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James F. Allen is the Chairman for Hard Rock International and the chief executive officer of Seminole Gaming. Since 2001, he has led all gaming, hospitality and entertainment operations at the Seminole Tribe of Florida and guided the development of Seminole Gaming into one of the world’s most successful casino and integrated resort operators. Allen envisioned the Guitar Hotel expansion of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood and the guestroom tower expansion of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, and he was the guiding force responsible for their development. The simultaneous expansion projects opened in 2019 as the cornerstone of a $2.2 billion capital investment. Under Allen’s leadership, Hard Rock has expanded its global presence from 46 to 76 countries since its 2007 acquisition, and grown from 125 cafes to 211, nine hotels to 32 and from four casinos to 12. Allen also negotiated the 2016 naming rights agreement and is responsible for the name “Hard Rock Stadium,” home of the Miami Dolphins. As a gaming industry veteran with more than 40 years of experience, Allen has lectured on countless casino industry topics at many professional conferences, governmental programs and college campuses, including Harvard and Cornell universities as well as the New Jersey Governor’s Business Development Conference. Due to his expertise and thought leadership in the hospitality and entertainment space, Mr. Allen is a frequent guest on business networks like MSNBC, Fox Business, Fox News, CNN and CNBC.
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