Speakers

Amy Bagner
Amy Bagner

Amy Bagner is an associate vice president and 14-year veteran of Fahlgren Mortine, which is the public relations and media agency of record for Travel Nevada. Over the course of her career, Amy has developed and implemented strategic communications plans for clients across the travel & tourism industry and other industries.

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Brenda Scolari
Brenda Scolari

Brenda Scolari is the Director of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs and a cabinet member for Governor Lombardo. She oversees Travel Nevada, the Division of Museums and History, the Nevada Arts Council, and the Nevada Indian Commission.

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Brian Fitzgerald
Brian Fitzgerald

Brian has been working as a parks and recreation professional for over 40 years. For 30 years he was employed with Douglas County, Nevada, working primarily as the Assistant Director for the Community Services Department. Brian retired in January, 2020.

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Caroline Sexton
Caroline Sexton

Containing a wealth of knowledge about the digital user experience and a massive enthusiasm for integrated marketing strategy, Caroline Sexton, Chief Marketing Officer of Travel Nevada, is a powerhouse when it comes to all things digital and tourism.

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Cortney Bloomer
Cortney Bloomer

Cortney grew up in rural West Virginia, but relocated to Dayton, Nevada soon after receiving her master’s degree in public health from West Virginia University. She has spent the past 15 years exploring her adopted home state.

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Dan Thielen
Dan Thielen

Dan Thielen was named Administrator for the Division of Museums and History in 2023. For 15 years, Dan has worked for the State of Nevada’s Division of Museums and History, most recently managing the three railroad museums in Nevada located in Carson City, East Ely, and Boulder City.

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Don Vetter
Don Vetter

During the past 17 years as owner and operator of Vetter PR, Inc., Don has overseen media relations, marketing, advertising, issue management, economic development, and community relations work for clients in Nevada, Oregon, California, Canada, Missouri and Mississippi.

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Eric Brooks
Eric Brooks

Eric Brooks is the Arts and Culture Program Manager for Visit Carson City. He is responsible for implementing, organizing, managing and evaluating programs and initiatives that promote cultural tourism and the arts in Nevada’s capital city. This includes special events, festivals and public art projects.

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Errol Porter
Errol Porter

Errol is a born and raised Nevadan, having been born in Elko and brought up in Eureka his entire life.

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Francine Burge
Francine Burge

Francine Burge joined the State of Nevada in 2022 as the Public Relations Manager for the Department of Tourism & Cultural Affairs, working with the Division of Museums and History and Nevada Arts Council.

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Gabrielle Hall
Gabrielle Hall

Gabbi Hall leads the Brand Experience team at Noble Studios, a Nevada-based creative digital performance marketing agency. Named AMA Reno-Tahoe’s 2023 Marketer of the Year, she’s one of the team members behind Visit Lake Tahoe’s ESTO-Award-winning “Awe and then Some” campaign and Travel Nevada’s new “Get a Little Out There” campaign.

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Heather Sheppard
Heather Sheppard

Heather Sheppard is a vice president and leader within the tourism and economic development practice at Fahlgren Mortine, the PR and Paid Media Agency of Record for Travel Nevada, where she serves as the Travel Nevada integrated account lead.

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Jill Rowland-Lagan
Jill Rowland-Lagan

Jill Rowland-Lagan, CEO of the Boulder City, Nevada Chamber of Commerce is a native Nevadan, whose family settled in Boulder City in 1947. Her ties to the community are strong and her love of the City encourage her daily to serve it well.

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Josh Rudelbach
Josh Rudelbach

Josh Rudelbach is a data analyst specializing in the tourism industry. Supporting Visit Carson Valley and Blue Room Research, Josh is dedicated to taking the overwhelming amount of data available to DMOs and refining it to actionable insights.

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Kyle Horvath
Kyle Horvath

Kyle has been in the tourism industry in one way or another since 1999 when he moved to Nevada with degrees in Marketing and Communication. Spending his early years in the recreation industry (meaning tennis pro/ snowboard bum) he most recently was the marketing manager for Visit Carson City and is currently the Director of Tourism for Ely and White Pine County. 

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Kyle Shulz
Kyle Shulz

Kyle Shulz is the Research Director for Travel Nevada. As Research Director, he oversees the various research studies, research reports and data collection efforts that Travel Nevada administers.

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Liz Woolsey
Liz Woolsey

Elizabeth Woolsey is originally from Connecticut and has a unique and diverse list of experiences that have taken her around the country and the globe. She has dedicated her career to education, community service and the arts.

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Marcia Hurd
Marcia Hurd

Marcia Hurd has been involved with the Lincoln County Authority of Tourism (LCAT) for 10 years and has played an active role in the transition from a simple tourism support group to a more focused destination development organization.

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Nicole Orsua
Nicole Orsua

Nicole Orsua is the Chief Industry Development Officer for Travel Nevada. The team has three primary pillars: to support the development of tourism destinations in rural Nevada, to support existing tourism businesses in rural Nevada, and to sell rural Nevada to both domestic and international audiences through travel and trade market development.

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Rafael Villanueva
Rafael Villanueva

Rafael recently joined Travel Nevada as the first Chief Executive Officer (CEO) tasked with the promotion and marketing of Nevada as a tourism destination.

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Shelby Burns
Shelby Burns

As an active outdoors woman and full-time traveler, Shelby Burns considers herself a “Professional Fun-Haver.” 

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Stacey Wittek
Stacey Wittek

Like all modern types living in a complex world, I have had a hand in a little bit of a lot of things—Educator and Writer (Journalism, Writing and Photography), Programs Manager, Workforce and Community Developer, Financial Coach and Trainer-Consultant. Through this journey, what I have found is that I have a solid skill at bringing together people for common causes and creating and implementing plans that involve collective impact. I like the kind of party where everybody pitches in.

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Todd Tuttle
Todd Tuttle

Todd Tuttle is the Tourism Director for Storey County, NV.  He is energetically involved in the development and implementation of programs, events, and collaborations that promote the world-famous locations of Virginia City, Gold Hill and the great state of Nevada.  Camel Races, Saloon Crawls, Historical Lectures, to name a few, are all in his wheelhouse.  He excels at historical interpretations and interactions within the tourism industry.

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Tony Manfredi
Tony Manfredi

Anthony (Tony) Manfredi is the Executive Director of the Nevada Arts Council, a state arts agency within the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, established in 1967 to enrich the cultural life of the state by supporting, strengthening, and making excellence in the arts accessible to all Nevadans. Tony is responsible for providing the strategic direction and leadership for the organization, assessing and overseeing current programming, optimizing business development opportunities for artists, arts organizations and the public, representing the agency and state in regional and national forums, and managing the staff and budget housed within state government.

His professional background combines 31 years of strategic planning, management, marketing, creative, and fundraising services for both local to Nevada and international businesses and organizations. Tony is a graduate of the University of San Diego with the degrees in Communication Studies (mass media emphasis) and Art (with a dual emphasis in Graphic Communication and Painting).

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Travel Nevada Industry Partners
Travel Nevada’s Industry Team