Tim Snow, former executive of Thomas & Mack Co., dies at 79

Robert Adrian “Tim” Snow, whose expertise helped set the tone and guide commercial development in Southern Nevada in the 1990s and 2000s, has died at the age of 79.

Snow is the former president and chief development officer of Thomas & Mack Co. He died Sept. 11 after a nearly two-decade battle with prostate cancer.

Snow’s development legacy in terms of buildings will remain in the Las Vegas valley for years to come, but his family and friends and those who worked with him will remember him as a savvy and tenacious man with an infectious smile.

Snow, who had extensive experience in Southern California development, joined Thomas & Mack in 1994 as it transitioned from banking and landholding to a development company. Over his 13 years with the firm, he oversaw the construction, financing and leasing of 3.2 million square feet in 78, office, industrial, retail and hotel properties.

“How fortunate we were to have a guy who brought a lot of wealth of national expertise to Las Vegas when our marketplace for commercial development was in its infancy,” said Rod Martin, senior vice president at Majestic Realty Co., which partnered with Thomas & Mack for the Las Vegas Digital Exchange Campus — the home of Switch data center facilities. “To have leaders like Tim over the last 20 to 30 years in our commercial real estate market has helped it grow up to be on par with anything else in the country. I think by having that national experience to this marketplace, we all benefited by that.”

One of the other noteworthy projects under Snow’s direction was the McCarran Center on Warm Springs Road, home today to the headquarters of Nevada State Bank, Aristocrat, and Caesars Entertainment. Snow was known for being part of disappearing breed of developers who knew every aspects from planning and construction to finance and operations.

“He’s a giant in our industry. This guy did office, industrial and retail. He did it all,” said Rick Myers, president of Thomas & Mack. “There are probably 60 buildings in town that Tim Snow was involved in developing. He’s a major contributor, and his fingerprints are all over town.”

Myers called Snow a warrior and ferocious fighter who forged ahead while battling prostate cancer and who never complained and let it slow him down. There’s a lot to be learned and admired about how he handled it and reflective of who he was, Myers said.

“He challenged us. He would get in your face and he made us all better,” Myers said. “Even though he was a fighter and would stare you down, there was nobody any more fun in town to have a glass a red wine with than Tim Snow. He had a big infectious smile and wide range of interests from sailing to the Chicago Cubs. Some people when they pass away, you keep crying but Tim is one of those guys where when we get together everyone smiles.”

After stepping down from Thomas & Mack in 2007, Snow opened his own consultancy and became a key development adviser to UNLV, Kemper Insurance/Unitrin, city of Henderson, Delta Pacific Land Co., and the Las Vegas Art Museum. His involvement included the development of the UNLV Harry Reid Research and Technology Park.

Snow served in 1997 as president of the Southern Nevada chapter of NAIOP, the commercial real estate development organization. He received a lifetime achievement award from the organization in 2009 and left his mark on the organization.

“Whatever room he walked into, he commanded the room,” Myers said. “That guy always walks in and you thought you set up the meeting to talk about real estate, Tim walks in and guess who’s in charge. He was one of those guys.”

Snow was born March, 5, 1937, in Evanston, Illinois. He graduated from New Trier Township High School and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1959. He worked in Chicago, Dallas before going to Los Angeles and then Las Vegas.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Jane M. Snow, of Las Vegas, and their daughter Elizabeth V. Snow of Brooklyn, New York; two daughters from a previous marriage, Katherine E.“Kitty” Curran of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Jennifer L. Snow of Brooklyn, New York; two son-in-laws, Joel Curran and Stephen Para; and two granddaughters, Kelsey Curran and Addison Curran. He is also survived by his sister, Jill E. Cassidy, a niece, Keely Cassidy Valdma, and great-niece, Kyrii Valdma, all of Orange County, California

His family released a statement that described him as living his life under the mantra of “all in.” They said he gave all he had and expected others to tackle not only work but play with the same vigor.

They described him as an avid sailor, golfer, skier and someone who found excitement in fierce games of backgammon and winner-take-all games of volleyball in his pool.

That tenacity and tireless effort was also true in business, Martin added, saying Snow forced everyone to up their game, otherwise he would get the deal.

“That aspect not focused on him was that was kind and caring and fun-loving guy,” Martin said. “That’s truly the Tim Snow that his wife, family and friends know. He was just as good at those aspects than the tenacity he had as a real estate developer.”

Business Videos
Boulder City housing construction
Boulder City, population 15,970, limits its growth by putting a cap on residential construction. But Las Vegas builder Wayne Laska sees little competition and has launched a 127-home project there. His development, Boulder Hills Estates, will span about 30 acres and is the biggest new housing tract in the city in decades. Home prices start around $410,000. By comparison, the median sales price of newly built homes in the Las Vegas Valley last year was about $383,700.
MGM's sports betting deals
MGM Resorts International signed a sports betting sponsorship agreement with the NBA in July It was the first professional sports league to have official ties with a legal sports betting house. The deal came just two months after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a law prohibiting sports betting in most states. In October, MGM became the first gaming company to sign a sports betting partnership with the NHL. In November, MGM became the first gaming company to sign a sports betting partnership with the MLB. Financial terms of Tuesday’s deal and earlier partnerships have not been announced.
Faraday puts Las Vegas land on the market
Nearly two years after Faraday Future bailed on its North Las Vegas auto factory, the company has put its land up for sale. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
El Cortez owner Kenny Epstein on running the iconic property
Kenny Epstein, owner of the El Cortez Hotel in downtown Las Vegas, talks about Jackie Gaughan mentorship and answers rumors about bodies in the basement at the mob-era casino. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
LVCVA recommends construction of underground people mover
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority announced the recommendation for an underground people mover for the convention center. The system would have the potential to expand and connect Downtown and the resort corridor all the way to McCarran. (Michael Quine/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
LVCVA/Boring Company Press Conference
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority announced a collaboration with Elon Musk's The Boring Company to develop and operate an autonomous people mover system for the Las Vegas Convention Center District.
International Pizza Expo includes green and gluten free
The International Pizza Expo at Las Vegas Convention Center included companies focused on vegan and gluten free, and plant-based pizza boxes. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
International Pizza Expo kicks off in Las Vegas
The first day of the International Pizza Expo at Las Vegas Convention Center is everything Pizza. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
T-Mobile program aids guests with sensory needs
A program at T-Mobile Arena is designed to provide a more sensory friendly experience for guests.
Photo Booth Expo
Danielle May talks about how Simple Booth transformed her Volkswagen bus into a business.
Nevada Gaming Commission's highest fines
The highest fines assessed by the Nevada Gaming Commission, according to commission Chairman Tony Alamo: 1) Wynn Resorts Ltd., $20 million, 2019 2) CG Technology (then known as Cantor G&W Holdings), $5.5 million, 2014 3) The Mirage, $5 million ($3 million fine, $2 million compensatory payment), 2003 4) Stardust, $3 million, 1985 5) Santa Fe Station, $2.2 million ($1.5 million fine, $700,000 compensatory payment), 2005 6) Las Vegas Sands, $2 million, 2016 7) CG Technology, $1.75 million, 2018 8) CG Technology, $1.5 million (also $25,000 in escrow for underpaid patrons), 2016 9) Caesars Entertainment, $1.5 million, 2015 10) Imperial Palace, $1.5 million, 1989 11) Peppermill Casinos, $1 million, 2014
Tiny Pipe Home vs Shipping Crate
A Tiny pipe home was displayed at the International Builders Show this week in Las Vegas.
Auto repair shortage affects Las Vegas
The auto repair industry is facing a national shortage of workers.
Franchising industry booming
Experts say Las Vegas is a hotbed for the franchise industry.
Africa Love owner talks about his store in Las Vegas
Mara Diakhate, owner of Africa Love, gift and decor store, talks about his store in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/ Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Developer gets approval to build homes at Bonnie Springs
The Clark County Planning Commission has approved a plan to build 20 homes on the site of Bonnie Springs Ranch. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Dig This opens new location In Las Vegas
Remember when you were a kid and played with construction toys in the sand box? Dig This Las Vegas has the same idea, except instead of toy bulldozers, you get to play with the real thing. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
Town Square developer Jim Stuart building again in Las Vegas
Las Vegas’ real estate bubble took developers on a wild ride, something Jim Stuart knows all too well. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Salon opens at Veterans Village
T.H.E. Salon, owned by Nicole Christie, celebrated their opening at the Veterans Village with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Southwest Airlines considering Las Vegas-Hawaii flights
Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly says the airline is "very focused" on Hawaii. Hawaiians have a strong presence in Las Vegas.The city’s unofficial status is “Hawaii’s ninth island.” In 2018, at least 2,958 people from Hawaii moved to Nevada. Of those, 88.7 percent moved into Clark County, according to driver license surrender data. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, 310,249 people came to Las Vegas from Hawaii in 2018.
Fewer Nevadans are celebrating Valentine's Day
Fewer Nevadans are celebrating Valentine's Day. About 1.2 million Nevadans are expected to celebrate this year, a 5 percent drop from 2018. A growing number of people consider Valentine’s Day over-commercialized. Others weren’t interested in the holiday or had nobody to celebrate with. But spending is expected to rise. Those who do celebrate are buying for more people. The average American is expected to spend about $162 this year for Valentine’s Day, a 57 percent jump from a decade prior. Katherine Cullen, director of industry and consumer insights at NRF
Foreclosures of mansions in Las Vegas
Las Vegas was ground zero for America's foreclosure crisis after the housing bubble burst. (Eli Segall/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Rick Helfenbein talks about the impact of tariffs on the clothing industry
MAGIC fashion convention showcases men's clothing trends
The MAGIC fashion convention has come to Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center to showcase some of the hottest clothing trends for men. (Nathan Asselin/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Allegiant Air flight attendants learn how to handle a water landing
Field instructor Ashleigh Markel talks about training prospective flight attendants for Allegiant Air getting live training with a raft for a water landing at the Heritage Park Aquatic Complex in Henderson on Monday. (John Hornberg/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Smith & Wollensky CEO Michael Feighery speaks
Smith & Wollensky CEO Michael Feighery speaks about the new Smith & Wollensky restaurant coming to the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian in Las Vegas.
Smith & Wollensky CEO Michael Feighery speaks
Smith & Wollensky CEO Michael Feighery speaks about the new Smith & Wollensky restaurant coming to the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian in Las Vegas.
Smith & Wollensky CEO Michael Feighery talks about Las Vegas return
Michael Feighery, CEO of Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, discusses the restaurant's upcoming return to the Las Vegas Strip.
Apartments to Come to Hughes Center
Developer Eric Cohen discusses his current building project at the Hughes Center office park in Las Vegas, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal
Stratosphere to rebrand to The STRAT
The Stratosphere, a 1,150-foot-tall property in Las Vegas will be renamed The STRAT Hotel, Casino and Skypod.
TOP NEWS
Home Front Page Footer Listing