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If you ask Palms alum Jon Gray what his current position as vice president and general manager of The Linq entails, even the short answer would take several minutes. Caesars Entertainment’s monster project in the old O’Sheas space will not only include a 550-foot High Roller observation wheel (partly designed by one of the companies behind the London Eye), but a retail, dining, and entertainment complex developed by the creators of The Grove in LA, Caruso Affiliated. Part of Gray’s job? Signing the right mix of tenants for the 35 or so available spaces in time for a late 2013 opening. “It is going to change the whole skyline,” he says. “People have already been calling to get married here, which is really cool.”
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Leading the One Group’s continuing Vegas invasion is its founder and CEO, Jonathan Segal, who took the traditional, male-focused steakhouse to the next level by introducing the female-friendly environment of its white-hot STK. Next, they attack the sports bar with Heraea at the Palms, which will offer gourmet food and LED screens showing games from around the world. Once the last game is over, the venue will transform into a music destination with guest DJs. Additionally, Bagatelle—with its Bagatelle Beach and correlating brunch experience currently unrolling at Tropicana—taps into the burgeoning supper club scene. Look for Xishi, One’s next big project at Palms, by January. “The Palms and Tropicana are hotels that are going through a reinvention themselves,” he says. “To be a part of a phoenix rising is great.”
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As vice president and co-general manager of 9Group Las Vegas, Bronson Olimpieri often does double shifts “to make sure everything that we execute during the day is happening at night.” In addition to overseeing the entire company and focusing on the creative and brand management aspects, he’s busy securing deals for the Palms’ renaissance. “The new owners and new president, Joe [Magliarditi], are letting me help shape the future of the property,” he says, noting that its original venues such as N9NE Steakhouse and Ghostbar will be some of the first to be revamped. The young exec has paid his dues; Olimpieri will celebrate eight years with 9Group in January, right around the time he’ll unveil his nightclub plans for the old Playboy Club space.
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