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Mark Shaffer Fall season in the desert is a local’s favorite time of the year. Summer shifts and temperatures begin to cool off while the kids return to school and we start to prepare for the upcoming holiday season. It’s also a busy time at MYVEGAS Magazine as we proudly honor the reader’s choice, 2016 Top 100 Men of the Year! From doctors to lawyers, businessmen, artists, entertainers and more… Las Vegas is brimming with influential and inspiring men of talent, leadership and success. It’s no surprise that this city is one of the most desirable destinations to live, work and play!

MYEGAS is excited to share the local stories about everything we have at our fingertips! This fall, get ready for even more current news, information and adventures relevant to our city and your lifestyle. Stay on top of the hottest community events, local businesses and all the current updates by visiting us at MyVegasMag.com! As always, thank you for being part of the fantastic and ever-growing MYVEGAS community. It is such an honor to serve our locals and we hope to see you at one of our MYVEGAS events!

Mark Shaffer along with MYVEGAS GM Laura Damian, and Front Desk Manager Cassie Youssef

On Our Covers Every issue, MYVEGAS Magazine brings you new covers featuring people and places that make Las Vegas one of the best cities in the world! This fall issue is dedicated to Las Vegas’ TOP 100 Men of the Year, and features some incredible men making a positive impact right here in our community. This fall issue, we are proud to feature Steve Dimopoulos of Dimopoulos Injury Law, Joe Vargas of BuyLegalMeds.com and Cloud N9ne Syrup, Ramzy Ladah of Ladah Law, and Patrick Kang of Ace Law Group on our covers.

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Steve Dimopoulos is Las Vegas’ up and coming personal injury attorney. Recent highlights include his receipt of the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40 recognition and the opening of his firm’s second location downtown. He is a personal injury and wrongful death attorney who prides himself in winning difficult cases. Dimopoulos has recovered millions on behalf of clients in Nevada, Florida, and Michigan, the three states in which he is licensed.

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Ramzy Ladah has been a resident of Las Vegas since before he began high school. He began his legal career as an insurance defense lawyer in one of the largest insurance defense law firms in the state. Now, as a personal injury attorney, he uses this knowledge to help his clients obtain the medical care and compensation they need to rebuild their lives and become whole again. Ladah is a star of the profession and considers himself one of the most talented injury lawyers in the nation.

Joe Vargas is headquartered and a native of Las Vegas, Nevada. He is a proud father of two beautiful children and an awardwinning business cannapreneur. Having served our country honorably for 8 years in the United States Navy as an Operations Specialist Second Class, Joe brings the same solid standard of excellence to serving Las Vegas. His newest business venture is Space Monkey, LLC, a company that manufactures and distributes CBD products in the cannabis industry.

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Patrick Kang of Ace Law Group has been representing the people of Nevada since 2007. In 2014, Patrick was selected by the National Trial Lawyers Association to Nevada’s Top 40 under 40. Patrick has worked tirelessly for his clients, seeking to always put the interests of his client above all else. His main areas of practice are Employment Law, Personal Injury, Business Litigation, and Criminal Defense. Patrick has represented businesses, schools, labor unions, and individuals.


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Do you think this league sports to Las Vegas (and is in the heart of the live-work-play have a prosperous 2015? get some or all of them together- a me, I was asked as Mayor to make there are outdoor activities galore such a well-mannered following shootings ininDallas, and will bring the valley a little closer? And Nevada!) but ithappening! wouldand alsogracious result inperson. hundreds 2015 Louisiana is thenationally expansion rare Most times in Las core. Too, coming brief comments about what for tourists and residents to enjoy. When he came to City Hall with Kris sointo thatour Minnesota that have stunnedOutlets the nation. What will we beIseeing you of millions of dollars being Premium would likeat tothe seegames? everyone in our Personally, Oscar and I usually wal Vegas we’ll justinvested hang around the of the Las Vegas a great place it is. Itwhich has added great we could give each of this them a Key to the City other positive peaceful stepsstores can Las Vegas take community. 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12 Contents MYVEGAS Ask the Mayor.......................................................................... 3 Nevadans Sharing their Thoughts on Nevada Day.... 7 Las Vegas’ 2016 Top 100 Men of the Year.............. 26-53 The Self-Made Journey into the Medical Cannabis Industry: The Joe Vargas Story.....................31 Ramzy Ladah of Ladah Law Firm....................................37 A Diamond in the Rough...................................................43 Nothing but TLC at the Lanfranchi Center........... 44-45 At the Vision Centers, Our Focus is on You!.................46 We Are All “10’s”.....................................................................62 Top 10 Manly Things to Do – On the Strip...................92 Top 100 Docs and Dentist Recognition Party..... 94-95 “Who Knew” with Brandon Kintzler...............................96

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MYBEAUTY & HEALTH A Classic Shave......................................................................10 Halloween Tips for the Savvy...........................................16 XCYCLE: Local Leader of the Indoor Cycling Craze...12 Back to Better Health..........................................................14

MYHEALING & HAPPINESS What’s New in Dentistry.....................................................17 Presence, Passion, and Purpose......................................18 Cupcake Girls on a Mission...............................................19 The Opioid Epidemic in Las Vegas: Is the End Finally in Sight?.....................................................................20 7 Lost Souls.............................................................................22 The Girl Next Door........................................................ 23-25

MYLEGAL BRIEFS Ask A Lawyer..........................................................................54

MYBUSINESS You Set Up Your Social Media, Now What?.................57

MYHOME & GARDEN Are You One of the Top 100 Women in Real Estate?........................................................................60

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MYPETS Sharing Fall Foods with Our Furry..................................64 Pets & Their People....................................................... 64-65 Raising Charlotte..................................................................65

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Insecure in the Workplace?...............................................66

MYRESTAURANTS Hot New Restaurants................................................... 68-69 Locals’ Favorite Happy Hours...........................................70 Pizza Man: Pizza Rev............................................................70 That’s What She Said: Beauty and Essex.......................72 Restaurant Review Crew: Tequila Restaurante..........74 MYVEGAS Spotlight: Chef Guy Savoy...........................76 Locals’ Favorite Restaurants..............................................77 Dave & Buster’s......................................................................77

MYKIDS & FAMILY It’s a Baby Boom, Little Locals................................... 78-79 Suck It Up Buttercup...........................................................80 Up With Kids Non-Profit Music Theater Academy for Kids.....................................81 Fairy Princess Swimwear by Teeny Wingkini..............82

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Britney Spears: An Icon of the 21st Century...............83 Real Meal Las Vegas.............................................................84 Station Casinos Hot Concert List....................................86 Station Casinos: Looking forward to the Next 40 Years.............................................................86 DJ Hollywood: Music Entrepreneur...............................88

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A Classic Shave

By Erika Kimble Dermatology NP

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n celebration of our Top 100 Men of Las Vegas, it seems only fitting to focus on the masculine half of our community, ensuring they look just as fabulous as our ladies. Whether of the male or female persuasion, a person’s face is their calling card to the world. Thus, a well-groomed man, with a smooth, bump-free-shave, will leave a lasting impression of class and refinement with those he meets. Here are the top five shaving pointers to keep your face feeling as smooth as silk!

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Tools of the Trade: There are a variety of blade choices to do the job but to minimize razor burn, bumps and stubborn stubble, it’s best to know the dynamics of your equipment. The fad of pentupled blades may sound great, until you realize it cuts every follicle and parcel of skin five times in its track, inducing irritation. If buying disposable razors, stick with a lower blade count and remember to throw them away at least weekly. Wet idle razors with skin-filled blades are a breeding ground for bacteria. A better option would be old school safety-razors, whose blade replacements are less expensive than disposables, cause less irritation and provide a close shave. Find options online at places like www.classicshaving.com

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Beard Prep: Hydrating the skin and hair helps the blade not to snag, along with conditioning the skin to protect from severe irritation. A pre-shave oil, like Sandalwood Pre-Shave from the Art of Shaving Store (www. theartofshaving.com) rates high for its softening affect. Apply such to beard area and let soak in for at least one minute before proceeding with the actual shave.

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Shaving Technique: With a wet shave, using a quality made brush, like badger hair, will help to loosen ingrowns while sloughing off dead skin. Pair the brush with a mild hydrating shave gel like Aveeno Sensitive Skin Gel OTC or Jack Black Beard Lube (www.getjackblack.com). Although shaving against the grain may provide a closer cut, it will also literally cut your skin. Instead, shave with light pressure with the grain.

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Bump Banishing: Even with the best prep, some people are more prone to razor bumps. However, items like Tend Skin (www.tendskin.com) help to sooth that fiery feeling and banish bumps. If extra calming is needed, apply OTC cortisone twice a day for a day or two. However, when market products don’t work, see your dermatology provider who may prescribe topical or oral antibiotics, steroids, or retinoids to better treat the condition called Pseudofolliculitis Barbae.

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Post Shave Care: Shaving can be an injurious process, so pamper your skin post shave with a sensitive care moisturizer. Coconut oil, Cerave, or Cetaphil cream presents a great overnight skin emollient. However, regular chemical exfoliation, like glycolic acid (610%) in between shaves, can clear dead skin debris and open pores. First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads, which combine lactic and glycolic acid are a good option for a gentle, yet effective approach.

A quality shave can help you face the world radiating confidence and classiness. Take heed in practicing the best way to perform this facial art, on the canvas of your skin. MV Erika Kimble, BSN, MA, MS, APRN is a Dermatology Nurse Practitioner at Linda Woodson Dermatology in Las Vegas. She is an award winning author of the Malcolm Finney, Medical Detective, children’s health series, freelance writer, blogger (www.yourbeautelab.com) and beauty queen.

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XCYCLE: Local Leader of the Indoor Cycling Craze

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re you wondering what the indoor cycling craze is all about? Come to XCYCLE in Boca Park, and let us show you! At XCYCLE, we believe in creating a fun cardio experience for our riders. Our program simulates a cardio party, not just some overdone, mundane exercise regime. Our group of awesome instructors add special moves to keep it interesting, while teaching to the beat of all types of music. Each instructor takes the time to put together their own 45-minute playlist each and every day, ultimately creating the perfect environment that keeps our riders motivated, interested and moving! If you are not already familiar with the format of indoor cycling, the classes are conducted in a group format, at a high intensity level, with a focus on strength, endurance and high energy. Indoor cycling also offers one of the best cardiovascular workouts you can find! With proper training and instruction, indoor cycling classes can be the most challenging, most rewarding and most enjoyable workout ever! Here are just some of the benefits of indoor cycling: A Low Impact Exercise Contrary to the misnomer that indoor cycling is hard on knees and other joints, indoor cycling is actually a low-impact exercise that can also be utilized as a very beneficial physical therapy tool. When done correctly, cycling boasts less impact than running! According to Dr. Michael Crovetti, Jr., of Crovetti Orthopaedics: “Patients recovering from a hip or knee injury, or after a surgery, benefit from a low impact exercise that promotes first and foremost increasing range of motion followed by the ability to build strength and endurance. XCYCLE can make recovery fun!”

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Reduces Stress, Boasts Immune System The adrenaline rush that indoor cycling provides is absolutely comparable to a “runner’s high” that is achieved through a release of endorphins. Once these endorphins are released, you will experience the sensation of exhilaration, experience the benefit of an enhanced immune system, and reduced levels of stress! Creates Endurance in Muscles While you are pedaling against resistance on an indoor cycle, you are actually creating levels of endurance in the glutes, calves, hamstrings, and quadriceps. You are also simultaneously increasing the overall strength in adjoining ligaments, tendons, and bones, which will ultimately assist you with conducting certain daily activities more easily. Great Cardiovascular Exercise Cardiovascular exercise, done on a continual basis, can reduce the risk of coronary artery disease. An indoor cycling program will keep your heart rate within a dynamic range for about 45 minutes, and ACSM recommends that this type of exercise should be performed approximately five days per week at moderate intensity, or three days per week at vigorous intensity, to achieve the best results.

Aids in Weight Loss Since cycling increases your heart rate, you will ultimately burn calories – contributing to weight loss! Combine your cycling exercise with a proper diet, and watch how quickly you can achieve your weight loss goals. How many calories you burn depends on the exertion level of your exercise and the duration of that exercise, so keep that in mind when planning your workout routines. At XCYCLE, we believe that good health is one of the true paths to happiness – and we will help you not only create that path, we will get you on the path, and keep you there! MV


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on’t let yourself be tricked this Halloween while in pursuit of your favorite treat! Even as adults we still love dressing up and experimenting with makeup. But before you race to the Halloween store or use those many expired products we all still have in our drawers to complete your ghoulish outfit this year, you might want to keep a few tips in mind. PROTECT YOUR SKIN Never use a product for the first time without testing it on your hand or wrist. If no reaction occurs it probably will be okay to use. However, always put a layer of heavy moisturizer on your face before applying a Halloween makeup kit and never apply glitter close to your eyes. HAIR DAMAGE Take the safer route and wear a wig or extensions to achieve your look especially if your hair is fine, dry or already damaged. Using a hair dye that you spray on your hair can sometimes be difficult to remove later and may take a few shampoos. REMOVING MAKEUP If you are removing latex effects remove by gently peeling and use soap and water to remove any remaining pieces. Heavy makeup should be removed with cold cream which many of the makeup kits use in small amounts already unless they are oil based then you should use baby oil. Glitter should wash off easily, however scotch tape can be used for any stubborn spots. Most of all remember to have fun and with a little preplanning take care of your beauty needs as well. MV Copyright Š 2016 Tammy Kincaid All rights reserved www.SpaExpectations.com tammy@spaexpectations.com

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he latest innovation in dentistry is fluorescence cavity detection. Remember the old days when the dentist would have to use the pick to check for cavities? This new technology greatly minimizes the picking around, which gives many of us the heebie geebies! The science behind the technology is fascinating. A special light looks for a protein by-product that cavity bacteria excretes... “Like a GPS system maps roads, our new technology maps areas of decay... It can also help the dental team and patients know how large and deep the cavity is likely to be.” says Las Vegas Holistic Dentist,

Dr. Jim Wright. This amazing tool helps to give patients and dentists, a heads up for something that may need immediate treatment or may bear watching, for future treatment. Dr. Wright says, «I was an early adapter of this technology and have been using this advanced instrument for awhile... Although it takes a lot more time to diagnose, it is much more thorough and helps me find decay, which I or other exceptional dentists using traditional diagnosing methods would have difficulty catching. This technology is amazing and can make a great improvement in the early diagnosis of cavity decay.” A special type of photo is taken of each tooth and if there is cavity decay, a number is assigned. Dr. Wright’s experience has convinced him that the

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diagnostic numbers are quite accurate. He believes knowledge is power and strives to have his staff educate and empower his patients, who want to better understand their dental health. Using this light technology really makes sense, as it gives patients a visible tangible look at the GPS map of their teeth. A very early cavity can be caught and restored before more extensive treatment has to be performed. It is more conservative and saves drilling out a larger area later, minimizing the need for procedures such as root canals, crowns, extractions and implants. The bottom line... It will save patients pain and money. MV

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MY HEALING & HAPPINESS

Cupcake Girls on a Mission By Jennifer Miller-Gonzales

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oy Hoover and her husband, Phil, came to Las Vegas for the very first time on vacation seven years ago, with the intention to check out the Las Vegas scene. They didn’t know this trip would change the course of their lives forever. They were aware of the “Sin City” reputation, including the chaos and craziness, and found their Midwest upbringing was quite a contrast to the Las Vegas lifestyle. Fate, rather than fun, led them to meet different groups who were working to support adult entertainers, and others who were helping to fight the issue of sex trafficking. The couple started their own research about people in the industry and the lack of resources, specifically people in Las Vegas, as Nevada is the #1 state for sex trafficking. They became determined to make a difference. “My husband and I have always cared about marginalized communities. We have a strong belief that everyone has a story and deserves rights, resources, and support. We found that there are many people in this industry not receiving that” Joy said. Two months after their vacation, they sold most of their belongings and headed back to Las Vegas - this time with a mission. Joy took a position applying makeup for the participants of the Adult Entertainment Expo and AVN Awards, the largest adult entertainment convention and award show in the world. It was here that Joy was inspired by the women she met.

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She said, “Through conversations, I found we had a lot in common. We were all women with dreams, goals, and aspirations. I believe we all deserve to be equally cared for and supported.” Partnering with a few local organizations, Joy forged connections within the industry, and began visiting strip clubs and local brothels. They brought cupcakes and smiles, but stayed to hear stories and get to know the workers. The cupcakes are an icebreaker for the volunteers to come into establishments and start conversations; they evolved into a calling card. The thought behind gifting the cupcakes is, “We respect you as a human being. Here’s a cupcake, and if you ever need anything else, let us know!” Eventually, the workers began referencing the group as “The Cupcake Girls,” and it was adopted as the organization’s formal name. During these initial visits, they didn’t have any resources to offer tangible support. Some nights she would hear stories of domestic violence, sex trafficking, legal, medical or dental needs, and more, but all they could offer were cupcakes and kindness. Joy realized they needed help from the community if they were to succeed. “The reality is that many people partake in the glamorization of the industry, but don’t realize there are real people behind it that struggle just like us, and because of

the stigma, sometimes even more. We started reaching out to trauma therapists, lawyers, financial advisors, and others who could provide real support” she said. In February 2011, The Cupcake Girls was officially launched, with direct outreach to the people working in Las Vegas strip clubs, legal brothels, and adult entertainment events. The only “agenda” was, and still is, to be a resource and support organization that empowers people in their pursuits. Later that year, a second branch opened in Portland, OR. The organization is currently working on creating a resource center where all their community partners and case managers can gather to provide a one-stopshop for holistic health and care, and where clients can find career opportunities if they desire to transition out of the industry. This resource center, which has been a dream since its inception, is on the verge of becoming a reality. MV


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Right now, in this moment, I bring presence, passion, and purpose into your daily life. Are you ready to answer these empowering questions to help serve your optimal health and well-being?

“Living fully” means I use all of the gifts and talents I was blessed with to serve the world. Were your definitions different than mine? Yes____ No____

We have all heard that presence is one of the greatest gifts we can give to others and ourselves. What does being present mean to you today?

How important do you feel it is to have clarity of what you and others are communicating? Very______ Not very_______

_______________________________________________________________ We have learned to follow our passion, the fire inside of our soul that leads us to a life worth living. What are you most passionate about right now? _______________________________________________________________ What would life be like if you were living your passion each and everyday and getting paid for it? ____________________________________________ Did you know that is was possible? Yes___ No___ Purpose is in each step you take. Are you fully showing up each day for yourself, your work, and your loved ones?_____________________________ Are you being “authentically” you, or being someone you think you should be? ____________________________________________________________

Have you ever received a text message or had a conversation with someone, and asked yourself, “What did him or her really mean?” Yes_____ No_______ Do you spend time looking at or hearing a sentence from someone else assuming, second guessing, or judging? Yes_____ No______ Well, WHY not just ask for clarity?____________________________________ What if asking empowering questions cleared up all of the assuming, miscommunications, frustrations, and daily time trying to figure things out? Would you do it? Yes____ No_____ Having fun yet? Yes_____ No______ What is an empowering question?

Let me ask you, what lights you up everyday and are you focusing on that? _______________________________________________________________

Empowering questions are open-ended questions that invite people to ponder, consider, open, notice, discover, and awaken in the moment.

Why are you choosing to do what you are doing right now in your daily life?

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Here are 5 empowering questions that I ask myself daily and I am gifting to you to add into your daily life.

We have all heard at one time or another, “you only get one life, live your best, or live it fully.” What does that really mean to you specifically? Words are just words or other people’s definitions of them, if we do not take the time to define what they mean to us. For example, what does “live your best,” mean to you? _______________________________________________________________

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Here are 5 Facts about asking Empowering Questions:

When I am living my best, it means that I am only making choices that are in alignment with who I am in my mind, body, and spirit.

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What is most important to me right now? What do I need to do just for today? What lights me up right now? Who do I want to be in this moment? What feelings do I want to feel today?

They help you know and understand yourself and others better. Increases clarity. Opens up conversation and communication. Decreases frustration, judgment, and assuming, and increases your time. They help you and others feel seen, heard, and recognized.

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The Opioid Epidemic in Las Vegas: Is the End Finally in Sight?

By John Seeland Las Vegas Recovery Center

can now obtain a prescription from a physician. Naloxone has been hailed as a “miracle drug” because of its ability to immediately reverse the effects of a drug overdose. One of my colleagues, Dr. Mel Pohl, Chief Medical Officer for Las Vegas Recovery Center, applauds this legislation, but thinks it could even be taken a step further. “While making naloxone more widely available is an important first step,” he stated, “what would be even better is if the prescription requirement is removed. Everyone should have easy access to naloxone because not only does it save lives, but it’s safe and holds no risk for abuse.” The Medical Community Offers a New Way to View Pain and Pain Management Up until recently, the Medicare payments that hospitals received were tied to the results of patient pain management questionnaires. Hospitals were scored based on surveys that assessed a patient’s level of pain and how well he or she thought the hospital had been able to manage it.

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n August 2016, the US Surgeon General wrote a letter to every doctor in America pleading with them to take action against what he called an “urgent health crisis”. The opioid epidemic has taken center stage in American communities, creeping into the medicine cabinets of everyone from soccer moms to senior citizens. Drug overdoses now kill more US citizens than car accidents, and at least half of those deaths are the result of opioid painkillers, many of which were doctor-prescribed. The epidemic has reached such epic proportions that even the US Surgeon General, the nation’s top doctor, is concerned, telling the American medical community simply: “I need your help…” Working at Las Vegas Recovery Center, I see the effects of the opioid abuse epidemic every day. It is—and has been —front and center in my life. But even if I had no personal experience with addiction, it’s likely I would know someone who

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has. Many of us do. According to a recent poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation, 44 percent of Americans know someone who has been addicted to a prescription pain medication. Here in Nevada, that number may be higher, as our drug-related fatality rate is twice the national average (we’re ranked third-worst in the country). The news isn’t all negative, however. The passing of recent legislation at the state and federal level, including the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), suggests that the tides may finally be turning. New Legislation Makes It Easier to Stop Fatal Overdoses Before They Happen In 2015, a piece of legislation was passed in Nevada that made the anti-overdose drug naloxone more widely available to the general public. Opiate users and their family members

Several months ago, however, members of the medical community in Las Vegas and across the US, signed a petition requesting that the pain management questions be removed from the hospital quality surveys. Their petition was a success and in July 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) agreed to propose the removal of the survey pain management questions from their hospital payment scoring calculation. My colleague Dr. Mel Pohl was one of the physicians who signed the petition. “This was an excellent example of the medical community coming together to affect real change,” he said. “We spoke up and our voices were heard.” Dr. Pohl and I hope the Las Vegas community will join us in helping to educate people about painkiller-free alternatives. As Dr. Pohl has pointed out: “There are safer and healthier ways other than opioids to cope with and recover from pain. We have the power to turn the tide.” MV


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7 Lost nSouls Stole

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uring my eight years as a brainwave technologist, I have worked with people plagued by all sorts of addictions (gambling, shopping, alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, etc.) Therefore, it’s not surprising that I know seven people who have struggled with an opioid addiction. However, this number does not include any of my clients. The seven I am speaking of are individuals I know personally. Two are women and five are men. Three of them are immediate family members of my very best friends. All seven were such beautiful, vibrant and loving souls before opioids entered their life.

Mike’s Story At 27, Mike had spinal surgery to have two tumors removed. He was prescribed oxycodone and morphine for the pain. At some point the addiction sunk its teeth into him. When the doctor stopped prescribing, he went to the “black market” where opioids can sell for $20-40 for one pill. And when the addiction kicks in, you need a whole lot more. Meaning, one pill does nothing, so the costs are beyond what most can afford. After someone told him heroin would take away all his pain and was cheaper at about $10 a dose, he tried it and was hooked.

The term opioid combines opium and oid, meaning opiate-like. Opiates, like morphine, are drugs derived from opium. Opioids are semisynthetic and synthetic substances that produce morphine-like effects and are most often used medically to relieve pain, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, and fentanyl. These narcotics are known by a myriad of brand names including Vicodin, Percocet, Demerol, Oxcontin, Dilaidid, Lortab and the list goes on. Heroin is an opioid that is synthesized from morphine.

He went to rehab four times of his own volition. He was clean for just more than 90 days when he was found slumped over his bed by his roommate. The coroner ruled a fentanyl overdose as the cause of death. He was just 32 years old.

Of “my” seven, three are still active, two are in recovery and two are deceased. I would like to share some details of one, whom I will call Mike for the sake of privacy, as his story is all too common.

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Mike was but one. In 2014, almost 19,000 people died from opioid overdose in the United States. Joan Rivers, Whitney Houston, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Bruce Lee, Marilyn Monroe, Jimi Hendrix, Howard Hughs, Ana Nicole Smith, Elvis, Michael Jackson and Prince are just a few notables who’ve had opioid related deaths.

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What’s being done? In May, CBS did a story they called “America’s Opioid Epidemic” which covered West Virginia’s lawsuit against McKesson, one of the country’s leading pharmaceutical distributors. The suit alleges that “while West Virginia was drowning in painkillers, McKesson continued to incentivize sales… with bonuses for the sale of oxycodone and hydrocodone.” In June of this year the New York Times ran an article about ERs scattered across the country that are employing various alternative and/ or holistic solutions for pain, including trigger point injections, laughing gas, music therapy and energy work. The article states that pain is the chief reason nearly 75 percent of patients seek emergency treatment. Such pain can be quickly subdued with opioids. Stolen The pharmaceutical industry has taken one of the most, if not the most, addictive substances known to man, synthesized or partially synthesized it, then patented and trade named a multitude of these drugs and watched profits sore. The cost? Well, if you’ve known someone gripped by these drugs and seen their effects first hand, you will likely agree that from a spiritual perspective, even if the addict lives, opioids are stealing souls. MV


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By April Mcintosh

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The Girl Next Door

he road to recovery from a drug addiction is a long, arduous and narrow path, so one has to start at the beginning to understand. My name is April McIntosh and I was the girl next door. The first time I remember getting high I was 12 years old in my parent’s garage. It was a late night and the drug of choice or possibly because it was the only one available, was spray paint. I had absolutely no clue how exactly to achieve this elusive high that I heard so much about from the other kids and of course the D.A.R.E. program, but I was willing to give it a shot. It was followed up with a whole pint of blackberry schnapps from my parent’s liquor cabinet. I mean hey, that was the only thing that wouldn’t be missed, right? The next morning my father asked me “April, what the hell were you doing in the garage last night with your friend?” My response, “A science project dad.”

My step-mother drove the neighborhoods looking for me, for days. At the time I thought it was funny because I was right under her nose. Now, myself a parent, I have to say, “I am sorry mom.” I proceeded to emancipate myself from my father. Isn’t that what every 16 year old wants? At one point and time after my parents had found me I lied to my father and told him I hated him, so that they would let me go. There I was, 16 years old and on my own in a dark world that I knew nothing about.

That was the beginning of many years of drug and alcohol abuse. The following year in 7th grade was spent in a haze of ditching school while still maintaining my grades so that I could get into a magnet high school. As the youngest of four daughters I knew that without a scholarship, I wouldn’t be attending college. I managed to secure a spot in The Academy of Finance and I was stoked. However, I can’t recall one day of the entire 8th grade, but the pot was amazing and the vodka was plentiful.

and that was only because I needed someone to pick me up from Juvenile Hall. I had defended my pregnant sister, and try as she might, she was only three years older than me, so they weren’t believing her story about her being my mom. My addiction was so bad at this time that every time he hit me, I thought that I deserved it and that it was my fault. I caught two petty larcenies within 30 days for stealing to get drugs. Eventually he went to jail for hitting me again and then I met my second “rusty knight in aluminum foil.” This second man in my life led me to meeting my saving grace. I met a family that owned a few local businesses in Las Vegas and they gave me an opportunity to get my life back on track. I had quit the hard drugs but I was still drinking.

Then, on my journey, I met a man whom I will refer to as a “rusted knight in aluminum foil.” He was 20 years older than me and promised to take great care of me. Within six months of dating I could find drugs with my eyes closed and within four years I had four very angry uncles that wanted nothing more than to pull me out of the situation that I was in. However, addiction doesn’t work that way. I had seen my father once in this time frame

Once you are addicted, you learn how to lie and lying becomes your new personality.

Freshman year was an absolute blast. I actually remained sober, deep into my studies and managed to pass all of my honor classes. Fast forward to November of my sophomore year, I was given a beautiful car for my birthday from my wonderful loving parents. My step-mother picked it out and I was in love. I reconnected with my best friend from elementary school and I was so happy. Her parents had just divorced and her mom had a new apartment and a new man, and a new habit…drugs. Here I was a drug abuser. I am pretty sure I had tried hard drugs once or twice in middle school but never to the point of my pot and alcohol use. I do remember one night I was so drunk and high that there was no possible way that I could drive. My friend’s mom says, “Here, snort this line.” That was the beginning of the spiral.

Shortly after this incident was the beginning of visible bad habits. I was constantly late for school, I couldn’t keep up on my homework, and partying took priority. At one point, I sat my parents down and told them I had a drug problem. Now to be fair, it is not ok to judge them because after revealing that much of the truth, I completely lied about everything the rest of the way. Once you are addicted, you learn how to lie and lying becomes your new personality. My parent’s first response was, “Where did you get the drugs?” Of course I didn’t want to get my friend’s mom in trouble and truth be told my brother-in-law was in the LVMPD Academy at the time. I lied and said it was from some notorious drug dealers at school and the first thing they did was withdrew me from the academy and put me in a school closer to home. Unfortunately, that just put me closer to my friend’s mom, whom I happened to have hooked up with my new drug dealer. They told me to move all of my furniture out of my parents’ house and move in with them. So I did.

I relapsed in 2006 and met the third man in my life who attempted to “rescue” me. With him I was able to pick up three shiny new felonies between here and Arizona. At one point, the Public Defender in the Superior Court of Arizona told my uncle that 10 years would be the best plea bargain that I would get. My uncle, who has been my biggest supporter and influence, didn’t accept that. He hired an amazing attorney who by the grace of the big man upstairs got me probation. I was released on my own recognizance, came back to Vegas and picked up a whole new case. I was sentenced to probation in Las Vegas and probation in Arizona. I came home and started the court mandated drug program and I was doing great! I was working full-time with the same family as before, as well as going to college full-time and drug court. I was dating a guy by the name of Michael that was pretty amazing but he couldn’t get his act together so I moved out. Shortly after that, I found out I was pregnant! I was ecstatic. I knew the baby would be a girl, and that she would be amazing. I welcomed her into this world on July 14, 2010. She was 19” long and weighed 8lbs 11.5oz. I had a C-section and they prescribed Percocet for the pain. I had been completely sober for more than a year but with one pill…boom! The first pill I took was absolutely euphoric. That started a small avalanche and a whole new addiction. I started buying pain pills on the streets as well as going to my pain management doctor. I found that if I mixed my Soma and Percocet together that I would get a high that I had never experienced before, and

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MY HEALING & HAPPINESS that the high was a guarantee every time I took those pills. The problem was that once the feeling wore off that I would have to then take another dose. This went on for almost a year. Then disaster struck and pushed me back into sobriety. In 2011, at the age of 40, my boss and mentor had a major stroke and died. He left behind a devastated wife and torn children. To this day I can honestly say that I have never felt a loss like this. I’ve never hit my knees as hard as I did when this happened. He died exactly one month after becoming the godfather to my daughter. His death resonated through the Las Vegas Valley and affected so many lives that it was devastating. I watched his wife, one of my great friends; go through the emotions of burying her husband. I saw dreams disappear before my very eyes, my own and many others. I knew that I had to find a way to get my life back on track and to make Bella’s father a space to play a key role in her life. He was struggling but I attempted to give him goals to help motivate him. One goal I attempted to motivate him towards was to get a place of his own so that he may see his daughter by himself and without supervision. At one point I asked him if he was intravenously using drugs and he looked at me like I was crazy. He even succeeded in buying a condo. On October 13, 2011 Michael called

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saying that he just wasn’t feeling well and that he would see Bella and me the next day. But the next day, I received a phone call from his father telling me the Metro Police had called to inform him that Michael was in the morgue. I went through the motions of identifying his remains and having him cremated. I was still on probation and needed permission to travel. They wanted proof of the deceased so I marched into Parole and Probation with Michael’s remains and plopped them down on the counter. There was the proof, now please let me take him home to Boston. He died from a drug overdose on his father’s birthday. I couldn’t help but think; what if I would have gone and checked on him that night? Would he still be here? I stayed sober for a while, and then I met a guy who liked to drink socially. He loved my daughter more than life itself, probably more than he loved me. We were engaged to be married and got a cute little house together. I started drinking casually, then heavily. He told me it was too much, so I went to the doctor and got a prescription for opiates. But then he started taking them also. One weekend I asked him if we could party just for one weekend and he agreed. This is where the hashtag #notevenonce comes in. When you are an addict of any kind, one use can mean death. However for me, this time it

meant prison. I broke up with him because he wanted what was best for me and I didn’t want to listen. Instead, I dragged him down into my personal hell without a backward glance. I ended up in jail and my daughter ended up with my sister for 40 days. When I got out I went right back to getting high but I knew I was going away in a few short months. I was homeless and in no shape to drag my daughter around with me. I had burnt all my bridges and set fires to all my fields. My loving uncle helped me once again, and I decided to sign over guardianship of Bella so she could have a stable environment while I went and got my crap together. You can judge me if you like, because I’ll tell you that nobody’s opinion of me can ever come close to my opinion of myself. On January 5, 2015 my sister took me to my sentencing and I was remanded into custody for 1-3 years in the Nevada Department of Corrections. I’m not going to go all “Orange is the New Black” on you, because, well I’ve never seen the show. However, I will tell you that it is not an experience I would wish to repeat. I happened to be 6 weeks pregnant at the time of sentencing, and on Friday the 13th of February I miscarried. To say that the prison system healthcare is a joke, well that would be an understatement. Fast


forward to July 14th, that was the first birthday I ever missed of Bella’s. I was super depressed so I decided to take another inmate’s medication so that I could sleep away the day and the depression. This brings us to my sobriety date, July 15th, 2015. They tell you that as soon as you get out of prison to either hit an AA meeting or find some type of recovery solution. On September 2nd when I was released, the first thing I did was print out a list of places and that Sunday I went and sat my butt down and opened my ears. August 31st, is known around the world as International Overdose Awareness Day. It is a day that has become dear to my heart because through my addiction I have lost contact with many, both good friends and family. These days everyone knows somebody who has died of an overdose. You probably have too and may not even realize it. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, in 2014 there were 47,055 lethal drug overdoses, making drug overdoses the leading cause of accidental deaths. That surpasses the number of car fatalities. “In 2012, there were 259 million prescriptions written for Opioids, which is enough to give each American their own bottle of pills,” that number is absolutely astounding. This is not including drug overdoses that lead to other causes of death, like heart attack, etc. In the 2014 Senate Caucasus on International Narcotics Control, it was stated that 84% of the

world’s consumption of OxyContin and 94% of Hydrocodone is by Americans. Hydrocodone is the number one prescribed medicine in America. Not to mention 4 out of 5 heroin users started out on prescription pain medicines. In 2014 there were 467,000 adolescents currently using pain relievers for nonmedicinal purposes, with roughly less than half at 168,000 already addicted. Of the 21.5 million Americans 12 years of age and older had a substance use disorder, 1.9 million were related to prescription pain relievers while 586,000 were involving heroin. This year, I have lost a niece to a heroin overdose as well as two friends. The numbers above are only reflecting opiate abuse. There is no discernable change in brain activity in that of a heroin user compared to that of a prescription opiate user. They are the same. Today, everything has changed and I am living a clean a life of love and happiness. During my recovery, I had heard about a culinary program, but at that time they told me that I didn’t have enough time to get involved with the program. Every answer to every question was you don’t have enough time. However, I had a new outlook and one of the first places I went to was The Urban League. At the time they were running the RISE program and that just so happened to have a culinary class through The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas! I was so excited. I signed up on the spot and started class in October. I graduated in January of this year.

I found a low paying job at a local burger joint. The focus was casual fine dining. It gave me an amazing opportunity to learn how to cook higher end dishes like Wagyu, and Foie Grais. Being the ambitious person that I currently am, I continued to look for a better paying job. I found one at a local bar and was interviewed for a management position. Even though I didn’t get that particular promotion, it awakened an urge inside of me for more. I wanted to lead again, I wanted to teach again, and I wanted to train again. I still applied for better jobs sporadically to avoid getting stagnant in my position and fall through the cracks. My daughter just currently celebrated her 6th birthday, the day after that I celebrated my year of sobriety. Ten days after that, I got a call from a local casino that was reopening and they invited me for an interview. I was so happy they chose me of all people! I got the job, with the possibility of moving to lead at a different location. This was a dream come true for me because I am a rehabilitated member of society and I am sober today because I “want” to be, not because I “have” to be. My daughter is extremely happy to have her mom back and in her life. I have learned to accept and love everything about me. I am a survivor. I am an addict. I am a recovering alcoholic. But I am also a mother and a friend. I am the girl next door. MV

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2016

Las Vegas’ TOP 100 MEN OF THE YEAR MYVEGAS Magazine polled over 100,000 of our readers to find Las Vegas’ Top 100 Men of the Year; these men make a difference in Las Vegas and positively impact our local community. We receive tons of Top 100 Men of the Year nominations each year, and although nominations don’t guarantee a position in the Top 100 Men of the Year, and we’d love the ability to feature the majority of the incredible nominees, the list has been narrowed down to these Top 100 Men of the Year for 2016. These extraordinary men have made a positive impact in our community and are both nominated and voted by our readers, through their service, commitment, charitable contributions, and big hearts. These men continue to give more than they receive, and they help make Las Vegas one of the most fascinating places to live, work and play. They are important men in our lives who we would like to honor and show our appreciation to. Featured are a diverse group from various organizations, including Law, Medicine, Politics, Finance, Real Estate, Arts, Entertainment, Education, Health Care, Philanthropy and more. Along with well-known leaders, and the new rising stars, this year we are proud to publish the “Top 100 Men of the Year.” You may recognize some friends and familiar faces, and some have credentials too many to list; however please note that their talents and contributions go far beyond what we had space to print. This year’s recipients are amazing men, who have achieved great success and contributed in more ways than one in Las Vegas and have influenced the community we live in. We truly hope you enjoy reading this special feature section as much as we enjoyed putting it together! MV

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Top 100 Men of the Year Brett Raymer Brett Raymer and his brother-in-law, Wayde King, run Las Vegas’ premiere fish tank building company and are featured on Animal Planet’s hit docu-reality TV show “TANKED”. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, he has a very loud personality and is sometimes overly ambitious and confident on jobs. But he firmly believes that whatever a client dreams up, Acrylic Tank Manufacturing can build it.

Wayde R. King He is the CEO of Acrylic Tank Manufacturing. Born and raised in Long Island, at age 14 he was cleaning aquariums. More than a decade later, he moved to Vegas where he built and sold aquariums. Today, he is living his dream designing and manufacturing some of the largest and most extravagant acrylic tanks in the world. Wayde is featured on Animal Planet’s hit docureality series “TANKED”.

Robert Cottle Robert has been successfully trying difficult cases for more than 25 years. He is one of only a very few Board Certified Injury Trial Lawyers in Nevada, and in 2015 was elected Trial Lawyer of Nevada. He leads his firm, The Cottle Firm, in providing uniquely personal assistance to accident victims.

Anthony Cools Hypnotist and entrepreneur Anthony Cools has the longest lasting, continuous hypnosis show in the world. His business ventures currently include Exposed Hair Salon, Hootie Patootie (a print and billboard company), and Avian Cinema, which specializes in commercial grade cinematography and photography productions including concepts, original music, aerial, and underwater. Look out for his many upcoming projects currently in the works.

Arash Ghafoori Is the Executive Director of the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY), Southern Nevada’s most comprehensive service provider for homeless teens (www.nphy.org). Utilizing his unique background in business and economics, Arash is active in leadership initiatives locally and nationally to better the lives of homeless youth.

Brandon Kintzler Brandon was born and raised in Las Vegas. He began playing sports at a young age. In 2002, he graduated from Palo Verde high school. His major league debut was September 10, 2010 with the Milwaukee Brewers. Kintzler currently plays for the Minnesota Twins. Brandon and his wife Melissa are proud parents to their son, Knox.

Abbott Lawrence, Jr. He discovered his passion working at the landmark Pancho’s in Manhattan Beach, Calif. Inspired by his father, Abbott expanded the business to Las Vegas. Now co-owner and manager of Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant in Downtown Summerlin, Abbott Jr. works closely with employees to create Pancho’s signature, vibrant dining experience.

Benjamin Cloward At the age of 37, Ben was the youngest lawyer in the history of Nevada to receive the prestigious “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Nevada Justice Association, be admitted to the Nevada chapter of ABOTA (American Board of Trial Advocates), and be certified as a Personal Injury Specialist. In 2016 he obtained $15 million (February) and $12.9 million (June) verdicts.

John Barnes He is VP of Sales & Marketing of Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions. He directs sales & marketing for Sunburst’s 75 stores. He is also co-founder of Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt with 14 stores nationwide. John is a dedicated husband and father, volunteers his time for church and scouting activities, and is an avid fan of the arts, home décor, and most sports.

Abbott Lawrence, Sr. Is the visionary behind Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant, Abbott Sr. paired a sports passion and business acumen to manage several Los Angeles sports bars. In 1977, he opened Pancho’s in Manhattan Beach, Calif., creating a South Bay landmark of nearly 40 years. He now oversees and guides his sons in Las Vegas.

Bob Ansara Is co-owner and operator of Ricardo’s Mexican Restaurant and Catering since 1979. Bob and his wife Darlene have been Las Vegas residents for 37 years. Ricardo’s focus has always been on love of food, warm hospitable service, excellent quality and consistent operations. The Ricardo’s team is proud to have served the community since 1979. He and his family also own and operate Professional Estate Administrators.

Aaron Lelah Aaron Lelah started designing jewelry from an early age. He came to Las Vegas in 1982. A superb reputation of great service and value. Aaron Lelah Jewelers is a custom jewelry store. Buy from the manufacturer, with jewelers always on the premises and “while you wait repairs.” Aaron has a large selection of jewelry. Come in and find the jewelry you like or he will make it. Shop online AaronLelahJewelers.com.

Adam Lawrence Began his restaurant career on the ground floor of Pancho’s Manhattan Beach, working his way up to management. In October 2015, Adam inaugurated the first Pancho’s in Las Vegas as co-owner and manager. Adam is dedicated to modernizing the restaurant, while maintaining the culture of the 40-year family business.

Brad Keating A native Nevadan, Brad followed his passion for education and works for the Clark County School District. Brad also serves as an Associate Faculty for National University. Brad strives to make a positive difference on a daily basis. Accolades he has received include CCSD’s “New Teacher of the Year” and being awarded the U.S. Congressional Award Gold Medal, the highest honor given to young Americans for service.

Brian Mills A leader in the Vegas Wedding Industry for over a decade, now owns and runs Theme Las Vegas Weddings; a mobile theme wedding business specializing running chapels at large festivals. This includes the Electric Daisy Carnival and NASCAR Weekend. Brian also mentors two young children here in Las Vegas.

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Top 100 Men of the Year Joe Vargas He is a native of Las Vegas and a proud father of two beautiful children, published author, cannapreneur, CEO and Founder of Space Monkey, LLC, a company that manufactures and distributes the largest social media driven brands in the medical cannabis space.

Chad Jahn He started at the Golden Nugget in 1987 and then went on to open restaurants within the finest resorts in Las Vegas such as; The Mirage and The Bellagio. With 25 years of experience as a restaurant general manager he has successfully opened nine restaurants. He inspires his team with a great attitude and focus.

Chad McCullough He is co-owner and president of Elite Media, Inc., a Las Vegas-based outdoor advertising company specializing in: digital advertising, wallscapes, building wraps, billboards, and taxi media. The company started in Los Angeles, and Chad envisioned excellent advertising and growth possibility.

Branden Collinsworth Branden works and coaches some of the top names in sports, music and business. He is a global Master Trainer for Nike, owner of the award-winning Real Results Gym in Downtown Las Vegas, Cofounder of the Jump For Joy Foundation and author of the upcoming book, “Finding Your Spaceship.”

Chris Yakimchuk He is a Canadian businessman residing in Las Vegas. He owns and operates Yak’s Fitness which features some of the best fitness equipment in the city for his members. Chris hand-picked some of the finest personal trainers in the Vegas Valley to work out of his facility providing the ultimate gym experience.

Chris Lowden He is the co-founder of Stoney’s Rockin’ Country, Las Vegas’ premier venue for country music. This August they will be celebrating their nine year anniversary. Over the years, Chris has worked with some of the greatest performers in country music, including Montgomery Gentry, Phil Vassar, Chase Bryant, Kane Brown, Cassadee Pope and many more.

Dave Marlon He is currently CEO of Solutions Recovery, a drug and alcohol addiction treatment facility. David also founded The Solutions Foundation, a nonprofit created to combat addiction through education & awareness. He also serves on the Board of Directors for H.E.L.P. of Southern Nevada and the Substance Abuse Working Group of Nevada.

Deven Chase Is a third generation REALTOR®, is Managing Partner of Elite Homes US. A luxury agent with Sotheby’s International Realty, Deven has a successful background in finance and marketing in Las Vegas. He’s developed a substantial book of business through his gregarious persona and maintains a level of professionalism recognized by the industry.

Christopher Asandra, MD Has knowledge and expertise in hormone balance, nutrition, natural and organic therapies, as well as conventional medicine, inspired the birth of NuMale Medical Center, NuFemme Rejuvenation Clinic and Doctors of Hair. Dr. Asandra’s vision for the three specialized clinics goes beyond traditional medicine and the typical ‘one-size-fits-all’ prescription.

Chef Antonio Nunez He has been a well-recognized chef in Las Vegas for over 15 beginning with Le Cirque & Circo then which eventually paved the way to his culinary contributions at many of the most notable restaurants in the city such as, STK, Mercadito, Whist Stove and Border Grill. But his most notable role was as Chef du Cuisine for Kitchen Table which opened to raving reviews and voted Top Restaurant in Henderson 2015, only having been open for less than 3 weeks.

David Jacks He 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.

Derek Stonebarger He is longtime resident and advocate of Downtown Las Vegas. An Emmy Award TV Producer, Derek is also a Local Film Festival director, a Downtown tavern owner and a cancer survivor. Originally from the Bay Area in California, Derek has a broad range of talents and expertise from Antiques to Wrestling. From Film-making to classic vehicles and even cuckoo clocks.

Chef Rick Moonen He has devoted his career to being the country’s top culinary advocate for sustainable seafood. At Oceana, Moonen left to become executive chef and partner where he helped garner the restaurant national recognition and three stars from The New York Times. In February 2005, Chef Moonen opened his multi-level restaurant Rick Moonen’s rm seafood at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Chef Stephen Blandino Is a Staten Island native with a passion for cooking. Blandino moved to Las Vegas to work at Aureole Las Vegas. In 2003, he became the Executive Chef at Charlie Palmer Steak at the Four Seasons Las Vegas. Today, Blandino is the owner of Americana Las Vegas a fine dining restaurant located in Desert Shores.

Dave Padgett Is Co-Owner/Partner of D&R House of Diamonds. He has more than 39 years in the jewelry industry and is a GIA Graduate in Diamonds. He enjoys donating his spare time to his Rotary Group of Summerlin. Dave is pro-active through multiple networking groups in the community advising new small business owners on social media and modern marketing strategies.

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The Self-Made Journey into the Medical Cannabis Industry: The Joe Vargas Story

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f you are from or frequent the Las Vegas area, chances are you have heard the name “Joe Vargas” and with good reason. For ten years, the Las Vegas native made quite the name for himself in the entertainment, nightlife, and media industries in Sin City. Today we explore the real story of how Joe Vargas came to be. Prior to a decade in the media running one of the most popular nightlife blogs in the country, TM Vargas served in the United States Navy. He completed eight years of active duty service (five | @CloudN9neSyrup in San Diego as an Operations Specialist Second Class and three in Las Vegas at Nellis Air Force Base as a Training Officer for the Naval Reserve) and upon completion, Vargas turned down a four year contract to Japan to be closer to his two children. At that point, Vargas didn’t know what to do next and took a huge risk by entering industries completely foreign to him. Success didn’t come overnight either. Although currently living his dream life, Vargas recalls vividly the days of couch surfing/struggling to pay weekly rentals, not knowing where his next meal would come from, and riding the bus. Now Vargas finds himself living in a dream lakefront home, new cars for himself and his daughter, and taking frequent vacations with his kids amongst other things.

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great success from a business standpoint, Vargas felt unfulfilled. Helping others came naturally to Vargas and he no longer felt he was doing enough. It was almost by chance that Vargas was introduced to the medical cannabis industry by an old party bus partner and Vargas’ life was changed forever. Vargas extensively researched the cannabis industry and once he realized the potential to help others who were ill or in pain, he went all in and set out to create a premium product that would help with pain, anxiety, stress, insomnia and more. That product is aptly known today as Cloud N9ne Syrup, a CBD (Cannabidiol) product with nine all-natural herbs and melatonin amongst other ingredients. Vargas identified that CBD was incredibly useful in reducing inflammation and could even help with epilepsy, cancer, COPD (a respiratory disorder), MS, and more. Vargas recognized that CBD from marijuana plants has a higher concentration of THC, often higher than the 0.03% threshold, making it a Schedule I controlled substance in the eyes of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and thus illegal. Vargas decided that his products would be made from the highest quality full-spectrum industrial hemp CBD (full-spectrum CBD is considered better medicinally and has a full profile that includes all the plants CBDs, terpenes, and fatty acids together). It also contains no THC,

When asked about the growth of the parent company, Space Monkey, LLC, Joe is still sometimes in disbelief. “I can remember the days cooking the syrup in my father’s kitchen, and my father would help bottle the product while my kids helped with packaging and shipping.” The company has expanded considerably from the family operation to now include a licensed medical doctor and herbalist compounding the syrup and nine employees/contractors. Cloud N9ne Syrup is now the largest CBD syrup company and also the largest social media driven cannabis brand in the world. Vargas recognizes the need to continuously innovate and has recently launched a successful new product called Pure CBD Dabs and is a supplier of full-spectrum CBD (Co2 extracted) oil for medical patients and will be launching a CBD oral spray, CBD vape pens and other CBD products soon on BuyLegalMeds.com. Although the journey of Space Monkey, LLC and Cloud N9ne Syrup is not without struggle and has had its fair share of trial and error, Vargas is grateful that he managed to find happiness outside of the nightlife and media spotlight and contends that his family is not only what made it all possible, but also what made it worth the struggle. MV Follow Cloud N9ne Syrup on Social: @ CloudN9neSyrup or visit IamJoeVargas.com to follow Vargas’s cannabis journey.

Photo Credit: Crystal Stoney Photography

Vargas persevered through the toughest of times and although entertainment was financially rewarding and allowed for the achievement of

which makes it legal and allows his successful website, BuyLegalMeds.com, to ship product to all 50 States, Canada, and the U.K. His products are also found in retail stores all over America.

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Top 100 Men of the Year Byron Klemaske He has been with the Findlay Automotive Group for 20 years. He is now the general manager of Findlay Kia. As a mentor, he has helped his Finance Director be named Woman of the Year for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and his Internet director was named Top 40 under 40 in North America.

Mark Olson He was recently named Top 40 under 40 in the automotive industry in North America. Gaining national recognition he has numerous appearances and seminars scheduled and plans to represent Las Vegas with a goal of giving Las Vegas further positive exposure.

Dr. Donnell G. Bayot He is the Director of Academic Affairs of The International School of Hospitality. Recognized for bringing academic rigor to catering and events through TISOH programs, he is national president elect of the National Association for Catering and Events, a Public Commissioner for the Convention Industry Council CMP Governance Commission, and a Commissioner for the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training.

Dr. Lanfranchi He is Board Certified with specialty certification in Facial Plastic Surgery. The Medical Director of The Lanfranchi Center for Facial Plastic Surgery & Rejuvenation, he is nationally recognized as a two-time E.P.I.C. (Every Patient Interaction Counts) Award winner for his patient dedication and service while with Lifestyle Lift. Also awarded the distinction of “Top Doc” on RealSelf.com for his patient satisfaction ratings, positive reviews, and contributions to patients worldwide. Dr. Christian A. Pham A dentist at Crestview dental, had his dental training at Boston University with a scholarship from the Air Force, later serving in the Air Force as a captain. He went to university of Maryland for training in comprehensive dentistry. After heading to Jeremy, he obtained a master of science degree in orthodontics at the international medical college.

Dr. Teddy B. Sim Jr., Owner and chiropractic physician of ChiropracTED, LLC, uses multi-dimensional education technique to educate patients about realigning the body with proper biomechanics and addressing spinal subluxation. He has become a physical health advocate through his health blog (drteddysim. blogspot.com) and his work as a ZumbaÒ Fitness instructor, utilizing ZumbaÒ in promotion of charitable contributions.

Drew Belcher Born and raised in Las Vegas, Drew Belcher runs Vegas based media company, UNLOKT with his brother, Kevin Whelan. UNLOKT features the “local experience” in our city and has expanded to eight cities total. UNLOKT has gained a loyal following and is the go-to source for anything “food-porn” in Vegas. No ratings, no reviews, no self-proclaimed “critics”. Just local.

Eric Bonnici After 30 years in radio, Eric accepted a position with the Nevada Broadcasters Association with two titles; Director of Sales and Marketing and Executive Director. He serves all radio and television stations in Nevada. His primary role is to work with non-profit organizations and government agencies; the goal to pave the way for future broadcasters through scholarships, mentoring and internships programs.

Eric Yaillen Established CogniLogic, LLC (dba The Identity Defenders) to assist small businesses with turnkey Identity Lifecycle Marketing and Management services; securing confidential data, providing technical and administrative safeguards for data breach prevention and regulatory compliance as well as providing identity protection programs for individuals, families, businesses and employee groups.

Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys has assisted Nevada personal injury victims claim compensation for losses and damages for 25+ years. Now with additional offices in Arizona, Illinois, and Indiana, the personal injury law firm provides a variety of legal services to more people across the U.S. Call 702877-1500 for a free consultation.

Erik Huey He is a teacher with the Clark County School District. He’s worked as a journalist on the east coast and at the Las Vegas Review-Journal and KTNV-TV. Huey recognizes that he’s part of a unique cadre of teachers within CCSD. “There are few male teachers of color, not just within CCSD, but nationwide. I’m happy to be part of this cadre, representing them.”

DJ Hollywood, Leandro Vlastaris Jr. He has been synonymous with Las Vegas night life since 1995. His extensive knowledge in all genres of music is his key to longevity. He owns and operates The Beatclan, which represents DJ’s, celebrities and recording artists.

Aaron Phillips Is a local radio personality that for 10 years has co-hosted The Sports Zoo on Fox Sports, the long running Internet radio show Vegas Unwrapped, and is currently the cohost of Good Guys of Pro Wrestling on Fox Sports. Aaron is also active in the community by emceeing events for LVIPDing, Relay For Life, Stop Child Trafficking and more.

Greg Woods He is an ultimate fitness junkie is a trained computer engineer and foodie who boasts the largest private jet charter operation, acquisition and management company in the state, based in Las Vegas. The fast-growing family business utilizes more than 35 years of experience in the airline industry. www.cirrusav.com/

Dr. Kevin Rayls He is an incredibly passionate and dedicated general surgeon. Since 1997, Dr. Rayls has been a local practitioner in Las Vegas, where he founded Mountain West. He provides quality and innovative surgical care while continuing to address the individual needs required by each of his patients.

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Top 100 Men of the Year Patrick Kang He has been tirelessly working for his clients in Las Vegas since 2006. As a plaintiff’s lawyer, Patrick is always on the side of the people versus big business. Even despite the odds, Patrick has been able to successfully represent his clients and help many Las Vegans!

Jason Laricchia Ten years ago Las Vegas was a pit stop on Jason Laricchia’s path. Now he calls it home with my wife, two children, and the 22 “extended” family members at The Birthday Suit. They are excited with the growth of the city and to try to give back as much as they can to help it flourish.

Joel Gable He is the Region Senior Vice President of Sales for iHeartMEDIA. Based in Las Vegas, Joel oversees all advertising revenue for five markets in Nevada and Central California. A true marketer, Joel focuses on his client’s return on investment. He is proud of iHeartMedia’s vast array of radio, digital, mobile and event platforms that super-serve both clients and listeners alike.

Guido Mantilla Aka as Mr702 is a community motivator, radio host, TV host, actor, MC, videographer, editor, producer, director and writer. For 14 years he’s owned the Natural Clinic, a holistic medical clinic. For three years, has been working on INTERNET TELEVISION by www.guidotv.com. That evolved to a new web series called “MAFIA: The Series,” every first of the month.

James Vance Since 1992, James Vance has been part of the McDonald’s family. Vance currently serves as president of the McDonald’s Greater Las Vegas Operator Association, which is comprised of 13 owner/ operators with more than 110 restaurants. As the COOP president he spearheads the organization’s commitment to community, education, quality and customer service. Vance owns and operates nine McDonald’s restaurants in Southern Nevada.

Shane Stuart Shane’s talent of combining the perfect balance of fruits, vegetables, and superfoods quickly gave him notoriety as one of the most respected nutritional mixologists in Las Vegas. His recipes have been featured on the menus of some of the most sought after juice bars. In 2016 Shane will be opening a health, wellness, and learning center named Panacea in Boca Park.

Javier Anaya He came to Vegas along with his brother Fernando to expand their family’s popular Mexican fast casual restaurant, Pinches Tacos. This celebrity favorite hotspot has quickly grown to six locations in Vegas and LA, with location number 7 on its way. Pinches Tacos brings a unique culture to the city. Javier participates in multiple charity events and hosts drives to benefit Sole Angels.

Jeff Ecker He owns RCLV LLC which operates Paymon’s Mediterranean Café and Hookah Lounge and previously worked for Mirage Resorts and Cornell University. Jeff has steered Paymon’s to a record 27 times for the Best of Las Vegas awards and served on the Board of Directors for the Restaurant Association for several years.

Jeff Gordon For 19 years, Jeff Gordon has gathered people in our community to commit their time and resources to fill the voids of care and services for critically ill children and their families. He received the 2008 Citizen of Distinction award from Mayor Oscar Goodman. In 2011 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and in 2014, Governor Brian Sandoval presented him with the Philanthropist of the year Award.

Travis Allen He has lived in Las Vegas for nine years, working full-time as an Elvis Tribute Artist. In 2015, he was awarded “Best Impersonator” by Las Vegas Review Journal’s Best of Las Vegas. Travis stars nightly at “All Shook Up” at the V Theater in Planet Hollywood.

Dr. Chris Chiodo He is the founder and executive director of The Vision Centers. The Vision Centers consist of four convenient locations (Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and Henderson) and have been providing vision care to many of our valley’s residents for over 20 years. Another passion for Dr. Chiodo is the Nevada Blind Child’s Foundation.

John Huck He is the Emmy® award-winning evening news anchor for FOX5. He has helped lead the FOX5 news team to its number #1 news status. John is known for his highly popular news franchise, “The Rant.” He worked for CNN in the 90’s before joining FOX5. In 2010, John was inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame for more than 20 years in the broadcasting industry.

Jon Lindquist He is a hall-of-fame radio announcer/producer whose voice has been heard by millions. He has been a vital part of the Las Vegas radio landscape for more than 30 years; his voice was KLAV 1230 AM for more than 20 years and in 2010, Lindquist was inducted to the NBA Hall of Fame.

Jeffrey Burke He is a naturopathic physician and master herbalist with nearly 40 years of experience in the health and wellness industry. Inducted into the Nevada Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2012, he has also served as the host of numerous local and national health-related radio shows.

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He has worked within various community sectors such as nonprofit, VegasTech. In April of 2014, Michael brought together a team to develop the first TEDxUNLV project in Las Vegas. TEDxUNLV Flipping the Switch is an internationally broadcast event that showcases some of the best ideas from leading professionals. Michael also co-organized events like Las Vegas Startup Weekend. Currently, he donates time toCure4Kids Clinic, a center committed to helping treat children with cancer.


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Top 100 Men of the Year Ramzy P. Ladah, Esq. He is the founder and managing attorney of Ladah Law Firm, PLLC, a law firm dedicated to representing residents and visitors who are injured as the result of another’s negligence. Ramzy has collected millions of dollars for his clients and regularly contributes to numerous charitable organizations, even offering a “Car Accident Scholarship” to future lawyers whose lives have been significantly impacted by a car accident injury. Nick Pomponio He is a rising star in the Las Vegas legal community. Licensed in Nevada and California, Pomponio joined Dimopoulos Injury Law last year shortly after assisting Attorney Mark W. Eisenberg in obtaining one of the largest civil rights verdicts in California history. Guillroy v. Hill.

Justin Blum Las Vegas native, Justin Blum, began his health and fitness journey in 2009 after his father passed away from obesity and unhealthy living. The following year, he opened his first gym. And now own owns locations and building a 5th. More than 4000 members comprise the RAW Fit Fam and collectively they have shed more than 250,000 pounds! He created his own sports nutrition supplement line and partnered with Portion Control, Vegas’ newest health food restaurant. Marcus M. Lam He is Director of Admissions and Recruitment of The International School of Hospitality. As director of admissions and recruitment, he is the recruiting engine that attracts students locally and globally to TISOH. A leader in hospitality, has served on the National Association for Catering and Events, Vegas Chapter board and member of Las Vegas New Century Lions Club.

Chef Kyle Sweany He is the co-owner and founder of All About Catering Las Vegas since 2012. His company promotes healthy, sustainable eating. Kyle also supports local charities including The Las Vegas Rescue Mission and The Down Syndrome Foundation. He is active in the community and devotes his free time to help out others in any way he can. Teddy Watson Originally from Inglewood, Teddy overcame many struggles and tragedies in life which only made him strive to become successful. A loving father, dedicated husband, and active in supporting charities. Teddy and his wife, Shila, opened up two Bail Bond Companies; Bail Busters and Cheapest Bail Bonds. In 2012, Soul Food Cafe was created with more locations opening soon.

Larry Ruvo He has served as Senior Managing Director since 1969 of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. Larry is known for his ongoing support of charitable organizations including his role as co-founder of Keep Memory Alive, the fundraising arm for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is a leader in neurodegenerative brain disease research and continues to make great strides towards finding a cure.

Mel Pohl, MD, FASAM He is certified by American Board of Addiction Medicine and Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is the Medical Director of Las Vegas Recovery Center, on the planning committee for ASAM’s “Common Threads, Pain and Addiction” Course and co-chair of ASAM’s Pain and Addiction Workgroup. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He is a nationally known speaker and author. Pohl recently filmed “The Pain Antidote.”

Dr. Jim Wright Is an internationally accredited dentist specializing in general, holistic, and cosmetic dentistry. He and his wife, Debby, support many local charities. Dr. wright has been the recipient of the St. Therese Center’s Yellow Rose Award and was chosen by the Miss America Pageant to work with the Nevada contestants.

Michael Santos He is the CEO for Tailored Food & Beverage. Santos was previously the COO for MRG Marketing & Management a Raising Canes Franchisee. Santos is an avid philanthropist and loves to work within the community. He is also involved with, YPS, United Way, March of Dimes, Special Olympics and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.

Mohammad Ashrafi Since 2005, Dynamic Minds Consulting, Inc has realized a successful return on founder Mohammad Ashrafi’s uncommonly refreshing approach to life and business: Do everything with passion and without fear of failure or do not do it at all. DMC is the industry’s leading hospitality technology consulting and professional services firm.

Michael Storm He moved to Las Vegas in 1998 and started in the Las Vegas in the casino industry working for MGM-Mirage at Primm Valley, and has since worked for nearly every major player across the country. Now, he has brought his knowledge of the business and unique management style to Hooters Casino Hotel where he is the General Manager.

Howard Weiss He is VP of Entertainment, Daylife & Nightlife for Penn National Gaming in Las Vegas (Tropicana and The M resort) His accomplishments include “Top 40 under 40 in AC” by AC Weekly and Boardwalk Journal Who’s Who. Weiss managed nightlife hot spots such as LAX Nightclub, Venus Pool Club, Pure Nightclub and Christian Audigier Nightclub.

Paul Sanders He was born in Southern California and started working in the entertainment industry at an early age. Paul moved to Las Vegas in 1991 and founded Las Vegas Talent Agency in 2000 and stayed on as general manager and senior agent when he sold the agency at the end of 2007. He supports small business and active in many organizations.

Paymon Raouf Of the famed Paymon’s Mediterranean Café and Hookah Lounge is also the owner of Las Vegas Spice Company. You can see his collection of Spices at either restaurant location. He has the distinction of opening the first Hookah Lounge in the US. Paymon served as Chairman of the Board for the Restaurant Association.

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only employee in his office, working as his own receptionist, paralegal, case manager, office manager and attorney, all at the same time. Currently, Ladah Law Firm has sixteen employees, including four attorneys and are in the process of adding a fifth. Every single one of Ramzy’s clients has his personal cell phone number, and he even personally answers all office phone calls outside of business hours. It was this type of customer service that built Ramzy’s practice from that of one case into thousands. Now, years later, and thousands of clients later, this practice remains unchanged. Clients come to Ramzy complaining that they never get to see or speak to their attorneys and so it is important to him that, despite the growth of the firm, he never becomes the kind of attorney who allows their practice to become a “mill” that treats clients like just a file on their desk instead of real people who have legitimate claims.

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amzy P. Ladah, Esq. is the founder and managing attorney of Ladah Law Firm, PLLC. Ramzy has been a Las Vegas resident since he was fourteen years old, graduating from high school, college and law school here in the Las Vegas Valley, and thus takes great pride in this community. Ramzy’s greatest pride is helping residents and visitors alike who have been injured due to the negligence of others.

case and utilizing the conference room space in the building of another attorney friend as a favor. Ramzy then began renting a small office there, and then within just one year, Ramzy became the owner of that entire building, now known as “Ladah Law Building.” The building is located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, just across the street from the Regional Justice Center, the state’s main Clark County Courthouse.

Ramzy began his legal career working for two of the largest insurance defense firms in the state where he learned the ins and outs of how insurances companies work and the techniques that their defense attorneys use to avoid paying fair compensation to injured victims.

Ramzy’s first case was one that was turned down by approximately six different attorneys, all of whom essentially told the Clients that they had no chance of recovery. Within two months of handing that case, Ramzy was able to get it settled for the insurance policy limits of $300,000. There began a successful career of letting insurance companies know that he will not back down. At that time, Ramzy was the

After leaving the insurance defense side, Ramzy opened his own law firm beginning with just one

Ladah Law Firm has become one of the state’s premier personal injury litigation law firms, handling high value injury cases, including car accident cases, trucking accident cases, bus accident cases, premises accident cases, and medical malpractice cases. Ladah Law Firm prides itself on customer service, as well as its ability to take the risky and difficult-to-win cases that no other law firm in town would touch and turn them into high dollar cases. Some of the firm’s most recent outcomes include a $3.9 million dollar medical malpractice settlement, a $3.06 million dollar motorcycle accident settlement, a $2 million dollar medical malpractice settlement, and a $2.43 million dollar jury verdict in a case where the highest offer from the defense was $500k prior to trial. While this is the type of work and reputation Ladah Law Firm maintains today, the best is yet to come as this extremely young up and coming law firm is moving up fast in the Las Vegas legal community. MV Ramzy Ladah is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum as well as the Multi-Million Dollar advocates Forum – honors extended to less than one-half of a percent of attorneys across the country who have handled cases with outcomes of more than a million dollars and multiple-millions of dollars. Ramzy is licensed to practice in Nevada and California, and holds memberships with the Nevada Justice Association and the American Association of Justice.

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Top 100 Men of the Year Jason Smylie He is the president and co-owner of the award winning Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop chain. In 2008 he acquired the company from the founders. Capriotti’s has since grown to more than 100 restaurants in 19 states and was voted the greatest sandwich in America. Jason is a long time Vegas local, UNLV alum, proud father and husband.

Richard Shaw He is Co-Owner/Partner of D&R House of Diamonds; after spending 22 years in the United States Air Force, Rich has spent the last 14 years working in the retail jewelry business. D&R House of Diamonds is in Downtown Summerlin. He also enjoys volunteering with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society where he is a member of their golf comity.

Alex LeVeque Is a partner of Solomon, Dwiggins and Freer, Ltd, Nevada’s largest leading law firm practicing estate and trust law, in 2015. The youngest partner at the firm, Alex practices in commercial, trust and estate law. He has played a role in high-stakes cases, including multi-million-dollar settlements for his clients. He received AV rating through Martindale-Hubbell’s peer-review rating.

Scott A. Mauro He has more than 25 years in the hospitality industry. He is currently the West Coast Regional Manager of Blue Martini. He oversees three stores, with a potential in Hawaii. He always motivates everyone to be the best; that’s why he runs the “Best Bar in the Business”.

Sherman Ray He is an entrepreneur, speaker, publisher, and coffee evangelist. He owns Avery’s Coffee Shop, is a founder and publisher of “Coffee Culture” Magazine and is co-founder of Third Thursdays at Village Square he is also the founder of the Las Vegas Coffee and Beer Festival and the Las Vegas Black Business Directory.

Mark E. Brown CEO of Miracle Flights, Mark E. Brown previous leadership positions include CEO of Zen Entertainment, VP of The Howard Hughes Corporation and Station Casinos and partner and president of R&R Partners. For both the Howard Hughes Corporation and Station Casinos he directed contributions exceeding $40 million. Brown led the effort to raise more than $25 million as the multi-year chair of the Clark County School Growth Committee.

Ray Milner He is a California native, an entrepreneur, and a fashion designer. Ray has used his fashion and art to inspire and motivate others to accomplish success. Ray owns one of the fastest growing street wear brands, Milk Money Limited. He uses his brand and store as a platform to guide and motivate his generation and future generations to come.

Christopher Campbell Mr. Campbell is the founder and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of Braddah’s Island Style – burritos, bowls and tacos (“Braddah’s Island Style”). He is also the founder & managing partner of Island Pride Concepts, the management company for Braddah’s Island Style restaurants.

Mark Haley Smart City Networks President Mark Haley has more than 30 years of experience in the convention industry. In 2008, he ran the nation’s largest provider of event telecommunications and technology in the convention industry, he directed consumer experiences and more at one of the world’s foremost convention venues. He addressed AIPC’s 56th Annual Congress in Berlin, Germany, discussing current technology issues and trends in the convention center market.

Shane Victorino He is the founder of the Shane Victorino Foundation. The foundation was established in 2010 with wife, Melissa, to provide opportunities for underserved youth. The two-time MLB All-Star and four-time Gold Glove Award winner, has spent almost a decade in the major leagues, most notably with the Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox, winning World Series Championships with both teams.

Siloh Moses #ServingHopeLV; a completely independent, pay-it-forward, grassroots organization that serves those who are less fortunate, started 2 years ago with Siloh Moses and a pot of spaghetti. Today, it is an organization with more than 105 volunteers who have served more than 64,000 individual plates of food last year, locally, all for free. Email ServinghopeLV@gmail.com

Stephen Jerome Over the past decade, Steve Jerome has established himself as one of Las Vegas’ rising food and beverage stars, opening and operating award-winning restaurants for the likes of Wolfgang Puck, Elizabeth Blau and Steve Wynn. He currently acts as Managing Partner for Blau and Associates restaurants Andiron Steak and Sea and Honey Salt. He has overseen the planning and operational execution for all restaurant outlets from inception through daily operation. Previous projects include Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio, CUT Steakhouse, and Switch Steak at Encore Las Vegas.

Steve Dimopoulos He is Las Vegas’ up and coming personal injury attorney. Recent highlights include his receipt of the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40 recognition and the opening of his firm’s second location downtown. Look for Dimopoulos on the cover of this year’s Top Lawyer issue, coming this December.

Rick Nelson He moved to Las Vegas from Los Angeles in 2009. Since that time he has been working at Jaguar Land Rover Las Vegas in marketing and events. As part of the Findlay Auto Group we very active in many local charities and causes.

Tiger Todd He is what happens when a child without kid friends learns only from old people, love songs and action movies. His Hero School and mathematics formulas are found throughout the education, non-profit and entertainment industries, while his interventions have helped many thousands of people break free from homelessness and dependency.

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Top 100 Men of the Year Jeffrey Manning He is President of ABG Builders & Manning Auctions. He’s built in excess of a billion square feet of commercial real estate. Manning authored two books and sold several luxury custom estates including the Primm Ranch broadcasted on CNBC’s “Secret Live of the Super Rich.” A celebrity auctioneer and philanthropist, Jeff can be seen in TV and movie appearances, social media channels and at Las Vegas non-profit galas. www.manningauctions. com www.abgbuilders.com

Tim Wallace He is the owner of Flavor Consultants. The company has been exporting and importing food ingredients World-wide since 1955. They handle promotion, sales and distribution for 20+ manufactures and sell their product in 45+ countries. For two straight years they have enjoyed more than 40% growth expanding both building and personnel.

Timothy M. Lam He is Executive Director of The International School of Hospitality. Founder of The International School of Hospitality, he has forged relationships between the school and major resorts locally and abroad. Diploma graduates enjoy an 85 percent job placement rate. He is the immediate past president of the Foundation of the National Association for Catering and Events and a board member at the Nevada Restaurant Association.

Tony Broadbent He has worked for McDonald’s for more than 30 years, currently operating multiple successful McDonald’s restaurants in Las Vegas. Broadbent embodies the American dream, starting from the bottom and working his way to the top – now owning three restaurants. As an owner and operator, he prides himself on staying committed to developing his employees and encouraging them to advance within the company.

Tony Illia He is spokesman for the Nevada Transportation Department in Las Vegas, as well as a writer whose work has appeared in Architectural Record, Urban Land magazine and BusinessWeek.com. Illia holds a Masters of Arts degree in English from the University of Nevada, Reno; he lives in Las Vegas with his wife and two unruly black cats.

Travis Heinrich He is passionate about communities, helping others reach goals, delivering business value through marketing and vision. An entrepreneur with a finance and engineering background and former food and beverage professional, the combination of professional carriers and experience give him a unique ability to bridge the gap between practice/theory and execution in plain English. He’s usually the best sales person in the room.

Zar Zanganeh Owner and Broker of LUXE Estates & Lifestyles in Las Vegas, holds the record for selling the most expensive home in southern Nevada and most amount of homes sold over $10 million. Host of “Star Properties” on Celebrity Page TV on ABC News, Zar is a well-regarded expert on luxury real estate.

William Devine, II, He is a seasoned attorney in the areas of bankruptcy, asset protection, business, and estate planning. His vast experience allows him to create solutions for even the most complex of situations. His friendly and caring demeanor earns him constant referrals from clients, and numerous awards for outstanding service.

Tyler Feldman He is the owner of Inscriptagraphs Sports & Entertainment Memorabilia. With zero costs to the organizations, his company conducts silent auctions at events that include: poker and golf tournaments, galas, bowl-a-thons and school fundraisers to raise money and give back to local organizations to support their cause.

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A Diamond in the Rough

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aron Lelah has been in the jewelry industry from a young age. He started by working at his father’s store as an apprentice. In his late teens, he learned more at a manufacturing jewelry company in Downtown Los Angeles. Now, after living in Las Vegas for 34 years, Aaron has worked with three generations

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of customers and has 40 years of experience in the jewelry and watch industry. Aaron Lelah Jewelers is located at 4175 S. Grand Canyon Drive (West Flamingo and 215). Aaron Lelah and his staff pride themselves on being GIA (Gemological Institute of America) graduates, specializing in diamonds and fine gemstones.

Aaron is always creating one-of-a-kind pieces to form to the unique styles of what guests desire. They manufacture and sell fine jewelry and watches and there are always Master Jewelers, so you can come and have all your jewelry and watch repair services done, “while you wait”. Aaron takes the time to sit with his customers and design special pieces of jewelry. Most of the time it is made within 10 to 15 days, with the full manufacturing shop in his store. Come to the shop window and watch the Jewelers making the jewelry! The specialty is making engagement rings and wedding bands. With a large selection to choose from in his complete jewelry line, if you don’t see what you want in his vast selection, he’ll happily make it for you. Aaron Lelah has a signature watch line which is made in the US, with Swiss Movements and he offers a threeyear warranty, lifetime battery replacements. There are beautiful styles, from the most basic watches, to 14k gold with diamonds. Aaron also has vendors from all over the world that provide unique pieces to the store. Aaron Lelah jewelers has a great trade-in policy and warranty on his jewelry and watches. Visit his website at: AaronLelahJewlerers.com. MV

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Nothing But TLC at the Lanfranchi Center

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r. Paul Lanfranchi’s character and integrity was evident when we sat and talked about his passion for his craft He is a board certified physician with specialty certification in Facial Plastic Surgery by the American Osteopathic Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. As the Medical Director of The Lanfranchi Center for Facial Plastic Surgery & Rejuvenation, he is different than the average surgeon. His standard of core values that are listed on his website along with the mission statement and explanation of TLC culture separate him from others. These principles that he proudly boasts are empathy, passion, respect, discipline and honesty andare what The Lanfranchi Center embody. Dr. Paul Lanfranchi said “Passion is the driving element as The Lanfranchi Center (TLCSM) is enthusiastically devoted to serving patients with the highest quality of care, creating an exceptional

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experience for patients with their success predicated not only from what they do, but how much TLC they put into it.” TLC’s core value list is not the only thing that separates itself from the likes of any other doctor office in the Valley. The Lanfranchi Center is the only Las Vegas center of its kind exclusively specialized in rejuvenating the face and neck. The affectionate and appropriate acronym “TLC” is what guests are sure to receive. According to Dr. Lanfranchi the most common misconception about this type of surgery is that it is a big, complicated process that fills patients with anxiety. “We strive to make each person that comes in have the most comfortable and enjoyable experience. And we are able to do that under our own roof to control each step of the way.” From the friendly staff that greets you

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“We specialize in the craft. No one in Las Vegas can do what we do here.” at the door, to the consultation that includes an animated, fun, and light-hearted video to explain everything. Even post operation there is another door that clients can exit on the side of the building to ensure if they do not want to be seen immediately after their surgery they are ensured privacy. Dr. Lanfranchi has left no stone unturned to provide each client with the best experience. It was important to him that he is able to have each component of the procedure done under his roof, as with other procedures it can be difficult depending on the practice. Other surgeries will undergo deeper sedation and be forced to go outside of their office to a surgical center. The ease and convenience of having in-office set up all included is amazing. Patient experience is equal to surgical outcome. How the


patient feels through that process is imperative. One of the first things Dr. Lanfranchi focused on when opening up the center was finding a non-profit to partner with. When he first started his business, it was literally a priority to do something for the community. With the help of Ava Rose agency, he was able to find the “You Got the Power” organization.” The foundation services the local community for women, youth, and family who have been through a traumatic event in their lives. “I am able to donate my skill set in essence to a woman in need,” Dr. Lanfranchi said. After the almost 10,000 procedures Dr. Lanfranchi has done, he knows what a huge difference and major impact it makes in somebody’s life. He also acknowledged some will never have that opportunity, especially victims of trauma. When they are recovering on the inside they may not like the way they look on the outside. “To be able to give that gift to somebody that they never had is huge and something that I wanted to do.” Everything that Dr. Lanfranchi does has a purpose. From the ambiance of his treatment center to the logo and colors that were specifically designed and picked to keep the patient relaxed and each guest at ease. Every component intertwined at TLC is full of intention. Even the surgeries that he performs are very specific for a reason. “Staying focused, staying passionate, and knowing your niche. That’s my style.” Although the office does provide services like Botox, fillers, and non-invasive procedures that are more for existing clients to provide maintenance, for TLC, it’s not advertised but encouraged as part of good facial rejuvenation care and maintenance. “We specialize in the craft. No one in Las Vegas can do what we do here. I could do body contouring and start doing breast augmentation but why? We have a great niche that no one else can duplicate and I really do love what we do and the way we do it.” There is not a cement path for Dr. Lanfranchi and TLC for the coming years. Besides being a loving husband to his wife of eight years and amazing father to his twin daughters and son, he is focused on working hard. He even makes time to coach his son’s soccer team. Lanfranchi

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Accident Q: I was involved in a T-Bone accident that was not my fault. The accident happened three months ago, but I was involved in a very bad slip and fall at my work a week ago, causing me to visit the ER. Will this affect my auto accident in any way? A: To recover bodily injury compensation a plaintiff must prove not only that a defendant was negligent, but also that the defendant’s negligence caused the plaintiff’s injuries. Thus, the defendant in your car accident case might argue that you are unable to prove which of your injuries were sustained in your car accident, as opposed to your subsequent slip and fall, and that you therefore are unable to prove your case. Assuming your slip and fall injuries were sustained to parts of your body different than those injured in the car accident, proving which injuries were the result of the car accident shouldn’t be an issue. In fact, it is often possible

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to prove apportionment even where the same body part was injured in both incidents. This is frequently accomplished by comparing medical imaging scans (such as MRIs) that occurred between the first and second incident with scans conducted subsequent to the second incident. A more interesting issue arises if you are able to prove you injured the same part of your body in both the car accident and slip and fall, but unable to prove the extent to which the injury is attributable to each incident. In this situation the burden of proof as to apportionment shifts to the defendants. If the defendants are unable to prove the extent to which their respective negligence contributed to your injuries, then each defendant is jointly and severally liable for the entirety of your injuries (assuming liability can be established as to each defendant). Your question raises many more interesting issues than can be discussed here. Please consult with an attorney as I cannot provide legal advice based upon the limited facts presented. MV

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t’s been a year since we welcomed our first born into our world, and my goodness, how that world has changed! Having a baby is a huge transition for everyone in the family, and that includes the fur babies. Unlike other members of the family, the pups don’t know WHY everything is different – so it’s important to make sure you don’t forget about their needs. One of our biggest challenges was trying to find ways to exercise the dogs. Before baby, they got walks every day, but after baby - daily walks just weren’t possible. So we try to have extra play time at the house, or take them with us when we run errands. Also I noticed their grooming started to fall behind because I just don’t have the time. Now I make sure both pups get their own puppy spa day at the groomers once a month! Special one-on-one time WITHOUT the baby around is key because it lets them know they are still important. For us, the best time for that is after the baby has gone to bed. It took a little time, but we found a balance that works and now everyone in the family is happy and healthy! MV

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he team is the current be-all, end-all of workplace organizational structure … and for mostly good reasons. However, we’ve all experienced the various challenges and, dare I say, indignities of working together with people in the highstress environments of the contemporary workplace. It’s important to recognize, though, that most of the issues that afflict the team are caused by our individual worries and insecurities bumping up against those of our teammates. And that’s good news, because by checking your insecurities at the door, you can immediately improve the whole team’s dynamic. Try some of the tips below. You won’t be disappointed in the results. Stop worrying about how much you need to learn - Many people don’t ask questions at work because they’re afraid of what others will think. But what’s worse, not asking and

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causing an issue, or asking and then doing your job right? You should never be afraid of asking relevant questions, especially to your co-workers. Questions show that you are interested, engaged, and intent on achieving the team’s goals. Remember though, that it’s good practice to try to find the answers on your own before asking. Stop worrying about how much others make - Focus on your own self-worth instead of investing effort in finding out how much others get paid, or worse, complaining about their pay once you find out. One of the most divisive issues on any team is salary. In most cases, if you’re happy with what you make, what teammates make should be a non-issue. If you’re not happy with your salary, prove your value to the team and to management by being the best employee you can be. Stop the gossip - Gossip is a common pastime among employees at just about every level. Sometimes it can be difficult to avoid talking about your teammates (Look at that hair, those pants!) but if you do not have anything nice to say than don’t say it. Gossip is a shameful, and indeed a mean way to make us feel better about ourselves. In the long-run, talking badly about others doesn’t help you address your own insecurities and issues may in fact, come back to haunt you.

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Stop trying to be the favorite - Most people enjoy positive recognition and just as many want to be the boss’s star performer. But if you are not, don’t begrudge anyone else their place in the sun. Instead, look at what you’re doing and figure how to do it better, faster, and with a more positive attitude. Additionally, get used to the fact that you’re not always going to click with your boss or supervisor in the way that others do; this isn’t a problem unless you make it one. In conclusion, the next time your insecurities bubble up to the surface, use their re-emergence as an opportunity for some self-reflection. Remember that you have your job because the team believes in your abilities … why wouldn’t you believe in yourself? MV


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Hot New Restaurants Beauty & Essex From the team behind The Stanton Social comes Beauty & Essex. The atmosphere of the space is both grand and intimate, moody and effervescent. The cuisine, much like at the Stanton Social, is multi-ethnic in inspiration, casually elegant, and designed for sharing at the table among friends and family. Where the Stanton Social”s menu is Chef Chris Santos’ take on cocktail party classics and street foods from across the globe, Beauty & Essex is rooted in a bold bistro direction focusing on the reinvention of modern family style dining that is both whimsical and sophisticated. Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas 3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 702.737.0707 • beautyandessexlv.com

Borracha Mexican Cantina The dead come to life at Borracha. With decorative and festival skulls watching over guests, Borracha, located in Green Valley Ranch, is as dangerous as you want it to be. With a nod toward the famed Day of the Dead, the Borracha offers Mexican-inspired dishes and features a drink menu with an abundance of cervezas, tequila and specialty cocktails to take the edge off. The menu is as seductive as the surroundings, featuring sharable plates, inventive burritos and entrees that would make any skeleton want come back to life. Green Valley Ranch 2300 Paseo Verde Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89052 702.617.7190 borrachavegas.com

Bottiglia Freshness is tantamount at Bottiglia, from the luscious herb-friendly cuisine to the breathtaking ambiance. Located in the stunning Green Valley Ranch, Bottiglia is an ageless restaurant that offers sophisticated rustic Italian fare, cuisine that is approachable, friendly and savory, as well as a wine list that robust and unique, giving guests and array of choices of vino from Napa/ Sonoma, Italy, France and all around the world. Green Valley Ranch 2300 Paseo Verde Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89052 702.617.7075 bottiglialv.com

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Hot New Restaurants Dog Haus Dog Haus is Southern California’s craft casual hot dog concept founded by partners Hagop Giragossian, Quasim Riaz and André Vener with a passion for creativity, quality and commitment to community. The first Dog Haus opened in Pasadena in 2010 offering signature 100% all-beef skinless Haus Dogs, Haus Sausages and 100% natural Black Angus beef burgers on grilled King’s Hawaiian Rolls. Open for lunch and dinner daily, guests can choose from signature Haus creations or customize their own from a selection of more than 40+ quality toppings. 4480 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109 702.435.4287 doghaus.com

Eggslut Eggslut is a chef driven, gourmet food concept founded in 2011, by Alvin Cailan. Eggslut is inspired by a true love for eggs. The menu is a balance of comfort and innovation, celebrating food that appeals to both novice and extreme foodie through classic comfort fare with a twist, all encompassing our key ingredient, eggs. Our goal is to share our food with everyone. No longer just a breakfast staple, we make eggs appetizing all day, everyday. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas 3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 702.698.7575 eggslut.com

Jaburritos Our mission at Jaburritos is to handcraft fresh burrito-style sushi in an environmentally responsible manner. We pledge to use sustainable sources of food, recycled packaging and eco-friendly furniture and equipment whenever possible—all while donating a portion of our proceeds to ocean cleanup projects around the world. Come check us out sometime, tell us what recipe you can create with our endless possibilities. 6090 S. Rainbow Blvd #2, Las Vegas, NV 89118 702.586.4433 jaburritos.com

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Locals’ Favorite Happy Hours: {In Alphabetical Order} BLUE MARTINI 6593 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89119 702.949.2583 | Daily 4PM – 8PM | ½ Off Drinks | Discounted Food Menu | Live Music Wednesday – Sunday | Every Friday Happy Hour | Enjoy our Complimentary Martini Tasting!

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izza Rev empowers you to Craft Your Own custom personal pizza. The new location on Rainbow and Warm Springs is using only the freshest ingredients and boasts its famous delicious homemade pizza dough! It’s a simple four step process. First you choose from the warm tasty dough. They have thin, double dough and a gluten free crust option, great for the guests with a gluten allergy. Next you choose the succulent savory sauce. The third step is choosing the yummy melted cheese that is about to smother your own personal pizza pie. Last you pick from a topping utopia of more than 30 delightful choices. Pizza Rev has all kinds of sauces and fresh ingredients, and it’s all done in just 3 minutes! The company prides itself by revolutionizing how they make and serve one of the world’s favorite dishes. What could be more fun than crafting your own pizza and watching your delicious masterpiece come alive?! “We strive to embody the flavor or ingredient of the season in each of our limited time pizzas,” said Nicholas Eckerman, President and co-CEO of PizzaRev. This gives guests a taste of pizza to pair with each time of the year. Make sure to come by and check what flavor they are serving this season! MV

DEL FRISCO’S 3925 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169 | 702.796.0063 Monday-Friday - 4:30pm All bar menu items are two for the price of one. Half-off well liquors and domestic beers. $6 VIPs, $6 Red Wine and $5 White Wine.

PANCHO’S MEXICAN CUISINE 11020 Lavender Hill Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89135 702.982.0111 2pm-7pm Monday-Friday. $2.25 off house margaritas, fruit flavored margaritas, draft beer, and well cocktails. $2.50 off bottled beer. Saturday and Sunday happy hour is all day until 6:00pm. Discounted drinks only.

PAYMONS MEDITERRANEAN CAFÉ & LOUNGE (SUMMERLIN) 8380 W. Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89117 | 702.804.0293 Hookah Lounge happy hours: 5-7pm, 7 days a week and 5pm-1am on Tuesdays | Featuring all specialty cocktails, beer, mixed drinks and lounge food at 50% off! PAYMONS MEDITERRANEAN CAFÉ & LOUNGE (CENTRAL) 4147 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89119 | 702.731.6030 Hookah Lounge happy hours: 5-7pm, 7 days a week and 5pm-1am on Tuesdays | Featuring all specialty cocktails, beer, mixed drinks and lounge food at 50% off!

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Beauty and Essex

THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID By Michele Polci, CPCE, CMP and Shauna B. Lederman, CPCE, CHE

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e both were looking forward to trying Beauty and Essex. Just recently opened, their sister restaurant in New York has a great reputation, and we are both big fans of Chris Santos. You can’t turn on a food channel without seeing him. We were taken aback with awe when we walked through the door. The entrance is through a small retail/pawn style shop. While different from the New York location in the fact that all items are for retail sale, each item is extremely unique and specially curated just for Beauty & Essex, Las Vegas. Located in the back of the shop is an unassuming door that you think might lead you to a storage area. You open the door and it hits you: impeccable light, sleek, sexy, modern, eclectic, romantic, cool... all rolled into one. One of us loves her jewelry and thought it was like dining in the biggest jewelry box in the world. The restaurant is sizeable and has a number of appropriately named drinking and dining spaces, the Vault Dining Room, the Jewelry Box, and the Pearl lounge, to name a few. We sat in the Peacock Dining Room and were surrounded with beautiful silk tapestries and hundreds of frames with golden lockets swaying from them. Stunning golden chandeliers completed the look. There was no denying the sexiness of the room. Our server, Rico, was amazing and had unequaled knowledge of the menu. He had a very friendly and calming way about him and was able to guide us through our entire dining experience, making perfect recommendations. The menu was comprised with a number of plates meant to share and also included full entrees and tantalizing dessert selections. We wanted to try a bit of everything so small plates was the way to go for us. One of us started off with the Emerald Gimlet. This gem was made with Vodka, Basil, Lemon Nectar with fresh lime. It was as bright and refreshing as it sounds with an herbaceous and citrus flavor.

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While one of us doesn’t care for sashimi, the other can’t get enough. We started with the Yellowtail Sashimi with Pickled Jalapenos and Barrel-Aged Fuji Apple Ponzu. It had a very clean flavor, as Yellowtail should and the apple flavor in the ponzu was unexpected but a perfect complement. The pickled jalapenos added a nice slow spice creating a wonderfully balanced dish. As we were finishing our first dish, the next one arrived. Avocado, Lemon, Espelette Toast was a selection we both definitely loved. Again, the dish had a clean flavor with just enough salt to bring out the flavor of the avocado. The brioche had a perfect degree of “toastiness” and the whole dish was rounded out by Espelette which we found out was from the “pepper” family. Again, we have to give mention to our server for when we asked for more information about the Espelette, he went and asked his manager to “Google” it so he could answer our questions. The timing of our meal was being coursed out perfectly and fresh plates were offered. The next two dishes that were served were Grilled Cheese, Smoked Bacon and Tomato Soup Dumplings and Thai Style Deep Fried Shrimp with Green Papaya and Mango Slaw. One of us doesn’t eat bacon so the kitchen took care and served it on the side. Served in Chinese soup spoons, the dumplings were nice and crispy and the soup had a tremendous flavor without being too acidic. One of us doesn’t care for shrimp in general but the other thought this was her favorite dish of the evening. The U-12 shrimp were plump and meaty with a mild spice.

We rounded out the dinner with Oven Braised Chicken Meatballs with Sheep’s Milk Ricotta Wild Mushroom and Truffle and Short Rib Mac and Cheese with Pickled Jalapeno Herb Cornbread Crust. While one of us loved the shrimp, the other thought the meatballs were her favorite dish. They were perfectly tender, with just the right amount of gravy and wild mushroom. Truffle can sometimes be overpowering but this was excellent and again complemented the dish the way it should. The ricotta was out of this world. The Mac and Cheese had perfectly cooked pasta and tender short ribs. The cornbread crust had a delicious mix of herbs and was nice and crispy. We were both so full by the time Rico suggested dessert, we didn’t think we could manage another bite! But manage, we did! We ordered the Devil’s Food Layer Cake. One of us was highly skeptical as she doesn’t care for chocolate but WOW! It was an enormous piece of layered cake covered in chocolate ganache and served with “milk” flavored ice cream. We rounded out dinner with the Strawberry Shortcake which was heaven on a stick. Similar to the Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars of our youth, this was made with “liquid” cheesecake, white chocolate, and frozen strawberries all covered with Cap’n Crunch and served on a stick. Amazing is really the only word needed here, and that’s what she said MV


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equila Restaurante is your destination for your Mexican-infused meal. Located on 360 E. Tropicana off the Las Vegas Strip, the appropriately named establishment boasts a menu of tantalizing libations and Mexican cuisine in very generous portions. They offer cheerful service, fresh wholesome food in a festive engaging environment. The restaurant review crew came hungry and ready! Of course at a place that has “tequila” in the name we had to try a margarita! I had the recommended Pomegranate Margarita on the rocks and it was divine. The perfect blend of sweet and tart and I love drinks with a sugar rim. Our sever, Jasara was amazing and insisted on the queso y chips, saying “You cannot leave without trying.” And we agree! Guests can opt for cheese only but we decided to devour our appetizer with the Chorizo option. The warm queso and fresh crispy chips were delightful. The blend of cheese and Chorizo pleased each taste bud in all of our mouths. And each time we dipped a chip, we watched the gooeyness being pulled and stretched and then enjoyed all around the table. The RR crew ordered a variety of platters and opted to eat family style; sharing all dishes. Good thing we did because the portions were mas grande and we were all feeling familia!

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The first order was the Cantina Burger which did not disappoint. This is not your average burger with an all-beef patty topped with a fried egg. The combination of ingredients in caused quite the fiesta on the palate. The Chorizo, fresh Pico de Gallo, Cheese, Guacamole, Spicy Aioli, sautéed peppers and onions left our biggest restaurant reviewer full. Next order was the Chimichanga that was very generously stuffed with beans, rice, lettuce, tomato and cheese. The enormous burrito was deep fried to perfection and finished with melted cheese. Guests can choose a sauce and meat or vegetarian. We opted for chicken and no sauce. And of course we had to try the Fajitas. They are served sizzling hot and popping. As Jasara brought us our plate every eye in the house was on our dish. It came with all the fajita fixings of romaine lettuce, lime, Pico de Gallo, sour cream, guacamole and warm tortillas. We ended with two desserts, the flan which is a very traditional egg custard drizzled in caramel sauce and the Cajeta filled churros that were topped with chocolate syrup and whipped cream. Tequila Restaurante is open seven days a week.

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They have a revolving menu of authentic family recipes. A ‘Revolving Menu’ of authentic family recipes that host continuous change in selection of seasonal entrees. Each one is reflective to a specific region of Mexico. Jesara gave us insight to the family vibe in the restaurant and let us know the entire staff is encouraged to come up with recipes to keep the menu fresh and the staff involved. The existing recipes are gifted from a long history of their staff. After one bite of each dish guests know that the chefs are utilizing the freshest of ingredients. We love that the plates are mighty in portions but prepared with pride. I know I will be back to try the Traditional Breakfast that they serve all day. The Chef prepares a ‘Daily Feature’ introducing new plates giving diversity to our local and repeat clientele. MV HAPPY HOUR: 2-6pm Monday-Saturday, $5 Margaritas, Two for One Well Cocktails, $7 JUMBO MARGARITA’S!!! EVERY SUNDAY: ‘Domingo Brunch’, 9am-4pm, $25 gets you a delicious Breakfast and Bottomless Mango Mimosa and Bloody Marias!! EVERY SATURDAY: Cantina Karaoke 8pm-2am 360 E. TROPICANA AVENUE LAS VEGAS NEVADA 702-331-3610 www.tequilarestaurantelasvegas.com


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hen he turned 15 years old, he decided that he would be “a chef… or nothing at all!” His fate was sealed. His invaluable apprenticeship taught him about the satisfactions and hardships of his future career. His first steps were guided by Louis Marchand, chocolate-maker in his hometown. Next came the Troisgros brothers, who fascinated Guy Savoy with their elegant technique, then at Lasserre in Paris, the Lion d’Or in Genève and The Oasis in Napoule. He was then singled out by Claude Vergé who handed him the reins of La Barrière de Clichy.

At age 27, he opened his first restaurant in Paris and soon achieved recognition on the gastronomic scene. Guy Savoy is now settled at La Monnaie de Paris and owns five restaurants, one of them abroad, and a shop. Mention “gastronomic cuisine” and he will say that he is a restaurateur. Call him an artist and he will tell you that he is an artisan. However, rave that his food is the stuff of dreams and he will remark that only those who dream are capable of inspiring dreams in others. MV

FREE RECIPE! Crispy Line Caught Sea Bass with Delicates Spices Serves: 4 Preparation Time: 1 Hour 30 minutes Cooking Time 45 minutes INGREDIENTS 1 Line caught Sea Bass between 3 and 3 ½ lbs. With scales on 1 qt. of fish stock ½ Vanilla pod split and scraped 1 ½ lbs. of Swiss Chard 2 Lemons ½ Oz AP Flour ½ Oz Coarse Sea salt 7 Oz of Glucose 9 Oz Of Shitake Mushroom 6 Tbl of Butter 1 teaspoon of Spice Mix (equal part Sichuan pepper, Long Pepper, Black pepper, white pepper, yellow mustard seed and black mustard seed) ground 1 pinch of powder ginger 2 sprigs of parsley 3 tbl of Olive oil

PREPARATION Start by fileting the sea bass making sure to leave the scales on. Remove all the pin bones and portion the fish into 6 oz portion. With the bone of the sea bass start the stalk. Put the bones in a saucepan, add the vanilla pod and cover with water, simmer for 30 minutes on low heat while constantly skimming the top and removing all the impurities. After 30 minutes strain through a fine thieve and reserve. Prepare the Chard, remove the leaves from the stem and cut the stem in 2 ½ inch pieces. Remove the threads from the side of the Swiss Chard, and cut them in little sticks and keep them in water with half of a lemon. Cook the stem in boiling water in which you added the flour and coarse salt until tender and take out of the water. Cool down and reserve. Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Blanch the leaves in boiling water for 30 seconds, then cool them down in ice water. Make a syrup by boiling the glucose and 1 quart of water. Let cool and dip the Swiss chard leaves in that syrup. Spread them flat on a baking pan with a silicon mat (or parchment paper) and bake for 6 to 7 minutes. Let them cool down at room

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temperature and cut into nice triangles pieces. Clean the shitakes under cold running water, and then pat dry. In a sauté pan melt 1 tablespoon of butter and cook the shitakes for 2 minutes, reserve. Make the jus by adding the fish stock, the rest of the butter and the juice of the lemon, add the ginger powder and reduce by half. Season the filets with fine salt and the spice mix on the flesh side. Heat a non-stick sauté pan with olive oil until almost to a smoking point and drop carefully the fish scale side down, cook until the scale are crispy and has a nice golden brown color. Careful, it will color fast. Turn them flesh side down and cook for another 7 minutes making sure to sear each side of the filet. Sauté the pieces of chard and shitake separately in olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Chop the parsley leaves finely. To serve, place a pile of Swiss chard in the center of the plate, sprinkle the parsley on top of the chard and place the sea bass on top with the scales facing up then add the shitakes around the fish. Emulsify the jus with a hand blender and serve around the fish. Garnish with the Swiss chard leave chips. Et Voila!


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Locals’ Favorite Restaurants {In Alphabetical Order} AVERY’S COFFEE 9440 W Sahara Ave #145, Las Vegas, NV 89117 702.476.2063 |averyscoffee.com

BLUE MARTINI 6593 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89119 702.949.2583 | bluemartinilounge.com

CAPRIOTTI’S Multiple Locations throughout Las Vegas visit capriottis.com to find the closest location to you!

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PANCHO’S MEXICAN CUISINE 11020 Lavender Hill Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89135 702.982.0111 panchoslasvegas.com

PAYMONS MEDITERRANEAN CAFÉ & LOUNGE (SUMMERLIN) 8380 W. Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89117 702.804.0293 | paymons.com PAYMONS MEDITERRANEAN CAFÉ & LOUNGE (CENTRAL) 4147 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89119 702.731.6030 | paymons.com

RICARDO’S 4930 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103 702.227.9100 | ricardosoflasvegas.com

SIENA ITALIAN 9500 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89117 702.360.3358 | sienaitalian.com

TEQUILA RESTAURANTE 360 E. Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89169 702.331.3610 I tequilarestarauntelasvegas.com

Dave & Busters By: Shawn Tempesta Co-Host, “The Morning Blend” KTNV-TV Las Vegas www.thedish.tv Downtown Summerlin 2130 Park Centre Dr, Las Vegas

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Name of Baby: Brycen Kase Hardy Parents Names: Chance & Marlies Hardy DOB: May 4, 2016 Height: 21.5 inches Weight: 8lbs 3oz Favorite attribute(s): The way he lets out a giggle when he smiles, how he loves to hold my finger while he cuddles up in my arms, and how he scrunches his nose when you tickle his feet.

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Name of Baby: Ariana Ameris Foster Parents Names: Robert & Martha Foster DOB: November 24, 2015 Height: 19.5 inches Weight: 7 lbs 3 oz Favorite attribute(s): She loves to talk in her own language, she loves smiling and laughing, being talked to, touching and grabbing things, loves playing with toys, and loves rolling around.

Name of Baby: Charlotte Rose Witt Parents Names: Jessica & Robert Witt DOB: June 12,2015 Height : 19 inches Weight: 7 lbs 14 oz Favorite attribute(s): Her BIG bright sparkly blue eyes & and her constant smiley face.

Name of Baby: Britney Grace Morris Parents Names: Rosy & Andrew Morris DOB: April 29, 2016 Height: 19 inches Weight: 6lbs 5 oz Favorite attribute(s): Big bold eyes

Name of Baby: Ella Marie Lopez Parents Names: David & Christina Lopez DOB: June 9, 2016 Height: 20 inches Weight: 7 lbs 3oz Favorite attribute(s): Her smile, eyes and calm demeanor


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Name of Baby: Ellie Amelia Ouellette Parents Names: Shane & Shanell Ouellette DOB: August 12, 2015 Height: 19 inches Weight: 7lb 9oz Favorite attribute(s): Ellie loves to play and climb. We love her sense of adventure and wildness.

Name of Baby: Gavin Samber Parents names: Brittany & Joseph Samber DOB: June 5, 2016 Height: 20 inches Weight: 7lbs 4 oz Favorite attribute(s): Eyes

Name of Baby: Halo Brielle Hullum Parents Names: Barry Hullum & Lindsay Feldman DOB: July 10, 2015 Height: 19.5 inches Weight: 6 lbs 7 oz Favorite attribute(s): dancing, always smiling, blows kisses

Name of Baby: Kamryn Ariah Hollins Parents Names: Justin & Kelsie Hollins DOB: June 2, 2016 Height: 19.75 inches Weight: 7 lbs 2 oz Favorite attribute(s): Her eyes and dimples.

Name of Baby: Liah Anthony Parents Names: Scott Anthony & Mayra Vargas DOB: January 4,2015 Height: 21 inches Weight: 8 lbs Favorite attribute(s): She’s loves to dance & she loves Spicy Nacho Doritos

Name of Baby: Mia Paris Parents Names: Anna & Felix Kwakwa Date of birth: June 1, 2014 Height: 19 inches Weight: 6 lbs Favorite attribute(s): Mia has a very bright personality, I love her laughter, always smiles back!

Name of Baby: Quentin Renteria Parents Names: Gerald & Jessica Renteria DOB: February 10, 2016 Height: 18 inches Weight: 7 lbs 2oz Favorite attribute(s): Dimples and his laugh

Name of Baby: Shooter James Lopez Parents Names: Kolbi Jean & Tony Lopez DOB: February 23, 2016 Height: 19 inches Weight: 7lb 1oz Favorite attribute(s): His laugh and his smile

Name of Baby: Talise K. Coleman Parents Names: Libertie Vaughn & Bobby Coleman DOB: February 12, 2016 Height: 19.5 inches Weight: 6 lbs 6oz Favorite attribute(s): Loves to giggle, curly hair

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Suck It Up Buttercup

By Katie Bencze

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ike every parent I struggle with the daily complexities of trying to raise kids to be decent human beings. I want them to be sensitive and empathetic but still assertive and confident. I want them to stand up for themselves and their friends yet know which battles to pick. I want them to believe in themselves enough to take risks, but still be safe. The more I think about it, the more I realize that everything I want seems a contradiction to itself. In the end, it’s all about balance. But how do I teach balance? That is the value to trying and failing. By simple definition…it’s letting them learn. On that note, I am realizing that the deeper I get into this parent thing, the more confusing it gets. My concentration has always been to try to establish good communication habits. I still feel strongly about this, but lately, I have to admit that it’s evolving. Previously, I put a lot of clout on effectively expressing one’s self and feelings, but like every other previous contradiction in parenting, I also believe that there is a time where my kids just need to learn to suck it up. Don’t get me wrong, being able to navigate emotions is very important. We want strong and capable children who are not ashamed of being flawed. But we live in an unpredictable world. There are times where I simply have no answers to why people do the stupid stuff that they do. How do I let my kids know that (unlike Disney) unhappy endings do exist and monsters are real… without creating a burden for them? I asked myself…what do I do with the things that are not solvable? Well, frankly speaking…I put on the old “stiff upper lip.” And the more I thought about that fact, the more I realized that this, too, has value. I will teach my kids that there is a time to put on a brave face. There is a time to fake it until you believe it. There is a time to engage. There is a time to let go. And, yes, there is even a time to suck it up. And even though my priority is to raise my kids to positively impact the world, it is also my duty to make sure they don’t get crushed by the weight of it along the way. So I will guide them in a new configuration of balanced possibilities. I will teach them that sometimes, they too will need to just suck it up. MV

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here have all the icons gone? There was a time when we were lucky enough to have our fair share of them. The 60s, in particular, spring to mind. We had Marilyn Monroe, the screen goddess, who was known almost as much for her private life as her films. Then, there was Princess Grace of Monaco. Born Grace Kelly, this Oscar winner also had a “colourful” off-screen life, turning her back on a potentially lucrative career in Hollywood for a life of splendor and comfort as the spouse of Prince Rainier. Who can forget Audrey Hepburn? This lady was not only a talented actress, but was also the epitome of style and glamour. What do all these women have in common? The answer is simple. They were sophistication incarnate. It is this characteristic, which we traditionally look for in an icon. Regrettably, we now live in an icon-free world. If we make comparisons to the icons of the past, we can, of course, mention Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in the same breath. This well-educated, fashionable woman is seen by many as the standard-bearer for the monarchy in U.K. after the current Queen’s reign comes to an end. But, who else is there? What about Britney Spears? To many, the mentioning of Britney’s name in comparison to the above luminaries, would probably spark more than a hint of derision. What does Britney Spears have, which makes her special? The answer is longevity. Britney started as a child performer on television. However, it was the success of her first single as a singer “Baby One More Time” in the late 90s, which catapulted her to worldwide fame. Selling more than ten million copies, it is one of the best-selling singles of all time. Hit followed hit and life certainly was sweet for the girl, raised in Louisiana. Life became difficult for Britney in the late 2000s when she was fighting for custody of her children. However, the singer came back swinging. In March 2011, Britney released her seventh studio album and in 2012, she became a judge on the celebrated TV series “X Factor”. The highpoint of Britney’s career is her residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, which started in December 2013. All entertainment insiders know that a residency on the famous Las Vegas Strip is a major achievement for any performer. The fact that Britney accomplished this in her early 30s is all the more impressive and is testimony to her drawing power. Having celebrated an extension of two years to her residency at the end of last year, Britney is at the top of her game. She has proven her versatility also, launching a variety of fragrances in the 2000s and more recently a line of lingerie. Coping with all her business interests and the challenges of maintaining peak fitness for a long-term residency in Las Vegas, would be enough for anybody. Britney is also though a doting mother of two young boys, whom she has raised in a down to earth manner.

Britney is a modern day icon as she has all the qualities we look for in a contemporary heroine. Nowadays, people no longer view glamour as a bankable commodity. People are now more interested in a personality’s vices and indiscretions rather than any good qualities he or she possesses. Further, reality TV has contributed significantly to the general “dumbing down” of our senses as we find those “famous for being famous” more appealing than those, who have significant accomplishments in their chosen field. This is a regrettable part of our culture today. If there is anybody approaching iconic status nowadays, it is arguably only because that person has a capacity to overcome difficulties, both professionally and personally. The icons of yesterday may or may not have had this gift. However, the icons of today must have it. The perception is that there is no point being a glamorous personality if that quality by itself does not give you longevity in your career. Britney Spears has proven her durability and is still going strong. That is why Britney should be seen as the nearest thing we have to an icon of the 21st Century, so far. MV

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Sept. 16 – Peter Cetera performs at Sunset Amphitheater at Sunset Station on Friday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25, $35, $45, $55 and $65 plus tax and applicable fees. Guests under 21 years must be accompanied by an adult. Sept. 17 – Sammy Kershaw performs at The Railhead inside Boulder Station on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22.50, $27.50, $32.50 and $37.50 plus tax and applicable fees. Guests under 21 years must be accompanied by an adult. Sept. 24 - Cover to Cover – A tribute to The Eagles will perform Saturday, Sept. 24 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. inside Rocks Lounge at Red Rock Resort. Tickets are $15 plus tax and applicable fees and guests under 21 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Sept 24 – Ottmar Liebert performs at Club Madrid inside Sunset Station on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20, $30 and $40 plus tax and applicable fees and guests under 21 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Sept 30 – Elton John’s Great Hits Live! – Performed by Brody Dolyniuk at Club Madrid inside Sunset Station on Friday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 plus tax and applicable fees in advance and $25 plus tax and applicable fees the day of the show. Guests under 21 years must be accompanied by an adult.

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Nov. 11 – Boney James performs at The Railhead inside Boulder Station on Friday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $32.50, $42.50, $52.50 and $62.50 plus tax and applicable fees and guests under 21 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Nov. 18 – Gino Vannelli performs at Grand Events Center at Green Valley Ranch Resort on Friday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20, $40, $50 and $60 plus tax and applicable fees and guests under 21 years must be accompanied by an adult.

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Oct. 1 – Natural Wonder – Tribute to Stevie Wonder is performed at Grand Events Center at Green Valley Ranch Resort on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 plus tax and applicable fees and guests under 21 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Oct. 6 – Boulder Blues with Coco Montoya performs at The Railhead inside Boulder Station on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. Cover is $5 at the door and guests must be 21 years or older.

Oct. 14 – Rita Rudner to perform at Rocks Lounge inside Red Rock Resort on Friday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45 plus tax and applicable fees and guests under 21 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Oct. 15 – Rita Rudner to perform at Rocks Lounge inside Red Rock Resort on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45 plus tax and applicable fees and guests under 21 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Oct. 21 - Cover to Cover – A tribute to Journey will perform Friday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. inside Rocks Lounge at Red Rock Resort. Tickets are $15 plus tax and applicable fees and guests under 21 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Oct. 22 - Otherwise will perform Saturday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. at Club Madrid inside Sunset Station. Cover is $10 at the doo ($5 with a Boarding Pass) and guests must be 21 years or older.

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Oct. 29 – Michael Lington to perform at Rocks Lounge inside Red Rock Resort on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 plus tax and applicable fees and guests under 21 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Nov. 19 - Cover to Cover – A Tribute to The Who will perform Saturday, Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. inside Rocks Lounge at Red Rock Resort. Tickets are $15 plus tax and applicable fees and guests under 21 years must be accompanied by an adult.

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n July we celebrated our 40th birthday and while it was an incredible and nostalgic look back at how we’ve grown from one casino with 90 employees to 19 entertainment destinations with 12,000 employees, it also was a powerful reminder we can never rest on our laurels and remain committed to continue to always do better by you. As we look ahead, I’m proud to say we’re doing just that. We continue to reinvest in our properties to bring new and exciting entertainment offerings because we are honored you continue to choose us to relax and enjoy time with your family and friends during your limited free time. I’m pleased to share some of our new bells and whistles including: Bigger and better bingo rooms: Both Palace Station and Santa Fe Station are bringing new bingo rooms online in the coming months.

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Dec. 3 – Bobby Caldwell will perform Saturday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. inside Club Madrid at Sunset Station. Tickets are $25, $35 and $45 plus tax and applicable fees and guest under 21 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Dec. 8 – Boulder Blues with Tinsley Ellis performs at The Railhead inside Boulder Station on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. Cover is $5 at the door and guests must be 21 years or older.

Dec. 9 – Zeppelin USA will perform Friday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. inside Club Madrid at Sunset Station. Tickets are $20 plus tax and applicable fees in advance and $25 plus tax and applicable fees the day of the show. Guests under 21 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Dec. 10 – Tommy Emmanuel – Classics & Christmas Tour featuring Pat Bergeson, Annie Sellick and John Knowles, CGP performs at The Railhead inside Boulder Station on Saturday. Dec 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $29, $34, $49 and $55 plus tax and applicable fees and guests under 21 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Dec. 17 - Cover to Cover – A tribute to Frank Sinatra – Holiday Hits and more will perform Saturday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. inside Rocks Lounge at Red Rock Resort. Tickets are $15 plus tax and applicable fees and guests under 21 years must be accompanied by an adult.

The Palms: We couldn’t be more excited to welcome this incredible venue and it’s fabulous employees to our family in October. We’ll combine the best of the Palms together with the best of Station Casinos. The Spa at Red a Rock by Well & Being: We have concluded our multi-million spa renovation that marks the addition of Las Vegas’ first “Well & Being” center that offers a full array of fitness and nutrition programs in addition to great massage and facials. Stop by for a tour anytime! Sports Books on Steroids: Major renovations and upgrades happened at six of our sports books, many which include THE best video viewing technology that exists in the world along with new furniture and better technology for mobile sports wagering. Come visit our new and improved books at Boulder Station, Green Valley Ranch Resort, Palace Station, Red Rock Resort, Santa Fe Station and Sunset Station. As always, we thank you for making Station Casinos your preferred entertainment destination and hope you feel our love back. MV


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DJ Hollywood: Music Entrepreneur

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eing a DJ was not a divine calling for Lee Vlastaris. A natural musician who can play 11 instruments, he was just looking for another creative musical outlet. Simply put by the famous DJ, “It sounded like a good transition for me.” Las Vegas born, he migrated to New Jersey where he grew up. Upon his arrival back to Las Vegas in 1994, Vlastaris’ big break did not come immediately. In fact he experienced very humble beginnings in the evolving nightlife of Sin City. Around the age of 15, DJ Jimmy Jam christened him with the name DJ Hollywood in New Jersey, when he made an announcement: “This is DJ Jimmy Jam on 95.1 WAYV hanging out with my boy who looks like he’s from Hollywood, DJ Hollywood here at Tatengers Nightclub.” It stuck with him. His talents steered him to a nightclub gig. During 1994-1995 there were only a few nightclubs in Las Vegas. He was one of the token DJ’s that brought a new element of entertainment into the Las Vegas nightlife scene. In the 1980’s DJ’s at nightlife venues were put in small corners and not much of a draw. DJ Hollywood helped bring the term “world renowned DJ,” and the history of DJ’s being a massive draw for mega nightclubs abruptly evolved. Shaquille O’Neal was another big, notable name that he has worked with. He said “He was very fun to work with on different club events.”

players in nightclubs, which is now the world industry standard. Eventually, nightlife evolved and caught up with him. He presently owns and operates The Beatclan, which represents many different DJ’s, an astounding number of celebrities and recording artists.

Vlastaris has received DJ of the Year many times. Hollywood was both a staple and a pioneer in the nightlife industry in the 90’s, and the Beach nightclub was his where it all started. He helped revolutionize the fame of mega nightclubs on the Las Vegas Strip as Program Director and DJ of one of the most popular nightclubs of its time and in his young career, RA Nightclub inside the Luxor. DJ Hollywood has headlined and programmed virtually every Las Vegas club at one point in time, including the world famous PURE Nightclub at Caesar’s Palace. PURE Nightclub helped gain DJ Hollywood international fame while he met, mixed and mingled with celebrities and some of the most well known people in the world. Hollywood has worked side by side with numerous superstars such as DJ AM, Paul Van Dyk, Bob Sinclair, Tiesto, and Grand Master Flash. Hollywood is a trendsetter in the local nightlife scene and is credited and was shunned for over a decade for using Pioneer CD

Vlastaris felt like there was a need in the industry and he had a vision which evolved into Beatclan. It was his brainchild that was born in the early 2000s. “In 2009, Beatclan stepped in and Lee’s vision was to bring forth positive change and evolve. In a music industry full of bad deals and contractual nightmares, to be able to rep someone and ensure the performer left feeling like they were not going to be signing their life away, was extremely important to him. This notion was unlike other dealings within the industry. Majority of times, artists and/or performers would be subjected to this just to get traction and have the validation that they were a good performer. Beatclan is seeing the results. “We have been more successful than we imagined. We’re doing numbers that are crazy.” In 2010, the famed Las Vegas Mayor Goodman proclaimed December 23rd “DJ Hollywood Day” for his humanitarian work, and promoting the Las Vegas nightlife brand internationally for

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over two decades. Hollywood has also graced the Las Vegas airwaves for more than a decade with his award winning radio show “Hollywood Blvd.” To sum it up, Hollywood’s talent and drive is sure to be a continued force in the Las Vegas scene for years to come. DJ Hollywood has used his passion to give back through various areas of humanitarian work, including, volunteering with the March of Dimes and Shade Tree. He has spoken at schools for Career Day discussing that being a DJ creates an opportunity to follow a passion and love for music while giving back to others. Today, DJ Hollywood is focused on building the Beatclan foundation, where he brings everyone together and builds up the community by building grants for specialty schools that may not be able to get funding. He recently started producing and has several tracks that he will be released soon. New father, he and his wife, Ashley, gave birth to their sweet baby boy about 10 months ago. Their sweet Julian fills their days with lots of love and tons of smiles. Being a business man and a new dad, Hollywood enjoys spending time at home with his wife and son and having them apart of his production. MV


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A person who inspires me the most is… A person that inspires me is my cousin Danny. He has stage 4 lung cancer and was given a few months to live. So far he has fought for a year and currently fighting one day at a time. He inspires me to be a better all-around man and to appreciate everyday I’m given.

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When I leave Las Vegas I like to go to… When I leave Vegas I like to go to Napa Valley. It’s a great place to get your mind away from everything and just enjoy life. When I can, I want to live there.

8.

I wish I could quit... I wish I could quit being someone that worries so much about the future, but in baseball you’re never promised tomorrow, so I think worrying keeps you motivated.

9.

On my day off I like to… My free time is usually in the offseason so I like to golf, go out for dinner and drinks, and hangout with my dogs. But now with the new baby I’m sure my free time will be used differently.

10.

One thing I wish I were better at… I wish I was better being patient with people. I always like to be on the go and when I’m on a mission I don’t have time for lazy people.

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One thing I can’t live without is… I couldn’t live without my family. They have put a whole new perspective on what’s really important in life. I couldn’t see myself without them.

12.

My one strange habit is… My strange habit is probably my routine on game days from the second I wake up. I don’t like it when it’s thrown off one bit.



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