LEDC Board Members

Jim Maniaci - President

 Jim Maniaci is a native of the St. Louis suburb of Jennings, Missouri; lived in Elkhart, Indiana; Palm Springs, California; and Las Vegas, Nevada before graduating from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. He majored in journalism at Loyola University in New Orleans, completing his bachelor’s degree at San Diego, Calif., State University. 

During Jim’s radio and newspaper career he worked in Nevada, Louisiana, California, Arizona, and New Mexico. Jim moved to the Colorado River in January 2007, becoming a Laughlin resident and voter in December 2007. He was a charter member of the Peoria, Arizona, Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, and a member of the City of Winslow, Arizona, Focused Future program using an Edison Institute-based strategic growth plan for economic development which focused on the community’s strengths of transportation and tourism.  

During Jim’s career in reporting and editing he gained extensive experience in the field of economic development. He is currently chairs the Laughlin Town Advisory Board  and is a charter member of Laughlin Elks Lodge No. 2872 where he chairs the Board of Trustees. Jim is a past Rotarian, Lion, and Optimist service clubs member. 

After being widowed [Almeda (Thomas) died from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s] in July 2017, he and Sunny (Andrews) Garrison, a widow, were the 1st couple married by the new Senior Pastor of Laughlin Community Church, M. Ryan Stotler, on June 2, 2018. He is active in the church and is a member of the LCC Board of Trustees and the Stewardship Committee.



Martin Knauss - Vice President

Martin Knauss graduated from Mohave High School in Bullhead City, AZ and continued his education at the University of Wyoming. He graduated with a BS in Petroleum Engineering and after a 35 year career with a large, multinational oil and gas company he retired in Laughlin, NV. He is also a Professional Engineer. 

Towards the end of his career he managed the rig operations in the Rocky Mountain region. His focus was on safety and efficiency. He also worked with small companies in improving their safety and management systems to become eligible to provide services to the company he worked for.

He is a board member and Vice President of Laughlin Economic Development Corporation (LEDC). The mission of the LEDC is to create and implement a collaborative venture among civic and business leaders in the town of Laughlin, to promote the health, welfare and quality of life for the residents of Laughlin through economic development.


Gina Mackey - Director/Treasurer


Gina Mackey - Gina grew up in the country in Texas and relocated to California when she was a pre-teen. Gina successfully raised two children in Southern California where she worked full time as the Manager of Market Research for Warner Bros. for a decade. Her analytical skills along with marketing, and sales has helped her career along the way. Gina moved full time to Laughlin, NV in May of 2015 and is successfully working as a Realtor at a local Brokerage. Gina’s interest in the community has led her to work with the LEDC and was active on the Communications Committee. 

Gina’s interest has also lead her to run for the 2016 election of the Town Advisory Board. She is active at the Laughlin Community Church, and has what she describes as a passion for the people here in the community township of Laughlin. She hopes to help bring services and resources to the townspeople.

“The decisions we make today will impact the lives of thousands of our residents and families for decades to come”


Eugene Williams - Director/Secretary

Eugene Williams - is a retiree from the US Navy and Southern California Gas Company. He's the owner of Eugene Williams Consulting, he is a State of Nevada Notary Public and Commercial Registered Agent, a Commercial Mail Forwarding Agency for the US Postal Service, former community college instructor at Rio Hondo College in Whittier Ca. and a designated Adobe Acrobat Expert. He brings his knowledge of computer software development and community connections in support of the mission and objectives of LEDC.

Favorite Quote: "There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure". Colin Powell Our mission is to create and implement a collaborative venture among civic and business leaders in the town of Laughlin, to promote the health, welfare and quality of life for the residents of Laughlin through economic development



Cheryl Crow - Director


Cheryl Crow moved to Laughlin in July 1988, with her husband and youngest daughter. She quickly became involved with the Laughlin Baptist church, which later became the Laughlin Community church. Cheryl and her family opened a barber shop Kruz-N-Kuts in January 1991, which still operates today.

Over the past 25 years Cheryl has taken on many initiatives to serve the community including the Juvenile Prevention Committee, the board of Bobby Socks Softball and Laughlin Little League. She worked on the Booster Club board for six years and was a member of the Laughlin Town Advisory Board for seven years. Today Cheryl is actively involved with the Pro-Teens Youth group at the Laughlin Community Church and has been the president of Laughlin Republican Women since 2012. She recently became a board member of the LEDC, where she will continue to be involved with improving the community that she loves and plans to spend the rest of her life in.


Jeffrey Mercier - Director

Jeffrey Mercier has been with NVEnergy for 30 years. He started his career as a meter reader before becoming a Warehouseman in Laughlin from 1993 through 1998. While in Laughlin Jeffrey met his wife Sherry and they have been married for 15 years. They moved to Las Vegas, so Jeffrey could fulfill a lifetime dream of becoming a Journeyman Lineman which he accomplished in 2002. He returned to Laughlin throughout the years to assist with jobs that were being done around the community In August of 2012 an opening for the Laughlin Lines Supervisor opened, and Jeffrey’s wife encouraged him go for it. He was awarded the position and has been enjoying his work back in Laughlin ever since.