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Roxanne Price

August 1, 2016
Roxanne Price Love Ranch

In his 1890 novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde famously wrote, “The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it,” and for decades, the state of Nevada has been a prime destination for those looking to yield to their unique temptations. Las Vegas and Reno may boast bright lights and glittering casinos, but on the outskirts of Carson City, the women working at Dennis Hof’s Love Ranch have been making the fantasies of customers a reality since 2008.

A “girl next door” who enjoys being active and spending time in the sun, but also loves curling up with a good book or video game, Roxanne Price moved to Nevada from the Gulf coast of Texas in 2014. She began working as a courtesan at the Love Ranch and, over the past two years, has used her compassion, sensitivity and strong communication skills to please clients from around the world. Roxanne’s goal is to not only fulfill the fantasies of her clients, but also to enhance their personal lives by connecting with them on both an intellectual and sexual level. READ MORE

Entrepreneurs

Dan Dizio

December 18, 2015
Dan Dizio

Dan DiZio got his start in the pretzel business at the age of 11, when a neighbor by the name of Steve Nuel recruited him to help sell bags of fresh pretzels to drivers of cars stopped at red lights along Roosevelt Boulevard in northeast Philadelphia. Back then, there were just ten pretzel-making machines in the city of Philadelphia, with the bakers working all night and selling the fresh pretzels to vendors, convenience stores, schools and office workers before closing their factories each morning.

After graduating from East Stroudsburg University, DiZio briefly worked as a stockbroker before he and his college roommate, Len Lehman, returned to the pretzel business in 1998, when they purchased a 1920s pretzel-making machine for $11,500 and rented a space in the Mayfair area of Philadelphia. No strangers to entrepreneurship — in college, the pair ran a “party house,” charging $5 a head and hiring a cleaning crew to come in in the morning — they initially planned on baking at night and closing in the morning, like traditional bakers. But when the smell of freshly baked pretzels wafting through the neighborhood had customers lining up at the door, they realized they were onto something. READ MORE

Entrepreneurs, Television Personalities

George Shea

October 20, 2015
George Shea

George Shea didn’t invent competitive eating. Since the dawn of mankind, there have always been individuals who dared to push their bodies to the limits. But along with his brother Richard and partner Dave Baer, George did take the tradition of competitive eating — one in which local champions were crowned in small competitions across the country — and build it into an organized sport, one complete with rules, rankings and global influence.

A Boston native who was raised mostly in Maine in a family of five children, George graduated from Columbia University in 1986 with an English degree. He began working for Max Rosey and Mortimer Matz, a pair of New York public-relations veterans who were known for engineering publicity stunts and were partly responsibly for creating the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in the 1970s. In typical Coney Island pitchman style, George claimed the contest was an annual tradition dating back to 1916. READ MORE

Entrepreneurs

Morris May

October 14, 2015
Morris May Specular Theory

For more than 25 years, Morris May worked as a special effects expert in the motion picture industry, lending his unique abilities to over 30 Hollywood films. His credits include blockbusters such as From Dusk Till Dawn, Broken Arrow, Wild Wild West and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. He was the CG Supervisor for X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Fast & Furious, and two of his projects – Spider-Man 2 and Happy Feet – won Academy Awards.

In 2013, May founded Specular Theory to break new ground in the realm of virtual reality. As the CEO of the company, May researches, develops and deploys the tools needed to bring stories to life using virtual reality technology. May’s ground-breaking work has garnered him coverage in dozens of publications including Time, Variety, PC World, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal. READ MORE

Authors, Entrepreneurs, Playwrights

Dee Dee M. Scott

September 15, 2015
Dee Dee M. Scott

Best-selling author, playwright and entrepreneur Dee Dee M. Scott’s motto is “The sky is not the limit; the limit is higher than the sky” and with her extensive resume of creative works, she is certainly doing her part to live up to that motto.

Born and raised in Florence, South Carolina, Scott exploded onto the scene in 2009 with her debut novel, My Husband’s Woman, a tale of love and deception which Scott later adapted into a stage play that toured South Carolina and continues to successfully tour to this day. The play earned Scott The Golden Pen Playwright Award, and the Columbia Theater Review named her Playwright to Watch in 2013.

Scott’s follow-up novel, Sent From Heaven, was released in 2013, and she recently wrote the screenplay and served as an assistant director for Lake House, a psychological thriller that will hit select theaters in 2016. READ MORE