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...]

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...]

Jeff Ehret: The PENTA Building Group

Meet Jeff Ehret, President and CEO The PENTA Building Group

President and CEO Las Vegas http://www.pentabldggroup.com/ How did you first get into your profession? My father was a commercial contractor. He started bringing me to work on Saturdays when I was 5 years old. He let me ride to the jobs with his laborer foreman in a dump truck. I haven’t looked back since then. If you had to choose another profession, what would it … [Read more...]

Mark Estee: Reno Provisions

Meet Mark Estee, Owner and Chef of Reno Provisions.

Owner/Chef Reno https://www.facebook.com/RenoProvisions When you were a kid, what did you want to be? I wanted to be a football player, then realized coaching was more in the cards. Then I wanted to be a drill sergeant in the Marines. But, that would require me to join the Marines and, back then, I was not the most dedicated person. This one is odd, I also wanted to be a … [Read more...]

David Marlon: Solutions Recovery, Inc.

Meet David Marlon, President of Solutions Recovery, Inc.

President Las Vegas http://www.solutions-recovery.com/ How did you first get into your profession? After years of working at Health Plan of Nevada, I saw a need in my community for addiction recovery sources and knew that my calling was to help people struggling with substance abuse and addiction. What do you want your legacy to be? Substance abuse is the biggest … [Read more...]

Kevin Ryan: Nevada Humane Society

Meet Kevin Ryan, CEO of Nevada Humane Society.

CEO http://www.nevadahumanesociety.org/ What do you want your legacy to be? I hope I can help the organization grow and help Nevada become a no-kill state. It is absolutely possible. What business advice would you give someone just starting in your industry? A non-profit is a business, make no bones about it. Everything you do and everything you endeavor to do is on … [Read more...]

Alexandra Lourdes: Managing Partner Unlokt

Meet Alexandra Lourdes, co-founder of Managing Partner Unlokt.

Co-Founder Managing Partner http://unlokt.com/ How did you first get into your profession? I grew up in a family of entrepreneurs, so that was unquestionably a strong influence on how I thought about business. What business advice would you give someone just starting in your industry? The people you work with become your family. Don’t settle for just anyone and … [Read more...]

Joseph Miller: Fisher Sand & Gravel Company

Meet Joseph Miller, Nevada Area Manager and Project Manager at Fisher Sand & Gravel Company.

Nevada Area Manager Project Manager http://www.fisherind.com/ What do you wish you would have learned at the beginning of your career? To believe in myself more than I believed in anyone else. What business advice would you give someone just starting in your industry? Listen, learn and work your butt off. No one can teach you like you can teach yourself. It is … [Read more...]

Cecilia Lee: Cecilia Lee, Ltd.

Meet Cecilia Lee, Attorney at Law at Cecilia Lee, Ltd.

Attorney at Law Cecilia Lee, Ltd. http://www.cecilialee.net/ How did you first get into your profession? I began working as a paralegal in a law firm after I finished graduate school. I really enjoyed the work and decided to go to law school. What do you want your legacy to be? A career of helping people and businesses solve their problems. What business advice … [Read more...]

John McClain: The Dog and Pony Show

Meet John McClain, owner of The Dog and Pony Show.

Owner The Dog and Pony Show How did you first get into your profession? I started as a runner at an advertising agency, discovered the recording studios responsible for creating radio and tv spots and bothered them until they gave me a job sweeping up. What business advice would you give someone just starting in your industry? Try to find someone who is experienced to … [Read more...]

Sherrie Hermann: Cal Pac Painting of Nevada

Meet Sherrie Hermann, President of Cal Pac Painting of Nevada.

President Cal Pac Painting of Nevada http://www.calpac.us/ How did you first get into your profession? I was working at Nabors Cadillac in Costa Mesa, California and a friend told me Cal Pac was hiring. I joined the company in 1984 as a secretary. What business advice would you give someone just starting in your industry? It is a lot easier today for a woman to get … [Read more...]

Chris Ferrari: Ferrari Public Affairs

Meet Chris Ferrari, President of Ferrari Public Affairs

President Ferrari Public Affairs http://ferraripa.com/ How did you first get into your profession? A fraternity brother of mine helped me secure an internship in the 1995 Legislative Session, and I graduated from the University of Nevada in December of 1996. I then got a job as a junior legislative analyst for a full-time gig in the 1997 Legislative Session. From there, … [Read more...]

Denise A. Bradshaw, Esq.: Bradshaw Law LLC

Meet Denise A. Bradshaw, Esq., Owner and Founder of Bradshaw Law LLC.

Owner/Founder Elko http://bradshawlawnv.com/ How did you first get into your profession? After taking some paralegal courses right out of high school, I got a job as a legal receptionist in Reno. In pursuit of my dream, I attended Great Basin College at night, while working three jobs. After 8 years, I finally earned a four year BAS degree and was able to attend law … [Read more...]

Jeric Leavitt: Leavitt Insurance Agency

Meet Jeric Leavitt, the Producer and Co-Owner at Leavitt Insurance Agency

Producer, Co-Owner http://www.leavitt.com/ How did you first get into your profession? Ours is a family business started in the 1950’s that now has 120+ offices in 17 states. In college, I set out on another direction but found my way back and am glad that I did. What do you like most and least about your industry? I enjoy the relationships with others and working … [Read more...]

Krisanne Cunningham: Rice Reuther Sullivan & Carroll, LLP

Meet Krisanne Cunningham, partner at Rice Reuther Sullivan & Carroll, LLP.

Partner Las Vegas http://www.rrsc-law.com How did you first get into your profession? I was an accounting major at Notre Dame and, during a summer working at one of the big accounting firms, I decided to attend law school to learn more about, and focus on, tax planning and structuring and business/corporate law. If you had to choose another profession, what would it … [Read more...]