Hospitality Alumni Chapter Board of Directors


Charles Beris

President; Class of 2013 MS

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Patrik Balint

Vice President; Class of 2014 MS/MBA

(Regional Manager, Hotel Sales & Revenue Management DTP Companies)

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Patrik Balint has been part of the UNLV community since January 2012 when he began pursuing his Master of Science in Hotel Administration at the Harrah College of Hospitality. He simultaneously worked on his MBA from Lee Business School and completed both degrees in 2014. He joined the alumni board in 2017 as the student engagement committee chairperson in order to give back to the community he...

A. Jordan Fischette, MSOM

Secretary; Class of 2010

(CEO real talk agency)

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Jordan is passionate about the student experience and the impact of the hospitality industry. As the CEO of the real talk agency, Jordan uses his unique and innate ability to connect with audiences as he discusses leadership, courageous decision making, and custom programming. When he’s not writing programs or traveling the country speaking to students, Jordan volunteers as a crisis counselor.

Kelly Messina

Treasurer; Class of 1990

(Senior Director of Leisure Sales, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority [LVCVA])

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Kelly Messina is the Senior Director of Leisure Sales with the LVCVA (Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority), handling domestic leisure markets serving Las Vegas, Laughlin, Mesquite, Boulder City and Primm. Prior to joining the LVCVA, Kelly spent 20+ years in the hotel industry, working for several hotel companies such as Hyatt, Harrah’s and Four Seasons. Kelly’s background includes...


Marcus W. Threats, JD, LLM, MBA, CCIM

Director of Alumni Engagement; Class of 1987, 1999 MBA

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Marcus Threats brings over 25 years of experience in the hotel and casino industry specializing in operations, finance, and accounting. Marcus graduated from the Harrah Hotel College in 1987 and earned his MBA from the Lee Business School in 1999. Marcus earned his Juris Doctorate and Master of Laws degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2013. He has held executive positions with numerous...

Jenn Oshiro Rivers

Director of Learning and Development; Class of 2005, 2008 M.Ed.

(Director of Sales, Blue Man Group Las Vegas)

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Originally from Hawaii, Jenn has been a part of the UNLV and Las Vegas community since 2002. After completing her undergraduate degree in hospitality, Jenn went on to complete a master’s in educational leadership while working full time on campus in the Student Union & Event Services department. She also serves as the Hospitality Alumni Chapter's liaison to the campus-wide Legacy Board.

Charles R. Valentine

Director of Philanthropy; Class of 2016 MHA

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Charles Valentine is a seasoned, high potential Human Resource professional retiring in 2015 from the US Army and credentialed with graduate degrees from UNLV (MHA’16) and Cornell University Industrial and Labor Relations School (MPS’17). Charles has been a member of the Hospitality College Alumni Chapter Board since 2015 while working in Las Vegas for HR Departments of The Venetian-Palazzo...

Eric Eisenberg

Director of Student Engagement; Class of 1995

(Director of Hotel Operations, Boyd Gaming Corporation)

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Eric’s career as a hotel operations and casino marketing executive spans more than 25 years. He was worked with numerous industry leading companies in multiple jurisdictions.

Andrew Kao

Director of Alumni Engagement; Class of 2012

(Corporate Director of Business Intelligence Boyd Gaming)

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Andy leads the Business Intelligence and Financial Planning and Analysis teams at Boyd Gaming. He oversees the technology foundation and quantitative analysis that drive transformational growth and has been involved in over $2.5 billion of M&A and development projects. Andy received his MBA in 2015 from the University of Southern California.

Andrew Insigne

Director of Alumni Engagement; Class of 2011

(Director of Event Marketing TAO Group Hospitality)

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Andrew Insigne is in charge of conceptualizing, planning and executing events, marketing initiatives, strategic partnerships, sponsorships and artist residency shows at TAO Group. After working on Kaskade's Summer Lovin' residency, the Marquee Skydeck VIP bottle service experience at EDC Las Vegas and TAO's 10-year anniversary, Andrew has even higher hopes for the future at TAO: "I plan to...

Karen Achatz

Director of Alumni Engagement; Class of 1999

(Manager, Talent Acquisition Boyd Gaming Corporation)

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A New Yorker by rearing but a Nevadan by choice, Karen says she feels privileged to have resided in Southern Nevada for 25 years and is proud to be a graduate of the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality. Her background includes operations, HR and talent acquisition management within the hospitality, retail and financial services sectors.

Jack Effel

Director of Philanthopy; Class of 2014 MBA

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Jack is the Vice President of World Series of Poker (WSOP) for Caesars Interactive Entertainment (CIE). The 2019 WSOP was Jack’s 13th year overseeing the world’s most prestigious poker tournament series. He is responsible for the coordination and execution of the annual WSOP held at the Rio in Las Vegas and provides support and oversight of WSOP branded events across the globe.

Shauna Lederman

Director of Learning and Development; Class of 2001

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Cindy Endy

Director of Student Engagement; Class of 2018

(Former Direct Administrative Assistant with Caesars Entertainment)

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Kevin Sexton

Class of 1992

(Manager, KPMG)

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After graduating from the Hospitality College in 1992, Kevin went to work in the hospitality industry at Caesars Palace Las Vegas in the Human Resources department. He transferred to Caesars World Business Services, where he assisted in the implementation of a new Human Capital, Procurement, and Financial Management system. After 20+ years in the hospitality and technology industry, he is...

Tyra Bell-Holland

Class of 1994

(President of Ava Rose Agency & CEO, ResortCierge MD)

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Tyra Bell-Holland is a hospitality executive with over 15 years of experience driving dramatic results in world class destinations and luxury services. She has served in roles such as executive director in hotel operations, hospitality consultant, hospitality educator, vice president of sales, and chef concierge. Tyra is the current president of Ava Rose Agency with an emphasis on luxury branding...

Sydney Woo

Class of 1999

(Financial Services Professional)

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Adam Gordon

Class of 2004

Adam Gordon has over ten years of experience in the hospitality sales and marketing field. During his tenure as Sales Executive for the Las Vegas Convention Center, Adam handled trade show sales for the #1 rated trade show destination in North America for 20 consecutive years, according to Trade Show News Network. Adam received the 2015 Hospitality Hero Award for outstanding service in the...