Mindy Martinez of Western Risk Insurance earned a certified insurance counselor designation through the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research. She is vice president of commercial lines and specializes in commercial property with a focus on homeowners associations and apartments. Jill Weiner-DiFabbio is a service representative and account manager at the company.
Erica Benson and Curt Chambers are Nevada State Bank branch managers. Benson manages the Twain and Jones branch, 3688 S. Jones Blvd., Las Vegas. Chambers manages the Centennial Hills branch, 6505 N. Buffalo Drive, Las Vegas.
Todd Sims is Interblock’s vice president of operations. He previously was vice president of customer service at Bally Technologies.
Ron Grogan is administrator of the Taxicab Authority. He succeeds Charles Harvey, who left in October. Jennifer DeRose, who served as acting administrator, returned to her job as deputy administrator.
Andrew Simmons is director of the hospitality studio at Nadel Architects. Simmons’ notable projects include the renovation of the Sahara into the SLS, as well as MGM Park and Arena Plaza.
North Las Vegas Library Director Forrest Lewis is the 2015 Nevada Library Association Librarian of the Year.
Jeff Brigger is economic development manager for NV Energy’s Economic Development Department. He manages planning, development, implementation and marketing of statewide growth strategies and economic development programs for NV Energy.
Piercy Bowler Taylor & Kern, a public accounting firm, promoted several employees in its audit and tax departments. Reas Allen and Josh Hallett are audit managers. Kyle Foutz, Kendon Galloway and Andrew Michaelis are audit senior associates. Tax accountant Aaron Merrill is senior associate.
Derek Wedgeworth is assistant general manager and Monique Clements is marketing director at Downtown Summerlin.
Reggie Smith joined the preconstruction team and is a project manager at the Korte Co. He acts as owner’s representative, contractor’s project manager and mechanical subcontractor project manager.
KemperSports was selected by Clark County to manage the Desert Rose Golf Club. The course was redesigned by Randy Heckenkemper and features a 4,400-square-foot clubhouse.
Lonnie Johnson and Norma Lopez are member-services representatives at the Clark County Credit Union.
Tronox Plant Manager Rick Stater serves on the McCaw School of Mines board of directors.
Caren Woodson and Lauren Payne, legislative policy experts with a combined 17 years of experience in the cannabis industry, joined licensing consulting firm National Licensing Services. Woodson and Payne will help clients stay in compliance with medical marijuana laws as required by the state Department of Health and Human Services.
Matt Wilson is Aristocrat’s senior vice president of global gaming operations. He was the company’s senior vice president of sales and marketing.
The Penta Building Group promoted Ruben Llamas from project engineer to senior project engineer. The firm also hired Steve Jeppsen, Chad Corey, Teague Wolfley, Mason Biggi and Jeff MacCabe. Jeppsen is a senior virtual design construction engineer. Corey is safety manager. Wolfley is a project engineer. Biggi started with Penta in 2014 as an intern and was hired as a full-time project engineer. MacCabe was a VDC/BIM engineer intern and now works full time for the company.
Cherryl Kaopua is an account executive at Faiss Foley Warren.
Samantha Grimes is the Cosmopolitan’s public relations manager.
Chef Johnny Church and Artisanal Foods Catering & Café selected One7 Communications as their public relations agency of record. SpeedVegas, the 100-acre racing complex scheduled to open in 2016, named Vox Solid Communications its public relations agency of record.