Debi Kinney has twenty years of experience in the hospitality industry and has recently rejoined the Clean the World team as Vice President, CSR and Hotel Business Development. Debi is responsible for continuing to grow the Clean the World brand in Las Vegas, nationally and internationally through programming, partnerships and outreach efforts that reflect the mission and purpose of Clean the World.
In March 2014 Debi was named one of Las Vegas’ 40 Under 40. Her current service role includes a seat on the Board of Directors for Green Chips, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening and accelerating the implementation of sustainable community initiatives in Southern Nevada through strategic collaborations of public-private partnerships. Previous service roles include membership in the Las Vegas Hospitality Association (LVHA), a Board seat on the University of California Santa Barbara Alumni Association Board of Directors, and appointment to Governor Sandoval’s Commission for Nevada Volunteers.
Debi’s previous professional experiences include owning and operating her own restaurant consulting and event planning firm and employment with a variety of hospitality industry entities: a convention and visitors bureau, a Six Flags theme park marketing department, a restaurant chain, a caterer, and a top tier Las Vegas hotel. In addition, in 2004 she was recruited to manage the Meeting & Event Planning Certificate Program at a California state university. She taught Fundamentals of Meeting and Event Planning and Strategic Event Planning and directed the program for over four years. Most recently she served as Director of Operations for a Las Vegas business with four companies under one roof. Her main responsibility was meeting planning for one large conference (over 1,000 attendees) and more than twenty-five smaller meetings annually.
Debi has been asked to present at various industry forums, including Convene for Green 2015, Elite Meetings International West, the Southwest Chapter of International Association of Exhibitions and Events, IMEX, Las Vegas Hospitality Association, Caesars Entertainment Diamonds are Forever FAM, Wynn/Encore Educational Event 2011 and FIMP West Conference for Strategic Meeting Leaders, regarding key hospitality industry issues such as sponsorship, green meetings and strategic event planning.
During the course of her career Debi has received many accolades. In August 2010 she
decided to spearhead the formation of the Las Vegas chapter of Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) because she believes that the message of sustainability in the hospitality industry is an important one, especially in a city like Las Vegas where the impact of meetings and events is an integral part of the community as a whole. Debi joined GMIC and started her term as inaugural President of the Las Vegas chapter in September 2010. The process of starting a chapter and knowing that she is leaving a legacy for others to build upon is one of her greatest professional satisfactions. In 2009 she was recognized for her work at Caesars Palace in an international rating as one of the top 20 Convention Services Managers of the year. Debi is a past member and Executive Board member of the San Diego Chapter of Meeting Professionals International. In 2006 she was honored with the Chapter Leadership award, given once a year to recognize a member who has demonstrated exceptional dedication toward chapter success. In addition, chapter leaders awarded her the Star of the Month and nominated her for the Chapter Leadership and Chapter Supplier of the Year awards.
Debi graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a Bachelors degree in Communication. In 2000 she completed The George Washington University Event Management Certificate program, hosted at the University of San Diego.