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    Board of Directors

    President, Erin Kneesel, CSEP
    Hosts Las Vegas, A Hosts Global Member  

     

    Erin has worked in the hospitality and event industry for over 12 years, most of them working for DMC’s (Destination Management Company). While in college at the University of Colorado, Erin studied Business Administration with a minor in Tourism. As the Associate Director of Creative Services at Hosts Las Vegas, A Host Global Member, Erin enjoys using her creativity and imagination to produce fantastic events for clients from all over the world. Recently, Erin was awarded the CSEP (Certified Special Event Planner) designation and currently serves as the ILEA (International Live Events Association) Chapter President. Spending time with family and friends is very important to Erin and every weekend you will find her out and about with her nieces and nephews.

     

    President Elect, 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. She loves traveling with her business and for pleasure. Always seeking exciting adventures wherever she lands and trying the best local foodie spots. Hopes to be on The Amazing Race one day! 

     

    VP of Programs & Education, 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.

     

    VP of Membership, 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. 

     

     

    VP of Communications, Matthew Gucu
    NEW MOON Entertainment  

    Matt has been an entertainer, recording artist, 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 including starting an indie record label at age 19, securing a record deal with RCA Records in his 20's, and performing with his 80's tribute band, 80's Station (formerly Loveshack) – one of Vegas' highest paid casino acts. Having amassed a wealth of experience in the Entertainment Industry, Matt eventually started his own company, New Moon Entertainment, in April of 2015.

     

     

    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  

    An award-winning designer from Montreal, Canada, Rolando Espinoza is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of the Champagne Creative Group; a Las Vegas-based boutique entertainment studio. Rolando received his degree in Communication Design from Vancouver’s Emily Carr University and has worked in the design field since 1994. He currently leads a team of designers at his Las Vegas boutique studio, where his unique creations have been enjoyed by a variety of celebrity and Fortune 100 clients in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Turkey and Singapore. With a hands-on approach, Rolando shares his time between Las Vegas and Los Angeles and is a regular speaker at the IMEX America Future Leaders Forum.

     

    Director of Programs, Candice Beane
     

    Candie Beane, DMCP, is the Principal / Owner of ROI Events, a boutique DMC specializing in small to mid-size meetings and events. Along with managing the day-to-day operations, Candie drives the strategic direction of ROI Events to ensure the company stays ahead of the quickly evolving industry by embracing technology and transparency. She is also the creative force behind the team with a keen eye for design and detail.

     

    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  

    With over 10 years of hospitality and event based background, Lauren has been part of all facets of the industry. From restaurant fine dining to not for profit galas to private golf courses to event venues and finally finding a landing with the Four Seasons Hotels. Having been a part of the ILEA Denver Chapter and been with ILEA for over 5 years gives Lauren a great understanding of the passion, creativity, and commitment it takes to lead an organization. She enjoys yoga, traveling, reading and meeting new friends on her down time from the event world.

     

     

    Director of Member Benefits, Donna Sandoval
    Somers Furniture  

    A New Mexico native, Donna has built her career in the fabulous city of Las Vegas with over 28 years of event & trade show related experience. She is currently the Rental Sales Manager at Somers Furniture working to make each of your events stand above the rest.  She’s worked for organizations including FREEMAN, ENCORE Productions, AFR Event Furnishings, and has received several awards for her achievements throughout her career one being Presidents Club. You are sure to run into Donna at one of Las Vegas’s industry networking events who will always greet you with a big smile and a firm handshake.

     

    Director of Communications, Emile Van De Coevering
    Socialure  

    After years of gracing stages around the globe with my own visual media company Escapation I came in contact with Vello Virkhaus of renowned V Squared Labs. Together with him I performed at a multitude of festivals and events. Thanks to this amazing team I was able to join he American television scene as the Creative Director for American Idol: Season 11 and Germany's Next Top Model: Season 7. From then onward my focus is on being a creative force behind events, television, signage and other visual art. I moved to Las Vegas where I am in charge, as Creative Director, for Drai's Nightclub, and now owner and Creative Director of Brand Agency – Socialure.