Category: The Professional Next Door


Lou Ragland is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. He started his career in entertainment more than 60 years ago with his father who was a film maker back in the 1940’s. Lou is known for singing with The World Famous Inkspots, Hot Chocolate, and as a solo artist. He once was the road manager for The OJays, he produces films and videos, teaches music and gives voice lessons. Chairman for The Las Vegas Music Association where he directs music literacy programs among many other things. Contact him at, call 702.638.0383.

TPND, Lou Ragland, May 13, 2015 by Jerry R. Smith on Mixcloud

Eric Auger

Entrepreneur and relentless innovator of the real estate industry, Eric Auger and his wife, Yvette are the co-creators of the “Warren Buffett Approach to Sell Real Estate,” authors of the infamous report, “Frauds, Lies, Cheats & Unethical Scams,” Eric and his wife also founded the Las Vegas’ Teacher Only Program®, and are licensed agents with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices NV Properties. The Auger’s have been called “provocative and entertaining,” but also “committed philanthropists” for their mission to raise/donate over $10,000 to local and teacher-related charities each year.

Eric & Yvette also support many great national charities too, such as: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Wounded Warrior Project®, Smile Train®, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® and Teaching For America among others.

Eric is a leader in the Las Vegas business community as well, and co-founded ENG (Entrepreneurs Networking Group™) Las Vegas Chapter—an exclusive group of business owners, sales professionals and entrepreneurs, focused on three core pillars of impact: Philanthropy, Business, and Growth!

The Professional Next Door guest, Eric Auger, 3.10.2015 by Jerry R. Smith on Mixcloud

Yvette-Waste-UpYvette throws 52 free events a year, including many for charity causes.  Her parties are designed to bring like-minded professionals together creating contacts and synergies, enjoying the best venues Las Vegas has to offer.

She was born and raised in Jersey, Channel Islands in the UK.  She came to Vegas as a dancer with The River Dance crew back in the day.  After that stint, she decided to stay here and make a name for herself…and that she did.  A natural entrepreneur and businesswoman, Yvette picked up some awards and honorable mentions along the way.  Like: Meetup awards 2013 and 2014; Female Business Leaders ~ 2014; 100 Most Influential People in Las Vegas ~ 2012, 10 Most Inspirational Women in Las Vegas ~ 2011.

She has hosted events at some the most desirable properties on the strip and around Las Vegas.  Such as: Hard Rock, Green Valley Ranch, Red Rock, Gordon Biersch, Boca Park, Lily Bar, Bellagio, Aria.

She invites you to attend her free weekly Cosmopolitan Connections Networking Events:


Yvette Auger was born and raised in Jersey, Chanel Islands in the UK. She performed in River Dance by Jerry R. Smith on Mixcloud

Inessa Shahinyan is a Broker at Show Vegas Realty with over 9 year experience. Armenian born Inessa has a very interesting story of coming here in pursuit of the America Dream.  Speaking Russian, Armenian and English, she says “Buying or selling your home should be a memorable and pleasant experience…” As a full time REALTOR, Inessa “…would love to help you find the communities and properties which suit you best.”

Inessa Shahinyan


Show Vegas Realty

Inessa is a Real Estate Broker/agent here in Las Vegas. She came looking for success and found it. by Jerry R. Smith on Mixcloud

July 1, 2014, at 9:30 pm, 

TPND guest, Mr. Craig Parks,  is the owner of Coffee, Tea or Me?, 2600 W. Sahara #121, Las Vegas, Nv, 89102.  A man of many talents; one being that he was a Michael Jackson impersonator.  So good at it that he performed as a double for the man himself for about 5 years: that’s what he told me and I believed him.  Anyway, listen at 9:30 and see what he has to say about business and some of the things he learned about Professionalism from Michael Jackson.

The Professional Next Door interviewed Craig Parks, 91.5 FM, The Source, by Jerry R. Smith on Mixcloud