Brett Sperry - Gallery owner, businessman Already influential thanks to his Brett Wesley Gallery and Art Square (to say nothing of his role in Westwood Studios, the pioneering video-game company that laid some groundwork for the Vegas tech scene), Sperry has upped his ante with his announcement in November that he’s spearheading a drive to site the Modern Contemporary Art Museum downtown. The project faces long odds and many hurdles, but Sperry seems able to gather quality players — including top-shelf philanthropic fundraiser Julie Murray — around the project.
Elaine Wynn Businesswoman, education official While she has the influence you'd expect of No. 296 on last year's Forbes 400, Wynn is of interest to us here as president of the state Board of Education.
Story is usually behind the scenes, but as the newish executive director of the ACLU of Nevada, he has worked directly on issues of equity and justice, including issues of police force in Southern Nevada. He served as district director for former Congresswoman Shelley Berkley and as an aide to Sen.
Maybe it's some kind of ectoplasmic spillover from the let-it-all hang out hedonism promised by the Vegas brand - or maybe it's a testament to the personalities who built that image - but power doesn't exactly try to speak softly in Nevada. Oh no.
Power-packed networking mixers - when it comes to connection with professional peers and growing your success, it's not who you know - it's who you get to know. Whether you're a seasoned serial; entrepreneur or a fresh-faced business school grad, there's nothing as effective as the ancient art of swapping business cards and pressing the flesh at networking mixers.
UNLV President Neal Smatresk shocked most of Las Vegas when he announced, just months after signing a four-year extension to his original four-year contract, that he was leaving to take a presidential post in Texas.
But a look at history might have lessened the surprise: The 12 people who have led the campus have stayed, on average, for five years.
Something about the December cover of Harper’s — “Loving Las Vegas: What the Prudes Get Wrong About Sin City”— made us think the story would not only address what the prudes get wrong about Sin City, but would do it big, in a topic-grappling, prude-refuting way.
Over the past several months, the Greenspun clan has been embroiled in a civil war over efforts to dissolve the Las Vegas Sun’s longtime Joint Operating Agreement with the Review-Journal. Hammered out in 1989 and tweaked in 2005, the JOA keeps the Sun on corporate life support.
It’s proclamation time: Pizza Rock could be the first true dinner hit of the downtown culinary revolution. Oh, downtown already has hits when it comes to breakfast and lunch — Eat and MTO Café come to mind — but Pizza Rock is in the perfect position to become a solid nighttime draw.
For the intensely driven Akira Back, the Strip isn’t the destination — it’s only the beginning It’s November and chef Akira Back is texting me pictures of his new restaurant. It’s called Akira Back, and it’s inside the JW Marriott Hotel Aerocity in New Delhi.
Maybe it’s some kind of ectoplasmic spillover from the let-it-all-hang-out hedonism promised by the Vegas brand — or maybe it’s a testament to the personalities who built that image — but power doesn’t exactly try to speak softly in Nevada. Oh, no.
Whoa! Looks like somebody got a suh-weet pair of scissors for Christmas — because Bobbie Ann Howell has been snipping up a storm. Her photo collages and cut paper works blend landscapes, cultures and shapes into a tasty visual smoothie your eyeballs will wanna slurp up.