Las Vegas Hospitality Association Announces 2011 Board of Directors

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Photo: Courtesy of the Las Vegas Hospitality Association

J.J. Wills, director of strategic accounts for Las Vegas Meetings by Caesars Entertainment, is the 2011 president of the Las Vegas Hospitality Association, a nearly 400-member Las Vegas tourism industry organization. In her current position, Wills oversees strategic partner relationships with Maritz, Conference Direct, Experient, and HPN, as well as heading the sales efforts for Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino as the national sales manager for the Midwestern region.

The new board of directors and some scholarship recipients will be presented at the inaugural ceremony luncheon on January 20 at the Mirage. The incoming board for 2011 is:

Chairwoman
Stacey Purcell, national sales manager, Las Vegas Meetings by Caesars Entertainment

President
J.J. Wills, director of strategic accounts, Las Vegas Meetings by Caesars Entertainment

President-Elect
Bryan Kroten, director of marketing, Maverick Aviation Group

First Vice President (Membership and Marketing)
Jennifer Cheung, senior sales manager, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville

Second Vice President (Meetings)
Tami Hance, vice president, Destinations by Design

Secretary
Julie Holzer Pazina, national sales manager, Edlen Electrical Exhibition Services

Treasurer
Deanna Burgess, associate director of sales, Mandalay Bay

Directors
Linda Andrew Ness, sales director, Smart City
Ericka Aviles, sales executive, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
Neil Johnson, senior national sales manager, Green Valley Ranch
Dan Rush, executive director of sales, the Mirage
Michelle Sharples, director of group sales, BASE Entertainment
Cyndi Stumbo, sales manager for exposition services, Freeman
Laurel Wineman O’Neil, sales and marketing manager, Hard Rock Cafe

Assistants to the Board
PJ Johnson, assistant director of sales, Freeman
Matt Lamos, director of sales, Hooters Casino Hotel
Lynda Richardson, director of sales, Tropicana Las Vegas
Peter Schmidt, senior sales manager, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Alan Waxler, C.E.O., AWG Charter Services, Ambassador Limousines, Ritz Transportation
Marian Wilson, regional vice president, PSAV Presentation Services

Parliamentarian
Mary Thomas, MKT Consultants

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