Employers and Job Seekers
Students and Educators
Eric Bello, NHLA Chairman of the Board
Vice President of Sales
Venetian & Palazzo
Dear NHLA Member,
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank you for your continued support of the Nevada Hotel & Lodging Association (NHLA). The strength of our association comes from everyone's participation and the support we give one another. There is a great deal of respect for NHLA throughout the country, and you can be proud to be a part of this organization.
Through its membership, the NHLA continue its leadership role in Nevada's largest industry - tourism. This 30-year old statewide Association now represents more than 200 lodging properties and suppliers with more than 300,000 employees throughout Nevada. Details on NHLA Members can be found on the NHLA website at www.nvhotels.com Member Search.
We encourage you to utilize this valuable resource. As the NHLA is our state’s most important clearing house for industry news and information. This well-viewed website is a reliable source for the traveling public, encouraging visitors to book directly with our member hotels through direct links. Operators have access to current regulatory, public policy and tax issues in addition to current operational insights, educational opportunities, product discounts, and networking events. Educators and students will find current industry information and programs fostering careers in hospitality and tourism. Plus the www.nvhotels.com website is also a good place to resource issues of concern and spokespersons for interviews.
With each challenge the industry faces in Nevada, the NHLA board works to direct or redirect association initiatives and programming to meet important business needs. You are invited to join any of several important industry committees as an NHLA member including: governmental affairs, education, diversity, staffing, travel and tourism and others as issues arise.
The NHLA Premier and Allied supplier members, are loyal industry supporters. We encourage you to access them via a convenient Buyer's Guide. Search for any part of a name, product or description. Inquire about the value-added partnership programs that offer increased savings on products and services. These members provide other members with special service and money-saving opportunities.
These are just a few of the many benefits that the NHLA returns to members. On behalf of the board of directors, I encourage you to participate actively with this important industry trade group. If you are not a member, join now and join the united voice that is protecting and promoting your business, career and our state’s economy. Fill in the request for information form or call toll free 866-599-6452, 702-878-9272 to learn more about joining our unified voice for Nevada tourism.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
PRESIDENT & CEO
It is a new era at the Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association as we expand and grow in partnership with our hotel members and our premier and allied members. Key executives have joined the team at NHLA as part of the new management staff.
Al Barry, President and CEO
Al joined the Nevada Hotel & Lodging Association as President and CEO earlier this year. Mr. Barry previously served as the Vice Chairman of Asia Pacific Capital, an international Investment Banking firm with headquarters in Irvine, California. Asia Pacific Capital serves emerging growth to middle market hospitality companies seeking capital infusion and globalization while providing world-class advisory services to maximize results for clients, capital partners and shareholders. Asia Pacific Capital has a strong hold in mainland China as well as South East Asia. Mr. Barry holds a BS in Finance, an MBA, Corporate Law Degree and an active license from the State of California to practice as a CPA. Mr. Barry is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Certified Management Accountants. He is also appointed as a member of Boards of Directors for several companies both in the US as well as Europe.
Amanda Heffner, Executive Vice President
Amanda Heffner is serving as the Executive Vice President and has over 17 years of experience with the hospitality, travel, tourism, and entertainment industries, including major Las Vegas strip properties. As an entrepreneur, Heffner excels in leadership, sales & marketing, international distribution, public relations, communication, organizational & management structure, special events and philanthropic business ventures.
Diane Gandy, Vice President of Business Development
Diane Gandy has joined the association as Vice President of Business Development and is developing and managing the design and launch of new travel industry programs, technology, educational events, strategic partner development, and communication management. Gandy has over 25 years of senior level hotel, travel, and communication industry experience with the past twelve years of experience focused on business development and sales in the online travel space with both national and international travel companies.
Gary Dickinson, Vice President of Sales and Member Relations
Gary Dickinson holds the position of Vice President of Sales in charge of increasing association memberships, membership benefit program training, and other sales related activities. Dickinson has over 20 years of industry experience having held positions as Vice President of Sales at Wyndham and with Sony Electronics, Inc. Gary is a Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist (CITRMS) – certified by The Institute of Fraud Risk Management.
Irving Pamblanco, Director of Finance
Irving Pamblanco serves as Director of Finance and has been with NHLA since 1988 when he joined the firm as the business Accountant. He has served several clients including the Nevada Hotel & Lodging Association, Nevada Restaurant Association, Nevada Tourism Alliance and the International Food Service Executive Association (IFSEA). Mr. Pamblanco's current responsibilities include overseeing finance, database management and general operations.
Al Barry states, "We are pleased to have these highly talented people join our team and look forward to bringing greater visibility, member benefits, revenue opportunities, resources and partnership rewards to our members."