Virginia Bax Valentine, PE

President & CEO of the Nevada Resort Association

 

Virginia ValentineMs. Valentine is the President and CEO of the Nevada Resort Association, a position she has held for more than a decade. The Resort Association is an industry trade association representing Nevada’s resort/gaming industry.  The Association advocates for the industry on state and local government regulations and policies affecting gaming.

Ms. Valentine formerly served as the chief executive officer for Clark County, Nevada. Clark County is the nation’s 13th largest county and home to the famous Las Vegas Strip. The County provides extensive regional services and municipal services to more than 2.3 million residents and more than 45.6 million visitors a year. In her position as the County’s chief executive officer, she provided administrative oversight for 38 diverse and geographically dispersed departments and agencies, including Harry Reid International Airport, University Medical Center of Southern Nevada and the Clark County Water Reclamation District. 

Ms. Valentine has a distinguished career that includes serving as the city manager for the City of Las Vegas during a time of rapid growth.  She was a senior vice president of Post, Buckley, Schuh & Jernigan, (PBSJ) a national consulting engineering firm (now known as Atkins) where she oversaw the public works and environmental divisions in the western region. Ms. Valentine also has the distinction of being the first chief engineer and general manager of the Clark County Regional Flood Control District.  She began her career as a consulting engineer in the private sector and is a registered professional engineer.

Ms. Valentine serves on many boards and committees representing Nevada’s largest industry and is an active board member of several nonprofit organizations focused on education, youth and children’s services. She has received many accolades and awards throughout her career, including being named one of the “50 Most Influential People in Southern Nevada.” She holds a bachelors of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Idaho and a masters of public administration from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.