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Duana Malone aka “The Tech Queen” (Founder of Tech Queen Elite Training Institute) and Executive Director for the Nevada Help Desk is an International Operations and Technology Consultant, a Computer Programmer, Website Designer & Software Developer with more than 40 years experience.  Duana began taking robotics classes at the early age of 7 in Detroit, Michigan, referred by Rev. Robert & Audrey Royal, sponsored by Ms. Dorothy Wiggins with her parents blessing and support.  It is for this reason, Tech Queen Elite Training Institute trains youth starting at age 7.

Duana was awarded “Technology Woman of the Year” by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) & Vegas Community Tech Fund. Duana was also featured as the State of Nevada STEM Champion for Black History Month in February, 2019 and “STEM Woman of the Month” awarded by U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen in May, 2021. Duana was appointed to the Governor’s STEM Council in February, 2020 and serves on other various local, state & national boards and councils to help create and expand initiatives in STEM Education and job growth. Each year, The Tech Queen host, sponsor and participate in after-school technology classes for Clark County School District students, the Congressional House APP Challenge and students around the world through virtual video technology training sessions. Duana offers expertise in customer relationship management & systems automation (certified in Lean Six Sigma) and have executive leadership experience with top Fortune companies.

Duana served as the Chief Technology Officer at Aldelano Solar Chain Solutions (solarcoldbox.com), a global leader in robust “off the grid” solutions for commercial use. Prior to starting her business in 1998, Duana worked for private, public and government sectors.

Duana’s career in technology combined with her service in ministry has afforded her the opportunity to travel to more than thirty states in the U.S. and numerous places around the globe including London (England, United Kingdom); Kiev (Ukraine); Prague (Czech Republic); Rome (Italy), Brussels (Belgium); Perth (Australia) Paris (France), Oranjestad (Aruba); Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios (Jamaica), just to name a few. Duana is as an ordained Youth Pastor with B.O.S.S. The Movement. She along with her ministry and technology partners has helped many startups by training in how to create a business and birth dreams, visions and ideas into reality.

On March 18, 2021, Duana was recognized for successfully completing the FBI Citizens Academy program and demonstrating a commitment to the FBI mission by the U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation Las Vegas Division.  On November 17, 2021, Duana was recognized Duana once again for her leadership with the FBI Teen Academy in partnership with Nevada Help Desk.

Duana has hosted the “Did You Know” radio broadcast for more than 20 years on KCEP Power 88 (FM 88.1) and currently owns the #1 worldwide gospel radio station network – https://24hourgospel.com with a listening audience in over 150 countries.

A complete list of Duana’s board memberships, committees served, and awards can be found on her website: https://thetechqueen.com

As the acting Chairwoman of the Urban Chamber of Commerce IT Roundtable, Duana is leading the effort in a partnership with other global tech companies to ensure every student, especially in Title I school districts are equipped to compete with today’s rapidly growing world filled with technological advances.

Duana became a master in “stretching time” when caregiving for both of her elderly aged parents and husband (all with chronic illnesses) for over a decade while still growing and scaling her technology company into a notable global brand.  She share these “secrets of stretching time” in her private consultations and group webinar sessions offered throughout the year.

Duana truly believes she can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens her by God’s grace.

Shaundell Newsome – Small Business Marketing Mentor SBA Small Business Champion of the Year 2008.

Shaundell began his career in Las Vegas as a marketing maven for Station Casinos, spearheading Station’s Boarding Pass, which has become a staple for casino promotions. He set out on his own, launching Sumnu Marketing, a small business marketing firm, with clients ranging from Gritz Cafe to the RTC. A two-time Small Business Award winner, he is the author of the book “12 Steps of Marketing”.

An entrepreneur since fourteen years old, Shaundell is a natural born businessman. He served a decade in the United States Air Force, working on important projects like fighter pilot training missions, stealth technology testing and other classified innovations. After military service, Newsome worked with the largest Locals Gaming and Entertainment company in the world, Station Casinos as a Marketing Director. He played a key role in the internal brand culture by training employees and management on the “Beyond the Best” service standards. And he was instrumental in developing the external brand award winning customer loyalty, Boarding Pass Rewards Program.
Shaundell parlayed his success in gaming and hospitality to create a small business marketing firm, Newsome Marketing Enterprises that focused on the same branding process that he learned at Stations. After The Great Recession he and his family members rebranded the company to Sumnu Marketing and won the Nevada SBA Family Owned Business of the Year in 2015.

Shaundell founded the company in 2006 as Newsome Marketing Enterprises. Shaundell has over 30 years of experience in marketing and communications, as began his career in marketing and graphic design as a teenager in Brooklyn NY working for the local printing company providing graphics and designs for the local hip hop arena.

After serving 10 years in the United States Air Force, Shaundell moved on to worked several years in gaming with one of the world’s largest gaming companies, Station Casino. There as Marketing Director for a couple of their properties he truly grew his expertise and developed his marketing niche. Shaundell grew to learn that his passion for marketing was truly a ministry. After working with several small businesses over the years, he learned that small businesses need his mentorship in order to grow their companies. For the Sumnu clients, he serves as the strategic advisor and project lead on all projects.

JUNIOR GRAND MARSHALS

Nijel Braxton Murray is a native of Las Vegas, Nevada. He recently graduated from Nevada State High School, a dual credit program which allows students to earn college credits while simultaneously acquiring a high school diploma. Nijel graduated in 2021 with high honors. He completed his high school diploma with a 4.3  gpa and an AA degree (3.6 gpa). He is currently studying in Business Marketing program at the University Of Nevada Las Vegas. Prior to high school, Nijel created several successful businesses that have been conducive to further propelling his interests and aspirations in business and marketing. Mr. Murray believes that pursuing a Business and Marketing degree will lead him to a profitable and satisfying future and propel him to accomplishing his lifetime goal of owning and operating his own business.