Sept. 26 CALV Symposium for real estate pros features lively luncheon discussion with longtime local experts


LAS VEGAS – The Commercial Alliance Las Vegas (CALV) is hosting its annual commercial real estate symposium on Sept. 26, featuring the latest installment in its popular series of free-wheeling discussions with industry leaders about the days “when cocktail napkins were contracts.”

CALV is hosting its 13th annual Commercial Alliance Educational Symposium from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Gold Coast hotel-casino for commercial real estate professionals in Nevada and beyond. 

In addition to educational sessions where real estate professionals can earn continuing education credits to help them maintain their real estate licenses, members of the media and the public are invited to attend the annual luncheon and panel discussion. As in past years, the luncheon discussion theme is “Las Vegas Real Estate Legends – When Cocktail Napkins Were Contracts.” It continues a tradition of featuring longtime local real estate legends and industry veterans discussing how the local industry and community have evolved over the decades.

This year’s event features panelists Hank Gordon and Michael Saltman and moderator Terri Sturm. 

Gordon is chairman and CEO of Laurich Properties Inc. in Las Vegas, a commercial real estate development company. His career dates back to the late 1950s, when he developed and sold homes and apartments in California before beginning to develop a wide range of commercial real estate properties in California, the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

Saltman is the managing general partner and president of the Vista Group in Las Vegas, a developer and manager of office, retail, industrial and housing projects in Nevada, California, Florida and Utah. An attorney, he has also worked as general counsel and director of international operations for Shareholders Capital Corporation in Munich, Germany. He’s also the co-founder of the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution at the UNLV Boyd School of Law.

Sturm is the CEO and founder of Territory Incorporated, a commercial development, brokerage and property management company she formed in 1993. At one time, Territory developed, owned, managed and leased nearly 5 million square feet of local retail space. Before starting her own company, Sturm was a developer for Simon Property Group, then the nation’s largest owner of shopping centers, where she specialized in developing regional community retail centers. She has been a licensed real estate broker in Nevada since 1978 and a Las Vegas resident since 1990. Now semi-retired, she and her husband, Rollie Sturm, a former attorney, homebuilder and developer, still enjoy investing in select business and retail developments in and around the Las Vegas Strip.

The symposium will include morning and afternoon classes taught by nationally known commercial real estate instructors. Real estate professionals can earn up to six hours of continuing education credits by attending the classes. Participants will also be treated to a continental breakfast.

On-site registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Participants can register in advance or at the event. All-day admission is $99 for CALV and GLVAR members, or $149 for others. For more information or to register for the symposium, download the registration form at, or call the CALV at (702) 784-5050.

About the Commercial Alliance Las Vegas

The Commercial Alliance Las Vegas (CALV) is the commercial real estate division of the Greater Las Vegas Association of REALTORS® (GLVAR). It organizes and empowers the industry in Southern Nevada through education, networking, promoting professionalism and shaping public policy. Membership in CALV is open to REALTORS® and non-REALTORS® alike. For more information, visit


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