Mr. Sheldon G. Adelson is an internationally renowned businessman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.His business career spans nearly seven decades and has included creating and developing to maturity more than 50 different companies, including the COMDEX tradeshow for the computer industry. At his direction, COMDEX became the world’s largest trade show with a presence in many different countries.
Mr. Adelson is also the founder of Las Vegas Sands Corp. - a company which has become the leading global developer of integrated resorts, which feature premium accommodations, world-class gaming and entertainment, convention and exhibition facilities, celebrity chef restaurants, and many other amenities.
As the company’s chairman and chief executive officer, Mr. Adelson’s penchant for challenging and changing the status quo has led the company to overwhelming success in every location in which it operates.
In Las Vegas he is widely credited for helping transform the city from a gaming-centric regional location into the leading convention and exhibition city in the United States. In Macao, Mr. Adelson’s vision to recreate the Las Vegas Strip was originally panned by most observers, but since opening The Venetian Macao on the Cotai Strip in 2007, his development plans have become the envy of international leisure and hospitality operators everywhere.
In 2010, Mr. Adelson set the bar even higher with the opening of the $6 billion Marina Bay Sands integrated resort in Singapore. In addition to all the amenities that have become the hallmarks of Las Vegas Sands-developed properties, this iconic facility features a three-acre SkyPark which sits more than 50-stories off the ground and on top of the property’s three hotel towers.
Having been featured on the cover of more than 50 different publications, Mr. Adelson has been profiled by many of the world’s leading print and broadcast news organizations.
He has earned multiple honorary degrees and has been a guest lecturer at various colleges and universities, including the University of New Haven, Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School, Tel Aviv University and Babson College.
Among his numerous awards for his business and philanthropic work are the Armed Forces Foundation’s Patriot Award, Hotel Investment Conference’s Innovation Award, the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship and induction into the American Gaming Association’s Hall of Fame.
Mr. Adelson and his wife, Dr. Miriam Adelson, are noted philanthropists who donate to a variety of civic and charitable causes.
Mr. Leven is a veteran hospitality executive with 48 years of experience in the business and a distinguished and well-recognized record of success. He was formerly president and chief executive officer of US Franchise Systems, Inc., the company he founded in 1995, which developed and franchised the Microtel Inns & Suites and Hawthorn Suites hotel brands. He was previously the president and COO of Holiday Inn Worldwide, president of Days Inn of America, and president of Americana Hotels. He has also served on the board of directors of Starwood Hotels and Resorts and Hersha Hospitality Trust.
In addition to being a hotel industry icon and one of franchising's most innovative leaders, Mr. Leven has served many industry organizations throughout his career. He co-founded the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, which started with 12 members in 1989 and now has more than 9,300 members, who combined own more than 22,000 hotels representing approximately $60 billion in property value. He is also the former international president of the Hotel Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI).
Mr. Leven is a recipient of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers Lifetime Achievement Award and was previously named to HSMAI's Hot List of 25 Most Extraordinary Sales & Marketing Minds in Hospitality & Travel. He has also received the American Jewish Committee Selig Distinguished Service Award, UJA Federation of New York Hotel and Hospitality Award, and the Georgia Hospitality & Travel Association Spirit of Hospitality Award.
Mr. Leven is a native of Boston, Massachusetts and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University and Master of Science from Boston University. He and his wife, Andrea, have three sons and five grandchildren.
Mr. Goldstein has served in a variety of leadership roles since joining Las Vegas Sands (LVS) in 1995. He is currently the president of global gaming operations, where he oversees every facet of the company’s industry-leading gaming operations in Asia and the United States.
As the president of global gaming, Mr. Goldstein sets the direction for the company’s gaming business from the hiring of key personnel to the development and execution of important strategic initiatives. His leadership has not only helped the company achieve a significant number of industry records for financial performance, but he has also helped position the company as leader in the important area of regulatory compliance.
One of the most-respected and knowledgeable gaming executives in the industry today, Mr. Goldstein started with Las Vegas Sands during the planning phases of The Venetian in Las Vegas, the company’s first integrated resort. By attracting leading retailers, restaurateurs and other important leisure attractions, Mr. Goldstein helped shape the identity of the property and set the stage for its long-lasting success.
Prior to his role as the president of global gaming, Mr. Goldstein served several years as the president and chief operating officer of The Venetian, as well as The Palazzo Las Vegas, a 3,000-all suite hotel which is connected to The Venetian and opened in 2008.
Mr. Goldstein graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and received his law degree from the Temple University School of Law. He and his wife, Sheryl, reside in Las Vegas and are very active in the local community. Mr. Goldstein serves on the Board of Directors of Opportunity Village, The Adelson Drug Rehabilitation Clinic, and the Emeril Lagasse Foundation. The couple have two adult children, Scott and Courtney.
Mr. Raphaelson joined Las Vegas Sands on November 1, 2011 after having served the past six years as vice president and general counsel at global technology leader Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS). As global general counsel, Mr. Raphaelson oversees the company’s legal affairs around the world.
He is a nationally recognized author and lecturer on corporate governance and compliance. Before joining Scientific Games Corporation, Mr. Raphaelson was a partner at the international law firm of O’Melveny & Myers. Prior to his ten years at O’Melveny, he spent three years as a partner at the law firm of Shaw Pittman. He has represented some of the world’s largest companies and a number of prominent public officials and corporate executives in connection with governance and accounting issues in numerous countries.
His career also includes 13 years as a state and federal prosecutor in Chicago. As an appointee of President George H.W. Bush, Mr. Raphaelson also served two years as Special Counsel for Financial Institutions within the U.S. Justice Department.
Mr. Raphaelson received his BA and JD from Northwestern University and is currently a member of the Law School Dean’s Advisory Board.