HEC 84

Illuminating the Possibilities: Learning from Las Vegas

HEC 84 Board

HEC 84 turned its focus toward the most dynamic and exciting hospitality destination in the world: fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. Full of innovation and bursting with entrepreneurial spirit, this sophisticated service economy holds lessons for anyone in the hospitality industry. Attendees familiar with the innermost workings of Vegas’s top destinations shared their expertise with true Sin City flair—and, of course, a few tricks up their sleeves.

HEC 84 Board of Directors

  • Kira Gailey ’09
    Managing director
  • Adam Dennett ’11
    Hotel operations director
  • Alison Harrigan ’10
    Program director
  • Cathy Popp ’10
    Procurement director
  • Erin Cade ’09
    Executive chef
  • Hilary Wattenberger ’09
    Food and beverage service director
  • Jessica Rubin ’10
    Communication consultant
  • Justin Gould ’10
    Information systems director
  • Katie Tomechko ’11
    Conference director
  • Kyi Gyaw ’09
    Design director
  • Michelle Hyjek ’09
    Business services director
  • Natalie Ho ’09
    Food and beverage director
  • Peter Bowen ’09
    Public relations director
  • Rachelle Borja ’10
    Human resources director
  • Willis Cheng ’11
    Guest services director
  • Zachary Ruben ’11
    Marketing director

The Program

Las Vegas: Past to Present

Speaker: Marc Falcone ’95, Goldman Sachs

Gary Loveman: The Las Vegas Perspective

Speaker: Gary Loveman, CEO, president, chairman, Harrah’s Entertainment

Isadore Sharp: Luxury in Las Vegas

Speaker: Isadore Sharp, founder, CEO, chairman, Four Seasons Hotel Company

Developing Las Vegas

Speaker: Bob Boughner, CEO and president, Echelon Place

Brad Stone: The Future of the Industry

Speaker: Brad Stone, president of global operations and construction, Las Vegas Sands Corp.

Only in Vegas: Operating a Mega Destination

Moderator: Mark Birtha ’94, vice president of development, Marriott International

Speakers: Arthur Keith ’84, president, general manager, The Stratosphere Hotel and Casino; Andrew Klebanow ’91, principal, Gaming Market Advisors; Harry Kassap, vice president of marketing (emeritus), McCarran Airport; Sid Vaikunta ’99, assistant general manager, Suncoast Hotel and Casino (formerly vice president of marketing and operations, Echelon Resorts)

The Las Vegas Restaurant World

Moderator: Professor Chekitan Dev, School of Hotel Administration

Speakers: Elizabeth Blau, founder and CEO, Blau and Associates; Todd English, executive chef and restauranteur; Damian Mogavero, CEO and founder, Avero LLC; Steven Schussler, CEO and founder, Schussler Creative; Jason Lapin ’90, partner, Blau and Associates

Wynn Resorts: Back to Basics

Speaker: Tom Breitling, senior vice president, strategy and development

Deductive Wine Tasting Lesson

Speaker: Greg Harrington ’92, owner, Gramercy Cellars