Speakers & Panelists
President & COO
Vegas Golden Knights
“Community is a Contact Sport, Just Like Hockey”
Kerry Bubolz is beginning his third season with the Golden Knights after leading the organization to tremendously successful first two campaigns. The Golden Knights continued to exceed expectations in their second season, averaging 105.5% capacity at T-Mobile Arena while also achieving a top 5 ranking in the NHL in team allocated sponsorship revenue, ticket sales and merchandise sales.
Bubolz has also instilled a commitment to community outreach and service in the franchise through the organization’s various charitable initiatives. The Golden Knights Foundation serves as the primary charitable link between the team and the Las Vegas community focusing on five pillars including, fighting hunger and homelessness in Las Vegas, securing the future of Las Vegas military, first responders and their families, and fostering physical, social and emotional growth of Las Vegas youth. The Golden Knights Foundation has been supported by the 51/49 raffle, which has raised more than $2,500,000 during the team’s first two seasons. Bubolz’s commitment to community and growing the sport of hockey in Southern Nevada is evidenced by the team’s hockey development programs, including the “Golden Knights Hockey Academy” which reaches over 200,000 children in Clark County middle and elementary schools.
Prior to joining the Golden Knights, Bubolz spent 13 years with the National Basketball Association’s Cleveland Cavaliers. . In Bubolz’s time with the Cavaliers, the team won the Eastern Conference Championship three times and won the NBA championship in 2016. The Cavaliers were consistently recognized by the NBA during their annual Sales & Marketing awards ceremonies as a top performing team in all key business metrics.
The Tulsa, Oklahoma native also brings an abundance of National Hockey League experience to Las Vegas. He served as vice president of sales for the Carolina Hurricanes and the Dallas Stars prior to joining the Cavaliers. Bubolz graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelors’ Degree in marketing in 1989. He and his wife, Melissa, live in Summerlin and have two daughters, Madison and Emma.
Interim President & CEO
Nevada Public Radio
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
- Maya Angelou
Having concluded a 21 year career with Cirque du Soleil, Jerry recently stepped in as interim President and CEO of Nevada Public Radio to help them through a fiscal crisis and lead them into their 40th anniversary year in 2020. After completing his tenure at Nevada Public Radio, Jerry will be joining Experiences, LLC as co-founder and COO. Experiences, LLC will be developing Urban Tourist Experiences, telling the story of a city’s history, art, culture, innovation and modern life in a unique multi-media immersive environment. The city of Boston will be the inaugural site with a national and international rollout to follow.
Jerry has been a show business professional specializing in live performance; having worn many hats working over 30 years in the entertainment industry, having recently held the position of Senior Vice President, Business Development, Resident Shows Division for Cirque du Soleil. Joining Cirque du Soleil in 1998, Mr. Nadal has held several positions including Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Resident Shows Division; Company Manager for the show KÀ during its creation period; Tour Manager for the Asia-Pacific touring production of Alegría while simultaneously holding the position of Managing Director of the Asia-Pacific regional division based in Singapore as well as Company Manager for Alegría, during its run at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino on the Gulf Coast in Biloxi, Mississippi.
As Senior Vice resident of the Resident Shows Division Worldwide and under his leadership he oversaw all aspects of the nine live production shows in Las Vegas; Mystère, “O”, Zumanity, KÀ, The Beatles LOVE, Criss Angel Believe, Viva Elvis, Zarkana and Michael Jackson ONE as well as La Nouba at Downtown Disney in Orlando, Florida and IRIS at The Dolby theatre in Los Angeles. In New York he was responsible for Wintuk, Banana Shpeel and Zarkana at Radio City Music Hall and Paramour on Broadway as well as Paramour in Hamburg, Germany. Part of his overall operational responsibilities included managing a large sales and marketing team that oversaw annual revenues of $600+ million dollars.
A large part of Mr. Nadal’s responsibilities also included the management of Cirque du Soleil’s operating partners which included MGM Resorts International, Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, Disney, Apple Records, The Elvis Presley Estate; the Michael Jackson Estate; Madison Square Garden Entertainment, Stage Entertainment and CIM Real Estate. He was also responsible for the company’s initial advance into Asia opening shows in Tokyo, Japan at Downtown Disney and Macau, China at The Venetian Resort and Casino.
Before joining Cirque, Mr. Nadal gained considerable experience in show business and held a variety of positions with several companies managing operations for various Broadway shows. He started out in the business as a stage manager which took him across the United States and Caribbean with productions of A Chorus Line, Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!, Fiorello! and Masquerade at the Movies, he also toured as company manger with productions of Grease! and Little Shop of Horrors. Mr. Nadal’s first venture into the Las Vegas market was in the role of production manager for Starlight Express at the Las Vegas Hilton and he continued work as a production manager on national tours of Smokey Joe’s Cafe, 42nd Street and The Will Rogers Follies.
Mr. Nadal holds Associate in Arts and Bachelor of Science Degrees from St. John’s University in New York; an MBA in Global Management from the University of Phoenix and an honorary doctorate in performing arts from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. His not–for-profit and philanthropic work includes sitting on the board of directors for The Smith Center, Nevada Public Radio, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas, and One Drop USA; a foundation of Cirque du Soleil where Mr. Nadal is the Executive Producer of One Night for One Drop, an annual benefit performance in Las Vegas that includes performers from all of the Las Vegas productions as well as guest artists to highlight the worldwide water crisis. Mr. Nadal and his husband Gene Lubas are the proud fathers of 13 year old twin boys, Harrison and Wilson and make their home in Las Vegas.
"He who hesitates is lost."
Jordan Syatt is a short, bald, Harry Potter-nerd with an affinity for Deadlifting and also happens to be Gary Vaynerchuk's personal trainer. Jordan began Syatt Fitness, his online fitness coaching business, from his dorm at the University of Delaware in 2011 and has become one of the industry’s leading experts in strength training, nutrition, and behavioral psychology. One of the only people in the world to deadlift 4x his own body weight, Jordan's work has been featured all over the world including a variety of media publications such as CNN, The Huffington Post, Business Insider, Men's Health Magazine, Men’s Fitness Magazine, and Schwarzenegger.com
Seeing this foolishness within you, you can then accept it in others. This will allow you to smile at their antics, to tolerate their presence as you would a silly child, and to avoid the madness of trying to change them.
— Robert Greene, Mastery
Stormie Andrews is a licensed practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), creator of The World’s Best Buyer Persona, and founded Yokel Local Internet Marketing in 2010. Since then Yokel Local has gone on to become the largest Hubspot Agency Partner in the state of Nevada.
Stormie is a frequent Forbes contributor, recognized award-winning industry leader, and buyer persona expert.
He is a Hubspot Agency Partner, Hubspot Certified Trainer, Yelp Agency Partner, and Member of the Year award winner from the American Marketing Association.
As an award-winning author, he is currently working on his next book which will help organizations discover how to create “The World’s Best Buyer Persona” for themselves.
He is a Member of the National Speakers Association and his presentation on buyer personas was the highest-rated breakout session at Influence 2019, the national conference for the National Speaker Association.
Prior to the formation of Yokel Local, he served in the roles of VP of Business Development and training for a Mortgage Bank, Director of Sales and Marketing for a Homebuilder and was a recognized leader in the consumer electronics industry. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife of 28 years. Has two sons and one granddaughter.
Video Strategist and Producer,
"You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen."
- Paulo Coelho
Dan started life as a print journalist in London, England, writing copy for national newspapers including The Sunday Times and The Independent.
He moved to the USA in 2004 and began writing TV commercials for a media company based in Screen Gems Studios in North Carolina. Dan eventually started his own award winning media company and has since created over 700 television and web commercials.
He has worked with clients including British Airways, Marvel Studios, Ted Baker, Aramark, H&M, Ogilvy, FOX, NBC and MGM. Dan has produced videos at New York Fashion Week and is contracted annually to produce videos at the Daytona 500 NASCAR event.
Innovation in communication has been the driving force behind Dan's passions. He built an experiential marketing company using original London taxis that grew to become the largest of its kind in North America. Learn more about Dan at Videotailors.com and BritishTaxi.com.
Director of Physical Therapy
UFC Performance Institute
“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”
Heather Linden serves as the Director of Physical Therapy for the UFC Performance Institute. Prior to joining the UFC, Heather worked at the United States Olympic Committee and was the director of an outpatient orthopedic clinic.
Heather’s previous title at the USOC was Senior High Performance Health Care Service Provider. She worked at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center as part of the USOC’s multi-disciplinary sports medicine team. Heather was on staff for Team USA for the 2012 London Olympic Games, 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, 2015 Parapan Am Games, 2016 Youth Winter Olympic Games, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Heather is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and is a Credentialed Clinical Instructor. Her certifications include Pilates, Kinesio-Tape, Mobilization with Movement, Graston, Dry Needling, Functional Movement Screen, Myofascial Decompression, Myofascial Manipulation, Functional Range Conditioning, Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, Postural Restoration, Active Release, Blood Flow Restriction and Selective Functional Movement Assessment. Heather has diverse experience in areas from pediatrics, geriatrics, amputees to vestibular disturbances; her career specialty is orthopedic manual sports physical therapy.
Linden received her Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Tech and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University. She was an honors graduate and a collegiate varsity athlete.
"Curiosity in chaos keeps us aligned with our values."
- Kimberly Malloy
Kimberly Malloy is a licensed marriage & family therapist with the state of Nevada currently in private practice. She serves as the CIO (Chief Inspirational Officer) for the Center for Relational Health- LV. The mission of CRH-LV is to promote personal and professional wellness. Kimberly serves a blend of individual, corporate and non-profit clients. The therapy, workshops, corporate training, retreats and consultations of CRH-LV are geared toward improving relationships at home, work and in the community through embracing and teaching emotional health. Kimberly is also an Executive Coach for BOAR, a CEO Mastermind group.
She loves being able to help others clarify their vision, see their value and grow personally and professionally. She is a Daring Way™ Facilitator which is based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. Kimberly has consulted within a variety of arenas including military, legal, medical, churches and non-profits.
Kimberly graduated from the Leadership Las Vegas program in 2000 and served as Curriculum Chair for both the adult and youth program. Kimberly was a 2017 inductee into the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Leadership Hall of Fame. She was previously co-host of a women’s talk show, A View From Above.
Kimberly and Monty have been married 38 years, have three daughters, 2 sons-in-love and 4 grandchildren.
Associate VP for Development, UNLV Foundation, University Nevada, Las Vegas
"You can't hang out with chickens and expect to soar like an eagle"
- Joel Osteen
Kim Nyoni is the Associate Vice President for Development with the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). He is a seasoned fundraising executive with over 13 years of experience in higher education fundraising. Kim has been with UNLV since 2017 and oversees fundraising teams that work to secure philanthropic gifts in support of UNLV’s strategic priorities in academics and athletics. Additionally, Kim is responsible for working closely with academic leaders to develop and execute fundraising initiatives.
Kim started his career at the University of California Berkeley and worked in fundraising roles of increased responsibilities at Washington University, Utah State University, University of Arizona, and the University of Missouri. Kim joined UNLV from the University of Missouri, where he served in various leadership roles in university advancement.
Kim is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with a Master of Arts in Advertising and a Bachelor of Journalism in Broadcasting. He also attended the Institute of Education Management (IEM) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He enjoys serving the Las Vegas community as a proud member of The Rotary Club of Las Vegas. Kim is an avid Nebraska Cornhusker and Las Vegas Raiders fan.
Co-Founder & CEO
e3 Group Consulting
“If you're not uncomfortable, you're not growing”
Vaughn has been a speaker and corporate trainer for more than 12 years. He is a dynamic, energetic speaker bringing an exciting combination of humor and passion to his speaking engagements.
He also has over 10 years’ experience in performing improvisational theater in Las Vegas and Los Angeles and uses this unique skill set to engage his audience in a way rarely seen.
Vaughn is the co-founder and CEO of e3 Group Consulting, an organization focused on maximizing employee productivity and innovation by building a powerful workplace culture.
Most recently he developed and delivered a culture initiative for Verizon that spanned over 5500 employees across 15 states in the US.
Some of Vaughn’s clients include the NBA’s Phoenix Suns Sales and Marketing team and the American Lung Association.
BENJAMIN H. S. SCOTT, JR.G
Owner and CEO
Ben Scott LLC
God Has Saved Perfection For God, We Can Achieve Excellence; So, Go Be Excellent Now.
- Benjamin H. S. Scott, Jr.
I am a Transition Expert ~ I will help you transition from where you are to the next level, however “YOU” define that next level.
Benjamin H. S. Scott, Jr. served more than 32 years in the United States Army. He is a John Maxwell Executive Director, certified Coach, Trainer, and Speaker, a certified Army Medical Department Arbinger Facilitator, a trained Lean Leader, Certified Scrum Master, completed Lean Six Sigma Black Belt training, and a member of The American College of Healthcare Executives. He is the CEO of Ben Scott LLC, a company dedicated to inspiring others through meaningful connections with a tight circle of diverse and influential people to achieve success. Ben Scott LLC teaches, coaches, and trains people and organizations to excel through helping individual and groups achieve and succeed.
He obtained his Series 7 license also known as the General Securities Representative Exam from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA); a Bachelor’s Degree (Cum Laude) in Business from Saint Leo University. He serves as the President of a non-profit, Raising Up the Low Country. He served as an intern/fellow with the Senate Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on personnel.
Award-winning Speaker, Business Performance Expert, Author and Entrepreneur
“Believe in the value of yourself and your
decisions and it’s a game changer.”
- Galit Ventura-Rozen
Galit Ventura-Rozen is the author of The Successful Woman’s Mindset, an Executive Business Coach and an Entrepreneur since the age of 21. Galit owns and operates Commercial Professionals for over 25 years. She has sold over 300 million of commercial property in Las Vegas. Galit has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from UNLV and in 2016 she graduated with Honors from Northcentral University receiving her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She also owns and operates Empowering U, has spoken internationally, been hired by companies to provide corporate training, works with existing entrepreneurs and businesses to increase productivity. She also has created The Speakers Method that shows entrepreneurs how to use their area of expertise to promote their business and/or become professional paid speakers.
Galit most recently received the TMG Entertainment 25th Silver State Award for Best of the Best Local Motivational Speaker/Coach, National Association of Women Business Owners – Woman of Distinction Award for Professional Services, was named Infinity Business Magazine’s Top 5 Female Professionals You Should Know
JACQUELINE N. WALTON
Attorney & Member
“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.”
Jacqueline N. Walton is a Member of Reisman Sorokac. Known to most as Jacque Walton, she has been in practice over a decade, focused on commercial real estate and business transactional matters. Her comprehensive commercial real estate practice includes real estate acquisition and sales, land use/zoning entitlements and monitoring, leases and due diligence and development guidance. Jacque’s business practice includes corporate structuring, contract drafting and negotiating for a wide-range of business matters, asset purchases and sales, general outside counsel services and business and privilege licensing.
Jacque has been selected to the Mountain States Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list for five years running, and has been named a “Legal Elite” by Nevada Business Press. She is a 2016 graduate of Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce’s highly-selective “Leadership Las Vegas” program. She currently is a member of the Regional Board and Associate Board of the Anti-Defamation League in Nevada.
Jacque Walton received her undergraduate degree from the University of San Diego and her J.D. from the University of Idaho.
Founder & CEO
"Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality."
- Warren Bennis
Shawn Willis, The Strategy and Collaboration Legend, is Founder & CEO of 5AM Global. With over 30 years of success in marketing and business development, her broad areas of expertise include B2B and B2C marketing strategies, campaign development, revenue generation, International team building, strategic branding, operations management, market research, and strategic partnership development. Shawn has proven exemplary in creating, producing, and leading regional, national and global conference, leadership development, and fundraising events.
Leveraging the extensive hands-on experience of launching and building a scalable company from the ground up, she is a valuable asset for companies seeking advisory on process improvements, efficiency assessments, media strategy, and leadership development. Throughout her executive career, Shawn has held leadership positions at organizations including Aliyah Media, Jewish National Fund, Market-Wise365 and IKON. Since 1993, she has been responsible for creating and executing strategies to maximize profitability for close to 100 U.S. and a dozen International companies from 7 different countries, including William Morris Agency, Cellular One, Presta and Lexus. In addition, she has helped established non-profit organizations surpass their average annual funding records by 600% record growth during a single campaign year.
Shawn holds a Bachelor of Business Marketing Degree from the University of Detroit Mercy. She has held paid Board positions with IKON and Urban Outfitters; Volunteer Board positions with Congregation Ner Tamid (CNT). She has led initiatives for research and solutions for Autism, homeless children, world water crisis issues, and sustainability. Currently, Shawn is an UNLV Presidents Associates Committee (PAC) Member, a Council Member of Women for Global Change, and proud supporter of ASPCA. Additionally, she was previously a Mentor for the IAC Eitanim program, and in 2017 was honored with inclusion in the UNLV Library as part of the Southern Nevada Jewish Heritage Project.
Young Law Group
“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear”
– George Addair
Shane grew up in Las Vegas, met her high school sweetheart at a track meet in 1995, and graduated Valedictorian from Green Valley High School in 1997. In April 2000, 5 months pregnant with identical twins, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pepperdine University. Shane started law school on her twins’ 1st birthday, earning her law degree in 2004 and starting her legal career in 2005. While practicing at the “big firm,” Shane and her husband had 3 more daughters. In 2015, Shane became the General Counsel for a financial services company, gaining valuable experience that prepared her for opening her law firm in 2017.
Shane is passionate about educating, counseling, and providing exceptional value and service to clients. Her practice is focused on Legal Planning (business and family/estate planning). Other services include general counsel, business strategy/coaching, personal injury, sports & entertainment, DUI, and traffic tickets.
As a mother of 5, Shane is dedicated to empowering others to make well-informed decisions for themselves, their loved ones and children, and their businesses – keeping them out of court and conflict, providing true peace of mind (not a false sense of security common in the traditional legal experience), and achieving goals in the most effective and efficient way.
Global Trust Group
“Be true to your Integrity and you will find unstoppable strength to Defend against the unethical and to Create victory, peace, health and wealth in your life's journey.”
Robert Mills Sigler – U.S. Senate Scholar – 1985
Appointment by Senator Howell Heflin & Governor Wallace
Robert is Founder of Global Trust Group (GTG), a private professional association of Founders and extreme Domain Experts focused on creating global community economic, social and environmental impact. Driving this mission, Mr. Sigler has founded and co-founded an array of strategic and financial enterprises including Global Trust Ventures, GTG AIB Alternative Investment Board, Global Key Advisors (FINRA licensed Investment Advisor), Global Community Capital, ABCS Masterminds (Artificial Intelligence-Blockchain-Crypto-Security) with 30 years of experience in accounting, finance, investment banking, mergers, acquisitions, capital markets, private equity & venture strategy and management.
Robert co-owns and has co-founded numerous businesses in regulated and diverse industries, is CEO of the GTG AIB’s series of investment partnerships (Global AIF I-IV and GTGF I-IV) and related and industry funds and is a co-founding investor & advisor to successful companies including SURKUS, Alfred Intelligence, TrendyButler, Dubset, RivetingEntertainment/RivNow, Sports1Marketing, Whereto, Neuroptics, RaiseTheMoney. He is a CalSEED innovation program advisor & program judge supporting diverse energy entrepreneurs and investment in early-stage concepts ushering in a new era of sustainability. GTG Cleantech lead investments include Tesloop, GetEcoqube, Fueltrax.
Robert has published in corporate governance with Dr. Stobaugh of the Harvard Business School and has an MBA from Harvard with joint coursework at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Kennedy School of Government and a BS from the Univ. of Alabama’s Culverhouse School of Accountancy, graduating with top honors in both business and arts & sciences with a combined 4.0 overall GPA. He served as a senior analyst at SC Bernstein, investment banker for Credit Suisse First Boston's NYC M&A Group and in the international tax group of Price Waterhouse - Atlanta, and as one of 6 national post-graduate research fellows of the US Financial and Governmental Accounting Standards Board.
Robert loves working with children and youth sports, kenpo karate (Parker-Speakman) & jiujitsu (Drysdale - Zenith Team) martial arts and enjoys rock climbing, adventure travel, photography and is a Kenpo Black 3rd degree Belt & 5.0 Fighter world cup MMA champion and PADI certified Master & Rescue Diver.
Founder & Chief Brand Strategist
"You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have."
– Maya Angelou
Shari Hoffman has been igniting brands with the power of promo since 2004. Using merchandise to tell stories, Shari is passionate about breathing life into your brand while showcasing your value and visibility. After years of curating for companies such as Coca Cola, NASCAR, Intel, Salesforce, IBM, MGM Resorts International, Lettuce Entertain You, UNLV Hockey, Ludian and many more, Shari created Neon Collective, a boutique branding agency, specializing in unique and memorable promotional products. Shari combines brand recognition with creative taglines and trending products to breathe fire into your branding.
Lea Lana's Bananas
“Whatever you decide to do in life, make sure it makes you happy.“
- Paulo Coelho
Lea Lana Gutierrez is the Founder and Owner of Lea Lana’s Bananas, a Las Vegas-based gourmet gift delivery business that specializes in Ghirardelli Dipped Frozen Banana Pops and Spreading Happiness. Born and raised in Southern California, Lea Lana has notable diverse skills, a multi-talented nature, and passion for people, which have helped her thrive in different roles and industries; such as: Childcare, Real Estate, Homeware and Timeshare Sales. Her strong work ethic, goal-achieving ability, self-motivation, and extensive expertise have provided her the ultimate foundation to create, operate and grow Lea Lana’s Bananas.
Lea Lana, also referred to as Banana Queen, developed a concept of using healthy fruit, rich chocolate, and scrumptious toppings, delivered with contagious smiles into a rapidly growing business model. Lea Lana and the Banana Squad currently deliver over 300-dozen Banana Pops and Smiles per month and are excited as that number increases in 2020. Lea Lana’s Bananas offers online gift orders that are hand delivered with a hand written card, Banana Cart experiences for any type of event, and the brand new Banana Shop filled with fun adventures and bunches of happiness. Since 2018, Lea Lana has earned recognition in Las Vegas, namely as one of the “Top 40 Under 40,” and was awarded the Customer Service Excellence award.
Spreading happiness is Lea Lana’s company mission and overall life priority. This principle is implemented in the five most important areas of her life; health, family, friends, business, and community involvement. In fact, her favorite charity is Project Happiness, a non-profit organization that is “dedicated to empowering people with the resources to create greater happiness within themselves and the world.” Lea Lana is mostly impressed with their mission to help students understand the importance of happiness. She is an active member of multiple organizations, including NACE, Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, ILEA, LV Wedding Chamber, and The Convention Services Association of Las Vegas. Lea Lana strives to continue to flourish in her business endeavors by combining joy, passion, professionalism and logic to achieve the perfect balance.