About the Chamber

Advocacy. Community. Engagement.

We're here to support

business goals.

As the largest business support organization in Nevada, the Vegas Chamber is focused on helping Nevada businesses succeed and create jobs. We are the voice of business – your voice – helping to amplify the needs, challenges, and we’re here to help!

Serving Vegas for Over 100 Years

Vegas Chamber History

From its humble beginnings as a small business organization to its current status as a dynamic advocate for commerce, the Chamber’s history is a testament to the resilience and adaptability of Las Vegas as our city has transformed from a dusty town into a global entertainment and business hub.

Here to Serve You

Team Directory

Our dedicated team makes all our events, advocacy, and community thrive. Whether you’re a colleague looking to connect, a client seeking assistance, or simply curious about the talented individuals who drive our success, this directory is your gateway to our team.

Mary Beth Sewald

Mary Beth Sewald

President and CEO

David Kellerman

David Kellerman

COO

Paul Moradkhan

Paul Moradkhan

SVP, Government Affairs

Jose Valle

Jose Valle

VP, Member Development

Cara Clarke

Cara Clarke

VP, Communications

Jim Andres

Jim Andres

VP, Human Resources

Lauren Stuart

Lauren Stuart

Executive Business Director

Jose Valle

Jose Valle

VP, Member Development

Jasmine Juarez

Jasmine Juarez

Events Manager

Cara Clarke

Cara Clarke

VP, Communications

Jonathan Porras

Jonathan Porras

Manager, Marketing & Communications

David Kellerman

David Kellerman

COO

Ahmed Harley

Ahmed Harley

Director of Finance

Jennifer Caballero

Jennifer Caballero

Staff Accountant

Javier Esqueda

Javier Esqueda

Assistant Events Manager

Erin Cahill

Erin Cahill

Front Office Manager

Joyce Chatman

Joyce Chatman

Operations Manager

Jose Valle

Jose Valle

VP, Member Development

Deborah Makiri

Deborah Makiri

Director, Member Development

Monica Fluker

Monica Fluker

Member Success Specialist

Shane Hamlett

Shane Hamlett

President's Club Concierge

Art Goldberg

Art Goldberg

Business Development Executive

Joe Green

Joe Green

Business Development Executive

Lita Stein

Lita Stein

Business Development Executive

Paul Moradkhan

Paul Moradkhan

SVP, Govt. Affairs

Trevor Parrish

Trevor Parrish

Manager, Govt. Affairs

Abbie Johnson

Abbie Johnson

Fundraising, Govt. Affairs

Nick Schneider

Nick Schneider

Assistant Director, Gov. Affairs

Cara Clarke

Cara Clarke

VP, Communications

Nicole Moffitt

Nicole Moffitt

Manager, Edge Program

Lisa Gough

Lisa Gough

LLV Program Manager

Alejandra Rodriguez

Alejandra Rodriguez

Manager Vegas Young Professionals

Shaping the Future

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees plays a pivotal role in overseeing the strategic direction, policies, and decisions for our future. Their wisdom, expertise, and unwavering commitment provide the foundation upon which we build success and progress.

Current Executive Committee

Betsy Fretwell

Betsy Fretwell

Chairwoman

Paul Anderson

Paul Anderson

Immediate Past Chair

Janet Uthman

Janet Uthman

Chair Elect

Hugh Anderson

Hugh Anderson

VC of Government Affairs

Michael Bolognini

Michael Bolognini

Principal

MFB Enterprise

Gina Bongiovi

Gina Bongiovi

Managing Partner

Michael Crome

Michael Crome

VC of Finance and Audit

Michael Feder

Michael Feder

Member/Partner, Las Vegas

Lori Nelson-Kraft

Lori Nelson-Kraft

Senior VP of Communications

Ellen Schulhofer

Ellen Schulhofer

Shareholder Office Managing Partner

Terry Shirey

Terry Shirey

President & CEO

Chris Wilcox

Chris Wilcox

Partner Tax Practice Leader Pacific Northwest Region

Ryan A. Woodward

Ryan A. Woodward

Owner

Current Board of Trustees

  • Jeremy Aguero; Principal – Applied Analysis
  • Brandon Barkhuff; Senior Vice President – General Counsel Secretary, Chief Compliance Officer – NV Energy
  • Major General Ondra Berry; Major General – Nevada National Guard
  • Danielle Bisterfeldt; Senior Vice President of Marketing – Summerlin – The Howard Hughes Corporation
  • Justin Brown; President – Southwest Gas
  • Kerry Bubolz; President and Chief Operating Officer – Vegas Golden Knights
  • Bob Cerminaro; Division CEO, Bank of Nevada
  • Vincent Ciminise; Senior Vice President, Commercial Loan Manager – Valley Bank of Nevada
  • Tyler Corder; Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer – Findlay Automotive
  • Jaime Cruz; Executive Director – Workforce Connections
  • Teresa Di Loreto; Executive Director – Nevada Military Support Alliance
  • Victor Fuchs; President, Founding Partner, Managing Member – Helix Electric
  • Brigadier General Richard A. Goodman; Nellis AFB
  • Jan Jones-Blackhurst; Caesars Board of Directors, Caesars Entertainment Corporation
  • Chuck Ley; President/CEO – Cornerstone Merchants
  • Dr. Rex Liu, D.D.S.; Owner – Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Inc.
  • Napoleon McCallum; Director of Community Development – Las Vegas Sands Corporation
  • Bill Nelson; Assurance Partner – BDO
  • Shaundell Newsome; Founder – Sumnu Marketing
  • Karla Perez; Vice President – Valley Health System
  • Tina Quigley; President & CEO – LVGEA
  • Larry Singer; Senior Managing Director – Newmark
  • Vjollca Tarjan; Director, Lead Commercial Realationship Manager –  Wells Fargo
  • Bryant Thornton; Market Vice President – Republic Services
  • Dr. Keith E. Whitfield; President – University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Michael Woodfield; Executive Director & Market Executive – J.P Morgan Chase & Co.

Emeritus Board of Trustees

  • Jay Barrett; President – The JABarrett Company
  • Michael Bonner; Managing Shareholder – Greenberg Traurig
  • Bob Brown; President and Chief Executive Officer – Opportunity Village
  • Sen. Richard Bryan; Former Partner – Fennemore Craig
  • Steve Hill; Chief Executive Officer – Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • John Guedry; Former CEO – Bank of Nevada
  • Fafie Moore; Executive Vice President of Southern Nevada – ERA Brokers Consolidated
  • Bill Noonan; Former SVP of Industry & Governmental Affairs – Boyd Gaming Corporation
  • James Prather; Vice President of Digital Strategy – Las Vegas Review-Journal
  • Bruce Spotleson; Vice President of Fund and Partner Development – The Neon Museum
  • Vicky VanMeetren; Special Assistant to the Dean, Genesis Business Development – Roseman University of Health Sciences

Past Chairs

  • E. W. Griffith – 1913-14, 1916-18
  • Dr. Roy Martin – 1915, 1923-28
  • Henry Lillis – 1919-22
  • A.W. Ham –  1929
  • S.R. Whitehead – 1930
  • O.W. Yates – 1931
  • James Down, Sr. – 1932
  • A.C. Grant – 1933-34
  • S. J. Lawson – 1934
  • A. S. Henderson – 1935
  • Harvey Luce – 1936
  • O. A. Kimball – 1937
  • Robert Griffith – 1938
  • C. D. Baker – 1939
  • Bob Kaltenborn – 1940
  • Marion Earl – 1941
  • Rev. Charles Sloan – 1942
  • Harve Perry – 1943
  • Maxwell Kelch – 1944-45
  • Bill Moore – 1946
  • Paul McDermott – 1947
  • James Down, Jr. – 1948
  • Spencer Butterfield – 1949
  • Vern Willis – 1950
  • Dick Ronzone – 1951
  • A. C. Grant – 1952
  • Edmund Converse – 1953
  • M. J. Christensen – 1954
  • Howard Cannon – 1955
  • James Young – 1956
  • Hames Henderson – 1956
  • Grant Stewart – 1958
  • Tom Underhill – 1959
  • Dr. R. E. Robinson – 1960
  • Sam A. Boyd – 1961
  • Bob Jones – 1962
  • Ray Curley – 1963
  • Walt Casey – 1964
  • Robb L. Johnson – 1965
  • Frank Scott – 1966
  • Gaylord Prather – 1967
  • W. Bruce Beckley – 1968-1969
  • George Boman – 1970
  • James Cashman, Jr. – 1971-72
  • Herb Stout – 1973-74
  • Zack Taylor – 1975
  • Harley Harmon – 1976
  • Charles Ruthe – 1977
  • Mark Smith – 1978
  • Berlyn Miller – 1979
  • Frank Johnson – 1980
  • Tom Wiesner – 1981
  • Fred Lewis – 1982
  • Bill Heinrich – 1983
  • Phil Arce – 1984
  • Elaina Blake – 1985
  • Dave Vlaming – 1986
  • James Cashman, III – 1987
  • Jeffrey A. Silver – 1988
  • Peter Thomas – 1989
  • Claudine Williams – 1990
  • Bill Martin – 1991
  • Bob Maxey – 1992
  • Denney Weddle – 1993
  • David Smith – 1994
  • Ted Wiens, Jr. – 1995
  • John O’Reilly – 1996
  • Diane Dickerson – 1997
  • E. Edward Crispell – 1998
  • Robert Forbuss – 1999-2000
  • Bill Wells – 2001
  • Jay Kornmeyer – 2002
  • Lou Emmert – 2003
  • Tim Cashman – 2004
  • Hugh Anderson – 2005
  • John Wilcox – 2006
  • Larry Kifer – 2007
  • Fafie Moore – 2008
  • Steve Hill – 2009
  • Kristin McMillan – 2010
  • Michael Bonner – 2011
  • Kevin Orrock – 2012
  • Jay Barrett – 2013
  • Bruce Spotleson – 2014
  • Bob Brown – 2015
  • John Guedry – 2016
  • William Noonan – 2017
  • Michael Bolognini – 2018
  • Terry Shirey – 2019
  • Tom Burns – 2020
  • Gina Bongiovi – 2021
  • Michael Feder – 2022
  • Paul Anderson – 2023

Behind the Scenes Heroes

Chamber Volunteers

Volunteers are one of our most valuable resources at the Vegas Chamber to help businesses succeed! These members support, connect, and guide fellow members how to  maximize Vegas Chamber membership. Get acquainted with our fantastic volunteers below!

Prospectors

The Prospectors are comprised of long-standing Vegas Chamber member volunteers which include past Chairmen, council members, and committee officers. They serve as hosts for many Chamber events bringing with them a strong foundation of volunteerism, as well as Chamber and community knowledge.

 

  • President: L. Joe Coppedge – Mushkin Cica Coppedge
  • Ace Fair – Fair Solutions Inc.
  • Bob Werner – Furniture Market
  • Carl Rowe – CLARITY Advisors to Management
  • Chuck Ley – Cornerstone Merchant Services
  • Elie Morrie – Signature Real Estate Group
  • Chris Crooks – Newmark
  • Edward Domanico – AET Environmental
  • Fafie Moore – ERA Brokers Consolidated
  • Howard Skolnik – Howard Skolnik LLC
  • Jim Marsh – Jim Marsh Automotive
  • Larry Singer – Newmark
  • Wm. Allen Kaercher – Kaercher Campbell & Associates

Ambassadors

Ambassador Application – Click Here

The Vegas Chamber Ambassadors are a team of professionals from the chamber membership who donate their time to assist new members maximize their Vegas Chamber investment. They are a group of motivated members who act as the welcoming arm of the Vegas Chamber by sharing their experiences and introducing new members to Chamber events and resources. Ambassadors are charged with extending the hand of friendship to both new and current members, greeting them with an enthusiastic handshake and award-winning smile, making welcome calls, attending ribbon cuttings, hosting Business After Hours and attending (assisting as needed) with Chamber events. For more information regarding Chamber Ambassadors, please contact the Membership department at 702.641.5822.

  • Allison Wax – Coldwell Banker Premier Realty (Chair PC Member)
  • Becky Stonebarger – The Beacon Center Inc (PC Member)
  • Camille Spenner – Merit Lending (Co-Chair)
  • Cari Byers – Premier Showgirls
  • Carlos Sidney – New York Life Insurance Company
  • Lisa DuPere – Revels Nevada Henderson
  • Gina Maceo – America First Credit Union (PC Member)
  • Kim Dung Ho – Kim Photography (PC Member)
  • Kristi Lutzenberger – Auntie2Hands
  • Michael Carter – Carter Investments
  • Romeo Villafania, Jr – America First Credit Union (PC Member)
  • Rose Falocco – HomeSmart Encore Real Estate
  • Sophia Peranteau – Optomis Insurance and Benefits
  • Tad Dillard – Xerox by Elan Office Systems

Pictured here from left to right: Carlos Sidney, Romeo Villafania, Jr, Kristi Lutzenberger, Camille Spenner, Gina Maceo, Kim Dung Ho, Allison Wax, Becky Stonebarger, Rose Falocco, Cari Byers, Tad Dillard, Mike Carter. Absent: Lisa DuPere and Sophia Peranteau

Government Affairs Committee

The Chamber’s legislative and policy priorities are developed by its Government Affairs Committee. This is a group of Chamber members who analyze issues and make determinations that guide the Chamber’s positioning on matters to promote fiscal responsibility at the state and local government levels, improve our education system, and strengthen the business environment and economy in Southern Nevada. The committee also makes decisions regarding the endorsements of candidates and political contributions.

 

  • Hugh Anderson, Chairman of Committee, Hightower Las Vegas

  • Michael Feder, Chairman, Dickinson Wright

  • Paul Anderson, Chairman- Elect, Board of Trustees Boyd Gaming Corporation

  • Gina Bongiovi, Immediate Past Chair, Board of Trustees, Bongiovi Law Firm

  • Michael Britt, Red Rock Resorts, Inc

  • Michael Bolognini, MFB Enterprises

  • Mark Brown, Miracle Flights

  • MaryKaye Cashman
  • Tim Cashman, The Cashman Companies

  • Lisa de Marigny, Omni Limousine, Inc.

  • J.T. Foley, Las Vegas Sands

  • Betsy Fretwell, Switch

  • Craig S. Galati, LGA, Inc.

  • John Guedry, Bank of Nevada

  • Keith Hansen, Allegiant Travel Company

  • Dave Howell, Wells Fargo

  • Karlos LaSane, Caesars Entertainment Corp.

  • Chad Leavitt, Findlay Automotive Group

  • Scott Leedom, Southwest Gas

  • Todd Mason, Wynn Resorts

  • Meghan McLean Fair, Anderson, & Langerman

  • Erin McMullen Midby, Boyd Gaming Corporation

  • George F. Ogilvie III, Esq., McDonald Carano LLP

  • John O’Reilly, O’Reilly Law Group

  • Damon Schilling, AMR/Medic West

  • Greta Seidman, Opportunity 180

  • Jennifer Simich, Republic Services

  • Craig Stevens, Cox Communications

  • Judy Stokey, NV Energy

  • Sasha Sutcliffe-Stephenson, MGM Resorts International

  • Todd Sklamberg, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center

  • Ted Wiens, Jr., Ted Wiens Tire & Auto

Leadership Las Vegas Council

The Leadership Las Vegas Council maintains the recruitment and selection process for incoming classes, as well as oversees individual committees to determine curriculum, day planning and alumni activities.

 

Immediate Past Chair
Gordon Absher ’09
Dignity Health

Alumni Communications
Greta Beck-Seidman ’11
Nevada HAND

Alumni Communications
Clay Buck ’17
Boys & Girls Clubs of So Nevada

Selection Chair
Edgar Carranza ’10
Backus, Carranza & Burden

Executive Director, Foundation
Cara Clarke ’07
Leadership Foundation of Greater Las Vegas

Program Communications / PR Chair
Mike Disbennett ’14
Wide Awake & The Glenn Group

Council Chair
Alan Diskin ’03
American Red Cross

Program Manager
Lisa Gough
Leadership Foundation of Greater Las Vegas

Alumni Chair
Erin Keller ’16
Nevada State College

Assistant Selection Chair
Tami Miramontes ’08
Eide Bailly LLP

Assistant Selection Chair
Tim Mullin ’10
Vegas Golden Knights Foundation

Alumni Higher Level Membership
Debi Nutton ’10

Immediate Past Curriculum Chair
Brian Rice ’09
Boys & Girls Clubs of So Nevada

Recruitment Chair
Craig Rosen ’16
Desert Research Institute

Curriculum Chair
Lisa Santwer ’13
Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada

Alumni Higher Level Membership
Josh Swissman ’10
Station Casinos

Assistant Curriculum Chair
Robert Torres ’15
Colliers International

Alumni – Events
Shannon Steiner ’16
American Preparatory Academy

Engagement
Dennis Sponer ’99

Engagement
Krista Clar ’14
MGM Resorts International