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Scott Adams

Deputy City Manager
City of Las Vegas
Scott Adams
Evaluation Panel: Member

Scott D. Adams serves as the Deputy City Manager for the city of Las Vegas. In this role, Adams oversees the direction, operations and coordinated efforts of city departments involved in economic and urban development; cultural affairs and parks, recreation and neighborhood services.  

Adams previously served as the Chief Urban Redevelopment Officer and Director of the city’s Office of Business Development (renamed the Economic and Urban Development Department) for five years. He continues to serve as the operations officer for the Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency.

Prior to his service with the city, Adams held numerous positions in the field of urban economic development, including that of:

  • Director of the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission in New Orleans, La.
  • Director of Planning and Economic Development with the city of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Executive Director of the New Orleans Regional Medical Center, Inc.
  • Executive Vice President of the Greater Norfolk (Va.) Corporation
  • Executive Director of the Jacksonville (Fla.) Downtown Development Authority
  • Assistant Executive Director of the Center City Commission in Memphis, Tenn.
  • Planning and development positions in his hometown of Jackson, Mich.

A 1977 urban planning graduate of Michigan State University, he was given the American Institute of Planners Award as the top graduate.  He is a Certified Manager with the International City Managers Association, Certified Economic Developer with the International Economic Development Council, and a past member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He is a current member of the Urban Land Institute.

 

Steve Chartrand

President & CEO
Goodwill of Southern Nevada, Inc.
Steve Chartrand
Evaluation Panel: Member

As President and CEO of Goodwill of Southern Nevada, Inc. since 1996, Steve Chartrand is responsible for leading the Goodwill organization from the brink of elimination to become one of the most dynamic human service organizations in the valley.   The purpose of Goodwill of Southern Nevada, Inc. is to enable southern Nevada citizens with disabilities and barriers to employment to start new careers and lives of independence.  The sale of donated merchandise in Goodwill’s twelve retail stores supports the required job training and job placement services.  Goodwill’s long-term strategic plan is to completely fund the provision of our services through the profits of their retail stores.

With more than 26 years of experience with Goodwill, prior to joining the Goodwill in southern Nevada, Steve served as a Vice President of Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc. (Nashville) where he was responsible for the provision of leadership to the Retail Operations, Donated Goods Processing and Contract Services Departments.

Steve earned his bachelors degree in Vocational Rehabilitation from Memphis State University, and earned his masters degree in Business Administration from Tennessee State University.  He is a founding Board Member of the Spread the Word Nevada Kids to Kids, an organization dedicated to promoting literacy for at-risk youth in southern Nevada.  Steve also served on the Nevada State Rehabilitation Council.

Steve has two grown children, Anna and Nick.  Anna is a Doctor of Physical Therapy in Las Vegas.  Nick has a BA degree in Film and Television Production from Loyola Marymount University in L.A. and currently is managing director for Broken Cycle Pictures, LLC.

 

Michael Cornthwaite

Emergency Arts
Michael Cornthwaite
Evaluation Panel: Member

Michael Cornthwaite graduated from Knox College in 1995 after successfully finishing his Bachelor of Arts requirements and his year in Barcelona, Spain fulfilling his specialties in Spanish, and Economics.

After working with the Restaurant Development Group in Chicago opening the moderately successful Bar Celona on Hubbard Street and fulfilling his Bartending and Bar Managing responsibilities, Michael relocated to Las Vegas.

Michael opened Stratosphere in 1996 and worked his way up to General Manager of Top of the World Restaurant and Lounge which earned numerous accolades. Michael made appearances on The “Best Of” series on the Food Network, Entertainment Las Vegas Style as well as numerous radio shows. Top of the World was listed among the “Highest Revenue Generating Restaurants in America” by Forbes Magazine and was named Best Fine-Dining Restaurant by the Las Vegas Review Journal’s Readers Poll.

In 1999 Michael joined Capital Restaurant Concepts out of Washington D.C. Best known for their various concepts of J Paul’s, Georgia Brown’s, and Paolo’s, Michael helped develop, open and function as general manager for Neyla in Las Vegas and also opened the extremely successful Georgetown location. This new Mediterranean fusion concept was listed as one of the top dining destinations in Las Vegas by Travel & Leisure Magazine, and was one of the first establishments on the west coast, and the first in Las Vegas, to feature the “Hookah” water pipe.

After some time abroad Michael was given the opportunity to open, in the capacity of general manager, and run Whiskey Sky and Whiskey Beach for Rande Gerber’s company, Midnight Oil. Whiskey Sky led the Las Vegas trend toward upscale cocktail lounges that transform into nightclubs (ultra-lounges), and was listed and featured in several nationally distributed periodicals. Whiskey Sky was known for its amazing atmosphere, and celebrity clientele.

In March of 2003, Michael accepted an opportunity to open RISQUÉ de Paris, the ultra-lounge and nightclub at Paris Las Vegas. After establishing RISQUÉ as one of the top nightlife destinations on the strip and in the city, and appearances on the Travel Channel and Spike TV, Michael continued his pursuit of success downtown.

Envisioning an “urban core” since the mid 90's and drumming up as much support as possible from the property owners, and prospective developers, Michael met with city officials starting in 2000 and brainstormed the creation and implementation of the "Entertainment District" (now Fremont East). He currently serves on the board of directors in his seventh year.

His first creation, Downtown Cocktail Room, opened in January of 2007 was the only upscale nightlife destination in the downtown “core” of Las Vegas. Since opening, DCR has been seen and featured in several exciting periodicals including: Imbibe, Maxim, Spin, GQ, Travel + Leisure, L.A. Times, NY Post, New York Times, Sunset, as well as countless others. DCR has also been listed three times in Food & Wine's "Best Bars in America". It has been seen on the Travel Channel and serves as the underground locals’ escape for an upscale speakeasy vibe, and relevant cocktail culture.

His last few years includes the creation, development and operation of Emergency Arts with his wife Jennifer, a creative collective made up of over 35 tenants, as well as The Beat Coffeehouse & Records which now serve as the daytime anchors of the Fremont East District.

In 2010, Michael created a hospitality consulting company that partnered with the Plaza Hotel & Casino to create, design, and develop the restaurant concept currently known as Oscar's Steakhouse located in the iconic dome overlooking Fremont. He continues in a consulting partner capacity to present.

Referred to by some as the unofficial “Mayor of Fremont East”, he has helped attract and assist several of the current businesses to open in the district and continues to act as resource for new business and the city of Las Vegas.

After years of building a strong relationship with the new stakeholders in Fremont East, he partnered with Downtown Project in several of his current projects including; Inspire Theater, Inspire News & Cafe, Wayfarer Bar, and The Roof Bar all located at the corner of Las Vegas Blvd. and Fremont. Pork & Beans, The Beatnik, and Boozery at the Downtown Container Park, and The Scullery at the Ogden all of which will open before the end of the year.

With lots going on these days, his family still plays the most important role in his daily life. The balance of business, personal life and other growth opportunities have proven to be a reality especially when all of that love is focused in downtown Las Vegas.

 

Dr. Jeffrey Cummings

Director
Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo
Center for Brain Health
Dr. Jeffrey Cummings
Evaluation Panel: Member

Jeffrey L. Cummings, MD, ScD, is Director, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada and Cleveland, Ohio. He is the Camille and Larry Ruvo Chair of the Neurological Institute of Cleveland Clinic and Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is a clinical care, translational research, and clinical trials enterprise specializing in care of patients with neurocognitive deficits and development of new therapies for neurodegenerative disorders.

Dr. Cummings’ research and leadership contributions in the field of Alzheimer’s disease have been recognized through the Henderson Award of the American Geriatrics Society (2006), the Research Award of the John Douglas French Alzheimer’s Research Foundation (2008), and the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Award of the national Alzheimer’s Association (2008). In 2010, he received the Legacy Award from the Ticki Wilkerson-Kassel Movement Therapy Foundation and was honored by the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry with their Distinguished Scientist Award. In 2011, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science by his Alma mater, University of Wyoming and was recognized for his “Lifetime of Medical Achievement” in Healthcare Headliners, a special publication of Las Vegas Inc. magazine (September 2011).

Dr. Cummings was formerly Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at UCLA, director of the Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at UCLA, and director of the Deane F. Johnson Center for Neurotherapeutics at UCLA. He is past president of the Behavioral Neurology Society and of the American Neuropsychiatric Association. Dr. Cummings has authored or edited over 35 books and published more than 600 peer-reviewed papers.

 

James Duddlesten

President and CEO
G.C. Wallace, Inc.
James Duddlesten
Evaluation Panel: Member

Mr. Duddlesten's career spans 40 years in the management, administration, and engineering design of projects associated with transportation, bridge, water, sewer, and drainage programs.  As President and CEO of G.C. Wallace, Inc. (GCW), Mr. Duddlesten has become involved in major issues that confront large-scale development projects and public agency designs, and has actively participated in strategic planning efforts to solve complex transportation, hydrology, water resource, and infrastructure challenges.  He is responsible for daily operations of the firm to assure that personnel resources are available to meet the schedules of all clients and often participates in quality assurance/quality control reviews of project designs.

Prior to joining GCW, Mr. Duddlesten graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering with a focus on transportation engineering and operations.  He moved to Las Vegas in 1978 to serve as the Project Engineer for the design, construction and initial operation of the Las Vegas Area Computer Traffic Control System and maintains his status as a registered professional engineer in the States of Nevada, Texas and Idaho.

Throughout his career, Mr. Duddlesten has demonstrated substantial support of community organizations and served in numerous leadership positions.  Currently, he is on the Board of the Las Vegas Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America as the Vice President of Finance and also is the co-chair of the Las Vegas Boy Scout Golf Invitational.  Additionally, Mr. Duddlesten participates as a Board member of the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association and as a Trustee of the UNLV Foundation with roles on 3 of its committees.  His extensive community and professional activities have included participation in the American Public Works Association, National Society of Professional Engineers, UNLV Rebel Golf Foundation, Nevada Ballet Theater, Lied Children’s Discovery Museum, First Christian Church as Board Chairman, Nevada Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers as President, Nevada Chapter of American Council of Engineering Companies as President, and the Las Vegas Founders wherein he filled the positions of Vice Chairman of the Las Vegas Senior Classic Golf Tournament and as the 2006 Chairman of the Frys.com Open Golf Tournament.

 

Dr Robert A
Fielden
NCARB, FAIA

Principal
RAFI Architecture and Design
Dr Robert A Fielden
Evaluation Panel: Member

A planner, architect, urban designer and former educator, Dr. Fielden is a principal in RAFI Architecture and Design. He currently serves as a member of the ULI: Nevada Executive Committee where he is chair of the Strategic Planning Committee and co-chair of its Smart-Growth Committee. 

Before forming RAFI in 1985 with his wife Jane a noted interior designer, Fielden was a founding partner of JMA where he was its principal-in-charge of planning and design for 22 years.  In addition to his weekly commentaries for over a decade on Nevada Public Radio: KNPR, and his frequent service to the media as a resource for professional information his firm has planned and designed more than 600 successful, environmentally conscious and sustainable projects across Nevada, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas.  Fielden received his Architectural Doctorate from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, a Carnegie 1 Research Institution.  His Master’s Degree in Education Administration is from UNLV and his Bachelor of Architecture in Design is from Texas Tech.  In addition to his practice, Dr. Fielden is an author, writer, frequent speaker and an Honorary Member of the Faculty of North Eastern University in Shenyang, China.     

Fielden and his work has received more than 50 honors and awards for planning and design excellence and through contributions making the Intermountain West a better place to reside, including sharing the Governor’s Arts Award with his wife.  Dr. Fielden is the recipient of five distinct professional society medals that include the President’s Medal of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, the NCARB, and the Distinguished Alumni Medal in Architecture from Texas Tech.  Fielden is a strong believer in giving back to the community and takes great pride in his service to Nevada as a former board member of Nevada Humanities and through the many other volunteer capacities he’s served at the local, county, state, national and international levels.

Fielden and his family has lived in southern Nevada since 1964.  The family’s two children and five grandchildren also reside here.  His daughter, Laura Jane Spina directs RAFI’s operations today; she too is a noted planner, interior designer and community leader.  Son Scott is a highly respected pediatric anesthesiologist.  

 

Betsy Fretwell

City Manager
City of Las Vegas
Betsy Fretwell
Selection Committee: Member

City Manager Betsy Fretwell was sworn in as city manager in 2009, just as the organization was beginning to feel the effects of the “great recession” on the Las Vegas economy. To help weather that storm and ensure the city would rebound once the economy recovered, Ms. Fretwell used performance management and performance based budgeting, community engagement, sustainability and program reductions to bring expenses in line with declining revenues. Through her work and the work of her team, the city was able to come to new agreements with all four of its unions, oversaw a large reorganization, and reduced management and administration positions by a total of 25 percent.  Overall, the total general fund budget was reduced by 20 percent over her first two years. Within the first three years, Ms. Fretwell managed to reduce the structural deficit of the city by more than 80 percent and laid the foundation to bring the city budget back in balance at 2005 revenue levels. In the year 2012, the City turned the corner on the great recession retaining a “AA” bond rating and finishing the year with more revenues than expenses for the first time since the onset of the 2008 recession.

Ms. Fretwell oversees a dynamic organization, which has nearly 3,000 employees and a budget of $1.2 billion. She also serves as the executive director of the Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency, charged with the economic revitalization of downtown Las Vegas. She served as the regional chair charged with reorganizing the regional economic development efforts in 2012. Some of the major projects that have come to fruition during her tenure include Zappos.com, Inc. moving its corporate headquarters to the current City Hall site, and the development of several projects on 61 acres downtown including The Smith Center for the Performing Arts and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. As well, Betsy was instrumental in the construction of a new city hall and renovation of a development services center, well over 400,000 sq.ft. of government office space. Additionally, three major museums opened in 2012 in the downtown area fueling cultural tourism growth. In 2013, Fretwell began leading a shared services and management consulting effort with sister-city North Las Vegas to improve efficiencies, stabilize service levels and enhance revenues through unique and lasting partnership agreements.

Ms. Fretwell has an extensive background in local government. She joined the city of Las Vegas in June 2000 as assistant city manager and was promoted to deputy city manager in March 2002. Prior to joining the city of Las Vegas, Ms. Fretwell held the position of intergovernmental relations director for the city of Henderson, Nevada, and prior to that she worked for Clark County as the strategic issues manager, where she was involved in extensive public policy, legislative lobbying and organizational analysis.

Ms. Fretwell currently serves on the editorial board for the Public Administration Review. She was inducted as a fellow into the National Academy of Public Administration in November 2012. She is a credentialed member of the International City/County Management Association.  She served over a decade on the board of the Local Government Managers Association of Nevada (LOGMAN) in various leadership roles. She served as chairman of the Nevada Public Radio board of directors from 2010 to 2012 and is currently chair of the Community Advisory Board. She previously served as a member on the Nevada Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) board and the Governor’s Commission on Medical Education, Research and Training.

In 2013, Ms. Fretwell received the National Public Service Award from the American Society for Public Administration and the National Academy of Public Administration. She was honored in 2011 as the Woman of the Year by The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, recognized in 2010 by the Sierra Club with the Southern Nevada Environmental Stewardship Award and named as a Woman to Watch in 2009 by In Business Las Vegas.  She is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a bachelors degree in political science and a masters degree in public administration. She completed the Harvard University Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program in 2007.

 

 

Steve Hill

Executive Director
Governor’s Office of
Economic Development
Steve Hill
Evaluation Panel: Member

Steve Hill is the Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, having been appointed to the position by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. 

Mr. Hill is a founder of Silver State Materials, a concrete, sand and gravel supplier in the Las Vegas area since 1987. Silver State was purchased by CalPortland in 2008. 

Prior to accepting his appointment, Mr. Hill served as CalPortland’s Sr. Vice President, responsible for Nevada and Arizona operations, as well as Chairman of Service 1st Bank of Nevada, Chairman of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce State Policy Task Force, and Commissioner on the Nevada Commission on Economic Development. 

Mr. Hill is a past Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Trustees and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas. He has also served as Chairman of Government Affairs for the Las Vegas Chamber, the Associated Builders & Contractors and the Associated General Contractors.

In recent years, Mr. Hill has served as a member of the Nevada Savings and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission; the Clark County Growth Task Force; the Trauma System Development Task Force; the RTC Regional Fixed Guideway Citizens Advisory Committee; the Clean Water Coalition; the legislative Interim Advisory Committee on Air Quality; and as Chairman of the Governor’s Construction Liability Insurance Task Force.

Mr. Hill received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.  He and his wife, Molly, are 24-year residents of Las Vegas and have 3 children.

 

Kevin Hooks

President/CEO
Las Vegas Clark County Urban League
Kevin Hooks
Evaluation Panel: Member

An award-winning and highly experienced marketing strategist, Kevin E. Hooks is a leader who creates a common vision and forges positive relationships that drive market dominance. Possessing more than 20 years of experience, Kevin has an exemplary career leading companies through challenge and change to profitable growth. His history of proactive leadership and creative vision has gained him the reputation of an accomplished and enthusiastic rainmaker with the knowledge and drive to identify and analyze business requirements that accelerate an organization’s competitive advantage. As the new President/CEO of the Las Vegas Clark County Urban League, Hooks is committed to building the brand of the organization by raising its community profile, streamlining its programs and creating sustainable and effective partnerships.

Kevin began his upward career progression in 1993 as Senior Public Affairs Manager for State Farm Insurance. During his six-year tenure, he facilitated numerous highly successful marketing campaigns and strategic partnerships, including a multi-million dollar partnership with the National Urban League that continues to this day.

In 1999, Kevin brought his strong blend of marketing savvy and strategic relationship-building skills to the west coast, as General Manager of Urban Elevation in Hollywood, California. It was his success in developing urban-focused marketing for numerous studio movie releases that led to his next role as Vice President and General Manager for UPP Entertainment Marketing in Burbank. Kevin’s unparalleled attention to detail and the ability to collaborate effectively across boundaries helped him excel in optimizing the firm’s development and delivery of branded integration, celebrity outreach, entertainment public relations, event production, and product placement services.

During his highly successful tenure with UPP Entertainment Marketing, Kevin directed a 40- member team in the development and implementation of marketing efforts to reinvigorate brand recognition. Kevin revitalized P&L performance by establishing the Lifestyle Marketing and Digital Services divisions, as well as developing celebrity brand placement protocols for major events such as Sundance Film Festival, People’s Choice Awards, and MTV Video Music Awards.

It was business successes like these that caught the eye of global PR leader Weber Shandwick and led to Kevin’s most recent engagement as Executive Vice President, where he drives integrated marketing efforts across all disciplines including consumer, entertainment, and multi-cultural.

His ability to analyze and evaluate business requirements, lead workforce improvements, and advance pathways to greater staff efficiency have led to his success in securing more than $2M in new business, launching three new business units, and acquiring numerous high-profile clients.

Kevin has been honored for his contributions on multiple occasions due to his success in championing best practices and integrity, and consistency in achieving measurable value and profit performance, including the Network Journal’s 40 Under-Forty Achievement Award. Kevin has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Missouri Southern State University. A former Board Trustee for the National Urban League and delegate to the Democratic National Convention, Kevin remains dedicated to community efforts as the Co-founder and Executive Committee member for the IPG diversity and inclusion board MERGE.

 

Gaby Jurica

Former Publisher of El Tiempo
Stephens Media LLC
Gaby Jurica
Evaluation Panel: Member

Gaby Jurica is the former publisher of the Hispanic publication of Stephens Media LLC - El Tiempo newspaper after serving as its advertising manager for seven years. She is responsible for the day to day operation, advertising sales, marketing and public relations as well as developing strategies for their clients to reach the Hispanic market.

She has been involved in the Las Vegas community for many years as a volunteer with the Latin Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on its Board of Directors. She previously served on the Hispanic Advisory Committee for Planned Parenthood Latino Outreach. In 2010, Gaby was appointed as one of the commissioners for the State of Nevada Minority Affairs Commission representing the Hispanic community and also joined the Ya Es Hora ¡Ciudadanía! Nevada Coalition. Geared to help legal permanent residents of Las Vegas apply for U.S. citizenship. She has been a volunteer for the UNR Cooperative Extension Community Outreach programs. One of the things she enjoys the most is working to better the community especially in areas directed toward Hispanic issues and outreach.

Gaby was born in Caracas, Venezuela. She graduated from a university in Venezuela and worked for one of the country’s largest real estate firms, Siglo 21, before coming to the United States. She also attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to pursue an associate in business administration. Gaby is a graduate of the Las Vegas Review-Journal Inaugural Leadership Excellence Achievement Program – LEAP 2006.

She has been a recipient of the Citizen of Distinction from The Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow in 2005. Gaby was a recipient of the President’s Award from the Latin Chamber of Commerce in 2008, the Business & Community Recognition Award from The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Las Vegas Chapter in 2010 and the Equality in the Community Award from the Human Rights Campaign for outstanding leadership, service, and grassroots organizing in 2012.

She and her husband Ronald have lived in Las Vegas for the last 24 years.

 

Fred Keeton

Vice President of External Affairs
Chief Diversity Officer
Caesars Entertainment Corporation
Fred Keeton
Evaluation Panel: Member

Fred Keeton is Vice President of External Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer for Caesars Entertainment Corporation, the world’s largest gaming-entertainment company. He oversees operationalizing diversity and inclusion (D&I) in Human Resources, Supplier Sourcing, Community Reinvestment, Design and Construction, Marketing, Innovation and Continuous Improvement. He leads Caesars’ senior executive team in applying cognitive diversity to drive business outcomes through Diverse by Design (DbyD) Teams.

In 1975, Keeton began his career with Allstate Insurance Company, and concurrently attended Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi working towards a 1979 bachelors of Science degree in political science. He has worked in progressively advanced corporate and operational roles over the past 31 years.

 

Horacio Lopez

President and CEO
Southern Nevada
Courier Service, Inc.
Horacio Lopez
Evaluation Panel: Member

Horacio Lopez is President and CEO of the Southern Nevada Courier Service, Inc., a medical and transportation logistics company. As an independent small businessman, Lopez has served the southern Nevada community in a number of capacities, including serving as a member of the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board, as a coordinator and founder of the Nevada Minority Business Enterprise coalition, as chairman of the Nevada Hispanic Business Roundtable, and as a trustee for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Civil Service Board.

Lopez serves as a procurement and contracting consultant to the U.S. Department of Commerce. He has also worked as a procurement and supply coordinator for Reynolds Electrical and Engineering Company (REECo) at the Nevada Test Site.

Horacio was born and raised in northern New Mexico. He attended New Mexico Highlands University and the University of New Mexico. Lopez is also a veteran of the U.S. Army and a 51 year resident of Las Vegas.

 

Myron Martin

President and CEO
The Smith Center
for the Performing Arts
Las Vegas, Nev.
Myron Martin
Evaluation Panel: Member

As president and CEO of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Myron G. Martin brings the world’s most revered and celebrated entertainers to Las Vegas. Throughout his career, he has produced and presented a variety of well-regarded productions including first-run touring attractions and internationally acclaimed performers in music, theater and dance.

Martin has been called the “keeper of the vision” for The Smith Center, which has been heralded as Southern Nevada’s long-awaited cultural triumph.  The Smith Center has been praised  for “representing Las Vegas’ artistic coming of age” by the Associated Press, proclaimed as “dazzling” by The New York Times and coined “a cultural oasis” by The Los Angeles Times. In its first year, the center hosted more than 450 performances and saw nearly a half-million tickets sold to programs such as “Wicked,” Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and The Cleveland Orchestra as well as headliners including Idina Minzel, Diana Krall and Willie Nelson.

Martin holds a bachelor of music degree from the University of North Texas, and an MBA from Golden Gate University.  He has three children with his wife, Dana Rogers Martin.

Named Las Vegas’ 2012 “Man of the Year” by Vegas Seven magazine, Martin is a widely respected community leader, proud Las Vegan and champion for the arts. 

 

Jason Mendenhall

Executive Vice President
of Cloud
Switch SUPERSNAP
Jason Mendenhall
Selection Committee: Member

Jason currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Cloud for Switch SUPERNAP, the recognized world leader in data center ecosystem design, development and mission critical operations. In this role, he also acts as the creator and chief evangelist of new products and services into the Switch ecosystem and works with customers to understand the best practices being used across multiple industries.

For 20 years he has served as an executive for global enterprise-level companies in the telecommunications, software, and technology consulting industries. He currently sits on the UNLV College of Engineering advisory board, serves on the UNLV Technology Transfer Advisory Council, the Nevada Knowledge Fund Advisory Council and frequently speaks and advises enterprise customers on business and technology strategies.

 

Napoleon McCallum

Director
Community Development
Las Vegas Sands Corp.
Myron Martin
Evaluation Panel: Member

One of the greatest collegiate tailbacks of all-time, Napoleon McCallum ran over, through and around the opposition during his collegiate career with the United States Naval Academy. He has been inducted and enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame class of 2003.

His life experiences include being a Naval Officer, Professional Football Player, Business Founder and Owner. He uses these experiences to work with various organizations to improve education and help develop small and minority businesses. Napoleon serves on the Executive Board of the Urban Chamber of Commerce and is the Past Chairman.

As Director of Community Development at the Las Vegas Sands Corp. for over eight years, Napoleon has been dedicated to improving communities- always listening and learning to bring people together to build partnerships that can be impactful.

Napoleon with his wife Yvonne and four girls Breanna, Cheyenne, Sierah and Jasmine happily live in Southern Nevada.  

 

Ken McCown

Director
University of Nevada,
Las Vegas Downtown
Design Center
Ken McCown
Evaluation Panel: Member

Ken McCown serves as the Director of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Downtown Design Center, and has taught architecture, landscape architecture, sustainability and urban design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Cal Poly Pomona, Arizona State University and the University of Tennessee where he was the Chair of the landscape architecture program.

He earned architecture and landscape architecture degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he focused upon urban design and regionalism in architectural design and environmental/ecological art. Ken collaborates on interdisciplinary  urban design and environmental art projects centering upon regenerative design and place-making in communities. His collaborative projects include: ASLA award-winning Taj Mahal National Park and Cultural Heritage District; and Barrio Chino in Panama City, Panama for UNESCO.

Ken researches green living through residency and outreach; he was the Resident Director of the Neutra VDL Research House II and the New Norris House in Tennessee. Recent honors include the 2013 Associates AIA Award in Nevada, the 2010 Award of Honor from the Arizona ASLA for the Scottsdale Sustainable Systems Inventory and the 2010 CELA Award of Excellence in Design Studio Teaching. 

 

Rose McKinney-James

Managing Principal
McKinney-James & Associates
Rose McKinney-James
Evaluation Panel: Member

Rose McKinney-James is the Managing Principal of Energy Works LLC and McKinney-James & Associates. The firms provide business consulting services in the areas of government and public affairs, economic development and public policy related to energy, education and the environment. McKinney-James is a 34 year resident of Las Vegas, a native of Detroit, Michigan she came to Las Vegas in 1980 to work for Ruby Duncan and her historic Operation Life Community Development Corporation.  A graduate ofOlivetCollege and Antioch School of Law she has been an active and aggressive advocate for policy related to education, energy and economic development. Rose has had a long and distinguished career in public service serving as Chief of Staff for the City ofLas Vegas, a Commissioner with the Nevada Public Service Commission and Director of the Nevada Department of Business and Industry.  She has spent the last decade as a small business owner. She has been recognized for leadership and community service by numerous organizations over the years. She continues to volunteer her time both in theLas Vegas community as well as nationally.

Prior to establishing her own firm she served as President of Brown & Partners, President of Government Affairs for Faiss Foley Merica, and President and CEO of the Corporation for Solar Technology and Renewable Resources (CSTRR).  Currently, she provides real time consulting and strategic planning guidance to a diverse client base. A registered lobbyist with the Nevada Legislature, Rose currently represents a range of public and private entities with interests in regulatory, energy, and public policy.

Rose is currently the Board Chair for the Clean Energy Project and Nevada Partners, a nationally recognized workforce development agency. She is a member of the Board of Trustees forThree Squareand theSmithCenter. In addition, Rose serves as a member of the Board of Directors ofMGMResorts International,MGMDetroit, and Toyota Financial Savings Bank.  In addition, Ms. James serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), theAllianceto Save Energy (ASE) and the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE). 

Rose was a candidate for Lieutenant Governor and the first African-American to win a statewide primary in the state ofNevada. Ms. McKinney-James served as a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Team with responsibility for the US Department of Energy and the Team Lead for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). McKinney-James was honored with the designation of one of six Electors in the 2012 Presidential election cycle. She is married to her husband of 27 years Fred James and they have two sons Avery and Erick both are currently students.

 

Curtis Myles

President & CEO
Las Vegas Monorail Company
Curtis Myles
Selection Committee: Member

Curtis L. Myles III is President and Chief Executive officer of the Las Vegas Monorail Company, a position he has held since July 2005.  The Las Vegas Monorail Company is a private non-profit transportation company that financed, operates and maintains an elevated monorail system within the Las Vegas Strip corridor.  The Las Vegas Monorail is the only privately held, self-funded public transportation system of its kind in the world, and receives no public subsidy.  Curtis led the company out of a merger with its management contractor in 2005, as well as through a major financial restructuring from 2010 thru 2012.  Curtis has demonstrated his commitment to his hometown community of Las Vegas by volunteering his time and efforts on numerous boards and committees including the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy Board of Directors, the KNPR Public Radio Board of Directors, Aid for Aides of Nevada Board of Directors, the UNLV Department of Economics Advisory Committee, and the Council for A Better Nevada Board of Directors, among many others. 

Curtis began his career in transportation after receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Colorado State University in 1986.  Upon graduation he went on to serve in several managerial positions with a national shipping and cargo firm from 1986 to 1991.  Returning to Las Vegas in 1991, he embarked upon an eleven year career in aviation management with the Clark County Department of Aviation at McCarran International Airport.  While there, Curtis served in several managerial and senior executive capacities including Assistant Director of Aviation.  During his tenure at McCarran, Curtis oversaw the development and implementation of one of the nation’s first airport-owned and operated ramp control operations; implementation of several post 9/11 security upgrades including fingerprinting and explosion detection equipment; and was directly involved in construction of over $500 million in airfield upgrades and improvements. Curtis left the Department of Aviation to become Deputy General Manager at the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada in 2002.  While there, Curtis oversaw the implementation of the valley’s first Bus Rapid Transit line (“The Max”), the development and acquisition of the Deuce double deck buses, as well as the consolidation and transition of what is now known as the Freeway and Arterial System of Transportation (F.A.S.T.) under the direction and control of the RTC. 

Curtis holds both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in Economics (Finance) and has taught economics at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and the College of Southern Nevada. 

 

Bart Patterson

President
Nevada State College
Bart Patterson
Evaluation Panel: Member

Bart Patterson was appointed as president of Nevada State College on April 30, 2012 after serving as interim president for six months.   Through his years of service at the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), Bart is familiar with the mission of Nevada State College.  Bart set forward with five core themes to move the College forward which include:

  1. Improving Student Success - NSC is dedicated to doing right by our terrific students, which means focusing on a quality education and improved student success, and developing the infrastructure and programs to meet the needs of our growing minority populations in southern Nevada;
  2. Expanding Technology and Innovation - NSC is situated to become the most technologically innovative college in the west in course content and delivery, and is working on public-private partnerships to expand our capabilities;
  3. Equitable Funding - NSC has articulated the need for equitable funding to foster the increasing enrollments, retention and success of our deserving students;
  4. Economic Recovery - NSC is positioned to help drive the economic recovery and diversification of Nevada by focusing on needed degrees and developing specializations of value; and
  5. Expanding Physical Facilities - NSC continues to focus on the need for expanded physical facilities to expand and unify access for our students.

Bart previously served as NSHE’s vice chancellor of administrative & legal affairs and served as NSHE’s chief counsel. As vice chancellor, he had responsibility for human resources, purchasing and legal operations statewide, and he managed the Las Vegas system office.

Patterson earned a bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) in political science from Utah State University in 1984, and a juris doctor (with honors) from Duke University School of Law in 1987. He is involved in various civic organizations and activities.

 

Jonas Peterson

Chief Operating Officer
Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance
Jonas Peterson
Selection Committee: Member

Jonas R. Peterson has been appointed to the position of Chief Operating Officer with the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA). 

Prior to joining LVGEA, Peterson served as President/CEO of the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation (SCVEDC). During his tenure, SCVEDC quickly emerged as one of the most productive economic development organizations in California.

Peterson has conducted considerable research on comparative advantage and quantitative marketing. Previous publications include "Minding Our Own Businesses: a Practitioner's Guide to Regional Business Retention and Expansion," and "Recruiting California: Why Business in the Golden State Responds to Quantitative Marketing."

Jonas received a M.S. in Community and Economic Development from Pennsylvania State University and a M.B.A. from North Dakota State University. He is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), graduate of Oklahoma University's Economic Development Institute (OUEDI), graduate of Stanford University’s Executive Program and a Certified Business Retention and Expansion Consultant.

In 2010, Jonas was recognized as Arizona’s “Economic Developer of the Year” by the Arizona Association for Economic Development and as the “New Economic Developer of the Year” by the International Economic Development Council.

 

Tina Quigley

General Manager
Regional Transportation
Commission, Southern Nevada
Tina Quigley
Selection Committee: Member

Tina Quigley, general manager of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC), leads one of the few agencies in the country that manages public transit, traffic management, roadway design, construction funding, and transportation planning, all under one roof. Under her leadership, the RTC has received the National Transit Database ranking as the most efficient bus system in the United States. 

Quigley understands that planning and building an efficient and effective transportation system is a key driver to an economically vibrant community. As a result, she is leading the way to help implement Southern Nevada Strong, our community's first regional plan that outlines a roadmap for connecting good jobs with housing, quality schools, and reliable transportation throughout Southern Nevada.

She is also collaboratively working with local government and private businesses on a Transportation Investment Business Plan that will improve how 2 million residents and 41 million visitors travel through our key economic area, specifically in and around the resort corridor. This plan will include financing options and focus on connecting the airport, resort corridor and convention center with enhanced mass transit and roadway systems.

In addition, like other cities across the country, federal funding of roadway projects has been on the decline. To address this challenge and ensure that Southern Nevada continues to move forward, Quigley successfully collaborated with government, businesses and the community on fuel revenue indexing efforts that are directly funding more than $700 million in roadway projects and leveraging more than $1 billion in new infrastructure for our community.

Under Quigley’s direction, significant enhancements have been made to the RTC transit system, improving accessibility and workforce mobility. In recent years, the RTC launched eight rapid transit and express bus routes, a new residential route, and a transit pass program for university students and staff.

Quigley, a licensed pilot, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Business and Planning from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. She serves on the Luminous Park Advisory Committee, the Fulfillment Fund and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Host Committee. She is also active in the education of her two children, having served on the Clark County School District Audit Advisory Committee and as a classroom volunteer.

 

Thom Reilly

Managing Principal and Founder
The Reilly Group
Rob Roy
Evaluation Panel: Member

Thom Reilly is Managing Principal and Founder of The Reilly Group, a management consulting firm founded December 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Reilly is also a Professor as San Diego State University. 

Reilly served as the County Manager and CEO for Clark County, Nevada for five years providing the executive oversight for both regional and municipal-type services for more than 1.8 million residents and 44 million tourists per year. As Clark County’s chief executive officer, he was responsible for the fiscal management responsibilities of the County’s $5.8 billion budget and administrative oversight to close to 12,000 employees.

Dr. Reilly has held senior administrative position in the Nevada System of Higher Education serving as Vice-Chancellor of the Health Sciences System and with the State of Nevada, overseeing income maintenance programs and the statewide child welfare system. He served as Director of Clark County Administrative Services and is the former vice president of social responsibility for Caesars Entertainment, Inc. (a Fortune 500 company).

Reilly devotes time to the Children’s Advocacy Alliance in Nevada, where is serves as Chairman of the Board. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the international NGO Clean The World. Under The Reilly Group, Thom serves as Executive Director of the Caesars Foundation, a nonprofit operating internationally and strategic focus on the elderly. He currently serves on the editorial board for the academic journal Administration in Social Work and recently completed a seven-year term on the editorial board for Public Administration Review.

Dr. Reilly has authored numerous published works and his recent book, Rethinking Public Sector Compensation: What Ever Happened To The Public Interest?, (published by M.E. Sharpe, Inc.) was released in Summer 2012 . He is editing a new volume scheduled to be released in 2014 that looks at pensions from a global perspective entitled Pensions: Policies, New Reforms and Current Challenges. In October 2005, Reilly was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). Chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1967, the Academy is the preeminent independent and non-partisan organization for public governance.  

He received a masters in social work from Arizona State University and his masters and doctoral degrees in Public Administration form the University of Southern California (USC).

 

Seth Schorr

President and CEO
Fifth Street Gaming
Seth Schorr
Evaluation Panel: Member

Seth Schorr is CEO of Downtown Grand Managers Las Vegas LLC, manager of Downtown Grand Las Vegas.  He is also CEO of Fifth Street Gaming (FSG), the property’s gaming license holder and casino operator.  Since beginning her career in gaming and hospitality in 1991, Schorr served as an integral member of the Wynn Resorts team, developing the International Marketing department in Macau, the Interactive Gaming division and The Wynn Collection of Fine Art.  Schorr also served in numerous capacities at The Bellagio Resort and Casino, The Mirage Hotel & Casino, The Treasure Island Hotel & Casino and the Golden Nugget Laughlin.   Under Schorr’s leadership, FSG acquired new and highly strategic contracts with Downtown Grand owner CIM Group to put the company in the heart of the significant revitalization now underway in downtown Las Vegas. Schorr and his partner, Jeff Fine, own and operate Fifth Street Gaming and its affiliate, Lucky Silver Management, which owns and operates four casinos in North Las Vegas. The principals of Fifth Street Gaming also control, through affiliates, the LEV Restaurant Group, a Food & Beverage operation that owns and operates more than 35 restaurants in the Las Vegas area with combined revenues exceeding $25 million.  The LEV Restaurant Group is the local area developer for The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and Jamba Juice, and has a number of internally developed concepts including I love burgers, Lobster ME and Daily Kitchen & Wellness Bar.  Schorr is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a major in Chinese Studies.  He was recognized in 2012 by VEGAS Inc. as a member of the elite “40 Under 40.”  

 

Donald Snyder

Executive Dean for Strategic Development
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Donald Snyder
Selection Committee: Member

Donald Snyder, former Dean of the UNLV William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, brings tremendous real-world expertise to his leadership roles at the university – and in particular, to his efforts to develop Las Vegas’ status as the “intellectual capital of the global gaming industry”. After retiring as President of Boyd Gaming, Dean Snyder joined UNLV to head up the hotel program in 2010. In July 2010, Donald D. Snyder was appointed interim dean of the UNLV William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration. He was appointed Executive Dean of Strategic Development July 1, 2013.

Mr. Snyder retired from Boyd Gaming in 2005. He first joined the Company as a member of the Board of Directors in April 1996. He was later named President of the Company on January 1, 1997, a post he held until his retirement.

Mr. Snyder was previously the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Fremont Street Experience, where he held the Chairman’s post on its governing board until August 2006. This company is an entity that he formed for eight owners of major hotel and casinos in Las Vegas to develop and operate a major redevelopment project in downtown Las Vegas.

Mr. Snyder served from 1987 through 1991 as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of First Interstate Bank of Nevada, the state’s largest full service bank at the time. During his 22 years with First Interstate Bank, he served his first 18 years with its California bank in various management positions in retail and corporate banking, international banking and real estate banking. His executive positions with the First Interstate organization included membership on its holding company’s Managing Committee and on the Boards of Directors of First Interstate Bank of Utah and First Interstate Mortgage Company.

Mr. Snyder has been actively involved in numerous business, charitable and civic activities in Southern Nevada. He has served on the boards of several gaming and non-gaming companies, including current service on the boards of Bank of Nevada (which he co-founded) and its parent, Western Alliance Bancorporation (NYSE: WAL); NV Energy (NYSE: NVE); Tutor Perini Corporation (NYSE: TPC); and Switch Communications Group, L.L.C. (privately held).

As Chairman of the Board of Directors, and an active supporter of cultural and arts organizations, Mr. Snyder has played an integral role in The Smith Center for the Performing Arts since the incorporation of its charitable foundation, the Las Vegas Performing Arts Center Foundation, in 1996.

Additionally, Mr. Snyder has served on numerous non-profit boards over the years and has been formally recognized on several occasions for outstanding corporate and community service. He presently serves on the boards of the Las Vegas Performing Arts Center Foundation (Chairman), Nathan Adelson Hospice (past Chairman), and Tournament Players Club at Summerlin. His past board service in recent years includes the Nevada Development Authority (past Chairman), UNLV Foundation (past Chairman), Council for a Better Nevada (past Chairman), Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Nevada Resort Association and United Way of Southern Nevada (past Chairman).

Mr. Snyder is a cum laude graduate of the University of Wyoming, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, and completed the Graduate School of Credit and Financial Management at Stanford University. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree by UNLV in 2001. Mr. Snyder and his wife, Dee, have been married for 42 years and have three children and three grandchildren.

 

Michael Vannozzi

Manager
Strategic Initiatives
Las Vegas Global
Economic Alliance
Michael Vannozzi
Evaluation Panel: Member

A native Las Vegan, Michael graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a degree in Communications, and is currently pursuing his Master's Degree in Public Administration.  After earning his degree, Michael took a job in the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, where he has worked for the past five years. 

As Senator Reid's Special Projects Manager, Michael worked with local, state, and federal leaders to affect various economic development goals, including those identified in the Brookings/SRI Report. He also had a special focus on bringing new capital and expertise into the regional economy, and has worked with dozens of small businesses to meet their financial goals.  In his time with Senator Reid, Michael worked closely with the leadership of our higher education community to identify funding opportunities, improve programs and bring talent to Nevada.  Michael has also worked with various stakeholders on trade issues, including miscellaneous tariff bills and the free trade zone, and has experience in working with the press and high level dignitaries.  Finally, Michael also has special expertise in immigration and K-12 education issues, and was Senator Reid's point person in the education community for several years. 

Michael's versatile skill set will be valuable to the GEA as they work to make Las Vegas a preeminent global business destination. 

 

Rich Worthington

President
The Molasky Group of Companies
Rich Worthington
Selection Committee: Member

Rich Worthington has served as President and Chief Operating Officer for The Molasky Group of Companies since 1998. Since that time, the company has developed over $1.3 billion in new real estate projects under Rich’s leadership.

The Molasky Group of Companies is a multi-generational, family-owned company that is at the forefront of the rapid and dynamic real estate industry. The company plans, designs, constructs, owns and manages a diverse portfolio of class-A office buildings, retail projects, industrial parks, high-rise residential and an extensive multi-family portfolio of properties along with institutional facilities for local, state and federal government clients (Public Private Partnerships).

Rich currently serves on the Board of Directors for JDRF Nevada Chapter and on the executive committee for the Downtown Las Vegas Alliance. He is also a board member of the Nathan Adelson Hospice, El Cortez Hotel & Casino and is an Honorary Commander of the 926 Group at Nellis Air Force Base. 

 

Las Vegas City Council

Las Vegas City Council

The Las Vegas City Council must approve the final decisions made by both the Evaluation Panel and the Selection Committee, in order to allocate cash awards to each of the winners. The city of Las Vegas relies on the input of the esteemed judges to make those final decisions. The City Council is required to meet all local, state, and federal laws governing this program, including but not limited to those provisions by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), which are included in the RULES of this SC2 Challenge.