Resorts World Miami Introduces Senior Management Team
Seasoned executives bring hospitality experience and South Florida roots.
“Our leadership team will collaborate each day with local and statewide business and civic leaders to ensure Resorts World Miami enhances Florida’s business base and destination status,” said Christian Goode, President of Resorts World Miami. “Resorts World Miami already has 350 employees on the ground, marking the first steps toward the tens of thousands of private sector jobs we will be creating in the coming years.”
Dan Sternberg will become Senior Counsel to Resorts World starting in January 2012 and will serve as Chairman of the Resorts World Miami Advisory Committee currently in formation. Over his 30-year long career as a corporate lawyer, Mr. Sternberg has counseled a broad range of U.S. and international clients across the spectrum of corporate issues and transactions, in particular mergers and acquisitions and matters of corporate governance. Mr. Sternberg has represented Genting and Resorts World for over twenty years.
Jessica Hoppe will serve as Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs and General Counsel for Resorts World Miami. In addition to overseeing legal affairs, Ms. Hoppe will collaborate with key legislative leaders statewide as the project comes to market. She previously practiced law at the New York firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. Ms. Hoppe was a key member of the team that successfully won the bid for the right to operate a casino at the Aqueduct Racetrack in New York City.
William Thompson will join the team as Senior Vice President for Development. Bill is a real estate industry veteran who previously served as Executive Vice President for development with the Related Group of Florida for 12 years. With Related, he developed and/or sold more than 5,000 condominium units at projects including ICON Brickell, Portofino Tower, Trump Hollywood, Murano at Portofino, and Aventura Marina. He holds a master’s degree in real estate development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami.
Farooq Rehmatwala has been named Vice President of Business and Community Affairs. His responsibilities include building and strengthening relationships within Florida’s business and hospitality industry, as well as in the South Florida civic community. A Miami resident for more than 20 years, Mr. Rehmatwala has held management positions at the Fontainebleau Hilton in Miami Beach, the New York Hilton and the Walt Disney World Hilton. He previously served as a board member of the Greater Miami & the Beaches Hotel Association, as well as a Trustee and board member for the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.
Dana Leibovitz will serve as Vice President of Operations, putting him in charge of all operational matters at Resorts World Miami. Mr. Leibovitz was previously the Vice President of VIP Marketing for Resorts World New York City. Past employment includes his serving as Senior Vice President for Norwegian Cruise Lines and was a Florida resident for 9 years. He has also held senior positions with the Resorts World group in Asia.
Jesse Manzano-Plaza, a Miami resident, has been named Vice President of Governmental Affairs and Public Relations. He will work with local civic organizations, stakeholder groups and public officials to foster working relationships between Resorts World Miami and community partners. Mr. Manzano-Plaza has worked with several state and local elected officials, including former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and City of Miami Mayor Manny Diaz. He also served as Chief of Staff for the Florida Department of Transportation.
Ray Valentino has been named General Manager of the Hilton Hotel. Mr. Valentino has extensive experience in various positions of hotel management having spent more than 20 years working with the Hilton Hotels Corporation. He has spent most of his tenure in South Florida, having worked at the Fontainebleau Hilton, Doubletree Coconut Grove, and the Hilton Miami Airport.
The 30-acre Resorts World Miami project has been designed by Miami-based architecture and planning firm Arquitectonica, becoming the first proposed destination resort to be designed in Florida and serving as a catalyst for the statewide initiative to pass the Destination Resort Act. The resort represents a $3.8 billion investment that is projected to create tens of thousands of direct and indirect jobs while drawing millions of new tourists and generating hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue for the state of Florida.
Plans include four new hotels with more than 5,000 rooms and two residential towers featuring up to 1,000 units; a luxury retail galleria; a 3.6 acre rooftop lagoon and natural sand beach; more than 50 restaurants, lounges, bars and nightclubs; a high-tech multimedia entertainment area showcasing the music and culture of Florida and South America; and convention and meeting space. The resort will help develop the three-mile BayWalk, which highlights a 150-acre leisure and entertainment area in downtown Miami.
About Resorts World Group
Resorts World Group is a member of The Genting Group (www.genting.com)
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