“JFK – Even in difficult times, like the Cuban Missile Crisis, he used judgment and restraint to protect us from a serious war. He persevered through health issues and his speeches rallied people to break down cultural barriers.” Farhan Naqvi | Managing Partner Naqvi Injury Law “Lyndon Johnson – He was thrust into office after Kennedy’s assassination and his leadership at that … [Read more...] about In the History of the United States, Who Was Your Favorite President?
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“[I’m thankful for] my son! I can have the most stressful day and then when I see him, he inevitably will make me smile. Who can resist smiling at a 5-year-old reenacting his favorite scene from the Batman Lego movie?” Jennifer Braster | Managing Partner Naylor & Braster Attorneys at Law “I am truly thankful for the great relationships and friendships I make each season. … [Read more...] about What Are You Most Thankful For?
“Now, Discover Your Strengths” by Marcus Buckingham & Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. “It’s important to know who you are and what your strengths are as a business leader. This book helps develop that understanding so you can focus on building those skills while mitigating weaknesses.” Daniel Pearce | GM, Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. at Treasure Island “Leadership: … [Read more...] about Last Word: What Business Book Would You Recommend to Others?
“The most significant changes I’ve witnessed is the evolution of our community and state to accommodate the arts, energy, technology and other great industries!” Valerie Clark | President, Clark & Associates (24 years in Nevada) “One of the greatest things I’ve seen is Southern Nevada’s evolution into a true entertainment destination. We now have world-class restaurants … [Read more...] about What Is the Most Significant Change You’ve Seen in Nevada?
“I would be a national talk show host so that I could interview people from every walk of life and hear their amazing stories to inspire hope. Everyone has a story.” Fafie Moore | Executive Vice President Southern Nevada, ERA Brokers Consolidated “I would choose to coach soccer. I’ve played the sport for over 40 years and have coached at many levels. Skills and lessons … [Read more...] about If You Had to Choose Another Career What Would It Be?
“The 2017 Legislature’s focus, unfortunately, created greater challenges to Nevada businesses. Through the efforts of the Governor, along with represented business interests, the effect on businesses was mitigated.” Aviva Gordon | Chair, Henderson Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Committee “Not if the best future for our children is accomplished through providing the … [Read more...] about Do you think Nevada legislators accomplished what they needed to this session?
“To me, growing up and living in the Valley has always been about the outdoors. The opportunities we have to spend time outdoors, with such great venues as Red Rock, Valley of Fire, Lake Mead, Mt. Charleston, all just minutes away, is very important to me.” Paul E. Valentine, PE | Director of Nevada Operations, The WLB Group, Inc. “Las Vegas has so much to offer! I actually … [Read more...] about What Do You Most Enjoy About Being a Local?
“The Nevadan I most respect is former Governor Kenny Guinn for his honesty, integrity, his ability to relate to everyone and, most of all, his ability to bring opposing sides to compromise.” Bernadette Mashas | CPA, Tax Partner Fair, Anderson & Langerman “I have always admired what LVCVA President & CEO Rossi Ralenkotter has achieved for the Las Vegas tourism industry … [Read more...] about Which Nevadan Do You Most Respect?
“Non-profits can always use more support which furthers the organization’s impact. Support from generous donors and trustees who believe in your mission, and support of members and visitors who value the museum enough to visit.” Tifferney White | CEO and President, Discovery Children’s Museum “Having been in business in Southern Nevada for 30 years, I would like to have … [Read more...] about What Business Resource Do You Wish You Had More Of?
“Do what you love, live well, love well, drink honest wines, eat your veggies and root for the underdog.” Shaji Matthew | Owner, Terra Vigna “‘Announcing your plans is a good way to hear God laugh.’ – Al Swearengen, Deadwood TV Series” Karen Baresell | CEO, United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra “Leaders are tasked with making important decisions each day, some will … [Read more...] about If You Could Make a Sentence Long Speech to the Entire World, What Would You Say?
“The walkways in Peccole Ranch are endless. I love to take walks with my daughter along the beautifully landscaped pathways that circle behind the homes of Peccole Ranch in Summerlin. It’s so peaceful.” Dave Dworkin | Operations Manager, Avision Young “My favorite recreational place in Nevada is Mt. Rose Ski Resort. It’s just minutes from Reno, has the best snow and the … [Read more...] about What Is Your Favorite Recreational Place in Nevada?
“To take every opportunity to create moments of kindness and to use my voice to create peace wherever possible.” Heather Korbulic | Executive Director, Silver State Health Insurance Exchange “My New Year’s resolution is to not work every weekend and enjoy more time with my family and friends and also get back to do some more skydiving.” Marc Jay | Partner, Kelly Cardenas … [Read more...] about What is Your New Year’s Resolution?
“The challenge is to demand that our leaders refocus their energy on creating solutions. The candidates spent months telling us what was wrong with America; now they must guide us on how to make things right” Howard Russell | Managing Partner, Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial “I feel the biggest challenge that our country faces is confidence! We need to be … [Read more...] about With the Elections Behind Us, What Do You Feel Is America’s Number One Challenge?
“I’m thankful for it all – for my family, friends, pets, clients, our quality team at Foundry, the beautiful fall weather, upcoming holiday gatherings and any Wolf Pack victory of UNLV.” Jim Bauserman | CEO, Foundry “I am most thankful for laughter. For fun. For funny people. They can make even your worst day sparkle.” Stephanie Kruse | President and Chief Strategist, … [Read more...] about What Are You Most Thankful For?
“If I am happy when I wake up in the morning, I know I had a successful day yesterday. If I continue ending each day happy, I know I chose the right career.” Scott Donaghe | Senior Associate, Avison Young “In the non-profit world, success is measured by the number of lives we are changing. When we know we have helped to improve the graduation rates for the schools we work … [Read more...] about How Do You Measure Success?
“I would tell myself to not be complacent and be willing to leave your existing comfort zone. Take risks—those risks can lead to greater opportunity.” Eric Speer | General Manager Las Vegas Office, Logical Position “Unless you are absolutely passionate about your career role and can’t bear to exit, upgrade your position every five years. Change spurs growth. Keep building … [Read more...] about What Advice Would You Give Your Younger Self?
“In my efforts to attract new companies to Nevada, the biggest challenge has been our education system. It is hard to compete with other states when we are ranked next to last on a nationwide level.” Mike Hillis, SIOR | Prinicpal, Avision Young “Nevada’s biggest challenge is convincing the world that this is a great place to live. Our city has made an amazing recovery and … [Read more...] about What is the biggest challenge facing Nevada?
“The everlasting ideals cast down by our forefathers continue to secure America’s plight; portrayed in our longstanding heritage in our American cities (be it farm, rural or industrial towns) which embodies the heart of our great country – all of which makes me proud.” Deven Chase | Managing Partner and Realtor, Elite Homes US “Though our country is not perfect, one of the … [Read more...] about What Makes You Proud to Be an American?
“Work ethic. As a small business owner himself, I saw my father work long hours to maintain his client relationships. I didn’t realize it then, but this was setting an example that I follow today.” Ryan Martina, PLS | President, M² Geomatics “My dad taught me that taking risks could never result in a failure. If I failed at something, it was the absolute best education I … [Read more...] about What is the most memorable lesson your father taught you?
“The 90’s. The shift in our world with the advent of the Internet, cell phones and MP3 music was transformative to our whole society. (I might buy Apple stock too.)” Stephen Ranck, AIA, LEED AP | Principal/Managing Director, Gensler “Turbulent 30’s pops out at me. The reason being is that tough times create BIG opportunities for those willing to swim against the tide. Also, … [Read more...] about If Decades Were to Repeat Themselves, Which One Would You Look Forward to Most?