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.

MARK HUTCHISON
CHAIR

Lieutenant Governor, State of Nevada

A third generation Nevadan, born and raised in Las Vegas, Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchison is a husband, father and grandfather, constitutional lawyer, and business owner. He has a strong sense of commitment and dedication to Nevada and is deeply honored to represent the Silver State.
Mark was raised in a modest blue-collar family and is the product of Nevada’s public education system. After he graduated from Bonanza High School Mark earned his business administration degree, Phi Kappa Phi, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and received his law degree, magna cum laude, from Brigham Young University. Following law school, Mark clerked for a judge on the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Indiana. Mark then worked for a national law firm until returning to Nevada and founding his own law firm in 1996 with his good friend, John Steffen. Today, Mark is the senior partner at Hutchison & Steffen, one of the largest law firms in the state, employing nearly one hundred Nevadans. Mark has been widely recognized by his peers and clients as a skilled an effective lawyer. As a result, Mark has been a key figure in some of Nevada’s most significant governmental disputes at the intersection of law and politics.

On November 4, 2014, Mark Hutchison was elected to serve as Nevada’s 34th Lieutenant Governor. Prior to running for lieutenant governor, Mark had a long history of public service. Mark served on the Nevada Commission on Ethics for six years, two of which he chaired the commission. Mark also had the pleasure of serving in the Nevada State Senate (Senate District 6) to which he was elected in 2012. In addition to his service in the public sector, Mark served as a member of numerous non-profit and community organizations, some of which he is still active in today.

Mark was sworn into office on January 5, 2015. As Lieutenant Governor, Mark is a member of Governor Brian Sandoval’s cabinet and serves as President of the State Senate. Mark is also the Chairman of the Commission on Tourism, Vice-Chairman of the State Board of Transportation, a member of the Board of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, and a member of the Executive Branch Audit Committee.

When not focused on his duties as Lieutenant Governor or at his law firm, Mark is focused on his family. Mark and his wife Cary have been married for thirty years and together they have six children and four grandchildren. Mark enjoys doing just about anything with his family and has spent many enjoyable years coaching the athletic teams of his children and their friends. When he can, Mark continues to help the football team at Palo Verde High School where his youngest son still plays. Mark and his family are also active in their church. During his limited free time, Mark enjoys running, collecting leatherback books, and writing.

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 of the Board of 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

Advisory Consultant

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

BOB MORSE

President of Hospitality, Caesars Entertainment Corp.

Bob Morse joined Caesars in April 2014. Bob has a 25-year track record of producing exceptional results for hospitality and hotel management companies. He most recently served as Chief Operating Officer for Intercontinental Hotels Group, where he led operational activities for franchised and managed hotels across all of the company’s brands in the Americas.
He previously held senior leadership roles for Noble Investment Group, a privately held partnership that invests in hotels through private equity funds and strategic joint ventures, and Interstate Hotels and Resorts, one of the world’s largest independent management companies with a portfolio of 190 full-service hotels and 140 select-service hotels.

He began his career in the hospitality industry with ITT Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, where over the course of eight years he rose through the ranks to serve as President of the company’s Franchise Division.

Bob holds a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant administration from the University of Massachusetts.

DON NEWMAN

Executive Director, Elko Convention and Visitors Authority

Don Newman is the Executive Director of the Elko Convention & Visitors Authority and Elko Convention Center, a position he has held since 2006.

Don has worked in the hospitality, gaming and convention industry throughout Nevada for more than 35 years.

A longtime resident of Las Vegas, he began his management career at the Red Lion Inn & Casino in Elko, before returning to Las Vegas where he held positions in the convention general contracting industry.
Appointed to serve as a Commissioner by Governor Brian Sandoval in August 2011, he currently serves in his second term with the Nevada Commission on Tourism. In addition, he proudly represented rural Nevada as a Commissioner on the Nevada Sesquicentennial Commission.

Don enjoys travel, golf, and life in rural Nevada.

ROSSI RALENKOTTER

President and CEO, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

As President/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), Rossi Ralenkotter is responsible for marketing and branding Las Vegas and Southern Nevada as the world’s most desirable destination for leisure and business. Under Mr. Ralenkotter’s leadership, the LVCVA launched the most successful branding campaign in tourism history, best known for its famous tagline, “What happens here, stays here. ™” With Mr. Ralenkotter’s oversight, Las Vegas remains the world’s trade show capital, hosting 53 of the 250 largest trade shows in North America.
Mr. Ralenkotter began his career at the LVCVA 41 years ago as a research analyst. Prior to becoming President/CEO in 2004, he was the Authority’s Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President of Marketing.

Mr. Ralenkotter is the past chair of the U.S. Travel Association Board of Directors as well as the U.S. Department of Commerce Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. He previously served as a delegate to the White House Conference on Tourism.co State University.

HERB SANTOS JR

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.

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

JULIA ARGER

Board Chair, Nevada Arts Council

RICHARD ARNOLD

Chairman, Nevada Indian Territory

BOB STOLDAL

Chairman of the Board, Nevada Museums and History