One big challenge is the lack of quality, skilled labor in Southern Nevada. With our fast-paced growth, a lot of employers are struggling to find qualified candidates to fill the many open positions that are required to manage and operate these large undertakings.
Q: How do you decompress after a hard week? A: Karaoke with friends! We love Ninja Karaoke, and all the fun new spots opening up on Main Street!
Tourism will decrease if a slowdown in the general economy moves forward over the next five years. This will affect expansion projects, new home construction and casino revenue — all of which have negative impacts on the economy of Las Vegas.
Q: What is the biggest challenge facing Las Vegas in the next five years? A: Ensuring that Las Vegas parents and children have the best possible education options.
Q: What is the biggest challenge facing Las Vegas in the next five years? A: Taking advantage of the current strong economy while also planning for economic downturns or a potential recession.
When the recession hit there were many qualified workers who left and have not returned. In the construction industry, and specifically my industry, as an underground utility contractor, we are faced with the challenge of locating and fostering talent that is a fit for the work we do. I am hopeful that with our current growth in Southern Nevada we will be able to attract a new wave of construction talent.
Education is one of our biggest challenges. Las Vegas is one of the largest public-school systems and one of the weakest. Change is required to strengthen our public education.
I have been thinking a lot about how we start building the seeds for the success at a younger age. While it will take more than five years, we need to start this process to our primary schools. I believe that we need to develop programs, habits and paths as early as possible for the next generation, so they are equipped to compete in the tomorrow’s economy.
Q: What is the biggest challenge facing Las Vegas in the next five years? A: Thousands of young people are preparing to enter the workforce or seek higher education in the next five years. Are we really doing enough to prepare them for that? We would do well to consider the consequences of their lack of preparation.
Q: What are you reading? A: About a year ago, I ran across Simon Sinek’s interview on “Millennials in the Workplace.” After that, I heard his 2009 TED Talk “Start with Why.” I’m now reading the book, which explores the foundation of passionate leadership and dissects the motivation behind organizations and executives that succeed and inspire loyalty when other similar situated leaders and companies fail.