New Chairman Announces Priorities for

Vegas Chamber in 2023


Las Vegas, NV – Today, the Vegas Chamber Paul Anderson, senior vice president of Government and Industry Affairs for Boyd Gaming, was sworn-in by Governor-elect Joe Lombardo as the 2023 Vegas Chamber Chairman at the Annual State of the Chamber and Board of Trustees Installation luncheon.


Lombardo made brief remarks to open the luncheon, highlighting the symbiotic relationship between him and the Vegas Chamber and his goal of working together in the future for the benefit of the economy and the state.  He later administrated the oaths of office to the Board of Trustees and Chairman Anderson.  This was his first appearance to the Las Vegas business community since being elected governor.


Anderson is former executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, as well as former Floor Majority Leader in the Nevada Assembly.  He also was a small business owner for many years.


During the luncheon, Anderson outlined his priorities for the organization for the Nevada Legislature on behalf of small businesses and the community including protecting small businesses from increased costs and regulations.


Anderson announced his goal of raising $500,000 in 2023 for BizPAC, the Vegas Chamber’s political action committee that supports state and local candidates for office.  Anderson pledged that his company, Boyd Gaming, would match up to $50,000 for any BizPAC contribution that was made today.  Answering the call, several companies pledged $5,000 each to kick off the fundraising drive.


He also highlighted K-12 and Higher Education governance reform as priorities for the organization during the 2023 legislative session.  He pledged to work with lawmakers, local governments, and the school district on the initiative petition that recently received 200,000 voter signatures that would give local communities the option of creating their own school districts.  The Vegas Chamber joined other chambers in endorsing the initiative in September. (Anderson’s full remarks are attached).


At the event Sewald presented several awards, including Member of the Year to Ace Fair, owner of Fair Solutions, a 22-year Chamber member.  She honored three Chamber Trustees for their contributions to the organization including Danielle Bisterfeldt, SVP of Marketing and Consumer Experience at The Howard Hughes Corporation; Terry Shirey, president and CEO of Nevada State Bank; and Tom Burns, shareholder at Cragin & Pike. 


She also presented the Community Partnership to Steve Hill, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for the 75-year relationship between the two organizations and the LVCVA’s positive impact on the business community by bringing new special event partnerships to the community.


The Chamber’s Board of Trustees is comprised of 40 established business and community leaders across Nevada who oversee the organization’s governance, financial health, and strategic direction.