Zachary R. Miles

Associate Vice President for Economic Development
Executive Director, UNLV Research Foundation
Director, UNLV Small Business Development Center
Expertise: Intellectual property, Economic development, Small business, Venture capital, Community engagement


Zach Miles serves as the associate vice president for economic development. Miles also serves as director of the Nevada Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UNLV and executive director for the UNLV Research Foundation.

In these capacities, Miles manages the assessment, protection, and commercialization of intellectual property owned or controlled by UNLV and assists start-up companies in building a strong business foundation and seeking capital.

Prior to joining UNLV, Miles served as the deputy executive director of Technology Venture and Commercialization at the University of Utah. Miles has also co-founded, advised, and served as general counsel for a number of Utah based start-up companies.

Miles holds a bachelor of science degree from Weber State University, where he majored in microbiology and holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of New Hampshire School of Law.



  • B.S., Weber State University
  • J.D., University of New Hampshire School of Law

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Zachary R. Miles In The News

Nevada Business
September 1, 2019
A diverse economy is stronger than one based on only one or two industries. Traditionally, Nevada’s economic foundations have depended on mining and travel, tourism and hospitality. When the last recession hit even the hospitality industry, a serious move to diversify the economy began.
Yogonet Gaming News
June 11, 2019
Black Fire Innovation was announced last month as a partnership between the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), Caesars Entertainment Corp. and Gardner Company that will bring the university and local businesses together to test, develop and commercialize hospitality products and ideas.
Hotel Business
June 7, 2019
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and Caesars Entertainment have partnered to deliver a technology hub designed to assist innovators with testing and showcasing new gaming and hospitality concepts.
Las Vegas Newswire
June 5, 2019
The casino floor will have all the trappings — glowing slots and felt-covered game tables. The sportsbook will have a tote board for posting odds and windows good enough to receive wagers. An esports arena will have game paraphernalia and video screens.

Articles Featuring Zachary R. Miles

Campus NewsJune 26, 2019
A collection of news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.
Black Fire rendering
Business and CommunityApril 29, 2019
The 43,000 square-foot “Black Fire Innovation” space will include replicated elements of a Caesars casino and resort to provide real-life conditions for product testing and a place for students to train to enter the workforce of the future.
UNLV students holding large check
Business and CommunityJanuary 11, 2019
Inaugural hackathon offered UNLV students unique opportunity to generate innovative commercial products; winner announced during CES 2019 in Las Vegas.
artist rendering of U.N.L.V. Research Park
Business and CommunityJuly 17, 2018
Construction of the first innovation building on the 122-acre UNLV Harry Reid Research & Technology Park marks a new era of research and innovation in Southern Nevada.