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Intriguing People 2014

  • Intriguing People 2014

    King of Hearts: Simon Keith

    By Erin Timrawi

    He is the world’s first athlete to have undergone a heart transplant and subsequently play professionally.

  • Intriguing People 2014

    The Man From Tomorrow: Michael Tchong

    By Geoff Carter

    The San Francisco expatriate is one of America’s most gifted futurists.

  • Intriguing People 2014

    The Fast-Track Executive: Renee West


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    She was the first female president of a major resort on the Las Vegas Strip. Previously, she was president of Primm Valley Casino Resorts, then Excalibur, then Mandalay Bay and THEHotel.

  • Intriguing People 2014

    The Wheel Deal: Eric Eberhart

    By Matt Jacob

    He’s the man in charge of the day-to-day operations of the world’s tallest observation wheel and the marquee attraction at Caesars Entertainment’s Linq development, which begins accepting its first passengers in the spring.

  • Intriguing People 2014

    Lead Dog: Jerome Williams

    By Sean DeFrank

    The 6-foot-9 “Junkyard Dog,” an NBA first-round draft pick in 1996 after playing at Georgetown University, was a nine-year pro.

  • Intriguing People 2014

    Life of the Party: Linda Cavazos

    By Sean DeFrank

    She was elected as Nevada delegate for the Democratic National Convention in 2012 as well as Nevada State Democratic Party second vice chairwoman in March.

  • Intriguing People 2014

    The New Penny: Pennapa “Penny” Chutima

    By Grace Bascos

    Chutima might tell you she’s the dishwasher at one of Las Vegas’ most famous restaurants, but in reality the 25-year-old is running the front of the house on weekends while studying at Mount San Antonio College near Los Angeles during the week.

  • Intriguing People 2014

    The Dino-Nerd: Josh Bonde

    By Heidi Kyser

    Bonde has been behind Southern Nevada's recent headline-making fossil discoveries, including Nevada's only Ice Age dire wolf and the oldest land animal ever found here.

  • Intriguing People 2014

    The Nightlife Shepherd: Mio Danilovic

    By Jason Scavone

    After relocating to the United States from Stockholm, Danilovic joined the ranks of SBE, where he worked through the company’s club offerings in Los Angeles to become the guy in charge of all nightlife, including the already-established Hyde Bellagio, the upcoming Double Barrel Roadhouse at the MGM Park project and the clubs at the SLS Hotel, which opens this fall.

  • Intriguing People 2014

    The Freestyle Performer: Wassa Coulibaly

    By Cindi Reed

    She was part of the original cast of Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity and performed in the show for 10 years. In October, she left the show to pursue a new dream.

  • Intriguing People 2014

    The Classic Example: Nectaly Mendoza

    By Xania V. Woodman

    Opening its doors amid the recession on December 15, 2009, Herbs & Rye would not have survived its first three years without the perseverance and passion of Mendoza and his staff.

  • Intriguing People 2014

    The Eye on the Street: Ras One

    By Geoff Carter

    Ras has curated what amounts to the city’s biggest art gallery by rounding up street artists to create some two-dozen murals in the streets and alleys of 18b.

  • Intriguing People 2014

    Action Figure: Michael Roberson

    By Heidi Kyser

    The hardline conservatism that highlighted Roberson’s first term in the 2011 legislative session gave way, in 2013, to apparent moderation.

  • Intriguing People 2014

    Boy Wonder: Dylan Kwasniewski

    By Sean DeFrank

    In 2012, at age 17, he became the youngest driver ever to win the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship.

  • Intriguing People 2014

    Art Director: Denise R. Duarte

    By Erin Timrawi

    As an artist whose initial focus on sculpting and ceramics has expanded into multimedia, Duarte has created eight public art projects throughout Nevada—including “Flourish,” the swirled sidewalk designs found along the city’s Cultural Corridor Urban Trail—and recently earned her MFA in community arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

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