Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Newsletter

April 18, 2016


April 25 Program



Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Aaron Fessler is co-founder and chief executive officer of SPEEDVEGAS. Prior to SPEEDVEGAS, he successfully launched World Class Driving in 2008. With its superb customer service and thrilling driving options, World Class Driving earned numerous awards and accolades, including a position on Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing private companies.

A passionate and successful entrepreneur, Fessler has founded, built and sold numerous businesses including MediaSentry, which became the largest provider of anti-piracy services for the motion picture industry. Major clients included Sony Pictures, Warner Brothers, Fox, Disney and MGM. In 2005, Safenet (NASDAQ: SFNT) acquired MediaSentry in a transaction valued at $20 million. Prior to founding MediaSentry, Fessler founded The Allegro Group, a corporate messaging platform that provided electronic messaging services for companies such as Mercedes Benz, Ford Motor Company and Continental Airlines. The Allegro Group was acquired by (NASDAQ: MAIL) in a transaction valued at $40 million

Fessler also founded TwineSocial, a leading social media management platform for brands and agencies. In 2012, Fessler was awarded the Entrepreneur Startup Award of the Year by the Entrepreneur’s Organization, where he served on the New Jersey Chapter Board of Directors.

Upcoming Speakers:

May 2: Colton Lochhead, Reporter, Las Vegas Review-Journal (Oregon Bundy/BLM/FBI standoff)

May 9: Connie Yeh, Founder, 9th Bridge School

May 16: TBD (possible tour of T-Mobile Arena)

May 23: Jonas Peterson, CEO/President, Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance

May 30: Dark - Memorial Day


Meeting Happenings


Conducting:  Mitchell Horst
Adrienne Cox
Bruce Pope
Mr. Mic:
Bruce Pope
Clinton Pope

Visitors: Matt guest of Jordana Lane, Paul Boblio, guest of  Adrienne Cox
Visiting Rotarians:
Jim Camburn, Las Vegas Summerlin Rotary Club
Corazon Build: President Mitchell reminded everyone that the Corazon building project is 4/30.
Rotary Youth Exchange Fundraising Raffle: Jim Camburn spoke to the Club about raising money for the District's Rotary Youth Exchange efforts through a $2500 necklace raffle. Each ticket costs $20 and the drawing will be held on May 31. Tickets can be bought through Jim or through the Club.
PAY YOUR BILL! It's really easy!  Reminder: It is your duty to keep up to date on invoices and up-to-date bills will be sent to all members. The Club recently instituted on-site credit card payment so any member can pay their bill at any meeting. If you don’t know how much you owe, just ask Elaine (she’s keeping a list and checking it twice).

DISTRICT CONFERENCE:  Dates: May 19-22, 2016, Horton Grand Hotel, 311 Island Avenue, San Diego, CA and Mitchell Horst said there are advertising opportunities for those interested. Mitchell has details.

Name the Rotarian: Scott Baranoff told his customary joke and was asked about his children going to Glasgow to study this summer and next school year.  Then he was told he was being recongized $100 but if he could name the Rotarian in question with only a few clues, it would be reduced to $75. The clues included Hawaii as this person' favorite vacation spot and most memorable travel memory being playing basketball in China. Wally promptly said the answer which Scott heard. Aric Graham. Scott was recognized $75.

Name the Rotarian: Due to his eagerness to help, Wally Emery was asked how his new Rounders bar was doing in Henderson. He said it was close to opening. He was then asked who loves to vacation in Italy and Spain and reads Clive Cussler. Eric Colvin promptly said Fred Fukumoto. Wally was assessed $100.

Name the Rotarian: Eric Colvin's reward in helping Wally was a few questions himself where he was asked who was born in Hollywood and loved vacationing in Morrocco. Eric quickly replied with the correct answer, Tom Martin. He was recognized $50.

April 18 Program

Tina Quigley, general manager, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada

Tina spoke to the club about the myriad of transportation construction projects going on throughout Southern Nevada. She said that the region's agencies, utilities and governments are working hard to coordinate efforts and improve communication about these projects and encouraged the Club to visit to learn more about where and what is going on with transportation construction zones. In addition, she asked the Club to visit the RTC's survey page to tell the agency what priorities the agency should put forth at To learn more about RTC, please visit


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Club meetings are Monday's from 12:00pm - 1:30pm at Lawry’s The Prime Rib located at 4043 Howard Hughes Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89169. Please check the Club’s website for meeting times and events at

Yours in Rotary Service,

Mitchell Horst
President 2015-2016