Jeffrey A. Silver – Chair
Jeffrey A. Silver served as a former Clark County Chief Deputy District Attorney in the White Collar Crimes Division and was the resident member in charge of the Las Vegas office for the Nevada State Gaming Control Board during the state’s tumultuous period of developing regulatory oversight. He also has held top leadership positions at various resort hotels including Landmark Hotel & Casino, the Riviera Hotel & Casino and Caesars Palace. Silver has published journal articles, spoken at conferences and testified before the Nevada Legislature and U.S. Congressional sub-committees on gaming law matters. A long-time Nevadan, he is closely involved in community and civic affairs and was honored as one of Nevada’s pre-eminent gaming law practitioners by Wood & White’s Best Lawyers in America, Chamber USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Mountain States Super-Lawyers. Mr. Silver is of counsel with the law firm Dickinson Wright.
James F. (Jim) Germain – Vice Chair
Jim Germain is a tourism consultant who was born in Las Vegas and is a member of a pioneer Las Vegas family. Germain joined USA Hosts, Ltd., Las Vegas, in 1982 and served as Director of Sales, Vice President of Sales, Executive Vice President and was CEO for eleven years. As Senior Corporate Officer, he supervised 13 offices in eight states (three offices in Nevada). Prior employment included working in sales for the Flamingo Hilton Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas Hilton Hotel and Casino, and as Director of Sales for the Sahara Hotel and Casino. Germain also was a Hospitality Management Instructor at UNLV, Las Vegas. He serves on several professional and tourism-based boards.
Nancy B. Rapoport – Secretary
Nancy B. Rapoport serves as Special Counsel to the President of UNLV, Garman Turner Gordon Professor of Law, William S. Boyd School of Law, and Affiliate Professor of Business Law and Ethics, Lee Business School. She received her bachelor’s degree from Rice University and her J.D. from Stanford Law School. She has previously served as professor and dean at The Ohio State University College of the Law, the University of Nebraska College of Law and the University of Houston Law Center. Her specialties are bankruptcy ethics, ethics in governance and the depiction of lawyers in popular culture. Among her published works are “Enron and Other Corporate Fiascos.” She is admitted to the bars of California, Ohio, Nebraska, Texas and Nevada and of the United States Supreme Court. She currently serves as the Dean of Faculty of the American Board of Certification. In 2009, the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel presented her with the Public Service Counsel Award at the 4th Annual Counsel of the Year Awards. She has also appeared in the Academy Award-nominated movie, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. She is ranked fourth in the country in two categories of pro-am American Rhythm and American Smooth ballroom dancing.
Edward A. Koijane – Treasurer
Edward A. Koijane is a licensed certified public accountant in Nevada, California and Oregon, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the Nevada and California Societies of CPAs. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Pepperdine University. Koijane has spent more than two decades working for “big four” public accounting companies providing tax and accounting services to large, multi-national businesses. Koijane is now a tax partner with Ernst and Young serving as the Las Vegas Office Tax Leader. He stays active in the local community and is currently a member of United Way of Southern Nevada’s Tocqueville Society, executive member of the Young Philanthropists Society and board member of The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Foundation.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Audry J. Batiste
Audry J. Batiste, founder of Precise Wealth Management, CFP®, EA, PMP, is passionate about bringing financial planning to those who need it most. He has been in the financial and tax planning industry since 2004 and is the founder of Precise Wealth Management, which delivers comprehensive financial planning to business owners, military, and defense industry professionals across the country. Audry has been featured on News 3 NBC Las Vegas, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and quoted in local publications, Forbes.com and Financial-Planning.com. He also presented financial planning and wealth management topics for both the Executive and Chief Master Sergeants’ Transition Assistance Program (TAP) hosted by the US Air Force, and other premier employers such as Zappos, Allegiant Airlines, and Diamond Resorts. Audry enjoyed a 20-year military career and retired as an Air Force Major. Today, he is past president of the Financial Planning Association of Nevada and the Project Management Institute Southern Nevada Chapter, where he continues his commitment to serving his clients and the business community. He is an active member with the 100 Black Men of Las Vegas, Inc., and serves on the board of directors and the Economic Empowerment Committee. Audry is a graduate of Leadership Las Vegas Class of 2016.
Honorable Richard H. Bryan
A native Nevadan, former U.S. Senator Richard Bryan began his legal career in 1964 as a Deputy District Attorney in Clark County. In 1966, he was named Clark County’s first Public Defender. He served in the Nevada State Assembly from 1968-72 and in the State Senate from 1972-78. The former prosecutor won his first statewide election as Nevada’s Attorney General where he played a major role in successfully defending Nevada’s gaming regulatory structure in the federal courts. In 1982, he was elected to the first of two terms as governor. In 1988 he was elected to the first of two terms in the U.S. Senate. Senator Bryan is included in The Best Lawyers in America for Government Relations Law and has an AV rating in the Martindale-Hubbell directory. He is a director of the Fennemore Craig law firm and his practice focuses on government relations at the federal, state and local levels, particularly in the area of public land use issues. He serves on many area boards including the Nevada Development Authority, the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and Preserve Nevada.
Paul Camacho is the Vice President of Anti-Money Laundering Compliance for Station Casinos. Paul played an integral role in the development of the American Gaming Association (AGA) best practices for Anti-Money Laundering compliance. Several of his articles on money laundering and financial crimes have appeared in ACAMSTODAY, a leading worldwide Anti-Money laundering trade magazine. Paul has advised the Department of Justice, The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the Federal Bureau of Investigations and foreign governments on the prevention of casino money laundering. Prior to his retirement, Paul served as the Special Agent in Charge for the Las Vegas Field Office of Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS CI) directing investigations of all IRS CI special agents in Utah and Nevada. Over the course of his career in IRS CI, Paul has overseen sophisticated investigations involving drug trade organizations, embezzlement, large scale fraud schemes, money laundering, offshore abusive schemes, prostitution, public corruption, tax evasion and terrorist financing. As the Special Agent in Charge, Paul spearheaded an outreach initiative with the Las Vegas gaming industry that received noteworthy media attention and fostered strong working relations between casinos and law enforcement. He received the highest honor given to IRS CI employees, the Elmer Lincoln Irey Distinguished Service Award.
Paul’s research into America’s battle of organized crime and corruption ultimately led to the discovery of significant historical documents and artifacts that are now on display at The Mob Museum. These efforts garnered national media attention.
Rob Dondero is executive vice president, R&R Partners, in charge of oversight of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority account for the agency. He manages a fully integrated team that’s charged with filling 144,000 hotel rooms 365 days per year. His portfolio includes UFC, Ford, Bud Light, Major League Baseball, the NHL and more. This experience also makes him a leader in R&R’s business development efforts. He has also developed, negotiated and promoted such special events as the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Launch Party; NBA All-Star Game; Latin GRAMMY Awards; Billboard Music Awards; Academy of Country Music Awards; Las Vegas Bowl; NASCAR Champions Week; Miss Universe/Miss America/Miss USA; and the internationally renowned gourmet food and wine event, Vegas Uncork’d. A great example of the results that he delivers was the launch of the Professional Bull Riders’ Championship Tour, which propelled bull riding into the mainstream of professional sports, established a fiercely loyal fan base and increased sponsorship revenues by 700 percent with such blue-chip brands as Ford, Wrangler, Bud Light and Coca-Cola.
Jerry Epstein is founder, president and CEO of Engaged Nation, an innovative company that delivers online loyalty reward platforms and business enhancement programs for the gaming industry. Prior to founding Engaged Nation, Epstein spent 25 years working with companies in strategic positioning, brand development and marketing communications as one of the leading authorities in the public relations industry. He served as president and chief operating officer for Zeno, a boutique agency that specialized in research-driven marketing communications campaigns for its clients. Epstein also spent 17 years with Fleishman-Hillard International, Inc., serving as regional president and a member of the operating committee.
As a principal at Lucchesi, Galati Architects, Galati focuses on forward-thinking, strategic solutions that result in organizational and operational excellence. Galati has received numerous honors throughout his career, including the AIA “Nevada Service Award,” the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce “Community Achievement Award for Business” and the American Planning Association “DeBoer Excellence in Planning Award” for his outstanding service on the City of Las Vegas Planning Commission. Galati’s current community work includes membership in the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee and the Urban Land Institutes’ Executive Committee. Galati authored Admit it! 21 things you already know but apparently have forgotten regarding client service in 2005, A Man in Transition, Reflections on Relationships, Leadership, and Life in 2007 and Business From the Heart in 2010. He also coaches soccer at The Meadows School and serves on the board of the Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club.
Carolyn Goodman (Ex-Officio), Mayor
Carolyn G. Goodman, recently reelected to a second term, became the mayor of Las Vegas in 2011, succeeding her husband, then current mayor, Oscar B. Goodman. Carolyn Goodman is well known in the Las Vegas community for founding The Meadows School, Nevada’s first nonprofit, nonsectarian, independent, coeducational, college preparatory school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grades. Recognized nationally by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the National Association of Independent Schools in 2006 with the Seymour Preston Trustee Award for Leadership, Carolyn Goodman has devoted much of her life to volunteerism in Las Vegas. In 1989, the University of Nevada recognized her with the prestigious “Distinguished Nevadan” award and in 2006 bestowed upon her an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree (PhD). In 2009, she was named a Sarah D. Barder Fellow in The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth and an Alumna of the Year in Education at UNLV. Carolyn Goodman holds national leadership roles as a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and also serves on the board of directors of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
Oscar B. Goodman
Known for his trademark, no-nonsense tell-it-like-it-is style, Oscar B. Goodman, the 19th mayor of Las Vegas, served for 12 years before swearing in his wife, Carolyn G. Goodman, as mayor in 2011. Passionate about downtown revitalization, Oscar Goodman is the primary visionary of The Mob Museum. As former chairman of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Oscar Goodman worked feverishly to promote Las Vegas as one of the most exciting destinations in the world. Today, he is still formally engaged with the LVCVA, promoting Las Vegas as the city’s official ambassador. This self-proclaimed “happiest mayor in the universe,” Oscar Goodman is one of the nation’s best criminal defense attorneys and was named one of the “15 Best Trial Lawyers in America” by the National Law Journal. He spent more than 35 years defending some of the most notorious alleged Mob figures, including Meyer Lansky, Frank Rosenthal, Anthony Spilotro and others. In 1995, he appeared as himself in the movie, “Casino.” Oscar Goodman has been honored with the Public Leadership in the Arts Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Leadership Award for Public Service from the International Economic Development Council.
Michael Green, Ph.D., is a noted historian and associate professor in UNLV’s Department of History. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UNLV and obtained his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University. Green is the author of nine books about the history of Las Vegas and Nevada as well as broader topics in American history. His books on the Civil War era include Freedom, Union, and Power: Lincoln and His Party during the Civil War and Lincoln and the Election of 1860. His works on Nevada include Las Vegas: A Centennial History with Eugene Moehring; Nevada: A Journey of Discovery, a middle school textbook; and the oral history, A Liberal Conscience: Ralph Denton, Nevadan. His college-level textbook, Nevada: A History of the Silver State, is near publication and he is writing a history of the Great Basin in the twentieth century. Green is also active in writing and speaking in the community. He writes the “Politics” column and blog for Vegas Seven, “Nevada Yesterdays” for Nevada Humanities and KNPR, and “Inside the Beltway” and “Books” for a newsletter, Nevada’s Washington Watch.
Peter Guzman currently serves as the President of the Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce, the premier advocate for the Hispanic business, cultural and educational community in Nevada. He is also an accomplished small business owner, real estate investor, and developer who has been a Las Vegas resident for 45 years. His work in real estate has been recognized nationally by major real estate organizations, and he was recognized as the top producer for his company from 2002-2008 with over $600 million in sales. Mr. Guzman has also been recognized by government leaders for his ideas on affordable housing and creative ways to increase minority home ownership. Mr. Guzman is committed to youth mentorship and inspiring young people to follow their passion and has supported youth through scholarships he has funded. He and his wife of 28 years, Mercy, live in Las Vegas with their two children, Jovani and Tatiana.
Clint Holmes is a singer-songwriter and Las Vegas entertainer. He was raised by his father, a jazz musician, and mother, an opera singer. Holmes enrolled as a vocal music student at Fredonia State College before joining the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War for a three-year enlistment with the United States Army Chorus. He moved to Las Vegas in 1999 when Steve Wynn offered him a showroom at the Golden Nugget. Holmes has held residencies at Harrah’s, Palazzo, The Smith Center, and is now back performing at the Golden Nugget. He has co-written two original shows, “Comfortable Shoes” and “Just Another Man” and recently released a jazz album, Rendezvous. Holmes has been inducted into the Casino Legends Hall of Fame, the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, and has received the Sammy Davis Jr. Foundation Award. Holmes serves as a spokesman for the American Cancer Society, following his own brief battle with colon cancer. He has been involved locally with several nonprofits, including Candlelighters, ROB Reachout, Shadetree, and St. Jude’s. Holmes mentors young people with goals of becoming entertainers through his work with the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts and launched the Clint Holmes Foundation for the Performing Arts in 2005.
Christopher L. Kaempfer
Christopher L. Kaempfer is a senior partner of Kaempfer Crowell Renshaw Gronauer & Fiorentino and founder of the firm’s land use and governmental relations department. Over the years, Kaempfer’s practice has been devoted primarily to the areas of land use and zoning law, administrative law, government affairs, construction law and sports law. Since 1986, he has been actively involved with the Las Vegas 51s. Kaempfer has achieved an AV rating by Martindale Hubbell and has been named to Best Lawyers in America, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in Real Estate and Zoning & Land Use Law, Nevada Legal Elite and Mountain States Super Lawyer. In his spare time, he coaches softball at The Meadows High School and is honorary J.A.G. Commander for Nellis Air Force Base Support Team. Kaempfer is also active in Major League Baseball’s Baseball Assistance Team, an organization whose purpose is to aid former members of the baseball family.
Kara J. Kelley
Kara J. Kelley is president of The Kelley Company, a Las Vegas, Nevada-based firm specializing in branding, business strategy and organizational development. She is the former CEO of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, the third largest metropolitan chamber of commerce in the nation. Under her leadership, the Chamber became Nevada’s most influential business association and the recognized industry leader. Kelley achieved revenue growth for the LVCC of more than 40% and created a subsidiary, Chamber Insurance & Benefits, LLC, with revenues in excess of $1,000,000, to manage a health care program for LVCC’s 6,000 members. During her 14-year tenure at the Chamber, Kelley also served as chief operating officer, senior vice president, government affairs vice president and government affairs director. Kelley served as a director of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the official destination marketing organization for Las Vegas with a budget exceeding $250 million.
Steven Martinez is the Senior Vice President of Global Security for MGM Resorts. Mr. Martinez oversees all corporate security functions and works closely with property security teams to assist in the continued development of companywide best practices. From 1987 to 2013, Mr. Martinez enjoyed a distinguished career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), including a record of achievement in steering highly complex and sensitive global national security, cyber, and criminal investigations.Among a series of promotions throughout his FBI career, Mr. Martinez served as the Special Agent in Charge for the Las Vegas Field Office, as well as the Assistant Director in Charge in the Los Angeles Field Office. Mr. Martinez concluded his FBI career as the Executive Assistant Director for the Science and Technology Branch at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
John H. Mowbray
John Hammes Mowbray is a native Nevadan and has been practicing law in Southern Nevada for the past 31 years. Mowbray is the lead partner for Spencer Fane. Mowbray is a current member and past president of the State Bar of Nevada and has served in leadership positions on the boards of the Clark County Bar Association, the Boy Scouts of America, the Clark County Law Foundation and Nevada Law Foundation among others. He has received Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating and has been named to Mountain States Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America. He received the Lloyd D. George Professionalism Award, State Bar of Nevada, 2009.
Valerie A. Murzl
Valerie Murzl currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Training for Station Casinos, LLC. In that role, she is charged with practicing, supporting, evolving and promoting Station Casinos’ “Beyond the Best” company-wide culture and demonstrating the company’s Champion Service Standards at all times. With more than 30 years of experience in the Human Resources profession, Murzl has received national recognition for her creation of a non-traditional platform of benefits, including 24/7 On-site Child Care, Foreclosure Assistance and a Citizenship Program, among others.
Edward J. (Ted) Quirk
Edward J. “Ted” Quirk was a founder of Quirk & Tratos, a Nevada law firm specializing in intellectual property law. He has remained of counsel to Greenberg Traurig, LLP, a major international firm following the merger of Quirk & Tratos into Greenberg Traurig in 2005. Quirk has been listed in numerous Super Lawyers publications and has been included in The Best Lawyers in America each year for the past 17 years. He has been a member of many bar and professional associations, and is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court. Quirk has been active in many non-profit organizations including the UNLV Foundation, the Las Vegas Boy and Girls Clubs Foundation, The Rebel Golf Foundation and The UNLV Research Foundation. He has also served on the boards of the NSHE Health Sciences Foundation, the Assistance League of Las Vegas Philanthropic Foundation and Allied Arts Council. Quirk is the Honorary Commander of the Security Forces at Nellis Air Force Base.
Robert A. Stoldal
As a journalist, Robert Stoldal has covered Las Vegas and the state of Nevada since 1965 and continues today. Starting as the Director of News Operations at KLAS radio in 1965, Stoldal is currently a Contributing Editor at Nevada Public Radio. In 1967, he was hired as a reporter and anchor at KLAS-TV, Channel 8, in 1967. He was promoted to News Director in 1968, the same year industrialist Howard Hughes purchased KLAS-TV. In 1978, the station was sold to Landmark Communications. During his tenure as news director, United Press International honored KLAS as “Best Newscast in America.” Stoldal also produced several award winning documentaries including “Mob on the Run” a detailed look at the history of organized crime in Las Vegas. Stoldal helped launch three 24-hour regional all-news cable channels in Virginia, Tennessee and Las Vegas. In April 1998, he launched Las Vegas ONE, a 24-hour local news television operation. Following his return to Las Vegas, he was promoted to Vice President of News for KLAS. In 2009, Stoldal was named Vice President of News for the Sunbelt Corporation. In 2014 he retired from KSNV. He now works with Nevada Public Radio as part of its statewide broadcast system. In addition, Stoldal currently serves on the boards of several community organizations including the Nevada State Museum and Historical Society, Las Vegas Historical Preservation Commission, Preserve Nevada and Nevada Commission on Tourism.