Las Vegas Business Academy Elects 2015 Executive Board Comprised of Las Vegas Elite Industry Professionals

The new Las Vegas Business Academy officials step in Jan. 1, 2015

LAS VEGAS – Las Vegas Business Academy (LVBA) appoints 2015 Executive Board to fulfill the nonprofit’s mission to provide selected UNLV graduate students with financial aid and unparalleled mentoring resources to become future Las Vegas leaders. The 2015 Executive Board, made up of Las Vegas’ top business, hospitality and law industry leaders will begin active duties on Jan. 1, 2015.

As the LVBA Executive Board transitions, Frank Rigley, former LVBA president and current vice president of food and beverage at Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino, welcomes Max Tappeiner, hotel manager at Mandarin Oriental Hotel Las Vegas, as the new president.

“Max has devoted his time to elevate the LVBA and create vast opportunities for our scholarship recipients by overseeing the mentor program,” Rigley said. “His vision and passion for this city is shown through his dedication to each student in making sure each receives the necessary guidance in their respective industry.”

Joining Tappeiner on the executive board is Steve Arcana, chief operating officer of Golden Gaming, Inc., serving as executive vice president; Marc Rubinstein, senior vice president of Affinity Gaming, serving as chief legal officer; Paola Armeni, partner at Gordon Silver Law Firm, serving as chief administrative officer; Courtney Orrock, vice president of analytics and underwriting at Wyndham Consumer Finance, serving as chief financial officer and Joe Haro, director of sponsorships at Hakkasan Group, serving as chief marketing officer. Vacating the presidency after serving the academy for three years, outgoing President Rigley will consult as the honorary president.

“I am honored to be part of this organization and strongly believe each elected member shares my passion for Las Vegas and wants to see the city thrive,” Tappeiner said. “This scholarship and mentoring program is in a league of its own, and we are excited to continue to guide UNLV graduate students as they achieve their professional aspirations.”

The LVBA Executive Board is a group of leaders who possess the ability to constantly reinvent Las Vegas through new, attractive entertainment offerings that attract guests from across the globe. Each leader offers the perpetual innovation needed to both fuel the LVBA’s mentorship program and ensure the scholarship recipients receive priceless career guidance and job placement.

“I am confident this group of prominent leaders will pass along their legacy and vision to keep Las Vegas in its rightful place as one of the world’s greatest cities,” said Rino Armeni, LVBA founder and chairman.

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About Las Vegas Business Academy:

Founded in 2011, Las Vegas Business Academy (LVBA) is a nonprofit organization devoted to providing scholarship funds for students pursuing a law degree or master’s degree in business or hospitality management at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). LVBA’s program offers selected college students educational enrichment, professional development, financial aid and unparalleled mentoring resources with top-tier industry leaders in an effort to establish Nevada’s next generation of leaders. For more information, visit Las Vegas Business Academy’s website or call 702.998.2138.


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