It's The Norm 4-28-10

A long time friend of this writer has branched off from previous connections, and decided to start making money for herself, by doing it the old fashioned way: opening her own business.

“Why work hard for someone else, when you can put the same amount of effort in your own business, and very possibly improve your output to the satisfaction of everyone?” Eileen Goldman, owner of a new destination management company, said. is Goldman’s new company, and it’s the only destination company dedicated solely to booking social and corporate events in Las Vegas, according to Eileen.  From corporations to businesses of all sizes, high school and college sporting events, and families or social groups of 10 people or more, has been designed to be the place to go when the destination is Las Vegas.

Possessing a worldwide clientele, Goldman’s new company has the ability to arrange a wide array of events: From corporate meetings to group meetings, team builders, company retreats, convention/trade shows to wedding and anniversaries. I would venture to say, if you wanted to hold a gathering of old friends, with a special theme that called for igloo, could arrange it. In other words, you name it and they’ll come up with a solution.

Prior to opening her own business earlier this year, Eileen worked for 12 years on the property side, booking accommodations for individual Las Vegas Hotels, and, in so doing, she met and became friends with some of the top agents in her field, and promised herself, that if she ever opened her own agency, she would surround herself with only the best workers she knew. This she has accomplished.

“My staff and I know just about everything there is to know about Las Vegas, having collectively lived and worked here for more than 27 years. We all live, work and play in our town, and we draw upon our intimate relationship with the shakers and movers of this great city and our own expertise,” Goldman said. “We are literally a one-stop shopping center for our clients!” has a full-service entertainment division that offers everything from the flamboyant to the elegant, and everything in-between. You name the entertainer or the entertainment, and Goldman’s staff will go to the ends of the earth to meet your request. For more information go to: or e-mail to [email protected] or call 702-938-2665.


MannyAnother friend of this writer, and one funny dude, is stand up comedian Manny Oliveira, who is currently headlining at the Comedy Stop inside the Sahara Hotel through Sunday.  Hal Spear and Joe DeLion share the bill.  Anyhow, Manny informed me the other evening, that he will soon mount his own “One Man Show,” in a 380-seat theater in Atlanta, Georgia. The title of the show, which indicates how this guy’s brain works, is: “I’m The Man You Meet Before You Meet The Man You Marry.” According to Oliveira, it’s a story about being middle aged, single and hip. I think it’s perfect casting! The schedule calls for it to have a World Premier at the 14th Street Playhouse in late Fall or early 2011. The Comedy Stop continues to bring in three top headliners from every corner of the globe every week, changing every Monday. Showtime is 9 p.m. nightly with tickets priced from $24.95. Call 702-737-2878 for more information or reservations.

PeterWillcoxWent to Hooters Hotel & Casino on Tropicana the other evening to watch an entertainer I’ve known for more than 35 years, Pete Willcox, who does a fabulous job of bringing the music of Elvis Presley back to life for a good 90 minutes, in Hooters’ showroom. At one time, back in the ‘70s, Willcox was one of two (in my opinion only gang) of the hottest Elvis impersonators on the face of the earth. No kidding! Johnny Harra was the other one. And guess what? They both worked for this writer at the old Silverbird. Well, the trip to Hooters was well worth it, as Pete did not disappoint anyone that I could see. He admitted to being 68 years-young, and looks terrific on stage. He has a tight-knit four piece band with two lovely backup singers giving him full support. What I really enjoyed about watching this particular entertainer, is that he wastes very little time talking (he does tell a short story or two, but basically he knows everyone is there to hear the music of Elvis). And, gang, if you close your eyes and listen to the singer, you will swear it’s the original. Pete does all the songs you come to expect, plus a couple, had Elvis lived, he would have surely recorded. The closer is the one which always gets to me and most of those who knew Elvis: “An American Trilogy.” Showtime is Wednesday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. with tickets priced at $24.95.

Well, gang, that’s about it for this week. I’m outa here!