by jon warech | October 1, 2013 | People
FROM LEFT: ON ANDREW: Shawl-lapel tuxedo ($3,400) and bow tie ($250), Louis Vuitton. The Shops at Crystals, 702-262-6262. Gray shirt ($225) and formal brogue shoes ($680), Alfred Dunhill. The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-979-3936. Dual-time Cape Cod watch, Hermès ($7,500). Bellagio, 702-866-2629 ON RYAN: Navy velvet tux jacket, BOSS by Hugo Boss ($645). Saks Fifth Avenue, Fashion Show, 702-733-8300. Slim casual shirt ($730) and wool suit pants ($760), Louis Vuitton. SEE ABOVE. Corp Medallion NSS tie, Isaia ($225). Saks Fifth Avenue, SEE ABOVE. Cape Cod Quantième watch, Hermès ($5,350). SEE ABOVE. Formal toe cap lace-up shoes, Alfred Dunhill ($680). SEE ABOVE. ON ALEX: Cotton peak lapel Brera suit ($1,595) and skinny button-down shirt ($380), Gucci. The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-369-7333. Watch, Graff (price on request). Wynn Las Vegas, 702-770-3494. Derby shoes, Louis Vuitton ($1,130). SEE ABOVE
Day job: Dr. Andrew M. Cash, 42, a spinal surgeon and head of the Desert Institute for Spine Care, performed the Las Vegas Valley’s first oblique lumbar interbody fusion procedure—a new, less-invasive spinal surgery technique.
Passion project: He’s one of the leaders of Boys Nite Out, a November 14 event presented by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas that matches local businessmen with underprivileged kids for a night of fun and games.
Inspiration: Raised by his grandparents, Cash had to think outside the box to achieve his professional success, and he’s teaching kids to follow in his footsteps. “If I just sit here and do things the way I was trained the first day,” he says, “the science and technology don’t progress and my patients are really limited in what they’re going to be offered. If you get outside your comfort level just a little bit, then you grow as an individual and as a person.”
The Sports Hero
Claim to fame: Pro golfer Ryan Moore will defend his victory in last year’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open when he takes the course at TPC Summerlin this month.
Hitting (at) home: “I play so many tournaments where nobody’s there,” he says. But Moore, 30, can expect to see an army of UNLV Rebels from his alma mater, as well as friends and family, rooting for him on his home turf.
Giving back: His success is Shriners’ gain. The Birdies4Shriners program, created by Moore’s corporate sponsor, the Las Vegas–based Shift4, donates money to the hospitals for every birdie, eagle, and ace he makes and allows the public to do the same. “That’s a big part of being on the PGA tour,” he says. “It’s about giving back, and that was really a perfect relationship with them.”
The Nightlife King
Rocking revenue: When Alex Cordova joined Angel Management Group in 2008, it was his job to make MGM Grand’s Wet Republic a celeb magnet and DJ destination. By 2009 its gross revenue had more than doubled, from $5 million to $13 million.
Star power: These days, the AMG marketing vice president, 35, is the man behind Hakkasan Las Vegas, pulling in resident DJs like Tiësto and Calvin Harris and stars such as Jason Statham and Vanessa Hudgens.
Only in Vegas: “We haven’t flooded the market with the same product, which is a common mistake in the hospitality sector,” Cordova says. Hakkasan offers a unique experience—such as fine dining, hip-hop, or electronic dance music—on each of its five levels, a concept that has raised AMG to new heights. “Thinking outside the box is essential.”
Shirt, Robert Graham Designs ($268). Saks Fifth Avenue, Fashion Show, 702-733-8300. White-gold GraffStar watch, Graff (PRICE ON REQUEST). Wynn Las Vegas, 702-770-3494. Cigar, Casa Magna Domus Magnus Primus ($9). Paiute Smoke Shop, 1225 N. Main St., 702-366-1101. Glasses and trousers, Marko’s own
The Tech Genius
Packaging desire: After 16 years working in customer development and VIP guest relations for the 9 Group at venues like N9NE Steakhouse, Ghostbar, and Rain nightclub, Marko Greisen, 39, knew a thing or two about what people wanted from their Vegas experience. With the help of investors like former Facebook CPO Chris Kelly, he cofounded Galavantier.com, a Las Vegas travel site that, through his patented technology, bundles hotel rooms, shows, nightlife, tours, and activities all across town.
Not a big-box travel store: “We go on everything we sell,” Greisen says. “We experience everything.” This year, he also launched a Vegascentric YouTube travel channel (with more than a million views so far) and is unveiling a Galavantier program that will allow customers to examine the interiors of popular nightclubs and book their table online.
Behind-the-screen magic: “I actually work more now than when I was in the nightlife industry,” Greisen says. “But I’m not interacting with people face-to-face. I’m doing it virtually.”
FROM LEFT: ON REHAN: Ink-blue suit, Z. Zegna ($1,295). Saks Fifth Avenue, Fashion Show, 702-733-8300. Emery French-cut shirt ($195), tie ($95), and Blamon shoes ($395), BOSS by Hugo Boss. Saks Fifth Avenue, SEE ABOVE. Pocket square, Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Collection ($39). Saks Fifth Avenue, SEE ABOVE. Pavé Signet ring, David Yurman ($1,950). Saks Fifth Avenue, SEE ABOVE. ON DAVID: Suit ($1,995), white French-cuff shirt ($245), tie ($135), and Fleetwood Double Bal oxford shoes ($598), John Varvatos. The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-939-0922. Pochette pocket square, Giorgio Armani ($175). Bellagio, 702-893-8327. Maritime bracelet, David Yurman ($900). SEE ABOVE. Atlas watch, Tiffany & Co. ($5,000). The Shops at Crystals, 702-545-9090
The Rock Visionary
Dream to reality: Rehan Choudhry was just 14 years old when he attended his first music festival. Nearly 20 years later, he’s the mastermind behind the Life Is Beautiful Festival, which will bring acts like Kings of Leon, Beck, and Jurassic 5 to Downtown Las Vegas, October 26–27.
Pushing limits: Choudhry, 32, moved to Vegas in 2010 to be director of entertainment and special events at Cosmopolitan. But he “wanted to create something that has a lasting impact on the community,” he says, so he took a gamble on bringing rock ’n’ roll back to the desert.
Loving Las Vegas: Unlike the promoters of Vegoose—the city’s last attempt at a rock festival—Choudhry is embracing the community with local up-and-comers and homegrown stars like The Killers and Imagine Dragons. “When Vegoose disappeared, the industry wrote off Vegas as a festival market,” he says. After seeing the enormous response to Cosmopolitan’s entertainment program, though, “My gut told me that this was the place and this was the time to do it.”
The Liquor Prodigy
Star power: What could be more rewarding than George Clooney telling you it’s your time to shine? David Gimpelson, a 12-year veteran of the liquor business, met Clooney, Rande Gerber, and Mike Meldman in April 2012, when they were looking for a COO for their upstart tequila brand, Casamigos. They launched the following January, landing in all 50 states, thanks to the efforts of Gimpelson, 33.
On the road: Gimpelson not only went door to door around the country, but he used his hometown relationships to turn Casamigos into a top tequila served at hotels, casinos, and A-list events like the Power of Love Gala.
Channeling Clooney: Unlike in his previous liquor gigs, Gimpelson now takes a cooler approach to the sales pitch. “We are not the traditional liquor brand, where we go out with the ABCs of sales calls,” he says. “There aren’t corporate shareholders and people calling the shots from behind a desk. It’s more like a family business.”
Who are the Las Vegas men shaking things up in their fields—the idea guys who aren’t afraid to make bold moves, the wholly original thinkers constantly reminding us why this city is a hotbed of entertainment, philanthropy, and business? They are our Vegas Aces, and each year we scout for leading local men making a major impact. Our class of 2013 is no exception. Among them are charity-minded local heroes, an innovative cultural-community mobilizer, a sales and marketing whiz kid, and the man raising the bar for the nightlife industry.
photography by Frank Ishman; styling by olwen zarlengo