2015 Nevada Business Hall of Fame Held March 5

Jan. 14, 2015

Three prominent Nevada business leaders were inducted into the Nevada Business Hall of Fame on March 5 for their contributions to the state’s economic development.

Christina M. Hixson, Robert (Bob) L. Mendenhall and Kevin T. Orrock were inducted at the 14th annual dinner and induction ceremony at The Mirage Hotel & Casino. The event was sponsored by The UNLV Lee Business School and Deloitte & Touche USA LLP.

“This is a distinguished class of inductees, and we’re proud to recognize them as some of the state’s brightest business leaders,” said Lee Business School Dean Brent Hathaway.

“The Hall of Fame also gives us an opportunity to celebrate our long-standing partnership with our presenting sponsor, Deloitte, and all those who help us host this signature networking event.”

Inductees were selected by the Lee Business School Executive Advisory Board for their vision, creativity, leadership, sense of community, and passion.

“We were pleased to honor these outstanding Nevadans and their many contributions to the business community in Nevada and this region,” said Phil Ralston, chair of the Executive Advisory Board and president of American Nevada Company.

Hixson is the sole trustee of The Lied Foundation Trust. She is responsible for significant gifts to UNLV for the Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies, a research center housed in the Lee Business School; the Lied Athletic Complex, the Ernst F. Lied Golf Scholarship and the Lied Library.

Mendenhall is owner and CEO of Las Vegas Paving Corp., and an inventor and innovator in the construction industry. He helped popularize asphalt recycling in the 1970s. A member of the Nevada Inventors Hall of Fame, Mendenhall has 47 U.S. patents in his name. In the UNLV College of Engineering, the Mendenhall Innovation and Design Laboratory provides space for students to create and design prototypes of their projects.

Orrock is president of Summerlin and vice president of master-planned communities for the Howard Hughes Corp., overseeing the development of the 22,500-acre project. He manages all functions of Summerlin, one of the largest and most successful master-planned communities in the country. He joined the company more than 40 years ago and has held various positions, including overseeing financial operations and land development activities.

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