With extensive experience in international association management, tourism, hospitality industry sales & marketing, Phil DeLone serves the destination of Reno Tahoe as President & Chief Executive Officer of the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority.
A graduate from the College of Hotel Administration at UNLV, DeLone has spent nearly three decades in key management positions with Nevada based gaming companies in Las Vegas, Reno and Washington, DC.
For over nine years, DeLone served as Chief Executive Officer for Safari Club International, serving the global safari and outdoor adventure industry. SCI owns and operates a popular international exposition recognized by Trade Show News Network as the 84th largest in the U.S. commercial exposition industry.
Today, DeLone leads 52 full-time staff professionals and oversees all operations for the RSCVA, Reno Tahoe’s destination tourism marketing and sales entity, operating on a $55 million annual budget. In addition to staff at its headquarters, the Authority maintains seven regional sales and business development offices throughout the United States.
DeLone serves the Nevada tourism community as a Commissioner for Travel Nevada and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Automobile Museum. DeLone serves on the Advisory Board of the Downtown Reno Partnership – helping make the city center a better place to visit and live.
With his wife Catherine and their precocious Rhodesian lion hound, they make their home in Reno, while enjoying the Nevada outdoors and a welcoming campfire whenever possible.