During his tenure on the Gaming Commission, members for the first time tackled the regulation of Internet poker in anticipation of the federal allowance of interstate Internet gambling. While on the Athletic Commission, Alamo was part of the 2002 decision to deny a boxing license to Mike Tyson. Alamo also coauthored a paper in the Journal of Neurotrauma about traumatic brain injury in unarmed combatants.
As a physician, Alamo has served as the chief of staff of two hospitals: Sunrise Hospital and Children's Medical Center, the largest hospital in Nevada, from 2002 to 2004 and St. Rose Hospitals-San Martin campus from 2006 to 2009. He also has worked as the tactical physician for the SWAT bureau of Metro Police for 14 years.
He is currently medical director of the Alamo Medical Clinic in Henderson and specializes in internal medicine.
Javier Barajas, 53 -- Lindo Michoacan
Javier Barajas came to Las Vegas by himself from Michoacan, Mexico, when he was 17 years old.
Before his arrival in Southern Nevada, Barajas lived in a seminary where nuns taught him to cook. He realized he was not cut out for the cloth but found work as a dishwasher when he arrived in Las Vegas. He eventually worked his way up to cook.
On January 6, 1990, Barajas opened his first restaurant, at East Dessert Inn, with six tables. Today, he operates three eateries with close to 300 employees.
Barajas aims not only to elevate local Mexican cuisine but also to deliver impeccable service and ambiance.
"My food is very high quality compared to the Mexican restaurants when I first came here," he said. "Also, decoration is very important. Everything is from my hometown and is handmade. When you come to my restaurant you enjoy everything: atmosphere, food and service. Lindo Michoacan taught people what real Mexican food is, and that was my dream."
Barajas' restaurants have become community hubs and regular stops for politicians. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Lindo Michoacan during her run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.
Former Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn also used to invite Barajas to the governor's mansion once a year to cook, Barajas said.
Sandy Colon Peltyn, 58 -- Desimone Consulting Engineers
Sandy Peltyn moved to Las Vegas to work on some of the region's most famous sites, including the Bellagio, Venetian and Treasure Island. But she may be best known for her philanthropic work.
Together with her son R.J., Peltyn -- who handled community relations for her husband Roger's engineering business -- she created the Foundation for Excellence, which sponsors the annual Senoras of Excellence Award. The foundation has given out about 290 scholarships for higher education in seven years.
Peltyn, who was born in Puerto Rico, moved to Las Vegas with her husband in 1984.
"We immediately got involved when we moved here," Peltyn said. "I think the kidney foundation was the first one. Eventually I pretty much got my hands on every charity throughout the years, either organizing them, doing the silent auction, going after grants or some other job."
"I just believe that we are all in this together," Peltyn continued. "With the economic situation nationally, Las Vegas has been affected greatly. I know this because I'm in the construction business. If we don't give to the organizations that are working for the betterment of the community, we are doing a disservice."
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