Guy Bennallack: The Shade Tree Shelter History

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The Shade Tree Shelter
Image: theshadetree.org

The Shade Tree Shelter first offered a safe place to sleep in 1990, when it established cots in the basement of Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church. Members of the diocese collaborated with individuals from the Junior League of Las Vegas and the city’s citizens to open a more permanent location. Soon, a building owned by Catholic Charities became the new shelter.

Over the course of a decade, the shelter quickly expanded, adopting new programs and services. Shade Tree soon outgrew its building, and a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation made it possible to build a new shelter. Today, the organization occupies the same space and qualifies as the largest shelter in the State of Nevada that provides 24-hour service to women, children, and their pets. With 264 permanent beds, Shade Tree provides shelter for individuals of all ages. The shelter runs programs for victims of violence, in addition to offering an extensive library and other amenities.

Guy Bennallack serves as the Chief Executive Officer of HBR, LLC, a general construction company located in Las Vegas. Dedicated to his community, Guy Bennallack donates to several philanthropic organizations, including Shade Tree Shelter.

Recent Activities of Safari Club International, by Guy Bennallack

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Safari Club International
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Founded in 1972, Safari Club International has spent the past four decades protecting hunters’ rights and advocating for wildlife conservation. Today, the group consists of 190 chapters and 55,000 members. Regularly engaging in a variety of activities that benefit its mission, this organization has given nearly $47 million to groups and projects since 2000.

In May 2012, Safari Club International announced its donation of $25,000 to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to aid in the study of whitetail deer. The program’s purposes include enhancing game management and better understanding predator populations and hunting patterns. The funds were put towards equipment and staff costs.

Also that month, Safari Club International conducted a fundraiser in Michigan on behalf of The Salvation Army Outdoors. This event, the 6th Annual Sporting Clay Shoot, garnered more than $50,000 for the group.

About the Author:

The Chief Executive Officer of several contractor and development firms throughout Las Vegas, Guy Bennallack contributes to Safari Club International.

A Brief Overview of Double-Glazed Windows

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Guy Bennallack has served as chief executive officer of The Window Company in Las Vegas, Nevada, since 2007. In this position Guy Bennallack manages all business activities, including window installations and window glazing projects.

The term window glazing refers to the actual panes of glass that comprise the majority of a window’s design. Glass is fitted in a window frame using glazing putty, while replacing a window’s glass is known as reglazing. Reglazing may be necessary for several reasons, though the most common include damage to the glass or a desire for more energy-efficient window fixtures.

One step a homeowner can take toward energy-efficient window installation is known as double glazing. Often referred to as an insulated glass unit (IGU), double-glazed windows utilize two or more glass panes in a single frame. Two panes are common, separated by a layer of air and a spacer, but triple-glazed windows have grown in popularity as energy costs continue to rise. The benefits of double- and triple-glazed window panes include savings on energy bills, a smaller carbon footprint, and a more comfortable living space that retains heat and air conditioning at an improved rate.

Guy Bennallack’s Support of the Shade Tree Shelter

An executive in the construction industry, Guy Bennallack presently serves as CEO of HBR Management, Inc., in Las Vegas. Outside of the office, Mr. Bennallack charitably supports such local initiatives as the Shade Tree Shelter.

Currently located on West Owens Avenue in downtown Las Vegas, the Shade Tree Shelter has roots stretching back 23 years to the basement of Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church. This initial offer of a safe place to sleep has since grown into a comprehensive service organization that provides local citizens with more than 100,000 nights of free shelter each year. Shade Tree’s present facilities include over 38,000 square feet of sleeping space, libraries, training rooms, and children’s play rooms.

Specifically designed to meet the needs of women and children, Shade Tree offers a range of services designed to help individuals escape violent situations and attain new levels of self-reliance. A registered 501(c)3 nonprofit, the organization looks to grassroots private donations to meet its ongoing operational costs.

Q&A with Guy Bennallack: Managing Multiple Businesses

Ensuring the success of one business is challenging enough, so what happens when you are in charge of more than one business with multiple headquarters? Since graduating from college, business owner Guy Bennallack has owned 52 companies and specialized in construction.

Q: What are some of the issues you face managing multiple businesses?
A: As an owner, you want to be involved in the daily operations of your company, but that is not always possible. With employees at multiple locations, there is too much to track. Add to that the amount of paperwork and bookkeeping per business and you can understand how one person could not possibly handle it alone.

Q: How do you resolve these issues?
A: The answer to these problems lies in whom you hire to assist you in the management of your disparate interests. A highly-specialized, trained, and motivated management team can alleviate the stresses of running multiple businesses and contribute to diversity in problem solving and other issues.

Q: What is the key to effective management of the managers?
A: A strong leader, in business or otherwise, knows how to delegate responsibilities. While you may want to be involved with everything, that can be a lot of balls to juggle, making it easy for any or all of them to fall to the ground. So it is important to know your people and what they can do, so you can give them the correct direction.

Guy Bennallack is the CEO of HBR Management, Inc., in Las Vegas. He owns and operates multiple businesses related to the construction industry.

The Nevada Business Coalition: Free Market Lobbyists

The Nevada Business Coalition lobbies on behalf of the business community and fights legislation it sees as anti-business in nature. Guy Bennallack, who owns a number of businesses in the Las Vegas area, is a member. The organization uses an inside approach to lobbying in combination with other, more public approaches. These include a variety of initiatives in coalition building, outreach, digital media, and more.

The coalition offers business owners a voice in a difficult political climate, where industry associations and chambers of commerce often must compromise. The independent nature of this organization enables it to continue to fight when in-house lobbyists are sometimes sidelined. Additionally, members of this grass-roots coalition do not risk political retribution for their involvement, because the coalition is not compelled to disclose their names. The Nevada Business Coalition works year-round to represent the Nevada business community. This work ensures that business leaders such as Guy Bennallack can continue to serve the community.

Guy Bennallack on East Career and Technical Academy

As part of Las Vegas’ Clark County School District, East Career and Technical Academy is a public high school that provides educational opportunities for students interested in pursuing a variety of career and technical programs. The school offers a range of classes in eight programs, including early childhood education, automotive technology, electronic engineering technology, construction management, culinary arts, marketing and hospitality, information technology, and medical professions.

Many classes are eligible for credit at Nevada universities and colleges. Several of the school’s programs lead directly to certification, while some, including honors and advanced-placement classes, provide opportunities for post-secondary learning. Hands-on projects, internships, and job shadowing programs provide students with first-hand experience.

About the Author: Guy Bennallack is an entrepreneur and licensed general contractor who operates two roofing companies, a window and glazing company, a painting company, and several real estate holding entities. Guy Bennallack maintains membership in a number of professional organizations, including the National Roofing Contractors Association, the Western States Roofing Contractors Association, the Nevada Subcontractors Association, and the Nevada Business Coalition. Mr. Bennallack contributes to several community institutions, including East Career and Technical Academy.