Sen. Mary Ann O'Connell excelled as the Senator for the State of Nevada for two decades.
LAS VEGAS, NV, August 16, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Sen. Mary Ann O'Connell with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Sen. O'Connell celebrates many years' experience in her professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes she has accrued in her field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Always keeping a diligent eye on her county's economy, she was recognized by the National Federation of Business by being the first Nevadian to receive "The Guardian of Small Business Award. Sen. O'Connell excelled as the Senator for the State of Nevada for two decades. Being voted "Best State Senator" two years in a row by a poll taken by the Las Vegas Review Journal (1999 and 2001). While in the Senate she chaired the Governmental Affairs Committee 18 years and served on the Committee of Taxation and Commerce. She began her career as the executive director of the Boulevard Shopping Center Merchants Association in Las Vegas in 1968, remaining in the position for eight years; she was recognized nationally by the International Council of Shopping Centers for the work she did while with the Boulevard as it has a positive impact on the surrounding community. During her time with the shopping center, she conducted a live radio show that showcased local events and celebrities. She later worked as president of Citizens for Private Enterprise. Later on, she was the owner and operator of Meadows Inn Hotel and three Christian bookstores for 14 years. During this time, Sen. O'Connell was appointed to a large number of boards for various key government and community offices.
Sen. O'Connell has studied at the University of New Mexico as well as being actively involved with the International Council of Shopping Centers. She became an accredited shopping center promotion director, and has fulfilled a number of civic duties throughout her impressive career. She held the role as first president for the explorer division of the Boulder Dam Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America in the late 1970s, as well as a secret witness organization to help police ID people of interest dealing with crime in Las Vegas in the early 1980s. Sen. O'Connell also found success as the first vice chairman of the Clark County Republican Party in the late 90s.
In addition to her professional responsibilities, Sen. O'Connell was the former president and member of the board of directors for the Retail Merchants Association and the Greater Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, being named a Woman of Achievement in Politics by the latter's women's council in 1988. She was additionally recognized among the 25 Most Influential Women in Nevada in 2004 and was inducted into the Nevada Veteran Citizens Hall of Fame in 1999. Among numerous other accolades dating back to the mid-1970s, Sen. O'Connell accepted a Commendation Award from Mayor O. Grayson in 1975. She also received the Outstanding Government Service "Women's Role Model" Award.
Sen. O'Connell appreciated the opportunities which were given to her, to help individual Nevadians over her 20 years in the State Senate. In April of 2005, she was the second woman in history to be chosen for the Nevada Legislature Hall of Fame. In light of her exceptional undertakings, Sen O'Connell was selected for many editions of Who's Who in Finance and Business, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the West, and Who's Who of American Women.
In recognition of outstanding contributions to her profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Sen. Mary Ann O'Connell has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.
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