Mary Beth Sewald

President & CEO, Vegas Chamber

As the chief executive of the largest and broadest-based business association in Nevada, Mary Beth Sewald sets the vision for the Vegas Chamber and leads its strategy of supporting local businesses and pursuing initiatives to boost job growth, a healthy economy, and a vibrant community.

Sewald represents the business community in a wide range of capacities. She serves on the board of directors for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, where she is also on the Audit, Compensation and Marketing Committees. She also serves on the boards of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, Western Association of Chamber Executives, the Nevada Military Support Alliance, the UNLV Lee Business School Dean’s Advisory Board, Workforce Connections, the Leadership Foundation of Greater Las Vegas, the Hope for Prisoners Advisory Board, the University of Nevada Reno College of Business Sports Management Executive Board and the National Championship Air Races in Reno, NV.  She was appointed by former Governor Brian Sandoval to the Southern Nevada Sporting Events Committee, charged with making recommendations on how Las Vegas can maximize opportunities from professional sports to grow Nevada’s economy.

Sewald is engaged on several policy initiatives at the local, regional, national, international levels, and works with the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee and team to advocate on behalf Nevada’s business community. Under her leadership, the Vegas Chamber was the first Chamber in the nation to form an Association Health Plan. Sewald worked directly with then Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, Alexander Acosta, and created what became a national model of Association Health Plans, helping businesses provide more affordable health insurance to their employees. The Vegas Chamber was also the first in the nation to create an Association Retirement Plan, a first-of-its-kind, “Employ NV Business Hub” inside the Chamber, and the first to provide free, professional “Goals Coaching” programs open to all businesses through U.S. Bank. The Vegas Chamber was also named as the World Trade Center Las Vegas Business Club to connect international visitors to the local business community.

Sewald has successfully served as a strategic and visionary executive in both the private sector and non-profit association sectors. She is the former President & CEO of the Nevada Broadcasters Association and served as General Manager of the NBC affiliate, KRNV TV in Reno, NV, where she managed and developed a staff of 110 broadcast professionals across all disciplines.

Sewald was recognized as the first woman to be named Television General Manager in 2003 and was inducted into the Nevada Broadcaster’s Association Hall of Fame in 2009. She earned an Emmy Award for a documentary she executive-produced called “Meth Madness” at the NBC affiliate that is now KSNV-TV in Las Vegas. Most recently, she was honored with the Silver State Award for Excellence in Service, named one of Nevada Business Magazine’s 2019 Women to Watch and graced the July 2019 cover of Nevada Business Infinity Magazine.

Sewald is the host of the Vegas Chamber’s television show, “Like Nobody’s Business” and is a 2017 graduate of the Leadership Las Vegas program. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, scuba diving, riding motorcycles, playing piano, and is a single-engine rated private pilot.

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