VISIONARY

Russell Dazzio CHAIRMAN & CEO, FOunder R&R Global HOSPITALITY & Gaming

 

Russ Dazzio's prolific career began as a busboy that was accented along the way with stops in major hospitality hubs such as San Francisco, New York City, and Los Angeles, that lead to his eventual arrival into the 'Boardroom" of R&R Global Hospitality. His journey into the world of the Hospitality Industry started in earnest upon graduating from UNLV’s Hospitality College in 1973 when a chance opportunity prested itself to join arguably at that time one of Las Vegas's quintessential “Golden Era” casino resorts, The Stardust. After navigating a hectic gauntlet of  "learn on the job" challenges, he found his footing and rapidly rose to be at the time one of Las Vegas’s youngest Casino Executives and, given the opportunity to participate in the creation of a litany of “Las Vegas casino operations and marketing firsts".

Yearning to grow his overall knowledge of the hospitality industry, Russ decided to leave a promising career in gaming for the opportunity to join one of the world’s 3 largest international hotel companies, ITT Sheraton. At ITT Sheraton he found a new home where he became a top tier executive their go-to man for important re-positioning and opening assignments s 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. Ultimately he would be responsible for the marketing of over 5,000 rooms in NYC and LA respectively. 

At the pinnacle of his international “Big Brand” hotel company career, Russ 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, Russ 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 groundbreaking tactics that launched the Boutique Hotel movement in West Hollywood Over the next 35 years R&R would weather 5 economic downturns, largely due to innovative work out solutions Russ developed to quickly turn around and reposition distressed assets, making R&R highly sought after among Owners, Lenders and Receivers, and holding toxic assets.

It was on his watch; R&R executed a merger with Global Hospitality to become R&R Global Hospitality and Gaming. Armed with both company's decades of experience he would go on to build a multi-dimensional consulting, management, and development company that represented a diverse portfolio of clients located across numerous states and countries 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.

Russ 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, recognized as distinguished UNLV alumni for his two decades of service on their Hospitality College International Advisory Board, frequent stints as an Adjunct Professor. and being a charter member - active alumni of Sigma Chi Fraternity. Other Boards he has served on include the John Hardy Group's Radical Innovation Competition, Hospitality Technology Magazine, and Las Vegas Rotary Club (Youth Services). Among his most notable accomplishments are, 1984 Los Angeles Olympics Official Welcome “Executive Producer”, LA Chief of Police “Special Advisor”, White House Conference on Tourism “California Representative” and, Operation Big Sweep (an initiative which thousands of LA District students participated to eradicate gang activity, beautify and reposition blighted parts of downtown) "Task Force Chairman". Russ holds a B.S. Degree in Hotel Administration from UNLV attended UCLA’s Film School and is a decorated United States Army - Reserves Vietnam Era veteran.