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Thursday, 08 February, 2018, 12 : 00 PM [IST]

Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority appoints Steve Hill as President and COO

Organisation announces appointments to complete c-suite
Steve Hill has been appointed as the President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). His appointment was announced by Rossi Ralenkotter, CEO, LVCVA. The announcement completes an organizational restructuring that was introduced in January 2016. 
Hill comes to the LVCVA from his position as Executive Director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), a position he held since the agency was established by Governor Brian Sandoval and the Nevada Legislature in 2011. Prior to GOED, Hill was a founder of Silver State Materials and Chairman of Service 1st Bank. He also serves as the Chairman of the Las Vegas Stadium Authority and will retain that position. Hill joined the LVCVA on January 22.

As part of the restructuring, the organisation developed a c-suite structure for the executive office to better prepare for succession planning and create an organisational structure to better mirror and partner with the resort community.
Ralenkotter also announced the promotion of Cathy Tull to Chief Marketing Officer and Ed Finger to Chief Financial Officer. Previous additions to the c-suite included Barbara Bolender as the Chief People Officer and Jacqueline Peterson as Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer of LVCVA.

Tull was promoted to the newly created position of Chief Marketing Officer, which was effective as of January 1. Tull has been with the LVCVA since 2005, serving as the Vice President of Strategic Planning and moving to Senior Vice President of Marketing, where she has overseen the LVCVA’s marketing efforts since 2009.

 Ed Finger was promoted from Senior Vice President of Finance to Chief Financial Officer (CFO), following the departure of Rana Lacer, the organisation’s first CFO. Finger joined the LVCVA in 2016 following a stint as the Deputy County Manager for Adams County, Colorado, and Assistant County Manager for Clark County, Nevada.

Bolender joined the LVCVA in 2016 from Boyd Gaming and Peterson was hired in 2017 with previous experience at Live Nation Entertainment and Caesars Entertainment. Lacer departs the LVCVA after serving as the Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer since 2008.

“In our continuing effort to maintain the LVCVA’s status as the premier destination marketing organisation in the world, we established our new corporate structure to better reflect the resort industry and our hospitality partners in Southern Nevada,” said Ralenkotter. “With these final appointments to our executive suite, we are better positioned to move the organisation forward and develop more of our key staff to further improve upon our efforts to attract more visitors to Las Vegas.”

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