C-SUITE: Leonard Bergman, president and CEO of Bergman, Walls Associates

Q: What are you reading?

A: “500 Tables: Inspiring Interpretations of Function and Style,” which is a coffee-table book I enjoy looking through from time to time. Prior to working at Bergman, Walls & Associates, I crafted furniture. To this day, it’s still an endeavor I’m passionate about. As far as reading goes, I’m a big John Grisham fan and am working my way through his new book, “Camino Island.”

Q: What is your favorite restaurant?

A: Carbone. This is actually a venue BWA helped designed. My favorite design component is the chandelier that was salvaged from a 1960s Ferrari dealership and the centerpiece of the dining room, but it’s the linguini vongole that keeps me coming back!

Q: Where do you like to take clients for dinner or lunch?

A: Panevino. I guess you could say I’m passionate about Italian food.

Q: Where do you work out or play your favorite sport?

A: I either work out on the road, cycling, or on the snow, skiing. I like variety and have friends around the country. This year, I’ll ski in Alta, Park City, Vail and Mammoth.

Q: How do you decompress after a pressing week?

A: I lived in California before moving back to Vegas to help run BWA, so I like to escape to the California coast on weekend when I can. When I can’t get away, I usually ride my bike and work on projects on the house, keeping it pretty low-key.

Q: What’s the biggest challenge facing Las Vegas in the next five years?

A: With the NHL and NFL teams coming and the all new construction, one challenge will be ease of access to all the casinos and the Strip. It also will be a challenge keeping it fresh for the next generation, especially with how fast things, and this town, moves today.

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