Relationships Trump Talent – Las Vegas is like Mayberry RFD – 2,000,000 people live here, but 200 make all the decisions. And a friend of mine said to me the other night, “Actually it is more like 50 make all the decisions.”  And I see mediocre executives that have bankrupted companies continue to get jobs, while highly talented executives that burned bridges sit on the bench. With that in mind, I highly recommend returning all your calls and messages. As The Godfather of Las Vegas, I get 50 calls and 400 emails a day and I return every single one, even if it is to say “no thank you.” Getting back to people and treating them with respect is the right thing to do.   The Godfather Sit Downs – The Hollywood and Palo Alto mixers were SOLD OUT! Thank you to everyone that attended. And this story from QLess CEO ALEX BACKER:

“Here is a story about the power of your Sit Downs. I went to your event Wednesday , met jockey AARON GRYDER, who kindly invited me to the Chandelier room at Santa Anita Race Track to watch him race. There I met LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who invited me to his box. Watched Aaron take third place in the Santa Anita Handicap and win the following race. The Mayor asked me to write to him as he loved the concept of QLess. Not a bad result for the first 72 hours since your mixer.”

Be The Change, A Benefit for Olive Crest (May 10 at 6:00 PM at the Ghost Bar inside the Palms) – Olive Crest is focused on families and foster children, with all proceeds from this event go directly to Olive Crest to battle child abuse and neglect. For sponsorships, contact me directly. Individual tickets may be purchased for $200 by contacting Jeanne Frederick at or 836.1908.

The Godfather “Sit Down” at NIGA – In May at The House of Blues San Diego. If you are attending NIGA and would like to attend the mixer, contact me directly.