Rosemary A. Vassiliadis
Director of Aviation
Clark County Department of Aviation
Rosemary A. Vassiliadis was named Clark County Director of Aviation in March 2013. She had previously served as Deputy Director of Aviation since December 1997. She oversees all operations at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, as well as general aviation airports in North Las Vegas, Henderson, Jean and Overton, Nevada.
Vassiliadis is the 11th person to lead Clark County’s aviation system since McCarran was established in 1948, and is the first woman to serve as Director. She manages a staff of nearly 1,500 employees, ensuring that operational plans are efficiently and effectively implemented for an airport system that directly employs more than 16,000 people.
McCarran annually ranks among the world’s busiest airports, serving more than 47.4 million passengers in 2016.
Vassiliadis works with several national organizations that are critical to the U.S. and global travel industries. She serves on the Executive Board of the American Association of Airport Executives, and since February 2011, she has been an Executive Board Member of the U.S. Travel Association, a Washington, D.C.-based trade group that promotes American travel interests both domestically and worldwide. Additionally, Vassiliadis serves as an advisory board member for the International Aviation Law Institute, a premier source for research, analysis, and study of international aviation law and policy based out of the DePaul University College of Law in Chicago.
In 2011 Governor Sandoval appointed Vassiliadis a member of the Nevada Homeland Security Commission, which is responsible for setting goals and programs to counteract or prevent potential acts of terrorism or related emergencies; she had previously served in this role from August 2004 through July 2007. Vassiliadis is also a member of the Las Vegas Advisory Council of the United Service Organization (USO), and is proud that McCarran now has a USO lounge in each of its terminals.
A native of Chicago, Vassiliadis earned a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from DePaul University. She and her husband have two children and enjoy a variety of community activities.