Lori Wilkinson has over 20 years of national and international experience in sales, leadership, business development, marketing, strategic planning and contract negotiation to Brown & Brown Insurance of Nevada. She has held positions with top Fortune 100 companies and founded her own firm. She later joined Waymark Insurance Services who merged with Brown & Brown Insurance. Lori has a bachelor’s from Utah State and volunteers for the Gary Morris Invitational Golf Tournament benefiting the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors of fallen heroes, and American Airlines’ celebrity charity golf and tennis events.
Jaime Cruz serves as Executive Director of Workforce Connections, Southern Nevada’s Local Workforce Development Board. Under his leadership, Workforce Connections has been recognized nationally for innovative partnerships and programs that help connect employers to a ready workforce. Cruz understands the barriers many face trying to improve their careers. As a young man, he worked as a dishwasher after immigrating from Peru despite his degree in Mechanical Engineering. Cruz worked his way back to the engineering field, holding executive roles in the hospitality industry before transitioning to the public sector.
Jilan Wise, Founder and Executive Director for Far Out Tiny Homes, designed and built her first tiny home in 2017. Over the following two years, a social experiment of sorts played out. She, along with her family lived in their tiny (200 sq ft) home for just shy of two impactful changes in the housing industry here in Southern Nevada. She firmly believes housing is a right, not a privilege.
Ryan D'Souza is a Business Exit Planning Advisor at RBC Wealth Management. He works with companies who are looking to do an Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), sale to a Private Equity Group, or utilize a Strategic M&A transaction. Ryan is a member of the National Center of Employee Ownership (NCEO), ESOP Association, Exit Planning Institute (EPI), and the CFA Society of Nevada.