The Nevada Commission on Tourism is composed of the lieutenant governor, who serves as chair; eight members appointed by the governor; the chief administrative officers of the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority and the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority; and the following ex-officio, non-voting members: the Chair of the Board of Museums and History, the Chair of the Nevada Indian Commission, and the Chair of the Board of the Nevada Arts Council.

The governor-appointed members must possess experience and professional background in the tourism, travel or hospitality industries, including gaming.

The governor must appoint at least one member who resides in each of the three following locations: Clark County, Washoe County and at least two members who are residents of counties whose population is 100,000 or less.


Lieutenant Governor, State of Nevada


Executive Director of Hotel Operations, Eldorado Hotel Casino

Cindy Carano is the Executive Director of Hotel Operations for the Eldorado Hotel Casino in Reno. She is a graduate of UNLV’s College of Hotel Administration. Ms. Carano joined the Eldorado’s management team in 1985 working her way up to Hotel Director before moving to New Mexico to work as General Manager for a group of Bed and Breakfast Inns. Upon returning to the Eldorado Hotel, she served as Community Relations Manager and ultimately, Executive Director of Hotel Operations.
Ms. Carano’s community and professional involvement include the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign, the Nevada Hotel Lodging Association, Founding Sponsor & Eldorado Hotel Casino Liaison for Artown and the Eldorado Hotel’s Partners in Education program.


Chairman, Cashell Enterprises

Robert A. Cashell, Sr. is one of Nevada’s best known business and public figures. Bob’s business career has spanned nearly 50 years primarily in the gaming industry. Mr. Cashell began his career in 1967 when he and four friends bought Bill & Effie’s Truck Stop located just west of Reno, Nevada – an enterprise that grew into the entertainment and gaming destination known as “Boomtown.” As Chairman of the Board of Cashell Enterprises, a hotel casino management company, he has owned, operated or managed numerous gaming properties in Northern Nevada.

Most recently, Bob served as the Mayor of the City of Reno from 2002 to 2014. His public life began as a Regent on the University of Nevada, System of Higher Education, Board of Regents. Following his term, he was elected Lt. Governor for the State of Nevada in 1982. Serving under Governor Richard Bryan, Bob served as Chairman of both the Nevada Commission on Tourism and the Nevada Commission on Economic Development.


President and CEO, RSCVA

Phil DeLone is the new President and CEO of the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA). DeLone has more than 35 years of experience in tourism, sales, marketing and management. As a former executive at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino and Bally’s Casino Resort (formerly MGM Grand) in Reno, and the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, DeLone has spent the vast majority of his career working in the Nevada tourism industry. Most recently, DeLone was the Chief Executive Officer for Safari Club International (SCI), mentoring and managing a professional staff of more than 80 employees, servicing 50,000 members in 103 countries.

Working hand-in-hand with the RSCVA Board of Directors, DeLone now plans, coordinates, and directs all activities associated with the operation of the RSCVA and its facilities.


Strategic Advisor

Brian Krolicki has devoted much of his professional life to a 24-year career public service in Nevada after having worked in the private banking industry. He is a graduate of Stanford University, currently serves on multiple corporate and non-profit boards, and manages an advisory firm which provides strategic services to corporate clients.

As Lieutenant Governor, Brian served as Chairman of NCOT for eight years, working with the Division’s staff and other partners to aggressively and innovatively promote the state’s tourism industry both domestically and around the world. For six years he led Nevada’s strong economic expansion and diversification efforts as Chairman of the Nevada Commission of Economic Development, earning Nevada the reputation as an economic innovator and a preferred location for new and expanding businesses. He also served as the President of the Nevada State Senate. During his tenure as State Treasurer, Nevada became the first state treasurer to receive the Certificate of Excellence in Investment Policy and was honored with the prestigious Award for Excellence in Public Finance. In 2004, Brian earned the distinction, the nation’s “Most Outstanding State Treasurer.”


SVP Government Affairs, MGM Resorts International

Executive Director, Elko Convention and Visitors Authority


President and CEO, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

For more than three decades, Steve Hill has had a hand in building the economy in Las Vegas. From literally helping build the casinos on the Strip to attracting new businesses to the area to helping pave the way for major league sports in Southern Nevada, Steve has left his mark on Las Vegas. As the CEO and President of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, he will continue to have a hand in growing the local economy by driving more tourism to our destination.

Originally from Ohio, Steve moved to Las Vegas in 1987 to start Silver State Materials, a concrete, sand and gravel supplier that grew to one of the largest in the country. Silver State was purchased by CalPortland in 2008, where Steve served as a Senior Vice President until 2011. During his time with Silver State and CalPortland, Steve was active in the community, serving as Chairman of Service 1st Bank of Nevada, Chairman of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, and Commissioner on the Nevada Commission on Economic Development, and Chairman of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas.

In 2011, Steve’s work in economic development led to his appointment as the Director of the newly established Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) by Governor Brian Sandoval. During his tenure, GOED lured numerous businesses to the state, including such high-profile companies as Tesla, Apple, and HyperloopOne. Governor Sandoval also tapped Steve to serve as the Chairman of the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee which led to the approval of both the $1.4 billion expansion and renovation of the Las Vegas Convention Center and the $1.9 billion Las Vegas Raiders stadium projects. He was subsequently appointed by the Governor to serve as Chairman of the Las Vegas Stadium Authority and as a member of the Southern Nevada Sporting Event Committee to help attract high-profile events to Las Vegas when the stadium is completed.

In 2018, Steve assumed the role of President/COO and then that of CEO and President of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, continuing his work to have a positive impact on the economy of Southern Nevada by promoting tourism to the destination. Steve oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization, including operation of the Las Vegas Convention Center, finance, and the expansion and renovation project.

Steve has also served as a member of the Nevada Savings and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission, the Clark County Growth Task Force, the RTC Regional Fixed Guideway Citizens Advisory Committee, the Clean Water Coalition, the Legislative Interim Advisory Committee on Air Quality, and as Chairman of the Governor’s Construction Liability Task Force. He earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind. Steve and his wife Molly have three adult children and are 31-year residents of Las Vegas.


Law Firm of Herb Santos Jr

Herb Santos was born and raised in Reno, Nevada and has called Northern Nevada his home for most of his life. Mr. Santos graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1985 and received his law degree from the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific in 1991. Mr. Santos is admitted to practice law in both Nevada (1991) and California (1992).
Mr. Santos has received an AV peer review rating by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating given and has received numerous awards including the prestigious Weidemann and Wysocki Award which recognizes attorneys who have demonstrated a deep commitment to the highest standards of the legal practice and who are passionately committed to the principles of the civil justice system. Mr. Santos currently sits on the Board of Governors of the Nevada Association for Justice and is on the Board of Directors for the Sierra Kids Foundation.

In addition to his law practice, Mr. Santos recently purchased and became the managing partner of the Reno Bighorns, an NBA Development League professional basketball team.

Mr. Santos is married to the former Kimberly Saylors of Las Vegas, and they have three children, Joey, Jarred and Hannah. Mr. Santos is member of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church.


Founder and President, Asian American Group

Founder and President of the Asian American Group. Mr. Vaswani was born in India and became a naturalized citizen in 1978. Under Mr. Vaswani’s leadership, the AAG promotes the integration of all Asian groups into one strong and cohesive entity. AAG also encourages the involvement in various social and political functions by continuously providing opportunities and information to assist Asians in assimilating into American culture.
Mr. Vaswani has personally availed himself to the Las Vegas community on issues of immigration and citizenship.

Ex Officio Members


Board Chair, Nevada Arts Council

Joe is committed to promoting Nevada’s arts and culture by providing leadership which supports and strengthens accessibility to quality arts and cultural experiences for all residents and visitors to the state. He has worked for the City of Las Vegas since 2006 and currently is a Sr. Cultural Specialist with the Office of Cultural Affairs and the principal liaison for management of marketing, communications, and grants. His role furthers the participation of residents and visitors to the many arts and cultural festivals, fairs, performing arts concerts, art galleries or museums, historic buildings, public art installations, and arts education events. O’Neill is a Bachelor of Arts, Vocal Music Performance candidate from the University of Alabama, a member of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals Emerging Leadership Institute Cohort 2017, and a graduate of the city of Las Vegas’ Sponsored Employee Advanced Leadership (S.E.A.L.) Program.
NAC Board Member since 2016: Current Term Ends – June 30, 2019


Chairman, Nevada Indian Territory


Chairman of the Board, Nevada Museums and History