The Solution to Education: Do What Works

The Solution to Education: Do What Works

The Nevada State Government needs to stop throwing good money after bad; and, it should begin now. As business people, we have just a few days to affect our Nevada State Legislators and what they do, and do not, vote for. What do you plan to do? Sit back and be complacent and then suffer the consequences, or do you plan to be part of the solution? It seems government is … [Read more...]

Green Schools Not Right for Nevada

As districts begin to build new schools, they should focus on kids, not environmental activists New school buildings are coming to Nevada, and if recent years are any indication, the push to build those schools to “green” standards will be as strong as the push that led lawmakers to authorize 10 additional years of bonding without voter approval to fund the construction of … [Read more...]

Around the State: April 2015

Chase International Installs Tesla Charging Station An independent real estate company, Chase International, has installed a Tesla charging station at the firm’s Zephyr Cove location. The high-power wall connector adds 58 miles of range per hour for the Model S vehicles. Chase is the latest in a growing network of businesses and resorts adding charging stations in anticipation … [Read more...]

Sam Nicholson: Grand Canyon Development Partners

Meet Sam Nicholson, president of Grand Canyon Development Partners.

President http://grandcanyoninc.com/ How did you first get into your profession? I worked as a heavy equipment operator in the summers during high school and college, going into heavy highway construction right out of college, then later into building and construction. What is a little known fact about yourself? I was a commissioned reserve police officer with the … [Read more...]

Lori Brazfield: Nevada System of Higher Education

Meet Lori Brazfield, director of Nevada System of Higher Education

Director http://epscorspo.nevada.edu/ http://system.nevada.edu/Nshe/ How did you first get into your profession? Grant administration is one you fall into. I began writing grants for local non-profits to gain awareness and funding for projects; then one thing led to another and I began managing the projects and my career in higher education overseeing the entire grant … [Read more...]

Andy Chapman: Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau

Meet Andy Chapman, President/CEO of Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau

President/CEO Incline Village http://www.gotahoenorth.com/about-tahoe/business-and-community/incline-village-crystal-bay-visitors-bureau How did you first get into your profession? I have worked in the tourism industry in the Lake Tahoe basin for over 22 years for both public and private entities. What do you want your legacy to be? I am a big fan of Lake Tahoe and I … [Read more...]

Retail Summary: Fourth Quarter 2014

Southern Nevada The overall vacancy rate for the Las Vegas Valley anchored retail market in the fourth quarter of 2014 was 11.4 percent. The vacancy rate increased 0.4 points, from 11 percent in the third quarter. However, vacancies were down 0.3 points, from 11.7 percent compared to the same time in 2013. While the vacancy rate rose, the general trend still shows that the … [Read more...]

Business Indicators: April 2015

Nevada Business Indicators: April 2015. Includes status of U.S. Nevada, Las Vegas, and Reno economies.

The “second” estimate for fourth quarter 2014 shows U.S. real gross domestic product increasing at an annualized rate of 2.2 percent, lower than the 2.6 percent growth first reported. Compared to the “advanced” estimate, changes in private inventories increased less and nonresidential fixed investment increased more. Personal consumption expenditures, residential investment, … [Read more...]

What’s the Good News/Bad News About Living in Nevada?

Six Nevada executives share the good news/bad news about living in Nevada.

“The good news is the positive economic outlook we are experiencing in Northern Nevada. Hotel rooms are booked and new businesses are opening their doors. The bad news is that we need more snow/water!” Tim Holland | Sales Executive, LP Insurance Services, Inc. “Nevada has a rich history of philanthropy. We live in a very generous, supportive community; however, there are far … [Read more...]

The Emperor Has No Clothes: Businesses Must Speak Out on Governor’s Tax Plan!

So where are the organizations and businesses that came out so strongly committed to defeating the Gross Margins Tax?

Most of you remember the fable that tells of a leader who showed up naked, yet was so powerful that no one said a word. Our Governor has shown strong leadership during our state’s worst economic crisis and enjoys high ratings among Nevadans. However, his plan for imposing the highest tax in Nevada’s history leads me to believe he is either anti-business or simply doesn’t … [Read more...]

Around the State: March 2015

SolarCity Expands to Reno SolarCity, a rooftop solar power provider, has announced a move to statewide operations. In addition to the work the company already does in Southern Nevada, SolarCity will now serve Reno, Sparks and the Carson City area. The company plans to open a Reno operations center in April and expects to hire over 30 local staff in the next few … [Read more...]

Terrence Downey: Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa

Meet Terrence Downey, the President and General Manager of Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa.

President & General Manager North Las Vegas http://www.aliantegaming.com/ What do you want your legacy to be? Children and grandchildren who are honorable and productive members of society; business associates who remember me as a fair and trustworthy gentleman; and friends who cherish the time we spent together. What business advice would you give someone just … [Read more...]

M. Favil West: Foundation Assisting Seniors

Meet M. Favil West, President of The Foundation Assisting Seniors.

President Henderson http://www.foundationassistingseniors.org/ How did you first get into your profession? I co-founded the Foundation Assisting Seniors, a nonprofit organization with the mission of improving the quality of life for the seniors in our community. When you were a kid, what did you want to be? From my earliest days, I am told that all I wanted to be was … [Read more...]

Jason Champagne: Trusted Dental Partners

Meet Jason Champagne, DDS CEO of Trusted Dental Partners.

CEO Reno What do you want your legacy to be? I would like my legacy to be that I embedded the right values and advocacy of responsible approach to business throughout our organization and the dental industry. When you were a kid, what did you want to be? Having a dentist for a father, it was always very clear that I had tremendous opportunity to follow in the family … [Read more...]

Office Summary: Fourth Quarter 2014

Southern Nevada The Las Vegas office sector reported positive net absorption for three consecutive quarters in 2014. By the end of the year, the office market vacancy rate was 23.6 percent. The latest vacancy rate is up 0.2 percentage points from the prior quarter, but it has declined 0.7 percentage points from a year ago. During the fourth quarter of 2014, One Summerlin … [Read more...]

Business Indicators: March 2015

Nevada Business Indicators: March 2015. Includes status of U.S. Nevada, Las Vegas, and Reno economies.

The “advance” estimate for fourth quarter 2014 shows U.S. real gross domestic product increasing at an annualized rate of 2.5 percent, much lower than the 5.0 percent growth experienced during third quarter 2014. Personal consumption expenditures, nonresidential fixed investment, residential investment, changes in private inventories and state and local government spending made … [Read more...]

How Do You Know You Have the Right Employees?

Six Nevada executives share how they know that they have the right employees.

“When employees live and breathe your core values. When employees put the team, company and customer above themselves, that’s how you know you have the right people.” Kelsey Martin | Director of People and Culture, Bristlecone Holdings “You know you have the right employees when you can see that people are excited about what they do. When people enjoy their work they have … [Read more...]

Margin Tax Defeated? …Maybe Not

When we think we’ve seen it all, we get delivered another whammy! Do you remember all the commercials and reasons to defeat the ballot question seeking Nevadan’s approval for a Margin Tax?

When we think we’ve seen it all, we get delivered another whammy! Do you remember all the commercials and reasons to defeat the ballot question seeking Nevadan’s approval for a Margin Tax? How can we so soon forget the barrage of commercials and editorials aimed at defeating that measure? Heck, I wrote some of them myself. Fortunately, the measure was overwhelmingly defeated… … [Read more...]