by Michael J. Shapiro | January 24, 2018
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority CEO Rossi Ralenkotter announced the hiring of Steve Hill (left) to be the president and COO of the organization. The creation of Hill's role completes the corporate restructuring of the CVA that began in Jan. 2016.
The restructuring involved the creation of a C-suite, both to better prepare for succession planning and to generally mirror and partner better with the structure of the local resort community. Just before Hill's hiring, Cathy Tull was promoted to chief marketing officer and Ed Finger to chief financial officer. Previously, Barbara Bolender was named chief people officer and Jacqueline Peterson became chief communications and public affairs officer.
"In our continuing effort to maintain the LVCVA's status as the premier destination marketing organization in the world, we established our new corporate structure to better reflect the resort industry and our hospitality partners in Southern Nevada," said Ralenkotter. "With these final appointments to our executive suite, we are better positioned to move the organization forward and develop more of our key staff to further improve upon our efforts to attract more visitors to Las Vegas."
Hill previously was executive director of the Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development, a position he held since it was created by Gov. Brian Sandoval and the state legislature in 2011. Since last fall, he has been widely expected to join the LVCVA following the January board meeting of the GOED. Hill was a founder of Silver State Materials, a manufacturer of concrete, sand and gravel products, as well as a chairman of Service 1st Bank. He will retain his current post as chairman of the Las Vegas Stadium Authority.
Tull, who became chief marketing officer on Jan. 1, has been with the LVCVA since 2005, first as vice president of strategic planning and then senior vice president of marketing. Finger was promoted from senior vice president of finance to CFO following the departure of former CFO Rana Lacer, who stepped down earlier this month.