Inaugural event attracts overwhelming, diverse crowd

Consuls General of Uzbekistan and Japan fly in day before;  Seven honorary consuls take part.


8 December, 2009–/ The first annual Cocktails with the Consuls took place at the Parisian Palace in Las Vegas, to the acclaim of an at-capacity, unusual collection of guests.    

At-capacity crowd converges on Parisian Palace for Cocktails with the Consuls

At-capacity crowd of dignitaries converges on the Parisian Palace for Cocktails with the Consuls

Over 150 international business people, political candidates, personal and corporate security specialists, former CIA, FBI, State Department and Special Forces officers mixed with diplomats, entertainers, celebrities, corporate sponsors and local Las Vegas society, in a renaissance of international business and investment opportunity.    

“It was a great function. Congratulations to the Las Vegas Consular community for this great evening.  Ditto on the recognition of Nico, Jonathan and Paulina.  Nico’s design skills are incredible.  What a wonderful venue.  I will see you all again soon.  Thanks for the opportunity, I enjoyed it very much.”  –Gary Furlong, Honorary Consul General of Uzbekistan     

Included in the honored guests were:    

  • Ken Walther, decorated former CIA officer
  • Gary Furlong, Honorary Consul General of Uzbekistan
  • Kathleen Blakely, Honorary Consul General of Japan
  • Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl, Honorary Consul of Chile and Member of the Board of Directors of the World Federation of Consuls
  • Jerome Snyder, Honorary Consul of Great Britain
  • John Petkus, Honorary Consul of Poland
  • Dr. Aldo Aguirre, Honorary Vice-consul of Guatemala
  • Dr. Geoffrey Vanderpal, Honorary Consul of Slovakia*
  • Senator Roberto Benvenuti (Italy) 


Marco Antonio Varela and Betsy Ann Fiore perform at Cocktails with the Consuls

Marco Antonio Varela and Betsy Ann Fiore perform opera at Cocktails with the Consuls.

Guests were treated to a brief talk by Consul General Gary Furlong, who’s legendary and daring work in the former Soviet Union is chronicled in the book “Who the Hell is Bob” by Steve Rudman.    

Following Gary our keynote speaker was Ken Walther, a decorated veteran of nearly three decades as a CIA officer.  Ken’s work in 100 countries is chronicled in several books, and the unique secret technology department he helped develop is the subject of the book “Spycraft” by Robert Wallace.   

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Capo's Italian Steakhouse

Tequila Don Cardona

Chez Paulina Private Luxury Guest Residences
Sun Paradise Natural Spring Water

 Consular Chamber of Commerce

*Dr. Vanderpal is the immedate past consul in Las Vegas, Nevada and is Consul Applicant in Austin, Texas

The Order of Consular Emissaries, together with The Palace Club, Nevada Technology Catalyst Group and Capo’s Italian Steakhouse, is hosting an introduction of newly appointed consuls in Las Vegas, on December 8th, 2009, from 6-10 pm at a private mansion.



John Petkus, Honorary Consul of Poland and Kathleen Blakely, Honorary Consul General of Japan, will be joined by a third consul representing a western european country, who is not yet at liberty to announce publicly her appointment.

In addition to hearing from the consuls themselves, The Order of Consular Emissaries is thrilled to have Ken Walther, Special Projects Manager of the Consular Chamber of Commerce and CEO of sponsoring company Nevada Technology Catalyst Group, speak regarding personal security for the international business person.

The Order of Consular Emissaries will also be making its official dedication of the Parisian Palace as the Official Seat of the Order in Southern Nevada.

The event is free to members of the Consular Chamber of Commerce, the Order of Consular Emissaries, or the Palace Club, or $25. in advance ($50. at the door) for non-members.  All attending please RSVP.

About Ken Walther

As Technical Undercover Operative of the clandestine services, he is the real life version of some box office fiction.

For nearly three decades the covert, true-to-life practitioner of CIA spy technology, assumed various Covers and Identities in working targets around the globe.

Ken Walther, Consular Emissary and 27 year veteran of the CIA
Ken Walther at home in Las Vegas

From Africa, to Southeast Asia, to Central America, Europe and beyond, he practiced the black arts for the Clandestine Services. 

Racking  up 102 Countries while living overseas for 20 years countering  terrorism, genocide, espionage and assassination, he learned to sleep with one eye open, always faces the door, and uses tradecraft all operatives adapt to their everyday lives. 

A recipient of the Intelligence Medal of Merit for conducting operations of high national security value, as well as the Career Intelligence Medal and numerous certificates from the US Department of State and from foreign intelligence services,  Ken is instructor, engineer, paramilitary colleague and technologist.

Still on the cutting edge of technology as a consultant and entrepreneur in Las Vegas, Ken lives among us, a Consular Emissary.   But we just call him “Q”.

“One of the more famous capers he worked on involved the creation of devices that looked and acted like bombs, except they couldn’t detonate.  CIA operatives gave the devices to Spanish terrorists who in 1983 planned to kill Juan Carlos, the King of Spain.  Hidden within the fakes were homing devices that led to the terrorists’ capture.”-“Spies In The Valley” by Joe Shoenmann, Las Vegas Sun Oct. 22, 2009

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