Downtown Denizen - Brian "Paco" Alvarez

Brian “Paco” Alvarez
Art Curator, Corporate Historian, and Z'Boutique Buyer, Zappos

What is something about you that most people don’t know?
Surprisingly, that I was born and raised in Las Vegas.

If you won $100 million, what would you buy first?
I actually wouldn't buy anything. I would divide the money into four separate trusts in the name of my family – “The Alvarez-Novau Family Trusts.” One trust would go to supporting my parents and me financially until we die, after our deaths the remaining balance would be separated equally into the remaining trusts. The second trust would go to UNLV as a scholarship program for students interested in pursuing careers in Anthropology, Archaeology, History and Art. The third trust would go to supporting UNLV Special Collections and their repository of historic archives. The fourth trust would go to supporting arts based organizations in Las Vegas. 

Which of your accomplishments has made you most proud?
My career in the cultural arts. There is nothing more rewarding then dedicating your life to enriching a community through the arts.

If someone were to make a movie about your life, who would you hope would play you?
Matthew Broderick.

What are some of the different jobs that you have had in your life?
I have been a brick layer, food & beverage cashier, registrar of collections at the Liberace Museum, interim curator of the Neon Museum and a curator of the Las Vegas News Bureau Photo and Film Archives.

Do you have a favorite quote or saying that inspires you?
“There is a tuition to be paid for the degree of experience in the university of life.”

If you could try out any job for a day, what would you like to try?
I would like to be the secretary general of the United Nations.

Who was your childhood celebrity crush? 
Mark Paul Gosselaar – Zack from Saved by the Bell.

What motivates you to work hard? 
Knowing that I am a leaving a legacy for the children of the world.

If you could give one piece of advice to your 10-year-old self, what would it be?
Be who you were meant to be and you shall set the world on fire.

In one sentence, what does the future of Downtown Las Vegas look like to you?
Though I have been visiting Downtown since 1994, I didn't move into the neighborhood until 2005 just when things were beginning to grow. Witnessing the changes over the past 20 years, I can only say that the future is bright for Downtown Las Vegas. 

What is your favorite book to read or favorite movie to watch? 
My favorite book is The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes. My favorite movie is 9 to 5 with Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, and Jane Fonda

What is one thing on your bucket list that you have already done or have plans to do? 
One thing that I have yet to do is visit Antarctica.