance, retail and hospitality, commercial litigation and transactions, including loan and lease work-outs, asset and stock-based business sales and acquisitions, real estate purchases, secured financing, and business licensing.
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The Draskovich Law Group Robert Draskovich and W. Michael Horvath
By: Sarah Moninger
ationally recognized as being the masters of their trade, The Draskovich Law Group in Las Vegas, NV, is distinguished in the field of Criminal Defense. Based on over 25 years of dedicated and knowledgeable representation, the firm has defended over 100 cases through trial with cuttingedge advocacy. The Draskovich Law Group is led by founder and owner, Robert Draskovich, and Criminal Defense Attorney, W. Michael Horvath. Together, they are a team to be reckoned with, and a pair of MYVEGAS’ Top Lawyers of the Year. Robert Draskovich began his practice in 1997. Possessing an industrious spirit, Mr. Draskovich has always been drawn to a trial practice. Similarly, W. Michael Horvath was initially attracted to becoming a trial lawyer while working in a firm as a high school student; later, he found that The Draskovich Law Group was the perfect place to hone his skills. Although many criminal cases are negotiated, the firm believes that it is better to negotiate a case from a position of strength and knowledge, based upon solid trial preparation, than merely to negotiate a case “hat in hand” with a prosecutor suspecting that defense counsel is not prepared to prevail at trial. Since their inception, The Draskovich Law Group has continuously delivered a remarkable track record of results, while taking on many “out of the ordinary” cases. The Firm offers a wide range of criminal representation, including but not limited to federal crimes, sex crimes, murder, theft, and fraud. The Draskovich Law Group’s tenacity is unmatched, not only offering 25 years of trial experience to any case, but also applying strategies that are unheard of in most criminal law firms. These attorneys go the distance for their clients. Being a boutique law firm, The Draskovich Law Group calls upon a qualified team of experts and provides unparalleled investigation of their cases. “We bring a
substantial amount of experience, creativity, and the use of science into each client’s case,”states Draskovich. Being a trial lawyer is what some might call a meticulous endeavor. However, Draskovich and Horvath find no impediment to fighting every detail that they can. Innovation and the art of advocacy are alive and well at The Draskovich Law Group. “We successfully defend cases year in and year out,” states Draskovich. “Our law firm fights hard for our clients, standing up for people when no one else will.” Robert Draskovich has earned many accolades, including being recognized by Super Lawyers® every year since 2007; he is named in US News’ Best Lawyers® of America;
He has received an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale Hubbell®, “the highest rating a lawyer can achieve”; and has been included in The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers® since 2011. Upon meeting Draskovich and Horvath, they may joke and laugh with their easy-going, sarcastic dialogue, but these attorneys are as capable and serious as they come. MV For further information regarding legal representation, contact The Draskovich Law Group at 702-474-4222 or visit www.Draskovich.com
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Trusted, Recognized, and Straightforward
By: Sarah Moninger
ou will never see an accident coming, and yes, that is a scary thought. But what you do after an accident and who you chose to represent you can truly change the outcome of these situations. Gazda and Tadayon Injury Law firm brings over 50 years of combined experience to serious Personal Injury cases, not to mention a hands-on and personalized approach to your case. Lewis Gazda and Afshin Tadayon have been practicing side by side since 2005 representing personal injury victims. Since the opening of the firm they have successfully represented over 1,000 personal injury cases referred to them from firms ranging from sole practitioners to large law firms and continue to accept referrals. Prior to opening Gazda and Tadayon they both compiled a successful track record of insurance defense cases before venturing on to their own Plaintiff’s Personal Injury practice.
Primarily recognized for their work in defense cases, Gazda and Tadayon met while working together at a large insurance defense firm in 2001. Gazda states, “We wanted to venture out- our goal was to do what we do now. It is much more satisfying and, to me, substantial to represent individuals and help people who have been injured, as opposed to a large corporation.” Since opening their own practice in 2005, Gazda and Tadayon have utilized their background in insurance defense work to assist them in obtaining successful results for injured plaintiffs. Already cultivating an incredible foundation for service, quality, and a detailed litigation services, Gazda and Tadayon are the straightforward choice. Lewis and Afshin have an effortless synergy and use this to work with each other on cases to ensure that every facet of a client’s case is fully evaluated. In addition, Gazda and Tadayon provide 24/7 service and transparency with clients which creates and promotes attorney-client trust and rapport.
Aside from their continued dedication to clients, Gazda and Tadayon appreciate spending time in their community and with their families. They also enjoy taking the time to complete pro bono work for clients in need, as it is truly fulfilling work for them. As far as job satisfaction is concerned, Tadayon describes, “We enjoy what we do every day. Obtaining great results and providing excellent customer service for every client is our goal.” If you’ve been wrongly injured due to someone else’s negligence, chose the recognized and trusted Personal Injury team of Gazda and Tadayon, and obtain the compensation you deserve! MV Gazda and Tadayon Injury Law Firm Lewis J. Gazda & Afshin Tadayon 702-220-7128 GazdaTadayon.com 2600 S Rainbow Blvd #200 Las Vegas, NV 89146
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Sidell Injury Law:
Father and Son Attorneys Dedicated to Excellence
he team at Sidell Injury Law specializes in catastrophic injury cases in Southern Nevada. Led by father and son attorneys, Robert Sidell and Hunter Sidell go out of their way to get to know their clients and provide personalized service. After practicing law for over 43 years, Robert Sidell has seen it all. He graduated as part of the prestigious Order of the Coif from the UC Berkeley School of Law, one of the Top 10 law schools in the United States. Robert began his legal career at a major international law firm that represented many notable clients such as President Ronald Reagan, the Estate of Howard Hughes, and many celebrities. Robert has represented injury victims in all types of accidents – everything including bus and semi-truck accidents, wrongful death claims, car crashes, slip and fall injuries, and other serious injuries. Robert is a best-selling author and has lectured on legal strategy at the worldrenowned Harvard Club and Carnegie Hall in New York City. When asked about his speaking engagements Robert said, “Being able to speak at Carnegie Hall was an amazing experience. As I was looking around the auditorium, I could feel the history of the building. So many important figures from our country’s history had been in the same room where I was now speaking. It was a fantastic experience.” Hunter Sidell currently leads the litigation team at Sidell Injury Law. Hunter is constantly developing new strategies to get better results for the firm’s clients. Hunter’s passion for legal research is immediately apparent – he was awarded the prestigious CALI award for legal research and writing in law school,
frequently was on the Dean’s List for academic achievement, and his desk is covered in legal theory books. Hunter’s relentless dedication to success enabled him to recover over $1.5 million dollars for a client at just 29 years of age. In speaking about his legal career Hunter said, “I am very lucky to be able to work with my father. We get along very well and our skill sets complement each other nicely. We have a great team that is dedicated to achieving top notch results for our clients.” Sidell Injury Law has an inviting office with a comforting atmosphere. Greenery fills the space and an elegant player piano greets you as you enter. You can tell that each staff member enjoys helping people during a time of need in their life. Although no one ever wants to be injured in an accident, the team at Sidell Injury Law has done
everything they can to make the experience as positive as possible. In addition to law, Robert Sidell tries to give back to the community as much as he can. He is the host of a weekly radio show on the #1 talk station in Las Vegas in which he encourages people to believe in themselves and follow their dreams. He has been on the air for more than 19 years. Sidell Injury Law truly is a family run law practice that wants to help people in their time of need. Hopefully you will never need a personal injury attorney yourself, but if you ever know anyone who has been hurt in an accident, the team at Sidell Injury Law is there to help!! MV
Congratulations Adam J. Breeden 2019 MyVegas Top 100 Lawyers Injuries – Litigation – Trial – Appeals Adam Breeden, the principal of Breeden & Associates, has been a litigator his entire career. In all, he is licensed in four different states and nine different federal jurisdictions in addition to appearing in front of several administrative boards to argue legal matters. In Nevada alone he has litigated in six different districts and handled multiple appeals, including successful oral argument before the Nevada Supreme Court and reported decisions. Having originally been a defense attorney litigator for many years, Mr. Breeden turned his own law practice into a personal injury and litigation law firm for plaintiffs, focusing on serious personal injuries. He’s not only a published legal author but has also completed a formal AAA mediator training and is a tireless supporter of pro bono/ legal aid projects in Nevada. Call us to see what results we can earn for you.
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Protecting the First Amendment Meet Marc Randazza
By: Sarah Moninger
arc Randazza proudly embraces the moniker of “Devil’s Advocate,” bestowed upon him for serving as First Amendment counsel to some of the world’s most unpopular clients. He runs a nationwide practice, taking on First Amendment cases wherever the need may arise. Randazza’s small firm has an outsized presence on the national stage. If there is a First Amendment case, there is a good chance that he is involved. He represented InfoWars host Alex Jones, The Satanic Temple, and women sued for defamation for speaking out about sexual harassment. He represented the blogger who exposed the Steubenville rape case, an Argentine journalist seeking to expose what eventually turned into the famous Panama Papers, and another journalist seeking to uncover information about Jeffrey Epstein’s crimes. He defends pornographers, preachers, and Atheist skeptics. “I enjoy defending loudmouths and agitators.” “I don’t discriminate on viewpoint,” says Randazza. “If you do, then you’re not a First Amendment lawyer – you’re just a lawyer for your point of view.” Randazza says the First Amendment exists not only to protect the speech we all agree with. “What would be the point of that?” His belief stands even for speech that’s deemed offensive. “When you protect a Satanist, you also protect the Christian,” says Randazza. “When you protect a racist, that principle also protects the civil rights activist.” He says that the closest thing he has to a holy text is Oliver Wendell Holmes’ dissent in Abrams v. United States. “I believe in the marketplace of ideas,” said Randazza. Randazza loves to pick fights with the powerful. “Judge a man by his enemies,” he says. He took on Sheldon Adelson, when the billionaire tried to get the press excluded from a trial. Adelson brought in Alan Dershowitz to counter Randazza. Randazza prevailed and the press reported on the trial. In 2013, Randazza lobbied to revise Nevada’s Anti-SLAPP statute, a law which helps protect people exercising their First Amendment
copyright law. His favorite intellectual property work is where IP meets free speech, such as fair use cases. Randazza gained attention from the press when defending Alex Jones in a case involving “Pepe the Frog” – a case over a cartoon frog, but with serious political implications. Randazza’s belief in balance comes through, however. Randazza says that the Constitution is not a license for unchecked defamation.“If you damage someone’s reputation by being irresponsible, I don’t object to you paying for that.
rights from baseless lawsuits, and made it the strongest in the country. In 2015 Steve Wynn sought to eviscerate the law. Randazza was a one-man lobbying army, successfully preserving law’s protections. He is currently fighting Wynn again – defending famed attorney Lisa Bloom in a defamation case.
Randazza was a law professor for three years, teaching intellectual property and free speech law. He still lectures on these subjects internationally. “I love mentoring students,” he says. “It allows me to proselytize about what I hold dear – a belief in freedom of expression.” He teaches in the LLM program he graduated from in Italy, and helps his students join him as a published author. Randazza has over a dozen law review articles under his belt, as well as a regular CNN legal column, and consults the press on free speech issues on a regular basis.
He was also part of the lobbying effort in California to stop the “condom bill” – which would have mandated condoms in pornography. “It was a First Amendment violation,” says Randazza. This led to him writing The Freedom to Film Pornography – a study on the free speech implications of producing adult entertainment. He has also worked on free speech legislation in multiple other states. When there is an Anti-SLAPP proposal anywhere in America, chances are they will seek out Randazza’s expertise.
Randazza’s origin story as a First Amendment advocate started in high school, where due to his outspoken nature, his teachers were not terribly fond of him. In college, he met Professor Karen List, who he credits with inspiring everything he has done since. “Karen made me understand that I could do great things.” This is part of why he devotes so much time to pro bono work and to education. “I don’t turn down a free speech case if they can’t afford to pay,” Randazza said. “I enjoy doing for others what Karen did for me.”
Randazza’s practice also includes cutting edge intellectual property cases. Paramount Pictures sued a “fan made” Star Trek film, claiming that the Klingon language was copyrighted property. On behalf of a group of linguists, Randazza argued that since Klingon was a living language, it could not be anyone’s “property.” Randazza wrote a portion of the legal brief in actual Klingon, gaining international attention. He took down the Nevada copyright troll, Righthaven, and is a consultant for the Republic of Kosovo on
Randazza spends a lot of time commuting – between his offices in Las Vegas, Miami, and Boston, and jetting to argue cases nationwide, and lecturing all over the world. It does not seem to leave a lot of time for other pursuits. But, as a proud dual citizen still in touch with his immigrant roots, he devotes significant time to Italian cultural activities. He is the founder of Casa Italiana di Las Vegas, an Italian cultural group. “My heritage is about as important to me as my Constitution,” said Randazza. MV
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By: Sarah Moninger
haracteristics you may find in an exemplary lawyer include effortless personability, attention to fine details, and the ability to effect or persuade a group of people. This is just a short list of the reasons why Anthony Sgro, of Sgro & Roger Attorneys at Law, has grown his law resume and experience to this magnitude. Celebrating 30 prosperous years in the business, Mr. Sgro (Tony) is continuously dedicated to providing the best possible outcomes for his clients. A first-generation college student in his family, Tony always believed, “Trials just have to be fair.” Mr. Sgro was particularly passionate about becoming a trial lawyer, stating, “While clerking, I enjoyed watching cases in the courtroom, and naturally gravitated towards [trial] practices right away, even being a young attorney.” Eager to pursue this passion, after he passed the bar exam and became admitted to practice law on a Friday, he was at the courthouse starting a trial the very next week. Successfully practicing criminal defense cases for over 10 years, Mr. Sgro gained substantial trial experience, namely with death penalty cases. He had also gotten acquittals in murder cases, drug cases, and extortion cases. Through this experience, Mr. Sgro found that his skill set could transfer to different areas of law. A close attorney friend approached Mr. Sgro in need of help with a personal injury case. Perceived initially as being incompetent to go to trial with this case, Mr. Sgro and his friend tried the case and received the largest verdict in a Walgreens slip and fall case to date. Over the years, Mr. Sgro has tried over 125 jury trials, and gained a reputation filled with notable verdicts, incredible representation of clients, and a work ethic like none other. Within Sgro & Roger is a group of attorneys with very different backgrounds and levels of experience, creating a unique melting pot of ideas, which has contributed to the firm’s success throughout the years. Mr. Sgro observes, “The cumulative impact of different
conversations, perspectives, and ideas allows us to make the presentation razor sharp. We will never be outworked, out researched, outmanned or outgunned. We are constantly controlling the pace of what we do.” The firm as a whole provides top-notch services including business litigation, personal injury, full-service criminal defense, family law, and bankruptcy. Where Mr. Sgro truly goes above and beyond is his personability with each client. There needs to be a certain comfortability, trust, and synergy between lawyer and client, as it directly translates into the courtroom. Tony understands the personal emotions tied to these uncomfortable situations, particularly with personal injury cases, and is able to dress down the apprehension of speaking to a high-profile attorney. Mr. Sgro expresses, “I get it, we can help you.”
Aside from serving his community, Anthony enjoys traveling with his amazing significant other (she hopes to persuade him to retire in Italy someday), playing music, and spending time with his family. Additionally, he devotes time to his ventures outside the courtroom, including his music venue at the Rio, 172, as well as being involved as the co-founder of Pizza Forte and Sushi Joes, both of which are Las Vegas born restaurant chains. In 2020, Anthony is looking forward to continuing to grow his trial experiences and maintaining his amazing track record of results. Congratulations on 30 years in the business to Anthony Sgro of Sgro & Roger! MV Sgro & Roger : Anthony Sgro sgroandroger.com 702-384-9800
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Families Protecting Families Johnson & Johnson Law Offices
By: Sarah Moninger
he law firm of Johnson & Johnson traces its roots to Las Vegas in 1963, when there were merely 65,000 residents in the city of Las Vegas. Originally founded by Charles W. Johnson, Johnson & Johnson Law Offices has been guided throughout the years by three generations of attorneys. Charles entered the city with his family and promptly specialized in the area of Wills, Trusts and Probate. A pioneer of the “Living Trust” It is greatly we know and use today, Charles was truly a leader satisfying to me to of his time, and his see our firm maintain successors have proudly carried this knowledge the values and client on to future families of service my father Nevada.
established in the 60’s.
The second-generation – David Charles Johnson leader, David Charles Johnson, son of Charles, entered the law field early on in his career. David shares, “One of my inspirations was a Business Law professor in college who allowed us to make arguments in support of our answers if we missed them on the test.” He has always carried a distinct respect for the law’s unique power to effectuate justice and fairness, especially for those without a voice. Onto the third generation, Ryan David Johnson, knew he would join the family business as soon as he graduated high school. He recalls his first job at the firm was when he was in elementary school, being tasked with alphabetizing the rolodex cards. Later, Ryan worked as a paralegal while he was in law school, and joined the team as a lawyer in 2012. As a family firm, Johnson & Johnson strives to help families improve their quality of life by establishing a custom estate plan, thereby giving the client peace of mind that once they are gone, things will be well taken care of. The firm also strives to walk their clients through the steps to be taken after the passing of a loved one. Their aim is to cover the often-confusing legal aspects of wealth transfer, so that people can focus their time and energy on what matters most, which is their family.
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Clients can expect their first initial 20-minute consultation to be complimentary, where they can express their needs and concerns, and be advised of what kind of estate planning they may or may not need, or how to handle their trust administration and probate needs if that be the case. Johnson & Johnson strives to be transparent about potential options, costs, and benefits in assessing a client’s needs, as they strive to secure the best option for the client’s specific needs. Johnson & Johnson Law brings more than 75 years of experience to planning the future
needs of families and will continue to do so for generations to come. For anyone in Nevada looking for help with their estate planning or probate needs, they encourage you to set up a no-fee consultation with Johnson & Johnson Law Offices today. MV Johnson & Johnson Law Offices 702-384-2830 JohnsonLegal.com 1160 N. Town Center Drive Suite 390 Las Vegas, NV 89144
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Get to Know Industry Dynamo: Dana Dwiggins By: Katherine Jackson
ne of my very favorite things about being part of the MYVEGAS team is getting to know our incredible nominees and having the opportunity to introduce them to you, our wonderful readers. It is now my pleasure to introduce you to one of our 2020 Top Lawyers of the Year, as well as a 2019 Top 100 Woman of Influence, Dana Dwiggins. Dana has been calling Las Vegas home since 1982. Originally from New Jersey, her family moved to Las Vegas when she was young, and she has been here ever since. She went to high school and undergraduate school in Las Vegas, but left briefly to attend law school in Sacramento, California before returning to Las Vegas to begin her legal career. Upon her return to Las Vegas, Dana began working for a large firm with a department of similarly minded individuals. They worked so well together as a team, they decided to form their own firm in 2005, and that was the birth of Solomon, Dwiggins & Freer, Ltd. Dana has served as the Managing Partner of the firm since its creation and has been instrumental in
ensuring the firm’s practice areas stays focused on handling a wide range of issues involving trust and estate litigation, trust and estate administration (probate), estate planning, asset protection, business litigation and tax disputes. When I asked Dana what made her choose to pursue a legal career, I was met with so much knowledge and enthusiasm! Dana chose the legal field because she enjoys figuring out creative solutions to complex problems and her career provides her with nearly endless opportunities for that very thing. There are so many different areas of the law, but Dana is predominantly interested in estate, trust and business financial cases that involve business valuations, asset allocations, sale of assets, accounting discrepancies and taxes. I asked Dana what her favorite thing was about her work. She happily replied that she is passionate about assisting individuals during difficult and emotional times in their lives. The nature of her work in trust litigation affords her the opportunity to have a direct and positive impact on her clients. Often these kinds of cases can be very disorienting and emotional for the client, especially after having lost a loved one, and Dana takes great pleasure in being able to guide those people through the process in order to help them attain the positive results. Work like hers is incredibly demanding, so I was curious about what she does to rest, relax and recharge. Dana loves spending time with her family (including her two granddaughters), walks with her dogs, off road riding, traveling and, of course, attending Golden Knights’ games. She loves spending quality time with her daughter, whether it is a “date night” or taking a vacation together. Dana also loves to cook and is always the first to volunteer to host a party or to cook for an event rather than having it catered.
Dana is proof that you are never too old to learn something new, after having learned to snowboard and ride a sport bike over the age of 40. Dana rides a Ducati Supersport S and enjoys going on rides with her husband around Red Rock, or simply riding to work. She is also a passionate hiker and one of her very favorite places to hike is Waimea Canyon in Kauai, Hawaii. Also passionate about travel, she is planning a trip to Iceland next summer to explore and hike the glaciers. It is clear that Dana has a strong sense of adventure! I wanted to know what achievement Dana was most proud of in her career. She told me about serving as the President of the Board of Trustees of Safe Nest and its partnerships with Metro and the Raiders. PS417 is program Metro implemented with Safe Nest that allows a volunteer advocate from Safe Nest to be dispatched to the scene of a repeat domestic violence call to work directly with the victim. The volunteer advocate informs the victim of various options on Safe Nest’s services, including court advocacy, counseling, and, if necessary, processing emergency protective orders or moving victims into shelter. Since the beginning of the program, Metro has reported a significant reduction in the number of homicides in Las Vegas related to domestic violence. Dana never stops setting goals to improve herself and expand her knowledge. Mostly recently, Dana welcomed the invitation to join the Board of Directors for Bank of George. Dana not only is afforded the opportunity to serve alongside and learn from prominent individuals, but she, in turn, is able to offer some her talents and experiences to the board. Dana is a fiercely intelligent woman with a great passion for her work and for serving her clients. She is also a strong advocate for positive change in our community and takes the time to give back to others. It is for these reasons that I am very proud to present her to you, our loyal readers, as one of Las Vegas’Top 100 Lawyers of the Yearr. MV Solomon Dwiggins & Freer, Ltd. 9060 W Cheyenne Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89129 702.997.7714 I sdfnvlaw.com 702-384-9800
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One Committed Person Can Effect Change Meet Senator Keith Pickard By: Sarah Moninger
it was this goal, together with a Nevada Supreme Court case, that brought Keith to the Legislature.
ne committed person can make a difference,” notes Senator Keith Pickard, Founding Partner of Nevada Family Law Group, and the Senator from Nevada’s Senate District 20. Keith is a firm believer in public service through the democratic process. But before the Senator ran for office, he had a varied set of professional experiences that taught him much more than the law. Before law school, Keith was a high school vocational teacher, preparing students in architectural and technical drafting for builders, engineers, and manufacturing firms. He spearheaded efforts in the school district to update the curriculum and computer equipment to train his students in ways that gave them real-world skills that made them marketable upon graduation. As the construction boom began in the 90’s, Keith went to work in the construction industry. He co-owned a public works contracting firm, then sold his interest to work in large-scale projects from embassies to power plants. He was recruited by Del Webb Corporation at the end of 2002 to build their recreation centers and golf course club houses in Southern Nevada.
He then moved over to Toll Brothers, where he was an assistant vice president. Each role expanded his knowledge and passion for wanting to create positive change in meaningful ways. But the economic crash of 2007-2008 took Keith in yet a different direction. After watching new home sales essentially stop across the valley, Keith was laid off along with three-quarters of the company. Not wanting to wait years to get back into a job, he made the decision to go back to school and graduated with his Juris Doctorate just 3 years later. Today, he is the owner of Nevada Family Law Group in Henderson, where the company motto is “Nothing Is More Important Than What We Do For Families.” Keith is passionate about family law, which includes cases such as complex divorce, child custody, support and child relocation. Having lived through divorce and custody issues himself, Keith has firsthand knowledge of what it’s like for his clients, especially when the laws are vague or conflicting. It is crucial to have family laws in place that protect both parents, and most importantly, the children unwittingly caught up in the system. In fact,
In June of 2014, the Court handed down a decision named, Druckman v. Ruscitti, wherein the decision contained a technical flaw that rendered the ultimate decision unpredictable. Seeing the need for legislative action, Keith approached Assemblyman Lynn Stewart, who directed him to draft the bill and he would sponsor it. Keith did, and after significant lobbying efforts on his part, in June of 2015, AB 263 was passed and signed into law. Throughout the endeavor, Keith was told he was too new to the law and the legislative process to be effective. He was told, “ignore the naysayers, and work for what you believe in.” This act, which leveled the playing field for parents, was called “one of the most significant improvements to Nevada’s family laws in more than a decade.” Through this experience, Keith caught the legislative bug, and after a short time, his work with the legislature propelled him into running for State Assembly District 22, to which he was elected in November 2016. Keith then ran for and was elected to the Senate when the seat was open. “I am now in a position to see areas that need attention and do something about it,” says the senator. “It is such rewarding work.” Keith believes that his experiences throughout the years prepared him for his important work, seeing the community through different lenses and from many points of view. Although being a senator takes time, Keith continues to devote much of his effort to his law practice, helping the families of Nevada through their difficult times. In 2020, Keith is looking forward to continuing to produce great client experiences through his Family Law practice, as well as working to improve all of Nevada from his Senate seat. The 2020 election will be held in November. MV For more information about Keith, visit www.NevadaFamilyLaw.com and www. Pickard4Nevada.com.
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as Vegas, the land of love! MYVEGAS Magazine is proud to announce Las Vegas’ Top Power Couples! With Nevada having one of the highest marriage (and Divorce) rates in the nation, only the strongest of couples survive! Some of Las Vegas’ most successful businesses are ran and operated by couples! These nominated couples are in-love, heavily involved in the community, hard-working, reliable, and are truly outstanding businesspeople. In Las Vegas today, love emanates the town; and we would like to showcase that with this special feature. MYVEGAS is pleased to present our favorite Pairs in Power. (The Top Power Couples below are In no particular order).
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passion for each other over-flows to their Company; ONEeleven ltd, an innovative Design|Build|Remodel Contractor specializing in Full Home remodels utilizing Universal Design concepts. ”A lifetime of experience(s) sculpt our culture, our one-point of contact multifaceted team delivers quality craftsmanship from concept to completion.”
ENTS G A E C N A TOP 10 INSUR Oscar Goodman was the mayor of Las Vegas from 1999 to 2011, with his beautiful wife succeeding him. Carolyn G. Goodman became the mayor of the city of Las Vegas on July 6, 2011 and has devoted herself to volunteerism and education in Las Vegas. Their love didn’t begin so romantic as one would think, but, after discovering just how brilliant his mind is, Carolyn said she was smitten. They made their partnership eternal in June of 1962 and have been deep in love ever since. Las Vegas would not be the epic city it is today without the leadership of these two love birds.
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r s o t c a r t n o c c / top 5 a As a female in a new service industry, Monica stands tall as a role model for female entrepreneurs. Monica has dedicated her adult professional and personal life to protect children, seniors, disabled, aged out foster care kids and homeless youth. Monica also founded Community Lifters, a Grassroots Volunteer Group, in 2017. Dave, an inspirational leader and effective team builder with 25 years successful high-level executive experience opening, operating and marketing 5 Star Las Vegas resorts & casinos: Mirage, Bellagio, Wynn and Cosmopolitan. Currently, an energetic positive minded entrepreneur and community volunteer dedicated to protecting: children, seniors and vulnerable populations from known criminals.
State Senator Keith Pickard and Hearing Master Margaret Pickard are our February 2020 Power Couple. Keith and Margaret prefer “purposeful” in describing themselves, rather than “powerful.” They are passionate public servants working together to strengthen the relationships of children and families all over Las Vegas. Senator Pickard was recently named as one of Las Vegas’ Top 100 Lawyers and is founder of the Nevada Family Law Group. He is responsible for re-structuring much of Nevada’s child custody laws. Hearing Master Pickard presides over Courtroom 14 in Clark County’s Family Courthouse, hearing cases involving child abuse and neglect, as well as matters in the juvenile drug treatment court program. The Pickards’ passion for their work led them to run for office, to further their efforts in serving the community: Keith in the Nevada State Senate and Margaret is seeking election to Family Court Judge. Together, they are certainly a power couple in the eyes of Nevada Family Law.
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Start and End with Family Both Keith and Margaret have extensive experience working in the family law arena. Keith, recognized as one of the Top 100 Attorneys of Las Vegas, is known as an expert litigator, who drafted and successfully lobbied for the 2015 improvements to Nevada’s child custody laws. Even with Keith’s strong personality, Margaret can hold her own. Before the Presiding Family Court Judge appointed Margaret to her current position, family law attorneys throughout Nevada elected Margaret to the Family Law Executive Committee of the Nevada State Bar, where she also served as editor of the Nevada Family Law Report.
he term “Power Couple” is often thought of as two separate people who are a force to be reckoned with once together. As much as these two attorneys fit that definition, Senator Keith Pickard and Hearing Master Margaret Pickard take that definition to a new level. Keith is the founding partner of the Nevada Family Law Group and represents Nevada Senate District 20 in the Nevada State Legislature. Margaret serves as a Court Hearing Master for the Eighth Judicial District Courts. Both Keith and Margaret view themselves as public servants and are committed to serving our community. They spend their evenings and weekends participating in community events and reserve one day each week exclusively for family and friends. Margaret and Keith have devoted their legal careers to helping families involved in the court system survive and thrive during and after their encounter with the courts. When the Nevada Legislature is not in session, Keith spends his days helping family court litigants with divorce and custody matters. Margaret can be found presiding in Courtroom 14 at the Clark County Family Court, working to protect children from abuse and neglect.
During her family law practice years, Margaret specialized in high conflict custody cases, developing the UNLV Cooperative Parenting program, where she taught parents embroiled in the family court system how to resolve disputes about their children. She regularly trained family court judges and attorneys on` how to manage custody cases and develop parenting plans to reduce potential conflicts between the parents. The Mediators of Southern Nevada awarded Margaret the “Peacemaker of the Year” award for her work with families, and in 2014, the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys recognized Margaret as a Top 10 Nationally Ranked Attorney for her work in family law.
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Margaret’s work is well recognized in the Las Vegas family law community and she is now running for Family Court Judge, in Department V. On a personal note, Margaret and Keith first caught sight of each other in 2003. Margaret was the first to reach out. Keith responded “to be nice,” but wasn’t interested in getting involved with another attorney. However, after getting to know Margaret, Keith was truly impressed and they married just 10 weeks after Margaret’s first glance. Margaret and Keith raised their blended family of seven children in the Las Vegas Valley. Seventeen years later, their family has now grown to include four sons-in-law and one daughter in-law, and four grandchildren. Many years ago, when their oldest son was asked if he was “his” son or “her” son, he responded, I am “their” son. This sentiment sums up who Margaret and Keith Pickard are, a force standing strong together. Neither one of them would call themselves “powerful,” but instead refer to themselves as “purposeful,” working together to strengthen the relationships of all families in Las Vegas. MV
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Las Vegas proudly hosts approximately 17,000 licensed real estate agents. At MyVegas Magazine, we polled over 100,000 of our readers to find the Top 10 Ladies of Luxury Real Estate. We are proud to grace these pages with a group of professional women who can make your wildest dreams become a reality. These women give their all – sacrificing time, energy, and resources – to positively impact our community and the incredible industry of real estate in Las Vegas. (Listed alphabetically by first name).
• GREAT REPUTATION • HIGHLY ETHICAL • FUTURE LEADERS OF LAS VEGAS Amy Noto is a sixth generation Nevadan whose family roots date back to 1865 and former town of St. Thomas. Southern Nevada is in her DNA and it shows. The enthusiasm is evident in everything she does as a New Home Advisor at Midnight Ridge, one of Pardee Homes’ premier new home communities in Henderson, NV.
Leza Heed is a Realtor of The Heed Group – Urban Nest Realty, partnered with son, Alexander Heed. Las Vegas native born and raised, specializing in the local market. Her passion for helping people achieve their dreams is demonstrated by a personalized concierge style. Their motto is, “We make real estate easy!”
Clea Whitney Broker and owner of Clea’s Moapa Valley Realty and Clea’s Fabulous Realty. 2019, 2018 and 2017 Women’s Council of Realtors Top 25. 2019 and 2018 My Vegas Magazine Top 100 Real Estate Professionals. 2017 and 2018 My Vegas Magazine Top 100 Women in Real Estate. Consecutively in the top 100 agents in transactions in the Las Vegas market.
Lisa Quam is a Realtor of The Heed Group – Urban Nest Realty, partnered with son, Alexander Heed. Las Vegas native born and raised, specializing in the local market. Her passion for helping people achieve their dreams is demonstrated by a personalized concierge style. Their motto is, “We make real estate easy!”
Cynthia Martin is a REALTOR/Broker in Las Vegas since 2002. Cynthia’s amazing success shines because of her absolute sincerity to help her clients make excellent informed decisions due to spending the time and effort required to make that happen. Whether buying or selling the attention to detail is the same. Active global marketing strategies and innovative negotiating skills bring consistent high end results for Cynthia’s clientele.
Melissa Machat is originally from LA and a graduate of USC. With over 10 years in the business, Melissa has helped hundreds of clients and is recognized as YPN’s 40 under 40, Hall of Fame recipient of WCR’s Top 25 Women in Real Estate, and top 1% of all Las Vegas Agents.
Di Wolfgram A highly respected leader exemplifying professionalism, honesty and integrity in all aspects of her business. As the owner of Windermere Anthem Hills since 2005, she has focused her attention on client service and positively impacting the community. Since moving to Las Vegas in 1980, she has seen many changes, but maintains her Midwest values and work ethic to improve all aspects of her business and client relationships.
Tanya Murray Her sincere approach to Real Estate is not only being attentive, responsive, discreet, methodical and detailed, but also being fun to work with. She genuinely cares for her clients and it shows. Tanya is consistently ranked in the top 10% of Las Vegas agents and honored as one of the Top 25 Women in Real Estate.
Lacy Colson brings unique knowledge and an entrepreneurial energy to the Las Vegas real estate industry. She combines her background in the healing arts with market expertise to create a well-rounded, personalized experience for every client. Congrats Lacy on being nominated for TOP 10 Women in Luxury Real Estate.
Trish Nash is Corporate Broker and Owner of Signature Gallery of Homes; a Women Owned Small Business located in Henderson and has owned her real estate brokerage since 2004. Trish runs a successful team and is a certified real estate coach with Workman Success Systems. Trish is consistently in the top 1 percent of sales in her market.
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Discover your Real Estate Possibilities with The Heed Group By: Sarah Moninger
here are over 17,000 realtors in our great city of Las Vegas, and it can be quite the challenge to find the perfect realtor for your needs. Plus, only 10% of those, are the agents working full-time with buyers and sellers. Well, MYVEGAS is here to serve you the finest of that 10%, in the trusted hands of Leza and Alexander Heed, a mother-son Real Estate team of Urban Nest Realty. Both Vegas born and raised, Leza and Alex know the ins and outs of Vegas communities, watching the city’s homes and businesses grow over the years. Their motto is “We Make Real Estate Easy,” and they certainly take that above and beyond. Something as simple as being available for a phone call when clients have questions can make a large difference in the overall experience. You will never wonder where you are at in a transaction, because keeping you informed is their number one priority. Another top priority is marketing. Leza and Alex have a dedicated company that provides marketing services to promote your listing on social medias and realtor platforms. Getting your listing noticed is crucial, and services such as multi-platform marketing and open houses make this achievable. Leza and Alex make the process seamless by working directly with their trusted lender partner, Guild Mortgage-Team Yurovchak (702-818-2428). Leza notes, “Having a great lender partner has created success for us,” as we know we can trust him with our clients. The Heed Group also work closely with title agents to make sure you close on time. And lastly, along with the many things Realtors do to sell a home, Leza has invested time to accrue certifications such as ABR (Accredited Buyers Representative), RENE (Real Estate Negotiation Expert). The Heed Group offers both sides of Real Estate, as listing agents, selling and marketing homes daily, and helping buyers find the home of their dreams. They are certified in down payment assistance programs, and love first time home buyers.
They take pride in providing top notch service to Las Vegas’ homeowners and dream-homeowners. When it comes to our community, choose the real estate group that knows Vegas, and knows how to get you the best results in any transaction!
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Trish Nash and Her Dream Team
By: Sarah Moninger
very day is a new experience with exciting and challenging opportunities,” shares Trish Nash, Broker and Owner of Signature Gallery of Homes and the Trish Nash Team, in Henderson, NV. Throughout the years of honing her skills, Trish is able to generate new, creative ideas for marketing homes as well as negotiating options to make a deal work for the benefit of all parties. A naturally spunky problem solver and creative thinker, Trish applies these strengths to each and every luxury property she presents to the market for her clients. Trish entered the real estate industry by her own stride, despite the opinions of others. She describes, “At that time, I was dating a real estate Broker and thought that the real estate profession was a good fit and something that I could excel in. One evening, we discussed my interest in the real estate business and, to my surprise, he discouraged this as a career choice for me; I was devastated. For dinner, he brought Chinese food and after dinner, I opened my fortune cookie and it read, “You will do better in real estate than in traditional investments.” I knew I had to listen to my heart, and I took the real estate exam, got my license, and within my first year, exceeded my goals. I have that fortune encased in glass as a paperweight in my office to remind me to always believe in my dreams.” Today, Trish is a seasoned professional in the luxury real estate world, and the leader of her own real estate team, The Trish Nash team. Trish is constantly breaking the bounds of a “typical’ real estate agent, bringing not only 18 years of experience to any transaction, but also a plethora of strategies and negotiating tactics to market your home smart, and fast. Trish states, “Powerful marketing is the key to finding the right buyer for a home; therefore, a great amount of thought is formulated into a marketing plan for each home considering its location, amenities and the buyer pool that we want to attract.” Trish truly cares about her clients, and it shows. She will never tell a client what
they want to hear, only what they need to hear. Trish also sees the value in educating her clients on the local market and finds that it is the true gratuity beyond the sale. When clients initially search for a luxury agent, they expect the agent to be knowledgeable, experienced, and will follow up on their commitments. Trish is that Broker, along with her team of skilled agents and assistants ready to attend to client’s needs. During 2020, the Trish Nash team anticipates doubling their business, as opportunities continue to present themselves in the residential and commercial real estate market. On a personal note, she and her husband Michael, also a hard-working broker for
commercial real estate, are both avid cyclists and are planning a cycling trip to Croatia with a group of friends as well as planning for a trip to Peru at the end of the year. Trish, an evident superwoman, is also Vice Chair of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce and serves as the Chairman of the Board for Living Grace Homes. Grateful for every day, Trish avows, “Every day is a new opportunity and is exciting to me. I love my profession and my goal is to make a positive impact on people’s lives each day.” MV Trish Nash Signature Gallery of Homes (702) 331-3948 TrishNash.com 2270 Corporate Cir #110, Henderson, NV 89074
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The Effects of Solar in Real Estate By: Trish Williams
et’s be real, energy bills are super high and likely will only be increasing in the future. For this reason, many homeowners are exploring their solar options. If you’ve every researched the option of adding solar panels to your home, you will find there is a plethora of information and things to consider before doing so. From a Real Estate standpoint, the most common question I hear is, “Will adding solar Increase my value?” and the answer is …Sometimes. Solar Leases One of the biggest misunderstandings I run into is homeowners that have leased solar panels and are unaware of it. They were told the panels cost them nothing, they just must pay for the energy they use at a lower rate than NV Energy. Even though there is no upfront fee, there is an agreement that is in the contract stating the panels will remain on the home for 20-30 years on average (this varies by contract), and the agreement will likely also state annual rate increases. There is also a section that will describe the transfer process of what happens when the home is sold within the terms of the lease. In most cases, the new buyer must assume the remainder of the time left on the lease. This agreement is called a Power Purchase Agreement, commonly referred to as a PPA. Salespeople will tell homeowners that having solar will increase their value, however, and appraiser will give $0 value to solar panels that are leased and not owned, and you must convince your potential buyers of the benefits of the solar lease in order for them to agree to assume the lease. Often, homes with solar leases have higher days on the market or lower sales vs. list prices due to buyer fear and uncertainty. Many buyers are confused at the fact that they will have a solar bill and an energy bill. The solution is to make certain the buyer understands the same benefits that impacted your decision to add the solar initially. When interviewing a Realtor to sell your home, this should certainly be a topic you discuss with them.
Owning Solar Purchasing solar can be quite costly, however, many homeowners find that there may be tax benefits associated with purchasing solar that help to weigh out the cost. When you own solar, you only have one energy bill, which is usually much lower than average. Appraisers will add value to your home for your solar panels if they are owned, provided you have documentation. However, the value is most often much less than the initial cost. There are very specific details the appraiser will often take into consideration, such as the number of panels, the age, the warranty, etc. This is, again, a situation where more information can have a huge impact on the outcome, so be prepared. One-year history of energy bills to provide to potential buyers can majorly impact their decision to reflect the benefits of owning the solar panels.
What to Do When Selling A Home with Solar It is important to make sure your Realtor is aware that you have solar and if it leased or owned. Your Realtor must understand the transfer process, as well as answers to the questions the buyers are likely going to ask. Some solar companies will assign a contact person for potential buyers to direct inquiries. Provide your Realtor a copy of your
PPA agreement, as well as a one-year history of Solar and NV Energy statements, so the buyers can have a clear understanding of what they are getting into. Often, this will also reflect the benefits and savings the buyers will receive as a result of the solar. Your potential buyers may choose to have a solar inspection or assessment performed during the due diligence period to confirm these details as well. Solar is popping up on rooftops across the Valley, with a positive impact on the environment, energy independence, and overall energy savings, it is becoming common in Real Estate. Homebuyers only fear the unknown, assure they have enough documentation to make an informed decision prior to moving forward. For more information, contact Trish Williams of Keller Williams Realty – The Trish Williams Team. 702-877-2500 or visit www.trishsells702.com.
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Can You Truly Afford to Buy a Home? By Lilly Ruiz
he truth is, that just because you want to buy a home, this might not be the best time for you to do so! I know that some of you want to fulfill your lifelong dream of owning a home, you might be tired of renting, or you might have other reasons. But owning/buying a home, if you are not prepared, can be very expensive. So, before jumping into home ownership, you must ask yourself some important questions: 1. Is my Fico score good enough? - Because if it isn’t, you will get a very high interest rate and the higher your interest rate, the higher your payment will be! It will easily cost you hundreds more dollars per month, than for someone that has a great FICO score. 2. Do I make Enough Money to make the monthly mortgage payments and have enough left over for bills such as gas, power, water, sewer, food, car, home expenses, such as home repairs, etc. 3. Do I have enough money in my bank account? As I mentioned before, buying a home can be expensive- you have to pay closing costs, down payment, Home Inspections, Appraisal, and you need to have money left over so you won’t struggle or stress out after closing on your home. 4. Do I have too much debt? Some lenders won’t even give you a loan if your front debt to income ratio is too high! Try to keep it below 28%.
income is $5000- you multiply that number to 0.43 and $2150 is the total you should spend on monthly expenses. That includes minimum credit card payments, car loans, student loans, etc. Remember- the less debt the better. Start by knowing your Credit/Fico Score Ask your agent to put you in touch with a very knowledgeable lender. Remember: just because you bank with a big bank, that doesn’t mean that is where you should start. Choose someone that communicates with you and you won’t end up being just a number! Lender will ask for a lot of documents and they will be in the position of telling you how good or bad your situation is, after reviewing all your documents. If you are being told that you have to work on some things, just do it! It is in your best interest to fix all the things affecting your credit score. Remember the higher your FICO score, the better your interest rate and monthly payment will be. Do you want to get the best interest rate? Then don’t rush to buy a home! Find a Real Estate agent and lender that genuinely cares and guides you in the right direction! An agent and a lender that advises you, answers your questions and if they tell you that you need to work on your credit, do not get offended, just listen to them, as they just want to help and save you money. If they didn’t care they would just advise to buy, no matter what the cost. Schedule your appointment today! You will be happy that you did!
What mortgage lenders want Mortgage lenders like to see a front-end debt to income ratio of 28% or less. This is different than the debt-to-income ratio used by FHA.
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The FHA (Federal Housing Administration) generally uses the 43% debt-to-income ratio as a guideline for approving mortgages. A 43% DTI means all your regular debt payments, plus your housing related expenses (mortgage insurance, HOA, property tax, mortgage, etc.) should not equal more than 43% of your monthly gross income.Now let’s say your gross monthly
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Middle East Investment in U.S. Rises By Yelena Brezhneva
iddle East – the land of oil & gas has become a land of fortune for some. In recent times, global real estate has experienced a significant increase in investment from the Middle East has also made its way to the US. Middle East investments have risen in the past few years, as we have seen in multiple reports from Reuters, Forbes, CBRE and other trusted sources.
WHAT MORTGAGE LENDERS WANT According to CBRE Group, in 2016, the Middle East’s investment in the global commercial real estate sector reached nearly $10 billion. In 2017, CBRE shared that North America is a preferred region for investors. Their influence has been all around us and most of us haven’t even noticed it. There’s the worldwide hospitality company Hakkasan Group that owns nightclubs, a chain of Michelin star luxury restaurants that’s owned by Abu Dhabi Investment company, and the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), has purchased in 9.9% stake in the company that owns New York’s iconic Empire State Building for $622 million. Additionally, popular food chains like Pizza Hut, KFC, and TGI Fridays belong to the Al Kharafi Group. They also happen to be the largest shareholders of Krispy Kreme.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA MARKET UPDATE Nevada continues to be #1 fastest growing state with 2.09% annual growth. Las Vegas is the third fastest growing metropolitan area with 2.2% increase annually. That is +132 people per day are relocating or 5.5 people per hour (U.S Census Bureau)
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Do you know which state surrenders the most driver licenses in Las Vegas? I think you guessed it right! CALIFORNIA! Based on DMV data for 2018: California residents surrendered 26,625 licenses that is 36.2%. Do you know why? Well, currently we have $24 Billions invested in multiple projects in Las Vegas by 2023 (according to Applied Analysis by Sales Traq). Multiple projects keep bringing more and more people for work. Las Vegas Metropolitan Area shows 98 months of consecutive months of positive growth! If we look back at the real estate market in September, we can see that prices continue to keep climbing up: Median Closing Price is +3.3%. VS Last Year. This shows that our economy is indeed improving. With the lowest
unemployment rate of 4.8%. Nevada is #3 Fastest Growing Personal Income State with +5.7% annual rate increase. Investments in Nevada keep rising. Las Vegas inventory in September of 2019 is +0.3% compare to last year with 3.1 month of supply for single family residential homes. If you are thinking of buying a property in Las Vegas, then it’s still a good time to do it! Yelena Brezhneva Global Real Estate Advisor. CA DRE# 02087480 NV RE #180578 www.yelenabrezhneva.com
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Expanding Real Estate Horizons with The Everett Academy By: Sarah Moninger
television and won awards for her hair and cosmetic work. In 2012, Ali began helping Sean, doing some marketing work for his real estate business. In 2013, Ali took on a bigger role in the business, under some nerve-racking circumstances. Sean was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation, a rare brain disorder which causes your brain to swell larger than your skull can handle. His condition required decompression brain surgery, and in his case, the inflammation was so bad that it was causing some terrible side effects. Because Chiari is such a rare condition, his specialist couldn’t give them exact recovery times, which is anywhere from 6 months to years. Surgery was scheduled quickly, and they had less than 6 weeks to have their affairs in order. They were both in the middle of their businesses, Sean having multiple homes in Escrow, and Ali being 9 months into a business relationship with her salon. Ali grabbed the bull by the horns and knew she had to step into the new role of REALTOR®. To ensure that their clients’ deals didn’t skip a beat, she went to real estate licensing school and completed in 3 weeks. Ali says, “When you take your [real estate] exam, you learn little to no details about how to actually close a transaction. I relied a lot on Sean to give me the ins and outs of the business.”
ean and Ali Everett are the definition of a Dynamic Duo. Both entering the business world at a young age, they prove day in and day out that hard work and perseverance are what get you far in Real Estate. In 2019, they formed Everett Academy, a Real Estate directory that helps to generate leads without paying third party companies, answer common REALTORS® questions, and so much more. Far earlier than Everett Academy, Sean and Ali Everett have been taking the real estate market by storm. Sean genuinely grew up in the real estate world, being only 8 years old when he
began rehabbing homes with his father. After graduating from high school, Sean started his own Auto detailing business. The entrepreneur gene was strong with this young man, as just two years later, he sold it to pursue his dream. His experience and love for real estate led him to gaining his real estate license at 19 years old. At that time, he was one of the youngest people in Nevada to have their license. Like her husband, Ali began her career when she was 18 years old, as a licensed cosmetologist for Aveda and opened her own salon short years later. Over time, she had worked with top professionals in
Surgery was now days away and nerves were at an all-time high. Ali continues, “His mentorship and help are what has made our business what it is today.” The surgery was ultimately successful, and Sean’s recovery only took a couple of months. Throughout his recovery, she was learning each day how to step into his shoes. Ali went on to say, “I couldn’t have done it without an amazing mentor, my husband, who coached me through the entire process from start to finish.” Today, Sean and Ali love working in the real estate world, helping people find their dream home, fixer upper or vacation home. Sean says, “We love to stay in contact
closes,” The Everett’s have developed many great friendships along the way. They also throw yearly client appreciation events. He continued, “For the holidays, we rented out the ice rink at City National Arena and celebrated our clients. Involvement in our community plays a big role in why real estate has so much purpose in our lives.”
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Through this platform, they are able to help evolve, expand and help not only their team with The Everett Group at Simply Vegas but all real estate professionals who are ready to tackle their goals and take control of their business.
When it comes to Ali and Sean Everett, it is all about giving back and working hard doing so. Throughout their journey, real estate has given them the opportunity to really have freedom, be able to recover from a tough surgery and ultimately be able to raise their children together. Ali says, “Every day is a blessing.” In 2020, they are set to launch new content and courses, released monthly, so keep an eye out! Whether you’re looking to buy or sell with The Everett Group at Simply Vegas or if you’re a REALTOR® or lender looking to sharpen your business, choose to work with Everett’s for service that goes beyond the sale. MV
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Leading up to the birth of their first son, they began to interview possible candidates who could help with buyers while Ali was on maternity leave. This was the start to building their talented real estate team. Sean observes, “We learned quickly that when you have a team, you need to flood them with leads to fuel their pipeline and also have a strong culture with core values.” This involves a certain level of training in real estate duties, as well as in generating their own leads. Today, they run a team of 8 agents, all dedicated to not only buying or selling your home, but also in providing education to clients that goes beyond the transaction. Upon creating this dream team, they found that new and even seasoned agents have questions, just like Ali did when she first started. They created a real estate training portal on a website for their agents with how-to videos on contracts, forms and lock box training that their team could look upon when needed. Sean being the teacher in these videos, it began to gain a lot of traffic, and independent agents proceeded to ask Sean if they could have a sit-down meeting to discuss how he is so successful with his team. Sean got so busy that he found it was more efficient to put together videos answering these common questions. Ultimately, they found this tool, their teams real estate training portal, could be helpful for REALTORS® everywhere nationwide. In 2019,
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Against All Odds… More Like Creating the Odds
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rad Allison was born with a racer’s heart. An ardent Motocross racer early on in his life, all he wanted to do was ride dirt bikes. Raised in Las Vegas surrounded by motocross, Brad trained and initially became interested in the field because of his father. It started as just plain fun with his father but ended up being an integral part of his life.
recieve stem cell treatments, did physical therapy, and became a client of Project Walk, a Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center.
Riding bikes is freedom and control at the same time, and Brad realized at the mere age 13 that, “This is what I want to do, forever.” At this age, he was already ready to rev the gas and go in his own direction. He began training daily beside his father, being a high school student by day, and an expert biker at night. He raced in National Championships all over the country, and gained 9 National titles for Motocross, in states such as Texas, Florida, and Oklahoma.
Before his injury, Brad had worked in the pool business and was accustomed to the industry. Not wanting to work for someone else, he knew he could start his own business. A couple of his friends helped him to start up, to create what is now Poseidon Pool Service, the best pool servicer in town. They provide weekly services, tile cleaning, chemical service, repairs, remodels, and so much more, taking the guesswork right out of maintaining your pool. There is truly nothing Brad or Poseidon Pools can’t do!
Nationals, here in Las Vegas, were closely approaching and Brad was hard at work at the track. Suddenly, everything changed in
Instead of admitting what some might call defeat, Brad took an outward approach and began adapting. Not to say it wasn’t a challenge, but he was never discouraged. Brad says, “You have to adapt and overcome, and don’t give up.”
a split second. He hit a jump and flew over his handlebars. When he hit the ground, his Leatt neck brace pierced through his spine, giving him a dislocated shoulder, and two legs that wouldn’t move. Brad, together with his family, raised money through charities, fundraisers, and GoFundMe’s, to secure the best treatment for him. He traveled to India to
Brad shares, “Every day, I just try to be better. That’s all we can do, right?”
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Our votes have finally been heard! Welcome to the future of energy in Nevada... I am happy to report, it has never been brighter. Growing up in Las Vegas, I always thought it was absurd how little we actually use our greatest resource, the sun. We live in this desert, why don’t we take advantage of it? Why aren’t we using the ridiculous amount of sunlight we receive, to you know.. maybe create our own energy? It seems like it would make a lot more sense than buying energy from fossil fuels that are being burned hundreds of miles away. However, I was met with the same common misconceptions that we have probably all heard over the years. Solar is just “too expensive” and the local utility “would never allow it.” If that was the case before, one thing is for certain now in 2020, times have definitely changed. It shocks people when they find out the truth, but the truth remains. Here it is, the bottom line... you are paying more for your monthly
power bill right now than you could pay monthly with solar... and this is exactly why. With the passing of Assembly Bill 405 in Nevada and the potential availability of a federal 26% Investment Tax Credit, Nevadans now have the freedom of choice. Local utilities can no longer stop homeowners from choosing to exercise their right to create their own power. In fact, the local utility is now responsible for rewarding homeowners that make the switch to renewable solutions. For every kWh of electricity a homeowner produces with their solar system, they are now entitled to a credit from their power company at a rate of 95% of the per watt rate of purchasing electricity from the utility. What does this mean? The more the sun shines, the more these lucky homeowners could save on their power. Fortunately for us in Nevada, the sun always does its job extremely well. Depending on how much sunlight your home receives, in most cases this monthly solar bill will completely remove all of the electric charges from your current power bill. What most people don’t realize is that your monthly solar bill will likely be more affordable than your current monthly power bill. By simply switching your monthly payment, you will now have the option to no longer fall victim to those high summer
bills or any surprise annual increases. That’s right, you now have the choice to potentially lock in your electric rate at a price that is lower than what you currently pay your power company. You will have the peace of mind to anticipate what your bill will be every month, every year. From day one you could save money monthly, help the global environment and you will, above all, get your power back. Don’t be left in the dark when this bright solution is finally being be done the right way. Stop putting money down the drain every month with a power bill. Instead, you can now choose to put money every month into something that could add extra equity and value towards your home. This could make selling your home in the future, even more lucrative. Solar isn’t just better for the environment, now in Nevada, it’s also better for your wallet and your home. State and federal incentives are subject to eligibility criteria and are not guaranteed. You should consult with a qualified tax professional to determine if you can benefit from the Federal investment tax credit by going solar. MV SUNDER ENERGY 702.336.3191 sunderenergy.com
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Spring Cleaning, In More Ways than One!
f you’re like me, spring cleaning conjures up thoughts of long ago… Sheets hanging out windows and over balconies, ladies in their backyards with rugs thrown over laundry lines swatting them with brooms or something that looked like tennis rackets. In fact, I remember my grandmother telling me that when she was a young mother back in the 40s, come springtime, they would actually have to scrub the walls of the house and remove all of the dishes from the cupboards and scrub those down because the coal that they burnt for heat would leave a light layer of black dust (soot) over everything. In fact, my mom remembers my grandmother, hair tied up on top of her head with a “babushka,” actually rolling a little ball of putty over the wallpaper to clean it! This putty, which was first made for exactly that purpose, was made mostly from flour, water and salt, which is a similar formula for what we now know as Play-Doh… something I’m sure we all have memories of playing with (and if we’re honest, eating!) Thank goodness spring cleaning has taken on a bit of a different role these days. When I think of spring cleaning, or spring, I think of it as a time of rebirth and renewal. Days become longer and warmer and just like the beautiful blooms we see popping up all over the place, we too, begin to spread our wings a bit more and venture out of the cocoon we call winter.
Lifestyles and living habits have changed a lot over the years and so has the role of spring cleaning. It feels good to open up the house after winter and let in the fresh air. One of my biggest priorities is to clean the windows. It’s not too difficult and it really brightens up our home. I like to use a DIY mix made with vinegar and water (hailed as the No Streak cleaner). I add a few drops of essential oil to cover up the smell of vinegar. I’ve used citrus and lavender oils, although I’m sure you can use whatever scent you like! Make sure you are also getting those dusty corners and trim, so you have a nice and secure seal, and keep the warmer weather from sneaking in during April and May!
My second motivation is to go through my clothes and pull out the things I no longer wear. It feels great to organize your drawers and closets, seriously, it’s like a cleansing exhale! I’ll usually then donate the items to our Rescue Mission or some sort of place that gives the items directly to the people in need. Another wonderful place to drop your unwanted business clothes or coats from the season is Dress for Success Southern Nevada- they are always accepting donations of any kind!
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Another part of my spring cleaning is within myself. I will do a healthy living program which consists of clean eating and detoxifying your body of sugars and processed foods (email me for more info: Tamifinseth@gmail.com) as well as get myself back outside enjoying hikes, runs and other outside activities. Spring is the time to free yourself and get back out into the beautiful valley we call home. It feels good to shed the shackles of the winter months and warm up in the beauty and warmth that is springtime!
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Introducing...to those unaware of it’s majesty, THE FAT BABY!
ou can find this sinful creation at AMANO PIZZA in Centennial Hills and it’s the best thing to happen since sliced bread.
The idea for the insta-famous FAT BABY struck on none other than a cheat day. Jason Weber and his wife were in search of a carb-loaded lunch. Jason grabbed a Sub roll of bread, carved it out, and stuffed it with cheese, pasta, a giant meatball, and topped it with more cheese. They both ate every bite and added it to the menu shortly after. For food lovers everywhere, this one is definitely for you. The presentation is really what captivates us all, however this carb-olicious, towering cheat day meal is even tastier than it looks. After the fat baby gained much media attention and was featured on “Best Things to Eat Before You Die,” NBC asked if Jason would bring his FAT BABY to Los Angeles. On Access Live, Jason unveiled his newest FAT BABY the “Fuhgeddaboudit,” stuffed with mozzarella, provolone, rice, penne pasta, two skewers of shrimp, Italian sausage and chicken wings. Mamma mia!
Always carrying an entrepreneurial spirit, Jason translated his skills and opened his own catering business. Shortly after he received a call to cook Thanksgiving dinner for UFC President Dana White, Jason was invited to be his personal chef and cooked for him and his family for over 5 years. Jason loved working for the Whites, but it was time to continue honing his culinary and pastry skills. He went on to work with some of Las Vegas’ best chefs: Frederic Larre at Hard Rock & Vdara, Jean-Luc Daul at the Four Seasons & Carlos Guia of Commanders Palace (and now Aria). After a few years, he thought, “Why wait any longer to open my own place?!” He stumbled upon a closing pizza shop, to grab a slice of pizza. It was truly right place, exactly right time. He purchased the shop that is now Amano Pizza and Italian Cuisine, his own version of a classic mom-and-pop Italian pizza restaurant with some modern foodie twists, and the goal in mind of bringing a funky little local place to his part of Las Vegas. Jason calls it, “New York style, with a Las Vegas spin!” Get it? Vegas, gambling... We’ll move on.
The renowned Fat Baby was conceived by New York native, Jason Weber. Jason began his culinary feat when he was only 15 years old, working in mom and pop Italian pizza restaurants until he went to culinary school at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.
Jason has always put in the work, time and quality into all his creations. His dough takes over 48 hours to produce and you can taste the difference. Some of his most popular dishes include, of course, the many varieties of the AMAZING FAT BABY, the Pizza Pie-Zoni (which is half pizza and half calzone) and their amazing all-scratch desserts.
Always having the goal of owning his very own mom-and-pop shop in the back of his mind, Jason took a mini-pizza hiatus and practiced more traditional cuisines which included French, Southern flare, and much more.
Jason could have never expected the traction that the Fat Baby and all his creations has received. Since the FAT BABY appeared on Access Live, Amano has had tourists come from The Strip, throughout America, and even around the globe to try a taste of the FAT BABY. Jason shares, “We are really excited for the future of Amano, I would love to see the FAT BABY being served on The Strip or in a casino, I think it would be a great representation of the local up and coming food scene in Las Vegas.” Amano Las Vegas is looking forward to serving you a slice of pie, and, quite possibly, the most carb-olicious meal you’ve had to date.
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f you’ve been in search for your next Friday night date spot, MYVEGAS is ready to deliver. Located on the Las Vegas Strip at the Venetian Resort, Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer is a local’s best friend. (The Venetian is one of a few LV Strip hotels that has free parking!) My first impression: vibrant and creative. And there is nothing I love more than a restaurant that is creative with their space, and their food! The establishment boasts delectably stacked burgers, CrazyShakes®- literally, and an entire beer and drink menu full of local favorites and their very own Black Tap Craft Beers. The “craft” in their name should really say it all. Everything they create for you is a majestic piece of art on your plate. For me, presentation is half of any experience at a restaurant. Black Tap hits it out of the park with their bar design, use of street art and beer signs, and the music; all in all, creating an ambience of NYC luxury and comfort.
The amazingly helpful guide that assisted us throughout the evening, Adrian, invited us to begin with one of their CrazyShakes®, as he said it “opens the gates for your burger experience.” You could say I was intrigued, and we rooted for the crowd favorite, the CakeShake®, which has been seen up and down social media since it’s creation. We were also seated directly across from their
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CrazyShake® station and watched them create the cake-topped masterpiece with a decorative array of their tasty toppings. I’m pretty sure my jaw dropped when it landed on our table, and we dove straight in. It was rich, but not too heavy and adding a bite of cake into the mix blew it out of the water. A round of applause to the inventor of this creation, please! The burger did not come close to disappointing either. We went for the Texan Burger, another crowd-raved choice, which includes BBQ sauce, a crispy onion ring, and smoked bacon. Everything from the sauce down to the bun was calculated, and it shows. They really do spend time crafting all their creations, and it is noted. We also opted for their sweet potato fries, which were the perfect cut and crispiness. Overall, I left the restaurant really impressed with everything they had to offer. The service was impeccable, and yes, we were there for a Restaurant Review, however I truly believe they treat all their patrons with the VIP
treatment. Not to mention, the atmosphere makes you feel like you are sitting inside of an actual art exhibit. Next time I return, (and I will!) I will be dying to try their onion rings and crafted wings, and of course, their craft beer! Don’t miss out on an opportunity to try this SoHo inspired delectable spot at the Venetian Hotel, and tell them MYVEGAS sent you! MV BLACK TAP CRAFT BURGERS & BEER The Venetian 3355 S Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109 702.414.2337
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Paras Shah and Jeffrey Weiss Valencian Gold Romesco Sauce
Yield: about 1 quart sauce INGREDIENTS 4 ea red bell pepper 4 ea ripe plum tomatoes 1 pint garlic cloves 1 Spanish onion 4 ñora chili peppers, (can sub with 1/2 guajillo chile), deseeded 1/4 cup sherry vinegar 2 tabl pimentón dulce (sweet Spanish paprika) 2 tabl pimentón picante (hot Spanish paprika) Olive oil, as needed Salt, as needed Traditional variation 1/2 cup blanched almonds 1/2 cup blanched hazelnuts 4-to-6 ½-inch pieces sourdough bread, crust removed No gluten/nut variation 2 cups sunflower seeds P R E PA R AT I O N : 1. Heat a grill, and char the bell peppers, tomatoes, and onion. Once charred, place the peppers and tomato into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap—the onion will take much longer to cook, about 25-35 minutes, to char and cook all the way through. Once done, place the onion in the bowl too, then once all are cool peel away the charred parts, remove any seeds from the peppers, and place all in a food processor. 2. While the vegetables are charring, place the ñora chilies in a bowl and cover with hot water. Soak for 15 minutes. Strain, and remove the seeds. Place the chilies in a blender and puree until smooth. 3. Heat ¼ cup olive oil in a small sauté pan over low heat. Add the garlic, and toast until the garlic is light golden brown. Remove the garlic and set aside. 4a. If using the traditional method: place the nuts and bread in the oil, and toast until fragrant and golden brown, Remove all from the oil, saving the oil. 4b. If using the sunflower seeds: follow the same procedure as in 4a. 5. Add the chile pepper puree to the oil, and fry lightly for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, and save the oil for blending. 6. Place the nuts/bread or sunflower seeds into the food processor, along with the sherry vinegar, paprikas, and a few tablespoons of salt. Begin processing, adding oil (starting with 1/2 cup) as needed to make a creamy and chunky paste. 7. Taste and reseason as necessary with more paprika, vinegar, or salt.
hefs Paras Shah and Jeffrey Weiss are the 2009-10 winners of the prestigious ICEX Spanish culinary scholarship, where the chefs represented the US as they lived in Spain, learned regional Spanish recipes including traditional Valencian paella, and later went on to cook in some of the best kitchens in the world with chefs including Ferran Adrià, José Andrés, David Chang, Dani García, Thomas Keller, and Francis Paniego. After graduating from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, Chef Paras began his career as an extern at Thomas Keller’s Per Se, a restaurant that has earned three Michelin stars and a top spot on the World’s Best Restaurant List. From there, he moved on to Momofuku Noodle Bar under chef David Chang. Chef Paras left New York as the recipient of the prestigious ICEX culinary scholarship to study and work at critically acclaimed, Michelin Star restaurants el Bulli (known for serving some of the world’s most imaginative, haute cuisine) and Echaurren in Spain. After spending 14 months
learning the ins and outs of cooking both traditional and elevated Spanish cuisine, Chef Paras returned to the U.S. to tour the country as Chef de Cuisine for Dinner Lab, a nationwide pop-up supper club company. Following the opening of his NYC Mediterranean-influenced American restaurant Kat & Theo, Chef Paras joined the Barcelona Group, followed by Chez Ben and M. Brown. His latest project, Valencian Gold, brings “paella for the people” and introduces a Spanish experience to the world of fast-casual dining. Originally from Northern California, Chef Jeffrey Weiss embarked on a culinary career that has taken him all over Spain and the US. After graduating from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, Chef Jeff cooked in the kitchens of chef José Andrés at Jaleo in Washington DC, before becoming a recipient of the prestigious ICEX culinary scholarship. While in Spain, chef Jeff trained under chef Adolfo Muñoz at his eponymous restaurant, Restaurant Adolfo, as well as in the Michelin-starred Andalucian kitchens of chef Daní Garcia.
Chef Jeff’s award-winning book, Charcutería: The Soul of Spain, chronicles his time cooking in top Spanish kitchens and learning the various charcuterie styles of the Iberian Peninsula, and garnered a Gourmand World Cookbook Award as well as a nomination from the James Beard Foundation. His latest project, Valencian Gold, brings “paella for the people” and introduces a Spanish experience to the world of fast-casual dining. Their restaurant, Valencian Gold, is located in Southwest Las Vegas and highlights favorite food traditions of Spain from paella to tapas, and shared plates to grilled meats and seafood. Try their recipe for Valencian Gold Romesco Sauce today and let MYVEGAS know how it tastes!
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25th Anniversary Educational Taste of Excellence March 21, 2020 | 6-10PM Cdfnv.org Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino 3000 Paradise Rd Las Vegas, NV 89109 The Cultural Diversity Foundation will be hosting the 25th Anniversary Educational Taste of Excellence Scholarship Benefit featuring a wine and food tasting. Come out and support one of the most elegant and upscale wine tasting event in Las Vegas! Tickets are $70 in advance.
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Dispelling the Myths of Attending a Classical Music Concert By Claire Friday
id you know that there is a dynamic, professional orchestra right here in the heart of Las Vegas? If you’ve never attended a performance by the Las Vegas Philharmonic at The Smith Center, you are missing out on a very special evening. This orchestra is constantly entertaining a variety of people from children to adults, and they continue to make the community feel welcome at each and every one of their concerts. Entering the world of classical music for the first time may seem intimidating or foreign. Well, it doesn’t have to be.
“In addition to relaying the conductor’s plan, the Concertmaster is the first chair in the violin section in the orchestra. That position tunes the orchestra and signals the audience that the concert is about to start. They also manage the string section and make sure that everyone is moving at the same time when they are playing as one group to create a beautiful, synchronized sound.” The Concertmaster is also very much an artistic leader in the orchestra. De Ann prepares all of the musical instructions from the conductor, and will spend anywhere from 5-8 hours in preparation before the first orchestra rehearsal. De Ann lives right here in Las Vegas. She studied at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and went on to have a prestigious career playing for some of the most notable orchestras in the country, including Cincinnati Symphony, Florida Philharmonic, and the Milwaukee Symphony. But that’s not all. De Ann has also played with Andrea Bocelli, The Eagles, and was known for being in Celine Dion’s orchestra during her residency at Caesar’s Palace.
De Ann Letourneau is the Concertmaster and First Violin in the Las Vegas Philharmonic. A busy musician, mother of three, and teacher, De Ann also maintains a demanding schedule managing the orchestra and acting as Conductor and Music Director, Donato Cabrera’s right-hand colleague. She describes this relationship: “the Conductor generates the plan, and the Concertmaster delivers that artistic vision to the rest of the orchestra.” So, what does a Concertmaster do exactly? De Ann lays out the duties of the position in simple terms,
In fact, most of the musicians are multifaceted, and have other jobs besides playing in the orchestra. De Ann explains, “This orchestra is very dedicated to the community and wants them to have a good experience! We’re your Las Vegas network and community. We are professors at UNLV, teachers, lawyers, and appreciators of good music. Some of us even played at Game 2 of The Stanley Cup with Imagine Dragons!” De Ann is also a huge advocate for the community understanding a musician’s role in an orchestra, and for letting people know that you don’t need special preparation to attend a concert with The Las Vegas Philharmonic. Attending a concert for the first time doesn’t need to be intimidating. De Ann dispels some of the myths of attending a classical music concert. Here are her answers to some frequently asked questions:
Do I need to prepare before I attend a concert by The Las Vegas Philharmonic?
“If you want to learn more about what you will hear at a concert, there are some easy and accessible ways to get to know the orchestra and the music we’ll play at our concerts. Our Music Director, Donato Cabrera, creates a Spotify playlist before each concert to give you an idea of what you’re going to hear. Program Notes in the program book can help provide context, and signing up for the LVP emails brings you interviews with the artists or news articles about the concert. Of course, preparation isn’t necessary to enjoy an experience, but if you want more information, LVP does a lot to provide you with the best possible experience you can have! We like to encourage people to come how they feel most comfortable. You can dress up! Jeans are even allowed! Whether you want to come casually dressed with friends, or dress up for a night out on the town, you will feel welcomed.”
Is there a certain age requirement for attending a concert?
“You can be any age to come to the Philharmonic – 20s, 30s, any age. Children are welcome. Bring your dates! It’s a good place to see and be seen.”
Does a concertgoer need to understand musicians and what they do in order to attend a concert by the Las Vegas Philharmonic?
“You don’t need to know what the musician playing on stage is doing to have a good experience. Just like watching the Olympics or figure skating, you don’t need to be an athlete to understand what they are doing. You just enjoy watching what they [musicians] do. And if you don’t think you know the music, you will know more than you realized.
About the Las Vegas Philharmonic Music ignites emotion, and the emotion makes the concert an experience. Without music, there is no experience or emotion. Imagine turning the sound down on a Star Wars movie and seeing Darth Vader walk on the screen with no music! You don’t have the full effect of the scene. Music helps tell a story and create the experience that the viewer is getting.” among the best this world has ever seen. I gave myself 3 years that day. Well, it took 20 years, a wife, a son and lots of failures and lessons learned but that’s fine. Here I am, proud to say that I did it. Of course, I work hard and keep on creating new content but nothing will stop me, ever, from performing as much as I can. It’s my calling!
What does a typical evening at The Smith Center to see the Las Vegas Philharmonic look like? Am I going to get bored by the length of the concert?
“If you want to learn about what you’re going to hear before the concert, you can attend the preconcert talk lecture with Donato Cabrera from 6:30pm-7:00pm. He helps you learn about what you’re going to hear, and interviews some of the musicians and guest artists on our program. After the lecture, you can go to the lobby and have a drink in
a Smith Center approved cup that you can bring into the theatre with you! The timing of the concert is from 7:30pm – 9:30pm. There is one 25-minute intermission, and The Smith Center has so many great seats!”
What should I take away after I attend a concert?
“Make sure you tell your friends about what you experienced. Each experience is personal. A live concert is like reading a book rather than watching a movie – you create your own imagery. Live music is like therapy.”
I’m definitely interested in attending a concert. I’ve heard the myth that classical music concerts are expensive. Are there tickets I can afford? How can I buy them?
“The price point shouldn’t intimidate anyone. Tickets start at $30! Even a $30 seat is a good seat. The sound all around you is an experience, and you will take away the unbelievable power that comes off the stage from the musicians and the music we all make.” MV
The Las Vegas Philharmonic, led by Music Director, Donato Cabrera, established its presence in Southern Nevada in 1998. The mission of the Las Vegas Philharmonic is to inspire a lifelong appreciation of music through performances and educational experiences for our community that enhance the lives of our residents and the culture of our city. Music education and engagement are the cornerstones of the Philharmonic’s commitment to community. Our Youth Concert Series brings more than 23,000 children annually into the concert hall for a vital music education program, and our Cox Communications Young Artists’ Concerto Competition recognizes and encourages emerging talent among Nevada youth in the area of music performance. Our season of concerts showcases local talents alongside stellar nationally and internationally known guest artists on the magnificent Reynolds Hall stage. At the orchestra’s core are 76 contracted professional musicians, many of whom are esteemed educators who also perform in other professional productions in Las Vegas, bringing depth and variety to the organization. As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Philharmonic’s community, education and artistic programs are made possible by the generous donations and support of individuals and corporations. To join us in our mission or learn more, visit lvphil.org or call 702.258.5438. We’re social! Follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/lasvegasphilharmonic, Twitter: @lvphil and Instagram: @lvphil
Las Vegas is Booming!
By: Jennifer Miller-Gonzales
OOM! 2020 is bringing a new landscape to the Las Vegas valley. Many new renovations, expansions, and new buildings are being completed every month, creating a new scene and experience to locals and tourists. Delve into renovations and new buildings coming soon below!
1 CIRCA LAS VEGAS HOTEL & CASINO Watch out Strip, there is new player in town. The Circa Resort & Casino is planting its flag in Downtown Las Vegas. Debuting in December 2020 as an addition to the Fremont Street Experience, the new establishment is boasting to give anyone who visits the most memorable Vegas experience you could imagine. The project is spear headed by Vegas-known brothers Derek and Greg Stevens who are committed to the casino paying homage to the history and future of Las Vegas. At 458 feet, it will be the tallest Las Vegas hotel north of the strip.
6 AREA 15 This establishment did a clever nod to Area 51 and then of course the reciprocal number is a reflection to the major freeway that resides 2 LAS VEGAS CONVENTION CENTER The biggest ever Convention Center nearby. Its appearance looks like a massive expansion is currently in the works, storage warehouse, but remember- you were named their Phase 2 and 3 expansion and taught to never judge a book by its cover. renovation. Already over 60% completed, And just like a good book, the inside promises the expansion will not only create over so much more. A wonderland experience, 4 HARD ROCK HOTEL TO BE VIRGIN HOTEL You don’t have to completely say good600,000 sq. ft in leasable, exhibit space that is a magical mix of art intertwined into bye to the legendary Hard Rock Hotel, by for conventions and events, but will total a shopping bazaar that will take you on a the end of 2020, it will be transformed to 1.4 million square foot in addition to the buying journey unlike any other. The debut Virgin Hotel under the ownership of Richard already 3.4 million sq. ft facility. Creating of the Big Art open-air gallery in February will Branson. 1500 guest rooms to be renovated more convention space for events, expos, allow guests to get a first look. and will expand the casino floor. The resort’s and conventions, as well as over 7,800 new modern rocker image is being replaced with 7 RESORTS WORLD jobs at LVCC. a “desert cool design.” And for us locals, you The huge lot of land that has been bustle can always visit the iconic 82-foot-tall neon of construction for a whole new world 3 THE MSG SPHERE guitar at the Neon Museum. If you’re familiar with Madison Square Garden, – the Resorts World, has kept many of the people behind the famous East coast guessing when it will actually be opening. arena are bringing a delightful and eccentric However, Resorts World did announce a 5 ALLEGIANT STADIUM The Vegas Golden Knights and the Las Vegas experience with the MSG Sphere, slated to grand opening for summer 2021. If you Aces will be sharing the professional sports open sometime in 2021. In partnership with have been anywhere near Sahara and the stage in our city very soon. The community I-15, you’ve seen major buildings come up, is anticipating a hopeful kickoff to celebrate which include two standing towers that the new Allegiant stadium before the start seemingly kiss the Las Vegas skyline. Plans of the football season in the fall. The brandinclude a 5,000-seat theater and of course new home of the Raiders, the 65,000-seat in Vegas-fashion a nightclub, dayclub, and gargantuan of a venue has been taking Asian-themed casino will all be part of the shape all before our I-15 wandering eyes near new Resorts World. the south end of the Strip.
the Sands, the MSG Sphere is a 366-foot-tall circular venue wrapped with ultra-high-def screens on both the exterior and interior. The sphere venue will hold between 17,000 and 20,000 people but no matter the number, each guest will experience an insane display of high-tech features.
Spring into Nature!
By Joel Jarvis
et out into the world this Spring by trying out these 10 trips, turns, and tours with your significant other, or bring the whole family. While the weather is nice, you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go wrong with enjoying the fresh air and the incredible mountain view this city has to offer!
Visit Spring Mountain Ranch State Park at Red Rock Canyon
Visit Gold Strike Hot Springs
ATV Tours through Primm Valley and Hidden Valley
Take a Helicopter Ride over Hoover Dam Head up to the Mount Charleston
Visit Lee Canyon
Take the Area 51 Alien Center Tour
Scope Ghosttowns, like Calico, Goldfield, Nelson Ryolite, St Thomas
Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride
Visit Death Valley in Winter and not die!
Vegas in 2020: A Local Perspective By: Steven Campbell
h they do grow up so quickly, don’t they!”
A common expression. We use it when we realize our babies are now young adults, and we wonder where the time went. “It seemed just like yesterday…” we continue on. The “local logic loop” I must admit, while I call myself a Las Vegas local, I do not mean to imply that I am a Vegas native. Those that were literally “Vegas Born” make up an important part of Vegas. I was born in Calgary Alberta, Canada and moved to Vegas in 2004. I have found my way in Vegas working in marketing, web design, video production and as a Youtube video blogger. I recently did a video on my Youtube show, “Not Leaving Las Vegas,” where I posed the question “do locals even care about The Strip?” To my surprise, what I like to call the “local logic loop” exists everywhere. People in California living a few miles from the ocean who do not go to the beach. Folks in Colorado who never make time to visit the ski resorts, and having lived in Niagara Falls, Canada, I can attest to the fact that we seldom visited one of the natural wonders of the world in our own backyard. Some of us might take living so close to The
Strip for granted, and because we all know Las Vegas is more than a five-mile strip of casino, that we may miss some important changes that may not directly change our daily routines. Let’s take a look at a few big changes from 2019, and see what is in store in 2020 2019 - Giant Sales and “Leasebacks” The biggest news of 2019 in terms of Las Vegas business transactions was announced in June. Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment announced a $17.3 billion dollar sale. The deal put an end to an, at times, turbulent financial roller coaster for Caesars Entertainment, and formed the largest casino company in North America. This also led many to speculate in Caesars selling a property (or two) before the close of the business sale. What does this do for the thousands of local Las Vegas residents who work for Caesars Entertainment? For the only clear future we need to look at the Rio which shortly after the announcement of the Caesar’s deal was sold to a New York investment group. The sale of the Rio to an affiliate of the Imperial Group for $516.3 million dollars has
Caesars in a minimum to your lease back agreement which means that everybody’s jobs should be just fine, for now that is. If that wasn’t enough, the Circus Circus was sold outright to a business associate of current treasure island owner Phil Ruffin. It seemed the one property guaranteed to “print money” for MGM resorts international was still not valuable enough to unload during 2019. Another MGM resorts international news, the Bellagio was sold for over $4 billion dollars to the Blackstone Group. The sale however only sells the land and the building to Blackstone, with yet again another lease back guaranteeing that MGM Resorts International continues to operate the day-to-day operations of the property itself. This may signal a change for how big resort companies in Las Vegas look to do business. Rumors and speculation about the MGM Grand itself were addressed with MGM CEO Jim Murren stating thwt going forward, the company will favor being renters versus landowners, and that they were currently looking to close a deal to sell the building and land of the MGM Grand before the end of 2019. Business as usual for Vegas locals? Although MGM resorts international laid off employees during 2019, it’s too early to speculate what these mega business deals mean for local Vegas employees and residents using the properties. So far there have been no announced layoffs and no one plans to change casino rewards points or day-to-day operations. The speed at which Vegas can sometimes do business means this could change, so keep checking the news or Vegas bloggers such as myself for updates.
2020 - The Birth of NFL in Las Vegas By now you’ve seen all of the billboards. The specialty license plates, and businesses like Raising Canes advertising affiliations with the Las Vegas raiders. 2020 is a big year for sports and Las Vegas. With the start of the NFL draft in the springtime followed by the debut of the official Vegas raiders, Las Vegas will be in the spotlight to see how fans, locals, and visitors alike react to the relocation of the Oakland Raiders Franchise. Regardless of whether or not you’re an NFL football fan, The relocation of the raiders will probably have some impact on your life. This is especially true if you’re driving anywhere near the stadium come Sundays. For various reasons cited by the team and Clark County spokespeople, The parking situation at allegiant stadium looks to be like nothing else in the entire national football league.
Sparse parking spots at the stadium itself will be offset with satellite parking areas at places like the Orleans Hotel. The plan is to bus people in from remote locations on game day. Can you say traffic, anyone? The team in city are also counting on a large portion of people attending games to take Uber, taxi, or bus transportation to the Mandalay Bay, and walk up Hacienda avenue to the stadium on game days. The unsubstantiated rumors call for them to gauge parking for a season and then possibly buy up properties in the area (albeit now at an inflated rate) If necessary to build proper parking spots if the walking and busing plan doesn’t pan out. Vegas Never Stops Changing although New York City is known as the city that never sleeps, it’s fair to say Las Vegas is the city that never stops changing. It could be argued that Vegas is like a young adult going through a major life change.
Changing focus from strict gambling to becoming a destination focused on entertainment and sporting events has kept Las Vegas relevant to a new generation of visitor, and NHL and NFL teams give folks a reason to visit even more. As locals we may not often times notice the changes. We all know that we don’t live in hotels as some people may think, but knowing our past and understanding our future is always a good way to be prepared. So as 2019 comes to an end, business transactions are closed, and the big players that make sin City a tourist attraction figure out more ways to market themselves, I’m personally grateful to be able to live in a city that never stops truly changing. So let’s all raise a glass to the year 2019. Tons of changes in a solid future in 2020.
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Looking Back on the 2019 PBR Finals
he most ferociously contested World Championship race capped a seasonlong slug-fest between the world’s Top 3 riders and came down to the final three outs inside T-Mobile Arena. In PBR’s most fiercely contended title race, come-from-behind surge propels 22-year-old to finish 852.51 points in front of No. 2 Jose Vitor Leme. Backed by a dominant 5-for-6 showing, including four 90-point rides, 2017 PBR World Champion Jess Lockwood, of Volborg, Montana, surged to the top of the leaderboard to win the PBR World Finals event. Jess Lockwood was crowned the 2019 PBR World Champion, becoming the youngest two-time title holder in the sport’s history. Lockwood is now one of six multi-time PBR World Champions. “It will take a while for this one to sink in,” Lockwood said. “You work your whole life to become a world champion. Now I get to have my name next to guys like Justin McBride and
Chris Shivers. It’s what you dream about. To have it become a reality is that much sweeter.” Throughout the five-day event, Lockwood, Leme and Chase Outlaw went toe-to-toe, ridefor-ride before Lockwood hoisted the coveted PBR World Championship trophy amid a blizzard of confetti in the iconic Sin City venue.
The 2020 PBR Finals Week will be hosted in Las Vegas from November 1-8 at T-Mobile Arena. Visit PBR.com for more information. All information and photography provided by PBR © The Professional Bull Riders.
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Leaders in Organically Cultivated Cannabis By: Sarah Moninger
reen Life Productions, also known comfortably as GLP, was created and nurtured by former UFC fighter, Steve Cantwell. Today, GLP has established itself as the leader in sustainable, organic cannabis cultivation, with the mindset of less waste, and endless, quality product. Steve entered the cannabis world with a save the world master plan and has been making the industry proud ever since. Steve grew up in the small town of Pahrump, outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. In an effort to straighten Steve’s rebel phase out, Steve’s father, with the help of small local sponsors, enrolled him to train full-time at One Kick’s Gym under the tutelage of legendary Martial Arts trainer, Nick “One Kick” Blomgren. During his training, Steve met his wife, Kouanin, at the young age of 16. After successfully earning the WEC light heavyweight title, Steve was signed by the UFC at the age of 21. Unfortunately, Steve’s UFC career was immediately plagued with injuries and various health issues. Retiring early due to this, Steve turned to cannabis as a sustainable pain management option and hasn’t looked back since. As a patient in Nevada’s Medical Marijuana program, Steve and his wife began cultivating plants at home. One of the initial local sponsors to his enrollment at One Kick’s Gym was Floyd’s Ace Hardware, a local hardware store in Pahrump, owned by Michael Floyd. 10 years after retiring from Martial Arts, Steve began looking into large scale cannabis cultivation in the emerging regulated Nevada market. He returned to Pahrump looking for a cultivation space and ran into one of his old sponsors, Michael Floyd. After pitching to Mr. Floyd his “Save the world” business plan to lease his vacant building, Mr. Floyd gathered a couple of his trusted local general contractor friends, and together they formed Green Life Productions. Steve states, “Our goal from day one has been to minimize all waste streams through developing and incorporating closed-loop systems, such as our living organic soil.” Basically, Steve wanted to create a high quality product, while also using organic practices that are sustainably
conscious of the environment. Steve has evolved from using hydroponics to organic bottle nutrients to remixing soil after use, to ultimately (no-till) Living organic soil. Living organic soil is how all plants grow in nature naturally, without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides or fungicides. It’s a living ecosystem that is made of organic matter full of bacteria, fungi, nematodes and others, and all these organisms build a healthy soil structure and create nutrient cycling for the plant. Green Life Productions is currently on its 20th cycle of No-Till Living soil, currently the only Nevada cultivation site using this natural technology. And it doesn’t begin and end with soil, they also have other green-friendly initiatives including their jar recycle program, where patients can return glass jars to be washed, sanitized, and reused. GLP currently uses energy efficient LED lighting to grow their plants, however they are excited to announce a sun-grown/greenhouse line coming in 2020. Additionally, all the cannabis “waste” goes into an inhouse compost, making GLP a zero-cannabis waste facility. GLP also is proud to hold organic certifications, including Dragonfly Earth Medicine Pure, Cleangreen Certified and Certified Kind.
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Is Anyone Looking at My Resume? Tips on getting your resume noticed by employers.
ob hunting can be a tedious affair. That being said, if you’re seeking employment in a high-demand field, you should have a strong resume. Writing a resume is simple but having the essential information on the document can make a strong impact in getting you the dream job you’ve been eyeing. Some key elements to consider in improving your resume:
Stay On Topic Every effective resume is a concise, professional summary of your relevant skills and qualifications. Included information should highlight your abilities and how they are essential to your prospective employer. If the job requires a specific type of skill or expertise, it must be listed somewhere within the body of the resume.
The Basics Make sure to update your contact information. Include a phone number at which you can easily be reached by the prospective employer at any time. Also, consider including a professional sounding email address on the information. Avoid listing your email address from work and personal emails that are not related to your proper name. If your name is John Smith, your email should not be hotwings52@ gmail.com
Write To Impress Your resume should speak to your potential employer in a way that suggest they hire you over any other applicant. Expand on your accomplishments and focus less on writing overused phrases found in most resumes. The importance is on the details and not listing general keywords like “multitasker, effective communicator, and good problem solver.”
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Success Secrets of the Business Elite By: Angi Covington
ccording to Forbes, Ray Dalio’s net worth was $18.6 billion as of January 2019. He credits his success to something you might not expect. He’s proclaimed, “Meditation, more than anything in my life, was the biggest ingredient of whatever success I’ve had.” And Mr. Dalio isn’t alone. Rupert Murdoch, Jeff Weiner, Coach Phil Jackson, Bill Ford of Ford Motor Co., Oprah Winfrey, Marc Benioff and Russell Simmons are some other well-known meditators. You’ve probably heard of at least a few studies documenting practical benefits like reducing stress, boosting cognition and improving creativity. But the Mayo Clinic even includes, gaining a new perspective, increasing selfawareness, focus, reducing negative emotions & increasing patience and tolerance as some of the potential benefits. And let’s not forget the many health benefits ranging from anxiety and depression to chronic pain, heart disease and high blood pressure.
But does it really translate to dollars and cents? Steve Rubin, former Chairman and CEO of United Fuels International, said meditation gave him a “competitive advantage” in the business world. He gained, “the mental clarity and alertness for both laser-like focus on the details as well as broad comprehension.” And can you imagine how increased patience and tolerance would improve relationships with employees, associates and clients? The late Steve Jobs was very also very vocal about how meditation inspired him, leading to the products he designed. So, is your interest piqued enough to give it a try? If so, the best advice I can offer is to avoid overcomplicating the process by keeping it simple. The goal is to observe. Observe your thoughts rather than thinking them. Observe your breath or other physical sensations. Observe what unfolds within you. Listen to the hum of a fan or a song and focus on
hearing every note. There is nothing else for you to do. If you are able to focus your attention, you’re meditating. Initially, there will likely be so many thoughts that it’s hard to focus on anything. You might even have the thought that caused me to give up after my early attempts, “I’m not doing this right.” But if you stick with it, I promise you will benefit in the ways mentioned above. Here’s another way to look at it. Imagine you’re standing at a bus stop. If a bus comes by, do you have to get on? Of course not. If you wait, others will come like clockwork. Now, think of your thoughts like buses. They’ll come by, but you don’t have to “get on”. Meditation will help you become more aware of the thoughts coming in and enable you to be more selective of the ones you choose to “get on”. In other words, thoughts become options, rather than focus dictators. This will then begin to spill over into your everyday life. You’ll begin recognizing which thoughts are taking you in a positive direction and those which lead to stress and anxiety. This awareness will help you make conscious choices and thus, help you direct your life. Wishing you great success and peace within. *This article includes excerpts from Angi’s book “7 Course Meal for the Soul”.
Acheive Your Goals in 2020! By: Jody Connacher
ot big goals? I know you do, but are you reaching them? One of the biggest things that determines our happiness in life is consistently being in pursuit of a goal. So why don’t we all achieve the goals we set for ourselves and dance around happy all the time? It’s usually because we are lacking a few things required like commitment and focus. Being willing to give up certain things is a must. Here’s 14 things to be prepared to give up when on a mission to reach your goals:
1. Worrying about things you can’t control. Worrying never solves anything, wastes time and doesn’t move you closer to your goal. 2. Worrying about the opinions of others. When accomplishing something meaningful, you just don’t have time to worry about what others think. 3. Wasting time in general. Big goals require time and you simply don’t have time to waste on trivial things. Record how you spend your time for a day. I guarantee you’ll find some extra time hidden once you’re aware. 4. Surfing the internet and scrolling on social. This is a huge time-waster. Put a time limit on it and have a purpose for the surf and the scroll. 5. TV. Many highly successful people don’t even own a TV.
6. Texting and playing games on your phone. Just because you have text messages, fb messages, ig messages and emails waiting for your attention DOES NOT mean you give them attention until you have time set aside specifically for it. Playing games on your phone. I’m sure you have a good reason, but I’m also sure you have a good reason to reach your goal. “What’s more important?” Is the best thing you could ask yourself when tempted. 7. Interacting with the noise of the world. This goes back to worrying about things you cannot control and wasting time. You can argue about Donald Trump all you like, but you’re not going to change anyone’s mind, and no one is going to change yours. Keep the majority of your attention on the things that matter in your life, like your relationships, your health and your goals. 8. Doing the easy thing. Yes, easy is so warm and cozy. But the easy thing is rarely the effective thing. When you’re hunting a big goal, doing the effective thing is a must. 9. Worrying about failure. You’re guaranteed to fail in the short-term, so don’t worry about it. Just learn, adjust your approach and continue forward.
10. Trying to be liked by everyone. It’s never going to happen. End of story. That’s just life. Love the people that love you and support you. 11. Procrastination. There’s no time to wait. Putting things off just makes the whole process even more painful. Rip the band-aid off and just do it. 12. Allowing your emotions to guide you when logic should prevail. We tend to make choices that serve to decrease our discomfort or in the heat of the moment. With goals, you just have to be like a robot and block out emotions so you can make the decision that best support your goals. 13. Repeating mistakes. Instead of dwelling, learn and move forward. 14. Seeking pleasure more than you seek progress. Too much pleasureseeking tends to make you lazy, lost and discontent with yourself and your achievements. Achieving big goals isn’t just about what you do. But also about what you’re willing to give up. There will be things you just don’t have time for when you’re trying to reach big goals. Remember this, it’s only a season of sacrifice, not forever.
Nine Signs of a Toxic Person By: Jennifer Irene
hat exactly is a toxic person?
According to the Urban Dictionary: “an individual (or individuals) who has a very negative and selfentitlement disorder outlook in life. They are never happy and always want more and more. They will lead you astray.”
Toxic people will rob you of your enthusiasm, and I have had my fair share of toxic people in my life. Looking back in hindsight, I understand why I had to let those people go. Some relationships can be hard to let go of, such as a friendship of 20+ years, or maybe even a long-time best friend. Trust me, I know because I’ve been there. I also know that we outgrow people, and not everyone is meant to travel with you for your entire life journey. When you remove toxic people from your life, you make room for the beautiful new souls who are ready to enter. As toxic people come in many forms, I have put together nine signs of how to identify a toxic person in your life: 1. You feel drained every time you hang out with them This usually happens with people you’ve been friends with for a long time. You don’t even realize it’s happening because this person is your “friend,” but each time you hang out with them, your energy is completely drained. These people love to gossip, complain, talk negative, and dump all their emotional baggage on you. 2. They are never at fault and are always the victim Toxic people will never take ownership of their wrongdoings. They tend to think the world is against them, and they are never wrong. 3. They don’t respect your boundaries They will have no respect for you or the boundaries you’ve created. They will continue to behave in any way they chose with no disregard for you. 4. Liars It could be about the smallest thing, but they lie. Maybe they will exaggerate a story because they feel bad about themselves, or have low self-esteem, or it’s to get something they want. Either way, toxic people do not like to tell the whole truth.
5. They’ll keep you guessing about which version of them you’re getting Their behavior is inconsistent; people like this remind me of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde. You never know who you’re going to get. People like this are usually really sweet or charming around a group of people, but once you get them alone, they’re entirely someone else. 6. The jealous ones As your friend, they’re never excited about your achievements, or when you call them excited about a new chapter in your life, these people will always try to one-up you. 7. They have drama in their lives Toxic people always have drama or chaos going on in their life. 8. They talk more then they listen People like this don’t care what you have to say. They want you to listen to everything they have to say and don’t want you to get one word in, and when you do talk, they show no signs of interest. 9. They try to control you They will try to control you and the way you think. Toxic people come in many forms, and these are just a few of the signs of identifying one. And that’s why removing people that are toxic from your life is so important. People like this will drain your energy.
They will make you question the choices you have made, and they will not be excited to see you living your best life. You deserve to have people in your life who support your accomplishments, who make you feel good after spending time with them. Friends are supposed to be our cheerleaders, not our energy drainers. Take a look around at the people you allow into your life. Pay attention to the “friends”who are not excited to celebrate you when you accomplished something significant in your life. Cutting toxic people out of your life can be difficult at first, especially if it’s a longtime friend. But once you do it, you’ll realize how much better your life is without the negativity. Everyone deserves to be happy. To protect your energy, cut off anyone or anything that is no longer serving you. If it makes you uncomfortable to have a conversation with someone that you no longer want to be friends with, I would recommend slowly distancing yourself from that person. Remember, this is your life and your happiness. You don’t owe anyone an explanation of why you don’t want to do things. Do what sets your soul on fire, and anyone toxic- allow them to fall away. “Until you let go of all the toxic people in your life, you will never be able to grow into your fullest potential. Let them go so you can grow.” – DLQ Jennifer Irene Soul & Life Coach www.jenniferirene.com
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2019 Nevada PEP Run Walk Roll Against Bullying
By: Jennifer Miller-Gonzales
he 9th Annual Run Walk Roll Against Bullying hosted by Nevada Pep took place on Saturday, October 19th at UNLV Moyer Student Union. October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and a huge turnout of families, professionals and local celebrities came out to attend the event. “So many schools in the valley, all coming together to raise awareness on bullying,” News 3’s Amber Dixon and emcee of the event said about the walk. “It’s amazing that all these people got together, all in one place on a beautiful Saturday. It’s just awesome.” Nevada PEP is part of a national movement to put a stop to bullying. Their annual walk is leading the charge to shine light and educate parents and children about bullying and its effects. PEP is the Parent Center for the state of Nevada. While bullying is a serious issue that occurs throughout our schools every day, without intervention, bullying can lead to serious academic, social, and emotional problems. Bullying is a national issue, and Nevada PEP is partnering with the National Bullying Prevention Center in Minnesota as well. The event organizers succeeded to provide a 5K Fun Run and a 1.5-mile Fun Walk that was a wonderful family event with great
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The 29th End Alzheimer’s Walk Chairmen for the walk, Rudy Rubacaba said that Edward Jones was the main sponsor and there was one participant, Taylor Jenkins, that raised $9800 personally for his team - Kim Sue Sanders, which raised over $20,000 collectively. The committee is looking to make next year even better! They recommend starting early and get as many people involved. We know you want to learn more about helping for the next Walk to End Alzheimer’s event.
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YVEGAS Staff Writer, Olivia Kuntz, had the opportunity to sit down with Terry Ruth Lindemann, Executive Director of Family Promise of Las Vegas, on the Interfaith Hospitality Network program. Learn more below!
Terry Ruth Lindemann, Executive Director of Family Promise of Las Vegas
Can you expound on the mission of Family Promise of Las Vegas? How has the non-profit organization impacted the homeless?
What is the concept behind Interfaith Hospitality Network program and how does it work? Can you describe a typical host week?
The Interfaith Hospitality Network began in New Jersey about 30 years ago through the work of Karen Olson, our founding CEO. She saw homeless families in her community with nowhere to seek shelter or assistance. The first congregational shelters began in New Jersey and over the past 30 years have expanded to over 200 cities across the nation. Each community organizes their own network of congregations and trains them to provide overnight services . Our agency operates a Day Center (Family Navigation Center), which is the daytime site for families to receive case management,
During a talk you had given at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church about volunteering and supporting Family Promise of Las Vegas via the Interfaith Hospitality Network, you had spoken of the precise moment you realized that this is your calling. Will you share that story here? I accepted the position of director in 2004. I originally believed that I was here to â&#x20AC;&#x153;be the changeâ&#x20AC;? so to speak and changing the world was my tagline. I was sitting at my desk in 2005 and out of the blue felt tears slide down my cheek. I immediately realized that I was actually the one that was being changed.
Quite simply, our mission is to help families end the cycle of homelessness through a communitywide approach, which is partnering with local congregations to provide shelter and we provide the social service side. For 23 years, our agency has been at the frontline of providing case management guidance to help parents develop goals for employment and locating affordable housing. We are the only organization that can guarantee keeping a family together with no separation of parents and children. Family Promise of Las Vegas partners with all local organizations to match resources to the needs of homeless families with the goal of getting the families back into stable housing and self sufficiency.
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showers, and other essential services. The collaboration of congregations that host the families from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily and our Navigation Center, which operates from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., is a perfect example of a community response to family homelessness..
Can you name a few of the challenges that you or the volunteers have faced?
Helping families find affordable housing to return to is a huge challenge in Southern Nevada. We do not have enough affordable housing to meet the needs of our community. We also face the challenge of finding new congregations to sign up to be a host congregation for up to a week at a time several times a year. We currently have 17 congregations which are Catholic, Jewish, Protestant and non denominational that have signed up to host families and we have open weeks so finding 3 new congregations would solve that challenge. I am always amazed at the way our volunteers approach their jobs of hosting families overnight in their congregation.
Through the families I had met and their stories, my awareness of homelessness had been enlightened. I realized at that moment that this was a calling and that God wanted my heart to change in order to better serve him. This was more than a job, this was a sacred place to serve his children with compassion for their struggle.
What are the ways in which people can help? What areas of Family Promise of Las Vegas in general, and the Interfaith Hospitality Network program in particular, need the most attention from those looking to offer support?
The community can help us by contacting our agency if your congregation would consider being an overnight shelter site. We need at least three new congregations to join our team this year.
Our agency also is expanding services to prevent homelessness this year and additional funding is always needed. We have a donate button on our website at www. familypromiselv.com and invite people to be a recurring donor of $20 or more a month. MV
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THE LAST WORD...
By: Mark Alan Shaffer Publisher
Most people know me for the fun side of life. I love music, mixers, magazines and traveling, and all that life offers. But once in a while, I get serious… and I notice things in our world, (whether good, bad, right, or wrong), that are timely, making a shift, and need attention. So here, I take this opportunity to share with you, topics from my serious side with… “The Last Word.”
KIDS MATTER! In this issue, I’d like to address “Co-Parenting.” Dictionary.com says: CoParent noun is a divorced or separated parent who shares equally with the other parent in the custody and care of a child. Well that’s what a CoParent is… but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s “effective,” or “healthy” co-parenting. Back in my day, that word didn’t exist. Through the years, the term developed with the concept that both parents will raise the children in a positive and healthy manner. I have seen it in today’s society, in my own life. There is a beautiful single young woman I know, who has a son. She mentioned that she was taking a vacation back east for a week, to see her new boyfriend. She and her baby daddy had been apart for many years, and the son is now about 9 years old. She is the primary parent and gets her son off to school every morning and in bed at night. When she told me she was going back east for a week, I had to ask… who is going to watch your son? She said his daddy. (I didn’t know they were still friends). When I asked, she said, oh yes… we “CoParent.” In my interest, she began to explain to me how awesome it was. Her ex was going to watch their son, while she flew across the country to pursue a new romance. And they are both ok with that. They both respect that each other have new lives and are willing to help each other out. They are not “Besties” … but they do BOTH love and care for their son equally. They both attend major events that their son is involved in, and they do NOT tear down the other parent to their son. In fact, they promote a loving and healthy relationship for their son, with each and the other parent. This was all so very strange to me at first. Because in my day, this would never happen. One of the women from my past raised one of my daughters to literally hate me and hate everything about me. She blocked my calls and “said” my daughter didn’t want to talk to me… and told me that she threw away all the cards and letters I sent. There was no communication channel for me to connect. Even though all my child support was paid in full, month after month, I was completely shut out. I felt helpless. There was no Co-parenting in my day. Her mother had spent a lifetime convincing my daughter that I was the worst father, the worst man, the worst human being in the world. She accomplished her mission. To turn my daughter into hating me, as much as she did. However, in the end, all she did was “ruin” that poor little girl’s mind. She brainwashed my poor little daughter and fundamentally transferred all the ugly, evil, revengeful hostility of her own, into my little girl. She is now fully grown, and full of hate. Only God can correct what Satan has destroyed. So now, I lay it all at the foot of the cross and wait for God to do his work.
Today, this “ugly” type of parent bashing is not nearly as common as it was in my day. And it hurts the kids, much more than it hurts the parents. Many separated or divorced couples are finding ways to raise their kids with both parents respecting each other. There are even court ordered Divorce Classes now, teaching the value of Co-parenting, to not bash and destroy the other parent. They didn’t have that in my day. Now this doesn’t guarantee that today every breakup will have a happy ending. Some will still be full of anger, hate, and hostility… but for the most part, (and I hear from tons of broken up couples), many of them are “making it work.” So, I am so very happy to see that things are really changing in our world. The shift to a positive and healthy dual-home life for kids. And it’s so important to our society, to try to raise our kids with equal love for both parents, not just for the parent’s benefit … but more importantly, for the kids. So they know they are loved by BOTH parents, equally. And guys, it goes both ways, as real men, we can’t raise our little kids trashing the mom. Nobody’ perfect. But we can all “try” to be better parents. Co-parenting, it’s a healthy way of raising your kids… it didn’t come around in time for me, but if you’re going through a breakup or divorce in today’s world, please rethink how valuable this is for your child!! Love your kids and let them love the other parent too! You’ll both be happier for it! Our kids, that’s our next generation, that’s our future. That’s what matters! Kids Matter! That’s my thoughts, and that’s The Last Word! (All names withheld for privacy. Any relation to events in our reader’s lives is purely coincidental.)
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