AUCTION ACTION REACTION: Classic car aficionados are in auto heaven at Mecum show

If these cars could talk, imagine all the stories they’d have to tell.

Enough stories to “burn our ears,” Glenn Hammack says as he slid a mirror beneath his pristine 1968 Chevy Malibu so prospective buyers could inspect its immaculate underbelly.

The yellow-and-black Malibu, parked inside the Las Vegas Convention Center’s central hall, was one of about 1,000 vehicles up for sale at the Mecum car auction that was held Oct. 10-12. Row after row of shiny classics sat waiting for their moments on the auction block as the smell of wax lingered in the air.

Meanwhile, on the other end of the convention hall, the auction was already underway. And anybody who has ever spent an interminable afternoon completing a purchase in a car dealership would appreciate the speed at which vehicles were flying off the block.

One crosses the block “every two minutes, nonstop until we finish,” Mecum Auctions’ Dave Magers said.


HITCHED NICHE: Wedding pros say ‘I do’ to Las Vegas at Convention Center trade show

It’s hard to imagine a better location for a wedding industry trade show than the wedding capital of the world. After all, everybody loves coming to Las Vegas, whether or not they have marriage on their minds. That’s what organizers of the Wedding MBA show discovered when they made the decision to move it here, from Phoenix, in the convention’s early years.

“It was a real game-changer for us,” says Shannon Underwood, conference director of Wedding MBA (Merchants Business Academy). The move “helped boost attendance, and people were really excited to visit Las Vegas.”


THEY’D LIKE TO THANK THE ACADEMY: Local hospitality workers prepare for careers at the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas

On a recent weekday morning, inside a big, rust-colored building in North Las Vegas, about a dozen students are training for one of the most in-demand jobs in the valley.

They make and remake beds, fold towels, vacuum carpets and scrub bathrooms. They meet in “classrooms” designed to look like hotel suites and named for properties, miles away on the glamorous Las Vegas Strip, in which they hope to soon be employed — MGM, Caesars, Tropicana and Bellagio among them.

Landing these jobs shouldn’t be a problem.

“Our students, they come over here and within four days they already have jobs waiting for them,” says Nancy Cor, senior housekeeping instructor for the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas. “We train them to be successful.”