Rossi Ralenkotter, LVCVA’s Exec VP, Will Become Prez & CEO in 30 Days

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Las Vegas – Rossi Ralenkotter, a 30-year veteran of the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority,  will step into the role of President/CEO of the nation’s largest trade show and tourism organization when Manny Cortez retires on July 2nd.

Ralenkotter joined the LVCVA in 1973. He was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award  from  the American Marketing Association,  the Travel & Tourism Research Association and the Las Vegas Ad Club where he was inducted into the Las Vegas Advertising Hall of Fame.  In 1995, he served as a Nevada delegate to the White House Conference on Travel and Tourism.  Ralenkotter was the unanimous choice of the LVCVA board of directors.

Ralenkotter will take the helm of the LVCVA during an unprecedented year. Las Vegas will host 13 trade shows in the second quarter of 2004, drawing 380,000 convention delegates – a 21% increase over Q2 of 2003.  “For the first time in Las Vegas history, the destination will be hosting a major trade show with 10,000 or more attendees during each month of 2004,” says Ralenkotter. “I am honored to succeed Manny Cortez who has helped lead the Las Vegas resort industry to unprecedented heights.”

Reach Ralenkotter at (702) 892-2800 or rralenkotter@lvcva.com.