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October 19, 2019

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40 Under 40 Alumni: Ric Guerrero and Terence Thornton
Monday, July 8, 2019
Ric Guerrero and Terence Thornton are former honorees of VEGAS INC's 40 Under 40 awards. We caught up with them ...
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40 Under 40 Alumni: Kathy Topp and Guerin Senter
Monday, June 3, 2019
Kathy Topp and Guerin Senter are former honorees of VEGAS INC's 40 Under 40 awards. We caught up with them ...
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40 Under 40: Nikki Steven, Founder, Owner and CEO, Ideal Foods
Thursday, March 21, 2019
A Las Vegas native who attended UNLV and graduated with honors from the Professional Fitness Institute, Nikki Steven was a fitness expert as early as ...
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40 Under 40: James Trees, Owner and Chef, Timeless Cuisine
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Growing up in Southern Nevada, James Trees learned about Italian cooking and cuisine in the kitchens of friends and family, honing his skills at ...
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40 Under 40: JJ Walker, Founder, Cannabition Cannabis Museum
Thursday, March 21, 2019
JJ Walker got his start in event promotions as a student. “I learned that I really enjoyed promoting parties, but of course, in high school you have to deal with angry parents, cops and ..."
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40 Under 40: Lynn Wetzel, Marketing Account Director, Kirvin Doak Communications
Thursday, March 21, 2019
A native of Southern California with a degree in business administration from California State University, Long Beach, she joined ...
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40 Under 40: Cathy Vongnaraj, Director of Marketing, Tuscany Suites and Casino
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Cathy Vongnaraj is a self-described South Jersey girl who’s been immersed in the gaming industry since ...
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40 Under 40: Jeff Tomastik, President, Derby Spirits
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Jeff Tomastik’s idea to innovate the spirits industry might’ve sounded bananas at the time, but ...
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40 Under 40: Vincent Tatum, Executive Vice President, Grand Canyon Development Partners
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Vincent Tatum — who holds a degree in international studies and Japanese from Old Dominion University in Virginia — joined Grand Canyon Development Partners in ...
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40 Under 40: Craig M. Tann, Founder and Broker, Huntington & Ellis, A Real Estate Agency
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Craig Tann started building his career when the young Long Island native became fascinated with architecture and creating wealth through ...
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40 Under 40: Joseph Sunbury, Chief Internal Auditor, Nevada System of Higher Education
Thursday, March 21, 2019
A Southern Nevada resident since 2015, Sunbury joined the Nevada System of Higher Education as chief internal auditor in August of that year, responsible for ...
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40 Under 40: Cory Summerhays, Founder and CEO, Unforgettable Coatings/ Blue APE Painting
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Quality and service are central to Summerhays’ business philosophy, which he feels has helped create a loyal customer base and ...
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40 Under 40: Haejin Woo, Academy Program Director, Communities In Schools of Southern Nevada
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Born in South Korea and raised in Southern California, Haejin Woo had a dream to design schools, leading her to ...
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40 Under 40: Bri Steck, CEO, Vegas Girls Night Out
Thursday, March 21, 2019
A Southern Nevada native who studied entertainment and marketing at UNLV, Bri Steck combined her life-long Las Vegas know-how with her previous experience in ...
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40 Under 40: Katharine Sherrer, Director of Public Relations, MGM Resorts International
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Katharine Sherrer was a senior at Emerson College in Massachusetts majoring in theater studies with a focus in costume design and marketing when she developed an interest in ...
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40 Under 40: Dr. Emily Schorr, Surgeon, Shepherd Eye Center
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Emily Schorr always loved using her hands, going so far as to study classical piano at the preparatory division of the New England Conservatory. But over the years, her interest shifted ...
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40 Under 40: Karl Rutledge, Partner and Chairman, Gaming Industry Group, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Hailing from a small ranching and farming community in Montana, Karl Rutledge was a rodeo clown and bullfighter before increasing visits to the ER prompted a change ...
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40 Under 40: Mark Price, President, HealthCare Partners Nevada
Thursday, March 21, 2019
With a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s degree in engineering and a business degree from Northwestern University, Indiana native Mark Price had already ...
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40 Under 40: Patrick Nichols, Chief Strategy Officer, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Thursday, March 21, 2019
A native of suburban Minneapolis, Patrick Nichols said Las Vegas wasn’t even on his radar until he started seeking ...
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40 Under 40: Monica Moradkhan, Vice President of Community Relations, Wynn Resorts
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Monica Moradkhan was a shy kid who didn’t come out of her shell until she got involved in ...
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40 Under 40: Augusta Massey, Founder and Managing Partner, Massey & Associates Law Firm
Thursday, March 21, 2019
West Africa native Augusta Massey’s passion for justice and helping others helped draw her to the ...
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40 Under 40: Jen Kramer, Magician, ‘The Magic of Jen Kramer’ at Westgate Las Vegas
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Kramer interned for Nathan Burton’s magic show during two summers and moved to Southern Nevada in 2014 following graduation, and did weekly shows for guests at Wyndham’s Grand Desert Resort and Marriott’s Grand Chateau, while also ...
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40 Under 40: Zee Khan, General Manager, UNLV Hockey
Thursday, March 21, 2019
A Southern Nevada resident since 2012, Khan is responsible for oversight of the team and efforts to embed the program into the community. He is also tasked with ...
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40 Under 40: Jonathan Jossel, CEO, Plaza Hotel & Casino
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and raised in the United Kingdom, Jonathan Jossel has been fascinated by gaming since he wrote his senior thesis on ...
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40 Under 40: Nate Jacobs, Director of Project Development, McCarthy Building Companies
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Nate Jacobs has always been fascinated by how things work — he was constantly building forts and bridges when growing up in ...
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40 Under 40: Dr. Le Hua, Director of Mellen Program for Multiple Sclerosis, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Hua joined Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in August 2013 and became director of the multiple sclerosis program in September 2014. In addition to seeing patients, she also ...
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40 Under 40: Brian Howard, Owner and Chef, Sparrow + Wolf
Thursday, March 21, 2019
As a kid in suburban Detroit, Brian Howard felt cooking was in his blood. He grew up watching and emulating chefs such as Julia Child and ...
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40 Under 40: Kevin Holyfield, Vice President of Hotel Operations, Park MGM
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Originally from Fairbanks, Alaska, Kevin Holyfield got his start in the hospitality industry as a passenger services representative with Princess Cruises and Tours, having been introduced to customer service when he ...
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40 Under 40: Halee Harczynski, Marketing Director, Downtown Summerlin/ The Howard Hughes Corp.
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Harczynski, who moved to Southern Nevada in 2008,  has held her current position of director of marketing for Downtown Summerlin/The Howard Hughes Corp. since July 2016. Along with her team, Harczynski organizes, executes and hosts ...
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40 Under 40: Jessica Halling, Program Director, St. Jude’s Ranch for Children
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Jessica Halling strives to connect with youth on a fundamental level in her role as program director for St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, a position she ...
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40 Under 40: Noelle Haddad-McCann, President and CEO, TNG Models
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Born in Mission Hills, California, Noelle Haddad-McCann was fascinated by the supermodels of the 1990s, perfecting her Cindy Crawford impersonation for her ...
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40 Under 40: Jonny Greco, Vice President, Entertainment Production, Vegas Golden Knights
Thursday, March 21, 2019
A natural born story-teller who as a kid made home movies for fun, and talked his high school teachers into allowing him to create visual stories rather than written ones for assignments ...
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40 Under 40: Elliot Gall, Vice President of Risk Management, Credit One Bank
Thursday, March 21, 2019
A math aficionado who hails from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Elliot Gall found his professional calling when he took a position as a new-student orientation leader at the University of New Mexico, where he earned ...
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40 Under 40: Jennifer Forkish, Vice President of Corporate Communications, Caesars Entertainment
Thursday, March 21, 2019
After earning a degree in political science from the University of Arizona, Jennifer Forkish was working in her hometown at Los Angeles City Hall when she got her first taste of the ...
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40 Under 40: Megan Fazio, Founder and CEO, Neon PR
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Texas native Megan Fazio has owned and operated an award-winning PR agency in Las Vegas since the age of 24 and is responsible for leading hundreds of successful marketing campaigns consumers see that continue to ...
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40 Under 40: Christina Ellis, Director of Marketing, Ellis Island Casino, Hotel & Brewery
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Christina Ellis began working at Ellis Island — the family business — when she was 12 years old ...
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40 Under 40: Celebrating some of Las Vegas' brightest business professionals
Thursday, March 21, 2019
With a combination of smarts, skill, compassion and commitment to community, the honorees of our annual 40 Under 40 publication represent the best that Southern Nevada has ...
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40 Under 40: Matthew Cova, CFO, MountainView Hospital
Thursday, March 21, 2019
With a background in financial, strategic and operational leadership, Matthew Cova, a native of Santa Maria, California, landed his first CFO position nine years ago at a ...
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40 Under 40: Amanda Connor, Co-founder and Partner, Connor & Connor
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Growing up in New Mexico, Amanda Connor’s parents used to joke that she was destined to become a lawyer because she liked to argue. It was an argument laid out by her husband, however, that led her to her current role as ...
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40 Under 40: Dr. Stephani Christensen, Hematologist and Medical Oncologist, Comprehensive Cancer Centers
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Christensen — who earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania and completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in hematology and oncology at Rush University in Chicago — joined Comprehensive Cancer Centers ...
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40 Under 40: Lacy Colson, Realtor, Signature Real Estate Group
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Born in Kanab, Utah, and raised in Fredonia, Ariz., she moved here at age 21 to attend Dahan Institute of Massage Studies. That education led her to ...
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40 Under 40: Jennifer ‘Jenny O’ Calleri, Owner, Huntington Jewelers
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Born and raised in Southern Nevada, Jennifer “Jenny O” Calleri was attending community college and working at a dry cleaners in 1999 when she told a friend she needed a new job ...
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40 Under 40: Krystal Allan, news anchor, KSNV-NBC News 3
Thursday, March 21, 2019
A native of Kansas City, Mo., Krystal Allan found her calling when she was 6 years old ...
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40 Under 40 Alumni: Sasha P. Rincon-Camacho and Caroline Ciocca
Monday, November 12, 2018
Sasha P. Rincon-Camacho and Caroline Ciocca are former honorees of VEGAS INC's 40 Under 40 awards. We caught up with them ...
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40 Under 40 Alumni: Holly Silvestri and Jon Gray
Monday, July 30, 2018
Holly Silvestri and Jon Gray are former honorees of VEGAS INC's 40 Under 40 awards. We caught up with them ...