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ADMINISTRATION

Timothy Lam
Timothy Lam
MIBS, MS, CHT, CGSP

Executive Director
BS Wake Forest University
MIBS University of South Carolina
MS University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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Dr. Donnell Bayot
Dr. Donnell Bayot
CHE, CPCE, CFBE

Director of Academic Affairs
Ph.D. University of Nevada, Las Vegas
BS, M.Ed. Regis University

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Patti Shock
Patti Shock
MS, CPCE, CHT, CGSP

Academic Consultant
BS, MS University of Southern Mississippi

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Marcus Lam
Marcus Lam
CHT, CGSP

Director of Admissions & Recruitment
BS Wake Forest University

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Sean McCray
Sean McCray
MA, CHE, CGSP

Associate Director of Academic Affairs
BA MA Western Kentucky University
Ph.D. candidate ABD University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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Anthony Lai
Anthony Lai
CGSP

Student Affairs Program Manager
BA University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Michael Flores
Michael Flores
MS, CHS, CGSP

Academic Affairs Program Manager
PBS, MS University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Ruby Turincio
Ruby Turincio
CGSP

Admissions & Records Administrator

Jenny Wong
Jenny Wong
CGSP

Online Program Associate
BS University of Nevada, Las Vegas

External Connections

Donnell Bayot

2016-2017 National President-Elect

National Association for Catering & Events

2014 Convention Industry Council Pacesetter Award recipient

2014 Special Event Magazine “Top 25 Event Pros to Watch”

2012 to Present / Board of Advisors / Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association

Timothy Lam

2016 Immediate Past-President

Foundation for the National Association for Catering & Events

2016-Present Board of Director

Nevada Restaurant Association

2014-2016 National Board Member

National Association for Catering & Events

Patti Shock

2014 Convention Industry Council Hall of Leader inductee

2014 NACE Icon award recipient

ADVISORY BOARD

The TISOH Advisory Board reflects executives from the industry who work with the school to ensure that the TISOH curriculum is always current and relevant.

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Brit Bertino CSEP

Wedding Director
Brit Bertino Event Excellence
TISOH alumnus

Since opening her own company in 2002, Brit Bertino is fast becoming one of the most sought after new wedding and event producers. Brit has attained the Certified Special Events Professional, (CSEP), the hallmark of professional achievement in the special events industry. It is earned through education, performance, experience, and service to the industry, and reflects a commitment to professional conduct and ethics.

She is a current ILEA member (International Live Events Society, formally ISES) and is the Past President for the Las Vegas Chapter and she also serves on the International board of WIPA (Wedding Industry Professional Association) as the immediate Past President.

In addition to having a flourishing core event business, Brit has extended her brand to include tools for wedding and event professionals. In the fall of 2011 Brit introduced to the event industry the Totty Belt, (www.tottybelt.com) which is a sleek and trendy tool belt for all event producers and designers.

Based in Las Vegas, NV and Santa Monica, CA during peak seasons, Brit Bertino is the Owner and Director/ Designer. Her company provides professional event management services for any type and size of wedding or social celebration.

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LynnAnn Martin

Vice-President
MGM Resorts Event Productions

LynnAnn’s first job was working in a leather shop in Lake Tahoe. She then rocketed to success serving 19 cent hamburgers, making $1.25 an hour. So when the chance to work in the rare coin business arose, she saw it as an escape route, never knowing that 10 years later she would have traveled the world, learned the print business, run coin auctions, and actually knew her history. She then parlayed that print background into running her own typesetting and design company for 14 years. LynnAnn joined MGM Mirage in 2000 overseeing the Graphic Arts department. Under her leadership, the department evolved into a full-service creative design team. In 2005, LynnAnn became Vice President of MGM Mirage Events, now MGM Resorts Event Productions. With her left brain, she oversees the ever-growing business. With her right, she creatively leaves the design of magnificent décor to those far more talented than she.

LynnAnn is a member of the International Society of Special Events and is a past president, board member, and honorary life member of the local chapter of Women in Communication. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Ramesh Sadhwani

Executive Vice President and General Manager
Wynn Las Vegas & Encore Las Vegas

Ramesh began his hospitality career in 1972 in Toronto and gained valuable experience with Hyatt International and Plaza Hotels. Following a 16-year tenure with Four Seasons with assignments in Toronto, Maui, Chicago, Maldives, Beverly Hills, Bahamas and Houston, Ramesh moved to Las Vegas to join Wynn Resorts as their VP of Hotel Operations in 2006. He spearheaded the company’s successful mission to achieve the Mobil 5-Star and AAA 5-Diamond ratings making Wynn the first hotel of its size and the first in Las Vegas to achieve this distinction. Ramesh joined Caesars Palace in 2011 and helped to successfully open the new Octavius Tower.  He has since returned to Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Las Vegas to be the new Executive Vice President and General Manager.

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INSTRUCTORS & LECTURERS

Certified.

Almost all instructors work full-time in the industry and all bear the relevant industry certifications in their respective fields.

Credentialed.

In addition, all are required to receive the Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) credential. This credential requires a 3-day course, a proctored certification exam and a video test that demonstrates mastery of adult learning principles and techniques. TISOH is only a handful of schools that can boast of an all CHE-certified instructional team.

Recognized.

Between the TISOH instructors, they have amassed dozens of industry awards.

Care.

All TISOH instructors teach because it is a passion of theirs. Their greatest joy is in seeing successful alums in the field following their footsteps.


Nelandra Anselmo

MS, SPHR CHE

Nelandra Anselmo is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), Certified Job and Career Development Coach and Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE). With over 17 years of HR experience, she has served as Director of Human Resources with Station Casinos (Fiesta Casino & Hotel) and Cannery Casino Resorts (Rampart Casino and Cannery Casino & Hotel). She has also held management positions within other hospitality organizations, including Coast Casinos, in the areas of employee relations, health and wellness and organizational learning and development. Nelandra is the founder of True Core Business Wellness, a coaching and consulting firm that offers human resource consulting services and individual career and transition coaching. In this role, she has had the opportunity to work as a speaker, facilitator, instructor, consultant and coach as she continues to assist individual clients and client organizations to maintain healthy relationships and productive work environments.

 

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Lisa Lynn Backus

CPCE, CMP

Lisa Lynn, Catering & Convention Services Manager at Caesars Entertainment, Inc., has more than 20 years of experience in the leisure and corporate travel markets. Prior, Lisa served as Catering & Conventions Services Manager at Trump International Hotel Las Vegas, Director of Event Planning for the Riviera Resort & Spa in Palm Springs CA, and Director of Catering for Lake Las Vegas Resort. She has served as President of the National Association of Catering Executives, Las Vegas Chapter and currently remains on the Executive Board.

 

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Kathy Baldieri

MS, SPHR CHE

Kathy is the Director of Catering for Spanish Trails Golf Club. Prior to coming to Las Vegas, she was the Director of Catering for the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her event-planning career spans more than 25 years. Kathy holds the credentials of CPCE (Certified Professional Catering Executive). She has served on the Board of Directors for the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Association of Catering Executives for the past three years and holds the position of Past President.

 

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Donnell Bayot

PhD CHE CPCE CFBE

Donnell is the Director of Academic Affairs at The International School of Hospitality. He started his professional career as a clinical researcher in the pharmaceutical industry. Donnell currently serves as the National President-Elect for the 4,000 member National Association for Catering & Events (NACE), a Board of Advisor member of the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association (SNHCA) and a Board member of the Innovations International Charter School of Nevada. Prior to his current position at TISOH, he was the Director of Religious Education for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Vegas. Donnell is a Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE), a Certified Professional in Catering and Events (CPCE) and holds a Ph.D. in Workforce Development and Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is the Founding President of the Las Vegas New Century Lions Club. Donnell was appointed to the President’s List of NACE National in 2010 for outstanding achievement and contribution to the association. Operationally, he is actively involved in the conference, event, wedding and hotel industries through industry and association participation. Donnell is an event planner at heart, having planned numerous conferences, social, and corporate events large and small over the years.

2014 Convention Industry Council Pacesetter Award

Donnell is the Director of Academic Affairs at The International School of Hospitality. He started his professional career as a clinical researcher in the pharmaceutical industry. Donnell currently serves as the National Second Vice President for the National Association for Catering & Events (NACE). Prior to his current position at TISOH, he was the Director of Religious Education for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Vegas. Donnell is a Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE), a Certified Professional Catering Executive (CPCE) and holds a doctorate in workforce development and  organizational leadership. He is the Founding President of the Las Vegas New Century Lions Club and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association. Donnell was appointed to the President’s List of NACE National in 2010 for outstanding achievement and contribution to the association. He was awarded the 2014 Pacesetter Award from the Convention Industry Council. Operationally, he is actively involved in the conference, event, wedding and hotel industries through industry and association participation. Donnell is an event planner at heart, having planned numerous conferences, social, and corporate events large and small over the years.

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Tyra Bell-Holland

CHE Les Clefs d’Or

Tyra was formerly the Executive Director of Concierge Services at The Venetian and Palazzo Resort Hotel Casinos in Las Vegas as well as Chef Concierge at The Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino. With a staff of more than 130 concierges, Tyra directed the largest five star/five diamond concierge department in the city. Tyra also served as the Chef Concierge of the Cosmopolitan Resort of Las Vegas. She currently serves as President of the Ava Rose Agency. Tyra was formerly the President of the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association (SNHCA). She has served on the Membership Committee and Fund Raising Committee of Les Clefs d’Or USA, the only national association of professional concierges in the United States representing over 250 Four and Five Star hotels nationwide.

 

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Brit Bertino

CSEP

Celebrity wedding planner on R&B Divas 2014

Event Solutions Spotlight Award Nominee for Event Planner of the Year 2013

Wedding Wire’s Brides Choice Award – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Platinum List – 2008, 2009

2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 The Knot Pick Best of Weddings Award

The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame 2014

Brit is a graduate of both the Conference Management & Event Planning and Wedding Coordination & Design Certificate programs at TISOH. She is the Principal of PowerEvents, Simply Weddings and Brit Bertino Event Excellence. Brit currently sits on the National Board of WIPA: Wedding Industry Professional Association. She was previously the President of the Las Vegas Chapter of ILEA: The International Live Events Association. She is a Certified Special Event Professional (CSEP).

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Gabriella Cote

CHE

Gabriella Cote, CHE is the founder and President of Fit 2 Be Wed, Inc., She was previously Catering Sales Manager at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort, Sr. Wedding Planner at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino for five years and Convention Services Manager at Caesars Palace for four years, Ms Cote has been a part of over 2,000 weddings and special events in Las Vegas over the past 10 years. In addition, she is a Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) with The International School of Hospitality where she teaches Wedding Design and Coordination. Also to her credit she has been featured on the nationally televised Platinum Weddings shown on WeTv and, is the author of “LAS VEGAS WEDDINGS: Insider Secrets Revealed (available on Amazon). Gabriella is the President of WIPA (Wedding International Professionals Association)- Las Vegas Chapter.

 

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James Filtz

CPCE CHE

James, alumni of the Culinary Institute of America, is the Director of Catering at the Loews New Orleans Hotel. He was previously the Director of Catering at Yale University. Prior, he was Convention Services Manager at the Sheraton New York Hotel, Manager of Weddings and Catering & Convention Manager for the Venetian and Palazzo Resorts in Las Vegas. He has served on the Executive Board of Directors of the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Association for Catering & Events, and on the Governance Commission of NACE national. James has a CPCE (Certified Professional in Catering and Events) designation from NACE. He also holds the first-level certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers and is working on certification to become a Certified Sommelier.

 

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Shirley Fugazzotto

CSEP CHE

Shirley Fugazzotto is owner and creative designer of the Stellar Experience, a boutique Event Design and Production Company, serving corporate clients for the past 7 years in the Las Vegas market.  Before creating the Stellar Experience, Shirley held director and management positions in several prestigious Las Vegas properties, in the areas of Weddings, Catering, Sales, and Convention Center Special Events. Shirley served for several years on the Board of Directors of the Las Vegas Chapter of the International Live Events Association, and is a Past President of ILEA Las Vegas.  She has earned the Certified Special Event Professional (CSEP) designation, and has been an active mentor for those considering advancing in the hospitality industry. In 2010, she received the designation of CHE (Certified Hospitality Educator) from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.

 

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Robyn Hadden

MS CSEP CHE

Robyn is the Assistant Director of Events at the Wexner Medical Center at the Ohio State University. She was formerly the Director of Alumni & College Relations for Harrah Hotel College at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Robyn was active in the Las Vegas Chapter of the International Live Events Association (ILEA), having served on the board and as a past President. In 2010, she received the designation of CHE (Certified Hospitality Educator) from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.

 

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Michael Hogan

Les Clefs d’Or

Michael is the Chef Concierge of The Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Michael has been in the Concierge industry for the past 7 years where he has worked as a line level Concierge, Lead Concierge, Concierge Supervisor, Assistant Chef Concierge, and now Chef Concierge. He has worked in the hotel industry for the past 14 years in many departments from the bell desk to housekeeping. Currently, Michael is a full member of the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association and has held past board positions of the Director of Philanthropy/SNHCA Foundation and Director of Communications. He is a member of the prestigious Les Clefs d’Or USA, the only national association of professional concierges in the United States.

 

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Timothy Lam

MIBS MS CHT CGSP

Timothy is a bilingual hospitality and marketing professional with a BS in Business Management from Wake Forest University, a Master of International Business degree focusing in International Marketing from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Science degree in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has hotel management experience from Caesars Palace and has served as the Director of TISOH since its founding. Tim is the recipient of the 2008 and 2010 Spirit of NACE awards from the National Association for Catering & Events, Las Vegas Chapter. He has served as Program Co-Chair of NACE-Las Vegas, the Board of Advisors for the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association and Bizbash- Las Vegas. Formerly, he served as the founding Professional Development Committee Chair of the Wedding International Professionals Association (WIPA). Presently, he is the Immediate Past President of the Foundation of NACE and a Board of Director for the Nevada Restaurant Association.

 

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Joel A. Moore

CRDE CHE

Joel Moore is the Director of Hotel Operations for the Thunder Valley Resort in California. He previously served in the same capacity at the Wynn and Encore Resorts in Macau. Prior, he was Director of Housekeeping for Encore at Wynn Las Vegas. He has held similar management positions with such companies as Hyatt, Four Seasons, Inter-Continental, and MGM Resorts. His hospitality career in Hotel Operations spans more than 40 years. Joel holds the credentials of CRDE (Certified Rooms Division Executive). He is a member of the Las Vegas Chapter of IEHA (International Executive Housekeepers Association) and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

 

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Ellis Norman

MBA CHE

Ellis is the co-founder of the International School of Hospitality. For over 25 years, he has taught courses in human resource management, hotel management and introduction to hospitality. He was most recently Assistant Professor at the Harrah Hotel College at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Recently retired, he holds the title of Professor Emeritus at the College. Prior to teaching, he held management positions in food and beverage, human resource management, hospital administration, and hotel management.

 

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Patricia A. Norman

CMP CHE

For more than 20 years, Patricia has been the Director of Meeting and Conference Planning for the National Medical Association. She has served on the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau advisory boards for Hawaii and Baltimore. She has also been a member of the Multicultural Advisory Board for Hilton Hotels Corporation and served on the Board of Directors for the National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners.

 

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Thom Pass

Thom has 30 years experience in the special event industry.  During this time, Thom has had the privilege of producing events not only locally, but worldwide in exotic locations as Thailand, Japan, Austria, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Tahiti and pretty much everywhere in-between. Working with the professionals at MGM Resorts Event Productions, he is an Event Manager specializing in the corporate and social segments of the special events industry.  Over the years, Thom has worked for some of the great planners including Howard Eckhart, Bruce Sutka and John Daly, all of whom have inspired him in this magnificent and exciting industry. Thom is a firm believer in hard work, dedication, as well as developing relationships worldwide. He attributes his success not to a “love” of the special event industry but a “passion” for the special event industry. Thom was the 2009-2010 President of the ILEA-Las Vegas chapter. He is dedicated to providing opportunities in continuing education and especially for those just beginning their journey in this industry.

 

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Michele Polci

CPCE, CMP

In her position as director of citywide catering sales for Caesars Entertainment in Las Vegas, Michele oversees the sales effort for all catered events across one million square feet of banquet and event space in eight Las Vegas properties: Bally’s Las Vegas, Caesars Palace, Flamingo Las Vegas, Harrah’s Las Vegas, Imperial Palace, Paris Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood and Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Polci leads a team of 15 sales people who specialize in social and corporate events business. Committed to the industry, Polci is actively involved in the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE). In July 2007 she was honored by NACE as National Caterer of the Year for her endless enthusiasm, dedication, and extraordinary commitment to the industry. She has since won catering and event awards practically every year since in recognition of her accomplishments.

 

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Mary Ann Reilly

CMP

Mary Ann (M.A.) Reilly has 35 years’ experience in the special event industry.  Trained in Paris at the Ritz Escoffier Cooking School, gourmet food remains one of her passions.  During her career she was the Director of Catering at the Westwood Marquis Hotel, Director of Food Services at the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers, National Director of Special Events for the law firm Pillsbury Wintrop with over 700 attorneys. Mary Ann was the first Director of Special Events for Special Event Magazine and The Special Event.  She has served on the Board of Directors of the International Live Events Association Los Angeles Chapter and the Search Foundation.

 

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Angela L. Roberts

CMP CSEP CHE

Angela is currently Area Director for Newcrestimage, managing a portfolio of hotel properties. She was previously Director of Sales for MEET Las Vegas, Director of National Sales for Christies Photography, Special Events Manager at Pacific Events and Director of Fundraising for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas. Angela is well respected in the industry, having been awarded designation as both a Certified Meeting Professional as well as Certified Special Event Professional. Angela brings many years of hotel experience including hotel operations, special events, catering, as well as the fund-raising side of events. Angela is passionate about planning events from all sides. She was formerly President of the International Live Events Association- Las Vegas Chapter and looks forward to assisting students to become the best they can. In 2010, she received the designation of CHE (Certified Hospitality Educator) from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.

 

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Patti Shock

CPCE CHT

Patti Shock, CPCE, CHT, is the Academic Consultant and instructor at TISOH.  She has received many awards and honors.  She was recently inducted into the Convention Industry Council Hall of Leaders as well as named the first Industry Icon by the National Association for Catering & Events.   She retired after 25 years on the faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  She has written several books on Catering, including A Meeting Planner’s Guide to Catered Events, published by Wiley. She blogs for Cvent. http://blog.cvent.com/blog/food-for-thought

For more info on Patti, visit her LinkedIn page:

http://www.linkedin.com/in/pattishock

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Cheryl Sgovio

CPCE CHE

Cheryl Sgovio, CPCE is the Director of Catering and Convention Sales for the Thomas & Mack Center, Cox Pavilion and Sam Boyd Stadium. She is responsible for booking all private events in the three venues, with combined space of over 150,000 square feet, as well as overseeing all Catering for public events, averaging over 2,300 individual events per year. Cheryl was the founding Vice President, then President of the Las Vegas Chapter of NACE.

 

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Michael Testagrossa

CHE CPCE

Michael is a Design Consultant for JMT Eventology, a Las Vegas based Wedding and Event Coordination and Design company. He is currently Catering and Convention Services Manager at Caesars Palace. Michael’s earned his Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Manager from Kansas State University while working in one of the dining centers serving 1200 students.  His background includes 25 years of experience in hospitality including fine-dining restaurants, hotel and offsite catering, banquets, and catering sales. During his tenure working in Dining Services at Kansas State, he produced award-winning events with a focus on menu planning, theme development, event design, and service coordination.  He also assisted in teaching the service styles and the final project for the Food Production Course.

For the past twelve years he has worked in Las Vegas at venues including JW Marriott, Venetian Resort, and Hilton Lake Las Vegas.  In 2009 he was voted as the Wedding Professional of the Year.  For the past five years he has received numerous awards for best booth design for bridal shows and his venues earned awards for best ceremony site and best wedding venue in Las Vegas.  Michael currently serves as Vice President of the Las Vegas Chapter of NACE, the National educational committee for NACE, and Director of Education for Las Vegas chapter of ILEA.

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Debbie Brumfield

CHE Les Clefs d’Or

Debbie is the Director of Guest Services at the Alicart Restaurant Group. She was formerly the Chef Concierge of the world famous Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. For 11 years, she was the trainer for Concierge Services at The Venetian & Palazzo Resort Hotel Casinos in Las Vegas. Previously, she was also the Assistant Chef Concierge of the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. Debbie was a former President of the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association (SNHCA) and has held board positions for ten years. In January 2008, Debbie received the designation of CHE (Certified Hospitality Educator) from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.  She is a member of the prestigious Les Clefs d’Or USA, the only national association of professional concierges in the United States.

 

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Rebecca Stebbins

CMP CHE

Rebecca brings a wealth of knowledge and thirteen years of catering, event and wedding planning experience to the TISOH faculty. She is currently Manager of Weddings for the Venetian and Palazzo Resorts in Las Vegas. She has held catering and event planning positions at eight different corporate entities, including Catering and Conference Manager at the Venetian/Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino and Corporate Sales Manager at the Goodwin Hotel. She is a CMP (Certified Meeting Planner) and member of the Las Vegas Wedding Network. In 2010, she received the designation of CHE (Certified Hospitality Educator) from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.

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Lenny Talarico

CSEP

Lenny is the Director of Events for MGM Resorts Event Productions. Lenny‘s involvement in the industry has spanned 20+ years. He is actively involved in the industry, has served as the president of ILEA Las Vegas. Lenny sits on the Biz Bash Magazine Advisory Board. He was an ILEA International MARCOM Committee member, provided content to the ILEA International e-news letter. He obtained his CSEP certification in 2005. He is a proponent for education in the field of events and entertainment. Lenny is a founding producer member of IACEP, International Association of Corporate Entertainment Producers, and teaches at TISOH in Las Vegas. He was part of the MGM Resorts Events Team to be honored with a GALA Award for Best Corporate Event, and has personally been honored with numerous WESTIE-Awards.

Most recently Lenny and his team produced the Convention Industry Council’s Hall of Leaders Gala and was honored with an International ESPRIT Award in August of 2014. Lenny has been the recepient of a Spotlight Award for Event Planner of the Year thru Event Solutions Magazine.

His connection to the events and entertainment community in Las Vegas is long standing. Lenny has lived in Las Vegas for the past 20 years, a majority of which was spent performing and entertaining on the Las Vegas strip. He appeared at Caesars Palace, the Dunes, the Sands, the Desert Inn & the Mint. He opened the MGM Grand, the Venetian Resort, the Rio, the Mirage and the Bellagio.
Interspersed during his performance career he quietly began a career in the special event industry. He worked for both the Calvin Klein and Estee Lauder companies as the Regional Event Coordinator. He directed the entertainment for the opening night party of the Stratosphere Hotel & Casino, and has served as Personal Shopper for the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” while the show filmed in Las Vegas.

The school is grateful to Lenny for taking charge of the planning for the design lab.

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Christopher Tamura

CHE, CHS, CGSP

Christopher Tamura is the Director of Human Resources at Spectrum Pharmaceuticals. He previously had the same position at the Palms Casino Resort.

Chris has worked in the hospitality industry for over 19 years in roles as a Human Resources Director, hospitality educator and administrator, Hotel Manager, and Concierge Supervisor. He has served on panels to promote workforce education and employment sustainability. Chris is on the Board of the Southern Nevada Compensation and Benefits Association serving as the Education Chair.

Chris earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, a Master of Science degree in Human Resources Development with an emphasis in Adult Education at Texas A&M University and is a member of Pi Lamda Theta. In 2013, he earned the Certified Hospitality Educator designation and Certified Guest Service Professional designation from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.

 

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Doug Ward

Les Clefs d’Or

Doug is the Chef Concierge of the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. He is a former President of the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association (SNHCA). Doug has been a Concierge since 1998 at both the Bellagio and Mandalay Bay resorts. He is a member of Les Clefs d’Or.

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Scott Fujinaga

Scott Fujinaga has worked in the industry for many years, in various positions from Star Meeting Concierge to Front Desk Manager to Business Transient Sales Manager. He is currently Leisure Sales Executive with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

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Clifford Anderson

Les Clefs d’Or

Clifford is the Assistant Chef Concierge at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and the Delano Las Vegas. He was previously the Assistant Chef Concierge at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. A member of Les Clefs d’Or USA, he is Treasurer for the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association.

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Jerome Jeannest

Les Clefs d’Or

Jerome is the Director of Training for Topgolf Las Vegas. He was previously Chef Concierge for the Downtown Grand Las Vegas, the Director of Concierge and Guest Services at the SLS Beverly Hills. Prior he also served as Assistant Chef Concierge at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and Chef Concierge of the Venetian and Palazzo Resorts, Intercontinental Los Angeles Century City, the Sofitel Los Angeles, Park Hyatt Los Angeles among others.

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Kate Patay

CPCE

Kate Patay, CPCE, Chief Strategist of Patay Consulting, is an international speaker & consultant, NACE National Vice President, SEPA Advisor and Resident Guest Lecturer at The International School of Hospitality in Las Vegas. She’s been a recognized industry professional for nearly 20 years in many facets of special events.

 

In 2015 she was honored with the coveted Pacesetter Award from the Convention Industry Council (CIC) and an Esprit Award from ILEA for her work in the Green Sector of Events. In 2016, she received the Event Solutions Spotlight Award for Innovation. She was an integral part of Creative Coverings receiving Emerald Green Certification in 2012, giving them the distinct honor of being the only national linen company with this coveted eco-friendly designation.

 

Kate has been also nominated as Nevada’s Saleswoman of the Year and Citizen of the Year in addition to being honored as not only the Most Influential Person in Northern Nevada by the Top 100 Influencers, but as the “Person to Know” by the Reno Gazette Journal, and one of the top 20 Under 40 by Special Event Magazine. Smart Meetings has named her as one of the Top 25 Industry Professionals in 2017 and she consistently is in the Top 3 #EventProfs in North America as ranked by Eventopedia.

 

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Sukeun “Kenny” Cho

Kenny Cho is the Assistant Hotel Manager at Treasure Island Hotel and Casino. He graduated from UNLV with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hotel Administration, magna Cum Laude. He was selected to participate in MGM Resorts International’s Management Associates Program (Management Training Program) as well as DIRECT Program (Program helping department heads to promote to Director Level). He has held various positions in the industry such as Assistant Executive Housekeeper, Transportation Manager, and Gaming Surveillance Operator.

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Chaz Plumley

Chaz Plumley earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hotel Administration from UNLV. He worked as Housekeeping Manager and Front Desk Manager at Cosmopolitan Las Vegas and has also sear served as Hotel Operations Manager at the Bellagio Resort and Casino. He is currently a Meetings Manager at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

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Jeff Peterson

Jeff Peterson has over 14 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including positions at Ritz-Carlton, Marriott Vacation Club and Trump International Hotel. He has held leadership position in Human Resources, most recently as Director of Human resources, and leadership position in Security/Loss Prevention. He specializes in talent development and has a passion for seeing people progress in their careers. Prior to hotels, Jeff worked in leadership roles in the retail industry. Jeff is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management 9SHRM) and serves on the board of directors of the Southern Nevada SHRM Chapter (SNVSHRM) as Professional Development Chair. He holds both SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and Professional in Human Resources-California (PHR-CA) certifications.

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Patrick Peel

CSEP

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.
-Source: Hello Las Vegas, Inc.

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