Josh Smith is the Chief Executive Officer of Veteran Benefits Guide. He spent six years in the Marine Corps.
In 2009 Smith started a job at the Department of Veterans Affairs. During his tenure at the VA, he discovered many inefficiencies in the way Veterans’ disability ratings were evaluated and saw a need to provide Veterans a better option for processing their disability claims.
In 2017, he and his wife decided to start a business to assist Veterans with their disability claims. Today, Veteran Benefits Guide is proud to have successfully guided over 20,000 Veterans nationwide!
Denette Suddeth is Regional President and Head of Commercial Banking for PNC Bank in Nevada and is responsible for PNC’s market expansion in Nevada driving a culture of teamwork, client advocacy and community engagement. She has over 25 years of banking experience with CIT, Wells Fargo, and U.S. Bank. Suddeth has extensive non-profit board service as past chairman of United Way of Southern Nevada and Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada. She is a current board member of UWSN. Suddeth earned a BS degree in Managerial Finance at UNLV. She is a certified executive coach and graduate of Leadership Las Vegas.
James York and Jay Blood are the co-founders of Valley Bank of Nevada. James is the President and CEO of the bank and Jay is the EVP and Chief Credit Officer. Both executives are graduates of UNLV and, as such, are passionate about serving the local community. During the Covid crisis, James and Jay led Valley Bank of Nevada through providing Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loans to over 300 businesses in the community, saving an estimated 4,000 local jobs. The bank has recently opened a loan production office (LPO) in Summerlin, making it the third location valley-wide.
Rick Myers is President of Thomas & Mack Development Group, a commercial development company with projects throughout the Las Vegas Valley. Thomas & Mack performs third party real estate services, and is currently managing the development of the Metro Police Department’s new headquarters campus. Mr. Myers is a past president of the Southern Nevada Chapter of NAIOP and longtime member of the Board of Directors. Prior to joining Thomas & Mack, Rick worked for The Howard Hughes Corporation and Marnell Properties. He graduated from the University of Southern California.