The People: Nov. 5, 2012
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Paul Climer, of Las Vegas, won the September “Project of the Month Runner-Up Award” by Kitchen Tune-Up, a national kitchen and bathroom remodeling franchise. Franchise locations compete for the award, which recognizes outstanding kitchen and bathroom makeovers nationally.
Mark Tratos, an attorney at Greenberg Traurig, has been named to the board of directors of the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Tratos, who served as chairman of the Board of Advisors since 2011, was elected to a two-year term.
Chip Davis has been hired as senior vice president of revenue and business development at AlertID, a public safety information system. He brings more than 30 years of experience in the software and technology industries.
Charles H. Burt has been named Las Vegas sales manager for the Les Olson Company. He replaces Michael Augason, who was named senior account manager at the firm’s Salt Lake City office.
Three hospitality professionals have joined the Las Vegas Hospitality Association, a Las Vegas tourism industry nonprofit group. The new members are Kelly Messina, sales executive for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority; Brennon O’Neal, owner of the Plaza at Whitney Ranch; and Tom Torrance, general manager of Las Vegas Mountain Sports. The Hospitably Association celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.
Commercial Alliance Las Vegas, a commercial real estate organization, recently announced new officers and directors for 2013. Commercial real estate broker Tedd Rosenstein, president of the Nevada Development and Realty Company, will be president. Other board members include: Hayim Mizrachi, president-elect; Nancy Anderson, past president; Richard Lybbert, treasurer; Kevin Buckley, director; Robin Civish, director; Bobbi Miracle, director; and Soozi Jones Walker, director.
Darrell Rodriguez has been named chief creative officer at International Game Technology. Rodriguez has served as IGT’s senior vice president of global game studios since October 2010.
KNPR’s State of Nevada, a public affairs program on News 88.9 KNPR, recently received three Electronic Media Awards. They were for “Radio Best Program,” produced by Ian Mylchreest; “Radio Best Talk Show Locally Produced,” produced by Adam Burke and Irene Noguchi and “Best Radio Documentary,” produced by Noguchi.
Real Estate attorney Michael R. McNerny has joined Ballard Spahr’s Las Vegas office as an associate. McNerny has experience in contracts, corporate governance, real estate transactions, construction and development issues, real property, gaming, commercial litigation, compliance, regulatory affairs and governmental affairs. He is a 2012 graduate of UNLV’s William S. Boyd School of Law.
Marcie Lema has been hired as an assistant project manager at Furniture Market. Lema will assist with new product selection for the showroom, interior design visualization techniques and graphic design. She graduated from the Art Institute of Las Vegas.
Six people have been selected for residencies for the 2012-13 academic year at UNLV’s special collections department as part of the Gaming Research Fellow program. Since 2007, the Center for Gaming Research has awarded more than two dozen fellowships. This year’s recipients are: Beverly Geesin, senior lecturer of English language and linguistics, York St. John University; David J. Hart, assistant professor of philosophy, West Texas A&M University; Diana Tracy Cohen, assistant professor of political science, Central Connecticut State University; Stephen C. Andrade, associate professor of computer graphics, Johnson & Wales University; David T. Courtwright, presidential professor of history, University of North Florida; and Brian Beaton, assistant professor of information sciences, University of Pittsburgh.