DAVE HANLON, IS Director of Executive Hospitality AND a ad hoc Technical services consultant TO R&R Hospitality and gaming
Dave Hanlon started his career at the investment banking firm of Smith Barney & Company. He later joined Fluor Corporation where he was responsible for financing international petrochemical and refinery projects. He then joined Caesars World, Inc. where he served as Chief Financial Officer funding the company’s entrance into the new Atlantic City market and later became Executive Vice President responsible for all operations on the East Coast.
Following Caesars, he joined Harrah’s in Atlantic City as President with responsibility for Harrah’s Marina (the most financially successful operation in the entire Atlantic City market) and the “Harrah’s at Trump Plaza” joint venture.
From Harrah’s he became Chief Executive Officer at Merv Griffin’s Resorts International in Atlantic City and the Bahamas. He was responsible for re-structuring over $1 billion in debt for the company during his tenure with the company.
After a period as President and CEO of International Game Technology, he joined Rio Suites Hotel in Las Vegas as President and Chief Operating Officer. For five years, he served as Chief Executive Officer at Empire Resorts, Inc. in Monticello, New York. Later he became a developer and consultant to various gaming, hospitality, technology and entertainment companies.
Mr. Hanlon is a graduate of the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. Following his time as an Officer in the US Army, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School with an MBA in Finance and a MS in Accounting. He later attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Over the years, he has held several outside interests including serving as Executive in Residence and a member of the Industry Advisory Committee at the Cornell Hotel School. He was also a three-term member of the Cornell University Council, and a Director of the Cornell Football Association. He also served as an Adviser to the Wharton Entrepreneurial Program.