Dominguez named meetings industry coalition co-chair

Sr. Vice President of Sales Michael Dominguez was named among the country's most influential Hispanics by HispanicBusiness.com.

Sr. Vice President of Sales Michael Dominguez was named co-chair of the national Meetings Mean Business Coalition

LAS VEGAS – Las Vegas is the top meetings and conventions destination for groups around the world and a senior executive from our Company is making strides to keep those numbers growing.

Michael Dominguez, Sr. Vice President of Corporate Sales, has recently been appointed co-chair of the national Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMBC), an organization of meetings industry leaders that showcases the significant value of meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions.

“I’m honored to be co-chair of a coalition that for the first time has brought the entire industry together to speak with one united voice. By working together, our industry’s mission will be better understood,” said Mr. Dominguez. “I have been a part of the steering committee for two years and I’m excited to continue to move the coalition forward.”  READ MORE

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Boots to Business nominations now being accepted

B2B-Logo(Web)LAS VEGAS – Ah-ten-shun! Look alert, military veterans, because the next session for the Company’s Boots to Business program is coming up soon and nominations are now being accepted.

The 10-week program is aimed at giving current or former military members a pathway to career advancement. Candidates for the program must be nominated by their manager and complete an interview process. A panel will select up to 40 candidates to participate in the upcoming session, set to take place March 18 through May 20.

“This program extends an incredible learning opportunity to Company employees in all job levels who are active duty or military veterans,” said Learning & Development Specialist Jono Bailey. “Nominees who are selected for the program should expect to come away from the experience feeling empowered both personally and professionally to accomplish the goals they have set for themselves.” READ MORE

Guinness certifies, publishes record for Ri Ra

The two Daves (Rooney, left and Browne) hold their official Guinness plaque certifying their world record.

The two Daves (Rooney, left and Browne) hold their official Guinness plaque certifying their world record.

MANDALAY BAY – They kept the music going for a record 17 straight days and nights, and if that doesn’t deserve a modest wall plaque, then we don’t know what does.

The good people at Guinness World Records have scrupulously checked the logbooks, verified the playlists, interviewed the witnesses and ruled that, yes indeed, Ri-Ra did put on the longest ever concert by multiple artists. The Irish Pub at Mandalay Place received their official plaque and paperwork recently. The concert, 372-plus hours long, is officially one for the record books.

“We’re going to find a spot on the wall to hang it along with photos of some of the artists who helped us do this,” said Ri Ra Operations Director Angela Grogan.

The effort was organized by frequent Ri Ra musicians Dave Browne and Dave Rooney, but the duo had a lot of help from a lot of friends. Musicians came from across the country and as far away as Ireland to take part in the effort and keep the concert going 24/7 from Oct. 1 to 17. Here’s is their accomplishment on the official Guinness website, alongside related records including Largest Mandolin Ensemble and Longest Marathon Human Beatbox. Congrats again to the Ri Ra crew!

Over the Edge: Rappelling for charity at Beau Rivage

Beau Rivage is partnering with a professional rappelling group named "Over The Edge" to raise money for Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Beau Rivage is partnering with a professional rappelling group named “Over The Edge” to raise money for Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

BEAU RIVAGE – The sky is the literal limit in a charity fundraising stunt coming soon to the Company’s southern Mississippi resort.

This spring, dozens of people will have the chance to rappel nearly 300 feet down the face of Beau Rivage. The resort, in partnership with the professional rappelling group “Over The Edge,” is holding the April 18 event to benefit Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as participants raise money through pledges and donations for the rappelling opportunity of a lifetime.

“Habitat’s work rebuilding the Mississippi Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina has been remarkable,” said MGM Resorts Southern Operations President George P. Corchis, Jr. “The opportunity to go ‘over the edge’ of Mississippi’s tallest building is an extraordinary way to recognize, celebrate and commemorate the organization’s progress while raising essential funds for its future.” READ MORE