“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...] about Is the solution to improving education money or reform?
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“My first car was a 1960 Comet Station Wagon. When I was 14 years old, there was a kind elderly lady that lived next door who couldn’t drive anymore. So I mowed her lawn, ran errands, etc. for her. As thanks she gifted me the car and I was one very happy 14-year-old unlicensed driver!” Terry Downey | President and General Manager, Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa “My first car … [Read more...] about What was your first car?
“Candlelighters of Southern Nevada is special to me because of the support, education, hope and advocacy they provide families of children with cancer. It’s important for these families to know they are not alone and that someone cares.” Justin Brown | Vice President Regulatory Affairs, Southwest Gas “My most compassionate feelings go out to the single-parent homeless. Our … [Read more...] about What is your favorite charity?
“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...] about What is your favorite local restaurant?
“Sydney Carton. His last words are a proclamation of hope for the future of mankind. ‘It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.’” Mitchell D. Forman, D.O. | Dean & Professor, Touro University Nevada - “Buffy Summers because she is strong and resourceful and never gives up no matter … [Read more...] about If you could meet any fictional character, who would it be?
“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...] about What is your personal philosophy regarding working with people?
“My first answer would be my family, but after that I would have to say my bed. My mattress, sheets and pillows are so wonderful that even when I don’t get my eight hours (due to our hectic schedules) I still feel refreshed.” Stephanie Angold | Founder/Owner, The Find in Reno - “My most prized possession would have to be all my photos from traveling through Italy, South … [Read more...] about What is your most prized possession?
“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?
“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?