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Jim Allen

American

CEO; Chairman
Seminole Gaming; Hard Rock International

Jim Allen has been "responsible for all gaming, hospitality and entertainment operations at the Seminole Tribe of Florida since 2001." He currently serves as Seminole Gaming's CEO and Hard Rock International's Chairman. The Seminole Tribe acquired Hard Rock for $965m in December 2006.
Education
  • Mainland Regional High School in Linwood
    1974-1978

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS

Under Allen’s leadership, the Seminole Tribe of Florida completed the acquisition of the Hard Rock brand in 2007. Since its founding, the Hard Rock brand has globally expanded to include more than 250 locations. This was the first time a North American Indian tribe had acquired a major international company.

Hard Rock International (HRI) recently celebrated five decades of music and food at its 253 casino, hotel and Rock Shops locations.

Several destinations, including Hard Rock Hotel Orlando Universal, Hard Rock Hotel New York, Old Park Lane Hard Rock Café, and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood have offered discounted food and beverages to guests as part of HRI’s 50th anniversary.

AWARDS

Hard Rock and Seminole have won multiple Global Gaming Awards, including:

Global Gaming Awards Las Vegas 2022: Land-Based Operator of the year

Global Gaming Awards Las Vegas 2021: Property of the year – LatAm

Global Gaming Awards Las Vegas 2020: Land-Based Operator of the year and Property of the year

 

EMPLOYMENT

Allen has been working in the gaming industry for the past four decades. He began his career in the casino industry in 1979, when he took a job working as a cook at Bally’s Park Place in Atlantic City. While at Bally’s, Allen entered its management training programme. During the 1980s, he served as a purchasing manager at Atlantic City Hilton.

During the 1990s, Allen worked for The Trump Organization, which has assumed ownership of Atlantic City Hilton. He later went on to serve the company as its Vice President of Operations.

During 1995, Allen held a position at Mohegan Sun as its SVP. He left the company in 2001 and stepped into his current role as Seminole Gaming’s CEO.

PRODUCTS LAUNCHED

Allen directed a large expansion project for the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood in 2019. The site’s upgrades included the addition of the world’s first Guitar Hotel tower.

The expansion was part of a larger $2.2bn investment programme that included updates to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa.

Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood features 2,800 slots, video poker, electronic roulette and electronic craps, along with a non-smoking room on its 150,000 square-foot gaming floor.

"The commitment of Hard Rock Atlantic City team members to guest satisfaction is unrivaled in this market. We want to recognise and thank our team members for their dedication and enthusiasm, and we want to encourage them to keep up the great work." Jim Allen
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