“Each day presents opportunities to serve others and to find new and innovative ways to make my clients’ visions become realities.” Alicia R. Ashcraft | Managing Partner, Ashcraft & Barr | LLP - “The MDL Group supports every owner, executive and employee in giving back to the community. For example, I’m serving as CALV president, which allows me to interact with all … [Read more...] about What do you enjoy most about being a business owner and/or executive?
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“New Year’s resolutions are made to be broken! Instead, I like to establish a New Year’s “theme” to help me refocus my priorities each year. I have declared 2014 the “Year of Breaking Boundaries!” Kelley Goldberg | Shareholder, Intellectual Property Group Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP “The goal I have for 2014 is to step up one of my original goals when I first … [Read more...] about What’s your New Year’s Resolution?
“Ever-growing judicial campaign finance coffers, endorsements from political groups and low voter turn-out in judicial elections all contribute to citizens’ lower confidence in the judiciary. Selecting our judges based on merit through a bipartisan commission and appointment process is crucial to a fair and impartial judiciary, and necessary to maintain our democratic … [Read more...] about Should judges be elected or appointed?
“I’m thankful for our employees and their dedication to the community. They’ve donated more than $1 million to local charities in their communities as part of this year’s Fuel For Life giving campaign and it’s an honor to work with such caring people.” Laura Lopez Hobbs • Senior Vice President/Human Resources and Administration, Southwest Gas Corporation “I am thankful that … [Read more...] about What are you most thankful for?
“Yes. The pendulum is swinging back in a positive direction. Get ready... good things are happening now and it’s about to get fun again!” Mike Mixer • Managing Partner, Colliers International – Las Vegas - “We see promising signs that the recession is over and the economy is on a sustainable upswing. Certainly, there are challenges that remain, but our clients are … [Read more...] about Is Nevada’s Recession Over?
“A press release is not the Holy Grail of a communications plan. There are many tools, especially online, to really make a public relations campaign a success and often times a traditional, long, boring press release is not the answer.” Solveig Raftery • President & CEO, The Firm Public Relations & Marketing “Top pet peeves are people who are always unhappy, poor … [Read more...] about What is your biggest pet peeve?
“My main concern is insurance rates. The goal of ObamaCare was to get more people covered at affordable costs. However, with mandates, rating changes, etc going into effect next year it does not appear insurance rates will be going down anytime soon – especially for the younger, healthy population who we need in the risk pool!” Melissa Davies, RHU • Benefit Solutions … [Read more...] about What is your greatest concern regarding the Affordable Care Act?
“Social media is a constant part of my day. It’s the first thing I see when I wake up in the morning and the last thing I think about when I go to sleep at night.” Nicole Rose Dion • Digital Communications, The Abbi Agency - “Social media has impacted my daily life by allowing me the opportunity to reach out to people I may not have otherwise been able to speak with or … [Read more...] about How has social media impacted your daily life?
“My favorite place in Nevada is Red Rock Canyon. It is absolutely gorgeous and a great place to hike. Getting to enjoy some fresh air and nature’s beauty is a perfect way to spend any weekend.” Lea Carrasco-Zanini • Executive Director, Golden Rainbow - “My favorite place is Lake Tahoe. I love the quietness, natural beauty and serenity of that place. The first time I saw … [Read more...] about What is your favorite place in Nevada?
“At nine years old I started my first business renting sleds and toboggans out of my dad’s television repair shop. The business was booming and I was able to buy my first pair of skis that winter.” Scott Meier • Co-Owner, Right Now Air - “I was 14 and wanted the coolest shoes that everyone was wearing (Adidas). My dad said my shoes were just fine. I still wanted them; he … [Read more...] about What was the first thing you bought with money you had earned yourself?
“I hope legislators recognize the importance of homeowners associations and the value of maintaining common areas for the members and the state as a whole. Reasonable legislation is needed to support boards’ efforts rather than more legislative over-reach.” Anne Calarco, CMCA,AMS, PCAM • President & Managing Partner, Level Property Management “I hope the legislators … [Read more...] about What do you hope the legislators will accomplish this session?
“Dennis Finfrock and Pat Christenson both impacted my career by presenting me with opportunities to learn through success AND failure. From my interning at Thomas & Mack Center, and the years of growth that followed there and at the MGM’s arena, the experience was fantastic.” Daren Libonati • President/COO, Justice Entertainment Group “My Mom, of course. The … [Read more...] about Who has had the greatest impact on your career?
“Quality education and healthcare are key to the diversification of our employment base, which will bring businesses and individuals to Southern Nevada and positively impact our economy.” Joselyn Cousins • Vice President, Community Development, United Way of Southern Nevada “Not a single event or government program will solve Nevada’s economic problems, but understanding … [Read more...] about What has the greatest potential to improve Nevada’s economy?
“My hope for 2013 is that we find a way to reduce the stigma of HIV/AIDS across the nation so that we may better combat this terrible disease.” Lea Carrasco-Zanini • Executive Director, Golden Rainbow - - “My hope is our company continues to grow and receives a television network deal to further our brand and athlete exposure. I also want to continue giving back to the … [Read more...] about What is your hope for 2013?
“For 14 years, we’ve been providing Christmas to Las Vegas children with “Giving Day.” We provide food, clothing and toys to under-privileged children. The Giving Day tradition has contributed to lives of thousands of families who would have gone without.” Mary Musso • Corporate Broker and Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Distinctive Homes “On Thanksgiving, when … [Read more...] about What is your favorite holiday tradition?
“Two words: community involvement. Money alone is not enough to combat apathy. We have dedicated teachers in our classrooms. We also need dedicated parents and mentors to motivate our students. When we all come together, amazing and transformative things happen.” Dwight D. Jones • Superintendent, Clark County School District “We must commit to three tasks to accomplish … [Read more...] about What has the most potential to improve education in Nevada?
“My first job was traveling around the intermountain west refinishing gym floors at high schools, junior high schools and churches. I probably lost a few brain cells breathing the toxic fumes but it gave me the desire to get my college degree as fast as possible. Hopefully the education made up for the lost brain cells.” Richard Bird • Regional Manager, Marcus & … [Read more...] about What was your very first job?
“Nevada’s economy will mirror that of the overall U.S. economy, in 2013. Our country is facing a challenging financial outlook with large (and growing) federal & state budget deficits, looming tax increases, and likely spending cuts on numerous domestic programs.” Brian D. Lawenda, M.D. • Clinical Director and Radiation Oncologist, 21st Century Oncology “Our community … [Read more...] about Will Nevada’s economy be better this time next year?
“Make time to spend with friends and family, relax, and take well-deserved vacations. You’re hard work to become successful in your career is ultimately meaningless if you fail to also enjoy life and the people who surround you.” Sarah E. Harmon, Esq. • Partner, Bailey Kennedy “My father taught me to never ever be afraid of work. It does not matter what you do, but do it … [Read more...] about What is the greatest lesson you learned from your parents?
“To me, and to millions of Americans over the years, the American Dream often involves owning your own home. With our economy and housing market in Nevada showing signs of recovery, I look forward to seeing the home ownership rate in our state going back up in the coming years.” Blane Johnson • President, Nevada Association of REALTORS. “For me, the dream is to do work I … [Read more...] about What does the “American Dream” mean to you?