• About the Speakers

  • Stavros Anthony was elected to represent Ward 4 on June 2, 2009. Councilman Anthony, a Las Vegas resident for 35 years, has made community service and public safety his focus as a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer, a member of the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents and now as a city councilman. He was appointed Mayor Pro Tem by Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, and served in that capacity from July 2011 to April 2015.

    Dr. Barbara Atkinson is an accomplished researcher, educator and administrator in the fields of medicine and medical education. Atkinson has spent her entire career in medical school leadership, creating innovative learning environments for future physicians. As UNLV School of Medicine Founding Dean, Dr. Atkinson will oversee all aspects of the formation and launch of the new medical school, inclusive of leading the school’s charter accreditation, faculty recruitment, planning and implementing the school’s educational blueprint, managing overall school operations, philanthropy and community outreach.

    Kevin Bagger is Vice President of the Research Center for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). The LVCVA is the destination marketing organization for Las Vegas and Southern Nevada, and its mission centers on attracting visitors by promoting the destination as the world’s most desirable destination for leisure and business travel. The LVCVA also owns and operates the Las Vegas Convention Center.

    Mr. Bagger monitors local, national and global market trends of the tourism and convention industries, and assesses Southern Nevada visitor behaviors and characteristics to steer strategy and messaging across the disciplines of sales, marketing, advertising, PR and convention center operations. During his two decades at the LVCVA, he has participated on two Ogilvy award-winning research endeavors in support of Las Vegas advertising efforts, including the iconic What Happens Here Stays Here campaign.

    Nicole Bloom has been in the new home construction industry for 23 years, primarily with a background focused on sales. She has spent most of her career with Richmond American Homes, since joining the company in 2000 as a Sales Associate. Over the last 19 years, she has risen through the ranks of the company and became the Las Vegas Division President in April 2016. Nicole is extraordinarily passionate about home building and specifically the honor of being involved in one of the most important decisions a person can make – the decision to build a brand new home.

    Former-Clark County Commissioner Susan Brager has been a resident of Clark County for more than 50 years. During this time, Susan has worked to improve education as a parent volunteer, school employee and school trustee. Susan served three terms on the Clark County School Board from 1995-2006. During her tenure, she served as president, vice president and clerk.

    Randy Broadhead’s professional background includes more than 29 years of experience in commercial real estate. As one of the region’s top office brokers, he, along with his partner, Brad Peterson, have been responsible for some of the biggest deals in the Las Vegas valley. His experience includes the representation of owners and tenants covering more than 213,000 square feet.

    Kerry joined the Vegas Golden Knights as the franchise’s President on November 1, 2016. In this role, he oversees all of the business operations for Las Vegas’ first major league professional sports franchise. Kerry joined the Golden Knights after spending 13 years with the National Basketball Association's Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization.

    50 years in Las Vegas, Bishop Gorman Graduate and Unofficial Mayor of Las Vegas. A former police officer with Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Kevin Buckley is no stranger to the inside scoop in Las Vegas. As a real estate broker since 1977 his relationships and community involvement have led him to represent some of the most notable clients our city has ever known. Most recently, he is involved in various urban revitalization property purchases and leases assisting Las Vegas in making huge strides towards a new and hip downtown area.

    Shani is an experienced Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration industry. She is skilled in Policy Analysis, Strategic Planning, Budgeting, Marketing and Customer Service. Shani has a Juris Doctor (J.D.) focused in Law from University of Nevada-Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law.

    Jim has authored numerous CE courses, including Technology Updates, Ethics, Contracts, Negotiating Skills, and Agency. He taught a variety of real estate courses as an Adjunct Professor at the College of Southern Nevada for a decade and has been on the faculty at the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors (GLVAR) for over 20 years.
    His accomplishments include being Broker/Owner of real estate and property management companies, growing one of his real estate companies from 20 to over 700 agents and 9 offices, and being recognized by Century 21 as the #1 office in the world for 4 years in a row.

    Julie opened her first bed & breakfast inn over 30 years ago while working as a hotel executive. She uses the knowledge from her degrees in public relations, psychology, international relations, and hospitality management to educate within the hotel, retirement, assisted living, and vacation home/short-term rental (STR) industries. Julie has authored textbooks, travel guides, articles, seminars, curriculum, and policy manuals, including the Vacation Rental Management 411 textbook and the accompanying STR Certification Course hosted by College of Southern Nevada, where she is currently an adjunct professor.

    Dan Doherty, SIOR has specialized in industrial brokerage for over 28 years. He heads up a team of four professionals with a combined experience of over 64 years. Dan is an Executive Vice President in the Industrial Division of Colliers International, operating under Doherty Industrial Group and has been one of the top five producers in the Las Vegas Office for the past 14 years.

    John oversees the operations of the Las Vegas Valley Water District, which serves more than 375,000 customer accounts, and the Southern Nevada Water Authority, which is responsible for acquiring, treating and delivering water to local agencies that collectively serve 2 million residents and more than 40 million annual visitors.

    Mike has over forty five years of experience working in the public and private sector, focusing on complex public land, water, natural resource, planning, and management issues at the local, state, and federal level. During his twenty-five year career with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), he served as Deputy State Director for the BLM in Nevada and Chief of BLM’s National Land and Realty Branch in Washington, DC. Mike currently helps a number of western-based municipalities, utilities, and private developers formulate effective land, water, and resource management strategies that balance economic development and conservation objectives.

    Dual board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics, Las Vegas native Dr. Constantine George M.D. is the founder and Chief Medical Officer of EPITOMEDICAL, a unique private practice which combines internal medicine and pediatrics to ensure quality care.

    Scott Gragson is the Executive Vice President of the Las Vegas Land Division with Colliers International, the third largest commercial real estate firm in the world, a position he has held since joining the company in 1997. As a second generation land professional in Las Vegas, Mr. Gragson has a vast wealth of knowledge and contacts in the local marketplace. With over 25 years of Commercial Real Estate expertise, Gragson has sold over a $1,000,000,000 in land transaction in his career. His specialty is vacant land acquisition and disposition as well as the assemblage of land parcels.

    Brett Harrison is responsible for all company operations to include project development and screening, as well as investment matters for the Company’s property and corporate financings including construction loans, permanent financing and revolving credit facilities. Mr. Harrison joined EHB in 2014, after serving as an officer in the United States Navy.

    He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Economics in 2007.

    As Executive Vice President, Mr. Higgins has over 33 years commercial real estate experience in Las Vegas and is a 49 year resident of Las Vegas. Mr. Higgins is an expert in all phases of commercial real estate and his experience encompasses all aspects of investment sales, user sales, and development, with a focus on business parks, office buildings, and industrial parks. He represents developers, investors, and users.

    Chief Executive Officer. Directs and manages association. Lead lobbyist. Spokesperson. Community, government, industry relations.

    Chris Jones has worked for the Clark County Department of Aviation since 2006, and now serves as Airport Chief Marketing Officer, working closely with various airport, airline and government representatives, as well as the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, to promote McCarran International Airport and market its services to potential airline partners as well as travelers around the world. During his tenure with the Department, Jones spent more than five years as its Public Information Administrator and another four years as the Public Affairs & Marketing Manager. He helped to implement and oversee a highly successful local, national and international outreach campaign to promote and build awareness of McCarran’s $2.4 billion Terminal 3 expansion, which opened in June 2012.


    Ted’s recognized specialty is applied real estate research. He has completed numerous mass-appraisal assignments, including more than $3 billion of income producing property owned by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, retail properties, hotels, motels, offices, commercial land, multifamily housing, residences and numerous other special use properties.

    As the Chief Executive Officer, Brendan is charged with guiding the mission and direction of the company to become a premier full-service real estate firm specializing in brokerage, property management, capital markets, and development services. In addition to his duties at Logic, Brendan is also the manager of a series of private real estate debt and equity investment partnerships.

    Ron is an economist, financial and policy analyst, Professional Mechanical Engineer (registered in California), and law-school graduate. He became Controller January 5, 2015, and also serves on Nevada’s Board of Finance, Executive Branch Audit Committee and Department of Transportation Board of Directors. Before being elected Controller, he divided 44 working years between public service and entrepreneurial small business, all in managerial and senior professional positions.

    Jim is Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the Las Vegas Medical Marijuana Association. He has over 38 years of experience in business matters and government affairs. Jim has been a college instructor in marketing for several universities and worked in the private sector.

    Tracy Larkin-Thomason is NDOT deputy director for southern Nevada, with statewide responsibilities for NDOT's three engineering districts and external civil rights with a focus on coordination of NDOT southern Nevada activities. She is a strong transportation advocate with over 25 years of transportation experience in highway design, structural design, traffic engineering, maintenance engineering and planning, beginning her NDOT career in 1987 in the right-of-way division.

    Founded by Las Vegas resident Brett Lashbrook & his family, Las Vegas Lights Football Club was formed with the goal of bringing pro soccer to Southern Nevada. Lashbrook's ties to professional soccer in this country run deep, having served numerous roles within the business operations of the sport across numerous markets. This includes serving as Chief Operating Officer for former United Soccer League & current Major League Soccer club Orlando City, as well as Special Assistant to the Commissioner's Office & Legal Counsel at Major League Soccer's headquarters in New York City.

    Mayor John J. Lee was elected to the North Las Vegas City Council in April 2013. As an Eagle Scout, John 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 through elected office as a Nevada State Assemblyman and Nevada State Senator. John's private sector experiences as a business man provide a good foundation for leading.

    Don Logan enters his 30th season with the Las Vegas professional baseball franchise. He possesses a vast background and knowledge of both the game of baseball and the Las Vegas sports scene, which lends a vital role to the Aviators organization. He has been a part of Las Vegas' two championship teams, which captured the PCL title in 1986 and 1988. He began his career with the franchise as an account executive in 1984.

    John has a diversified professional background encompassing over 30 years in residential homebuilding including all aspects of the business from land acquisition to post closing follow-up especially in construction, marketing and sales. He owned and operated his own construction company in Colorado from 1975 to 1988, and he was a Broker Associate with RE/MAX from 1985 to 1988. In 1988, he relocated to Las Vegas, where he was a new home sales professional for a large private homebuilder for six years. From 1994 to 1999, he was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing
    for two different homebuilders, and in 1999, he joined the KB HOME Team as a Regional Sales Manager.

    Senior Division President and leader with over 20 years of experience in title insurance and real estate services. She is skilled in driving business growth and increasing sales by developing strategies that have direct impact on revenue.

    Dr. Miller is Professor of Economics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He received higher education training at Purdue University, receiving his bachelor's degree with distinction in Engineering Sciences Engineering (a part of the Aeronautical Engineering School), and at the State University of New York at Buffalo, receiving his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics.

    Rick Myers is the President of Thomas & Mack Development Group, a commercial development company with projects throughout the Las Vegas Valley. Besides developing its own portfolio, Thomas & Mack performs third party real estate services, and is currently managing the development of the Metropolitan Police Department’s new headquarters campus downtown.

    Curtis L. Myles III is president and chief executive officer of the Las Vegas Monorail Company and a native to Las Vegas. He holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in economics. His career in transportation spans over 30 years and includes transportation including management for a national shipping and cargo firm, aviation management with the Clark County Department of Aviation at McCarran International Airport and deputy general manager at the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada.

    Dan began his career in commercial real estate in 2006. As a 16 year resident of Las Vegas, he joined Cushman & Wakefield in February 2012 as a Director of its Office Properties Division. His area of specialization includes office tenant representation, leasing and sales. Dan focuses on fair representation for his clients. He prides himself on providing the utmost professionalism and service while representing the best interests of his clients.

    With more than 25 years of experience in air and ground transportation management and a licensed pilot herself, Tina leads the only agency nationwide that is responsible for a region’s public transit system, traffic management, roadway design, construction funding, transportation planning and administering Southern Nevada Strong, the regional planning effort to build complete communities in the Las Vegas Valley – all under one roof.

    Willie Ramirez has been an accomplished member of the Southern Nevada media since 1987, when his first-ever article was published in the Las Vegas Sentinel Voice, Nevada’s only African American newspaper. Since 1999, Willie has worked as a freelance sports reporter, covering many aspects of the sports field. He is currently the Southern Nevada correspondent for The Associated Press, covering the Vegas Golden Knights. He also covers UNLV, the NBA Summer League, USA Basketball for the world’s oldest and largest news-gathering organization

    John Restrepo is the Principal of Las Vegas-based RCG Economics. He directs the firm’s economic, real estate and financial consulting activities. John has analyzed regional economic and real estate trends in a number of markets and regions for 39 years (30 years from his base in Las Vegas).
    His clients include some of the most prominent private and public organizations concerned with economic development, regional economics, development and growth. He has spoken before a variety of business groups on a wide range of commercial economic, real estate and public policy topics.

    Jessica is Chief Operating Officer of StripViewSuites.com, a full service property management company specializing in short term vacation rentals. SVS offers property owners and investors an alternative way to generate income and maximize return on their investment properties.

    Dr. Spirtos is a world-renowned oncologist who studied and later taught at Stanford University before coming to Las Vegas, where he currently manages the Women’s Cancer Center.

    Mark joined the W. P. Carey School of Business in 2009. He has been involved in planning, investing in, developing, and consulting on real estate for 32 years. He is focused on the investing in and creating environmentally sensitive and socially responsible real estate development. He is a founding principal and managing member of Pyramid Community Developers.

    After serving as a New York City fire fighter (FDNY) for 20 years, Dave began his real estate career in 1977, opening and brokering a top-ranked Coldwell Banker on Long Island.
    He moved to Las Vegas in 1997 and quickly became one of the top 5 realtors in the region. In 2007, he became the Corporate Broker of Realty ONE Group, where he helped transform the Summerlin Branch from 200 agents to 620 agents while making it the number 1 branch in all of Las Vegas for over 34 straight months. After 5 years there, Dave established Urban Nest Realty with his son.

    Dave is a former president of both the statewide Nevada Association of REALTORS® (NVAR) and the Greater Las Vegas Association of REALTORS® (GLVAR).

    Shahin Yazdi is a Principal/Managing Director of George Smith Partners. Mr. Yazdi has an extensive background in securing complex financing across all product types and asset classes. He specializes in structured financing for commercial real estate value-add, core and opportunistic projects.


    Mr. Yazdi joined George Smith Partners in 2007 and has closed over $1 billion in financing. In 2009, at the height of the recent economic down turn, he played an instrumental role in establishing George Smith Partners advisory services arm to assist borrowers and lenders with troubled loans and distressed assets.