LVGEA Welcomes Five New Board Members

New members include representatives from local municipalities, utilities, and businesses

LAS VEGAS– Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) welcomes five new members to serve on the LVGEA50 Board of Directors, a diverse group of public and private sector leaders and the largest business board of its kind in Nevada.

“2022 has been a year of transition for LVGEA, and we expect 2023 to be a year of transformation,” said Tina Quigley, President & CEO of LVGEA. “As LVGEA takes a more thoughtful and intentional approach to economic development, we will be leveraging the expertise of our LVGEA50 board to promote the Greater Vegas value proposition and attract good-fit companies to the region. We are excited to welcome these five local business and community leaders to the team and know their energy and enthusiasm will go a long way toward helping LVGEA achieve big goals in 2023.”

David Hirschfeld is Chief Investment Officer of Fiume Capital, a private investment firm focusing on media, entertainment, and sports. He is also a partner in CORE Advisory Partners, a Las Vegas based full-service capital markets brokerage and strategic financial services firm. Hirschfeld also founded Sahara Investment Group, a real estate lending company for Nevada based real estate investors.

“I am excited to join the LVGEA to help further economic development in our wonderful city,” said Hirschfeld. “There are tremendous opportunities in the Greater Vegas region and our job as LVGEA50 board members is to help promote the region’s assets and create a business-friendly environment that makes it attractive for companies to move here.”

Denette Suddeth is regional president and head of Commercial Banking for PNC Bank in Nevada. She is responsible for PNC’s overall market expansion driving a culture of teamwork, client advocacy, and community engagement. Suddeth joined PNC in November 2021, bringing 25 years of banking experience to the position, as well as deep ties across Nevada.

“As a longtime Las Vegan, I have seen the importance of LVGEA to the economy of Greater Vegas,” said Suddeth. “As a Main Street Bank, PNC is focused on serving the communities where we live, play, and work. I look forward to collaborating with the Board of Directors and the organization’s capable leadership team led by President & CEO Tina Quigley.”

Karen Haller is President and Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Gas Holdings, a publicly traded company with a market capitalization of over $4.7 billion. Southwest Gas Holdings is an energy infrastructure holding company that conducts high-quality operations in both regulated and unregulated businesses by providing clean and affordable natural gas services and building energy infrastructure.

“Southwest Gas is committed to helping strengthen our communities and fueling economic growth and diversity by providing reliable and safe access to affordable energy,” said Haller. “We are proud to pave the way for opportunity and energize our Las Vegas community with a balanced and sustainable future. I’m excited to join the LVGEA50 Board alongside fellow representatives that exemplify forward-thinking and are dedicated to working together to shape the economic future of our region.”

Ivan Ferraz is a senior vice president and head of commercial banking for Wells Fargo in Nevada. Based in Las Vegas, Ferraz leads a team of bankers in Reno and Las Vegas focused on middle market and large corporate companies, both privately held and publicly traded, across a wide variety of industries. He has 24 years of banking experience, including 18 years with Wells Fargo.

“At Wells Fargo, we roll up our sleeves as the ‘bank of doing’ in Las Vegas,” said Ferraz. “I am excited to work with the LVGEA leadership and members to make a difference welcoming more companies to Southern Nevada as we strengthen our economy for generations to come.”

Mayor Pamela Goynes-Brown was elected Mayor of the City of North Las Vegas in November 2022, becoming the first African American woman to serve as the city’s mayor. Mayor Goynes-Brown has been a North Las Vegas resident since 1964 and was elected to represent Ward 2 on the North Las Vegas City Council in 2011 and served twice as Mayor Pro-Tempore. She is a retired assistant principal in the Clark County School District, where she dedicated 35 years to education in Greater Vegas.

“From major new medical facilities and distribution centers, to Craig Road’s Restaurant Row, to the revitalization of our downtown core and the future development of the Job Creation Zone, the City of North Las Vegas is committed to continuing the economic diversity of our City and job creation for our residents,” said Goynes-Brown. “I know the vision that our Council and City has laid out for continuing to bring Fortune 500 companies, affordable housing developers and other major organizations to Southern Nevada is supported by the LVGEA and I’m happy to be able to contribute to this impressive board of business leaders.”

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