When Randy Morton worked in his uncle’s small hotel in Peterborough in the 1970s, he had no idea of the journey he was about to take and continues to take.
Last month, the Peterborough native was named president of a multi-billion dollar resort/casino in Las Vegas, a place he knows well and has lived there for more than 20 years.
Morton rose through the ranks after graduating from George Brown College in Toronto at various hotels in Toronto, Hawaii, California, eventually moving to one of Vegas’ grandest hotels, the Bellagio, where he spent 20 years. and became CEO until leaving for the Foley Group. one year ago.
He has now joined the Oak View Group (OVG), a global development and investment organization, as chairman of its Las Vegas hotel and casino.
He joins former Las Vegas Raiders football team president Marc Badain, who was also selected by the OVG to be president of its Las Vegas sports and entertainment venues.
They will oversee construction of an NBA arena and complex in downtown Vegas for the joint venture, of which OVG is the managing partner.
“Our project in Las Vegas represents an essential first step for OVG in seamlessly integrating the best new and innovative hotel and casino offerings with the best in arena development and live entertainment,” said Tim Leiweke, chairman and CEO of OVG in a statement.
“This unprecedented project is a game-changer in the industry, but to do it right, you have to put together the best team.”
Morton was born and raised in Peterborough and married a Peterborough woman, Susan (Turner) Chaisson.
He said that as soon as he heard about Leiweke’s project, he was “excited to join the team”.
“As soon as Tim shared with me his vision for the luxury boutique hotel and casino in Las Vegas, not only did I know it was going to be big, but I knew I wanted to be involved.”
The new project is hailed as “a state-of-the-art, privately funded sports and entertainment arena that will set a new global standard for events in Las Vegas.”
Built on Las Vegas Boulevard, it will include an 850,000 square foot arena, casino, hotel and additional entertainment amphitheater on 25 acres on 66 acres of land.
Construction of the $3 billion project is scheduled for next year and will take at least three years.