Neon Museum Announces New Board Members

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LAS VEGAS (March 2017) – The Neon Museum has named Mary Beth Hartleb, Tim Hunter, John Restrepo and Michael Wilkins to its board of trustees.

Mary Beth Hartleb’s career has spanned numerous industries, including gaming, restaurant, association management telecommunications, retail, broadcasting, manufacturing, engineering, government and non-profits. In 2003, she founded PRISM Global Management Group, LLC. Hartleb has served on the Board of Directors for the Nevada Workforce Investment Board as well as in an advisory capacity for other organizations. In 2007, she received the Woman In Business Champion Award by the United States Small Business Administration and, in 2010, In Business awarded her the Entrepreneur Award. Recently, she was one of only 45 women inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

Tim Hunter is lead trial counsel for Ray Lego & Associates as an employee of Travelers Insurance company in Nevada. His passion for community service began in college at the University of Toledo, where he was commended for his service to the public defender’s office. Since moving to Las Vegas with his wife in 2007, he has worked to support community organizations, becoming involved as a mentor for Core Academy powered by The Rogers Foundation, and supports the House of Blues Foundation, which supplies musical education, instruments and instruction to local students.

John Restrepo, principal, RCG Economics, directs the firms economic, real estate and financial consulting activities. His clients include some of the most prominent private and public organizations concerned with economic development, regional economics, development and growth. Active in his industry and the community, Restrepo serves on the Vegas PBS board of directors and Las Vegas Valley Water District advisory committee and chairs the Advisory Committee to the UNLV Department of Economics.

Michael C. Wilkins, chief executive officer and member of the board of Marshall Retail Group, LLC (MRG), oversees all aspects of this $155 million, 165-store business with more than 1,100 employees and operations in 15 states in the United States and British Columbia, Canada. Prior to joining MRG in 2002, Wilkins’ career saw him in executive roles overseeing brand development and merchandising at Park Place Entertainment  and Caesars World (now Caesars Entertainment). He serves as an emeritus member of the Las Vegas Animal Foundation board of directors and previously served on the boards of the Las Vegas Art Museum and the Jewish Federation.

The Neon Museum’s board of trustees is chaired by Dulcinea Rongavilla. Other trustees include Vince Alberta, vice chair; Mike PeQueen, treasurer; Curt Carlson, secretary; Adam Barthelmess; Michael Cunningham; Yin Nawaday; Shaundell Newsome; Raymond Specht; Stevi Wara; Brandon Wiegand; and Lindsey Williams.

“We are gratified to have such a diverse and engaged board of trustees to guide the museum through such an exciting time,” said Rob McCoy, president and chief executive officer, Neon Museum. “As we approach our five-year anniversary and embark on the first phase of our expansion, we welcome the valuable input and support these individuals provide to our organization.”

The museum will soon begin construction on its .27-acre expansion adjacent to the existing Neon Boneyard and La Concha visitor’s center. Once construction is complete later this year, the new outdoor exhibit area and events center will host a variety of private events and public programs.  Signs to be displayed in the new space for the first time will include those from the Las Vegas Club, Spearmint Rhino, Longhorn Casino, Sahara Saloon, Opera House Saloon and Riviera. Many of these signs have been held in the museum’s storage facility due to lack of available space at the existing Neon Boneyard.

For more information about the Neon Museum, go to www.neonmuseum.org or call (702) 387-6366.

ABOUT THE NEON MUSEUM

Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. It has been named “Best Museum” by Las Vegas Weekly, one of “Sin City’s Best Retro Sites” by MSN, “No. 1 Las Vegas Museum Sure to Entertain and Educate” by USAToday’s 10best.com, “One of the Top 10 Coolest Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do” by Forbes.com, one of the “Top 10 Historic Spots in Las Vegas” by Vegas.com; one of “15 Most Fascinating Museums in the U.S.” by VacationIdea.com; and earns a consistent 4.5 out of 5 rating on TripAdvisor. In addition to a two-acre Neon Museum campus, which includes the outdoor exhibition spaces known as the Neon Boneyard and the North Gallery, the museum also encompasses a visitors’ center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby as well as nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects. Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors’ Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas. For tour schedules and pricing information, visit neonmuseum.org.

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