Russell Dazzio managing PRINCIPLE and founder of R&R Global HOSPITALITY & Gaming
Over a prolific career that began as a Busboy and culminated in the Boardroom, Mr. Dazzio served on the front lines of many of the worlds’ greatest centers of commerce and leisure such as Las Vegas, San Francisco, New York City and Los Angeles. Upon graduating from UNLV’s Hospitality College in 1973 he joined arguably one of Las Vegas’s quintessential “Golden Era” casino resorts, The Stardust. As one of the Las Vegas’s youngest ever Casino Executives he was given the opportunity to bring forward a litany of “firsts” connected with casino operations and marketing.
Yearning to grow his overall knowledge of the hospitality Industry, Mr. Dazzio decided to leave a promising career in gaming for the opportunity to join at the time one of the world’s 3 largest international hotel companies, ITT Sheraton. At ITT Sheraton he rapidly rose to become a top tier executive and assigned important assignments such as re-positioning and opening over 10,000 hotel rooms located in NYC and LA that included The St. Regis NYC and the company’s newest upscale brand, The Grande LA that opened as the first all “Butler Hotel” in America.
At the pinnacle of his international “Big Brand” hotel company career, Mr. Dazzio elected to make a bold move and cut the cord from mother ship ITT Sheraton to test his entrepreneurial skills and founded R&R Hotel Group. In short order Mr. Dazzio navigated a course that took R&R to a ranking by Hotel Business Magazine as one of the fastest growing independent hotel management companies in America, while making a name among industry insiders as a trailblazer for creating the first launch pads that propelled the Boutique Hotel movement. Over the next 35 years R&R would weather 5 economic downturns, largely due to innovative work out solutions Dazzio developed to quickly turn around and reposition distressed assets that resonated with Owners, Lenders, Receivers, and others.
It was on his watch; R&R executed a merger with Global Hospitality to become R&R Global Hospitality and Gaming. Armed with both companies decades of experience he would go onto to build a multi-dimensional consulting, management and development company that has represented a diverse portfolio of clients located across 42 states and 32 countries and are estimated to have a combined value of over $12 billion. Prior to Covid 19, R&R was actively engaged in acquiring and re-developing a $4B integrated resort casino project in Las Vegas, Nevada. The project is on temporary hold until Las Vegas market conditions return to normal.
Mr. Dazzio is a popular guest speaker and the recipient of numerous honors and awards. He has been published in a number of Hospitality publications including the Cornell Quarterly and served over the past two decades as a distinguished member of The UNLV Hospitality College International Advisory Board and as an Adjunct Professor. Additionally, he has served on The John Hardy Group Radical Innovation Competition and Hospitality Technology Magazine Boards. Among his most notable accomplishments are, “Executive Producer” Official Welcome 1984 Los Angeles Olympics Ceremony, “Olympic Affairs Advisor” LA Chief of Police, “California Representative” first ever White House Conference on Tourism, “Executive Producer” Operation Big Sweep, initiatives to eradicate gang activity, beautify and reposition blighted parts of downtown LA to attract broader market share. Additionally, he holds a B.S. Degree in Hotel Administration from UNLV, attended UCLA’s Film School and is a decorated United States Army and Army Reserves Vietnam Era veteran.
Over his prolific career Mr. Dazzio has served on the front lines of many of the worlds’ greatest centers of commerce and leisure such as; Las Vegas, San Francisco, New York City and Los Angeles.