The Nevada Builders Alliance hired Jaron Hildebrand as its executive director. Hildebrand has more than a decade of experience representing, leading and advocating for a Nevada professional organizations.

Carla Pellegrino, a former contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef, has joined Limoncello Fresh Italian Kitchen, 8245 W. Sahara Ave., as partner and chef. Husband and wife restaurateurs Giuseppe and Jenny Bavarese opened the restaurant in 2019. Pellegrino brings her award-winning talent and expertise to Limoncello’s menu of traditional southern and northern Italian cuisine with modern flair.

Nevada Secretary of State Cisco Aguilar announced the appointment of several staff positions. Among them: Gabriel Di Chiara, chief deputy; Maggie Salas Crespo, deputy for Southern Nevada; Erin Houston, deputy for securities; Debbie Bowman, deputy for operations; Mark Wlaschin, deputy for elections; Paul Diflo, Nevada business portal administrator; Cecilia Heston, public information officer; Maria Tello-Magana, executive assistant.

US. Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nevada, was sworn in as chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

The Public Relations Society of America’s Las Vegas Valley chapter elected its board of directors for 2023, the 75th anniversary of PRSA nationally. They are: Clark Dumont, APR, fellow PRSA, president; Dawn Merritt, APR, president-elect; Greg Chase, XMP, past president; Leslie Mujica, MPA, vice president of membership; Matthew Seltzer, APR, vice president of programs; Carlee Gettman, vice president of communications; Keval Patel, CPA, vice president of finance. Other leaders include Rina Foster, APR, a past president who leads the chapter’s engagement with college and university students; and Gretchen Papez, APR, who leads the professional accreditation.

Department of Business and Industry director Terry Reynolds announced the appointment of Nick Stosic as interim insurance commissioner at the Nevada Division of Insurance. The appointment was made following the resignation of Barbara Richardson, who had served in the role since March 2016. A recruitment to fill the vacancy on a permanent basis will be conducted. Stosic most recently served as deputy commissioner with the division, providing oversight of the product compliance, market regulation and captives sections, while also acting as the liaison with Nevada’s insurance agents and brokers.

NAIOP Southern Nevada, an organization representing commercial real estate developers, owners and related professionals in office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate, announced its elected officers and directors for 2023, led by president Reed Gottesman, senior vice president and Las Vegas regional manager for Schnitzer Properties. The board of directors includes: president-elect and treasurer Cassie Catania-Hsu, CBRE; secretary Julie Cleaver, the Howard Hughes Corporation; immediate past president Hayim Mizrachi, MDL Group; and directors Lisa Brady, Prologis; Shani Coleman, Clark County Economic Development; Phillip Dunning, Panattoni Development Company; Matt Hoyt, LaPour; Marianna Hunnicutt, Kimley-Horn; Venessa McEvoy, Cushman & Wakefield; Steve Neiger, Colliers International; Michael Newman, Compass Development; John Restrepo, RCG Economics; David Strickland, Thomas & Mack Co.; Dan Tuntland, DJT Real Estate; and Katrina Bruce, NAIOP Southern Nevada chapter executive.

North Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Kalani Hoo has been named chief judge of North Las Vegas Justice Court. His two-year term began January 3, 2023 and will be his second term as chief. Hoo has been the North Las Vegas Justice Court Department 1 Justice of the Peace since December 2012. Prior to his election, Hoo was a partner at the law firm of Eichhorn & Hoo, practicing criminal and civil law in both state and federal court.

Gov. Joe Lombardo announced his selection of Kirk Hendrick as chair of the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Hendrick began his career in 1991 in private practice before transitioning to work for Nevada Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa. Hendrick worked in the Attorney General’s gaming division. He also worked as chief deputy for the statewide gaming division and served as the legal counsel for the Nevada Athletic Commission.

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