Seminole Gaming and Hard Rock International Extend Employment
Contracts and Add World Class Talent to the Organizations
HOLLYWOOD, FL -- (Marketwire) -- 12/20/12 -- The Seminole Tribe of
Florida and Hard Rock International have extended the contracts of
James F. Allen, Chairman of Hard Rock International and CEO of
Seminole Gaming, Brad Buchanan, Executive Vice President and Chief
Financial Officer of Hard Rock International and Seminole Gaming and
Hamish Dodds, Chief Executive Officer of Hard Rock International.
Allen's contract has been extended for five years, Buchanan's for two
years and Dodds' for three. The Seminole Gaming contracts of Allen
and Buchanan were extended by formal vote of the Tribal Council of
the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
In addition, Seminole Gaming announces the hiring of industry veteran
Larry Mullin to the position of Chief Operating Officer. Mullin has
25 years of experience in gaming, including his most recent position
with Echo Entertainment, Ltd., where he held the position of Chief
Executive Officer. Prior to joining Echo, Mullin was President &
Chief Operating Officer of the tremendously successful Borgata Hotel,
Casino & Spa. Mullin also held senior executive positions with the
Trump Organization and Harrah's Entertainment.
Seminole Gaming also announces the hiring of Michael Volkert as Sr.
Vice President of Slot Operations. Volkert comes from MGM Mirage
resorts where he enjoyed a 16-year career as part of their senior
management team in slot and marketing operations.
Hard Rock International also announces the hiring of Fred Thimm as
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of corporate Hard Rock
Cafes. Thimm brings over 25 years of extensive restaurant experience
to Hard Rock, most recently serving as President of the upscale
steakhouse concept Stoney River Legendary Steaks based in Nashville,
Tenn. Previous positions included President and COO of Palm
Restaurants, co-owner of Martini Park in Washington, D.C., and
President of Al Copeland Investments, Restaurant Division in New
Orleans, La., where he oversaw the Copeland's of New Orleans and
Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro concepts.
"We are extremely excited about the opportunities to extend contracts
for Brad and Hamish, who have led during the most successful years in
the 41-year history of Hard Rock International and Seminole Gaming,"
stated Allen. "On another high note, the addition of Larry Mullin to
our team at Seminole Gaming and Fred Thimm at Hard Rock International
gives us the ability to take both organizations to the next level of
success. I have known Larry for over 25 years and have always admired
his amazing success in the industry. With the involvement of Larry
Mullin, Michael Volkert and Fred Thimm, I look forward to the future
of Hard Rock and Seminole Gaming."
About Seminole Gaming
In addition to its two Seminole Hard Rock
Hotels & Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla., the Seminole Tribe
owns and operates five more Seminole-branded Florida casinos in
Coconut Creek and Hollywood on the Southeast coast, in Immokalee near
Naples, on the Brighton Reservation north of Lake Okeechobee and on
the Big Cypress Reservation south of Lake Okeechobee. The Seminole
Tribe has long been recognized for innovation in its gaming and other
businesses. It opened the first high-stakes bingo hall and casino in
the United States in 1979. That facility was the forerunner of the
Indian Gaming movement throughout North America.
About Hard Rock International
With a total of 178 venues in 55
countries, including 139 cafes, 18 hotels and 8 casinos, Hard Rock
International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies.
Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's
greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its
locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its
collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live
performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global
trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and
franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San
Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages
hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company's
two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and
Hollywood, Fla., both owned and operated by HRI parent company, The
Seminole Tribe of Florida., as well as other exciting locations
including Bali, Biloxi, Chicago, Cancun, Las Vegas, San Diego and
Singapore. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Santiago,
Nabq, San Jose and Guatemala City. New Hard Rock Hotel projects
include Aruba, Riviera Maya, Abu Dhabi and Shenzhen and Haikou in
China. New Hard Rock Casino projects in development include Hungary
and Northfield, OH. For more information on Hard Rock International,
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