Gerri Harris Executive Director of Diversity & Contracts of MGM Resorts Design & Development (MRDD) Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Council Gerri Harris is Executive Director of Diversity & Contracts of MGM Resorts Design & Development (MRDD). Gerri supports and collaborates with local and regional senior management and executive leaders on the development and implementation of diversity and inclusion programs involving workforce utilization, consultant and contractor participation for design and construction services. She works closely with the MGM legal and risk teams on the standardization of contract forms for construction related services. Gerri fosters and manages relationships with various construction focused organizations and community partners for MGM Resorts. She is involved in furthering the alignment and fulfillment of strategic initiatives in support of MGM’s Corporate Social Responsibility platform.
Gerri joined MGM in 2005 as Director of Contract Administration. Her responsibilities also include oversight of the Contracts Department in the preparation of construction and professional services agreements related to Capital Improvement Projects for MGM Resorts, and insurance compliance and monitoring for all projects managed by MRDD as Owner’s Representative or General Contractor.
Gerri serves on the board for the: Western Region Minority Supplier Development Council- WRMSDC, National Association of Women in Construction-NAWIC, National Association of Minority Contractors and NAMC LV, and the Diversity & Inclusion Council of the Nevada Contractors Association.
Before her work with MGM Resorts, Gerri worked for nearly 20 years with UBM, Inc., an African-American-owned construction and consulting firm based in Chicago. Gerri received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Architecture and Art from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Phoenix. She also holds certifications in Construction Management from the Illinois Institute of Technology and in Paralegal Studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Christy Echols President of The Paragon Group Co-chair, Diversity & Inclusion Council
Established in 2012, The Paragon Group set out to bridge the gap for small, women and minority-owned companies, private and public entities. Displaying a uniquely diverse background from her family's small business to corporate, construction, and government contracting; this has given Christy an extensive area of perspective and expertise in understanding both sides and recognizing the gap in between. Having a front-row seat, we see the opportunities that small, women and minority-owned firms face in their business daily. Providing a compass for them to navigate the journey is huge for our firm. Seeing and hearing the impact that it makes is priceless.
We love our community!! Christy has become the “go-to” resource for small, diverse business development and certification in Nevada. Paragon works closely with organizations; private and public that are seeking diverse business owners to have a "seat at their table". We are able to come alongside them; guide them through the process, share keys to success while ensuring they have direct access to the tools and resources they need to capture the opportunities available.
In June of 2019, together with the Nevada Department of Transportation, The Resource Center was introduced to the community serving as a hub for certified small, diverse business owners that work on transportation and highway projects. Mrs. Echols currently serves as the NDOT DBE Supportive Services Consultant. Additionally, Christy is active in the local business community, currently serving on the Nevada Contractors Associations Diversity & Inclusion Council Steering Committee. In December of 2018, she was appointed by the Clark County Commission to serve as a member of Clark County’s Business Development Advisory Council (BDAC). Prior, Christy served on the National Association of Women Business Owners of Southern Nevada’s Executive Board from 2013 to 2016 and as the 2014-2015 President. Faith and family come first for Mrs. Echols. Her husband, Greg has been her rock for 25 years. Together, they are the proud parents to Preston, Drake, and Presleigh and a daughter-in-love, Lila and their fur-baby, Dak.
2020 Steering Committee Members
Anna Siefert, WBEC Bianca Gartrell, WBEC Carlos Gomez,Latin Chamber of Commerce Christy Echols,Paragon Development Group Gerri Harris,MGM Resorts Design & Development Glenn Maxwell,Penta Joe Coe, Boyd Gaming Corporation Juan Mendez, M Con, Inc. Kelly Perzy,Black Canyon Construction Lisa Craig, Trinity Land Surveying Maurice Williams,Cleaning Services, Inc. Rebecca Fountain,KOR Building Group Shaundell Newsome,Sumnu Marketing Tiesha Moore, G3 Electrical Trischa RoyACME Floorz
Interested in Joining?
We welcome all NCA members who have an interest in construction industry diversity & inclusion topics to join the Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Council. The D&I Council enables NCA members to connect with each other, keep pace with the latest construction D&I developments and participate in developing and driving association D&I initiatives. For those interested in more information on the NCA's Diversity & Inclusion Council, please contact staff liaison Rebecca Keenan at Rebecca@nvcontractors.org or (702) 796-9986.