Las Vegas tourism boss announces intent to retire

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LAS VEGAS, NV – FEBRUARY 10: President and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority Rossi Ralenkotter speaks during a news conference at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino announcing the launch of a season ticket drive on February 10, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/WireImage)

Longtime Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority leader Rossi Ralenkotter announced Tuesday he plans to retire and is in conversations with board members.

The President & CEO has been with the LVCVA for more than four decades.

Ralenkotter’s announcement comes after several recent Las Vegas Review-Journal articles highlighting misuse of agency funds.  At Tuesday’s board meeting, Ralenkotter accepted responsibility for misusing airline gift cards.

Ralenkotter also told board members he has been battling cancer for eight years.  He says his “vision has been completed” at the LVCVA and boasted his accomplishments of expanding convention space, increasing the number of trade shows, shopping centers, boosting visitation numbers, and jobs.

Ralenkotter said he plans to work with the board on his retirement package and retirement date.

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