The Notes: Feb. 15, 2021

Arthur Burns joined the Holley Driggs Law Firm’s team of attorneys as a transactional associate attorney. Burns advises clients on a variety of transactional legal matters, including real estate acquisition, contract drafting, secured transactions, formation and management of entities and intellectual property affairs. 

Nevada State College hired Dr. Elizabeth Gunn as dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Gunn previously served as associate dean of academic programs at Rutgers University.

The Firm Public Relations & Marketing earned two 2020 MarCom Awards, which recognizes creativity in strategic communications. It received a platinum award for media placement on behalf of Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, highlighting the nonprofit’s migration and refugee services, as well as a gold award for a publicity campaign surrounding Three Square Food Bank’s East Campus grand opening.

MassMedia Marketing, Advertising, PR was recognized in five categories during the Public Relations Society of America Las Vegas Valley chapter’s 24th annual PRSA Pinnacle Awards. The awards included a pinnacle award for graphic design for One Nevada Credit Union branding and membership ads; award of excellence in the most effective corporate social responsibility category for MassMedia City Impact; award of merit for reputation/brand management with the Battle Born Injury Lawyers brand awareness campaign; award of excellence for media event for the Nevada State College School of Education groundbreaking; and award of excellence in social media for MassMedia heightened agency’s overall branding and engagement.

Trosper Public Relations promoted Shayna Moreno, previously the director of public relations, to vice president of corporate communications. In this role, Moreno will oversee and manage the execution of client-based communications strategies, ensuring all marketing, public relations and social media initiatives are successfully carried out.

Dr. Alex Makalinao joined OptumCare Cancer Care as a medical oncology physician.

The Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE, a vehicle for corporate and philanthropic partners to support city priorities and initiatives that improve quality of life for Las Vegas residents, hired Brian McAnallen as philanthropic initiatives manager. McAnallen, a longtime public affairs professional, previously held a position in government affairs for the city, working closely with Mayor Carolyn Goodman on her priorities and initiatives with the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Zachary Gordon was named as part of Howard & Howard’s class of 2021 shareholders. Gordon’s practice is primarily focused on protecting clients’ brands through trademark clearance, prosecution and enforcement. He counsels clients on a variety of general business matters, including drafting and negotiating license agreements and preparing franchise-related documents and disclosures.

McCarthy Building Companies Inc. promoted Chris Fletcher to project director. Fletcher started with McCarthy 16 years ago as a project engineer at the Sandia Resort and Conference Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers’ board of directors elected a new slate of officers under the leadership of a new president David Lucchese, executive vice president - sales, marketing & digital for Everi. Lucchese replaces Luke Orchard for a two-year term, while Orchard, senior vice president, chief compliance & risk management officer for IGT, moves to a vice president position for a one-year term. One-year terms were also approved for: vice president Elaine Hodgson, president/CEO, Incredible Technologies; vice president Thomas Jingoli, executive vice president, chief commercial officer, Konami Gaming; vice president Robert Parente, senior vice president, chief revenue officer, gaming, Scientific Games; secretary Eric Fisher, senior vice president and GM, Crane Payment Innovations; treasurer Hector Fernandez, president-Americas, Aristocrat Technologies; and general counsel Daron Dorsey, senior vice president and general counsel-Americas, Ainsworth Game Technology.


This story appeared in Las Vegas Weekly.