Las Vegas Calendar
Spotlight: Local non-profits November 10th, 2012
Dulcinea Almazan, Boys and Girls Clubs of LV Cindy Fox, Nevada Ballet ..
Mark Albright December 8th, 2012
Mark Albright served as the Mission President in Washington, D.C...
LV Women's Network Luncheon - Your Best Year Yet! with Joel Deceuster January 24th, 2014
The Best Year Yet for Women Workshop
A Personal Focusing Workshop for
Your Life & Career
The Best Year Yet for Women Workshop asks 10 simple questions which cause you to think deeply about your life and the results you want to achieve over the next twelve months. From your answers, your personal vision, priorities and guidelines will flow. They’ll culminate into a one page annual plan that will be easy to follow and will produce measurable results almost immediately. You’ll have a new found sense of energy and enthusiasm that will drive your life and career forward to levels never before imagined.
Focus and Execution = Results
Best Year Yet for Women is all about building and implementing your annual focus and plan. Many who have taken this workshop refer to it as, “strategic planning made simple.” It’s simple because it all fits on a single sheet of paper. Imagine, a one page annual plan to guide your life and career. You’ll really come to know the power of focus when you can boil so much down to a one page plan for achieving your most important priorities and goals.
During the workshop, with the help of a professional coach, you will…
Las Vegas Chapter Luncheon - Menlo Smith January 10th, 2014
Menlo Smith, CEO, Sunmark Capital Corporation
Known for inventing and marketing popular candies and snacks such as SweeTARTS, Pixy Stix, Tangy Taffy, Nerds, the Willy Wonka brands, and David's Sunflower Seeds.
Smith was also a founding principal of Mentors International, a non-profit group that assists impoverished micro-entrepreneurs in the Third World to achieve self-sufficiency through training, mentoring and micro credit.
In addition, Smith has served as President of the Philippines-Baguio Mission and the St. Louis Temple...
February Luncheon - Mayor John Lee February 14th, 2014
John Lee, Mayor of North Las Vegas
As an Eagle Scout, Mayor Lee began his commitment to public service at a young age. His commitment to public service continued as he served on various commissions and boards and through elected office as a Nevada State Assemblyman, Nevada State Senator, and Mayor of North Las Vegas. John's private sector experiences as a business man provide a good foundation for leading. He was elected to the Nevada Assembly in 1996. Serving two terms as an Assemblyman, John was known as a champion of bipartisanship and for his commitment to common sense solutions to complex problems. In 2004, John was elected to the Nevada Senate where he served on the committees of Legislative Operations and Elections; Energy, Infrastructure, and Transportation; and was the Chairman of Government Affairs, where he was responsible for working with city and county government officials throughout Nevada. John was diagnosed with stage IV cancer in 2007. His determination to live was based on his understanding that every one of his accomplishments started with his decision to try. After months of agonizing treatment and with the help of others, John successfully won his battle with cancer. He now faces life with a new perspective, a greater sense of gratitude, and an increased desire to provide meaningful support to others. An avid outdoorsman, John proudly displays an "I Brake for Butterflies" bumper sticker on his GMC pickup, but as an experienced mountain biker, butterflies should probably stay off the trail! To signal the end to his fight with stage IV cancer, John completed a 10-day trek of the Tahoe Rim and returned to Carson City to continue fighting for Nevadans. John and his wife Marilyn have been married for 39 years and have seven children and eighteen grandchildren. They reside in North Las Vegas, Nevada and are active members in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...
March Luncheon - Dr. Brent Hathaway March 14th, 2014
Dr. Brent Hathaway, Dean of UNLV's Lee Business School
Hathaway, the Ted and Doris Lee Professor of Business, has published and presented extensively about entrepreneurship, leadership, business sustainability, ethics, and the economy. Prior to moving into academic leadership, Hathaway was vice president at Honeywell International; director of marketing at Case Corporation; and president, general manager at Concord, Inc., principal/director of Prism Consulting, a technology. Hathaway earned a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Illinois, a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Utah State University.
April Luncheon - Dr. Matthew Holland Pres. UVU April 11th, 2014
Dr. Matthew Holland, President, Utah Valley Universiy
Matthew S. Holland is the President of Utah Valley University, where he has been serving since June of 2009. Before assuming his current position, President Holland was an associate professor of political science at Brigham Young University, where he taught courses in political philosophy and American political thought, including BYU’s large general education sections of American Heritage. A popular teacher, his commitment to applied learning concepts led to his selection as BYU’s “Civically Engaged Scholar of the Year” in 2008 by Utah Campus Compact. His scholarly research on how ideals of Christian charity influenced the development of American political life garnered national attention. In 2005, he won Princeton University’s James Madison Fellowship. In 2007, his book, Bonds of Affection: Civic Charity and the Making of America, was published by Georgetown University Press. He graduated from Brigham Young University with honors in 1991, and was valedictorian for the political science department. That same year he was awarded the Raoul Wallenberg Scholarship for a year of graduate study at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Before going on to earn his master’s degree and Ph.D. in political science at Duke University, President Holland served as chief of staff for the top executive of the international consulting firm Monitor Group and, later, as special assistant to then-Governor Michael O. Leavitt. He serves on numerous community boards, including the editorial advisory board of the Deseret News and the boards of the Utah Valley and Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Paige, have four children, Jacob, Mitzi, Grace and Dan..
Thomas A. Thomas is the Managing Partner of the Thomas & Mack Co., an investment management and commercial real estate development company. Mr. Thomas has managed the company since its formation in 1992. After completing his legal studies in 1986, Thomas joined the Valley Bank of Nevada as Vice President and Legal Counsel. In 1988, Thomas was named Regional Vice President for retail banking operations. In 1990 he was named Senior Vice President over Private Banking and Corporate Trust Services. With the merger of Valley Bank of Nevada into Bank of America in 1992, Thomas left his banking career to formalize the real estate and wealth management operations of the Thomas & Mack Company. The real estate operations of the Company include the ownership and management of over 4 million sq. ft. of office and light industrial properties in Las Vegas as well as real estate developments in California, Arizona, and Utah. Thomas received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Finance from the University of Utah in 1982 and a Law Degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1986. He is also a graduate of the National Graduate Trust School at Northwestern University. For over two decades Thomas has been intimately involved with numerous local charitable organizations. He has chaired the UNLV Presidents Associates, the Opportunity Village Foundation Board, the Board of Governors of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and served as President of the Las Vegas Rotary Club. Thomas was also instrumental in establishing the Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic and the Thomas and Mack Moot Court Facility, both at the UNLV Boyd School of Law. Thomas served as the Chairman of the Capital Campaign for the $44 million Engelstad Campus of Opportunity Village in Las Vegas. Thomas currently serves on the following boards: • Southwest Gas Corporation • Nevada State Bank • Switch Ltd • Opportunity Village Foundation • UNLV Academic Corporate Council • Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic at UNLV • Las Vegas Rotary Foundation • BYU President’s Leadership Council..
LV Women's Network: Networking Tips w/ Speed Networking Activity April 25th, 2014
If you want to network with confidence and with purpose, join us for a presentation on building relationships from Shannon Hiller, Director of Marketing at Piercy Bowler Taylor & Kern. We will learn how to effectively network both in person and online
We will immediately put those tips into practice with a speed networking activity!
Warren Whitlock is a digital business development strategist. In 2008, he wrote the first book about Twitter and Mobile Marketing, and the best selling “Profitable Social Media: Business Results Without Playing Games.” He is the host of Social Media Radio and speaks frequently about social media marketing, online publicity and marketing, social networking and building lifetime value for rapid growth. He was also named one of Forbes’ Top 10 Social Media Power Influencers of 2013.
Warren helps businesses transform to a new way of doing business using social media and online marketing and promotion to attract the right audience from the 2 billion people using the Internet. His breakthrough strategies to integrate mobile marketing, public relations and and lead generation with conversions to return on investment for lifetime value has helped hundreds businesses achieve rapid and continuing results from their marketing process.
Warren has worked in technology, business services and broadcasting, and is currently involved with media, health and several startups. He’s known on social media sites as @WarrenWhitlock, where you can find him in having individual discussions and answering questions daily...
Jim Trevino is a serial Entrepreneur with over thirty years of experience starting, financing, building and selling companies. He took his first company public in 1984, a medical billing software company serving the physician, dental and hospital markets.
Jim also has extensive international business experience. From 1990-1992 he worked for, The Center for International Cooperation, a Seattle company whose mission was to facilitate international trade and cultural exchanges between Russia, China and the U.S. Two of his most notable achievements were leading a scholarly exchange between 300 U.S. constitutional lawyers and their Russian counterparts during the period of Glasnost and Perestroika under the presidency of Mikail Gorbachev. The other was conducting one of the largest business exchanges between the U.S. and China in Seattle Washington soon after the uprising in Tiananmen Square.
Jim is also an experienced financier whose company, Business Finance Corporation, has provided more than $750,000,000 in asset based financing to companies of all types and sizes.
Jim is also an informal venture capitalist. In 1999, he funded the eNic Corporation, the registry and registrar for the country code, .cc. In 2001, the company was sold to Verisign, the worldwide registry for the .com top level domain. Jim has also founded, financed and sold companies in industries as diverse as pipeline transportation and storage, mining, surveying, medical instrumentation, wholesale distribution, metal fabrication and fast food just to name a few.
Jim is currently a Founder, CEO and President of Dot Vegas Inc., the registry for the top level domain, .vegas. This endeavor has taken over seven years and cost more than 1.5 million dollars to bring to the marketplace.
Originally from Kalispell Montana, Jim has been a Las Vegas resident since 2000. He is a decorated war veteran having received the Bronze Star while serving as a scout with the 11th Armored Cavalry in Vietnam.
Jim became an entrepreneur and pursued the development of his very first product, the Solo Grade checker, which he sold to the Lietz Company of Overland Park, Kansas in 1977. Since then he has never stopped...
August Luncheon - Scott Bullock August 8th, 2014
Scott Bulloch is a Founding Principal and the Chief Operating Officer of SPB Capital Partners, the first private equity fund based in Las Vegas, Nevada, with a second office in Santa Monica, California. Between 2004 and 2013, Scott and his partners developed processes for identifying, qualifying, performing due diligence, raising capital, financing and closing hundreds of millions of dollars in transactions. Some of those transactions include:
· Over $200 million in hospitality and gaming acquired from MGM and another seller in Laughlin NV and Pahrump NV; interest sold in 2008.
· Over $100 million of apartment units acquired and sold; over 1500 units.
· Acquisition of Nevada’s largest mechanical contractor.
· Acquisition of Hawaii’s second largest waste hauler.
· $50 million development of Wet ‘n’ Wild Waterpark in Las Vegas with Village Roadshow (Australia Stock Exchange: VRL) and The Howard Hughes Company.
Scott has been an accounting and finance professional for over 20 years, serving in roles at both Ernst & Young and Deloitte & Touche and in corporate positions (Huntsman and others). He has actively participated as part of management or as an advisor in the due diligence associated with various business transactions totaling over a billion dollars. In addition, as either a Chief Financial Officer or a Chief Operating Officer Scott has managed numerous aspects of business operations, including, tax planning, tax compliance, financial accounting, financial reporting, development and implementation of business processes, analysis of business lines, process improvements and other management issues. He has also managed the preparation of transactional documents and review of the same with numerous law firms including Morrison & Foerster, Foley & Lardner, Venable, Dorsey & Whitney and others.
Scott is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in Nevada, Utah and Colorado (inactive). He is a graduate of Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management where he received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting, a Master of Accountancy with an emphasis in Taxation and a Master of Business Administration...
September Luncheon - Brian Burton, President and CEO of Three Square Food Bank September 12th, 2014
Brian Burton is a native of Little Rock, Ark., and holds a MBA degree from LSU and a Master of Divinity from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Ky.
Brian’s career began as a controller for Centex Homes, but quickly evolved into humanitarian work after serving as an associate pastor at a Baptist church in Dallas, Texas. He then served for 14 years as Executive Director at the Wilkinson Center, a faith-based nonprofit organization lifting people out of poverty through education and emergency services.
Brian relocated from Dallas to Las Vegas in April of 2011 to become President and CEO of the Three Square Food Bank. Only six years old, Three Square has developed into the fastest growing food bank in the nation. When the former food bank closed in 2006, the Las Vegas community rallied and, led by founder Eric Hilton and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, a new food bank was formed called Three Square.
In 2013, Three Square distributed more than 30 million pounds of food and grocery product, the equivalent to more than 25 million meals. Three Square works with nearly 1,300 partner sites including nonprofit and faith-based organizations, schools and feeding sites. Through these program partners, Three Square serves more than 100,000 individuals monthly. Among programs run through these sites is the BackPack for Kids, which serves approximately 275 schools with more than 5,000 children receiving supplemental weekend meals each week. In the 2012-2013 school year, more than 175,000 bags were distributed. In addition, Three Square’s Kids Cafe® after-school program currently serves more than 90 after school programs and provides more than 24,000 meals per week.
Three Square is a member of Feeding America, a national network of member food banks that engage our country in the fight to end hunger.
When Brian is not working, he enjoys writing, reading, bird-watching, traveling, and hiking up Mt. Charleston with his two basset hounds...
October Luncheon - David Smyth, Head Coach of BYU Rugby October 10th, 2014
In his 20+ seasons as head coach at BYU, Smyth has coached several USA National Rugby Team Members, Collegiate All-Americans, and Pacific Coast All-Stars. He has also led the Cougars to four collegiate championships: 2009, 2012, 2013, and 2014...
Las Vegas Women's Network: Creating the Work You Love October 3rd, 2014
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How to go from a traditional job to an entrepreneur!
Michelle Barnum Smith is the Founder of Marketing2Marriage. She is a 15 year corporate marketing veteran who decided to create work that she (and her family) loves! She now teaches other driven women how to free themselves from traditional jobs by turning their expertise into automated information products.
November Luncheon - Dan Schiess, United States Attorney's Office November 14th, 2014
Daniel R. Schiess is an Assistant United States Attorney, and has prosecuted cases involving complex fraud, public corruption, money laundering, drugs, and violence. He graduated from J. Ruben Clark Law School in 1985, and worked as Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Roger D. Foley in Las Vegas, then as a trial attorney in the civil and criminal divisions of the United States Department of Justice in Washington D.C. He and his family moved to Las Vegas in 1992 when he joined the United States Attorney’s Office. He served for twelve years on the State Bar of Nevada Disciplinary Committee...
December Luncheon - Stan and Judi Nielson December 12th, 2014
Stanford Willis Nielson and Judi Ann Parker Nielson will be speaking to us at our December luncheon. Stan Nielson was a Partner/owner at Sunburst Shutters. Brother Nielson is a former counselor in a stake presidency, bishop and counselor, high councilor, ward Young Men president and missionary in the Netherlands Amsterdam Mission. Sister Nielson servesd as a counselor in the stake Young Women presidency, temple ordinance worker, seminary teacher, ward Young Women adviser and ward Primary teacher.
They were previously mission president of the Poland Warsaw Mission and have just been called to serve at the Manhattan New York Temple...
January Luncheon - Patrice Tew January 9th, 2015
As a young girl Trustee Patrice Tew lived with her family in Iran under the regime of the Shah Mohammad Reza Palavi. That international experience cultivated within her a great love and a respect for diverse peoples and cultures along with a profound gratitude for family and country. She has a yearning for knowledge and characterizes herself as a perennial student who lives in a constant state of grateful wonderment. She graduated Valedictorian of her college, High Honors with Distinction from Brigham Young University. Fulfilling a dream of learning to fly she was awarded the Link Foundation Scholarship thereby earning her private pilot’s license. She received her Juris Doctorate from J. Ruben Clark Law School and practiced law part time three years in Minnesota where she was admitted to the bar. She has been married to Wayne Tew, President of Clark County Credit Union, for 35 years.
She and her family have lived in Las Vegas for 29 years where they raised their four children, one daughter and three sons--all of whom graduated from Clark County School District Schools. Patrice is passionate about children and education and raising life-long learners. The spirit of volunteerism runs strong in Patrice who volunteered for two decades serving in her children’s classrooms, in PTA leadership; as a leader in the Boy Scouts of America for 17 years; and as a member, and later as chair, of the Clark County School District Sex Education Advisory Committee to the School Board for nine years.
On an international level she served as a delegate for the World Congress on Families in Geneva, Switzerland and then again as a delegate in Warsaw, Poland. She has lobbied at the United Nations advocating for the rights of children, women, and families at the 1999 Convention on the Rights of the Child and at the 2011 Commission on the Status of Women. She was honored in 2010 as the Nevada Mother of the Year. In 2012 she was elected to a four year term to serve as a Clark County School District Board of School Trustee for District E. For the past year she has been serving as the Clerk to the Board of School Trustees as well as the liaison to three board sub committees: the Attendance Zone Advisory Commission (AZAC), the Sex Ed Advisory Committee (SEAC), and the Student Advisory Committee (SAC). Trustee Patrice Tew is absolutely committed to helping our students succeed...
Workshop: Creating Income Security (from the Work You Love) January 23rd, 2015
Trying to decide between the life you want and the job you need? In this workshop, we will discuss the business formats you can start TODAY with the skills you already have!
Some of you may have attended our October luncheon with Michelle Barnum Smith on this topic. This time, we will go more in-depth during a 3 hour workshop discussing how to take your skill set and transfer it into your own business, specifically doing conulting and project based work.
The cost for this event is $40 and includes the three-hour worshop plus lunch...
February Luncheon - Allan Palmer, CEO of Atomic Testing Museum February 13th, 2015
About Allan Palmer
After serving as a commissioned officer and pilot in the US Air Force and Navy, Commander Palmer has held senior management positions with several non-profit corporations in Hawaii, including the Queen Emma Foundation, Queens Medical Center, Hawaii Kai Computers, Inc., Aeronautical Radio Inc., and the Hawaii Army Museum Society. As the Executive Director of the San Diego Air and Space Museum, he managed one of the top five aviation and space museums in the country. During his tenure, the museum completed an ambitious $5 million capital campaign and construction of three major additions. He served as the founding Executive Director and CEO of the Pacific Aviation Museum – Pearl Harbor, a new $14 million aviation museum that he opened in 2006 on Pearl Harbor’s historic Ford Island. He has served as a consultant to museums, government and non-profit organizations for the design and construction of new museums. He is currently the Executive Director and CEO of the Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation and the National Atomic Testing Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate museum located in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is the Chairman of the Las Vegas Museum Alliance, a professional organization of southern Nevada museum directors/CEOs. His extracurricular activities include appearances on cable television shows such as Mysteries At The Musuem, Brad Meltzer’s Decoded, American Restorations, Pawn Stars, Night Line, and Aliens and Nazis; he is the host of the popular Las Vegas radio talk show “Myth or Reality” on KXNT FM 100.5 week nights and Saturday night.
About The Atomic Testing Museum
Opened in 2005 to preserve the legacy of the Nevada Test Site, the National Atomic Testing Museum’s mission is to document and interpret the unique history associated with nuclear weapons research conducted at the Nevada Test Site within the context of state, national and global importance. The National Atomic Testing Museum is dedicated to Nevada and American history and the innovative technological achievements during the Cold War at the Nevada Test Site to include mining, film, and engineering. The Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate...
At our March luncheon we'll be pleased to hear from BYU professor Dean Busby, Director of the School of Family Life. His luncheon presentation will be on "The Power of the Marriage Vow to Transform our Lives In and Outside of our Homes."
Dean Busby received his PhD from BYU in 1990 and he's been a professor at Syracuse University, Texas Tech University, and BYU ever since. In 2012 he was made the Director of the School of Family Life.
Special Evening Fireside
Along with the BYU Management Society Luncheon, Dean Busby will be doing A Date Night Fireside at 7:00 PM at the Spring Mountain Stake (6601 W. Twain Ave). Ages 16 and older are invited and church dress is requested at the Fireside. Refreshments will be served. The evening Fireside is sponsored by the Las Vegas BYU Alumni.
April Luncheon - Cortney S. Warren, Ph.D, Author April 10th, 2015
Dr. Cortney S. Warren is an Associate Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. After earning her bachelor’s degree at Macalester College in 2000, Cortney received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Texas A&M University in 2006 after completing her clinical internship at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School.
Raised traveling the world, Cortney has a unique perspective on how culture influences eating norms, food rituals, and ideals of beauty. As such, the majority of Cortney's research explores eating pathology, addictions, self-deception, and the practice of psychotherapy from a cross-cultural perspective. With more than 35 peer reviewed journal articles, 7 book chapters, and one book, Cortney’s work appears in some the field's top journals, including the International Journal of Eating Disorders, Appetite, and Obesity. Cortney has won some of the most prestigious awards in her field, including the 2011 Theodore H. Blau Early Career Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Clinical Psychology (awarded jointly by the American Psychological Foundation and the American Psychological Association) and the 2010 Samuel M. Turner Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Diversity in Clinical Psychology (from the American Psychological Association).
Although Cortney received tenure from UNLV in 2012, she formally retired from academia in 2014 to pursue a career that would allow her more time with her family and more interaction with the general public. In a recent TEDx talk called Honest Liars: The Psychology of Self-Deception (http://youtu.be/YpEeSa6zBTE), Cortney described her decision to retire from academia and her view that self-deception is our biggest obstacle to life fulfillment. In addition to her recent TEDx talk, Cortney interacts with various media sources including writing a blog for Psychology Today and serving as a guest commentator for FOX5 Las Vegas.
Cortney is also a member and leader in many professional psychology organizations, including the American Psychological Association (www.apa.org), Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (www.abct.org), Eating Disorder Research Society (www.edresearchsociety.org), National Eating Disorder Association (www.nationaleatingdisorders.org), and Academy for Eating Disorders (www.aedweb.org)...
June Luncheon - Ken Alber, Principal, The PENTA Building Group June 12th, 2015
Grew up in NE Ohio
Attended University of Akron -BS Civil Engineering '82
Worked for the U.S. Steel Corp in Baytown TX '82-83
Moved to Phoenix in '83 and worked for the Perini Building Company
MBA - University of Phoenix '88
Met wife Michelle in Phoenix and married in '89
Relocated with Perini to Las Vegas in '90
Involved with the construction of the Luxor and Paris resorts
Founded the Penta Building Group in 2000 with Blake Anderson and Jeff Ehret
Involved with the construction of the Hilton Timeshare, Grandview timeshare, World Market Center, multiple MGM, Caesars, and Wynn projects including the new MGM-AEG Las Vegas Arena.
Ryan 24 - UVU BS Aviation Science '14
Lauren 22 - BYU
Brandon 20 - U of U
Chaston 20 - Santiago South Mission
Joined the Church of Jesus Christ in '92
On November 2, 2010, Joe Heck was elected to the United States Congress as Nevada’s Representative for the Third Congressional District. Heck is only the third person to hold this seat since its creation. He serves on the Education and Work and the Armed Services Committee. He is also the only freshman appointed to serve on the House Permanent Committee on Intelligence.
Dr. Heck has more than 30 years in public service as a physician, Army Reservist, and community volunteer. Previously, Heck served as a volunteer firefighter and ambulance attendant, Search & Rescue team member, and SWAT physician. A Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, he was called to active duty three times, including a deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
As a small business owner, he served as the President and Medical Director of Specialized Medical Operations, Inc., a corporation dedicated to providing quality medical training, consulting, and operational support to Law Enforcement, EMS and Military Special Operations. Dr. Heck has lectured and published widely on special operations medical support, the medical response to acts of terrorism, and emergency preparedness and response.
Dr. Heck represented Nevada State Senate District 5 from 2004 through 2008, serving on the Natural Resources, Human Resources and Education, and the Commerce and Labor Committees, and as Vice-Chair of the Transportation and Homeland Security Committee.
Born in New York and raised in Pennsylvania, Joe moved to Southern Nevada in 1992. A 1984 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Health Education, he received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1988, and completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in 1992. In July 2006 he graduated from the U.S. Army War College, earning a Masters of Strategic Studies.
Joe is a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 13456, American Legion Paradise Post 149, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 36 and Catholic War Veterans Post 1947. He enjoys reading and playing/coaching lacrosse.
Joe and his wife Lisa, a registered nurse, have three children: Monica, Chelsea, and Joseph III...
Thomas Mitchell — editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal for more than two decades until 2011 and a newspaper writer and editor during the previous two decades in Texas, Louisiana and Florida — is a conservative/libertarian columnist, blogger and editorialist.
The Nevada Press Association in 2009 rated his column the best in the state for its largest newspapers and best for community papers in 2012 and 2014. His columns appear in eight Nevada newspapers. He has won numerous other awards over the years.
He is a past president of the Nevada Press Association, founding president of the Nevada Freedom of Information Coalition and a former member of the American Society of News Editors, Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Society of Professional Journalists.
His Wordpress blog is called 4TH ST8...
August Luncheon - Dave Rice, UNLV Head Basketball Coach August 14th, 2015
Dave Rice is in his fourth season as the head men's basketball coach at UNLV.
On April 10, 2011, Rice returned to the school where he was part of the 1990 National Championship team as a player, was a Rhodes Scholar candidate while earning his bachelor's degree in political science (UNLV '91), earned his master's of business administration (UNLV '93) and served as a Runnin' Rebel assistant coach for 11 seasons (1991-92 & 1994-2004).
Prior to accepting his first head coaching job, Rice accumulated 18 years of experience as an assistant coach at the Division-I level.
Rice joined Dave Rose's BYU staff in 2005 as an assistant coach, then was promoted to associate head coach in 2008. He helped BYU to five straight 25-win seasons and five consecutive NCAA Tournament berths, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2011. BYU finished that season as the nation's 10th-ranked team, won the MW regular-season championship and finished with an overall record of 32-5. The Cougars, led by National Player of the Year Jimmer Fredette, climbed as high as No. 3 in the polls, which is the highest a MW team has ever been ranked.
Rice also spent a year (2004-05) as assistant coach at Utah State under Coach Stew Morrill after his long tenure as assistant at UNLV.
Dave and his wife, Mindy, who is also a UNLV graduate, have two sons, Travis, 17, and Dylan, 12.
The couple established the Dave Rice Foundation in the spring of 2012, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and support of health initiatives including developmental disorders such as Autism, and other charitable causes.
Since its inception, it has awarded over $500,000 in grants to various Autism-related organizations in Southern Nevada. The board of directors of the Foundation includes Las Vegas natives Jimmy Kimmel (late night television host) and Greg Anthony (CBS sports broadcaster, former Runnin' Rebel and NBA star), along with D.J. Allen (Founder and President of Xs & Os of Success) and Donna Findlay...
September Luncheon - Spencer Horn - “Becoming a Dynamic Leader” September 11th, 2015
Note: This month's event is at Cili on Las Vegas Blvd instead of the usual location.
With passion and enthusiasm, Spencer delivers powerful presentations on topics including Dynamic Leadership, Communicate with Impact, Power in Responsibility, Creating Culture, and Hiring and Retaining the Best Talent. Spencer also develops custom presentations for corporate events. In addition to running a successful leadership development company, Spencer is in demand as a speaker and trainer.
Businesses across the country look to Spencer as an enthusiastic, insightful source for counsel and advice on developing productive and focused corporate cultures. Spencer is able to draw upon his 23 years of executive experience to reenergize seasoned and emerging professionals and increase organizational effectiveness. He inspires change, to develop: a powerful culture, effective communication, high functioning teams and engagement.
Spencer is currently the President of Spencer Horn Solutions. He has previously been CEO of leadership development company and Vice President of a NASDAQ company which developed IMAX theaters in tourist destinations. There he worked with major organizations such as IMAX Corp., National Geographic Television, Radio City Productions, Disney Films and Larry Miller Theater's, Inc. Additionally he worked with a performance training company and his clients included the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation, Sodexho, Dunkin’ Brands, Wendy’s International and Brinker International.
He is a co-author of the "Speakers on Life" anthology "The Power of the Platform" along with Jack Canfield, Les Brown, Brian Tracy and more.
After moving to Las Vegas in 2006 with his family to be the executive director of a cancer foundation, he became the CEO of a leadership development company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Utah. Spencer has been married to his amazing wife, Jana, for more than 29 years. Together they have five beautiful children and three grandchildren...
October Luncheon - Mark Cram, AdvanStaff October 9th, 2015
Being the son of an Air Force Officer, we had the opportunity to travel and live throughout the world. After attending college in Riverside, California, I relocated to the Bay Area and pursued a professional golfing career. Six years of near starvation helped me realize that I needed to make a career change so I became employed with an electronics firm that made add-on memory for IBM main frame computer systems. After two years, some company developed desktop computers with a little fruit logo that looked like an apple. After that, 1,300 of us needed to find new employment.
At the same time, my grandfather, who owned Vegas Rock and Sand, was incredibly busy and asked that I come to Las Vegas to help him. I was eager to return to Las Vegas, being the son of a Native Nevadan. In 1987, after the deaths of my grandfather and father, I sold the company to Las Vegas Paving and had eight years of wonderful employment with the Mendenhall Family. Realizing that I wanted to do more for my family, I went about getting my life and health insurance licenses and was very successful at selling health insurance to individuals in small businesses for six years. I learned about the PEO industry from an individual who was starting his own PEO here in Las Vegas and took that company from five clients to $85 million dollars in revenue in just five years. Due to a conflict in integrity and character, we parted ways and I was contacted by our good friend, Paul Workman. I was then introduced to Phil Richards, the Co-Founder of AdvanStaff HR. We had three days of interviews and for the first time in my life, I was thrilled to say that I found a home. I appreciate working with people every day that do all the right things, for all the right reasons, even when nobody is looking.
I enjoy spending my time with my wife of 26 years, Maria, our daughter, Brittany, who is an outstanding employee at AdvanStaff HR and her precious daughter, Madisyn; our daughter Lenzi, now a senior at Marquette University and our son, Austin who just began his freshman year at Santa Clara University on a baseball scholarship...
December Luncheon - Keith Edwards at Three Square Food Bank - Luncheon and Service December 11th, 2015
NOTE: This event will NOT be held at the usual Brady Industries location, but instead will be held at the Three Square Food Bank (Directions). Plus, from 1-3 PM after the event there will be a great opportunity to volunteer at the food bank. Please dress casually and wear closed toed shoes to volunteer at the food bank.
Elder Keith R. Edwards was sustained a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 1, 2006. He was serving as an Area Seventy in the North America Southwest Area at the time of his call as a General Authority.
Elder Edwards attended the Church College of Hawaii and completed his undergraduate studies in political science at Brigham Young University. He earned a law degree from the University of Utah and practiced law in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Elder Edwards previously served the Church as a full-time missionary in the Florida Mission, as president of the Zimbabwe Harare Mission (2000-2003), area welfare director, stake president, counselor in a stake presidency, assistant temple recorder, seminary teacher, bishop, and counselor in a bishopric.
Keith Reid Edwards was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, on March 16, 1942. He married Judith Lee Higgins in 1964. Keith is currently an emeritus general authority and sealer in the Jordan River Temple. He and his wife returned from serving as the president of the England MTC in January, 2015. Currently they have 36 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren...
November Luncheon - Bryce Earl - Cyber Liability November 13th, 2015
Bryce K. Earl is a shareholder with the law firm of Holley Driggs Walch Fine Wray Puzey & Thompson (www.nevadafirm.com). He is a native Nevadan who strives to strengthen the long-term vitality of the business community. By combining his background in information systems and law, he helps clients implement a customized intellectual property plan to enhance and protect their business.
Mr. Earl practices primarily in transaction, regulatory, and prosecutorial matters, such as advising clients and preparing the appropriate documentation regarding protection and compliance strategies associated with intellectual property, information systems, technology, entertainment, promotion, privacy, licensing, and entity structuring. Mr. Earl also has significant technology experience as a programmer, systems administrator, and software consultant.
Mr. Earl received his Bachelor of Arts, majoring in History from Brigham Young University in 1996. Thereafter, he completed joint graduate degrees in 2000 with a Masters of Information Systems Management degree from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University and a Juris Doctor degree from J. Rueben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.
Mr. Earl was admitted to practice law in Nevada in 2001. He is licensed to practice before the all state courts of the State of Nevada, the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Earl has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in the Mountain States (Nevada, Utah, Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming) in 2009, 2011 and 2012. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in his area of practice in 2014 and 2015.
Mr. Earl regularly participates as a seminar speaker, panel member, and author. Some of Mr. Earl’s speaking and writing engagements include: Encryption Laws, Las Vegas Valley Paralegal Association Annual Seminar (April 2015); Basics of Intellectual Property, Ask a Lawyer – Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada (October 2014); Foreign Laws, Regulations & Legal Considerations, ExporTech – Las Vegas, NV (March 2014); NSA Panel, UNLV Law School (November 2013); Social Media for the HR Professional, William Hill, US (July 2013); Data Privacy & Security, Clark County Bar Association (February 2013); Intellectual Protections, NALS of Las Vegas (February 2012); Ethics in Social Media; 2011 Intellectual Property Conference, State Bar of Nevada – Las Vegas, NV (November 2011); A Lawyer’s Perspective of the Risks and Rewards of Social Media, 2011 Nevada State Bar Annual Meeting – Kauai, Hawaii (June 2011); In Re Bilski Amicus Brief, Co-author, Nevada IP Section Amicus Committee, (2009); The Coming Litigation Risks in Information Security Inspired by New State Laws, RSA Conference 2009 – San Francisco, CA (April 2009); Nevada Law Update: Nevada’s New Encryption Law: Smart Business or Trap?, Credit Union Executive Society – LV Chapter (October 2008) and Executive Roundtable (September 2008).
Mr. Earl is active in the community through local and national professional, church, and civic groups. He co-founded the Intellectual Property Section of the Nevada State Bar and served on the Section’s executive committee from 2004 to 2008, including as the Chair of the Section in 2007. At the request of the State Bar of Nevada, he served on the planning committee for the 2011 Annual Meeting for the Nevada State Bar. He is also a member of the American Bar Association (member, Forum on Franchising), Clark County Bar Association, J. Rueben Clark Law Society, and the International Trademark Association (INTA). In 2012 he was appointed by the Supreme Court of Nevada as a mentor in the State Bar of Nevada’s Transitioning into Practice program where he has helped several newly licensed attorneys in navigating the legal, ethical, and practical issues that arise in the practice of law.
Mr. Earl is currently on the board of the BYU Management Society – Las Vegas Chapter and has been elected to several positions including President in 2011. He is also actively involved in church and other community organizations, including as a youth sports coach and Boy Scouts of America volunteer...
Las Vegas Women's Network: Tiny Habits - Change Your Behavior Without Relying on Will Power October 16th, 2015
Our speaker, Linda Fogg Phillips, will present the Tiny Habits method that over 28,000 people have learned and implemented to develop new habits and change their behavior without relying on willpower. The Tiny Habits method is effective for any kind of behavior change that you want to do including losing weight, being more productive to reducing stress.
Only three things will change behavior in the long term.
Creating an epiphany is difficult. You should rule out Option A unless you have mystical power.
But here’s the good news: The other two options are practical. And they can lead to lasting change if you follow the right program. This is what Tiny Habits is based on.
In a 35 - 45 minute Tiny Habits session you will learn how to design effective Tiny Habits recipes and implement them into your life with minimal effort and time. You will learn what makes a good anchor for your Tiny Habits. You will learn how “tiny” a Tiny Habit needs to be and how to pair it with the right anchor for success. You will also learn the importance of celebrating your Tiny Habits, how to find your natural celebration, and the impact that celebration has on making sustainable behavior change.
I will share our research that supports the most impactful result of the Tiny Habits method (hint: it’s not what you think, but it is what makes this program so successful) and how we measure that week to week with in our online Tiny Habits program. We have over 400 people from all over the world that learn and apply the Tiny Habits method.
January Luncheon - Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchison January 8th, 2016
A third generation Nevadan, born and raised in Las Vegas, Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchison is a husband, father and grandfather, constitutional lawyer, and business owner. He has a strong sense of commitment and dedication to Nevada and is deeply honored to represent the Silver State.
Mark was raised in a modest blue-collar family and is the product of Nevada’s public education system. After he graduated from Bonanza High School Mark earned his business administration degree, Phi Kappa Phi, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and received his law degree, magna cum laude, from Brigham Young University. Following law school Mark clerked for a judge on the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Indiana. Mark then worked for a national law firm until returning to Nevada and founding his own law firm in 1996 with his good friend, John Steffen. Today, Mark is the senior partner at Hutchison & Steffen, one of the largest law firms in the state, employing nearly one hundred Nevadans. Mark has been widely recognized by his peers and clients as a skilled an effective lawyer. As a result, Mark has been a key figure in some of Nevada’s most significant governmental disputes at the intersection of law and politics.
On November 4, 2014, Mark Hutchison was elected to serve as Nevada’s 34th Lieutenant Governor. Prior to running for lieutenant governor, Mark had a long history of public service. Mark served on the Nevada Commission on Ethics for six years, two of which he chaired the commission. Mark also had the pleasure of serving in the Nevada State Senate (Senate District 6) to which he was elected in 2012. In addition to his service in the public sector Mark served as a member of numerous non-profit and community organizations, some of which he is still active in today.
Mark was sworn in to office on January 5, 2015. As Lieutenant Governor, Mark is a member of Governor Brian Sandoval’s cabinet and serves as President of the State Senate. Mark is the Chairman of the Commission on Tourism, Vice-Chairman of the State Board of Transportation, a member of the Board of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, and a member of the Executive Budget Audit Committee. On November 17, 2015 Mark was appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Homeland Security. Mark also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Public Education Foundation and as Co-Chair of What’s Next Nevada?.
When not focused on his duties as Lieutenant Governor or at his law firm, Mark is focused on his family. Mark and his wife Cary have been married for thirty years and together they have six children and four grandchildren. Mark enjoys doing just about anything with his family and has spent many enjoyable years coaching the athletic teams of his children and their friends. When he can, Mark continues to help the football team at Palo Verde High School where his youngest son still plays. Mark and his family are also active in their church. During his limited free time, Mark enjoys running, collecting leatherback books, and writing...
FREE LV Women's Network Luncheon: Life Balance to Life Integration (Finding Optimal Productivity) January 29th, 2016
This event is sponsored by local accounting firm Piercy Bowler Taylor & Kern and is FREE!
Step back and look at the big picture – What do you see? Do you see your work-self and personal-self as independent or dependent? Our work-self and our personal-self co-exist and are dependent upon each other. We often attempt to separate and “balance” our two selves and find it very difficult. We all crave work-life satisfaction and a sense of purpose and deeper fulfillment. We can achieve this by life integration. Dr. Russ Gaede, PsyD will help you discover how to be more efficient, more organized, and better focused. In so doing, you can get greater results in less time and get out of the office earlier and home to the people and life you love. There is no need to sacrifice either self for the benefit of the other.
Integration requires prioritizing. It is difficult to remember that when you choose one activity, you give up something else. These choices are often difficult because we do not understand the big picture and how one decision affects many other aspects of our life. From personal experience, he knows that sometimes it all comes down to stress. Stress increases cortisol levels in the body and upsets delicate hormonal balances. This can take a huge toll on energy levels and the feeling of well-being we all rely on to have optimal productivity and wellbeing.
Life Integration requires action.....think about VERBS to achieve life integration:
Vocational Emotional Relational Behavioral Spiritual
With this program, you will learn how to integrate and balance your life to increase productivity at work and at home.
11:30 - 11:45 am: Networking and Registration
11:45 am - 1 pm: Lunch and Program..
February Luncheon - Wayne Tew, Former CEO of Clark County Credit Union February 12th, 2016
Wayne Tew has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Clark County Credit Union (CCCU) from 1986 until August 2015, having retired from the office. With his background in accounting and dedication to providing members with a top quality financial institution, Tew helped transform CCCU into one of the strongest credit unions in Nevada.
When Tew joined CCCU in 1986, the credit union had 14,000 members and assets of $38 million, with severe delinquency and negative earnings. Since then, the credit union has grown to include 30,000 members and $500 million in assets.
Tew has been heavily involved in the credit union industry, having served as Chairman of the Nevada Credit Union League Board, and previously as Chairman of the Client Group Board for SUMMIT Information Systems, a FiServ company that provides data processing software to credit unions. Tew also served on the Advisory Board for American Share Insurance, the largest private deposit insurance company in the country.
Wayne stays heavily involved in the community. He is an active member of the Vegas Valley Angels and serves on the board of Dimicron, a start-up company utilizing synthetic diamond in medical devices.
He served ten years as a stake president with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and serves on the Executive Board of the Las Vegas Council in the Boy Scouts of America. He is also a director for The Howard Center, a think tank focusing on issues involving the natural family.
Tew earned his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting from Brigham Young University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to joining CCCU, He served as Vice President and Controller for City-County Credit Union in Minneapolis, Controller for Minnesota Online, and Auditor for Arthur Andersen & Company in Minneapolis.
Tew is married to Patrice Pope, currently a Board Trustee for the Clark County School District. They have four adult married children and reportedly 13 grandchildren...
At our March luncheon we'll be pleased to hear from BYU professor Dean Busby, Director of the School of Family Life. His luncheon presentation will be on "Relationships at Home and Success in Life: What is the Connection?"
Dean Busby received his PhD from BYU in 1990 and he's been a professor at Syracuse University, Texas Tech University, and BYU ever since. In 2012 he was made the Director of the School of Family Life.
Special Evening Fireside
Along with the BYU Management Society Luncheon, Dean Busby will be doing A Date Night Fireside at 7:00 PM on "Marital Intimacy" at the chapel on 3400 W. Charleston. Ages 18 and older are invited and church dress is requested at the Fireside. Refreshments will be served. The evening Fireside is sponsored by the Las Vegas BYU Alumni and is a free event...
April Luncheon - Dr. Victor L. Ludlow, Emeritus BYU Professor of Ancient Scripture and Near Eastern Studies April 8th, 2016
Dr. Victor L. Ludlow is well-known at BYU as a scholar on Isaiah and Judaism. He graduated with high honors from BYU and was a Danforth Fellow at Harvard and Brandeis Universities in the Boston area where he received a Ph.D. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. He began teaching at Brigham Young University in 1972, where he now is a retired Emeritus Professor of Ancient Scripture and Near Eastern Studies. Professor Ludlow developed and taught a variety of classes at BYU, with an emphasis on the Bible (especially the writings of Isaiah), the Book of Mormon, and Judaism.
Dr. Ludlow’s scholarship explores the areas of Bible studies, the Middle East, Jewish history and theology, and comparative Latter-day Saint theology. He has authored numerous articles (including some in the Encyclopedia of Mormonism and the Book of Mormon Reference Companion) and the books: Unlocking the Old Testament; Isaiah: Prophet, Seer, and Poet; Principles and Practices of the Restored Gospel; and Unlocking Isaiah in the Book of Mormon. He has also prepared audio library lectures on covenants, the writings of Isaiah, the Middle East, the Bible, and, more recently, Latter-day Insights: The Middle East.
His extensive travels throughout the Middle East, Europe, and Asia have deeply enriched his appreciation for other cultures and have strengthened his understanding and scholarship about how the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is expanding into many different countries of the world.
He and his wife, V-Ann (Virginia Ann), have enjoyed golfing, bowling, camping, jogging/hiking/walking, and traveling in the Middle East (which he has visited over fifty times). They are the parents of four sons and two daughters, who filled their home with love & laundry, friends and fun, and a host of enriching experiences. Adjusting to his recent status as a widower, he strives to be a loving, spoiling grandparent of twenty-seven grandchildren and three great-grandsons...
May Luncheon - Mauri Earl, International Affairs Representative for the LDS Church in DC May 13th, 2016
Mauri Earl joined the Washington, D.C. Office of Public and International Affairs for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in May 1999. In her current capacity as International Affairs Representative, Mauri coordinates diplomatic outreach with the embassies of Asia-Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East. Previously, she served as Staff Assistant to the Director.
In December 2015, Mauri was event chair for the 38th Annual Festival of Lights Lighting Ceremonies illuminating 650,000 lights at the Church’s Washington D.C. Temple where over 65 embassies were represented. She is a member of the Cultural Arts Committee at the Temple Visitors’ Center and is a member of Protocol Diplomacy International - Protocol Officers Association.
Originally from Reno, Nevada, Mauri graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah. During college, Mauri studied at BYU’s Center for Near Eastern Studies based in Jerusalem, Israel. She also served a mission for the Church in England and Wales. Mauri is an avid calligrapher and is associated with the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH) and the Washington Calligraphers Guild...
LV Women's Network: Naomi Watkins, Aspiring Mormon Women Founder July 29th, 2016
Naomi Watkins, Aspiring Mormon Women founder, will speak to us about the benefits of networking among women professionals - women need other women! Lunch is provided.
Naomi Watkins is a women's advocate, educational leader, and community builder. Naomi cofounded Aspiring Mormon Women, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that supports and encourages Latter-day Saint women's professional and educational pursuits. Aspiring Mormon Women was born from her experiences pursuing higher education as a Mormon woman and her belief that when provided examples, models, connection, and support, women find empowerment to pursue their personal goals. The organization provides capacity building, networking, and mentoring on an international scale through online content and in-person events to LDS women who are high school age, who are in school, who are working, or who are desiring to return to school or the workforce. Many women report that their involvement with Aspiring Mormon Women has been the catalyst to seeking out and making changes in their educational and professional lives. A native of Southern California, Naomi earned her B.A. in English Education from Brigham Young University, a M.Ed. in Language and Literacy from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning with a literacy emphasis from the University of Utah.
June Luncheon - Giancarlo Pesci, Deputy District Attorney June 10th, 2016
I was born in New York but moved to Massachusetts when I was 6 years old. After graduating high school in Massachusetts I attended BYU for the 1989-1990 school year. After my freshman year at college I served my mission in Rome, Italy, from 1990 to 1992. When I returned from my mission I finished my undergraduate degree at BYU with a major in history in 1995. I worked in Salt Lake City for a year while my wife finished her degree at BYU. I started law school at the J. Rueben Clark Law School at BYU in 1996. After graduating from law school I started working for the Clark County District Attorney’s Office in the summer of 1999 as a law clerk. I was promoted to a Deputy District Attorney in the summer of 2000. I am currently assigned to the office’s Major Violators Unit. During my time in the office I have prosecuted a wide variety of cases but the emphasis has been on murder cases. I have handled approximately 66 jury trials, 36 of which were homicides, including capital murder cases. My wife and I have been married for 22 years and we have 5 children...
August Luncheon - Michael Richards, President of CSN August 12th, 2016
Dr. Michael Richards is the president and CEO of the College of Southern Nevada. He joined CSN in July 2005 as Vice President for Academic Affairs, became interim president in 2007 and permanent president in May 2008, following a national search. Prior to arriving at CSN, he was associate provost and associate professor of management at Southern Utah University where he served in various executive positions for 23 years.|
A Utah native, Dr. Richards received his bachelor's and master's degrees in English from Weber State University and Utah State University, respectively, and his doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Denver.
Since arriving at CSN, Dr. Richards has enhanced the college's partnerships, working closely with regional business and industry, other institutions of higher education, and the Clark County School District. He champions the community college high school program, which has a 100 percent high school graduation rate and gives high school students an opportunity to earn up to an associate degree at CSN’s three campuses.
He has worked to promote CSN among Southern Nevada’s many diverse communities to reduce achievement gaps and disparities as well as increase scholarships and financial aid for low-income students. Under his tenure, CSN has become a Minority Serving Institution and the first Hispanic Serving Institution in Nevada.
Dr. Richards is working to increase degree and certificate completion and transfer rates for all students, recognizing these educational outcomes as among the many metrics that demonstrate student success. He also has enhanced CSN's Division of Workforce and Economic Development and its partnerships with state agencies and local industries to create an educated workforce for the 21st Century.
His professional associations include the American Association of Community Colleges and the recent Nevada Legislature's interim committee on the funding of higher education. Dr. Richards is active in the community, serving on the regional economic development steering committee and as a member of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Richards and his wife, Jan, have been married for more than 40 years, and they have five daughters and seven grandchildren. Dr. Richards enjoys reading, golf -- at least once a year -- and spending time with his family...
September Luncheon - Wesley La Porte, CEO of PhoneSoap September 9th, 2016
Paid premium members: $25
Paid premium members without RSVP: $30
Basic members and guests: $30
Basic members and guests without RSVP: $35
Join us for our September Luncheon where Wesley La Porte will talk to us about "From Kickstarter to Shark Tank: How to start a company using no personal money."
About Wesley La Porte
Wesley LaPorte is a life-long entrepreneur. He paid his way through college by running his own businesses painting curbs and washing windows. While at Brigham Young University, he and his cousin successfully developed an idea for cleaning phones that won them accolades at various business plan competitions across the country. They called their idea PhoneSoap and leveraged crowdfunding to successfully raise the money to start their business. They have been growing PhoneSoap ever since to critical acclaim. They have had media appearances on the Today Show, The View, The Doctors, and Shark Tank. Wesley hopes to continue expanding his phone cleaning business into hospitals in the coming years and enjoys the rocky road of entrepreneurship with all its rewards and challenges...
October Luncheon - Bob Beers, City Councilman October 14th, 2016
Bob Beers has served as a City Councilman for Ward 2 since 2012. Ward 2 includes Peccole Ranch, Queensridge, The Lakes and parts of Summerlin. Beers is a certified public accountant CPA and certified fraud examiner CFE, so he understands budgets and how governments should use them to govern their activities. He served for 10 years on the Nevada Legislature’s “money” committees (Assembly Ways & Means and Senate Finance) which set state government’s budgets. As a small businessman, he served as a chief financial officer or chief executive for technology, radio, restaurant, consulting, import/distribution, and car repair companies, and as a marketing executive for several business-to-business companies. He’s signed both sides of a paycheck, and was twice named to the Las Vegas Business Press “Top 40 Under 40′′ lists of young business leaders.
LV Women's Network: Improve Your Emotional Intelligence October 21st, 2016
Leadership and communication expert Spencer Horn will teach the one thing that will help you improve effectiveness in your work, community and personal roles. Your ability to be an effective is less to do with skill, education and intelligence, and more to do with the ability to think clearly under pressure, manage and motivate people effectively, and change approaches. It has to do with your emotional intelligence!
This luncheon workshop will teach you to recognize how emotions drive behaviors, the difficulty in managing one’s own emotions, and the emotions of those around them.
November Luncheon - Brigadier General Ashley J. Hall - Special Veterans Day Luncheon November 11th, 2016
Brigadier General Ashley J. Hall (Retired, Army National Guard) will address the Las Vegas chapter of the BYU Management Society on Veteran’s Day, Friday, November 11 in the Conference Room at Brady Industries.
BG Hall is a well-known personality in So. NV having served as Administrative Assistant to Senator Paul Laxalt and later as City Manager for the City of Las Vegas from 1981 to 1990. He subsequently worked in the insurance and consulting industries and as a Court Appointed Receiver and Special Master with custodial duties in the Business Courts of So. NV.
BG Hall has served for more than 35 years in the Army National Guard as a chaplain. He retired from military service in 2000 and was appointed as an Ambassador for the U.S. Army Reserve in 2009. According to the Review Journal, “He has keen understanding of the sacrifices made by citizen-soldiers and their families.”
“Ambassadors volunteer their time and services to support Army Reserve soldiers and their families by encouraging community support, legislative efforts and employer support. They meet with federal, state and local government officials, provide community outreach assistance to Army Reserve members and families and participate in Yellow Ribbon Programs designed to help soldiers and families meet the needs and challenges with deployment, reunions and employment/educational opportunities. They also build relationships to improve understanding of the Army Reserve within the business and social sectors of communities, and they serve as advocates for the USAR to congressional officials, governors and the public. (Review Journal, June 27, 2012)
BG Hall obtained his Bachelors degree at Brigham Young University and also completed graduate studies in Public Management at the University of Nevada – Reno. He also completed Harvard University’s Senior Executive Program at the Kennedy School of Government...
December Luncheon - Syd James, Entrepreneur and Physician December 9th, 2016
J. Sydney James DPM ,FACFAS, ABPS, ABPO is a local podiatrist that has received numerous awards for his work as a physician at Southwest Medical Associates. He's a nationally recognized speaker across a broad range of professional topics.
Syd James is also the Founder and Past Chairman of the Board of Worlddoc Corp acquired by Social Wellth and Advisor and National Lecturer for the International Foot and Ankle Foundation. Syd has been widely published. Syd is also a counselor in the Redrock Stake Presidency of the LDS Church.
Syd is married to Susan Erickson James and has 2 married children and 5 grandsons...
Sports, Politics, and Technology in Southern Nevada - January Luncheon with Ron Futrell January 13th, 2017
Ron and his family have lived in Las Vegas for 32 years when he moved here as a sports anchor for KTNV TV. He has covered every major sporting event in Las Vegas covering the last 4 decades. From Mike Tyson's career, to all the great boxing events outdoors at Caesars Palace. He covered the glory days of Rebel Basketball and led the way in the coverage of the internal destruction of the program.
Since his days at KTNV Ron has worked in politics (he emceed Governor Sandoval's Inauguration in Jan 2011), sports promotion and is currently VP of Sales and Marketing for AviSight, a drone services company that has contracts with many So. Nevada agencies. Ron also teaches Sports Broadcasting at UNLV and works as a fill-in sports anchor at KLAS TV.
LV Women's Network: Assertiveness for Women February 24th, 2017
Communicate your needs, set healthy boundaries and transform your professional and personal relationships. Julie de Azevedo Hanks, psychotherapist and public thought influencer, teaches women practical, empowering tools to find and express their voices.
Dr. Julie de Azevedo Hanks, PhD, is a psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker. She is passionate about helping women find their voice in their own lives, relationships, and in the world. She is an author and blogger, local and national media contributor, online influencer, consultant, award-winning performing songwriter, and founder and director of Wasatch Family Therapy. A native Californian, Hanks currently lives in Salt Lake City, UT, with her husband and their four children.
Visit Dr. Hanks online at drjuliehanks.com...
Creating the Right Culture for Your Organization - Februrary Luncheon with Richard Gardner, PhD February 10th, 2017
Please join us at the February luncheon with Richard Gardner who will talk to us about "Creating the Right Culture for Your Organization".
About Richard Gardner
Richard Gardner joined the UNLV faculty in 2015 as an Assistant Professor in the Management, Entrepreneurship, and Technology Department. He received his Ph.D. in Management from Texas A&M University, a Master in Public Administration and Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Brigham Young University. Previous to joining the Lee Business School he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University.
Dr. Gardner’s research focuses on the socialization and onboarding experience of newcomers, leadership, dysfunctional behaviors, negative interpersonal and organizational relationships, and business ethics. His research has been published in various journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Journal of Business Ethics. He currently teaches courses on Organizational Behavior, Leadership, and Negotiations. Prior to his academic career he worked in Human Resources at Intermountain Healthcare...
Making the Best of Our Personal Finances: What Wise Stewards Know - March Luncheon with Bryan Sudweeks March 10th, 2017
Please join us at the Las Vegas Chapter of the BYU Management Society's March Luncheon with Bryan Sudweeks, Associate Professor of Finance at BYU, who will talk to us about " Making the Best of Our Personal Finances: What Wise Stewards Know." The luncheon will go from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. with a social mixer at 11:30 a.m.
Along with speaking at the BYU Management Society's luncheon, that night at 7:00 PM at the LDS West Charleston Chapel (3400 West Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV) Bryan Sudweeks will be doing a free fireside on the topic of "Prepare, Plan, and Create - Bringing Christ into your Personal Finances." The fireside is co-hosted by the Las Vegas Chapters of the BYU Alumni Association and the BYU Management Society. All Southern Nevada adults (18+) are welcome at the fireside and refreshments will be served.
About Bryan Sudweeks
Dr. Bryan Sudweeks is an Associate Professor of Finance at the Marriott School of Management where he teaches classes related to Investments, Asset Management, and Personal, International and Managerial Finance. He is married to the former Anne Dewey of Alton, Illinois, and they are the parents of seven children, all boys except for six, and grandparents of four, also all boys except for two...
Mentoring in the Workplace: What every man and woman needs to know - April Luncheon with Jen Anderson April 14th, 2017
Join us for our April Luncheon where we'll be learning about "Mentoring in the Workplace: What every man and woman needs to know" from Jen Anderson. Effective mentoring programs help companies attract and retain a diverse workforce to drive organizational potential. Join us for a networking luncheon as career coach, Jen Anderson, shares what every man and woman needs to know about mentoring.
About Jen Anderson
Jennifer Anderson has nearly 20 years as a career strategist. With a goal to "build stronger teams – one career at a time", she offers training to companies covering mentoring in the workplace, career management, personal branding and more. Jennifer consults with national and international companies to improve careers for employees which improves team morale and helps companies to retain their top talent. She is sought after as a speaker about career management and has addressed groups such as Public Relations Society of America, American Marketing Association, American Women’s Society of CPAs, and more. Jennifer is a regular contributor to media with guest appearances on KSL News, The Matt Townsend Show, various podcasts and Deseret News. Jennifer is published in Forbes and is ranked as a “Top 40 to Follow” on Twitter (@CareerCoachJen). For more information: www.CareerCoachJen.com...