Sheldon and Christine Smith are an inseparable team that bring
with them incredible talent and energy. Sheldon and Christine moved to Las Vegas, NV in 2008 from Glencoe, IL, about 25 miles
north of Chicago on Lake Michigan. They have three children and seven (7) grandchildren ranging in age from two (2) to 26:
three are in Colorado and four are in Illinois. They are Life Members of the Casino Chip and Gaming Token Collectors’ Club
(CC>CC) and active members of the Southern Nevada Casino Collectibles Club. Currently, we are serving as Co-Chairs of
the CC>CC Annual Convention.
Prior to my retirement I was the publisher of TestWatch Research Institute Ltd., a not-for-profit corporation, from 1992 to 2006,
which conducted programs in 36 Chicago area high schools. I created a highly successful and innovative approach to test preparation
through the development of TestWatch TestPrep.
I authored TestWatch TestPrep’s Psychological Motivational Program entitled, “How Can I Help Myself?” I arranged the design,
printing, production, and distribution of TestWatch Research Institute’s Newsletter. I developed the highly acclaimed TestWatch
In-Service training program to facilitate Chicago Public School teachers’ awareness of test taking strategies and techniques to
enhance their students’ IGAP, ACT, SAT I, PSAE and PSAT scores. I presented the TestWatch Research Institute’s program, “All About
Tests,” at numerous high schools for their Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior Student/Parent Nights.
From 1971 – April 1992, I directed the Kaplan Educational Centers Ltd. and opened 26 centers in 11 states and conducted marketing
and advertising campaigns to introduce the high school, college and general population to the concept of test preparation. I acquired
locations and conducted lease negotiations for full-time Kaplan Centers throughout the Midwest and West. I assisted the new centers
in their business planning and hiring of enrollment counselors and instructors. I had direct oversight of all new centers west of
the Mississippi and supplied them with the educational materials to conduct classes and assured that each center was operating in
compliance with national strategies and procedures.
I started the first Chicago area Kaplan center in November 1971. In 1972, the first full year of operation, we enrolled 100
students and, by 1991, we had established six (6) educational centers throughout the Chicagoland area and increased our enrollment
In Chicago, I coordinated and conducted more campus classes at the high school level than any of the other 150 Kaplan centers
nationwide. My Chicago center conducted the only continuing Premier Hospital Group NCLEX preparation course in the country.
I am a long-established dealer of casino collectibles and sell on eBay as “onenevadadollar.” I am very interested in the
history of casinos, especially those in Nevada. I take great personal pride in educating people about our hobby and served for many
years as the CC>CC Education Director.
For the last seven (7) years, I have served as the President of the Southern Nevada Casino Collectibles Club. For many years,
I served as both the Educational Director and Publicity Director of the CC>CC and also served four (4) years as the Vice-President
of the CC>CC.