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Max Tappeiner of Las Vegas Company Academy: Molding L.V.’s best, brightest future leaders


Visitor writer Max Tappeiner, right, is the president of the Las Vegas Business Academy.

Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015|10:34 a.m.

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Visitor writer Max Tappeiner, center, is the president of the Las Vegas Business Academy.

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Guest columnist Max Tappeiner, back row and 2nd from right, is the president of the Las Vegas Business Academy. The LVBA board is visualized with him.

Editor’s Note: As Robin Leach invests household time in La Jolla, Calif., after returning from his yearly Italian journeys, numerous of our Strip personalities have advance in his absence to pen their words of knowledge.

We continue today with visitor columns from chef Joseph Parrino of Andiamo Italian Steakhouse at The D Las Vegas downtown, AFAN Executive Director Antioco Carrillo and Las Vegas Company Academy President Max Tappeiner on how our city’s future leaders are being formed. Max also is vice president of operations for the Venetian and Palazzo:

Although I was not born and raised in Las Vegas, this city has actually become my home. I believe in the potential of this city and want to return to the neighborhood. What better method than to aid mold the future management of business through education and mentorship?

Joining Las Vegas Business Academy and ending up being president of the board has actually enabled me to work alongside a few of Las Vegas’ brightest business leaders in our pursuit to offer an unparalleled education for our scholarship students.

Founded by Rino Armeni in 2011, LVBA offers scholarships, including as much as $75,000 in monetary assistance and substantial mentoring, to students interested in pursuing a master’s degree in Company, Hospitality and/or Law at UNLV. After graduation, our students are needed to work in Las Vegas for at least 5 years, keeping the talent we’ve produced in this city.

In addition to the scholarship and studies at UNLV, our receivers also take part in a comprehensive mentorship program with our board members consisted of executives from Las Vegas’ top business including Hakkasan Group, MGM Resorts International, Southern Wine and Spirits, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and dozens of additional, high-profile companies.

The program isn’t like other scholarship programs, and finding those students with the “it” factor is vital. While our selection procedure is tough and extensive, those who show themselves to have talent, knowledge, commitment and motivation will certainly be placed into our program that guarantees their career grows from the minute they finish.

We hold our scholarship students to the highest requirements. Similar to the members that comprise our board, our scholarship recipients have honesty, regard, determination and nerve while showing excellent teamwork and leadership skills. Our scholarship receivers exhibit this in their daily lives. It’s what sets our students apart from the individual alongside them.

Through the last 4 years, we have seen two of our recipients finish from UNLV and start their professions. Matt Sheahan graduated in December with his Master of Business Administration, taking a position as a hospitality analytics supervisor at MGM Resorts International. Tasha Schwikert finished in May with her Juris Doctorate, accepting a position as a judicial law clerk for the Eighth Judicial District of Nevada.

Our present scholarship receivers, Keivan Roebuck and Daven Cameron, will certainly be joined by 5 extra students come the fall 2015 semester. We are pleased that our most recent scholarship recipients, Brooke Luna, Caleb Veggie and Mackenzie Warren, pursing Juris Doctorates; Robert Medina, pursuing a Masters of Company Administration; and Justin Hawkins, pursuing a Masters of Hospitality Administration, will help influence the heritage of this excellent city.

I encourage everybody to see our website LVBANV.org to see how the program might benefit your graduate education or how you might turned into one of our board members and influence the education of Las Vegas’ future business leaders with your competence and understanding.

We also would love to see you at our yearly fundraiser at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Saturday, Oct. 3.

Make sure to take a look at our other guest columns today AFAN Executive Director Antioco Carrillo and chef Joseph Parrino of Andiamo Italian Steakhouse at The D Las Vegas downtown.

We’ll have our final guest columns this weekend as Robin wraps his family trip in La Jolla and returns for tonight’s premiere of Celine Dion at Caesars Palace and the upcoming star-studded Labor Day Weekend. Our Celine protection will certainly be published here at Vegas DeLuxe on Friday.

On Sunday, our visitors writers are Sailor Jerry Rum’s Paul Monahan and Jim Rees from Hash House a Go Go, with Daniel Robert Sullivan of “Jersey Boys” at Paris Las Vegas and Diane Fearon of Communities in Schools on Monday.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & & Famous” popularity has actually been a reporter for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years offering readers the within scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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MGM Grand, a AAA 4 Diamond resort, offers 5,044 spaces and suites.

MGM Grand includes KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Funny Club; and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.

The resort provides trademark restaurants by star chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes 5 star dining establishment, Joël Robuchon.

As part of its ongoing “Grand Restoration,” MGM Grand has actually renovated all living rooms and suites in its main tower and is adding numerous brand-new experiences to its lineup including Hakkasan Las Vegas Dining establishment and Bar, a brand-new high end dining/nightlife idea (being available in April 2013).

MGM Grand also showcases a cutting edge, non-smoking conference center, the Grand Health club, Cristophe Beauty parlor, “CSI: The Experience” and a welcoming swimming pool complex including the alluring daylife of Wet Republic.

Upscale lodgings include The Mansion, a special hotel within the hotel; the glamorous two-story SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand; and The Trademark at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel located nearby to the main resort.

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