Meet Our Winners and Finalists for the 2019 Annual Awards Dinner

Honorees will be celebrated for furthering economic development

Join us for LVGEA’s biggest event of the year, which will reflect on recent accomplishments and celebrate our core values: innovation, leadership, partnerships, jobs and the brand-new Chairman’s Award. Taking place September 26 at ARIA Resort & Casino, the 2019 Annual Awards Dinner will recognize some of the companies and individuals helping to further community and economic development in Southern Nevada. Tickets are on sale now, so make sure to buy yours here.


Leadership Award

Nominated and selected by our Board of Directors, the Leadership Award honors a business or community leader whose vision, influence and inclusiveness have positively impacted the economy of Southern Nevada. We are proud to announce Jeremy Aguero is this year’s honoree for the Leadership Award.

Applied Analysis Principal Analyst Jeremy Aguero has been with the firm since its inception in 1997. A graduate of UNLV, his areas of expertise include economic analysis, operational model development and fiscal impact analysis. Aguero’s project history has demonstrated major influence in the landscape of Southern Nevada. Most recently, alongside the Nevada Legislature, he drafted a new school funding formula to modernize Nevada’s education funding system. Additionally, under Aguero’s direction, Applied Analysis operated as the lead research firm in support of Southern Nevada’s Tourism Infrastructure Committee (SNTIC), which ultimately led to the expansion of the Convention Center and creation of Allegiant Stadium.


Innovation Award Nominees

This year, we are recognizing the following companies for their breakthrough achievements in furthering community and economic development in Southern Nevada. The winner will be announced at the Annual Awards Dinner.


Vegas Golden Knights

Vegas Golden Knights became the first NHL franchise in Las Vegas, as well as the first NHL expansion team since 2000. Their historic first season broke records, pushed the boundaries of innovation and spurred tourism. They deserve high praise for innovations in sports marketing, partnership development, community integration and live event entertainment. With the team’s incredible success, Vegas has gained a new sense of pride, and the National Hockey League has a new standard for innovation.


Three Square

Southern Nevada’s exclusive food bank provides assistance to more than a quarter-million food-insecure residents in Lincoln, Nye, Esmerelda and Clark Counties. Three Square’s programs include such impressive services as the country’s largest after-school feeding program and its food rescue partnership on The Strip. Through innovation, economies of scale, and broad community support, Three Square is providing wholesome food to hungry people while passionately pursuing a hunger-free community.


Nevada State College

The public state college, based in Henderson, is the only four-year, comprehensive public institution in Nevada, serving nearly 5,000 students. As an integral member of the Nevada System of Higher Education, it serves as a critical need between the two-year colleges and the research institutions with our commitment to personalized education. In the 2019 legislative session, NSC successfully advocated for two new buildings, Education Academic Building and Health and Sciences Building, to help address critical statewide shortages in teachers and medical professionals.


Jobs Award

This award is presented to one outstanding company for their contribution of jobs to Southern Nevada’s economy. Aptiv, global technology leader providing automated driving solutions, is the winner this year. Last year, LVGEA assisted Aptiv as it planned to relocate to Southern Nevada, bringing 150 jobs in the next five years and positioning Las Vegas at the cutting edge of automated vehicles (AV). The company is at the forefront of solving mobility’s toughest challenges, built on decades of experience in automotive performance and has a strong foundation in delivering safe technologies. Las Vegas is home to Aptiv’s largest self-driving fleet, a portion of which is available through an ongoing partnership with Lyft. The autonomous vehicles support more than 1,600 destinations across Clark County, including the Las Vegas Convention Center and City Hall. In December 2018, Aptiv opened its Las Vegas Technical Center. The investment was a milestone in the company’s continued expansion of its revenue-generation automotive vehicle activities.


Partnership Award

Each year, we award one of our amazing partners with this honor. This year, we will present the award to Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, which is focused on helping Nevada businesses succeed and create jobs. The Metro Chamber provides a variety of resources, including a full-time government affairs team at the local, state, and federal levels dedicated to fighting for businesses every day, educational opportunities and expertise to help business owners make smarter decisions. This September, Metro Chamber is hosting a joint event with LVGEA: the Federal Forum. The organizations will host a dinner gala to highlight diverse industries and audiences in Nevada, as well as advocate to Congressional members. Additionally, the organizations are collaborating on the Workforce Blueprint 2.0. Resulting from the success of the first Workforce Blueprint, this initiative will highlight recent economic trends, existing employer needs, expected target industry growth, and aspirational community goals.


Chairman’s Award

We are excited to present an all-new award for the event this year: the Chairman’s Award. Named in honor of LVGEA Board Chairman Derrick Hill, the award will honor North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee this year for his vision, influence and accomplishments in positively impacting the economy of North Las Vegas and greater Southern Nevada.

Since taking office in April 2013, Mayor John Lee has transformed the City of North Las Vegas into an economic powerhouse and fulfilled his pledge to diversify Southern Nevada’s economy. In four years, Mayor Lee has recruited multiple Fortune 500 companies and high-tech startups to North Las Vegas, including Amazon, Fanatics, The Honest Company, Hyperloop One and Bed, Bath and Beyond. Under his leadership, thousands of jobs have been created, 14 million square feet of commercial and industrial space is in development, and more than $1 billion has been invested in North Las Vegas. Mayor Lee and his team have expanded and enhanced the city’s libraries and parks and recreation facilities; hired more than 100 public safety personnel; and supported the development of hospitals and charter schools in the city.


Exhibitor Showcase

The Showcase will precede the dinner, taking place at ARIA Resort & Casino’s Ironwood Ballroom on September 26, 2019. We will have two exciting exhibitors present: Haas Automation, Inc. and muralist Aniko Doman.

Haas Automation, Inc. will have engines revving with its debut at the Annual Awards Dinner Showcase. Guests can get up close to the No. 41 Haas Automation Ford Mustang, which is driven by Daniel Suarez in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, from 5 – 6 p.m.

Known for her eclectic interest, refined taste, mastery of composition & colors and her commitment to customer satisfaction, muralist Aniko Doman has the creativity, skills and training to create designs and artworks using a wide range of styles, techniques, scale and utilization. An original mural will be painted live by Doman during the Showcase.



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