The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) board of directors has selected Steve Hill as its next chief executive officer.
Hill will move into the new role on September 1, and will be the ninth CEO of LVCVA following the retirement of Rossi Ralenkotter.
Hill commented: “I am honoured the board of directors selected me as CEO of the LVCVA. The Authority is an integral part of the Southern Nevada economy.
I look forward to working with our tremendous team and our mission partners to innovate, improve access to and around the destination, and drive growth to keep Las Vegas the number one choice for business and leisure travellers alike.”
Hill has been a Las Vegas resident for more than 30 years. He founded Silver Slate Materials in 1987, supplying concrete to community projects. Following this, he was appointed the first director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) in 2011.
Governor Brian Sandoval said: “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.
“I know Steve will be equally successful at the LVCVA. He is right person at the right time to lead the organization.”
Hill takes over the LVCVA at an exciting time for the organization as it is about to get under way on the largest infrastructure project in its history, the expansion and renovation of the Las Vegas Convention Centre.
The project will add 1.4 million square feet of new space, with at least 600,000 square feet of usable exhibit space. The project will allow the destination to attract more business and allow existing clients to continue to grow their conventions.
In separate news, the first leg of Interstate 11 (I-11) opened on 9 August. It is designed to improve travel and commerce between Nevada and Arizona. Currently, Las Vegas and Phoenix are the only two cities in the nation with populations of more than one million residents not linked by an interstate.
Eventually, I-11 will connect the western region of the United States with Mexico and Canada.