Don and Madeline Andress, both 61, have come a long way in the last four decades. In the early days of their marriage, he was an $8-an-hour construction worker paving asphalt streets and driving heavy trucks and she was a homemaker.
Today the couple own 10 Harley-Davidson franchises in the Las Vegas area, and have acquired more than material wealth during their 43 years of marriage.
"Don is a very active and involved member of The Nellis Support Team, whose principal objective is to support the people serving our country who are stationed at Nellis. They raise money to help the service people and their families," Madeline Andress said
"I have been an active member of the Junior League of Las Vegas since 1974. JLLV is part of an international organization, whose sole purpose is to provide service within our respective communities, through direct volunteerism, advocacy and training its members for lifelong community service," she said.
Moving from their current two-story, 6,000-square-foot home in Canyon Fairways in Summerlin to a single-level 15th floor penthouse at One Queensridge Place, the Andress are ready for this change in lifestyle.
"We're traveling a lot. One of the only things you have to do is lock the door and go," Don Andress said. "There is a 260-degree view of the east and south valley and another patio that views Red Rock Canyon from our master bedroom."
Madeline Andress said she liked the rich building materials.
"We have chosen a clean, classic look and timeless colors, stone flooring in the hallways, entry, baths and closets, with walnut floors in all other areas."
"In designing One Queensridge Place, our intuitive goal was to create a residential environment that is noticeably distinctive and extraordinary to the Las Vegas Valley," said Yohan Lowie, chief economic officer and co-founder of Executive Home Builders Inc. "As the two buildings in Phase One get closer to completion, it is exciting to see our dreams and imagination take shape as we create a living experience that truly captures the art of life."
The Andress purchased in November 2003 "in the $6 million range," according to the couple and are planning to close escrow in next month. When it is completed the home will have three bedrooms, four baths, office, library and theater room.
Remembering their first home, Madeline Andress said: "It was less than 1,000 square feet near Charleston Boulevard and Torrey Pines Drive. We bought it for $15,500 in 1966 with a monthly mortgage of $135. It had three bedrooms, two baths and a big backyard. It was built by Sproul Homes, one of the larger builders in town. We sold it for $25,000 in 1970 and moved to a 2,500-square-foot house off St. Louis Avenue and 6th Street, near the children's schools -- St. Joseph Elementary School and then Bishop Gorman High School. Don and I are both graduates of BGHS as are our two children. Our four grandchildren plan on attending high school there, also."
It was at BGHS that Don Andress, born and raised in Las Vegas, and Madeline Andress first met. She, a New Orleans native, was running for freshman class president, an election she won. They were 15 years old when they first started dating in their sophomore year and later became sweethearts.
In addition to Las Vegas Harley-Davidson, the couple are owners in several gas station/convenience stores, Hampton Inns, strip malls, storage facilities and taverns. They also manage and develop real estate throughout the valley.
"Don had already purchased and owned Southern Nevada Harley-Davidson, when Tim Cashman approached him and asked if he might be interested in a partner. Don was indeed interested and came to me with the question. Knowing Tim and his entire family to be people of high character and achievement, I immediately gave my blessing. Tim and Denise are like family to us, and the best possible partners ever," Madeline Andress said.
She said the families have been friends for generations (since the early 1930s). Don Andress' great-grandfather C.C. McDaniel worked for Cashman's grandfather, James Cashman. Then McDaniel went into business for himself.
Both grandfathers were in the automobile business. James Cashman owned the Cadillac agency and McDaniel owned the Chrysler-Plymouth agency in Las Vegas.
Don Andress' and Tim Cashman's parents have been friends since their early days at Las Vegas High School.
"I've been really lucky with partners," Madeline Andress said. "We're good partners, even with each other."
Joan Schiller Travis can be reached at 702-338-9797 or JTwriter@cox.net.