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Since 1994, Tom Axtell has served as the general manager for Vegas PBS.  Under his leadership and direction, Vegas has tripled its annual revenues and become one of the ten most viewed PBS stations in the United States.  Heís been instrumental in the launch of a vast array of new video technologies and heís helped Vegas PBS become a nationally recognized PBS innovator in educational services, community outreach and entrepreneurial ventures.  In February 2008, he spoke to the EAS Summit (Emergency Alert System) in Washington, D.C., regarding Vegas PBSí role in the new innovations of School Emergency Alerting and Response System (SEARS.)  Metro expects this system to be the model for all major security systems in the US by 2011. SEARS is just one of the many major projects that Axtell has spearheaded in his fourteen years at Vegas PBS. 

Axtellís public television experience includes service as co-chair for PBS K-12 Education Task Force, board member of the National Educational Telecommunications Network, council member for Forum of Public Television Executives, legislative advisory council member for Americaís Public Television Stations, board member of Satellite Educational Resources Consortium and president of Nevada Public Broadcasting Association.   

Since 2000, Axtell has served on the PBS Board of Directors and also currently serves on boards for the Nevada Broadcasterís Association, Las Vegas Educational Cable Consortium and Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.  He is a board member on the Nevada Test Site Development Corporation and the lieutenant governorís Economic Diversification Task Force.  In addition, Axtell is a member of the Las Vegas Rotary Club and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

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