Don Newman, Commissioner

Don Newman is the executive director of the Elko Convention & Visitors Authority and Elko Convention Center, a position he has held since 2006. Don has worked in the hospitality, gaming and convention industry throughout Nevada for more than 28 years. Don began his management career at the Red Lion Inn & Casino in Elko, where he held various positions before returning to Las Vegas to begin a career in the convention general contracting industry.

Returning to the Red Lion Properties in Winnemucca, Don held the position of general manager of the Red Lion Inn & Casino as well as overseeing the day to day operations of three additional motel properties. In 1993, he returned to Las Vegas and the convention industry as a sales executive with GES Exposition Services where he also held positions as director of sales and senior account manager before returning to Elko. A long time UNLV sports booster, Don enjoys travel, golf and life in rural Nevada.