by Michael J. Shapiro | August 15, 2018
Longtime Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority CEO Rossi Ralenkotter will retire this month, a move he hinted at during a board meeting in mid-June. Ralenkotter has served as president and CEO of the organization since 2004, following stints as the authority's executive vice president and vice president of marketing. He began his career at the LVCVA back in 1973 as a research analyst.
Ralenkotter achieved legendary status with the agency, in large part by spearheading the "Vegas Stories" marketing campaign and "What happens here, stays here" catchphrase. Ralenkotter has battled health problems in recent years, and the organization has gone through extensive succession planning.
 
Steve Hill, who was named president and COO of the LVCVA in January of this year, has been tapped as the new CEO of the organization, effective Sept. 1. He has lived in Las Vegas for more than 30 years, and was previously executive director of the Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development, a position he took on when it was created by Gov. Brian Sandoval and the state legislature in 2011. He was a founder of Silver State Materials, a manufacturer of concrete, sand and gravel products, as well as a chairman of Service 1st Bank.
 
"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 Gov. Sandoval. "I know Steve will be equally successful at the LVCVA. He is the right person, at the right time, to lead the organization."
 
Hill is also the chair of the Las Vegas Stadium Authority, which provides oversight of the construction and operation of the new stadium, and is a member of the Southern Nevada Sporting Event Committee, which will recommend a process to attract new events to the area.