About the Speakers
Gary Banner holds a degree in Real Estate and Land Economics from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. His real estate career spans nearly 30 years, with over 20 of those spent in the local Las Vegas market, focusing on multifamily investment, development, acquisitions, property management, and brokerage. Gary possesses expert knowledge of the Las Vegas multifamily market segment; he has successfully represented both buyers and sellers in transactions, and he also has a great deal of experience in providing consultation in development, rehab, and conversions of multi-family projects. Gary holds the prestigious commercial real estate designation of Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and is a past recipient of the Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) designation.
Rick Barron is President of Signature Homes. Prior to that role, he was the Senior Vice President of Land for Century Communities Nevada Division, one of the largest divisions for the national top 10 homebuilder. His 25 years of real estate related experience has primarily focused on the acquisition, design and development of new home communities in Southern Nevada. After graduating from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Rick began his professional career in land surveying and civil engineering before starting his first job in the homebuilding industry with Astoria Homes. As homebuilding slowed in the late 2000’s, he leveraged his experience to form a commercial real estate brokerage specializing in REO management and disposition.
In 2013, he returned to his love for designing new home communities. Rick is an avid supporter of the Southern Nevada Homebuilders Association, where he is currently the Association’s Vice President and chairs the Community Planning and Infrastructure Committee. He was recognized as the Association’s Builder Member of the Year in 2008 and 2017. He is extremely proud to become the Association’s
President for 2021.
Mark Bauer is a Managing Director and Co-Leader with JLL's global Data Center Solutions group that focuses on global representation providing real estate planning and execution of mission-critical data center relocations and expansions. With unmatched experience and knowledge in the growing multi-tenant data center environments (colocation and wholesale colocation), Mr. Bauer provides clients with strategic and tactical guidance and representation to meet investment, acquisition, leasing and development objectives.
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.
Jeff Brigger is the Director of Business Development for NV Energy. He directs and manages the business, planning, development, implementation and marketing of statewide growth strategies and economic development programs for NV Energy.
As the former NV Energy Economic Development Manager, Jeff worked to attract new business and industry to northern Nevada and was the company’s liaison to rural economic development agencies. Prior to that Jeff worked as the Business Development Manager for the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN), he worked to recruit new businesses to the area and assisted existing companies in expanding their business interests in northern Nevada. He was also with McKee Foods Corporation for 16 years, working in California, Oregon, Washington and finally Nevada as the District Sales Manager for northern Nevada and northeastern California.
Jeff has a Master’s of Business Administration from Marylhurst University in Oregon. He also sits on, the Western Nevada College Foundation Board, is a trustee of the Desert Research Institute Research Park Board, is a past member of the Northeastern Nevada Regional Development Authority board, was an associate member of the Western Nevada Development District (WNDD), and is the former board chair of Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB).
Shosana is currently the Senior Vice President and State Manager for Old Republic Title Company of Nevada. Shosana joined Old Republic Title in 1990 in the Seattle market. She learned the business from the ground up; having experience in escrow, customer service, title and sales. She joined an independent escrow company in 1993 where she served as the sales manager. Shosana joined the FNT organization in 2000 where she managed a sales team in a Tri-County operation. In 2006, Shosana moved to California and became the County Manager, covering the Central Valley and Las Vegas markets.
Michael Cooper moved to the Las Vegas Valley from Southern California 25 years ago. He studied Civil Engineering and Psychology at The University of Nevada Las Vegas and proceeded to work in the Engineering department of Southwest Gas. Michael worked in the fast-paced areas of New Business, Planning and Large Projects, prior to transitioning into the business side of the organization. Currently, Michael leads multiple teams of engineers that oversee and manage all the Key Accounts within Southwest Gas' California, Nevada and Arizona territories. In addition to his engineering degree, Michael holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), a Professional Engineering license (PE) and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM).
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. Dan is experienced in all phases of industrial real estate including REO Properties, site selection, development and design, leasing and industrial investment sales. Doherty Industrial Group (DIG) at Colliers International has a combined 35+ years of experience marketing industrial real estate properties in the Las Vegas Valley and during the past 24 months the team has brokered over 3.5M square feet of Industrial Property with transactions totaling in excess of $175,000,000.
John J. Entsminger oversees the operations of the Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD), which serves nearly 400,000 customer accounts, and the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), which is responsible for acquiring, treating and delivering water to local agencies that collectively serve 2.1 million residents and 43 million annual visitors. He was appointed general manager by both agencies; Boards of Directors in early 2014, having previously served as
director of environmental and water resource law and senior deputy general manager.
Entsminger is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado and of the University of Colorado School of Law, where he was awarded the Charles N. Woodruff Natural Resources Law Fellowship. He and his family have been in Las Vegas for nearly 20 years.
Jeremy currently serves as Vice President of Operations, West Region for CenturyLink. In this role, he oversees all aspects of network operations throughout the region, including infrastructure and fiber deployment.
Serving as chief executive officer for AREA15, Winston Fisher exercises his creative muscles and contributes extreme ambition to the project. Fisher is the lead developer for AREA15, the venture that is one-of-a-kind in its own category and as with everything in his career, passion and self-driven interests have led him to this role.
Fisher hails from New York and has tremendous experience in real estate and financial investing. Possessing a life-long interest and passion in real estate while pursuing an early career in finance provides Fisher with an exceptionally intuitive and knowledgeable business mindset. Since Spring 2000, Fisher has served as partner for his family-owned and operated real estate company, Fisher Brothers. He directs the company’s financial and investing activities, property
acquisitions and dispositions and oversees all new development initiatives. With experience across a broad range of transactions, he leads all financial analysis, due diligence, project capitalization efforts and joint-venture partnerships for new and distressed real estate projects. In addition to his active participation in the company’s development projects, he also manages the firm’s day-to-day stock and investment portfolio.
Fisher serves as a board member of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund for wounded troops. As part of the ongoing commitment to Intrepid, he also frequently competes in extreme endurance races to raise funds for the organization. Prior to his career in finance, Fisher earned Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Syracuse University.
Pam Junge grew up in Las Vegas and has made real estate her profession since the age of 17. Her vast knowledge spans title and escrow practices, private and commercial lending and every possible type of commercial and residential transaction. Most recently, Pam has pursued her passion of bringing technology and transparency to the home buying and selling process and aligned with eXp Realty, the fastest growing real estate firm in the country. Pam leads a dynamic team of commercial and residential agents on a platform built from three decades of providing consumers trusted services. Her mission is to grow industry leaders and real estate professionals through six core values - community, innovation, service, sustainability, collaboration and fun.
Kamran Khosravi is the founder and President of Dara Capital Group. He is a veteran in the mortgage banking industry with over 21 years of experience. With his team, Kamran has closed more than five thousand transactions and has been helping countless Americans realize their homeownership dreams since 1998.
Kamran is on a mission to bring transparency to customer relationships as well as modernize the industry's use of technology in order to simplify and optimize the mortgage process for teams and clients alike. His experience spans over 35 years in real estate, homebuilding, and financing. He is also a commercial pilot and loves to share his years of experience and knowledge as a business coach to as many entrepreneurs as
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.
Oliver Lovat is a real estate executive and consultant with expertise in investment, analysis, development and implementing strategies for customer-facing, asset backed businesses, with a focus on the retail, gaming and hospitality environments. Undertaken over 100 projects across Europe and America, bringing high-level academic skills, creativity and research-based insights to commercial environments. Expertise in complex projects requiring multi-disciplinary approach. Portfolio of published writing and papers on hospitality, casino and development strategy. Oliver moved to Las Vegas from London in 2015.
Guy Martin has built a 37 year career at Martin-Harris through an intense passion for construction. He has been an active participant with community organizations such as the Urban Chamber, NAMC, the Latin Chamber and the Workforce Connection where he sits on their Board. Guy serves as a mentor and leader to the small business community, helping build and expand companies throughout Las Vegas. He also believes our corporate citizen responsibility extends to helping improve our educational system, while cultivating the next generation of construction industry professionals. Guy has been involved with other industry organizations including serving in leadership positions such as President of the AGC Las Vegas Chapter in 2014 and Director on the AGC National Committee in 2015. Following the legacy of Martin-Harris Construction’s founder (and Guy’s father) Frank Martin, Guy is eager to continue Martin-Harris’s commitment to the construction industry and its future workforce. Guy and his wife Trish along with their two children are devout Christians who believe “Faith without works is dead” John 2:20. As a family, they enjoy their time together traveling and many outdoor activities.
Tyler Mattox is a Principal at MCA Realty and is responsible for directing the investment related activities including the acquisition, development and disposition of all investments. Mr. Mattox has over 27 years of broad based real estate experience and is a California licensed real estate broker.
Prior to MCA Realty, Mr. Mattox was the Principal Owner of Mattox Property Services, an opportunistic real estate investment and development company that identified and acquired underperforming assets. In this role, he managed all facets of the repositioning process, including acquisitions, financial underwriting, debt and equity capitalization and physical due diligence. Prior to the formation of Mattox Property Services, Mr. Mattox was employed by CBRE and during his tenure rose to the level of Senior Vice President, the highest office available to producers at the time of his departure. Mr. Mattox is married with a daughter, and lives in Laguna Niguel, California. In his spare time he enjoys golf, travel, and time with family.
Michael Parks is a Senior Vice President at CBRE where he heads the company’s gaming group. Mr. Parks has been involved in numerous gaming asset sales across the United States including the Sahara Hotel Casino, Las Vegas Hilton, Flamingo Laughlin and the Trump Plaza in Atlantic City. Most recently he was involved in the sale of the Rio Hotel Casino and the Circus Circus Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. Michael has also been actively involved in representing both gaming and non-gaming companies in the acquisition and disposition of land parcels located in Las Vegas and throughout the United States.
Eric Preiss is the Director of the Nevada Film Office. A life-long resident of Nevada, he graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration majoring in Accounting. A Nevada CPA for over 20 years, he has worked with the big six accounting firms and held various management positions with major gaming companies in Nevada. In the last 6 years as the Director of the Nevada Film Office he has worked to promote the state as a premier film destination, including implementation of the Nevada Film Tax Incentive, filming major motion pictures like Jason Bourne, igniting film tourism through online engagement and social media tools, and connecting with organizations throughout Nevada to expand the industry. Eric is passionate about film, television, music and personal development.
Michelle Romero was elected at-large to the Henderson City Council in April 2019, representing Ward I. Councilwoman Romero serves with the mayor and fellow council members as the legislative branch of the Henderson community, responsible for setting policies and making decisions concerning many aspects of local government for Nevada's second largest city, which has been recognized as one of the best places to live in America and one of the nation's safest cities.
Prior to her elected service, Councilwoman Romero served the City of Henderson for 25 years in several capacities, most recently as the Henderson Redevelopment Agency Manager from 2007 until 2016. As manager, Romero lead a team of professionals who indelibly changed the face of the Downtown Henderson/Water Street District, and other maturing areas of the City. Her responsibilities included managing all services and activities of the Redevelopment Agency and the five Redevelopment Areas, which include Downtown, Cornerstone, Tuscany, Eastside and Lakemoor.
Mark is the Director of AFWERX Vegas, an innovation initiative of United State Air Force. The initiative was to connect with startup and other non-traditional businesses to support the creation of an innovation culture inside the Air Force and assist in rapidly solving challenges through entrepreneurs.
Prior to his role at AFWERX, Mark moved to Las Vegas from Australia, where he had lived and worked for 20 years, to support Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh and his $400m investment, which created an entrepreneurial ecosystem in downtown Las Vegas. Mark was the CEO of DTP Ventures and co-founded and was the CEO of ROCeteer which was the coaching, mentoring and training support company for the 200+ companies in Tony’s small business and tech startup portfolios.
Originally from England, Mark has a degree in Management Science from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.
Born and raised in southern Nevada, Tony F. Sanchez III, Esq. joined NV Energy (NVE), in 2007 as the Senior Vice President for Government and Community Relations. Since the beginning of his tenure at NVE, Tony has overseen several departments within the NVE corporate structure including regulatory operations, federal, state and local government relations, corporate communications, economic development, environment and safety, and the community and philanthropic departments.
Before joining NVE, Tony practiced law for close to a decade with the Nevada law firm, Jones Vargas, representing a diverse portfolio of energy and other clients. Prior to practicing law in the private sector, Tony served as an attorney for then U.S. Senator Richard H. Bryan, in Washington D.C., as an attorney for the Nevada Public Utilities Commission of Nevada as well as served as Executive Assistant to then Governor of Nevada, Bob Miller.
Michael Sherwood is the Director of Technology and Innovation for the City of Las Vegas. Michael has more than 20 years of management experience in the fields of technology, process improvement and innovation. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Director of Public Safety, Business Services & City
Technology for the City of Irvine, CA. Michael is extremely passionate about technology, and believes through innovation, communication and cooperation we can create a brighter, sustainable world for all.
Michael received his B.S. in Management from Pepperdine University followed by a M.S. in Executive Management from the University of Southern California.
Jeffrey Swinger is an Executive Vice President with Colliers International. Mr. Swinger is a 24-year veteran of the commercial real estate business, specializing in apartment sales. During the past 22 years, Jeffrey was one of the top apartment brokers with CBRE. His list of clients include institutions, private capital partnerships, high net-worth individuals and banks representing over $4.5 billion in transactions. Mr. Swinger was involved in the largest multifamily portfolio transaction in the State of Nevada which included fifteen properties valued at just under $630 million, in addition to multiple portfolio transactions in excess of $100M.
Tom van Betten is Vice President at Matter Real Estate Group. A highly regarded commercial real estate professional with over 25 years of experience in the industry, van Betten has a deep understanding of every aspect of the business, having worked as a commercial broker in representing tenants, landlords and developers in complex leasing, sales and investment negotiations.
Prior to joining Matter, van Betten was the Executive Director of tenant representation at Cushman & Wakefield in San Diego, where he worked for the past 12 years. There, he focused on headquarters transactions, taking into consideration the importance of workplace environment on company culture. During his time at the company, van Betten received numerous awards and accolades and was continually a top producer.
Tom was born & raised in Las Vegas, graduating from Valley High in 1987, and played soccer while earning his bachelors in finance from the UNLV. Tom was an industrial broker with Colliers International in Las Vegas prior to moving to San Diego in 2001.
Mayor Troy K. Walker began his first term as Mayor of Draper City on January 6, 2014. He was recently re-elected for another four-year term beginning in 2018. He served on the Draper City Council for six years prior to running for Mayor.
Mayor Walker is a Board Member for the Utah Transit Authority Board and serves on several other boards. He has served as the liaison to the Draper Mayor’s Youth Council, Peer Court, Appeals Board, Economic Development team and as the Director of the Draper Days event.
In his professional career, Troy is a practicing attorney and has had his own private practice since 1996 – focusing on civil litigation, aviation, products liability and criminal defense. Troy is also a former Assistant District Attorney for the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office.
Mayor Walker earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Utah in 1993 and his J.D. from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon in 1996. Mayor Walker has his commercial pilot license.
Troy and his wife Stefani have been married since 1989 and they have four children. Mayor Walker is an avid sports fan and enjoys football, baseball, lacrosse, and mountain biking.
As CEO of Casoro Capital, Yuen is responsible for the overall management of operations including business development and investor relations. A true savant in his field, Yuen brings a wealth of experience across a broad-range of disciplines, among them: finance, investment management, capital raising, wealth planning, venture capital, portfolio management, alternative investments, commodities, strategic planning, leadership and training, sales and organizational structuring.
Prior to joining Casoro Capital, Yuen was the founder and CEO of the franchisor How Do You Roll?, a fast-casual sushi restaurant. In 2013, he appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank and received the highest investment offer in the history of the show from investor Kevin O’Leary. Yuen previously spent 13 years in the investment management and advisory industry a Managing Partner of Kenty, Yung, Ozias & Associates, where he oversaw advisors and was responsible for the capital raise and management of more than $300 million in funds raised from high-net worth individuals, families, corporations, and charitable organizations. In his earlier years, he developed 27 commercial retail sites as an entrepreneur.