STATEMENT by Geoconda Argüello-Kline regarding her appointment to the Stadium Authority Board of Directors



Monday, January 6th, 2020 

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STATEMENT by Geoconda Argüello-Kline regarding her appointment to the Stadium Authority Board of Directors:

UNITE HERE represents 30,000 workers at 51 stadiums across the United States. This is what we do. From big conventions to New Year’s Eve – Culinary Union members are the experts in Nevada. We want the stadium to be successful and now that the construction is nearly over, the next phase is now: Job training, equal opportunity hiring, and workforce development.

I am pleased to accept the appointment to the Clark County Stadium Authority Board of Directors. The Culinary Union thanks Governor Sisolak for recognizing the value of having a hospitality expert on the Stadium Authority Board and for the Governor’s commitment to diversity at all levels of government.



Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165, Nevada affiliates of UNITE HERE, represent 60,000 workers in Las Vegas and Reno, including at most of the casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and in Downtown Las Vegas. UNITE HERE represents 300,000 workers in gaming, hotel, and food service industries in North America. 

The Culinary Union, through the Culinary Health Fund, is one of the largest healthcare consumers in the state. The Culinary Health Fund is sponsored by the Culinary Union and Las Vegas-area employers. It provides health insurance coverage for over 130,000 Nevadans, the Culinary Union’s members and their dependents.

The Culinary Union is Nevada’s largest immigrant organization with members who come from 178 countries and speak over 40 different languages. We are proud to have helped over 18,000 immigrants become American citizens and new voters since 2001 through our affiliate, The Citizenship Project.

The Culinary Union has a diverse membership -- approximately 55% women, 54% Latinx, 19% White, 15% Asian, 10% Black, and less than 1% Indigenous Peoples — and consists of guest room attendants, cocktail and food servers, porters, bellmen, cooks, bartenders, laundry and kitchen workers. The Culinary Union has been fighting for fair wages, job security, and good health benefits for workers in Nevada for 85 years. 




January 6, 2019

CONTACT: Ryan McInerney

Communications Director

Gov. Sisolak Appoints Geoconda Argüello-Kline and Reappoints Steve Hill as Chair to the Stadium Authority Board 

Carson City, NV – Today, Governor Steve Sisolak announced the appointment of Geoconda Argüello-Kline and the reappointment of Steve Hill as Chair to the Las Vegas Stadium Authority Board of Directors (“Stadium Authority”).

“I'm pleased to reappoint Steve Hill as Chair and appoint Geoconda Argüello-Kline to the Stadium Authority,” Governor Sisolak said. “I'm confident that Steve’s steady leadership and expertise, combined with Geo’s deep understanding of Nevada’s service industry and experience in workforce development will create necessary continuity and dynamic representation on this Board.” 

Argüello-Kline has worked in the hospitality industry in Las Vegas for more than thirty years. She currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer for the Culinary Workers Union, Local 226, which represents more than 60,000 Culinary Union members throughout the city. She also holds the following positions: Vice President of the UNITE- HERE International Union; Trustee of the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas; Trustee of the Culinary Pension Fund; Trustee of the Health and Welfare Fund; Trustee of the St. Louis Square; Trustee of the UNITE HERE Health; Chair Women of the Board of the IWCP (Citizenship Project); and Committee Member for the Center for American Progress Advisory Board.

The Governor also reappointed Steve Hill, the current President/COO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVVCVA), as Chair of the Stadium Authority Board of Directors. Prior to joining LVCVA in 2018, Mr. Hill served as the director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED), having been appointed to the position in 2011 by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval.


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