ON THE MOVE: Mesquite Gaming names advertising director


• Mesquite Gaming announced the hire of Michael Klimek as director of advertising. He brings over 10 years of industry experience to CasaBlanca and Virgin River – Mesquite Gaming’s properties located in Mesquite.

“We are very excited to be able to bring Michael Klimek in with his extensive experience in gaming and hospitality marketing,” said Justin Moore, CEO, Mesquite Gaming. “He’ll play an essential role in our communications moving forward.”

Klimek is responsible for building brand awareness, creating and executing strategies to increase gaming and non-gaming revenue, and providing the promise of superior guest experiences through multi-channel communications.

He started his career with Mohegan Pennsylvania in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, where he was a multimedia designer. He then joined Travelopia in Tampa, Florida, where he was a graphic designer, senior graphic designer, and, ultimately, the creative services manager, overseeing both domestic and international markets. Most recently, he was the director of advertising and retail marketing for Rivers Casino in Philadelphia.


• The Public Education Foundation’s (PEF) board of directors announced that Peter Guzman, president and CEO of the Latin Chamber of Commerce, has succeeded Jan Jones Blackhurst as the foundation’s board of directors chairperson. Jones Blackhurst becomes the organization’s immediate past chair. Tony Sanchez, executive vice president of business development and external relations at NV Energy, becomes the vice chair.

Last year, Guzman co-chaired the inaugural Hispanic and Latino Legacy Dinner (HLLD) with Vice Chair Sanchez, raising scholarship funds for four Hispanic/Latino students. Each recipient was awarded a $20,000 scholarship to fuel their educational and career aspirations. The HLLD initiative is part of PEF’s Scholarships Plus program, which will award more than $6.3 million in scholarships in 2024.

As an accomplished real estate investor, developer and broker, Guzman achieved more than $700 million in sales as the founding principal of The Opa Group for over two decades. His achievements stand as a testament to his unparalleled dedication and expertise in his field. Beyond business, Guzman’s leadership as the president of the Latin Chamber of Commerce (LCC) has led to the empowerment of the Hispanic community, providing immeasurable services for Hispanic and Latino people across the Las Vegas Valley. Guzman’s philanthropic efforts span across the Las Vegas community, including supporting victims of tragedy through the Oct. 1 LV Victims Fund, as well as advocating for environmental conservation through The Nature Conservancy. Guzman holds positions across many organizations, including the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Economic Advisory Council, The Mob Museum, Nevada State University, the Nevada Governor’s appointed Judicial Selection Committee and Workforce Connections, emphasizing his commitment to a brighter future for all.

After 32 years as a dedicated member of the PEF board of directors, Jones Blackhurst plans to remain involved with PEF. During her tenure as chairwoman, the organization expanded its programming and revitalized its commitment to uniting the community in support of Clark County School District students, families and educators. Under her leadership, the Scholarships Plus program grew from awarding less than $1 million a year to more than $6.3 million a year. PEF also embarked on a new partnership with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) to fast-track school paraprofessionals to obtain their teaching licenses and help reduce Clark County’s teacher shortage. This partnership also includes the sale of PEF’s building on Maryland Parkway to UNLV, which additionally resulted in the opening of the PEF Teacher Superstore’s new location, which has provided millions of dollars in free and low-cost school supplies to teachers and their students.

The Public Education Foundation (PEF) unites the community to inspire support of our public schools. In partnership with the Clark County School District (CCSD), PEF helps guide effective investments in education to meet the critical needs of students, families and educators.


• PrairieFire Nevada, an outdoor and shooting destination, announces its executive team boasting 200 years of combined experience within the industry. Led by a distinguished team of former military leaders and accomplished competitive marksmen, PrairieFire fully embraces the spirit of heroism in all its facets. Utilizing their extensive experience in tackling the nation’s most formidable security challenges, PrairieFire’s leadership and trainers are now dedicated to nurturing personal growth for individuals, regardless of their skill level or objectives. Through their unwavering commitment, PrairieFire aims to cultivate a supportive environment where individuals can confidently embark on their journey toward self-improvement.

Scott Miller, Ret. U.S. Army General, executive chairman

Gen. Miller is a distinguished leader with over 38 years of military service. His extensive combat experience and strategic vision have left an indelible mark on some of the world’s most complex geopolitical landscapes. From Commander of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) to being the final commander of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission and United States Forces—Afghanistan, Miller’s leadership underscores PrairieFire’s commitment to excellence and innovation. Through his unparalleled leadership, Miller ensures PrairieFire remains at the forefront of strategic planning and operational execution.

— Mark O’Neil, Ret. U.S. Army Major General, chief executive officer

With 33 years of dedicated service in the U.S. Army, O’Neil, a retired Major General, brings unparalleled expertise in combat leadership and strategic planning. His distinguished career is marked by numerous accolades and a steadfast commitment to duty. O’Neil’s contributions to talent assessment and leadership development initiatives enhance PrairieFire’s mission focus and operational excellence. His legacy of service extends to his family, reflecting a tradition of commitment and excellence.

Lanny Barnes, OLY, chief experience officer

Barnes, a three-time Olympian in Biathlon and accomplished artist, brings over two decades of instructional experience to her role at PrairieFire. With a focus on optimizing performance for military, law enforcement and competitive shooters, she demonstrates a versatile training approach that spans various disciplines. Alongside her twin sister, Barnes devotes her time to mentorship programs, highlighting the significance of pursuing aspirations and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Barnes serves as a valuable asset to PrairieFire, not only for her extensive experience and expertise in enhancing performance across diverse fields but also for her commitment to mentorship, community service, and empowering others.

Levi Rogers, senior vice president

Rogers is a seasoned executive with a proven track record in operations management. His strategic acumen and operational finesse are driving forces behind the creation of cutting-edge adventure experiences. With a keen focus on enriching participants’ lives and fostering community engagement, Levi’s leadership shapes PrairieFire’s evolution as a premier destination for transformative experiences.

Hans Hansen, Ret. U.S. Navy Master Chief (SEAL), chief training officer

Hansen, retired U.S. Navy Master Chief (SEAL), boasts a commendable 21-year career. Hansen’s transition into a second career, focusing on leadership and professional development, underscores his commitment to excellence. His expertise in curriculum design and organizational change management enhances training programs and consults on various strategic initiatives. Beyond his professional endeavors, Hansen shares his passion for marksmanship and outdoor pursuits, enriching the lives of novice and seasoned shooters alike.

Sonny Leggett, Ret. U.S. Army Colonel, chief communications officer

Leggett, retired colonel from the U.S. Army, brings a wealth of expertise to PrairieFire. With over two decades of providing strategic communications advice to senior military and civilian leaders, including five years on the National Security Council and 10 years at Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), Leggett’s visionary leadership and profound understanding of communication dynamics drive meaningful connections with stakeholders and elevate PrairieFire’s brand presence in the marketplace.

Chad Brown, chief marketing officer

Brown, a seasoned marketing executive with more than 20 years of experience, contributes invaluable expertise to PrairieFire. His comprehensive oversight and strategic insights amplify brand recognition, increase visitation and significantly enhance the company’s impact in the marketplace. With his extensive experience and strategic acumen, Brown proves to be an indispensable asset to PrairieFire, elevating its visibility, driving foot traffic and solidifying its position within the market.

Christian Storck-Petersen, vice president of facilities and construction

Storck-Petersen, vice president of facilities and construction, brings 30-plus years of expertise in construction management and oversight. His leadership has driven success in projects ranging from $3 million to $4.3 billion, spanning hotels, casinos, hospitals and manufacturing plants. With 80 percent of his career in hospitality, he deeply understands its nuances. Previously from Hyde Park, New York, he holds licenses in contracting, plumbing, and HVAC, showing his versatility. Before his career in construction, he served as a NYC police officer, reflecting his commitment to the community.

Jennifer Williams, vice president of engagement

Williams leverages her extensive background in journalism, television production and digital media. Renowned for her exceptional news judgment and innovative content strategies, she has significantly influenced various media platforms. Williams played a pivotal role in shaping Facebook’s news products during critical junctures such as the COVID-19 crisis, the George Floyd protests and the 2020 presidential election, driving substantial growth and delivering high-quality content to millions worldwide. Prior to her role at Facebook, Williams excelled as an executive producer at Fox News Channel, overseeing successful daily live news programs. Her commitment to excellence extends to community engagement through volunteering with Canine Companions and active involvement in her Seneca community.

Kasia Kwiatkowska, vice president of memberships

Kwiatkowska, brings a wealth of experience and academic prowess to her role in community development and club management. Throughout her career, she has played a pivotal role in establishing vibrant member-based communities across the United States, driving enrollment, retention and community engagement initiatives at invited clubs. With a master’s degree in diplomacy and international affairs from the University of Warsaw and the London School of Diplomacy, she transitioned to the United States in 2005 and proudly acquired American citizenship in 2017. Her dedication to excellence and strategic leadership continues to shape thriving member communities nationwide.

Adam Black, director of business development

Black serves as the director of business development at PrairieFire Nevada, where he leverages his robust background in accounting, finance and investment banking. A graduate of the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and finance, Black began his career in accounting before moving into investment banking. He is now focused on connecting leading firearms manufacturers with their target demographic, utilizing his expertise and strategic insights to drive growth and foster strong industry relationships.

Drawing from over 200 years of esteemed special operations and world-class competitive shooting, PrairieFire harnesses the potential of teamwork, embraces camaraderie and elevates leadership. Nestled within a majestic 550-acre campus are special-operations inspired challenges, setting the company apart as a premier destination for shooting enthusiasts worldwide.

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