Taxes and Education: The Decision-Maker’s Perspective

I am a native Nevadan and I was publicly educated here. In fact, my father took time away from his gaming career to teach and my daughter and daughter-in-law are Nevada teachers now. I appreciate the vital role teachers and education have in our society. However, the fact is that the cost of a public education is accelerating at a rate which is exceeding our state’s economic … [Read more...]

Legislative Review

The last legislative session in Nevada was one of the most productive the state has seen in recent years.

The last legislative session in Nevada was one of the most productive the state has seen in recent years. Love it or hate it, there is no denying the outcomes of that productivity and the work of the 78th Session will be discussed for years to come. With around 1,000 registered lobbyists and as many bills passed, 20 freshmen lawmakers and the state’s largest tax increase, … [Read more...]

What is Your Personal Mission Statement?

Six Nevada executives share their personal mission statement.

“It is my mission in life to create wonderful long lasting personal relationships. To live with integrity, honesty & unconditional love; And to never lose sight of what is important; family.” Kathy O’Grady Watkins | Partner, Sutton Watkins Advertising & Marketing, Inc. “Make someone else’s life better by what you do.” Matthew T. Dushoff, Esq. | Shareholder Kolesar … [Read more...]

Industry Focus: Insurance

Nevada insurance agents and brokers seek to educate the market on the importance of a trusted insurance advisor.

Combating a trend towards faceless online insurance purchases, Nevada insurance agents and brokers seek to educate the market on the importance of a trusted insurance advisor. Recently, executives in this industry met at the Las Vegas offices of City National Bank to discuss the challenges they face. Connie Brennan, publisher of Nevada Business Magazine, served as moderator … [Read more...]

What are Some of the Misconceptions that Non-Nevadans Have About People Who Live in Nevada?

Six Nevada executives share the misconceptions non-Nevadans have about living in Nevada.

“That we’re always playing blackjack in our free time. In reality, Nevada is blessed with tremendous outdoor activities, the year-round weather to enjoy them, and plenty of opportunities for cultural learning beyond the casino doors.” Rory T. Kay | Attorney, McDonald Carano Wilson, LLP (Hails from: Lincoln, NE) “It’s not just misconceptions as much as it is people thinking … [Read more...]

Buying and Selling a Business

A complicated topic with a myriad of details to consider, buying and selling a business will affect nearly all business owners at some point.

A complicated topic with a myriad of details to consider, buying and selling a business will affect nearly all business owners at some point. With so many issues to be aware of, it’s important that executives have the information necessary in order to successfully navigate the process. A panel of experts recently gathered for a breakfast seminar and responded to a host of … [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...]

Are You Optimistic That Our Legislators Will Work Together This Session?

Six Nevada executives share whether or not they are optimistic that our legislators will work together this session.

“I am optimistic they will come together. Once the session commences, the realization usually sets in, that they were elected to do the people’s business and most understand that involves compromise.” Carole Vilardo | President, Nevada Taxpayers Association - “With internal leadership struggles appearing to now be behind us, policymakers can now get down to business and … [Read more...]

What is Nevada’s Greatest Challenge Going Into 2015?

What is Nevada’s Greatest Challenge Going Into 2015?

“Our state’s greatest challenge is moving into yet again another year of not having a plan in place to facilitate the needs of our school district. Our state needs to attract and keep the best educators so that our students can flourish and stay in school creating a strong, smart work force for Nevada.” Michelle Jackson | President, Junior Achievement of Southern … [Read more...]

LP Insurance Hosts Ch. 40 Seminar

LP Insurance Services, Inc. proudly continues its Enterprise Risk Management Seminar series, recently hosting clients and guests in Reno, Nev.

RENO, Nev. - LP Insurance Services, Inc. proudly continues its Enterprise Risk Management Seminar series, recently hosting clients and guests in Reno, Nev. The seminar covered numerous aspects of Nevada’s Revised Statute (NRS) known as Chapter 40, the construction defect law. Attendees heard from Nevada State Senator, Ben Kieckhefer; LP Insurance Services President, Nick … [Read more...]

Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

An issue with far-reaching effects for businesses and HR professionals, the advent of medical marijuana in the workplace has led to a host of questions.

An issue with far-reaching effects for business owners and HR professionals, the advent of medical marijuana in the workplace has led to a host of questions on the subject. In an effort to answer some of those questions, a panel of experts recently convened to educate attendees on the topic. The breakfast was hosted by Nevada Business Magazine, Holland & Hart and LP … [Read more...]

What would be a person’s first impression of you?

Six Nevada executives share what they believe another person's first impression of them would be.

“A strength of character that shows itself through integrity in action and a genuine commitment to create a positive work environment.” Lynn W. Mitchell, CHA | Chairman of the Board, Nevada Hotel & Lodging Association and Vice President of Operations, Soleil Management - “I think they’d find me understated, but driven, especially when it comes to my family. My … [Read more...]

Groundbreaking for Downtown Las Vegas Clinic; Wells Fargo Invests in Southern Nevada; Home Prices Holding Steady

Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada Hosts Groundbreaking Event for Clinic in Downtown Las Vegas Groundbreaking ceremony for VMSN’s new downtown Las Vegas clinic. Members of the community are invited to attend and receive information about the project. [Read more...] Wells Fargo Invests in Southern Nevada through Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance's 'Engage Southern … [Read more...]

Is the solution to improving education money or reform?

Is the solution to improving education money or reform?

“Neither…Any organization asking for additional funding should have a PLAN with how they anticipate using the funding to achieve the results they desire.  Then the source of the funding (the electorate or elected official) can make an educated funding decision.  Seems so simple…” Michael D. Bosma | CPA | The Bosma Group “Education is knowledge and knowledge is essential to … [Read more...]

LP Insurance Seminar: Successful Succession Planning & Work Comp Habits

LP Insurance Services, Inc. proudly continues its Enterprise Risk Management Seminar series, recently hosting clients and guests in Reno, Nev.

LP Insurance Services, Inc. proudly continues its Enterprise Risk Management Seminar series, recently hosting clients and guests in Reno, Nev. The most recent seminar, a joint endeavor with the accounting firm of BFBA (Brown, Fink, Boyce & Astle, LLP) in Sacramento, was held in August and covered business succession planning and workers’ compensation. Attendees heard … [Read more...]

Industry Focus: Insurance

Insurance executives across the state met at the Las Vegas offices of City National Bank to discuss the challenges in their industry.

Despite constant changes in legislation and the additions of new regulations, the insurance industry strives to be a consistent resource for business owners and individuals alike. Recently, insurance executives across the state met at the Las Vegas offices of City National Bank to discuss the challenges in their industry. Connie Brennan, publisher of Nevada Business … [Read more...]

LP Insurance Names Chief Risk Officer

LP Insurance Services, Inc. proudly announces the appointment of David Cisneros to the position of Chief Risk Officer.

LP Insurance Services, Inc. proudly announces the appointment of David Cisneros to the position of Chief Risk Officer. Cisneros, formerly the Director-Risk & Insurance Manager at International Game Technology, has more than 20 years of industry experience. As the Chief Risk Officer at LP Insurance, he is responsible for leading the Risk Management Services division … [Read more...]

LP Insurance Hosts Drug/Medical Marijuana Seminar

LP Insurance Services, Inc. proudly continues its successful Risk Management Seminar series, hosting multiple clients and guests in Las Vegas and Reno. The semi-annual series, conducted by LP Insurance, allows invited guests the opportunity to learn about timely insurance-related topics from industry leaders and compliance administrators. The most recent seminars, held in … [Read more...]

What is your favorite local restaurant?

Six Nevada executives share what their favorite local restaurant is.

“L’atelier Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand is always a special experience. I always leave looking forward to the next time I can go! The food and service are the best anywhere, and I was fortunate to meet Chef Robuchon himself the last time I was there.” Dr. Michael S. Levy | Medical Director, Center for Addiction Medicine Las Vegas “I love The Twisted Fork in south Reno. They … [Read more...]

What is your personal philosophy regarding working with people?

Six Nevada executives share their personal philosophy regarding working with people.

“To always be aware of what people say they want and need. Then work together with integrity and all parties will achieve the desired results.” Jane Anthony | Sales Executive, LP Insurance Services, Inc. - “My philosophy is to have immediate connectivity with your customers. Do anything to help them. Talk a little, listen a lot, then over-deliver on their expectations. … [Read more...]