Third Annual Intriguing People

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For all our talk of numbers—budget cuts and growth figures; unemployment rates and housing starts; the dollars attached to hopeful new projects and those squandered on old ones that failed—the city’s future (and the trajectory of those pesky numbers) depends on the grit and audacity of its people. The following pages will introduce you to Southern Nevadans who will, in ways both great and small, shape our community in the year ahead. You’ll meet a piano prodigy redefining what it means to be a Vegas entertainer, a transportation visionary at war with gridlock and a real estate investor who emerged from bankruptcy to build a small empire. You’ll meet educators and athletes, political movers and nightclub shakers. Like all of us, they will bring new color to a recession-faded Vegas. They are brushstrokes in a portrait of our city.

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Livio Lauro


Man With a Master Plan


Ricardo Laguna


The Balancing Act


Kate Aldrich and Tim Shaffer


The Taste-Makers


Nick Sherry


The Cannon


Bryan McCormick


The Sign Keeper


Otto Ehling


The Prodigy


Susie Lee


The Education Investor


Julie Kamiyama


Queen Electric


LaVey Ortiz-Kindred


The Makeup Artist


Chris Ramirez


Big-Picture Guy


Karen Nava


The Future of Las Vegas Hospitality


Pushkin Kachroo


The Transportation Professor


Jesika Towbin-Mansour


The Dealer's Daughter


Connie Yeh


The Wall Street Dropout


Simon Hammerstein


The Modern Vaudevillian


Andres Ramirez


The Instrument of Change


Sheridan Su


The Magical Chef


Shannon McMackin


The Art Instigator


Meghan Boyd


The Style Magnet


Mark Stark


The Bounce-Back Artist


Marilyn Kirkpatrick


Bipartisanship’s Best Hope


Adam Mizzi


The Prophet of Small


Justin Hutson


Rebel Builder


Sonny Ahuja


The Serial Entrepreneur


Allison Serafin


The Education Player


Cee Lo Green


The Relevant Resident

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Master Mixologist. It’s a go-to honorarium that has been mightily abused by liquor brands and publicists, as well as, ahem, members of the media wishing to give a beverage professional an instant pedigree. The problem, maintains Southern Wine & Spirits district manager Livio Lauro, is that there is no such thing. Not officially. And yet, they’re apparently everywhere!

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