30-Year Resident

Councilman John Marz has made Henderson his home for 30 years. He has seen our community develop and John is uniquely qualified to help lead our City into the future.

John has been married to his wife, Barbara, for 37 years. They have three adult daughters, two of which reside in Henderson.

Success in Business

John founded one of Nevada’s most successful advertising agencies and has been responsible for the creation of hundreds of jobs over the course of his 40 years in the marketing and communications field.

As President and Chief Operating Officer of DRGM Advertising, Marz managed accounts for the Nevada Commission on Tourism, the Reno/Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, the MGM Grand, Summerlin, Valley Bank and University Medical Center.

A History of Service

John has deep roots in the Henderson community and knows our town like no one else. He volunteered as a Director for his Homeowners Association and his kids’ PTA. John's service at the grassroots level fuels his desire to rehab our more mature neighborhoods.

Having been a Planning Commissioner for both Washoe County and the City of Henderson, John brings a unique depth of leadership and experience to the City Council. He knows first-hand what it will take to reinvent Henderson in the new economy.

Personal

  • Born on January 1, 1947 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Graduated from Olympus High School in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1965.
  • Attended and graduated from BYU in 1971.
  • Married to Barbara Marz on October 21, 1978.
  • Three daughters: Ali, age 43.  Lindsay, age 35.  Samantha, age 33.
  • Six grandchildren: Kyle, age 18.  Abigail, age 10.  Nathan, age 8.  Daisy, age 8.  Ryan, age 6. Janie, age 2.
  • Resident of Henderson for 30 years, all in Ward III.

Business

  • Worked for Donrey Media Group at the Las Vegas Review-Journal and then at KOLO-TV in Reno, Nevada.
  • Started DRGM Advertising in Reno in 1975.
  • Moved to Las Vegas in 1985 to manage the Las Vegas office of DRGM, which had grown to become one of the state’s largest firms.
  • While President and Chief Operating Officer of DRGM Advertising, managed the Nevada Commission on Tourism, the Reno/Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, the MGM Grand, Summerlin, Valley Bank, University Medical Center accounts.
  • In 1999, became Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Mandalay Resort Group, overseeing advertising and marketing for all 12 properties.  Managed all Internet commerce, public relations, market research and community outreach.
  • Founded Marz & Company in 2005 and continues to serve a nationwide client base as a marketing consultancy.

Community Service

  • Served on the Washoe County Planning Commission.
  • Served on the Estes McDoniel Elementary School PTA.
  • Served on Fox Ridge Estates HOA.
  • Served on the Henderson Planning Commission.
  • While at Mandalay Bay, worked with charitable organizations throughout the valley.
 
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