Director of Marketing, Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
Gus Tejeda has always had a passion for the hospitality industry. While in high school, Gus was employed as a convention set-up houseman at the Radisson South Hotel in Minneapolis. After completing his general education courses at a local community college, Tejeda decided to pursue his dream of attending a world-renowned hospitality program and transferred to University of Nevada Las Vegas. During his education at UNLV, Gus had several accomplishments including being selected as the outstanding junior and senior in Hotel Administration as well as being honored as the runner-up for the American Hotel Foundation’s Arthur Packard Memorial Scholarship which recognizes the nation’s top hospitality student.
Upon graduation in 1989, Tejeda was recruited by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts as an assistant executive housekeeper for their Santa Barbara property. In 1990, he returned to Las Vegas to pursue a Master of Science degree in Hotel Administration. Upon further reflection, Gus decided to postpone his education to gain further work experience and began employment at The Mirage as a public area shift manager. In 1991, Gus’ career path changed forever as he became an assistant convention services manager. Over the next five years, Tejeda held the positions of convention services manager and convention sales manager, the latter position he held until his promotion in 1996 to director of convention sales for Mirage Resorts soon to be constructed property, Bellagio.
Six months prior to Bellagio’s opening, Gus was once again recruited by Four Seasons and accepted the position of director of sales at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas. He was a part of the shortest pre-opening effort in the company’s history as well as the most successful first year of any Four Seasons at that time.
After four years with Four Seasons, Gus returned to Bellagio as executive director of convention sales. Overseeing the convention sales and services departments, Tejeda led the team during the 928-room Spa Tower expansion period.
In 2006, Gus accepted the role of vice president sales for Echelon. For two-and-a-half years he played an integral role in the design and development of The Meeting Center, which was Echelon’s 650,000 square-foot convention facility. Additionally, Gus managed the resort’s convention sales, services, leisure sales, and catering pre-opening efforts.
After Echelon ceased construction in 2008 due to economic uncertainty, Tejeda was recruited by Kerzner International Resorts as vice president of group sales for their Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas resort. Gus would spend the next five years directing the group sales and marketing efforts for one of the most iconic resorts in the world.
In 2014, Gus was once again recruited by Four Seasons and returned to Las Vegas as the property’s director of marketing. For the past few years, Tejeda has led the hotel’s sales and marketing efforts which include sales, catering, room reservations, and revenue management.
Gus is a past board member of the Society of Incentive and Travel Executives International Foundation and co-chair of the Meeting Professionals International CSR Committee. He is currently on the Advisory Board of the Las Vegas Chapter of Hotel Sales and Marketing Association International.
Gus and his wife, Sara, have an eight-year-old daughter, Alex, and Gus has an eighteen-year-old son, Justin.