Hanold Associates has recruited Barbara Bolender as the chief human resources officer for Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is one of the most successful public-private partnerships in the country and the brand organization behind “What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas”. The tourism industry is worth nearly $50 billion annually to the region, and the LVCVA efforts are key to the economic growth and sustainability of the entirety of the greater Las Vegas region.
Ms. Bolender will report directly to LVCVA’s chief executive officer and president, Rossi Ralenkotter. She will be responsible for leading, driving and managing dynamic change, identifying talent needs across the organization and devising a strategy for talent development, training, risk mitigation and performance management.
Ms. Bolender was most recently the Vice President of Legal Affairs, Labor Relations and Assistant General Counsel for Boyd Gaming. She brings with her several years’ experience in the hospitality and gaming industry.
Jason Hanold, CEO of Hanold Associates, led the search and said, “Barbara is an outstanding leader with the right blend of characteristics—passion for the broader Las Vegas community, human resources leadership and intellect to drive results in the complexity of an organization that is both a brand organization and a government entity that is the world’s most successful tourism and convention authority.”
Headquartered in Chicago, Hanold Associates is a boutique retained executive search firm specializing in HR officer assignments and serving clients such as Patagonia, Riddell, REI, Nike, Medtronic, Fiat-Chrysler, eBay, Northwestern, Fossil, Carnival Corporation, Outward Bound and Vail Resorts.