The Notes: Sept. 28, 2020

UNR Extension welcomed Laura Perkins and Maureen Schafer to its advisory council. Perkins sits on the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education representing District 1 (Clark County), and has held positions as a teaching assistant at the College of Southern Nevada and as a student liaison at the UNR School of Medicine. Schafer is president and CEO of the Schafer Company, providing specialized growth, strategic and operations advisory services to private, public and nonprofit institutions, and is president and CEO of the Nevada Health & Bioscience Asset Corporation.

KO Knudson Academy of the Arts was designated an Exemplary School in recognition of its commitment to excellence by the Arts Schools Network board of directors. ASN awards the designation to members that follow A Guide to Assessing Your Arts School in strategically evaluating their school’s purpose, operations and educational programs. The five-year designation is awarded for 2020-25.

The Las Vegas Convention Center was awarded the Global Biorisk Advisory Council STAR facility accreditation by ISSA: The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association, the world’s leading trade association for the cleaning industry. Considered the gold standard for safe facilities, the GBAC program was designed to control the risks associated with infectious agents, including the virus responsible for COVID-19. The LVCC was the first facility in Nevada to receive the accreditation.

Gaming Laboratories International promoted Karen Sierra-Hughes to vice president of Latin America and Caribbean. Sierra-Hughes has been with GLI since 2004, driving its strategy for both regulatory and business development throughout the Latin America and the Caribbean region. Prior to joining GLI, she practiced law in the Republic of Panama and was later appointed legal director of the Panama Gaming Control Board. GLI also named two new directors of client services. Justine Clay has been promoted to director of client services for North American suppliers and Blaine Preston has been promoted to director of client services for state government, lottery and tribal operations. Sierra-Hughes, Clay and Preston are all based in Las Vegas.

Eight Bailey Kennedy lawyers were listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2021 edition. Managing Partner John R. Bailey was recognized in the areas of commercial litigation, health care law and litigation – health care. Partner Dennis L. Kennedy was recognized in the areas of appellate practice, bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, ethics and professional responsibility law, health care law, legal malpractice law – defendants and real estate law. Partner Joshua M. Dickey was recognized in the area of appellate practice. Partners Joseph A. Liebman and Sarah E. Harmon were both recognized in the area of commercial litigation. Associate Kelly B. Stout was recognized in the area of health care law and associate Paul C. Williams was recognized in the area of commercial litigation. Attorney Mark H. Goldstein was recognized in the area of real estate law. In addition, associate Andrea M. Champion was recognized in the area of corporate law in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.

JC Hospitality, owner of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, added Chad Brown as vice president of marketing to further expand its corporate leadership team. Brown began his hospitality career at Treasure Island in 2005, serving as the hotel’s marketing manager. Since then, Brown has held a variety of marketing executive positions within MGM Resorts International at Luxor, Mandalay Bay and Bellagio. Most recently, he oversaw new marketing and technology initiatives as the vice president of marketing operations for MGM Resorts International.


This story appeared in Las Vegas Weekly.