Talking With Clint Holmes – August 25, 2016

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This week, Ira spoke with Clint Holmes. To listen to the interview click below.

Clint Holmes brings his unique persona and talent to The Palazzo Las Vegas with “Clint Holmes: Between The Lines.”

The quintessential Las Vegas talent, Holmes has also spent decades performing around the globe, as Joan Rivers sidekick and announcer on “The Late Show,” as the musical feature and event correspondent for “Entertainment Tonight,” and as the host of his own Emmy award-winning talk/variety show.

He was named “Best Male Celebrity Vocalist” in the New York Cabaret Awards and voted “Best Singer” by the readers of Las Vegas Review-Journal. As the son of an African-American jazz musician father and a British mother, who was a classically trained opera singer, Holmes was born with music in his blood.


Talking With Rossi Ralenkotter – August 18, 2016

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This week, Ira spoke with Rossi Ralenkotter. To listen to the interview click below.

As President/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), Rossi Ralenkotter is responsible for marketing and branding Las Vegas and Southern Nevada as the world’s most desirable destination for leisure and business travel. Under Ralenkotter’s leadership, the LVCVA launched the most successful branding campaign in tourism history, which is best known for its oft-repeated tagline, “What happens here, stays here.™” It was selected the No. 1 campaign by the voting public and was inducted into the Madison Avenue Advertising Walk of Fame in 2011.

The LVCVA also owns and operates the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center. Ralenkotter launched the Las Vegas Convention Center District, a transformational project that will further establish Las Vegas as a leading business destination in the world by reinventing and expanding the Las Vegas Convention Center and the surrounding area. Las Vegas remains the world’s trade show capital, hosting 54 of the largest 250 trade shows.

Ralenkotter began his career at the LVCVA in 1973 (43 years ago) as a research analyst. Prior to becoming President/CEO in 2004, he was the Authority’s Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President of Marketing. Before joining the LVCVA, Ralenkotter worked for a local telephone company and served in the United States Air Force. He has been a resident of Southern Nevada for more than 60 years.

Ralenkotter is a technical advisory committee member of NV Governor Brian Sandoval’s Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee. He is a member of the board of directors for Brand USA and a past Chair of the Board of Directors and current board member for the U.S. Travel Association. Ralenkotter recently completed his term as Chair of the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board for the U.S. Department of Commerce and remains on the Board. He is also a member of the American Society of Travel Agents, Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), the American Society of Association Executives and the Hotel Sales Marketing Association.

Ralenkotter earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Arizona State University in 1969 and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in 1971. He was honored with UNLV’s Distinguished Nevadan Award in 2009 and UNLV Alumni of the Year in 2008. He served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force with the 468th Medical Service Flight.

Ralenkotter is a member of the Las Vegas Ad Club, which inducted him into the Las Vegas Advertising Hall of Fame for lifetime marketing achievements. He also received Lifetime Achievement honors from the American Marketing Association and the Travel and Tourism Research Association, and was most recently inducted into the UNLV Lee Business School’s Nevada Business Hall of Fame.


Talking With Rob McCoy – August 11, 2016

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This week, Ira spoke with Rob McCoy. To listen to the interview click below.

Rob McCoy is president & CEO of the Neon Museum, a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs.

McCoy began his career as a television news reporter and anchor. He joined the corporate world in 1983 and has provided his expertise to several companies in the areas of public, media and government relations as well as crisis communications and marketing. McCoy took his position at the Neon Museum following an 18-year career at CenturyLink where he was associate vice president of government affairs and community development.

As a native Las Vegan, issues concerning quality of life and sustainability drive McCoy’s community commitments, both professionally and personally. In addition to chairing the Neon Museum’s Board of Trustees for two years and serving as a board member for seven years prior, he most recently served on the boards of The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada, Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Nevada Taxpayers Association.

McCoy has both a Bachelor and Master of Science Degree in Communications from LaSalle University and is also a graduate of the Martin School of Radio & Television Arts and Sciences. Additionally, he retains professional certifications from Harvard, MIT and Cornell. He is also a graduate of Leadership Las Vegas.


Talking With Tommy Savitt – August 4, 2016

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This week, Ira spoke with Tommy Savitt. To listen to the interview click below.

Tommy Savitt, otherwise known as Tommy Lama, Ordained Comedian / Life Coach To The Stars, is the newest resident comedian at The Laugh Factory, performing Monday through Sunday through September 4.

Savitt was born in Livingston, New Jersey to William and Irene Savitt , Romanian immigrant parents. Tommy graduated Canarsie High School in Brooklyn and then went on to graduate Brooklyn College earning a Bachelor’s in psychology. From there Tommy went on to Brooklyn Law School. Prior to completing law school, Tommy enlisted in Marine Corp boot camp in Parris Island, South Carolina in order to become a Judge Advocate General. The administrators wanted to consolidate Tommy’s split-summer program and so Tommy left the training because he did not want to interrupt his law school studies.

Upon leaving Parris Island, Savitt’s drill instructor advised him not to be a lawyer but, rather a comedian. That was Tommy’s impetus to begin to pursue his dream of becoming a stand-up comedian during his second year of law school. However in order fulfill his mother’s dreams of having a son who was a lawyer he received his Juris Doctor in 1997, and is licensed to practice law in New York and Connecticut. Tommy found took down his license from the wall, and left to pursue his passion, stand-up comedy. He still retains he law license.

Savitt is a 15 year comedy veteran who began in his hometown of New York City, where he also starred in productions of Shakespeare. After developing his “Hey Tommy” character, he was featured on Bob & Tom and Blue Collar Radio and performed around the world for the troops.

He has since developed a new stage persona, the Tommy Lama, which has proven a hit at comedy clubs and festivals internationally and landed him a residency at the Laugh Factory in Las Vegas. Along the way he’s won the prestigious Seattle Comedy Competition. Best Comedian at the Boston Comedy Festival, Ventura Comedy Festival, and the LA Comedy Awards.