This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with Rob McCoy, president & CEO of the Neon Museum. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, McCoy talks about the importance of preserving neon and the history of the museum; the impact of the Tim Burton Exhibition at the museum (boosting membership, generating national media interest and becoming the most significant art exhibition in the history of Las Vegas); deciding on criteria for which signs are going to be lit next (historical importance and affordability); future plans, including expansion across the street from the main building; and virtual features now available on the museum website while the Coronavirus keeps the museum temporarily closed.
McCoy began his career as a television news reporter and anchor. He joined the corporate world in 1983 and in the intervening years has provided valuable expertise to several companies in the areas of public, media and government relations as well as crisis communications and marketing. McCoy took his position at the Museum following an 18-year career at CenturyLink where he was associate vice president of government affairs and community development.
As a native Las Vegan, issues concerning quality of life and sustainability drive McCoy’s community commitments, both professionally and personally. In addition to chairing the Neon Museum’s Board of Trustees for two years and serving as a board member for seven years prior, he most recently served on the boards of The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada, Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Nevada Taxpayers Association.