LEDC Board Members

Martin Knauss - 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 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.


Jim (James) Maniaci - Vice President

Jim (James) Maniaci is the LEDC Vice President and a Board of Directors Member.

His background as a former journalist gave him experience in both economic development and local governments equipped him to serve many years as LEDC President and as the initial chair of the first elected Laughlin Town Advisory Board from January 2017 until January 2019. And an LEDC Board Member was chosen to succeed him until January 2021.

In February 2019 it was announced that he was chosen as the 2019 Clark County Laughlin Citizen of the Year, marking the 2nd consecutive year an LEDC principal was so honored.

Previously widowed after 35 years of marriage, he is now married to Sunny Maniaci.



Gina Mackey - Director


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.  Gina 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.


Danny Vander Loop - Director/Treasurer

Danny Vander Loop was born in Azusa California, he worked as A Production Manager for the Door and Window industry in California for 20 years. Danny relocated to Las Vegas Nevada in 2003 with his company. Danny started his own Door, Cabinet and Furniture Manufacturing Business in 2009, in 2013 he started working in his family's business where he currently works from home as a Project Manager For Grand Openings Doors and Windows in Pomona California. 

Danny and his Family moved to Laughlin in 2016 after being a Loyal Laughlin Visitor since his adolescent years,. Danny is a proud Laughlin Resident where he and his High school sweet heart will spend the rest of their days.


Lisa Hardin - Director

Lisa have been a resident in the Tri State area for 19 years, she now resides in Laughlin.  She grew up in Mississippi and is a mother of five children. 

Lisa is the General Manager of Nevada Made Marijuana here in Laughlin, her interest in the community has led her to work with the LEDC and be a board member.