Save the Date: Monday, Jan. 23, 2023 for 2023 Preview Las Vegas – Stay Tuned!
Thank You for Joining Us at 2022 Preview Las Vegas
The Vegas Chamber thanks all sponsors, speakers, exhibitors, attendees, partners and all supporters who made 2022 Preview Las Vegas! From the excitement of being on the Las Vegas Raiders field at Allegiant Stadium to the elevated exhibitor and guest experiences, the Vegas Chamber team is proud to provide the go-to signature event that KSNV News 3 called the “economic Super Bowl!”
With southern Nevada economic insights to help businesses in planning for coming years to the always intriguing look at the future of tourism in the region, Preview Las Vegas speakers presented compelling information that you can’t get anywhere else.
If you missed this signature event, check out the spectacular opening video, produced by Vegas Chamber President’s Club Member and 2022 Preview Las Vegas Platinum Sponsor Frequency Pictures – we are not Battle Worn…we’re Battle Re-born!
On behalf of the Vegas Chamber, thank you again for your support and we look forward to a prosperous 2022!2022 Preview Photo Gallery
FEATURED SPEAKERS FROM PREVIEW 2022
Mary Beth Sewald
President & CEO
As the chief executive of the largest and broadest-based business association in Nevada, Mary Beth Sewald sets the vision for the Vegas Chamber and leads its strategy of supporting local businesses and pursuing initiatives to boost job growth, a healthy economy, and a vibrant community.
In her role, Sewald represents the business community in a wide-range of capacities. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, where she serves on the Audit, Compensation and Marketing Committees. She is also on the boards of Workforce Connections, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, Western Association of Chamber Executives, the Nevada Military Support Alliance, Hope for Prisoners National Advisory Council, City National Bank, US Bank, the UNLV Lee Business School Dean’s Advisory Board, the Leadership Foundation of Greater Las Vegas and of the National Championship Reno Air Races. She was appointed by former Governor Brian Sandoval to the Southern Nevada Sporting Events Committee, charged with making recommendations on how Las Vegas can maximize opportunities from professional sports to grow the economy.
Sewald is engaged on several policy initiatives at the local, regional, national and international levels, and works with the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee and team to advocate on behalf of the business community. Under her leadership, the Vegas Chamber was named as the World Trade Center Las Vegas Business Club to connect international visitors to the local business community. And she worked with the Secretary of the US Department of Labor on Association Health Plans, helping businesses provide more affordable health insurance to their employees.
Sewald has successfully served as a strategic and visionary executive in both the private sector and non-profit association sectors. She is the former President & CEO of the Nevada Broadcasters Association (NVBA) where she led the efforts of the NVBA to collaborate with government officials, represented Nevada’s broadcast industry to all constituencies, and assured the financial health of the Association. She also served as General Manager of the NBC affiliate, KRNV TV in Reno, NV, where she managed and developed a staff of 110 broadcast professionals across all disciplines required to run a professional broadcast organization.
Sewald was recognized as the first woman to be named Television General Manager in 2003 and was inducted into the Nevada Broadcaster’s Association Hall of Fame in 2009. She earned an Emmy Award for a documentary she executive-produced called “Meth Madness” at the NBC affiliate that is now KSNV-TV in Las Vegas. Most recently, she was honored with the Silver State Award for Excellence in Service, named one of Nevada Business Magazine’s 2019 Women to Watch and has graced the July 2019 cover of Nevada Business Infinity Magazine.
She is the host of the Vegas Chamber’s Like Nobody’s Business television show and is a 2017 graduate of the Leadership Las Vegas program.
State of Nevada
Governor Steve Sisolak was born into a working-class family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where his parents, Ed and Mary worked hard to provide for their three children. Gov. Sisolak inherited their blue-collar ethic, working full-time to put himself through college at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Gov. Sisolak then enrolled in UNLV’s Graduate Studies Program, where he received a master’s degree in 1978.
Gov. Sisolak put down roots in Las Vegas, built his own communications business, all while raising his two daughters on his own as a single father. Both his daughters attended Nevada’s public high schools and UNLV, where Ashley earned her law degree and Carley earned her master’s degree.
Motivated by his passion for education, Gov. Sisolak decided to give back to the community that supported him by serving on the Nevada Board of Regents for 10 years. As a champion for parents and students, Gov. Sisolak stood up for Nevadans wrongfully charged out-of-state tuition and fought for increased state funding. Education remains a top priority for Steve as governor.
In 2008, after 10 years as a University Regent, Gov. Sisolak was elected to the Clark County Commission, where he served as chairman until being sworn in as governor of Nevada. On the commission, Gov. Sisolak was known as a coalition builder and problem solver. Gov. Sisolak successfully managed the state’s largest county budget and led the county through the Great Recession. As governor, Gov. Sisolak is working to strengthen Nevada’s statewide economy by diversifying our industries and working to attract new fields and recruit job-creating companies to the Silver State.
Gov. Sisolak is proud to be able to call Nevada home and is honored to serve our families as their governor. Throughout his time in office, Gov. Sisolak’s goal is to keep Nevada strong and moving forward by investing in education, creating jobs by diversifying the economy, and guaranteeing quality, affordable health care for all Nevadans.
Actress, Singer, Businesswoman & Las Vegas Headliner
Susan Anton has been recognized as a multi talented international star for more than 35 years in television, film, theater, and concert venues. She was nominated for a Golden Globe in her first film outing, Golden Girl, and was soon thereafter signed by NBC to star in her own variety show, Presenting Susan Anton. ABC later signed her to a development deal where she starred in the hourly drama, Cliffhangers. She has appeared in hundreds of film and television projects over the years.
Her Broadway credits include co-starring with the original Broadway cast of Tommy Tune’s Tony Award-winning musical The Will Rogers Follies; she also worked with director Mike Nichols in David Rabe’s Pulitzer Prize winning play Hurlyburly. She co-starred as Velma Von Tussle in the Las Vegas production of the Broadway musical, Hairspray, opposite Harvey Fierstein, which was directed by Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien and choreographed by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell. She reprised the role for three spectacular evenings at the Hollywood Bowl with an all-star cast, which was directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell.
She co-starred in the national tour of the Broadway musical All Shook Up, directed by Christopher Ashley and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo. Susan starred for seven years in the The Great Radio City Music Hall Spectacular with the legendary Rockettes, directed by the late Joe Layton. She also toured in the Neil Simon/Marvin Hamlish production of They’re Playing Our Song and then went on to co-star with Elizabeth Ashley in the national tour of A Couple of White Chicks Sitting Around Talking. She has shared the stage with legendary entertainers Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davies Jr., Tom Jones, and many more. She toured with country super star Kenny Rogers and had a top 10 country hit with the song Killing Time. Internationally, she had recording success and received a Gold record for her hit, Foxy. Susan and her husband, director, Jeff Lester have called Las Vegas home for more than 20 years. In 1997 they opened their production company, Big Picture Studios. Under their banner, Susan executive produced the award winning The Last Real Cowboys, starring Oscar winner, Billy Bob Thornton, and also executive produced the documentary Speed of Life with Amy Purdy, the inspirational Sochi Paralympic bronze medalist who was also runner up on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars.
Susan is currently a minority partner and celebrity brand ambassador in a fast-growing new California based beverage company, Spa Girl Cocktails. Susan is also the host of a brand new and inspiring Los Angeles based television web series, She Angels, which consists of a panel of successful business women who finance and mentor up and coming female entrepreneurs to launch their unique ideas into the business world.
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Brian Gordon is a principal with Applied Analysis. His areas of expertise include market analysis, financial advisory services, business consulting, hospitality consulting and economic modeling. Gordon attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he graduated with honors, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting. He is also a certified public accountant (CPA) and a holder of the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) credential by the American Institute of CPAs.
Gordon has performed numerous highest and best use analyses, market feasibility studies and market analyses for various developers and commercial real estate firms. He is the principal author of the Las Vegas Quarterly Market Reports covering the office, industrial, retail, apartment, vacant land and luxury condominium markets. Gordon also heads up SalesTraq, the firm’s residential research firm. He also provides consultative services in a wide range of industries in both the private and public sectors. Gordon is actively involved in the community and participates in a number of trade associations and non-profit organizations.
Managing Director of Demography
Hedgeye Risk Management
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Neil Howe is the Managing Director of Demography at Hedgeye Risk Management, an independent financial research firm. Howe is a renowned authority on generations and social change in America. An acclaimed bestselling author and speaker, he is the nation’s leading thinker on today’s generations—who they are, what motivates them, and how they will shape America’s future.
A historian, economist, and demographer, Howe is also a recognized authority on global aging, long-term fiscal policy, and migration. He was a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Global Aging Institute, both in Washington D.C. Howe has co-authored numerous studies for CSIS (including the Aging Vulnerability Index and pioneering studies on pension reform in China and South Korea).
Howe has written over a dozen books on generations, demographic change, and fiscal policy, many of them with William Strauss. Howe and Strauss’ first book, Generations (1991), is a history of America told as a sequence of generational biographies. Vice President Al Gore called it “the most stimulating book on American history that I have ever read” and sent a copy to every member of Congress. Newt Gingrich called it “an intellectual tour de force.” Of their book The Fourth Turning (1997), The Boston Globe wrote, “If Howe and Strauss are right, they will take their place among the great American prophets.”
Howe and Strauss originally coined the term “Millennial Generation” in 1991, and wrote the pioneering book on this generation, Millennials Rising (2000). His work has been featured frequently by media outlets including The Washington Post, The New York Times, CNN, and CBS’ 60 Minutes.
Previous works include On Borrowed Time (1989; reissued 2004), a pioneering call for budgetary reform Howe co-authored with Peter G. Peterson, as well as The Graying of the Great Powers (2008) with Richard Jackson. Howe received his B.A. at U.C. Berkeley and later earned graduate degrees in economics and history from Yale University.
Co-Founder & President
Hedgeye Risk Management
Michael Blum is a co-founder and president of Hedgeye Risk Management. He oversees all aspects of the firm’s daily operations, including product development, engineering, marketing, finance, legal, compliance and human resources. Michael is a director of Hedgeye Cares, Hedgeye’s employee driven charity which supports non-profits promoting higher education aspirations of young people through scholarship, community involvement and athletics. He is also Managing Director of Macao-based Asia Leisure Capital, a hotel and casino management and financing company with projects in The Philippines and Indonesia.
Previously, Michael was co-founder and chief operating officer of hedge fund Falconhenge Partners LLC. The firm was integrated into Evanston, Illinois-based Magnetar Capital in April 2006, where Michael assisted international expansion efforts.
David L. Johnson
Deputy General Manager of Operations
Southern Nevada Water Authority
David L. Johnson is the Deputy General Manager of Operations for the Southern Nevada Water Authority and the Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD).
Johnson has been with the agency since 2004, previously holding the position as director of the Water Quality & Treatment Department for the Southern Nevada Water Authority. He has more than 20 years of experience in chemical manufacturing management, water treatment and water quality management. Before arriving in Nevada, he worked in New York state and has held the positions of technical engineer, production manager, treatment manager and director.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University and maintains Level 4 Water Treatment and Level 4 Distribution certifications from the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection.
Johnson is a member of the American Water Works Association, the International Ozone Association and the Nevada Water & Wastewater Operator’s Forum.
He and his wife, Lisa, have lived in Southern Nevada since 1998 and have four children.
UNLV, William S. Boyd School of Law, Senior Fellow, Climate Adaptation and Environmental Policy, Brookings Institution and Practitioner in Residence for the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution
A leader in the international water community for more that 30 years, Pat Mulroy serves as a Senior Fellow for Climate Adaptation and Environmental Policy and Practitioner in Residence for the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution at the UNLV Boyd School of Law. Pat also owns Sustainable Strategies, a consulting firm with corporate and public sector clients, for whom she negotiates water agreements and assists in the planning and scoping of needed facilities.
Between 1989 and 2014, Pat Mulroy served as General Manager of the Las Vegas Valley Water District, the largest municipal purveyor in Southern Nevada and also the General Manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), the regional agency responsible for acquiring, treating and delivering water to all jurisdictions in Southern Nevada. Mulroy was a principal architect of the SNWA, helping to guide Southern Nevada through an unprecedented period of growth and one of the worst droughts in the history of the Colorado River. Beginning in 1995, she also served as a negotiator for the State of Nevada on all interstate and international issues for the Colorado River; in 2007 she became the State’s lead negotiator.
During her long tenure leading Southern Nevada’s water resource management efforts, Mulroy was exceptionally active in regional and national water issues. She negotiated numerous trailblazing agreements with Nevada’s neighbors in the Colorado River Basin and with the country of Mexico. Her reach in the water community extends far beyond the desert Southwest. She currently serves as a member emeritus of the Water Research Foundation Board of Trustees. She previously was on the board of the National Water Resources Association and the original Chairperson of the Western Urban Water Coalition. She served as President of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies and belonged to the board of directors of the Colorado River Water Users Association.
Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority (LVCVA)
Steve Hill is the Chief Executive Officer/President of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), the destination marketing organization that promotes and attracts tourism, conventions, meetings and special events to Las Vegas and throughout Southern Nevada. The LVCVA also owns and operates the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC).
Under Hill’s leadership, the LVCC recently completed construction of its $980 million expansion as well as is nearing completion of the Convention Center Loop, a first-of-its kind underground transportation system in partnership with Elon Musk’s The Boring Company. The convention center expansion adds 1.4 million additional square feet of exhibition and meeting space to the existing campus for a total of 4.6 million square feet throughout the entire facility.
Hill owned Silver State Materials from 1987 until its purchase by CalPortland in 2008 where he served as Senior Vice President until 2011. He was then appointed director of the newly established Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) by Governor Brian Sandoval where during his tenure he lured numerous businesses to the state, including Tesla, Apple, and HyperloopOne.
Hill also serves on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Travel Association, the national advocacy association that represents the travel and tourism industry. Hill also serves as chair of the Las Vegas Stadium Authority, overseeing the construction of the nearly $2 billion Allegiant Stadium, home of the Las Vegas Raiders.
“Every dream needs a merchant, every myth a mythmaker,” The New York Times wrote. “In Las Vegas, that job falls to Billy Vassiliadis.” A creator of marketing magic, R&R Partners’ CEO has been the mastermind behind some of the most iconic and impactful campaigns for nearly 40 years.
Billy’s deep roots in politics guide his strategic “winner takes all” approach to everything he does, from advising U.S. presidents and senators to guiding the creation and implementation of R&R’s iconic “What happens here, stays here” ad campaign for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. He is the first phone call when brands and reputations are at risk, having led crisis management efforts on behalf of airlines and resorts, and for Las Vegas after the mass shooting on October 1, 2017. The guiding force behind one of the most influential marketing and communications companies in North America, Billy has represented clients including Boeing, AT&T, Allegiant Air, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and, of course, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
Born in Athens, Greece, Billy has been married to his wife Rosemary for nearly 40 years; she is Clark County’s Director of Aviation. He has two children, Nick and Lisa.