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Ms. Tesarova

Katarina Tesarova

Vice President of Global Sustainability, Las Vegas Sands Corporation

Katarina Tesarova is the Vice President of Global Sustainability for Las Vegas Sands Corporation, the world's pre-eminent developer and operator of world-class Integrated Resorts.

In this capacity, Ms. Tesarova leads Las Vegas Sands' global sustainability efforts by developing and implementing a comprehensive sustainability strategy through the award-winning Sands ECO360 program focused on reducing the environmental impacts of the organization.

Under Ms. Tesarova's leadership, the organization has received several notable recognitions including the CDP Climate and Water A List rankings, inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for North America, several building certifications in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®), and formal approval of emissions reduction targets by the Science Based Target Initiative.

Prior to joining Las Vegas Sands Corp., Ms. Tesarova was responsible for managing property sustainability programs at MGM Resorts International as Director of Sustainable Operations.

She was also responsible for the LEED® building certification of CityCenter, an $8.6 billion, mixed-use urban destination in Las Vegas. Under Ms. Tesarova's guidance and direction, CityCenter achieved six LEED Gold certifications making it the largest new construction LEED certified project in the world.

Ms. Tesarova is recognized for her expertise in green buildings and has served on various prestigious panels and committees, including the Sustainability and Efficiency Task Force for the United States Department of Homeland Security.

Ms. Tesarova received her law degree from Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia. She also earned a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree with a concentration in Finance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Ms. Tesarova is a LEED BD+C Accredited Professional.

Please visit http://www.sands.com for more information.

Ms. Tesarova can be contacted at +1 702-607-4530 or katarina.tesarova@sands.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.