Lauri Perdue has spent 25 years in higher education leadership. She is the Campus & Academic Director for University of Phoenix. Perdue represents over 75,000 students nationally and is a partner and consultant for industry leaders and national organizations: addressing higher education needs, opportunities, and workforce development. She has experience working with highly successful women and help them transform, gain insight and power to reach past their known potential, achieve well-being and balance in their lives. She partnered with behavioral experts, philosophers, and well-being professionals helping executive level women thrive.
Brendan Vargas is the Director of Government and Community Affairs for Tilson, responsible for creating and managing relationships with local partners across Southern Nevada to support Tilson building America's communication infrastructure in Las Vegas. Prior to joining Tilson he ran Veteran's Outreach, Defense and Military Affairs, and Law Enforcement Affairs in Senator Jacky Rosen's Las Vegas Field Office. Brendan is a retired U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sergeant(E-8) who served in the USAF from 1997-2019. He is multilingual, fluent in Spanish and Portuguese with professional experience using both languages in a variety of professional situations at different levels.
Jeff is a highly driven entrepreneur with a strong focus on the core business in the QSR space. Over the years, he has successfully established and expanded his business empire by owning several franchise locations of popular brands such as Capriotti's Sandwich Shop, Auntie Anne's, Baskin Robbins, and Better Lunch. Jeff's entrepreneurial spirit has always driven him to push the boundaries and explore new opportunities in the industry. He is known for his unwavering commitment to providing quality products and exceptional customer service, which has helped him build a loyal customer base. Jeff's ability to identify and capitalize on emerging trends in the QSR space has helped him stay ahead of the competition and continue to grow his business.
Brisa’s first job was at Nevada State Bank as a teller. She was later hired as PBX Operator at The Venetian. Even though she enjoyed this position, she wanted to do more, so she moved over to the Sales Department at The Venetian as an Assistant and then at Mandalay Bay as Executive Meetings Manager. Eight years later, she moved to the M Resort as National Sales Manager and was promoted to Director of Sales a few years later. Currently, Villarreal is Vice President of Sales for Golden Nugget Las Vegas. She attended Las Vegas High School and Graduated from UNLV with a bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management.