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People on the Move: May 13, 2019

Donald Contursi, founder and president of Lip Smacking Foodie Tours, and Debby Jacobs Felker, vice president of sales for Destinations by Design, were named to Connect Corporate magazine’s 2019 list of “40 Under 40.” The honor highlights professionals in the events industry.

A student mock trial team from Advanced Technologies Academy won the state high school Mock Trial Competition and will represent Nevada in the National Mock Trial Competition scheduled for May 16-19 in Athens, Georgia. The team is coached by Court of Appeals Judge Jerome Tao, COA Civil Staff Attorney Amy Yonesawa, and attorneys John Shook, Julie Shook and Dennis Kennedy.

Renee Coffman, Farhan Naqvi and Cory Frey joined the board of the Cure 4 The Kids Foundation. Coffman is president and co-founder of Roseman University of Health Sciences. Naqvi is the founder and managing partner of Naqvi Injury Law. Frey is president of Frey Insurance and Benefits.

Louis Napolitano is education and development manager at Nevada Donor Network.

Tami Hance-Lehr is CEO of Communities In Schools of Nevada.

Mark Musser is director of investment sales at Northcap Commercial.

Mark Fletcher is vice president of finance and accounting at Burke Construction Group.

Ballard Spahr, Caesars Entertainment, the Cosmopolitan, Dickinson Wright and MGM Resorts International each achieved a perfect score of 100 and the designation of Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index. CEI is a national benchmarking survey that reports on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

The Broken Yolk Cafe is open at 6805 Las Vegas Blvd. South.

Attorneys Tracy Gallegos of Fox Rothschild and Melissa Waite of Dickinson Wright are listed in the National Law Journal’s list of Cannabis Law Trailblazers.

CrossFit Las Vegas is open in Juhl at 353 E. Bonneville Ave., Suite 187.

The Vanderpump Cocktail Garden is open at Caesars Palace.

Valley Hospital’s acute inpatient rehabilitation unit has been recognized as one of the top 10% of inpatient rehabilitation facilities in the United States. It is one of 868 facilities to be ranked in the IRF database of Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation in 2018.

Jerrie Merritt, senior vice president and community development manager for Bank of Nevada, joined Accion’s board of directors. Accion is a nonprofit lending organization that operates in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas.

The Society of Industrial and Office Realtors released its 2018 Transaction Awards. On the lists of the Top 10 Office Sale Transactions and Top 10 Office Investment Transactions are Patrick Marsh, Patti Dillon and Taber Thill of Colliers International; and Cathy Jones of Sun Commercial Real Estate. On the list of Top 10 Industrial Investment Transactions of 2018 are Kevin Higgins of CBRE, Bo Mills and Mark Detmer of JLL; and Daniel Doherty, Susan Borst and Paul Sweetland of Colliers International. Those lists are ranked by dollar volume. On the list of Top 50 Office Transactions of 2018 are Jones, Dillion, Thill, Marsh and Michael Tabeek of Newmark Knight Frank. On the list of the Top 50 Industrial Transactions are Mills, Detmer, Garrett Toft of CBRE, Higgins, Doherty, Borst and Sweetland. Those lists are ranked by square feet.

Continental Realty Advisors, a Denver-based multifamily investment firm, acquired the Onyx, a 63-unit apartment complex at 5150 Duke Ellington Way. CRA purchased the Onyx from Copulos Group in March for $14 million.

Cure 4 The Kids Foundation and the Western Veterinary Conference are among the Top 50 Best Nonprofits to work for, according to the NonProfit Times.

Galaxy Theatres’ Luxury+ Boulevard is open at the Boulevard Mall. The movie theater features the largest screen in Las Vegas at four stories tall by seven stories wide.

Mike Poirier is general manager of Solotech.

The College of Nursing at Roseman University of Health Sciences offers a master of science in nursing/family nurse practitioner. It is an online program that prepares students to sit for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse certification exam required for licensure.

Kevin Booth of WestCor Companies is vice chairman of the Construction Financial Management Association.

For the 20th consecutive year, the Clark County School District Music Education Program has been honored with a Best Communities for Music Education designation from the National Association of Music Merchants.

The Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery at MountainView Hospital acquired the innovative single-port robotic surgery system, making it MountainView’s sixth surgical robotic system. The system performs minimally invasive ear, nose and throat procedures, as well as urologic surgical procedures, including prostate and kidney cancer. The system is designed to enable surgeons deep and narrow access into body tissue, and enter the body through a small, single incision.

Alicia Fernandez-Campfield is senior vice president of customer service operations, Edmund Ng is senior vice president of customer acquisition marketing, and Shalonda Webb-Hills is vice president of operations support at Credit One Bank.

A combined event paired the LV Techie Awards with the nonprofit National Center for Women & Information Technology Aspiration Awards, honoring girls and young women in middle school and high school who aspire to careers in computing and technology. Along with honoring influential women in the field, the LV Techie Awards also honored men and corporations devoted to spurring diversity. Top accolades went to Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging Center Chief Information Officer Angeline Cosca, named Techie of the Year, and SkyWire, named Workplace of the Year. Other LV Techie Awards went to:

• Kera Dorsey, regional programs manager at Tech Impact, who received the Catalyst Award for enabling, encouraging and mentoring women in the industry.

• Pokin Yeung, founder and CEO at Absolute Games, who received the Innovator Award for enabling, encouraging and mentoring women.

• Savithri Panchapakesan, IT architect (Innovation and Emerging Technologies) at Caesars Entertainment, who received the Cutting Edge Techie Award for leadership

• Matthew Bissell, director of information security GRC at Aristocrat, who received the Champion Award for being a mentor to and enabling the success and growth of women in the technology and computing fields.

Elena Ledoux and Nargiza Mukhutdinova, owners of Superb Maids, were named the 2019 Small Business Person(s) of the Year for Nevada. Superb Maids will compete with winners from all other states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, for the national award. Other 2019 Nevada Small Business award Winners include:

• Minority Owned Business of the Year: Boss Omiragwa Oroke, owner/manager, BB Mechanical, Las Vegas

• Woman Owned Business of the Year: Nikki Steven, CEO/founder/owner, Ideal Foods, Las Vegas

• Family Owned Business of the Year: Carol Ann and James Butler, owners, GCA Environmental, Las Vegas

• Microenterprise Business of the Year: Denette Braud, owner, Braud’s Funnel Cake Café, Las Vegas

• Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Jaime Jill Ebnother, CEO, Celebrity Sox, Henderson

• Veteran Owned Business of the Year: Matthew Moore, founder/president, Blackford LLC, Las Vegas

• Legacy Award: Karla Kent, president, Kent’s Supply, Fallon 

• Rural Owned Business of the Year: Kevin Lindseth and Stacy Kixmiller, owners, Pure Ground Ingredients, Minden

• Entrepreneurial Spirit Award (Rural Award): Michelle Beecher, lending associate, Rural Nevada Development Corp., Ely

• Entrepreneurial Spirit Award (Team Award): Nevada Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Joan Rueben, director, Las Vegas

• Entrepreneurial Spirit Award (Urban Award): René Colen, Southern Nevada SCORE Mentor, Las Vegas

• 8(a) Graduate of the Year: Debra Ann Banko, CEO, Link Technologies, Las Vegas

The award selections are based on a variety of criteria, including staying power, growth in number of employees, increase in sales, financial reports, innovative products or services, response to adversity, evidence of contributions to community-oriented projects and small business advocacy.



This story originally appeared in the Las Vegas Weekly.