GES Extends Contract for MAGIC Shows
Advanstar and GES Exposition Services have signed an agreement that extends GES’ general contracting services for the MAGIC Shows through 2007. The fall and spring MAGIC International shows, held in Las Vegas, are the seventh and eighth largest tradeshows in North America and are considered the premier apparel shows in the industry. Each show typically hosts approximately 3,200 exhibitors. The agreement names GES as the sole recommended carrier for ground transportation, and in 2001, GES will be the sole recommended carrier for airfreight transportation as well. MAGIC International, a subsidiary of Advanstar Communications, Inc., is the world’s largest and most widely recognized producer of tradeshows for the apparel industry.
Riding, Roping and Website Development in Elko
The Seventeenth Cowboy Poetry Gathering, to be held in Elko from January 27 to February 3, 2001, will feature several workshops on the business and economics of ranching. Although the Gathering is famous for a variety of entertainment options including cowboy songs, poetry, art exhibits, swing dancing and “Cowboy Cocktail Hour,” the occasion will also be used to investigate the serious business of ranching. Three workshops sponsored by the E.L. Wiegand Foundation will discuss Financial Planning for Ranchers, Managing in the Black, and Diversifying Ranch Income. Classes will also be held in digital video and sound, photography, Web page development, prose writing and gourmet trail cooking. Further information may be found at www.westernfolklife.org.
iSwag.com Expands Client Base
Henderson-based Internet company iSwag.com has signed up 16 new companies for its services: eight are suppliers or distributors of promotional products, and another eight are corporate clients. iSwag.com provides technologies that enable corporate clients to communicate more efficiently with distributors and suppliers of promotional products carrying their company logo. Businesses can track the progress of the design, creation and shipment of their items. iSwag’s BrandCenter technology can also create a virtual storefront on the Web so employees and the general public can purchase logo merchandise. New distributors include: Great Lakes Awards, Curtis Promotions, The Graphics Agency, Slick Promotions and Halcone Marketing. New suppliers are: Coinwatch, Foto Technology Inc. and Castelli Diaries USA.
UPS Upgrades Reno Service
To meet the increasing demand of the express and cargo market, United Parcel Service (UPS) has added a Boeing 757 jet to make roundtrip flights daily from the Reno gateway to UPS’ main North American hub in Louisville, Kentucky. Truckee Meadows customers are now able to receive deliveries earlier and have packages picked up later in the day. A Boeing 727 that flies daily from Reno to Sacramento and Ontario, Calif., has been replaced with a larger Boeing 757. These two changes will allow UPS to ship 50 percent more cargo out of Reno.
IT Strategies International Signs British Client
IT Strategies International Corp., a global computer consulting firm headquartered in Las Vegas, has signed a contract with Yorkshire Building Society in Britain to implement a new human resources system for the large financial services company. IT Strategies will handle the work through its London office, which opened more than a year ago to provide services to the European market. Its Nevada clients include Nevada Power, Mirage Resorts, Sierra Health Services, Clark County and the city of Las Vegas.
Fair, Anderson & Langerman Join Health Care Network
Fair, Anderson & Langerman (FAL), a Las Vegas-based CPA and business consulting firm, has been accepted into the CPA Health Care Network, a national collection of CPA firms that work with companies in the health care industry. Members share successful business strategies and technical information. “As a member of the CPA Health Care Network, FAL will have access to technical advisors, training workshops, newsletters and articles – resources that will help us be smarter about our health care clients,” said Jill Langerman, co-founder of the firm.
Las Vegas Harley-Davidson acquires Ducati of Las Vegas
The world’s largest Harley-Davidson dealership has expanded further with the acquisition of Ducati of Las Vegas, and is now the only authorized dealer in Southern Nevada for the sporty Italian motorcycles. Las Vegas Harley-Davidson is adding a separate Ducati service team, as well as experienced Ducati staff to handle the new product line, which includes motorcycles, accessories and clothing. The 80,000-square-foot facility at 2605 S. Eastern Ave. showcases the region’s largest selection of Harley-Davidson and Buell motorcycles, and includes a 27,000-square-foot service center, four detailing bays, a dyno testing room, a full machine shop and rental fleet.
Paragon to Manage Investments for Business Bank of Nevada
Paragon Asset Management Company, a professional investment advisory firm, has been hired to manage the $20 million investment portfolio for Business Bank of Nevada, a locally owned Nevada bank that caters to small and medium-sized businesses. With more than $146 million in total assets, the bank operates three branches in Las Vegas and one in Carson City. Paragon also manages the internal bank portfolios for Silver State Bank, Valley Bank and Bank of Commerce.
Park Place Opens Check-In Facility at Airport
Visitors to Las Vegas can now check into their hotel rooms as soon as they arrive at the airport. Park Place Entertainment Corporation has opened a check-in facility at McCarran International Airport for its four properties: Bally’s, Paris, Caesars Palace and the Flamingo. Guests may check into their hotel rooms, receive their room keys, and also purchase show tickets at the facility. Future plans include the option of checking baggage for delivery to hotel rooms. The facility, modeled after a full-service hotel lobby, is located in the south baggage claim area near the exit from the C and D gates. It is open initially from 10 a.m. to midnight daily.
Valley Bank Plans Pahrump Branch
Valley Bank, a community bank with an office in Henderson, has received approval from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the state of Nevada to open a branch in Pahrump. The 5,000-square-foot branch will be located at 3250 South Highway 160, and will offer safe deposit box, drive-through teller and drive-through ATM services. A conference room will be available to local groups for meetings during evening hours. The branch is scheduled to open before the end of the year.