President: Leslie Rose Brock
Leslie 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!
President Elect: Matt Gucu
New Moon Entertainment
Matt is a professional entertainer, born in the Entertainment Capital of the World – 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 19 years of age, being a signed artist on RCA Records, and performing 1980’s music since 1995 with his tribute band, 80's Station (formerly known as Loveshack).
His company, New Moon Entertainment, launched in 2015, has inspired corporate clients such as Expedia, Wacom, Porsche, and Amway to celebrate in style.
An expert in graphic design, event production, audio-visual and musical entertainment, Matt is truly a renaissance man in the special events arena.
VP of Membership: Donna Sandoval
Cort Event Furnishings
A New Mexico native, Donna has built her career in the fabulous city of Las Vegas with over 29 years of event & trade show related experience.
She is currently the District Account Executive with CORT Event Furnishings 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.
VP of Programs/Education: Krista England
Hello! Las Vegas
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 seven 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.
VP of Communications: Emile Van de Coevering
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.
Immediate Past President: Erin Kneesel, CSEP
Hosts Las Vegas
Erin has worked in the hospitality and event industry for over 13 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 and was awarded a Master’s Degree in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) . As the Associate Director of Creative Services at Hosts Las Vegas, Erin enjoys using her creativity and imagination to produce fantastic events for clients from all over the world. Erin holds the CSEP (Certified Special Event Planner) designation and currently serves as the ILEA (International Live Events Association) Las Vegas Chapter Past 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.
Director of Membership: Amanda Wallace
Hosts Las Vegas
Combining her talents for creativity and logistics, Amanda is sure to make your event a success!
As an Operations Manager at Hosts Las Vegas, a Hosts Global Member, she has pleasure of planning a wide variety of events all over the exciting city of Las Vegas. There’s never a dull moment! Amanda is a proud graduate of the University of Las Vegas with a Bachelors of Science in Hotel Administration with an emphasis in Meetings and Events Management.
When not hard at work Amanda enjoys travel, the theatre, jazz music, and going on local epicurean adventures.
Director of Member Benefits: Ian Seindenberg, CSEP
Shepard Exposition Services
Hospitality, Event and Entertainment Executive with over 17 years of experience. Started professional career traveling the world for 6 years working for an all-inclusive worldwide resort destination, Club Med. Began as an audio engineer and was quickly promoted to Director of Entertainment overseeing the daily entertainment of 7 resorts in 5 countries.
Came to Las Vegas and spent the first 6 years as a Special Events Manager, Audio Engineer and Entertainment Manager for the 5-Diamond Venetian Hotel Resort Casino.
Was with Encore Event Technologies as the Director of Mandalay Bay and Bellagio Resort and Casino for 5 years and most recently as the General Manager for Shepard Exposition Services.
Has worked and produced events with many celebrities and politicians including President Obama, Joan Rivers, The Killers, Backstreet Boys, etc
Also the Chairman for the Entertainment Committee for Cirque du Soleil’s annual charity event “One Night for One Drop” where we have raised over $36 million dollars since 2013.
Director of Programs: Candie Beane, DMCP
Hosts Las Vegas
With more than 19 years of destination management experience in Las Vegas, Candie Beane, DMCP is the Vice President of Business Development for Hosts Las Vegas, a Hosts Global member.
Well-versed in all aspects of DMC sales & marketing, creative services and onsite logistics, she’s held almost every position during her career. She enjoys building relationships and bringing a client’s vision to life.
Her solutions-based approach allows her to support her colleagues, clients and partners with a positive attitude and genuine desire to help. A graduate of UNLV, Candie sits on the board of ILEA Las Vegas as the Director of Programs and has been a member for 3 years.
She enjoys traveling, camping, great wines, golfing with friends and absolutely loves spending quality time with her husband Scott and two beautiful daughters.
Director of Education: Sage Hunt
Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce
Sage is a 2009 graduate of UNLV holding both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and Master of Education in Special Education in 2012. Early in her career she was a middle school Special Education teacher and cheerleading coach. While education was a fulfilling endeavor, Sage ultimately decided that her passion lied in special events and decided to embark on a second career. Immediately following her farewell to the education field, she continued her education at The International School of Hospitality (TISOH) in Las Vegas where she received her Conference Management & Event Planning Certificate.
Sage’s entry to her career in events landed her as an event and marketing coordinator at a local food and beverage establishment. Quickly Sage’s talents allowed her to progress to become a Sales Manager with the event rental company, Just Bars. Sage continued to develop and grow in her career and is now managing events for the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Sage can be found on the weekends at concerts and music festivals or snuggling with her pup, Duncan.
Director of Communications: Sebastien Thevenin
Airstar Las Vegas
After completing an MBA in marketing and business management and a successful career in his native country of France, Sebastien decided to move to the United States in 2015 to challenge himself even further.
He is currently the Event and Film Sales Manager with Airstar Las Vegas and is responsible for lighting up some of the most unique and mind-blowing events in Las Vegas.
In addition, Sebastien is a lighting and special FX designer as well as a stage performer, with many shows in France and in the US.
Sebastien also proudly serves as the current Honorary Consul of France for Las Vegas and Southern Nevada.
When not at work, you can find him somewhere into the wild either hiking or skiing.
Director of Social Media: Bessy Lee-Oh
Ultimate Boat Racing Experience
Bessy has extensive experience in hospitality from running family owned restaurants and retail businesses at a young age to working in Hotels and Casinos from New York City to Las Vegas. Along with her entrepreneurial spirit, she has excelled within sales and marketing for various industries like, office equipment, media, non-profits, to software. Currently, she heads the sales and marketing for Ultimate Boat Racing Experience LLC where a fleet of uniquely designed raceboats are used for private and corporate events. Imagine driving a race car at the racetrack, except it would be a speedboat on the water with a specially designed race track.
Bessy is originally from China, immigrated to NY where she spent most of her adult life and is a resident of Las Vegas, NV for 18 years.
Director of IT Support: Rolando 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.