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In Business 10th Anniversary

2001

Big stories



Las Vegas Monorail – Ground was broken at the Sahara station for the Las Vegas Monorail, which eventually opened on Paradise Road and east of the Las Vegas Strip.

MGM Mirage – A big deal we reviewed, from 2000, was MGM Grand Inc.’s acquisition of Mirage Resorts Inc.

Palms – George Maloof and investors built the Palms casino-resort on Flamingo Road west of the Strip.

Yucca Mountain – We published a series of stories on the dangers of using Yucca Mountain to store the nation’s commercial nuclear waste. At the time, the government timeline called for the first waste to arrive in 2010.

September 11th – The terror attacks had an immediate effect on Las Vegas tourism and plunged the nation into recession. Officials initially were unsure what to make of the situation. “The unprecedented nature of what happened yesterday made it impossible to predict how people will react,’’ said Rob Powers, vice president of communications for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Some 242 meetings and conventions scheduled for Las Vegas were almost immediately canceled or postponed.

Tuscany – Construction started on Tuscany Suites, planned to be a 1,022-room hotel-casino at Flamingo Road and Koval Lane.

Pulte Homes – Two of the Las Vegas Valley’s largest homebuilders – Pulte Homes and Del Webb Corp. – merged.



40 Under 40: Where are they now?

Kevin Higgins: Class of 2001



Higgins was honored in our inaugural class of 40 Under 40 recipients on May 25, 2001. He was a senior vice president at CB Richard Ellis at the time.

Today, Higgins is senior vice president at Voit Real Estate Services. He joined Voit during the fourth quarter of 2002.

Higgins was president of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors in 2004 and 2009, and served as president of the Nevada chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties in 2003.

He was the local chapter of NAIOP’s Industrial Broker of the Year in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2006. He also headed up NAIOP’s Industrial Brokerage Team of the Year in 2007, 2008 and 2010.

Higgins has more than 25 years of commercial real estate experience and is a 41-year resident of Las Vegas.

He now serves on the board of trustees for Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada.

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