Las Vegas, NV
Founder Bailey Kennedy Attorneys at Law
Chairman – Agassi Prep Board Member
Las Vegas, NV
Founder Bailey Kennedy Attorneys at Law
Chairman – Agassi Prep Board Member
Marsha Garces Williams spent many years navigating the wilds of Hollywood film production at the helm of her company Blue Wolf Productions. She produced Mrs. Doubtfire, Patch Adams, Jakob the Liar, and Robin Williams Live on Broadway 2002. She has mostly retired from those endeavors, although she has a small production company with her daughter Zelda.
Through The Windfall Foundation, she and her then husband focused their family philanthropic efforts on children’s health and education, the environment, and the arts, globally and locally in California. Currently, she sits on two boards, Seacology and the Andre Agassi Foundation. Seacology is an environmental group whose sole purpose is preserving the biodiversity of islands throughout the world. The Andre Agassi Foundation is dedicated to transforming US public education for underserved youth. She also sat on the Board of Advisors for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) for many years.
As part of her ongoing education and philanthropy, she currently spends a good portion of her time in some of the more remote parts of the world, learning about other peoples and their cultures. She considers her three adult children her most successful and rewarding lifelong adventure.
Jack Williams, President and CEO of Eos Airlines, has more than 30 years of management experience with some of the world’s largest and most distinguished travel companies, including Royal Caribbean Cruises and American Airlines.
In addition to his business acumen, Williams has earned a reputation for broad and significant charitable commitments. A majority of his work has been for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, where he is a recipient of the Breath of Life Award, the highest honor given by the organization. Williams earned his B.A. degree from San Diego State University. He resides in the New York area, where two of his three adult children currently live.
Billy Vassiliadis is CEO of R&R Partners, Nevada’s largest advertising and public relations agency. Ranked as one of the fastest growing independent agencies in the U.S. by Adweek magazine.
Under the guidance of Vassiliadis, R&R Partners has redefined the practice of travel and tourism marketing. R&R created and developed the “What happens here, stays here” campaign for Las Vegas and received the coveted Brandweek “Grand Marketer of the Year” award.
R&R Partners has also provided the Andre Agassi Foundation with substantial pro bono public relations and marketing services for many years.
He has guided a number of successful political campaigns, including two terms for former Gov. Bob Miller (D-NV) and the first senate race for former U.S. Sen. Richard Bryan (D-NV).
Terdema L. Ussery II is in his 10th year as President and CEO of the Dallas Mavericks. He previously served as president of Nike Sports Management and commissioner of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA), among other positions. He was recently ranked 21st in Sports Illustrated’s “Top 101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports,” and was named the “2003 Corporate Executive of the Year” by Black Enterprise Magazine.
Ussery earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton in 1981, then earned a master’s degree from Harvard in 1984. In 1987, Ussery earned a law degree from the UC Berkeley. He sits on many Boards, and has taught as an adjunct professor at several graduate institutions.
Kurt Stache is responsible for leading American’s sales team and for developing the company’s sales policies worldwide.
Stache, who has been with American since 1995, began his career as an analyst in revenue management. Later, he became a Managing Director responsible for the pricing and yield management activities in all of American’s international markets. Prior to his current role, Stache was President of the American Airlines AAdvantage Program.
A German and Spanish speaker in addition to English, Stache lived and worked in Central America and Europe prior to joining American Airlines. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Santa Clara University in California and holds an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School.
Craig R. Smith is the former Chair of the Film and Electronic Arts Department at California State University, Long Beach, where he now serves as Professor of Communication Studies and Director of the Center for First Amendment Studies. Smith has served in a variety of academic and non-academic positions, and is the author of many books and scholarly articles on a number of topics.
Smith has received numerous awards and honors in his career, including the Nicholas Perkins Hardeman Award for Academic Leadership; an Outstanding Professor Award from the National Speaker’s Association; and the Robert O’Neil Award for the top paper on freedom of expression from the Commission on Freedom of Expression of the National Communication Association.
Lindy Schumacher is Chief Executive Officer of Fulfillment Fund Las Vegas, a nonprofit organization dedicated to having a long-term, meaningful impact on college attendance and graduation rates for students growing up in economically and educationally under-resourced communities in greater Las Vegas.
Through in-depth and individualized support, the Fulfillment Fund helps students growing up in under-resourced communities defy the odds and achieve the dream of a college education. Originally founded in Los Angeles in 1977, the Fulfillment Fund has a 35-year track record of helping young people overcome obstacles to graduate high school, go to college, and reach their full potential. Whereas nationally, only 54% of high school graduates in low-income communities go on to college, 94% of Fulfillment Fund high school graduates in Los Angeles planned to go on to college in 2012.
Prior to taking the helm of Fulfillment Fund Las Vegas, Schumacher was Director of Nevada Giving for the Dream Fund at UCLA (previously the Lincy Foundation), an organization that has steeped itself in the community with a goal to create sustainable change by supporting efforts focused on education, health and social services initiatives.
Schumacher brings a wealth of knowledge through her background in finance and accounting, specifically through her role as a senior auditor for Arthur Andersen and as CFO for The Las Vegas Monorail Company. A graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Schumacher earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1997.
An education activist, Schumacher has served on the advisory board of the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education since 2009 as well as serving on United Way Board with a special emphasis on early education. Schumacher lives in Las Vegas with her husband and three young children who proudly attend the Clark County School District.
Richard T. Santulli is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer emeritus of NetJets Inc., the world’s first and most experienced operator of business aircraft. In 1986, Santulli developed the successful NetJets program, the innovative concept of fractional aircraft ownership that has revolutionized the private and corporate business jet marketplace in North America, Europe and the Middle East. Richard Santulli serves as Chairman of the Fallen Heroes Fund, the Breeders Cup and the New York Racing Association, Co-Chair of the Intrepid Museum Fund and Steward of the Jockey Club.
From 1969 to 1979, Santulli was an investment banker with Goldman Sachs & Co., where he held various managerial positions. He earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in applied mathematics from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute.
Gun is the Vice President and CEO of S. Martinelli & Company. He was formerly the Regional Director for the West/Southwest region of Canyon Agassi and the President of Agassi Graf Holdings which provides business management services for Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf. In that role, he was responsible for direct investments, real estate development and financial management for the overall business including oversight of the Andre Agassi College Prep Academy as the Andre Agassi Foundation Finance Committee Chair. Prior to AGH, Gun worked for MBNA as a senior member of its internal strategy group developing financial products for consumers and small businesses. Before joining MBNA, Gun was a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company in the financial services and private equity industries in New York City and worked in Tokyo, Japan for Nippon Steel managing large infrastructure development projects globally. Gun holds an MBA from Stanford University, and is a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University.
Maureen Schafer has spent the last 20 years developing deep experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She is currently the Chief Corporate Development Officer for LifeNexus, Inc., a health care technology firm specializing in mobile personal health information. Prior to joining LifeNexus in 2012, Ms. Schafer led the Cleveland Clinic Nevada in the institution’s expansion to the western U.S. market after the 2009 acquisition of the Las Vegas-based non-profit organization she operated as CEO, Keep Memory Alive. Ms. Schafer previously founded and sold Peckman Outdoor Media, a private outdoor advertising company based in the Las Vegas market. She has also served in senior leadership positions on U.S. House campaigns and as a senior aide to a state senator. Ms. Schafer also served in senior management roles in the commercial, retail and entertainment real estate sector for prominent developers located in the Vancouver, B.C. and Dallas, Texas market. She began her career with the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in Washington D.C.
She received an MBA and B.S. from the George Washington University.
She also currently serves on the Boards of Directors for the Nevada Community Foundation, (Chair) Agassi Preparatory School Board, Volunteers in Medicine, Stanford Center for Longevity, Conservation International Chairman’s Council (Chair) and the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System.
Steve Miller is the Chief Executive Officer of Agassi Graf Holdings. He is responsible for the leadership and operation of three for-profit entities (Agassi Graf Holdings, Agassi Ventures LLC, and Stefanie Graf Ventures LLC) plus one non-profit foundation (Andre Agassi Foundation for Education). Miller oversees the staff and manages the financial portfolios of all four properties. He is responsible for the coordination of business ventures, strategies, and personnel evaluations, as well as managing and representing the Agassi Graf Lifestyle brand.
As CEO of the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education, Miller is responsible for the leadership and operation of the Foundation enterprise, and managing the financial portfolio.
He is a visionary, a passionate and progressive leader with the broad institutional experience and the intellect necessary to motivate and lead a diverse team of professionals. He participates personally and sets the example for dynamic, aggressive fundraising, managing foundation assets and effectively partnering with the board of directors.
Miller brings a wealth of experience to these positions. Most recently, he was the CEO of Power Plate International, and the Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. He has served as a senior analyst and adjunct professor at the University of Oregon’s Warsaw Sports Marketing Center. Acting as a key industry specialist, he worked with the Warsaw Center on a variety of initiatives, including industry outreach and research.
From 2000-2005, Miller was President & CEO of the Professional Bowlers Association in Seattle. In his five years at the PBA, he was responsible for revamping the organization, bringing membership to an all-time high, negotiating two exclusive television deals with ESPN, and increasing sponsorship from
2 sponsors in 2000 to 17 for the 2004-05 PBA Tour season.
Miller is also well known in the world of sports marketing, having served as Director of Global Sports Marketing during his 10 years at Nike. While at Nike, Miller served in numerous positions, including Director of Athletics, Director of U.S. Sports Marketing, Director of Sports Marketing for the Asia Pacific Region and Director of NCAA Sports Marketing. He also oversaw Nike’s $100 million investment in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
Miller has been named NCAA ‘Coach of the Year’ five times and is a member of four Halls of Fame.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of USA Track & Field, and the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation. Miller is a highly sought-after lecturer on topics ranging from motivation to executive leadership. He has a B.S. in English literature and physical education from Bradley University, and an M.S. in physical education and biomechanical analysis from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Larry McIntosh is a Strategic Advisor for ID Analytics, a premiere information services company with headquarters in San Diego, CA. He also leads Best Brands Consulting Inc.—a San Diego-based consulting company focused on growing companies and successful brands. McIntosh most recently served as ID Analytics’ Chief Executive Officer and Chief Marketing Officer, responsible for leading the company’s acquisition and growth. He’s also held senior executive roles with companies and brands including Pepsi-Cola International, Frito-Lay, McAfee (now Intel Security), HNC Software (now FICO), Coors, and Ford Motor Company.
Mastrov is the founder of 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide, Inc., which he grew to the world’s largest fitness company, serving more than 3.5 million members in the U.S. and Asia. Since founding 24 Hour Fitness in 1983 with a single facility in San Leandro, California, Mastrov built a fitness empire of over 420 clubs located in 16 U.S. states and 5 Asian countries: Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore, with revenues in excess of $1.5 billion.
In addition to 24 Hour Fitness, Mastrov has built some of the world’s best known International fitness brands, whose combined operations exceed 500 locations worldwide. He is the founder of Planet Fitness Russia, Energy Fitness Chile, Mrs. Sporty Germany, California Wow Thailand, as well as many other health and fitness businesses throughout the world.
In June 2005, Mastrov sold 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide for $1.68 billion – the largest sum in industry history – remaining chairman with a substantial stake in the company. Mastrov left the Company in January of 2008 to pursue new interests for people of all fitness levels and abilities worldwide.
Mark recently founded the New Evolution Fitness Company (NEFC), based in Northern California. NEFC is a private equity firm focused on the Health and Fitness industry, providing capital and operating partnerships, management oversight, and expertise to emerging brands around the world. These brands currently include YogaWorks, USA, Crunch, UFC Gyms and Steve Nash Sports Clubs. He continues to seek new and interesting opportunities in the fitness industry as an investor and operator.
Dave Markowitz is considered to be among the best trial lawyers in the Northwest. Over the last three decades, he has tried countless high-stakes commercial cases to victories in state and federal courts and arbitration proceedings. Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Markowitz has earned national recognition for his litigation skills and is a frequent lecturer on litigation-related topics, including his nationally recognized training series on depositions.
Markowitz frequently acts as a mediator and arbitrator to resolve commercial disputes, and he served as a pro tem judge for nine years. He also is an expert on attorney fees, providing courtroom testimony in legal fee award disputes.
Emeril Lagasse is the chef-proprietor of nine restaurants and is a renowned television personality and author. Trained in the art of classic French cuisine, Lagasse pioneered the “New New Orleans” style of cooking that earned him worldwide acclaim. He hosts “The Essence of Emeril” and “Emeril Live” on the Food Network. Lagasse is also the food correspondent for “Good Morning America” and the author of several bestselling cookbooks.
Lagasse earned a degree from Johnson and Wales University, and later received an honorary doctorate degree from the university. In September 2002, Lagasse established the Emeril Lagasse Foundation to support and encourage programs creating developmental and educational opportunities for children.
The career of international singer, songwriter and performer Sir Elton John has spanned more than three decades. He is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 35 gold and 25 platinum albums, 29 consecutive Top 40 hits, and more than 200 million records sold worldwide.
A prominent humanitarian, John created the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which has raised more than $100 million to date – making it one of the largest public non-profit organizations of its kind. In 2004, John received the Kennedy Center Honor for his contributions to American culture and excellence through the performing arts. He was knighted by England’s Queen Elizabeth in 1998.
A 30-year veteran of the gaming industry, Bill Hornbuckle serves as Chief Marketing Officer for MGM MIRAGE. In this role, he provides corporate oversight for all marketing functions throughout the company, in addition to oversight for the MGM Grand Macau property. His responsibilities focus entirely on positioning the MGM MIRAGE portfolio of properties, driving profitability, strengthening loyalty programs, synergizing efforts and leveraging our company’s incredible assets. Bill also serves as President and Chief Operating Officer for MAC Corp., an MGM MIRAGE Atlantic City Development subsidiary.
From 2005 until August of 2009, Bill served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. He had previously served as President and COO of MGM MIRAGE-Europe, where he worked on the development of the company’s gaming operations in the United Kingdom. He also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.
Prior to MGM Grand, Bill served as President and Chief Operating Officer for Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. He spent the majority of his career with Mirage Resorts in various senior management positions, including President and Chief Operating Officer of the Golden Nugget Laughlin, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Treasure Island, and Vice President of Hotel Operations for The Mirage, opening the hotel in 1989.
Bill is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Andre Agassi Foundation and is a member of the Board of Trustees for Three Square. Previously, Bill has served on the boards for the United Way of Southern Nevada, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Foundation. From 1999 to 2003, he also served on the board of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
He is a devoted husband to wife, Wendy, and a proud and loving father to daughters, Lindsey and Sara, and stepson, Kristopher.
Brent Handler is the founder and CEO of Inspirato, the Denver-based company that is redefining luxury travel by combining the best features of high-end vacation clubs and vacation rental programs, but without any of the drawbacks. With an eye on disrupting the $24 billion vacation rental market, Handler’s company is offering a flexible solution for the luxury segment that provides consistency, service and amenities, at a never-before-seen value. Throughout his career, Handler has been recognized for his success building businesses that capitalize on nascent consumer trends and transform established industries. He is the pioneer of the destination club industry, having co-founded Exclusive Resorts, the world’s largest and most successful destination club, in 2002. Brent served as the company’s president for almost eight years, during which time he drove innovation that set the standard for the burgeoning industry. He led Exclusive Resorts from a simple idea to a formidable player in the real estate and hospitality sectors, with $1 billion in owned property and more than 100,000 member vacations delivered. He brings that same creativity, passionate leadership and a keen eye for market dynamics to Inspirato. Brent holds a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Larry Grossman is the founder and CEO of The Grossman Group, LLC, which provides Washington, D.C.-based business development and government relations representation to a narrowly focused group of business interests.
From 1992 to 2003, Grossman served as a senior vice president at Cassidy & Associates, Inc., Washington, D.C.’s largest government relations firm. He was cited by Roll Call, Capitol Hill’s daily newspaper, as “the backbone of the firm’s appropriations practice.”
Grossman received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bard College and a Master’s in literature from Oxford University in Great Britain as an Overseas Research Scholar. He and his wife have two sons and reside in Washington, D.C.
David Gilmour is founder of the South Pacific Hotel Corporation (SPHC), the largest hotel chain in the South Pacific. Gilmour is also the founder of FIJI Water LLC, and received the U.S. State Department’s Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) in recognition of its growth, success and philanthropic efforts.
In 1972, Gilmour purchased the 2,200-acre island of Wakaya and with his wife, Jill, opened The Wakaya Club, an exclusive resort on the island. The club, designed and decorated by Jill, is a four-time winner of Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report’s Grand Hideaway Award. His most recent endeavor is a media company, VIV Publishing LLC, whose first product is the all-digital VIV magazine.
Michael D. Fraizer is an Operating Advisor of Blue Heron Capital and a Senior Advisor of The Frontier Project. Previously he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Genworth Financial for 8 years after a 24 year career with GE where he held a number of senior positions which included serving as a Senior Vice President of GE and Director of GE Capital, President and CEO of GE Financial Assurance, President of GE Capital Commercial Real Estate Financing & Services, President and Representative Director of GE Japan and a number of other financial and business development positions.
Fraizer serves as a board member and finance committee chair of Richmond Performing Arts CenterStage, a member of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Board of Visitors and School of Education Advancement Council and a member of the advisory board of the Andre Agassi Foundation For Education. Additionally, he and his wife founded the Mary & Frances Youth Center on the VCU campus in partnership with the University. He received a B.A. in political science from Carleton College in 1980 and resides with his wife Elizabeth in Richmond, Virginia.
To say everything HIT MAN David Foster touches turns to gold – and usually platinum – would be an understatement. The 16-time Grammy winning producer, songwriter, TV host, hit maker, Emmy winner, three time Oscar nominee, record company executive, noted author and finder of talent has had an extraordinarily successful career running through four decades with no signs of slowing down.
He has worked with the biggest and best talents in music including Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Barbra Streisand, Michael Buble’, Seal, Earth Wind & Fire, Madonna, Michael Jackson Barbra Streisand and Whitney Houston. Foster recently produced two top ten albums on the Billboard Top 200 Chart – Michael Buble’ (“Crazy Love”) and Andrea Bocelli (“My Christmas) which is also a PBS Great Performances Series Special “Andrea Bocelli and David Foster – My Christmas” which is also available as a DVD.
“HIT MAN – DAVID FOSTER AND FRIENDS” just completed an ll city tour across the US and Canada. FOSTER AND FRIENDS is also available on DVD and was the highest rated PBS special of the last decade. David Foster’s autobiography “HIT MAN” was released earlier this year which chronicles his career as one of the music industry’s most sought after writers and producers and his journey along the way.
Foster has just completed production on an upcoming Seal CD, produced UK singing star Katherine Jenkins and is finishing working on a new CD for his latest discovery, Oprah protégé’ Charice.. He is also working on an upcoming Broadway Musical of “Betty Boop”.
With over 22 years of management experience at some of the world’s biggest airlines, David Cush was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Virgin America in 2007. Prior to joining Virgin America, David served as Senior Vice President of Global Sales at American Airlines. David was born and raised in Shreveport, La. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Broadcast/Film, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.
Ivan Blumberg is Chief Executive Officer of Athletes For Hope, a new foundation formed by prominent athletes to educate, encourage and assist athletes
in their efforts to contribute to community and charitable causes, to increase public awareness of those efforts, and to inspire others to do the same.
He represented Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras and Arthur Ashe, among others, during his esteemed career at ProServ (later SFX/Clear Channel). Blumberg graduated from Hobart College in 1980 and Washington University School of Law in 1983. He serves on the Board of Directors of Hope and a Home, a D.C.-based charitable organization for at-risk families, and also runs a summer camp for underprivileged inner-city children.
After turning pro at the age of 16, tennis prodigy Andre Agassi rose to international fame, earning 60 men’s singles titles, including eight Grand Slam singles championships, over a 20-year career. A former World No. 1 player, Agassi is the only male player ever to win all four Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold medal. He was also a member of three winning Davis Cup teams (1990, 1992 and 1995).
While his tennis career took him all over the world, Agassi always stayed connected to his hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada. In 1994, at the age of 24, he created the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education. Early activities included building a shelter in Las Vegas for abused and neglected children, creating the Andre Agassi Boys and Girls Club, and developing Team Agassi, a tennis program that nurtures professional players and puts college within reach.
Over 17 years, the Foundation has honed its mission to focus on transforming public education. In 2001, in partnership with the Clark County School District, the Foundation opened the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy (Agassi Prep) in historical West Las Vegas. Recognized as a model charter school, Agassi Prep graduated its first senior class in June 2009 with a 100 percent college acceptance rate, as were the graduates in the class of 2010 and 2011.
Each year the Foundation’s primary fundraising vehicle, the Grand Slam for Children, brings together international stars to raise awareness and money. Since the inception of the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education in 1994, $177 million dollars has been raised to benefit the mission of the Foundation including $118 million from the Grand Slam for Children fundraising event.
Since retiring in 2006, Andre Agassi has increased his focus on his Foundation and on promoting education reform. He is also building a lifestyle business through endorsement relationships, joint venture investments and real estate development. In November 2009, he released his autobiography Open, which reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.
In June 2011, as part of an effort to expand his impact on education, Andre partnered with Canyon Capital Realty Advisors on an innovative new real estate fund – the Canyon-Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund – to promote the success and growth of best-in-class charter schools in urban communities across the United States.
On July 9, 2011, Andre was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame for the Class of 2011.
Earlier this year, Andre launched BILT by Agassi & Reyes to provide the public with the actual fitness machines hand-developed by him and his strength and conditioning trainer, Gil Reyes. Andre won eight Grand Slam titles and dominated the world of tennis throughout his long career by recognizing the importance of strength, conditioning and safety through the use of these innovative machines.
He is married to tennis superstar, philanthropist and businesswoman Stefanie Graf. The couple resides in Las Vegas with their children, Jaden Gil and Jaz Elle.