Councilman Bob Beers
Las Vegans living in Ward 2 elected Bob Beers to represent them on the Las Vegas City Council in a historic special election in March 2012, and he was honored to be sworn in April 4, 2012. The special election was held after longtime attorney Steve Wolfson was appointed to become the Clark County District Attorney. Ward 2 is the southwestern corner of the City of Las Vegas, including Peccole Ranch, Queensridge, The Lakes and parts of Summerlin.
He prides himself on an “open door policy” and encourages residents to contact him with concerns, questions and ideas for making Las Vegas a better place to live, work and play.
As a City Councilman, Beers serves on the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition, Southern Nevada Health District Board, Oversight Panel for School Facilities, and the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Repository Committee.
Beers is a certified public accountant (CPA) and certified fraud examiner (CFE), so he understands budgets and how governments should use them to govern their activities. He served for ten years on the Nevada Legislature’s “money” committees (Assembly Ways & Means and Senate Finance) which set state government’s budgets. As a small businessman, he served as a chief financial officer or chief executive for technology, radio, restaurant, consulting, import/distribution, and car repair companies, and as a marketing executive for several business-to-business companies. He’s signed both sides of a paycheck, and was twice named to the Las Vegas Business Press “Top 40 Under 40″ lists of young business leaders.
Beers served as an Assemblyman and Senator in the Nevada Legislature from 1999 to 2008. In his first year in the Senate, Beers’ became vice-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. He also served as a member of the Committees on Natural Resources and Legislative Operations. In 2006, he was awarded a “Taxpayer Hero” award from Americans for Tax Reform and finished second in a five-way primary for the Republican nomination for Governor.
After his time in the Legislature, Beers started a CPA firm with former Pangborn & Company managing partner Bob Seale in 2009. Seale and Beers, CPAs, today employs a dozen people specializing in accounting, auditing and taxation for small public companies, Federal Election Commission (FEC) and/or Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) compliance for political candidates and committees, and working with companies in the emerging growth and start-up categories.
Nevada’s Governor appointed him in 2010 to the Board of Directors of the Las Vegas Monorail Company, where he was part of a small governing board that shepherded the system through bankruptcy without harming taxpayers. The system emerged from federal bankruptcy court in 2012 able to pay all its operating costs from revenues, after successfully fending off initial investors who sought to raid Nevada tax coffers to recoup their bad decisions.
He is the treasurer of the Tonopah Historic Mining Park Foundation (a fascinating gem of Nevada history four hours from downtown Las Vegas), a volunteer member of the US Civil Rights Commission Nevada Advisory Committee, and serves on the UNLV College of Business, Accounting Department’s Alumni Advisory Board. He has been a member of Rotary International, the Chamber of Commerce, the American Mining History Association, the Nevada Society of Certified Public Accountants, Southern Nevada Clean Communities, the Opportunity Village Foundation Board, Las Vegas Songwriters Association, US Chess Federation, and Southern Nevada Bluegrass Music Society.
Beers moved to Nevada with his parents at age 11, attended Cashman Junior High School and graduated from Clark High School with high honors. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with distinction from UNLV. By graduation, he already was working as a CPA trainee in the Las Vegas office of Laventhol & Horwath. In 1989, he was licensed as a CPA. Beers married his junior high school sweetheart, Sarah, and they have two children. Bob’s wife coordinates the award-winning Parenting Project for Clark County.
Married with two adult children, Beers plays the banjo, is a proficient in a couple of computer programming languages, has a passion for local and regional history, cooks, has held an amateur radio license (WB7EHN) since the age of 14 and, as a volunteer, has created or maintained websites for over a dozen community organizations.