Vice President of Customer Safety
Ray Suppe is the vice president of customer safety for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). The LVCVA is the destination marketing organization for Las Vegas and Southern Nevada, and its mission centers on creating the world’s most desirable destination for leisure and business travel. The LVCVA also owns and operates the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC).
In his role, Mr. Suppe is responsible for the safety and security of the 3.2 million-square-foot LVCC. Mr. Suppe joined the LVCVA’s security department in October 1992, holding various staff and management positions. He was promoted to director of security in 2005 and senior director of security in 2014. Today, Mr. Suppe oversees security and safety operations, fire prevention programs, traffic/transportation planning and execution, paid parking, investigations and surveillance. He is also charged with oversight of the department’s administrative functions, 24/7 control center, the organizations business continuity programs and K9 teams.
Mr. Suppe serves as the liaison between the LVCVA and related public safety agencies, including the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD), the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Clark County Fire Department, the Department of Homeland Security and others.
Prior to joining the LVCVA, Mr. Suppe served in the United States Army. His current affiliations include executive board secretary for the Las Vegas Security Chiefs’ Association, member of LVMPD/Southern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center (Fusion Center) Board of Governors, board member of the Exhibition Services and Contractors Association (ESCA), advisory board member for the Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy, member of the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association, member of the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) and the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM).