2020-21 Board of Directors

Candie Beane

President

With more than 19 years of destination management experience in Las Vegas, Candie Beane, DMCP is the Vice President of Business Development for Hosts Las Vegas, a Hosts Global member.

Well-versed in all aspects of DMC sales & marketing, creative services and onsite logistics, she’s held almost every position during her career. She enjoys building relationships and bringing a client’s vision to life.

Her solutions-based approach allows her to support her colleagues, clients and partners with a positive attitude and genuine desire to help. A graduate of UNLV, Candie sits on the board of ILEA Las Vegas as the Director of Programs and has been a member for 3 years.

She enjoys traveling, camping, great wines, golfing with friends and absolutely loves spending quality time with her husband Scott and two beautiful daughters.

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Sage Hunt

President-Elect

Sage is a graduate of UNLV holding both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and Master of Education. She began her career as a middle school Special Education teacher and cheerleading coach, but ultimately decided that her passion lied in special events. Sage’s entry to her second career landed her as an events and marketing coordinator at a local food and beverage establishment. Quickly Sage’s talents allowed her to progress to become a Sales Manager with the event rental company, Just Bars.

Always striving to learn more, she continued her education at The International School of Hospitality (TISOH) in Las Vegas where she received her Conference Management & Event Planning Certificate. Sage continues to develop and grow in her career and is now managing events for the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Sage can be found on the weekends at concerts and music festivals with her boyfriend, Andy, or snuggling with her pups, Duncan & Leo.

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Matt Gucu

Immediate Past President

Matt is a professional entertainer, born in the Entertainment Capital of the World – Las Vegas. As an industry veteran, he has enjoyed success both on and off stage with various projects including starting an indie record label at 19 years of age, being a signed artist on RCA Records, and performing 1980’s music since 1995 with his tribute band, 80's Station (formerly known as Loveshack).

His company, New Moon Entertainment, launched in 2015, has inspired corporate clients such as Expedia, Wacom, Porsche, and Amway to celebrate in style.

An expert in graphic design, event production, audio-visual and musical entertainment, Matt is truly a renaissance man in the special events arena.

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Ian Seidenberg

Vice-President of Membership

Hospitality, Event and Entertainment Executive with over 17 years of experience. Started professional career traveling the world for 6 years working for an all-inclusive worldwide resort destination, Club Med. Began as an audio engineer and was quickly promoted to Director of Entertainment overseeing the daily entertainment of 7 resorts in 5 countries.

Came to Las Vegas and spent the first 6 years as a Special Events Manager, Audio Engineer and Entertainment Manager for the 5-Diamond Venetian Hotel Resort Casino.

Was with Encore Event Technologies as the Director of Mandalay Bay and Bellagio Resort and Casino for 5 years and most recently as the General Manager for Shepard Exposition Services.

Has worked and produced events with many celebrities and politicians including President Obama, Joan Rivers, The Killers, Backstreet Boys, etc

Also the Chairman for the Entertainment Committee for Cirque du Soleil’s annual charity event “One Night for One Drop” where we have raised over $36 million dollars since 2013.

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Rachel Matsukawa

Vice-President of Programs

Rachel was born and raised in Hawaii on the island of Oahu and moved to Las Vegas in 2015. She graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa where she holds a degree in Fashion Apparel Product Design and Merchandising.

Rachel joined Hello! Las Vegas in September 2015 with six years of experience managing events at Hawaii venues.

She quickly gained experience in the Las Vegas industry and is well versed in all aspects of the DMC sales, operations and Creative services where she is currently an Event Designer for Hello!

She is very excited about what this year has to offer and absolutely loves working in the event industry!

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Sebastien Thevenin

Vice-President of Communications

After completing an MBA in marketing and business management and a successful career in his native country of France, Sebastien decided to move to the United States in 2015 to challenge himself even further.

For the last 6 years in Las Vegas, Sebastien's expertise has been in high-end events and experiences. He rebooted the local branch of an international event lighting company offering exceptional moods and designs to global corporate and leisure groups.

He also created and directed the lighting design of two headlining shows on the Las Vegas Strip, and he is
a fine art photographer.

Sebastien also proudly serves as the current Honorary Consul of France for Las Vegas and Southern Nevada.
When not at work, you can find him somewhere into the wild either hiking or skiing.

Amber Belt

Director of Education

A Reno native and University of Nevada, Reno graduate, Amber began her hospitality career as an event coordinator for a little wedding venue in the heart of Reno, Nevada. An emerging talent for orchestrating a friend’s wedding turned into a passion for bringing each client’s vision and dreams to life. Her continued ability to ensure each event unfolds flawlessly has earned her recognition as everyone’s best friend. Her professional career began as a Wedding Planner and Manager for Fig Tree Catering.

Upon relocating to Las Vegas in 2015, a proven track record of dedication and attention to detail over the years earned her a title of Senior Event Producer at PRA. Amber has learned how to plan, develop, and execute high level events. Her favorite part of her job is receiving handwritten letters at the end of the program from clients that she displays around her desk, and creating long lasting friendships with anyone she crosses paths with. Amber will continue to support, enhance and elevate the integrity of the creative events industry, as your Director of Education.

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Kaitlin Oltman

Director of Communications

Meet Kaitlin Oltman:
She began her career with ShutterBooth Las Vegas in 2018 as a Photo Booth Host.

Today she is the Director of Sales and loves helping corporate execs, event planners and brides find the perfect photo experience for their event. Kaitlin’s experience includes customer service, sales, brand development and marketing.

She is a part of event organizations such as ILEA, NACE, LVHA and more.

Kaitlin is an avid traveler, ask her about her many adventures!

Kaitlin is proud to serve on this year’s ILEA Board.