Interim Managing Director
Jennifer Cunningham is the Interim Managing Director and Executive Director of Marketing of the RSCVA. In her role, Ms. Cunningham is responsible for developing and coordinating the communications, public information, website, social media, creative and all aspects of the RSCVA as well as the regions special events. A native Nevadan, Ms. Cunningham has previously worked for the RSCVA as Director of Marketing for the National Bowling Stadium as well as in Tourism Sales. Returning to the RSCVA in 2010, Ms. Cunningham was previously with Circus Circus Casino as Director of Sales, Advertising, Casino Marketing and Entertainment. With more than 30 years of experience, she has long been an integral part of the Northern Nevada gaming community. Ms. Cunningham holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a Master of Business Administration, as well as a Master’s Degree in International Marketing, from San Francisco State University. She is a recipient of the ACE Award “Marketer of the Year” by the American Marketing Association. An active member of the community, Jennifer has served on the Board of Directors for the Educational Alliance of Washoe County and the Education Foundation. She is currently a board member of EDAWN, the Reno Arts Commission Marketing Committee and the Regional Air Service Corporation.
Vice President of Facilities
Joe Kelley is Vice President of Facilities of the RSCVA, overseeing management of the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, the National Bowling Stadium, the Reno Events Center and Wildcreek Golf Course. Mr. Kelley joined the RSCVA in 1998 as Director of the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center. Over the course of his years with the organization, he has served in a variety of facility management roles, most recently as the General Manager of the National Bowling Stadium, the Reno Events Center and Wildcreek Golf Course. With more than 20 years of experience in facility management, Mr. Kelley previously served as the Assistant Director of Public Events for the city of Fort Worth, Texas, where he managed operations at the Will Rogers Memorial Center and oversaw a $4.2 million budget. He was also employed for nearly ten years as General Manager for the Will Rogers Memorial Center.
Vice President of Convention & Tourism Sales
John Leinen is Vice President of Convention & Tourism Sales of the RSCVA and is responsible for selling the Reno, Sparks, and North Lake Tahoe area as a convention destination and for achieving the sales targets and objectives for the RSCVA. Mr. Leinen joined the RSCVA in 2010. Immediately prior to accepting this position, Mr. Leinen served as the Corporate Divisional Director of Sales and Marketing, New Acquisitions, and Area Director of Sales and Marketing for Sage Hospitality. Previously Mr. Leinen was Director of Sales and Marketing for the Sheraton Chicago Northwest; National Corporate Director of Group Sales and Marketing for Omni Hotels; and Director of Sales and Marketing for the Westin O’Hare. Mr. Leinen also served in numerous roles for Hyatt Hotels and Resorts for 16 years.
Director of Finance
Brian Rivers is the Director of Finance of the RSCVA, where he started as an intern in 1998 and worked as an Accounting Manager for more than a decade. Mr. Rivers is responsible for proper tax collection and distribution, preparation of annual financial reports and administrative operations; including, payroll, accounts payable and accounts receivable. Mr. Rivers earned his Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Accounting from the University of Nevada, Reno, and is a graduate of Douglas High School.
Assistant to the President and CEO & Director of Human Resources
Charlotte Anderson has worked for the RSCVA since 1998 and serves as the Assistant to the President and CEO while overseeing all of the HR responsibilities for the organization. Ms. Anderson works closely with the Chairman of the Board of Directors as well. Ms. Anderson is an important source on a variety of issues for policymakers, administrative management and the general public. She serves as the liaison between the Board of Directors, the CEO and executive staff, handling all administrative duties. Ms. Anderson was also instrumental in creating Team RSCVA, which arranges and sponsors employee functions.