The Notes: July 20, 2020

The Ferraro Group hired Halley Turner as an assistant account executive. Prior to joining the Ferraro Group, Turner worked at Wynn and Encore Las Vegas, where she built up a background in hospitality, entertainment and communications. In her new role, Turner will assist with media planning, developing content, social media campaigns, research and community outreach to meet client objectives among various accounts, including Nevada Donor Network, Tuscan Highlands, Dunkin’, Western Elite and Jewish Nevada.

Nevada Supreme Court Justice Lidia Stiglich announced the naming of the Las Vegas Courthouse to the Justice James W. Hardesty Courthouse. The name will be effective upon Justice Hardesty’s retirement from the Supreme Court in 2021.

CBRE appointed Cassie Catania-Hsu as the new market leader for the Las Vegas Valley. She will oversee all CBRE advisory lines of business for the region, including leasing, capital markets, property management and valuation. A nearly 30-year resident of Las Vegas, Catania-Hsu brings more than a decade of experience in local commercial real estate, including her most recent role as president and corporate broker at Sun Commercial Real Estate Inc.

Nevada State College celebrated the topping off of its Glenn and Ande Christenson School of Education building, which is under construction and slated to be finished for fall 2021. The 65,000-square-foot building was approved by Gov. Steve Sisolak during the 2019 legislative session. The new school of education, which is designed to recruit and graduate qualified teachers into Nevada’s K-12 schools, will feature classrooms, office and study space, as well as a speech language pathology clinic and an early childhood development center.

Joseph Ferreira, president and CEO at Nevada Donor Network, was named the Association of Organ Procurement Organization’s president, as part of the 2020-21 executive committee. Prior to joining Nevada Donor Network in 2012, Ferreira spent 14 years at Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency in Miami, Fla., where he served as director of clinical operations for seven years.

UNR Extension welcomed Molly Malloy as the marketing coordinator for the Clark County office. Her role is to oversee the marketing and communication efforts for the Extension in Clark County. Much of Malloy’s work will be to provide internal support to programs and develop strategies to bring greater awareness about the Extension’s programs for the community.

Stacey Lei, a 16-year-old student at West Career and Technical Academy, won first place in the high school category for her artwork entitled “The Reef We Read” in the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation’s 2020 Science Without Borders Challenge, an international ocean art contest for students. Lei will receive a $500 scholarship to help her pursue her artistic dreams.

Emma Phillips received a talent award during the second night of preliminary competition at the 63rd Distinguished Young Women National Finals. The $1,000 cash scholarship was presented to five of the 50 state representatives receiving the highest scores on their individual talent performance. This year, the competition was conducted digitally and showcased in a three-night online broadcast. Phillips is a graduate of Las Vegas Academy of the Arts. In the fall, she will attend Viterbo University with plans to become a professional performer.

Max Pawn was named to the 2020 Top Shops list of Pawn Leaders Magazine, topping the list at No. 1 in the country. This inaugural list was determined by votes from readers of the magazine, customers and members of the public. The Top Shops designation recognizes pawnshops that excel in the categories of leadership, marketing and strategy.

Workforce Connections and the Vegas Chamber received national recognition for their joint efforts to advance workforce and economic development in Southern Nevada during the National Association of Workforce Board’s conference in June. The Laurie Moran Partnership Award was presented virtually by NAWB board chair Andrew Bercich to Workforce Connections executive director Jaime Cruz and Vegas Chamber president and CEO Mary Beth Sewald. The award is only given to one Workforce development board and partner chamber of commerce in the nation. Currently, there are 550 Workforce development boards across the United States.


This story appeared in Las Vegas Weekly.