Pedram PakneshanExecutive Director of Convention Sales, Wynn Las Vegas and Encore
Pedram Pakneshan is the Executive Director of Convention Sales. In his role he is responsible for overseeing the day to day activities of the department as well as the convention sales team in collaboration with the Senior Vice President.
Pedram began his career with Clark Kerr Dining in Berkeley, California as a Banquet Server then promoted to Banquet Captain. He then transitioned to a Conference Assistant Coordinator at the University of California, Berkeley's Conference Services department where he booked and serviced events and followed up with clients daily to ensure their satisfaction and continued business. He was also Catering and Food Service Manager for Cal Dining and was later promoted to Hiring & Training Manager. In 2004, he moved to Las Vegas and joined the staff of MGM Grand Resort & Casino as an Assistant Manager within the Food and Beverage Department. Pedram joined the pre-opening Sales Team at Wynn Las Vegas in 2005 as a Conference Sales Manager and was promoted seven times in ten years.
Pedram is a member of the Northern California Chapter of MPI and also participates in the UNLV Mentorship program.
Pedram grew up in the Berkeley, California area and graduated from San Francisco State University (SFSU) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management with a minor in Business Administration and International Business. He was named in Who's Who among Students in American Universities and was a member of the National Honor Society. He received scholarships from the California Hotel Lodging Association, SFSU Hospitality Management Society, Hotel & Restaurant Foundation and was the SFSU spokesperson for two consecutive years. In addition, he was Founding President of San Francisco State University Hospitality Management Alumni Association and President of the Hospitality Management Society.
When not working, Pedram enjoys dining at new restaurants with friends and attending hospitality networking events.