Kerry Bubolz

President & COO Vegas Golden Knights

KERRY BUBOLZ President & COO Vegas Golden Knights

“Listen To Understand, Not to Respond”

“Community is a Contact Sport, Just Like Hockey”


 

On October 3, 2016, Vegas Golden Knights Chairman and CEO Bill Foley announced Kerry Bubolz as the first President and Chief Operating Officer of the Golden Knights. In his role, Bubolz oversees all business aspects of the franchise.


Bubolz is entering his second season with the Golden Knights after leading the organization to a tremendously successful first campaign. The Golden Knights exceeded expectations averaging 104.4% attendance at T-Mobile Arena when combining playoffs and regular season totals. Under Bubolz’s leadership the organization also achieved sponsorship revenue 20% higher than the forecasted goals for the 2017-18 season and ranked in the top tier among NHL teams in terms of per game gate revenue.


Bubolz was also instrumental in negotiating the franchise’s television deal with Root Sports (now AT&T Sportsnet), broadcasting VGK games not only locally in Las Vegas but extending throughout the Western Rockies region through Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and parts of California and Arizona. The Golden Knights also captured national attention with their best-in-class game presentation putting on a show for both Golden Knights fans, and NHL fans. Bubolz’s steady leadership ultimately led to the organization winning the Sports Business Journal’s prestigious Sports Team of the Year Award for the 2017-2018 season, as well as the National Hockey League’s “Commissioner Award for Business Excellence”.


Bubolz has also instilled a commitment to community outreach and service in the franchise through the organization’s various charitable initiatives. The Golden Knights Foundation serves as the primary charitable link between the team and the Las Vegas community focusing on several projects including, fighting hunger and homelessness in Las Vegas, securing the future of Las Vegas military, first responders and their families, and fostering physical, social and emotional growth of Las Vegas youth. The Golden Knights Foundation also raised more than $775,000 in 2017 for the Folded Flag Foundation and other Southern Nevada military and first responder non-profits. Bubolz’s commitment to community and growing the sport of hockey in Southern Nevada is evidenced by the team’s hockey development programs, including the “Golden Knights Hockey Academy” which reaches close to 80,000 children and 63 middle schools in Clark County.

Prior to joining the Golden Knights, Bubolz spent 13 years with the National Basketball Association’s Cleveland Cavaliers. In 2013, he was named President of Business Operations where he oversaw ticketing and suite sales, corporate sponsorship revenue, broadcast, marketing, communications and community engagement for the franchise. In Bubolz’s time with the Cavaliers, the team won the Eastern Conference Championship three times and won the NBA championship in 2016. The Cavaliers were consistently recognized by the NBA during their annual Sales & Marketing awards ceremonies as a top performing team in all key business metrics.


In addition to overseeing Cavaliers business operations, Bubolz also served as President and Alternate Governor for all franchise property teams owned by the Cavaliers Operating Company, including the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League. In 2016, the Monsters won the Calder Cup and finished third in league average attendance with 8,596 fans per-game. He was also President and Chief Operating Officer of the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the International Hockey League from 1994 to 2000.


The Tulsa, Oklahoma native also brings an abundance of National Hockey League experience to Las Vegas. He served as vice president of sales for the Carolina Hurricanes and the Dallas Stars prior to joining the Cavaliers.


Bubolz graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelors’ Degree in marketing in 1989. He and his wife, Melissa, live in Summerlin and have two daughters, Madison and Emma.

Dray Gardner

Founder Silent Savasana Yoga

DRAY GARDNER FOUNDER, SILENT SAVASANA

"You owe you."

 

Dray Gardner is often known around Las Vegas as a moving and phenomenal yoga instructor. In addition to serving up an intense flow class while standing on his head, he also delivers morsels of wisdom and truth that tend to resonate with the crowd. Dray changes the world - one person at a time – by encouraging everyone to take time for themselves and ultimately love themselves.


When you attend a Silent Savasana event, you will notice that there are a series of phrases, or drayisms, spoken that are the backbone of Dray’s philosophy and serve as the primary messaging of the Las Vegas based yoga event company.


Turn your pain into power.

Turn your wounds into wisdom.

Your job is what you are paid for; your dharma is what you are made for.

You owe you.


Dray’s time is dedicated to bringing Las Vegas the best energy and offering his knowledge, strength and commitment to the people of the community.


Dave Levine

Entrepreneur, Investor, and Educator

Dave Levine Entrepreneur, Investor,
and Educator

"You can live weeks without food, days without water, but only seconds without air.  Don't underestimate the value of the simple things in life.  Breathe!"


Dave Levine is an entrepreneur, investor, and soon to become educator. Dave is founder and owner of an e-commerce company that earned over $150 million in sales with Dave as CEO. Dave's company CNV.com Inc. created one of the first affiliate programs on the internet in 1996.


Dave was a part time investor for decades, but his successful investment in bitcoin in 2015 at $350 encouraged him to go down the rabbit hole to study the "cryptocurrency revolution" and become a successful cryptoasset investor.


Today Dave still owns his e-commerce company and maintains his investments, but his work is now focused on creating a course for kids to learn about money.  This year he plans to launch "Money Skills Book 1 for ages 8 to 108".


More on Dave at DaveLevine.com

Shane Jasmine Young

Attorney, Young Law Group

Shane Jasmine Young
Attorney, Young Law Group

"I quit waiting for the light at the end of the tunnel and lit that b*tch myself." – Unknown


Shane grew up in Las Vegas, met her high school sweetheart at a track meet in 1995, and graduated Valedictorian from Green Valley High School in 1997. In April 2000, 5 months pregnant with identical twins, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pepperdine University. Shane started law school on her twins’ 1st birthday, earning her law degree in 2004 and starting her legal career in 2005. While practicing at the “big firm,” Shane and her husband had 3 more daughters. In 2015, Shane became the General Counsel for a financial services company, gaining valuable experience that prepared her for opening her law firm in 2017.


Shane is passionate about educating, counseling, and providing exceptional value and service to clients. Her practice is focused on Legal Planning (business and family/estate planning). Other services include general counsel, business strategy/coaching, personal injury, sports & entertainment, DUI, and traffic tickets.


As a mother of 5, Shane is dedicated to empowering others to make well-informed decisions for themselves, their loved ones and children, and their businesses – keeping them out of court and conflict, providing true peace of mind (not a false sense of security common in the traditional legal experience), and achieving goals in the most effective and efficient way.

 

"I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." – Maya Angelou


Brett Lashbrook

Owner, Las Vegas Lights

Brett Lashbrook
Owner, Las Vegas Lights

"Aim for the moon.  Even if you don't make it, you'll still go farther than if you hadn't tried at all." – Unknown


  

Brett Lashbrook is the Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Las Vegas Lights Football Club (FC).  


Prior to forming Lights FC, Lashbrook had an extensive background in soccer, which includes work at Major League Soccer’s headquarters in New York City as Special Assistant to the Commissioner’s Office & Legal Counsel.  He then served as the Chief Operating Officer for Orlando City Soccer Club, overseeing all business aspects of the club’s transition from the United Soccer League (USL) to Major League Soccer (MLS) – including finalization of plans for the club’s new 20,000-seat downtown stadium. 


Lashbrook’s extended family has called Las Vegas home for nearly 20 years. 

Galit Ventura-Rozen

Award-winning Speaker, Business Performance Expert, Author and Entrepreneur

Galit Ventura-Rozen
Award-winning Speaker, Business Performance Expert, Author and Entrepreneur

“The only person you should ever compare yourself to is the person you strive to be.” Galit Ventura-Rozen


Galit Ventura-Rozen graduated from University of Nevada in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and later obtained a Master’s Degree in Therapy with Honors in 2016.  With 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur, owning and operating a commercial real estate company, she brings her skills and expertise to help businesses increase performance, profits, and productivity.  

 

Also, Galit is the author of “The Successful Woman’s Mindset. Along with speaking globally on the topics of leadership, high performance and "the successful mindset," she provides prospective speakers the guidance and mentoring to become professional speakers.

 

She is a recipient of the TMG Silver State Award for Best Local Motivational Speaker; has been named Top 100 Women of Influence 2 years in a row by MyVegas Magazine; Women Who Wow by Real Vegas Magazine; Women's Chamber of Commerce of Nevada Hall of Fame Inductee for Leadership; 3-time Honoree of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Women of Distinction Award.   Currently, she is the National Chapter Director for Women of Global Change, a Board member of the National Association of Women Business Owners and The Women’s Philanthropy Council, and a 9-year volunteer of The Shade Tree Woman’s Shelter.


“It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from.  The ability to triumph begins with you - always." - Oprah Winfrey 

Christoff J. Weihman

President, ASPIRE Enterprises America's Favorite Five Star Customer Experience Expert

Christoff J. Weihman
President, ASPIRE Enterprises

"Our highest calling is to use our gifts to serve others. The world is waiting for you to heed the call."

 

Christoff J. Weihman is a Keynote Speaker, & America’s Favorite Five Star Customer Service/Customer Experience Expert.


He is the Best-Selling Author of 2 outstanding books on Five Star Customer Service & Hospitality; Getting to WOW! & The Customer Experience.


He is the Founding President of the National Customer Service Association (NCSA) Las Vegas Chapter.


His Company ASPIRE Enterprises, is a Customer Service Training & Consulting Company that specializes in teaching, training, & empowering companies and organizations to elevate the Service they deliver to their clientele. He has spoken in front of thousands of Industry Professionals all around the country, from a variety of companies-large and small, inspiring, motivating & empowering them to bring their Customer Experience to the next level-the level of Five Star, First Class, World Class-WOW! Customer Experience. His client list includes MGM International, Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, New York-New York Hotel & Casino, Kirby, California Pizza Kitchen, The Bartenders Union and more.


His passion is Service Excellence. He is highly sought after as a Keynote Speaker, Trainer and Workshop Leader, Radio & Television Guest.


Christoff lives in Las Vegas with his wife Michelle, and their 3 puppies, Lilly, Carly, Bruno & Yeti-Boy.


Christoff has performed stand-up comedy at the world famous Comdey Store in Hollywood and is fluent in 2 Filipino languages; Tagalog & Ilokano.

Ross Bryant

Director (U.S. Army Retired) Military & Veteran Services Center UNLV

Ross Bryant
Director (U.S. Army Retired)
Military & Veteran Services Center

"The true mark of a good leader is not how many soldiers you lead, but how many leaders you leave behind when you leave" - Army saying

 

Ross Bryant is the Interim Executive director of University of Nevada Las Vegas’s Military & Veteran Services Center and the Office of International Students & Scholars. As the former officer in charge of the UNLV Army ROTC and deputy director of the UNLV Institute for Security Studies, he has extensive experience in developing new programs and creating partnerships that benefit UNLV’s students. His interests include supporting veteran programs that work with community partners in assisting with the transition to civilian life of the next generation of veterans and their family members, and helping them achieve their academic and life goals.


Student Veterans of America (SVA) national “Chapter Advisor of the Year” (2017)


Student Veterans of America (SVA) recognized Alex Sawin as national “Student Veteran of the Year” (2018)


UNLV is ranked #33 in the nation as “Best for Vets” by Military Times and as a Top 15% or GOLD “Military Friendly” school by Victory Media.


Honored by Senator Dean Heller in a tribute in the Congressional Record for being a key contributor in attaining passage of legislation in support of student veteran in-state tuition. (2016).


Recognized by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval as “Veteran of the Month” October 2014.


His efforts as director of the UNLV MVSC have brought 1800 veterans to UNLV with a 65% graduation rate. Since 2012, more than 1400 veterans have graduated from UNLV.

Amy Frost

MBA and MA Spiritual Psychology Author, Making a Living while Having a Life

Amy Frost
MBA and MA Spiritual Psychology, Author, Making a Living while Having a Life

“My passion is supporting people in their lives and at work using cutting edge as well as tried and true tools and techniques to stay calm in adversity, to be productive, successful, optimistic and happy.”

Amy has worked with thousands of managers and employees dealing with a multitude of workplace related issues that impact company morale and productivity. She an accomplished trainer, facilitator, radio and podcast host, educator, keynote presenter, life management coach, career coach, and writer. She worked for the Department of Defense for 20 years as a contract negotiator and a Total Quality Management (TQM) facilitator and was on faculty at the University of Phoenix where she was distinguished as an outstanding faculty member and was a faculty mentor. In 2012, Amy received the Oprah Magazine, Crocs Cares and Nonprofit Sector Foundation Stepping Up to your Purpose and Walking for Good Award. In 2018, she received the Humanitarian of the Year award by the Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP).

Business and Wellness Ambassador Armed Forces Chamber of Commerce ArmedForcesChamber.com


"Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start." - Nido Qubein

Jacqueline N. Walton

Attorney & Member Reisman Sorokac

Jacqueline N. Walton
Attorney & Member
Reisman Sorokac

“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.” Jack Kerouac

  

Jacqueline N. Walton is a Member of Reisman Sorokac. Known to most as Jacque Walton, she has been in practice over a decade, focused on commercial real estate and business transactional matters. Her comprehensive commercial real estate practice includes real estate acquisition and sales, land use/zoning entitlements and monitoring, leases and due diligence and development guidance. Jacque’s business practice includes corporate structuring, contract drafting and negotiating for a wide-range of business matters, asset purchases and sales, general outside counsel services and business and privilege licensing.


Jacque has been selected to the Mountain States Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list for five years running, and has been named a “Legal Elite” by Nevada Business Press. She is a 2016 graduate of Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce’s highly-selective “Leadership Las Vegas” program.  She currently is a member of the Regional Board and Associate Board of the Anti-Defamation League in Nevada.


Jacque Walton received her undergraduate degree from the University of San Diego and her J.D. from the University of Idaho. 

Kim Nyoni

Associate Vice President for Development, UNLV Foundation, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

KIM NYONI
Associate VP for Development, UNLV Foundation, University Nevada, Las Vegas

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."  Robert Louis Stevenson

  

Kim serves as associate vice president for development with the Division of Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement at UNLV. Kim has been with UNLV since the summer of 2017 and oversees college and division based fundraising teams. Kim joined UNLV from the University of Missouri, where he served in various leadership roles in university advancement that included Interim Chief Development Officer for the MU School of Law, Senior Director of Advancement for Principal Gifts & Honors College, and Senior Director of Advancement for the College of Engineering.


Prior to his tenure at Missouri, Kim was part of the development team at the University of Arizona from where he served as the associate director of development and director of development for the College of Engineering.  Kim began his career in university development at the University of California Berkeley, where he served as assistant director of corporate & foundation relations for the Haas School of Business. Following a successful career at Berkeley, Kim served in a regional development role at Washington University before transitioning to Utah State University.


Kim holds a Bachelor of Journalism and a Master of Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  He is native of Tanzania and a proud Las Vegan. He serves our community as a member of the best rotary club in the world; The Las Vegas Rotary Club. 

Jimmy Lee

Founder and CEO, The Wealth Consulting Group (WCG)

JIMMY LEE
Founder and CEO, The Wealth Consulting Group (WCG)

“Do today what you will regret you didn’t when it’s too late.”  

  

Jimmy is the Founder and CEO of The Wealth Consulting Group (WCG).  WCG’s vision is to become the premier provider of comprehensive wealth management in the United States.  The firm provides a unique service acting as Personal CFO’s for their client’s family wealth.  WCG currently has over $2 billion in assets under advisement with over 20 branch offices throughout the country. 


Jimmy was born in Seoul, South Korea and moved to Las Vegas with his family in 1977.  He attended UNLV and began his career as a financial advisor in 1995.  Since 1997, Jimmy has been a registered principal responsible for running branch offices that employ financial advisors.  He is a frequently tapped by the financial media and appears regularly on national TV shows on CNBC, Fox Business, Yahoo Finance, TD Ameritrade, etc.  He has been profiled and quoted many times in the financial press including the Wall St. Journal and many other industry publications.  


Jimmy resides in Las Vegas and has one daughter.  He loves to travel, play sports, explore the arts, learn, lead and give.  He is a supporter of UNLV and a board member of the Running Rebel Club.  He is also a board member of the Latin Chamber of Commerce Foundation in Las Vegas.  In 2017, Jimmy helped to create the WCG Academy of Business and Entrepreneurship at the Faith Lutheran High School in Las Vegas.  Finally, he is passionate about working with kids to help inspire them to become leaders and impact the world in a positive way.  

Caleen Norrod Johnson, CFRE

Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations Division of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement University of Nevada, Las Vegas

CALEEN NORROD JOHNSON, CFRE
Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

"We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same." Carlos Castañeda

  

A professional fundraising executive for over 35 years, Caleen has raised more than $40 million for nonprofit and educational institutions around the country, working in all aspects of the profession in partnership with volunteer leadership and staff colleagues. In Nevada, Caleen has served as the executive director of Make-A-Wish® Southern Nevada and has had the privilege of working for the American Cancer Society; UNLV’s Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering; and The Nature Conservancy. She is currently the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for the UNLV Foundation, where she leads the team responsible for securing funding for UNLV from private foundations and corporations around the country.


Caleen received her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential in 2003, and holds a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from UNLV and United Way. A board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Southern Nevada Chapter, she has served as its president, and was named Fundraising Executive of the Year in 2006. She has volunteered for a large variety of organizations in Nevada and elsewhere. Caleen holds an M.A. in English from George Mason University and a B.A. in English from the College of William and Mary. 


"All life has a narrative shape, and our calling as human beings is to live a life worth recounting."  Paul Ricoeur

Benjamin H. S. Scott, Jr.

Owner and CEO of Ben Scott LLC

BENJAMIN H. S. SCOTT, JR.
 Owner and CEO of Ben Scott LLC

"The first and biggest/best step to success is to decide what you want."

"B.E.N (Be Excellent Now)."


I am a Transition Expert ~ I will help you transition from where you are to the next level, however “YOU” define that next level.

~

Benjamin H. S. Scott, Jr. served more than 32 years in the United States Army. He is a John Maxwell certified Coach, Trainer, and Speaker, a certified Army Medical Department Arbinger Facilitator, a trained Lean Leader, Certified Scrum Master and a member of The American College of Healthcare Executives. He is the CEO of Ben Scott LLC, a company dedicated to inspiring others through meaningful connections with a tight circle of diverse and influential people. Ben Scott LLC teaches, coaches, and trains people and organizations to excel through helping individual and groups achieve and succeed. 


He obtained his Series 7 license also known as the General Securities Representative Exam from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA); a Bachelor’s Degree (Cum Laude) in Business from Saint Leo University.  He serves as the President of a non-profit, Raising Up the Low Country. He served as an intern/fellow with the Senate Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on personnel.


"Mindset is the most important.  It is not the only thing, but it is the most important thing to your success."

Ivette Fernandez

Vice President, Government Relations | Endeavor

IVETTE FERNANDEZ
Vice President, Government Relations | Endeavor

“You are the salt of the earth and the light of the world.  Let your light shine.”  -Matthew 5:13-16


Ivette Fernandez has over 20 years of experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors.  She currently serves as the Vice President of Government Relations for Endeavor- the parent of multiple entertainment companies, including UFC, William Morris Endeavor, IMG, Professional Bull Riders and Miss Universe.


Prior to joining Endeavor, Ivette worked for Stand Together, The LIBRE Institute, News Corp and Pfizer Inc.  Prior to joining the private and non-profit sectors, she worked for President George W. Bush at The White House, as a political appointee at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and in the U.S. Senate for two of Alaska's senators.


Ivette has been recognized for her contributions to the community by numerous entities, including the University of Alaska Fairbanks; Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska; and LATINO Magazine.  She was honored with the United Way of NYC’s 2012 Women’s Leadership Council “Woman of Distinction Award,” and selected one of PODER Magazine’s 2013 “20 under 40: Latinos Going Places.”  In summer 2008, Ivette was the feature of LATINA Style Magazine’s article “Inspirational Latina, Ivette Fernandez,” and was 1 of 15 nationwide recipients in 2006 recognized as a Hispanic American leader by the Government of Spain’s “Young Hispanic Leaders Program,” where she was honored by HRH Crown Prince Felipe of Spain.


Ivette is a Commissioner on the Nevada Equal Rights Commission, Board Member and Vice Chair of the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino, and a Member of the Winning for Women Advisory Committee, Hispanic Scholarship Fund Las Vegas Advisory Council, and Junior League of Las Vegas.  She participated in a cultural study abroad to Argentina in college and was selected to be a Rotary Foreign Exchange Student to Sweden in high school.  Ivette has traveled to over 30 countries and 30 states in the U.S. and speaks three languages.


Ivette was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, and in 2000, won the title of Miss Alaska USA and Miss Congeniality and competed in the 2001 Miss USA Pageant.  She received her Bachelor’s degree from The George Washington University and her Master’s degree from Georgetown University.

Jerry Nadal

Senior Vice President - Business Development, Resident Shows Division. Cirque du Soleil

Jerry Nadal
Senior Vice President
Business Development
Resident Shows Division 
Cirque du Soleil

“Ask for forgiveness, not permission”


Jerry Nadal is Senior Vice President – Business Development, Resident Shows Division for Cirque du Soleil and has been in the entertainment industry for more than 30 years. He sits on the Executive Board and was responsible for the operations, sales & marketing of the six productions in Las Vegas; Mystère, “O” ZUMANITY, KÀ, LOVE, and Michael Jackson ONE.


Since joining Cirque du Soleil in 1998, Mr. Nadal has held numerous positions within the company including Company Manager for KÀ during its two-year creation period, Tour Manager for the Asia Pacific Tour of Alegría while simultaneously holding the position of General Manager for the Singapore office.

Mr. Nadal also sits on the Board of Directors for The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, One Drop USA, Nevada Public Radio, Nevada Ballet Theatre, and Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas. 


“People will forget what you’ve said, people will forget what you did, but they will never forget the way you made them feel” ~ Maya Angelou

Heather Linden

Director of Physical Therapy, UFC Performance Institute

Heather Linden
Director of Physical Therapy,
UFC Performance Institute

"Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful." –Joshua J. Marine


Heather Linden serves as the Director of Physical Therapy for the UFC Performance Institute. Prior to joining the UFC, Heather worked at the United States Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Division and was the director of an outpatient orthopedic clinic in Los Angeles.  Heatherwas on staff for Team USA for the 2012 London Olympic Games, 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, 2015 Parapan Am Games, 2016 Youth Winter Olympic Games, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.


Heather is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and supports the Orthopedic Sections within APTA. Heather is a Credentialed Clinical Instructor by the APTA. Her certifications include Pilates Instructor, Kinesio-Tape Techniques, Mobilization with Movement, Graston, Dry Needling, Functional Movement Screen, Myofascial Decompression, Myofascial Manipulation, Functional Range Conditioning, Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, Postural Restoration, and Selective Functional Movement Assessment. Heather has diverse experience in areas from pediatrics, geriatrics, amputees to vestibular disturbances; her career specialty is orthopedic manual sports physical therapy. 


Linden received her Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Tech University and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University. She was an honors graduate and a collegiate varsity athlete.   

Rich Ryerson

UNLV Men's Soccer Head Coach

RICH RYERSON
UNLV Men's Soccer Head Coach

"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment." - Jim Rohn


After five years at the helm, Rich Ryerson has completed the turnaround of the UNLV men's soccer program that he knew was possible as he led the Rebels to their best season in 24 years in 2014. The accomplishments were almost too many to list as UNLV swept the Western Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles while earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1988. UNLV won its first five games of the year while knocking off 14th-ranked UMBC, and would earn its first national ranking since 1992 at 23rd by Soccer America. A school-record five players were named to the all-region team, while Ryerson saw one of his first-ever recruits, Salvador Bernal, became the third All-American in team history and get drafted by Toronto FC in the MLS following the season. Thanks to the overwhelming success of the season, Ryerson picked up both conference and regional Coach of the Year honors.


One of four Ryerson brothers to play for the Rebels (Rob, Kenny, Tim), Rich Ryerson was a four-year starting defender/midfielder for the Rebels from 1983-86 and led UNLV to three NCAA tournament appearances and three straight conference championships during his first time in Las Vegas. In his junior season, the Rebels posted a program-best 18-2-2 mark and No. 4 final national ranking, and that 1985 squad was inducted into the UNLV Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 1, 2010.


A two-time all-region and all-conference selection, Ryerson scored 20 goals and had 20 assists. Ryerson started all 84 games during his time as a Rebel and still holds school records for both most career games played and most career starts. Ryerson was also named one of Soccer America's Top-10 Freshmen of the Year in 1983.


Ryerson graduated from UNLV in 1987 with a bachelor's of science degree in business administration. He went on to play a total of 10 years in several professional soccer leagues, including two in Kinna, Sweden, and finished his career in 1998 with the Baton Rouge Bombers of the Eastern Indoor Soccer League, where he was named the EISL's Defensive Player of the Year.

Honoree - Mary Beth Sewald

President & CEO Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce

Mary Beth Sewald
President & CEO
Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce

 “There is no limit to what a person can do if they don’t mind who gets the credit.”

  

As the chief executive of the largest and broadest-based business association in Nevada, Mary Beth Sewald sets the vision for the Metro Chamber and leads its strategy of supporting local businesses and pursuing initiatives to boost job growth, a healthy economy, and a vibrant community.


Sewald has successfully served as a strategic and visionary executive in both the private sector and non-profit association sectors. She is the former President & CEO of the Nevada Broadcasters Association (NVBA) where she led the efforts of the NVBA to collaborate with government officials, represented Nevada’s broadcast industry to all constituencies, and assured the financial health of the Association. During her tenure, she developed lines of communication and strong relationships with Nevada’s elected officials, as well as the FCC and regulators at the federal and state level to assure the NVBA’s position was heard and considered on the issues that affect the broadcast industry.

 

Her previous positions include General Manager of the NBC affiliate, KRNV TV in Reno, NV, where she managed and developed a staff of 95 broadcast professionals across all disciplines required to run a professional broadcast organization. Sewald successfully directed her team to be the first TV station in Northern Nevada to implement the “Digital Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005” and the first to broadcast in High Definition, ensuring adherence to all FCC regulatory compliance, including all FCC reporting obligations. She also earned an Emmy Award for a documentary she Executive-Produced called “Meth Madness” at the NBC affiliate that is now KSNV-TV in Las Vegas.


Sewald was recognized as the first woman to be named Television General Manager in 2003, and was inducted into the Nevada Broadcaster’s Association Hall of Fame in 2009 and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority,  the Nevada Military Support Alliance, The Leadership Foundation of Greater Las Vegas, Workforce Connections,  City National Bank, The Congressional Award of Nevada, Governor Sandoval’s Southern Nevada Sporting Events Committee and is Vice Chair of the National Championship Reno Air Races. She is the host of the Metro Chamber’s Like Nobody’s Business television show, and is a member of the Leadership Las Vegas Class of 2017.


“Your employees come first. And if you treat your employees right, guess what? Your customers come back, and that makes your shareholders happy. Start with employees and the rest follows from that.” – Herb Kelleher

MODERATOR - Steve Schorr

Chief Strategy Officer- LV.Net President & CEO- Vegas Life TVAnchor/Producer “Under The Vegas Sun”

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"If Your Mind Can Conceive it, and Your Heart can Believe It, You Can Achieve It" - Muhammad Ali

During his more than 40 plus years as an award winning broadcaster, business executive, and philanthropist, Steve Schorr has become one of the more respected individuals in the State of Nevada. He was named “One of the Most Influential People in Las Vegas” and was recently named as one of the Top 25 Community Leaders.  In 2007, Clark County School District named a public elementary school after him. Steve received two Lifetime Achievement Awards; one from the U.S. Justice Department and the second from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as a result of his efforts to protect children from abuse and abduction. He has also been named Man of the Year by Nevada Child Seekers for his lifetime efforts on behalf of all youth as well as being awarded a Points of Light Award by two Nevada State Governors.