Supporting UNLV...One Generation to the Next
When Norman Marsh started in the real estate business in the early 1950s, Las Vegas was just a barren desert oasis with a lot of potential. But now, for those new to the real estate arena like Jim Zeiter, Las Vegas has surpassed its potential. The desert land has been filled with neon lights and master planned communities.
These two real estate entrepreneurs may come from different generations, but they have a few things in common. They understand that the value of Las Vegas real estate is unmatched, they both realize that planning for the future is just good business sense and they both have a passion for advancing education by supporting UNLV.
Norman and his wife, Blanka, agreed that they would share their success by helping others whose vision would lead them into the real estate industry. So they vowed to contribute $100,000 for scholarships to real estate students as part of their estate plan. Hence, the beginning of their relationship with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1991.
Jim Zeiter, owner of Insight Holdings, shares the same passion for helping UNLV students. He donated a prime piece of property near Sam Boyd Stadium in Henderson to the University. The proceeds from his gift of real estate will create three different endowments benefiting the College of Business, the UNLV Foundation and Intercollegiate Athletics.
"I think the University is central to a lot of what this community needs, and it's a part of the quality of life," said Zeiter, a 1987 UNLV graduate. "It's been great for me, because I have eight UNLV grads who work for me...If you are not a part of the University or a part of the Foundation, it makes business a lot more difficult without those relationships. The University has done an excellent job of cultivating the community."
Jim spends a great deal of time promoting the University and assisting in fund-raising efforts. He is a member of the Annual Giving Council and is also a member of the President's Inner Circle, a gift club for those who contribute more than $5,000 in unrestricted gifts annually.
Norman also supports UNLV in many other ways. He has created the Blanka and Norman Marsh Scholarship endowment within the College of Business, established a charitable gift annuity with the UNLV Foundation and has included a gift to UNLV as part of his estate plan. Norman is also a member of the President's Inner Circle.
In addition to his own dedication to UNLV, Norman is carrying on the commitment for his wife.
"I've always loved being involved with the University, but I'm more involved now in honor of her memory," he said. "My No. 1 cause is UNLV."
Avid supporters of UNLV activities and programs, you will often find Norman and Jim attending campus events—that is, if and when they are not wheeling and dealing in real estate.