Toni joined the Nevada Hotel and Lodging Foundation when we first launched it. She leads the education and mentor committee, sharing her vast wealth of knowledge and experience.
Toni Repetti, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor teaching undergraduate and graduate finance, accounting, hotel operations, and gaming courses in the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has been teaching at UNLV since 2012 after a year at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Repetti’s research interests are in managerial finance, revenue and profit management, and operations with an emphasis on the effect management decisions have on revenue and net income.
Toni Repetti has over 28 years of experience in all areas of integrated resort operations with 25 years in Finance and Accounting. She has held positions with various levels of responsibility in finance from Analyst to Corporate Director of Finance for numerous properties. Her experience includes working with Las Vegas Strip properties, Midwest casinos, and tribal gaming properties, in areas of budgeting, strategic planning, analysis, property acquisitions, financial reporting, compliance, system implementation, training, and audit. In addition to finance work, she has worked in and with every department within integrated resorts including gaming, food and beverage, hotel, spa, catering, golf, wedding, etc. Some of her employment and consulting locations include Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Ameristar Casinos, Treasure Island, Bellagio, Beau Rivage, Legends Gaming, Venetian Macau, and the State of California.
Toni Repetti received her Ph.D. in Hotel Administration, with a major in finance and a minor in gaming from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She received a Masters of Business Administration from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is also a certified managerial accountant (CMA), a certified hospitality educator (CHE), and holds the Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics (CHIA) and the Certification in Advanced Hotel & Tourism Analytics (CAHTA).
We had a chance to talk with Toni about her commitment to the Nevada Hotel and Lodging Foundation and our industry.
Q. Toni, you have a very busy schedule. You are one of the founding committee members for the foundation. What drove you to accept the invitation to assist in starting a non-profit scholarship foundation from the ground up?
A. I am a firm believer in people gaining knowledge whether that be through formal higher education or continuing education. Not only does increased knowledge and skills assist in job promotion but also self-fulfillment.
Q. What do you find the most gratifying about being such an important leader for the foundation in the mentor and scholarship areas?
A. I love being able to fulfill dreams (or steps to dreams) even in a little way. To be able to be a small part (even behind the scenes) of someone being able to pursue their educational goals is very important to me. I was the first in my family to get a college degree and the value of education at all levels has been a big push in my family. Having been the first to go to college though I had to learn a lot on my own. My family was very supportive and helpful but having never been through the process some was unknown to them, so being able to set up academic scholarship recipients with a mentor to guide and answer questions is something very near and dear to me.
Q. How do you see the foundation benefiting our local communities when it comes to assisting students in their educational pursuits and people looking to enrich their careers?
A. The hospitality industry is known for its hands-on training but some skills, especially those outside the area you are currently working in, need to be obtained elsewhere. Not everyone wanting to pursue a career in hospitality can afford to pursue their educational pursuits so the foundation and the scholarships give the ability for a widening range of those interested in our field to pursue their dreams.
Q. What makes the Nevada Hotel and Lodging Foundation different from other similar organizations?
A. The NHLF and its connection to the NHLA allow for not only scholarships but other educational and networking opportunities to members and scholarship recipients. We also offer a wide variety of scholarship options. We are not 100% college-driven like some scholarships and not 100% certificate/seminar driven. We allow the diversity that is the hospitality industry and allow the ability for all to better themselves.
Q. How can people apply for scholarships and what is the timeline?
A. Anyone interested can apply on the NHLF website at https://nvhotelfoundation.org/scholarships/. There are 2 different types of scholarships, academic, and certificate and program enrichment. Applications are due each year by April 1 for the academic scholarship.
Thank you for your leadership and commitment, Toni. We appreciate your ongoing support and dedication.