Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 | 7:04 p.m.
Editor’s Note: As Robin Leach spends family time in La Jolla, Calif., after returning from his annual Italian travels, many of our Strip personalities have stepped forward in his absence to pen their words of wisdom.
We continue today with guest columns from executive chef Joseph Parrino of Andiamo Italian Steakhouse at The D Las Vegas downtown, AFAN Executive Director Antioco Carrillo and Las Vegas Business Academy President Max Tappeiner on how our city’s future leaders are being molded. Max also is vice president of operations for the Venetian and Palazzo:
Although I was not born and raised in Las Vegas, this city has become my home. I believe in the potential of this city and want to give back to the community. What better way than to help mold the future leadership of business through education and mentorship?
Joining Las Vegas Business Academy and becoming president of the board has allowed me to work alongside some of Las Vegas’ brightest business leaders in our quest to provide an unparalleled education for our scholarship students.
Founded by Rino Armeni in 2011, LVBA provides scholarships, including as much as $75,000 in financial assistance and extensive mentoring, to students interested in pursuing a master’s degree in Business, Hospitality and/or Law at UNLV. After graduation, our students are required to work in Las Vegas for at least five years, keeping the talent we’ve created in this city.
In addition to the scholarship and studies at UNLV, our recipients also take part in an extensive mentorship program with our board members comprised of executives from Las Vegas’ top companies including Hakkasan Group, MGM Resorts International, Southern Wine and Spirits, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and dozens of additional, high-profile organizations.
The program isn’t like other scholarship programs, and finding those students with the “it” factor is critical. While our selection process is difficult and extensive, those who prove themselves to have talent, intelligence, dedication and motivation will be placed into our program that ensures their career thrives from the moment they graduate.
We hold our scholarship students to the highest standards. Similar to the members that make up our board, our scholarship recipients have integrity, respect, determination and courage while showing great teamwork and leadership skills. Our scholarship recipients exude this in their everyday lives. It’s what sets our students apart from the person next to them.
Through the last four years, we have seen two of our recipients graduate from UNLV and start their careers. Matt Sheahan graduated in December with his Master of Business Administration, taking a position as a hospitality analytics manager at MGM Resorts International. Tasha Schwikert graduated in May with her Juris Doctorate, accepting a position as a judicial law clerk for the Eighth Judicial District of Nevada.
Our current scholarship recipients, Keivan Roebuck and Daven Cameron, will be joined by five additional students come the fall 2015 semester. We are proud that our newest scholarship recipients, Brooke Luna, Caleb Green and Mackenzie Warren, pursing Juris Doctorates; Robert Medina, pursuing a Masters of Business Administration; and Justin Hawkins, pursuing a Masters of Hospitality Administration, will help contribute to the legacy of this great city.
I encourage everyone to visit our website LVBANV.org to see how the program could benefit your graduate education or how you could become one of our board members and contribute to the education of Las Vegas’ future business leaders with your expertise and knowledge.
We also would love to see you at our annual fundraiser at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Saturday, Oct. 3.
We’ll have our final guest columns this weekend as Robin wraps his family vacation in La Jolla and returns for tonight’s premiere of Celine Dion at Caesars Palace and the upcoming star-studded Labor Day Weekend. Our Celine coverage will be posted here at Vegas DeLuxe on Friday.
On Sunday, our guests columnists are Sailor Jerry Rum’s Paul Monahan and Jim Rees from Hash House a Go Go, with Daniel Robert Sullivan of “Jersey Boys” at Paris Las Vegas and Diane Fearon of Communities in Schools on Monday.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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MGM Grand, a AAA Four Diamond resort, offers 5,044 rooms and suites.
MGM Grand features KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.
The resort offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon.
As part of its ongoing “Grand Renovation,” MGM Grand has remodeled all rooms and suites in its main tower and is adding several new experiences to its lineup including Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub, a new upscale dining/nightlife concept (coming in April 2013).
MGM Grand also features a state-of-the-art, non-smoking conference center, the Grand Spa, Cristophe Salon, "CSI: The Experience" and an inviting pool complex featuring the tantalizing daylife of Wet Republic.
Upscale accommodations include The Mansion, an exclusive hotel within the hotel; the luxurious two-story SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand; and The Signature at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel located adjacent to the main resort.