Board Member Bio’s

2015 President of the Board of Directors~ Michelle Parsons | Director of Sales and Marketing Tuxedo Junction

With over 30 years of experience in the wedding, special events and hospitality industries, Michelle stays up to date with current apparel trends and client needs in the wedding and event industry. She has been with the Tuxedo Junction team for over eight years and continues to help the company thrive and expand with marketing plans and goals. Michelle is currently on the Board of Directors of Convention Services Association. Michelle is active in the community, and participates with a group that helps with STREET Teens, Candlelighters and Shade Tree.

2015 Chairman of the Board of Directors ~ Mike McDaniel, Gist Specialties

Mike has over 30 years experience in the exhibit trade show industry, both domestically and internationally. He has previously held upper management positions in both show management and exhibit design firms from Texas to California, and is a frequent speaker at business and educational events. He is also a proud member of the EDPA association and past President of CSA from 2013-2014

Secretary~ Faith Chapin, Faithfully Yours Weddings & Events

When it comes to making moments to remember it’s all in the details, especially the “small details” that add that little something extra to your day.  No matter what the occasion Faithfully Yours Events can assist you with every detail!

A Las Vegas native, Faith has dedicated her career to the hospitality field. Working at corporations such as Mirage Resorts, Cirque du Soleil and Wynn Resorts in various capacities, she was exposed to high end events at all levels. Using her creative touch and finely honed customer service skills, you can be assured that your event will be perfect from beginning to end!

 Sgt. at Arms~Desiree LeDesma Sales, RSVP Party Rentals

Desiree believes that your reputation and your word is what makes or breaks you in the hospitality industry. She has been in the hospitality and event industry for over 17 years starting her career at the Four Season Las Colinas in Irving, Texas in the food and beverage department, front desk and eventually ending as a Group Rooms Coordinator which lead her to wanting to expand into the hotel sales side. She eventually moved on to become a Sales Manager for American Airlines and Conference Center in Fort Worth, she quickly worked her way to handling national accounts and traveling for the company within four months of working as a Sales Manager. She eventually decided to expand her knowledge and learn different markets from corporate accounts, to transient to Smerf accounts at various properties. In 2004, her biggest opportunity called yet, she came to Las Vegas as a Sales Manager for the Venetian, after 10 months, she decided she wanted to try another side of the event industry and joined RSVP Party Rentals, as their Director of Sales, where she likes to call herself “The Face of RSVP” since she has been with RSVP she continues to make a name for herself in the local hospitality industry by various networking groups, such as NACE, ISES, CSA, DSA, LVWNW and WPLV where she has built great relationships and has continued to build RSVP Party Rentals into one of the strongest and largest rental companies in the Las Vegas area.

 

Treasurer~Melodee Lamb,

 

Memberships~Jill Syler, Account Manager, Advantage Rent A Car

Jill Syler is the Operations Manager/Account Executive for 2020 Exhibits in Las Vegas, NV.  2020 Exhibits is a national leader and a full-service resource for a comprehensive range of tradeshow, event and exhibit services.  Since its founding in 1987, 2020 Exhibits has worked with thousands of clients around the world, in a wide range of industries including oil and gas, energy services, medical, financial, housewares and technology, to deliver creative expertise and bottom-line results.  From strategic planning through tactical execution, we work in collaboration with our clients to provide optimum exposure and to deliver award-winning tradeshow exhibits, events and experiences. Jill brings over 15 years in the tradeshow industry.  She first started her career with a family-owned trucking company that specialized in convention freight, then onto an Installation and Dismantling (I&D) company.  Now as the Operations Manager/Account Executive with 2020 Exhibits, Jill brings a vast array of convention knowledge to assist her clients and service their needs.  Jill Syler is also a proud member of the Las Vegas Hospitality Association (LVHA), Board Member of the Las Vegas Territory association and a member of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA).

Webmaster~Duane Forkner, CEO/Director of Design, Development & Programming New Media Vegas

Beginning his career in the Information Technology industry in the early 1980’s first learning basic computer programming skills and advancing to machine level programming prior to the advancement of his education in Electronic Engineering in 1986. Duane had the opportunity of being directly involved in information technology and the information Superhighway since its launch and formal inception from the predecessors of the internet (bulletin Boards) Dos and Dos programming and the advent of Graphic user Interface (GUI) Windows, Mac OS, etc…
He had the opportunity to obtain real world experience in Information Technology during the most expansive decades in the IT Industry and during the launch and growth of the World Wide Web. His experience in the field of Information Technology afforded him the opportunity to become proficient in various areas of Graphic Design and Web Programming,  including HTML, CSS, PHP, MySql, Java, Python, 3D Multimedia Design and encoding, Floor Plan Design and integration and applications for Internet Marketing and Web Design & Development for Property Management and Real Estate Web Applications and Solutions. SignLab, CorelDraw, Adobe Photoshop, Shockwave, Dreamweaver, Flash Pro Website Development and Multimedia Designer and Programmer (Including Action Script Programming for App and Site Development) FrontPage and others. Duane possesses an extensive knowledge of end user applications and browser integration applications for Website design.  Duane’s experience and expertise in the Internet and Information Technology Industries, Computer hardware/software Technology, paired with his design and development capabilities make him a leader in the fields of information technology, SEO, Web Design, Graphic Design and Website Development.