About the Speakers
Marcus Allen played 16 seasons with the Los Angeles Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs. During that time he gained 12,243 yards rushing, 5,411 yards receiving, and scored 145 touchdowns.
He was the Raiders leading ground gainer seven consecutive years and the Chiefs four consecutive times. He even led the Raiders in receptions with 51 in 1987. Allen’s big-game performance in Super Bowl XVIII when the Raiders defeated the Washington Redskins 38-9 earned the then-second-year player game MVP honors. In that game he rushed for 191 yards and scored two touchdowns, one a Super Bowl record 74-yard gallop.
Mick Akers joined the Las Vegas Review-Journal as transportation reporter in November 2018, after two-years at the Las Vegas Sun. Aside from his transportation coverage and “Road Warrior” column, Mick serves as one of the R-J’s Allegiant Stadium insiders, dabbles in sports business and covers basically anything else thrown his way—as shown by his “Storm Area 51” coverage. Mick grew up in Las Vegas, attending journalism school at UNLV.
Stavros Anthony was elected to represent Ward 4 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.
Councilman Anthony began his career with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in 1980 and most recently served the community as a captain overseeing the Financial and Property Crimes Bureau of the department. As a captain, Anthony spent time in charge of many divisions within LVMPD, including Professional Standards, Personnel, Vice/Narcotics, Northeast Area Command and the Transportation Safety Bureau.
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 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).
Christopher Crooks is senior managing director at Newmark Knight Frank in its Las Vegas office. Mr. Crooks and his team help tenants, property owners and developers of office buildings make strategic decisions that are critical to the success of their operations. Acting as a non-budgetary real estate department, the team's high level strategic process is designed to assist their clients in making educated decisions to maximize the value of their leased or owned real estate.
Prior to joining NKF, Mr. Crooks worked for 24 years at Cresa in Boston and Washington, DC, where he spearheaded numerous company initiatives to expand specialty tenant representation services. These initiatives included the Armed Forces Practice Group, which he co-founded in 2016, and an educational and cultural platform for the company's national board of directors, which he was elected to in 2014.
Mr. Crooks is also founder and CEO of REC4AF, a non-profit organization that dedicates itself to hiring veterans and their families into the real estate industry.
Mr. Crooks earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and management from the University of Connecticut. He also completed intensive studies on the European economy, community, international finance and European-style management at the University of Limburg in Maastricht, The Netherlands.
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.
Michele Fiore was born in Brooklyn, New York, and has lived in Nevada since 1993. As of July 2017, Fiore represents the City of Las Vegas as the Councilwoman for Ward 6, and in July of 2019, was asked by Mayor Carolyn Goodman to serve as her Mayor Pro Tem.
As the Ward 6 Councilwoman, Fiore sits on several community boards, including the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), who, as the official destination marketing organization of Las Vegas, promotes tourism, conventions, meetings and special events - as well as ongoing advocacy to extend the city's influence as a leader in tourism and hospitality.
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.
Heather Harmon serves as Deputy Director for the Nevada Museum of Art, Las Vegas. After conducting a national search, the Museum selected Heather to help lead the effort to establish an art museum in Symphony Park. As the first full-time, salaried employee in Southern Nevada, Heather works with Museum staff and trustees to build community relations and research efforts, to fundraise, coordinate the architecture selection process, co-produce pop-up events, and more. A native of Las Vegas going back several generations, Heather Harmon is a seasoned project manager who is well-connected in the international contemporary art world and speaks Spanish as a second language. She received her B.A. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and M.A. in theory and criticism from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. From 2008 to 2013, she worked as director of Regen Projects in Los Angeles where she managed a stable of established artists, oversaw exhibitions, worked directly with clients, museum directors and curators worldwide, and was responsible for procuring sales. Most recently, she led advancement efforts for Artists Space in New York. She officially began her new position with the Nevada Museum of Art on March 1.
Shawna Hernandez is one of the founding members of JetClosing; a title insurance start up based out of Seattle, WA focused on leveraging cloud based technology to usher in inventiveness and innovation in the old school world of title insurance. She has been in the title industry for longer than she would like to admit; holding every position from Escrow Officer to Process Optimizer to National Operations Executive. Shawna’s focus always has been, and continues to be, finding the sweet spot between technology, automation and good old fashioned human engagement. Shawna feels buying a home is, and will always be a big deal, and big time solutions are needed. Shawna’s passion is in managing process and motivating people; bringing excitement, passion and forward thinking into the closing room. From there the rest will follow.
Nat Hodgson has been very active in the association since he joined in 1998 when he was an executive with Pulte Homes. Nat Hodgson served on the board of directors and executive committee from 2003 until 2012. He served as SNHBA president in 2010 and has served as a member and chairman of several major committees, including codes, energy conservation, utilities and offsites, quality assurance, community planning and development, legislative and green building.
He received the Builder Member of the Year Award in 2006 for outstanding service to the association and the industry.
Melissa Houston is the director of business development at Juniper Square where she works closely with real estate investment managers across asset classes and capital strategies. As founding member of the commercial team at Juniper Square, Melissa directs a number of initiatives at the organization and works closely with real estate investment managers that are experiencing rapid growth.
Juniper Square is a real estate investment management solution based in San Francisco. Today, more than 500 customers use the platform to manage nearly $1T in real estate across 12,000-plus real estate investments.
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
Clark County Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick was elected to a four-year term on the County Commission that began January 2017. She was elected to serve as chairman on Jan. 7, 2019. She first joined the commission when she was appointed in August 2015 by Governor Brian Sandoval to serve out the term of former Commissioner Tom Collins.
Commissioner Kirkpatrick was serving in the capacity of Assemblywoman for Nevada's Legislative District 1 when she was selected to join the seven-member County Commission board. She was first elected to the Nevada Legislature in 2004 and served five regular and seven special sessions in Carson City before the appointment. In 2013, she was elected Speaker of the Assembly and prior in 2011, she was the only member of the Assembly to chair two committees: Government Affairs and Taxation. She also served as a member of the Commerce and Labor and Legislative Operations and Elections committees.
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.
Debra March was elected mayor of Henderson in April 2017 and assumed office June 20, 2017. Appointed as Councilwoman to serve in Ward II in July 2009, she was subsequently elected in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. Mayor March is a strong advocate of economic development in Henderson and is working to attract new business, create jobs and diversify the local economy. She is focused on developing West Henderson, Union Village, and the redevelopment of the historic downtown and Lake Mead/Boulder Highway areas of the city. These efforts are designed to maintain Henderson’s standing as a premier city in which to live, work, and enjoy award-winning parks, trails and recreational opportunities. Mayor March currently serves as vice chair of the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada board of commissioners and as vice chair of the Clark County Regional Flood Control District board of directors. She is also a member of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce (HCC) board of directors.
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.
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.
With more than 25 years of experience in air and ground transportation management, Tina Quigley is an expert at getting people, projects, and big ideas from Point A to Point B.
Quigley currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Business Strategy for Virgin Trains, helping lead the game-changing initiative that will finally link Las Vegas and Southern California via high-speed rail. In this role, she will focus on enhancing multi-modal, end-to-end connectivity for the millions of riders expected to travel between the Las Vegas Valley and its largest tourism market.
Most recently, Quigley served as CEO, and Deputy CEO prior, for the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada. Named the most efficient transit system in America, the RTC oversees public transportation, traffic management, road construction and funding, and regional planning for a city of 2.2 million residents and 43 million annual visitors. During her tenure, Quigley embraced and fought for sweeping technological advances, advocated for comprehensive future planning, and built critical partnerships to position the Las Vegas Valley for ongoing and sustained economic vitality.
Quigley began her career as a manager at McCarran International Airport, one of the nation’s busiest airports. She is a licensed pilot and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Business and Planning from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
In addition to her work, Quigley directs her energy, passion and thought leadership into making Southern Nevada a vibrant, sustainable community and advancing the transportation industry. She serves on several influential boards including the Desert Research Institute Foundation, the American Public Transportation Association, the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, the International Women’s Forum and many more.
David is a Las Vegas native and graduated from Chaparral High School and attended UNLV. He founded uptimeLV in 2001, and merged together to form NetEffect on July 1, 2014. David has more than 25 years of experience in information technology, management, B2B technology sales, network installation, system design, and consulting.
David has held numerous roles in both technology and management. He taught Microsoft curriculum to IT professionals, as well as held technical consulting and management positions in consulting and private business. He positioned uptimeLV as the first Microsoft Gold Certified Partner in Las Vegas, and has earned several awards from Microsoft including Microsoft 2016 US SMB Champions Club West Region Influencer Partner of the Year.
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.
Mark Schuessler serves as a director with Newmark Knight Frank's Private Capital Group in Los Angeles, which focuses on office and industrial properties valued between $5 and $30 million throughout the Western U.S. His team is one of the most active groups in the western region, averaging between 40 and 50 sale transactions per year.
Mr. Schuessler joined NKF in 2017 and in his first 12 months with the company closed more than 20 transactions in excess of $300 million.
Prior to joining NKF, Mr. Schuessler was part of a specialized dispositions team at CWCapital, where he facilitated the sale of more than $3.9 billion worth of real estate and non-performing CMBS loans across all major asset classes throughout the U.S.
Mr. Schuessler has a vast pool of experience to draw from, having transacted on both stabilized and distressed assets, with a unique ability to navigate choppy waters and bring buyers and sellers together.
Mr. Schuessler holds a Bachelor's degree in economics from Bucknell University.
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.