Sponsor and Member News 2016

November/December 2016



Touro University Nevada Receives $1.2 Million-Dollar Grant To Launch Geriatric Medicine Fellowsh

Touro University Nevada is pleased to announce it has received a $1.2 million-dollar grant from Governor Brian Sandoval’s executive budget. The grant will fund the development of a one year geriatric medicine fellowship program that will graduate four fellows per year.  The university plans to have the first fellows in place by July 2017.

Graduate Medical Education (GME) training is required to obtain medical licensure to practice medicine and numerous studies have shown that a very high percentage of doctors practice in close proximity to where they received GME training. The philosophy that “if they train here, they stay here” is a direct factor in Nevada’s current healthcare provider shortage. With the state currently producing more undergraduate medical students than available residencies, students are forced to leave and seek training elsewhere across the country.




Mike Paglia Joins the Johnson Advisors Team

Johnson Advisors is pleased to announce the addition of Mike Paglia as its newest Staff Accountant.

Mike is a native Las Vegas who ventured off to the University of Arizona to earn his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and returned home to the University of Nevada Las Vegas where he earned his Masters of Science in Accounting. Mike’s inspiration to become an accountant came from his mother and aunt, both CPAs.  Mike began his career in public accounting in 2014 upon graduation from UNLV.



Burke Construction Group Appoints Two New Staff Members to our Operations Team

Burke Construction Group is pleased to announce the addition of Michele Grierson, Senior Project Manager and Nancy Mayorga, Assistant Project Manager. 

Michele attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Architecture and Construction Management with a career in construction spanning over 20 years. 

Michele brings with her a varied skillset that ranges from Big Box Retail, Educational, Federal, Public Works, and Gaming and Hospitality just to name few. Throughout her career, Michele has managed some of the most notable projects in southern Nevada, including – amongst others – the East Career Technical Academy and the Henderson Justice Facility.  

With a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Nancy’s career in construction spans over six years. She worked on such notable projects as The Ascaya Club House, T-Mobile MGM Arena and the SLS Hotel and Casino Re-branding and Remodel. 



Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Receives Four 2017 Five-Star Ratings from Healthgrades

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican today announced that it has received 5 stars for quality care in four service areas from Healthgrades, the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions in order to find the right doctor, the right hospital, and the right care. These service areas include:

Rose De Lima Campus:
Esophageal/Stomach Surgeries (two years in a row)
Colorectal Surgeries (five years in a row)

Siena Campus:

C-Section Delivery (two years in a row)

San Martin Campus:
Esophageal/Stomach Surgeries

This achievement is part of new findings and data released today on Healthgrades.com and in the Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 33 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.


Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Wins Consumer Choice Award from National Research Corporation for Fourth Year in a Row

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s Siena Campus was named a 2016/2017 Consumer Choice Award by National Research Corporation. The annual award identifies hospitals across the United States that healthcare consumers choose as having the highest quality and image. The Siena facility is the only hospital in the Las Vegas market to receive this award.

Winners are determined by consumer perceptions on multiple quality and image ratings collected in the company’s Market Insights survey, the largest online consumer healthcare survey in the country. National Research surveys more than 300,000 households in the contiguous 48 states and the District of Columbia. Hospitals named by consumers are analyzed and ranked based on Core Based Statistical Areas defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, with Consumer Choice-winning facilities being ranked the highest.




Cynthia L. Alexander Reappointed as Trustee of Nevada Bar Foundation

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Cynthia L. Alexander, member partner in the Las Vegas office, has been reappointed by the Supreme Court of Nevada as a trustee of the Nevada Bar Foundation.

“I am honored to further serve this worthy organization, and am passionate about their mission to help people access justice and legal education programs,” said Alexander. The Nevada Bar Foundation serves as the charitable arm of the State Bar of Nevada. The organization supports access to justice programs in addition to managing the Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program, which makes annual grants to local organizations that provide direct legal services to the poor, to victims of domestic violence, and to children protected by or in need of protection of the juvenile court.



Tronox Donates Thousands to Pinecrest Academy Robotics Club

Tronox, a Henderson manufacturing plant, donated $2,000 to benefit students in the coding and robotics program at Pinecrest Academy. The donation will go toward purchasing the necessary software and equipment for students to design and build robots.


Tronox Henderson Donates to Basic Academy of International Studies Robotics Team

Tronox, a Henderson manufacturing plant presented a check to support the Basic Academy of International Studies Robotics Team. For the past five years, Tronox has continually supported the team as their primary sponsor.

The Basic Academy of International Studies Robotics Team teaches students the methods of building high-tech robots as well as teaching the engineering elements of robotics. Last year the team earned the Judges Award at the Nevada State VEX Robotics Championship, as well as the Excellence Award that qualified them to attend the C.R.E.A.T.E. US Open Robotics Championship.


Tronox Donates to Robert Taylor Elementary School’s Robotics Club

Tronox, LLC donated $1,500 to the Robert Taylor Elementary Robotics Club. Tronox Plant Manager, Rick Stater presented a check with the club’s students, advisors and the school’s vice principal all in attendance. This is the ninth year that Tronox has been involved with supporting the club. Every year along with a monetary donation, Stater encourages employees to volunteer with the students and act as mentors throughout the school year.



October 2016



Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s Siena Campus Awarded Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement From The Joint Commission

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s Siena campus today announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. The advanced certification is for Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of their services and patient care. The Siena Campus is one of the largest joint replacement programs in the area, with consumers coming from across the valley and beyond for surgery.

The Siena campus underwent a rigorous onsite review on October 10. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with advanced disease-specific care standards and total hip and total knee replacement requirements, including orthopedic consultation, and pre-operative, intraoperative and post-surgical orthopedic surgeon follow-up care.


Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Receives American College of Cardiology Performance Awards

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s Siena campus has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2016 and the San Martín campus has received the Silver Performance Achievement Award. The Siena campus is one of only 223 hospitals nationwide to win the Platinum Performance Award, and the San Martín campus is one of only 21 hospitals nationwide to win the Silver Performance Award.

The award recognizes St. Rose’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that St. Rose has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.


Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s San Martín Campus First in Nevada to Use Innovative Cardiac Mapping System

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s San Martín campus has become the first hospital in Nevada and 55th nationally to use the Rhythmia™ Mapping System, a new state-of-the-art, high-resolution 3D mapping and navigation solution for those with complex heart issues. The procedure was performed Oct. 3 by Dr. Arjun Gururaj to treat a patient from southern Nevada with ventricular tachycardia, a condition where the heart beats too fast. Additional physicians have also been trained, including Dr. Gaston Vergara, who has also used Rhythmia for his complicated procedures.


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Burke Completes Frito Lay Distribution Center Expansion

Burke Construction Group completed construction on a new expanded warehouse facility for the Frito Lay Las Vegas Distribution Center on behalf of Con-Real, LP.

The approximately 30,000 sq. ft. expansion facility was designed to expand Frito Lay’s existing warehouse facility. The expanded space, constructed directly adjacent to the active warehouse, utilized tilt wall panel construction similar to the existing warehouse building. The two areas now function as one common warehouse space.



September 2016



UNLV Appoints Gardner Company as Master Developer for Harry Reid Research and Technology

Today, UNLV announced that the UNLV Research Foundation and Gardner Company entered into an agreement that taps Gardner as the master developer for the Research Foundation’s Harry Reid Research and Technology Park.

“This research park will play an important role in building on UNLV’s status as a worldclass research institution, and I look forward to seeing this strong partnership bring the project to life,” said Sen. Harry Reid. “I thank the UNLV Research Foundation and Gardner Company for working so hard to make this project—and academic and economic benefits that come with it—a reality.”



U.S. News & World Report Names Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s Siena Campus Among Best in Southern Nevada

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s Siena campus has been recognized as one of the best regional hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. The Siena Campus received the Best Regional Hospitals ranking for 2016-17 for southern Nevada, the only hospital in the Las Vegas valley to receive the award. This is the first time Siena has received the award. The award was based on receiving high-performing hospital designations for four indicators: COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), heart failure, hip replacement and knee replacement.

Other high-performing designations received by Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican facilities are:

• Rose de Lima Campus – COPD;

• San Martín Campus – COPD and heart failure.


Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Hosting Screening of End-of-Life Film, Being Mortal

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s Siena campus is holding a free, community screening of the documentary Being Mortal on Friday, September 23, 2016 from 1-4 p.m. After the screening, audience members can participate in a guided conversation on how to take concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences.

Being Mortal delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. It follows a surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters. When Dr. Gawande’s own father gets cancer, his search for answers about how best to care for the dying becomes a personal quest. The film sheds light on how a medical system focused on a cure often leaves out the sensitive conversations that need to happen so a patient’s true wishes can be known and honored at the end.



Teach For America–Las Vegas Valley Begins New School Year With $50,000 Donation From Barrick Gold

Teach For America–Las Vegas Valley is proud to celebrate the start of a new school year working closely with students, families, fellow educators and local organizations in Southern Nevada. The start of the year is also marked by a $50,000 donation from Barrick Gold. Teach For America recruits a diverse group of our nation’s most promising leaders to make an enduring commitment to educational equity, beginning with teaching for at least two years in high-need urban and rural schools including Clark County. 

“The support of local organizations such as Barrick Gold is instrumental to our ability to bring diverse and talented people from all over the country, as well as from right here in the Valley, to strengthen education from inside and outside of the classroom,” said Sean Parker, executive director of Teach For America–Las Vegas Valley. “We’re able to help make a positive impact on 30,000 Clark County students to ensure they’re prepared for college, their careers, and beyond. 


Barrick and Cisco Partner for the Digital Reinvention of Mining

Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE: ABX)(TSX: ABX) (Barrick or the "company") and Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced they will partner for the digital reinvention of Barrick's business, bringing together cutting-edge technology and expertise to unleash the full potential of mining.

"We are proud to partner with Cisco to drive our digital reinvention," said John L. Thornton, Barrick's Executive Chairman. "Harnessing the potential of digital technology will unlock value across our business, helping us grow our free cash flow per share. In so doing, we will make ourselves into a leading twenty-first century company—enhancing productivity and efficiency at our mines, and improving decision-making and performance across every area of our business. We mean to create value and push the boundaries of our industry in entirely new ways. Just as importantly, digital technology will allow us to reduce our environmental impact and be even more transparent with our local partners—especially indigenous communities, local governments, and NGOs."



Competitive Rowing Comes to Nevada at Lake Las Vegas

Vegas Voice Announces Debbie Landry Joining as Advertising Sales - Account Executive

The Galleries at Lake Las Vegas open in MonteLago Village

August 2016

Nominations Sought for Henderson’s Heart of the City Award

The City of Henderson is accepting nominations for its Heart of the City Award, which recognizes individuals who have performed exceptional acts of kindness. The award is administered by the city’s Be Kind Committee, which promotes the benefits associated with incorporating acts of kindness into the mindset and way of life for the people who live, learn, work and play in the City of Henderson.

The award is presented annually to a citizen or city employee who has demonstrated distinctive service or acts of kindness that have enriched the lives of the community. Nominations are open to people of all ages and are accepted through Oct. 1. Printable nomination forms are available online at cityofhenderson.com.  READ MORE


PBTK Opens Reno Office

Piercy Bowler Taylor & Kern (PBTK), a full-service accounting firm, announces that it has recently opened an office in Reno, Nevada.

Now the third PBTK location, the Reno office is located at 200 S. Virginia, Suite 655. The firm’s services will focus on accounting, audit, tax planning and preparation, 401(k) audits, and forensic accounting.

“We opened a Reno office to better serve our existing and prospective Northern Nevada clients,” said Lisa Cross, Managing Shareholder of the Reno office. “PBTK’s professionals have a unique set of skills and experiences in the industries found in the Reno area, such as gaming, hospitality, manufacturing and government. We are excited to now reside in this thriving business community.”  READ MORE

PBTK Announces Two New Shareholders

Piercy Bowler Taylor & Kern (PBTK), a full-service accounting firm, is pleased to announce that Lisa Cross, CPA and Ryan Whitman, CPA, CFE have been promoted from Principal to Shareholder. Both Cross and Whitman started their professional accounting careers at PBTK as Associates and moved up through the ranks, accepting more responsibilities and growing their technical skills.   READ MORE


Mike Dickinson Joins the Johnson Advisors Team

Johnson Advisors is pleased to announce the addition of Mike Dickinson as its newest Tax Director.

Mike is a proud graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas where he earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Accounting. Mike began his career in public accounting in 2003 upon graduation from UNLV. Mike adds a unique blend of public accounting and business consulting experience to the firm.  READ MORE


Seeing the Cents in Solar

High-profile Las Vegas solar projects receive support from corporate, government and regulatory entities.

Solar energy is definitely the most popular sector of the entire energy and utilities industry — from federal and local tax credits to media buzz and everything in between — but Las Vegas is taking the hype and turning it into high-profile projects in the commercial industry.

On June 20, Las Vegas Mayor Carloyn Goodman and North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee were in attendance as Cox Communications and Manheim Nevada, both subsidiaries of Cox Enterprises, dedicated two ground-mount solar projects. The Cox Las Vegas project is in Las Vegas and the Manheim Nevada project is in North Las Vegas. The projects are designed to generate power from alternative sources for their respective operations.  READ MORE


K2 Energy Expands “Next Generation Ultra Line” to Include High-Capacity Energy Cells and Packs

July 2016
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Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino Celebrates 85 Years

One would expect the Nation’s longest running casino to be in Nevada. It might surprise you to know that it isn’t on the strip, or even in Las Vegas. Built in 1931, the historic Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino was built as a dancehall to serve the food and entertainment needs of the workers building the Hoover Dam. Situated between Las Vegas and Boulder City on US 93, its grounds grew to hold a school house and a brothel too. Within the casino, a vault holding the safe constructed to hold the workers’ payroll still stands today. The vault door is permanently open for visitors to view. The mysterious safe is locked tight with its long lost combination keeping its contents a secret. READ MORE


Eight Signs That Can Save Your Life

Each year, more than 220,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. However, early detection and improved treatment options are creating better healthcare and more and more women are surviving.

Las Vegas resident Tina Dickerson knows breast cancer firsthand. “I was doing some breast self- examinations because I saw it on TV and I said, ‘I should do that too’… and I found a lump. I went around for three weeks and my husband said, ‘Do you still have that lump?” For peace of mind, why don’t you just make an appointment?’ So I did and I, unfortunately, was diagnosed with breast cancer.”


Elements Massage to Open in Rhodes Ranch

Construction on Red Rock Fertility Center Concluded

Construction on Neighborhood Hospital Begins

June 2016

Tronox Donates Thousands To United Way Of Southern Nevada

On June 23, Tronox presented a check for $2,000 to United Way of Southern Nevada. The two organizations have had a strong partnership over the years as Tronox has consistently donated to support United Way and their mission to help the people of Southern Nevada.

“On behalf of Tronox and all of our employees, we are thrilled to make this donation to United Way to help support their wonderful programs that help people in our community,” said Jack Luna, Tronox Production Manager. “Giving back to our community is so important and we hope that this donation will help the United Way help others.”  READ MORE


Cox, MGM soak up sun, savings with their own solar arrays

Cox Enterprises could have just flipped the switch on its two new solar power arrays in the Las Vegas Valley, but that would have been so basic cable.

Instead, a muscle-bound man dressed as the Greek god Apollo arrived by hand-drawn chariot to carry a solar panel onto the shaded outdoor stage and rub gold-painted shoulders with Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee and other dignitaries. READ MORE


Rupesh J. Parikh, M.D., Medical Oncologist and Hematologist, Named Chief of Staff for Two Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Campuses

Rupesh J. Parikh, M.D., board-certified medical oncologist and hematologist for Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada (CCCN), has been appointed chief of staff for Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s Siena and Rose de Lima campuses. In this role, Dr. Parikh represents the 1,000+ physicians on the medical staff of both campuses, chairs the Medical Executive Committee and is a member of the St. Rose’s Board of Directors. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Parikh served on both the Medical Executive and Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committees at St. Rose. Dr. Parikh joins Dr. Robert Wiencek, chief of staff of St. Rose’s San Martín campus, and the respective vice chiefs of staff, Drs. Lance Allgower and Stephanie Hanson.  READ MORE


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Long Elementary Paints “Why America is Great!”

Las Vegas-based business consulting and CPA firm Johnson Advisors visited Walter V. Long Elementary school on May 25 to announce the winner of the firm’s annual Fourth of July art contest during the school’s end-of-the-year assembly. Johnson Advisors annually celebrates the birth of our great country and supports the youth in our community by partnering with an under-served elementary school in Clark Country to participate in its annual Fourth of July Card Program. The winning artwork will grace the front cover of the firm’s Fourth of July card that is sent to clients, friends of the firm, and other members of the community.  READ MORE

Allinial Global and IAPA International Sign Letter of Intent to Combine Forces

Johnson Advisors is pleased to announce that U.S.-based Allinial Global and U.K.-based IAPA International (IAPA) announced on May 4, 2016 that the management teams for both associations have signed a Letter of Intent to join forces. A combination would create an entity with 300 member firms in 79 countries with annual fee revenue of over $2.6 billion -- making it the third largest association of independent accounting and consulting firms in the world. This merger will allow a greater range of knowledge and support for our firm, providing more powerful resources to assist our clients, wherever they may have business operations.  READ MORE


CSN Supplier Inclusion

Seasons Market takes up residence at Lake Las Vegas

May 2016



Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, San Martín Campus Honored with Bronze Award for Heart Failure Care

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s San Martín campus has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Bronze Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guidelines for the treatment of patients with heart failure.

Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure is a quality improvement program that helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients. Launched in 2005, numerous published studies have demonstrated the program’s success in achieving patient outcome improvements, including reductions in 30-day readmissions.  READ MORE

Auditor Lauren Carpenter Rejoins PBTK

Piercy Bowler Taylor & Kern (PBTK), a full-service accounting firm, welcomes Lauren Carpenter, MBA back to the firm as a Senior Associate in the audit department, focusing primarily on 401(k) audits.

Carpenter joined PBTK in August 2012 and left for a short while to pursue an opportunity with a private company.

“I came back to PBTK because of the people,” Carpenter said. “The professionals at PBTK are amazing to work with and I learn so much from them and our clients.”

Carpenter is a Southern Utah University graduate who works with a wide range of clients including those in government, not-for-profit and hospitality. In addition to her work with 401(k) audits, she is involved in testing the effectiveness of internal controls relating to compliance with the Minimum Internal Control Standards instituted by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

Bill Nelson Joins Helping Hands Board

Piercy Bowler Taylor & Kern (PBTK), a full-service accounting firm, announces that Shareholder Bill Nelson, CPA was appointed to the board of Helping Hands, a non-profit organization with the mission to provide free, assistive services to senior citizens in Southern Nevada.

In his role on the Helping Hands Board, Nelson will help the organization raise funds and manage its efforts to help local seniors maintain their dignity and independence while improving health and daily living.

Nelson is extensively involved in all areas of accounting and auditing for the firm, mainly for gaming, real estate and construction clients. He is one of the few accounting professionals in Las Vegas to work with SEC clients. Nelson also assists with fraud examinations and has helped identify the perpetrator of fraud and determined loss amounts in multiple fraud issues. In addition, he helps his clients with internal controls and regulations to prevent occupational fraud.

Nelson has taught principles of accounting at the Community College of Southern Nevada, and has been discussion leader on several continuing professional education topics. He is active in the community participating in several youth sports programs and boy scouting.

Cox Business Survey Shows Overwhelming Consumer Support for Small Businesses

Consumers’ patronage of small businesses extends beyond Small Business Week. According to the 2016 Cox Consumer Pulse on Small Businesses, 90 percent of U.S. consumers frequent small businesses at least once a week. Moreover, 42 percent are shopping small three or more times a week, according to the survey findings released today.

While convenience and customer service attract consumers to small businesses, 63 percent simply feel a need to support local entrepreneurs. For many, their collective sense of loyalty to businesses in their communities may stem from seeing a lack of governmental support. In fact, 77 percent of consumers feel the federal government does not do enough to promote small business growth on a national level. However, when asked which presidential candidate is most likely to support legislation that provides more opportunity to small businesses, Donald Trump won the vote.  READ MORE


Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Receives $36,654 from the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.® for Mammograms and Ultrasounds

The National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.® recently granted $36,654 to Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s R.E.D. Rose (Responsible Early Detection) program to pay for mammograms and ultrasounds for under- and uninsured women.

“Southern Nevada ranks among the highest in the nation for under- and uninsured individuals,” said Brian Brannman, senior vice president of Dignity Health Nevada. “The National Breast Cancer Foundation’s donation will be instrumental in helping us provide much-needed clinical services for this target population. On behalf of those we will be able to support, we express our sincere gratitude.”  READ MORE

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Burke Construction Group, Inc. receives Wisdom of Age Award

Nevada Business Magazine held their 6th Annual Family Owned Business Awards at the Springs Preserve where Burke Construction Group, Inc. was honored with the Wisdom of Age Award. The award recognizes businesses in operation for over 25 years who have demonstrated exceptional strength in their longevity.

Burke Construction Group, Inc, was originally founded in 1984 by Tim Burke who passed away in 2002. The business is run today by Kevin Burke, his brother, who took over as President and CEO in 2000. Kevin said he is "proud to carry on Tim's vision to build a contracting firm that exceeds client expectations." Now licensed or registered in 26 states, Kevin along with his nephews, Austin and Conner, hope to continue that growth.  READ MORE



April 2016


Cox Ranked 18 on the 2016 Top 50 Companies for Diversity List from DiversityInc
Cox has earned a No. 18 ranking on the 2016 Top 50 Companies for Diversity list, DiversityInc announced at diversity and inclusion’s keystone event held at Cipriani Wall Street on Tuesday, April 19.

“At Cox, we believe that creating a culture of inclusion builds diversity. We place a big emphasis on leadership involvement in diversity and inclusion and we are proud to see our efforts once again being recognized on DiversityInc’s prestigious Top 50 Companies for Diversity list,” said Michael F. Bolognini, vice president and market leader of Cox Las Vegas. “With more than 1800 companies considered, Cox’s rank in the top 20 for the second straight year, as well as our position on two of DiversityInc’s specialty lists – Mentoring and Diversity Councils, is very rewarding.” 

Nevada State College wins $1.2 million federal grant to help first generation, low-income students

Nevada State College (NSC) has received a $1.2 million federally funded grant for five years intended to help first-generation and low-income students through a program that provides tutors, peer mentors, “success coaches” and help with preparation for graduate school.

“This grant enables Nevada State College to really build a safety net of support for students, many of whom will be entering freshmen,” said Robin Smith, director of the TRIO-SSS program. “Nevada State College has a sharp focus on retention. As student enrollment grows, it becomes even more important to ensure we are providing all our students the resources they need to complete their college education.”  READ MORE

city-henderson.pngCity of Henderson Receives the 2016 National Planning Excellence Award for Public Outreach
Southern Nevada Strong (SNS) was a regional planning effort to build a foundation for long-term economic success and community livelihood by integrating transportation, housing, and job opportunities. An estimated 6,000 community members participated in the three phases of plan outreach.

SNS was funded by a $3.5 million Sustainable Communities grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The SNS planning process placed an extraordinary emphasis on community engagement to ensure broad, representative participation in determining a vision for the future.  READ MORE

NVE-logo-trigon_RGB_300dpi.jpg  NV Energy Exceeds Renewable Requirement for 2015
NV Energy has filed its required 2015 Renewable Portfolio Standard Annual Report with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, showing that the company achieved a 21.2 percent renewable credit level in southern Nevada and 31.3 percent level in northern Nevada.  The 2015 legislated requirement is 20 percent, based on total energy sales.

NV Energy's Vice President of Energy Supply Kevin Geraghty noted that complying with the legislated mandate is important, but his company's longstanding motivation has been to be environmentally responsible and to keep the costs to customers as low as possible.  READ MORE

JohnsonAdvisors.jpg  Anthony Aguila of Johnson Advisors Earns CPS Credential
Staff accountant, Anthony Aguila, recently obtained his Certificated Public Accountant for the state of Nevada. A graduate of UNLV with a Master of Science in Accounting, he has been an associate with the firm since 01/01/2014. He passed all four sections of the CPA exam in seven months during his first year with the firm. ”I had a lot of help along the way from family, friends and everyone at Johnson Advisors. I’m honored I can represent the firm as their newest CPA,” said Anthony Aguila.  READ MORE

1-TrishNash.jpgTrish Nash Named as a Top Woman in Real Estate
Trish has been selected for 3 consecutive years as 1 of the top 25 Women in Real Estate in Clark County by the Woman's Council of Realtors.

March 2016


city-henderson.pngCity of Henderson Receives the 2016 National Planning Excellence Award for Public Outreach
Southern Nevada Strong (SNS) was a regional planning effort to build a foundation for long-term economic success and community livelihood by integrating transportation, housing, and job opportunities. An estimated 6,000 community members participated in the three phases of plan outreach.

SNS was funded by a $3.5 million Sustainable Communities grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The SNS planning process placed an extraordinary emphasis on community engagement to ensure broad, representative participation in determining a vision for the future.  READ MORE

Scott Taylor PBTKScott Taylor Joins Vegas PBS Planned Giving Council

Piercy Bowler Taylor & Kern (PBTK), a full-service accounting firm, announces that Shareholder Scott Taylor, CPA has been appointed to the Vegas PBS Planned Giving Council.

In his role on the Planned Giving Council, Taylor will work with other financial and legal professionals to guide Vegas PBS’s efforts to increase donations through bequests and planned gifts.

Taylor's tax practice focuses on services for a wide range of clients including real estate partnerships, limited liability companies, large and small closely-held corporations and not-for-profit organizations. He started with PBTK in 1992 and was made a Shareholder in January 2005. In addition to his tax work, he also provides services for business consulting, deal structuring, receivership and litigation support services.

Cox Las Vegas employees volunteered 24,662 hours in 2015
The nearly 1,400 employees of Cox Communications, Las Vegas volunteered 24,662 hours in 2015, an average of nearly 18 hours per employee.

"Our employees have dedicated themselves to supporting dozens of nonprofit organizations in Southern Nevada and I couldn't be prouder of their volunteer achievement for 2015, which nearly doubled our 13,000 employee volunteer hours in 2014," said Cox Las Vegas Vice President and Market Leader Michael F. Bolognini.  READ MORE

Johnson Advisors acquires international reach 
Local business advisory and accounting firm Johnson Advisors has become Southern Nevada's first and only member of Allinial Global, an association of accounting and consulting firms whose members reinforce client service by exchanging expertise, resources, and advice in a wide range of industries. Founded in 1969, Allinial Global is one hundred members strong and growing, with locations throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, and larger world, generating approximately $1.6 billion in collective revenues. Its global reach helps Johnson Advisors clients' business needs throughout the world. READ MORE 


February 2016

Burke Construction Group, Inc. Completes Construction on St. Anthony of Padua Parish Hall
In partnership with the Roman Catholic Diocese and LG Architects, Burke Construction Group completed construction on the St. Anthony of Padua Parish Hall. The opening was celebrated with a Dedication Mass on Friday, February 5, 2016 - filled to standing attendance.

The 16,274 sq. ft. Parish Hall Building, designed by LG Architects, serves as the new spiritual home for the St. Anthony of Padua congregation. Located on ten acres at the cross roads of Fort Apache Road and Centennial Parkway in northwestern Las Vegas, this facility includes an arched sanctuary space with seating for nearly 1,000 people. Other features include two conference rooms, eight meeting rooms for catechetical instruction, parish offices, restrooms and a reception area. Outdoor features include a monument plaza with a circular drive, a beautiful patio area for gatherings, and water efficient landscaping.   <<READ MORE >>
Burke Construction Group, Inc. Announces Expansion Construction for the Frito Lay Las Vegas Distribution Center 
Burke Construction Group begins construction on a new expanded warehouse facility for the Frito Lay Las Vegas Distribution Center on behalf of Con-Real, LP.

This approximately 30,000 sq. ft. expansion facility is designed to expand Frito Lay's existing warehouse facility. The expanded space will be constructed directly adjacent to an active warehouse and utilize tilt wall panel construction similar to the existing warehouse building. When complete this new expansion will function as one common warehouse space.
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Burke Construction Group, Inc. Welcomes the Addition of Two Team Members to their Executive Management Staff
Burke Construction Group is very pleased to announce that Jim Colegrove and Thad Lawrence are now part of the Company's Executive Management Team. Jim & Thad have distinguished themselves within the company - both playing major roles in developing strategic aspects of our business.  
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Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican to Open Four New Neighborhood Hospitals in Las Vegas Valley
Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, which operates three acute-care hospitals in Henderson and Las Vegas, today announced it will build four new neighborhood hospitals in the greater Las Vegas area within the next two years. These neighborhood hospitals are designed specifically to increase access to high-quality emergency care in an underserved metropolitan area.

Board-certified physicians, experienced nurses and other clinical specialists will staff the new neighborhood hospitals. The first level of each of the multi-million dollar hospitals will feature a comprehensive emergency department, an inpatient wing, imaging and quick-access lab services. In addition to Dignity Health Medical Group practices, other floors will house St. Rose community outreach programs, additional physician offices and other ancillary clinical services to support community health needs. All neighborhood hospitals will operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, offering patients the highest levels of care in a smaller campus setting.  <<READ MORE>>  

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Awards Close to $300,000 in Grants to Community Organizations; Funded Project to Create Community of Care 
 Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, the community's only not-for-profit, religiously sponsored hospital system, has made $291,187 in grant awards to five nonprofit collaborations in Henderson and Las Vegas. St. Rose has awarded grants to community programs for more than 20 years.
"St. Rose has been committed to providing quality healthcare and supporting the communities of Henderson and Las Vegas for close to 70 years," said Brian Brannman, senior vice president of operations, Dignity Health Nevada. "There were multiple needs in southern Nevada this year. Awarding these grants in this fashion will enable us all to continue working toward improving the health and well being of this community."  << READ MORE>>

Cox Business makes $10.3 million investment in City of Henderson with its Henderson Fiber Now Project   
Cox Business today announced its Henderson Fiber Now project, a $10.3 million investment by Cox over the next five years that will provide fiber optic readiness to virtually all businesses and homes in City of Henderson. Construction on the citywide fiber optic deployment project began in Oct. 2015.  <<READ MORE>>  
Tronox Donates Thousands to C.T. Sewell Elementary School Garden Club
Tronox, a Henderson manufacturing plant, donated $2,000 to support the
C.T. Sewell Elementary School student garden club. This donation will help purchase supplies for the garden, including soil and seedlings for various crops. Tronox employees will also lend a hand in constructing a vertical garden to maximize use of the space and yield more produce. The C.T. Sewell garden club teaches students all the aspects of gardening, from planting to tending to harvesting. Students learn about ecology, water and life cycles as well as great gardening tricks to help their crops perform to their full potential. And all of their hard work is rewarded with fresh produce that they can then incorporate into meals to enjoy at home and at school.
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Tronox Donates Training Equipment to the Henderson Fire Department
Tronox employees at the Henderson site use similar vessels to demonstrate and practice methods for emergency response on different types of cylinders.

"We are happy to contribute to the Henderson Fire Department and we hope that this will allow the opportunity for many more firefighters to increase their skillset," said Rick Stater, Tronox Henderson plant manager. "We know that through supporting our public services, we are also building a safer community."


Nevada State College Looking to Launch Into Rowing History 
NSC is launching a new Rowing Club Sport, and is looking for HCC members who are interested in joining.  Once the NSC Rowing Club gets going both NSC and Henderson will see a new horizon by adding a major east coast sport to our community.   << READ MORE >>


January 2016

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican's Medical Staff Gives $20,000 in Donations to Local Charities
Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican's medical staff spread humankindness during the holiday season by making donations to local nonprofits that go above and beyond for both those in southern Nevada and serving overseas. Each hospital campus' medical staff committee chose the nonprofit and notified them of the award last month. <<READ MORE>>
WGU Nevada Announces Las Vegas Latin Chamber Partnership and $32,000 in Scholarships
In collaboration with the Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce, WGU Nevada is encouraging busy professionals to embark on a continuing education journey by offering more than $30,000 in scholarships to members of the chamber. The WGU Nevada Otto Merida Scholarship was created in honor of the founder and long-serving chief executive officer of the Latin Chamber of Commerce. 
Seeing Orange - The RTC provides enhanced resources and tools to help plan your commute
As Southern Nevada rebounds from the economic recession, we are experiencing growth in population and development. That's why local governments, utility companies and private developers are investing in enhancing and maintaining our existing infrastructure and building new infrastructure to accommodate our current and future growth. 
While this is good news for both our economy and our roadways, it has frustrated the public and tested their tolerance for roadway construction. The RTC launched Seeing Orange, a campaign to provide the public with critical and important information about construction projects. The community can call 702-928-CONE (2663) or visit seeingorangenv.com to submit questions and get project information. <<READ MORE>>
Real estate developer, former UNLV coach finds humanity in banking
Victor Hecker, former head coach for UNLV's swim team and local real estate developer, searched the country for a loan to build a memory care assisted living facility near Elkhorn Drive and Jones Boulevard. All of the banks to which he applied - even one he's been with for more than 20 years - turned him down flat. The reason? The numbers didn't add up in the computer, and it was only a $3 million deal.

Nearly a year ago, through a broker in Ohio, Hecker was introduced to Steve Wagner at Valley Bank of Nevada -- right in his own back yard. <<READ MORE>>
iFynder by DIVS Partnering to Keep Women and Children Safe
The Nevada Health Care Association Perry Foundation Welcomes Roger Faselt to its Board of Directors 

Las Vegas Business Press Chamber Inserts