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Andrea Young will open Market LV in Tivoli Village this summer, a concept of 40 individual stores under one roof, already at 80 percent capacity. The entry level will be an open-air market filled with gourmet foods. The upper level (above Brio) will feature a wine bar, oyster bar, coffee, chocolate, denim bar, fashion and accessories. Market LV is an expansion of a similar venue Young created in Orange County when she sought to provide an outlet for small retailers in a down market.
Central Michel Richard at Caesars Palace has named Rebecca Coles special events director. With nearly 10 years of experience in food and beverage, as well as special events planning, Coles will book events and groups in the world’s first 24-hour restaurant to be helmed by a James Beard award-winning chef. Cole has previously worked with the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, including Bouchon at The Venetian Las Vegas.
Dr. Alana Saxe is a pediatric orthodontist who created and funds a special oral hygiene program for Clark County schools traveling from campus to campus in a vintage 1963 Volkswagen Bus named the Happy Bus teaching first and second graders good brushing habits. Dr. Saxe then provides each child with a super smile kit, complete with a toothbrush, toothpaste, stickers and floss. Dr. Saxe holds an annual essay contest for junior high students to win free braces called, “I Deserve Free Braces Because I’m Going Places.”


Sumita Beauty inside the Fashion Show has hired professional makeup artist Daisy Kostanyan as the studio’s new manager. Kostanyan has more than 10 years of experience and previously worked for Ziba Beauty, Sumita Beauty’s Los Angeles headquarters. Kostanyan studied at Joe Blasco Makeup School and School of Sephora. Her previous work experience includes makeup artist for Sephora, Exclusive Artists and Ziba Beauty. She was the makeup artist of choice for Summer Bishil of 90210 fame.


Nancy Mehta is managing partner for Cartridge World’s two locations that refills ink and toner cartridges, repairs all types of printers and sells refurbished printers. Mehta is also an ambassador with the Henderson Chamber of Commerce and speaks to groups about Cartridge World and recycling. She also created and is the editor of a newsletter about networking to help small business owners.

Kimberly JOI McDonald is the owner and CEO of Designing JOI LLC, an interior design consultation firm, as well as Designing JOI Services Inc. She is also principal of Tactical Strategies LLC, a government affairs, strategic planning and legislative consultation firm. She is the founder and charter president of the Interior Design Society’s Las Vegas Chapter. She possesses a master’s degree in public administration (magna cum laude), a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design (honors). She also serves on the board of directors for the Positively Kids Foundation and is a member of the Metro Arts Council of Southern Nevada.

The United Fighting Arts Federation, an international martial arts membership organization, has named Melissa Biernacinski communications administrator for UFAF and editor-in-chief of Chun Kuk Do Magazine, both volunteer positions. Biernacinski is a second-degree black belt in chun kuk do and has been practicing the martial art for almost 16 years. Professionally, Biernacinski serves as director of media relations for Imagine Communications. She also has a background in journalism, which includes a bachelor’s degree from University of Nevada, Las Vegas in journalism and media studies.

Maria NeSmith, community manager with Community Management Group, recently earned her Certified Manager of Community Associations designation, a national certification for community management and general practices of community management professionals. NeSmith has also earned a supervising community manager’s License, which is a requirement to practice community management in Nevada. NeSmith has completed the requirements for the associate management specialist certification, the second level of career development for community association managers and is currently completing the application process.

Beli Andaluz is the owner of Pico Madama, which only focuses on hair and its health. One of the tools used is BeautyScope, a digital microscope that magnifies hair and scalp 200 times to diagnose hair health and styling needs. The salon also offers exfoliating botanical treatments that nourish the scalp with vitamins and antioxidants. An expert in hair health, Andaluz has more than 11 years of experience owning, running and working in salons and spas.


Nicole Milner Breen joined The Modern as sales director and oversees 83 residential sales for the property. With more than 15 years of real estate experience, Breen has worked for various brokers such as Century 21 Consolidated, Gundaker Wardley GMAC Real Estate, Prudential Americana Group and Centex Destination Properties. Breen has sold more than $98 million in residential property sales since receiving her Nevada real estate license in 1998.


Catherine Margles is the president and founder of The Creative Cooking School of Las Vegas celebrating its 10th anniversary. The school is ranked as one of the top five recreational cooking schools in the country and its Teambuilding Gourmet’s Taste Of Success team-building program is also ranked the top culinary teambuilding experience in the U.S. Margles credits her 15 years of global corporate experience, Master of Business Administration from Kellogg Graduate School of Business and culinary education from Le Cordon Bleu.


Las Vegas based Q ad | pr announced the appointment of Danielle Black to the position of advertising account coordinator. Previously, Black was a marketing coordinator at Aristocrat Technologies where she assisted the marketing and communications department with tradeshows, event planning, game messaging and strategy as well as product launches and advertising. Black is a 2011 graduate of University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies with a minor in journalism and media studies.

Vox Solid Communications, a Las Vegas-based public relations and social media agency, announced hiring Adrianne Offerman as public relations specialist and Morgan Waldron as interactive marketing manager.


Offerman manages day-to-day expert administrative support for the team. Formerly of Kirvin Doak Communications, career highlights include being part of the opening team for Cirque du Soleil’s “KA”, “Terry Fator” at The Mirage, “Hairspray” at Mandalay Bay and CityCenter, as well as the groundbreaking and opening of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. She graduated summa cum laude from California State University, Hayward with a degree in business management.


Waldron oversees the agency’s social media efforts, engaging audiences daily across numerous platforms including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Foursquare and Digg integrating with public relations and marketing efforts. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and was president of the American Marketing Association, Collegiate Chapter. Previously, Waldron worked for Langdon Flynn Communications, Beso Steakhouse and Eve Nightclub as interactive marketing director.


Cynthia Holland has earned her Certified Property Manager designation by the Institute of Real Estate Management, an international professional association based in Chicago. Holland, who is a senior property manager with Gatski Commercial Real Estate Services, was recognized for her accomplishment during an IREM Las Vegas Chapter meeting. The CPM designation is awarded to those who meet a set of high standards for real estate management professionals. Holland plans to continue taking classes through IREM to earn another designation.

SK+G, a 360-degree leisure and lifestyle marketing agency providing strategic branding has announced hiring Jennifer Bradley, public relations account executive and Katie Tannenberg, account management account coordinator and the promotion of Erin Flanagan to account management assistant account executive.


Bradley joins SK+G with more than eight years of public relations, marketing and administrative experience and has an extensive PR background, including experience with food and beverage, nightlife and entertainment, non-profit as well as beauty clients. Bradley was recognized as Humanitarian of the Year in 2009 by In Business Las Vegas. She was also chosen for Las Vegas In Business Las Vegas’ 40 Under 40 in 2008.


Tannenberg will serve as account coordinator on the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and The Water Club accounts. Prior to joining SK+G, Tannenberg worked at Arizona Charlie’s/American Casinos & Entertainment Properties where she most recently served as direct marketing coordinator.


Flanagan served as account coordinator for the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and The Water Club accounts. With this promotion, Flanagan will now work on the Aria, Vdara, CityCenter and Crystals accounts.

Ronna Timpa, founder and president, Workplace ESL Solutions; Andrea Gibbins, executive director of Area Health Education Center; Lawrence Sands, DO, MPH, Chief Health Officer, Southern Nevada Health District; Debra Solt, Vegas PBS Workforce and Economic Development director and Terri Janison, regional director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Tom Axtell, Vegas PBS general manager

Vegas PBS recently announced that it will use its online and digital assets, Vegas Virtual Online Education, and partner with statewide organizations to provide education and training that will help Nevadans find employment and transition into new careers. Ronna Timpa’s Hotel English Online with Timpa, founder and president of Workplace ESL Solutions, will codevelop and offer a customized online workshop program tailored specifically for employees in the hospital industry. Debra Solt, Vegas PBS Workforce and economic development director, has been part of online education since its inception and was one of the first people in the country to develop an entire online degree program in another state.


Annette Logan with Cure 4 the Kids Foundation, who oversees the Hemophilia Treatment Center of Nevada and the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada, was successful in her effort to have the Children’s Specialty Center and the Hemophilia Treatment Center accredited by the Joint Commission. Both agencies now have the Gold Seal of Approval and are only pediatric ambulatory centers in the state of Nevada to receive it.

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