Mr. Adelson, one of the world's leading entrepreneurs, is widely credited for helping transform the city of Las Vegas from a gaming-centric regional location into an international business and leisure destination.
His business career spans more than six decades and has included creating and developing to maturity more than 50 different companies, including the COMDEX tradeshow he developed for the computer industry. At his direction, COMDEX became the world's largest trade show with a presence in many different countries.
In 1989, Mr. Adelson purchased the Sands Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and subsequently constructed the Sands Expo and Convention Center, the only privately owned and operated convention center in the United States. In 1995, Mr. Adelson sold the COMDEX shows for more than $860 million and proceeded with the implosion of the Sands Hotel & Casino and the construction of the $1.5 billion Venetian Resort Hotel Casino.
In 1999, Mr. Adelson opened the doors to The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and further changed the perception of Las Vegas by offering visitors an amazing collection of amenities and experiences - like celebrity chef restaurants, world-class entertainment, all-suite accommodations, expansive shopping, spa and fitness facilities and more virtually creating a city under one roof.
Always challenging and changing the status quo, Mr. Adelson developed a resort destination that caters to a blend of tourist, gaming, and business travelers. Since it's opening, the 4,027 suite resort has received recognition as revolutionizing the Las Vegas hotel industry and has been honored with numerous awards naming it one of the finest hotels in the world.
Mr. Adelson's penchant for challenging the status quo has been the foundation of his success and has led governments in places like Macao and Singapore to select Las Vegas Sands to develop economy-changing tourism developments in their countries.
In May 2004, Las Vegas Sands Corp. opened the Sands Macao, located on China's southeastern coast. The Sands Macao was the first U.S. operated casino in the region and set the stage for the next phase of development in Macao.
On August 28, 2007, The Venetian Macao opened to massive crowds and, similar to what Mr. Adelson helped accomplish in Las Vegas, Macao began its transformation from a gaming-centric location into an international leisure and business destination. The Venetian Macao and adjoined Four Seasons Hotel Macao are the initial steps in the completion of the Cotai Strip®, a master-planned collection of hotel-resort properties which will include other renowned hotel brands such as St. Regis, Sheraton, Shangri-La, Traders, Hilton, Conrad, Fairmont, and Raffles.
When the final work on Mr. Adelson's vision of the Cotai Strip is complete, it will combine to feature more than 20,000 guest rooms, millions of square feet of retail and meeting and convention space, and nearly 30,000 seats of live entertainment. The massive development will occupy more than 53 million square feet of total space, less than two percent of which is casino, and will directly and indirectly employ more than 180,000 people.
Under Mr. Adelson's leadership, the company recently opened the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. This iconic integrated resort facility features the type of business and leisure facilities that have become the hallmarks of Las Vegas Sands-developed properties and will be the bar by which all future integrated resort facilities are judged.
Mr. Adelson and his wife, Dr. Miriam Adelson, are noted philanthropists who donate to a variety of causes. In addition, Mr. Adelson has been granted honorary degrees and other awards, and has been a guest lecturer for students at various colleges and universities, including the University of New Haven, Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School, Tel Aviv University and Babson College.
In 2008, Mr. Adelson was appointed by President Bush to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations which provides overall policy advice on trade matters to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Mr. and Dr. Adelson have three grown daughters, two young sons, and four grandchildren.
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.
An industry veteran, he was instrumental in launching The Venetian and The Palazzo the company's two integrated resorts located on the Las Vegas Strip.
As president and chief operating officer of The Venetian and The Palazzo, Mr. Goldstein helped lure celebrity chefs like Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, and Pierre Selvaggio to open new restaurants at the property. He signed deals with premium retailers to open stores in the Grand Canal Shoppes, and convinced the renowned Canyon Ranch SpaClub® to open a massive 69,000 square foot spa and fitness facility.
Since that time, The Venetian has become internationally recognized as a leading destination resort and has received numerous awards and accolades, including the prestigious Five-Diamond rating from AAA. The property is also the largest resort in the world to be recognized with a Four-Star rating from Exxon/Mobil-Travel-Guide.
Even with the tremendous success of The Venetian, Mr. Goldstein did not rest on his laurels. In recent years, he has added powerhouse entertainment offerings like PhantomThe Las Vegas Spectacular and the Blue Man Group, opened new restaurants from Thomas Keller, David Burke, and Mario Batali, as well as the popular TAO nightclub, and spent $100 million renovating the property's 3,000 all-suite rooms with stylish new furniture and finishes.
In January 2008, LVS opened The Palazzo Las Vegas and again Mr. Goldstein displayed his ability to provide top-tier amenities for the company's discerning guests. Among its many attractions, The Palazzo features new restaurants from Puck, Lagasse, Batali and Charlie Trotter, Las Vegas' first Barneys New York, and the blockbuster hit show Jersey Boys.
At a global level, Mr. Goldstein is most actively involved in helping plan the company's entertainment, restaurant, and retail offerings in Asia.
Before joining Las Vegas Sands in 1995, Mr. Goldstein spent 15 years developing casino-hotels in both the United States and the Caribbean. He is a 1977 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and a 1980 graduate of the Temple University School of Law. Mr. Goldstein and his wife, Sheryl, have two 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.