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Dwight Jones



Dwight Jones came to Las Vegas in October 2010 with a four-year contract, an annual salary of $270,000 and $100,000-plus in benefits to be Clark County School District superintendent. Hired after a costly months-long, secretive recruiting process, he brought the Colorado Growth Model to measure student achievement by annual improvement, but teachers and administrators found this system imposed on them without preparation. He imported high-priced consultants, including some old friends. Then he resigned in March because of his mother’s ill health. She lives in Dallas. He moved back to Colorado, without having made much of a dent—except, apparently, in further reducing school district morale, with the district still among the nation’s lowest-rated.

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Jason Strauss


Jason Strauss

The tastemaker and nightlife impresario is a partner of Tao Group, a leading restaurant and nightlife company that develops, owns and operates numerous high-profile food and beverage facilities nationwide, including Tao, Lavo and Marquee. Along with his partners, Strauss was named Hospitality Operator of the Year by Nightclub & Bar in 2006, and their work with Marquee has been profiled as a case study by Harvard Business School.