Meet the team.
Meet the people dedicated to ensuring that your event is a success. Our expert staff has the experience, expertise and insight to ensure that you and your attendees have the best experience possible.
The Leadership Team.
Vice President of Meeting Sales & Operations
I have been in events my entire life, starting with a private catering facility in suburban Philadelphia. From there, I began working with meeting planners for Wyndham Hotels.
In 1998, I moved to Las Vegas to work as a National Sales Manager for the Venetian. At the end of 2000, opportunity knocked at the Rio, and I joined the team as the Executive Director of Sales & Operations. Together with my team, we created great results by having all departments that directly affect meetings report to one person. In keeping with the tradition of a streamlined reporting structure, I accepted the position of Vice President of Hotel Operations.
Caesars Entertainment presented me with an even greater opportunity. As Vice President of Meeting Sales & Operations - Las Vegas, I have been able to expand my vision across eight properties in the growing Las Vegas region. The meetings and conventions market is very valuable to the company, and our goal is to ensure that everyone has a successful event and a memorable experience. We want you to return, year after year, and enjoy the relationship that you have built with a team that knows you well.
Jordan D. Clark
Vice President of Sales - Caesars Entertainment
I began my career in the hospitality industry with a European hotelier whose philosophy on service was “Treat every guest as if they were a guest in your own home.” This adage impacts my decisions on a daily basis and fuels my desire to provide outstanding service to every customer. Since 1988, I have continued to strive toward this goal.
In 2000, I brought my dedication and enthusiasm to the best meeting destination in the world: Las Vegas. I chose the number one city in the world for meetings, so it only seemed natural to choose the number one meeting hotel within that city. I joined the Rio in 2004 after serving as Director of Sales East Coast for the Venetian and Director of Sales for Four Seasons Hotel.
The shared vision of all departments contributing to the success of a meeting is the perfect fit for me. With Caesars Entertainment, our success is not measured by how many new customers we attract, but by the number of customers who return. Delivering exceptional meeting experiences is my passion, and I look forward to serving you now— and in the future.
Vice President of Catering, Conventions & Events - Las Vegas
I have more than 26 years of experience in hotel, resort and casino management and was part of the Paris Las Vegas opening team. Before joining Caesars Entertainment, I held various positions in food and beverage at other esteemed hospitality companies, including Amfac, Hilton Hotels and the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.
As Vice President of Catering, Conventions & Events, I oversee the catering, conference services, banquets and meeting services departments for all eight Las Vegas Meetings by Caesars Entertainment properties. I serve as the primary agent of our one-stop, multiple-locale strategy, and work to make it easy for meeting planners to utilize multiple properties and venues within our Las Vegas family. Like the rest of the Las Vegas Meetings by Caesars Entertainment team, my goal is to create flawless, seamless, flexible meetings and events.
Director of Sales - Eastern Region
I have been a part of the Caesars Entertainment team for over a decade. I began at the Rio and later served as National Sales Manager for Caesars Palace, Paris Las Vegas and Bally's. Currently, I oversee sales for the Eastern U.S. for all eight of our Las Vegas properties and lead a team of 16 sales managers.
Steve van der Molen
Director of Sales - Las Vegas Properties
I am a graduate from The Hague University, The Netherlands with a Bachelor degree in Hotel Administration and am a Certified Food & Beverage Executive by the American Hotel & Motel Association. I worked for 5 years for Starwood Hotels as Director of Catering & Convention Services, before joining the Rio in 2002.
Executive Director Catering, Convention Services & Events
My career began with Intercontinental Hotels, where I was the youngest sales manager in the company. I then served as Director of Sales & Marketing for the United Kingdom convention market at the 5,200-room Disneyland Paris Resort, at which I was also on the opening team as Director of Catering & Convention Services. I joined the team at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in January of 2000, and love the opportunity to enjoy the creativity and the commitment to creating customized meetings and events with “one-stop shopping” in the greatest meeting city in the world.
Executive Director Catering, Convention Services & Events
Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
I offer a unique perspective for our team, having managed at six of our eight properties over the course of my 12 years with the company. I have 20 years of experience in meeting and convention management on both the hotel and the association side. Prior to joining the Caesars Entertainment family, I was the Director of Conventions & Meetings for the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, Assistant Director of Convention Services for Hilton Washington, D.C. and Towers, and held various positions with Hilton Atlanta.
Director of Catering, Convention Services & Events
Harrah's Las Vegas and Flamingo Las Vegas
I began my career in Long Island, NY, cooking in various local restaurants. I moved to Las Vegas to obtain my Bachelor's Degree in Hotel Administration and decided this was the town for me. For the past 10 years, I have been working at Harrah's and the Flamingo within the catering and conference services department. I truly enjoy this rewarding field and working to delight customers.