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Board of Directors

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Governing Board of Directors

  • L. John Loomis, Board Chairman

    John L

    Startup Incubator, Southern Nevada Director, Board Member Start-Up Nevada​

    An accomplished executive with direct experience in the financial, technology, entertainment, and communications industries. Responsible for driving business growth and profitability by directing corporate operations, providing executive insight, and optimizing technology and expenses.

    Achieved exceptional business results by defining the corporate vision, evaluating operations and technology, and developing and implementing key business strategies. Loomis exhibits strong expertise in turnaround situations ranging from personnel and organizational restructuring to program leadership and project management. Loomis mentored executive teams consisting of diverse business units—transforming organizational processes, procedures, and operating standards.

    Board Member, Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada
    Principal, Inpirium US
    CEO, International Turnkey Systems

    Pepperdine University, MBA

  • Chris Bennett, Board Member, Secretary

    Chris B

    Chief Marketing Officer/Realtor

    Chris Bennett has positioned himself as one of the industry’s most informed, influential, and dynamic producers. Currently, Bennett is serving as Chief Marketing Officer for McDougall and Associates in Las Vegas, NV – a title which is representative of his 19 years in Finance, passion for Real Estate and affinity for Southern Nevada.

    His direct and honest approach, coupled with being at the forefront of the most quickly ascending market in the country, has equated to terrific success. After relocating from Manhattan Beach, CA in 2014 with his wife Jen, investment Real Estate was the obvious direction for Bennett and many of his clients. While specializing in both residential and investment properties across the valley teaming up with McDougall and Associates has opened the door to the integration of commercial markets required of the thousands of businesses fleeing California.

    Pursuits outside of Real Estate and Finance include philanthropic endeavors by way of the Las Vegas Rotary Club, Pepperdine Alumni Association, Vegas Shepherd Rescue, and The Sanctuary Project. Other passions include traveling the world racing Ironman events, family, and the occasional glass of Barolo.

  • Ian Epstein, Board Member

    Ian E

    Founder, PropSwap
    Trustee, Irvin Stern Foundation

    PropSwap is a marketplace for sports fans to Buy & Sell their active, sportsbook tickets. Known as the StubHub® for sports bets.

    CG Analytics, Odds and Information Manager
    CG Analytics, Risk Manager
    Cantor Data Services, Business Development Associate
    Cantor Gaming, Mobile Sports Sales Assistant
    Gold Card Tickets, Wholesale Buyer

    University of Arizona, Eller College of Management
    Evanston Township HS

  • Paul Huygens, Past Board Chairman

    Paul H

    Founding Principal, Province

    Business Restructuring and Consulting Background

    Mr. Huygens is a founding principal of Province and has 25 years of experience in consulting and management on a national basis, primarily involving complex chapter 11 cases, out-of-court restructurings, and distressed financial transactions. Mr. Huygens has represented debtors, chapter 7 and 11 trustees, creditors and creditor committees in cases spanning a range of industries, including gaming, hospitality, construction, metals & mining, real estate, media, alternative energy, e-commerce, grocery and retail. His experience includes business planning, business improvement, origination and restructuring of debt, dispute resolution, expert testimony, prepackaged and traditional reorganization plans, forensic and reconstructive accounting, asset sales, crisis management, interim management and strategic alternative consulting. Throughout his career, Mr. Huygens has led more than 50 national or international scale restructuring engagements, including those on behalf of debtors and official creditor committees. Representative public clients have included Performance Sports Group, Payless Shoesource, Aeropostale, Penn National Gaming, Claire’s, Woodbridge Group, American West and Fresh & Easy.

    Prior Business Experience

    Mr. Huygens has spent the bulk of his career in the financial arena, serving as COO, CFO, Restructuring Officer, or equivalent positions. Early in his career, he was a manager of assurance and advisory services for Deloitte with an emphasis in gaming and real estate, where he was responsible for coordinating the firm’s efforts for audit and consulting engagements and numerous financial transactions, including public equity offerings, public and private debt offerings, and purchase and merger transactions.

    Educational Background and Certifications

    • B.A., Santa Clara University, 1997
    • CPA License, Nevada
    • Certified Fraud Examiner
    • Member, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
    • Member, Nevada Society of CPAs
    • Member, American Institute of CPAs
    • Board Member, Meadows Bank
    • Chairman of the Board, Boys Town
  • Steven "J.T." Washington, Board Chairman

    Steven W

    Associate, Muchison &Cumming, LLP

    Steven J.T Washington currently focuses his practice on general litigation matters.

    Eighth Judicial District Court for the Honorable Timothy C. Williams & the Honorable T. Arthur Ritchie

    J.D. William S. Boyd School of Law at University of Nevada, Las Vegas; magna cum laude
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas, B.A. Political Science

    Dean’s Award and the Western Region National Black Law Students Association “Brother in Service Award.”

    Board Member, Best Buddies
    Board Member and Vice-Chair of Nevada Rise Academy

  • Anthony P Sgro, Past Board Chairman

    Anthony S

    Partner, Sgro & Roger Attorneys at Law​

    Anthony P. Sgro is a partner at Sgro & Roger, LLC. He earned both his undergraduate and a law degree from the University of San Diego. He practices primarily in the area of criminal and is a “death-qualified” attorney focused on defending those charged with capital murder offenses.

    Mr. Sgro also practices personal injury, entertainment, and business law. He has tried over 100 jury trials in both the civil and criminal arena. Mr. Sgro expanded his practice to include the representation of various athletes, musicians, and celebrities as general counsel and part owner for Matador Entertainment, LLC, a boutique entertainment company. Additionally, Sgro is responsible for the booking of personal appearances for MMA fighters, NFL players, and various artists and musicians.

    Tony Sgro and partner David Roger joined the Las Vegas Police Protective Association in 2011 and represents members with employment issues before the Labor board. Sgro and Roger now work alongside the PPA as general counsel for members charged with criminal matters during their employment.

    Sgro is a member of the American Bar Association, Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice, National Society of Italian American Lawyers, and American Trial Lawyers Association

  • John Etzell, Board Chairman

    John E

    Executive Director, Boys Town Nevada

    Following his graduation from the University of St. Thomas, Etzell held numerous roles at Boys Town including Assistant Family Teacher, Family Teacher, Residential Consultant and Program Director of Residential Services. Etzell has over 17 years of progressive non-profit management experience in education and residential services. He has experience in new start-ups, including opening two new charter high schools in Colorado in four years and opening the Family Home program at Boys Town New England.

    Most recently John was Head of School for Colorado Early Colleges Aurora. In this role he successfully obtained grant funding and developed partnerships with local charter elementary and middle schools. In addition, he was successful in obtaining federal and private grants, including a Walton Family Foundation grant.

    Etzell holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and is currently working on his Master of Business Administration, Non-Profit Management degree. Please join us in welcoming John back to the Boys Town family.

  • Father Steven Boes, National Executive Director

    Father Boes

    President and National Executive Director,​ Boys Town

Honorary Board

Senator Richard Bryan, Esq.

Dave Courvoisier

Norm Jenkins

Tami Kwitty

The Honorable Charles McGee

Phyllis McGuire

Winnie Schulman