Brendan Bussmann is a seasoned executive that has an extensive background in government affairs, communications, and business development in the sectors of hospitality, healthcare, energy, higher education, and sports.
In 2015, Bussmann founded his own public affairs and strategic development consultant firm focusing on domestic and international opportunities for clients in hospitality, healthcare, energy, and engineering. He continues to successfully implement strategies as well as develop and expand new markets for various clients.
Prior to starting his own firm, he served as Vice President of Strategic Development and Marketing for Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital. During his tenure, he successfully doubled EBITDA in a two-year period while also improving their image and relationship with the community, media, and other stakeholders. Prior to joining Sunrise, Bussmann served as Director of Community Relations with University Medical Center where he built an external affairs program from scratch.
Bussmann has extensive gaming and hospitality experience from his tenure at Las Vegas Sands Corp. where he served as Director of Government Relations and Community Development. While in this capacity, he was part of the team that landed two gaming licenses in Pennsylvania and Singapore, oversaw ballot initiatives, and numerous legislative victories at the local, state, federal, and international levels. He also implemented their global programs for Responsible Gaming and Community Development.
Additionally, Mr. Bussmann has an extensive background in collegiate athletics having worked at one of the premiere Power 5 Conference institutions in the United States. Bussmann spent eight years working for the University of Nebraska Athletic Department and Football Program. During his tenure, he oversaw and was involved in the administration, operations, marketing, development, compliance, recruiting, and facility design for the football program and numerous other sports. He is keenly aware of the current college athletic landscape as he continues to stay active in the sector.
Bussmann is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is deeply involved in the local Las Vegas community through his involvement with UNLV, the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, Clark County School District, Las Vegas HEALS, the March of Dimes, Andson Foundation, and Nevada Childseekers.