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 eleventh person to lead Clark County’s aviation system since
McCarran was establish in 1948, and is the first woman to serve as Director.
McCarran annually ranks among the world’s busiest airports, serving more than 41
million passengers in 2012. Under Vassiliadis’ leadership, the airport has
developed an industry-leading security program while maintaining a strong
commitment to world-class customer service. Vassiliadis manages the work of
nearly 1,500 employees, ensuring that the airport system’s operational plans are
efficiently and effectively implemented.
Vassiliadis works with several national organizations that are critical to the
U.S. and global travel industries. Since February 2011, she has overseen
McCarran’s efforts as 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. Since 2009, Vassiliadis has been 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 September 2011, Nevada Gov. Brian 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 has been a member of the United Service Organizations’
Las Vegas Advisory Council since April 2010, and was proud to participate in the
opening of Nevada’s first USO Center at McCarran on Veterans Day 2010.
Vassiliadis came from the Clark County Department of Finance, where she amassed
16 years of progressive government experience. As director of finance for Clark
County, she was responsible for a $2.2 billion operating budget and a $2.4
billion capital improvement plan. Before joining Clark County, she worked for
the City of Las Vegas Finance Department, beginning as a financial analyst and
progressing to manager of finance and budget.
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
Revised March 2013