Victoria Joy Avedesian, CLTC, a financial representative of Northwestern Mutual, has qualified for membership in the Million Dollar Roundtable, an international, independent association of nearly 19,000 leading life insurance producers. MDRT is a coveted career milestone that indicates sales and service achievement and is a highly recognized mark of excellence for life underwriters. Avedesian provides expert guidance and innovative solutions for a variety of financial needs and goals. She has also earned the Lives Leader Award, Life Impact Award, and Achievement Award.

As owner of Show Ready by Lacy, Lacy DiBongrazio is a professional waxing technician and extensionist. She started in the beauty industry in 2001 and now a master full-body waxing technician. Show Ready by Lacy offers full waxing services for both men and women. In 2013, DiBongrazio added eyelash extensions to her list of services. She is committed to the health and well-being of the natural lashes while applying natural-looking, clean mink or faux mink extensions. DiBongrazio is also an accomplished performer and dancer, most recently as a featured dancer in “Peepshow.”

Juliet Lauren Clingan has opened The Pilates Firm, 1,200-square-foot Pilates studio in a southwestern Las Vegas. She also continues to work as a Pilates instructor for the performers in Cirque du Soleil’s “Zumanity” show. Clingan holds a Romana’s Pilates Certification since 2008 which includes over 600 hours of observation and instruction on all Pilates equipment and the mat. In the past, Clingan has been a cheerleader for a National Football League team as well as a dancer in Jubilee on the Las Vegas Strip.

Patti Shock, a top administrator from The International School of Hospitality has won national recognition from the Convention Industry Council, the largest association for meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry organizations in the country. The CIC recently announced its 2014 inductees into the CIC Hall of Leaders. They included TISOH academic consultant Patti Shock as an inductee to the Hall of Leaders. The National Association for Catering and Events nominated her for the honor.

Melissa Farrell represented Team USA in the Duathlon World Championships in Pontevedra, Spain. Competing against the best in the world, Farrell completed the run, bike and run course finishing 11th in her age group. The International Triathlon Union holds the world championships annually in a different location. Farrell is a local run coach and personal trainer and plans to qualify in 2015 for her chance to return to the world championships in 2016. Farrell is also the co-founder of the Las Vegas Runners running club.

Bank of George has hired Wanda Shumar as the Senior Vice President Regional Manager of the Henderson, NV, office. Shumar joins Bank of George with more than 30 years of banking experience. With her extensive background in the banking industry, Shumar brings vast knowledge of bank operations, commercial and consumer lending, business banking, private banking, wealth management and sales to Bank of George. Shumar has held management positions at numerous banks in the Las Vegas Valley over her career, most recently serving as the Vice President and Relationship Manager at Bank of Nevada.

Forté PR has announced that Allie Mandel has been named assistant account executive and Veronica Kawka has been named assistant account executive.
Mandel works with fitness and nutrition accounts including XYIENCE and Essentia Water. Mandel has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications – Public Relations from Sacramento State University. Mandel has experience in an agency setting, having previously worked with dining and hospitality clients in Las Vegas.

Kawka works with health and fitness accounts including the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort, Desert Sky Adventures and Smiles for Survivors Foundation. Kawka earned a Master’s degree in Professional Writing and a Bachelor’s degree in Professional and Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. She is a former nationally ranked tennis athlete.

Armstrong Teasdale partner Tracy A. DiFillippo has been selected to serve on the Explore Knowledge Academy Board of Trustees. In this role, DiFillippo will share responsibility with six other community members govern, maintaining overall control of, and operate the K-10 Las Vegas charter school. DiFillippo has years of experience as a commercial litigator in the areas of construction, medical and dental malpractice, bankruptcy and insurance. After earning her J.D., cum laude, from Gonzaga University School of Law, DiFillippo completed a two- year clerkship with the Honorable Justice Robert R. Rose of the Nevada Supreme Court.

South Point Hotel’s culinary team has received awards including Garde Manger Culinarian Jessica Iannotti as Student Culinarian of the Year from the American Culinary Federation of Las Vegas. In addition to being a full-time culinarian in Garde Manger kitchen, Iannotti is a full-time student at The Culinary Institute of Las Vegas. She is involved in culinary programs such as Chefs for Kids, ACF Junior Board, ACF Nationals, World Food Championships, International Baking Industry and Las Vegas Foodie Fest.

Molly Sheridan, author, ultramarathoner and motivational speaker recently launched her book, “Running Past Midnight: A Woman’s Ultra-Marathon Adventure.” Sheridan is the CEO and founder of Desert Sky Adventures, a race management and training company that hosts running events such as the Summerlin Half Marathon. Sheridan has spoken internationally at venues like the Jeju Island Designing a New Asia Conference in South Korea. Running her first marathon at 48, today the 57 year old has run over 45 ultramarathons.

one7communications announced that Carrie Giverson celebrated her one year anniversary as account director and Natalie Sivertsen has been named junior account executive.

As account director, Giverson works with clients including Emeril Lagasse’s restaurants, Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN), Morels Steakhouse & Bistro and Knife in Dallas.

As junior account executive, Sivertsen’s responsibilities include media relations, writing press and marketing materials, creating and executing special events and developing long-term communications strategies for clients such as Sprinkles Cupcakes, Double Helix Wine & Restaurant Group, and Juice Farm. She received her degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations earlier this year from Brigham Young University.

The Law Firm of Hutchison & Steffen announced several of its attorneys were named to the 2014 Mountain States Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. The attorneys were selected using a rigorous, multiphase rating process in which peer nominations and evaluations were combined with third-party research. Patricia Lee makes her first appearance on the Mountain States Super Lawyers list in 2014, after appearing on the Rising Stars list 2012. She is recognized for her work in general litigation.

Additionally, several Hutchison & Steffen attorneys were named to the Mountain States Rising Stars list. To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. The firm’s 2014 Mountain States Rising Stars include Z. Kathryn Branson, Cami M. Perkins and Jessica S. Taylor.

Jessica Sayles, principal of Houldsworth, Russo and Company, was named a Rising Star at the 2014 National Association of Woman Business Owners of Southern Nevada Women of Distinction Awards. Sayles received the award for her commitment to and advocacy for improving the opportunities and advancement of women, leadership and community involvement, especially her development work with the Pacific Islander community in Las Vegas and her mentoring work with the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Southern Nevada. Sayles is a licensed accountant in Nevada.

Crystal Kovacs has been named development director for Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN). She has been in the nonprofit for about 12 years and has a passion for bettering the Las Vegas community. Previously, Kovace was the assistant director of resource development for Opportunity Village and event manager for the Las Vegas Great Santa Run.

Goodwill of Southern Nevada has announced the addition of Lainie Castle, director of Operational Finance and Gaming Compliance for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and Roxanna Doyle, vice president of Payment & Check Operations Technology for Citibank to its board of directors.
Castle has more than twenty years of casino management experience, including participating in the opening of eleven gaming properties or conversions. After holding various leadership roles at Harrah’s and Venetian/Palazzo, Castle was part of the opening team for The Cosmopolitan. Castle holds a MBA in Finance from Lindenwood University in Missouri and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California-Davis.

Doyle has more than fifteen years experience in information technology, operations and project support, including managing financials and developing budgets for various departments. She has been with Citibank since 1987, starting as a data entry operator and advancing to her current position of Vice President. A graduate of Leadership Las Vegas, Doyle is also the financial literacy liaison for Citi, working closely with organizations such as the Las Vegas Rescue Mission and the Women’s Development Center.

Renee Guglielmetti has joined Ivory Star Productions. In her new role Guglielmetti will handle sales, marketing and public relations for the production company which features: Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, shows Marriage Can Be Murder and Laughternoon starring Adam London at The Showroom at the D Las Vegas and Defending the Caveman at Harrah’s. Previously Guglielmetti worked at Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada, Children’s Heart Foundation of Nevada and volunteered for Southern Nevada Pug Rescue.

Las Vegas: The Game, nightlife experiences and events, announced the addition of creative strategist Sarah Johnson who will be responsible for co-producing events, script writing, talent scouting, copy-editing and building a sustainable company infrastructure. She brings with her experience of writing and performing in the contemporary theory field and a background in performing arts. Originally from Portland, Johnson was founder of a successful marketing company before returning to NYU for graduate studies.

JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Rampart Casino has hired three new upper-level personnel Keri Keep, Christa Hinkle and Cindy DiLeo.
Keep was brought on as the resort’s catering sales manager. In this position, Keep will assist the wedding team with the planning and execution of ceremonies, receptions and more. She originally worked with Planet Hollywood International, Buca di Beppo and Canyon Gate Country Club.

Hinkle, the resort’s new sales manager, has an extensive career in the hospitality industry having worked at Hyatt Regency Lake Las Vegas Resort and most recently, Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa. She will handle territory and prospecting for groups of up to 75 rooms per night. During her time at Red Rock, Hinkle effectively sold room blocks, meeting space and food and beverage for groups of 100 rooms or fewer.

DiLeo has joined Rampart Casino’s team as a new executive casino host. She has more than 15 years of marketing experience in the gaming industry at the former Aladdin Hotel & Casino, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Riviera Hotel & Casino and American Casino & Entertainment Properties. With additional experience as a federal officer for the U.S. Department of Treasury, she’s the only casino host in Las Vegas that has worked for the Internal Revenue Service.

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