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NHLA Announces 2016 Committee Chairpersons

The Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association has announced the newly appointed association committee chairpersons for 2016. The chairpersons are active members of NHLA and professionals in the related committee categories.

aria-logoAndy Ginsburg, Director of Public Area at Aria Resort and Casino, will assume the role of chairperson for the sustainability committee. The committee is comprised of leaders and experts from throughout the state and promotes sustainability, efficiency, communication, education and environmental practices in today’s Hospitality Industry. The committee will work with NHLA staff in presenting a related conference and trade show in later 2016. Aria was the recipient of the Sustainability Leader award at the Stars of the Industry Hospitality Awards Gala in October.

The Welcome Team

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The ambassador committee will be chaired by Dino Marino, Director with Load XExperience. The ambassador committee members welcome new members and work with all members to ensure they are informed of all the benefits available through NHLA membership. They communicate directly with members and assist them in utilizing association benefits to their greatest advantage.

Safety and Security at its Best


Lisel Westlake, Training Manager at the Aria Resort and Casino, will fill the role of safety and security committee chairperson. Lisel has been active in related activities for the committee and was the recipient of the Safety and Security Professional Employee of the Year award at the Stars of the Industry. The Safety and Security Committee guides NHLA in providing information, updates, alerts, legislative information, news, resources and education for members.

NHLA Social Media channels managed by experts

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The social media committee will be chaired by Derek Schoen, Director of Marketing, Aria, Vdara and The Shops at Crystals. The Social Media Committee guides NHLA in providing information for posts, new social trends, campaigns, resources, education and engagement initiatives and tracking.

High level leadership for Food and Beverage committee

Josef Wagner, Vice President of Food and Beverage with the Aria Resort and Casino, will once again chair the food and beverage committee. The goal of the committee is to offer unmatched training classes, knowledge resources and trade tastings, in order to stay abreast with the ever changing world of Food & Beverage. Members are informed of the newest industry trends, in addition to executing world class Food & Beverage events.


Housekeeping is the heart

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A newly formed committee, housekeeping, will be chaired by Brady Linen Vice President Terry Satchwell and co-chaired by Ronna Timpa, Workplace ESL Solutions. The focus will be on best operational practices to reduce costs while increasing guest satisfaction. Committee members will directly contribute to the direction and value of NHLA while networking with colleagues and peers.

NHLA renowned for educational programs

The education committee will continue to be managed by Diane Gandy, NHLA President. The education committee provides educational resources, activities, seminars, webinars, industry programs and certifications as well as other related information for NHLA members.

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Next Reigning Generation continues momentum


Michelle Madrid, Corporate Manager of Guest Experience, MGM Resorts International will continue as the chairperson for the Next Reigning Generation young professionals group. The NRG committee works to engage industry professionals in the Nevada hospitality and support industries through the development of unique local resources including networking, mentorship, philanthropic and educational opportunities.

Committees integral part of association leadership

“Our committees are a leading force in creating valuable resources and benefits for our members. The professionals involved bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the association. Through their commitment and guidance, we are able to ensure information and education is provided on a regular basis,” states NHLA president Diane Gandy. “Our committees all have openings for more members for those wishing to become involved and active.”

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