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    Board of Directors

    President, Josh Aldama, CSEP
    MGM Resorts Events  

    Joshua Aldama, CSEPA California native, Josh has 15 years in the F&B industry including catering, multi-unit management and contract management, ranging from amusement parks to airports. In 2010, he switched gears and entered the event planning realm working with MGM Resorts Event Productions and has earned the title of Rising Male Star in 2014 through Event Solutions’ Spotlight Awards. Along with serving the ILEA LV Board, Josh is also involved with his Alumni Executive Board of Collins Hospitality Society at Cal Poly Pomona, currently serving as Vice President. As of January 2016, Josh has also joined the ranks of many event professionals obtaining their CSEP designation.

     

    President Elect, Erin Kneesel, CSEP
    Hosts Global Alliance  

    Erin KneeselA long-time resident of Las Vegas, Erin Kneesel has been in the Event & Hospitality industry for 10+ years and is currently a Senior Creative Services Manager at Hosts Las Vegas.  As a Senior Creative Services Manager, Erin enjoys using her creativity and imagination to produce fantastic events for clients from all over the world.

     

    Past President, Patrick Peel
    Hello Las Vegas Inc.  

    Patrick is an award-winning designer specializing in large-scale special events – including concept design, décor and experiential entertainment. Originally from Texas, he is a graduate of San Francisco State University and is currently the Creative Services Manager for Hello! Las Vegas. Patrick Peel has had the pleasure of designing events for various top tier clients and looks forward to making a bigger impact within the Las Vegas Community through designing events.

     

    VP of Programs & Education, Thuy N. Diep
    AlliedPRA Las Vegas  

    Thuy (2E) Diep, CGSPOriginally from Massachusetts (Go Pats!), Thuy (2E) moved to Las Vegas to further her career in the Events Industry after being a 5 year Professional Cheerleader. She was recognized as 2016 Meetings & Conventions Magazine’s “22 Millennials to Watch,” 2016 NACE Awards Judge and ‘Distinguished Graduate of 2012’ from The International School of Hospitality (TISOH). Being a ‘learner for life,’ Thuy is consistently on the search for inspiration through fashion and art. Her positive mental attitude along with her charismatic enthusiasm makes her a valuable team player for AlliedPRA and now serving her second term on the ILEA LV Board.

     

    VP of Membership, Mallory Maciuszek
    CORT Event Furnishings  

    Mallory MaciuszekA 10-year veteran in the trade show industry, Mallory’s background is unique, specializing in convention management and corporate events. She is a 3rd generation decorating entrepreneur in coordinating expositions and events for her grandparents' convention planning company, Lomanto Exhibit Services. In 2002,Mallory joined Freeman to continue her career intrade show services. Due to her success in event planning and trade show management at Freeman, Mallory was then promoted to Account Executive at Cort. Today Mallory continues to work for Cort as an Account Executive who specializes in face-to-face marketing toensure the customer experience is always seamless from start to finish.

     

    VP of Communications, Leslie Rose Brock
    Joy Squad  

    Leslie Brock is a Las Vegas native with an extensive hospitality and sales background. Currently she is an owner operator of Joy Squad Photo Booth Experience, an interactive photo marketing company. 

     

    Director of Social Media, Brittany Dixon, CMP
    Destinations by Design  

    She received her B.S. in Hotel Administration with a major in Meetings and Event Management in 2011 from UNLV, became a Certified Meeting Professional in 2013 and continued to grow in the industry by becoming an active member of NACE (National Association of Catering and Events) in 2014 and a Member and Director on the Board for ILEA in 2016.  With 11 years of experience in the hospitality field, she began her career as an Event Coordinator and as grown in to a valued Operations Manager. She was recently nominated and honored as a 40 Under 40 industry leader in the Association & Specialty field by Connect Magazine.

     

    Director of IT Support, Rolando I. Espinoza
    Champagne Creative Group  

    Rolando EspinozaAn award-winning designer from Montreal, Rolando is the co-founder and creative director of the Champagne Creative Group; a Las Vegas-based boutique entertainment studio. His unique creations have been enjoyed by a variety of celebrity and Fortune 500 clients in USA, Canada, Turkey and Singapore. With a hands-on approach, Rolando shares his time between Las Vegas and Los Angeles and is a regular speaker at IMEX America - WEC Future Leaders Forum.

     

    Director of Programs, Meredith Reed
    Current Events  

    Meredith hails from the upstate New York tourist town of Saratoga Springs whose motto is horses, health and hospitality. The hospitality bug brought her West to Las Vegas nine years ago after a lengthy experience in retail. Meredith has worked in the wedding planning industry merging her knowledge of the East with the panache of the Hollywood West. Currently she works for Current Events as a Sales Specialist and is the Director of Programs for ILEA. You can spot Meredith at the local gym or sporting her numerous pairs of sunglasses (126 to be exact) which she has acquired since moving to sunny Nevada. She is grateful to be a member of ILEA and is looking forward to connecting with all of you to share your ideas and event planning dreams.

     

    Director of Education, Krista England
    Hello Las Vegas Inc.  

      Krista calls the green state of Washington home even though she moved to Las Vegas in 2004. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Meetings & Events Management after discovering her passion for the hospitality industry and planning events. She began working with Hello! Las Vegas six years ago and currently holds the position of Product Development Manager. She quickly established a reputation in the industry for her cheerful enthusiasm and dedication. Away from work and industry involvement, she enjoys traveling the world (who doesn’t?), attending concerts and hiking.

     

    Director of Membership, Lauren Karpiel
    Four Seasons Las Vegas  

    Hailing from Colorado, Lauren moved to Las Vegas a year ago to pursue her happily ever after – which ironically enough started many years ago at  a then ISES Live Conference. She has worked in numerous areas of the event and hospitality world starting with non-profits to private dining to theater and then finally finding her career home with the Four Seasons Hotels.  Lauren has a love of travel and an up for anything personality which has led her to work with hotel properties in Vail, Nevis and Oahu. Being a past Board Member for the ILEA Denver Chapter, she understands the passion, creativity and commitment it takes to lead an organization. She loves talking to new people and building industry partnerships which is why she is a perfect addition as the Director of Membership with the LAS Vegas ILEA Board of Directors. 

     

    Director of Member Benefits, Brittany Griffor
    The Revere Golf Club  

    Brittany is an Alumna of San Diego State University where she earned her degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management with a specialization in Meetings and Events Operations Management. In her years of experience, she has had the pleasure of working with over 150 wedding couples (and counting) to plan their big day. She has grown to love every aspect of wedding planning – including the bridezillas! Brittany has worked for distinguished hotel organizations including Marriott, Four Seasons, and MGM Resorts, and has received numerous awards for her achievements throughout her career. 

     

     

    Director of Communications, Matthew Gucu
    NEW MOON Entertainment  

    Matthew Gucu

    Matt has been an entertainer and professional singer for over 20 years in Las Vegas. As an industry veteran, he has enjoyed success both on and off stage with various projects. At 19, he started an indie record label and helped chart several bands in the college market. Currently, he is still enjoying a 20 + year run with his bandmates in 80’s Station – Las Vegas’ premier 1980’s tribute band (formerly known as Loveshack) one of the highest paid lounge acts in Vegas history. Matt also achieved a $750,000 record deal with RCA Records in the late 1990’s with his band 12 Volt Sex and had the pleasure of working with heavy weight producers such as Tom Rothrock (Beck, Foo Fighters) and the late Jerry Finn (Green Day, Blink 182). Unfortunately for 12 Volt Sex, Christina Aguilera took the spotlight at RCA during the time that the band’s album was set to be released and so the record was shelved. But that didn’t stop Matt from finding other creative and business outlets to express his knowledge and creativity. Having amassed a wealth of experience in the Entertainment Industry, Matt eventually started his own company, New Moon Entertainment, in April of 2015.