Business and Real Estate Attorney
John Benedict has been an attorney in Las Vegas since 2007, focusing on real estate and business, balancing efforts in both litigation and transactional. Before that, he cofounded Ashworth and Benedict in Las Vegas, working with more than 1,000 clients in all aspects of law for 10 years. He is also an adjunct professor at the Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies, an opportunity to bridge the gap between the theoretical in the classroom and the practical which he sees every day. He encourages students to choose real estate as a career and is pleased when they stay in Southern Nevada. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Albany in 1986, and a juris doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1990.
President and CEO, Burke Construction Group
Kevin Burke is president and CEO of Burke Construction Group, a firm that provides comprehensive construction management and sustainable building services. Based in Las Vegas and licensed in 26 states, its clients include Credit One Bank, Tesla, MGM Resorts, Wynn Resorts, and the Howard Hughes Corp. He was appointed by the governor as chairman of the Nevada State Contractor Board (2009-2013) and continues to serve on the board. He has been a member of NAIOP Southern Nevada, the Henderson Chamber of Commerce, and the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA). Burke Construction employs several UNLV graduates, including vice presidents, managers, engineers, and accountants. Burke, who has several close ties to UNLV, graduated Kansas State University in 1986 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in business management.
President, Crawford Group
A Southern Nevada resident for 45 years, David Crawford is president of the Crawford Group. He oversees Crawford Oil, a Shell distributor; Green Valley Grocery, a convenience store chain with 61 locations and more than 520 employees; and Crawford Coin, a licensed slot route operator in Nevada. He is a past board member of the Las Vegas Executives Association and a current board member for the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Shell National Wholesale Council. Through his work on the Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies’ Council of Advisors, Crawford hopes to support the growth of the Las Vegas community and ensure UNLV graduates build the talent pool available for business, accounting, and leadership positions in his growing company. He earned a degree in business administration from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.
Principal, Heller Companies
Jay Heller is cofounder of Heller Companies, a real estate development firm that manages and leases almost one million square feet of commercial space in the Las Vegas market. A licensed general contractor who holds a real estate broker’s license and a property management license, Heller was the president of NAIOP Southern Nevada, a commercial real estate development association. He helped form the local chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, serving on its board for 13 years. A big proponent of education, Heller likes to share his experience in the commercial sector with students to help them understand real estate development as a career path. A resident of Southern Nevada for 24 years, Heller graduated from Pepperdine University with a bachelor of science degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance.
Jeff Jacobs, CPA
Chief Operating Officer, LOGIC Commercial Real Estate
Jeff Jacobs is chief operating officer of LOGIC Commercial Real Estate, a full-service commercial real estate firm specializing in brokerage, property management, capital markets, and receivership services. He leads LOGIC’s receivership services division. Before that, he was vice president of receivership services for B&R Property Management for 12 years. Jacobs is a certified public accountant who was born and raised in Las Vegas. He received a bachelor of science degree in business administration and accounting from UNLV in 1997 and began his career at Arthur Andersen, a large international public accounting firm. He served on the UNLV Alumni Association board of directors. Jacobs continues to regularly collaborate with friends he made at UNLV and the Lee Business School to share experiences and help each other grow.
David Jewkes, RPM, RIM
Principal and Managing Director, Avison Young
David Jewkes joined the Las Vegas office of Avison Young as managing director, brokerage operations, in 2017. He previously served as senior vice president, Nevada, for Cushman & Wakefield. He has almost three decades of experience in commercial real estate management and transactions.
Jewkes spent two years in a senior position with the Salt Lake Olympic Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), NAIOP, the Urban Land Institute (ULI), BOMA, the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), and the International Real Estate Institute (IREI.) He earned a bachelor of arts degree in communication and media studies from Brigham Young University in 1979.
Cathy Jones, CPA, SIOR, CCIM
Founder and CEO, Sun Commercial Real Estate, Inc.
Cathy Jones used her vast experience in finance and commercial real estate to found Sun Commercial Real Estate, Inc. in 2006, headquartered in Las Vegas with satellite offices in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Newport Beach, California. In 2009 she formed Sun Property Management, LLC., which now manages almost 5 million square feet of commercial real estate. She started her career at Deloitte and earned her public accounting certification in 1984. She established and became president of Westcor Land Title Insurance Company. Among many professional affiliations through the years, Jones is president of the board of directors for the Commercial Alliance Las Vegas (CALV). A resident of Las Vegas since 1981, she earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
Senior Vice President, Majestic Realty Co.
Rod Martin serves as senior vice president and director of development for Majestic Reality, having joined the company in 1992. He is responsible for the development, leasing and asset management of Majestic projects. Under his leadership, the company has developed and owns almost 6 million square feet of industrial and office projects in Southern Nevada.
Before joining Majestic, he served as marketing director for Birtcher, a developer based in Laguna Niguel, Calif., which focused on development in the San Gabriel Valley. He serves on the board of directors for the YMCA of Southern Nevada. Martin received a bachelor of science degree in management from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.
Teresa McKee, JD, CAE, RCE
Before becoming chief executive officer of the 17,000-member Nevada REALTORS in 2014, Teresa McKee served as the organization’s general counsel for more than nine years. She holds a Certified Association Executive credential from the American Society of Association Executives and the REALTOR Certified Executive Credential from the National Association of REALTORS. Nevada REALTORS instituted one of the few Association Health Plans in the country in 2019, for which McKee received national recognition. Nevada REALTORS in also a partner of RALI, (Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative), spreading awareness of the opioid crisis in Nevada. Advocacy for the profession is one of her priorities, as well as increasing the level of knowledge and experience in the industry. McKee received her law degree from Willamette University and her undergraduate degree from Carroll College.
Rob Moore (Chair, Council of Advisors)
Acquisitions & Development, Green Valley Grocery
A fourth-generation Nevadan, Rob Moore heads up acquisitions and development for Crawford Group Nevada, formed by Green Valley Grocery Convenience Store, Crawford Coin, and Crawford Oil. Green Valley Grocery has more than 60 locations in Southern Nevada. He was previously senior vice president of retail sales and leasing for Sun Commercial Real Estate, senior managing director of the Las Vegas office for Faris Lee Investments, and president of Gatski Commercial Real Estate Services.
He has served as president of the Boys and Girls Club of Las Vegas and Las Vegas Rotary Club. Believing that UNLV is the cornerstone to diversifying Southern Nevada’s economic base, he praises the foresight of Perry Thomas and Jerry Mack, who from the start bought and donated the real estate that has allowed UNLV to grow with the city. Moore earned a business degree from the University of San Diego in 1975.
Senior Partner, Dermody Properties
John Ramous, partner Dermody Properties, was previously senior vice president and regional manager for Harsch Investment Properties, which leases to more than 1,600 businesses in Southern Nevada. In the last couple of years, he has overseen about 1.5 million square feet of new development at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Henderson Commerce Center. Ramous, involved in the Henderson Chamber of Commerce for 10 years, now serves as its chairman. A resident of Southern Nevada since 2003, he received BOMA’s (Building Owners and Management Association) annual Leadership Award in 2019. Ramous, whose son recently graduated from the Lee Business School, sees the critical link between a great business school and a vibrant business environment. He earned a bachelor of science in finance, with a concentration in real estate, from the University of Connecticut.