by D. Ryan Efros
Torino has focused his philanthropical service in the Las Vegas region for many years.
He sits on the board of directors for the Torino Foundation, which funds a classroom and full-time instructor inside Sunrise Children’s Hospital. The first of its kind in the region, the program helps children keep up to date with their schoolwork during extended care. The foundation also operates a summer camp for critically ill and/or abused children.
In 1993, Torino purchased Lovell Canyon Ranch, set in the Spring Mountains just over the western ridge of Red Rock Canyon, approximately a 45-minute drive from Las Vegas. Torino realized the tree-speckled mountain vistas, refreshing lake and soothing air would make an opportune summer camp for critically ill or abused children. The ranch is the only privately owned land of its kind in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.
In the early ‘90s, his vision and contributions made possible Opportunity Village’s multimillion-light Magical Forest Christmas display. More recently in 2006, he created Christmastyme, a similar light display in North Las Vegas.
He got a head start when he graduated high school with the class of 1975 at the age of 17 and moved to Las Vegas from Southern California. While earning his bachelor’s in business finance at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, he worked in construction jobs; primarily building home additions and porches.
Early in his career, Torino purchased run-down homes, renovated them, and then sold them for small profits. A decade after his high-school graduation, he had amassed his first million dollars. He attributes his success to the construction of eight-plex condominiums. Torino has constructed more than 10,000 condos in the Southwest since he began. Although he sometimes worked in other locations, Las Vegas remained his home.
In the early 1990s he built a condo project on Blue Diamond Road, which at that time was distant from the city’s core. He continued to build malls, recreational vehicle parks and shopping centers.
Sporting a long brown ponytail, Torino considers himself “unorthodox.” He consumes a strict vegetarian diet, sleeps a mere three hours nightly and owns more than 20 Chrysler Corp. muscle cars. His favorite is a ’71 Hemi Cuda convertible, valued at more than $2 million.