Jim Allen

Chairman, President and CEO, Seminole Gaming & Hard Rock International

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The opening of the Guitar Hotel at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida, was a seminal moment for Jim Allen, who is the CEO and chairman of Seminole Gaming and Hard Rock International. His vision of a truly iconic building that will transform the Hollywood property into a destination resort took more than five years to develop, but the results are stunning. Allen leads a rapidly expanding Hard Rock International with new projects in California and Mexico, as well as proposals to build casinos in three U.S. states and two European countries. He sat down with GGB Publisher Roger Gros during the opening of the Guitar Hotel in October to discuss the company’s roots, the tribe that supports him and the success of the enterprise.

Roger Gros
Roger Gros is publisher of Global Gaming Business, the industry's leading gaming trade publication, and all its related publications. Prior to joining Global Gaming Business, Gros was president of Inlet Communications, an independent consulting firm. He was vice president of Casino Journal Publishing Group from 1984-2000, and held virtually every editorial title during his tenure. Gros was editor of Casino Journal, the National Gaming Summary and the Atlantic City Insider, and was the founding editor of Casino Player magazine. He was a co-founder of the American Gaming Summit and the Southern Gaming Summit conferences and trade shows. He is the author of the best-selling book, How to Win at Casino Gambling (Carlton Books, 1995), now in its fourth edition. Gros was named "Businessman of the Year" for 1998 by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Gaming Association in 2012.

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