Recognizing the Good Work in our Community

About the Awards

The LVHA Distinction Awards honors four special recipients and one organization whose contributions to our industry have made a difference.

The LVHA Distinction Awards
The Rising Star Award

This award was created to recognize and honor an LVHA member, who has been extensively involved on committees, participated in meetings and with the development of LVHA over the past five years. This person has exhibited ambition and drive to become a future leader in the hospitality industry.

Criteria:

  • Must be an active member of LVHA
  • Cannot be a current member of the board of LVHA
  • Supports, volunteers and participates on LVHA committees
  • Exhibits outstanding service to LVHA and its members

Past Award Recipients:

  • Jordan Clark, Caesars Entertainment
  • Jennifer Cheung, Hello Las Vegas!
  • Debby Jacobs, DBD
  • Ericka Avilles, LVCVA
  • Ashley Lowe, Caesars Entertainment
 
The Spirit Award

This award was created to honor a person who has exhibited outstanding passion and enthusiasm with their involvement in the development and expansion of the hospitality, travel and tourism industry.

Criteria:

  • Must be an active member of LVHA for a minimum of five years
  • Cannot be a current member of the board of LVHA
  • Active within the hospitality, travel & tourism industry and community for more than five years
  • Holds a position in the hospitality, travel or tourism industry
  • Is actively involved with the development, expansion and mentoring of the industry and their community

Past Award Recipients:

  • Don Ross, Caesars Entertainment
  • Karen Gordon, Activity Planners
  • Lynda Richardson, Tropicana Las Vegas
  • Alan Waxler, AWG Destination Services
  • Amy Riley, CEM, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
 
The Industry Leader Award

This award was created to honor and acknowledge an active industry leader who has made exemplary contributions professionally and personally advancing the hospitality, travel and tourism industry.

Criteria:

  • Does not have to be a member of LVHA
  • Cannot be a current member of the board of LVHA
  • Active in the hospitality, travel, tourism industry and community for more than 10 years
  • Significant contributions advancing the hospitality, travel & tourism in Southern Nevada
  • Recognized as a mentor by their peers

Past Award Recipients:

  • Valerie Moon, Primm Valley Resorts & Casinos
  • Chris Meyer, LVCVA
  • Chuck Bowling, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
  • Danielle Babillino, WYNN Las Vegas | Encore
  • Michael Dominguez, MGM Resorts International
 
The Legacy Award

This award honors someone who has impacted and shown exceptional awareness, professional expertise and dedication to the hospitality, travel and tourism industry for the past 20 years.

Criteria:

  • Does not have to be a member of LVHA
  • Cannot be a current member of the board of LVHA
  • Active in the hospitality, travel and tourism industry for at least 20 years
  • Has set hospitality standards, enhanced tourism and generated outstanding contributions to the industry
  • Established a legacy by which they will be remembered
  • Has recognized accomplishments within the hospitality, travel and tourism industry
  • Actively involved in their local community

Past Award Recipients:

  • Rossi Ralenkotter, LVCVA
  • Bill Hornbuckle, MGM Resorts International
  • Larry Lee, Encore Productions
  • Jackie Gaughan and Family
  • Chuck Schwartz, Chairman - ConvExx
 
The Organization of the Year Award

The Organization of the Year award is presented to an LVHA member company or organization that does business in Las Vegas and practices exemplary service, has made significant contributions, and has positive influence in the hospitality, travel and tourism industry.

Criteria:

  • Active LVHA member company for a minimum of three years or organization that does business in Las Vegas
  • Supports, encourages, sponsors and participates in LVHA committees and at
  • Recognized achievements in the hospitality, travel and tourism industry
  • Has shown outstanding contributions in their community
  • Has shown outstanding contributions in their community

Past Award Recipients:

  • Freeman
  • Caesars Entertainment
  • Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • MGM Resorts International
  • Consumer Technology Association CES/CTA