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Power Players: Las Vegas' Top Real Estate Movers & Shakers

By Vegas Magazine Staff | June 5, 2018 | Sponsored Post People Feature

Get to know Las Vegas' top power players featured in the latest issue of Vegas Magazine.



The Howard Hughes Corporation
11277 Marble Ridge Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89135

A 10-year real estate veteran, Gaensslen oversees sales of custom home sites in The Ridges at Summerlin®, long regarded as one of the city’s premier enclaves that counts Las Vegas influencers, captains of industry, entrepreneurs, athletes and celebrities as residents. The master-planned community (MPC) that set the standard in Southern Nevada for quality of life nearly 30 years ago, continues to do so today. In 2017, Summerlin ranked as the nation’s #4 best-selling MPC, a remarkable achievement of the community’s sustained success and enduring appeal. Gaensslen’s experience, savvy and elegance uniquely qualifies her to help the city’s elite find their dream place to call home. Today, Gaensslen is actively selling home sites from one-third to three-quarters of an acre, priced from the low $800,000s to $2 million-plus. A stand-alone, elevated lot so special it has its own name—Falcon Pointe—is The Ridges’ crown jewel and focal point of Gaensslen who relishes her role as real estate matchmaker for Las Vegas influencers.

“The Ridges isn’t just a place to live, it’s a way to live. I love coming here every day to make dreams come true.”



Luxury Estates International
7945 W. Sahara Avenue, Suite 202
Las Vegas, Nevada 89117
Social Media: @KamranZand

Kamran Zand is recognized as the premier choice in Las Vegas luxury real estate for one simple reason. He delivers results. The founder and broker of Luxury Estates International has mastered a new approach, disregarding traditional passive methods in favor of bold strategies based on style, global reach, interactive technology and carefully crafted marketing plans. From lavish estates to high-rise condos, Kamran understands how to sell luxury properties for top dollar in less time. Success didn’t come easy. Upon earning his real estate license in 2006, Kamran’s home faced foreclosure and he was eating ramen noodles for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Through hard work, determination and an appetite to succeed, Kamran broke through the boundaries of the luxury real estate establishment and shattered records on his own terms—selling homes his competitors couldn’t, including the most expensive residential sale of 2017.

“My goal has always been to create lifelong relationships and raving fans in everything I do.”



The Ogden
150 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89101

A partner at KRE Capital LLC, a private equity firm based in Beverly Hills, CA, Vaknin oversees the firms’ largest investment—a $450 million portfolio of Las Vegas condominiums comprised of 1300 units and purchased in 2013 with Dune Real Estate Partners. Under Vaknin’s strategic guidance, Spanish Palms sold out in less than two years, The Ogden is more than 75 percent sold; Juhl is actively at market; and One Las Vegas is a top-selling condo community. A turn-around specialist and gifted marketer with years of industry experience in Atlanta and throughout the country as both a top broker and brilliant strategist, Vaknin now makes Las Vegas his home where he has become a respected voice for development, the arts and Downtown. A member of the Board of Directors of the planned Art Museum at Symphony Park and with a belief that art is foundational to community, Vaknin is working tirelessly and passionately to establish a world-class art museum in the heart of the city.

“Las Vegas has stolen my heart. The city’s short but rich history, stunning natural surroundings and world-class amenities combine to create an irresistible draw.”



Synergy|Sotheby’s International Realty
10100 W. Charleston Blvd, Suite 160
Las Vegas, NV 89135

Kristen Routh-Silberman is a million-dollar listing agent specializing in luxury homes throughout the Greater Las Vegas area. Kristen is the Master Listing Agent for MacDonald Highlands, the premier luxury, guard-gated country club community in Henderson with over 900 luxury homes and customs lots, and as such heads the Sotheby’s Development Division for Nevada. Kristen has been a top 1 percent producing agent in the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors continuously since 2008, and consistently ranks in the Top 25 Women Realtors in Las Vegas as well the Top 10 Individual Agents for The State of Nevada. Kristen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of California at Santa Barbara, a graduate marketing certificate from the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford University and received her MBA from Santa Clara University, CA.

“Real estate can change an ordinary life into an extraordinary one simply by the way it makes you feel. If that weren’t enough, it remains a tried and true means of building an individual’s wealth.”



Simply Vegas

1780 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, Suite 100 Henderson, NV 89012

Christine specializes in the Luxury Real Estate market in Henderson and Las Vegas. She is knowledgeable in all areas pertaining to Golf Course Communities, Country Clubs throughout the valley, Guard Gated Communities and High Rise Living. Christine is a Native Las Vegan who has been a licensed broker since 1994. She merged her real estate brokerage company, which she owned and operated for 12 years, with Windermere Prestige Properties in 2008. In 2018, she moved to the Luxury Boutique Brokerage, Simply Vegas. Clients in the market to sell a luxury home benefit from Christine’s experience in marketing, guaranteeing your home will receive the maximum exposure, at the same time, safeguarding your privacy. When you are shopping for a home… Christine will help you find the property that best matches your family’s needs and lifestyle. With over 25 years in real estate, Christine is a Premier Agent setting the standard for real estate agents across the valley. She merges her leading-edge technology and marketing with her values of honesty, integrity and professionalism to serve her clients in the highest capacity.

Plus, she is committed to giving back to our community by volunteering and advocating on behalf of countless non-profits. Now, more than ever, Christine can help you reach your real estate goals by combining her expertise and experience with Simply Vegas’ leading record on making real estate simple to help YOU and your family fulfill all of your real estate needs.

“Living with passion in everything I do… Grateful every day for where I am in life… Blessed with family, friends, a fulfilling career, health, and happiness.”



Luxury Estates International – Las Vegas
7945 W. Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89117 702.494.8270

Meet Lee M. Riseman—one of Las Vegas’ top superstars in the world of luxury real estate. Changing careers from a market research background, Lee found her true passion in marketing her clients Real Estate asset. “It takes market knowledge, unparalleled communication and trust to be an expert agent. I am confident over $100+M in residential sales attest to my experience and success.”


• The 3rd Top Producing Realtor in LV-2015 Nevada Business Journal,

• Top ranking agent by volume - 2015 - Woman’s Council of Realtors,

• Outstanding High Rise Selling Agent 2014 - Mandarin Oriental,

• Accredited CNE, Certified Negotiation Expert – 2018,

• Member of the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors.

• Press Coverage: Wall Street Journal, Forbes, duPont Registry, Real Estate Magazine.

An active and connected community leader, Lee sits on the Board of the Nevada Ballet Theatre, The Animal Foundation committee, Three Square Volunteer, supports PBS and The Natural History Museum’s children’s summer programs. Lee’s philanthropic and community contacts, 22-year residency and 15 years in Real Estate bring confidence to her buyers and sellers that they have made the right choice in a Luxury Agent.

“There is no substitution for experience and reputation”



The Ivan Sher Group
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Nevada Properties | Luxury Collection
1215 S. Fort Apache Road, Suite 210
Las Vegas, NV 89117

Ivan Sher is the epitome of the luxury real estate professional. This award-winning and internationally recognized executive has represented the most iconic development projects in Las Vegas, including complete representation of real estate sales at ASCAYA, The Estates at Reflection Bay in Lake Las Vegas and other ultra-luxury communities. Last year, Ivan’s firm represented $305 million in luxury real estate sales, more than double any other firm in Southern Nevada. Ivan’s client list includes an impressive roster of A-Listers including entrepreneurs, entertainers, and professional athletes including players and executives with the Vegas Golden Knights. Ivan’s brokerage, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties, is also an official partner of the Vegas Golden Knights. Ivan has personally been involved in more than $5 billion in real estate transactions. He was involved with both the first and second-most expensive home sales in Las Vegas history, as well as the highest per-square-foot sale price. The Ivan Sher Group is ranked in the Wall Street Journal’s Top 100 Residential Real Estate teams nationwide, and is currently the No. 2-ranked team nationally within the prestigious Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand.

“It’s an exciting time in the Las Vegas luxury real estate market. Inventory is low, across the board, and new home sales records were set in 2017 on both sides of the Valley.”



Luxury Estates International
7945 W. Sahara Ave. Ste. 202
Las Vegas, NV. 89117

Ellie’s determination and never-quit attitude have earned him LEI’s 2017 Top Sales Producer Award and a place on the 2018 first-quarter GLVAR Top 100 Realtor’s list. His aggressive client-first practices make Ellie one of the fiercest negotiators in the high-end market. Time and again he proves his value by delivering top returns to his clients, while creating lasting relationships built on trust and mutual respect. Since 2004, Ellie has dedicated himself to professional improvement and knowledge. Countless hours spent researching, training, and preparing himself to provide the best customer service in the luxury real estate market is now paying off. Armed with an advanced level of market knowledge and the extensive resources needed to provide the finest in client representation, Ellie’s established record of excellence makes him the best choice for your luxury real estate needs.

“There are no secrets. This business is built on relationships, working hard and providing the very best client representation and market exposure.”



Schifano & Associates
10120 S Eastern Ave., Henderson NV 89052

Maria has over 40 years in real estate and is a licensed Broker, Business Broker and Property Manager. Maria has done all phases of commercial and residential real estate. Her experience encompasses real estate, development, construction and zoning. Schifano & Associates serves private individuals, corporate clients, emerging growth companies and leading owners/users that require the best in commercial and residential real estate expertise to maximize their return on investment, assets, equity and operations. Maria closed 2017 with $30 million in commercial and residential transactions. Most recently, in April 2018, she closed a $3.4 million residence in Mandarin Oriental as the sole Broker.

"We serve our clients with distinction, provide personal and professional growth for our people, and are a positive force in the communities we touch, while always embracing our values of passion, integrity, excellence and responsibility.

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