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The First To Market

Beginning in the late 70’s and throughout the 80’s, Weidner, Stone and Saunders were at the forefront of the American gaming and hospitality industries. Through innovative alliances and marketing efforts they helped grow the U.S. domestic gaming market by initiating and expanding into new and emerging casino jurisdictions most notably into Atlantic City, New Jersey, the second state in the U.S. to legalize gambling. During the 90’s, Weidner and Stone launched the first of many firsts by debuting the first riverboat casino in Chicagoland (1993). The duo was a driving force behind the development of the first truly integrated resort in the United States with the opening of Las Vegas Sands’ Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas (1999). At the same time, Mr. Saunders was becoming a pioneering force in casino development internationally with hotel casino openings throughout Canada and various locations in Europe, South America, Australia, and Africa for Playboy Enterprises, ITT Corporation, Sheraton and Caesars World. But the GGAM team did not stop there as they set their sights on Asia. In 2004, Weidner and Stone were behind the opening of the first Western-style casino in Asia with the debut of the Sands Macao. It was at this point that they brought in a key Asian executive Eric Chiu to their LVS team. The Sands Macao opened with a record-setting crowd and created the benchmark for Asian gaming. Building upon that success, the Weidner/ Stone/ Saunders/ Chiu team, while at LVS,  helped develop and operate the first integrated resort in Asia with the opening of The Venetian Macao Resort-Hotel-Casino (2007). Saunders left the LVS team to gain valuable experience as Chief Operating Officer of Melco Crown Entertainment in Macao where he oversaw the development of the City of Dreams, an integrated mega-resort in Macao that opened in 2009. He joined the GGAM team in 2010. Back in the United States, Weidner and Stone, while at LVS, led the opening of The Palazzo Resort-Hotel-Casino which became the world’s largest integrated resort with its link to its sister property The Venetian. The Palazzo received the vaunted Silver LEED standard becoming the world’s largest “Green” building by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The prolific team then led the charge to bring the first true luxury brand name hotel to Macao with the opening of the Four Seasons Hotel on the Cotai Strip in 2009, while also debuting Sands Casino Resort, the first integrated resort in Pennsylvania (United States) that same year. In 2010, the highly anticipated Marina Bay Sands, developed during the final years of their tenure at Las Vegas Sands, became the first integrated resort in Singapore. The resort has since become a world-recognized icon for its design and integrated attractions.