2016's 40 Under 40: Ashley Reaves

Ashley Reaves Mandalay Bay

Ashley ReaveAshley Reaves Mandalay Bays 30, Sales Manager Delano Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas How she got here: After graduating from Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s of science in restaurant, hotel and institutional management, Reaves took a front desk job at Mandalay Bay. The ingenue was promoted to oversee a team of 100 (“It was a test for a young leader,” she says) and enjoyed the challenge but wanted to follow her passion for events. She moved to executive meeting services manager for four years and then to convention services manager before being promoted to her current position.

Leadership style: Reaves has used her event skills internally to lead employee-recognition events and coordinate charity efforts within the community.

Career milestone: “I handled the first group to utilize the Mandalay Bay Convention Center expansion space. We added 300,000 square feet to an already impressive complex. I had the honor—and challenge—of opening Magic Market Week produced by UBM Advanstar hours after the project's completion.”