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November 22, 2014

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Gay and Lesbian Community Center chooses former Internet executive to lead nonprofit

A former Internet-search executive has been hired to lead the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada.

The Las Vegas nonprofit said it hired Bob Elkins as its new chief executive officer. He starts work today.

He replaces former Executive Director Candice Nichols, who led the group for more than eight years until April. She now is the center’s senior director of programming and community partnerships.

Elkins previously worked as director of business development at AT&T Interactive, an AT&T unit that was sold last year — along with AT&T Advertising Solutions — for about $750 million cash and other terms to Cerberus Capital Management, a New York investment firm.

Elkins, who began his career in banking in Hong Kong, also has worked as vice president of business operations for USsearch.com — a portal for finding phone numbers, email addresses, criminal records and other information about people — and as director of development for San Francisco-based Project Inform, an advocacy group for HIV and hepatitis C treatment and prevention.

Elkins moved from Southern California to Las Vegas in April when his partner, Mark Hoyer, became the head of hair and makeup for Cirque du Soleil’s “Zarkana” show at the Aria.

The gay and lesbian center, founded in 1992, is located on Maryland Parkway at Lewis Avenue.

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