Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority names CEO

14 August 2018

(PRESS RELEASE) -- The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Board of Directors selected Steve Hill as the next Chief Executive Officer, effective 1 September 2018. Hill will be the ninth leader of the LVCVA, succeeding the retiring CEO, Rossi Ralenkotter.

“I am honored the Board of Directors selected me as CEO of the LVCVA. The Authority is an integral part of the Southern Nevada economy. I look forward to working with our tremendous team and our mission partners to innovate, improve access to and around the destination and drive growth to keep Las Vegas the number one choice for business and leisure travelers alike,” said Hill.

A Las Vegas resident for more than 30 years, Hill founded Silver State Materials in 1987 and supplied concrete and aggregates for many projects in the community. After selling Silver State, Hill was appointed by Governor Brian Sandoval to serve as the first Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) in 2011, where he guided the development of “Moving Nevada Forward,” the plan for diversifying Nevada’s economy. During his tenure, Hill helped create numerous programs, including Workforce Innovations for the New Nevada, the Battle Born Venture Fund, and the Knowledge Fund, which will leave a lasting impression on higher education, workforce development, and business incubation.

“As an entrepreneur, Steve Hill helped build many resorts on the Strip and as the inaugural leader of my Office of Economic Development he helped make Nevada an attractive place to build businesses, bringing some of the world’s most innovative companies to the Silver State,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “I know Steve will be equally successful at the LVCVA; he is the right person, at the right time to lead the organization.”

His work with GOED played an integral role in bringing business such as Tesla, Apple, Solar City, Barclaycard, Amazon and Hyperloop One to Nevada. Governor Sandoval went on to appoint Hill as the Chairman of the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee (SNTIC), which was charged with reviewing and recommending major economic development projects to the Governor and Legislature for approval. The SNTIC reviewed several proposals and recommended approval for both the Las Vegas Convention Center District expansion and renovation project as well as the Raiders Stadium. Hill was also chosen as the Chair of the Las Vegas Stadium Authority which provides oversight of the construction and operation of the stadium. He is also a member of the Southern Nevada Sporting Event Committee which will recommend a process in which to attract major new events to the destination

“Steve understands this market, literally from the ground up, and brings operational prowess that will ensure our $1.4 billion expansion will be transformational in the meetings and convention business,” said Lawrence Weekly. “We know he will continue to transform the LVCVA to ensure we remain the top convention center and destination marketing organization.”

Hill takes over the LVCVA at an exciting time for the organization as it is about to get under way on the largest infrastructure project in its history, the expansion and renovation of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The project will add 1.4 million square feet of new space, with at least 600,000 square feet of usable exhibit space. The project will allow the destination to attract more business and allow existing clients to continue to grow their conventions.

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