SOUTH POINT HOTEL CASINO & SPA
9777 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89183
NIA SANCHEZ BOOKOREAD BIO
Nia Sanchez Booko
Nia Sanchez made history when she won the title of Miss USA 2014, becoming the first Miss Nevada to capture the coveted crown. Seven months later, she represented the USA at the 63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant, where she finished as first runner-up. An avid traveler and fourth degree black belt in Taekwondo, Nia has lived all over the world, from her former Nevada residence just minutes off the famed Las Vegas Strip to countries as diverse as Germany and Hong Kong. As Miss USA, Nia was honored to work with a host of organizations including Project Sunshine, Best Buddies, and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. After giving up her Miss USA title in Baton Rouge, Nia took on a new title as Mrs. Daniel Booko at the couple’s beautiful wedding in October 2015. Nia is currently hosting food and travel show, and producing her own Universal Confidence workshops across the US and abroad. To keep up with Nia follow her on Instagram (@realniasanchez) and Youtube
RICARDO LAGUNAREAD BIO
Born and raised in La Paz, Mexico, Ricardo Laguna moved to Las Vegas at the age of 13. Growing up in a rough neighborhood, Ricardo’s passion for BMX riding was fostered during his high school years. He signed on as a professional athlete at the age of 18 and won the “King of Dirt” competition, making him the #1 Latin and South American Dirt Jumper in the world. Ricardo is a frequent competitor in major tournaments, including: The Dew Action Sports Tour, Gravity Games, Nokia Fise, and BMX Masters among others. Laguna has performed in shows worldwide and has hosted his own Action Sports and Music Festival in Las Vegas for the past 12 years called “The Ricardo Laguna BMX Dirt Challenge” at Extreme Thing.
Outside of his BMX career, Ricardo has been recognized as an accomplished sportscaster, including being the first Spanish-speaking announcer at the X-Games. He has been featured in numerous magazines and television shows and in March 2012, Ricardo premiered in The Ricardo Laguna Project, on MTV Tr3s and MTV Latin America – a reality series that offers a glimpse into Ricardo’s multifaceted life.
Ricardo is active in the Las Vegas community through his work with numerous charitable organizations with a special emphasis on promoting bike helmet safety. He is also the co-founder of Celebrando HispanicFest, an annual cultural event held in Las Vegas.
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Redwood Black came to life in 2017. Members JT Harker, Joe Devenney, Alex Seller, Todd Coogan, and Joe Conner, previously were known as the band Honky Tonk Boombox. Residing in the metropolis of Los Angeles, California, their sound combines the richness and depth of California’s country music heritage and a rock/pop edge that only comes from being immersed in the LA music scene. The band released their debut single “Murder In Georgia” in late 2017.
Chelsea CaswellREAD BIO
As a first time pageant competitor, Chelsea was crowned Miss Nevada USA 2013 and snagged a Top 10 spot at the Miss USA competition later that year. After her reign concluded, Chelsea continued to pursue her career at the Wynn Resort & Casinos where she gained the experience to land a coveted role as an Event Planner in Dallas, TX. Following her dreams led to following her heart as she met and married her husband, Montgomery Hill, in the Lone Star state in 2016. As a family they have returned to his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma where Chelsea now passionatley gives back to the community as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in the foster care system.
Gaspar CruzREAD BIO
A San Diego native Gaspar’s pageant career began in high school when his then best friend entered the Miss Philippines of San Diego Pageant and won. His involvement on the production side started when he Co directed Miss Nevada USA from 1998-2003!
Having started Crown Couture in the late 90’s he started as the official gown designer for Miss California USA and Teen USA, Miss Alaska USA and Miss Nevada USA and teen USA.. As a gown designer he has won evening gown in almost every state, national and international competition. He has also dressed over 180 state titleholders for the Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, Miss Universe, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, Miss America , Mrs. United States, Miss United States and Mrs. International Pageants.
Gaspar has also served as a judge in several state pageants for Miss USA including Delaware, Connecticut, New Mexico, Mississippi and now Nevada!
Jessica ChuckranREAD BIO
grew up in Anchorage, Alaska and fell in love with pageantry at her first competition when she was 18. Jessica became Miss Alaska USA in 2011. After, she began competing in national bodybuilding competitions where she won the status of IFBB Bikini Pro in 2013, achieving the distinction of being the only former Miss USA contestant to become IFBB Pro and first Alaskan woman to win in the bikini division. A graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage with a degree in Graphic Design, Jessica became a resident of Las Vegas over four years ago and currently holds the position of Marketing Manager for Caesars Entertainment, Jessica has continued to stay very active in pageantry as both a volunteer and emcee, and has served as a judge on at both a state and national level. She balances her very busy work life with a fulfilling personal life by keeping her faith in God the central focus, she loves taking road trips with her partner Warren and puppy Tiki.
Ross WaltersREAD BIO
is from Lafayette, LA and is a graduate of both the University of Texas and the University of Louisiana. He owns several businesses and enjoys working in forensic pathology.
Ross has over 15 years of pageant judging experience, judging on both the state and national level, and he is the Owner and Director of the Miss Lafayette USA pageant in Louisiana.
He is a three-time Latin Dance national champion, and currently serves as the Head Coach of the University of Louisiana Ragin’ Cajun Cheerleaders.
Ross enjoys traveling the world, commercial aviation, and fantasy football, and he has ambitions on one day being elected to the U.S. Senate, representing the great state of Louisiana.
Matthew HarrisREAD BIO
is one of the principles of the Los Angeles Based WOW Creations, a celebrity marketing agency that over the last decade have been involved in the biggest Hollywood events from the Oscars and Grammys to the Emmys, Sundance Film Festival , Kentucky Derby and more. Wow has recently opened WOW Publicity where they represent new and upcoming young Hollywood talent as well as brands for integration into Film and Television. His claim to fame is joining his twin brother Mark and starring in season 2 and 3 on the A&E hit show Storage Wars , he has also appeared on Pawn Stars, The KTLA show Hatched as well as the Emmy award winning on line show The Bay. Matt also co hosts a weekly radio show at LA Talk Radio called the Tastemakers, and is considered a Bon Vivant and is a roaming columnist for Fine Lifestyles magazine along with Avant Garde Magazine.
Thom Brodeur-KazanjianREAD BIO
Thom is a fashion and beauty industry expert. Most recently he served as the CEO of yandy.com– the official swimwear and activewear sponsor of the 2017 Miss USA & Miss Teen USA pageants. No stranger to the pageant industry for nearly 30 years he served as a judge, producer, state director and pageant coach with over two dozen state and national titleholder from numerous systems. Recently Thom has launched TBK Productions – a pageant coaching company and Brodeur – Kazanjian Beauty & Fashion- a firm specializing in helping entrepreneurs launch their brands online!