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NV Hotel and Lodging Foundation expands board

The Nevada Hotel and Lodging Foundation was established in 2018 and exists to serve our industry in providing scholarships for students interested in furthering their careers through college classes, degrees, diploma programs and continuing education opportunities.

The founding board of trustees of the Nevada Hotel and Lodging Foundation has appointed committee board chair members for the purpose of concentrated focus on fundraising, scholarships, mentoring, communications and events.

Foundation committee board chair members have been appointed as follows:

Dr. Toni Repetti, UNLV

John Carpenter, Glass Box Group

Timothy Lam, The International School of Hospitality

Debbie Ngai, Vdara

Each of these new board members will oversee an area within the foundation under the guidance of the trustees.  Individually they each bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the foundation and collectively will be instrumental in helping strengthen and grow the entity.

Committee for NHLF

Committee volunteers are needed in each area, contact us at [email protected] if interested.  Join others in developing a strong presence and resource for Nevada residents to enhance their education and advance in the hospitality industry throughout our many resorts and hotels in the state.


The founding board of trustees of the foundation includes:

Diane Gandy, President, NHLA and NHLF

Simon Pettigrew, Chairman of the Board, Sr. VP Resort Operations, Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Chris Breed, Vice Chairperson, VP Hotel Operations, Soleil Management

Irving Pamblanco, VP Operations and Finance, NHLA

Greg Chase, President, Experience Strategy Associates

Jaime Miranda, VP Hotel Operations/Luxury Services, Venetian/Palazzo

Cheraz Ecker, GM, Atlantis Resort Reno

Josef Wagner, VP Food and Beverage, Aria/Vdara

Donald Bowman, Donald Bowman Consulting

Foundation fundraising


The Nevada Hotel and Lodging Foundation provides educational, certification and training program scholarship.  Education scholarships for Nevada higher education colleges offering hospitality-related degrees include UNLV, UNR, CSN and Truckee Meadows Community College.

The foundation also provides scholarships for certificate and training programs offered at accredited educational institutes that provide leadership development, career enhancement and related education pertinent to advancement in the hospitality industry.

For more information about the foundation, visit

Nevada Hotel & Lodging Foundation

Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association extends sincere appreciation for their support to our educational entity members and partners:
Dale Carnegie Fall class

NEW: Nevada Hotel and Lodging Foundation

NHLA has formed a separate entity: The Nevada Hotel and Lodging Foundation. The foundation is aligned with the goals and vision of the Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association. The mission is to grant scholarships for education, certifications and training programs to eligible persons seeking to enter or advance within the hospitality industry in Nevada. Learn more.