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With a Degree Comes Confidence

John Guedry, the Business Alumnus of the Year, says his degree opened doors for changing the community

People  |  Apr 25, 2017  |  By Brian Sodoma
John Guedry

John Guedry, 2017 Lee Business School Alumnus of the Year. (R. Marsh Starks/UNLV Creative Services)

Editor's Note: 

The UNLV Alumni Association will celebrate the accomplishments of graduates at its annual reception and awards ceremony April 26. For a full list of honorees and event details, visit the alumni awards website


John Guedry, ’82 BS-BA Business Administration, Guedry joined Bank of Nevada in 2011 and currently serves as its CEO. He was previously CEO and President of Business Bank of Nevada and later served as a managing partner for CB Richard Ellis Commercial Real Estate Services. He is the immediate past chairman of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber Board of Trustees.


Why I’m a proud graduate of UNLV …

As the middle son of a single mom who stressed the importance of education, completing my bachelor of science degree in business management confirmed for me, at a young age, that I could achieve any goal I set. My degree from UNLV’s business college instilled in me a confidence that I previously did not possess. It allowed me to begin a career in banking and finance that has led to many personal and professional successes in my 35-year career.

I have often wondered where I would be today had I not completed my undergraduate education at UNLV. I suspect my career as a banking executive would not have occurred, which means I would not have been able to work with my wife, Debbie, to address challenges related to public education. I also would not have been able to serve on many philanthropic boards. My UNLV degree prepared me for many opportunities in life and opened doors in Las Vegas that allowed me to make a difference in my home city. Education is that one asset no one can ever take from you. I’m thankful for the education the many fine UNLV professors provided me; I am proud to be a Rebel!