Las Vegas – The Vegas Chamber is excited to announce the Free Enterprise Award will be presented to Myron G. Martin, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Smith Center, on October 12, 2023, at the Chamber’s annual “Business of the Year” Awards ceremony.

The Free Enterprise Award is presented annually to an individual in recognition of their contribution to the growth and progress of Southern Nevada. It is awarded as a testimonial of their adherence to the principles of American capitalism in the conduct of their business as evidenced by their foresight, their initiative, and by their acceptance of the risks and rewards inherent in the competitive American society. The Employers Association of Southern Nevada, the Vegas Chamber and the Nevada Taxpayers Association present the award jointly. The award has been presented every year since 1963.

“Myron Martin’s dedication to the growth and progress of Southern Nevada exemplifies what the Free Enterprise Award celebrates,” said Mary Beth Sewald, President & CEO of the Vegas Chamber. “Beyond risk and reward, The Smith Center has proved to be a cultural hub for the community and the many visitors from around the world. This prestigious award could not be a more fitting testament to Myron’s exceptional contributions and commitment to our region. We are thrilled to present the award at this year’s Business of the Year Awards ceremony.”

“It is hard to imagine an individual more deserving of the Free Enterprise Award than Myron Martin! He epitomizes all the finest attributes and characteristics that are manifest in the description of the award. Myron’s foresight, determination and effort have created a major cultural force within the community as well as the corresponding economic growth resulting from a large and dynamic organization known as “The Smith Center.” -Terry Mayfield, Executive Director, Employers Association of Southern Nevada

“Myron has inspired Las Vegas with his ambitious dreams, he then put in the hard work to achieve them. All Nevadans are grateful for his dedication and vision in bringing a world-class performing arts center to Las Vegas.” -Cindy Creighton, President, Nevada Taxpayers Association

The Business of the Year Awards exemplify the tremendous spirit and capabilities of our business community. The businesses and individuals honored at this event are diverse, bold, and innovative – just like Vegas itself. Finalists and winners are chosen by the Vegas Chamber’s Business of the Year Awards Selection Committee. Nominations can be submitted until September 1 here:  VC Business of the Year Nomination.

WHEN: Thursday, October 12, 2023, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM PST
WHERE: Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, 129 E Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101