Henderson Chamber of Commerce to oppose Question 3
Business organization states decision based on risk of amending state constitution
HENDERSON, Nev. – The Henderson Chamber of Commerce, which represents more than 1,400 businesses throughout Southern Nevada, announced opposition to Question 3, which will appear on the 2018 Nevada Ballot this November during the general election. Question 3 addresses how energy is regulated in the state.
As the ballot initiative would change the Nevada constitution – rather than by the legislative process – any amendments to it thereafter also would require a ballot initiative passed by voters in two elections, making the slightest change difficult to make, and thus, a primary point of concern for the Henderson Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, the organization seeks to support meaningful, free market choices that give equal footing to all businesses, regardless of size, to which the measure did not address.
Over the last five months, the Henderson Chamber has conducted meetings and research, which culminated this week and resulted in its position on the initiative. The Henderson Chamber of Commerce is the only organization in Henderson that represents businesses of all sizes, industries, and stages on business policy matters.
The Henderson Chamber of Commerce (@HCC_Nevada) is a nonprofit, professional organization committed to advancing the commercial, industrial, civic and general interests of its members providing businesses with marketing and networking opportunities, support resources and legislative representation.
For more information regarding the chamber, call the Henderson Chamber of Commerce at 702-565-8951 or visit www.hendersonchamber.com.
VEGAS INC, found inside Las Vegas Weekly, is accepting nominations for its eighth annual Las Vegas Top Tech Exec Awards, now through Monday, Sept. 24. The 2018 Las Vegas Top Tech Exec Awards is a collaboration between Cox Business and VEGAS INC to honor the Las Vegas Valley’s most outstanding information technology executives, as nominated by their colleagues, clients and peers. Honorees will be selected in eight categories:
Honorees will be chosen based on their specific role in the success of their company and their accomplishments during the 2017—18 year. This includes commitment to the industry; their ability to develop strategic partnerships with vendors, solution providers and technology partners; projects that showcase the nominee’s creativity and ingenuity in problem solving; and their innovation and ideas for the future.
The nomination deadline is Monday, Sept. 24. Nominations can be submitted by completing this form: https://goo.gl/forms/lHSxqxz26wx24XH83. The award winners will be recognized at the 2018 VEGAS INC Las Vegas Top Tech Exec Awards ceremony, and featured in a special edition of VEGAS INC.
Two New Commercial Lending Promotions Announced at CCCU
Clark County Credit Union (CCCU) recently announced that two key positions have changed in the commercial lending department. Josh Haldeman was promoted from Vice President of Commercial Lending to Chief Lending Officer and Daniel Reese will take over the position of Vice President of Commercial Lending.
“The newly created C-level position in lending shows the credit union’s growth in the commercial lending and our commitment to providing even more businesses with the financing they need to
expand,” said Matt Kershaw, CEO of CCCU. Haldeman has been growing and developing a commercial and industrial lending culture within the credit union. In his new position, he will continue to create new and competitive lending programs for CCCU members.
Haldeman spent his whole life in Las Vegas, obtaining a degree in Marketing from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He is actively involved with the youth of the community through the Boy Scouts of America as well as being a mentor through the CCSD school and community partnership program.
Reese will maintain CCCU’s commercial lending portfolio, listening to members’ needs and answering their questions about commercial credit and lending. He says CCCU is known for their great customer service and personal touch and he is excited to get to work helping the members.
CCCU’s Fifth Annual National Nurses Week Grand Prize Winners Announced
As Clark County’s only state-chartered credit union for medical professionals, Clark County Credit Union (CCCU) recently announced the winners of its fifth annual Nurses Week prize drawing.
The 2018 CCCU Nurses Week grand prize awards went to nurse Nicole Parker and nursing student Allyzza May Cortez.
Parker is a recovery room nurse with St. Rose Hospitals and she won a $1,000 gift card, which she used to take her family on vacation. She has been a nurse for 12 years and said being a nurse is awesome, interesting, and fun, though sometimes sad. She said, “I've wanted to be a nurse since I was about 10 years old. I like that I have many options in nursing - I can specialize in one area or learn multiple areas and help whenever needed.”
Cortez is a nursing student at the University of Portland’s School of Nursing. She wants to become a nurse so she can help and support others, leaving a legacy of one who helped many in need. She said she is grateful for the $500 prize money and will be using it to help buy her college anatomy books and help pay for travel back home to Las Vegas.
Matt Kershaw, Chief Executive Officer of CCCU was happy to recognize our local nurses. “The nurses in our community witness people at the best and worse moments of their lives,” said Kershaw. “CCCU is proud to serve them and the rest of the medical community in Clark County.”
On June 17 two teams from the UNLV Lee Business School department of accounting competed in the final round of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) annual National Student Case Competition in Indianapolis, Indiana. UNLV competed against teams from Texas State and Wright State, with one of the two teams from UNLV ultimately winning the competition.
The Student Case Competition gives students an opportunity to analyze a relevant case study and develop a solution. Teams submit videos to present their case analysis and from there the finalists present to an audience at the IMA’s Annual Conference and Expo. This year 25 teams from universities across the nation participated in the initial round of the competition. The four finalist teams each received $3,000 and the winning team received an additional $2,000 grand prize. The two UNLV teams won a combined total of $8,000.
Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Hospitals Announce New Program To Help Expectant Mothers Battling Addiction
Today, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Hospitals announced the launch of a new program developed to help pregnant mothers who are battling addiction. EMPOWERED (Empowering Mothers for Positive Outcomes With Education, Recovery, and Early Development) is designed to help those mothers whose children may suffer from Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome as a result of medicine, drugs, nicotine, alcohol, marijuana, and other substances used during pregnancy.
EMPOWERED will create a continuum of care for both mother and baby, with support and resources available during prenatal, postpartum, and early childhood development.
“Opioid addiction, and substance abuse in general, is a real battle that many struggle to overcome, including pregnant mothers,” said Dr. Deepa Nagar, MEDNAX-affiliated neonatologist with Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s Siena Campus. “Without proper intervention, many of these babies are born with significant addictions themselves and the withdrawal from these drugs is a very serious challenge. Through EMPOWERED, we are working to remove the stigma of mental health issues and drug addiction for pregnant mothers. With EMPOWERED, we are hoping to not only change the life of the baby, but also its mother by providing the right kind of medical intervention and support to help ensure a healthy life – free from addiction.”
Burke Construction Group Announces the Addition of New Shareholders & Principals
Burke Construction Group is pleased to announce the recent addition of Dimitri Mihaloliakos and Thad Lawrence as Shareholders and Principals.
Dimitri Mihaloliakos, a 22-year construction professional and Vice President of Estimating at Burke, previously held the role of Chief Estimator during his 13-year tenure. Dimitri has built a strong reputation in the construction industry, remaining active in the commercial development community, where he serves as a member of the Nevada Contractors Association (NCA), National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP) and the leadership organization, Vistage. A graduate of the UNLV Construction Management Program with a minor in Architectural Design, Dimitri has volunteered his time and knowledge as a visiting professor at his alma mater.
With 20 years of industry knowledge, Vice President of Preconstruction Thad Lawrence, LEED AP, distinguished himself early-on since joining Burke in 2007. During his tenure with the company, he has worked in the capacity of Project Manager - joining the Estimating and Preconstruction team in 2010, where he merged his years of experience in Operations. Since that time, he was promoted to a Senior Estimator and Director of Preconstruction Services, where his leadership has been instrumental in delivering numerous successful projects - notably, serving as a certified U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction Quality Management specialist leading our Federal Projects Division as well as the Development Manager and Project Executive for our Strategic Partners. Committed to industry growth and education, Thad remains actively involved in organizations such as NCA, NAIOP and Vistage.
Assistance League Las Vegas Presents MGM Resorts Foundation With the National Operation School Bell® Award
Assistance League® Las Vegas was honored to present the National Operation School Bell® Award to The MGM Resorts Foundation on Thursday, May 10th during the regular chapter meeting. The MGM Resorts Foundation is a longtime supporter of Operation School Bell. During the 2017/2018 school year, MGM employees have contributed 498 service hours to Operation School Bell. From helping children pick-out clothes to financial donations– support from The MGM Resorts Foundation and MGM employees has a powerful and positive impact on the Las Vegas Operation School Bell program and children in need across the Southern Nevada community.
Operation School Bell®, the signature program of Assistance League®, provides assistance to children in need. Chapters determine the specific needs in their local communities, then develop, fund and implement the programs. Assistance League is widely recognized for its efforts to provide new school clothing to children in need in communities across the country.
M Resort Spa Casino Unveils a Handcrafted Cocktail And Dining
On May 18, M Resort Spa Casino will introduce an elevated culinary attraction: 16 – A Handcrafted Experience, open Friday – Tuesday from 7 p.m. – 1 a.m. Perched on the 16th floor of M Resort, this intimate venue will offer stunning, floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor patio, providing unmatched views of the Las Vegas skyline paired with a diverse menu of handcrafted cocktails and innovative shared plates.
“16 – A Handcrafted Experience is the first-of-its-kind culinary adventure at M Resort. It’s the ultimate place for those looking to enjoy handcrafted cocktails and enticing shared plates in an intimate, upscale environment,” said Michael Credico, Vice President of Food & Beverage Operations at M Resort Spa Casino. “We’re thrilled to be able to offer guests a place to kick-back, relax and take advantage of spectacular Las Vegas skyline views.”
Social consciousness pays off for small businesses says Cox Business survey released during Small Business Week
Social consciousness is spilling over into U.S. consumers’ shopping and dining habits, according to the 2018 Cox Business Consumer Pulse on Small Businesses. The survey data was released during National Small Business Week, a weeklong annual focus on entrepreneurs and small business owners, April 29 – May 5, led by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Seventy-one percent of survey respondents said they would spend more money at a small business if it supported a positive social or environmental cause.
While 68 percent of consumers think small business owners should openly promote the causes they support, more than half would stop supporting a small business if the causes they supported weren’t in line with the consumer’s social and/or environmental views. But the survey highlights still other data including in the area of technology.
Cox named No. 13 on DiversityInc 2018 Top 50 Companies List
Cox Communications earned the No. 13 spot on the DiversityInc 2018 Top 50 Companies list, the company’s 13th time to be recognized among the nation’s corporate diversity leaders. Cox has been ranked No.18 the past two years.
Cox was also specifically recognized for its leadership in Supplier Diversity, Mentoring and Diversity Councils.
“We are committed to having a diverse workforce which enables us to compete and grow. Our employees know that we embrace and foster an environment that builds on the unique talents that come from a variety of people and perspectives,” said Pat Esser, president, Cox Communications.
The DiversityInc Top 50 list, issued yearly since 2001, recognizes the nation’s top companies for diversity and inclusion management. These companies excel in such areas as hiring, retaining and promoting women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT and veterans. Cox first appeared on the list in 2006.
"Events of the past year have demonstrated that decisive ethical leadership is necessary to guide any organization to success," notes Luke Visconti, founder and CEO of DiversityInc. "Successful leaders hold themselves accountable to be culturally competent, a skill that requires constant learning. DiversityInc Top 50 Companies have a metrics-evidenced ability to treat people more fairly than other large companies. They also have a greater-than-average return for their shareholders."
CCCU Welcomes Nicole Johnson as Social Media Coordinator
Clark County Credit Union (CCCU) recently hired Nicole Johnson as a member of its award-winning marketing team. As the first Social Media Coordinator with the credit union, her main responsibilities will be creating and maintaining social media pages and profiles, as well as assisting with other communications and marketing activities. She will also build and execute social media strategies designed to help reach new CCCU members through research, benchmarking, messaging and audience identification.
Las Vegas Nurses Honored for Inspiration and Innovation During CCCU’s Fifth Annual National Nurses Week
Clark County’s only state-chartered credit union for medical professionals is honoring local nursing professionals and students during National Nurse’s Week on May 6-12, 2018. Clark County Credit Union (CCCU) is offering thousands of dollars in gifts and prizes to local nurses and nursing students for the fifth year in a row.
“Nurses are a big part of our credit union family,” said Matt Kershaw, CCCU’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are once again celebrating Nurses Week to show our appreciation for nurses and their inspirational work in our community. We saw that first-hand following the shootings in Las Vegas when our nurses worked around the clock, inspiring us with their acts of selfless service. Our prize drawing is one way we can show our thanks for all that nurses do to help all Clark County residents.”
From now through midnight, May 12, 2018, nurses and nursing students may enter to win one of several prizes at www.CCCULV.org/nurses. There is no purchase necessary and CCCU membership is not required to win. There will also be a photo booth in each of our branches with historic photos showing the rich history of nursing, along with current photos of our local nursing community.
The prizes will include $50 gift cards, a spa getaway and the grand prize: a $1,000 travel voucher. Nursing students are also encouraged to enter a separate drawing at the same website for a chance to win a $500 gift certificate.
RTC to launch innovative ‘ride on demand’ Paratransit service
As another means to expand and improve transportation services for all residents, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) today announced it is launching a six-month pilot program with Lyft, the fastest growing rideshare company in the U.S., for Southern Nevada Transit Coalition (SNTC) Paratransit riders beginning Monday, Feb. 12.
Here’s how it works:
“We are always looking for innovative ways to improve service and move customers around the valley more efficiently and effectively. This partnership with Lyft provides an efficient solution and option for Paratransit customers,” said RTC General Manager Tina Quigley, who noted transit agencies in Boston, Washington D.C., and Orange County, Calif., have launched similar programs with great success. “Through this partnership and pilot, Paratransit customers can expect more flexible service and the ability to be more spontaneous by scheduling rides on demand, something they previously could not do.”
Touro University Nevada Hosts ‘Leadership Henderson’ Professional Group to Improve Community Awareness About Healthcare Education
Leadership Henderson, a nonprofit organization under the Henderson Chamber of Commerce Foundation, visited Touro University Nevada for its ‘Education and Healthcare Day’ on Jan. 12.
As part of the group that included more than 30 community leaders representing an assortment of industries across Southern Nevada, Leadership Henderson members spent the day learning about the ways Touro is making an impact in both healthcare and education across the Silver State.
“These leaders want to know and understand what the challenges are within this community,” said Kelly Green, Leadership Henderson Director. “They also want to know what we are doing well and where they can be of more assistance. It’s important that we educate them because these professionals are very community oriented.”
Barrick's BattleBorn series will bring together Nevada's tech and innovation community
Barrick Gold Corporation has joined forces with Cisco, Switch and Unearthed to provide Nevada’s innovation and tech community with a premier opportunity to build skills, scale ventures and engage with great talent.
“Barrick is excited to host the state’s first global mining hackathon in Las Vegas,” said Michael Brown, President, Barrick USA. “We are at the forefront of transforming traditional mining with digital technologies, and we look forward to bringing our technology partners to Las Vegas to work with talented innovators and generate fresh ideas for our industry.”
BattleBorn, a name inspired by the Nevada state flag, was created by the world’s leading gold mining company to infuse the resource industry with bold ideas and exponential technologies. BattleBorn includes a series of boot camps, a 54-hour hackathon, and a startup exchange, that will bring together competitors, observers, industry leaders, and startups.
Clark County Credit Union Gives Back More Than $3 Million on Dividend Day
On their annual Dividend Day, Clark County Credit Union gave back over $3.3 million in earnings to its member-owners as an annual dividend, putting money back into their accounts to use as they wish.
CCCU members were informed of their dividend amount via email or in real time inside one of the six branch locations during a Dividend Day celebration that included donuts, balloons, a photo booth with a $3 million bill and free movie tickets to members who shared their photos using #CCCCUDividendDay.
This year’s dividend payment is $3,355, 881.43, which brings the total to $59.7 million pumped back into the Southern Nevada economy since 2001. All 44,000 CCCU members received at least $20 deposited into their accounts this month, though the average dividend payment this year is $74.76. Hundreds of members received $500 or more.
Dignity Health Transitioning Rose de Lima Campus to Better Serve Community Needs
Dignity Health and the Adrian Dominican Sisters today announced that the Rose de Lima campus will be modifying the services it offers to better serve the needs of the community. Since its founding in 1947, under the sponsorship of the Adrian Dominican Order, the Rose de Lima Campus has been an integral part of Dignity Health’s history and a steadfast partner to those in need in the southern Nevada community..
Over the next few years, the Rose de Lima campus will be transitioning from its existing acute-care structure to provide a variety of much-needed health care services in partnership with others. The current plan calls for an additional Dignity Health neighborhood hospital that will contain inpatient beds as well as an Emergency Room, a Dignity Health office building, and it may also include a behavioral health services center. Rose de Lima will remain open during this transition and will continue to provide acute-care services while undergoing construction.
Bailey Elementary Says ‘Thank You’ to 1 October First Responders
In celebration of the Great Kindness Challenge, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican partnered with Sister Robert Joseph Bailey Elementary School to celebrate the work of hospital workers and first responders following the 1 October shooting tragedy.
Two classes of third grade students at Bailey Elementary learned about what a first responder is and what doctors, nurses, surgeons, medical technicians, and paramedics and EMTs do. The students also learned about how important this work was following the 1 October shooting.
The students wrote letters to the staff at the Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospitals as well as the employees of Community Ambulance to say ‘thank you’ for the incredible work that they do every single day.
“As part of this year’s Great Kindness Challenge, we surveyed adults on kindness and 69% of respondents shared that a child has inspired them to be more kind and about 74% agree that adults could learn a lot about kindness by watching how children interact with the world,” said Jennifer Cooper, External Communications Manager for Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican. “These thank you letters from the third graders at Bailey Elementary show just how pure kindness is to a child and how easy it is to not only say thank you, but to explain why a thank you matters.”
The Great Kindness Challenge is an annual event that lasts for one week, with the intention being that these acts of kindness will continue throughout the year. This year’s challenge runs from January 22-26. Dignity Health is the primary sponsor of the Great Kindness Challenge, organized by Kids for Peace.
Link to view photos and videos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rv13hralkzfch17/AAB9Zs_TwNe9bNfz6o81e2m3a?dl=0
Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Awards Over $360,000 in Grants to Community Organizations
Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, the community’s only not-for-profit, faith-based hospital system, has made $364,332 in grant awards to seven nonprofit collaborations in Henderson and Las Vegas. St. Rose has awarded grants to community programs for more than 20 years.
“For over 70 years, St. Rose has been committed to improving the health of our community,” said Eugene Bassett, Senior Vice President of Operations, Dignity Health Nevada. “To ensure we are helping to build a healthier tomorrow, we have partnered with these community organizations to provide people with the resources they need to better care for themselves and for each other.”