Ricky has over 20 years experience in sales and training of entrepreneurs. He started his career in Texas as co-owner of three businesses with his brothers. Later, he partnered with Excel Telecommunications to expand his portfolio and created the largest business team in El Paso. In 2012, he moved to Las Vegas where he joined Wyndham Vacation Resorts. He achieved “Presenter of the Year” five years in a row and trained other sales representatives. He was formerly President of Nevada Business Magazine and now serves as President of Peak Performance Partners.
Nine (IX) Kemppainen is a modern day Samurai. He has served as a military officer, Secret Service Agent, and Staff Officer at the Central Intelligence Agency. He has overseen security and intelligence for the National Park Service (where he was entrusted with the protection of America's most treasured monuments and icons), and most recently built a security program from scratch for Elon Musk's company SpaceX. He has protected "king" and country and high-profile individuals including Musk and Tony Robbins. Complimenting his professional experience, he has studied security at Georgetown, Cambridge, and Harvard.
Chief Executive Officer/Vice Chairwoman of the Board
Established in 1931, Cashman Equipment Co. is one of the oldest Caterpillar dealers in the United States. Before assuming full-time duties in 1995, MaryKaye Cashman was a registered nurse. She is a member of the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee, the World Presidents’ Organization, the Committee of 200, the Nevada Development Authority, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Las Vegas, and serves on the Community Advisory board of St. Rose Hospitals.
Kara Kelley is a proven CEO with expertise in business and political strategy as well as marketing, media relations and organizational leadership skills. As the former CEO of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, Kelley led the organization to become Nevada’s most influential business association. Kelley has built a reputation as a tireless advocate for business and free enterprise and was one of only 120 business leaders to be invited by President Barack Obama to participate in his 2009 Jobs Summit. As president of The Kelley Co., Kelley advises companies on branding, business strategy and organizational development.