LAS VEGAS, NV – City National Bank, Nevada’s Premier Private and Business Bank®, today announced that it has appointed Luis Valera as a member of its Southern Nevada Advisory Board.  Valera is a prominent member of the business and academic community in southern Nevada and was recently appointed by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval as a commissioner of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada.
“We are very pleased to have someone as distinguished and accomplished as Luis join our advisory board,” said Larry Charlton, Nevada regional executive for City National Bank.  “His insight and understanding of both the business and academic climate in Nevada will be very beneficial to our board and the bank. His government affairs background will also provide us with valuable insights about our state and local governments.”
Prior to his appointment last month to the PUC, Valera served as government relations director for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  He also served for several years as public affairs director for the Nevada Resort Association in Las Vegas.  Valera moved to Las Vegas in 2001 to serve as financial advisor for Orgill Singer & Associates.  Prior to relocating to Las Vegas, Valera served as government affairs associate for the National Ocean Industries Association in Washington, D.C.  He also served for a short time as a legislative correspondent for U.S. Representative John Ensign.
Valera graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.  He also earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the William S. Boyd School of Law in Las Vegas.
Valera is actively involved in the community serving on the board or as a volunteer of several trade and nonprofit organizations.  He is currently serving as chairman of the Latin Chamber of Commerce.  He also serves or has served as commissioner of the Nevada Commission on Economic Development, the Alumni Board of Directors of UNLV’s College of Liberal Arts, and as president of the Nevada Tourism Alliance in Las Vegas.
The bank has ten other prominent business professionals serving on its advisory board in southern Nevada.  These individuals are as follows:  Gary Goodheart, advisory board chair and managing partner of Jones Vargas Law Firm; Peter Thomas, managing partner of the Thomas & Mack Company; Steve Coffey, managing partner of Coffey & Rader CPAs; Jim Pisanelli, managing partner of Pisanelli Bice Law Firm; Allen Kaercher, managing partner of Kaercher Insurance; Joe Essa, president of Wolfgang Puck Worldwide; Dr. Russ Schroeder, managing partner of Ear, Nose and Throat Consultants of Nevada; Brad Peterson, senior vice president of CB Richard Ellis; Karla Perez, vice president, Acute Division of Universal Health Services, Inc.; and Robert Young, senior vice president of Chenco Holdings.

About City National

City National Bank is the wholly owned subsidiary of City National Corporation (NYSE: CYN). It is backed by $21.4 billion in total assets, and provides banking, investment and trust services through 76 offices, including 16 full-service regional centers, in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada and New York City. The company and its investment affiliates manage or administer $58.5 billion in client investment assets, including nearly $37 billion under direct management.
City National has 10 branch offices in Nevada, including six in Las Vegas and one each in North Las Vegas, Reno, Carson City and Minden. The bank also has a loan production office at Stateline in South Lake Tahoe.
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