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.


KATE MARSHALL
CHAIR

Lieutenant Governor, State of Nevada

Kate Marshall was sworn in as Nevada’s 35th Lieutenant Governor on January 7, 2019.

Kate grew up in working-class neighborhoods in San Francisco as the eldest of six children. She worked throughout high school and college, earning a bachelor’s degree and law degree at the University of California, Berkeley, with the help of scholarships, Pell Grants, and student loans.

After serving with distinction at the Department of Justice, Kate was recruited by then Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa to come to Nevada to set up a state antitrust office as Senior Deputy Attorney General.

Kate was elected Nevada’s State Treasurer in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. As Treasurer, she got rid of no-bid contracts and off-the-book accounts, and reduced spending, making government more efficient and identifying innovative methods to increase economic development for businesses in Nevada.

Kate and her husband, Elliott Parker, reside in Reno, Nevada, where she is a board member of the United Way of Northern Nevada and Elliott is an economics professor at the University of Nevada, Reno.

CINDY CARANO
VICE CHAIR

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.

BOB CASHELL

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.

PHIL DELONE

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.

BRIAN KROLICKI

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.”

DENICE MILLER

SVP Government Affairs, MGM Resorts International

Executive Director, Elko Convention and Visitors Authority

STEVE HILL

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.

Cynthia Mun

Ms. Mun changed careers eight years ago to become a well-traveled children’s book writer and is represented by literary agents Jenny Bent and Eliza Kirby of the The Bent Agency in New York. She is the Regional Advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for Nevada.

Previously, Ms. Mun has two decades of experience in strategic and product marketing. She was VP of Marketing for Tropicana Las Vegas overseeing the $125 million renovation and rebranding of the property, and also served as the Executive Director of Business Insights and Strategy at MGM Resorts International where she created and managed the research and strategy department that supported 22 entities within the MGM Resorts portfolio. Prior to joining the MGM Resorts, Ms. Mun acted as Leader of New Product Development at D&B where she led the development of new products and services for the $280 million Small Business division. She also launched Pandora.com as its Senior Vice President of Marketing. Ms Mun served as Director of Product Marketing and Management for Gemstar TV Guide International, where she led the strategic market development and launch of the first electronic book. She has served on several nonprofit boards and is the President of the Yale Club of Nevada and the ASC Director for Yale College recruitment.

HERB SANTOS JR

Law Firm of Herb Santos Jr

Commissioner Santos was born, raised and resides in Reno, Nevada. Commissioner Santos is married to the former Kimberly Saylors of Las Vegas, and they have three children, Joey, Jarred and Hannah. In 2012, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval appointed Commissioner Santos to the Nevada Commission on Tourism.

Prior to his appointment to the Nevada Tourism Commission, Commissioner Santos attended the University of Nevada-Las Vegas where he received his bachelor’s degree in Sociology. He continued his education and received his juris doctorate degree from the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific in 1991. Since receiving his license to practice law, Commissioner Santos has worked as a trial attorney and in 1999 opened his own law firm, the Law Firm of Herb Santos, Jr. where he continues his trial practice.

Commissioner Santos has received an AV peer review rating by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating given to lawyers in the United States and is designated to less than 1% of all lawyers in the United States. Commissioner Santos is well known as an experienced trial attorney and in 2018 was honored as the 2018 Trial Lawyer of the Year in the State of Nevada. Commissioner Santos has received numerous recognitions for his work as a trial attorney, some of which include a lifetime designation in Who’s Who in American Law, Top 100 Trial Attorneys in Nevada, recipient of the Weidemann and Wysocki Award from the American Association of Justice, pro bono awards from the Washoe County Bar Association and the State Bar of Nevada, to name a few. Commissioner Santos is also a Certified Specialist in Workers Compensation Law in the State of Nevada.

Commissioner Santos is the former President of the Nevada Association for Justice and currently sits on its Board of Governors. He is the Nevada Representative to the Republican Trial Lawyers Caucus of the American Association for Justice. Commissioner Santos is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of Lawyers of Distinction, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, The National Trial Lawyers, and The Worker’s Injury Law and Advocacy Group, a national organization dedicated to representing workers and their families.

Commissioner Santos has been invited to lecture on various legal issues by numerous organizations. Due to his work as a trial attorney, Commissioner Santos has become a recognized volunteer lobbyist who advocates for civil justice issues both on the state and national level.

Commissioner Santos is also an owner of a NBA minor league basketball team, the Stockton Kings, which he co-owns with the Sacramento Kings NBA basketball team. Several other professional basketball players currently in the NBA played for Commissioner Santos’ team before they made it into the NBA.

Commissioner Santos loves to show people everything the State of Nevada has to offer.

MIKE VASWANI

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

JOE O’NEILL

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

RICHARD ARNOLD

Chairman, Nevada Indian Territory

BOB STOLDAL

Chairman of the Board, Nevada Museums and History