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LVGEA Announces Five New Board Members

New members include representatives from local municipalities, utilities, and businesses.

Top from left to right: Karen Haller and Mayor Pamela Goynes-Brown; Bottom from left to right: David Hirschfeld, Denette Suddeth and Ivan Ferraz. (Photos from LVGEA)

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Yesterday, Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) announced five new members to serve on the LVGEA50 Board of Directors.

Ivan Ferraz is a senior vice president and head of commercial banking for Wells Fargo in Nevada. Based in Las Vegas, Ferraz leads a team of bankers in Reno and Las Vegas focused on middle market and large corporate companies, both privately held and publicly traded, across a wide variety of industries. He has 24 years of banking experience, including 18 years with Wells Fargo.

Mayor Pamela Goynes-Brown was elected Mayor of the City of North Las Vegas in November 2022, becoming the first African American woman to serve as the city’s mayor. Mayor Goynes-Brown has been a North Las Vegas resident since 1964 and was elected to represent Ward 2 on the North Las Vegas City Council in 2011 and served twice as Mayor Pro-Tempore. She is a retired assistant principal in the Clark County School District, where she dedicated 35 years to education in Greater Vegas.

“I know the vision that our Council and City has laid out for continuing to bring Fortune 500 companies, affordable housing developers and other major organizations to Southern Nevada is supported by the LVGEA and I’m happy to be able to contribute to this impressive board of business leaders,” said Mayor Goynes-Brown.

Karen Haller is President and Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Gas Holdings, a publicly traded company with a market capitalization of over $4.7 billion. Southwest Gas Holdings is an energy infrastructure holding company that conducts high-quality operations in both regulated and unregulated businesses by providing clean and affordable natural gas services and building energy infrastructure.

David Hirschfeld is Chief Investment Officer of Fiume Capital, a private investment firm focusing on media, entertainment, and sports. He is also a partner in CORE Advisory Partners, a Las Vegas based full-service capital markets brokerage and strategic financial services firm. Hirschfeld also founded Sahara Investment Group, a real estate lending company for Nevada based real estate investors.

Denette Suddeth is regional president and head of Commercial Banking for PNC Bank in Nevada. She is responsible for PNC’s overall market expansion driving a culture of teamwork, client advocacy, and community engagement. Suddeth joined PNC in November 2021, bringing 25 years of banking experience to the position, as well as deep ties across Nevada.