Paola Armeni Androvandi
Managing Partner at the Law Firm of Gentile Cristalli Miller Armeni Savarese
Where were you when you received your 40 Under 40 award? I was a partner in the government investigations, business crimes section of the law firm of Gordon Silver.
Where are you now? I established my own law firm with partners Dominic Gentile, Michael Cristalli, Ross Miller and Vincent Savarese.
What’s your biggest accomplishment since you received the award? Being the only lawyer in Nevada to be placed in the Best Lawyers of America in the area of civil rights litigation and being the state’s only female attorney in the Best Lawyers of America for criminal defense.
Who is your business hero, local or global? The person I strive to be is made up of many different people, as they inspire me in a variety of ways. If I had to pick one person in the legal community though, it would be Dominic Gentile. My first job was at his law firm and now, 22 years later, we are partners. He has been an amazing mentor.
What’s the best advice you can offer? Never let anyone dull your sparkle; stay true to who you are.
If you ran Las Vegas, what’s the first thing you would do? I would focus on our education system. Nevada ranks as one of the lowest in the country in education. This is unacceptable. Education opens doors, and every child should be given the best education possible.
What have you learned the hard way? That being managing partner of a law firm is not all glitz and glamour but rather a lot of extra work. However, I think learning the business of a law firm has made me a better attorney.
Vice President of Communications at Roseman University of Health Sciences
Where were you when you received your 40 Under 40 award? In 2010, I was marketing director at University of Southern Nevada, which is now Roseman University of Health Sciences. In 2011, I was promoted to vice president of communications.
What’s your biggest accomplishment since you received the award? Working at a growing institution like Roseman University, I’ve had the opportunity to play a role in many of the university’s major accomplishments. I take pride in having led the successful rebranding of Roseman University of Health Sciences from University of Southern Nevada, creating a stronger, more distinct and more recognizable identity for the region’s only homegrown private, nonprofit university. I’m also proud of my close collaboration with our College of Pharmacy and local law enforcement to establish the first drug take-back events in Southern Nevada, which help keep expired and unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs out of the wrong hands and prevent drug misuse and abuse, particularly among youth.
Who is your business hero, local or global? I’m a fan of Elon Musk. He is a true visionary, with bold and often crazy ideas that challenge us to innovate.
If you ran Las Vegas, what’s the first thing you would do? I would take a serious look at our transportation needs and explore new mass transit opportunities, such as light rail, to move people around more efficiently. This is especially important as we continue to work toward a more diversified economy and attract new companies to our region.