Outstanding Alumni of the Year
Brent J. Bell
’91 BS-BA Business Administration
Brent J. Bell is president and CEO of the Las Vegas-based, family-owned Whittlesea-Bell Transportation, one of the oldest and largest private transportation conglomerates in Nevada. Whittlesea-Bell Transportation, including Whittlesea Blue Cab Company, Henderson Taxi, Presidential Limousine, and Bell Trans, the largest single-city limousine company in the nation, employs more than 1,750 people and manages a fleet of more than 900 vehicles. In addition to managing the transportation business, Bell serves as president of Bell United Insurance Company, a private insurance company founded to insure the Whittlesea-Bell fleet.
In his efforts to operate and support environmentally friendly “green” companies, Bell has become an industry leader in moving fleets toward alternative fuel. In 2012, he co-founded World CNG SW, LLC, the only conversion company in Nevada up-fitting unleaded gasoline burning vehicles to compressed natural gas (CNG) and began converting the company’s taxicab and mini-bus fleets reducing harmful greenhouse emissions by over 30% per vehicle.
Due to his more than 28 years of hard work and knowledge of the industry, Bell has become one of the industry’s strongest advocates. He co-founded and serves as the first and current president of the trade organization, the Livery Operators Association of Las Vegas —a professional organization of taxicab, shuttle bus and limousine operators whose core mission is to ensure the safety of the traveling public and foster strong economic conditions for the industry by working closely with state regulators and convention and tourism officials.
Bell is not only a native of Nevada, but also a proud graduate and supporter of UNLV’s Lee Business School. He served as president of the Lee Business School Alumni Chapter and was honored in 2005 as the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. Bell continues to support UNLV by serving on the Dean’s Advisory Board and as a founding member of the Executive Mentor Program, and is a regular guest speaker at the Lee Business School at UNLV. His community service also includes being a board member of Opportunity Village Foundation and chair of Crime Stoppers of Nevada.