2017-2018 Board Member Bios:
Here is information about our Las Vegas Territory Board Members who have dedicated their time and efforts to our program. As a team they have kept the membership strong and bringing innovative ideas each year.
Chair: Earl Jobson
Earl Jobson came to Las Vegas in 1993 after an Air Force career as command pilot, air traffic control officer and educational instructor. Upon arrival, Earl immediately began a second career in tourism as a Visitor Information Clerk at the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority (LVCVA). Within a year, he was promoted to the Tourism Sales and Marketing Division where he worked for ten years. During his tenure within LVCVA, Earl worked closely with the Director of Tourism as well as the Vice President of Marketing by establishing venues, maintaining a budget, and creating events that promoted the fabulous Las Vegas destination to domestic and international clientele. At the same time, he supervised up to ten secretaries to sales executives and directly ensured that all tourism marketing activities were accomplished accurately and on time. He also participated in several FAM trips and was active with the Las Vegas Territory and Academy of Travel and Tourism at Valley High School. After ten years, Earl Jobson worked for Pink Jeep Tours Las Vegas, first as a professional tour guide, moving up through sales positions to International and Leisure Sales Manager, where he established and maintained up to 150 accounts. He retired after 8 ½ years, only to receive the call to be General Sales Manager at Lake Mead Cruises for a year. Following a second retirement, Earl became Corporate Representative for Sweetours, his current employment, directly responsible for the accounts of Las Vegas hotel properties, discount operators and dotcoms. He also conducts tours to natural destinations surrounding Las Vegas. As current chairperson of Las Vegas Territory, Earl has also served as Trade Show and Programs Director. He is a progressive and innovative thinker who leads a Board of Directors towards achieving realistic goals and objectives for the membership. Earl Jobson continues as an active general aviation Instructor Pilot and Lead Safety Team Representative for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He is also active in the Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, and shares the workload with his sister of taking care of their 98 year old mom.
Vice Chair: Gloria Kritzler
Gloria is a native of California and then moved to Cleveland Ohio and was lucky enough to enjoy the 4 seasons for 10 years. Gloria and her family decided to move to Las Vegas in August of 1996.
Gloria was all set to work at Caesars Hotel & Casino and decided to hold off and take a couple of months off. Gloria started working in October of 1996 for Casino Travel & Tours and that is when she met all of the great people in Las Vegas. Gloria worked for Casino Travel & Tours for 11 years as Director of Sales and Marketing, then decided to start my own company R & R Vegas as a DMC and marketing other tour companies. She continued on to work for the Skywalk, which was such an adventure. She was lucky enough to fly into the Canyon on a Helicopter as her transportation to and from work. Currently she is working for Virgin Holidays as the West Coast Regional Manager.
Gloria has been a member of Las Vegas Territory since 2004 and Board as the Website Chairperson since 2007. She loves bringing her ideas and help managing the website.
Secretary: Jan Johnson
After 25 years in the New York City publishing industry, where she was the publisher for the New York Convention and Visitors Bureau, Jan came to Las Vegas in !998 with her family. The native Californian desired to get back West and was given the task of launching WHERE Las Vegas magazine. After the sales of the company, she worked for several Las Vegas publishers and even sold real estate.
During the recession, Jan opened her own company, WOW Marketing and Sales where she worked for many tourism businesses and organizations.
Treasurer: Michelle Dillard
Marketing: B'Anka Neder
Membership: Julie Banbury
Julie Banbury is the Director of Sales for SPEEDVEGAS based in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has a passion for the Tourism Industry. Julie serves on the Board of Directors for several Travel related organizations. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
Hospitality: Nathen Waldschmidt
Tradeshows: Michael Printy
Communications, Media and Public Relations: Jeff Haflett
Information Technology: David Lusavardi
Past Chair: Joni Moss
Joni Moss is a career girl, recently married to the love of her life and mother to two sons.She was born and raised in Southern California within a show business life. Her parents were both involved in the Entertainment world, her father an employee of Jerry Lewis and her mom, manager of Nancy Sinatra’s music company.
Today, Joni has her own wedding company called “LV Wedding Connection” This Company was founded on assisting Brides on all components of the wedding industry. From Chapel locations to formal wear, all needs can be fulfilled. I pride myself in giving the couple what they want to make it their special day. With one wedding at a time, we never forget that this is more than a business, it is a life-changing day for this couple and all of their special needs and requests can be met.
Joni started her wedding experience with working at A Little White Wedding Chapel; Victoria’s Wedding Chapel, Harrah’s Wedding Chapel. She opened A Special Memory Wedding Chapel from its inception in 1996. She was the first one hired for this company as it was in the ground breaking status. She lived those 9 years living and breathing A Special Memory, but as time changes so does owners. Joni’s favorite thing to discuss about how wonderful it is to be involved in the wedding and event industry. “I just love my job, there’s nothing like it.” Every day is exciting, unexpected, and fun! ”What a great thing to see, happy people!!!!
She is the founder of the “Nevada Wedding Association”, started in 2005. She also sits on the Board of the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, Chairperson for “Las Vegas Territory”, board member for the “Community College Floral Association” as well as giving time to many charitable events. Her latest venture is teaching a class at the Community College of Southern Nevada in Wedding Planning.
Finally her goals are to continue her work and continue to share in peoples “Life Changing Day”.